CD Wire - May 6, 2019

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Why I work here

When visiting with new hires attending “Day One Orientation” I always share a brief overview of the land-grant mission. I also convey my desire to be part of something “big” and why being a part of OSU and the larger land-grant mission is so personally fulfilling to me. Over this past semester, I was able to help a class of undergrads better understand how to facilitate successful teams and community organizations. Teaching a class provided a first-hand opportunity to more fully experience the land-grant mission in action. Being a part of the formal instruction that takes place with students and knowing how they become our key community stakeholders and partners when they live and work in our communities was deeply enriching. 

Few in the class understood the background behind the land-grant designation or had any idea that one could make a career in something called Extension. To remedy this situation, one day I shared a quote from Land-Grant Universities for the Future authored by our very own Steve Gavazzi and E. Gordon Gee. While we covered a range of material in this course related to the “Principles and Concepts of Leading Teams and Community Organizations,” I am really hoping that the essence of this quote from a land-grant university president ended up being one of their key take-aways:

Our mission is to provide the educational preparation that people need to pursue careers, but they also have to contribute to the economic development and social progress of the communities in which they live. Every graduate needs to have a sense that they have an obligation to provide service to others. That a meaningful life and a life fulfilled is not just about you. It’s about how you connect with the world and make a difference. That to me is a mission that is limitless in its relevance. That’s what the land-grant mission really is. (p. 51)

The book is packed with the authors’ insights and references the wide-ranging thoughts gleaned from dozens of phone interviews with land-grant university presidents and chancellors from all over the country. It provides the background that helps you understand why we do what we do and what we are facing in the future. I enjoyed it immensely, but of all the words I read, there were none that resonated with me more than the sentiments shared in the six sentences above.

State CD In-service and EPN Breakfast – May 14

EPN Breakfast May 2019 Speaking of connecting to make a difference, you still have time to get registered for next week’s meeting, Increasing Prosperity and Well-Being in Ohio Communities, to be held May 14 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

There are three segments that work together but can also stand-alone if your schedule is such you can’t manage to attend all three:

  1. an SENR-led EPN Breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m.
  2. a facilitated conversation with others interested in working more broadly to Increase Prosperity and Well-Being in Ohio Communities from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. including lunch
  3. and a CD-only conversation after lunch from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

The first segment (EPN breakfast) involves Cindy Bond (Guernsey County Extension educator) and Morgan Hughes (Save the Crew organizer) who will be sharing what is possible when broad community interests come together to Increase Prosperity and Well-Being in Ohio Communities.

The second segment, scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., involves collaboration-focused conversations with others interested in working to Increase Prosperity and Well-Being in Ohio Communities.

Our CD-specific discussion builds on the morning conversations from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the International Room. IMPORTANT: If you plan to participate in the CD-specific afternoon conversation, please RSVP to Sandy Odrumsky by Tuesday, May 7.

You can learn more and register for segment 1 and/or 2 at It will require navigating through a few pages, but it is possible to register separately for either or both sessions.



Beyond Hydrology: Exploring the benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure - May 8:

The May edition of The Current Webinar Series, to be held Wednesday, May 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. (2-3 p.m. CT), will focus on green stormwater infrastructure. Many folks recognize the benefits of green infrastructure from a hydrological standpoint, but there are many benefits of green infrastructure beyond water quality, from economics and ecosystem services, to community and workforce development and enhancing urban landscapes. This month’s webinar will overview different examples of green infrastructure and explore the hydrological, ecological, economic and policy benefits of these practices.
Featured speakers include:

  • John McMaine, Assistant Professor and Extension Water Management Engineer, South Dakota State University
  • Kelsey McDonough,  Postdoctoral Research Scientist, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Lisa Merrifield, Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of Illinois Extension

Register here to join the webinar.

Building Resilience through School-Community Partnerships - May 10:

A community conversation on building resilience among children and families through school-community partnerships, with a special panel discussion with Franklin County school principals, will take place Friday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Union's Cartoon Room. The focus will be on social-emotional learning techniques and other practices that promote healthy behaviors and discourage high-risk behaviors in children, particularly in the context of Ohio’s largest public health challenge, the addiction crisis.

The purpose of this event, sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Public Health, is to listen to challenges and ideas from school principals, present updates from the scientific community, and hear from practitioners who are implementing innovative, evidence-based interventions in their schools and communities.

Registration link and more information available here.

Getting Started with Zoom Digital Engagement Webinar – May 20:

OSU Extension Educational Technology Ohio State University Extension Educational Technology is currently hosting its Digital Engagement Webinar Series. On May 20 at 10 a.m., this webinar will focus on Zoom. If you have any questions or comments contact Danae Wolfe (

Zoom is a robust digital tool that offers HD quality video-conferencing with screen-sharing capability. From hosting small committee meetings to offering educational webinars, Zoom allows people to connect in from all corners of the state or nation. Additionally, Zoom allows you to record meetings and webinars so even those unable to join live can engage with your content. This webinar will offer best practices for using Zoom to host small video meetings and large educational webinars while showcasing built-in engagement tools like polling, whiteboard, and breakout rooms. Register here.

