CD Wire - January 14, 2013

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Key Dates and Key Reports

A quick check found that roughly one-third of these weekly posts since late 2010 have discussed funding. Every post mentions dates. Funding keeps us in business and you employed. Dates keep us on time and in the places we need to be when we need to be in them. January 15 and $10 million in the same posting refers to Research in View (RiV) annual reporting and federal funding. You should be aware that Debby Lewis in PD&E requests your 2012 extension activities be entered in RiV by January 15. What you may not know is that OSU Extension’s federal ‘formula’ funding (approximately $10 million according to Debby) is directly tied to OSU Extension’s federal report of results provided to USDA. Bottom line: Your reporting informs this report of results. Please contribute. The federal portion of your salary and benefits depends on it.

What you report is also used to help inform performance planning, management, and evaluation.  Similar to OSU:pro used in the past, RiV enables you to document your accomplishments as well as your goals and progress for your performance and professional development. Two reports can be generated from RiV’s ‘DOCUMENTS’ tab; a Dossier Report and Extension Annual Report.  NOTE:  When you think ‘annual,’ think calendar year for Educators; think state fiscal year – July through June – for Program Staff and Specialists. So, while you ensure your accomplishments are entered in RiV on a calendar year basis for Debby and the federal report, program staff and specialists will also want to ensure they have an up-to-date RiV on a July through June basis as well.

Also, like last year, we’ll be compiling a brief CD Accountability Report to highlight our accomplishments. Look for the short web-based questionnaire this week and keep your RiV reports handy to aid in its completion.

In short, documenting your plans, goals, and accomplishments is important. No matter your position, be sure you have reported your work for 2012 in RiV by January 15 for Debby (generating a report for her is not necessary). If you are an educator, generate and send a Dossier Report and Extension Annual Report to your supervisor by January 15. If you are a program staff member or specialist, plan to generate and send a Dossier Report and Extension Annual Report to your supervisor after June 30. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. Beyond this, whatever you might want to send me and whenever you send it will serve as a much appreciated informational ‘update’ to help me better support you.

Reduced OEDA Membership Rate Available

Folks interested in becoming a member of the Ohio Economic Development Association can now join via the ‘organizational membership’ option. When completing the online membership form, list the organization as ‘Ohio State University Extension’ and be sure to indicate ‘organizational membership.’ The rate is $200/calendar year for this option, a savings of $75. Learn more at (click on "Membership").

Welcome New Van Wert County CD Educator!

Please extend a warm welcome to Cynthia Leis, who joined us on January 7 as the CD Educator in Van Wert County. Prior to Extension, Cindy spent 17 years working with Ohio manufacturers as part of the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) based in Cleveland and Toledo and most recently taught in the College of Business at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. She is a graduate of Bluffton University and received an MBA from Tiffin University. She and her husband, Mike, reside in Delphos with their three children. Cindy can be reached at 419-238-2999,, or at the City of Van Wert Municipal Building, 515 E. Main Street Van Wert, Ohio. Welcome, Cindy!



Community Development Society Webinar Series starts January 16:

The Community Development Society (CDS), in collaboration with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and the Community Change Network, is offering a series of three webinars titled "Urban Revitalization: Community Empowerment, Measuring Neighborhood Distress and Public Housing." Webinar No. 1, Private Foundations and Community Development: Differing Approaches to Community Empowerment, will be held Wednesday, January 16, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Central time (1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST). Registration for non-CDS members is $69.99/webinar or all 3 for $189.00 (a 10% savings). CDS Member Rates are $34.99 /webinar or $94.98 for all 3 in the series (a 10% savings). For complete information and to register, visit:

OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues January 17:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues Thursday, January 17, from noon to 1:00 p.m. with "Climate and Carbon Impacts on Productivity, Chemistry and Invasive Species in the Great Lakes." Galen McKinley, associate professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and invasive species in Lakes Superior and Michigan, and the impact climate change will have on the Great Lakes. The webinar is free. Register at: Contact Christina Dierkes ( if you have questions.

Dean Webinars begin January 18:

Mark your calendars for the third Friday of each month, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., to join Bruce A. McPheron, Ph.D., Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences, in a regular webinar series. Dr. McPheron plans to use this time to ensure that we are all up to speed with the successes of our college and to alert you to upcoming events, issues, and opportunities. Detailed information on how to connect will be forthcoming this week. The first webinar is scheduled for Friday, January 18.

Online Master’s Program in Agricultural and Extension Education:

The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), is launching its Online Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education. The first cohort of students is taking courses this semester. The online M.S. degree in Agricultural and Extension Education is targeted toward early- and mid-career, place-bound, working professionals who need access to graduate education to advance personal and professional goals. This is a great opportunity to access graduate education to advance your personal and professional goals while taking advantage of the employee tuition assistance program at OSU. For more information, please visit where you will find details on the program, application process, and other frequently asked questions. If you are interested in the program, the next few months is a good time to get started with the application process for admission Autumn Semester 2013. Please email Scott Scheer ( or Graham Cochran ( if you have questions or would like additional information.



Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference - Call for Papers addressing Rural Issues:

The Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. April 11-12. Click here for the original call for papers. The theme is ‘Resilience and Rebuilding for Low Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice,” and although a good number of papers were received, few papers addressed rural issues. If you or your colleagues have any research in the hopper that you could put forward, please contact Karen Leone de Nie at the Atlanta Fed ( or Yvonne Sparks at the St. Louis Fed (

Applications for Grants to Support Outreach and Engagement Work due March 8:

Requests for proposals (RFPs) are now available for the 2013 Engagement Impact Grants, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants, and Service-Learning Grants. The grants aim to establish and/or expand innovative, creative, scholarly outreach and engagement initiatives that can have a substantial impact within the university and community. The OSU CARES grants, under the leadership of OSU Extension, support partnerships between OSU Extension and other departments at Ohio State. These grants have provided seed dollars for a number of well-established programs throughout Ohio and give great opportunity for many of our OSU Extension teams to strengthen programming. The submission deadline for all three grants programs is Friday, March 8, at 4:00 pm. Visit to access the RFPs and more information on each grant. An informational session will be held Tuesday, January 22, at 12:15 p.m. in 385 Bricker Hall.



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