CD Wire - February 19, 2018

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Welcome Marlee Stollar!

We are excited to have Marlee Stollar join the state CD office, officially starting on February 12 after returning from a six-week study abroad experience in Brazil.

Marlee is a second-year student from Marietta, Ohio studying Agricultural Communication within the Department of ACEL. She is also pursuing a double minor in Agribusiness and Professional Writing and brings recent experiences with Congressman Bill Johnson’s office and the Ohio Soybean Council.

In her spare time she studies leadership as a member of Alpha Zeta Partners Professional Honorary Fraternity; serves as a peer mentor for freshmen enrolled in CFAES; and handles Education Committee Chair duties for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT). She is also involved in the Alpha Sigma Upsilon sorority as Public Relations Co-Chair and loves teaching others about agriculture.

2018 CD State In-Service Dates

Please hold the following dates for continued discussion of the designEXT initiative, including more in-depth conversations regarding program teams and their plans of work:

  • April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Ag Admin 250
  • September 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center / International Room

In addition to conference planning, the April 5 date will include a get-acquainted/reacquainted visit with colleagues in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) who have also graciously volunteered to host us!

Please hold these dates and look for additional information on the April 5 date in a few weeks.

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 available (due May 1 for spring), 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.



National Extension Web Mapping Tool Webinar - February 22:

National Extension Web Mapping Tool (NEWT) Webinar
February 22 at 2 p.m.

The National Extension Web Mapping Tool (NEWT) is designed to be user-friendly for extension professionals who have no Geographic Information System (GIS) experience, but will also be useful for those familiar with GIS. NEWT provides relevant spatial data at a variety of scales (national, state, county) in a variety of formats (maps, tables, graphs) which can be useful for planning and prioritizing program topics. This webinar will explore the rationale and approach behind the development of NEWT, will demonstrate how NEWT can be used today by Extension professionals, and will provide details about how to help guide the future of the NEWT. Learn more or register for the February 22 webinar here.

Creating a Stellar PowerPoint Presentation - Webinar February 22:

A Zoom webinar, Designing for Impact: Creating a stellar PowerPoint presentation, will be held Thursday, February 22 at 3 p.m. 

Educators have been using PowerPoint in educational programming for decades, and while some educators consider a PowerPoint presentations fundamental to programming, others consider it overused and often underwhelming. Join Danae Wolfe, Educational Technology Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, to learn the basics of great slide design, as well as how to use PowerPoint for maximum impact. There is no registration fee, and the program is open to all.

This opportunity is offered by NAEPSDP (National Association for Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals). 

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Click this URL to join:

Or join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968
Webinar ID: 840 454 865

Fisher Leadership Initiative Leadership Research Presentations - February 22:

The Fisher Leadership Initiative invites the Ohio State community to witness cutting-edge presentations by recipients of Leadership Research grants administered by the Leadership Initiative. In its inaugural year, the Leadership Research Grant Program awarded $55,424 to 12 recipients from eight colleges across the university, including several cross-disciplinary initiatives. Presentations will be held on Thursday, February 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. in 140 Pfahl Hall. Everyone is welcome. For complete information, including presentation listing, click here.

Leadership Ohio - Application deadline March 1:

If your vision of your future includes building your career with OSU Extension, and learning more about the state of Ohio, then the Leadership Ohio experience may be just the opportunity you need.

Leadership Ohio is an annual eight-session program designed to help participants learn about and experience:

  • Opening Retreat (April 20 and 21, Oberlin)
  • Government in Ohio (May 17 and 18, Columbus)
  • Ohio History (June 15 and 16, Marietta)
  • Regionalism and Economic Development (July 20 and 21, Cincinnati)
  • Military System and Education (August 17 and 18, Dayton)
  • Arts and Culture (September 21 and 22, Toledo)
  • Manufacturing in Ohio (October 19 and 20, Lima)
  • Urbanism and Medical Business – graduation – (November 16 and 17, Cleveland)

Absence of more than a total of two calendar days will render the candidate ineligible for graduation with his or her class.

Interested educators, program staff, and specialists can apply by responding in 300 words or less to the question: “Why I am an ideal candidate for Leadership Ohio 2018.” To be considered for the 2018 class, send your answer to Ken Martin ( by March 1. OSU Extension is sponsoring two participants for the 2018 Leadership Ohio class. Your narrative will be reviewed by members of OSU Extension Administrative Cabinet, and two individuals will be supported if they submit a Leadership Ohio application form and are accepted into the 2018 class. Applicants must send a personal check for $100 as an application fee. The tuition fee of $3,100 and travel and lodging expenses will be covered by OSU Extension administration.

You can learn more about the program at, view the application, and direct questions to past participants, including Ken Martin, Lisa McCutcheon, Kate Shumaker, Katie Feldhues and Tony Staubach. View an informational video that was prepared by 2017 participants, Tony Staubach and Katie Feldhues. 

Next EPN Breakfast Deals with Land Use Planning for Flood Risk Reduction - March 6:

The next EPN Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center beginning at 7:15. This combined EPN and WMAO (Waste Management Association of Ohio) Breakfast program will address the issue of flooding from a national, state and local perspective.

