CD Wire - November 19, 2012

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Sharing Our Good Work - NACDEP at Galaxy – Pittsburgh - September 16-20, 2013

You may have seen in a notice from NACDEP in your Inbox from last Friday that once again it is time to begin thinking of sharing your good work. Abstracts are being accepted now through 11:59 PM January 10, 2013. Three session categories are available (below). Click on the link for more info and review criteria for each:

Using the web-based proposal submission process (which requires you to create a username and password before logging in), you will be asked to submit both a short and long abstract:

  • A short abstract (300 characters or less) will be used by the educational programs committee to peer-review submissions for presentations. This abstract will be included in the program booklet for all presenters.
  • A long abstract (500 words or less) will be included in the proceedings (to be published online) for all scheduled presentations. I encourage you to format your abstract using these key elements:
  • statement of the problem or research question
  • methods used
  • results and or findings
  • conclusions and recommendations

All abstracts will be evaluated through a blind, peer-review process composed of three to seven reviewers.

Presenters will be provided with a computer, LCD projector, screen, and microphone by an outside AV contractor. You are not allowed to bring your own AV equipment into the presentation room. Any other audio-visual needs of presenters need to be communicated to the Educational Programs Committee.

Tack boards will be available for poster sessions. Posters can be a maximum of 4x4 feet. Poster presenters are expected to be at their poster during the hour-long poster session they are assigned.

If you want help in thinking about what of your work you might want to present, please do not hesitate to contact a colleague or me. Given that Pittsburgh is a no more than a few hours driving for most of us, I am looking forward to full participation!



Health Care Reform WebEx - November 21:

FCS Extension professionals have been discussing their role of providing health and wellness education for employers and employees. Considering the changing health care climate, it will be helpful to understand the changes that are occurring in health care reform. Join them on Wednesday, November 21, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. for Impact: Health Care Reform. The WebEx session will discuss the basic foundations of the health care reform taking place in the United States and the implications on businesses and individuals as they address their health care and educational needs. This will be a valuable overview for Extension educators interested in better understanding the Affordable Health Care Act as they work with businesses and individuals. Jerry Friedman, Advisor for Health Policy, Associate Vice President for External Relations & Advocacy Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, will present. For complete information, including how to access the WebEx discussion, click here.

eXtension Strategic Planning Webinar - December 4:

Interested in strategic planning? An eXtension webinar, Gathering the Stakeholders: The Process of Community Engagement, will be held December 4 at 11:00 a.m. Successful leadership understands the value of engaging the community in developing ideas, making decisions, and implementing plans. Martha Walker will lead the discussion of why engagement is needed, who makes it happen, and the process that sets the stage for a successful dialogue. Click here for meeting information. 

NCRCRD Webinar: Publishing University Engaged Research - December 4:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled "Publishing University Engaged Research" on December 4 at 3:00 p.m. Nancy Franz of Iowa State University will provide tips and tools for enhancing the publication of your engaged research. To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, as well as a complete list of webinars, visit:

Final "Economic Recovery in Disaster-Impacted Communities" Series Webinar - December 5:

The International Economic Development Council will conclude its series of six free webinars, titled Economic Recovery in Disaster-Impacted Communities, on December 5. Based on real pre-disaster planning and post-disaster experience, each seminar will equip you to plan and sustain your community's economic recovery in the wake of disaster. The sixth and final seminar, titled How to Engage Your Small Business in Continuity Efforts, will be held Wednesday, December 5, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and will describe how to effectively engage local businesses to take important pro-active disaster preparatory steps, such as developing a business continuity plan. To view the complete list of seminars and to register,

Open Doors Training - December 18:

Open Doors training, hosted by OARDC, ATI, and OSU Student Life Multicultural Center, will be held on December 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fisher Auditorium Conference Room, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster.

Open Doors is a 4-hour training consisting of three modules that focus on recognizing, identifying, and addressing bias.

  • Module 1: What is bias and how do I interrupt it?
  • Module 2: Sharing identities and empathetic listening.
  • Module 3: Working with persons in distress

For more information on Open Doors visit:

This training is part of the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and CFAES will be developing its own cadre of trainers, but it is important to attend the entire session before the training of trainers. Participating in this session will count toward the CFAES Diversity Challenge (35 points) and fits into the following OSU Core Competencies:

  • Diversity
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Continuous learning
  • Professionalism
  • Understanding stakeholders and communities
  • Customer service

Mileage will be provided by the CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team for the first ten people to register. Register by sending an e-mail to Rhonda Billman ( and copying Kathy Lechman (

SAVE THE DATE: Farmland Preservation Summit - January 17:

The 13th Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit will be held on January 17, 2013, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration materials will be sent in county mailings in the next few weeks. Contact Mike Hogan ( if you have questions.

iPad Training - January 18:

Bonnie Scranton will facilitate an iPad training on Friday, January 18, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Learning Center East, located in the South Central Region Extension Office in Caldwell. Cost is $25, and the class size is limited, so register early. For complete registration information, click here.

Local Foods Signature Program Roundtable and In-Service - January 23:

Learn how you can be part of OSU Extension's new Local Foods Signature Program in 2013. Plan to attend a roundtable and in-service on January 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration information will be available in early December. Contact program leaders Mike Hogan ( or Kate Shumaker ( if you have questions.



NCRCRD Small Grants - Call for Proposals due January 31:

Proposals for the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development small grants competition are due January 31, 2013. 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

Full details about the call for proposals can be found at:



CD Quarterly News - Winter 2013 Events Request:

The winter 2013 issue of the CD Quarterly News will be published January 2. Please submit your upcoming events toSandy by December 3.

OSUE Annual Conference Registration Rate Increases again after November 21:

The OSU Extension Annual Conference will be held December 5 at the Ohio Union. The rate is now $100 for registrations submitted through November 21 and will increase to $150 after November 21. Sign up now for the breakout sessions of your choice. For complete information and registration link, visit:

Remember, if your Org is 55120, please email your Annual Conference registration confirmation to Sandy for Greg's approval. Payment will be handled by internal transfer, so please make sure your chartfield information is accurate. If you have questions about fund numbers, please contact Sandy (614-292-6232).


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