CD Wire - October 24, 2016

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Ohio State University Extension
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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

CD Award Nominations Due by November 1

If you have not already, please make some time this week to reflect on the accomplishments of colleagues and program partners and submit your nominations to me by November 1.

Nominating is easy. To nominate a deserving colleague for the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award:

  1. Summarize the colleague’s accomplishments in 300 words or less
  2. Attach up to three (3) pages of support documentation (e.g., listing of accomplishments that illustrate excellence)
  3. Acquire a letter of recommendation from the individual’s supervisor

To nominate an agency, organization, or individual deserving of the Friend of CD Award, include the items below in one page or less:

  1. A summary statement of 50 words or less on how this person (not an OSU Extension employee) or organization has supported OSU Extension CD programming and/or partnered with OSU Extension CD in the delivery of programming
  2. A brief description of the program
  3. The role of the nominee
  4. The impact of the nominee's work
  5. The nominee's name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  6. Your name and e-mail address

Click here to access nomination forms and view past award recipients. Please feel free to direct any questions to me. Thanks!

Guidelines for Using Social Media

You may recall that part of our October 4 CD in-service involved discussion on the use of social media. The CFAES Social Media Guidelines describe “do’s” and “don’ts” as well as provide recommended language for use when using social media to invite members of the public to comment on content shared in the course of our work. You can access the CFAES Social Media Guidelines here.

Honda – An Economic and Environmental Power-House for Ohio

Special thanks to Myra Moss for coordinating the Fall 2016 Ohio ANROP Study Tour last Friday. A small group from CFAES enjoyed the hands-learning environment that took us through the Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve and the Honda Heritage Center as part of the 8000 acre Honda of America campus. We learned that these two tour stops were separated only by a few hundred feet of U.S. 33 asphalt and right of way but they are both very clearly linked. And we learned a great deal about the significant and far-reaching impact of both to Ohio’s environment and economy. Despite the rain and blustery wind, I found it to be a very good day to be inspired!

Welcome to Lauren Vargo

Lauren Vargo joined the Cuyahoga County staff on October 3 with a focus on public health, local food systems, and sustainable practices. Native to the Cleveland area, she is excited to be a part of the Cleveland resurgence and to be a direct part of food policy-related activities in the community. She is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Geography and a minor in Environmental Health and currently working on a Masters at Cleveland State University in Urban Planning, Design, and Development with a specialization in Environmental Sustainability. You may recall meeting Lauren (on her second day!) at the October 4 CD in-service. Welcome, Lauren!

Congrats and Best Wishes, Frank!

Long-time Alber Enterprise Center team member, Frank Gibson, will be riding off into the proverbial sunset effective November 4. Frank has been focused on developing people and organizations his entire career and in doing so has been heavily involved in building ‘bridges.’ Frank has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to OSU Extension and the individuals, organizations, and employers with whom he has worked and he will be very much missed. Enjoy some time off, Franklin…and maybe we’ll see you at a car show next year!

NACDEP 2017 Update

Call for Proposals - Due November 18

The Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) are requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development. Submissions relating to the joint conference Theme, “Big Skies: Bold Partnerships – Moving Mountains Together” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration. Click here for full details.

Make Your Room Reservations Now

You can now make room reservations for the CDS/NACDEP conference in Big Sky, Montana June 11-14. Options are Summit Hotel, Huntley Lodge, and Shoshone Condominiums. You can call anytime to book 800-548-4486 and reference CDS/NACDEP or group code:10B8KP.

Click here for updated conference information.



eXtension Webinar Series begins October 26:

A group of veteran webinar developers have come together to create a new series about the planning required to produce webinars that provide quality learning experiences and are repurposable for continued use in your programming. 

The webinar developers and presenters are all members of different eXtension communities and have several years of experience producing webinars on multiple platforms in different settings, including live streaming from conference sites. In this series they will share their lessons learned and offer advice for making the most of your webinars. Please save these dates and join them.

