The Most Overlooked Part of Your Job
Reporting and impact documentation have been the focus of these weekly AD Updates nearly two dozen times in the past two years. Why? It isn’t enough that you think you are doing good work; you must strive to inform your funders that you are in fact meeting their objectives. If you cannot, it is logical to assume that eventually they will fund those that can. It is for this reason that accountability may very well be the most important aspect of your work. You have the LOGIC Model to help you think through what you are trying to achieve and how you might go about achieving it. It also helps you think through how you might assess the short-, intermediate-, and longer-term results (or outcomes in ‘LOGIC-Model speak’).
You also have a variety of methods for communicating impact, including: County Highlights; OSUE Annual Report; the CD Accountability Report; CD News (webpage); North Central Region CD Indicators Report; regular monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly reporting you might compile and send to your supervisor; and of course, the RiV-informed Annual Federal Report, among others. Consider this, however; you need not worry about communicating via them all. Instead, I encourage you to simplify your efforts by focusing on RiV, especially the ‘Extension Teaching’ section to report program specifics. Every bit of data shared with USDA (Federal Report) originates from the RiV ‘Extension Teaching’ section. If you aren’t capturing the essence of your work here, the partner who is funding about a third of your salary has no idea you exist; and that is not good. If you have not already, open your RiV profile and make a couple of simple mouse clicks to provide me ‘Proxy’ status. Proxy status enables me to view your RiV data. Next week we’ll talk more specifically about how this can help.
Spring CD Unit Meeting - April 3
We have April 3 set aside to share, learn, and work within your smaller work groups as part of the Spring CD Unit meeting. Specific agenda details are still being worked out, but plan for a full day in the Ag Admin Auditorium. We’ll have time before lunch with Director Keith Smith (please send me your questions), as well as updates from the Summer Meeting (June 26) Planning Team, OJCEP Leadership, and more. Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks.
CD Small Grant Proposals due March 8:
Proposals are due this Friday (March 8) for CD small grant funding. Applications should address an opportunity or pressing need for applied research and/or new or revised curriculum. Click here to download the application. Contact Greg if you have questions.
Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:
Visit eXtension Learn (learn.extension.org) to view the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next few months. Topics include:
- Answering "Ask an Expert" Questions and Configuring Your Settings - March 5 at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Buying Local Food: Public Perceptions and Impacts - March 20 at 9:00 a.m.
- Moodle Meet-Up - March 27 at 2:30 p.m.
- Modern Biodiesel Production, Fuel Quality, BMPs, and Success Stories (Bioenergy Fridays) - March 29 at 11:00 a.m.
- Introduction to Social Networking - April 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast - March 12:
The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:15 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Learn from OSU's own Joseph Fiksel, director of the Center for Resilience, how better models and robust stakeholder involvement have led to more resilient and sustainable use and protection of water resources in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay watershed. Fiksel is also a special assistant for sustainability for the U.S. EPA. For complete information, including registration (deadline 5:00 p.m. on March 9) and the agenda, visit:epn.osu.edu. If you have questions, contact David Hanselmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stormwater Management Webinar - March 12:
A stormwater management webinar will be held March 12 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. While the target audience of this webinar is marina and boatyard owner/operators, this topic is one of current significance across many fields and the practices and approaches for handling stormwater may be adapted and applied to most industrial sites. Please consider participating in the webinar, and pass this information on to your stakeholders. For more information and to register for this free webinar by March 11, visit: ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
Community Development Society Webinar Series winds up March 13:
The Community Development Society (CDS), in collaboration with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and the Community Change Network, will present its final webinar in the series titled "Urban Revitalization: Community Empowerment, Measuring Neighborhood Distress and Public Housing." Webinar No. 3, Political and Social Incorporation of Public Housing Residents: Challenges in HOPE IV Community Development, will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Joanna Lucio of Arizona State University will present. Registration for non-CDS members is $69.99. CDS Member Rate is $34.99. For complete information and to register, visit: www.comm-dev.org.
Final 2013 Urban Local Food Workshop - March 16:
OSU Extension and Local Matters will present the last in their series of free urban local food workshops scheduled at the Godman Guild on E. 6th Street in the Weinland Park neighborhood next to the Columbus Campus. The final workshop will be held Saturday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The topic will be Planning the Vegetable Garden & Starting Seeds Indoors. Click here for complete information.
Registration now Open for Diversity Leadership Symposium - April 12:
The 2013 Diversity Leadership Symposium, Enriching Our Cultural Competencies, will be held April 12 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Join colleagues from across the University to learn more about Cultural Intelligence, Interfaith Understanding and Respect, Today’s Veteran on Campus, as well as several other great topics. Registration is $45, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Click here to view the informational flyer. For details and to register, visit: extensionhr.osu.edu/diversity/Symposium.
