CFAES Monthly : November 2013

  1. Ohio State's new tobacco free policy kicks off Jan. 1

    Buckeyes are tobacco free.

    As you are likely aware, The Ohio State University has adopted a policy, effective Jan. 1, 2014, that is intended to create a tobacco-free environment. The policy prohibits the use of tobacco products in or on all university-owned, -operated or -leased property, including vehicles and outdoor areas. It is the intent of this university to create a culture that encourages compliance by promoting and supporting a healthy environment. 

    As members of the university community, we each have a responsibility to help educate and inform others of the policy. The university has provided some communication tools, including a set of frequently asked questions that should be helpful. 

    What about enforcement?

    Many individuals in the university community have asked about enforcement and what should be done when we witness violations of the policy. Approaching someone to inform or educate about the tobacco free policy is a choice you may make, but it is in no way mandatory that you approach individuals who are violating the policy. The university will provide additional guidance on how to report “hot spots,” or those areas where people commonly use tobacco.

    As we near the implementation date of this policy, you are strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself with the policy, frequently asked questions, guide to implementation and other resources on the tobacco free website

    As Ohio State strives to enhance the general health and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, students and visitors, this is one of many steps that are being taken.

  2. Marketing firm working to boost CFAES awareness, student enrollment

    College brand efforts

    “Big ideas, little voice.” That’s what a branding and marketing agency hired to help CFAES increase awareness and first-year enrollment recently found.

    Ologie, a firm based in Columbus, with significant experience working in higher education, recently released initial findings from the first phase of our engagement together. The agency has been diving deep to learn about our college to help strengthen our brand position and lead to tactics that increase awareness and enrollment. The work is an extension of the university and college brand efforts, so those teams have been very connected to the process. 

    In one of several findings, the agency said, “If the college is unappreciated, it’s not due to a lack of relevance or ambition. The solutions to many of the world’s most critical problems will come from CFAES scholars, and the college’s work figures prominently in the university’s highest priorities.” This isn’t new news to those of us who work for the college, but what may be new is how to communicate with audiences that aren't aware of our relevance and ambition.

    How to reach prospective students

    In our next steps, the agency will help us identify words to use when we’re communicating internally and words to use when we’re communicating externally. Specifically, we’ll develop messaging for communicating our relevance to prospective students and those who influence them. 

    Questions about this work? Feel free to reach out to Keira McGlone, 614-292-1299,, 241 Kottman Hall, Columbus.

  3. CFAES welcomes Chris Delisio as chief advancement officer

    Chris Delisio joins CFAES

    Please welcome Chris Delisio to the college as our chief advancement officer. Chris will lead CFAES’s evolving advancement strategy with a central focus on increasing resources to address the college’s programming and capital priorities as identified in the college’s $150 million target within Ohio State’s $2.5 billion comprehensive “But for Ohio State” campaign.  

    Chris will work at the highest collaborative level with our college Communications and Alumni Relations teams as we seek to grow and expand our stakeholder engagement. We look forward to Chris being an active leader in the dialogue and strategy development related to our emerging Discovery Themes: Food Production and Security; Energy and Environment; and Health and Wellness. 

    Extensive experience, including as a Buckeye

    Chris brings 20 years of diverse development experience, including extensive athletics fundraising at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Dayton and Ohio University. Chris has “Buckeye roots,” having served for three years as a senior director of development at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center — James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. During his tenure at the James, Chris raised funds for cancer prevention programs toward its $500 million campaign goal as part of the current university campaign.

    Most recently, Chris served as an assistant vice president at Ohio Wesleyan University. As a member of OWU’s leadership team, Chris managed its development staff, led all major, planned, corporate, foundation and governmental relations efforts, and directed its comprehensive fundraising campaign.

  4. Communications and Technology reorganization takes effect

    Change ahead.

