CD Wire - June 22, 2015


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

AD Update:

Raison adding Interim AD

Brian Raison has agreed to serve as interim assistant director, OSU Extension-Community Development, on a part time basis beginning July 1, 2015 until such time that a new Extension director can begin. Brian will address the most essential fiscal, personnel and program leadership duties in addition to his current assignment as assistant professor, county Extension director and Community Development educator in Miami County.

Please give Brian your full support as we address ongoing concerns and initiatives during this interim/transition phase. Thank you, Brian, for your willingness to serve in this interim role!

Raymond A. Schindler
Excellence in Community Development
Extension Award

As a result of the recent decision to name our Excellence in CD Award after Ray Schindler, I had the distinct privilege of informing Ray and asking for his approval. He was quick to reply in true Ray fashion, “I am honored to accept and think it would be best to use my formal name:  Raymond A. Schindler.” Ray was one of the first Extension regional CD specialists who helped shape the Extension CD profession we know today. Ray Schindler’s contributions, from the earliest stages of the program area (early 1960s) to the present day as faculty emeritus, have been far reaching and impactful.

Congrats to Lloyd and Merkowitz

In about a week, two long-time Extension CD professionals from the class of 1987 will be retiring from OSU and starting the next chapter of their lives. Both Mike and Rose changed lives, organizations and communities through their tireless efforts in the areas of leadership development, economic development, organizational development and community planning. They relied on the teamwork that is synonymous with OSU Extension to bring colleagues to their communities and they were just as eager to share their knowledge and passion with others around the state. They provided top rate service contributions locally and to state and national level committees as members and in positions of leadership (e.g., P&T, Shale Work Group, program and in-service planning committees, OJCEP, NACDEP, etc.).

Kudos to you both for an impactful career of top rate Extension teaching, creative/scholarly endeavors, collegiality and service and best wishes to you both in retirement!

Sandy on Vacation Week of June 29

Sandy will be on vacation next week (June 29-July 2). If you need anything done by the end of this week, please contact her by end of day tomorrow (June 23).



Whitehouse Summit on Climate and Health - Live Webcast June 23:

The American Lung Association and Ohio State are hosting a live webcast of the Whitehouse Summit on Climate and Health on Tuesday, June 23 at noon in the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, 1090 Carmack Road. Richard Spinrad, NOAA chief scientist, will attend the Columbus viewing and make additional comments following the viewing and participate in a local conversation. Contact: Jason Cervenec (688-0080 or Read more at:

Webinar with Project Management 2.0 Author - June 23:

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning is hosting Harold Kerzner, industry leader and author of Project Management 2.0, for a free webinar to the Ohio State community on Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. Kerzner will discuss important changes in project management, upcoming trends and the digital frontier of PM 2.0. Hone your skills in project management or learn something new.

Learning Goals:

  1. Execute complex projects of the future
  2. Improve stakeholder management
  3. Understand the necessity for flexible project management methodologies
  4. Recognize the importance of value in making project decisions

Register at

enCORE Open House - June 26:

enCORE, Ohio State’s solar powered house designed and built by students, will be open for tours Friday, June 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. All are invited to tour the house and learn about various aspects of sustainable, net-zero building and living. enCORE is located behind the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Contact: For more information on enCore, visit:

Promotion & Tenure Boot Camp - RSVP by June 26:

Five seats are left in the Promotion & Tenure Boot Camp, which will meet on the following dates:

  • July 10
  • August 7
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13
  • December 11

If you are interested in participating please RSVP to Vicki Myers (myers.26 or 330-263-3831) by Friday, June 26.

USDA Webinar: Local Foods and AMS - June 30:

USDA Rural Development will hold a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m., taking a look at the services provided by the USDA Agricultural Manufacturing Service (AMS). Topics expected to cover include focus on grants for farmer markets and other local food efforts, facilities design and how the food landscape is changing, as well as how other places are using their services to develop and expand local foods in their area.

To join the training session:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your name and email address
  3. Enter the session password: Food
  4. Click "Join Now"
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
  6. For audio, please call 1-800-981-3173 3665#

Ohio State Researchers host Stata Conference - July 30 & 31:

Join Ohio State University research and statistics experts, along with Stata Corporation, a data analysis and statistical software solution, for two days of networking and Stata exploration, Thursday, July 30 - Friday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. The conference includes presentations, which address analytical techniques for health research, social science, economics, data mining, biostatistics and statistics. Stata Corporation developers will also present on new Stata 14 features. Contact:, 366-3175. Read more:

Video Workshops coming this Fall:

In case you may have missed it, a great infographic created by Ed Tech Heather Gottke is now posted on the OSU Extension Ed Tech blog. As you can see from the results, video creation training and information is greatly needed/wanted across the organization this year. The Ed Tech unit has secured three dates this coming Fall for video workshops in the following regions:

  • Dayton (September 10th)
  • South Centers/Piketon (October 15th)
  • Marion OSU Campus (date TBD)

Please save the dates! Registration and more information will be available in the coming weeks. Please let Heather (gottke.4) or Jamie (seger.23) know if you have any questions.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics include:

  • Building Resiliency during Change - Finding Courage Within - June 24 at 11 a.m.

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

  • Social Media Use - June 25 at 2 p.m.

  • Ready Community: Vulnerability and Resilience - June 26 at 2 p.m.

  • Analytics Webinar - July 8 at 12 p.m.

  • Enterprise Budgeting Webinar - July 22 at 12 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:

  • Harnessing the Power of Rubrics - June 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. (Online)
  • Cloud File Sharing and Storage with your iPad (Hands-On) - July 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (135 Stillman Hall)
  • Using Mediasite (DEMO) - July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. (285 Baker Systems Engineering)



North Central Region Water Network Seed Funding Available - Applications due August 14:

The North Central Region Water Network is accepting seed funding applications and awards grants for planning, program delivery or extension professional development with a focus on watershed planning and the following key issues:
  1. Nutrient and manure management
  2. Sustainable water supply
  3. Climate change & adaptation
  4. Soil health
  5. Land use and development practices
  6. Aquatic invasive species prevention and management
  7. Youth water literacy and stewardship

Lead applicants must have an Extension appointment/assignment at a land-grant institution in the North Central Region. Eligible lead institutions include: University of Illinois, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Dakota State University, The Ohio State University, South Dakota State University and University of Wisconsin. Lead applicants may enlist co-applicants and partners from other institutions and organizations to both receive funds and contribute cash and in-kind resources.

Applications are due August 14. A maximum of $100,000 will be awarded, with each award being up to $30,000. It is anticipated that three to six awards will be made through this application. For more information, visit:  Please contact Rebecca Power ( / 608-263-3425) or your state point of contact (Joe Bonnell) with questions.



Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (June 10, 2015)

EdgeUTech Blog:

How to Use Google Trends to Identify Needs & Communication

So You Want to Make an App? Decision Chart!

Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (June 2015)

Columbus named Intelligent Community of the Year (OSU News)

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