CD Wire - January 8, 2013

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Sharing Your Good Work

What do Nancy Bowen and Brian Raison have in common? Not only do they share a ‘top five’ strength in the Relationship-Building Domain of the Gallup StrengthsFinder, they also have presentation proposals submitted for the NACDEP at Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh, September 16-20. You may have seen from NACDEP last Friday that abstracts are being accepted through 11:59 PM January 15, 2013. Both a short and long abstract are required in one of the following categories:

  1. Economic Development and Tourism
  2. Leadership Development
  3. Civic Engagement and Public Deliberation
  4. Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources
  5. Building Successful Collaborations
  6. The Process of Change

The 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. The 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 3-7 reviewers.  To submit, go here.

If you have already joined the ranks of Brian and Nancy, good work! If not, and 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. We should plan for full participation in the great city of Pittsburgh!

Formal Teaching Observation

In addition to the January 15 submission deadline above, and the CD unit meeting dates shared below, there are other important dates you may want to think about.  If you are aware of dates in 2013 that you will be teaching and would like me to observe, let me know.  Feedback enables us to make improvements in our teaching; don’t hesitate to ask for formal feedback from me, your supervisor, and/or peers.  Likewise, please offer to provide feedback to others as well.  Constructive assessments of others’ teaching can provide opportunities for improving your teaching too!  (NOTE: The formal outline for providing written feedback is described here.)

2013 CD Unit Quarterly Meeting Dates

Thanks to those who answered the poll to determine the following dates for 2013 CD unit quarterly meetings. All locations are to be determined. Please mark your calendars!

  • Spring Meeting: Wednesday, April 3
  • Summer Meeting: Wednesday, June 26
  • Fall Retreat: Tuesday/Wednesday, October 15-16
  • Winter Meeting: Day before OSU Extension Annual Conference (Date TBD)

'CD Quarterly News' now Posted

The Winter 2013 issue of the CD Quarterly News is posted on the CD Web page as a 'News' item. If you have not yet submitted email addresses (as well as name and organization) to subscribe your stakeholders, please send them to Sandy as soon as possible.



AEDE Spring 2013 Seminar Series begins January 15:

Please join the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics as they kick off their Spring 2013 Seminar Series on January 15 with a presentation from Douglas Wrenn, postdoctoral researcher and AEDE alumnus, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Agricultural Administration Building. Learn more at:

Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast - January 8:

A panel of Ohio experts will discuss Green Infrastructure at the EPN 2nd Tuesdays Breakfast Club on Tuesday, January 8 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Doors will open at 7:15 a.m. The discussion will explore realizing the potential to improve our environment and reduce infrastructure costs through effective stormwater programs. Students, staff, faculty, and the public are welcome. For more information, visit: Contact David Hanselmann ( if you have questions.

Local Foods Networking Teleconference 2013 Schedule:

The new OSUE Local Foods Signature Program Team will conduct quarterly Local Foods networking teleconferences in 2013 for any Extension faculty and staff. The goal is to share resources, identify potential areas of collaborations, etc. Call-in instructions will be emailed a week prior to each call. The schedule for these calls is as follows:

  • January 10 – 9 a.m. (Cancelled in lieu of the Local Foods Signature Program Kickoff In-Service scheduled for January 23 on the Columbus Campus.)
  • April 11 – 9 a.m.
  • July 11 – 9 a.m.
  • October 10 – 9 a.m.

Contact Local Foods Signature Program Leaders Mike Hogan ( or Kate Shumaker ( if you have questions.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit extension Learn ( to view the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next few months. Topics include:

  • Conflict and the Culture of Avoidance in the Workplace - January 10 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Getting Action from Website Landing Pages - January 10 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Handling Difficult Conversations - January 24 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Introduction to Linkedin and Pinterest - January 24 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Top 10 Trends & Cool Tools in Social Media - February 14 at 2:00 p.m.

CFAES Community Dialogue Series continues January 15:

The CFAES Community Dialogue Series continues January 15 from 11:00-12:00 via Web Ex. Does more green ($) mean more green (trees)? Research has shown that spending time in nature provides countless physical, emotional, and social benefits as well as being essential in building environmental attitudes and values. But, do the wealthy have a monopoly on trees? Recent mapping research suggests they might. Join the dialogue to discuss this trend and its implications on residents in various socio-economic living situations. For complete information visit:


Topic: What determines attitudes about environmentalism?
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 687 210 139
Meeting Password: Diversity1

To join the online meeting:
1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Diversity1
4. Click "Join"

Promotion Workshop - January 16:

A repeat of the December Promotion Workshop session will be held on January 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration Building on the Columbus campus. This workshop is not a Research in View (RiV) training, but techniques to effectively document your accomplishments in RiV will be discussed. Registration fee is $25. Register online by January 9 at:

Multicultural Center Office of Student Life hosts Raj Patel for Food System Discussion - January 17:

The Multicultural Center Office of Student Life as part of Asian American Heritage Month is hosting Raj Patel, food policy expert, journalist and author, on January 17 to discuss his newest book. Learn more about him here. The presentation of  “Stuffed & Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System” will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Traditions Room at The Ohio Union.

