CD Wire - July 20, 2015


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

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CD Colleagues:

I’m writing to you from Lexington, KY on the eve of the Community Development Society’s annual international conference. I just spent a good hour talking with our very own Ray Schindler who, I learned, was a charter member of CDS over 46 years ago. Remarkable. I also learned that when Ray was beginning his master's work in 1961, they did not have a “community development” focus area. So, he and his advisor decided together to take on the challenge, pull from several departments, and create the degree. This is, perhaps, even more remarkable in that his advisor was none other than Everett Rogers who, needless to say, is one of the most cited individuals in all of Extension literature. His theoretical framing of the “diffusion of innovations” was seminal. People around the world cite his work. Yet our very own Ray smiles fondly when he speaks of him… and refers to him simply as “Ev.”

Ray was involved in very early work on land use development, agricultural tourism, and other (sometimes far-fetched) community development projects. At one event he coordinated in Hillsboro on general tourism, he set aside 45 minutes for a “break” between the last session and dinner. “This,” Ray said smiling, “ended up being what I guess was the first happy hour in Extension.” He continued, “I got a call from Columbus saying we don’t do those sorts of things; but the next morning, the president of the bank called me and said he was working on a deal for a new hotel!”

Well, talking with Ray (and colleagues from across the globe) tonight has left me inspired. I hope you’re inspired as well to press on in our outreach and community engagement. Like Ray, we may be doing work that will set the stage for the next 46 years in community development.


CD Fall Study Tour - SAVE THE DATE: October 14

Mark your calendars for the CD Fall Study Tour to be held October 14 in Washington County. Darlene Lukshin will be our host. In the next week or two we will be emailing you some information about the trip and asking you to RSVP so that we can start planning the details.

CD Small Grants Available

The CD Small Grant application has been updated and is available on the CD Professionals page of our website. Before you submit your proposal, please contact Brian ( to discuss your ideas and to make sure funds are available for the current fiscal year.

New Program Coordinator of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition

Amanda Osborne will be taking over Nico Boyd's role as Program Coordinator of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition. While Amanda is not technically an employee of the University (the Food Policy Coalition funders have requested that the position be filled as a four-month contract position), she will now be responsible for programs which fall under the CD umbrella at the Cuyahoga County office. She has been encouraged to reach out to Extension team members as she works on her projects. Since the Cuyahoga County CD Educator position has not yet been filled, please feel free to get in touch with Amanda ( or 216-429-8200 ext. 212) if you have any questions about the programs. Once the new CD Educator is hired, that person will take the lead on CD programming and communications.



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:

  • Food Safety Modernization Act-Produce & Preventive Rule Webinar - July 23 at 12 p.m.

  • Use the Video camera that's in your pocket! - July 23 at 2 p.m.

  • You Posted What on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter! - July 27 at 7 p.m.

  • Hybrid Teaching: Extension at the Crossroads - July 28 at 4 p.m.

  • Extension & The Maker Movement - August 5 at 2 p.m.

  • Exploring Sea Grant's Coastal Resilience Toolkit - August 21 at 2 p.m.

  • Newsletters Webinar - August 26 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:

  • Using Mediasite (DEMO) - July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. (285 Baker Systems Engineering)
  • Using CarmenConnect (Hands-On) - August 10 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (029 Derby Hall)
  • Photoshop Session 1: Tools Introduction & Basic Image Diagraming for Teaching - August 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)
  • Photoshop Session 2: Advanced Image Diagraming/Editing for Teaching - August 19 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)
  • Photoshop Session 3: Creating Images for Carmen & Online Learning - August 19 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)
  • Using U.OSU (Hands-On) - August 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (460B Prior Hall)




North Central Region Water Network seeking Partners for Extension Education Proposal - Due July 24:

NDSU Extension Specialists are seeking collaborators within two other states to be involved in the development of an extension program that will provide technical in-service training and program curriculum on 1) land use of riparian ecosystems, and 2) manure and nutrient management. Refer to the project overview for more information. If you are interested in being part of this effort or know someone that would be willing to participate, contact Miranda Meehan (701-231-7683 or by July 24.

Translational Data Analytics @ Ohio State Fall Forum Poster Session Opportunity - Register by July 24:

Do you have a project, study or discovery related to data analytics or decision science? Present your work at the inaugural TDA @ Ohio State Fall Forum, an opportunity to discuss your work, meet new colleagues, connect with potential collaborators and see the future home of Translational Data Analytics. The poster session will take place Thursday, October 8 from 10 a.m. until noon in Pomerene Hall. Those interested in presenting should register at: by Friday, July 24. Contact: Read more:



VP Conversation Online Survey Open until July 31:

Whether or not you have already participated in a conversation, the VP Conversation Steering Committee reminds you that the online survey will remain open until July 31 ( Feel free to forward the link to stakeholders...their opinions are important as well. Please continue to promote among your volunteers, clientele and partners and encourage them to complete this survey. All responses will remain confidential. Responses will be de-identified and aggregated before analysis. Questions? Please contact Graham Cochran ( or Becky Nesbitt (

Total Rewards Mailing shows Ohio State's Investment in You:

All regular or term faculty and staff with an appointment of 50 percent or greater FTE will be receiving a Total Rewards Statement mailed to their home addresses last week. This statement includes personalized information about how Ohio State invests in you, including an overview of your compensation and benefits for the preceding year. The statement also includes general information on Ohio State’s total investment in faculty and staff, the very people who make Ohio State a great place to be. Read more:

CFAES SAC Staff Award Nominations due August 31:

Now's the time to think about nominating an individual for the 2015 CFAES Staff Advisory Council Awards. The awards include:

• Shirley Brooks-Jones Award (Recognition of Staff Excellence)
• Key Values Award (Recognition of Staff with Less than 3 years of experience)
• Innovation Award (Recognition of Staff for improvements to the workplace)
• Special Recognition Award (Recognition of Staff who offer special assistance)

Each of the individuals selected are honored with a luncheon, plaque and monetary cash award. To nominate an outstanding staff member, visit: Deadline for nomination is August 31. Contact Kelly Elisar ( if you have questions. Click here for the 2015 nomination fillable form.

New Results Available from American Time Use Survey:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released new data from 2014 for the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which measures time spent on work, household, child care, volunteer, leisure and other activities. The ATUS 2014 files are available to researchers to use for their own analyses, and a press release highlights some of the new findings. For more information, click here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


New gig: Raison, interim assistant director, Community Development

New Grant Focuses on Nutrient Management, Cleaner Lake Erie Water

OARDC Director Steve Slack to Retire After 16 Years of Leadership, Growth

Ohio State Improving Water Quality, One Farm at a Time

August 6 Field Night to Feature Vegetable Crops

Symposium to Look at Challenges Facing U.S. Bioeconomy

CFAES Monthly (July 2015)

CFAES Staff Advisory Council Newsletter (Spring/Summer 2015)

Program helps youth take food from garden to table (OnCampus)

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