CD Wire - April 11, 2016

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March 30 CD Meeting Re-cap

There’s been a lot of great feedback shared from the March 30 in-service. Special thanks to Becky Nesbitt, Danae Wolfe, Eric Romich, Nancy Bowen, Susan Colbert, and Tom Blaine for the really useful professional development information. I look forward to discussing questions you might have as you continue to put this knowledge into practice. (View the in-service slideshow of presentations and Danae's slideshow of Blog Author Best Practices. They are posted on the CD Professionals page.) 

Upcoming NACDEP conference preparations were also handled by Godwin Apaliyah. Please remember to forward your conference presentation title(s) to Godwin ( This list will be shared with Roger Rennekamp (he is also planning to attend the Burlington conference).

I am so excited to know that our 2018 NACDEP Conference proposal was accepted; thank you David Civittolo, Becky Nesbitt, and Sandy Odrumsky for pulling that winning proposal together!! As we receive the formal acceptance from the NACDEP board we’ll put out a formal announcement and begin to organize committees, make assignments, etc. In the meantime, 2016 conference attendees should pay particular attention to details they may ordinarily overlook and take some really good notes…we’ll share our reports when we meet again on July 28 in Wooster.

Finally, don’t forget to join the ‘CD book club’ via our CD chat page on Facebook. The reading schedule is listed on the bookmark found in your ‘Above the Line’ book. We’re reading/discussing chapter 2 this week (and we’ll discuss the entire book when we meet face to face on July 28). If you are not a member of the chat group yet, send me a note and we’ll get you added.

NCRCRD CD Indicators Report

To date, I’ve received figures from Nesbitt, Bowen, Civittolo, and Raison for the North Central Region CD Report. If you’ve forwarded metrics but don’t see you name listed, please re-send by our April 15 due date.

Here’s the original request:

We are again compiling key metrics for the North Central Region CD Report coordinated by Rosa Soliz at the NCRCRD.  As in past years, center staff (Rosa and now the new director, Mark Skidmore) will take the state data and generate a full report and executive summary that highlights changes in a number of common indicators across the 12-state region.

Here’s how you can contribute:

Before April 15, please take a few minutes to provide figures that apply to your work (in some cases, well-informed estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine). You can enter your figures into the attached Excel file, save, and send to me ( Your individual responses will be compiled into one report from Ohio and forwarded on to be aggregated into the larger North Central CD Program report.

Spending ten minutes or so to reflect, locate existing data/report files or estimate if needed, and plug in numbers is probably about right. And, if your work may not yield indicators for every item described, that’s okay. However, you should be able to quickly estimate the number of programs conducted, number of minorities participating, and the dollar value of those programs, for example.

Additionally, if you have an impact statement that you have been using (beyond what is already reported in RiV) to illustrate your program’s impact in narrative form that you would also like to submit, we will be sharing key narratives as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Your Calendars!  August 30 Visit with NCRCRD Director, Mark Skidmore

We’ll have a chance to visit with new NCRCRD Director, Mark Skidmore, on August 30 in Ag Admin (Columbus campus) from 10 a.m. to noon. Expect to learn more about Mark and share your thoughts and reactions to the directions Mark might take the NCRCRD. Mark took over duties from Scott Loveridge in January, 2016.

O&E Forum and Patterson Lecture on May 3

Many of you have shared your work with attendees of the Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement Forum. The forum is an ideal opportunity for faculty, staff, students and community partners to interact, share your work and make connections with potential collaborators. The 4th Annual Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement Forum will take place on May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The event is free and open to the public. You may also be interested in attending the James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Farm Foundation Forum: The Cost of Poverty in Rural America - April 18:

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will join two other rural community experts to discuss the cost of poverty in rural America at the Farm Foundation Forum on Monday, April 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 519 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

 A free, live audiocast will also be available. There is no charge to participate. View complete information.

SENR Seminar Series - 'Climate and Agriculture: Opportunities for Midwestern Agriculture' - April 21:

The SENR Spring 2016 Seminar Series welcomes Jerry L. Hatfield, Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, and Director, Midwest Region Climate Hub, who will present Climate and Agriculture: Opportunities for Midwestern Agriculture. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall with CarmenConnect into 123 Williams Hall available. Read more.

Webinar: The Importance of Collecting Impact Numbers to Promote CD Work - April 25:

Join this national webinar at:

Pre-registration is not required. 

The session will be recorded if you miss the live event. The recording will be on the following site:

'Tools for Measuring Sustainability' Workshop - May 19:

Join The Ohio State University for a professional development workshop on implementing, measuring and evaluating your company’s sustainability efforts. The workshop, organized by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and the Environmental  Policy Initiative, will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

The workshop is designed to facilitate collaboration between sustainability professionals. The goal is to assist organizations with data collection optimization of sustainability metrics, as well as share cutting-edge reporting and disclosure methods. Click here for complete information, including registration link, agenda and speaker bios. In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Critical ecosystem services affected by business decisions and supply chain management
  • Methods that can be used to value changes in ecosystem services
  • Emerging tools that businesses can use to analyze sustainability efforts
  • Efforts that businesses have undertaken to evaluate sustainability in their operations

ANREP/NACDEP Joint National Conference June 26-29 - Early Bird Registration ends May 9:

Plan to join hundreds of your colleagues this summer in Vermont! The ANREP/NACDEP joint conference, Building a Path to Resiliency - Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development, is being held in Burlington from June 26-29.

Early registration rates end May 9, so don't delay in registering. The base registration fee for ANREP or NACDEP members is $450. Add $100 if you register after May 9. There are different rates for non-members, guests, and partial conference. Click here for complete information, including registration.

