CD Wire - August 12, 2014



Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension
Community Development

helps communities
enhance their well-being

AD Update:

“Give to CD” Campaign Keeps Chugging Along

I learned last week from development officials that the university has exceeded the three-quarters mark as it pursues its $2.5 billion Campus Campaign goal. On a much smaller scale, albeit just as important, I am also happy to report that our “Give to CD” campaign received $1,920 in pledges for 2014-2015. These pledges in combination with one-time donations and previous annual pledges since our campaign started in 2013 take us to 58% of our $10,000 goal. Our hope is to have received $10,000 in pledges and one-time gifts over the three year campaign ending December 31, 2015.

Remember, our campaign aims to increase two long-time funds affiliated with Extension Community Development that support our Excellence in CD Award and other recognition and professional development opportunities. Strategies for increasing participation have been the focus of our Development Committee whose members currently include: Myra Moss, Becky Nesbitt, Sandy Odrumsky, Ray Schindler and (most recently added) John Conglose.

Personnel Change – South Centers

Meagan Barnes, leader of the South Centers’ Biz Team left OSU and the South Centers last week to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. We will wish Meagan well and congratulate Ryan Mapes for taking on this role as well as the Endeavor Center Manager and Director of the SBDC housed at Piketon. Please remember, while the District 7 Small Business Development Center in Piketon officially covers ten southern Ohio counties, they also are willing to share resources as we partner with small business throughout the state to address opportunities and concerns related to marketing, management, finance, technology and leadership, for example. Congrats, Ryan!

New CD Webpage in Development

On August 19, the CD webpage will premier in Drupal 7. The new look will include updated OSU branding. The change should be seamless, as the url addresses will remain the same. If you find that links are not working, please let me know. We plan to check all links once our student returns for fall semester.

Sandy's New Work Space

Sandy is now located in Suite 25, Cubicle 3/4, next to her old office. We have a double cubicle area which allows for additional desk space if you have some free time while at the Columbus Campus and need to get some work done.



Take a SPIN and find Funding - August 13:

Learn strategies for finding funding with SPIN (funding opportunities database) and how to create and save searches that generate funding alerts on Wednesday, August 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 110 PAES building. Also on the agenda: additional funding strategies, tools for the identification of collaborators, preparing for a visit/talk with program officers, and how to access grant writing resources, e.g., sample proposals. Register at:

Writing from the Reader’s Perspective - August 19:

Ohio State will host Dr. George Gopen for a writing workshop, Writing from the Reader's Perspective: A New Way to Gain Control of the English Language, on August 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom East at the Ohio Union. The workshop is aimed at helping faculty members, postdocs, researchers and administrators learn a new approach to writing that focuses on learning to write for the reader - a technique that can improve grant writing and publication success. Register at:

OSU Extension in the City Gathering - August 21:

Pease join the OSU Extension in the City gathering on August 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. RSVP to Julie Fox ( by August 15 to receive pre-event resources and a parking pass. See the attached flyer for Extension in the City program information.


9:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions (name, city, networking note)
10:30 a.m. History ‘Flash’ Back and Current Approach of Ohio & National Extension in the City
10:45 a.m. What Makes Extension Unique in the City?  (guest speaker/dialogue)
11:30 a.m. What is the ‘Essential’ Contribution Extension Brings to the City?
11:45 a.m. Team Tools for Internal and External Collaboration
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.

Working Group Sessions (Group Focus & Priority Plan of Action, Nat’l Conf. Proposal, Internal/External Communications)

  • Food & Ag in the City
  • 4-H Youth Development in the City
  • Health & Wellness in the City
  • Economy & Employment in the City
  • Other Emerging Issues (Energy & Environment, Sustainable Cities)
2:00 p.m. Group Reports
2:30 p.m.

