CD Wire - January 19, 2016

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AD Update:

New and Improved Ohioline

By now you’ve probably seen the announcement describing the new and improved Ohioline. I am excited by the promise of greater access to materials relevant to a wide variety of audiences. To recap, materials posted to Ohioline in the past five years were reformatted for the new site and automatically transferred. Everything else that was on the previous version of Ohioline will require a review and update before it will be transferred to the new Ohioline site. If there are materials you believe should be transferred, please refer to the Submission and Peer Review Process hotlink (revising content begins on page 3) under the “For OSU Extension CD Professionals” tab of the CD webpage for specific guidance on reviewing and revising existing work. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to shoot me a note or call!

End of 2015 / Beginning of 2016 Travel

Effective January 1, 2016, the mileage reimbursement rate will decrease from 57.5¢ to 54¢ per mile for all business miles driven from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Download the 2016 mileage and travel reimbursement forms here. For any mileage driven in 2015, use the 2015 forms.



EPN Breakfast Club - "Adaptive, Resilient Land Management Goals for the 21st Century" - January 26:

The Environmental Professionals Network will host the January EPN Breakfast titled, "Adaptive, Resilient Land Management to Meet Multiple Goals of the Twenty-first Century – Global Food and Energy Security, Sustained Economic Development, Preservation of Biodiversity, Healthy Environment" on Tuesday, January 26 from 7:15 to 9:40 a.m. The event will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Speakers include: Fred Yoder, Madison County soybean, corn, wheat producer; past-president, National Corn Growers Association and Allison Thomson, Science & Research Director, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Learn more here.

Staff Career Development Grant Applications accepted until January 31:

The Staff Career Development Grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development. Professional development grants are a great way for individuals and groups to identify areas of interest for professional development and have the opportunity to apply for funding. The Staff Career Development Grant awards up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups towards professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications can be submitted through January 31.

Additionally, the Staff Manager Development Grant is available year-round for managers to apply as professional development opportunities become available. This grant gives managers the chance to enhance their management and leadership skills through participation in management workshops, programs or conferences held at Ohio State. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Office of Human Resources offers a spectrum of resources, programs and tools to support faculty and staff career growth, and help them be their best selves and do their best work. Visit for more information about professional development at Ohio State.

National CRED Webinar Series Continues with ‘Shoestring Evaluation’ - February 2:

"New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources and Expertise" - This webinar will share with you how a fledgling CRED program (with few resources and no evaluation expertise) targeted its evaluation efforts to craft a compelling story, how that compelling story led to investment in new and expanded programs, and future plans for scaling up New Hampshire’s CRED evaluation capacity. All while still considering limited expertise, time, and resources. Link to Webinar.

Aging In-Service - February 15:

The Aging In-Service will take place on February 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The cost is $15. Follow the link to register by February 7 and to learn more.

If you are interested in the topic of aging in Extension, participate in the following survey: prior to February 10, as the results of the survey will be discussed during the Aging In-service. A copy of the All Extension PowerPoint Presentation, "Aging Ohio: Addressing the Need for Aging Curriculum and Outreach," is available here

NCRCRD Webinar: "Building Community Capacity through Strategic Planning" - February 9:

Strategic Planning in Communities and Organizations: A snapshot of current practices and next steps.

February 9 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:

To evaluate the extent to which Extension’s strategic planning practices vary across and within states, researchers from University of Illinois Extension and Ohio State University Extension conducted a series of investigative procedures to determine how, and with what groups, strategic planning is currently being executed; what procedures or components of procedures are being used, and if they are being used similarly throughout Extension; how outcomes are being measured; how data are collected, documented and shared; what materials are being used to facilitate strategic planning; and how to strengthen Extension’s role in empowering communities and organizations through strategic planning processes. Learn what is happening and discuss ideas and directions for “what should be next” in strategic planning tools.

Presented by:

Anne H. Silvis, University of Illinois Extension, serves as Assistant Dean and Program Leader for Community and Economic Development. Anne’s work focuses on program development, planning, and helping communities and organizations manage conflict.

Becky Nesbitt, Ohio State University Extension, serves as an Assistant Professor and Educator in Community Development. Becky works with a variety of community organizations, elected officials, nonprofits, and businesses to help develop strategies to build capacity, improve effectiveness, and envision sustainability through organizational and leadership development.

