CD Wire - October 22, 2013

AD Update:

Hectic Times Require Working Smarter

Reflecting on the past several weeks leads me to believe that they have been a bit of a whirlwind. In addition to the ‘normal’ work on our to do lists, many of us went from planning for, attending and recuperating from the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh to preparing for and taking part in the CD Unit Retreat in Cleveland last week. And though I occasionally tell Sandy ‘someday things will slow down a bit’ (to which, of course, she laughs), like her I am beginning to question that notion. No doubt we are in the midst of hectic times but they need not cause us undue mental strain. A recent posting about being busy and busily talking about being busy discussed why this was a bad idea and offered suggestions for how to work smarter. It was a super quick read and the tactics for working smarter were pretty thought provoking. I really encourage you to take a quick look at it here.

Joe Heimlich receives NAAEE Walter E. Jeske Award

Joe Heimlich was named the recipient of the Walter E. Jeske Award during the NAAEE (North American Association of Environmental Education) Conference held in Baltimore, MD two weeks ago. This award is the highest honor NAAEE bestows and was established to honor Walt Jeske, Chief of the Education and Publications Unit with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Jeske was a dedicated member of the NAAEE Board of Directors and outstanding environmental educator until his untimely death in 1981. The award is given to recognize service to NAAEE and leadership within the field of environmental education. Congratulations, Joe, on becoming part of a very prestigious and elite group!



AEDE Applied Economic Seminar Series Presentation - October 29:

The CFAES department of Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics will present Global Climate Change Policy – Extractive Industry Impacts and Response on Tuesday, October 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 105 of Ag Admin. Jeff Hopkins, Principal Advisor for International Energy and Climate Policy at Rio Tinto, will focus his presentation on climate change policy as experienced by an international mining company. This seminar is sponsored by Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative. For complete information, click here.

Teamwork: Moving from Dysfunction to High-Performance - October 31:

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs is offering Teamwork: Moving from Dysfunction to High Performance on Thursday, October 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. Learn to analyze team performance, identify effective and ineffective team behaviors and implement strategies for more productive teamwork. Register

Whitacre to deliver State of Research Address - November 6:

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will deliver the annual state of research address on Wednesday, November 6, at 8:30 a.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater at the Ohio Union. Learn about the breadth, scope and excellence of Ohio State’s research programs. Gain insight into how university researchers are making connections on campus, locally, nationally and globally to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges and enrich the lives of our citizens. Read more at:

Renewable Energy Workshop - November 19 at OARDC:

The sixth annual Renewable Energy Workshop will be held at the Fisher Auditorium at OARDC on the Wooster campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19. The workshop will focus on methane as a transportation fuel, including technologies for generating and using compressed natural gas (CNG). Learn about CNG vehicle conversion, CNG from biomass and impacts of shale gas. The workshop will also feature current activity for wind and solar energy in Ohio and tours of nearby facilities. Read the workshop brochure at and the news releasehere. Fee is $40 before November 12 and $50 after. Contact is Mary Wicks ( or (330) 202-3533).

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next couple of months. Topics include:

  • Introduction & Development of the Community-flow Measurement Instrument - October 24 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Building Capacity for Productive and Meaningful Advisory Experiences - October 25 at 12:30 p.m.
  • 5 Things You Should Know about Disaster Resources at - October 31 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday Online--Tips & Resources for Online Development - November 1 at 10:00 a.m.



2014 Staff Career/Manager Development Grant Applications due October 31:

HR and USAC invite staff to apply for Staff Career Development Grants awarded to offset costs associated with professional development activities. Applications are due Thursday, October 31, and are available online. The newly created Staff Manager Development Grant allows managers and supervisors to attend classes, seminars and workshops offered by Ohio State providers. Applications and details are available online. This grant is funded by proceeds from the lease of parking operations and contributions to the Campaign. Contact is Michele Bondurant (

North Central Leadership Conference - Call for Proposals due November 15:

The North Central Leadership Conference planning committee is seeking proposals for workshops for the Next Generation Leadership – Pathways towards our Future with You to be held in Omaha, Nebraska April 28–30. Proposals should be based on the conference goals and tracks listed on the conference site (see link below). Each workshop is 75 minutes. Submission deadline is November 15.  For complete information, (click on the Call for Proposals tab). This conference places an emphasis on getting emerging leaders to attend along with current leaders as a means of succession planning and growing excellence and promises to be great for both learning and networking.

ESP Grant/Scholarship Applications due December 1:

Applications are due December 1 for the following ESP opportunities:

  • Professional Development Grant
  • PILD Scholarship Application
  • McKinney Scholarship Application

Visit (under Upcoming Deadlines) for details.



Original Packing Slips/Receipt Confirmation now Required:

If you receive goods valued at over $75 and purchased with a Department Card (formerly known as the PCard), the packing slip must be uploaded to the eRequest or a comment confirming receipt must be added to the eRequest. Sandy will remind you if this needs to be done for goods purchased with the CD card. Also, for any order from an OSU internal vendor, the receipt or packing slip must be uploaded or a comment must be added to the eRequest. The original packing slips need to be kept on file in our unit (if the order originated from Org 55120).

New Brand Standards - Reminders & What's New:

  • The CFAES Brand Guidelines are available at: Frequently asked questions as well as templates are also available at the site.

  • If you produce any materials using the new branding, please send a copy to Suzanne Steel in Communications and Technology ( or Kim Brown ( for approval before you use or print it. You can run it by Sandy first, if you would like to do that.

  • The AP Editorial Style Guide will be available soon at

  • No more commas before the last word or group of words in a series (serial commas).

  • Please do not place quotes under email signatures.

  • We are no longer using any of the old logos, including OSU Extension or the Signature Program logos (for now, use "An OSU Extension Signature Program" as a "kicker.")

New Email Attachment Filter Implemented:

To protect users from malicious email messages, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is implementing an attachment filter service for messages sent to and from the University Email Service. Email filters are a low user-impact way to restrict potentially damaging email content from infecting our computers and systems. This will result in fewer compromised machines and potential data loss, better workstation performance and reliability and a safer computing environment for all. This filter was activated on Sunday, October 20. Read more at:

Articles of Interest:

University Recognized for Spurring Economic Development (APLU - A Public Voice)

OSU Extension Offers Guidance for Reseeding Pasture in Pipeline Rights-of-Way (CFAES News)

Government Shutdown Aside, Sequester Cuts Potentially Devastating (CFAES News)


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