CD Wire - February 18, 2013

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AD Update:

Covey’s 13 Character and Competence Behaviors of High Trust Leaders (outlined in Covey’s The Speed of Trust, 2006), were highlighted regularly in the Extension Communiqué last year. OSU Extension Director Keith Smith discussed Talk Straight, Demonstrate Respect and Listen First, among others, in terms of our Extension work. Each of the thirteen behaviors provides us simple and straightforward reminders of how to grow personally and professionally.

Of particular interest to me are Delivering Results and Getting Better; two of what Covey calls the ‘Competence Behaviors.’ When you are getting the right things done, making things happen and accomplishing what you are hired to do, you are ‘Delivering Results.’ Continuously improving, increasing your capabilities and developing feedback systems characterize the ‘Get Better’ behavior. This time of year we discuss individual accomplishments and plans for professional growth as part of the annual performance review. Behaviors you’d like to improve can only get better if you make them a priority.

To help me improve, I encourage you to share your honest feedback via a formal web-based survey. Expect a note in your in-box this week from Debby Lewis of PD&E who will be handling the instrumentation and data collection details similar to what is done to evaluate CEDs. I hope this effort will compliment other formal feedback systems currently in place. And as always, I welcome your suggestions for improvement via informal means too. My goal is to ‘get better,’ and I value your feedback!



IRB Exempt Forms Help Session - February 20:

Investigators, graduate students, and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the exempt application on Wednesday, February 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 117 Research Administration Building. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the application and will explain the types of human subjects research that are exempt from IRB review. For complete information about the session and to register, visit: If you have questions, please contact 292-0214 or

2013 Urban Local Food Workshops continue on March 2:

OSU Extension and Local Matters continue their 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. Workshops remaining include:

  • 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 'Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities, and Rural Development' Webinar - March 13:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled 'Recreational Homes, Gateway Communities, and Rural Development' on March 13 at 3:00 p.m.  Recreational homes and their occupants create both opportunities and pitfalls for communities in rural amenity-rich regions. This webinar will outline an applied research agenda and introduce a set of outreach materials to assist community leaders in addressing the set of issues surrounding recreational homes and their use. Speakers will be Gary Green and Dave Marcouiller (University of Wisconsin), Dan Erkkila, Bill Gartner and Ann Ziebarth (University of Minnesota), Mark Skidmore and Christine Vogt (Michigan State University), and Richelle Winkler (Michigan Tech University). To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, visit: A list of upcoming, as well as recorded, webinars can also be found at this site.

'Living Your Small Farm Dream' Conference and Trade Show - March 23:

The "Living Your Small Farm Dream" conference and trade show will be held March 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. at the Muskingum County Convention and Welcome Center in Zanesville. The event is designed to help small farm owners learn more tips, techniques and methods for diversifying their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets as a way to improve economic growth and development on their farms. The conference starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4:15 p.m. Registration is $50, and the deadline is March 18. For more information, including conference brochure, and to register, visit: or contact Mark Mechling (740-454-0144

Innovate Conference - March 26-27:

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning is hosting this year’s Innovate Conference March 26-27 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This free event is open to faculty, staff, and students interested in infusing technology and education for increased engagement and comprehension. For registration, session schedules for each day, and other details, visit:

Sustainable Water Resources & Climate Change Planning Short Course - April 9-22:

The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute (OELI) will present a two-week short course titled Sustainable Water Resources and Climate Change Planning April 9 through 22. This short course, two-week experience requires about eight hours of work, including readings and participation in online discussions. The online “anytime” format gives you the flexibility to fit the course into your schedule. Participants, including water managers, watershed professionals, and local and state government officials, will gain the knowledge and skills needed to apply sustainability principles to water resources and climate change planning in their community. The course consists of three instructional modules:

  • Understanding Sustainability
  • Sustainable Approaches to Water Infrastructure and Climate Change Planning
  • Engaging Stakeholders in Planning for Sustainability

Instructors will be Myra Moss, Jon MacDonagh-Dumler, Anne Baird, and Joe Bonnell. Registration will be available soon. For complete information, including course objectives and format, visit:

Save the Date . . . 2014 NACDEP Conference:

Mark your calendars for the 2014 NACDEP Conference. It will be held June 22-25, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



National Extension Tourism Conference (August 6-9) - Call for Papers due March 1:

The National Extension Tourism Conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan August 6 - 9 for any staff members or researchers who have an interest in tourism. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 1, with notification of submission status by March 22. For further information on the 2013 NET Conference, proposal submission, and guidelines, visit:



Complete Your OSU Extension Strategic Plan Feedback Survey by February 28:

If you have not yet completed the OSU Extension Strategic Plan feedback survey, you still have an opportunity to do so by 11:59 p.m. on February 28. To review the plan and overview, visit: To enter the survey, you must use your unique link that was emailed to you on February 8.

New Issue of the Communiqué now Available:

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

  • Featuring the Work of OSU Extension Field Specialists
  • Government Relations Update
  • Review Process for Extension Educational Materials
  • Open Doors Training is March 8
  • Promotion for Faculty
  • Promotion for A&P Educators

OSU South Centers Connection Newsletter - A Year in Review:

Click here to read the 2013 Winter Achievement's Edition of the OSU South Centers Connection newsletter, which includes several articles on the Business and Economic Development Network.

Grant-writing Newsletter now Available:

The February issue of the Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter is now available (OSU login required). Topics in this issue include:

  • the Too Kind Program Officer
  • NSF INSPIRE Webinar Report
  • Transagency Research: NSF/USDA/NIFA
  • the Dictionary of Common NSF Usage
  • the Background Researcher on Proposals
  • New Funding Opportunities, Web Resources, and Agency News

WOSU begins Production of Six More ‘Columbus Neighborhoods’ Documentaries:

WOSU Public Media has announced the second phase of production for its Emmy award-winning television documentary series, Columbus Neighborhoods, premiering this fall. The following six communities will be featured through 2015:

  • the South Side of Columbus
  • Clintonville
  • Worthington
  • Bexley
  • the Tri-Villages (Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights)
  • ‘New Americans’ (a look at Columbus’ growing immigrant population)

For more information about the series, visit:


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