CD Wire - June 17, 2019

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

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

NACDEP Conference Recap - Homegrown to New Heights!

NACDEP 2019 Logo Last week many of us traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for the 15th Annual NACDEP Conference, ‘Homegrown to New Heights.’ The 3+ day event included mobile workshops, scholarly presentations, a variety of committee meetings, and networking receptions. Always a highlight for me is watching our CD folks in action.
  • On Monday, David Civittolo presided over our annual business meeting and provided an update on a number of key initiatives that were part of his 2018-2019 term. Also as part of the business meeting, Nancy Bowen provided a NACDEP treasury update. Later in the afternoon, Brian Raison led the north central regional meeting as the regional board representative.
  • Tuesday included scholarly presentations by Nancy Bowen (Understanding and Applying IMPLAN in Extension Community Development Work) and Eric Romich (Assessing Potential Peak Energy Demand Strategies in Agriculture), with award-winning poster presentations by Brooke Beam (Immersive Virtual Reality Programming for Extension) and Brian Raison (Leadership for Operations & Support Staff: Unlock Their Potential as Coaches and Mentors) later in the day.
  • After Tuesday afternoon’s mobile learning workshops, we were able to recognize three of our colleagues at the evening awards banquet: Becky Nesbitt (Distinguished Career Award); Brooke Beam (Cross Program Award), and Meghan Thoreau (Educational Technology Award). These individuals and Amanda Osborne (Educational Materials Award) were also north central regional winners.
Brooke Beam, Meghan Thoreau, Becky Nesbitt
  • Our contributions on Wednesday wrapped up with a scholarly presentation by Meghan Thoreau (The Importance of Millennials in the Workplace).

No doubt we know the amount of work required to pull off a successful conference like this. Thank you to everyone who had a role as a proposal reviewer, session moderator, committee member, etc. The amount of time invested by our national board leadership (David, Nancy, and Brian) also warrants special recognition here; thank you!

Finally, I am happy to report that the Endowment Challenge has yielded well over $700 in contributions from Ohio NACDEP members. Ricky Atkins called me this morning to work through the checks and pledges received. Expect to see the final total soon; and if you were one to pledge, I will be following up personally with you! : )

If you were unable to attend, conference organizers plan to post all presentation materials to the NACDEP website. Check the page in the next week or so.

Last Call for Lights, Camera, Launch!

Video Production Workshop July 15

On July 15, an introductory video production session, targeted to folks who have little to no experience using video technology in teaching and program marketing efforts, will be taught by Brooke Beam and Kenzie Johnston, your CD (and ANR) colleagues at the 4-H Center’s Multi-media Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will cover filming styles, the types of equipment you might use, understanding your audience, storyboarding, scripting, and shooting. This is the first in a series with more advanced hands-on training being planned for the fall (e.g., file editing, music soundtracks, etc.).

Because of the hands-on nature of this program, it is limited to 20 participants. You will need to bring your university-designated laptop, pay a $15 registration fee to cover food, materials, etc. If you would like to attend (or have questions), RSVP to me (davis.1081) by Wednesday, June 19. There are still a few seats remaining. Payment instructions (eRequest to internal vendor) will be included in the confirmation email.

Qualtrics Survey for CD Program Review

Last week you received an invitation to participate in a Qualtrics Survey designed to collect key information we will use in our CD Program Review. Please take a few minutes to reflect on the questions and reply this week.

Brevity is key here. Maybe spending 20-30 minutes or so on this task (including reflection time) would be about right. Here are the items being asked:

  1. In a soundbite, how would you describe your work?
  2. Who do you partner with most (top five) beyond CD but internal to Ohio State?
  3. Who do you wish you were able to partner with beyond CD but internal to Ohio State?
  4. How would you describe the direct beneficiaries of your efforts?
  5. In what ways does your work align with the larger organizational mission and priorities (impact areas)?
  6. To better address programmatic opportunities, who or what organizations do you need to be better connected with?
  7. How would you like to work differently?

Expect more details on the CD Program Review the first part of July.

Have a great week!!



Learning the Ropes (for OSU Extension Professionals) - June 26:

On Wednesday, June 26 from roughly 9 a.m. to noon, Learning the Ropes will be presented via Zoom (link to be emailed soon). This will be the first in a series of short(er) webinars for new, newer, and experienced OSU Extension personnel to learn, review, and renew our knowledge about our organization so we can all support one another across all stages of our professional development. Discussion will include:

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

Hopefully new and newer personnel will feel more confident as they start and develop their careers with Extension, and more experienced personnel will feel more confident about the advice they are able to offer to help them along the way.

