CD Wire - August 17, 2015


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

AD Update:

CD Colleagues . . .

I spent a couple of days last week in Washington DC at the invitation of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC). They had gathered 65 or 70 Extension educators, researchers, and administrators from across the south who currently focus on food system work. All four program areas were represented. Nearly a dozen USDA representatives (NIFA, SARE, etc.) were there to provide information on program and grant opportunities. My role was to talk about how our eXtension online community of local food colleagues (the Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems Community of Practice) functioned, and how it could be used as a tool for leveraging resources (research, intellectual capital, program ideas, etc.) and how the eXtension team might help their individual efforts.

While all that was great… I quickly found that though they may have seen me as a resource or representative of a larger entity, I was actually learning, gathering information, gaining ideas, and finding potential future collaborative partnerships for work in food-related projects that can serve Ohio citizens and clientele. (Please don’t tell them this! They paid my way over!!)

Joking aside, here was my takeaway: Whatever project you’re involved in, look for ways to leverage partner input. Look for opportunities to learn from others attending the event (whether participants or leaders). See if you can find jewels hidden in the agenda. In short, be a “learner” (think StrengthsFinder) to gain valuable information for your work. Please note, you can ALSO impart data, information, and helpful resources to your audience; but don’t forget to look for the opportunity to learn from them as well.

Best regards,

OSU Extension Director Search Update

View the most updated information on the OSU Extension Director search and the three candidates here, including CVs and the live stream link for Candidate C (Paul Brown) for Wednesday, August 19 at 9 a.m.

Central State University Update

From Greg Davis, Interim Director . . .

Central State University (CSU) and The Ohio State University entered into an official partnership to advance the land-grant mission in Ohio. President Michael V. Drake and other dignitaries were hosted by President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond at CSU in Wilberforce to formally recognize the partnership via a signing ceremony.

The three-page Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed yesterday states that both institutions are designated to carry out Extension work in Ohio, and it highlights that the two entities will work together over the next five years to “provide a single comprehensive state program.”

While the MOU identifies key roles and responsibilities for working together in co-located office environments, much of the specific detail that guides day-to-day operations will be outlined in the form of “operating guidelines,” which are currently being reviewed by Ohio State’s Office of Legal Affairs and we hope to be able to share them soon.

OSU Extension and Central State will collaborate in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of educational programming designed to address needs of Ohio’s most populated communities. Central State Extension has plans to co-locate county educators with OSU Extension in three counties initially (Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton). Second-tier counties include: Greene, Lucas and Montgomery. The timing of these collaborations will be announced after the operating guidelines are completed.

In the meantime, I very much appreciate your desire to share your excitement about this opportunity with your commissioners and other supporters. No doubt questions will arise as the news about the new Ohio State/CSU collaboration becomes more widely known. I encourage you to assure our partners and other stakeholders that the operating guidelines we are developing will take into account existing strengths of each organization to address identified and emerging needs effectively and efficiently.

I have attached a copy of the MOU for your information. I know we are all curious about how this partnership will progress, and I promise that I will be in touch as soon as there is more feedback from Ohio State Legal Affairs on the operating guidelines. If you have additional questions before then, please contact Ken Martin or me.



NCRCRD Webinar Reminder: "The Impact of Shale Energy Development on Food Access in Rural Communities" - August 18:

August 18 at 2 p.m.

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:

The shale energy boom is dramatically changing the face of rural America and previous research has demonstrated that local food environments have significant implications for individual health outcomes and community wellbeing. Much work has been done to estimate the economic and environmental impacts of shale energy development, yet little empirical work has assessed its impact on the food environment. Increased demand associated with population and income influxes from shale development is likely changing the retail landscape in shale communities.

Yet, it is unclear what kind of retail food establishments are emerging in those communities and how shale development has changed the food environment for original residents. Increased retail grocery options would likely improve access to healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. However, given the transient nature of many oil and gas workers, fast food and convenience establishments may be more likely to enter shale communities. We use business establishment data to determine what kinds of retail establishments have moved into Pennsylvania following the shale boom between 2007-2012. Our findings have implications for policy leaders facing challenges to sustainably develop shale resources in their communities.

About the Speakers:

Michael R. Betz, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Human Sciences and Extension State Specialist in Family and Consumer Sciences. Mike works extensively with community economic development and its relationship with family well-being. His research focuses on the dynamics of communities engaged in natural resource extraction and how engagement in such actives impacts the short- and long-term well-being of families in those communities.

Jill K. Clark is an assistant professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.  Professor Clark’s research centers on community and state governance of food systems and policies developed to achieve community and state food system goals.

Grants and Employment Workshop - August 26-28:

Professional Development Grant Applications accepted until August 31:

The Office of Human Resources, in partnership with USAC, has two opportunities for staff and managers to apply for professional development grants. The application period for both ends August 31.

The Staff Career Development Grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development. Eligible staff can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups to use for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications can be submitted via mail to the Office of Human Resources or via email to

The Staff Manager Development Grant provides managers with an opportunity to enhance their management and leadership skills. Eligible staff can apply for a grant to fund participation in management workshops, programs or conferences held at The Ohio State University. Applications can be submitted via email to the Office of Human Resources or via email to

NCRCRD Webinar: "Are we Entrepreneurs? Using Ourselves as a Case Study to Measure the Impact of a Web-based Outreach Project" -September 10:

September 10 at 12 p.m.

