CD Wire - March 5, 2018

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

NACDEP Awards 2018

Thank you to everyone who submitted examples of their best work for NACDEP peer recognition in 2018. Congratulations to the following Ohio NACDEP members:

  • Excellence in CD Work: Individual (Lucente for Business Retention & Expansion)
  • Excellence in CD Work: Team (Alber Enterprise Center for Putting Elders First: Connections that Impact Ohioans in Senior Living Communities)
  • Cross-Program: Individual (Alber Enterprise Center for Crossing Boundaries: Collaborating for Ohioans in Senior Living Communities)
  • Educational Technology: Team (Fox and Gaston for Extension in the City Highlights)
  • Innovation and Creativity: Team (OSU Extension CD personnel for Raising Awareness and Expanding Our Reach Using a Weekly Blog)

Winners are reminded to submit to NACDEP (via the NACDEP webpage) for national consideration by 11:59 PM, Monday, March 5th.

North Central Impact Reporting – Please Respond by April 6

As in previous years, we have the opportunity to contribute our Ohio data to the North Central Indicators Report for 2018. The due date this year is April 6.

How do you participate? Please take a few minutes to provide figures that apply to your work (in some cases, well-informed estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine). You can enter your figures into the downloadable Excel file, save, and send to me ( I’ll aggregate and send the Ohio report to be included in the larger North Central CD Program report.

Spending 10 minutes or so to reflect, locate existing data/report files or estimate if needed, and plug in numbers is probably about right. And, if you are wondering whether your participation matters, know that Brent Elrod, our USDA NIFA Program Leader, indicated that our reporting efforts enabled USDA to direct additional funding to the rural development centers (ours would be the NCRCRD) to support continued innovative and multi-state programming in the region. These dollars have supported the North Central Small Grants and Interstate Grants programs from which we have been awarded more than $100,000 over the past 7 years!

Farewell, Lauren Vargo

I regret to inform you that Lauren’s role as Cuyahoga County Extension’s Produce Perks Program Coordinator draws to a close. As Lauren said, it truly has been a wonderful two years of learning, growing, and working together. She most recently noted that,

“Being a part of the Community Development staff has been a highlight during my time with Extension. Thank you for your acceptance of a graduate student, who two years ago was unsure of her professional direction or purpose with Extension. The tools CD has given me to understand my strengths, contribute my opinions, and develop professional development skills – I will cherish them. While I am disappointed to no longer continue planning for the 2018 NACDEP Conference, I know it will come together seamlessly and be a wonderful display of Cleveland and the OSUE CD staff.”

Thank you, Lauren. Your confidence is most appreciated!

I am hopeful that Lauren’s time with OSU Extension is just the beginning. And that while she may take her training and experience gained over these past two years elsewhere, we may eventually be able to work with her again. Lauren’s last day with OSU will be March 7. After that date, you may contact her at Best wishes to Lauren in her new endeavors!



Dialogue: A New Kind of Conversation – Series begins March 6:

John Glenn College of Public Affairs and WOSU Public Media are proud to present Dialogue: A New Kind of Conversation Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. 

The launch of this new series will feature NPR's Sam Sanders discussing “The New Age of Entrepreneurship” with Tanisha Robinson, CEO of BrewDog USA, and Merry Korn, president/CEO of Pearl Interactive Network. Seating is limited. Register here. Remember to complete an eRequest before registering.

Sun Safety In-Service – March 14:

A Sun Safety In-Service will be held March 14 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center’s Gehres Room from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Cost is $20 per person. Register here by March 8. View the agenda here.

Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair - April 26:

This year's Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair will be held on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fisher Exhibit Areas on the Wooster campus. The Green Fair features a green car cruise-in, 70’ solar trailer, drive thru recycling and many exciting new exhibits. Renewable Energy Workshop topics include: 

  • rural energy
  • community solar initiatives
  • going green at Buehlers
  • and more - see flyer

North Central Leadership Conference - April 30-May 2:

Registration is now open for the Extension North Central Leadership Conference April 30 - May 2 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center located in East Lansing, Michigan. The hotel is located in the heart of Michigan State University’s campus. The local planning committee is working hard to offer you a great conference that allows for personal and professional development, networking, and fun.

Early-bird registration is $275 until midnight April 1, at which time it will increase to $325. The hotel block is available until April 2; book your room early. For your travel plans, the Conference will start with registration from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.

This year's Conference will feature a terrific lineup of presentations contributing to this year's theme, Pure Leadership: Moving Extension Forward into the 21st Century. The Conference continues to remain true to its mission in supporting emerging and existing Extension professionals in administrative and management roles in the North Central Region. The Conference aims to strengthen your capacity to support and encourage customer-focused programs; create a climate where you can succeed and contribute; and allow you the space to network with professionals that model a culture of excellence. Click here to register and view the conference website.

National Conference on Diversity, Race, and Learning - May 7-8:

Remaining Vigilant: Creating & Flourishing with Diversity & Inclusion in a New Era, the National Conference on Diversity, Race, and Learning, will be held May 7 - 8 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Featured speaker is Candi Castleberry Singleton, VP of Intersectionality, Culture and Diversity, Twitter. 


9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-Conference Diversity Training
The Ohio State University, Hale Hall, 154 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. returns as featured trainer along with other selected expert trainers

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Special Dinner w/Distinguished Keynote
Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive, Columbus, OH


7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ohio State University Fawcett Conference Center
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH
Including: Morning Charge, Featured Keynote Address and 18 Dynamic Breakout Sessions

Click here for more information and to register.



