CD Wire - June 8, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

OSU Extension Annual Conference Update

Extension Annual Conference 2020 Thank you to everyone that provided feedback regarding the OSU Extension Annual Conference. The annual conference planning committee and Extension Administrative Cabinet are excited to announce that the OSU Extension Annual Conference will be going virtual this year for the first time ever!

Please hold the dates December 7-8 on your calendar and plan to participate. This will be a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues in a whole new way!

The format will look a little different, but we will still be networking, comparing notes, and sharing our expertise so we can learn with and from one another. You might also consider it a “debrief” of sorts as we continue figuring out how best to “do Extension” during this unique time in our world history.

The planning committee, led by Teresa McCoy, director of the Learning and Organizational Development unit, is working on a theme and schedule this summer. The conference agenda and request for proposals (RFP) will be available in August.

NACDEP Conference- A Recap

Last week, NACDEP 2020 was held virtually. Although we were supposed to be in New Hampshire, the planning team did a great job of recreating the conference into a great online experience. Kudos to everyone.

Let’s plan on being face-to-face next year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

In the last CD Wire, we recognized NACDEP national award winners and runners up. Now I want to recognize our colleagues that are Ohio NACDEP award winners:

  • Brooke Beam: Innovation and Creativity Award: Team
    Germinate International Film Fest
    (Also North Central Region Runner-Up)
  • Greg Davis: Distinguished Career Award: Individual
    (Also National Runner-Up and North Central Region Runner-Up)
  • Kenzie Johnston: Excellence in Teamwork: Team
    Lights, Camera, Launch!
    (Also North Central Region Runner-Up)
  • Joe Lucente: Educational Technology Award: Individual
    Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Project
    (Also National Winner and North Central Region Winner)
  • Amanda Osborne: Cross-Program Award: Team
    WIC Perks
    (Also National Winner and North Central Region Winner)
  • Brian Raison:
    Innovation and Creativity Award: Individual
    Rethinking Strategic Planning: Realignment/Mission
    (Also National Runner-Up and North Central Region Winner)
    Educational Materials Award: Individual
    The PhD Decision in 7 Minutes
  • Eric Romich: Educational Materials Award: Team
    Farmland Owner's Guide to Solar Leasing
    (Also National Winner and North Central Region Winner)
  • Gwynn Stewart: Excellence in Community Development Work: Team
    Noble County, Ohio, Welcomes Caldwell Family Health Center
  • Meghan Thoreau:
    Cross-Program Award: Individual
    Elementary STEM Club & Career Exploration Program
    (Also National Runner-Up and North Central Region Winner)
    Excellence in Community Development Work: Individual
    Career Exploration Tours

Kudos to Brian Raison

Our own Brian Raison is this year’s recipient of the National Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Diversity Multicultural, Individual Award. Congratulations Brian!!

Congrats to Gwynn Stewart

Gwynn was recently featured about her work in Noble County on how she has responded to the COVID -19 crisis and her outreach work. Learn more about it here.

Meet Darlene Lukshin, Program Specialist, Washington County

If you ever need help writing or applying for a federal or state grant, you will want to reach out to Darlene. She has secured countless grants and resources for Washington County. Thanks for all your hard work, Darlene.

Have a great week and remember: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Darlene Lukshin,
program specialist, Washington County

Darlene Luksin
Located at:

OSU Extension - Washington County
202 Davis Avenue
Marietta, OH 45750

Program focus:
  • Grant Writing
  • Local Government
  • Shale Development
About Darlene:

After 25 years in the construction industry with a company that did instrumentation, electrical, and piping work in industrial plants in the Ohio Valley, my career turned to economic and community development. Starting with economic development in Washington County and establishment of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority, I transitioned to Ohio Department of Development. Serving as Governor’s Regional Economic Development Representative during the Taft administration, I worked in an eight-county region in southeast Ohio. In 2010, I began working for OSU Extension as a Program Specialist, Community Development in Washington County.

