CD Wire - December 19, 2019

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-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Dr. Gregory A. Davis announced as the 2019 Raymond A Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award Winner

Dr. Gregory A. Davis At the 2019 Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference, Dr. Greg Davis was honored as the winner of the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award. 

Greg Davis has dedicated over 24 years of service to the community development profession, starting as a county Extension agent in training. He has fulfilled the community development mission by conducting research, teaching, and service in the Departments of Extension and Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, focusing on individuals, organizations, and communities to better understand their local economies and methods for improvement.

He was one of the early adopters, creators, and promoters of the Business Retention and Expansion Program, one of the mainstay programs in use today by community development educators. He went on to modernize and redevelop the curriculum with new tools and resources and was responsible for training other Extension educators to deliver the program and for spreading the program statewide. As a result, Ohio’s program has been replicated by at least four other states and is known to be one of the oldest and most successful in the country.

Greg has provided leadership as the assistant director for OSU Extension community development for nine years, leading field-based Extension professionals engaged in community development work throughout Ohio and developing and implementing programs and tools to foster better-informed community economic development strategies. During his tenure, many new public and private partnerships were formed, with countless local, regional, and statewide projects undertaken successfully.

His work with numerous regional and state community development organizations, including the Ohio Township Association and the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, helped elevate the reputation and integrity of Extension community development and the unbiased work that we do.

Greg has mentored numerous Extension professionals, guiding them through the promotion and tenure process, resulting in many educators and faculty in all program areas advancing in rank.

As CD program leader, he also saw the great work being done by community development professionals across Ohio and realized that there wasn’t an award to recognize their exemplary work. As a result of his vision, drive, and leadership, in 2012 the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award was established in honor of Raymond A. Schindler, one of the first Extension community development professionals in Ohio.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Gregory A. Davis as the 2019 winner of this prestigious award!

Congratulations to all CD Professionals recognized at Annual Conference

Land-Grant Fierce! Several other CD professionals were recognized for their outstanding work at the OSU Extension Annual Conference awards luncheon on December 18. Congratulations to all!

JCEP/ESP Awards:

Creative Works Awards:

  • Program/Event Press Release: Sarah Orlando - 1st Place
  • Follow-up News Story/Press Release: Meghan Thoreau, Judy Walley - 2nd Place
  • Personal Column: Brian Raison - 2nd Place
  • Periodical Publication: Gwynn Stewart - HM
  • Instructional Video: Sarah Orlando - HM
  • Individual Newsletter: Gwynn Stewart - HM
  • Promotional Package (Individual): Gwynn Stewart - 1st Place
  • Promotional Package (Team): Brooke Beam, Danae Wolfe, Rachel Leggett, Kenzie Johnston, Cheryl Buck, Jacci Smith, Rob Leeds, Greg Davis, Gage Smith, Christine Gelley, Danielle Combs, Kathy Bruynis, Tammy Newsome - 1st Place
  • Fact Sheet: Tory Gabriel - 3rd Place
  • Project Books: Tory Gabriel - 1st Place / Peggy Hall, Eric Romich, Evin Bachelor - HM
  • Blogs: Meghan Thoreau, Judy Walley, Emma Rico (student), Allison Cheek (student) - 3rd Place

Team Teaching Awards:

  • Extension and Non-Extension Collaborators: Safe Medication Practices for Life - Nancy Snook, Samantha Scott, Christine Gelley, Gwynn Stewart, Kristen Huck - 3rd Place

ESP Chapter Awards:

  • Diversity/Multicultural Recognition (Individual): Brian Raison

JCEP/ESP Scholarships:

  • Brooke Beam, Scott Hardy, Gary Kuhn

JCEP/ESP Service Awards:

CD Program Area Winners:

  • Early Career Service (less than 10 years): Sarah Orlando
  • Midcareer Service (10-20 years): Eric Romich
  • Distinguished Service (20 years or more): David Civittolo

And More Great Work . . .

Drone Racing Team Obstacle Course

Meghan Thoreau's new fact sheet, Tech Recipe: Starting a Scholastic Drone Racing Team (CDFS-1576), was just published to Ohioline today. View it here. Congrats, Meghan!



Learn to Code over the Holidays:

If you have two hours over the holidays, you have time to complete Coding at a Glance, the Digital Flagship Swift Coding and App Development Certificate Preview. You’ll pick up a basic understanding of the app development process and get inspired to further your goals through code. Complete the online course on any device and at your own pace. Read more.

Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar - January 13:

Farmer and Farmland Owner Income Tax Webinar Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners wanting to increase their tax knowledge should consider a Monday, January 13, webinar that will address tax issues specific to this industry.

Content will focus on important tax issues and will offer insight into new tax legislation and further guidelines that have been released this year. The live webinar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and offered by OSU Income Tax Schools, which is a part of CFAES and Ohio State University Extension. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, registered participants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar at a time of their convenience. Register.

Upcoming EPN Breakfast - January 14:

EPN Breakfast On January 14, "The Bourbon Barrel Connection: Revitalizing Appalachian Ohio economies and oak-dominated forests" EPN breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

This event, co-hosted with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry, will highlight the bourbon cooperage industry in Appalachian Ohio and the economic benefits that it is providing to communities in the region. Read more and register here

Urban Universities, Thriving Communities (OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit) - January 28:

Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. When urban-serving universities and communities join forces, the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development can be confronted. Join educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University on January 28 to exchange ideas and reinvigorate collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. Please register for this free event which will be held at the Ohio Union. Link to more information and registration.

