CD Wire - January 21, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

January 15th

When I type in January 15th, what is the first thing that comes to mind? National Strawberry Ice Cream Day? (Yes, the 15th is a day to celebrate and eat strawberry ice cream!) If you’re like me, you know that is the date that your Annual Performance Report information is due. I want to thank you all for taking the time and energy to organize your information. I understand the reporting system isn’t optimal, but nonetheless, it is an important activity. I hope you also use this time to review the past year's successes and continue to develop your plan of work for 2020.

Community Development Professionals Feature

Thanks for the positive feedback regarding the (re)introduction of our Community Development professionals. Today, I hope you enjoy learning more about Amanda Osborne and all the great programs she is conducting in Cuyahoga County. Great job, Amanda!

JCEP Public Issues Conference

Public Issues Leadership Development Conference Registration for the JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference (April 5-8 in Arlington, VA) is now open, and I hope you will consider attending. This year’s conference theme is “Moving Knowledge into Solutions.” Registration and the draft schedule can be viewed at the conference website. Early-bird registration is $410 and ends March 13. Rooms at the conference hotel are $230 per night.

There are two amazing presentations for the keynote and capnote. Our keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Jermaine Davis, Professor of Communication Studies at Century College and Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine University. He has authored 10 books including Get Up Off Your Butt and Do It Now, Leading with Greatness, The Art of Communicating Effectively with Diverse People, and The Quote Journal Series: 52 Quotes to Help You Succeed.

The capnote presentation will be given by Dr. Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement at the University of Missouri. Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Stewart has been recognized for his expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, legislative affairs, and youth and agricultural education and advocacy.

Professional Development Support Program Applications due February 15

If you are interested in pursuing a professional development activity, but are unsure of programming dollars, I encourage you to apply for a Community Development Professional Development Support Award. The maximum funding award per individual is $750, and the funds are awarded in February and September contingent on availability of funding. Please note that only one award per individual per year is permitted and preference will be given to applicants who have not received funding from the CD Professional Development Support Program in the previous two years.

As an example, two prior award winners were Kyle White and Kenzie Johnston. Kyle used the funding to attend last year's PILD Conference, and Kenzie used the funding toward registering for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's AgriPOWER, a leadership and advocacy development program, which consists of seven multi-day institutes. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week and remember: "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Amanda Osborne
Extension Educator, CD
Cuyahoga County

Amanda Osborne
Located at:

OSU Extension - Cuyahoga County
12200 Fairhill Road
Cleveland, OH 44120

Program focus:

Local and community food systems
Farmers’ markets
Food insecurity

About Amanda:

Amanda began her career with OSU Extension in 2015. With an educational background in Urban Geography, Amanda implements a mixed methods-approach to examine complex community problems using mapmaking and qualitative data. She is particularly interested in how policies and governance structures can hinder equitable access to community amenities for all residents. Amanda values grassroots community leadership and believes it is vital for sustainable change.

Amanda's work:

Amanda works with local community, regional, and state partners to increase access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables for food-insecure families in Ohio. She is involved in the development, management, and evaluation of several nutrition incentive programs (Produce Perks, WIC Perks, Produce Prescription) that connect low-income families with community-based resources, such as farmers’ markets. Amanda’s programs aim to increase the purchasing power of low-income families at farmers’ markets while increasing direct-to-consumer sales for small to mid-sized farms. Amanda also supports the development, expansion, and capacity building of local farmers’ markets. She is grateful to work alongside a network of over 25 community-based farmers’ markets that is largely run by community volunteers dedicated to increasing healthy food access in their communities.

You can reach Amanda at



NAEPSDP Webinar: Insights from Development of a National Evaluation Competency Model for Extension Educators - January 22:

NAEPSDP Logo "Insights from Development of a National Evaluation Competency Model for Extension Educators" will be held January 22 from noon to 1 p.m.

Extension organizations often use competency development models to maintain a competitive advantage and to build the capacity of their employees. Program evaluation is considered as one of the core competencies for Extension professionals. Even though multiple evaluation competency models were developed over the past two decades, none of them meets the context of Extension professionals who conduct the evaluations as one part of their job. In this webinar, insights will be shared from the development and broader applicability testing of a national evaluation competency model for Extension professionals.