Next Steps

  • Action Plan Connections - Most important actions for our highest contribution
  • Calendar of internal and external communications & events
  • Leadership in the City Professional Development
3:00 p.m. Event Evaluation & Adjourn

Ohio Watershed Leaders Conference - August 28 & 29:

The 2014 Ohio Watershed Leaders (OWLS) Conference will be held August 28 & 29 at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, OH. Click here to view the agenda.

There are two ways to register for OWLS 2014:

  1. You can fill out, print and send the registration form with a check. The details are on the form.
  2. You can use the regonline service and pay by credit card at:

If you need any additional information, e-mail Jerry Iles (

2014 Community, Local & Regional Food Systems
Food Security Conference:

September 29 - October 1
Cleveland, Ohio

Travel funds available - Apply by August 22

The eXtension Community of Practice (eCoP) on Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) is hosting a Food Security Conference September 29 – October 1 in Cleveland, Ohio, entitled Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems. Its goal is to concretely position food security as a priority in food system research and practice, and to enhance Extension’s capacity to work on food security and food systems.


Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
1100 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115
Conference room rate: $111 plus applicable taxes.
Parking is $12 for overnight and $5 per day for attendees who are not staying at the hotel.


Click here to see the current agenda.


Registration will open very soon! There are funds to provide partial travel reimbursements for up to 60 participants. The reimbursements are granted on a limited, first-come first-served basis with a bonus point system. They are available in amounts ranging from $200-$500 per recipient. The deadline is August 22 to fill out the survey to apply.

Direct your questions to Katie Wright ( or Brian Raison, Conference Chair (

Community, Local & Regional Food Systems (CLRFS) CoP’s Goal:

To provide resource materials, training opportunities and collegial interaction for Extension Educators, community-based practitioners and individuals involved in work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems.

Community Capitals Framework Institute - November 5-7:

The 2014 Community Capitals Framework Institute, sponsored by the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and South Dakota State University, will focus on employment of the Community Capitals Framework on issues related to water management, drought planning, public health in rural communities, ecotourism and rural and community development.

Cornelia and Jan Flora, originators of the Community Capitals Framework, will keynote the upcoming Community Capitals Framework Institute (CCFI) this fall (November 5-7) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Floras, both now distinguished emeriti research professors at Kansas State University, will kick off the institute with an interactive presentation that answers these questions:

  • How did the CCF get constructed?
  • What are the possible future uses for both scholarship and community development practice?

Who should attend?

Those using the CCF in their practice, research and evaluation work as well as those who want to know more about the framework and how they might use it. Those who attend will have an opportunity to share their work and experiences with others and to develop strategies for applying the CCF to current research, practice and evaluation efforts.

Abstract Information: Abstracts due September 5

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words including title and keywords. Send your abstract to Kurt Mantonya by September 5. Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent out on September 9.

Registration Information:

Registration fee of $150 ($75 for students) will include activities and materials, a networking reception, breaks and lunch on Thursday. The hotel offers a hot breakfast. Register here.

Location: Hotel reservation deadline is October 5

The Institute will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The conference hotel is the Comfort Suites, located at 331 N. Cotner Blvd. in Lincoln, NE. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. A block of lodging rooms is being held under the name "Community Capitals" until October 5 at $79 per night. To make your reservations contact the hotel at: (402) 325-8800 or

NCRCRD Webinar Recording now Available:

"Extension in the Intersection of Community
Development & Health" (Originally aired on August 4)

Numerous agencies and institutions, including Extension programs, are investing large amounts of resources into developing healthier communities. Many of these programs and services, as well as their funding sources, are closely related. And yet, collaboration is spotty, at times there is even an atmosphere of competitiveness. This lack of coordination may actually be negatively impacting health indicators. Through several case studies this webinar will demonstrate how Extension, with its strong ties to local communities and nationwide networks, may be most suitable for serving as a hub for collaboration in promoting community and health improvement.