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:

Creating content may be the easiest part of digital outreach! This multi-state Extension team used themselves and the Power of Business multi-state Extension initiative ( as a business case study by following the information they provide many entrepreneurs: Create a plan and measure the results. This webinar will provide findings from a study funded by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development focused on 1) strengthening Extension’s support of entrepreneurs while also 2) determining the best ways to reach business owners with information designed to help them grow various aspects of their enterprises. Experiences and information from this study are designed to help other Extension programs and professionals act more like entrepreneurs with their outreach efforts by 1) increasing their capacity to reach clientele through marketing efforts and 2) assessing the impact of Next Generation Extension practices with social media.


  • Connie Reimers-Hild (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Connie Hancock (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Glenn Muske (North Dakota State University)

Registration is now open for Fall Video Workshops:

The Ed Tech unit has secured the following dates and locations for Fall Video Workshops:

  • Dayton (September 10)
  • South Centers/Piketon (October 15)
  • Marion OSU Campus (October 21)
  • Mahoning County Extension Office (November 5)

For complete information and to register, click here.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for upcoming webinar sessions. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

Topics include:

  • Communicating Effectively During Transitions - Managing Turbulence and Dilemmas - August 18 at 11 a.m.

  • Speaking to the General Public - A Method for Building Trust and Collaboration in Addressing Climate Change Impacts - August 20 at 1 p.m.

  • Using the National Renewable Energy Lab's PVWatts: Building interactive learning experiences - August 20 at 4 p.m.

  • Ask Me Anything Session - Social Media - August 20 at 2 p.m.

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

  • Tell a photo-based story-based map in a snap! - October 1 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:

  • Photoshop Sessions - August 19 (186 Hagerty Hall)
    • 1: Tools Introduction & Basic Image Diagraming for Teaching - 9 to 10 a.m.
    • 2: Advanced Image Diagraming/Editing for Teaching - 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • 3: Creating Images for Carmen & Online Learning - 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Using U.OSU (Hands-On) - August 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (460B Prior Hall)
  • Creating Multimedia Videos with Explain Everything on iPad (Hands-On) - August 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (063 Denney Hall)
  • Using Mediasite (DEMO) - September 2 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (285 Baker Systems)



Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Workshop - August 27:

The USDA, Rural Development will be holding a free REAP information session and application workshop in Athens, Ohio from 10 a.m. until noon on August 27. Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible for the grant program. REAP will pay up to 25% of the total project costs for an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. You are invited to come and learn about the program and how to fill out the application. For the fiscal year 2016 there are two deadlines: October 31, 2015 and April 30, 2016.

Location of the workshop: August 27, 10 a.m. - noon

94 Columbus Road
Conference Room C
Athens, Ohio 45701

All are welcome. Reservations are not required. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Christie Hooks (614-255-2397 or For directions or venue information, contact Teny Bannick (740-541-4338 or



New Ed Tech to serve OSU Extension:

Danae Wolfe became the new full-time Educational Technology Specialist for OSU Extension on August 3. Don't hesitate to contact her with educational technology-related questions, meeting requests and training information. Read more at: Meet your new Ed Tech, Danae Wolfe! (EdgeU Tech Blog).

CFAES e-Learning Needs Survey:

Deana Namuth-Covert, the Director of e-Learning for CFAES, and her team have created a needs assessment to survey CFAES faculty and staff. The results of this survey will determine future workshops and trainings college-wide on topics such as online course design, as well as specific tools such as Carmen, Moodle, etc. Because of the ongoing partnership between the CFAES e-Learning team and the OSU Extension Ed Tech unit, Extension professionals are encouraged to participate in the survey. This way, they can identify areas of collaboration in our college, as well as across the University. Take the survey here.

New Email Feature launching August 24:

From Helen Patton, Chief Information Security Officer, OCIO . . .

Campus Community,

Please be aware of the following message which was received by Information Technology Services from the OCIO earlier today:

Preventing data loss and identity theft are critical. Email has become one of our most common methods of communication. Almost all staff use email daily to send university information, but email is never a secure way to send Restricted data.

On 8/24/2015, The Ohio State University’s Enterprise Security team will add a feature to email that will help enable the university to protect Social Security, credit card and BuckID numbers. We will use pattern matching software to determine if outgoing email might contain large quantities of this type of data.

Only approved, expert analysts will review emails identified by the software to determine if a significant loss of Restricted data has occurred, and whether this loss was accidental or malicious. This will provide insight into how we can prevent future data loss and guide training opportunities for faculty and staff. 

We have communicated the need to evaluate email for data loss to both the President’s Cabinet and to the Security Advisory Board, and both groups have endorsed this approach.

Additional information is available at the OCIO blog: To contact us regarding the Data Loss Prevention service, please email

We are sensitive to concerns about privacy, and my team will be available to answer questions that individuals or groups may have.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to secure sensitive university information.

IT Service Desk now offering 24/7 Support:

The Office of the Chief Information Officer’s IT Service Desk is now offering 24-hour support, seven days a week. Having problems with your university email account or your Ohio State username and password at 1 a.m.? IT Service Desk agents can help. Contact: IT Service Desk at 688-4357 (8-HELP) or TDD: 688-8743.

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