CD Wire - January 22, 2019

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Professional Development, Collegiality, and a Celebration of Accomplishments - January 23-25

This week provides an opportunity to strengthen your network and celebrate the accomplishments of colleagues at the 2019 OSU Community Engagement Conference/Extension Annual Conference. The theme for this year’s program, Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future, promises a great deal of session content highly relevant to our work. Consider, for example, these excerpts from the listing of conference sessions: 

  • collaboration between universities, community-based organizations, and businesses
  • engaging the public on topics that address controversial public issues
  • working collaboratively with municipal and regional government, the agricultural community, and health care
  • addressing healthy food access issues and benefiting local economies
  • best practices of working together to support economic development
  • innovative mapping techniques to identify clusters of residents and illustrate their attitudes and experiences
  • tools and procedures used to support collaborative community problem-solving

In addition to catching up with conference presenter and former Cuyahoga County CD colleague, Erika Meschkat (now with the City of Cleveland, Mayor's Office of Sustainability), you can also learn more about the work of your colleagues who are presenting, including: 

  • Jill Bartolotta
  • Brooke Beam
  • Tom Blaine
  • Stacie Burbage
  • Susan Colbert
  • Scott Hardy
  • Anne Johnson
  • Sarah Orlando
  • Amanda Osborne
  • Eric Romich
  • Myra Wilson

It all kicks off on Wednesday morning at 8:00 with a presidential welcome from Michael Drake (see the schedule here). One of the usual highlights will be the Extension Awards Banquet scheduled for Thursday evening, January 24 (from 4-7 p.m.). Friday promises JCEP and CES annual meetings and Extension-targeted sessions. The event concludes with a one-hour Ohio NACDEP meeting after lunch and the keynote address. See the Extension conference agenda here.

I look forward to catching up with you this week!

REMINDER: NACDEP Awards Nominations due to Meghan Thoreau by February 6

Now is the time to think about submitting examples of your best work for NACDEP Awards consideration. A note from Katherine Spiering last Thursday mentions the March 4 submission deadline for national and regional consideration. BEFORE you submit, remember we submit first for Ohio consideration. Here’s how it works: 

  1. Complete your application (provide the info requested for each award category found at, but do not submit directly to NACDEP!
  2. Email COMPLETE applications to Meghan Thoreau - by noon, Wednesday, February 6
  3. Applications will be reviewed and state winners notified by Monday, February 11
  4. Our state winners for all represented categories will need to submit by the March 4 deadline to NACDEP for national consideration at
  5. Awardees are presented plaques/certificates at the NACDEP Annual Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, June 9-12



Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics covered:

  • Trees: A Risk Worth Taking (most of the time) - Thursday, January 31 at 2 p.m.
  • Bringing Presence to Community: A positive psychology short course (part 2) - Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
  • Mental Health Promotion: An opportunity for opioid overdose prevention - Thursday, February 21 at 3 p.m.
  • Climate Change and Human Health - Monday, February 25 at 2 p.m. 

February NCRAN Webinars:

NCRAN February 2019 Webinars
Please see above for webinars that are being offered by the North Central Region Aging Network (NCRAN) in February. You can join all of NCRAN webinars here. Access archived webinars here.

Next EPN Breakfast – February 12:

Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity in the Environmental Movement The next EPN Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, February 12, from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The discussion is titled "Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity in the Environmental Movement" and will be led by Marcelo Bonta.

In his keynote presentation, Marcelo Bonta will provide context and inspiration for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the environmental movement, discuss the critical need, highlight successful efforts and approaches, and share what is needed to create a successful and relevant environmental movement now and far into the future. Visit here to register and for more information. 

Creating e-Newsletters with MailChimp Workshop – February 13:

Ohio State University Extension Educational Technology Attend one of the Ohio State Extension e-newsletter workshops with Danae Wolfe to learn the basics of MailChimp. 

MailChimp, an e-newsletter system, is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and offers analytics so you can discover who's opening your newsletters and exactly what content they're engaging with. It will be offered at the following date and location:

  • Wednesday, February 13, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Clark County Extension Office (Springfield) - Register 

Save the Date: Ohio Agritourism Conference & Trade Show - March 25:

Agritourism Conference 2019 Agritourism is proving to be a successful enterprise for many farms looking to diversify their farm revenue streams.

