CD Wire - October 15, 2012

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Recognizing Key Partners

Effective Extension work involves partnerships. When we partner with other Extension colleagues, other agencies and organizations, and community leaders the gains are typically much greater than if we were to work alone. In short, our potential for good depends largely on how and with whom we partner. Now is the time to take a moment to reflect on and recognize the relationships that have been fostered as a result of our programming partnerships. Once again, we have an opportunity to formally recognize an individual or organization for their contributions to our CD programs. Please review the criteria below and nominate those most deserving of special recognition at the Annual Extension Conference on December 5. Recent recipients of the Friend of Community Development Award include the Noble County CIC (2011) and Ohio Township Association (2010).

To submit your nomination, include the following information in one page or less by November 10 to

  • a summary statement of 50 words or less on how this person (not an OSUE employee) or organization has supported OSUE CD programming and/or partnered with OSUE CD in the delivery of programming
  • a brief description of the program
  • the role of the nominee
  • the impact of the nominee’s work
  • the nominee’s name, address, telephone, e-mail
  • your name and e-mail address

I look forward to receiving your nominations!

Extension Highlights - County Highlights - Communicating Impact

Most CD professionals are not county-based and work with communities and agencies throughout Ohio. For those of you who do not provide impact reporting to a County Extension Director, it is likely that your good work is overlooked in the program impact reporting process described by our Director Keith Smith below.

As such, I am asking that you identify and articulate your most impactful program highlight/impact statement. It may be most appropriately communicated from a county-level perspective (i.e. “We did this and this with this group in XYZ County”) and/or you may have one that is best communicated from an EERA-level (i.e. “In collaboration with X, Y, and Z, we focused on ABC in the Maumee Valley EERA”). If you would like to send one of each (if applicable), that is fine too.

Whatever you decide to report, so that we are providing an accurate representation of Extension CD work throughout Ohio, please send these items to the appropriate regional director(s) by Friday, November 2. NOTE:  the ‘appropriate’ regional director would be the individual overseeing the county and/or EERA of interest in your highlight/impact statement. Also, please remember to cc me as well on your submission.

From Keith Smith to all County Extension Directors on October 3, 2012:

“As we work to show the impact of Ohio State University Extension, your assistance is critical. Our state, federal and local elected officials – representatives, senators and county commissioners – want to know what we are doing in their back yard for their constituents.

That’s where the County Highlights come in. Of all the publications we use with elected officials, County Highlights are the most effective at sharing local impact information.

This year, please submit your county highlights to your regional director by Friday, November 2.

This document is not intended to showcase everything you do, but to highlight your work that directly addresses critical issues in your county. Because the audience for this document is busy, research tells us to keep it brief. Please keep your overall word count to 1,000 words.

As you did last year, please report your successes under our impact areas. Each county highlight sheet will be organized by these areas:

  •     Strengthening Families and Communities
  •     Preparing Youth for Success
  •     Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment
  •     Advancing Employment and Income Opportunities

CommTech has updated the County Highlights template to be more visually appealing, with a little more white space and fewer words. In addition, Suzanne Steel will be sending out some statements you can use for your highlights by inserting county-based data and information. The hope is it will save you time in writing.

Listed below are some tips from CommTech on effective impact writing. If you have questions about how to write impact or highlight statements, contact Suzanne at or 614-292-9637.

I’m looking forward to hearing more about your great work in the counties this year. Thank you for your assistance!”



'Issue Analysis Process' WebEx - October 29:

In response to the interest expressed at the CD unit retreat last month, Frank Gibson, Program Manager, Alber Enterprise Center, will be hosting a WebEx meeting titled Issue Analysis Process on Monday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. For meeting information, click here.

Renewable Energy Workshop - November 8:

The Renewable Energy Workshop 2012 will be held on Thursday, November 8, in the Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster. Check-in and a trade show will begin at 8:00 a.m. Wind, solar, and biobased energy opportunities, challenges, and case studies will be presented during the morning program, starting at 8:30 a.m. Renewable energy tours will be conducted from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Registration before November 2 is $40; after November 2 is $50. For complete information, including workshop brochure and contact information, visit:

Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners and Communities - November 10:

Ohio State University Extension is hosting a community education workshop on shale energy development on Saturday, November 10, in Cambridge. "Shale and You: A Workshop for Landowners and Communities" will be held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge, from 1 to 6 p.m. Registration is $10 and must be received by Monday, November 5, at the OSU Extension Guernsey County office. Complete information, including agenda and registration form, can be found at:



2013 Staff Career Development Grant Applications due October 29:

Application deadline for Staff Career Development Grants of up to $500 is Monday, October 29. These grants are awarded annually to offset costs associated with staff career goals and professional development and are funded through contributions to the Campus Campaign and administered by Human Resources in cooperation with USAC. Grants can be used toward expenses incurred during calendar year 2013. Applications are available at: Contact Michele Bondurant ( if you have questions.