    Last month we announced a series of steps that are being implemented to reorganize and align our communications and technology units. There are three overarching goals of this reorganization and realignment:

    • Centrally coordinate decision-making related to overall messaging, improve marketing and brand strategy initiatives, and facilitate internal college-wide communications;
    • Align information technology services with infrastructure planning to ensure strategic coordination across the college; and
    • Improve overall customer service, strategic relationships and collaborative partnerships across a distributed environment.

    As a result of this reorganization and alignment implementation, we are splitting the communications and technology unit. The communications unit will continue to be led by Ryan Schmiesing with his direct report being to the vice president for agricultural administration. Josh Fox has been named the interim director, Information Technology Services, and will report to Ron Hendrick, senior associate dean.

    There are a number of changes to both units, and those may best be articulated through the new organization charts found on the CFAES Faculty and Staff Resource page (under the “Additional Resources” heading):

  5. 'A strategic roadmap for the future': ATI re-envisioning process set to start

    Ohio State ATI

    CFAES is about to undertake a transformational re-envisioning process for Ohio State ATI. This process will involve capturing stakeholder input (both internal and external), gathering and evaluating data/feedback, and creating a strategic roadmap for the future. The goal is to create a dynamic, forward-thinking, transformational plan that will position Ohio State ATI as the preeminent institution of its kind in the nation. This will require big-picture, out-of-the-box thinking! A core team has been identified and will soon become engaged in the re-envisioning process.

    To facilitate this process, the college has employed Mitch Owen, a former North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service staff development specialist, to serve as facilitator. With more than 25 years of land-grant experience and a background in organizational development, Mitch is uniquely qualified to guide us in creating a transformational roadmap for the future. 

    As the process unfolds, we will be sharing more specific information, reports and/or findings with CFAES faculty and staff. Please feel free to contact Linda Martin, associate dean and director, Academic Programs,, 614-688-5612, with any questions.

  6. SENR's Rattan Lal named Rothamsted Fellow

    Rattan Lal in his lab

    Congratulations to Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources, who on Oct. 7 was conferred the honorary title of Rothamsted Fellow. He attended the ceremony at Rothamsted Research, UK, and toured the center as part of his visit. He was the only recipient of the honor for 2013 and is one of only 10 or so agricultural researchers from around the world to have received the award. The center, which started in 1843, is an independent scientific research institute and is the longest-running agricultural research station in the world.

    Lal is a Distinguished University Professor, directs SENR’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, and is an international expert on agricultural sustainability and climate change. In September he was chosen as one of the first Global Dryland Champions by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. 

  7. HCS students get a Golden Opportunity

    Stephanie Verhoff and Michael Hannewald

    Congratulations to CFAES students Michael Hannewald, a senior studying sustainable plant systems (specialization in agronomy, agribusiness minor), and Stephanie Verhoff, a senior agronomy major, plant pathology minor. The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America recently named them two of this year’s 22 national Golden Opportunity Scholars. Click here and scroll down near the end for the press release.

  8. What you should know about OARDC SEEDS, the OARDC Research Enhancement Competitive Grants Program

    SEEDS: The OARDC Research Enhancement Competitive Grants Program

    Established in 1996 and supported by an appropriation from the Ohio General Assembly to OARDC, SEEDS: The OARDC Research Enhancement Competitive Grants Program, is unique among U.S. state-assisted universities. In fostering high-quality research among scientists supported by OARDC and CFAES, SEEDS enables those scientists to collect the preliminary data needed to give them a competitive edge in national programs, and it provides them with leverage to attract industry support.

    With eight outlying research stations and more than 7,500 acres of land across the state devoted to research, OARDC is the largest public and privately funded research organization in Ohio. Since OARDC’s establishment in 1882,the center has used science to find solutions to pressing problems and to identify new opportunities for Ohio. OARDC’s SEEDS program is just one of the many ways in which Ohio State’s innovative research and development connect to industry and community on an eminent global scale. 

    Up to $7 returned for every $1 invested

    SEEDS grants have supported research projects of $20,941,081 and have received more than $80,939,871 in matching and extramural funding since 1996 -- a return of about $5 for each dollar invested. In fact, between 2010 and 2013, the return was more than $7 for every dollar invested.   

