CD Wire - March 16, 2015


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Making the Most of Time Spent Together - Homework Assignments due March 26

Our Spring CD Unit Meeting will be held March 26 from 9:30-4:00 at the 4-H Center’s International Room. The full day’s agenda offers a variety of ways to advance your professional goals as well as unit and organizational goals. We’ll also have time to visit with a few emeriti and recognize recent retiree Joe Heimlich over lunch. I encourage you to take some time to prepare in advance in order to make the most of our time spent together this day. Here’s how:

  • Take a look at Extension Organization Culture Assessment – CD Survey Report Findings and the overview handout here. How might you interpret the reporting findings? What of the findings instills confidence? What might be cause for concern? We’ll discuss this as a group – the first of more future discussions.
  • Review the Extension Excellence in CD Award application criteria. If no changes are suggested, we’ll accept nominations using this form in Fall 2015.
  • Think through the merits of ‘naming’ the Extension Excellence in CD Award similar to the other three program area awards.
  • Our 2015 NACDEP Conference in Little Rock is just eight short weeks away! Plan to mention the various poster/presentations you have had accepted and think about the types of ‘field research’ you want to conduct while attending the conference in Little Rock (see next item).
  • Get excited about our 2018 NACDEP Conference Proposal to be submitted this fall. We have a list started from the December meeting including: budget, registration, tours, awards, promotional items, program/tracks/sessions, keynote speakers. Which of these conference planning tasks motivate you the most?
  • Review our Extension Strategic Plan Action List. What of your work has you most excited and in which of these 20 areas?

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

We’ll also discuss reporting, marketing, social media, funding and more. Please make some time to prepare and let me know if you have any questions. Our goal is to strengthen the individual, the team and our collective efforts.

Ohio JCEP Meeting/Lunch with the AD

If you are planning to attend next Monday’s OJCEP meeting (March 23), I will look forward to hearing your thoughts and input during the lunch discussion. In working with Myra Wilson, we have identified the following agenda items, including but not limited to:

  1. Annual review of the Excellence in CD Award guidelines
  2. Discussion of ‘Give to CD’ campaign
  3. NACDEP Awards & Little Rock Conference prep
  4. CD unit meeting locations/topics for 2015
  5. Ongoing CD program marketing efforts
  6. CD ‘alumni’ development efforts for 2015

Signature Program Submissions - April 1 Logic Model Worksheet Deadline

Those involved with programming which meets the expectations of the signature program criteria must discuss their potential Signature Program with the appropriate Assistant Director(s) and/or the Associate Director, Programs by April 1. A copy of the Signature Program Guidelines are located online at:

Download and complete the “Signature Program Logic Model Worksheet” outlining/identifying program goals and objectives, inputs, outputs, and outcomes ( to use as the basis for your discussions. You will be directed to upload this completed logic model worksheet pdf with your online proposal. 

Following the discussions with the Assistant Director(s) and/or the Associate Director, Programs, the completed proposal should be submitted online at the Signature Program online RFP site by May 1. The submitted proposals will be forwarded to Administrative Cabinet and to the Signature Program proposal review committee for review. 



What's this "Thing" about the "Internet of Things?" Webinar - March 23:

The “Internet of Things” is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both inside and outside of the workplace. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work.  But what exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you, your work, your program delivery, teaching or research? The new rule for the future is going to be “anything that can be connected, will be connected.” But why would we want so many connected devices talking to each other? How would we benefit from a more "thoughtful" office or home? If our cities or communities were smarter how would that impact our daily lives? There are many examples for what this might look like or what the potential value might be. Join in a 20-minute discussion on the “Internet of Things” March 23rd at 1:30 p.m. Learn more here and connect here.

