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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director
Extension 4-H Program Review
Program evaluation and making time for reflection are two topics discussed often in these pages. By my count, they’ve been a key subject in roughly two-dozen previous updates. It is what we do to get better.
Extension 4-H is currently in the midst of a program review; the first in a series as described here. You may recall seeing the invite to offer your own input and an email to the system from Roger Rennekamp a week or so ago.
The questions framing the review are critically important. They require us to pause and
- reflect on what we are all about and who we serve
- assess our degree of alignment with the larger mission and priorities
- examine the strength of our connections, and
- consider opportunities to go about our work differently.
If you have not already taken a moment to scan the questions framing the Extension 4-H program review, I strongly encourage you to do so. While these might be focused on Extension 4-H, I think their purpose applies to Extension CD as well. How might you respond to them from your own Extension CD perspective?
North Central Region Program Impact Reporting – Please Respond by April 5
Speaking of evaluation, as in previous years, we have the opportunity to contribute our 2018 Ohio data to the North Central Region Indicators Report. 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 found here, save, and send to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 to plug in numbers is probably about right. And, if you are wondering whether your participation matters, know that your efforts have helped demonstrate NIFA’s financial support for our region’s rural development center (ours would be the NCRCRD). These dollars have supported the North Central Region’s Multi-state Grants programs from which we have been awarded more than $100,000 over the past 8 years!
Having figures for each of the categories is not required for you to participate. Feel free to submit anything you have available. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
CD Professional Development Support – Congrats to Bartolotta and White!
Thanks to your contributions and those of others to the CD Support Fund (308100), resources are available to help offset costs of professional development. A simple application is due by March 1 for the spring awards and October 1 for the fall awards. This year’s spring awards will help support the professional development of Jill Bartolotta and Kyle White.
- Jill plans to attend the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) “Turning the Tide: Learning from Yesterday, Adapting for Tomorrow” Conference taking place July 21-25 in Durham, NH.
- Kyle plans to attend the Public Issues Leadership Development conference taking place April 14-18 in Crystal City, VA.
To learn more, see ‘CD Professional Development Support’ described here.
'Dreamland' Author on Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic – March 6:
|Join us March 6 at the Blackwell for a conversation about Ohio’s opiate epidemic, featuring award-winning author Sam Quinones and his experience researching and writing the acclaimed book Dreamland. Following the presentation, faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences will discuss current opiate-related research. It kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Read more.|
Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars:
The Midwest Big Data Hub: advancing the data ecosystem, projects and partnerships
The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Hospitals: A Nurse's Perspective From the Bedside
For complete information on these webinars and others upcoming, as well as the links, visit here.
Faculty Mentor Training Workshop – March 18:
A faculty mentor training workshop will be held at the Wooster campus (126 Research Services Building) on March 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Breakfast will be provided. Register here.
Are you looking to improve your mentoring skills? The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a National Research Mentoring Network mentoring workshop in Wooster for Faculty. Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career satisfaction, and is an important predictor of the academic success of scientists and engineers in training. The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) has developed a curriculum based on proven mentorship development curricula.
This evidence-based workshop uses a process-based training approach to provide training that strengthens your current research mentoring experiences and research productivity. The training, has been embraced by an increasing number of institutions and professional societies and organizations and positively impacted both faculty and trainees.
This evidence-based training is supported by NIH, and includes the following areas of mentorship practices and interests: aligning expectations, assessing understanding, and maintaining effective communication. For more information visit the website here. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Ohio Innovation Exchange Program – March 27:
The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx) features information collected from Ohio universities and features faculty experts, university equipment and research support services. The OIEx web portal enables business, industry and academic users to more easily find, connect and collaborate. The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Office of Research will present a workshop March 27 in 240 Prior Hall from 11 a.m. to noon. Read more. Register here.
Impact Assembly (March 28) – Registration now Open:
|Do you ever feel like you go to meetings without real purpose? Do you wish you had a way to know which strategies have the chance to be most successful? If so, join OSU Extension, Marion & United Way of North Central Ohio for their inaugural Impact Assembly.|
Ohio State University Extension, Marion County and the United Way of North Central Ohio will be hosting the Impact Assembly on Thursday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Tri Rivers Career Center.
The keynote speaker will be Dan Duncan, faculty at the ABCD Institute & Senior Consultant for Clear Impact. Plenary speakers will represent organizations including the Collective Impact Forum, eXtension Foundation, the Center for Public Health Practice, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Topics include results-based accountability, asset-based community development, equity and inclusion, functions of Collective Impact, local government involvement, and evaluation.
Ohio EPA 2019 Sustainability Conference – April 17:
|Registration is now open for the second annual Sustainability Conference on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. The conference fee is $150, and lunch is included. Come hear from local businesses and communities regarding their own sustainable initiatives.|
A variety of local speakers will share their own challenges and successes, including keynote speaker, Jordan Davis, who was instrumental in the City of Columbus’ Smart Cities Challenge Grant award. This will be a great opportunity to gain insight in leveraging sustainable practices and resources, incorporating these into daily operations, and utilizing cost-effective, sustainable strategies to improve performance, save time, money and other valuable resources.
The conference agenda covers a wide variety of topics including collaborative partnerships, green energy and infrastructure. The website above provides complete information and a printable full agenda, as well as the registration link.
REMINDERS / UPDATES / NEWS:
Travel Fees Reduced; After-hours Service Upgraded:
Fees for booking a flight through CTP have been reduced by up to 20 percent, and after-hours service has been upgraded for individuals traveling on university business. Both enhancements are effective as of March 1. The new, dedicated after-hours line is available at 1-833-200-0261 on weekends, holidays and 7 p.m.-8 a.m. Monday through Friday. Read more.
Articles/Publications of Interest:
CFAES Monthly (February 2019)
CFAES Research News (March 2019)
Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (February 2019)
Enterprise Project Digest (February 2019)
The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter February 2019)
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