CD Wire - November 19, 2018

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Opportunity is Calling - Professional Association Leadership via Ohio JCEP

One of the neatest things about working in Extension is the opportunity to practice leadership. If you appreciate working with people, the opportunities are endless. If you want to couple that with the ability to deepen your understanding of the organization and advance the profession, now is the time to become a nominee for the role of CD Vice-President on the Ohio JCEP board. 

Amanda Osborne will conclude her two-year term on the Ohio JCEP board as the CD President when we meet again in January as part of the Extension annual conference. Meghan Thoreau (currently Vice President) will assume the role of President and a new VP will be elected, taking office in January 2019. 

Ohio’s professional associations have been a key player in supporting Extension professionals in the past and will most likely do so even more in the future. I especially appreciate the working relationship between these leadership positions and that of the CD AD. Working together, we make our individual efforts stronger. If you are interested in learning more about Ohio JCEP and the CD VP/President role please feel free to contact Amanda, Meghan, or me. You can also read more here.

A Time for Gratitude

Speaking of gratitude, now is the time of year when many of us make time to reflect back on all the many wonderful things we appreciate; 1) it is Thanksgiving; 2) it seems to be dark for the vast majority of the day. It is hard to imagine we are only six weeks away from 2019, but we have covered a lot of ground again this year and as has been said, time stops for no one.

As we begin to wind down what is left of 2018, it is easy for me to be reminded of our many blessings. One thing for which I am incredibly grateful is you. Your ongoing dedication, collegiality, and high-value contributions make being a part of this organization fun and exciting. Please know how very much you are appreciated. And, please have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving whatever you might have planned this week and wherever your travels may take you! Go team!!

Mandatory Online Sexual Misconduct Prevention Education Course - Must Complete during FY19

A new mandatory sexual misconduct prevention online course has been introduced to help everyone know how to identify, disrupt and report sexual misconduct. Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority and a responsibility we all share.

Annually, all faculty, staff, and student employees are required to complete the sexual misconduct prevention online course, “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct.” The interactive, easy-to-follow course takes less than 30 minutes to complete and will be available in BuckeyeLearn ( It will be assigned to every employee’s BuckeyeLearn transcript each year. Some colleges and units may also choose to annually require the “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” training (which can be completed online in a 30-minute-module or in-person in a two-hour workshop), in addition to “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” Each employee's BuckeyeLearn transcript will reflect the training required for your role (check "Active" on the first drop-down menu on your transcript page to see your required trainings). Read more.



What's Your Program Worth? - Webinar November 20:

"Evaluation Strategies for Documenting the Dollar Value of Extension Programs" will be held Tuesday, November 20, at 2 p.m. Join webinar here.

Extension stakeholders, most notably county commissioners, often need to justify their decisions to continue funding Extension and need more than evaluation data on program outcomes. They want to know the economic benefits of their Extension funding in their communities. This webinar provides two case studies of evaluation efforts to document the return on investment of Extension programming. Both of these efforts combined quantitative and qualitative methods to collect data on the dollar value of Extension programming.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars:


Dimensions of Poverty in the North Central Region of the U.S.

  • December 5 at 2 p.m. Presented by Lionel (Bo) Beaulieu, Indraneel Kumar, Andrey Zhalnin and Yong J. Kim (Purdue University).

Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here

  • December 7 at 3 p.m. Presented by Sam Quinones, Journalist and Author.

    For complete information on this webinar and other upcoming webinars, as well as the webinar link, visit here. Remember - recorded webinars can be viewed here.

    Working with the Private Sector - Workshop December 6:

    The final session for the fall GDSU Seminar Series, "Working with the Private Sector," will be held Thursday, December 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. Video-linked: 130 Research Services (Wooster) – Agricultural Administration Building 140G (Columbus). Register here.

