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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director
Welcome Meghan Thoreau
Meghan Thoreau joined us on November 28 as a CD educator focused on preparing Pickaway County youth for STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). More specifically, she will work with a team of Extension professionals, volunteers, campus collaborators, and community partners such as school district curriculum directors, teachers, economic development organizations, and local businesses, to provide leadership for the development, production, and evaluation of educational programs and applied research to foster STEM educational opportunities that increase career attainment in STEM fields.
Meghan grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has lived in a number of places, including Western Wyoming, Upstate New York, and Eastern South Dakota, before moving with her family to Central Ohio. She’s worked with communities both at the municipal and grassroots levels and has always strived to strengthen communities and increase the quality of life for residents.
She received a B.S. in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
2017 CD In-Service Planning – Input Invited
For the past several years we have combined your commitment to active participation with state CD resources to produce 3-4 face-to-face in-services/workshops annually. The goal: To support the personal and professional growth of CD program personnel. The format, location, and duration of these events has varied (e.g., 1-day, 2-day, Columbus-based, field-based, program team-focused, content-specific professional focus, etc.).
High overall return on investment is key. As such, your input into the design of highly effective state CD in-services is very much encouraged. To best meet your professional development needs and those of the larger organization, how would you like to see us use our time together? How often should we meet? Where should we meet? How would you allocate our time across the items below?
____ Competency development (e.g., marketing/social media strategies)
____ Extension/CD administrative update
____ NACDEP-related business (e.g., 2018 Conference Planning, awards information, etc.)
____ Program development/sharing opportunities (e.g. individual team break-out discussions)
____ Teaching & learning opportunities (e.g., train the trainer, field trips and study tours, etc.)
Please plan to share your thoughts on these items when we meet Wednesday morning.
Ohio NACDEP Planning for 2017
OJCEP/NACDEP members typically have an opportunity to meet several times annually (January, March, June, October, December and also as part of CD in-services). Laura Fuller and Amanda Osborne (2016-2017 NACDEP president and president-elect) would like to know your thoughts related to the focus of these NACDEP meetings. How might you rank the following potential agenda items for 2017?
(1=most important, 10=least important)
____ Awards and recognition
____ Events (e.g., annual Homecoming Tailgate)
____ Extension/CD administrative update
____ Funding opportunities (e.g., grants, scholarships, etc.)
____ Leadership development (e.g., OJCEP board positions)
____ NACDEP 2018 Conference Planning
____ Professional development opportunities (e.g., conferences, webinars, etc.)
____ Program development/sharing opportunities (e.g., program team discussions)
Like the request for input for future CD in-services, we’ll make time to share your thoughts related to NACDEP meetings when we meet Wednesday morning.
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 ten minutes to help, Mark Skidmore (NCRCRD director), and I thank you in advance for your assistance! Respond to the 10-minute questionnaire here.
NCRCRD Webinars for December 2016:
|There is no registration - all webinars are free. Link to participate.|
December 6 (2:30 p.m.): Hard Cider in the North Central Region: Industry Survey Findings and Opportunities for Rural Development
Presented by: Michelle Miller and Matt Raboin (University of Wisconsin)
Hard cider, a beverage rooted in America's past, has reemerged as a potentially fruitful business opportunity for modern day orchardists and entrepreneurs. As part of an NCRCRD seed grant, researchers at Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) surveyed hard cider makers across the North Central Region to better understand this growing industry. Questions focused on recent and projected industry trends, sourcing of apples, marketing and distribution approaches, constraints and opportunities within the industry, and research and outreach preferences of cider makers. Survey results will be shared and discussed during this webinar.
December 7 (3 p.m.): Building Organisational Resilience in the Face of Systemic Insecurity in a Complex and Interconnected World
Presented by: Dr. John Vargo, Resilient Organisations Ltd (University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand)
What is it that makes some organisations able to not only survive, but also to thrive in the face of adversity? Resilience is a systemic way of looking at how an organization can prepare before, survive during and thrive after a crisis. Each organisation has their own 'perfect storm' – a combination of events or circumstances that has the potential to bring that organisation to its knees. For a financial system, the worst nightmare might be sudden loss of customer confidence creating a snowballing 'run on the bank'. For other organisations it may be the failure of a key supplier, contamination on the production line, a disgruntled employee wreaking havoc, etc.
It isn't just about getting through crises; a truly resilient organisation has two other important capabilities - the foresight and situation awareness to prevent potential crises emerging; and an ability to turn crises into a source of strategic opportunity. This webinar will introduce the foundational concepts of organizational resilience and consider how to build this strategic capacity to thrive in high change and uncertain environments.
