CD Wire - February 5, 2018

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Making Connections and Celebrating Excellence

Our recent professional association meetings and annual conference provided an ideal opportunity for us to pause and recognize our individual, team, and organizational accomplishments. The gathering helped to remind us of the variety of research, teaching, and service contributions that are being made, and provided a forum to learn more about the designEXT initiative underway.

Director Roger Rennekamp and others shared updates on the continuing designEXT efforts and an informal Q&A chat was held on Tuesday evening. You can see the most recent material posted here including the FAQs.

If you were able to participate in the two-day Community Engagement Conference at the Ohio Union, you were also exposed to literally hundreds of potential new program partners from a wide variety of departments and units across campus. I sensed a significant degree of curiosity and sharing surrounding the various posters and presentations and believe the keynote speakers and panelists were thought-provoking as well. If you would like to review the goodies that were shared, I believe there are plans to share the material online soon. The Donna Shalala lecture is now posted online for your viewing.   

Once more, I would also like to recognize the individuals listed below for their specific contributions and accomplishments in 2017. Congratulations!

Awards and Recognition:

Becky Nesbitt – Raymond A Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award
Godwin Apaliyah – CD Early Career Award (0-10 years)
Susan Colbert – CD Mid-Career Award (10-20 years)
Brian Raison – CD Distinguished Service (+20 years)  STATE WINNER

Leadership Positions - 2018:

Amanda Osborne – NACDEP (OH) President
Meghan Thoreau – NACDEP (OH) President-Elect
Cindy Bond – ESP (OH) President

CD Meetings in 2018 - Respond to Poll by February 9

If you have not already, please check your calendars and respond to an online poll regarding potential 2018 CD meeting dates by Friday, February 9. Please note in the poll that the proposed JULY 17 date is a post-NACDEP conference celebratory meeting to include an afternoon baseball game with the Columbus Clippers.

NACDEP Award Applications due February 12

Peer recognition of your good work is possible via award applications. Don’t miss the NACDEP awards opportunity described by Amanda Osborne, Ohio NACDEP President. See her detailed instructions shared in an email dated January 30. For more information, please contact Amanda or Meghan Thoreau (Ohio NACDEP President-elect).

Scholarship Opportunities for Professional Development and Conference Attendance



Grant Development Support Unit Upcoming Educational Sessions:

The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) is hosting several educational sessions that are free and open to interested faculty, staff, and students. 

Click here for complete information about these sessions and to register, as well as to view a full listing of upcoming events on the GDSU calendar.

Data Management Basics for Agricultural Data
February 13 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus)

Team Science
March 21 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Kottman Hall 200 (Columbus)

Initial Submissions and Buck IRB
April 10 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus)

Introduction to Cayuse424
May 10 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Video-linked: Research Services 130 (Wooster), Agricultural Administration 250A (Columbus)

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars:

"Redefining Rural Food Deserts by Transportation Networks"
March 13, 2018 – 2 p.m. EST

"Fiscal Stress after the Great Recession: A Study of Rural Counties in the U.S."
March 14 at 1 p.m. EST


Click here for complete information on these and other upcoming webinars, as well as the webinar link.

Register Now for OSU Leadership Summit - March 28:

Registration is now open for the OSU Leadership Summit, "Connecting Campus & Community Leadership," to be held Wednesday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Ohio Union. 

Early-bird registration ($75) deadline is February 19; regular registration ($90) is February 20 - March 19. For OSU employees, an approved eRequest is required to register; use internal vendor OSU Extension Event Services.

Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and The Potential Principle will be the featured keynote. A distinguished panel of local dignitaries will share their views for finding connections between university departments and civic organizations to strengthen the potential of our communities. For complete information, view the flyer

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference - April 25-27:

The 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27. 

Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene a diverse group of food service professionals, farmers, educators, students, representatives from nonprofits and government agencies, public health professionals and more for three days of learning, networking and movement building. The conference is designed for school districts looking to start or expand a Farm to School program, consumers who want to learn more about local food opportunities, as well as farmers and producers looking for ways to sell fresh, local foods to schools and other institutional cafeterias. Early bird registration by March 9 is $250. After March 9, the registration fee increases to $300.

