CD Wire - December 4, 2017

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Farewell T-man, Welcome T-man!

Nearly two years ago we saw this same ‘headline,’ but this time around the story is a bit different. I am happy to announce that effective today, Trevor Corboy is an Extension Educator in Greene County. 

Trevor joined OSU Extension as a first semester freshman in November 2012, working in the state CD office. After graduation in December 2015, he joined the Clermont County office as a Program Coordinator in early 2016 (one of our state CD ‘seeded’ positions). In that role, he focused on leadership development, ag-economic development and community planning programs. He is part of the LOOK! to Ohio Signature Program team originating out of the Clermont office and will be giving leadership to the Greene County ANR program in his new role.

There is also rumor of another December graduation (this one from the University of Florida). Given Trevor’s work experience, academic training and the emphasis on program efforts from an Impact Area perspective, I am confident there will continue to be collaborative opportunities in the near future. Congrats, Trevor!



Marion County Health Commissioner Gives Community Lecture - December 6:

The College of Public Health hosts guest speaker, Tom Quade, Marion County Health Commissioner, for his presentation "A Nation of Locals."

This presentation, part of the Voices from the Community lecture series, will be Wednesday, December 6 at 12:30 p.m. in 160 Cunz Hall. This event is open to all. Read more.

VITA Trainings - Register by December 7:

OSU Extension Program Development and Evaluation Unit has scheduled five VITA trainings in December for county-based Extension program personnel. Hopefully at least one of the sessions will be recorded and posted on the “Reporting” section of the PDE website.

Previously, you may have indicated initial interest in attending one of the sessions listed below after Debby Lewis’ email announcement on Monday, November 6. Please use this link as your “official” registration (i.e., please click the link to attend the session you showed interest in and to confirm your registration). There are limited seats at each location, so you MUST register to attend. If you cannot attend one of the sessions listed, the survey will provide you the opportunity to give us your information so we can alert you to posted recordings.

You will need to bring your own computer to the training sessions (if you want to follow along in your own account). Each session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A demonstration of the VITA system will be given during the morning of each session followed by a data party (bring your data to enter)!

Registration limits are listed below in parentheses following each session description. If you try to register for a session that is full, the “survey” will let you pick another session. Please choose the session that best fits your schedule (i.e., you don’t have to sign up for the session in your region).

OSU Extension VITA Trainings:

  • Wednesday, December 13: OARDC Wooster at Fisher Auditorium in the North Exhibit Area (55)
  • Thursday, December 14: Columbus Campus at Multi-Media Room (Rm 220), 4-H Center (38)
  • Friday, December 15: Athens County Extension Office at 280 West Union Street, Athens, 45701 (25)
  • Monday, December 18: Hancock County Extension Office at 7868 County Road 140 Suite B, Findlay, 45840 (50)
  • Tuesday, December 19: Warren County Extension Office at 320 East Silver Street, Lebanon, 45036 (30)

Extension Administration will be paying for lunch for participants at each session, therefore registration will close Thursday, December 7 at 5 p.m. to provide locations enough time to arrange for food.

Save the Date: 2018 Leadership Summit – March 28:

Save Wednesday, March 28 for the 2018 Leadership Summit. Planning is led by the Alber Enterprise Center and other Extension colleagues, in collaboration with various university departments.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and The Potential Principle. Full agenda and registration information to come in January. The summit will take place at The Ohio Union.



Update on the IT Transformation Project:

On Wednesday, November 1, CFAES IT Services Review project launched. The goal with this project is to ensure a robust IT strategy and approach to management, seek efficiencies, and do more in focused areas. As we start implementing this 18- to 24-month project, here are a few things that will happen in the next 90 days:

  • The CFAES Project team and task force will begin implementing the project.
  • The college will develop a workforce transition plan that will stem from the creation of a new service portfolio for CFAES IT Services and the finalization of the service level agreement with OCIO.
  • Decisions will be made based on how to provide quality and efficient IT services to our faculty, staff, students and customers.
  • Faculty and staff will be given opportunities to provide feedback.

Until the changes are implemented, there is no change in how you request IT support. It is business as usual when you need help! The college will continue to provide email updates as well as create a website landing page for information, including project updates and frequently asked questions. If you do have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Matt DeVoreGraham Cochran or Diane Dagefoerde.

EEET Submission Deadline - December 9:

The deadline to submit your Evaluation of Effective Extension Teaching (EEET) forms for this calendar year is Saturday, December 9 (your EEETs must be postmarked by that date). 

The Program Development and Evaluation (PDE) Unit will NOT process any EEETs postmarked after that date until 2018. This means any late EEETs (postmarked after December 9, 2017) will NOT be on the three-year EEET summary report that will be sent to county-based program faculty and staff in January 2018 (NOTE: you do not need to request your three-year EEET summary report).

There are still options for getting final EEETs to PDE:

  • Drop off your EEETs to the PDE office. Please do NOT leave your EEET envelopes lying around in suite 25 and do NOT slide them under a door in suite 25 – there is no guarantee they will see them / get them. Either hand them to a PDE staff member, or leave them in the PDE mailbox in the Ag Admin Building mail room (on the ground floor, room 11, across from the Extension administration office).
  • Mail your EEETs to:

Suite 25, Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

*REMEMBER: MUST be postmarked by December 9, 2017!

Please remember to include a cover sheet with each set of EEETs -- one cover sheet for each instructor (if there were multiple instructors). All EEETs should be in SEALED ENVELOPES! Your form collector should sign his or her name on the seal. Please submit ALL EEETs in a TIMELY manner! All EEETs are entered BY HAND by PDE staff. If you volunteered to collect forms for a colleague, please send them to the PDE office immediately; your peer is depending on you.

Need easy access to the EEET forms on the PDE web site? Visit and select “EEET Forms” from the left-hand menu. Please note that the EEET forms need to be opened within Adobe Reader or Acrobat. If you attempt to open them in your internet browser, you will see a “Please Wait …” message (which will NEVER disappear). Download the forms you need, save them to your computer, then open Adobe Reader or Acrobat, and open the downloaded form from the Adobe program. If you’re experiencing technical issues with the form, please contact Kim Showalter (

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Monthly (November 2017)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (November 2017)

Connections Newsletter (South Centers - Fall 2017)

OSUE Advancement e-Newsletter (Fall 2017)

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