2018 ESP Call for Proposals due March 15:

The ESP Professional Development Committee is seeking proposals for scholarly presentations for the 2018 ESP Professional Development Webinar Series and the 2018 ESP National Conference, “Vast Prairies – Endless Possibilities,” to be hosted by Kansas’ Alpha Rho Chapter – October 1-4. Visit the ESP website for online submission links. Click here for more information about submissions.

American Evaluation Association - Call for Proposals due March 15:

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is now accepting session proposal submissions for Evaluation 2018 - Speaking Truth to Power

Taking place October 28 – November 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, Evaluation 2018 is AEA’s Annual Conference that focuses on best practices and trends impacting the field of evaluation and evaluative research. Don’t miss this opportunity to present in front of a global audience of more than 3,000 colleagues. All submissions are due March 15.

The phrase “speaking truth to power” has a variety of origins, but social justice activists, clergy, academics, journalists, politicians, and evaluators all agree: it describes the act of taking a stand, speaking out. This year’s theme, Speaking Truth to Power, is sure to prompt lively, critical conversation about the role of evaluators and evaluation – and, by submitting a proposal, you can contribute to this important dialogue. Consider these questions as catalysts for your presentations, panels, posters, and even performances and other creative session formats for Evaluation 2018:

  • What responsibilities do we have as evaluators for Speaking Truth to Power?
  • When?
  • In what contexts or situations?
  • With what consequences?
  • At what risk or cost?
  • To whom, with what expectations?

Submit your proposal on a topic following one of these presentation types: panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill building workshops, ignite sessions, and birds of a feather gatherings. Both creative thinking and variety in submissions will be considered. Visit the AEA website to get started. You must be logged into your AEA account to submit a proposal. (If you do not have an AEA account, you can become a member, or create a non-member account, or student non-member account.) If you have any questions or need assistance in submitting your proposal, view the Proposal FAQ or contact the education team members, Lauren Lawson, Derrick Williams, and Katherine Neal directly at or 202-367-1166.

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association & IMPLAN National User’s Conference – Call for Papers due April 1:

The 49th annual conference of the Mid-Continent Regional Science and the 12th Biennial IMPLAN National User’s Conference will be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, June 6-8. 

The program committee welcomes papers on a wide range of topics relating to applied economics, planning, geography, business, public administration, sociology, and political science. The deadline for abstract submission is April 1. Click here for information about the MCRSA/IMPLAN conference. Registration is now open.

IMPLAN will offer their Introductory Training Workshop Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday June 6. IMPLAN also will offer a special four-hour Advanced IMPLAN Symposium during the morning, Wednesday, June 6. During the afternoon on Wednesday, June 6, IMPLAN will offer two consecutive 2-hour free demos of the new IMPLAN platform. Attendees will receive a free trial of the new platform.



State of Academic Affairs - March 8:

Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron will reflect on the progress of the past year and look at opportunities for the coming year when he delivers the annual State of Academic Affairs address to the University Senate.

The address is Thursday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Saxbe Auditorium of Drinko Hall. Seating is limited, but the event will be streamed live online at

Update - Activities and Programs with Minor Participants:

There will be a few essential changes moving forward for the Activities and Programs with Minor Participants. A new web-based app will be used to track compliance with policy requirements for all CFAES (including Extension) employees, students, and non 4-H volunteers working in activities and programs with minor participants, which means you will not be sending in any training certificates, documents, etc. 

Extension employees and any CFAES students working in our programs who need to comply with the policy requirements can expect to receive email communications from “OSU Minors Policy,” in addition to those sent by Mariah ( and/or Kirk ( Those individuals will receive email communications later this spring and will be able to:

  • use DocuSign to agree to uphold the Standards of Behavior
  • use BuckeyeLearn to complete required annual training (for those who will have care, custody, or control of minors)
  • have their background check linked to their annual standards of behavior and training completion record when they are due for their “every 4-year” check

NOTE: 4-H programming will continue to use 4HOnline to track and report on 4-H volunteers and programs.

Refer to Kirk Bloir's email of February 12 for complete details.

Call for judges for 23rd Annual Denman Forum:

The 23rd Annual Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum will take place Tuesday, April 5, at the Ohio Union, featuring 750 students who are presenting findings from their research and/or creative endeavors throughout the day. Faculty, professional staff, postdoctoral associates and graduate students are encouraged to serve as judges for student projects. Read more about judging.

FAES and Brand Website Redesign and CFAES Identity Launch:

You may have noticed the redesign and new branding on all our college websites! With that, comes new branding requirements.

Read about the new CFAES brand requirements, including the CFAES tag, on the new, improved brand website. Remember, nothing gets published, printed or posted without pre-approval from the Brand Approval Team!

Introducing Workday:

As part of the Enterprise Project, Ohio State is implementing Workday, a cloud-based application that will modernize the university’s finance, human resources, payroll and student information systems and processes. It will replace PeopleSoft, eLeave, HR Action and other commonly used administrative systems. Benefits for the university community include an enhanced mobile device experience, sophisticated data analytics and reporting, increased visibility into processes and more frequent technology updates. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


OSU South Centers Connections Newsletter (Winter 2018 Achievements Edition)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (February 2018)

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (February 2018)


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