Anil Chaudhary, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; The Pennsylvania State University, will present. Register here.

Food Security & Healthy Communities Panel Discussion - January 24:

Food security panel discussion Nearly 11% of the world’s population are food insecure or malnourished, and it may get worse: by 2050 farmers will need to produce almost 60% more food than currently.

In Franklin County Ohio food insecurity is affecting Columbus neighborhoods. The type of food that is available to residents in these neighborhoods also plays into food insecurity. People who live in areas that do not have easy access to supermarkets tend to rely on stores that sell nutritionally deficient or more expensive food. Transportation services, sidewalks, and the availability of crosswalks are also variables in residents’ access to healthy food options.

The panel consists of experts from the City of Columbus - Cheryl L Graffagnino, Franklin County - Brian Estabrook, OSU Extension - Karima Samadi, and the College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture - Kareem Usher. The panel will bring new insights into the topic of food security and hopefully answer questions related to food security and our community. The discussion will be moderated by Harvey Miller, PhD, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis.

This event will be held on January 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thompson Library, room 165, on the Columbus campus. It is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. In the theme of sustainability, you are asked to please bring your own reusable beverage container. Read more and RSVP here.

COMPAS Conference: What Is the American Dream? - January 24:

COMPAS Conference: What Is the American Dream? Is the American dream still alive? Who is and is not included in its promise? What is the relationship among freedom, democracy, opportunity, and prosperity?

"COMPAS Conference: What Is the American Dream?" will be held on January 24 from 2:10 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Keynote speaker is David Leonhardt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, with panelists JD Vance (author, Hillbilly Elegy), Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and moderator Gretchen Ritter, executive dean of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State. This event is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by the Kirwan Institute. Read more.

Research Commons - January Workshop and Presentation:

Research Commons
Using Public Domain Materials in Teaching & Research Workshop - January 27:

After a 20-year wait, published works are once again entering the public domain in the United States.

Free of copyright restrictions, public domain materials can be freely copied, shared, and remixed by students, instructors, and researchers. Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services to learn how to identify, find, and use public domain text, images, and other creative works. This session is January 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Research Commons. Register

Introduction to Data Visualization Presentation - January 28:

Data visualization has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for anyone looking to effectively communicate large amounts of information to a specific audience.

Attend this introduction to data visualization session to learn about types of visualizations, tools to create visualizations, and tips for designing better visualizations. The presentation is January 28 in the Research Commons. Participants can attend in person or live-stream. Register here for in-person attendance.

Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture - January 28:

Nancy L. Zimpher

The Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture with Nancy Zimpher has reached capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, email Ben Lewis at

Join Nancy Zimpher, chancellor emeritus of the State University of New York, for the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture on January 28.

Her lecture, “Defining the New Urban Land-Grant University: A Theory of Leadership, Action and Impact," will take place 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom.  

Sustainable Food Systems Webinar - January 29:

Photo by Ronnie Vernooy/Bioversity International Increases in population and wealth are leading to ever-growing demands for food, while increasing urbanization is leading to proportionally fewer people producing food.

On January 29 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Agrilinks will be hosting a webinar titled, "Sustainable Food Systems: How Better Natural Resources Management Leads to Better Food Security." This webinar will highlight emerging evidence and provide examples from the field on improved and more sustainable program design across the entire food system, from production to consumption. Read more. Register.

Introduction to Web Mapping with ArcGIS Online Workshop - January 30: 

ArcGIS Online Want to make a map for your research, teaching, outreach, or just for fun? ArcGIS Online (AGOL) is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web maps.

On January 30 from 3 to 4 p.m., there will be a workshop at the OSU Research Commons focused on AGOL. It is open to OSU faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from all disciplines. Read more.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the value of web maps based on a real-world application
  • Summarize key considerations and important steps in the process of creating a web map
  • Sketch a workflow for creating a web map related to their own research, teaching, or outreach goals
  • Locate and access training resources to support continued learning and build skills required for creating web maps with ArcGIS Online

Learning Circle: New Leadership Literacies for the Future - January 31:

Engage & Empower Online

New Leadership Literacies for the Future
January 31 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration deadline: January 29 (register here)

Pre-reading material for this Learning Circle

Futurist Bob Johansen has thoughts about the future. He feels the world will become explosively more connected. The historical practice of centralized organizations will become brittle in a future where authority is radically decentralized. Rigid hierarchies will give way to liquid structures. Because of technological advances and demographic changes, most leaders aren’t ready for this future.

