CD Wire - August 21, 2012

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September CD Retreat Homework

We decided last January that we found it beneficial to come together face to face every few months to share, learn, and plan how we would work together and invest our resources. Our next opportunity to meet face to face is September 26-27 at the Fleming Falls Retreat Center at Camp Mowana near Mansfield ( There are 20 rooms available for our use. CD funds will cover the cost of your lodging (for double occupancy). If you would like to have your own room, please let Sandy know as soon as possible so she can start a list for single room reservations. (Please note that you will have to pay $50 from your own funds to cover the extra cost of a single room.) Once we know the number of folks attending, we will know how many single rooms are available and will assign them from the reservation list.

The formal agenda is being finalized and will be shared soon. In the meantime, there are some homework assignments you can begin:

  • Prepare your ‘elevator speech’… i.e., how would you introduce yourself and what you do in 60 seconds or less? (Okay, a 60 second elevator ride may also involve standing in line to get on the elevator and a break down or two as well).
  • Think about and narrow down your ‘best thing I ever did’ story….some little ‘nugget’ that may help others in their professional pursuits told in a 1-2 minute story. Win extra points by tying your ‘nugget’ back to the ‘Strengths’ learned at our January 2012 face to face meeting.
  • Reflect on the work you’ve done and then identify and describe your ‘most used program’… prepare to describe this program in a two-minute overview. Bring a short written summary (think ‘abstract’) of your ‘old reliable’ to earn extra points.
  • The above focus on who you are and programs specific to you. In terms of CD unit operations, what is the one most strategically smart thing (in your opinion) the CD unit could do to secure its future? Maybe it is a comprehensive marketing campaign? More attention paid to partnership development? Active pursuit of ‘other’ funding? After identifying this one thing, what are the ways or tactics we might use to achieve it?

Expect the agenda next week… and don’t let the dog get to this homework!



Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Workshops - Full Program Registration due August 24:

The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute includes four workshops that enable environmental professionals to address complex environmental issues and incorporate a broader range of solution strategies into their skill set through forums and hand-on-learning. The full program includes curriculum materials, three overnight sessions, and a one-week online session for a cost of $1,400. Registration deadline is August 24. Participants also have the option to register for individual sessions at a cost of $350 per session. Workshop sessions include:

  • Managing Complex Systems (September 6-7 at Stone Lab)
  • Assessing the Sustainability of Shale Gas Exploration in Ohio (October 18-19 at Mohican State Park Lodge)
  • Exploring Renewable Energy in Ohio (December 3-7; Online course)
  • Planning the Urban Environment (January 23-24 at the Blackwell Inn)

For complete information and to register, visit

Leasing Land for Energy Development to be Discussed at Farm Science Review:

Eric Romich, Field Specialist for Energy Development, and Clif Little, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator with Noble and Guernsey counties, will discuss an important issue for Ohio landowners during the Farm Science Review on Thursday, September 20, from 11:30 a.m. until noon at the Gwynne Conservation Area. The session, titled Leasing Land for Energy Development, will analyze the typical leasing process and identify best practices for lease agreements related to the wind and oil and gas industries. For more information, visit



New Issue of Communiqué Available Online:

A new issue of the Communiqué is now posted at Topics in this newsletter include:

  • Confront Reality – Behavior #8 of High Trust Leaders
  • Using eXtension Search Tools
  • Staff Advisory Council Recognition Awards - Nominations due August 31
  • CFAES Computing Device Standard and Agreement
  • Environmental Professionals Network
  • National eXtension Conference 2012 - Early Registration due September 1
  • National Outreach Scholarship Conference October 1-3 - Registration deadline September 14

Ohio State Names New VP for Agricultural Administration:

Ohio State has named alumnus Bruce McPheron the new vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He is currently dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University and will start his new appointment on November 1, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. He will succeed Bobby Moser, who announced his retirement in September 2011.

For the complete press release, visit For the announcement from Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto, visit

Order Site Licensed Software through Online Self-Service:

Self-service has been enhanced to include site licensed software from the Office of the Chief Information Officer. to browse titles, use the simplified ordering page, build your order, and checkout with a virtual shopping cart. NOTE: For staff, an eRequest is needed if payment is required. Other improvements include paperless license agreements and the ability to check your order status.


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