CD Wire - June 20, 2016

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AD Update:

Most of us will be among NACDEP colleagues within the week and if you are like me, you are very much looking forward to the opportunities to meet new people, share and learn some of the neatest new things about our work, and catch up with friends from across the country. As you know, this year will be just a bit different than previous conferences. Because we are ‘conferencing’ with the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP), I think we can expect a great deal of conference content with respect to community sustainability.

I am also very excited that our new Extension Director, Roger Rennekamp, will be attending his first-ever NACDEP conference. In addition to his desire to join us for the daily goings-on of the conference, he has made it very clear that he looks forward to joining us for a “state’s night out” as well. Furthermore, we’ll have Associate Director Ken Martin, ANR Assistant Director Andy Londo, Northwest Regional Director Cindy Torppa, and Central Regional Director (and outgoing NACDEP Secretary) Julie Fox in attendance. In short, we’ll have significant opportunities to showcase our work and professionalism with a variety of members of Ohio’s Extension Administrative Cabinet. Please go out of your way to ‘host’ our senior leadership when you see the opportunity.

Speaking of hosting, the State Extension Advisory Committee (SEAC) met a couple weeks ago. It was one of the best attended meetings of this group I’ve seen (both of the CD reps – Mindy Bankey of OFSWCD and Heidi Fought of OTA – were present). On the agenda was a brief opportunity for ADs and RDs to share news. Given that we’ve just wrapped up the annual performance review process, the timing for this on their agenda was ideal. That is, not only did I have lots of really great details to work with in my allotted five minutes, having had the in-depth reports and conversations that make up the reviews also generated a great deal of positive energy and excitement that I could convey in my remarks to SEAC members. In short, I was reminded that we are doing some really incredibly innovative and impactful work with an ever-expanding variety of partners. They were really supportive of the “seeded position” concept (a few asked if their home county could be next on the list) and I noticed a bit of gleaming (of pride) when I informed them that we’d be hosting the nation for the 2018 NACDEP Conference. It was a good day.  :)

Finally, I am pleased to remind you that a new printed version of Ohio’s Healthy Food Systems publication has arrived. Copies were shared with the State Extension Advisory Committee and will be made available to county offices via campus mail. We’ll also have copies on hand for distribution when we meet later in July. As part of a Franklin County-based team that received funding that enabled the first edition of this publication (focused on the City of Columbus), our very own Susan Colbert has had a key role in the development of this resource. Given that Director Roger Rennekamp has named a work group to investigate interdisciplinary opportunities around healthy food system impacts, I very much encourage you to become familiar with this resource (especially Sections 3 and 5). We can discuss more when we meet in Wooster on July 28.



Staff Leadership Series - Applications due June 27:

The Women’s Place is accepting applications for the 2016-17 Staff Leadership Series (SLS), a 12-month, experiential leadership initiative. With the goal of “expanding opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power at the university” informing its efforts, SLS workshops and gatherings are highly participatory, enhance leadership capacity and facilitate skills development. Apply for the SLS and take advantage of this opportunity to become a more effective, innovative and inclusive leader. Applications are due Monday, June 27. For participant criteria and commitments, read more. Contact: 614-292-7524.

Staff Professional Development Awards Sponsored by CFAES Staff Advisory Council - Application Deadline is July 1:

The application form and guidelines are available at:

Next EPN Breakfast - Field Trip to Buckeye Lake to see Innovative Dam Fix - July 12:

You are invited to travel to Buckeye Lake on Tuesday, July 12 for an Ohio State Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast and program at the historic Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, followed by construction site visits.

ODNR and Gannett Fleming are using innovative engineering technologies to rehab the issue-plagued 184-year-old dam more quickly at less cost. Transportation is available from the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (leaving at 6:50 a.m.), or you can meet up with the group by 8:05 a.m. at the site. The tour ends at 11:30 a.m. Click here for complete information and to register.



