CD Wire - August 5, 2019

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

CD Program Review Update

Thanks to the work of Gage Smith, state CD office, we have recently submitted the first drafts of our internal self-study report and a report of the State of CD work in Ohio. We plan to discuss these initial drafts and the CD crowdsourcing report at the August 14 state CD in-service. After they receive initial edits, I hope to forward you draft versions in advance of our meeting.

Also, you may have recently received an invitation to visit with the external review committee scheduled to be on campus September 16-17 (see visit itinerary below). I encourage you to participate and share your thoughts and insights with our CD colleagues serving on the committee. They include: Doug Arbogast (West Virginia University), Lynette Flage (North Dakota State University), Notie Lansford (Oklahoma State University), and Stacy McCullough (University of Arkansas).

You can keep up with our CD Program review progress here.

Monday, September 16
9:30-10:30 a.m. State Faculty & Staff
10:45-11:45 a.m. County Personnel 1
12-1 p.m. County Personnel 2
1-2 p.m. Committee Lunch
2-2:30 p.m. Dean's Cabinet Meeting
3-4 p.m. External Partners
4-5 p.m. External Committee Recap
6-8 p.m. Group Dinner with Extension Executive Cabinet
Tuesday September 17
9-10 a.m. Internal Partners/Faculty 1
10:15-11:15 a.m. Internal Partners/Faculty 2
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. External Committee Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. CFAES Advancement
1:30-2 p.m. External Committee Conversation
2-3 p.m. Wrap-up Meeting

Congratulations to Osborne and Moss

A quick check of these pages shows mention of the word “promotion” more than 80 times in the past nine years. Why? As part of an academic institution, one of the ways that professional growth and development is recognized is via academic promotion. At the most basic level, the process involves inviting your peers to assess your body of work against the norms and values of the institution and the academy. Two of our colleagues have recently done just that.

Myra Moss Amanda Osborne Congratulations are in order for Amanda Osborne (educator 3) and Myra Moss (professor)! Both have documented significant contributions in Extension teaching, creative/scholarly work, and service and have been recognized with promotion this year. It is safe to say they have also become intimately familiar with the promotion process.

Provisions exist for faculty promotion (see Volume 3, Promotion and Tenure Review at the Office of Academic Affairs) as well as A&P educator promotion (Amanda and 36 others worked through the recently revised A&P process). The Extension Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Criteria and Procedures (APT) and Guide to Promotion also illustrate the process and components for faculty. For a full listing of links to the various documents, guides, and supporting materials for both A&P and faculty promotion, go here and let’s talk soon!

Marlee Stollar is National ACT Critique and Contest Winner

Marlee Stollar, CD's student assistant, took home several awards from the 2019 National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Critique and Contest held during the National ACT meeting in Minneapolis, MN in July. Critique and Contest is the national communications and journalism competition for ACT members. This contest allows students the opportunity to have their work analyzed by professionals and judged against members across the nation. Categories include writing, publication, electronic media, photography, design & layout, and public relations.

Marlee Stollar

Congratulations to Marlee on the following awards, and we look forward to having her back at her CD desk in a couple of weeks!

  • First Place e-Newsletter
  • First Place Brochure/Pamphlet
  • Overall Publication Award

Short on funds? CD Professional Development Support Apps due September 1

How do we get better? One way is to seek out new learning opportunities. When they come at a cost, don’t forget to apply for some ‘outside assistance’ in the form of a CD Professional Development scholarship. Thanks to individual contributions to the Extension CD Support Fund # 308100 you are able to apply for up to $750 three times per year. Awards are made in February, May, and September contingent on availability of funding. September 1 is the deadline for September awards so do not delay!

Your thoughtful responses (email or Word document is fine) to five simple questions found on the CD Professionals’ webpage here is all you need to do. Contact Greg if you have any questions and/or want to talk about your professional development plans!



Air Quality Alert! An EPN Video Release & Conversation on Social Media-based Environmental Communication - August 13:

Air Quality Alert! The next EPN Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, August 13 from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Air quality connects to all aspects of our lives and our communities. The central Ohio region fluctuates annually in its ability to meet federal air quality standards as do the metro areas around Cleveland and Cincinnati (read more here1). At the same time, the public is bombarded with competing information about forms of pollution and solutions to improving air quality. Are social media platforms, such as YouTube, a way to inform and learn about fact-based approaches to complex environmental issues (read more here2)?

For this unique EPN program, Dr. Brooke White (Senior Air Quality Specialist with MORPC) convenes an array of experts, including from the Breathing Association, Clean Fuels Ohio, and Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, to address the many sides of air quality (our air quality, health and lungs, trees, transportation and overall environment)...all told through an engaging video-based format posted on YouTube!

Click here for complete information and to register.

Germinate International Film Fest Tickets Now On Sale:

Germinate Film Fest

Purchase tickets now for the Germinate International Film Fest!