Darlene's Work:

Jokingly referred to as “The Grant Lady," a large quantity of my time is spent working with government entities, fire departments, and non-profits securing funding assistance. A broad spectrum of projects completed range from life-saving fire/EMS equipment, playgrounds, teaching gardens, and much more. I have had the challenges of funding for an Emergency Operations Center, working to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan, and writing an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

With 2018 and 2019 FEMA disaster declarations in the county, my position for the past two years has allowed me to partner with the county engineer. Working together to complete site inspections, cost estimates, and the large volume of necessary paperwork, we are facilitating to secure over $15 million in transportation infrastructure repairs.

Through secured grants, I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects like road base reconstruction, stream bank injection process stabilization, river gauge installation, and emergency road repairs. My position has allowed me to share the ecstatic joys of volunteer firefighters as they received life-saving equipment, listen to the squeals of laughter as children rushed to enjoy new playgrounds, and enjoy the happy chatter of families in new picnic and walking areas.

I have had the privilege of working to help organize President Drake’s visit to Washington County, hosted our OSU Extension CD team, and worked with colleagues on a fact sheet.

Working in OSU Community Development is equal parts of learning and teaching for me.

You can reach Darlene at or 740-376-7431.
Our next feature will spotlight Myra Moss,
professor and Extension educator



ArcGIS Self-paced Online Challenge - Month of June Only:

University Libraries Have you come across an interactive map on the web and wondered how they made that?

Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your own research and/or teaching? If yes, then the June ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you! This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks during the month of June, with two to three hours of work per week. For complete information and to register, click here.

Cyber Risk Webinar - June 10:

The Risk Institute Join The Risk Institute's free webinar on June 10 at 1 p.m. to hear from three experts who will discuss cyber risk in today's changing environment. Registration is required.

Recreational Water Quality and Invasive Species Webinar - June 10:

Recreational Water Quality and Invasive Species Webinar Photo Their relationship to water quality is sometimes overlooked, but aquatic invasive species can be considered “biological pollution."

They can also negatively affect on-water recreation. This month’s edition of The Current Webinar series will focus on how aquatic invasive species affect recreational water quality. Learn about aquatic invasive species, related resources, and tools available to outdoor recreationists and boaters for reporting and mitigating impacts.

The webinar will be held June 10 at 3 p.m. For complete information and to register, click here.

Featured webinar speakers:

  • Eugene Braig, Program Director, Aquatic Ecosystems, The Ohio State University
  • Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant

Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Communities - June 12:

COVID-19 Webinar CURA The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Communities panel discussion will be the second 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.

What will be the economic implications for communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Currently Ohio unemployment claims top 1 million. What will this mean for our local economy and community going forward? For complete information and to register, click here.

Team Engagement Mini-Series: Collaboration, Communication, and Care - June 12, 19 & 26:

Whether working together in an office, virtually from home, or remotely on travel, proper team engagement is critical to the success of Extension work. Join OSU Extension's LOD unit for this mini-series to discuss strategies, tools, and methods to improve the way your office, unit, or team(s) work together. The mini-series sessions will be held on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon. You do not need to register for any of these sessions. Simply show up and engage. Sessions will be recorded if you cannot make these dates and times. Log into this Zoom room for all sessions: 

  • June 12: Collaboration
  • June 19: Communication
  • June 26: Care

Session Objectives:

  • Identify drivers of positive team engagement
  • Familiarize employees with tools available for use in team engagement
  • Increase capacity in the organizational competencies of communication, interpersonal relationships, and teamwork and leadership

View recordings of previous LOD training sessions here.

Sustaining our Food Supply Chain Webinar - June 18:

CFAES Alumni Webinar Series The first CFAES Time and Change Alumni Webinar, a monthly series led by prominent CFAES alumni and industry experts for alumni and friends, will be from 2-3 p.m. on June 18. 

In this inaugural session, the current condition and future state of our nation's food supply chain will be addressed by four prominent CFAES alumni, including Kurt Loudenback, Dr. Sally Rockey, Mike Townsley, and Dr. Annie Specht. Register.

Mark your calendar for the third Thursday of each month for the duration of the series.