EPN to host Conservation Scientist - February 11:

The Environmental Professionals Network will host conservation scientist, Dr. Sanjayan, the host of PBS's "Big Blue Live" on Thursday, February 11 from 7 to 8:40 p.m. The event will be held at the Ohio Union in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. Dr. Sanjayan's presentation is titled: Earth and People – Lessons in Living Together; Preserving our Present, Enriching our Future. Learn more here.

Invitation to be an Exhibitor at the Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair - Due February 29:

The OSU Wooster Campus will be home to the 7th Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Tuesday, April 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This festival celebrates, educates and demonstrates that “Green is for Life!” Free to the public, the fair features exhibits, demonstrations, student contests and food vendors in a fun-filled indoor and outdoor environment. The deadline for registration is February 29. Register early to secure your booth. Space is limited and locations are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Register online at: Learn more here.

Climate Change and Midwest Agriculture:  Impacts, Challenges, & Opportunities Training - March 1 & 2:

The USDA Midwest Regional Climate Hub is hosting a training March 1-2 at the Fluno Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (601 University Avenue, Madison, WI) to highlight information, resources, and strategies that can help producers prepare for and respond to changing weather and climate.

Purpose: This training is designed to provide information and resources to increase the ability of producers to respond to climate variability and change. This session will:

  • Describe regional and local effects of climate variability and change on Midwest agriculture
  • Present strategies for greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture, using the USDA building blocks as a framework
  • Introduce concepts, strategies, resources, and examples to help producers adapt to climate variability and change
  • Apply the Adaptation Workbook and companion list of adaptation strategies and approaches to integrate climate change into real-world management projects
  • Identify needs among partners and stakeholders to inform future Climate Hub activities

Register: Questions may be directed to Jerry Hatfield.

Curriculum Development and P&T Boot Camps - 2016:

The Boot Camps (Curriculum Development and P & T) will be offered state-wide again in 2016. Each boot camp has six – 5 hour sessions (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Every session includes training and technical support for participants as they complete a personal work session. The goal is to prepare professionals to be successful in designing formal curriculum and developing strong dossiers. The cost will be $120 per participant to cover the cost of materials and food. The boot camps will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Vicki Myers at: to let her know which boot camp interests you (only one per year). Sign up soon--- space is limited!

Boot Camps Schedule – 2016
March 15 April 19 May 17
June 21 July 1 July 19
August 5 August 16 September 2
October 7 November 4 December 2

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:

  • Using online maps to engage your audience - January 19 at 3 p.m.

  • Get out the middle of the road! Writing and pitching effective opinion essays - January 20 at 2 p.m.

  • Community Strategies for Water Supply in the Bakken Region - January 21 at 2 p.m.

  • Economic, Social and Environmental Policy Change in the Bakken Oil Field - February 4 at 2 p.m.

  • Climate Resources for Extension - February 10 at 10 a.m.

  • Finding the balance: Strategies for using digital technology in healthy ways - February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Share your story with maps - February 24 at 3 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:

  • Launch an Online Program at Ohio State - January 27 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. (Online meeting)
  • Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom - February 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. (150 Younkin Success Center)
  • Applied Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom - March 31 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. (150 Younkin Success Center)



NCRCRD Small Grants - Call for Proposals due February 2:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University announces a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region of the United States.

Priority areas for the Center’s work include:

• Innovation diffusion for rural development
• Sustainable communities
• Leadership development
• Entrepreneurial communities

Proposals are due at 5 p.m. on February 2. Proposals received after the application window closes will be reviewed by the NCRCRD director only (not referees) and not considered for funding in this cycle.

For details and application process, visit:

OSU CARES Grant Proposals due February 3:

OSU CARES grant proposals for up to $25,000 each are due February 3. These grants can support new or expanded community-based work in which you partner with an Ohio State faculty or staff member who does not have an Extension appointment. To learn more about the OSU CARES grants, see If you have questions, contact Karen Bruns, Leader ( or Terri Fisher, Office Associate ( Additional grants that can help you connect and collaborate with your communities and with colleagues across campus are listed at Many of these grants also have a February 3 deadline. 