RSAI Call for Papers due June 24:

North American Meetings of the
Regional Science Association International

November 9-12
Minneapolis, MN

The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) is soliciting submissions of conference papers at the leading gathering of distinguished regional science scholars for the traditional sessions focusing on rural/regional development to be held at the North American Meetings of the RSAI in Minneapolis, MN November 9-12 ( The rural/regional development sessions have traditionally had strong attendance, and have also been the basis for two special journal issues over the last few years.

Past papers and session topics have included the following themes, among others:

• Rural/regional labor and financial markets
• Demographic evolutions in rural regions and implications for development
• Rural/regional entrepreneurship, including links to metro markets
• Methodological and theoretical innovations
• Emerging issues in rural/regional development, such as health care, economic development, and immigration
• Contributions, positive or negative, of institutional structures to rural/regional development
• Rural/regional competitiveness, including measures of such competitiveness
• Cross-national/international experiences in rural/regional development and policy
• Comparative development analyses in/among/across OECD countries
• Influence of international organizations and structures, such as OECD, EU, & NAFTA, on rural and/or regional development issues

In addition to this Call for Papers, they are also are interested in hearing from colleagues who will not have a paper to present but would like to participate as a session chair and/or discussant. Click for complete details.

Reminder: Tri-State Diversity Conference - Call for Proposals due June 30:

Proposals for presentations (Word doc) for the Tri-State Diversity Conference to be held February 16-17, 2017 in Hebron, KY are due June 30.

eXtension Foundation Fellowship Opportunities - Apply by July 7:

The eXtension Foundation, with funding from USDA-NIFA, is pleased to announce four new fellowship opportunities.

Three fellows will be selected for eXtension’s 2016 fellowship program. These Fellows will receive funding and professional development support in the 2016 fellowship year to explore open-ended topics related to advancing innovation in Extension. The fourth opportunity is offered in partnership with the secretariate of GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) to co-sponsor one fellow to focus in this area of special interest. The deadline for applications is July 7. Learn more here.

IACD Board Member Applications due July 10:

Would you be interested in joining the Board of IACD? 

From Charlie McConnell, President IACD . . .

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is seeking applications to join our International Board. We currently have five vacancies for election in July. One for the IACD Oceania Region, one for the IACD North America Region, one for the IACD Middle East Region and two for the IACD South American Region. To apply you must be a fully paid up member of IACD and be living and working in the respective regions for which you wish to apply.

Board positions are for four years (with the possibility of a second term), the first year being as a co-opted member to see if this works for you and for the Board. The position is unpaid. Our working language is English. We hold four Board meetings each year (these are conference calls) and Board members are also expected to join one of our sub committees. You can find out more about the current Board and our work at the IACD website:

We will only consider applications from IACD members who can commit time to being a Board member and to helping to promote the association regionally and internationally. If you are interested please email attaching a brief one-page CV together with a one hundred word max statement explaining why you wish to stand for election and what expertise you will bring to the Board.

The closing date for Board applications is July 10.



Seeking Faculty & Staff for Zika Response Team:

Several CFAES extension educators and entomologists have formed a Zika response team, the purpose being to provide reliable, consistent information on the vector and disease for college outreach, and to avoid duplication of efforts. Team efforts will begin with discussion of what our response should be to the situation as it develops, and what kind of information will be most useful to our clients. Please contact Mimi Rose ( / 614-247-7489) if you are interested in participating. 

UniPrint Services back on Wooster Campus:

Through the efforts of Ryan Schmiesing and Jeff Drible (UniPrint), the Wooster Campus once again has printing services available. UniPrint at Wooster, located in Research Services Room 235, is now functioning and ready to accept your needs for digital, offset and large format printing, and other printing services. Please welcome David Goebel, the manager of Wooster UniPrint, to the Wooster Campus. David ( is available to discuss your printing needs Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)


New Ohio Agritourism Law Provides Clarity, Protection for Operators

CFAES Monthly (June 2016)

CFAES Research News (June 2016)

Feel the fear, and do it anyway (Buckeye Voices)



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