Leasing Your Land for Shale & Solar - Webinar Series June 23-25:

Shale Webinar Join OSU Extension professionals as they present this Energize Ohio webinar series, which is outlined below.
  • June 23 from 2-3:30 p.m. - Surface Rights: Utility-Scale Solar Construction and Leases for Land Use

  • June 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. - Surface Rights: Negotiating Leases for Oil & Natural Gas Development

  • June 25 from 2-3:30 p.m. - Subsurface Rights: Mineral Rights and the Dormant Mineral Act

Refer to this flyer for complete information about each webinar. There is no cost, but you must register. Zoom links will be distributed to registrants one week prior to each event.

Trauma-Informed Care Instructor Training - 2-Day Virtual Training offered in June & July:

Consider becoming a “Trauma-Informed Approach: Key Assumptions and Principles” Instructor. In partnership with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), we are able to offer a virtual training to Extension professionals interested in becoming instructors. This two-day training will give you access to all training materials and introduce you to current members of the OSU Trauma Informed Care Approach Instructor Team.

Attendance is required for two days of virtual training. Trainings will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following days June 22 & 24, June 30 & July 2, July 7 & 9, and July 14 & 16. Class size is limited to 15 participants for each training.

In the registration Qualtrics, please choose all dates that you are available. You will then be assigned a participation date and will receive a registration link no later than June 15.  Register. When you receive registration confirmation, you will be added to the Box so that you can download your instructor materials and make your binder. 

Questions? Contact Jami Dellifield (

Training agenda:

Day 1:
9-10:15 a.m. - Introduction and Shared Language
10:15-10:30 a.m. - Break
10:30 to noon - ACE Study
Noon to 1 p.m. - Lunch
1-2 p.m. - Awareness and Prevalence
2-2:15 p.m. - Break
2:15-3:30 p.m. - Establishing best practices for teaching
3:30-4 p.m. - Group work for Day 2 teach-back
4-4:30 p.m. - Questions

Day 2:
9-9:30 a.m. - Welcome
9 a.m. to noon - Teach-back & questions
Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch
1-3 p.m. - Teach-back & questions
3-4:30 p.m. - Next steps & wrap up

Pronouns: What They Are and Why They Matter - Pre-recorded Webinar:

CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Have you noticed an increasing frequency in people sharing their pronouns in introductions and/or email signatures but are not quite sure what it means or why people are doing it?

Visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion You Tube Channel here to view this pre-recorded webinar presented by diversity educators Lena Tenney of the Kirwan Institute and Leo Taylor of CFAES. For more CFAES-related resources regarding this topic, visit Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website.

OSU Energy Outreach Program Recorded Presentations:

Solar panels and windmills This spring, the OSU Extension Energy Outreach Program (EOP) hosted these renewable energy presentations, now available to view:

The OSU Extension EOP team meets monthly to discuss ongoing energy trends and programming and to learn from invited guest speakers who present on current energy issues impacting Ohio. 

BRE Intelligence in the Era of COVID - Webinar Recording:

BRE Model Since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, economic developers around the country have been reaching out to their employers---large and small---to understand the impact of the virus.

Many professionals believe that the unprecedented scope of the pandemic will result in long-lasting changes to their economies and to the economic development profession.

On May 21, the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) sponsored a complimentary webinar addressing these issues to 500 participants. The webinar included a panel of Ohio and national leaders in Business Retention and Expansion, moderated by Mark Barbash, director of OEDA. The panel explored what economic developers are learning and how this could change the profession and their economies. Each of the panelists brought to the conversation the findings of their BRE efforts since the advent of COVID 19 and their thoughts on how the profession could change as a result.

Nancy Bowen, associate professor and field specialist, community economics, OSU Extension, community development, participated on the panel and presented these slides. View the webinar recording here.

Learn Accessibility from Your Couch:

The Digital Accessibility Policy provides an overview of what accessibility entails so all employees can consider the perspective of every type of end user. If cancelled or delayed projects have left you with some free time, it's a great time to learn from Ohio State ADA Endorsed Training Courses that Digital Accessibility Services has posted. Learn how to make accessible documents, PDFs, presentations and websites. If your department has assigned you the Digital Accessibility Policy training in BuckeyeLearn, now is a great time to do it. Read more.

Learn to Code this Summer:

Digital Flagship Do you have a great idea but lack the coding know-how to make it happen?

Register for Digital Flagship Swift Coding and App Development certificate. The courses are designed for beginners, gradually building your skills until you’re ready to create your own app. Consider signing up with a friend at the university for some added encouragement. Read more.