Buck-IRB Updates:

New updates to the Buck-IRB submission system went live on Friday, January 15. An important enhancement for researchers provides an abbreviated, annual status report for minimal risk, expedited studies that are not FDA-regulated or federally funded. The annual status report is limited to questions regarding study changes and current study status. Other added features are intended to streamline submission screening within Buck-IRB. Log in to Buck-IRB at Contact: Susan Ebert at

Users of Internet Explorer Web Browser:

Message from Matt Devore, CFAES IT: 
We are in the process of upgrading Internet Explorer to version 11 due to end of support of the previous versions. Some personnel use eReports; the web-based reporting tool that provides users with access to Financial, HR and Student Information reports. Because of the complex configuration for eReports, we are performing the upgrade manually for users of eReports as a first step. If you use eReports then please contact the IT Services Help Desk or your specific IT Services staff member for assistance with performing this upgrade. This will ensure your uninterrupted access to eReports.

On February 1, 2016, Internet Explorer 11 will be automatically distributed as a standard Windows update in Columbus and Wooster. If you use eReports but do not get the manual upgrade prior to February 1 then you may have problems accessing eReports. If that happens, then contact the IT Services Help Desk or your specific IT Services staff member for assistance.

Internet Explorer users in the Extension offices in the counties will also be receiving the updated software but the process and timeline will be different. Your IT Services support staff will contact and assist you.

Ed Tech Use and Skills Survey - January 26:

On Tuesday, January 26 a link will be available to complete the annual Tech Use and Skills survey for the organization. Feedback on the survey allows the Ed Tech Unit to tailor professional development and coaching opportunities to current needs. Information on how 2015 tech survey results were utilized is included in the recent Ed Tech Year in Review blog post.

10-digit Dialing becomes Mandatory January 30:

Central Ohio is adding an area code — 380 — requiring a switch to 10-digit dialing. You will now dial the area code for all local calls. 10-digit dialing can be used immediately, but it becomes mandatory across central Ohio for all local calls on Sunday, January 30. There is no change in dialing 5-digit on-campus numbers — if you currently use only five digits to dial a number, such as 8-4357 (8-HELP), you will continue to use only five digits to dial these numbers. Read more:

Camtasia Relay Files Archiving Process:

Many across the college are regular users of Camtasia Relay presentation/lecture capturing technology. The service has been in place since 2009 and is vital to many teaching and Extension efforts. The server that stores the Relay files is nearing its storage capacity. In order to allow for new files to be added without interruption, the IT Services team will be archiving a large number of older files in order to regain the needed storage on the server.

The archiving process will begin on February 8. The files will not be deleted. Instead, they will be archived and stored offline for safekeeping and will be available by request. The files that will be archived were created between 2009 and 2013. If you have a file from that time period that you still actively use then it can remain on the server at your request. Contact Ken Kulka at by February 1 with the name of the file and the date that it was recorded and it will be excluded from this archive process and remain available online. Newer files will be left online.

Denman Forum Faculty Judges Needed:

Faculty from all disciplines, including the professional colleges, are needed to serve as judges at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on Wednesday, March 30 at the RPAC. Judges will check in 10-11:30 a.m. and judge student projects noon-2:30 p.m. Register to serve as a judge by Friday, February 19. Read more: Contact: or 614-688-8093.

Register Summer Programs and Activities with Minor Participants:

Ohio State’s Activities and Programs with Minor Participants policy promotes the safety and well-being of minors entrusted to the university’s care. The policy requires annual registration of programs that involve minor participants. Registration for summer programs is now available. Contact: Read more:

Meeting Space Available in CFAES Library & Student Success Center:

Anyone with an OSU user name and password can reserve group study rooms in the CFAES Library & Student Success Center for meetings with 2 to 6 people. Reserve online:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click on the “Find” tab at the top
  3. Scroll down and click on “Rooms”
  4. Under “Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library & Student Success Center” click on “Group Study Room Reservation” – You will see the study room rules page.
  5. Click on the “Room Schedules” tab at the top & login with your OSU user name and password
  6. Under “Select Rooms” in the left margin, click on FAES Library & Student Success Center
  7. Five rooms will pop up (045D, 045E, 045F, 045G, 045H). If you click on the “i” for each room, you will see the room’s details. Please note that 045D and 045H offer videoconferencing. If you do not need videoconferencing, choose 045E, 045F or 045G in order to leave that option open for someone else.
  8. Check the box of the room you want to reserve and click on “Update” at the top
  9. Now you will see the daily calendar. Fill in the date and time you need the room and complete the reservation.

This is an OSU Library site, so rooms at other locations can be reserved as well. Let Sandy know if you need assistance.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

CFAES Weekly News Digest (January 9-18)

CFAES Monthly (January)


Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (January 2016)

Research News January 2016

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