CD Wire - August 8, 2016

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AD Update:

Summer In-service Follow Up

A big ‘thank-you’ to David Civittolo for hosting our Summer in-service a couple of weeks ago on the OARDC campus in Wooster. The meeting facilities were truly FABEulous and kudos go to Director David Benfield, Brian Gwin, Mike Sword and Bill Koshar for showing us some of the neatest aspects of this R&D facility in the after-lunch tour. I hope you gained a greater appreciation for this important part of our enterprise. To review the slides shared during the meeting, please click here. Also, a few of the key items discussed are highlighted below. Please be sure to note the ‘due dates’ for each!

Ohioline Factsheets

By August 12, please review the list of factsheets no longer posted to Ohioline and let me know which factsheets, if any, you are interested in updating. I’ll review your submissions and compile the master “assignment” list. Those that we don’t plan to review, revise, and update will be archived starting January 2017. We are not required to have all of them updated and posted by the end of the year but we do need to have decided on those we will update and those we won’t.

Formalizing Professional Development Support

Attending a conference, workshop, or professional certification course provides us opportunities to deepen our content expertise and expand our professional networks. In addition to existing support (your local budget, cost recovery dollars, OJCEP, etc.), the state CD office also has some funding. To better meet needs within the CD program area, guidelines for requesting additional professional development support are being drafted. If you are interested in being a part of the effort (writing or reviewing) please let me know ASAP.

Your Social Media Strategy

Expanding our use of social media to broaden our reach continues to be a key opportunity area for each of us and Danae Wolfe continues to give us lots to think about. Remember her POST method (People, Objectives, Strategy, and Technology). Our ‘O, S, and T’ depends on the targeted audience. Who do you want to better reach? It may be time to expand our content hubs by creating program-specific blogs (e.g., leadership development, economic development, organizational development, etc.). See Danae’s presentation materials here.

Pickaway and Cuyahoga CD Positions Posted Today!

With a broad base of community and local stakeholder support, the Pickaway County Extension office has envisioned a CD educator position that will focus on enhancing Job Skills and Careers, as well as Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities from a collective impact perspective. The position is locally-seeded for four years using county carry-forward funding (kudos for the entrepreneurial mindset!) and aims to engage youth and adults who engage youth in STEM-related educational programs and learning experiences. Read the position posting here. (Post closes September 4.)

Cuyahoga County Extension has posted a program coordinator position designed to assist with local foods, farmers’ markets, and energy-related programming. To learn more, contact Amanda Osborne and/or see the posting. (Post closes August 21.)

If you are aware of ideal candidates for these positions, please help guide them to the applicant pool!!


Taking a moment to reflect on the exceptional contributions of a colleague or program partner helps remind us why we are here. While the formal nominations are not due until November 1, I encourage you to start thinking of your possible nominees now. Award descriptions and nomination guidelines are posted on our CD webpage.

New Log In to Access Paycheck and Benefits Info - Register before September 9

BuckeyePass, a new multi-factor authentication service, will begin protecting information saved in the Employee Self Service system beginning Monday, September 12. Register before Friday, September 9 to be automatically registered to win an iPad. With BuckeyePass, your paycheck, benefits, leave and other personal information will have extra protection beyond your password. The service is easy to use and registration is fast and simple. Read more.

New Required Training for Principal Investigators - Complete by September 30

A new training requirement will go into effect on October 1 that will impact your continued access to information in the PI Portal. The Office of the CIO recently revised the Institutional Data Policy that classifies all university records and data as public, internal, private or restricted. Some data related to research grants falls into the restricted category — specifically voucher/invoice images displayed in the PI Portal and in the Subaward Invoice Approval (SIA) application. Additional controls will be required for access to restricted data, including completion of the university’s Institutional Data Policy Training.

What does this mean for you?

As of October 1, 2016, in accordance with university data security policy, access to voucher/invoice images will be removed in the PI Portal and SIA for all users pending completion of the required Institutional Data Policy Training. In order to retain access to this information, all principal investigators must complete the online training by September 30, 2016. Instructions for enrolling in the training are available on the CIO’s website. The course and assessment will take about 40 minutes to complete. Read more.



NCRWN Webinar - August 17:

"Status of Groundwater Resources in the North Central Region"


The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) will host a webinar titled "Status of Groundwater Resources in the North Central Region" on August 17. For more information and to register, click here.

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.

