CD Wire - December 2, 2019

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Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference: Registration Deadline December 4

You are invited to attend and participate in the 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference – Land-Grant Fierce: Meeting the Challenge. Registration is open until December 4.

If you are planning to attend the conference, please join us for the NACDEP meeting on December 16 at 3:15 p.m.

Also, the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award will be announced at the Extension Awards Luncheon on December 18.

NACDEP Elections

By now, you should have received notice to vote for the 2020-21 NACDEP Board. Voting will take place until the end of December.

Community Development Support Program Applications

As in years past, the State CD office will provide financial support for you to pursue professional development opportunities. Maximum funding award per individual is $750. Funds will be awarded in February and September. Only one award per individual per year is permitted. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received funding from the CD Professional Development Support Program in the previous two years. Funds must be spent within 12 months of receiving award. Please email me if you want additional information. Application due February 15 available here.

LOD Director Update

Per Director Wilkins announcement, please welcome Dr. Teresa McCoy as our next director of the Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) unit. Teresa will begin her position in Ohio on January 2, 2020. I have asked Dr. McCoy to stop by our April 16 CD in-service.

Have a great week and remember:
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." -Colin Powell



Converging on Wicked Systems Problems Recording Available:

The Converging on Wicked System Problems lecture held on November 18, as part of the 75th Anniversary Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) Lecture Series, is available here.

Vita Training - December/January:

Learning and Organizational Development will be holding one in-person training session for Vita in Columbus and one training session via Zoom. There will also be multiple opportunities to participate in “office hours” for less formal question/answer sessions. Note: These trainings are intended for county-based Extension program personnel as you prepare for the Extension Annual Report submission deadline (January 15, 2020).
Here are the dates/times of the longer, training opportunities:

  • Thursday, December 12 (9 a.m. to noon) at the 4-H Center
  • Wednesday, December 18 sign up for “Vini, Viti, Vici, Vita!” with Debby Lewis and Brian Butler during breakout sessions 4 and 5 at Extension Annual Conference.
  • Tuesday, January 7 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) via Zoom

Here are the dates/times for the shorter question/answer sessions via Zoom (so far):

  • Friday, December 13 (9 to 10 a.m.)
  • Thursday, December 19 (10 to 11 a.m.)
  • Friday, December 20 (9 to 10 a.m.)

Please use this link to register for any of the sessions above. Zoom connection information will only be sent to those who register. Contact Debby Lewis ( for individual assistance.

Climate Change for Cities Webinar - December 16:

Martha Shulski Climate for Cities: Increasing the Capacity for Cities to Effectively Plan for Climate Change
December 16 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Presented by: Martha Shulski

This webinar will focus on rising temperatures, greater variability, shifting precipitation patterns, and more extreme rain events due to climate change pose current and future challenges for cities. Impacts permeate across many aspects of municipalities – infrastructure, health, recreation, utilities, emergency operations, etc. Proper adaptation requires a knowledge and understanding of climate projections and how future changes will influence specific municipal concerns. Register.

CFAES Teaching Today’s Learners - Professional Learning & Development Series begins January 15:

CFAES Teaching Today’s Learners: Professional Learning & Development Series Throughout the upcoming year, and beyond, the college will be hosting a series of professional learning experiences for the CFAES teaching community with interest and/or responsibilities relating to instruction, teaching, advising, student evaluation, and outreach.

The kick-off program for the CFAES Teaching Today’s Learners: Professional Learning & Development Series will be a reading group. The group is to be facilitated by Ohio State’s Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator using the book The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach to structure activities and exercises that will assist the participants in exploring the “syllabus” as a learning tool, teaching resource, a learner-centered working document for both educator and learner.

The first meeting of the kick-off program for the series is scheduled on January 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with hosted participation locations on both the Columbus and Wooster campuses connected via Zoom. Register.

Recruiting, Selecting, and Training Volunteers Webinar - January 16: 

Scott Scheer

As a part of the ACEL to Extension workshop series, Scott Scheer, PhD will be leading a webinar focusing on volunteer management. Register.

Volunteers are key for impactful programs. Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge about volunteer recruitment strategies
  • Identify and assess methods for choosing volunteers
  • Explore practices to select and train volunteers

NCRCRD Upcoming Webinar - January 23:



Addressing Power Asymmetries in Community Development
January 23 at 1 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Annabel Ipsen (Colorado State University)



Energy Partnership Opens Awards - due December 15:

As part of its commitment to academic collaboration, Ohio State Energy Partners contributes $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. Working with OSEP, the Energy Academic Collaboration Council requests proposals from Ohio State faculty, staff and students to advance important university priorities and promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration. This year’s request for proposals is now open; awards between $10,000 and $50,000 each will be awarded in health and well-being, leadership and professional development, sustainability programs, and arts and humanities. Proposals are due December 15. Read more.

NACDEP Conference 2020 Call for Proposals - due January 15:


Proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 NACDEP Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire May 31 - June 3, 2020.

Consideration is given to a wide range of community development topics including economic development, diversity and inclusion, human capacity building, community resilience and sustainability, infrastructure, natural environment, building capacity within government and organizations, and tourism. Options include 30-minute presentation, 90-minute workshop, 15-minute REAL Talk, 3-minute Pitch Fest, 3-hour pre or post workshop and poster. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your proposal(s) via the FastTrack System.

Strategic Research Travel Program:

The Strategic Research Travel Program provides funding for travel for Ohio State faculty and principal investigators to build and strengthen relationships with program officers to help drive the development of innovative programs and priorities for sponsor agencies. Read more.



Phishing Scheme Targeting Ohio State Employees:

There’s a new phishing scheme targeting Ohio State employees. Here’s what to look for:

  • A message that looks like it is from a colleague – maybe a manager, dean or executive.
  • In the message, the sender will ask the employee or colleague to purchase gift cards because she/he too busy to complete this task personally.
  • The sender asks the recipient to reply to the message with photos of the gift card numbers.

On these messages, the “from” field may look legitimate, but the email address was not sent from an Ohio State email account. The phisher has created a phony email address in the name of sender to trick Ohio State employees into thinking the message is legitimate.

Don’t respond to these messages. Use the Report Phish button in Outlook to report these messages or send them to If you have already responded to such a message, please contact the Security Awareness Team (

Retirement Reception Honoring Dr. David A. Benfield - December 13:

Dr. David Benfield On Friday, December 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a retirement reception honoring Dr. David A. Benfield in the Secrest Welcome and Education Center in Wooster. RSVP.

Leave Policies out for University-wide Feedback:

The Office of Human Resources welcomes your feedback on the Paid Time Off, Unpaid Leave and Military Leave, and Reemployment Rights policy revisions related to the Enterprise Project. These policies are open for university-wide feedback through December 15 on the University Policies website. Visit the “Policies Under Review” tab to view overviews of the policy changes and the proposed revised policies. Read more.

Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building:

The Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building is officially open. The long-awaited Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building is finally complete at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.

The 10,500-square-foot building features multifunctional meeting spaces, a teaching kitchen, and demonstration gardens. On November 15, there was a small ribbon-cutting where Pat Brundige was thanked for her transformational gift that made the building possible. Watch for details on a spring open house to visit the new space. Read news article.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


Enterprise Project Digest (November 2019)

NCRWN "The Drop" (November 2019)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (November 2019)

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