    SEEDS grants have enabled scientists to establish collaborations with colleagues from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Switzerland, Taiwan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. SEEDS research has produced applications for 11 U.S. patents using results from initial findings. Five patent applications have been granted (two in 2012), and five licensing agreements have been obtained (two in 2012). SEEDS-supported scientists have published a total of 782 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, abstracts, popular press articles, bulletins and/or book chapters and have made more than 1,393 presentations around the world. Since the student SEEDS grants were introduced in 1998, they have funded research projects for 56 doctoral dissertations and 85 master’s theses.

    Nearly $1.5 million in grants awarded in 2013

    In FY 2013, 142 SEEDS applications were submitted to OARDC, requesting $4,378,239 in funding; SEEDS grants totaling $1,474,325 were awarded. Thirty-five awards were made to faculty members, for an investment of $1,369,391. There were four undergraduate, seven master's level and 15 graduate awards made, for an investment of $104,934.

    The SEEDS Report of Progress for calendar year 2012 was recently published and may be downloaded at 

  9. New pricing for OSU Extension publications

    Extension publication pricing changes

    The Communications unit in CFAES has responsibility for the design, editing, production and distribution of OSU Extension and other for-sale publications. As a result of increased costs associated with that responsibility, prices were increased effective Oct. 1.

    To simplify operations, a one-price system with discounts for various customers will be implemented. As before, the price displayed on eStore is the highest price, intended for direct customers from out-of-state or Ohio customers who want direct delivery. Discounts apply as follows:

    Out-of-state residents or Ohio residents purchasing directly through eStore:

    • 4-H project book: $7.50 (no discount).
    • 4-H resource handbook or ANR, FCS or CD bulletin (using a $15 publication as an example): $15 (no discount).

    Ohio residents purchasing through county office:

    • 4-H project book: $6 (advertised price in 4-H Family Guide).    
    • 4-H resource handbook or ANR, FCS or CD bulletin (using a $15 publication as an example): $12 (advertised in 4-H Family Guide; all others vary).

    County offices purchasing through eStore:

    • 4-H project book: $4.80 (36 percent discount*).
    • 4-H resource handbook or ANR, FCS or CD bulletin (using a $15 publication as an example): $9.60 (36 percent discount).

    * A 36 percent discount from the “one price” is the same as a 20 percent discount from the Family Guide price. There is no change in a county’s percentage share of sales.

    In the forthcoming 2014 Ohio 4-H Family Guide, project books will be listed for $6. Other resource guides and bulletins from all program areas will have varying prices. As before, Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local county offices. County offices are still able to cover their inventory costs by purchasing materials at a price lower than the one listed in the Family Guide. No portion of this increase goes to program area (4-H, ANR, CD and FCS) cost recovery, which remains unchanged.

    Other state 4-H offices and partners who support the development and promotion of our materials also may receive discounts. Those are determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Discounts are applied at the time of sale and are not visible until orders are placed. As before, county offices do not pay for shipping.

    The prices of most 4-H project books have not changed since 2003, and the most recent price increase for 4-H resource handbooks and ANR, FCS, and CD bulletins was in 2010. We appreciate your cooperation as the environment in which we provide print media continues to evolve.

  10. College faculty approves professional practice faculty track

    Faculty votes

    In a recent vote, a majority (184, yes; 29, no) of the eligible tenure-track faculty of CFAES voted to approve the proposal to establish a professional practice (i.e., clinical) faculty track, as discussed in the Sept. 3 all-faculty meeting. The proposal was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for review and consideration on Oct 16.

    As stipulated in faculty rule 3335-7-04, if the executive vice president and provost’s review is favorable, the proposal will then be transmitted to the Council on Academic Affairs for review and recommendation to the University Senate. If reviewed and supported by the University Senate, the proposal will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final approval. 

    This track will augment our continuing (i.e., regular) faculty ranks, where appropriate, with instructional and professional development expertise in the more applied aspects of the scholarship and disciplines represented in our college, enabling the development of graduates who are highly competitive and actively recruited for employment and leadership opportunities.