Promotion & Tenure Boot Camp 2016 - Starts July 1:

The P&T Boot Camp will be offered state-wide again in 2016. The 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 understanding the P&T guidelines and developing their submission for promotion. 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 (

  • July 1
  • August 5
  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

*Dates subject to change with advanced notice.

Save the Date for Extension Annual Conference - December 6-7:

The 2016 Extension Annual Conference will be held December 6-7 at the Ohio Union. Please mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss this outstanding opportunity to engage with colleagues and help shape our future.

New Qualtrics Insight Platform is Here:

The new Qualtrics Insight Platform has been launched, and it 

  • is a single hub for academic research, student experience insights, and faculty/staff engagement
  • gives you the tools you need to discover and share insights
  • automates the process of transforming insights into action

The Qualtrics Insight Platform brings it all together, and you now have early access. Starting March 30 you are able to switch between the current Research Suite and the new Qualtrics Insight Platform. Be assured that:

  • You can switch back and forth between the new and current version during the preview period
  • You can access all your existing reports and data during the preview period and after the transition
  • All active surveys will be unaffected

With the Qualtrics Insight Platform, most new features are enabled immediately. A few features will need to be enabled by contacting your sales representatives. Questions? Visit the support page for a complete overview of the new Qualtrics Insight Platform. Additionally, consider attending the live or viewing the recorded webinars:

  • Qualtrics Basic Training Webinar Recorded
  • Qualtrics Advanced Training Webinar Recorded
  • Qualtrics Data, Analysis, and Reporting Webinar Recorded

At the end of the preview period, OSU will transition permanently to the new Qualtrics Insight Platform. You can see when OSU's preview period will end by simply logging in to Qualtrics. You’ll have access to all your existing data and reports during the preview period and after the transition.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Qualtrics at 800-340-9194 or send your questions through ‘Help & Feedback’ within the platform.

CamRelay Demo Recording Available:

Here is a really great CamRelay demo recording Ken Kulka prepared. Don’t hesitate to contact him if you have further questions about using CamRelay to record videos/lectures.

Piktochart - Make your Information Beautiful:

At the CD in-service on March 30, Danae Wolfe gave us a lot of good tips for writing our blog articles.

Piktochart is a way to create one-of-a-kind interactive infographics. Sign up and start today! Check out a couple of examples of how Extension professionals have used Piktochart:



Early Career Grant Opportunity for Underrepresented Researchers - Proposals due May 4:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Connections Program is requesting proposals of up to $50,000 to support early career researchers from backgrounds that are underrepresented in research disciplines or historically disadvantaged. Funded research must identify lasting solutions to build a Culture of Health and achieve health equity in the United States. The program welcomes applications from all disciplines (health, health care, social sciences, business, urban planning, architecture, engineering, etc.). Participants will become the next generations of leaders, collaborating across sectors to upend the status quo, address health disparities, and take bold steps to achieve greater equity in communities across the country. Proposals are due by Wednesday, May 4. Read more.



No Agency Fee for Online Travel Bookings made April 12 and May 10:

For two days only there will be no agency fee for online travel bookings. Corporate Travel Planners invites you to book your travel online with NO agency fees on Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, May 10.

Consider booking your next business trip through CONCUR (Corporate Travel Planner’s online Booking tool). First, remember to get your business travel approved. Once you have your approved T#, access CONCUR (login with OSU user name and password) and start shopping fares for your next business trip. The $6.30 agency fee will be waived for all online bookings made on both Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, May 10. For more detailed information, visit the Travel Office website. Please note that regular fees apply with agent assist bookings.

Local Foods Signature Program - Invitation to Participate on Ohio Local Foods Week 2016 Planning Committee:

Please consider joining the Ohio Local Foods Week 2016 Planning Committee. Here is a summary:
  • Ohio Local Foods Week 2016 will be August 7-13
  • Conference planning calls will be the second Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. (Second Thursdays = April 14, May 12, June 9, July 7). The calls usually last between an hour and an hour and a half.
  • If you would like to be on the email list to receive the details about the conference call, please let Patrice know (
  • If this time/day does not work well for you but you would like to be on the planning team, please let Patrice ( or Heather ( know.
  • If you did not participate in Ohio Local Foods Week 2015 and would like to see the Local Foods Week toolkit and activities celebrated by other counties, please visit the Local Foods Signature Program website at
  • Like the Ohio Local Foods Week Facebook page at:
  • Even if you do not join the planning conference calls, please be planning how you will celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week in your community!
  • Think about how you can promote the $10 Ohio Local Food Week challenge in your community this year: (please note, this is information about 2015 so you can’t sign up yet for the 2016 challenge).

New Global Water Institute established at Ohio State:

The Ohio State University has renewed its commitment to sustainability with the creation of the Global Water Institute, a new innovation cell dedicated to sustainable systems solutions to complex water issues. The institute designation was made official Thursday, March 24 by a vote of the University Senate with President Michael V. Drake presiding. Read more.

University Senate seeks new Committee Members:

The University Senate invites all tenure track faculty to apply to serve on Senate committees. These 19 councils and committees give faculty a collaborative voice in serving the common good through Ohio State’s shared governance process. Please notify to indicate your committee preference. List of Senate committees. Contact: 614-292-2423.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff - March 29 - April 9)


Ed Tech Recap (March 2016)

Ohio Farm Bureau & Friends Days May 16-17 at Bob Evans Restaurants (CFAES Connect - March 2016)

CFAES Monthly (April 2016)

CFAES Research News (April 2016)

Update on Executive Vice President and Provost Search

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (March 2016)

eXtension Month in Review (March 2016)


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