CD Wire - May 26, 2015


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NACDEP 11th Annual Conference
Follow Up

A short week ago, we were in the midst of NACDEP’s 11th annual conference, ‘Building a Rock Solid Future,’ in Little Rock, Arkansas. Thanks to your active participation, the event was filled with energizing and informative sessions (Ohioans were part of at least 10% of total presentations and upwards of half of the posters presented). Committee meetings were held to advance the work of the association (thank you Nancy Bowen and Brian Raison for providing ongoing committee leadership to Finance and Communications, respectively). We also welcomed another Ohioan to the board, Julie Fox, as new national board secretary…congrats, Julie!! And perhaps most exciting, much of our CD work in Ohio was recognized by peers at the regional and national levels with awards (thank you Cindy Bond for serving on the north central region’s award review committee). Let’s take a moment again to recognize the great work of our Ohio colleagues: 

  • National Cross-Program Team Winner and North Central Regional Winner - On-Farm Solar Energy Development - Eric Romich, Chris Bruynis, Bruce Clevenger and Larry Gearhardt
  • National Educational Materials Individual Runner-Up and North Central Educational Materials Individual Runner-Up - TEDx Talk: Be a Local Food Superhero - Brian Raison
  • National Innovation and Creativity Individual Runner-Up and North Central Regional Individual Winner - Economic Impact Analysis - Cindy Leis
  • National Distinguished Career and North Central Regional Distinguished Career - Nancy Bowen

A personal highlight for me was the Flying Fish night out on Monday, very ably coordinated by Myra Wilson (thank you, Myra!). The food was fried southern-style. The service was casual, and the collegiality was off the charts (as Brian Raison would say). And if this was not enough, all 15 of us enjoyed a hands-on demonstration of how to properly and efficiently prepare for eating the boiled crawfish from none other than Nancy ‘Mud Bug’ Bowen (a mud bug aficionado, national NACDEP Distinguished Career awardee, and 20+ year resident of the New Orleans area).

Now that the fun has ended, it is time to sort through the business cards and session handouts; to follow up with colleagues who requested more information or send a note of thanks to others for their dedicated leadership. For presenters, you might want to check your list of session participants and note to follow up with them later to see if/how they may have tried out what they learned from your session in their own state since attending the conference. And of course, it is also time to tidy up the paperwork and submit for your conference travel-related reimbursement. The business office would remind us, FY 15 close is a few short weeks away, so don’t delay!

Summer Unit Meeting

CD’s summer unit meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the International Room. Lunch, a retirement celebration for Chet Bowling, Rose Fisher Merkowitz and Mike Lloyd, will be held in the Bob Evans Auditorium starting around noon. We’ll be joined by several of emeriti over lunch that will surely add to the celebration. How to plan?  The big rocks on the agenda include: VP Conversation – Visioning Dialogue, Writing for Social Media, NACDEP Conference de-briefing and 2018 proposal development. See you in a couple of weeks!

Moms2B Program wins University Outreach and Engagement Award

Congratulations to the Moms2B program for winning the Emerging Community Engagement Award presented at the annual Celebration of Outreach and Engagement on May 6 at the Ohio Union. Susan Colbert has been a member of the team since the program began in 2010 in Weinland Park. The program expanded to the Eastside in 2012 as well as into two more high-risk neighborhoods in 2014. Besides OSU Extension, collaborators include the Weinland Park Civic Association, Grace Memorial Baptist Church and Kroger.

SPSS/AMOS Renewal Information

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has indicated that you will not have to renew your SPSS/AMOS license until the end of the year. They currently have no information regarding a new version (still using 22). Once they obtain the new information, they will email everyone with an SPSS license to let them know they will need to request and pay for a new code.



Communications Training – May 29:

On Friday, May 29, the Communications Team of Suzanne Steel, Mitch Moser and Martha Filipic will be training on: Impact Writing, Crisis Communications, Working with Reporters & How to Make Videos with Your Smartphones & Tablets at the Southeast Regional office (16714 Wolf Run Road, Caldwell, OH 43724, 740-732-2381). Here is an opportunity for ALL staff to work on completing a goal in getting Professional Development to increase your skills. ALL Extension professionals are encouraged to make time to keep your communications skills sharpened and/or to acquire new skills. This is your chance to get the training you need to do a better job. Without being able to show impacts for our work, maintaining future funding will be difficult if not impossible.

Training fee is $15 and includes lunch, refreshments and materials. More information and to register here.

Next EPN Breakfast - June 11:

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast will be held on Thursday, June 11 from 7:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center. This month's topic is "A Summer Delight - EPN Breakfast Club at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park."

