CD Wire - January 6, 2020

Mission Statement:
Ohio State University Extension
Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

2020: A New Decade

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season over the last couple of weeks and that you’ve been able to spend time with family and friends.

As we embark on a new year and a new decade, I hope you have had time to reflect on the past year and thought about what you plan on achieving in 2020. While we all develop and identify "resolutions," I encourage you be resolute to block off time in order to secure an appropriate work-life balance. I also encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and embark on new adventures and opportunities. Drop me a note as I would like to hear from you about new adventures………

New Feature

A new feature of the CD Wire (see below) is to introduce, or in some cases, reintroduce you to our CD colleagues. We will start with Becky Nesbitt. My hope is after you read about Becky, you reach out to her if you are interested in working with her or want to seek her guidance with undertakings that you are currently working on. I have known and worked with Becky on several projects and she is an outstanding professional.

Congratulations . . .

OSU Extension-Franklin County recognized for Work in Weinland Park

I would like to share with you and congratulate Susan Colbert as the Weinland Park Collaborative (WPC) was recognized with the 2019 Community Impact Award from the Urban Land Institute Columbus. OSU Extension, Campus Partners, College of Education and Human Ecology and its Schoenbaum Family Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner Medical Center and its Moms2B program, Knowlton School of Architecture, and College of Social Work have represented The Ohio State University in the WPC. OSU Extension in the University District has been a key, on-the-ground partner in the WPC from its inception.

In part, the award states:

Weinland Park
"Weinland Park is an example of responsible and respectful integration of a neighborhood—a sustainable development that is exemplary of the ULI mission. The first step in the transformation of Weinland Park was taken in 2003 when The Ohio State University and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing acquired and stabilized more than 325 affordable Section 8 housing units through effective management and renovation. Recognizing that Weinland Park's proximity to Ohio State’s campus and the Short North neighborhood made it susceptible to gentrification, the Weinland Park Collaborative was formed in 2008 with an innovative strategy. It provided families with affordable opportunities for rental, lease-to-purchase, and homeownership, while making critical investments in workforce development, education, health, and more. Today, Weinland Park is a desirable neighborhood, experiencing its first population increase in 70 years."

Read ULI's news release announcing the award and view their three-minute video explaining the progress in Weinland Park that merited the award.

"Planning and Conducting Effective Public Meetings" Fact Sheet Revision published

Gwynn Stewart and Cindy Bond's revision of the Planning and Conducting Effective Public Meetings (CDFS-1555) fact sheet is now published on Ohioline. Congrats, Gwynn and Cindy!

Have a great week and remember:
"Where you are a year from now is a reflection of the choices you choose to make right now."  -Anonymous


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Becky Nesbitt
Assistant Professor
Extension Educator, CD

Becky Nesbitt
Located at:

OSU Extension
17 Standpipe Road
Jackson, OH 45640

Program focus:

Strategic planning/alignment/foresight
Structured discussions/Focus groups

About Becky:

I’ve been with OSU Extension for 32 years. I began in 1987 as an Extension agent in Gallia County, right after finishing grad school. When I began my career, Ronald Reagan was still president. Let that sink in for a moment. In those days, there was only one computer in the office, and it connected to a primitive “internet” about once a week. We didn’t have email or smart phones, and most offices didn’t even have FAX machines yet. So communicating was pretty different then.

But the interesting thing about this organization is that while our methods of reaching our clients - and even the topics of discussion - may have changed over the years, the purpose of our organization - our “why” - remains the same. We’re here to help the good folks in our state improve their lives and communities. Even after 32 years, that still feels like a fresh and relevant reason to believe in and be excited about our work.

Becky's work:

These days I am most focused on topics related to organizational development. Strategic planning and alignment, facilitation, navigating group dynamics, and guiding focused discussions make up most of my work. I enjoy partnering with colleagues, as well as groups and organizations that are interested in creating a new path to achieve their evolving needs and goals. I work with both external groups - like nonprofits, community groups, local leaders, and civic organizations - as well as internal groups - like OSU Extension teams, units, or other departments in our college.

Although I’m located in the southern part of Ohio, my responsibilities are statewide. And, without question, the very best experiences in my career have been the opportunities to work as a team with my colleagues.

You can reach Becky at 740-645-5380 or



Additional Vita Training and Office Hours Available:

There is still time to sign up for the January 7 Vita training being offered via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will be an actual training session (as opposed to office hours) targeted toward county-based Extension program faculty and staff. Click the following link to register (if you haven't already registered):

Additional Vita Office Hours. There is a zoom meeting room set up for Vita assistance during the following times. Again, targeting county-based Extension program faculty and staff.

  • Friday, January 3, 1-2 p.m.
  • Monday, January 6, 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 9, 9-10 a.m.
  • Friday, January 10, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, January 13, 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 14, 9-10 a.m.