Monthly North Central U.S. Climate and Drought Update Webinar Series - August 18:

The monthly North Central U.S. Climate Summary and Outlook Webinar will take place on Thursday, August 18 at 2 p.m. Mark Svoboda from the National Drought Mitigation Center will be presenting the latest climate information and outlooks for the North Central U.S. Mark will be summarizing recent climate anomalies and discussing their impacts around the region. He will also present the latest (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center outlooks and potential future impacts as we move through the summer and early fall. Additionally, he will provide an update on the potential transition to La Nina and what it may mean for this fall and winter. Access here.

NCRCRD Webinar - August 18:

"Leading Communities: Development of a Place-Based Leadership Program" - August 18 at 3 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:

Although community members and community educators frequently complain about the lack of leadership in rural and small communities and are frustrated by their attempts to build local capacity for leadership, the issue of leadership has been largely ignored in the community development research for a number of years. In this webinar, the presenters will report on the results of an NCRCRD sponsored research and outreach project focusing on community based leadership. The proposed development of a research based, core competencies driven curriculum on place-based leadership appropriate for extension educators in North Central communities. They will discuss their findings from the research literature and what was learned from the assessments of current leadership programs. They will talk about core competencies of community leadership and provide a quick overview of the curriculum we are developing. Finally, discuss some of the reasons why we are not seeing many observable community changes relating to leadership programming and some strategies for addressing these shortcomings.


Deborah Tootle: Deborah is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University and a Community Leadership Specialist for Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. As a Rural Sociologist, she has been involved in rural community development research and outreach for nearly 25 years. Today, most of her work focuses on community engagement, leadership and building disaster resilient communities.

Jerry Braatz: Jerry Braatz is an Associate Professor of Community Resource Development with UW-Extension. He has worked as a UW-Extension educator for almost 20 years in both rural and urban program outreach. Jerry is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and currently serves as County Director and Community Development Educator with UW-Extension in Waukesha County (population 392,000). 

North Central NELD 2017 Applications due September 1:

Enthusiastic about Extension work? Interested in developing your ability to lead Extension into the future?

If your vision of your future includes building your career with Extension, then the NELD North Central leadership experience may be just the opportunity you need!

NELD is an annual four-session program designed to help participants:

  1. Learn, apply and reflect on new effective leadership, organizational collaboration and change concepts and strategies
  2. Develop a better understanding of self and enhance personal effectiveness
  3. Strengthen competence in decision-making, build leadership capacity, improve effectiveness of Extension programming and promote life-long learning
  4. Broaden their understanding of Extension on a local, state, national and international level
  5. Build a more robust national Extension network

Session dates and locations for 2017 include (100% attendance is required):

  • January 23-27 (Chicago)
  • March 31-April 8 (Costa Rica)
  • July 10-14 (Washington, DC)
  • September 19-22 (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Interested educators, program staff, and specialists can apply by responding in 300 words or less to the question: “Why I am an ideal candidate for NELD North Central in 2017.” To be considered for the 2017 class, simply send your answer to the question above (email is fine) to by September 1. You can learn more about the program here and direct questions to any regional director or assistant director.

"Write Winning Grant Proposals" Seminar - September 13:

The Office of Research is once again planning this popular full-day workshop in partnership with several colleges (including CFAES) and the Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops organization on Tuesday September 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The target audience for this event is recently hired faculty, postdocs, and senior research staff.) Registration details will be forthcoming. Location TBD.

This seminar will comprehensively address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals. It is appropriate for all faculty members and research staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Emphasis is given to doing the 'extra' things that can make the difference between success and failure, such as demanding that the idea yield a vertical advance in the applicant's field when acted upon; identification of the most appropriate granting agency for the idea, including whether the idea is relevant to an agency's priorities - or not; use of an agency's review criteria to inform writing of the application; and practical understanding of tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an investigator's project to reviewers.

Regardless of the agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic using the step-by-step process outlined in The Grant Application Writer's Workbook, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing that they are being led. Coping strategies to overcome the fact that applicants are writing for two different audiences - the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review-panel - are emphasized.

All participants will receive an extensive handout, as well as a copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook, in one of these versions - USDA, NSF, NIH, or Any Other Agency. The workbook is your guide to a competitive application and offers a practical, step-by-step approach to grant writing. Each version begins with refinement of the idea and then systematically progresses through tips and strategies for each section of the proposal, concluding with pre-submission review and writing of the accompanying cover letter.

