CD Wire - September 26, 2016

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Best Wishes to Caitlin Jones – Last Day September 28

Van Wert colleague Caitlin Jones will be leaving Extension effective September 28. Equipped with knowledge and experience gained from having worked in Alaska as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and the Minster Bank, Caitlin joined us January 12, 2015 as part of the local community and economic development team headed up by Cindy Leis. She plans to return to the private sector and will be working with the Celina Insurance Group (in her hometown); a local company started in Celina in 1914. You can reach her through Wednesday at 419-238-2999 or Good luck, Caitlin! 

Welcome to Kori Montgomery

Welcome to Kori Montgomery who joined the Alber Enterprise Center staff on August 16. She will be assisting with a variety of project coordination duties. Kori was awarded the 2016 Senior Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award and graduated from OSU Marion last spring with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Kori has presented research projects at OSU’s Denman Annual Undergraduate Research Forum as well as the 2015 and 2016 Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquia. Plan to meet Kori at next week’s CD in-service!

Connect and Collaborate Grants – Two-Page Concept Proposals Due October 3

Whether you have a program in mind that you’d like to create, implement, or expand, you may want to pursue the financial resources currently available through the 2016-2017 Connect and Collaborate Grants Program. This grants program replaces the OSU CARES and Innovative Grants OSU Extension awarded in the past. Program planning grants are available up to $25,000. Program implementation grants are available up to $40,000, and program expansion grants of up to $100,000 are available.

Remember, OSU Extension teams submitting proposals need to include both campus and field based colleagues. Also, if your two-page concept proposal is selected you will receive additional coaching and mentoring to further develop your plan. If you have ideas in mind, please contact me to discuss and plan to submit by October 3. 

New Bulletin Series: Solar Electric Investment Analysis

Congratulations to Eric Romich, co-author of the new Solar Electric Investment Analysis bulletin series. The University of Wyoming and The Ohio State University partnered to develop this six-part bulletin series that distills the information collection and decision process for making informed solar electric investment decisions. Read more.

Join the New OSU Extension Leadership Network

From Brian Raison: Our CD team has taken the lead in pulling together colleagues working on leadership programming from all program areas. Our aim is to start a new statewide network of innovative people, programs, and resources focused on developing high quality leadership in the individuals, organizations, and communities we serve.

We envision a dynamic group sharing energy, ideas, processes, programs, curricula, and resources. In doing so, we will each improve our own work… and help our clients achieve positive impacts as well. We’ll plan to gather (probably via Zoom) in early October. Click here to sign up: OSU Extension Leadership Network 2-Qs.



Policy Conflict Theory: An Analysis of Fracking Debates in Colorado - September 29:

The SENR Seminar Series welcomes Christopher Weible
, Professor and PhD Program Director, University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs. Dr. Weible will present "Policy Conflict Theory: An Analysis of Fracking Debates in Colorado." The Seminar begins at 4:10 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall and will be available through

This presentation introduces a Policy Conflict Theory (PCT) for analyzing policy conflicts and advancing localized and generalized knowledge about them. The theory centers on a conceptual definition of policy conflicts, which is the state of relations among policy actors who exhibit three cognitive characteristics: 1) divergence in policy positions, 2) an unwillingness to compromise, and 3) a perceived threat from opponents’ policy positions. This paper then applies PCT to describe and explain the variance in perceptions of policy conflicts among policy actors involved in hydraulic fracturing debates in Colorado.

Chris Weible received his PhD in Ecology from the University of California Davis. He earned a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Washington. His research and teaching center on political conflict and concord in relation to public policy issues. He co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) and is currently serving as the Director for the PhD Program for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.

Seminar to Feature Pat Bebo - September 30:

You are invited to attend this Friday’s (September 30) OSU Nutrition Seminar with Dr. Pat Bebo, OSU Extension Interim Assistant Director, FCS Leader, Community Nutrition, in Campbell Hall 252 at 11:30 a.m. The title of her talk will be “The Ohio State University– Hallmark of the land grant university system.”

Gender Initiative Skill Workshop: Effective Interviewing Skills - October 3:

The CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion is hosting a free Gender Initiative Skill Workshop on Effective Interviewing Skills on October 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Columbus (Kottman Hall, Room 244) and in Wooster (Fisher Classroom 121).

Click here for complete information and to register.

eXtension Webinar: Potential Uses and Benefits of Augmented Reality for Extension Professionals - October 10:

Augmented reality (AR) is an immersive technology that allows users to interact with the digital and physical world. Whereas virtual reality (VR) is a computer simulated environment that replicates the physical world, augmented reality involves creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that is viewed through an Android or iOS device, making that world alive and interactive for the viewer. 

Join Michele Kroll, M.S EdS from University of Missouri Extension, on Monday, October 10, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a new webinar, “Augmented Reality: A New Tool for Extension.” Michele will jump right into introducing some of the tools and ways she has used AR in her Extension work. Click here for complete information and the meeting link.

