CD Wire - May 21, 2013

AD Update:

Collaboration:  Always ‘In Season’

As we wrap up the annual performance review ‘season’ I have had many chances to read formal written feedback from colleagues and clientele. Such excellent evaluative feedback is a testament to the quality of our collaborations; the theme of over a dozen of these weekly updates in the past 2 ½ years. Collaboration enables us to accomplish more than if we were to work alone. You may recall a time when each office received copies of a written Extension Directory.  The directory listed every office and every individual in the Extension system in Ohio. It was updated annually and served as a handy reference when looking for potential collaborators or trying to remember someone’s phone number. The directory still exists, now in electronic form, and can be found on the Extension Faculty and Staff webpage (left menu). If you have not used this before, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the different ways you can search for possible new Extension-funded collaborators. Also, don’t forget that our friend Research in View (RiV) is slick for identifying potential collaborators throughout OSU too. For example, entering ‘strategic planning’ in the Faculty Search window yielded a list of 500 faculty whose RiV profiles reference that term (and our very own Becky Nesbitt at the top of the list). If all you know is the data reporting side of RiV, I strongly encourage you to investigate the Faculty Search side to find new collaborators. Seeing how RiV presents the data you enter in this public profile format might also enable you to better appreciate the system. smiley

Finally, speaking of collaboration in action, please remember to join in the North Central Region’s regional reporting effort by the end of this week. You can enter your 2012 figures into this attached file, save, and send to me ( Your individual responses (in some cases, estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine) will be compiled into one report from Ohio and forwarded on to be aggregated into the larger North Central CD Programreport being shared with Extension leadership and stakeholders nationally. To date, I have received indicator data from:  Barni, Bowen, Civittolo, Lichtkoppler, Nesbitt, Raison, and Romich. If you have sent data and your name is not listed, please let me know. If you have not sent data, please do so by week’s end.

Have a great week!

A CD Summer Meeting Destination: Well Site in Harrison County

Here is an interesting CFAES news release about Kaye and Dick Clay and their experience with leasing land for shale gas well drilling (OSU Extension Shale Development Information for Landowners 'Gave Me Confidence' ). This is the site we will be visiting during our summer meeting June 26.

Rachel Crusey on Vacation . . . and Getting Married!

Rachel, CD's fiscal rep in the Extension business office, is getting married on Saturday, and she will be on vacation from May 23 through June 3. If you have business office questions or needs while she is gone, please let Sandy ( know, and she will get answers for you. Best wishes to Rachel!



OSU Climate Change Webinar May 21:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues on Tuesday, May 21, from noon until 1:00 p.m. with "The Economics of Green Infrastructure: Strategies for Flood Mitigation," presented by speakers from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. They will discuss reducing the impacts of flooding, how green infrastructure can be an important tool to help reduce flooding, and case studies from three areas in the Great Lakes. The webinar is free. Register at: Contact Jill Jentes Banicki ( if you have questions.

Urban "Grow Your Own" Workshops scheduled May through July:

Three "Grow Your Own" workshops will be held May through July in Columbus to help people interested in raising chickens, bees, and produce in urban environments. The workshops are free and are sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Local Matters, and the Godman Guild. All workshops will be held at the Godman Guild, 303 E. 6th Street in Columbus. Participants are asked to RSVP by emailing The workshops are:

  • Chickens 101May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Speaker Rachel Tayse Baulliel will discuss housing, health, and nutrition needs of backyard chickens.
  • Keeping Bees in the CityJune 15, 9 a.m. to noon. The Central Ohio Beekeepers Association will present this introductory workshop, with a special emphasis on keeping bees in urban environments.
  • GAPs Workshop for Urban Food ProducersJuly 13, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Mike Hogan, educator with OSU Extension, will teach an introductory food safety workshop focused on GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) geared to urban producers of fruits, vegetables, and other food items.

Read the news release for complete information.

PI Portal Overview: Monitoring your Research Grants & Contracts - May 22:

Members of the research community are encouraged to attend this hands-on session to learn about monitoring their research grants and contracts. Office of Sponsored Programs staff will provide a demonstration of the PI Portal including basic features, navigation, and answers to your questions. Targeted to researchers and their staff who already have access to the PI Portal, this session will be held Wednesday, May 22, in 460B Health Science Library from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. To register, visit:

EPN Breakfast features Corporate and Humanitarian Sustainability Efforts - June 11:

The Chief Sustainability Officer for a world leader in industrial packaging, Scott Griffin, will share strategies and successes of central Ohio-based Greif, Inc. at the Thursday, June 11, Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Greif partners with leading NGOs to deploy low cost, durable water backpacks through the Pack H2O initiative. For complete information, including agenda and registration, visit:"EPN Breakfast Club" on right menu). Contact David Hanselmann ( if you have questions.

Promotion Web Conference - June 14:

Greg Davis will lead a CarmenConnect web conference for CD professionals who are on, or interested in being on, promotion track. The meeting will be held on Friday, June 14, starting at 3:00 p.m. Meeting room



Send Upcoming Events & Event Summaries for next CD Quarterly News:

Please send Sandy, by May 31, information about your upcoming events (after July 8) and/or recent event summaries for the summer issue of the CD Quarterly News. Photos sent with your summaries will be greatly appreciated. Your upcoming event information will also be posted on the CD Web site and forwarded to Extension administration for posting to the intranet calendar. Please send upcoming events anytime and often . . . thanks!!

Clarification of Mileage Log eRequest Submission:

The business office requires one monthly mileage log and one log per eRequest. If you have more than one Org on your monthly mileage log, then you will need to upload email approval from the approver(s) who will not electronically receive the eRequest to approve. There is only one electronic approver and that will be the person who is responsible for the Org that you list under "Funding Source." Their name will automatically appear in that section as the person to whom approval is being routed. If you are not sure who is responsible for a certain Org or have questions about any aspect of the process, please ask Sandy.

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