CD Wire - January 7, 2014




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Proxy Access and the $10 Million Report


Early January typically means snow, cold and fine tuning our reporting data via Research in View (RiV). Like previous years, Debby Lewis in PD&E requests your 2013 Extension activities be entered in RiV by January 15. What you report informs our Federal Report to USDA. In fact, every bit of data shared with USDA (Federal Report) originates from the RiV ‘Extension Teaching’ section. So, 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. While we can’t do much about the weather, we surely can affect how we report our efforts. To ensure your reporting for 2013 is complete, please spend a little extra time before the January 15 deadline if necessary. If you know you can do better with RiV in 2014, please resolve to do so. If you need help, please let me know. The federal portion of your salary and benefits depends on it.

Also, like previous years, we’ll be compiling a brief CD Accountability Report to highlight our accomplishments. Instead of collecting key efforts via the short web-based questionnaire used in the past, this year I’d like to try pulling info that you have entered in RiV (hopefully saving you from the dreaded ‘double-reporting’). For me to pull info, I will need ‘proxy’ access to your RiV. Those that have provided proxy access to date include: Blaine, Bond, Bowen, Bowling, Civittolo, Heimlich, Lucente, Merkowitz, Moss, Moon, Nesbitt, Raison and Romich. If you have not provided proxy access, you can do so easily by logging into RiV, then clicking on ‘MY ACCOUNT’ at the top. Click on the ‘+’ to add proxies. To ensure your accomplishments become a part of the overall Accountability Report, please make the proxy change to your RiV account by January 15.

Additional Helpful Info for RiV Reporting


The “OSU Extension RiV Quick Start Guide,” which has 25 tips to help you use the NON-DOSSIER Extension section of RiV, is posted at: Review the section on GOALS. You will be able to access recordings of RiV training CarmenConnect sessions at that link as well. Two of the recordings have bookmarks so you can skip around to the part you are interested in viewing.

If you have questions about RiV and how to record your work with OSU Extension, please contact Debby Lewis ( or Kim Showalter ( If you are having technical difficulties with RiV (e.g., your profile is not accessible), please use the email address to send a message to the RiV team.

How do you report your social media and/or tech use in your work? While there are still no official step-by-step guidelines on how to do this in RiV, there is helpful information on where to report most tech-related work in RiV, as well as suggestions on what should be reported. Check out this post on the EdgeU Tech blog for more information:Reporting Your Good [Tech] Work: Facebook Impact.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate to decrease for 2014


Effective January 1, 2014, the mileage reimbursement rate will decrease from 56.5 cents to 56.0 cents per mile for all business miles driven from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. The business office website contains mileage logs and travel reimbursement forms for 2013 as well as 2014 travel.



EPN Breakfast to discuss LEED Certification and the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ - January 14:


The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast, Tuesday, January 14, from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, will feature Jerry Smith, Principal, SMITH GreenHealth Consulting; SITES national core committee, ASLA and David Scott, Attorney, Luper Neidenthal & Logan; U.S. Green Building Council Vice-Chair, Central Ohio Chapter presenting "Sustainable Buildings, Sustainable Sites - LEED Benefits Grow; ASLA Partners Launch SITES." The panel will discuss LEED certification and efforts to "strengthen" the standards and the ASLA efforts to create the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). SITES is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Read more at: Contact: David Hanselmann (

ODEE 'Digital Discovery Days' and Upcoming Workshops:


To view the many upcoming workshops offered by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), January workshops include using U.OSU.EDU for individuals and groups and all those being held during Digital Discovery Days (see below).

Digital Discovery Days will be held January 13 – 17 at the Columbus campus. It is a marathon of workshops, presentations and meetups covering all things digital. Discover multimedia programs, investigate trends like wearable tech, and meet up with experts from MOOC instructors to grant writers who can help bring your digital dreams to life. The sessions are shorter than the typical Digital Union workshop, covering the information that's most valuable for the attendees. These mini-events are scheduled thematically, so look into subsequent sessions. You might want to attend two or more in a row. This format makes the most of your time and provides a wide variety of learning topics to engage with. For more information about and the complete schedule for Digital Discovery Days, visit:

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:


Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next few months. Topics include:
  • Microsoft 2010 Excel Basics - January 7 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Microsoft 2010 Excel - Working with data tables - January 8 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Microsoft 2010 Excel - Working with charts and images - January 9 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Crafting a Consistent Marketing Message - January 9 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Microsoft 2010 Excel - Working with ranges, lookup tables and text - January 10 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Tips for your New Tablet - January 14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Workplace Learning Revolution: How the Internet is changing the Way We Learn at Work - January 21 at 2:00 p.m.

CFAES Information Technology Services to offer Classes:


Click here to view the details and list of technology classes being offered by CFAES Information Technology Services. Classes include Camtasia Studio, Google Analytics, Access, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, iOS training on iPad 2 and County Web Site training (Plone). Contact Bonnie Scranton ( to request enrollment. Class size is limited. Classes will be held in room 200 Kottman Hall (2021 Coffey Road) unless otherwise indicated.



2014 NACDEP Conference - Call for Proposals due January 9:


Call for proposals are due by end of day Thursday, January 9 for the 2014 NACDEP Conference. Proposal submission information is available at: The 2014 NACDEP Conference, "The Art of Reinvention," will be held June 22-25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan where NACDEP will celebrate its 10 year anniversary! The conference will highlight the role of ALL Extension Professionals in helping address community and economic development issues.

Outreach and Engagement Grants Roundtable - January 13:


If you have questions about applying for a 2014 Engagement Impact Grant, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grant or Service-Learning Grant, join representatives from the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OSU CARES/OSU Extension and the Service-Learning Initiative on Monday, January 13 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 110B Hale Hall. Register The proposal deadline is Friday, February 28.  Read more about the grants (The recording of the December 16 information session is now available



Annual Conference Videos Available Online:


Three videos from the OSU Extension annual conference are now available for viewing online. The first is the portion of Keith's administrative update where he is talking about “why OSU Extension” ( – 8 minutes. The second is Dean McPheron’s presentation ( – 10 minutes. There is also a link to the dean’s comments built in at the end of Keith's remarks. The third video is keynote speaker Marshall Stewart's complete speech ( – 38 minutes.

With Extension's Centennial year upon us and as we begin to implement the OSUE strategic plan, reporting on our true impact is of utmost importance to clientele and stakeholders. During 2014, we have new opportunities to gather the data and impact information that will help us demonstrate why Extension is vital for our next century. The comments in the above videos all emphasize that we must move forward purposefully and with clear communication about how our work every day supports the overall mission of Extension.

University Housing hosts 'COSI After Dark' - January 10:


University Housing invites students, faculty, staff and their families to COSI After Dark on Friday, January 10 starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free with BuckID, and $5 in COSI Bucks will be given to the first 1,000 guests. Onsite parking is $4 per vehicle. Contact Rochelle Toth ( if you have questions.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


Continuum (Fall/Winter 2013-14, Vol. 6 Issue 1 - News from CFAES)

Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line (Winter 2014)

Ohio Maple Days set for January 23-25 in Three Locations (CFAES News)

Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity? New power plant design to expand use of geothermal energy in the U.S. (Research News)


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