CD Wire - November 20, 2017

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

In just a couple of short weeks we’ll be coming together for our December 7 state CD in-service in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium on the Columbus campus. Our time in the morning is designed to encourage sharing and learning focused around our individual and team programming efforts. We’ll discuss how these and other efforts will be supported within the new Impact Areas and discuss any other questions you may have about the designEXT effort.

After lunch, we’ll focus on NACDEP 2018 Conference planning. There will be time for subcommittee breakouts as well as an overall conference planning progress update. You can also expect a few guests to join us to learn more about us and our work.

To prepare for the day, you may want to reflect on these items:

  1. What are you most pleased with about your work in 2017?
  2. What about the designEXT effort is most exciting to you?
  3. What about the designEXT effort concerns you most?
  4. If you could change one thing about your work, what would it be?

A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming but for planning purposes, please expect to start promptly at 9:30 and adjourn by 3:30.

It is hard to believe we are beginning the wind down of another year. And while I really don’t look forward to the cold, damp, and gloomy days that are typical this time of year, I do very much look forward to the family time, food and festivities that accompany the holiday season! Whatever you might have planned this week and wherever your travels may take you, please have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! 



Join in 2017 NAEPSDP Virtual Conference Sessions - December 5-7:

NAEPSDP Annual Conference presents for the first time ever, the live streaming of 8 conference concurrent sessions via Zoom. Each registration provides access to multi-day sessions, from December 5-7. Cost is $75 for NAEPSDP Members and $100 for non-members.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 29. To register, click here.

NCRCRD Opioid Crisis Webinar - December 5:

On Tuesday, December 5 at 2 p.m., J. Michelle Sybesma will present the NCRCRD webinar titled "How the Opioid Crisis Impacts Individuals and Rural Communities."

The webinar will examine the following issues:

  • Dimensions of health and opioids
  • Community impact of opioids
  • What is an opioid?
  • Why is this a crisis?
  • Identifying addiction
  • Reducing stigma

For more information, click here. To join the webinar, click here.

Register for the 2018 Community Engagement Conference:

Registration is now open for Ohio State's inaugural Community Engagement Conference, featuring keynote speaker Donna Shalala. The conference, taking place Wednesday, Janurary 24 and Thursday, January 25, will bring together faculty, staff, students and community partners to focus on professional development and networking, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships. The theme of the conference is Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness.

This is also the place to register for the OSU Extension Annual Conference which will be held on Tuesday, January 23 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Receive the early-bird pricing of $85 if you register by Sunday, November 26. Read more. Register here.



Impact Collaborative:

The eXtension Foundation is supporting three Impact Collaborative cohorts in 2018 for Extension professionals at member institutions.

The first will focus on Food Systems, with the application process expected to open in November. This will be followed by Behavioral Health and Diversity and Inclusion.

The process for all three will kick off in January and February with Designathon One, and continue with Designathon Two events (one for each cohort) in April/May. The process will also include tailored professional development events (online), and access to key informants. Selected projects will have the opportunity to apply for fellowships, innovation funding, or be invited to serve as mentors/key informants to the 2019 cohorts. Past participants have shared how their experience helped them expand leadership skills, gain greater visibility at their institution, work differently as a result of their concept map, and advocate for their programs and ideas.

Some important information:



Save the Date - 2018 Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair to be April 26:

The OSU Wooster Campus will be home to the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

The festival celebrates, educates and demonstrates that “Green is for Life!” Free to the public, the Fair features trade show exhibits, green product vendors, educational recycling opportunities, and sustainable food vendors in a fun-filled environment in and around Fisher Auditorium.

Once again, the Renewable Energy Workshop will be held concurrently with the Green Fair. The Workshop features presentations and panel discussions by industry and academia experts. Registrants have the opportunity to engage with leaders in emerging green energy research and industry in addition to the Fair activities. For more information, click here. Contact Gwen Zimmerly at or 330-263-3761.

Adobe Acrobat XI Converts to Acrobat Pro DC:

On Sunday, October 15, Adobe ended support for Acrobat XI Pro, which is widely used for creating and editing PDF files. Although Acrobat XI remains functional, Adobe will no longer provide updates or address existing bugs or security issues for this product. Because of this, a new version of Acrobat Pro will be deployed. The new product is called Acrobat Pro DC and is very similar to Acrobat XI, but with an updated look and feel.

CFAES IT Services has developed a process to update Windows computers to this new product. This involves removing Acrobat XI from the computer and then installing the newer program. In most cases, this can be completed remotely with limited user interaction. However, some users may receive a prompt indicating that programs must be closed in order for the task to run. If you receive this prompt, please close all running programs and allow the process to complete. Failure to close software when prompted may result in the inability to view/edit PDF documents until a support representative can assist you.

Users of Acrobat XI on macOS should contact the IT Service Desk for Assistance. For mac users, the update will NOT occur automatically.

If you experience any issues during this upgrade, please contact the IT Service Desk by phone at 614-514-IT4U (4848) or 844-614-IT4U (4848) or online.

RiV/VITA Update:

VITA was originally launched by the university in April of this year. ODEE is planning to have the major bugs worked out by Sunday, December 3.

The anticipated “re-launch” date for VITA is December 9 (“re-launch” means all data entered in RiV by the cut-off date of December 3 will be “re-transferred” into VITA, unless you have specified otherwise). The “re-transferring” of data will occur during December 4-8.


You will be contacted directly with time offerings for trainings if you have given us your name as a “no RiV account” employee. We will also be offering five, in-person trainings. All sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specific locations are TBD. Please be on the lookout for another email from Debby Lewis to register for one of these trainings:

  • Wednesday, December 13, Wooster
  • Thursday, December 14, Columbus
  • Friday, December 15, Athens County
  • Monday, December 18, Hancock County
  • Tuesday, December 19, Warren County

Some “starter videos” to help program faculty and staff get started will be posted here. Announcements will be sent out as the videos are posted.

Also, you can contact Debby ( or Kim ( to schedule one-on-one time (via Zoom or phone call) to get your questions answered.

If you do not have a RiV account, please go to this survey.

RiV will be “retired” by Thomson Reuters on Sunday, December 31: you will no longer be able to login, add data, etc. Beginning Monday, January 1, you will no longer be able to use RiV.

CFAES Branding Requirements:

This is a reminder that all creative items, regardless of whether an Ohio State logo is being used or not, are required to be pre-approved by the CFAES Branding Approval Team.

Before programs submit an e-Request for printed items of any kind, the artwork should be submitted to the Branding Approval Team for review and approval. The Brand Approval Team meets weekly (every Wednesday) to review all items submitted; however, if an item needs approved sooner than that, the team will review and provide feedback as needed. Purchasers should allow up to two weeks for review and approval; this allows time for the creator of the artwork to make necessary revisions and resubmit for final review and approval. In some cases, additional review and approval is also necessary by Ohio State Trademark and Licensing.

All printed publications, promotional items, etc. should be submitted for review to

Marketing and Communications is working on a new visual look for the college. This new brand identity will launch Monday, January 1. Marketing and Communications will provide training on the new requirements, templates for easy transition, and the tools needed to adhere to the new brand identity. Questions can also be sent to


Per Dean Kress’ request, Marketing and Communications designed a geographic map of the college and its primary locations. The map will be printed as artwork in the open area outside of the dean’s suite in the Agricultural Administration building. The unit wants to make the map available to all CFAES employees. The PDF is designed for 11 x 17 printing: CFAES Map.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

eXtension News Roundup (November 2017)


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