CD Wire - August 28, 2017

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

September 27-28 Retreat and Conference Planning

Believe it or not, our September Retreat (Sep 27-28) is just a few short weeks away. If you have indicated plans to attend, you should have received a personalized itinerary from Sandy last week. Things are shaping up for a dandy event in downtown Cleveland.

Note that we will spend the afternoon of September 27 focused on conference planning. Subcommittee chairs/co-chairs should work to identify key subcommittee objectives for the face-to-face discussions (please plan on 60-90 minutes per committee). These resources available via the BuckeyeBox may be helpful:

  • Organizational Chart – NACDEP 2018 (subcommittee membership including out of state volunteers)
  • TO DO LIST and WHEN – 2018 NACDEP (detailed activity timeline)
  • Committee Q&A Worksheet

Finally, David and I have been joining subcommittee meetings via ZOOM leading up to the September Retreat. If your subcommittee plans to meet via ZOOM in advance of the Retreat (for planning purposes), please be sure to include us in the ZOOM invite.

Alber Center Addition – Becky Passet

Welcome to Becky Passet, office assistant at the Alber Enterprise Center based on the Marion campus. Becky joined OSU on July 10 and comes to us from Upper Sandusky (Wyandot County). Learn more about Becky here.

Fostering a Culture of Community Health – Update

You may recall recent conversations to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in pursuit of community health. The Culture of Health Initiative, recently announced via ECOP, aims to impact 1,000 communities over the next 10 years starting this fall with the help of a $4.6 million grant from RWJF.

Five peer institutions (University of Maryland - Eastern Shore, University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, University of Tennessee and Utah State University) will engage three communities of readiness within each of their states over the next two years. Washington State University has been selected to lead the professional development work and OSU is among the institutions supporting that effort, including: University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of California and Colorado State University. Look for more information to come.



EPN Breakfast September 12 - Nutrient Runoff Control Practices can protect Drinking Water:

CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress headlines the Environmental Professionals Network monthly breakfast on Tuesday, September 12, from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

The open-to-all program, Agriculture and Water Quality — Ohio State Research and Agency Initiatives Guide Farmer Solutions, also features SENR researcher Libby Dayton and ODA Chief of Soil and Water Conservation Kirk Hines. Registration is free for Ohio State students and $10 for others. Read more and register.

Food Waste Collaborative Fall Conference and Webinar - September 15:

Research indicates that as much as 40 percent of our food supply is wasted, with collateral damage that includes economic loss, unnecessary food insecurity as well as climate and environmental issues. Major contributors to this issue include confusion about food expiration labels, local composting rules and liability surrounding food donations. 

Register for the second annual conference and webinar, which will explore current trends in food policy that both help and hinder our ability to reduce this alarming loss in the food system. The conference will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 15. A complimentary live stream will be available for those that cannot join in person. Live stream participants must register in advance as well. Read more and register here.

Markwest Facility Tour - September 26:

As a key partner to, or member of, the OSU Extension Shale Workgroup, you are invited to attend a tour of the Markwest Energy Seneca processing facility in Summerfield, Ohio on September 26. The day will include bus transportation, the tour, lunch and an update meeting. The Shale Workgroup will cover the cost of this event.

Space is limited at the Markwest Energy facility, so participation is limited to 35 participants. Participants will ONLY be accepted via online registration on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions or concerns please contact either Myra Moss ( or Chris Penrose ( Deadline to register is Tuesday, September 19 at noon. Follow this link to register and to view the agenda.

Glenn College Leadership Forum - October 27:

Registration is now open for the Glenn College Leadership Forum to be held October 27 at the Ohio Union. It is the state’s premier conference designed for individuals working in the public sector.

In breakout sessions and in keynote talks, experts in the public policy arena provide insights into emerging trends in policy, administration and leadership that will enhance your career. Read more for complete information and to register. Early bird registration ($130) ends August 31.

Ohio Leadership Forum - December 14:

Governing invites you to Columbus for the first-ever Ohio Leadership Forum. From the fundamentals of good government to forecasting the future, the agenda will have critical information for every participant’s personal and professional development.

The speaker lineup includes national thought leaders and local subject matter experts who describe the challenges in serving the public while detailing pragmatic solutions. Open to public sector only, and registration is free. Read more and register.

Potential topics include:

  • Leadership & Management Development
  • Economic Development | Job Creation
  • Finance 101
  • Framing for Impact
  • Innovation & Performance Measurement
  • Mobility & Citizen Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • Risk Taking in Government
  • Demographics and the Future of Ohio
  • Data-Driven Government Decision-making

Zoom Office Hours with Ken Kulka:

Now is your chance to get those Zoom questions answered. Join Ken Kulka for his “Zoom Office Hours” session every other Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The next session is August 31.  Ken will be on hand to answer your questions about using Zoom and will cover new Zoom features each week. Click this link to join:

Grant Development Support Unit seeks Topics for Upcoming Workshops:

The Grant Development Support Unit is currently planning the workshops that will be offered during the upcoming academic year. Please take about 5 minutes to complete the following survey to help determine which topics you would find the most beneficial. If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please send them to Kayla Arnold (



JCEP Scholarship Applications due September 1:

Just a reminder, the deadline for JCEP Scholarships of September 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 FINAL round of funding for 2017.

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. (If you have already applied, decisions will be sent out after September 1.)

Applications are located here.

Interstate Extension Community Development Program Delivery - Open Call for Proposals for North Central Region:

NCRCRD is reinstating its small grant opportunity to support Interstate Extension Community Development program delivery. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to funding availability. Read more.

NCR-SARE 2018 Youth Educator Grant Program - Call for Proposals due November 2:

Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. 

Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality of life; and good for the environment long term. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program. Proposal deadline is November 2. Read more.



CFAES IT Services - New Help Desk Phone Number & Update:

To simplify service for CFAES customers statewide, the Information Technology Services group has adopted a new phone number for the CFAES IT Service Desk. You may now dial 614-514-IT4U (4848) to reach the service desk. In addition, a toll-free option for County Offices and Outlying Research Stations has been added - 844-614-IT4U (4848).  Read more.

The findings and recommendations from the CFAES IT Service Review can be found here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Monthly (August 2017)

Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (August 2017)

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