    The university interacts with industry partners in many ways. In this session, the opportunities and advantages of engaging with private sector companies, non-profits, commodity groups, and philanthropic organizations and entrepreneurship early and often in your academic career will be discussed. Presenter: Shauna Brummet, President of BioHio.

    Leadership & Administration in Agricultural and Extension Education - Spring Semester:

    Are you interested in personal or professional development? Did you know you can take an OSU graduate course without enrolling in a grad program? Brian Raison is teaching a course on leadership and administration spring semester (January-April, 2019) on campus. OSU folks may enroll as Graduate Non-Degree and get a fee-waiver. Apply by December 31 (to allow processing and enrollment). For more information, click this link.
    AEE 8420:  Leadership and Administration in Agricultural and Extension Education
    Thursdays, 1:50-4:35 p.m. in Room AA211 - 3 credit hours. Class ID:  29513
    About the course: 
    This course focuses on putting leadership theory into practice for administration and management. We’ll closely examine your personal leadership styles in order to help you apply them in real-life settings. 
    The course is designed to familiarize current and future leaders with fundamental concepts of leadership and administration/management within Extension, education, and community organizations. Participants will:

    • Understand functions and differentiate leadership, management, and administration within your role as a leader.
    • Understand and apply selected leadership theories/frameworks to elements of organizational and program management and administration.
    • Develop or enhance skills for successful leadership and supervision of others.
    • Develop or enhance knowledge of effective personnel management and human resource development processes.
    • Develop or enhance skills to be a successful leader with administrative responsibilities.

    Note: This is a for-credit class (but employees get the OSU fee waiver). It will count toward a master’s or PhD program if you apply and are accepted into ACEL’s graduate program. Feel free to call (937-372-9971, ext. 125) or email ( Brian with any questions.

    Register Now for Community Engagement Conference & Extension Annual Conference - January 23-25:

    Registration for the Community Engagement Conference is now open. This conference is designed to provide faculty, staff, students and community partners with opportunities for professional development and networking related to engagement. The theme of this year's conference is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future. Learn more.

    • Early Registration November 15-December 7 - $85.00
    • Regular Registration December 8-January 4 - $95.00
    • Late Registration January 5-January 11 - $105.00
    • Student Registration - $30.00 for two-day or $20 for one-day

    Extension Employees - Your total fee will depend on range of events attended. See below for Extension specific costs, which are in addition to the above Community Engagement Conference costs.

    Please note - The awards ceremony on January 24 and post-conference on January 25 are designed for Extension professionals. The January 24 awards ceremony has a fee of $35 that will be applied if you select to attend this session. The post-conference on January 25 also has a fee of $35 that will be applied if you select to attend. The total to attend both events is $70. Please select the most applicable admission item on page 3 of registration for your attendance at the Community Engagement Conference, Extension Awards Banquet, and Extension Annual Conference.

    All Ohio State University Employees - Please note, all payments made via university chartfield must have an accompanying Internal Order eRequest with selected internal vendor “OSU Extension Event Services.” Please enter your eRequest number where prompted. All chartfield payments will be processed after the event dates.

    Because registration will be paid via eRequest to an internal vendor, only those staying overnight in Columbus will need T#s. If you plan to drive back and forth each day, you will charge your mileage to your blanket T# on your January in-state transportation log in eTravel. EVERYONE will need an eRequest to pay registration; but only those on overnight travel will need T#s.

    Helpful Resources:

    Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions: 

    eXtension Learn Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for upcoming webinar sessions. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

    Topics include:

    • Reducing Tree (and soil!) Damage During Construction - Thursday, December 13 at 2 p.m.



    BETHA Grant Competition Proposals due November 27:

    Full-time assistant, associate and full professors at Ohio State are invited to submit proposals for the 2019 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment awards. The annual competition, funded by Battelle Memorial Institute, awards three to six projects (from $10,000 to $60,000) that examine the impact of science and technology on individuals and society. Emphasis is placed on educational/public service programs and collaborative projects. Submission deadline is Tuesday, November 27. Read more.