TourismOhio's Spring Town Hall Dates now Available:
Dates and locations have been finalized for TourismOhio’s five regional Town Hall Meetings in April. Regional meetings will be held April 16 - 25. Click here to sign up now for a Town Hall Meeting in your area. These meetings will provide Ohio’s tourism industry with an update on the Office of TourismOhio and provide vital information on new and ongoing programs and opportunities. Included on the agenda:
- An update on the Office of TourismOhio from Interim State Tourism Director Pat Barker
- A sneak peek at the new elements of TourismOhio’s marketing campaign
- Overview and demonstration of Jack Rabbit (hotel/lodging booking engine) capabilities that will soon be a key part of the DiscoverOhio.com website
- A preview of Ohio Tourism Month
- Learn about a pilot promotion between TourismOhio and a new non-traditional tourism partner
SCHOLARLY / CREATIVE / OPPORTUNITIES:
Judges Needed for Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 28 - Register by March 5:
A record number of students are registered for this year’s Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, and another 150 faculty, postdocs, or graduate students are needed to serve as judges, especially in STEM disciplines and social and behavioral sciences. The time commitment on Thursday, March 28 is check-in prior to 11:30 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m. to judge student projects. To register to serve as a judge, please go to denman.osu.edu/judgeregistration.aspx by Tuesday, March 5. Contact Allison Snow (email@example.com) if you have questions.
Twelfth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference (June 12-14) - Call for Abstracts extended through March 7:
Due to the negative effect that the weather is having in many states and institutions, the abstract submission has been extended 2 weeks, through March 7.
Original note in January 22 issue of the Weekly Wire:
'Latinos in the Heartland: Positive Steps toward a Pluralist Society' will be held June 12-14 at the Millennium Center at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Abstracts can be submitted online now. The full Call for Abstracts is available at:www.cambiodecolores.org. Questions about submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference brings together researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and community members to discuss the issues that Missouri, the Heartland, and other states face as a result of dramatic demographic changes. The conference program focuses and builds on the sharing of university, government, and community resources, linking academic studies to the more applied perspective and best practices of people and institutions working at the heart of the changing communities. The 2013 conference will provide state-of-the-art research and best practices that will inform participants about the multiple ways in which stakeholders are addressing the most significant and transformational demographic and cultural change in decades. Information about registration, hotels, and other details will be posted in February. Visit www.cambiodecolores.org for complete information.
Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference - Call for Proposals due March 15:
Proposals are being sought for the 2013 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, formerly the National Outreach Scholarship Conference, to be held October 6 through October 9 at Texas Tech University. This year’s conference will explore “Engaged Scholarship across Disciplines, Communities and Geography.” The proposal deadline is Friday, March 15. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit a proposal. Read more at: go.osu.edu/esc.
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
New Issue of the Communiqué now Available:
A new issue of the Communiqué is now available online at: extensionstaff.osu.edu/communique. Topics include:
• Positive Thinking for 2013
• STRS – Retirement planning workshop March 5
• New Salary Study is Posted
• New Flexible Spending Account features roll out in April
• Apply for Grants to Support Outreach and Engagement Work - Due March 8
• Update about Research in View (RiV)
• Strengths Finder ™ (Online Workshop) – March 5
• National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning set for May 6 - 7 in Columbus
• Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium RFP is now Available
• Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
CarmenConnect to be Webconferencing Tool after April 28:
OSU Extension's contract for WebEx Meeting Center (25 participants or less) will expire on April 28, 2013. We will adopt the CarmenConnect platform as the webconferencing tool for use by the organization. WebEx Event Center (more than 25 participants) will remain available through November 28, 2013. To begin the transition from WebEx Meeting Center to CarmenConnect, please request your CarmenConnect account no later than April 19, 2013. You may request your account by sending a request by email to: CarmenConnect@osu.edu. Click here for complete information.
Stone Lab offers Summer 2013 Scholarships & Unique Learning Experiences:
There is still time to apply for 2013 summer science classes at Stone Lab, Ohio State's Island Campus on Lake Erie. Courses are available for college students, teachers and educators, and high school students. In addition to scholarships and part-time jobs, dependents of OSU employees are eligible for Dependent Tuition Assistance. Scholarship applications for college students and educators are due Friday, March 8; high school students apply by Tuesday, March 19. Contact the Stone Lab Columbus Office (614-292-8949 or email@example.com) if you have questions. For more information, visit:stonelab.osu.edu.
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