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Wednesday Wire: October 23, 2019

  1. Queer 101: An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities

    Submitted by Jacqueline Belanger,

    Have you ever encountered the acronym LGBTQQIAAP, or some variation, and wondered what it all means? What is the difference between gender identity, sex, and sexual orientation? What is affectional orientation and how does it differ from sexual orientation? What does it mean when someone has a “non-binary” gender identity? In this interactive workshop we will explore these questions and more to establish a common vocabulary for better understanding the diversity of identities within LGBTQ+ communities. Participants will leave this workshop equipped with information and skills that will enable them to create more inclusive and welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ people and a better understanding of their own identities. Cap: 100 participants 
    This workshop is free and open to all OSU faculty, staff, postdocs, and students on a first-come basis. 
    Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences 
    Wooster - October 29th from 4:30-6:00 pm (126 Research Services) 
    Register at 

  2. Staff Book Club for November

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder,

    We will be reading Liane Moriarty's latest novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, for our November meeting. 
    Here is a recap of what we read in 2019. 
       The Alice Network 
       The Witch Elm 
       The Library Book 
       The Red Address Book 
       Burning Bright 
       Something in the Water 
       Becoming Mrs. Lewis 
       Where the Crawdads Sing 
       Nine Perfect Strangers 
       Island of the Sea Women 

       We will push our following meeting back to Jan 8 when we will discuss The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See. Join us for 2020. 
       Happy Reading 

  3. GIS and Spatial Analysis at Ohio State: Is There an App for That?

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder,

     ArcGIS Online (AGOL) offers researchers access to a wide variety of apps for carrying out key tasks during GIS and spatial analysis projects. From collecting data in the field, to creating custom data dashboards or web mapping applications, to embedding interactive maps in spreadsheets and presentations, Ohio State affiliates can use GIS apps to advance their project goals through our Esri educational site license. 
    Join us for an overview of the apps available through ArcGIS Online, demonstrated use cases, and information about how you can use these apps in your own work. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

    •        Identify the main functions of a variety of ArcGIS Online apps 
    •    Describe a possible use case for an ArcGIS Online app in their own work 
    •    Locate and access training resources to support continued learning and build skills required for utilizing ArcGIS Online apps in their projects 
    •    This presentation is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries. 

       Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students 
       When: Tuesday, November 5, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
       Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library 
       This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit Please do not register if you plan to attend remotely. 

  4. Using Public Domain Materials in Your Teaching and Research

    Submitted by Kathy Yoder,

    After a 20-year wait, published works are once again entering the public domain in the U.S. What’s special about the public domain? Free of copyright restrictions, public domain materials can be freely copied, shared, and remixed by students, instructors, and researchers. Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services to learn how to identify, find, and use public domain text, images, and other creative works. We will also explore works that will soon be entering the public domain on January 1, 2020 and discuss how individuals and institutions are using public domain materials in teaching and research activities. Please bring your questions! 
       Who: OSU faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students 
       When: Monday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
       Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library 

  5. Open Enrollment

    Submitted by Robin Frazier,

    Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits is Nov. 1-14, 2019. Benefit eligible employees have the opportunity to evaluate and make elections for 2020. 
    For anyone interested in watching the Open Enrollment Webinar on the big screen, please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 11:30am-1pm in Fisher Auditorium. HRPs will be available to answer additional questions you may have about benefit changes. 

  6. Mike Wengerd Retirement

    Submitted by Mike Sword,

    After 34 years of dedicated service to the Wooster Campus, Mike Wengerd is retiring, effective 10/31/2019.  Over the years, Mike has been dedicated and committed to the mission of our college.  In his most recent role as Assistant Manager of Farm Operations, he has been a key force in providing essential farm services to our faculty, students and staff. His ability to take on multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining productivity sets a standard for how a service department approaches its responsibility. He has set the standard for reliability, consistency and execution.

    Personally, Mike is a genuine good guy with a big heart. Many people, including colleagues and myself, rely on his friendship and mentorship which will be greatly missed. His thoughtfulness and positive attitude has provided a culture of stability that makes coming to work enjoyable. 

    I will truly miss Mike’s experienced hand guiding the daily activities of our Farm Operations crew, but he is leaving us a legacy and foundation for continued growth and service. Thank you Mike!

    Mike has humbly requested that we forego a reception in his honor.  But I encourage you to reach out and congratulate him on his retirement and thank him for his record of dedicated service. 

    For the time being, please contact me directly for anything that you were contacting Mike about.


    Mike Sword

  7. Gary Crocker Retirement

    Submitted by Shelley Whitworth,

    Gary Crocker, GDAL Dairy Herd Manager, has recently announced his plan to retire after 17 years of dedicated service at The Ohio State University. His last working day will be November 15th. Gary has requested to forego a large retirement celebration, but please feel free to send your thanks to Gary for his dedicated commitment to student education, GDAL, ATI, and the dairy industry. 


    Submitted by Carri Gerber,

    This weekend, Ohio State ATI students Rebekah Large, Brooke Poyer, Nicole McMullen, and Mariah Ott (pictured at right, with Carri Gerber in the middle) attended the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Region V conference at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. They participated in leadership workshops, mock interviews, speech competitions, and networked with leading employers in agriculture, natural resources, and related fields. 
    Nicole McMullen, a sophomore Agriscience Education student, earned first place in the impromptu speech competition beating out Juniors and Seniors from other Big Ten schools! Her speech was focused on soil and how it is the future. It was impressive!!! 
    Industry representatives from companies such as John Deere, Land O'Lakes, DNR, USDA, Cargill, Syngenta, and Merck were present to meet with students. Ms. McMullen impressed the John Deere folks so much they offered her an internship on the spot!!! 
    The MANRRS organization promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. 

  9. New Audio-Visual available for checkout

    Submitted by Kristen Purdy,

    The ATI Library recently purchased a Bluetooth wireless speaker. Equipped with microphone and guitar inputs, two USB ports and a long-lasting battery life, this 100W Bluetooth speaker is perfect for your next speaking event or karaoke throwdown. It is available for a 3-day checkout. 
    Just a reminder - the library also has a Padcaster, laptops, iPads, an LCD projector, and more available for checkout. 

  10. Bring Your iPad Questions to Digital Flagship Drop-In Hours

    Submitted by Abagail Burkey,

    Creating a digital project for class? Want to know more about Notability? Learn more about using your iPad by talking with a Student Mentor during drop-in hours. Students, staff and faculty can come ask questions and get advice about features, apps and more on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. in the library and Tuesdays 4 to 6 p.m. in the Housing Office. Check the Digital Flagship events calendar for a full schedule.