From the near failure of the Oroville Dam, California, to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston, to flooding impacts within Ohio communities, our country faces challenges in dealing with land use planning for flood risk reduction. Chad Berginnis (Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers) will address national flood laws, such as the National Flood Insurance Act and Water Resources Development Act, as a tool in protecting U.S. citizens. In addition, he’ll discuss last year’s events that brought flood management dynamics into national focus and the impacts of climate change and the coming coastal crisis that we will experience this century.

Through an extended program, in conjunction with the Water Management Association of Ohio, Cynthia J. Crecelius (Principal of CC Consults) and Shawn Arden (Associate with EMH&T), will focus on state-specific flooding issues and management. Every state has a unique combination of factors that it must consider to manage flood risks. Ohio communities are responsible for adopting appropriate implementation strategies to position themselves to manage future flood risks. These flood management activities must be compatible with state and local authorities, as well as with the local political culture and natural floodplain functions and resources.

Click here for complete information and to register for the breakfast or the full program including breakfast.

Faculty P&T Workshop - April 4:

Registration is now available for the 2018 Extension Faculty Promotion and Tenure Workshop to be held on Wednesday, April 4, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center International Room. 

Probationary faculty are encouraged to attend as well as those considering a promotion request in the next few years. Non-faculty educators who may be interested in requesting a faculty position are also encouraged to attend. Lunch and light morning refreshments will be provided. Refer to the agenda for more details. Register by Monday, March 26.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars:

"Farmer to non-Farmer - The Role of Farmer Identity on Conservation"
March 20 at 3 p.m. EST
Presented by: Eric Toman (The Ohio State University)

"More than Opioids: The Social Determinants of Drug Overdose and Related Despair in Rural and Small City America"
March 29 at 20 p.m. EST
Presented by: Shannon M. Monnat (Syracuse University)


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

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:

  • The National Extension Web Mapping Tool (NEWT) - Thursday, February 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Soil Health and Water Quality - Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
  • Programming for Clientele with Developmental Disabilities - Thursday, March 22 at 1 p.m.



AFHVS/ASFS Conference (June 13-16) - Abstracts due February 22:

This is the joint annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society. It will be held June 13-16 and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, with campus and community partners.

This conference is an invitation to engage with the political and governance issues that arise in agricultural and food systems. Giving voice to these issues is fundamental to resolving them, so that we may better function in harmony with natural systems—while ensuring economic viability, food security, and the sovereignty of all people.

2018 Conference Submissions: Agroecology links scientific inquiry, practical arts, and transformative social action to develop food systems that are fair and resilient. The conference program will highlight necessary changes to the design and management of our food systems so that we may adjust human systems to better function within the limits of natural systems, ensuring economic viability, food security, and the sovereignty of all people. The conference planning committee invites presentations and posters addressing this topic, as well as broader issues facing agriculture, food, values, human-environment interaction, and more.

Abstracts for papers and posters are due February 22. Authors will be notified by March 15 of acceptance. All presenters must be registered for the conference by May 1 to be included in the conference program, and be current members of one of the societies.

Abstracts (400-word limit) can be submitted here. Learn more about the conference here. For questions regarding abstracts or program content, please contact:

ESC Conference Call for Proposals due March 16:

The 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) conference is accepting proposals for presentations that inform or advance the study and practice of engaged scholarship in higher education through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective modes of community-engaged learning curricula and other areas. Proposals are due Friday, March 16. The conference will be held in Minneapolis October 2-3. Ohio State is a founding member of ESC. Read more.



Extension Area Leader Appointment Process Update:

Letters of expression of interest for the Extension, Area Leader roles are now being accepted. As a reminder, only Extension Educators are eligible for this role as it is an administrative appointment attached to an Extension Educator position. If you are interested in being considered and acquiring more information on the duties, stipend, and application process, please send a message to and a packet of information and instructions will be sent to you within 24 hours. Letters of expression of interest are due no later than March 1. Feel free to contact Jackie Wilkins with questions related to the role or process.

CFAES IT Services Survey - Please Answer by February 23:

This week the CFAES IT Services team is conducting a simple survey of all CFAES faculty and staff about satisfaction with various aspects of IT Services. They will use this new tool periodically to monitor quality, make adjustments where needed, and ensure the team is providing services that are meeting your needs. It is five questions, and will only take a few minutes. Please complete the survey by 5 p.m. Friday, February 23. Your feedback will help them as they move forward. Continue to check the CFAES IT Transformation Project website for updates. Take the survey.

Housing Counseling Approved for 10 OSU Extension Offices:

Homebuyer education and counseling is now being offered by OSU Extension educators and program staff in 10 locations.

Associate Professor Cäzilia Loibl, Consumer Sciences, led efforts, together with Assistant Professor Lauren Jones and a team of 14 OSU Extension faculty and staff across the state, to obtain official approval for housing counseling for 10 additional OSU Extension offices from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The approval was granted and certifies the high standards in homebuyer education and counseling offered by OSU Extension educators and program staff. The HUD approved county offices are now listed on the HUD website of approved housing counseling agencies.

State of Research Address/Innovator of the Year Awards - March 6:

Randy Moses, interim senior vice president for research, will deliver the state of research address Tuesday, March 6, at 8:30 a.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union. The address will present 2017 research highlights and set the stage for aligning the Office of Research with the university’s strategic plan. Innovator of the Year awards will immediately follow the address. Open to the entire research community. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Monthly (February 2018)

Research News (February 2018)

Community Engagement Conference helps develop meaningful partnerships for health (OSU News)

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