What could this mean for us personally and for Cooperative Extension? Join a Learning Circle discussion, led by Steve Hadcock of Cornell Cooperative Extension, about the transitions that organizations are making and how we can prepare for these changes. We will look at a part of Johansen’s New Leadership Literacies and his vision of how leaders need to prepare themselves for a new way of leading organizations and people. 

This learning series is for eXtension members only as part of Engage & Empower Online. A list of eXtension members can be found here

NCRCRD Upcoming Webinar - February 5:

NCRCRD Fentanyl - Just the Tip of the Iceberg
February 5 at 2 p.m.
Captain Tobias Frost, Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette IN

EPN Breakfast - February 18:

EPN Breakfast – February 18, 2020 On February 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., there will be a EPN Breakfast titled, "Hope is the thing with feathers: A soaring journey with Jason Ward."

Birding is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity and is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world. It contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. Join Jason Ward as he takes participants on a journey of where his love for birds and wildlife began. He never imagined he would be where he is today, but he always had a passion to learn more about the natural world around him. During this EPN Breakfast program, participants will learn about his adventures, what he learned, how it changed him personally and professionally as well as tips for birding. Register.

Upcoming ACEL to Extension Webinar - February 20:

Dr. Joy Rumble On February 20, Dr. Joy Rumble will be leading an ACEL to Extension webinar titled "Stakeholder Identification in Evaluation." Register.

Stakeholders are critical to the planning, implementation, and results of an evaluation. Therefore, when planning to conduct a program evaluation it is important to make sure stakeholders are considered. This webinar will:

  • Define stakeholders
  • Practice identifying stakeholders of a program
  • Predict the effects of evaluation results on stakeholders
  • Discuss the roles stakeholders can play in evaluation



University Outreach and Engagement Award Applications 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. The deadline to submit an application/nomination is January 31. Awards will be given in three categories: Community Engaged Program, Community Engaged Scholars, and Community Partner. Read more.

Sustainability Research Seed Grant Program Pre-proposals due February 3:

Sustainability Institute The Sustainability Institute at Ohio State and the Center for Energy Research, Training, and Innovation (CERTAIN) announce the request for proposals for the Sustainability Research Seed Grant Program to build capacity in sustainability and resilience research at Ohio State by supporting new interdisciplinary research teams that lay a foundation for convergence research. Two funding tracks are available: Interdisciplinary Research Teams in Sustainability or Resilience and Interdisciplinary Research Teams in Sustainable Energy. Pre-proposals are due February 3. Read more.

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)

Growing Research Opportunities - Proposals due March 2: 

The Office of Research has launched a multi-faceted program to help position Ohio State for research excellence in new areas. Phase one of Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) includes funding for ideation workshops and futures workshops to support interdisciplinary research teams developing ideas for new funding pursuits. Workshop proposals will be accepted until March 2. Interested teams should contact the Research Development Office at 614-292-8170 to discuss ideas prior to submission. A virtual and in-person information session will be offered on February 13 (register here). Read more.



Join the NACDEP LinkedIn Group:

NACDEP The NACDEP Communications Committee (Comm Comm) invites you to join the NACDEP LinkedIn Group here.

State of the University Address - January 30:

Michael V. Drake, MD

President Michael V. Drake's State of the University Address will be on Thursday, January 30 at 3:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.

Space is limited. It can also be viewed live here.

Mileage Reimbursement Update:

Effective January 1, 2020, the mileage reimbursement rate decreased from 58 cents per mile to 57.5 cents per mile for all business miles driven from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 

New Travel Benefits:

After more than a year since the adoption of the travel initiative, the travel office has negotiated new benefits for individual business travel. Effective January 1, 2020, travel booked through Corporate Travel Planners (CTP) or Concur, the online booking tool, will no longer incur agency fees as well as fees for itinerary or name changes. Airline related fees still apply. Additionally, the new contract has expanded car rental services to include Hertz, joining Enterprise and National. For details on benefits and discounts, visit the travel site (scroll down to Tools & Resources).

Share your Data Needs:

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. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

CFAES Research News (January 2020)

Travel Newsletter (January 2020)

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