CD Wire - September 11, 2017

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

CD Professional Development Support – October 1 Application Deadline

If your professional development plans could benefit from some ‘outside assistance’ then now is the time to consider applying for up to $750 of CD Professional Development Support. Jill Bartolotta was awarded the spring CD professional development scholarship enabling her to attend and present at the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in late June. Great work, Jill!

The fall deadline is October 1. Learn more on the CD Professionals’ webpage here.

Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award Nominations due November 1

If you have not already, please take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of colleagues and submit your nominations to me by November 1 for the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award.

Click here to access the nomination form and view past award recipients.

Congratulations to Sarah Orlando

Sarah and Steve Orlando welcomed their baby daughter Sienna Marie on September 6! We wish them much joy and happiness as new parents. Sarah will be on leave through the beginning of December.

Mark Your Calendars - December 7 State CD In-Service

If you have not already, please hold Thursday, December 7 for a State CD in-service to be held in the Ag Admin Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continued NACDEP Conference Planning and updates regarding Extension structure/futuring are planned.



Research, Short and Sweet - September 13:

If you only had one minute and one slide to explain your work, what would you say? The STEAM Factory and Discovery Themes initiative host a series of networking events for faculty. 

The topics for the September 13 session are Sustaining Energy & the Environment and Promoting Health & Wellness. The session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the STEAM Factory, 400 W. Rich St., Columbus. Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants. Read more, including how to RSVP and send slide, as well as where to send your questions.

EXtension Webinar "Start Sharing Your Story Now" - September 19:

Cooperative Extension is often called one of America's "best kept secrets." Making the work that we do more visible is vital to the future of our system. How can we take a step toward greater visibility? One very important way is to tell your professional story.

Drawing on lessons from working out loud, social media strategy and behavior change theory, this session will get you started sharing the story of your work. We’ll find a new way to look at sharing our work, learn from examples of how others share their work and start putting that perspective and those lessons into practice right away. If you want to get started sharing your work immediately, join the session on Tuesday, September 19 at 1 p.m. To register, click here.

Tour the City's Finest Gardens, Urban Farms - September 29:

OSU Extension Master Gardeners invite you to participate in a bus tour of some of the finest gardens and urban farms in Columbus on Friday, September 29 as part of a statewide conference. The public is invited to attend four different bus tours and an evening dinner and presentation by PBS gardening guru Melinda Myers at the 4-H Center on campus. For more details and registration, click here.

Research Commons Research Expo - October 17: 

Attend the 2017 Research Expo Tuesday, October 17 from Noon - 2 p.m. in the Research Commons, when more than 50 exhibitors—research support services, centers and institutes, community partners and vendors—will be available to answer research-related questions and help navigate Ohio State's research enterprise. Learn about funding, data management plans, the PI Portal and more at one of the demonstrations held during the event. Read more and RSVP.

Free Webinars from National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity:

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are pleased to be co-sponsors of an institutional membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. The NCFDD is an on-line organization that provides accessible professional development for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Anyone affiliated with our college can access the site. The website has a variety of free resources, including Multi-Week Courses. These resources are part of our membership but you must register. Follow these directions to register:

How to activate your institutionally sponsored NCFDD membership:

  • Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website.
  • Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Individual Membership.”
  • On the Individual Membership page, select “Click Here.”
  • On the “Select Your Member Type” page, select “Institutional Sub-Account.”
  • On the “Select a Username” page, use your institution issued e-mail address in the Username box.
  • Complete the registration process.
  • You will receive a welcome e-mail at that e-mail address within 24 business hours confirming that your account is now active and you can begin fully using your new NCFDD membership.



OMFA Junior Fair Conference Proposals due September 15:

The 2018 Junior Fair Conference will be held on Saturday, January 6 in Columbus at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. As we begin to consider a schedule for the coming year, Lisa McCutcheon has extended an invitation to either serve on the planning committee or submit a presentation proposal. Those who may be interested include the following groups: OSUE professionals, OFMA / SFB members, Junior Fair Board Members and Advisors, and Ohio FFA Chapters. To assist in generating ideas, you can take a look at the 2017 conference schedule.

Should you have an interest in providing a session during the 2018 OFMA Junior Fair Conference, proposals will be due at NOON on Friday, September 15. While constructing your proposal, please be aware that sessions will be 60 minutes in length during the 2018 conference, with anywhere from 25 and 100 participants in each session, and there being FOUR session times during the day.


  • Presenter Name(s)
  • Presenter(s) Email Address(es):
  • County:
  • Representing Organization(s): (OSU Extension / OFMA / JFB / FFA / etc.)
  • Tentative Title of Presentation:
  • Description of the overall topic to be addressed (LIMIT of 40 WORDS).
  • Some sessions will be presented TWO times. Is there any reason that this would be a problem for the presenter(s)?
  • Do you have a preference in session times? If so, please list those… An attempt will be made to honor these requests, but it is not always possible.
  • Sessions will be offered at the following times: 8:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 12:45 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. (note: these are new session times)
  • Will you need a projection screen and media cart for your presentation (presenters are responsible for bringing LCD projector and laptop, if needed)?
  • Would you prefer to have microphone for your presentation?

If interested in participating, in either way, or for information needed in the proposal, contact Lisa McCutcheon.

Connect and Collaborate Grant Applications due September 29:

On behalf of the Connect and Collaborate Program Stewardship Partners, this note is to inform you that the 2017-18 grants program supporting engaged teaching, research and service activities will be announced university-wide next week. The maximum grant award is $70,000. An information session for the Program will be held on Tuesday, September 12 from 11 a.m. - Noon in the Research Commons (3rd floor, 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Avenue). More information and application materials can be found here or by contacting Mark McCann.

Ohio 4-H Conference Proposals due September 30:

Ohio 4-H is once again seeking presenters for the 2018 Ohio 4-H Conference that will be held March 10, 2018 at the Columbus Convention Center. Each year, more than 1,500 adult and teen volunteers participate in this event. They come to share ideas, learn new skills, and meet new people. Extension professionals, adult volunteers and teen 4-H members are encouraged to submit proposals on the wide range of topics of interest to 4-H audiences. 

There are four different types of conference learning opportunities:

  • Session (45 minutes)
  • Workshop (90 minutes)
  • Poster session – a poster displaying research information compiled by an Extension professional.
  • Informational display – a display that provides information about a program, association, event, or other beneficial information for 4-H volunteers.

To submit a proposal, go to Ohio 4-H Conference Call for Proposals and complete the online form by Saturday, September 30.

Ohio JCEP/ESP Creative Works & Media Awards Submissions due October 2:

It is that time of year- time to get some recognition from your peers for all the great creative works you’ve produced over the past 12 months. Entries will soon be accepted for the Ohio JCEP/ESP Creative Works & Media Contest.

This year there is a substantial change to the submission process-all submissions will be completed online. You can find all information on the website.

This year, there are 9 categories with a total of 25 subcategories. Descriptions about each category and submission requirements can be found on the website. Deadline for all submissions is Monday, October 2 at 11:59 pm.

Community Engagement Conference Proposals due October 30:


Proposals will be accepted until Monday, October 30 for Ohio State's inaugural Community Engagement Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25 in the Ohio Union. 

Building on the success of the Extension Annual Conference and the university's Engagement Forum, the event will bring together faculty, staff, students and community partners to focus on professional development, networking and potential engagement partnerships. This year's theme is Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness. To learn more or submit a proposal, click here.



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    Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

    Connections Newsletter (OSU South Centers - Summer 2017)

    CFAES Research News (September 2017)

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