August 16-17 in Hillsboro, OH

The Germinate International Film Fest will be held in Hillsboro, OH, August 16-17 at various locations. Learn about the agricultural industry from the perspective of agricultural producers, researchers, and rural community members. Join this forum for open discussion about agricultural, environmental, and rural community development topics important to the public. Attend live film screenings and participate in hands-on workshops on video production, photography, agriculture, natural resources, astronomy, and community development topics. The films curated for this event highlight the resiliency of rural communities and the individuals who are making these communities thrive. Click here for complete information, including ticket purchase.

Elder Care Certificate Course coming to Columbus in September:

Elder Care Certificate Anyone who cares for or interacts with older adults will find the Elder Care Certificate Program a wealth of information about issues facing our aging population.

This program will transform the way participants work with elders and enhance their status as caring individuals. Participants will gain expertise in dealing with the aging population, will have a better understanding of the challenges seniors face, and will be better equipped with the interpersonal tools to function as contributing members of a team.

Complete four one-hour modules, then 16 hours total in-class sessions on September 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber (717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215). Ohio State's employee fee is $378, which includes lunch. Full registration is $420. Click here to register by August 19; read more here. Program background information can be found here.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinars – September:

NCRCRD NC Region Aging Network: A Multi-State Collaboration to Enhance Aging-Related Extension Outreach
September 5 @ 3 p.m.

Presented by: Erin Yelland (Kansas State University), James Bates (The Ohio State University) and Jacquelyn Benson (University of Missouri)

Using Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas
September 12 @ 2 p.m.

Presented by Norman Walzer (Northern Illinois University) and David Ivan (Michigan State University)

The Impact of Naloxone Access Laws on Opioid Overdose Deaths in the U.S.
September 25 @ 3 p.m.
Presented by: Elham Erfanian (West Virginia University)

For complete information on these webinars and others upcoming, as well as the links, visit here.

Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference - September 12:

State of the Science Conference 2019 The 4th annual Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference in Toledo, Ohio will highlight current scientific knowledge related to algal blooms. Research and outreach leaders will present findings from recent studies and identify important areas of uncertainty.

Expected audience includes academic researchers, state and federal agencies and the agricultural community interested in the latest algal bloom science and technology, with an expected audience largely from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Members of the academic research community, state and federal agencies and the agricultural community are especially encouraged to attend.

Specific topics will include:

    • Collaborations and partnerships critical for improving water quality
    • Priorities and policies of Ohio agencies for harmful algal blooms
    • Monitoring and tracking nutrient inputs within the watershed
    • The latest in edge-of-field research and best management practices

Among many presentations from leading researchers, one highlight is the panel of State of Ohio department directors:

  • Mary Mertz, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Joy Mulinex, Director of Lake Erie Commission
  • Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Laurie Stevenson, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Register here. Registration fee is $40. The conference has been approved as professional development for 5.25 contact hours by the Ohio EPA.

MSU's Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference - October 1-2:

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Many of you may be familiar with Michigan State University Extension’s annual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference, and some states (Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota) have sent teams to the conference and brought back the community-based entrepreneurship approach to their own states.

For those who haven’t attended, or who wish to return, this year’s conference will be held October 1-2 in beautiful Ludington, Michigan, on Michigan’s west shore. New this year is an educational track on vacant storefronts, developed in cooperation with Michigan’s Main Street program. This is a small-town conference for small towns in a small town. Complete information can be found here, including registration.



New Team Members to the Grant Development Support Unit:

Grant Development Support Unit The CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education, Grant Development Support Unit has recently added additional staff to assist with proposal development, color team reviews, and post-award support for departments. Shannon Hollis and David Mackie joined the team on July 1. Kayla Arnold accepted the position of Graduate Education Coordinator, effective July 2019.

Additional information about team members can be found on the GDSU website. To request services from the GDSU, please visit the web page and click on the “Request Services” link.

The following AFRI opportunities are still available:

AFRI Program


Due Date

Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools (FACT)



Rural Economic Development



Agricultural Innovation through Gene Editing



Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)



Social Implications of Food and Agricultural Technologies



Environmental and Natural Resource Economics



Tactical Sciences Agricultural Biosecurity





Resources and Expertise are Available:

Farming Crisis Updates The historic rainfall during this growing season has challenged Ohio growers and producers. Find science-based solution to the issues from the CFAES community of experts at

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is concerned with the severe impact that the extreme weather, coupled with recent public policy issues, is having on growers and producers. In response, CFAES has assembled resources and information that can assist from a broad perspective on the issues facing those in farming and related industries as well as the rural community overall. "Please engage and communicate with us. Know that we are all in this together, and everyone in the CFAES community may have insights to share."

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (July 2019)

Enterprise Project Digest (July 2019)

OSU South Centers Connections (Summer 2019)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter July 2019)


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