CD Wire - April 24, 2017


Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension
Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Opportunities to Get Outside

To successfully address the ever-changing challenges and opportunities within the world we work requires creativity, energy, and enthusiasm for new ideas. You can get all of this and more as a participant in this year’s Innovate Extension event in Columbus on May 17.

If you’ve not already signed up, here’s your chance to step outside of the daily routine, the local office, and your usual ‘to-do’ list and take a day with colleagues to practice your creativity and change the way we do our work. Last year there were nearly 150 people in attendance. This year, registration closes at 150 participants tomorrow (Tuesday, April 25) at 5 p.m., so don’t delay!

Organizers are suggesting you register as part of a team of 5-10 Extension professionals focused on a great idea or engaged in creative thinking. Note that it is not required that you come to the event with one agreed-upon idea in mind. (It may be helpful, however, if you like each other!)

I encourage you to consider the possibilities, assemble a group, and get registered ASAP. Attending last year, I found the day of brainstorming and ideation to be very energizing (almost therapeutic!). There will be coaching throughout the day and at the end you will have a chance to make a pitch to a panel of judges.

Check here to learn more and register.

If you have interest, you may also want to participate in OSU’s Innovate Conference; this year focused on teaching and learning with technology for impact. OSU’s Innovate Conference will be held Tuesday, May 16 at the Ohio Union.

Speaking of energizing and therapeutic, I am on vacation all week and hoping for both. I hope you have some time blocked off at regular intervals throughout the year and especially in the coming months.

Campus Campaign Update

Your Gift Does More . . .

We are in the final week of Campus Campaign 2017 (April 30 is the official campaign close, but you can contribute at any point in the year to be counted). See more about the CD endowment and support funds here. A complete list of funds can be found here.

Myra Moss' Work Featured in NCRWN Leadership Spotlight

Each month the North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) calls attention to a significant state-led project and associated leadership team member from the Network. These spotlights demonstrate the diversity of ongoing water research and outreach projects in the region. This month's spotlight focuses on Myra Moss' work with the City of Columbus to protect its drinking water. Congratulations, Myra! Read the full article in the NCRWN Newsletter.



eXtension Diversity & Inclusion iCorps Webinars - April 25, May 2, and May 23:

A series of professional development webinars kicked off on April 18 and will continue through May. These webinars are being organized based on requests by the Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps.

In this webinar you will learn strategies and best practices for developing online and blended curriculum. The webinar will begin with an overview of instructional design processes, as well as an introduction to content development methods and quality assurance tools. In addition, a variety of self-paced and cohort based online courses will be demonstrated including a variety of lecture types and interactive activities. Register here.

Shane Bradt of the University of New Hampshire will present webinars on May 2 (register here) and May 23 (register here) on the very popular story mapping tool. Shane has served as a Key Informant for the Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps and currently is working on an Innovation Grant.

Opioid Addiction & Your Brain Panel - April 27:

Here you can find information about a special workshop we’ll be hosting as part of the Global Brain Health and Performance Summit about Opioid Addiction and Your Brain. Neuroscientists, mental health and addiction specialists and technology innovators will discuss opioid addiction, what it does to the brain, and how innovations and new technologies might contribute to the prevention, assessment, and treatment of opioid addiction and its consequences.

The workshop will be held Thursday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Hilton in Downton Columbus. To register and view the conference agenda, click here.

Ohio JCEP Scholarships due May 1:

Just a reminder, the deadline for JCEP Scholarships of Monday, May 1 is approaching fast. Here is your chance to apply for up to $750 to support your professional development plan or meet those professional development goals you set for 2017. Ohio JCEP will award $3000 in scholarships in this round of funding. Applications can be located here. Questions can be directed to Travis West.

FIRST TIMERS: Ohio JCEP also provides $200 first timer scholarships to members of each of the 5 associations for those attending the National Conference for the first time.

There is one more round with a deadline of Friday, September 1 as well.

Patterson Lecture to Feature University of Kansas Chancellor - May 3:

The 14th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture will feature University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Wednesday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin East Ballroom. A light lunch will be served. The lecture honors former Board of Trustees member James Patterson and the cause to which he is most committed—a vibrant university fulfilling its land-grant mission in an ever-changing world. Seating is limited to 300. Register here by Wednesday, April 26.

Ohio Land Exchange (OH/LEX) Workshop - May 25:

The Ohio Land Exchange is an action-research project that seeks to test the feasibility of a new collaborative site-planning framework, in which community groups and other stakeholders jointly develop and design new approaches to vacant land reuse in cities with high levels of vacant and abandoned land.

The OH/LEX team is currently collaborating with OSU Extension to explore the possibility of bringing this program to other jurisdictions in Ohio. On May 25, a workshop will be held to introduce interested staff members from OSU Extension and County Land Banks to the tools developed in Lima. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Knowlton School on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. For complete information, including contact and registration information, click here.



Annual Review of Personal Information:

Just like we do an annual spring cleaning at home, we are recommending that everyone review and update their personal information, especially things like emergency contacts, via Employee Self-Service ( As a reminder, if you have not done so already, you will have to sign up for BuckeyePass ( in order to access your Employee Self-Service portal. Read more.

Nominations for Lecturers due June 4:


The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program is seeking nominations for 2017-18 academic year lecturers. The program engages students, faculty, staff and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern related to the Discovery Themes — Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Humanities and the Arts. Past lecturers have been eminent authorities from across the public and private sector. Submit nominations by Sunday, June 4. Read more

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

NCRWN Newsletter (April 2017)


Farm Bankruptcies Could Arise

Farm Science Review 2017 Set for Sept. 19-21

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