CD Wire - May 4, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

OSU Extension Offices to Remain on Telework

I hope you all read Director Wilkins' announcement this afternoon, but I want to make sure you have it in the CD Wire. In essence, we will continue our teleworking plan through July 6 unless a decision is made by Ohio State to return sooner. Therefore, as you continue your programming efforts, please be mindful of the July 6 date. CFAES news article.

North Central Cooperative Extension Speed Meetings

As you know, the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) is offering online speed meetings in the areas of Mental/Behavioral Health, Entrepreneurship, and Rural Community Development. The first sessions were offered last week, and Nancy Bowen shared OSU Extension CD's perspective on Entrepreneurship.

I want to invite you to register for the final session on Rural Development where Myra Moss will be sharing her programmatic expertise. The session is scheduled for May 6, beginning at 1 p.m. The registration is free and is located here.

Congratulations Gage and Marlee

Please join me in congratulating Gage and Marlee for completing their undergraduate degrees! They both have tremendous work ethics, and we are fortunate to have their talents in Community Development.

Gage Smith

Gage earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Leadership: Community and Extension Education, with minors in Global Public Health and Agribusiness. He looks forward to staying with OSU Extension to grow as a community educator and learner. His future plans include attending graduate school studying in international development studies through a lens of gender equity.


Marlee earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication, Summa Cum Laude, with Research Distinction. This fall she will continue her education as a graduate associate in the CFAES department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL). Until then, she will continue her work as student asistant with CD.

Marlee Stollar on graduation day

NACDEP Conference

As you know, the NACDEP conference scheduled to be held in New Hampshire is transitioning to a Zoom conference. Once posted, the final schedule and registration details can be found here.

Last, thanks to those that have shared with me that you won an award and/or are presenting virtually. Please let me know, if you have not already emailed me.

Meet Joe Lucente, Associate Professor & Extension Educator (Ohio Sea Grant College Program)

Located at the Lucas County office of OSU Extension, Joe is responsible for research, education, and technology transfer of information concerning Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. One of his main responsibilities is conducting BREs in the Ohio lakeshore counties. Read more about Joe and his work in the feature article below.

Have a great week and remember: “Instead of obsessing over the things you can’t control, focus on what you can: your ATTITUDE, your MINDSET, and your ENERGY." -Mandy Hale


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Joe Lucente,
associate professor and Extension educator
(Ohio Sea Grant College Program)

Joe Lucente
Located at:

OSU Extension - Lucas County
One Government Center, Suite 550
Toledo, OH 43604

Program focus:
  • Local Government Leadership
  • Sustainable Development
  • Lake Erie Coastal Development and Environmental Issues
About Joe:

Lucente is a faculty member in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with primary assignment responsibility to the Ohio Sea Grant College Program in the Ohio Lake Erie watershed composed of thirty-four counties. The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is a statewide program that supports greater knowledge and stewardship of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes through research, education, and outreach. It is part of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant College Program, which includes thirty-three state programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Support for the Ohio Sea Grant College Program is provided by NOAA Sea Grant, the State of Ohio, The Ohio State University, and Ohio State University Extension.

Prior to joining OSU Extension, Lucente worked in county and city government as well as a large non-profit organization in northwest Ohio.

Joe's Work:

Lucente's educational programming and delivery is designed to provide education and research in community and economic development in collaboration with Lake Erie watershed clientele (local government organizations, non-profit organizations, private sector corporations, and general citizens), state and federal agencies through a combination of research, outreach and education in partnership with academia, government, and the private sector focusing on the economy, society, and environment.

Lucente is the Extension Educator for the Ohio Sea Grant College Program's sustainable coastal community development program. Lucente's areas of specialization in the department are Leadership and Capacity Development (50%) and Economic Development (50%).

Specific responsibilities include:

Leadership and Capacity Development (50%)

  • Developing, delivering, and strengthening leadership capacity for community leaders through local government leadership education programming and curricula, establishing partnerships with local chambers of commerce, local governments, and state­ wide organizations focusing on informed decision making in the Lake Erie watershed.
  • Develop and deliver sustainable land use programs for local and state clientele and involving residents, state agencies, local governments, businesses, and organizations to achieve desired community development through educational programs on coastal community planning and development.
  • Contribute to the effectiveness and growth of Ohio Sea Grant's coastal community development program by serving on national, state, regional, and departmental committees.

Economic Development (50%)

  • Delivering educational programs in partnership with organizations focused on business retention and expansion, tourism development and land use education to build organizational capacity and informed decision making regarding economic sustainability, coastal revitalization, and protection of the natural environment in the Lake Erie watershed.
  • Delivering research-based information in the form of programs, workshops, and publications that enable Ohio State University peers and Extension clientele to positively impact development decisions in their respective communities.
  • Engage Lake Erie watershed communities and decision-makers in land use education processes that identify and pursue sustainable economic development policies.
  • Provide local communities and organizations scientific research-based information needed for sustainable business decisions through one-on-one linkages in person and by phone.
You can reach Joe at or 419-574-0981.
Our next feature will spotlight Eric Romich,
associate professor and
Extension field specialist,
energy development



LOD Offerings for the Week of May 4:

LOD Laptop This week's training by OSU Extension Learning and Organizational Development is titled, "Polish before you Publish: Digital Engagement 201."

