CD Wire - August 14, 2017

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Community Development
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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

New Factsheet Published

Kudos to author Meghan Thoreau for her recently Ohioline-published factsheet, “Code Literacy: Increasing K-12 Coding Education in Ohio” (Ohioline CDFS -1574). In this peer-reviewed educational tool, she describes the impacts of computer science, coding and how one might go about experimenting with learning and writing code. She lists a variety of resources that could help guide one’s efforts to learn how to write programming and also shares strategies for improving coding education in Ohio.

Updating Ohioline Factsheets

Speaking of factsheets, as we previously discussed, our educational materials (including those posted to Ohioline) require regular review and revision to ensure they are relevant and factual. Thank you for your attention to this important aspect of our work. And, special thanks to Cindy Bond who recently reviewed and revised “Preparing Newsprint for Bedding” (found at Ohioline CDFS 126), originally authored by Joe Heimlich and Sereana Howard.

Sustaining Team Productivity…Essential Elements - Crystal Ott study

Teamwork is an essential approach to our Extension work. In some cases, we are part of formal teams and in others, our collaborative efforts are less formal and perhaps more episodic. If you have an interest in engaging in a research study as part of a team, I encourage you and your teammates to review the note from Crystal Ott (August 9) to the Extension-Misc list titled, “Looking for OSU Extension Teams for a Research Study.” There is no cost; however, teams must be willing and available to complete the pre-test, assessment, training session and post survey. Please seriously consider this opportunity to strengthen your programmatic team(s). If you have questions or concerns, please contact me, or Crystal Ott at / 614-688-1454.

ZOOM right by your In-Box with ZOOM Chat

Not only are we now ZOOMing in our meetings, we also have the ability to reduce our e-mail volume via its Chat feature. It works like Skype and other IM applications (minus the annoying advertisements and pop-ups). To get started, download ZOOM’s desktop app here (Zoom Client for Meetings). There is also a mobile or tablet app. 

All CFAES employees are already preloaded as contacts so creating groups (if you so choose) is easy. If you have ZOOM open while at your computer, you can very easily and quickly communicate with colleagues (e.g., a quick question requiring a quick answer) and initiate face-to-face instant meetings with your colleagues or groups without having to send out a ZOOM meeting link/invitation. I encourage you to check it out.

2018 Buckeye Summit – Roundtable Facilitators Needed

You may recall hearing about the inaugural Buckeye Summit focused on Food Security in 2016 (our very own Brian Raison was a facilitator in 2016). The event is outreach-focused – bringing together Ohio State alumni, friends, community partners, and supporters to build awareness, educate and inspire.

With a focus on Health and Wellness, the 2018 Buckeye Summit (scheduled to be held at COSI on April 13, 2018) aims to complement the Community Engagement Conference (to be held January 24-25, 2018). The Summit brings together an invited audience in facilitated roundtable discussion. As such, approximately 70 roundtable facilitators will be recruited to make this conversation possible. If you are interested in being a part of the 2018 Buckeye Summit as a roundtable facilitator, please let me know.

Have a good week!



Active Bystander Training August 29 - Zoom is Available:

Active Bystander Training will be held on Tuesday, August 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at E 100 Scott Lab (201 W 19th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210). This training will provide participants with actionable tools to interrupt bias without causing defensiveness. Target audience is faculty, staff, and students. Cost is free. RegisterLink for Zoom:



OSU Extension FCS Conference Proposal Deadline extended to August 28:

The 2017 OSU Extension FCS Conference proposal deadline has been extended to Monday, August 28. Please submit your proposal through this link. Proposals may be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Presentation (1-hour breakout session) – Hour-long presentation that teaches a specific skill needed by Extension professionals or provides information on a particular program or topic of interest to Extension professionals.
  • Ignite Session (5-minute presentation) – There will be one group of Ignite sessions centered on “Engaging Ohioans/Promoting Vibrant Communities”. Share the new and creative ways you have either recently been, or soon will be actively implementing your work. If you submit an Ignite session proposal, your final PowerPoint (20 slides) will be due to the committee by Monday, October 2. Learn more about Ignite…visit: Ignite motto: “Enlighten us! Just make it quick.”
  • Poster – There will be three types of posters: Research, Educational Outreach, and Ideas in Action. Winning posters will be awarded a $20 gift card prize in three categories: Best Cross-Program poster, Best poster submitted by Program Assistant, and Best of Conference poster.

You will be asked to provide the following information for EACH proposal:

  • Type of proposal: presentation, Ignite session or poster
  • Category: Research, Educational Outreach or Ideas in Action
  • Title of proposal
  • Full description of presentation/poster including an explanation of why the information to be provided is of need or of interest to Extension professionals and how you will engage the audience in your presentation. (3,000-character limit, including spaces)
  • Learning objectives of the proposal (1,000-character limit, including spaces)
  • Which of the following areas does your proposal address? (You will be asked to provide a SHORT description for each area you select. Please do not repeat information from your full description.):
    • Improving Partnerships – includes networking within Extension, connections with government and other external partners, relationships within and between counties/regions, collaborations with college(s) and/or the university (500-character limit, including spaces)
    • Improving Programming – the work and efforts that drive Extension forward, potentially leading to new ideas and innovation; adopting new technologies, marketing or methods; can also tie into research and scholarly works (500-character limit, including spaces)
    • Improving Practices – day-to-day operations, technology, risk and liability, data management, volunteer management, ways to work smarter and stay organized, fiscal management (500-character limit, including spaces)
    • Improving People’s Lives – personnel, human resource topics, customer service, communication skills, interpersonal relationships, diversity and inclusion to expand Extension audiences, professional development (500-character limit, including spaces)
  • Short description/abstract of presentation, Ignite session or poster proposal for the conference program (1,000-character limit, including spaces)
  • Reference list (OPTIONAL): Upload a Microsoft Word document (file type: “.doc” or “.docx”, maximum file size: 5,000KB) containing a formatted list of references for your proposal.
  • Lead author and contact information – name, title, location, phone, email
  • Co-author(s) and contact information – name, title, email

Proposals will be reviewed by the FCS conference planning committee. This committee will not have access to your contact information until the selection process is complete. Therefore, accepted presentations and posters will be considered “peer-reviewed presentations” for promotion/tenure purposes. The Concurrent Sessions and Posters Subcommittee will review proposals soon after the submission deadline. Selections will be made and presenters notified by the first week of September.

For general questions about the request for proposals, contact Audrey Merritt (, Breana Higgins (, or Jared Morrison ( Please DO NOT inform any of these individuals of the title/content of your proposal or it will not be considered a “blind” peer-reviewed process.



Workplace Violence Awareness Online Learning Module:

As part of a comprehensive prevention and awareness effort to enhance the safety and wellbeing of our community, the university has revised its learning module “Workforce Violence Awareness” in BuckeyeLearn. This recently updated 15-minute online course is available to all students, faculty and staff. The course follows the university’s Workforce Violence Policy, which applies to the entire Ohio State community. There is also an additional 15-minute online course available for faculty and staff supervisors.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Research News (August 2017)

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