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Wednesday Wire: December 12, 2018

  1. Friendly Reminder about increase to minimum wage 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier,

    On January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Ohio will increase from $8.30 to $8.55 for all non-tipped workers and from $4.15 to $4.30 for all tipped workers. System-wide increases for current Ohio State employees will be centrally implemented effective December 23, 2018. The HR Compensation team asks that all hiring managers begin using the $8.55 hourly pay rate for new non-tipped employees starting November 11, 2018. 

  2. OSU Health Plan discontinues NurseLine 

    Submitted by Robin Frazier, frazier.398

    Effective January 1, 2019, the OSU Health Plan will no longer offer the services of a 24/7 NurseLine. Faculty and staff members of OSU Health Plan should direct medical-related questions to their Primary Care Physician’s office (or after-hours line). For urgent matters, faculty and staff should seek care at a local convenient care or urgent care facility. For more information, visit the OSU Health Plan website. 

  3. Remember to contact OCIO before purchasing online services or software

    Submitted by Desiree Lutsch,

    We continue to see Pcard purchases for online applications, online access and renewals, or online subscriptions. Examples include subscriptions to online databases, online services, which can include clip art or stock photography services, and third-party applications that require a log-in, (like Constant Contact or Mailchimp). These should not be purchased with a Pcard. Before you commit to a purchase or renewing, or if you're unsure if a purchase you are planning falls into one of these categories, please call OCIO and discuss it with them. If you purchase these types of items before contacting OCIO, an Exception Form will be needed. 
    * Submit a Work Request through * E-mail * Call 614-514-IT4U (4848) 

  4. DC Days - Application Deadline December 14, 2018

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    Hi Faculty,

    I strongly encourage you to look into the application for this trip. Not only do you learn more about funding resources and interests of federal agencies and other funders, you also develop relationships with others CFAES researchers that can lead to all sorts of collaborations.




    The deadline to apply for the 2019 DC Days trip is December 14!

    Each year, the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education and the Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) arrange for CFAES faculty to travel to Washington, DC for 2-3 days in May. This trip allows researchers to become more competitive by visiting with federal program officers. Find more information and the request for applications on our website. Interested individuals should e-mail a single PDF document containing a cover page, abstract, and curriculum vita to Pam Schlegel,




  5. Grant Development Support Unit

    Submitted by Lori Kaser,

    The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) is a part of the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education. Our mission is to serve CFAES employees as they conceptualize, develop, write, and submit their proposals to external funders, including industry, non-profit, for-profit, foundations, state, local and federal sponsors.   We work across all disciplines with the goal of making the proposal development process as straightforward and streamlined as possible. The GDSU is a free service provided to all College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) faculty.  We are available to assist you with proposal development and submission and answer grant-related questions.  We have offices on the Wooster campus and Columbus campus.  Feel free to contact Melissa Burant or me. You can also visit our website for OSU proposal resources (     

    GDSU’s goal is to help you with all the peripheral documents that are required, so you can concentrate on the SCIENCE!  We can help you with budgets, templates, required forms and documents, subawards, proposal submission system (i.e. Cayuse, Fastlane) and serve as a liaison between you and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) during the proposal submission process.

    Please call or email us if you have any questions.  We are also available to schedule a visit with you. 


    Pam Schlegel

    Grants Development Specialist



    Melissa Burant

    Grants Development Specialist 


  6. Memes and GIFs as Powerful Classroom Tools

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

    Now that the semester is over I'm sure you are running for the doors to enjoy your break. But before you leave, here is an interesting article about how to include memes and gifs in your classroom. They aren't just for sharing with your friends and family anymore!