CD Wire - May 14, 2018

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NACDEP Conference - The Countdown Continues!

Four weeks from now, we’ll be in Cleveland surrounded by our CD colleagues from throughout the U.S. As I write this, I am imagining we have kicked off the conference with a warm Ohio welcome and we are enjoying the informal ‘catch up’ time that is traditionally Sunday evening. The Travelin’ Johnsons are playing to a lively crowd of NACDEP’ers gathered in Shucker’s, where various members of our OSU CD ‘Dream Team’ are enjoying the ambience and casually conferring, running down their game plans for Monday morning and the days ahead. The excitement that is felt among our CD team members for what is to come is balanced by a calm confidence.

About four years ago, we seriously thought about hosting the NACDEP conference. We actually proposed holding it in Cleveland about a year or so later. And, after learning that Ohio was selected, we read our way through Urban Meyer’s Above the Line book. Largely focused on leadership and working as a team, the book’s key points and take-aways were the inspiration for regular ‘book club-like’ discussions on our CD Facebook chat page and at our CD meetings in 2016. That being said, why did we read this book?

Meyer talks about the value of practicing hard as a way to get better. Our conference planning has provided us new opportunities to practice our interpersonal and leadership skills with colleagues and a variety of others. In theory, and Meyer also believes, more practice should make us better. We’ve had numerous individual and team practice opportunities in our work across the various conference subcommittees. As we work toward June 10-13 in Cleveland, we are still ‘practicing’ these aspects of our ‘game,’ so to speak, in preparation for the big event.

With respect to NACDEP conference planning, each of us has had a variety of roles to play up to this point. Many of us have already been tasked with specific conference responsibilities. It is all but certain that there will be additional assignments made in the coming weeks (in fact, the pre-conference and Tuesday afternoon workshop leaders are meeting today).

Mark your calendars for a NACDEP conference planning team meeting and update on Wednesday, May 30, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. via Zoom (connection details will be forthcoming). And remember, we have four more weeks to practice!

CFAES Business Office Closure

On Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22, the CFAES Business Office (both Columbus and Wooster locations) will be closed as staff participate in a two-day retreat. Voice mail, email, and university systems (eRequest, eTravel) will not be closely monitored during these days. Time-sensitive requests should be submitted/received in the Business Office the week prior (May 14-18). Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, May 23.

Youth Leadership Guest Speaker Wanted June 21

Devin Pollick, a Public Health Educator with the Erie County Health Department, is seeking a youth speaker for the SPARK (Students Preventing Abuse & Raising Knowledge) retreat on Thursday, June 21 from 1 - 2 p.m. Through SPARK, students work on ways to prevent their peers from using drugs, tobacco and/or alcohol in their school communities.

Devin is looking for a facilitator to train active youth in the group on leadership skill development. Please contact Angie Holmes, at if interested in facilitating this training.



Community and Land Use Impacts from Climate Change Webinar - June 7:

On Thursday, June 7, there will be a webinar from 1 - 2 p.m. on how communities' land use decisions can impact and respond to a changing climate. The webinar's three speakers will share examples from various communities and may touch on agriculture and food, infrastructure systems, the link with smart growth and sustainability, and environmental protection.

In addition, each speaker will discuss how climate change is expected to affect their various states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). Our own Tom Blaine will be the first panelist, and other speakers are Jim Shortle and Jim LaGro. To learn more about the webinar and to access the link, click here.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars - June 4 and June 19:

Workforce Development in Extension
Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 3 p.m
Presented by: Kenneth Sherin (South Dakota State University) and Cheryl Burkhart Kriesel (University of Nebraska)

Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Driver of the Opioid Epidemic
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Michael Brumage (West Virginia University)

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

SBIR Small Grant Workshops - June 19 and June 21:

On Tuesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 21, there will be two small grant workshops to educate potential candidates to receive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants through the USDA. Candidates would start with an idea in the concept stage that they believe could add value in one of the USDA SBIR grant topic areas (American Agriculture, Rural Health Care, Rural Communities, or the Environment). These topic areas are spelled out more fully on the USDA SBIR grant website. This event is free. For registration information and links, please check out the event flyer.

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:

  • All Hands on Deck! Developing Culturally Alert Communication in Relationships - Thursday, May 24 at 11 a.m.
  • Workforce Development in Extension - Monday, June 4 at 3 p.m.



North Central Region Water Initiatives Survey Request - Complete by May 18:

Please consider completing the Qualtrics survey to assess the level of interest and collaboration on water initiatives across the North Central Region, with Tribal Colleges and State Land Grants. Feel free to forward this email to others in your organization. The survey will close Friday, May 18!

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. 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. 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)

Research News (May 2018)

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