Chi Epsilon Sigma

Founded in 1986 at Ohio State University Extension, the Alpha Chapter premiered as the first professional association for support staff and program assistants within Extension and was patterned after Epsilon Sigma Phi. Chi Epsilon Sigma's logo symbolizes the three L's: Life, Loyalty and Learning. The circle is endless, which signifies the endless number of friends you will make in this organization.

The latest news from CES!

Have You Found Your Basket Theme Yet?

Again this year, CES will be holding a silent auction at Annual Conference featuring themed baskets.  Your donations make this event one of our best CES fundraisers.  Profits are set aside for staff awards and recognition, primarily the Excellence Award.  

Put your heads together at your next staff meeting and consider what you can donate.  

Perhaps a basket of goodies built around a theme: 

  • Chocolate Indulgence
  • Movie Night
  • Baskets for Gardeners
  • Bookworms
  • Golf Nuts
  • Pet Lovers
  • Scrapbook Junkies
  • Coffee Lovers
  • Outdoor Chefs
  • ... or perhaps a county theme

You will be supporting our highly qualified and motivated support staff, while helping your co-workers get a start on their holiday shopping!

If you have questions, or can help in any way during Annual Conference,
contact chair Beth Young (young.1414).


It's recognition time for Chi Epsilon Sigma!

Check out the details and applications at the Awards and Recognition section of this website.

Do you know someone who makes “Excellence” look easy? 

Consider nominating them for the Support Staff Excellence Award.  Funded equally by Chi Epsilon Sigma and Extension Administration, this $1,000 monetary award recognizes the importance of knowledge, skills and exemplary service.  

Is there someone who inspires you, who sets a high standard for others?

The Dorothy Rex Award can let them know how motivating that can be for others. Established by a founding member of Chi Epsilon Sigma, Dorothy Rex. Dorothy was the first president of CES and remains involved with CES as an emeriti.  Nominations must include the nominee's name and a brief explanation of how that member has been an inspiration to you and others. Dorothy herself will review the nominations.

For those of you with a creative bent, consider the Newsletters, Brochures and/or Web Sites contest.

Entries will be evaluated for layout, placement and treatment of graphics, printing and use of color.  Additional criteria for web pages include: organization to speed retrieval of information, links, and special effects (animation) used. Every entry will receive feedback from Graphic Designers in the OSU Department of Communications & Technology.

Thinking about furthering your education or learning a new skill?  

Let CES help you achieve your professional development goals with a $200 scholarship for a program you choose.  Two Professional Development Awards are available each year and you can apply and win more than once.  

Is a “tight budget” making it difficult for your office to cover dues or travel costs?

Apply for an $100 Annual Conference scholarship, or one of six scholarships for CES Membership—three for new members and three for returning members.


CES Membership Drive Underway!

Make this the year you join with us to: 

  • maintain the standards and ideals;
  • uphold the morale, prestige and respect of Ohio State University Extension support staff;  
  • develop an effective working relationship and a spirit of fraternal fellowship among the present and emeriti employees of Ohio State University Extension;  
  • encourage professionalism within Extension.

Please join CES this year!

Membership forms must be postmarked by October 15 in order to be eligible for awards and scholarships, to vote on Chapter business, or be a candidate for CES Director/Officer positions.  

Visit the Membership section of this website for more information and an application form.

2014 CES Meeting Schedule Announced  

Meetings are open to all members of CES. To participate by WebEx, contact President Marianne Guthrie for instructions and password.

Unless otherwise noted all Board Meetings are held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.

2014 Board Meeting Schedule

  • January 29, 10:00 am

  • April 24, 1:00 pm

  • August 21, 10:00 am

  • October 21, 1:00 pm


Specialization Link at OSUE Human Resources Website

Connectivity across the state continues to be a challenge for support staff.  In 2012 CES sponsored the data collection efforts for the Support Staff Specialization list.  Our goal was to ensure that all support staff in the state were represented in the listing.  In conjunction with Extension Human Resources, this list is now available on the HR website. 

Access to this information is expected to provide a conduit for learning, connections between counties for peer assistance, and enhanced professional development as needs become apparent.

Check it out: