CD Wire - July 6, 2015


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

AD Update:

I hope everyone had a chance to celebrate our nation’s birthday this past 4th of July weekend. My family and I visited Philadelphia just last month and got to walk through the actual building—Independence Hall—where a small number of community development leaders held strategy sessions, conducted planning, and ultimately made decisions that changed their community… and the world. (See attached photos of my daughters taking photos in the signing room.) Today, our clients and community leaders are not drafting “Declarations of Independence.” However, serious community issues that impact the lives of citizens continue. And our Extension CD team can play a key role in helping.

In my email note of 7/1, I mentioned my appreciation of Sandy’s welcome and assistance as I take on this interim role as Assistant Director. I also mentioned my belief in Covey’s approach to seeing leadership as service. As noted, my plan is to maintain our CD program area operations, and look for ways I can help you do your outreach and engagement. Please let me know if, when, and how I can help support your projects. My personal goal is to learn a little more about our organization, and help in any way I can as we move forward.

Again, I’m thankful for the good work you are doing. You’re making daily impacts with positive, lifelong implications. Please stay in touch via calls, texts, Skype, email, etc. anytime.

Thank you.


Congratulations to Greg

Again, please join me in offering congratulations to Greg Davis for being named Interim Director, OSU Extension. As I noted last week, there were a number of folks who could have filled that role. I believe Greg’s leadership of our CD program area led to his appointment. I also believe our CD team helped. Yes, each one of us. We purposely integrate all four areas of Extension programming, and work to catalyze impact on communities. Greg has guided our team development and will certainly use these approaches in leading our overall Extension organization.

JOE Publication

Congratulations to Eric Romich, Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, Myra Moss, Cindy Bond, and David Civittolo for their article in the new issue of the Journal of Extension: "Building Sustainability in Gas- and Oil-Producing Communities". Here’s the link:

It’s becoming increasingly more rigorous to be published in JOE. Their acceptance rate stands at 20.2%. But don’t let that stop you from writing! We need to share our successful ideas and programs to help others across Ohio and the nation. My main tip for publication success: Ask a colleague (or two) to proofread and give critical feedback BEFORE you submit the article to a journal.

JAFSCD Publication

Also last month, the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development published, "Potential of Local Food Use in the Ohio Health Care Industry: An Exploratory Study." Authors are Brian Raison and Scott Scheer. Here’s the link:

Advice from Covey

I caught this on Forbes website a while back… pertinent reminders for both work and home life. These are seven quotes from Stephen Covey that “have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.”

1. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

2. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

3. Live out of your imagination, not your history.

4. Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

5. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.

6. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

7. You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”


Farwell to Nico Boyd

Please join us in thanking Nico Boyd for all his good work in Cuyahoga County this past year as well as wishing him well as he heads to grad school at Georgia Tech this fall. Nico’s last day with Extension will be July 17. Best of luck, Nico!

New Farm Energy Series Fact Sheet Available

Congratulations to Eric Romich and Kent McGuire on their recent addition to the Farm Energy Fact Sheet Series titled, "On-Farm Solar Electric System Safety". The factsheet is now available on Ohioline.



Webinar: Forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie in 2015 - July 9:

Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab will host a public webinar to explain NOAA's 2015 seasonal forecast for Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie on Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m. The event will feature expert commentary, a discussion of the history of this issue on Lake Erie, and the U.S. response to the problem. The U.S. Co-Chairs of Annex 4 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) will explain recomendations to address excessive nutrient loading, and Lake Erie scientists will present projects supported by the Ohio Board of Regents and The Ohio State University Field to Faucet Initiative. To register for the webinar, please click here. You will receive an automated email with log-in instructions.

Data Management Plan Workshop - July 9:

Participants will learn strategies for creating data management plans with the online DMPTool, which walks researchers through a funding agency’s requirements. Join Amanda Rinehart, data management services librarian, for this hands-on session at Thompson Library on Thursday, July 9. For details or to register, visit the Research Commons website here.

Webinar: Using Ripple Effects Mapping to Determine Your Program Outcomes - July 14:

Identifying the impacts of community development work is often challenging due to the time lag between knowledge gained, behaviors undertaken and impacts realized. Pre-post evaluations and follow-up surveys aren’t guaranteed to elicit all the indirect “ripple effects” of a program. Someone who takes a leadership course might credit the knowledge and confidence gained with starting a community garden, but not the spin-offs resulting from the garden or work with partners. This webinar will share how to facilitate the Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) technique starting with a focus group setting where storytelling initiates the process. Groups build on these stories, while the facilitator maps the accomplishments, partnerships, unique contributions and gaps in delivery identified by participants. By visualizing all the things that happened as a result of a program, the process can show communities, program leaders and funders how their work interacts with the community system. They will describe how the mapping process has been used in a number of states and settings and there have been variations in how it has been implemented. Instructions will be provided for coding to the Community Capitals Framework and digitizing the maps.


  • Debra Hansen, Extension Associate Professor, Washington State University Extension
  • Lorie Higgins, Extension Specialist, University of Idaho Extension. 

When: Tuesday, July 14, 2-3 p.m.

Register: Click here.  Upon registering, you will receive participation instructions, including the registration ID and password you will need to participate in the webinar. Questions:  Please contact Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman (

EPN Breakfast: Using Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to Help Customers and Community - July 15:

Columbia Gas of Ohio is hosting the next OSU Environmental Professionals Network breakfast at its new Arena District headquarters, on Wednesday, July 15. The topic is “Using Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to Help Customers and Community.” Register for $10 at: Coffee and networking outdoors starts at 7:30 a.m. overlooking Huntington Park. The program will end by 9:30. For additional information read the CFAES News Release.

North Central Region Water Network Webinar- Harmful Algal Blooms- July 15:


The NCRWN will host a webinar as part of The Current series on July 15 from 3-4 p.m. discussing Harmful Algal Blooms.

Speakers include:

  • Chris Winslow, Interim Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program: Harmful Algal Blooms:  What are they? Where do they come from? What are we doing in HAB research?

  • Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension: OSU Nutrient Management Outreach Education Programs Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

  • Sonia Joseph Joshi, Center for Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Products

For more information on the webinar and to register visit the website here.


NCRCRD Webinar: "An Assessment Tool for Improving Public Engagement Around Complex, Emergent and Contested Science and Technology Issues" - July 16:

July 16 at 1:30 p.m.

An Assessment Tool for Improving Public Engagement Around Complex, Emergent and Contested Science and Technology Issues

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:

University engagement with publics and stakeholders increasingly involves advanced and complex technologies, expertise and science. Emerging technologies (ETs) share several characteristics: the science around ETs is often uncertain, ill-defined, in its infancy, or contested by experts or publics. Importantly, ETs are not “new” for everyone! For some, specific technologies may be “old hat,” while for others, the same technology is raising new kinds of questions and concerns. Examples may include biofuels, fracking, GMOs, climate change, water contamination or precision agriculture. As a result, public engagement initiatives around ETs confront a unique set of challenges and pitfalls. Dr. Eaton will share results of a research project investigating how university Extension and other public engagement professionals confront and manage challenges. He will present an “Assessment Tool” intended to help public engagement professionals navigate common pitfalls for university engagement around ETs.

This webinar will be interactive. If possible, please consider the following questions before attending:

  1. What emerging technologies have you confronted in your own public engagement work?
  2. Did you encounter any unique or important challenges when engaging with others on this topic?
  3. How did you and your partners manage these challenges? 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Weston Eaton has been involved in the study of conflict and controversy over natural resource use and the development and siting of new renewable energy technologies. In his recently defended dissertation (Sociology, MSU), he examined controversy over woody-biomass bioenergy in Michigan. Working with Dr. Wynne Wright, he partnered with MSU Extension to develop an “Issue Guide” for public engagement around contested natural resource issues: This fall he begins work on energy transitions at Penn State University.

NCRCRD Webinar: "Anticipatory Preservation Planning: Protections of Rural Cultural and Physical Landscapes" - July 20:

July 20 at 11 a.m.

Anticipatory Preservation Planning: Protections of Rural Cultural and Physical Landscapes

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:

Heather Fischer began this study as part of a Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation, using Richardton, ND, as a case study. This webinar expands that research to include a multi-disciplinary method combining geospatial analysis for identifying similar areas of disturbance in the Bakken region with expert and local interviews. Researchers explored resourced-based town dynamics through quality of life and local value assessment interviews, analyzed available preservation resources, and recommended a heritage preservation-planning process for rural communities on the threshold of the oil boom.

About the Speakers:

  • Heather Fischer is a lecturer of architecture at North Dakota State University focusing on fundamentals of design and historic preservation.

  • Dominic Fischer is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and practicing landscape architect. They have been involved with the study and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, community development, preservation and conservation for the past ten years.

Their collaborative research began with a paper titled, “Mapping the Bakken Oil Formation: new depictions from within and without the Dome,” presented at the Environmental Design Research Association annual conference. This initiated their cross-disciplinary approach to planning with the aid of Geographic Information System software.

Photoshop Bootcamp: Image Design for Teaching - August 19:

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) is holding a Photoshop bootcamp covering Image Design for Teaching on August 19 in 186 Hagerty Hall on the Columbus campus. Three sessions will be held (sign up for the ones you would like to attend). For complete bootcamp information and to register, click here.

Qualtrics…There’s a New Online Survey Program in Town!

From Debbie Lewis, Leader PDE (614-292-5089 or lewis.205):

As you may have heard by now, The Ohio State University has contracted with Qualtrics, one of the leaders in online survey software products, for provisioning surveys for classes and research at the university. If you have a subscription to another online survey tool, you must provide a business case for continued use before renewing your subscription. The CFAES LimeSurvey service is open-source software and is not affected by the Qualtrics agreement.

Any faculty or staff member (or Ohio State student) may use Qualtrics by setting up an account. Please read the knowledge base (KB) document published by the Office of the Chief Information Officer about how to log in for the first time: Pay special attention to the first-time log in instructions if you have an existing Qualtrics account. The URL is:

When you first log-in you will be given a “student2trial” account, which you will need to “upgrade” to a “standard” account to be able to use all the features available. Please read the KB document on how to use upgrade codes: You will need to email to obtain the upgrade code.

Once you have set up your account and are logged in, make sure to check out the many “how-to” videos at Qualtrics University by clicking on the “Helps and Tutorials” button in the upper-right corner of your screen. A nice available feature will be the ability to collaborate on surveys across the university. Read the KB document on how to collaborate with colleagues:

Do you need help constructing an online survey or would you like advice from an evaluation professional? Make a request of the OSU Extension Program Development and Evaluation (PDE) Unit at

What happens to your SurveyMonkey account when it expires? The PDE Unit has some experience in this area. If you had one of their professional (paid) plans, your account will revert to the BASIC (free) plan when your subscription expires. Best practice is to export your data for important surveys BEFORE the expiration date of your paid subscription. Be warned that people can still respond to any surveys that are active (even with the BASIC plan). You will want to close your active collectors because you will not be able to export data from these surveys after your paid subscription expires. You will only be able to VIEW the first 100 responses to your surveys when your account reverts to the BASIC plan. You WILL be able to continue to VIEW your surveys after your account reverts to the BASIC plan whether or not the surveys are “closed”.

Recording of Borich Webinar now Available:

The recording of Tim Borich’s webinar on Success Strategies in CRED Programming is now available. He looks back as well as forward and shares excellent wisdom appropriate for people of all career stages. Here’s the link to all NCRCRD archived webinars:

Just as a reminder, Michigan State University decided to change its webinar platform from Adobe to Zoom. This is requiring conversion of all of past webinars to YouTube format. The specific links to individual webinars will all change when that is complete in early August. The main link (listed above) will not change. 

SAVE THE DATE: North Central Region Water Network Conference 2016:

The North Central Region Water Network would like for you to save the date for the 2016 conference. The theme is: "From Science to Success: Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge and Practice in Water Resource Management". The conference will be March 21 through 23, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Stay tuned for details here.



2015 Food Distribution Research Society - Presentation Opportunity:

The Food Distribution Research Society is made up of academics and industry types who look at food production and marketing with an eye toward practical solutions for industry. Many of those from universities have Extension or similar appointments from a number of different disciplines/program areas. Research papers may be in the form of Reports (20 minute presentations on research results) or Updates (15 minute presentations usually reserved for research in progress or very early findings). A poster option is also available and a great opportunity to share.

This group highly values discussion of research and networking for collaboration, so the threshold for acceptance is a simple review of abstract/submission form, and friendly discussion/advice is a priority. Presenters’ abstracts then have the option of publishing in the annual proceedings issue of the Journal of Food Distribution Research and/or developing into a full paper for full peer review in JFDR or other appropriate outlet. See the brief announcement below for links to meeting information and paper submission details.

Research paper and poster abstract submissions for the 2015 Food Distribution Research Society meeting in Philadelphia (October 9 through 12, 2015) will be accepted through August 1. For information and submission form, go to Questions can be directed to the FDRS Research VP Stan Ernst at



CFAES Communications, Food and Hunger Issues - Reply by July 9:

CFAES Communications is interested in writing more news releases on how the college, including Extension and OARDC, is addressing food and hunger issues. If you are working on anything related to relieving the burden of food insecurity — in Ohio or elsewhere — and have a story to tell, please contact Martha Filipic (filipic.3 or 614-292-9833) by July 9. Afterwards, the team will sift through ideas and follow up in the coming weeks and months. If you’re not sure a project fits, contact Martha anyway as they would rather have too many ideas than not enough.

Become a Member of the Ohio Treasurer's Office Speaker's Bureau:

OSU Extension has been invited to become a member of the Treasurer, State of Ohio’s Speaker’s Bureau.  FCS Educators will be receiving a survey shortly that asks about their interest in serving in this capacity across the state of Ohio. If any programmatic people are also interested in becoming part of this team, please email Nancy Stehulak ( about your interest.

Ohio Clean Marinas Program Welcomes New Staff:

Over the course of 2014, the Ohio Clean Marinas Program was approached by the ODNR Division of Watercraft to expand the Clean Marinas and Clean Boater Programs statewide. Building upon the existing financial support from the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and the ODNR Office of Coastal Management, additional support from the Division of Watercraft has enabled two full-time education positions to assist in the administration of the statewide program. The program will continue to remain a partnership between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Sea Grant, and the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association - in other words, agency, university, and industry.

This opportunity will reach marinas and boaters throughout Ohio, and ultimately take action to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Ohio River watershed as well as in Lake Erie. Two new staff members are Jennifer Roar and Heather Sheets, who started on June 1.

Jenny Roar is a Program Administrator with the Division of Watercraft, based in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Coastal Management in Sandusky. To contact Jenny: email or phone: 419-609-4130. Heather Sheets is the Program Coordinator with the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Watercraft based at Alum Creek in Delaware, Ohio. To contact Heather: email or phone: 740-548-5490.

HR Survey Participation Requested:

Human Resources is interested in your feedback to improve the design and functionality of its website. Your input will help HR better understand your needs for HR-specific information. By participating in a short survey, you will influence the future website experience to best serve you and the university. Take the survey here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué  (June 24)


Connections Newsletter (South Centers - Spring Edition)

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (June 2015)

EEOB Researcher PI on Ohio Board of Regents Study to Determine Possible Health Impacts of Lake Erie Cyanotoxins (Arts & Sciences News)

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