Diversity Documentary & Discussion, 'I'm Not a Racist, Am I?' - March 23:

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of English are hosting a viewing of "I'm Not Racist, Am I?" and talk-back with the filmmakers on Monday, March 23 at the Mershon Auditorium. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m., with film viewing at 5:30 p.m. and talk-back immediately following. The feature documentary, about how this next generation is going to confront racism, follows the experiences of 12 New York City teenagers during one school year. Read more at:

Climate Impacts: Past, Present and Future - March 25:

On March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m., the Ohio Climate Action Campaign will host an Ohio Climate Impact Forum where science experts will present impacts specific to the Ohio area. This presentation will also focus on Ohio State's own Climate Action Plan and what the university is doing to reduce its carbon foot print. Then, moving to a moderated panel where pre-drafted questions can be answered as well as interaction with the audience. The forum will take place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and is sponsored by Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and Environment Ohio.

Speakers Include :

Thomas Blaine, OSU Associate Professor, Land Use and Economics
Roger Williams - OSU Associate Professor, Forest Management
Aparna Dial - Director of Ohio State University Energy Services and Sustainability
Moderator: Trish Demeter - Ohio Environmental Council, Director of Energy and Clean Air Programs

More information can be found here.

National Geographic Photographer on Campus - March 26:

Ohio State and the Environmental Professionals Network are celebrating Earth Day 2015 with Joel Sartore, an author, speaker, frequent media guest, conservationist and famed photographer for National Geographic, on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Ohio Union’s West Ballroom. Sartore will present “Protecting Our Earth’s Biodiversity through Images, Stories, and Action.” Registration is required for this free event, which kicks off the university’s ongoing celebration of Earth Day in April. Click here for more information and to register. Read the CFAES news article here.

2015 Diversity Leadership Symposium – April 1:

Registration is now open for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Symposium, which will be held at the Ohio Union on Wednesday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme, Elephants in the Room: The Power of Privilege, addresses privilege. For more information and to register, visit:

Note from Joseph Maiorano - some background on “Elephants in the Room: The Power of Privilege” to assist in deciding whether this conference is for you. 

First, what is privilege? For a definition, I use Zeus Leonardo’s (2004) article, “The color of supremacy.” According to Leonardo, “Racial privilege is the notion that white subjects accrue advantages by virtue of being constructed as whites. Usually, this occurs through the valuation of white skin color, although this is not the only criterion for racial distinction. … Privilege is granted even without a subject’s (re)cognition that life is made a bit easier for her” (p. 137).

The concept racial privilege is that people deemed white have access to benefits, which are strictly limited or denied to people deemed non-white (Leonardo, 2002; Tatum, 1994). For example, I, a white male, could be stopped by police for a traffic violation, and not think my race had anything to do with it.

The majority of whites are not responsible for white privilege, but we are beneficiaries to it. As Ohio residents continue to diversify, extension professionals, regardless of position, may benefit from not only understanding white privilege, but acquiring strategies to actively turn from it, which may help OSU Extension maintain relevance and value as we enter our second century.

Diamond is Discovery Themes Lecturer April 2:

The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program is featuring Jared Diamond, geography professor at UCLA and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse on Thursday, April 2 from 6:30-8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Ohio Union’s Archie Griffin Ballroom. Diamond will discuss “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?” The event is co-sponsored with the Humanities Institute and the Inter-Professional Council. Read more here.

Workshop: Introduction to Online Course Design - May 13:

Innovate Conference - May 14:

Ohio State's Office of Distance Education and eLearning invites you to attend Innovate, the annual conference that explores recent advancements, best practices and provocative theories on teaching and learning with technology. The conference will be held on May 14 in the Ohio Union. Learning technology, when done well, generates student dialogue, connects researchers to the resources they need and makes quality educational materials accessible to more learners than ever before. This year's theme is Community, focusing on successful tech implementations that bring people together. To learn more or register for this free conference here.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics include:

  • What's this "Thing" about the "Internet of Things?" - March 23 at 1:30 p.m.

  • "What Social Media Platform is Right for You?" Webinar - March 25 at 12 p.m.

  • Innovative Approaches to Extension in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture - April 7 at 2 p.m.

  • Twitter for Newbies Webinar - April 8 at 12 p.m.