  11. Third annual Diversity Leadership Symposium set for February

    Diverse hands reaching out

    The 2014 Diversity Leadership Symposium, “In-reach to Outreach: Fostering Cultural Engagement through Awareness, Reflection and Action,” goes from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Feb. 7, 2014, in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Lee Mun Wah will be the keynote speaker. There will also be a film preview of “If These Halls Could Talk” from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6.

    Outreach” means creating opportunities and points of contact that are easily accessible and low or no cost; helping people create deeper connections to organizations and the community; and thus helping the growth and diversification between organizations and local communities.

    “In-reach,” meanwhile, consists of creating quality educational and inclusive programs that deepen the knowledge and commitment of current staff and employees, thus having a positive impact on reaching the community members who do not attend the organizational programs and events.

    Developing 'a clear understanding of who we are'

    Outreach is a significant component of our university. However, the same people who we employ to reach those in need are themselves, often, the very ones who need to be reached. In other words, the people we send out to serve communities are sometimes in greater need of outreach than the people we are sending them to. Therefore, there is a need for in-reach in order to reach out to others in our communities.

    Successful outreach depends on a clear understanding of who we are. Before reaching out to those in the communities in which we serve, we must first reach in to ourselves. When we increase knowledge of our own culture as well as the cultures of other people through in-reach efforts, the ability to effectively reach out and strengthen the lives of others through diversity outreach efforts is enhanced.

    Here are the symposium’s objectives:

    • Participants will gain experiences and resources to aid in the building of authentic relationships with other groups and cultures.
    • Participants will develop an increased understanding of self-reflection as a skill necessary to become better practitioners.
    • Participants will learn how to build on the strengths of differences and develop plans that support organizational goals and objectives.

    For more information about the program, click here.

  12. Nov. 19 CFAES Community Dialogue to look at ‘White People and Anti-Racist Work’

    Build bridges, not walls

    Do white people have a role and/or responsibility in anti-racist work? And what is anti-racist work, anyway? Does guilt ever get in the way? What does being an effective ally look like? Join your peers and add your voice to the discussion as we tackle these provocative questions from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov. 19, using Carmen Connect, The session will be facilitated by Kim Catchpole.

    The program is part of the CFAES Community Dialogue series (pdf) sponsored by the CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team.

  13. Three updates from the CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team

    Diversity, unity, community

    The CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team is pleased to announce its new listserve, providing access to information related to diversity and inclusion activities within our college and on campus. This listserve will not be open to non-CFAES faculty, staff or students, therefore you will need to subscribe. Messages will be sent only as needed. To subscribe, please click here.

    New small grants program

    The CFAES Diversity Catalyst team is very excited to offer small grants to be used for diversity and inclusion initiatives for the second year. Grants are up to $500, and all faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Nov. 30. Applications should be submitted electronically to Kathy Lechman at All funds must be used by June 30, 2014. Please click here (pdf) to download the application. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Lechman at

    Professional development grants

    For the second year, the CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team is pleased to offer professional development grants. These are grants of up to $500 that are available to all faculty and staff to use for professional development related to gaining skills that will be used to enhance teaching and contribute to an inclusive environment. Please click here (go under the "News" heading) to download the application. All applications should be submitted to Cynthia Toler at A sub-committee of the CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team will determine the award recipients, and preference will be given to first-time applicants.

  14. Cultural intelligence training of trainers is coming in April

    Interactions across cultures

    Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the ability to have effective interactions across cultures. Cultural intelligence goes beyond the ability to recognize and appreciate differences across cultures. Academic research has provided empirical results that demonstrate CQ as a measurable construct that is grounded in theory.

    In partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, CFAES is working to develop a cadre of facilitators who will lead sessions for Ohio State faculty, staff and students. In April 2014, we will be hosting a CQ training of trainers. There will be an application process and a modest fee. CFAES faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this day-and-a-half-long training

    For more information on the training, click here. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Lechman at