CD Wire - April 1, 2019

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

OSU Sesquicentennial and other Key Dates

In last week’s Director’s Update you may have heard Roger mention the upcoming OSU sesquicentennial plans. For good reasons (many of which we’ll discuss in the coming months) a great deal of effort is going into this celebration. At this point, however, here’s the scoop: In 2020, The Ohio State University will be celebrating its founding in 1870. To mark this occasion (and the ‘teachable moment’ it provides) three engagement events are planned. Please block these dates on your calendar and plan to attend:

  • October 15 (2019) - preparing leaders and engaged global citizens
  • January 28 (2020) - our role as an urban-serving university
  • April 29 (2020) – the 21st century land-grant   

Community Engagement Conference – January 28, 2020   

What will be the 3rd Annual Community Engagement Conference will be held in conjunction with the January 28 event.

Extension Annual Conference – December 16-18, 2019

To adequately address Extension needs for administrative and programmatic updates, recognition, celebration, and professional development, the Extension Annual Conference is being planned for December 16-18, 2019. 

Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development in Ohio – May 8

Outlook and Policy Conference Make plans to hear from leading regional, labor, and community economists as well as local government leaders as part of the upcoming AEDE Spring Outlook and Policy Conference at the Fawcett Center. There is no registration fee and if you can’t manage the travel, a live streaming option is available.

If you can attend, please consider inviting one or more of your key program partners to ride along with you or set up a viewing party in their (or your) office. A special thanks to colleagues Nancy Bowen, Gwynn Stewart, Kyle White, and James Morris, who were part of the program advisory committee led by AEDE colleague, Brent Sohngen.
See the program and registration info here.

State CD In-service: Building Relationships – May 14

Continuing efforts to create and strengthen ties with others involved in CD work, we have been planning an in-service in conjunction with SENR, ACEL, and AEDE and as part of SENR’s monthly Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast.
Please plan to join our external stakeholders in Building Relationships to Increase Prosperity and Well-Being of Ohio Communities at the EPN Breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. Afterwards and through lunch (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) we’ll continue the conversation with our internal colleagues from throughout the various academic departments and Extension program areas as we aim to:

  1. Create and strengthen relationships
  2. Inform research founded upon healthy relationships
  3. Develop collaborations for integrated approaches
  4. Cultivate commitment to better engage with communities

Immediately after lunch, we’ll adjourn from 1-3:30 p.m. for some CD-focused discussions and updates. A more specific agenda and registration information is expected very soon. At this point, simply hold the date.

Finally… North Central Region Program Impact Reporting – Please Respond by April 5

Once again, we have the opportunity to contribute our 2018 Ohio data to the North Central Region Indicators Report. If you have not yet shared your key data, you still have a few more days to do so. (At this point, I have received data from: Bowen, Civittolo, Nesbitt, Raison, Stewart. If you have sent data and your name is not listed, please let me know.)

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 (  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 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.

Mandatory Security Awareness Training – Complete by June 28

Data security Each year to ensure data security across the College, CFAES IT requires everyone to take the annual security training provided by the University. It was previously offered in BuckeyeLearn as “Securing the Human,” but this year the training is titled “Security Awareness [PY5].” Training must be completed by June 28.

The training explains how users play a critical role in protecting our university and covers a wide array of topics on how users can protect their cyber activities, both at home and at work. SANS has updated their materials from previous years to make it more engaging.

Instructions to access the training:

  1. Log into BuckeyeLearn
  2. Search for “Security Awareness [PY5]” and click REQUEST



Video Bootcamp – April 4-18:

During the month of April the CFAES eTeam, including Extension and OCIO, will be offering a series of three sessions which will help participants gain basic skills in producing quality education and Extension videos. All sessions will be available via Zoom, where participants will meet for one hour. Participants are encouraged to come with an idea for a video clip and work with that throughout April. All sessions will also be recorded. Register here

April 4 (noon – 1 p.m.) – Video 101: Digital Storytelling (Facilitated by Danae Wolfe.)