This week’s sessions will explore a variety of technical considerations including digital accessibility, creating stellar slide decks and simple videos with PowerPoint, photography, and evaluation of digital content.

The session objectives include the following:

  • Foster understanding of accessibility policy
  • Sharpen skills in creating accessibility digital content 
  • Sharpen PowerPoint skills
  • Develop competencies in photography and photo editing
  • Provide methods for assessing impact, reach, and engagement of digital content and virtual programming

Registration is not required for any of these sessions. Simply show up and engage. Sessions will be recorded. Read more

Setting Work-Life Boundaries - May 5:

Work-Life Boundaries Webinar

In a remote work world, how can you design and maintain boundaries between your work and personal life? Subject expert Dr. Steffanie Wilk will discuss effective methods for setting boundaries during this webinar on May 5 at 2 p.m. Register.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar - May 6:

NCRCRD Supporting the Mental Health of Farm Families in the North Central Region
May 6 at 3 p.m.
Presenters: Carrie Henning-Smith (University of Minnesota) and Florence Becot (National Farm Medicine Center)

Visualizing the Impact of COVID-19 on People and Places Webinar - May 7:

Visualizing the Impact of COVID-19 on People and Place The webinar will provide participants with an overview of the recently released COVID-19 dashboard and tools from the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. 

Participants will learn how to explore the story maps and view COVID rates alongside hundreds of social determinants of health, economic indicators, demographics, and vulnerabilities. The webinar will end with a discussion on how these data and tools can be used to develop and drive recovery strategies. Register.

The 2020 Census and COVID-19: Implications for Communities Webinar - May 8:

CURA The 2020 Census and COVID-19: Implications for Communities - Panel Discussion will be the first in a series of events on “Cities and Regions in the Post-Coronavirus Era,” initiating community conversations on what lesson we can learn from this crisis to create a more resilient and sustainable world.

This webinar will take place on May 8 at noon. What will be the implications for communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic? The 2020 census had to delay in the field workers due to the pandemic, what could this mean for communities going forward? Register.

Speakers will include the following:

  • Josh Sadvari, geospatial information librarian at the University Libraries, The Ohio State University
  • Glennon Sweeney, senior research associate at the Kirwan Institute, The Ohio State University
  • Aaron Schill, director of data and mapping, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Rural Health and COVID-19 - May 12:

Rural Health Information Hub This webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. and will provide an overview of the rural health focused efforts by HHS and USDA and highlight specific tools and resources to help combat COVID-19.

Delivering healthcare in rural communities presents unique challenges that have always required coordination and innovation. Now, more than ever, it is essential that rural communities and healthcare providers have access to the resources they need to combat COVID-19.

Featured speakers will be Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Stephen Censky, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health, Health Resources and Services Administration; and Betty-Ann Bryce, Rural Health Liaison, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This webinar is free. High-speed internet is required to participate. A recording will be available after the live event. Connection details will be emailed to you immediately upon registration. Register here.

National Urban Extension Leaders North Central Region Network Conference - May 18-19:

Nation Urban Extension Leaders The NUEL NCR Network Conference will be held via Zoom on May 18 and 19 and will feature many of the same presenters that were scheduled to be in Madison.

The goal of this conference is to build a network of urban Extension professionals in the North Central Region that leverages the knowledge and life experiences of the participants. Its objectives include the followiing:

  • Provide an affordable and high-quality professional development experience for the urban Extension colleagues in the North Central Region
  • Showcase urban Extension models that are successful
  • Leverage the knowledge and life experiences of urban Extension professionals to improve work in our respective urban communities

Register by May 8. Read more.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion The College of Arts and Sciences now offers a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This 12-credit-hour certificate is open to all degree-seeking Ohio State students and anyone with a bachelor’s degree, including eligible university faculty and staff who can take advantage of tuition assistance and a flexible course schedule. Apply to begin autumn 2020. Read more.



USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems Info & Ideas Session - May 11:

USDA Food and Agriculture In anticipation of the release of USDA’s 2020 Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) funding opportunity, the Office of Research, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and the Sustainability Institute will be offering an information session and ideas exchange on Monday, May 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom.

The session will feature an overview of the funding opportunity, perspective from previous winners, and an opportunity for potential applicants to exchange ideas. Read more. Register.

Register for Virtual NACDEP 2020 Scholarship - due May 15:

NACDEP NACDEP is pleased to announce that scholarships are available to be used towards registration (a $105 value) for the NACDEP Virtual 2020 Conference (online).