  • Entrepreneurship Essentials for Service Members and Military Spouses - April 14 at 11 a.m.

  • Basics for Helping Organizations Identify and Promote Their Public (and Private) Value - April 14 at 2 p.m.

  • Getting Started with StoryMaps - May 4 at 2 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:

  • Using U.OSU (Hands-On) - March 24 from 2:20 to 4:20 p.m. (029 Derby Hall)
  • Mobile Video Creation: iMovie for IOS - April 10 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (135 Stillman Hall)
  • Using CarmenConnect (Hands-On) - April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. (119 Campbell Hall)



Critical Difference Professional Development Grant Applications due March 26:

Professional Development and Women of Color Advancement Grants are available for women faculty and staff employed by Ohio State for at least one year, as well as graduate/professional students with a 3.0 GPA and undergraduates with a 2.5 GPA. Grants can be used for professional development activities, research and more. Significant financial need is a key consideration. Applications are due Thursday, March 26 and are available online. Read more here.

eXtension Innovative Project Proposals due April 17:

eXtension is soliciting proposals for projects and programs from eXtension premium member institutions that express innovation and creativity. Proposals should demonstrate futuristic thinking, ideation (CD has five people with ideation as one of their top five strengths!) and offer sparks of opportunity to multiply innovation for the Cooperative Extension System, the land-grant university system, the citizens of the United States and ultimately the world. Got an Innovative Project?

Purdue RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies - Call for Proposals:

Purdue University RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies is seeking proposals for two complementary programs:

  1. The Regular RIDGE Center Grant Program: This national program seeks to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The maximum award is $35,000. Deadline date for submissions is May 15.
  2. The RIDGE Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program: This grant program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. Funds of up to $17,500 are available to support the doctoral research work of a small number of graduate students. Deadline date for submissions is May 20.
The following link provides information on both grant programs:



Travel Policy Updates:

A couple of updates from our business office reps regarding travel reimbursement . . .

  • Airport Parking - You will be reimbursed for long-term lot parking only. If you use valet, garage or short-term parking, you will be reimbursed at the long-term rate, which is approximately $9 per day.
  • Early Bird Check-In & Priority Seating - There must be a valid business purpose to be reimbursed for early bird check-in or priority seating fees. Pre-approval from the business office is required for reimbursement.

Federal Reporting Job Aid Updated:

The Federal Reporting Job Aid has been updated to include navigation in Research in View and to provide clearer explanations about what counts as Multi-State and Integrated Research and Extension Activities. This document is used by those employees paid in part using Federal Smith - Lever Extension funds. Questions may be directed to Cindy Buxton (buxton.65). The job aid is also posted on our Web site (CD Professionals page).

OSU Ed Tech Update:

Visit the Ed Tech blog’s most recent post to learn updated information on the Ed Tech team and to complete a survey of your general technology knowledge and skills, as well as your technology needs. Jamie Seger is now the Program Director for OSU Extension Educational Technology. She will be working with a transition team over the next couple of years, as well as giving leadership to the newly formed eXtension Educational Technology Learning Network.

Volunteers needed for State Science Olympiad – April 11:

The 31st annual Science Olympiad State Tournament will take place Saturday, April 11 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Ohio State main campus. Volunteers are needed to help for the day or for four-hour shifts. All volunteers receive a t-shirt and free lunch. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, checking project specifications, handling stopwatches, grading exams, entering score data and directing students and their families around campus. To register, please click here.

BuckeyeBox - Ohio State Cloud Collaboration Tool:

If you have not been using BuckeyeBox . . .

Ohio State offers free cloud storage to all students, faculty and staff through a partnership with Box. BuckeyeBox is the only approved Ohio State cloud collaboration tool. Users can create files and folders, share them using a direct link and invite colleagues and students to collaborate. Each user receives up to 50 GB of cloud storage. Log in at to sign up. More information can be found at:

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (March 4)


Deep connections to the land (Buckeye Voices - Gigi Neal & Heather Neikirk)

eXtension Update (March 2015)

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