M.S. (Peg) AtKisson holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Tufts University School of Medicine Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and has been an associate member of Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops, LLC since August 2008. Peg founded the Office of Proposal Development at Tufts University, working with individual faculty members and research teams. The office averaged $10-$12 million a year in successful grant applications to many different federal agencies and private foundations.

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:

  • How to Develop Community Organizations that are Active in Disaster (COADs) - August 9 at 1 p.m.

  • Grant Writing for Agriculture Businesses Webinar - August 10 at 12 p.m.

  • Hope is Not a Strategy, a Case Study on Penn State Extension's Engagement to Restore State Funding - August 23 at 2 p.m.

  • Optimizing your Website for Google Webinar - September 14 at 12 p.m.



Success Stories for Recreation Economy Resource Guide due September 26:

US Forest Service, Rural Development and the Regional Rural Development Centers are collaborating to develop a resource guide on Recreation Economy, which will be highlighting best practices in planning and implementing recreation economy projects as well as providing information on funding opportunities that can support such projects. They are collecting success stories that highlight emerging practices in recreation economy, for example in heritage tourism, arts and culture, sports, etc. using amenities available in forest gateway communities. They are also looking for best practices in cooperative development to support the growth of such businesses as well as main street development and education opportunities that have been able to emerge due to recreation economy.

Send a short summary (not more than two paragraphs) of success stories you are aware of. The description should contain information on: location, type of project, how it was financed, and what the impact has been. Pictures are welcome. Include the name of all contributors to this success story so they can be appropriately recognized.

Please send your success stories by close of business on September 26 to Ms. Hiwot Gebremariam (

National Urban Extension Conference - Call for Proposals due September 30:

The University of Minnesota Extension and the National Urban Extension Leaders are pleased to jointly announce a call for proposals for the National Urban Extension Conference on “Engaging in Collective Purpose,” which will be held in Bloomington, Minnesota, May 7-11, 2017. Deadline for Submission of Proposals is September 30. Read the full call for proposals and submission instructions here. Visit the conference website for more details. 

Some of the most pressing social problems and policy issues confronting America and the rest of the world involve urban people and places. Extension professionals across the nation are working in and across various program areas to address these issues. However, urban settings are often competitive environments for Extension educators, so novel approaches to programming are increasingly necessary in order for Extension to gain and maintain its place as a premier institution for the betterment of urban individuals, families, and communities. The National Urban Extension Conference provides an opportunity for Extension professionals to learn first-hand about these innovative approaches from their colleagues and receive inspiration for their work at home. Now is the time for a new dialogue to integrate urban Extension scholarship and practice and to define the role that Extension will play in engaging in collective purpose.

The conference will provide opportunities for Extension professionals from all program areas to share their research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. The program planning committee plans for participants to learn about cutting edge research and to see innovative outreach efforts that successfully transfer research-based information to various urban clientele. Proposals may be for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels for the 2017 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research and/or outreach activities that involve partnerships between practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. They are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas; which can be presented in an Ignite format.

NCR-SARE Announces 2017 Call for Research and Education Preproposals - Due October 20:

The 2017 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available online.

NCR-SARE’s Research and Education (R&E) program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. Individual grants range from $50,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about ten to eleven projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.

NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the R&E Grant Program. More information can be found in the call for preproposals. The deadline for preproposals is October 20 at 5 p.m.

NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs with specific goals, audiences, and timelines. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, its relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE's goals.

Funding decisions are made by a regional Administrative Council (AC), with review from a Technical Committee. The AC is a collection of producers, university representatives, nonprofit group interests, Extension and NRCS people, other government employees, and agribusiness representatives. This group sets research priorities and recommends projects for funding. For questions or additional information regarding the R&E Grant Program, contact Beth Nelson (



LinkedIn Social Media Selling Tips:

Thanks to Frank Gibson for sharing this LinkedIn document titled "27 Inside Sales Tips: How to Master Modern Social Selling." 

CFAES Staff Advisory Council Staff Award Nominations due August 31:

The CFAES Staff Advisory Council invites you to nominate an outstanding staff member for one of four awards. Nominations are due August 31. Descriptions of the awards and the nomination form can be found at

Resetting your Forgotten Password via Text Message:

It’s easy to forget your password if you’ve been away from Ohio State for a few months. Now there’s a new, easier way to reset your password by using the SMS text message service on your phone. If you already receive Buckeye Alert text messages, then you’re already set up to use this new service. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


Ed Tech Blog:

Research News (August 2016)

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