CD Wire - November 7, 2016

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NACDEP/CDS Conference - Big Sky, Montana - June 11-14, 2017

June might seem like a long way off, but if you plan to share your great work with conference attendees, you have but a week or so to act. Proposals are due November 18 for the following two formats: Educator/Practitioner Abstract and Research Abstract. Both are described here. If you have not already, I encourage you to think through your best work and identify something you’d like to share next June in either poster or presentation format. If you need help, contact a colleague or me and we’ll help think it through with you. Note the maximum word limit too: 750 for presentation proposals and 500 for poster proposals.

You are also now able to reserve your conference lodging. The Big Sky Resort offers three options for lodging: Summit Hotel, Huntley Lodge, and Shoshone Condominiums. One phone number (800-548-4486) can reserve you a room in any of the three options using the group code: 10B8KP. I found no web-reservation option that connects you directly with any of the three options so I called the number and asked for the most affordable option which turned out to be the Huntley Lodge ($149/night not including taxes and fees). I also learned that one night’s lodging will be charged at the time of booking (this is fully refundable up to 30 days prior). So, be prepared to make payment when you call!

Welcome Ellie Hoskins

Ellie Hoskins has recently assumed the role of CFAES Business Operations Representative focusing on expenses for state-based staff in 4-H, ANR, FCS, Alber Center, Leadership Center and CD. This is the position formerly held by Shannon Donovan and Rachel Crusey (and Carolyn Hall before that, for the real old-timers. Bonus points if you can name who handled this before Carolyn). If you are non-county-based, you may be hearing from Ellie at some point should she have a question regarding expense payment. She can be found in the business office in Ag Admin or 614-688-1319 or Welcome Ellie!

Farewell to Annette Shuster

We bid a fond farewell to Annette Shuster of the Alber Enterprise Center who will be retiring as of December 1. Annette has spent the past 12 years of her 20 with OSU handling a variety of coordination duties from project and program enrollment to finance, billing, and front-line communications at the Alber Center’s headquarters on the Marion campus. From Annette, “I feel privileged to have gotten to know and work with each and every one of you. The last twelve years have been a great learning experience for me and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. My final day in Alber Enterprise Center will be November 8, 2016 and I will be taking some much needed vacation to start my retirement. Thank you all again and much success to each and every one of you.” Enjoy the time off, Annette, and congratulations on your retirement!



NCRCRD Webinar Series - Community Impacts of Energy Development and Placemaking:

Community Impacts of Energy Development - Begins November 10:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is sponsoring a webinar series on Community Impacts of Energy Development. The webinar series is presented by the NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network,, that focuses on synthesizing, coordinating and learning across social science disciplines that study the community impacts of energy development. A diverse team of national experts from political science, public health, geography, sociology and economics that makes up the steering committee of the Energy Impacts RCN will contribute to the webinar series as webinar hosts and speakers.

This webinar kicks off a series of webinars for academic year 2016-2017 that focus on opportunities for synergies and cross-boundary learnings about community impacts of energy development. Specifically, each speaker will share a brief synopsis of approaches and key questions that their respective disciplines—sociology, economics and geography—bring to the case of impacts from shale oil and gas development. Each of three speakers will briefly share key developments and new research from across their disciplines while highlighting opportunities for emerging or new interdisciplinary approaches to solve key problems.

November 10, 2016 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Synergies and Innovations in Coordinating Energy Impacts Research: The Case of Shale Development Impacts.
Presented by: Jeffrey Jacquet, The Ohio State University, Jeremy Weber, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, and Julia H. Haggerty, Montana State University

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. Join the webinar here

December 15, 2016 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Synergies and Innovations in Coordinating Energy Impacts Research: The Case of Renewables

February 16, 2017 - 2:30- 3:30 p.m.
New Voices in Energy Impacts Research: Graduate Research Highlights

April 13, 2017 - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Placemaking - Next Webinar December 1:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is sponsoring a Placemaking webinar series, which began on October 27. Several Land Grant universities from the North Central region have developed comprehensive Placemaking programming/curricula, each emphasizing different aspects of Placemaking. Join them for this excellent cross-state learning opportunity! 


All webinars are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar series. To participate online:, “enter as a guest is by default already chosen, type your name into the text box provided, and select “Enter Room.” We will update information as it becomes available.