President's and Provost's Council on Women - Call for Nominations due October 19:

If you are interested in the advancement of all women at Ohio State, nominate yourself for a position on the President's and Provost's Council on Women. Submissions are due Friday, October 19. Complete the nomination form found here. The three-year PPCW term offers an opportunity to work with dynamic people from across the university. The President and Provost will appoint members from the nominations. Contact Hazel Morrow-Jones ( if you have questions.

NCRCRD Small Grants - Call for Proposals due January 31:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is pleased to announce its 2012-13 small grants competition. Awards of up to $20,000 will be made to teams involving teams of land grant employees drawn from at least two north central states. Additional partners from other regions or types of employers are welcome to join the multistate teams. Awards will be made for work in any of the following areas:

  • Innovation diffusion for rural development
  • Sustainable communities
  • Leadership development
  • Entrepreneurial communities

Proposals are due January 31, 2013. Full details about the call for proposals can be found at:

Opportunities for interested parties to ask questions via conference call are scheduled for Monday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m. and Friday, January 11, at 11:00 a.m. To join either or both conference calls, please RSVP to Rosa Soliz (, and she will provide you with call-in information.



New Issue of Communiqué now Available:

Click here for a PDF of the latest issue of the Communiqué. Topics in this newsletter include:

  • 10 Inclusionist Behaviors in Leadership
  • New CFAES Dean
  • Annual Conference Keynote Speaker to hold a Breakout Session
  • Updated Field Specialist Brochure is Online
  • Director's Internal Advisory Committee
  • Strengths Finder Workshop - November 6
  • New Photo Library Available
  • CFAES Catalyst Team Announces New Initiatives
  • Tri-State Diversity Conference - February 21-22

Excellence in Extension Award Nominations due October 19:

This annual award, sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) and OSU Extension, recognizes a superior Extension educator with a cash award of $1,000, plus the addition of $1,000 to the base salary.  Nominations can be submitted by faculty, staff, clientele, or emeriti. Any Extension employee who is a current member of Epsilon Sigma Phi is eligible for this award and can receive it one time only.

To nominate someone, complete the nomination form and submit it by October 19 to:

Joyce Shriner
ESP Excellence in Extension
OSU Extension, Hocking County
150 N. Homer Avenue
Logan, OH 43138

Contact Joyce (740-385-3222 or if you have questions.

Excellence in Community Development Award Nominations due November 2:

OSU Extension Community Development is pleased to announce a Call for Nominations for the first OSU Extension Excellence in Community Development Award! This $1,000 cash award recognizes a CD Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career. Nominations are due November 2. The award will be presented at the OSU Extension Annual Conference on December 5. Click here for the application packet, which includes complete information regarding the Call for Nominations and the nomination form. 

Nepotism and Conflict of Interest/Work Outside the University Policies Updated - Conflict Disclosure due December 7:

To protect individuals and the university, the Nepotism Policy (applicable to faculty, staff, student employees, GAs, applicants) and the Conflict of Interest and Work Outside the University Policy (applicable to staff) were revised significantly, effective July 1. You may now find your individual situation is in conflict with the updated policies. Please review the updated policies and disclose any conflicts by Friday, December 7, so that alternative arrangements can be made. For complete information, read Kathleen McCutcheon's email of October 10.

Alber Enterprise Center Marketing Presentation:

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given by Myra Wilson, Executive Director, Alber Enterprise Center (AEC), at the CD retreat in September. Many of you requested a copy, and for those of you who were not able to attend, please see what AEC has to offer.

Reminders for OSU Extension Business Office Transactions:

Mileage Logs:

Please enter full street addresses, as well as city and state, for both departure and destination locations on your mileage logs. If just the city and state are listed, there will be a delay in processing.

Request Approval Prior to Spending:

Please email Greg (cc: Sandy) for approval to spend CD funds before you make purchases or travel overnight. The email should include an itemized estimated amount; chartfield information, including program or project number and user defined; and the business purpose. For travel, also provide dates and destinations. Click here to view the updated timing standards, which indicate the length of time it takes the business office to complete certain transactions. This is especially helpful when adding new vendors and setting up purchase orders.


OSU Extension CD Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development helps communities enhance their well-being.


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