CD Wire - November 4, 2019

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-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award Update

Great news: We have received four nominations for The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. The winner will be announced at the OSU Extension Annual Conference in December.

Reminder: 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference

You are invited to attend and participate in the 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference – Land-Grant Fierce: Meeting the Challenge. The work we do as a land-grant institution is even more critical today than at possibly any other time in our more than 100-year history. Our ability to braid together our three missions of teaching, research, and Extension to bring the knowledge and resources of The Ohio State University to all of our statewide campuses and beyond is invaluable. We are optimally poised as a land-grant to make a difference in the life of every Ohioan through our partnerships, products, processes, and people.

The Annual Conference will be held December 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Accommodation information, as well as all conference information, can be found here. Conference registration will be emailed soon.

Please email me ( if your proposal was accepted.

2020 IEDC Membership

We have invested in an organizational membership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for 2020. What does this mean? State CD funds have already covered the first membership to the organization, which enables you to join at a reduced rate (using your funds) of $190. If you are interested in renewing or joining, please remember to request your supervisor’s approval prior to purchasing. The benefits of membership can be found here.

How do you purchase this membership? If you are renewing, you will receive a renewal statement. If you are joining for the first time, please contact Adele Smith at 202-223-7800, IEDC membership associate. Provide your contact info (name, title, etc.) and indicate that you are with Ohio State University Extension. She will then bill you at the $190 individual membership rate.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


I want to congratulate Gwynn Stewart and Godwin Apaliyah for creating a new fact sheet: Rural Transportation Programs and Their Benefits.

Have a great week and remember: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."  ― Walt Disney



Improving Relationships through Better Organization - November 7:

A session focusing on improving relationships through organization will be held on November 7 in Research Services room 126. Participants of this workshop will explore what being organized looks like, define being organized, and discuss how this attribute affects relationships. It will also discuss how to help others create their personal vision of a space that needs organization and develop a doable plan. Visit the Zoom link to view the session to attend online. RSVP to before attending the online or in-person session.

Ohio Farmers Markets Sustainability Planning - November 11 & 12:

Ohio Farmers Market Sustainability Planning

On November 11 and 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., OSU Extension Direct Food & Agricultural Marketing Program and the Ohio Farmers Market Network will be hosting a two-day workshop titled, "Sustainability Planning for Ohio Farmers Markets." The workshop will focus on maintaining and growing consumer demand, while supporting local farmers markets. It will also touch on how to create thriving and sustainable marketplaces for vendors and producers. Managers will leave with an action plan they can take to their vendors, boards and/or communities for feedback, consideration, and implementation. Read moreRegister by November 10.

2019 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference - November 12:

corn From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 12, the 2019 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The conference will include a variety of speakers from Ohio State and agricultural companies regarding challenges in agriculture, as well as future opportunities. View the agenda for more information. Register.

Converging on Wicked Systems Problems Lecture - Register by November 12:

The “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems” lecture and reception, hosted by Dean Cathann Kress, will be held November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bob Evans Auditorium in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Register here before November 12.  

GIS Day - November 13:

GIS day GIS Day is an annual event for Ohio State students, staff, faculty, and visitors to learn more about geographic information systems (GIS) and celebrate the power of geospatial analysis and visualization in answering research questions and solving real-world problems. GIS Day 2019 will include a humanitarian map-a-thon, lightning talks, exhibits/resource fair, and map expo, which is new this year. Read more.

Upcoming EPN Breakfast - November 19:

EPN Breakfast Image On November 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the "The Future of Wildlife Conservation: Funding Strategies for the State of Ohio" EPN Breakfast will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Learn from Kendra Wecker and Naomi Edelson, as the group discusses a variety of strategies aimed at enhancing the future of wildlife conservation in Ohio. The breakfast will cover traditional funding sources derived through activities such as hunting and fishing, as well as those related to taxing outdoor goods or shooting-specific sports equipment. Register.

Effective Meeting Facilitation - December 4:

ACEL to Extension

On December 4 at 9 a.m., ACEL to Extension will be hosting a workshop on effective meeting facilitation. This training will provide participants with techniques for helping groups work through thinking and decision making of important ideas and difficult conversations. It will also address how to be effective at facilitating people through useful processes. Register.

Participants will:

  • Understand facilitation and facilitator roles
  • Learn techniques for helping groups make decisions
  • Gain tools to help facilitate meetings

Think Beyond Summit Digital Access is here

Think Beyond Summit Here is the Digital Access link to the inspiring talks, presentations, and more that took place at Ohio State’s Teaching and Learning Academic Summit, held October 15 as part of the sesquicentennial academic summit series. Within, there is main-stage talks, panel discussions, twitter feeds and more — over seven hours of inspiring content to choose from.

Cybersecurity for You (C4U) 

Person on laptop Beginning last week, Ohio State is offering something new and different: the Cybersecurity for You (C4U) awareness platform. The platform can be used to fulfill cybersecurity training obligations with the university, but that is not its primary purpose. Instead, it exists to deliver cybersecurity awareness on important topics on campus. Read more.

Call for Proposals - Multi-State Rural Development Research or Extension Projects North Central Region:

NCRCRD The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Michigan State University announced a competition for two seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region. Two grants will be awarded for up to $60,000 each. Up to $120,000 will be awarded. Applications are due by February 10, 2020. Read more.



CFAES Grant Development Support Unit - Submit NIFA-AFRI:

Grant Development Support Unit

The Grant Development Support Unit now offers color-coded proposal reviews to CFAES faculty. A color-coded proposal review is a review system that provides constructive, unbiased feedback to improve overall proposal quality and competitiveness with the goal of increasing award success rates.

Take advantage of this new review system when applying to NIFA-AFRI’s. The Grant Development Support Unit will also assist in the proposal submission process. 

Contact Shannon Hollis ( or 614-292-1748) with questions.



5130 ACEL Student Survey:

ACEL students in the Agricultural Communication 5130 Public Relations class are assisting the Dean's office with a project regarding State of the College and our Strategic and Master Plans. As part of the project, they have put together a survey to help understand how our CFAES students, faculty, and staff would like to receive college communications. Please take a moment to fill out their brief survey.

Order Nike Sesquicentennial Apparel through November 11:

150 years Ohio State Through November 11, the Sesquicentennial Office is having an online store with select items for employees to purchase. The store is offering jackets, quarter zips, sweatshirts, and long sleeves in both men’s and women’s cuts for this short window. It is only open until November 11 so that all orders can arrive before December. View the link to online store. Contact Todd Avery ( with questions.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


OSU South Centers Connections Newsletter (Fall 2019)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (October 2019)

NCRWN "The Drop" (October 2019)

Enterprise Project Digest (October 2019)

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