Learn about the latest trends and topics impacting the industry and explore options for your farm, all while visiting a premier Ohio agritourism operation; Maize Valley = Winery, Craft Brewery, Farmers Market, and Family Fun Zone. The conference will be held on Monday, March 25 at Maize Valley in Hartville. Conference website - more information coming soon.

Program Resources to Address Poverty:

Dimensions of Poverty

Over the past 18 months the North Central Region Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) sponsored a project related to poverty in the North Central region. The project was motivated a couple of years ago when the NC Extension Deans/Directors explored possible ways we could more directly address poverty needs in our region (e.g., the 2017 NCCEA Annual Conference had this as a major discussion topic).  

As a result of the NCRCRD project, there is a new Dimensions of Poverty website developed by Bo Beaulieu at Purdue University. Bo and his colleagues discuss the new resource in a webinar recorded 12/5/18 available here.



Staff Career Development Grant Applications due January 31: 

Staff Career Development Grant Staff have an opportunity to further their growth and development through the Staff Career Development Grant.

Eligible staff can apply for a grant of up to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of 2-10 and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more. Funds can be used for professional development, education, or training costs related to job and/or career goals. The application is due by Thursday, January 31. Read more

WestFest 2019 (May 18) Seeking Collaborators - Reply by February 15:

WestFest WestFest 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West Campus Quad of The Ohio State University.

If you have a science, engineering, or sustainability outreach program and would like to have a display and activities included in WestFest 2019, please e-mail Courtney Price ( or Jason Cervenec ( by Friday, February 15.

Additional event information will be posted in late February on the event website.

North Central Region Water Network Mini Grant Applications due March 1:

NCRWN Mini Grants 2019 The North Central Region Water Network is now accepting applications for mini-grant funding. The request for applications can be found here.

The Network will provide funding in two categories:

  • Applications addressing opportunities and actions arising from the North Central One Water Action Forum the network co-hosted in December. Notes from each working session can be found on the One Water Action Forum website.
  • Applications addressing other water-related extension priorities in the North Central Region.

Lead applicants must have an Extension appointment/assignment at a land-grant institution in the North Central Region. Lead applicants may enlist co-applicants and partners from other institutions and organizations. Applications are due March 1.

Opportunity with University of Illinois Extension:

“In discussing, market-based/conservation finance approaches to municipal level funding of sustainability programs are starting to emerge as a topic of conversation. Most notably, USDA and US EPA recently reached out to states encouraging them to use market-based approaches to address nutrient loss water quality issues. While there are a few sources of information about these kinds of approaches, only a handful of cities have tried and there hasn’t been much academic analysis of the effectiveness of the methods and there is no Extension curriculum to help communities evaluate and enact conservation financing strategies. We have the opportunity to get ahead of the curve on this issue.

“The NCRWN is currently accepting proposals for planning grants and I have talked with members of the leadership team about submitting a proposal to get started. To do that, I would need partners in 5 states to work with me. Our objective would be to develop a plan for applied research and Extension programs on conservation finance. I think the commitment would be to some conference calls and a face to face planning meeting. The total award is only $15,000.

“If you are interested in partnering, please contact Lisa C. Merrifield (217-333-0045 or, Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of Illinois Extension, 1101 W. Peabody Dr., Urbana, IL 61801.”



2019 State of the University Address – January 24:

President Michael V. Drake's 2019 State of the University Address will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater at the Ohio Union. Space is limited. You also can view online with captions. Read more.

Healthy People Team Meeting – February 21:

Healthy People Team Meeting The Healthy People Team Meeting will be on Friday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The parking pass can be found here. Register here until 11:59 p.m. on February 15.

Please Note: An eRequest will be required to register for the event. The total cost will not exceed $25 per person. Please submit an eRequest to the internal vendor “Extension Family and Consumer Sciences” in the amount of $25. You will need the eRequest number to register for the in-service. Should the total cost per person come in under $25, you will only be charged the exact amount. Please feel free to contact Amy Meehan ( if you have any questions.

Furlough Resources for Families:

The OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences' webpage has "Resources for Consumers Whose Income is Interrupted." Click here for details.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

IT Transformation Project (January 2019)

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