About 10 scholarships are available and priority will be given to NACDEP members that meet the following criteria: presenter at the 2020 NACDEP conference; past involvement in NACDEP; and/or limitation of funds for travel to professional meetings. The scholarship application can be found here. Scholarship applications are due by May 15, 2020. Email your completed application to

Facebook Economic Impact of Digital Technologies Research - RFPs due May 20:

Facebook Research Facebook is issuing a call for academic research proposals as part of its pledge to contribute $1 million to research that addresses the economic impact of digital technologies, including new tools that enable commercial opportunities.

Topics of interest for this request for proposals include, but are not limited to, measuring new types of economic impact—for example, assessing the implications of digital technologies for growth, resilience under challenging circumstances, inclusion of marginalized groups, efficiency of payment systems, or other business outcomes. The deadline is May 20. Read more.

Grant Development Support Unit Reviews:

CFAES GDSU The Grant Development Support Unit (GDSU) recommends a Red Team Review of proposals especially in cases of large grants and resubmissions. Proposals that have a red team review will be more competitive and thereby have an increased chance of successful funding. In addition, the GDSU offers blue, pink, and gold level reviews. Read more.

A color-coded proposal review is a review system that provides constructive, unbiased feedback to improve overall proposal quality and competitiveness with the goal of increasing award success rates. An overview of the various levels is provided below:

  • Blue Team Review: A review of the narrative outline to ensure all sections are included and writers assigned to each section. Identify missing information. Timing: 10+ weeks before submission.
  • Pink Team Review: A review of a first/second draft of the narrative (65-80% complete). Assess if in agreement with RFP. Timing: 8-10 weeks before submission.
  • Red Team Review: A disciplined and methodical peer review process of a near-final narrative to identify areas of improvement. Involves 3-4 subject matter experts. Timing: 6-8 weeks before submission.
  • Gold Team Review: A review of the final narrative to ensure compliance. Timing: 2 weeks before submission.

To take advantage of this service, visit this form. Questions? Contact Shannon Hollis ( or 614-292-1748).



Stressed about COVID-19? This Ohio State Professor Wants to Help:

Mindfulness techniques can help with stress.

With the COVID-19 outbreak upending people’s lives, an Ohio State professor is offering a free, online 8-week webinar for the public on mindfulness meditation. Read more.

RRDC Resources for Working during COVID-19:

The Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) have compiled a list of resources for working remotely during COVID-19 pandemic here.



Leading in the Face of Adversity - Online Event May 14:

Throughout history, The Ohio State University has demonstrated leadership during difficult times–turning from periods of trouble to positions of strength. Join us as we examine how Ohio State came together to support not just our Buckeye family but the communities in which we live and serve during the university’s founding, World War I, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II and 9/11. Read more and register.

WOSU Launches Letters from Home:

Letters from Home WOSU Public Media is collecting and publishing stories that document central Ohioans’ day-to-day lives during the coronavirus outbreak. In its Letters from Home initiative, WOSU producers curate these stories and post them on WOSU’s various formats (radio, TV and digital). Read more.

Log in to Get the Most from Compass:

Compass Did you know that Compass has customized information just for you? When you log in to the university systems navigation tool, you will find personalized announcements and up-to-date leave, pay and training information—to name a few! Read more.

Teaching Support Program Deadline Approaching:

The final compensation deadline for faculty who complete the first two components of the Teaching Support Program (TSP) is approaching May 15. After this date, the TSP will remain, but the opportunity for compensation will have passed for components one and two of the program. Read more.

Changes Coming to Zoom Default Settings to Increase Security:

Zoom is a tool of choice for everyone to stay connected during social distancing and not just at Ohio State. You have likely heard stories from national and global news outlets related to security concerns, and with so many users on Zoom right now, it is no surprise hackers are taking advantage of the situation.

Between spring and summer semesters, ODEE will be making a few changes to the default settings within Zoom to better protect students, faculty, and staff. These settings were carefully chosen to ensure security while maintaining the usability of Zoom.

On Tuesday, May 5, between 5 and 8 p.m., the following changes will be made to the default meeting settings in CarmenZoom:

  • Meetings will require a password by default. These passwords will be embedded in the meeting URL by default.
  • Annotations will not be available to participants by default.
  • The ability to join a meeting before the host or alternate host joins will be disabled.
  • Participants will not be able to change their names by default.
  • Recorded meetings will remain in the Zoom cloud for 270 days (increased from 180).

For more information on the upcoming changes, click here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (April 2020)

South Centers Connections (Spring 2020)

The Drop - NCRWN eNewsletter (April 2020)

2019 NCRCRD Annual Report

ANR Thank You Video

(ANR has created and released this promotional thank you video to show appreciation to those we serve. Remember, our Learning and Organizational Development Unit has recordings of some “How to Trainings” for video production and our partners in Advancement’s Strategic Marketing Integration unit are interested in helping tell the CFAES and OSU Extension story as well.)

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