The presenters are:

  • Larry Peck, Assistant Director, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks and Lecturer, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Mac Albin, Naturalist, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Complete details and a link to online registration and payment can be found here.

NCRCRD Webinar: "Strategies for Developing Successful CRED Extension Programs: Perspectives of a Program Leader" - June 15:

June 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Strategies for Developing Successful CRED Extension Programs: Perspectives of a Program Leader

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:

About the webinar:
Dr. Tim Borich will be drawing upon his Extension experience from the local, state, regional and national levels, and engage participants with some of the key elements in building CRED programming and gaging its success. He will aid this discussion by providing some historical context as to the evolution and trends he has seen and is seeing. He will also highlight some of the quirks found in Iowa and other states and the great variability found between states. Finally, he will lead a discussion on some of the possible trends not only effecting CRED programming, but may be generated by it.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Borich has been involved with the study and practice of community development for over 40 years. He presently serves as the director and program leader of the university-wide unit involved with Extension and Outreach activities related to community and economic development. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach at the Iowa State University College of Design. In these positions, he helps coordinate faculty and staff in eight academic departments on campus and over 20 field staff across Iowa. In a typical year, the program leverages over 2 dollars in “soft funds” for every Extension dollar budgeted.

Tim began his service with Iowa State University as an Extension Community Development Specialist based in Sioux City. He has also held positions as Program Coordinator and Assistant Director at the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.  Tim has received national individual or team awards for CRED Extension efforts including NACDEP, the Federal Highway Administration, the American Planning Association, the National Association for Development Organizations, and the University Economic Development Association.

ANR Summer Retreat - Invite to Piketon Tours - June 17:

Save the date for ANR Summer Retreat tours in Piketon on June 17. Transportation will be available and lunch provided. More details and registration will be emailed soon. For questions, contact Teresa Funk (funk.67).

John Glenn College of Public Affairs Courses:

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Innovate Conference Recordings now Available:

Couldn’t make it to the Innovate Conference on Thursday, May 14? View recordings of nearly all sessions, including Steven Johnson’s keynote address (expires on Thursday, May 28). To engage with the Innovate community year-round, follow on Twitter @InnovateOSU or explore online at

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics include:

  • Personal or Professional Branding on Social Media - May 27 at 12 p.m.

  • Communicating the Need for Water Efficiency - May 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Millennial in Extension - May 28 at 2 p.m.

  • Basics for Helping Organizations Identify and Promote Their Public (and Private) Value - June 9 at 2 p.m.

  • Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change? - June 10 at 10:45 a.m.

  • Linkedin Webinar - June 10 at 12 p.m.

  • Perspectives of a Program Leader - June 15 at 1:30 p.m.

  • WaterSense and LEED Housing Programs - June 17 at 2 p.m.

  • Social Media Privacy Webinar - June 24 at 12 p.m.

  • Social Media Use - June 25 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) - June 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. (460B Prior Hall)
  • Using CarmenConnect (Hands On) - June 10 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (029 Derby Hall)
  • The Flipped Classroom Series - July 14, 21 & 28 (285 Baker Systems - July 14 & 28; 029 Derby Hall - July 21 or for all 3)
  • Using Mediasite (DEMO) - July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. (285 Baker Systems Engineering)



Journal of Extension Re-opens RFP for Editorial Services - Due May 31:

Extension Journal, Inc. is reopening its invitation for proposals to provide editorial services for the corporation’s flagship product, the Journal of Extension. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2015. Read more here.



OSU Extension Annual Report Story Banners Available to Borrow:

Extension has several pull-up banners created for the legislative luncheon earlier this year that are available to borrow and use at your county fair, legislative activities or other programs. The titles of the banners are:

  • Certified Crop Advisers
  • Water Quality
  • Urban Renewal
  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Safety on the Farm
  • Energy for the Future
  • Healthy Bees
  • A Safe Food Supply

The attached PDF shows what each banner looks like. Contact Cheryl Buck ( if you would like to borrow one or more of these banners – available on a first come, first-served basis – for a local event.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (May 13 issue)

How to Sync Outlook’s Calendar with Your Google Calendar: Three Options (EdgeU Tech Blog)

Formal vs Informal Learning Environments: Moodle or Blog? (EdgeU Tech Blog)

How Different Generations consume Online Content (EdgeU Tech Blog)

CFAES Monthly (May 2015)

Twine Line (Spring/Summer 2015)

Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (May 2015)

eXtension Update (May 2015)

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