    National Land-Grant Diversity Conference February 6-8 / Call for Proposals due November 30:

    NLGD Conference The 15th Annual National Land-Grant Diversity Conference will be held February 6–8, 2019 at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron, KY.

    Available now: the award application, call for proposals and poster presentations, as well as the registration and hotel reservation links below:

    Conference Info At-A-Glance:

    • Theme: “Do The Right Thing: Transforming Diversity”
    • Pre-Conference: Diversity Seminar & Lunch with University of Cincinnati’s Office of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact
    • Keynote Speaker: Mr. Dionardo Pizaña from Michigan State University Extension
    • Capnote Speaker: Dr. Bleuzette Marshall from University of Cincinnati Office of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact
    • Conference Website Link (Check Often for Updates)

    2019 CDS Conference - Call for Proposals due November 30:

    CDS 2019 Conference

    The 2019 Community Development Society Conference will be held July 14-17 in Columbia, Missouri. Call for proposals are due November 30. Complete information here.

    FY 19 Farm to School Grant Program Applications due December 4:

    The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants to be used for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Contact Rosa Soliz McKelvey ( with questions. More information can be found here.

    Call for Proposals due February 6 - Multi-State Rural Development Research or Extension Projects North Central Region:

    NCRCRD The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Michigan State University will be having a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the North Central region.

    Priority areas for the Center’s work include:

    • Building a 21st century
    • Sustainable communities
    • Leadership development and civic engagement
    • Community health and wellness

    In addition to these priority areas, based on feedback from NCRCRD constituency, the Center has an equal interest in supporting work in the following areas:

    • Rural poverty
    • Addressing physical and mental health challenges
    • Demographic change

    Grant awards may range from $5,000 to $25,000 each. Up to $144,000 will be awarded. The Center does not pay overhead or other administrative costs. Proposals are due by February 6, 2019. For more information, there will be a Q/A session on January 16. Complete information can be found here.



    OSU Extension Operations and Learning & Organizational Development Websites:

    OSU Extension's Operations and Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) units both have new websites – and Many Extension-specific items have been moved to both of these sites – including Extension-specific finance information and forms on the Operations site, for example, and previous PDE-related items to LOD. Current performance management docs have also been moved.
    Items that have been removed from the state website can now be found on these sites. There is also a link to each unit’s website in the footer of the state website. The old regional websites will be retired very soon, as the info on those sites is now out-of-date.

    Outlook Migration coming Soon:

    Ohio State is gradually migrating email accounts from local servers to Exchange Online from Microsoft. This will increase email storage, simplify integration with other MS Office services and improve stewardship of our resources by leveraging the high-quality cloud services that are now available.

    Your email, calendar items, contacts, tasks and notes will soon be migrated to the cloud. You will be getting an email notification as to date and time. After migration, OCIO will send a follow-up email to confirm your account was migrated to Exchange Online successfully. 

    Because email accounts will be migrated in nightly batches, if you access other calendars and email accounts (in addition to your primary lastname.# account), you may notice a temporary disruption in permissions. Any interruption will be temporary and will only occur if some accounts that you access have been migrated online, and others have yet to be migrated. To help you prepare, an Exchange migration checklist and additional Skype tips are available online. 

    Your Outlook client or device should automatically reconfigure after your migration. If it did not reconfigure, be sure that you are using a supported client and/or mobile application. You can check Microsoft's online system requirements for Office. These requirements also apply to Exchange Online.

    Upcoming Changes to Qualtrics:

    As of January 1, certain question formats in Qualtrics will no longer be allowed in an effort to make all digital content accessible to individuals with visual impairments. An exception process has been developed for researchers who have been involved in ongoing studies. Read more.

    Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

    CFAES IT Transformation Project Update (November 2018)

    Enterprise Project Digest (October 2018 Update)

    Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (October 2018)

    eXtension News Roundup (October 2018)

    The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter October 2018)

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