CD Wire - February 16, 2015

Mission Statement: Ohio State University Extension Community Development helps communities enhance their well-being.

AD Update:

Seeing the forest for the trees (or something like that)

The revised and updated OSU Extension Strategic Plan was announced at the Extension Annual Conference in December 2013. The reasons for its undertaking (much like its initiatives, strategies and tactics) are many and varied. But, at its essence, I believe the contents of this document remind us how to do our work. If you haven’t looked at it recently, you may want to quickly scan the ‘Top 10’ listing found here. This list, much like the more specific ‘Action List’ (below), serves as a handy guide or abstract to the larger ten-page plan itself.

So we realize our work should entail informing program needs via advisory committees, creating e-Learning modules to reach new audiences, evaluating our efforts and extending our reach with social media (for example). We know how to go about our work. Like eating right and getting enough exercise, the extent to which we actually do what we need to do depends on a host of variables (and clearly a subject for another time). But why do we do this work? Reporting in RiV or building a dossier is not enough. Generating material for legislative visits or Extension Annual Reports is not enough. Contributing to university community or partnering with colleagues at the chamber of commerce is not enough either. We do this work because we help people help themselves.

A wise old sage once said something about the weeds or the trees or something about keeping things in perspective. As we go to work each day, let’s remember to take an occasional pause to remind ourselves why we are doing what we do.

Extension Strategic Plan – Action List

  1. Understand full range of Extension in Ohio
  2. Learn program needs
  3. Prioritize programs, efforts and audiences
  4. Inventory e-Learning modules
  5. Create e-Learning modules (10% increase annually)
  6. Align applied research with Discovery Themes
  7. Increase creative and scholarly outputs of a collaborative nature
  8. Engage in interdisciplinary/cross-program/multi-state/inter-institutional efforts
  9. Evaluate teaching (face-to-face, via distance/webinar, etc.)
  10. Create and use evaluation tools for programs
  11. Document efforts via RiV
  12. Communicate impact via various media (e.g., micro-blog, blog, webpage, etc.)
  13. Use social media to extend reach
  14. Track reach of social media
  15. Increase extramural funding by 5% (annually)
  16. Increase contributions to CD endowment/development account by 5% (annually)
  17. Create and implement comprehensive marketing plan
  18. Focus on improving core competencies
  19. Participate in a diversity training (annually)
  20. Implement OSU Extension coaching and mentoring protocols



EPN Breakfast Program to be Live-streamed - February 24:

The talk at the EPN February 24 breakfast program, “Cleaning Up America’s Rivers” by Chad Pregracke, will be live-streamed on YouTube starting at 8:45 a.m. Tune in here. Pregracke is founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit group that works to take trash out of major U.S. rivers. In 2013, he was named CNN’s Hero of the Year. Registration to attend the February 24 program in person is still open. Get details here.

SENR Seminar Series- "Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service" - March 5:

The SENR Seminar Series is held during the autumn and spring academic semesters. Speakers address a variety of topics that are relevant to the major environmental problems and natural resource management issues of our day. The seminar series reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the School of Environment and Natural Resources in that a variety of experts contribute from fields as diverse as the humanities and social sciences, traditional resource management disciplines and the biological and physical sciences.

 The program includes opportunities for interested parties to meet formally and informally with speakers before and after their presentations.

The next event in this series, "Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service," will be on Thursday, March 5 from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in 164 Howlett Hall. The speaker will be Christopher Peterson, Professor & Academic Program Director, Loyola University Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Read more here.

NCRCRD Webinar: "Persistent & Emerging Issues in Rural Education: Insights from Recent Economics of Education Research" - March 9:

March 9 at 11:00 a.m.:

Persistent & Emerging Issues in Rural Education: Insights from Recent Economics of Education Research

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join, go to Enter as a guest, type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room." A list of upcoming as well as recorded and Take Out Menu webinars can be found at:

This presentation provides an overview of some persisting issues in rural education as well as a discussion of emerging topics, with particular attention on teacher labor markets and education finance. Recent research on some persisting issues, such as teacher pay and recruitment and the political economy of school financing will be discussed. The presenter will also distill the implications that emerging trends in teacher performance measurement, teacher compensation reform (e.g., Federal and State support for Pay-for-Performance contracts), recruitment/retention policy (e.g., challenges to seniority based retention) and alternative licensing pathways have for rural school success.

About the Speaker:
Elton Mykerezi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Extension Economist with the Center for Community Vitality at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He holds a PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech. Mykerezi's research focuses on the study of human capital and labor markets; economics of poverty, food insecurity and poor nutrition; rural business and labor market development. His Extension and outreach efforts aim to improve economic opportunities for vulnerable populations by focusing primarily on access to healthy foods, a quality education and opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment. He also teaches a graduate Regional Economics course.

TechTalk Camtasia Relay Recording Available:

If you were unable to attend Ken Kulka’s TechTalk on January 29, click here for a recording of the session and his overview of Camtasia Relay.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the month of February and beyond. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

Topics include:

  • How to Facilitate Difficult Conversations - February 25 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Working to Balance Life - March 4 at 11 a.m.

  • Procrastinator's Farm Bill Webinar - March 11 at 12:00 p.m.