Cultural Competence: Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century and Understanding Racial Privilege - October 20:

CFAES is partnering with the College of Social Work to bring Dr. Caprice Hollins to OSU on October 20. Dr. Hollins will present Cultural Competence: Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century as a keynote session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater. This first session is open to all, and will also be streamed live. Connection information will be sent closer to the October 20 date.

There is also a workshop, Understanding Racial Privilege from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with box lunches available at 12:30. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop this will not be streamed or recorded. This session has a limit of 40 participants from CFAES and 40 from the College of Social Work. If you are interested in attending the afternoon session you must register. To read full descriptions of both sessions click here.

Working through Difficult Conversations - Choice of Three Session Dates:

This two-hour, in-person workshop presented by OSU HR provides tools and practice to help increase your skill and comfort in engaging in difficult conversations. Learn how to prepare in advance, start the conversation effectively and maintain a productive environment. Workshop sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on September 28, October 7, and December 2 at Gateway C, 1590 W. High Street in the Human Resources office. Read more and register.

Balancing Social Media Identities Recording Available:

If you missed the September Coffee Break on 'Balancing Social Media Identities,' the recording of the session is now available for you to view.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training - Required Every Three Years:

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is just one of the ways that the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences demonstrates its commitment to excellence in research. Training in RCR promotes public trust, research integrity, and the preparation of future researchers. RCR covers a variety of topics including conflicts of interest, animal welfare, human subject protection, data acquisition & management, mentoring & collaboration, responsible authorship and publication, peer review, research misconduct, and the scientist as a responsible member of society.

All personnel (faculty, staff, postdocs, and students) participating on a federally-funded research project, including capacity funds, are required to complete RCR training every three years. For more information on the training, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium - August 15, 2017:

Save the date for a new CFAES Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held August 15, 2017. Dr. Marlene Strathe from Iowa State University is the invited keynote speaker. All interested faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. Transportation from Wooster to Columbus will be provided. Further details will be announced in early 2017. View announcement.



Information on Open Enrollment and 2017 Benefits:

It’s time to start learning about your benefit options for the 2017 plan year. The Office of Human Resources encourages faculty and staff to learn about what’s new for 2017. The Open Enrollment website offers the latest information about medical plan changes, enhancements to the Premier Vision Plan, updated rates and a new approach for providing wellness incentives through a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). Open Enrollment for 2017 plan year is November 1-15. Read more.

New Apple Operating System - MacOS Sierra:

Mac users may be aware that Apple has released a new operating system version called macOS Sierra. CFAES IT Services has not yet tested this new operating system with university software and does not yet support it. Mac users in CFAES should not upgrade their OSU-owned computers to macOS Sierra at this time.

Help Available for Moving Carmen Content:

After this semester OSU will no longer be using the old Carmen system (D2L). Everyone will be in the new Carmen (Canvas) starting next semester. If you have courses and materials in the old Carmen system (please note this is a different formal learning platform than Moodle, although old courses and materials housed in Moodle should also be moved over), please contact Jamie ( or Dane ( and they can put you in touch with the CFAES Carmen assistant. You are encouraged to start doing so now so that everything will be in place before the end of the year.

OSU Extension has Two New Signature Programs:

Healthy Soil Healthy Environment is a new Ohio State University Extension signature program that will create a soil health education and outreach network comprised of Ohio State researchers and OSU Extension faculty and educators. The program’s long-term goal is to help improve Ohio’s soil health and environment by educating farmers, youth and the general public. Alan Sundermeier, agriculture and natural resources educator, OSU Extension – Wood County, and Vinayak Shedekar, research associate, OSU South Centers, will co-lead the program. Visit for more information.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers, and Ohio 4-H CARTEENS, a new OSU Extension signature program, is addressing this issue. The program focuses on saving lives, plus reducing the number of first-time and repeat teen traffic offenses. The “car” in 4-H CARTEENS stands for “Caution and Responsibility,” and “teens” refers to the teenagers who help prepare and present the program. Judy Villard-Overocker, 4-H youth development educator, OSU Extension – Richland County, will lead the program. Visit for more information.

NCURA Peer Review of Research Administration:

CFAES has partnered with the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) to conduct a peer review of research administration in the college. On November 1-4 CFAES will host a team of three, nationally recognized research administrators on both the Columbus and Wooster campuses. The site visits will provide an opportunity for the team to interact with representatives from constituent groups in our CFAES research community. If contacted, please accept the opportunity to provide your views on the strengths and weaknesses of our research administration. Read more.

Enhancements to Rental Car Agreements for Business Travel:

Effective from July 1, 2016, Ohio State’s Business Contract/Business Rental Agreement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental has been replaced with the new Inter-University Council Purchasing Group Vehicle Rental Agreement.

Under the agreement the daily rates are inclusive of all insurances as required by the Travel Policy and offer the university significant savings. For updated pricing and full terms and conditions see the Agreement Summary link on the Travel Website. Review FAQ for more information on agreement benefits, insurance, international rentals and other general information.

Updated pricing for the leisure discounts may be found on the Human Resources Benefits Website under Discount Programs.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAESMonthly (September 2016)

North Central Region Water Network Prospectus (and other briefing materials)


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