Join any of the “Vita Office Hours” Zoom meetings at:

Please refer to Debby Lewis' email of December 20 for complete as well as additional information.

Corporate Research Engagement (CRE) 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises - January 15:

This interactive seminar will be held Wednesday, January 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library on the Columbus campus. The seminar will be led by the Industry Liaison Office to address the opportunities of, and challenges to, corporate collaboration. The session provides researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for vetting industrial opportunities and knowledge of the support resources at Ohio State that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships. Read more and register here.

Disabilities Etiquette - January 16:

Gain tips on respectful etiquette and language to create a comfortable work environment for all employees. This instructor-led workshop examines stereotypes associated with common disabilities and illustrates the participants’ emotional reactions to specific disabilities. Attend January 16 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High Street on the Columbus campus. Read more and register here.

The Impact Collaborative's Innovation Skill-Building Experience Online Series - January 16, 23, & 30 and February 6: 

Empower & Empower Online The ISBE Learning Series will meet weekly via Zoom over four sessions covering specific ISBE level building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to help create local impact.

The series will be led by Molly Immendorf and Annie Jones. This learning series is for eXtension members only as part of Engage & Empower OnlineRegister.

Ohio State Environmental Film Series begins January 21:

The Fifth Environmental Film Series will begin January 21 and continue every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:50 p.m. until March 3. Hosted by the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Professionals Network, and the Sustainability Institute, the events will offer lively discussions led by Ohio State and local experts. All events will be held in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, Room 130. Find building details here, including where to park nearby. Free pizzas and beverages will be available in the CBEC lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. at each event.

Thomas Mangelsen, wildlife photographer January 21 -  A Life in the Wild:
Kicking off the 5th Environmental Film Series is renowned wildlife photographer, passionate conservationist, grizzly bear champion, Thomas Mangelsen, with a return visit to Ohio State and the Environmental Professionals Network, upon the opening of a year-long exhibition of his iconic photographs at COSI. This is an opportunity to interact with a renowned photographer and passionate wildlife conservation leader, who has been featured on 60 Minutes. Find complete information here.

Compass coming in Early 2020:

Compass Ohio State is creating a “digital home” for faculty, staff and students that will provide employee information and institutional news. This platform, which will be known as Compass, will serve as a common entry point for employees who would like a summary of their employee details or who are looking for easy access to Ohio State’s technology systems, including Workday beginning summer 2020.

Compass will not replace the need to complete actions in Ohio State systems but can streamline how you find where you need to go. While employees can view details in Compass, they will not be able to complete actions, such as requesting time off or completing a training. Compass will point you in the right direction to complete activities in Ohio State systems.

Compass will help create a better employee experience by helping the university and medical center community navigate the many paths at Ohio State. Compass will launch in January 2020 for faculty and staff. Read more.



2020 DC Days - Application Deadline extended to January 10:

DC Days 2019 The CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education and the Grant Development Support Unit have extended the 2020 DC Days application deadline for one more week. Applications for this program will be accepted until Friday, January 10.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to enhance your competitive edge by making connections with federal program officers. The experience enables researchers to determine whether their basic concept is a good fit with the sponsor's mission, to seek advice concerning project design and appropriate funding track, and to better understand the peer review process. This is an excellent opportunity for networking and to increase your grant writing skills.

Interested individuals should e-mail a single PDF document to containing the following:

  1. Cover Page: Include Name, Faculty Rank, Department, and up to three Federal sponsors and/or specific program officers and/within their programs you would like to meet with.
  2. Abstract: Applicants must provide a comprehensive abstract (1000 words or less) detailing your research program and a synopsis of an anticipated proposal submission.
  3. Curriculum Vita: Vita should include a complete list of publications, contributed and invited talks, and funding history - including submitted, funded and non-funded proposals.

Complete information can be found here. Successful applicants will be notified mid to late-January 2020.

Staff Career Development Grant Applications due January 31:

Staff Career Development Planning your next professional development opportunity and need funding? Apply online for the Staff Career Development Grant.

Eligible staff (must be employed as a regular Classified Civil Service or Administrative and Professional staff member with at least 75% FTE and two continuous years of service with Ohio State) can apply for a grant of up to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups up to 10, and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more. Funds can be used for a variety of professional development opportunities related to job and/or career. Apply by January 31. Read more.

Women & Philanthropy Grant Applications due January 31:

Women & Philanthropy Whether you need funding to further current research, explore new discoveries or support innovative programs, Women & Philanthropy may be able to help.

All faculty and staff are now invited to apply for the 2020 grant cycle. Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $50,000, focusing on areas throughout Ohio State with an emphasis on relevance to Women & Philanthropy’s mission and alignment with current or emerging university and community priorities. Apply by January 31. Read more.


Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Twine Line (Fall/Winter 2019)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter - December 2019)

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