CD Wire - January 22, 2018

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

OSU Extension Annual Conference and OSU Community Engagement Conference

This week we have an opportunity to share, learn, and recognize achievements as part of the Extension Conference on Tuesday at the Fawcett Center and Community Engagement Conference on Wednesday and Thursday in the Ohio Union. Tuesday’s agenda begins with a formal welcome at 9:30 a.m. and will involve JCEP and NACDEP meetings, a recognition luncheon and designEXT updates from Extension Director, Roger Rennekamp. If you registered to attend, you can see the full agenda attached to a message from Jared Morrison on Sunday, January 21.

On Wednesday, registration and breakfast is available beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Ohio Union. The welcome and opening panel is set to begin at 8:30. You can view the agenda here and download the detailed program here. Our very own CFAES Dean Cathann Kress will be part of the Thursday Capnote Panel from 1:45-3:00. I hope you are looking forward to discussing methods for “Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness” in 2018 and beyond!

Partnering Up

Speaking of partnering for program success, I am pleased to inform you that Sandy and Carol Hamilton (our most recent addition to Extension CD), have worked together to post Carol’s biographical info on the CD staff page. (Please take a moment to learn more about Carol here).

You may recall that anyone in Extension with a CD appointment is invited to maintain a page which enables the viewer to learn about your program specializations, areas of expertise, recent publications, and biographical background. Your contact info is also included. When you are looking for a new program partner, or referring someone to a CD colleague, these staff pages can be very helpful. However, for these to work most effectively, please remember to review your own staff page periodically and share any updates to your staff page with Sandy.

REMINDER: Professional Development Support – Applications due March 1

As you are thinking through your professional development goals for 2018, don’t limit yourself when it comes to funding. In addition to the OJCEP scholarships (due February 15) and USAC Staff Career Development Grants (due January 31) available, we have a formal CD Professional Development Support Fund. A simple application is due by March 1 for the spring awards and October 1 for the fall awards. To learn more, see ‘CD Professional Development Support’ described here.

NACDEP 2018 Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended to January 31

Acceptance for proposals for peer reviewed presentations and posters for the 2018 NACDEP Conference has been extended through January 31 at 5 p.m. EST. Options include: 30-minute presentation, 90-minute workshop, 5-minute IGNITE and poster. Submissions relating to the conference theme "Communities that Rock" are encouraged, but all relevant submissions will be given full consideration. Submit your Proposal(s) via the Fast Track System. Complete conference information can be found here.



Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar - February 1:

"Successful Disaster Recovery Using the Community Capitals Framework
February 1 at 2 p.m.

Presented by: Gary Goreham (South Dakota State University). Click here for complete information and webinar link.

Next EPN Breakfast Celebrates 50 Years of the Scenic River Act - February 13:

The next EPN Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. 

Ohio pioneered the river conservation movement when it passed the first Scenic River Act in February 1968. The National Scenic River Act followed in October of the same year. Fifty years later, 14 rivers have been officially designated as Ohio state wild, scenic and recreational rivers. Three of these rivers have also been designated as national scenic rivers. This select group represents some of Ohio’s best remaining river and stream systems. Most are home to endangered species and an exceptional diversity of fish and other plants and animals. This high degree of natural character that has also made these rivers and streams recreational gems.

Bob Gable, Scenic Rivers Program Manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will provide a brief history of the scenic rivers program and an overview of what makes these rivers so special and some of the efforts to protect them. Former First Lady Hope Taft will follow with a discussion of what it takes to keep a scenic river “scenic.” For complete information and to register, click here.

2018 CFAES Annual Research Conference April 27:

Save the Date: The 2018 CFAES Annual Research Conference (formerly known as the OARDC Annual Research Conference) will be held on Friday, April 27 at the Shisler Conference Center on the Wooster Campus. More details to follow.

Real Colors® Train-the-Trainer - May 15-17: 

Summer Program in Population Health - June 18-22:

Save the date!

June 18-22, 2018
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

Advancing workforce education for a healthier nation

Communities all over the U.S. face challenges that threaten the health and well-being of our friends, family and neighbors: from opiate addiction to infant mortality. The Summer Program in Population Health provides practitioners a week of education and training from national experts confronting today’s serious public health issues. Save the date and stay tuned for more details. If you are interested in attending, contact Roger Rennekamp ( for assistance with the cost.

Presented by the Center for Public Health Practice at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, with support from the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resources Center.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for upcoming webinar sessions. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

Topics include:

  • Potential Rural Impacts of Pension Reductions - Tuesday, January 23 at 2 p.m.
  • What is Urban Agriculture Webinar- MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture - Wednesday, January 24 at 12 p.m.
  • Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar Series:
    • (Part 2 of 6) - Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m.
    • (Part 3 of 6) - Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
    • (Part 4 of 6) - Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
    • (Part 5 of 6) - Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
    • (Part 6 of 6) - Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m.



InFACT's Linkage and Leverage Grant - Second Cycle Closes January 31:

The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), a Discovery Themes program, invites teams of faculty, staff, students and external partners to submit proposals for the Linkage and Leverage grant program. Projects should focus on addressing food insecurity. Three grant cycles will be offered during the 2017-18 academic year with multiple awards of up to $35,000 funded each cycle. The second cycle closes January 31. Read more.

Call for Proposals for the North Central Leadership Conference - Deadline Extended to February 1:

The deadline to submit your proposals for the North Central Leadership Conference has been extended to February 1. Workshops and talks that are selected will receive one $125.00 discount from the conference registration fee. The conference will be held in East Lansing, Michigan Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2.

Brief abstracts are being sought for Lightening Talks, Concurrent Sessions/Workshops, and even Ted Talks. The conference theme is "Pure Leadership: Moving Extension Forward into the 21st Century." This is a great opportunity to share your leadership knowledge and skills and learn from others – close to home. The planning committee is busy confirming an exciting slate of keynote and other plenary speakers you won’t want to miss. For more information on the conference, check out this flyer.

SEEDS Request for Proposals – Round Two due February 28:

The FY 18 Request for Proposals for SEEDS: The OARDC Research Enhancement Competitive Grants Program is available online

Round two of the SEEDS Partnership Grant proposals will be due Wednesday, February 28 at 5 p.m. Questions should be directed to the SEEDS Coordinator, Melissa Burant.



State of the University Address - January 25:

President Michael V. Drake invites you to attend his annual State of the University Address at the University Senate meeting Thursday, January 25 at 3:30 p.m., in Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall. No tickets are required, but space is limited. You can view the address online with captions here.

USAC - Call for Membership Applications due February 28:

Starting February 1, through February 28, USAC will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2021 term. Being an active member of the University Staff Advisory Committee allows you to serve as an advisory body to senior leadership and a voice for the 25,000+ staff members from all seven Ohio State campuses and research centers. Interested in applying? For application information, visit

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


Continuum (Winter 2017/18)

Gates Foundation grant will help improve nutrition, food safety and child health (Global One Health Initiative)

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