The recording of this webinar (and others) can be found at: A list of upcoming webinars can be found at:

About the Speakers:

  • Johanna Adams is a State Community Leadership Development Extension Specialist and Extension Assistant Professor in the Department of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri.
  • Letitia Johnson is a regional Community Development Specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
  • Wilson Majee Wilson is an assistant professor in the MU School of Health Professions.
  • Beverly Maltsberger is an Extension Professional and Community Development Specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Stand Up to Stress - Online Training:

The OSU Center for Integrative Health and Wellness recently launched a new online training opportunity for all. “Mind-Body STREAM” offers 12 interactive modules for those who want to become more resilient in the face of stress. All modules are free to faculty, staff and students. Visit, use your OSU email address for registration, and be sure to include your OSU affiliation to receive free access. Contact:



USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Program Webinar - August 21:

On August 21 at 1 p.m., Mr. Scott Dockum, Program Coordinator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be conducting a webinar about the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program. Anyone interested in learning more about the USDA's SBIR program, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives and academics are welcome. Register here. For more information on the USDA SBIR program visit:

The USDA SBIR program recently released its FY15 solicitation for Phase 1 proposals to the Small Business Innovation Research program. The program seeks technological innovation in various areas relevant to agriculture. In the current solicitation, the two program priority areas are agriculturally-related manufacturing technology and energy efficiency and alternative and renewable energy. The specific topics areas are:

  • Forests and Related Resources
  • Plant Production and Protection - Biology
  • Animal Production and Protection
  • Air, Water and Soils
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Rural and Community Development
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • Small and Mid-Size Farms
  • Plant Production and Protection - Engineering

Phase 1 awards are for $100,000 with an eight-month period of performance. Applications must be submitted by October 2.

Ohio 4-H Conference - Call for Proposals due September 30:

Do you have an area of expertise? OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development is seeking people to present at the 2015 Ohio 4-H Conference that will be held March 14, 2015. Nearly 2,000 adult and teen volunteers meet at this annual event to share ideas and learn new skills to aid them in making their 4-H members more successful.

Over 100 sessions will be selected for the conference to provide a wide array of topics for the participants. If you are interested in presenting a session, complete this short application ( before the September 30 deadline. Proposals will be reviewed in October and presenters will be contacted in early November to inform them if their session was selected.

If you have questions, please contact Kirk Bloir ( or Amanda Forquer (



Ohio State Day at Cincinnati Zoo - August 16:

Celebrate OSU Extension’s 100th Anniversary at Ohio State Day at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special Ohio State admission is $9, available online at: Discounted tickets are not available at the door. Contact: Cincinnati Zoo at (513) 281-4700.

A special event will also take place at 9:15 am to celebrate OSU Extension’s 100th Anniversary, just inside the main gate on Vine Street Plaza. Dr. Bruce McPheron (Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) and OSU Extension Director Keith Smith (and others from Administrative Cabinet) will attend. 

OSU Extension, Hamilton County will have educational stations placed throughout the zoo. Come visit with your co-workers, be a part of this OSU Day hosted by the OSU Alumni  Association and join in the fun. Please share with family, friends, and anyone who can help make this day a success.

Local Foods Week - August 8-18:

Click here to access a list of events scheduled for Local Food Week 2014 from the Northwest Ohio Food Council Education and Awareness Task Force. Please share this information and enjoy some local food!

Ohio Sea Grant offers Harmful Algal Bloom Q&A on Website:

Because the current bloom will not reach its peak severity until September and will likely continue to be present in the lake until the end of October, Ohio Sea Grant has placed a Q&A section about the blooms on the Ohio Sea Grant website. The site will also allow interested parties to submit additional questions. You can also follow the weekly NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Experimental Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (August 6, 2014)

Water: the next generation's oil? (CFAES News)

Ohio Farm to School Newsletter (August 2014)

Best Local Land Use Practices News (Summer 2014)

Ohio Sea Grant eNews (July 2014) Congratulations to Frank Lichtkoppler and Tory Gabriel for winning Sea Grant Staff Awards!

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