Updated Review Process for OSU Extension Educational Materials:

The new guidelines, revised in May 2020, for the Review Process for OSU Extension Educational Materials can be found here. We will discuss these in more detail at our monthly CD Zoom meetings on June 24. Bring your questions!



Ohio State COVID-19 Transition Task Force Update:

All non-essential university employees are to continue teleworking and remain off campus. All employees must have permission and/or an exemption clarification to be on campus for any reason.

We continue to plan for a return to on-campus operations using a phased approach focused on safety. The University’s COVID-19 transition task force is working through several important considerations; updates are available on the task force webpage. As a reminder, the university’s goal is to announce a centralized operations plan for the autumn semester by mid-June. All in-person university events should remain canceled through July 6.



University Transition to Outlook + Duo for Email:

Outlook Mobile App With the transition to working from home, security of our information is more important than ever. By coming together under a single, widely available application, the university is able to more confidently secure your information, guard university data, and protect the email environment from risks.


On Friday, August 21, everyone at the university will use Outlook to access email and BuckeyePass to access all Office 365 applications on their university and personal devices. If you are a Linux user, you will transition to Evolution for email access.


  • Already use Outlook? You’re all set. When you access your email on Friday, August 21, it will prompt you to use BuckeyePass/Duo for initial access.
  • Need to move to Outlook? Here are your next steps:
    • University-owned devices: Our IT team will reach out to you to schedule a time to transition your device.
    • Personal phones, tablets, laptops or desktops: There are 4 easy steps to transition to Outlook + BuckeyePass.
    • Are you a Linux user? Follow these steps to transition to Evolution.


Zoom 5.0 Update:

Carmen Zoom If you are using Zoom on an unmanaged device (personal computer or mobile device, university computer not controlled by your local IT group, etc.) and did not update your Zoom application to the latest version by May 30, you will be required to update your desktop client and mobile apps prior to joining a meeting.

If you are using a university-managed device, your local IT administrators updated Zoom for you. Read more.

NCRCRD Extension Community Development 2019 Impacts:

NCRCRD Operating as a team, state Extension leaders from the twelve North Central 1862 land grant universities developed common indicators for reporting the impacts of community development educational programs.

The states collectively developed this report based on in-state action. Each partner university selected a subset of the indicators for reporting.

Both the Executive Summary and Full Report for 2019 impacts can be found here.

WOSU Public Media launches Community Conversations:

wosu WOSU Public Media is exploring the challenges individuals and nonprofits in central Ohio are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in its Community Conversations initiative.

From the safety of their homes, WOSU producers conduct virtual interviews, which are then published to WOSU’s various platforms. Read more.

The Journal of Ag, Food Systems, and Community Development:

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is the world's only peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal focused solely on food and farming-related community development.

JAFSCD uses a double-blind peer review process, with expert reviewers who include researchers, scholars, and food systems professionals in the field. JAFSCD emphasizes best practices and tools related to the planning, community economic development, and ecological protection of local and regional agriculture and food systems, and works to bridge the interests of practitioners and academics.

To subscribe to this journal, complete the following steps:

  1. Send an email to
  2. For the subject of your message, enter the single word: join 
  3.  Leave the body of the message blank (remove your signature and any other text).

Enterprise Project Status Report:

Enterprise Project highlights and overall status are summarized each month in a one-page report made available to all employees. This resource provides a quick update on Workday and other university-wide initiatives. Project progress is measured by scope, schedule, budget, and readiness. Read more.

'How Are You Teaching' Form:

 Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning The University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) wants to hear from instructors about how they are staying connected to their students and to one another during remote learning.

From virtual escape rooms to TikTok, share your remote teaching tips, innovative solutions, and methods for engaging students. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


Research News (CFAES - June 2020)

Getting the perspective of the community on community-engaged research (Ohio State Outreach and Engagement)

Kristina M. Johnson appointed 16th president of The Ohio State University (Ohio State News)

Teaching Support Program exceeds goals (Ohio State News)

Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab eNewsletter (May 2020)

Twine Line - Ohio Sea Grant (Spring/Summer 2020)

The Drop - NCRWN eNewsletter (May 2020)

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