EPN Field Trip - July 9:

EPN Field Trip July 9, 2019 This Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) field trip, hosted at Granville High School on July 9, connects high school teachers and environmental professionals statewide. The program will take the form of an educational and networking event to introduce Ohio high school teachers to careers in environmental and agricultural science.

The tour fee is $20, which includes breakfast and lunch. Click here for complete information, including agenda, instructors, travel options, and registration. 



Germinate International Film Fest Videos due June 30:

Germinate Film Fest

The deadline to apply to the Germinate International Film Fest is rapidly approaching on June 30! Photographs and videos related to agriculture, rural communities, natural resources, the environment, and/or workforce development can be submitted through

Photographs and videos relevant to your programming, crop production, livestock, natural resources, youth 4-H projects, and community organizations are acceptable for this competition. The competition is open to individuals of all ages, and participants of all skill levels will be included in the festival. If you have any additional questions, contact Brooke Beam (937-393-1918 or

Tickets will be available for the film fest in early July. The event is being hosted in Hillsboro, Ohio, for a fun-filled weekend related to agriculture, rural communities, local foods, and film. There are also opportunities for you assist with the film fest both in advance and during the festival, if you are interested, contact Brooke and she can provide more details.

Additionally, if you would like to know more about how to create your own videos, Studio 149 has an upcoming video production workshop that will launch your filmmaking career. Lights, Camera, Launch will be held on Monday, July 15. For more information on the workshop, please refer to the AD Update above. Register by June 19.

North Central Region Program Priority Funds - Pre-Proposals due July 12:

NCCEA Logo The North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) is seeking pre-proposal letters of interest, describing your potential ideas, for multistate, Extension-lead projects that address rural community vitality and prosperity in the 12 states of the North Central Region (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD and WI). 

Of those pre-proposal letters received, one-to-three projects will be encouraged to submit full applications for competitive funding. Ultimately, one grant will be awarded for up to $100,000 total for a three-year period. Annual expenditure shall not exceed $40,000 in any one year, and not to exceed $100,000 over the three years.

Priority topics include:

  • Programming that addresses trends in the agricultural economy contributing to stress in rural communities (e.g., elements of a proposal are expected to be broadly based and may include economic, political, environmental, societal, and individual health and family fiscal well-being).
  • Programming that addresses rural economic challenges (i.e., workforce development, economic diversification, community development, rural and urban interdependence, etc.).

Approaches should highlight:

  • An integrated response by Extension and research
  • Multidisciplinary and cross-program area responses
  • The unique role and local presence of Cooperative Extension
  • Expanded partnerships with public and private sector entities

Letters of pre-proposals are due by close of business day on Friday, July 12, to Robin Shepard [] with subject line: NCR Program Priority Funding. The pre-proposal letter of interest should address the following in approximately 1,500 words (or less):

  1. Project Title
  2. Amount Requested
  3. Contact Person(s)
  4. What states will be involved in the project, and briefly describe who/how a project team will guide these efforts?
  5. What is the significance of the issue/problem/challenge to states in the North Central Region?
  6. How will the project integrate campus-based expertise with that of local Extension agents/educators?
  7. How will the project directly result in community-based Extension programming – what are your expectations for local Extension programming?

Click here for complete information, including timeline, required and strongly encouraged elements, and judging guidelines. 

FCS Conference - Call for Proposals due July 26:

Submissions are currently being accepted for posters, Ignite presentations, and breakout sessions to be presented at the OSU Extension FCS Conference on October 24 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus. Please use the following link to submit by July 26:
FCS Conference Call for Proposals



Complete Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training by June 30:

The Sexual Misconduct prevention training course, “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct,” is an annual requirement and will be reassigned at the beginning of each academic year. Be sure to complete it for 2019 if you have not done so already. As a reminder, this online course has been assigned to all faculty and staff via . Your transcript will list the assigned training.

Please note: For next academic year, training must be completed by June 2020 in order to be eligible for an annual merit increase.

CFAES Strategic Alignment Planning Sessions - July 24 & 25:

CFAES tag Strategic alignment engagement activities for CFAES are in full swing.

You are invited to join one of the following “Strategic Alignment” planning sessions the college will be hosting. 

  • July 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. – Ag. Admin. Auditorium (Columbus)
  • July 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Fisher Conference Room (Wooster)

Confirm the date and time that you plan to attend on the following poll:

CFAES is working hard to comprehensively capture its many faculty and staff, and you may receive more than one invitation to various strategic alignment sessions. Please note that all sessions are similar and you only need to attend one.
Click here for more information on CFAES Strategic Alignment.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


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