ASFW Voice and Influence Series: Mentoring - December 8:
|This Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW) program on Thursday, December 8 at 11:30 a.m. in 425 Gateway C Building, 1590 N. High St., will focus on deconstructing the traditional view of mentoring as a one-way exchange. Learn how to conceptualize mentoring as a mutually beneficial relationship and how you can foster reciprocity as a mentor or mentee. Light snacks provided. Read more and register.|
Getting Certified in the Practice of Data Analytics - Online Class begins January 2017:
|Do you need to manage large amounts of data in your research or your job at Ohio State?|
The Certification in Practice of Data Analytics is designed for people who need a solid skill set to analyze data for research outcomes, decision making, operational understanding and more. This 100 percent online program lets you study on your schedule while learning from top faculty from the Department of Statistics and the College of Engineering. The non-credit program grants continuing education units on successful completion of each of the four courses. Begins January 2017. Contact (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CFAES Gender Initiative Workshop - January 18:
Please click here for information on the next CFAES Gender Initiative offering on January 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.– a workshop on “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along,” facilitated by Dr. Kathy Lechman, PhD, CFAES Director of Equity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. This workshop will be an excellent professional (and personal) development opportunity. This will be a free event offered in both Columbus and Wooster.
November Coffee Break Recording now Available – Maker Movement:
|If you weren’t able to participate in the November 4th Coffee Break, featuring guest host Mark Light talking about the Maker Movement, you can watch the recording here. Explore the many opportunities for Extension to get involved in the Maker Movement.|
SCHOLARLY / CREATIVE / OPPORTUNITIES:
National Extension Energy Summit - Call for Presentations due December 15:
|The National Extension Energy Summit (Energy Education: Our Heritage and Future Opportunities) will be held April 3-6, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Call for presentations is due December 15. Registration, travel and hotel information will be available soon.|
Please join in to network and share experiences that can help you become more effective Extension professionals. And, maybe they will have some glimpses into the new administrations energy proposals by summit time. Please help identify priorities that can help best meet your needs using the brief survey that allows you to identify your interests and needs.
Here is some info you can use for preliminary planning purposes:
- Plan to arrive Monday, April 3 for a welcoming social.
- Presentations will be Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by optional off-site tours Thursday.
- The hotel is the Hilton Downtown Knoxville at the CONUS rate of $96 plus taxes, and the per diem is $59 per day. You will get free parking and free Wi-Fi during your stay. The hotel is a short walk from numerous downtown restaurants, shopping, museums and entertainment. The University campus is adjacent to downtown.
- Knoxville McGee Tyson Airport (TYS) is served by all the major airlines except Southwest. Distance to the hotel is approximately 15 miles with only a couple of traffic lights.
- Knoxville is easy to reach by land at the crossroads of I-75 and I-40, and is within a 500-mile radius of many of you. Unfortunately, there is no passenger rail service.
- Consider coming a few days early or staying a few days later to enjoy springtime in the many parks, rivers and reservoirs of East Tennessee. If you’re into history, there are numerous historical sites from pre-Revolution through the present, including more Civil War battlefields than any state except Virginia. You might have heard of a few frontiersmen, musicians, actors and presidents from Tennessee.
eXtension 2017 Innovation Grants - Proposals due December 19:
|Are You an Extension Innovator? Submit Your Concepts Now for 2017 Innovation Grants; Proposal Deadline is Friday, December 19 at 5 p.m. PST.|
eXtension Foundation, Inc., the U.S. Cooperative Extension System’s national resource for advancing innovation and providing professional development for Extension professionals, is seeking initial abstract proposals for prescreening for 2017 Innovation Projects funding.
The Innovation Projects initiative is part of the eXtension Foundation’s mission to support experimental projects that will drive opportunities to adopt innovation in the greater Cooperative Extension System. In the 2017 round, up to ten grants of up to $10,000 each to recipients for a one-year period will be awarded. Recipients will also receive support of their project from eXtension’s Innovation Lab.
To be eligible for this funding, you must be an Extension Faculty Member, Specialist, Educator, Agent or Staff Member of an eXtension Foundation Premium Member Institution.
The submission process for prescreening requires a brief abstract describing the initial project concept, plus applicant contact information. Finalists selected during prescreening will then be invited to submit expanded, complete proposals for 2017 Innovation Projects grants. All proposals will be submitted online for both the prescreening and final application processes.
For full details on 2017 Innovation Projects proposal requirements and to access to the online abstract proposal submission form, click here.
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REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
Non-Academic Use of Carmen:
This message is for people who are using Carmen for non-academic purposes (for example, staff training, file sharing, etc.):
Carmen (D2L) will no longer be available after May 14, 2017. The academic courses have been transitioning well into Carmen (Canvas), but now we want to make sure we’re reaching people who are using the tool outside of registrar-official courses. There are several options for people using Carmen (D2L) for non-academic purposes including BuckeyeBox, BuckeyeLearn and U.OSU. Learn more about the options for moving D2L content at the ODEE website and ODEE Resource Center.
Articles/Publications of Interest:
Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)
Ed Tech Recap (November 2016)
Research News (November 2016)
North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (November 2016)
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