  • October 26 at 2 p.m.: “The Best of the Best Webinar Logistics”
    • Presenters include Alice Formiga, Coral Owens, Leslie Johnson, Jen Chilek and Jill Heemstra. This presentation will cover important tasks to consider and how different platforms change the way those are accomplished; alternative streaming options; saving time in production; and archiving discoverable recordings. For more information, visit
  • November 15 – 2 p.m.: “Planning and Executing Quality Learning Experiences via Webinar”
    • Presenters will be Brigitte Scott, Karen Jeanette, Alice Formiga and Leslie Johnson. This presentation will cover working with presenters and using adult learning techniques to increase learner engagement; messaging around the webinar topic on social media, blogs (etc.); creating web content or educational modules; and managing continuing education credits and requests. For more information, visit
  • December 7 – 2 p.m.: “Using Analytics to Report Impact and Improve Future Webinar Offerings”
    • Presenters will again be Brigitte Scott, Karen Jeanette, Alice Formiga and Leslie Johnson. This concluding presentation in the webinar series will cover getting to know your audience; helping presenters focus their presentation to that audience and preparing for commonly asked questions; ensuring presentations are engaging in the webinar environment; getting analytics, sharing them with presenters, and using them in year-end reports and funding proposals. For more information, visit

Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State begins October 26:

The first annual Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State kicks off Thursday, October 26 and runs to Thursday, November 20. The series of workshops, lectures, challenges and events focuses on data analytics and decision science, from privacy issues to how-to demonstrations to interactive art installations. All members of the Ohio State community are invited. Read more.

Ohio's Small and Mid-Sized Legacy Cities - Webinar October 27:

In conjunction with the Ohio CDC Association, Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) will co-host a webinar on Thursday, October 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. that will examine how smaller legacy cities, from Akron to Zanesville, have fared over the last 15 years. 

The webinar is open to anyone who is interested and participation is free. GOPC will share findings from its recent report on how these cities’ economic conditions compare to Ohio’s larger legacy cities and Columbus. The presentation will also focus on best practices that smaller legacy cities throughout the Midwest and Northeast used to jumpstart revitalization and that local community and economic development practitioners can catalyze and implement. For more information on the webinar, and to sign up, click here.

"Livability on Two Wheels" Lecture - October 27:

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) is sponsoring a lecture, Livability on Two Wheels: Increasing Bicycling for Everyday Travel, on Thursday, October 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at 1080 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall, on the OSU Columbus campus.

Cities throughout the US have expanded bicycling infrastructure and numbers are increasing. Yet, mode shares are still in the single digits in most cities, far behind many European cities. Dr. Jennifer Dill, a professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and Director of TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center at PSU, will present. Read more.

enCORE Open House - October 28:

enCORE, Ohio State’s solar-powered, student-designed and -built house, will be open for tours Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m. Researchers, students and the community are invited to view the house and learn about various aspects of sustainable, net-zero building and living, as well as how enCORE can be used as a meeting space, teaching tool and/or outreach uses. Read more.

National Ecological Observatory Network – Using Ecological Science to Better Understand Our World - Next EPN Breakfast November 10:

The next EPN Breakfast will be held on November 10 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m.

NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), is a continental-scale observation system for examining ecological change over time -- informing decisions at national and community levels that will impact natural resources management and human well-being for generations to come. Solely funded with $427 million by the National Science Foundation. Operated by Battelle, at Battelle’s Columbus headquarters and the NEON office in Boulder, Colorado. Click here for complete information and to register (by noon on November 8). View press release.

‘Big Data for Good’ Fall Forum - November 14:

Does big data really matter? It does if you put big data to work in solving today’s complex challenges. 

TDA@OhioState’s 2016 Fall Forum will focus on “Big Data for Good,” a look into the interdisciplinary data analytics research and academic programming taking place across campus. Registration for the speaker session is open. Read more.

Regional Rural Development Centers' CRD Indicators Team Shares Expertise:

The National Community & Economic Resource Development Indicators Team collaborates to share compelling stories about the collective impacts of our community and economic development work, at local, state, regional and national levels. Click here to learn more about the CRD Indicators Team and to view publications and webinar recordings.

"Future of Ask an Expert" Webinar Recording now Available:

On October 12 eXtension held a webinar on the Future of Ask an Expert. The recording is now available. Ask an Expert is the Q&A system which allows Cooperative Extension professionals (referred to as experts within the application) to engage with the public through the website. Recently, eXtension completed a reassessment of Ask an Expert and is proposing changes to make it more functional for Cooperative Extension.

