CD Wire - July 1, 2019

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Recognizing Excellence in CD: Schindler Award Nominations Due by November 1

In 2012, Extension CD professionals decided to create an award that was on par with annual recognition and cash awards made by 4-H, Ag/NR, and FCS. It was named the Annual Excellence in CD Award.

Raymond A. Schindler A little more than four years ago, we decided to name our Excellence in CD Award after Ray Schindler; one of the first Extension regional CD specialists who helped shape the Extension CD profession we know today. I had the distinct privilege of informing Ray and asking for his approval and recall he was quick to reply in true Ray fashion, “I am honored to accept and think it would be best to use my formal name:  Raymond A. Schindler.”

From the earliest stages of the program area (early 1960s) to the present day as faculty emeritus, Ray’s contributions have been far reaching and impactful. When you think of your CD colleagues whose work has been far-reaching and impactful, please think about submitting them for consideration for this special recognition.

Nominating for the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award is easy. No later than November 1:

  1. Summarize the colleague’s accomplishments in 300 words or less
  2. Attach up to three (3) pages of support documentation (e.g., listing of accomplishments that illustrate excellence)
  3. Acquire a letter of recommendation from the individual’s supervisor

You can access the nomination form, read specific details, and see previous award winners here. While contemplating who among your colleagues is most deserving of your nomination, you can also think about how they might enjoy what is now a $1500 cash award (increased this year from the previous $1000).

August 14 CD In-Service – RSVP by July 10

Stone Lab It seems hard to believe given that it feels summer has really only begun, but the start of fall semester and our August state CD in-service are only about six weeks away. Plan to join your colleagues at the Sea Grant/Stone Lab facilities on Gibraltar Island (Ottawa County). The trip will involve traveling to Ohio’s north coast where we’ll take four different trips on big boats and little boats! We plan to be on the 9:30 am Miller Ferry to South Bass Island and the 3:00 pm ferry back to Catawba Island (terminus of State Route 53). There will be tours and presentations, conversations, and island history.

Your local funds will cover your travel costs (e.g. mileage, Miller Ferry - $7.50 each way, overnight lodging if desired, etc.), and the state CD office will cover transportation to/from Gibraltar Island, island transportation to/from ferry dock, the aquatic visitors center tour, and lunch on the island. To help us better plan, please RSVP to Sandy by July 10.

A big thank you to Jill Bartolotta and Meghan Thoreau for their help and coordination in planning the agenda.

CFAES Strategic Alignment Opportunities

How do you best utilize the resources you have if you don’t really know about the resources you have? How do you know where you will end up if you really have no idea where you are going? These are the essence of strategic thinking and the focus of the current CFAES Strategic Alignment efforts.

CFAES Tag If you have an interest in learning more or sharing your own thoughts about making the most of the CFAES resources for the future, I encourage you to participate in the upcoming opportunities.

From a June 17 email from Graham Cochran:

Dear CFAES Faculty/Staff Member,  

On behalf of Dean Cathann Kress, I would like to invite you to participate in our “Strategic Alignment” zoom session held on July 17, from 8:30-10:00. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in a “Strategic Alignment” planning session, this would be a great opportunity for you to engage and share your feedback on this important work.

Please register for the Zoom session here: and the zoom link will be provided in a follow-up email.

During the session, you will be provided with an overview of the strategic planning work that is currently in progress and then be asked for input to guide the direction for the remaining strategic planning process.

For more information on CFAES Strategic Alignment please visit

Also, there are two remaining in-person sessions for staff members:

July 24, 2019 from 9:00-10:30AM - Ag. Admin. Auditorium (Columbus)

July 25, 2019 from 10:00-11:30AM – Fisher Conference Room (Wooster)

If you plan to attend an in-person session, please confirm the date and time that you plan to attend on the following poll:

Please note that all sessions are similar and you only need to attend one.

I know that Dean Kress has been particularly interested in better engaging with Extension professionals in the field and would appreciate our engagement in this college-wide planning effort.



Upcoming Ohio State Policy Changes:

In alignment with the Time and Change strategic plan, business unit priorities and Enterprise Project guiding principles, university policies will be revised to improve Ohio State’s employee experience, as well as operational efficiency and effectiveness. Summaries of these changes are now available on the Office of University Compliance and Integrity’s University Policies website. Policies will be distributed for university-wide feedback in two-week increments July through spring 2020. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Enterprise Project Digest (June 2019)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (June 2019)

NCRCRD 2018 Annual Report

NCRWN "The Drop" (June 2019)

$7 Million gift to Nebraska county unrestricted endowment - TV coverage / News article

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