To register or for information on scholarships to attend the conference, as well as other discounted admissions, click here. For more information about the Ohio focused preconference, contact Amy Fovargue at 740-398-8397 or Read the CFAES news article here.  



University Engagement Recognition Award Applications due February 28:

The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life, and Undergraduate Education recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Engagement Recognition Awards program. A total of $17,500 will be awarded in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. Applications are due Wednesday, February 28. Read more.

EPA Grant Opportunities - Applications due March 15 (Informational Webinar February 21):

EPA has an RFP open now through March 15. 

Each EPA Region has a separate RFP, and the links are provided on this site. See Section C to understand the priorities, but please note that they are accepting proposals regarding the following educational priorities (there are additional considerations in the RFP):

Proposals must address at least one of these Educational Priorities to be considered eligible.

  1. Agricultural Education: Educating students of any age group and/or training their educators or community leaders on how to teach, in formal and non-formal settings, about environmental issues affecting agriculture in urban, suburban and rural communities -- in such areas as integrated pest management, nutrient management, integrated vegetation management, and air, soil and water quality issues-- and how to find creative solutions to such issues.
  2. Community Projects: Increasing public understanding of the benefits of and participation in environmental and conservation stewardship through community collaboration on water and soil quality issues, food waste management, increase of locally sourced food in farm to table systems, management of ecosystem health and/or local fire or flood prevention and fire, flood or hurricane preparedness as related to human health and environmental protection. Projects can take place in rural, suburban and urban settings, in a local formal or non-formal educational context, and use outdoor, place-based, experiential, service learning and/or community-focused stewardship activities as the primary teaching tool(s).
  3. Career Development: Educating students of any age group and/or training their educators or community leaders on how to teach, in formal and non-formal settings, about environmental and conservation issues, solutions and stewardship for the purpose of encouraging interest in careers in environmental fields, including conservation, natural resources, chemical safety, and water and air quality management fields.

Consider joining the EE Grants Program staff on a webinar to review the 2018 EE Local Grants Request for Proposals and address commonly asked questions. The presentation will be offered at 1 p.m. ET on February 21. Register here.

The webinar slides, transcript and/or a recording will be posted following the first webinar (January 31). For full information, including the Request for Proposals and Frequently Asked Questions, click here. For questions regarding the EE Grants Program, email

Applications for Faculty and Professional Learning Communities due March 5:

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is accepting applications for three learning communities through the Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Program for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Applications for the Lecturer Learning Community, Course Design Learning Community and Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community will be accepted through Monday, March 5. Members have the opportunity to connect regularly with colleagues from a multitude of disciplines to discuss teaching-related matters and focus on individual goals and/or projects. Read more.

NCRWN 2018 Capacity Building Mini Grant Proposals due March 15:

The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) 2018 Capacity Building Mini Grant request for proposals can be found here. Lead applicants must have an Extension appointment/assignment at a land-grant institution in the North Central Region. Eligible lead institutions include: University of Illinois, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Dakota State University, The Ohio State University, South Dakota State University, and University of Wisconsin. Lead applicants may enlist co-applicants and partners from other institutions and organizations.

Note that they focused on smaller-scale proposals this year (up to $7K) as well as a special call for applications related to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). HAB-related proposals are eligible for up to $20K. They are partnering with the Water Resource Research Institutes on the HAB priority and look forward to collaborating more closely with them on this important issue. Applications are due March 15.



Stone Lab Winter Program - February 19:

The 2018 Stone Lab Winter Program will be held at the Longaberger Alumni House on Ohio State’s Columbus campus on Monday, February 19 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Complete program information, including RSVP, guest speaker and silent auction items, can be found here. Guests will be able to bid on silent auction items and purchase Stone Lab merchandise to support student scholarships and learn about Stone Lab’s summer courses and field trip programs.

USAC Membership Applications due February 28:

The University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) is looking for motivated self-starters with a positive outlook for enhancing the staff experience to join the committee.

USAC advocates on behalf of Ohio State staff and is an advisory body to senior leadership. Being a member of the committee provides a platform for networking, volunteer opportunities and professional development. Submissions for new member applications are accepted through Wednesday, February 28. Apply here.

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Articles/Publications of Interest:

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



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