CD Wire - April 2, 2018

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Welcome to Brooke Beam

Welcome to Brooke Beam, who officially started March 26 as the Highland County ANR/CD educator. Brooke is a recent graduate of OSU’s Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) where she specialized in Agricultural Communication and earned a PhD in Agriculture and Extension Education. She is a seventh generation family farmer with experience in beef, sheep, turkey, and llama livestock, as well as corn, soybean, sunflower, and maple syrup production. She has also interned in the Wilmington field office for U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers and has particular interest in e-Commerce and marketing strategies.

Brooke joins Dave Dugan in Adams County and together, they are charged with concentrating their efforts in partnership with a new ANR/CD educator position to be filled in Brown County. The Brown County position is currently posted and can be found here (close date is 4/15/18). State screening is scheduled for May 2.

NOTE: The Noble CD educator position posting closed April 1. State screening interviews are scheduled for April 18.

Every Gift Tells a Story 

For past, present, and future contributors to the Community Development Extension Support Fund (# 308100), this 2018 Campus Campaign theme rings true. Contributions support continued investment in worthy OSU ventures. Contributions to our support fund in particular, help support the costs of professional development. Contributions to this fund are helping to offset the costs of continued professional growth for three colleagues in the coming months, and each has a story to tell:

  • Jill Bartolotta will be participating in the upcoming NACDEP Conference in Cleveland where she will be making two presentations, leading a pre-conference workshop, and helping support on-site logistics.
  • Nicole Debose will be enrolling in a training program to strengthen her knowledge, skills and abilities to cultivate programming collaborations designed and sustained from a collective impact perspective.
  • Amanda Osborne plans to pursue LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council, specializing in Green Housing and Neighborhood Development.

Thank you to contributors to this support fund. Your contributions are an investment in colleagues and the communities we support. Congrats to Amanda, Jill, and Nicole! Plan to learn more from them and build your capacity!

Campus Campaign 2018

Campus Campaign is the annual eight-week effort designed to generate awareness of the various ways employees can support the programs and aspects of OSU they find most meaningful. Contributions are encouraged during this two month period, but can be made any time throughout the year. You can make a one-time contribution via credit card, make changes to your existing payroll allocations, and view your personal contribution record by going to the ‘Give Online/Search for Funds’ button found here. To see a list of FAQs pertaining to the Campus Campaign, go here. To contribute to our very own CD Support Fund (308100 - the fund from which our Professional Development Support scholarships originate), enter 308100 in the ‘Search for Funds’ box.



Robocalypse Now — Does Technology Threaten Employment? - April 3:

The Technology COMPAS Program presents Anna Salomons on Tuesday, April 3, in Thompson Library 165 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Her discussion is titled "Robocalypse Now — Does Technology Threaten Employment?" The event is free.

Rapid advances in machine capabilities have raised public concerns that human labor is becoming obsolete— but are these fears becoming a reality? Canonical economic theory says no, but much recent economic theory says ‘maybe’— that is, the demand for labor may be reduced as technology increasingly encroaches on human job tasks. This talk will provide an overview of the debate and show empirical evidence of the labor market impacts of technological progress. In doing so, it considers the effects of advancing technology on overall employment, on the availability of jobs for workers of different skill types, and on wage inequality. 

Anna Salomons is Professor of Employment and Inequality at Utrecht University. At this time she is a visiting faculty fellow at Boston University's Technology & Research Policy Initiative.

CFAES Water Quality Task Force-Open Forum Dates - April 4-12: 

The CFAES Water Quality Task Force seeks input from college faculty and staff to help design a future Water Quality Initiative (WQI) for the college. 

These open forums are an opportunity to get your input about:

  • What types of water quality issues or challenges should be a focus for the WQI?
  • What should the college WQI do? How can it best support your work on water quality?

RSVP is encouraged to help plan for seating & refreshments; and to email the ZOOM meeting link, if applicable. Contact information: Andrew Bahrou ( View program flyer

Columbus Campus - 2 dates
Agricultural Admin. Bldg. Auditorium
Wednesday, April 4 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 12 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Wooster Campus
Research Services Building, Room 130
Friday, April 6 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

ZOOM “Virtual” Forum
ZOOM Meeting # 789611552 or Link
Monday, April 9 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Great Lakes Annual Report - Timeline and Next Steps - Suggestions and feedback due April 13: 

View an updated version of the 2017 climate summary incorporating feedback received to-date. This version can be used for external review, to share with your colleagues and networks. While seeking any general feedback, there are two specific requests:

  • Request for photos demonstrating climatic events, with the original source and permission to use it.
  • Request for additions to the 'New Research, Applications, and Activities' section. Suggestions should be 1-2 sentence summaries of why the research/activity is interesting, along with the reference information. Please note there is limited space and all suggestions may not be included, but they will aim to include a variety of disciplines and locations.

All feedback and suggestions should be sent to Jenna Jorns ( and/or Kim Channell ( by Friday, April 13.

Register for Innovate 2018 – May 11: 

The ever-changing technology landscape compels educators to rethink how we are teaching students and how they consume information. Join educators from across the nation to explore the future of teaching and learning with technology at the Innovate 2018 conference Friday, May 11, at the Ohio Union. The theme is Forward. Discussion will take place through three threads: access, technology advancements and learning environments  Register.

2018 ITGA City and University Relations Conference – May 29 - June 1:

The 2018 ITGA City and University Relations Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29 to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, June 1 in Columbus, Ohio. 

Are you interested in the collaboration between universities and the cities they reside in? Register now for the 2018 ITGA City and University Relations Conference. As a conference attendee, you will be able to network and participate in sessions about innovation in town and gown relations. Learn from peers and showcase the best things Columbus and Ohio State have to offer and discover how to enhance your work in our communities. Special rate for Ohio residents. Read more/register. 



Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water - Applications due September 26:

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water (FEW). It is imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide a growing demand for food, water, and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services.

The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus and improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. This interagency cooperation allows the partner agencies-National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)-to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions.

Applications are due September 26. Learn more.



North Central Region Water Issues Survey:

The purpose of this survey is to enhance the development of 1862 (i.e., state land grant institutions) and 1994 (i.e., tribal colleges and universities) collaboration on water initiatives across the North Central Region. 

A team from across 1862 and 1994 land-grant institutions worked together to develop this survey as a follow up to an in-person water summit in Lawrence, KS in May of 2017. The survey is intended for administrators, faculty, extension educators, researchers or staff who may have an interest in participating in water-related collaborative work. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Survey link.

If you have any questions about this survey feel free to reach out to Amber Mase, Evaluation Specialist at 608-890-0718 or If you have questions about this workgroup, please contact Charlie Barden at 785-532-1444 or

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


CFAES Monthly (March 2018)

Twine Line (March 2018)

eXtension News Roundup (March 2018)

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (March 2018)

Latinx Communities Creating Home in the Midwest (March 2018)

WOSU Receives Major Grant to Advance Career Readiness (March 2018)

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