2013 Urban Local Food Workshops begin January 19:

OSU Extension and Local Matters will present a series of free urban local food workshops scheduled this winter at the Godman Guild on E. 6th Street in the Weinland Park neighborhood next to the Columbus Campus. The schedule includes:

  • January 19 (9:30 a.m. to noon) - Aquaponics and Aquaculture in Urban Settings
  • March 2 (10:00 a.m. to noon) - The Future of Producing Food in Urban Areas of Ohio
  • March 16 (9:00 a.m. to noon) - Planning the Vegetable Garden & Starting Seeds Indoors

Click here for complete information.

NCRCRD presents Overview of USDA Rural Development Loan Program Webinar - January 22:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled Overview of USDA Rural Development Loan Program on January 22 at 2:00 p.m. Participants will become more familiar with the Business Programs of USDA Rural Development. Speakers will be Mark Brodziski, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Business and Cooperative Programs and John H. Broussard, Director, Business and Industry Division, USDA Rural Development. To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, as well as a complete list of webinars, visit:

Food Deserts Research to be presented January 22:

The CFAES Diversity Speaker Series kicks off January 22 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (with live streaming), featuring Dr. Tom Blaine discussing research on food deserts in rural and urban areas. Food deserts are areas where people face a lack of opportunities to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Food deserts are not limited to urban areas; they are also an issue for many in rural areas. Research conducted on urban and rural food deserts will be shared along with a discussion of implications of food deserts and actions taken to address them. Clickhere to the view the flyer.

Local Foods Signature Program Kick-Off In-Service - January 23:

Click here to view the flyer, agenda, and registration form for the Local Foods Signature Program Kickoff In-Service scheduled for January 23 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration is free, but the registration form must be received before January 10, 2013.

Farm to School Webinar - January 29:

A webinar for Extension educators will be held on January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Look for the link soon in an all-extension email.

Community Development Academy - March 25-29:

Experience the Community Development Academy this spring through the following two courses:

  • Course 1: Building Communities from the Grass Roots
  • Course 2: Empowering Communities for the Future

The academy will be held March 25-29 at The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Click here for complete information, including scholarship assistance.



NCRCRD Small Grant Proposals due January 31:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development's 2012-13 small grants competition is offering awards of up to $20,000 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. Proposals are due at 5:00 p.m. on January 31. For Small Grant information/files go to: Click on the titles at the left for descriptions of previously funded projects. Awards will be made for work in any of the following areas:

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

Interested parties can ask questions via a conference call scheduled for Friday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m. To join the conference call, RSVP to Rosa Soliz (, and she will provide you with call-in information.

University Outreach, Engagement, and Service Recognition Award Nominations due January 31:

The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs and Undergraduate Education, and the Service Learning Initiative are seeking nominations for the 2013 University Outreach, Engagement, and Service Recognition Awards. Awards will be given to the top-nominated partnerships in the Community Engagement, International Engagement, and Service-Learning categories. Applicants are asked to submit 500-word abstracts as their application. The overall top partnership will serve as the university’s nominee for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. Nominations are also being sought for Ohio State’s annual staff, student, student organization, and community partner service awards. Nominations must be submitted online by January 31. For more information and to submit your project, visit: For more information, contact 247-7795 or



New Issue of Communiqué now Available:

A new issue of the Communiqué is now available online at: Topics in this issue include:

  • Positive Thinking for 2013
  • Director’s Internal Advisory Committee
  • Reminder – Any Payment to 2011 VSIP Participants is NOT Allowed
  • A & P Committee Members for 2013
  • P & T Committee Members for 2013
  • Larry Gearhardt Selected as Field Specialist - Taxation
  • EEET Summary Reports for County Program Faculty and Staff
  • Research in View Update
  • Requests for Dean McPheron to Attend Events
  • The Changing Face of the Organization: Millennials in the Workplace - January 29 Online Seminar
  • Tri-State Diversity Conference February 20-22

Fall/Winter 2012-13 Issue of Continuum now Available:

Click here to view the latest issue, as well as past issues, of Continuum. This issue includes articles about VP McPheron, the Farm to School program, and CFAES Alumni Awards.

Mileage Logs and Travel Forms for 2013 Travel now Available:

Mileage logs, travel reimbursement forms, pre-travel worksheets, and T# request forms for travel during the period January 1 through December 31, 2013, are now available on the OSUE Business Office webpage. Effective January 1, 2013, mileage will be reimbursed at 56.5¢ per mile for travel during the period January 1 through December 31, 2013. Reimbursement for any travel that occurred during 2012 should be submitted on 2012 forms, also available at the above site. Please submit 2012 mileage logs and travel forms as soon as possible.

ICMA/MSU Study Available:

Results of an ICMA/MSU survey regarding the local food system, local government, and USDA programs can be found


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