CD Wire - April 15, 2019

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Welcome Erin Timmins 

Erin Timmins Welcome to Erin Timmins who joined the Alber Enterprise Center staff on April 1. She will be assisting with a variety of project coordination and management duties. In addition to a graduate degree from the University of Wales, Erin also brings Ohio State Registrar’s Office experience with her, as well as administrative experience from the University of Birmingham. She has also participated in the GOWales Graduate Academy focusing on Leadership and Management. Find Erin at or 740-725-6064.


Homegrown to New Heights Believe it or not, the 2019 NACDEP Conference in Asheville, NC is less than eight weeks away. If you have not already registered for the June 9-12 event, please note that the Early Bird registration window closes in two weeks (April 30). Member registration increases from $475 to $500 on May 1.

Presentation, workshop, and poster proposal notifications went out a week or so ago. If you are planning to share your good work at the conference, please let me know the specifics such as title/topic, day/time, etc., once you know the schedule. The currently posted schedule at a glance illustrates yet another action-packed event filled with learning and networking opportunities.

Reflections on NACDEP 2018

NACDEP 2018 Speaking of NACDEP Annual Conference, if you’d like to remind yourself of all the fun we had last year hosting in Cleveland, I invite you to the newly-posted NACDEP 2018 Conference Reflections.

Thanks to all of you who shared your photos, as well as to CD superstars Sandy and Marlee Stollar for their extensive work to organize and describe the photos and create the album online, we now have an historical reference of the 2018 event. Somebody start the popcorn… it’s time to fire up the family photos!


EPN Breakfast 2019-05-14 Registration for our May 14 State CD in-service is open here. When clicking on the link to register, please do not be confused! Recall that this is a combined effort, involving an SENR-led EPN Breakfast, a facilitated conversation with others interested in working more broadly to Increase Prosperity and Well-Being in Ohio Communities, and a CD-only conversation after lunch.

The first segment (EPN breakfast) runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The second segment (facilitated small group conversations) runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including lunch. Our CD-specific conversations will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the International Room. IMPORTANT: If you plan to participate in the CD-specific conversation, please RSVP to Sandy Odrumsky ( or 614-292-6232) by Friday, April 19.



Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Implicit Bias – April 19 and 26:

This interactive workshop will explore how identities, beliefs, and backgrounds shape our perceptions of other people in ways that can unconsciously widen the diversity gap and negatively influence the people we interact with. Participants will learn how to identify and empathetically respond to unconscious, or implicit, bias in order to foster a more inclusive environment for everyone. Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to take a few online tests developed by Harvard University to detect unconscious biases and preferences. The Implicit Associations Tests are brief, easy to complete and very informative - Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their results during the workshop in a respectful and judgement-free environment.
Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will be facilitating this workshop. It will be offered in Columbus on April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon (250A Ag Admin) and in Wooster on April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. (126 Research Services). This workshop is free and open to all CFAES faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students on a first-come basis. Register here.
Questions? Please contact Leo Taylor at or 614-247-7864.

Engage & Empower Online Webinar Series – April 24 - May 22:

Engage & Empower Online The Diversity & Inclusion three-part webinar series will take place on April 24, May 8, and May 22. This series is for eXtension members only as part of Engage & Empower Online.

The first webinar of the series, Foundation & Program Design, will be held on April 24 at 1 p.m. It will explain diverse institutions as well as the language and structures that accompany them. The webinar will also focus on the components of a diversity learning environment and how it in turn impacts employees. Register here

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

Topics covered:

  • Vital Trends Impacting Personal Finance - Wednesday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Podcasting Webinar – April 29:

OSU Extension Educational Technology Ohio State University Extension Educational Technology is currently hosting its Digital Engagement Webinar Series. On April 29, it will be featuring a webinar focusing on podcasting at 10 a.m. If you have any questions or comments contact Danae Wolfe (

Podcasting is becoming an increasingly popular medium of entertainment and education for its ease of accessibility and affordability. In this session, participants will learn the basics of getting started with podcasting. From equipment to storyboarding ideas, everyone will leave with inspiration for starting their own Extension podcast. Register here.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar – May 8:


The Relationship Between Opioid Prescriptions and Child Removals

  • May 8 at 3 p.m. Presented by Troy Quast (University of South Florida College of Public Health).

For complete information on this webinar and others upcoming, as well as the links, visit here

InnovateX - May 16:

innovate 2019 Today’s learners are looking for skills that will serve them well in our changing world, whether that be technological prowess or the courage and dedication necessary to bring about social justice. Are teaching methods keeping up to meet their needs? How do we keep them engaged in the classroom, and how do we push them to step outside that classroom to make a difference? These questions and more will be explored at InnovateX!

The InnovateX conference will be held on Thursday, May 16 at the Ohio Union. Register here

Elder Care Certificate Trainer Program - May 29:

Elder Care Certificate Register now for the Elder Care Certificate Trainer Program on Wednesday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OSU South Centers Endeavor Center, Room 165, 1862 Shyville Road in Piketon. This program provides a wealth of information about the issues faced by our aging population. It will teach you to transform the way we all serve elders and enhance our status as caring individuals. Share your expertise by training others to serve senior citizens and to appreciate their unique challenges.

Qualified applicants must be experienced facilitators or educators, with a connection to serving elders. The Ohio State employee cost is $355, which includes the full 6-hour program plus all materials, 4 one-hour online Topics in Gerontology (to be completed prior to workshop), Heart of a Caregiver book (Simple Truths), and more. Lunch is on your own. The Center will invoice your office.

To register, contact Alice (740-725-6312 or Registration is due by May 8. Read more



Office of Research launches Strategic Travel Program:

Office of Research The Office of Research offers a new travel program for Ohio State’s research and creative expression community to create new opportunities for large, multidisciplinary team projects.

The Strategic Research Travel Program provides funding for travel for Ohio State faculty and principal investigators to meet with program officers at current and potential sponsors to help drive the development of innovative programs and priorities for sponsor agencies. The program aligns with the university’s research goals as outlined in Ohio State’s Strategic Plan, Time and Change. Read more



Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Research News (April 2019)


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