CD Wire - February 3, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Community Development External Program Review

The Community Development External Program review is now available for you to examine. It can be found here.

Some of the conclusions that the external reviewers shared were:

  • The CD program area needs to better communicate who they are, what they do, and the value they bring to Extension, the university, and the state.
  • People are not talking about Extension CD work, in part, because they have difficulty defining it.
  • Coupled with better communication, definition, and priorities is marketing and elevating the visibility of the CD programs.
  • Expand the CD reach and be responsive to local needs by partnering with other program areas for staffing and cross-training (4-H, ANR, FCS).

After you have had the chance to read it, along with the other pertinent documents, I would love to hear your thoughts.

As I mentioned previously, this review will be a main topic at our April 16 Inservice.

Community Development Professionals Feature

Today, I hope you enjoy learning more about Dr. Brian Raison and all the great programs he conducts throughout Ohio. Because of his statewide responsibilities, if you are interested in working with Brian, please reach out to him.

JCEP Public Issues Conference

JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference registration is now open. 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.

Final Notice: CD Professional Development Support 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 this program in the previous two years.

As an example, two prior award winners were Jill Bartolotta and Amanda Osborne. Jill used the funding to offset expenses to attend the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Durham, NH in July, 2019, and Amanda is using the funding toward obtaining a LEED AP certification from the US Green Building Council, as well as two specializations focusing on neighborhood development and green housing. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week and remember: "Your comfort zone is like your bed. You must get out of it EVERY day if you want to accomplish anything!" -Author unknown


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Brian Raison
Associate Professor &
Extension Field Specialist,
Community and Organizational Leadership

Brian Raison
Located at:

Greene County office of OSU Extension
100 Fairground Road
Xenia, OH 45385

Program focus:

Strategic Planning
Strategic Doing
Diversity Dialogues
Local Food Systems
Needs Assessment
Urban/Underserved Audiences

About Brian:

I began my career with OSU on March 1, 1996 in the Vinton County Extension office as a community & economic development educator. Many of you may not know that prior to that, I had served over 10 years (combined) as a manager over communications, public relations, government affairs, training, and development for the Mead Paper Corporation (in Chillicothe, Ohio and Kingsport, Tennessee), and as the inaugural development director for the City of Chillicothe. There, I gained over $2.9 million in development grants. We also organized and led trade missions to Japan and Korea, and a delegation for Sister-City exchanges in China. But when I came to Extension, I knew I’d found a home.

Along with family, I volunteer with several faith-based service organizations across the U.S. and overseas. And, I carry on heirloom gardening traditions learned from my grandfathers over 40 years ago.

Brian's work:

Today, I work statewide as an Extension field specialist and serve as an associate professor teaching graduate courses on campus focused on leadership. My research, teaching, and practices focus on community and organizational leadership (including personal and professional development). I work extensively in local food systems, strategic planning, and capacity building.

Most days, I work to discover intersections where leadership theory meets practice, so I can share those with clients and students. Bridging theory and practice is Extension’s genius. After 100 years, it’s still our best idea. This is how we help clients grow and achieve their goals.

After 34 years in the workforce, my goal before retirement is to share lessons I’ve learned and encourage others. I also want to keep learning (myself!) from my colleagues so I can share that collective wisdom with students and clients.

You can reach Brian at



Ohio JCEP Scholarship Deadline - February 15: 

Ohio JCEP Ohio JCEP awards $3,000 in scholarships three times per year for a total of $9,000 per year; with a maximum of $750 per person.

Applications for this round are due on February 15; applicants must complete a simple online form found here. Note that preference is given to those who have not received funding in the past two years. Funds must be spent within 12 months of receiving award, and an expense report and short summary must be submitted to Ohio JCEP treasurer for reimbursement with 60 days of training or event. If you have questions, contact Kate Feldhues (, 4-H youth development educator, Ross County.

Engage & Empower Training:

eXtension  Impact Collaborative From February 18 to 20, there will be a virtual Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training for individuals from eXtension member institutions.

This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact. Learn moreRegister by February 13.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar:

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Expanding the Intelligent Community Extension Program
March 11 at 2 p.m.
Presented by Roberto Gallardo (Purdue University) and Connie Hancock and Charlotte Narjes (University of Nebraska)

2020 Climate Symposium - March 26-27:

Byrd In conjunction with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center’s 60th anniversary celebration, all are invited to the second annual Climate Symposium: Collaborative Research at Ohio State.

The symposium opens on March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with the keynote speaker, and it continues March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Byrd Center with a technical portion and workshops. Read more. Register.



Warner Grant Proposals - Due March 2:

The Warner Grant Endowment Fund is now requesting proposals that are due March 2. This program is made available through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund, which was established specifically for on-farm research in sustainable agriculture in crop and animal production systems. Funded research is intended to identify and publicize sustainable agricultural practices and systems that are profitable, socially responsible, energy efficient, and improve water quality and other environmental concerns relevant to Ohio farmers. Read more.



A New Look for Credentials Entry at Email Login:

Outlook image An update on January 31 impacts the look of the screens when logging into email, as Microsoft’s Modern Authentication is adopted.

Despite the new look, employees can continue to log in with their name.# and password, but Outlook 2016 will require an extra step during the first log in. There will also be changes to Skype for Business (PC and Mac). Read more.

NACDEP Handbooks Posted on Website:

NACDEP The NCADEP Ohio Leadership Guide and President Duties Handbook have been posted on the CD website here. Those interested in a leadership position should refer to these books for more information about responsibilities.

CFAES Awards and State of the College Address Recordings Available:

If you were unable to attend the CFAES Awards program or the 2020 State of the College Address, both can be viewed online. 

Microsoft Security Vulnerability:

The Office of the Chief Information Officer has made us aware of critical security vulnerabilities identified by Microsoft. Our IT teams are working with OCIO to update affected university owned computers and devices. These efforts will happen automatically; no intervention is required on your part.
In the fast-moving world of information technology, hackers make careers out of exploiting vulnerabilities in software and hardware. Keeping devices such as your phone, laptop, and desktop computer up to date serve as best practices to combat against malicious software that can infect your machine and bring about loss of data, identity theft, or financial hardship. Take this opportunity to make sure that your home and personally owned devices are up to date as well. Learn more about specific vulnerabilities for Windows 10 devices and for directions on how to update personally owned systems running Windows 10 here.

Any questions about this vulnerability, please email Please forward any suspicious/malicious messages to For specific security questions, email

Provide Input and Nominations for the Presidential Search:

Oval The presidential search committee wants to hear from you!

Describe the qualities and experiences you would recommend in a president and offer other thoughts and suggestions as part of the process for seeking the 16th president in Ohio State’s history. The university community is also encouraged to submit candidate suggestions and nominations. Additional opportunities for engagement will be shared as the search progresses. To offer input and comments and submit candidate nominations, read the additional information → Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

South Centers Connections - Achievements Edition (2020)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (January 2020)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter January 2020)

Chemistry finding could make solar energy more efficient (Ohio State News)

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