October 27: View recording here:

Kara Salazar, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

December 1:

MARKETING HOMETOWN AMERICA, A Community Conversation Guide for Making Your Community a Welcoming Place for Newcomers
Jodi Bruns, Community Vitality Area Specialist
North Dakota State University, Ellendale, ND
Kenneth Sherin, Extension Field Specialist II
South Dakota State University, Mitchell, SD

January 19:

Kristin Runge, Community Development Specialist
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

February 9:

Kurt Schindler, Senior Educator
Michigan State University, Manistee, MI

National CRD Series Webinar - Igniting the Spark for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness - November 15:

Often communities struggle with getting their citizenry involved in community betterment. In this session (Igniting the Spark for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness), the concept of community readiness will be explored, and programs and methods that encourage public engagement will be discussed. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. on November 15. Join here. For more information or to view past CRD Webinars, visit the website.

SENR Seminar Series, "The New Waterman" - November 17:

The SENR Seminar Series will explore the initiatives for the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory by presenting "The New Waterman: At the intersection of productive research, education and community engagement."

Speakers will include Paula Meijerink and Jake Boswell, both with OSU Knowlton School of Landscape Architecture, and Matt Davies with SENR. The seminar will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 103 Kottman Hall (Columbus campus) and 117A Williams Hall (Wooster campus). Complete information here.

Urban Soils Workshop - January 25:

An Urban Soils Workshop will be held at OARDC on the Wooster campus from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. on January 25. The purpose of this workshop will be to give educators a broad overview of soils and soil management in an urban environment. Workshop will include a crash-course in soil science, basics of reading standard soil tests, some basics of upcoming soil health testing, and talks and discussion of heavy metals and contaminants commonly found in urban soils. This workshop is intended for those with minimal to no training in soils. Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of soil properties and processes, soil tests and management strategies that mitigate risks from contaminated soils.

  • Cost: Free to attend, sponsored by Ohio-SARE, Ceres Trust, and OSU Extension.
  • Location: 200 Food Ag and Bio Engineering, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.
  • To register: Please email Stefanie Richardson ( and include your name, title, organization and the name of the workshop. Priority will be given to OSUE Educators, but if space permits, others can be accommodated.
  • Questions about the programs can be directed to Steve Culman (

Technology and Leadership - October Coffee Break Recording:

If you missed the October 7th Coffee Break about Leadership and Technology with special guest host, Brian Raison, you can watch the recording here. Explore how technology can and should play a role in Extension leadership.



New Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps - Call for Proposals due December 5:

The eXtension Foundation is launching the first Issue Corps of 2017 with a call for proposals for projects on improving Diversity and Inclusion within Cooperative Extension, its partners, and the public. Proposals are due December 5.

The Issue Corps experience combines virtual and face-to-face events to assist corps members in developing projects that can have a visible, measurable impact at the local level. Emphasis is on developing innovative projects, programming, applications of technology and professional skills, enabling members to design and implement new approaches they might not have the opportunity to pursue otherwise.

Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps and find answers to these questions and more:

  • What is an eXtension Issue Corps?
  • What does a Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps project look like?
  • How does the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps work?
  • What is required to apply?
  • What are the proposal guidelines?

Additionally, the eXtension Issue Corps leadership team will present a special webinar on Wednesday, November 9, at 2 p.m. to answer questions and provide more information on the Diversity & Inclusion Corps and this call for proposals. Click here for details on this event and to add it to your calendar.

NCRCRD Small Grants - Call for Proposals due February 2:

The NCRCRD at Michigan State University announces a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region of the United States. View complete details here. Deadline for proposals is February 2 at 5 p.m.



Faculty Position Announcement - Assistant/Associate Professor of Community Development & Food Systems:

Click here to view the full job posting for the Assistant/Associate Professor of Community Development & Food Systems position. This position will be housed in the School of Environment and Natual Resources at OARDC on the Wooster campus with a joint appointment in the Department of Extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications received by November 28. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.

University Strategic Planning Input – Question #2:

As previously shared, Ohio State is embarking on a strategic planning process that will advance our academic mission and strengthen our position as a nationally competitive flagship institution. As we continue to engage with the campus community to seek input that will ultimately inform the overall plan, your response to period questions is important. Previously, you were asked to share what was great about Ohio State; now, we want to hear about opportunities we have to be even stronger. The campus-wide question is open through Wednesday, November 9 and may be accessed here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line (Fall 2016)

Connections Newsletter - South Centers (Fall 2016)

NCRWN Newsletter (October 2016)

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