CD Wire - July 17, 2012

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Getting to Know Your Program Finances

A quick survey of our program fund balances at the end of FY12 indicates we are continuing to take seriously the need to engage in cost recovery and revenue generation efforts. Most folks have made such efforts a part of their work routine, and I applaud you for doing so. As our traditional funding sources continue to tighten, the need for ‘other’ funding continues to grow. And while these funds belong to OSU, our current environment affords you a great deal of discretion in how you choose to spend them (all expenditures must be for university business, of course!). If you have such program funds, I encourage you to take responsibility for understanding how they can be used, monitoring your balances, and planning ahead with project and/or annual budgets. (NOTE: When you request approval to spend these program funds, I will be monitoring more closely in FY13).

I also suggest you become more familiar with the business office tools and procedures for making deposits, as well as requesting expenditures from these funds. Learn your Chartfield info. Know your fund balances. Set realistic budgetary goals for the year. Rachel Crusey, the business office accountant assigned to CD, works up quarterly reports for folks in the unit with program funds. Thank her for her work, and let me know if you have questions or want help in working up a budget. It is a great time to get to know your program finances better!

Retreat Survey Responses due this Friday

Your input matters! If you have not yet completed the retreat planning survey, please respond to the six open-ended questions by Friday, July 20. After that, the retreat planning committee will begin to prepare the agenda with activities and objectives that are of importance to you. The survey is located at

Summer In-Service Tourism Presentation

For those of you who could not attend the summer in-service held at Put-In-Bay and Gibraltar Island, click here to view Melinda Huntley's presentation entitled The FUNdamentals of Lake Erie Tourism.



Promotion WebEx for CD Professionals - July 27:

As requested at our summer in-service, Greg Davis will lead a WebEx meeting on the topic of Promotion on Friday, July 27, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Invitations with the meeting link have been emailed to those who are eligible for promotion in Extension. Please send any questions you have in advance to Greg ( Similar meetings will be held in November and March.



NARDeP Broadband Rural Access Call for Proposals due August 17:

The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center has issued a call for proposals for Broadband Access, Adoption & Application: Policy Challenges & Options. Significant interest and investment is being made in broadband expansion into rural America, and it is essential to examine policy and program options that can spur the growth of broadband access and use by rural people, farm/nonfarm enterprises, and places. The call for proposals is intended to produce a white paper that responds to a variety of important questions. The budget is limited to personal services to a maximum of $15,000. Click here for complete information, including overview with questions, deliverables, event expectations, and application guide. Application deadline is August 17.



New Issue of CFAES Continuum Available Online:

The Summer 2012 issue of Continuum, news from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, is now available at Articles of interest include:

  • "Helping Communities Get Energized - By Wind Power" (Page 1; Nancy Bowen featured)
  • "A Way for Farmers to Help Fight Lake Erie Algae?" (Page 5)
  • "'Even Better Strategies' for Sustainable Food Systems" (Page 6)
  • "Wanted: CFAES Alumni Nominees for 2013 Awards" (Page 15; Nominations due October 1)


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