CD Wire - November 21, 2016

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their well-being.

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

In a week or so, we’ll be into December. That means shorter days, seemingly faster weeks, and hopefully some time away from work, spent with friends and family. It means we are winding down another program reporting year and we will be gearing up for fresh and exciting work in 2017.

It also means we’ll be coming together for a couple of days in Columbus for the Extension Annual Conference. The two-day event is to be held December 6-7 at the Ohio Union and provides us time to convene as a group to share and learn and celebrate our good work. I hope you look forward to the two days as much as I do. What a fantastic opportunity to catch up with colleagues, and given that there is no scheduled dinner on Tuesday evening, perhaps we can enjoy a meal out as a group after the poster session and reception.
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, November 30 at noon.

As part of the annual meetings held at the conference, we’ll see two colleagues join the 2016-2017 Ohio JCEP board: Cindy Bond will serve as Epsilon Sigma Phi’s (ESP) Alpha Eta Chapter President-Elect and Amanda Osborne as the NACDEP President-Elect. Congrats to both and kudos for embracing the opportunity to learn, lead, and serve colleagues and the organization. Cheer them on during their official installation at Ohio JCEP’s annual meeting over lunch on December 6.

On Wednesday morning, an hour has been set aside for association meetings. As such, there will be a NACDEP meeting to cover regular NACDEP business and a short AD update too. Please forward your agenda items to Godwin Apaliyah and/or Laura Fuller (2015-2016 NACDEP President and President-Elect, respectively) before December 1 if possible.

As we begin to wind down what is left of 2016, it is easy for me to be reminded of our many blessings. One thing for which I am incredibly grateful is you. Your ongoing dedication, collegiality, and high-value contributions make being a part of this organization fun and exciting. Please know how very much you are appreciated. And, please have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving whatever you might have planned this week and wherever your travels may take you! 

Program Priorities Survey – NCRCRD

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) is reevaluating its rural development priority areas and invites your input on the importance of issues facing Ohio and the north central region. If you can spare 10 minutes to help, Mark Skidmore (NCRCRD director) and I thank you in advance for your assistance! Respond to the 10-minute questionnaire here.



NCRWN Stormwater Core Course Curriculum - Online Meeting November 29:

The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) is moving forward to complete the Stormwater Core Course curriculum, and you are invited to read the white paper on the project as it addresses the project goals, missions, and actions. 

This summer a technology grant with Minnesota Extension Academic Technology was awarded to support completion and development of the course. The grant period is February to August 2017. 

Join the online meeting on November 29 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at to learn more about the project and explore your potential contributions or use of a research-based and peer reviewed, publicly available stormwater core curriculum.

Next EPN Breakfast: Lead in Drinking Water – Ohio Leads the Way. What More Is Needed? - December 2:

The Flint, Michigan, and Sebring, Ohio, lead-in-drinking-water crises heightened public awareness of related public health and infrastructure issues.

Attend the Friday, December 2 Environmental Professionals Network breakfast and learn how Ohio quickly responded and what more may be needed. Mike Baker, chief, Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, will speak. Registration to the event at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. is open to all for $10, with students admitted at no charge. Read more/register. Read related news story.

State of Research Address and Innovator of the Year Awards - January 25:

Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, will deliver the state of research address Wednesday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Immediately following the address, the winners of the 2016 Innovator, Early Career Innovator and Student Innovator of the Year awards will be announced. The event is open to the entire research community. Read more.

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:

  • Marketing Hometown America - December 1 at 2 p.m.

  • Webinar Evaluation and Analytics for Impact Reporting and Quality Control - December 7 at 2 p.m.



ESP Scholarship and Grant Application Deadlines Quickly Approaching:

Epsilon Sigma Phi has several scholarship opportunities available for members. The SGR Committee members would like to encourage all Epsilon Sigma Phi members to be aware of and consider application to these scholarships.
  • Richard R. Angus Professional Development Scholarship: Dick Angus devoted 45 years of his life to the Extension Service in Minnesota and Maryland along with state and national leadership in Epsilon Sigma Phi. As an outcome of his dedication to Extension professionalism and Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Richard R. Angus Professional Development Scholarship was established. Epsilon Sigma Phi, through the ESP Development Fund, provides $2,000 annually to fund scholarships not to exceed $500 per member to encourage, stimulate, and support professional development through participation in courses, seminars, conferences or workshops. Application deadline: December 1.
  • ESP Public Issues Leadership Development Conference Scholarship: Four $600 scholarships are awarded annually for an ESP member attending the PILD Conference for the first time. Application deadline: December 1.
  • Art Redinger Administrator / Leader Scholarship: Four $500 scholarships are awarded for outstanding administrators/leaders who are current ESP members to attend National ESP Conference. Must be first time attendee to the ESP National Conference. Eligible recipients include county, regional, state, national and program administrators /leaders. Application deadline: March 1.
  • Professional Development Grants: Epsilon Sigma Phi, through the ESP Development Fund, provides up to four grants not to exceed $1000 each to stimulate the professional development of Extension faculty. Remember that this is a team award that addresses professional development needs of Extension personnel. The submitted proposals should provide a model for professional development events and/ or materials that could be replicated by other ESP chapters. Application deadline: December 1.

All applications and award criteria are available here.

Submissions for Innovate 2017 Presentations due January 30:

Hosted by Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning, Innovate is an annual conference that explores recent advancements, best practices and provocative new approaches to teaching and learning with technology. For Innovate 2017, they want to share how you are making an impact on teaching, learning and the community through the use of new innovations and ideas. If there’s a new tool you love, a technique you’ve developed or a fresh idea you’d like to share, they want to hear more. Presentation submissions are being accepted now through Monday, January 30. Read more.



Feedback Requested by APLU:

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) believes it is appropriate timing for public and land-grant universities to dramatically expand efforts of engagement with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others. Beginning in November of 2015, APLU convened a Planning Team to recommend a process for establishing and engaging APLU members and stakeholders in a Task Force on “The New Engagement” for public higher education—establishing engagement as a force for transformational change in our communities and institutions. The Planning Team was charged with preparing a plan for the convening of the eventual Task Force.

Please review the recommendations of the Planning Team and then provide your feedback by November 30.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (November 2016)

eXtension Month in Review (October 2016)

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