  • Protecting Women and Children in Disasters (U.S.) - March 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning:

Visit the Office of Distance Education and eLearning ( to view and register for upcoming sessions, including:

  • Cloud File Sharing and Storage with your iPad (Hands-On) - February 26 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. (135 Stillman Hall)
  • Using U.OSU (Hands-On) - March 24 from 2:20 to 4:20 p.m. (029 Derby Hall)



Proposals for Outreach and Engagement Forum due February 27:

Poster proposals are being accepted for the third annual Outreach and Engagement Forum, set for Wednesday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom. Those interested in displaying a poster should complete the proposal submission by Friday, February 27. There are a limited number of spaces available for presenters. For questions please contact:

Call for Proposals for NCRCRD Policy Projects FY15/16 due March 9:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is announcing a call for policy projects. Persons employed by land grant colleges and universities located in the 12-state North Central region are invited to apply. Proposals are due March 9 and can relate to any of the following topics:

  1. Impacts of Oil on Rural North Central Communities
  2. Impacts of Alternative Trade Proposals on Rural North Central Communities
  3. Rural Housing Issues
  4. Rural Health Care under the Affordable Care Act
  5. Managing Long-Term Environmental Contamination Risk in Mining Communities
  6. Locally-based Policies to Create Upward Mobility Opportunities for Residents 

For additional details, visit:

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Proposal Deadline - March 20:

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. This is a great opportunity to share your engagement work at a national conference. This year’s conference will be held at Penn State, September 29-30. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20. For more information about submitting a proposal and to read about Ohio State’s participation at last year’s conference, click here. If you have any questions, contact Ben Lewis (

2015 North Central Region Mini-Grants:

The 2015 round of Program Area Support Funds from the North Central Region’s Cooperative Extension Deans/Directors is now available. As in previous years these funds are targeted to multistate team-oriented projects that address program priorities, and especially approaches that are cross-program area. Applicants are encouraged to base their submissions on issue priorities identified by the North Central Program Area groups. Please see the submission details here. Project proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted and will continue to receive attention until the funding has been committed (or until May 15). If you have any questions, please contact Robin Shepard (



Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in need of Faculty Judges – Register by February 20:

Faculty from all disciplines, including the professional colleges, are needed to serve as judges at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on Wednesday, March 25 at the RPAC. Judges will check in between 10:30-11:30 a.m. and judge student projects from noon-2:30 p.m. Register to serve as a judge by Friday, February 20. More judge's info here. Contact: Denman Coordinator ( or 688-8093).

University Staff Advisory Committee Applications due March 6:

The University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) is seeking motivated staff to serve during the 2015-2018 term. Applications are open now through Friday, March 6. Application materials and more information are available at:

Learn more about USAC and the application process at an upcoming info session:

  • Tuesday, February 17 at noon in 130 Biomedical Research Tower
  • Tuesday, February 24 at noon in 447 Kottman Hall

Contact: Derek West, USAC Chair-Elect (

USAC seeks Rewards, Recognition Feedback:

The University Staff Advisory Committee is asking staff for feedback around rewards and recognition at Ohio State and in individual units. USAC invites university staff to take the anonymous survey. Responses will help USAC, which advocates on behalf of staff with the university’s senior leaders, focus efforts to make suggestions around rewards and recognition programs at the university.

Small Farm Conferences in March:

Opening Doors to Success
2015 Southwest Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show

Wilmington, OH -- March 13 & 14

Featuring more than 25 sessions, including workshops on many topics:

  • Local, Organic, Natural...
  • Management of Small and Tree Fruits
  • Vegetable Crop Nutrient Management
  • Organic Certification Process
  • Market Maker
  • Consumer Trends and Opportunities


Register for Wilmington by March 5.

Living the Small Farm Dream
2015 Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show

Wooster, OH -- March 28

Featuring more than 25 sessions, including workshops on many topics:

  • On Farm Solar Energy Development
  • Tunnels: Tools to Get More and Higher Quality Vegetables
  • Rural Energy for America Program: An Overview
  • Growing Vegetables for Market


Register for Wooster by March 20.

Registration for each conference is $60. For more information, visit the website or contact Tony Nye (937-382-0901 or

OSU Extension Promotion Guidelines Available:

The 2015-2016 Administrative and Professional (A&P) educator and faculty promotion guidelines are posted on the OSU Extension website in the Policy and Procedures Handbook here.

The Department of Extension will be submitting a request to the dean of the graduate school for exclusion of those faculty and senior A&P employees who are pursuing degrees within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. If you are a faculty member or senior A&P professional who has recently enrolled in a degree program offered by the college where you hold an appointment, contact Ken Martin (, department chair, no later than February 20.

Other Updates:

P&T Committee Members for 2015:
The Promotion and Tenure Committee will include: Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, Barb Brahm, David Civittolo, Greg Davis, Robert Horton, David Marrison, Andy Londo, Chris Penrose and Judith Villard-Overocker (chair). The alternates are Theresa Ferrari and Jackie Kirby Wilkins.

A&P Promotion Committee Members for 2015:
The Administrative and Professional Promotion Committee will include: Nate Arnett, Lisa Barlage, Eric Barrett (chair), Brad Bergefurd, Rob Leeds, Lisa McCutcheon, Marilyn Rabe, Brian Raison, and Treva Williams. The alternates are Mary Beth Albright and Amy Stone.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (February 4)

Connections Newsletter (2015 Winter Achievements Edition) - South Centers


eXtension Update (February 2015)

Ohio State research and NASA climate satellite launch (Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering News)

Wexner shares leadership lessons with Fisher community (Fisher College of Business Newsroom)

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