"New Developments in eXtension Offerings" - Webinar Recording now Available:

eXtension has had a busy summer, developing new concepts, completing new projects, networking and researching new trends and opportunities. Their Quarterly Webinar progress update was held on October 19. The one-hour webinar was moderated by eXtension Chief Operating Officer, Beverly Coberly, and she was joined by eXtension leaders including Anne Adrian, Debbie Brown, Ashley Griffin, Terry Meisenbach, and Jerry Thomas. Together they shared developments, answered questions and gathered comments on topics including:

• A deep dive into our new competency capacity and how it works
• Upcoming i-Three Issue Corps 2017 Opportunities
• Horizon Report Feedback and Webinar Series
• Innovation Lab Opportunities
• New Fellows and Their Topics
• Ask an Expert Next Steps
• Update on Community Issue Corps
• New Omnibus Landing Page for Professional Development
• Webinar Planning and Growth

Click here to view the recording.

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:

  • Extension Behavior Change: Introduction to Social Marketing Principles for Extension - October 27 at 10 a.m.

  • Energy Leases Webinar - November 9 at 12 p.m.



Water and Energy Nexus Funding Opportunity - Proposals due October 28:

The Ohio Water Resources Center and Ohio State’s Office of Energy and the Environment have teamed up to offer a grant opportunity, open to all principal investigators at Ohio State. The proposal length is five pages. The submission deadline is Friday, October 28 at 5 p.m. Read more.



CFAES Military and Veteran Student, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gathering - November 2:

The CFAES Academic Programs Office cordially invites you to attend the CFAES Military and Veteran Student, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gathering on Wednesday, November 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium. 

In support of Veteran’s Day on November 11, the aim of the gathering is to pull together CFAES military and veteran students, faculty and staff to extend appreciation to the men and women who have served and are part of the CFAES community. The gathering will be catered by City BBQ beginning at 4:30 p.m. A short program will begin at 5 p.m. This is open to all CFAES faculty and staff. Please RSVP here by Friday, October 28 if you plan to attend the event.

2016 Tax School Available November and December in Multiple Locations throughout Ohio:

The 2016 Tax School workshop series will be offered throughout November and December by tax experts with the IRS and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. 

The annual series is designed to help tax preparers learn about federal tax law updates for this year as well as learn more about issues they may encounter when filing individual and small business 2016 tax returns. For topics covered and this year's schedule, read the press release.

OSU Strategic Planning Process - Share Your Thoughts:

Ohio State is embarking on a strategic planning process, and engagement with the broader university community will be vital. 

Our work will anchor to the plan established in 2011-2012 and will align with the 2020 vision for the university broadly focused on access, affordability and excellence; community engagement; and diversity and inclusion. Your ideas and input are critical, and there are a number of ways for you to engage.

  • A website is now live where you can share your thoughts on priorities and areas of focus.
  • We will periodically post questions for campus-wide reflection and feedback. These questions will be central to guiding our strategy, and we would value your input. The first question is here; future questions will be included in onCampus communications.
  • Town halls and focus groups will be planned to provide students, faculty and staff with additional opportunities for engagement.

Fall Update - Comprehensive Energy Management Project:

During fall semester, the university will finalize materials for a Request for Proposals, which would allow it to seek bids from six teams of energy experts as circumstances permit. Ohio State will continue to meet with advisory groups and campus governance groups while work on these materials progresses. An RFP will seek information from possible partners related to all of the university’s requirements: high-quality service, major improvements in energy conservation, connections with students and faculty that enrich their academic work and resources to focus on our core priorities. Read more.

Report Phishing to OSU IT:

If you suspect phishing of any emails you receive on the OSU server, please forward and report to:

Horizon Technology Outlook Report for Cooperative Extension Released:

The eXtension Foundation has released the NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021. This report, also referred to as the Horizon Report, will join the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) family of Horizon Reports on learning-focused organizations and sectors that examine trends and challenges expected to impact their immediate future. For complete information, including a listing of learning event series, click here.

2017 OSU Extension Planner - Purchase by November 15:

Book Release - Managing Mississippi and Ohio River Landscapes:

Ken Olson’s and Lois Wright Morton’s new book, Managing Mississippi and Ohio River Landscapes, is available for purchase.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAES Monthly (October 2016)

Ed Tech Tools for Impact (OSU Extension Ed Tech Blog)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (September 2016)

Research News (October 2016)

Ohio State center will help regional manufacturing companies grow (College of Engineering News)

eXtension Month in Review (September 2016)

NCRWN Newsletter (September 2016)

USDOT Awards $6 million Grant to Smart Mobility Corridor (City of Dublin, OH press release)


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