Summit on Extension in Ohio's Urban Communities - January 29:

Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections is the theme of the Summit on Extension in Ohio's Urban Communities event to be held January 29 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface should attend this Summit to better understand and address:

  • Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface);
  • Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests;
  • OSU Extension's strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and
  • Strengthening Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.

Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted.

Click here for the agenda and to register for the Summit. OSU employees may provide Org and Fund numbers for internal payment transfer.



Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit 2020 - Proposals due December 31:

Seeing a World without Hunger Summit An upcoming summit called, “15th Annual Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) Summit 2020” will be hosted by the University of Kentucky next year from March 19-20.

UFWH is a global higher education movement focused on educating, mobilizing and organizing students, faculty and administrators in the war against hunger. Students, professionals, advocates, and faculty share their knowledge, experiences, and practices in the fight against hunger and malnutrition at the Summit by bringing together all academic disciplines. 

There are three tracks for each breakout session and poster presentations (global, domestic, and campus hunger solutions) and abstracts are due on December 31.

2020 NACDEP Conference Proposals due January 15:

2020 NACDEP Conference

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

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 15, at 11:59 p.m. Submit your proposal(s) via the FastTrack System

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.

2020 NCR Program Priority Funding Pre-proposals due January 15:

North Central Cooperative Extension Association The North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) is seeking pre-proposal letters of interest for multistate, Extension-lead projects that address rural community vitality and prosperity in the 12 states of the North Central Region. 

NCCEA is asking for pre-proposal letters describing potential ideas. 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 expenditures shall not exceed $40,000 in any one year, and not to exceed $100,000 over the three years (approximately April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2023).
Funding priorities identified by the Cooperative Extension Deans/Directors in the North Central Region are:

  • Programming that addresses issues currently contributing to increased stress in rural communities, issues that are negatively impacting rural communities, or issues related to economic challenges in rural areas will be given top priority.
  • Proposals are expected to be broadly based, including: economic, political, environmental, societal, and individual health and family fiscal well-being, workforce development, economic diversification, community development, rural and urban interdependence, etc.).
  • Proposals are expected to create (at a minimum enhance) community-based education efforts as soon as possible once funding is announced. Project most likely to receive funding will show local Extension programming occurring within the first 18-24 months after notification of award.

Letters of pre-proposals are due Wednesday, January 15, (by close of business day) 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:

  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?

Apply now for the University Outreach and Engagement Awards - Due January 31:

The university is seeking nominations of programs, scholars, and community partners for the 2020 University Outreach and Engagement Awards, which honor faculty, staff, students, and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. Awards will be given in three categories: Community Engaged Program, Community Engaged Scholars, and Community Partner. The deadline to apply is January 31. Read more.

2020 International Workshop on Agritourism - Proposals due January 31:

2020 International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) The 2020 International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) will be held October 27-29 at the Hilton Burlington Hotel in downtown Burlington, Vermont.

The University of Vermont Extension local host committee is working on developing an exciting program for participants which will include educational sessions on pertinent industry topics, poster presentations, hands-on workshops and farm tours, networking events, and time with exhibitors and sponsors. Proposals for oral presentations, workshops, and posters are now being accepted. Proposals must be submitted online by the deadline of January 31 in order to be considered. Learn more and submit a proposal online.

NCRCRD Multi-State Rural Development Research or Extension Projects - Call for Proposals due February 10:

NCRCRD Grants The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Michigan State University announces a competition for two seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region of the United States.

Two grants will be awarded for up to $60,000 each. Up to $120,000 will be awarded. Application deadline is February 10. Frequently Asked Questions  /  Call for Proposals (complete details)



Dean's State of the College Address - January 10:

CFAES State of the College Address 2020

Next Deadline for Teaching Support Program - January 31:

UITL Teaching Support Program Compensation-eligible instructors should complete the first two components of the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) Teaching Support Program (TSP) by January 31 in order to receive compensation at the end of March.

The first component, the Teaching Practices Inventory, takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The final deadline to complete the TSP for compensation is March 31. Read more.

Ohio State Day at Cedar Point - May 8: 

Ohio State Cedar Point Day Ohio State Day at Cedar Point has just been announced for 2020, and with Ohio State and Cedar Point celebrating their 150th anniversaries in 2020, it is bound to be the biggest and best event yet.

Mark your calendars for May 8 now and enjoy this exclusive day for Buckeyes and their families. Read more.

Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training due June 30:

Everyone plays a key role in keeping Ohio State safe, and it’s important to know how to identify, disrupt and report sexual misconduct. All faculty, staff and student employees must complete “Report = Support!,” which has been assigned through BuckeyeLearn, to help identify and prevent sexual misconduct and provide access to support services and resources. Merit-eligible employees who do not complete the training by June 30, 2020, will not be eligible for annual merit increases that take effect September 2020. Check your BuckeyeLearn transcript for the link.

Share Your Data Needs:

Translational Data Analytics Institute What are your greatest data-related needs? Faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students are invited to take a quick survey to help guide Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) programming and investments.

Surveys will be used to identify gaps in data resources and training, and to help TDAI and its partners invest in new opportunities to advance teaching and research. Take the survey.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Research News (December 2019)

Enterprise Project Digest (December 2019)

Twine Line (Fall/Winter 2019)


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