Next webinar: Developing Branded Infographics with Piktochart on Monday, July 29. Stay tuned for more information and registration link.

Data Visualization: Decision-Making Tools & Methods for Communities Webinar – June 22:

National Community Resource and Economic Development Indicators Team was developed in 2012 to help community development extension educators build a common framework for capturing and telling the story of CRED impacts.

Extension professionals are faced with a challenge to present complex data in simple, understandable information to decision makers. Most often, this information is visualized in the form of maps, charts, and infographics to understand patterns in communities. This webinar will include a discussion of the data, tools and methods used by three experts to help communities visualize information. The panel discussion will focus on innovative methods to generate, track and communicate information to community and economic development stakeholders.

Join NAEPSDP for this webinar discussion on Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. View here.

Save the Date for OSU Extension's Learning the Ropes Webinar - June 26:

Learning the ropes On Wednesday, June 26, from roughly 9 a.m. to noon, the planning team (Jared Morrison, Jeff McCutcheon, Brian Raison, Cindy Torppa, and Jackie Wilkins) will present a program called Learning the Ropes.

This will be a series of short(er) webinars that that will help all of us - new, newer, or seasoned personnel – learn and grow together by discussing the knowledge and experience common to all types of Extension work and all the roles we play in our organization.

We’ll talk about:

  • Our organization and its history, culture, and mission
  • Common expectations for our roles, rights, and responsibilities
  • Shared expectations for operational procedures and practices

We hope that after our time together, new and newer personnel will feel more confident as they start and develop their careers with us, and more experienced personnel will feel more confident about the advice they are able to offer to help them along the way. Watch for more information coming in late May from the planning team.

CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium – August 13:

Teaching Today's Learners Registration is now open for the CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium that will take place on August 13 at the Fawcett Event Center on the Ohio State Columbus campus. This opportunity provides time to network with fellow educators within our college, as well as build concepts and ideas, and review examples of teaching excellence and innovation for the advancement of student engagement and learning.



Applications for Engagement Scholarship Consortium Grants due May 15:

ESC Scholarships Applications are now being accepted for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s (ESC) grants program.

Qualified faculty at ESC member institutions are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Apply by May 15. Seed grants increase faculty involvement in engaged scholarship, enhance the level and amount of engaged research/creative activities that occur at member universities, and enhance the ability of ESC member faculty to conduct engaged interdisciplinary research/creative activities within and between member universities. Read more.

Call for Volunteers - OSU Extension Highland County's Germinate International Film Fest:

Germinate International Film Fest Looking for a fun way to spend a Friday and Saturday in August promoting agriculture, the environment, and rural communities? Look no further as OSU Extension Highland County's Germinate International Film Fest has the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for individuals to help with the implementation of the film festival on August 16 & 17. Duties may include collecting tickets, providing ballots, moderating discussions with filmmakers and audiences, and/or conducting hands-on workshops. Volunteers will be able to see the films and participate in workshops throughout the film festival, as well as sample delicious food.

If you are unable to attend the film festival, but are still interested in helping, there is also the opportunity to volunteer remotely by reviewing films online.

Contact Brooke Beam ( or 937-393-1918) for more information and to discuss where you can assist!



Community Engagement Conference Proceedings:

The proceedings of the 2019 Community Engagement Conference are now online via the Knowledge Bank from University Libraries.

Featuring more than 100 presentations, the proceedings are searchable by author, title, and keyword. Additionally, all of the presentations include contact information for the primary presenter.

The 2019 conference proceedings is volume 7 of the Engaged Scholars collection, which features nearly 800 presentations involving community-engaged research, teaching, and service, and the associated engaged scholarship and community impacts.

Additionally, a conference recap with plenary session videos and media coverage can be found here.

Join the New OSU Extension Digital Literacy and Innovation Network:

Digital Literacy and Innovation Network This Facebook group is meant to provide a collaborative and social space for OSU Extension and CFAES faculty and staff to share their work, crowdsource solutions, and learn about methods of digital engagement and innovation. Best practices, tools and techniques, and insights from Extension professionals across the nation will be shared. Click here to join the group.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

IT Transformation Update (April 2019)

CFAES Monthly (April 2019)   

Ohio’s urban school districts outperforming rural ones (CFAES News)

Rural Ohio gaining jobs (CFAES News)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (April 2019)

Ohio State-led consortium aims to reduce opioid deaths by 40 percent (Ohio State News)

OSU South Centers Connections (Spring 2019)

Ohio State Mansfield and FFAR Launch $2 Million Food System Project (OSU Mansfield)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter April 2019)

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