  • The most effective videos used in Extension and teaching are ones where the creators have identified the goals of the video ahead of time and also laid out different “scenes.” In this session participants will learn skills in storyboarding, scripting, and branding for both in-the-field and studio recordings. 

April 11 (noon – 1 p.m.) – Video 201: CFAES Video Studio Orientation (Facilitated by Chris Dicus.)

  • Participants will be taught about equipment and software for editing and recording videos in both Wooster and Columbus Studio spaces. Topics of discussion will include camera setup, on screen participant wardrobe considerations, lighting considerations, audio considerations in the studio and in the field, and how to handle mistakes and retakes. In addition to Zoom, this session will also be available in Research Services 130, with a short tour of the Wooster Studio following the presentation.

April 18 (noon – 1 p.m.) – Video 301: After the Shoot (Facilitated by Valerie Childress.)

  • This session will be focused on editing video/audio to produce a final product, exporting files, closed captioning, and video hosting/storage options. A brief demo of Clips, iMovie, and Adobe Rush will be provided. Clips and iMovie are Apple-device only software.  Adobe Rush can be used on Apple devices and PCs with Windows.

Explore Energy's Impact on Smart Cities – April 4:

Smart Cities

Visit the Smart Columbus Experience Center for "Smart = Energy: How Energy is Related to Smart Mobility," on April 4 at 4:30 p.m. Join Ohio State's energy and mobility experts for inspired, interactive dialogue around the questions driving innovation in smart energy and mobility.  The event is free, but please RSVP. Read more and register.

EPN Signature Event – April 8:

Women in Conservation

Ohio State’s 2019 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event, Women in Conservation, will be held on April 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. The role that female conservationists have played in leading humanity’s protection and improvement of natural resources will be highlighted. For complete details and to RSVP, click here. The event is free.

Engaged Program Development Approaches for Cooperative Extension Webinar – April 10:

Engage & Empower Online The Engaged Program Development Approaches for Cooperative Extension webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. This webinar is for eXtension members only as part of Engage & Empower Online.

What does engagement mean in Extension and its work? How can program planning be approached in an engaged manner? During this interactive session, these questions and more will be answered, based on ongoing research and experiences in this area.     

It will be led by Karen Vines, who is an assistant professor of agricultural, leadership, and community education in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Register here

2019 CFAES Annual Research Conference – April 22:

Register for the 2019 CFAES Annual Research Conference to be held on Monday, April 22, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, OH. The conference will be shortened this year, taking place from approximately 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. View the agenda here. Light refreshments will be provided. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this celebration of CFAES research and hear some updates about the college from Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. Transportation will be provided from Wooster to Columbus for those who are interested. Registration closes on April 8.

Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor to give Patterson Lecture –  May 2:

Rebecca Blank The 16th annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture will feature Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lecture honors former Board of Trustees member James Patterson and the cause to which he is most committed — a vibrant university fulfilling its land-grant mission in an ever-changing world. The event is free, but registration is required. Read more



Proposals for InFACT Linkage and Leverage Grants due April 19:

The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) is accepting proposals for their Linkage and Leverage seed grant program. Teams of faculty, staff, students and external partners may apply for the funding. Proposals are due by April 19. Read more



Volunteers needed for Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament – April 27:

Science Olympiad The Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament is April 27 on Ohio State's Columbus campus. Those who volunteer may be asked to check in devices, time device performances, re-set lab stations between time blocks and/or grade tests using a key. Volunteers of all levels of STEM knowledge are welcome. Read more. Click on “Information for Volunteers.”

Articles/Publications of Interest:


Nationwide Foundation approves $7M grant in support of Ohio State partnership to support facilities, programming in College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Enterprise Project Digest (March 2019)

Twine Line (Winter/Spring 2019) 

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (March 2019)

The Drop – NCRWN eNewsletter (March 2019)

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