CD Wire - July 6, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Dog Days of Summer

Welcome to the dog days of summer. What are the dog days of summer and when do they occur? According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the Dog Days of summer are traditionally the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, which coincide with the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. This is soon after the Summer Solstice, which of course also indicates that the worst summer heat will soon set in.

As we just started the dog days, I challenge you to consider a new goal. Perhaps it is volunteering, or developing new presentation material, or overcoming a fear. Whatever it is, ask yourself: How will I be changed by the time August 11 rolls around? My challenge is to let go of the past (i.e., I used to do this a certain way…….) and to focus on the present and consider alternatives.

Are you willing to share what your goal is?

Community Development In-Service

At this time, the CD in-service will be held virtually on August 6. We will meet from 9:30 a.m. until noon (with several breaks) and from 1-3 p.m. (with several breaks). In the morning there will be a discussion regarding the CD program review (found here), and in the afternoon we will have program sharing. Remember: the goal of our time together is to make sure that these in-services have value to you and your programmatic development.

Meet Tory Gabriel, Extension Program Leader & Fisheries Educator (Ohio Sea Grant College Program)

Community Development offers a unique relationship with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Because of Tory’s leadership, we have been able to collaborate with the likes of Sarah Orlando, Joe Lucente, Jill Bartolotta, and Scott Hardy on numerous projects.

Yet, Tory conducts his own programming with Lake Erie stakeholders as well, including charter captains. So, if you want to learn about the hot spots in Lake Erie to catch walleye or perch, reach out to Tory!

Have a great week and remember: “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life." -Zig Ziglar


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Tory Gabriel,
Extension program leader &
fisheries educator
(Ohio Sea Grant College Program)

Tory Gabriel
Located at:

OSU Extension - Ottawa County
240 W. Lake Street, Unit C
Oak Harbor, OH 43449

Program focus:
  • Fisheries
  • Habitat & Ecosystems
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
About Tory:

My career with OSU Extension and Ohio Sea Grant officially started in April of 2008, but I had essentially been training for it my whole life. I grew up in Fairfield County, raised by a family full of science teachers, and spent as much time as possible outdoors. Those science teachers took their science club students on biennial trips to Stone Laboratory, and I went with them from the time I was born.

I graduated from Ohio University with degrees in wildlife biology and life science education in 2007, and immediately got a seasonal position at Stone Lab (following in the footsteps of my sister and brother-in-law, who met at the lab.) That summer I met former Ohio Sea Grant Extension Program Leader Fred Snyder while he was teaching at the lab, and he encouraged me to apply for an open position with Sea Grant. That position was located at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, but in 2010, I moved out to Ottawa County in the western basin of Lake Erie, which is a hotspot for recreational fishing, and have been here ever since!

I still spend as much time as I can outdoors, and now it is alongside my wife and three kids. Some of our favorite activities are fishing, hunting, hiking, birding, and fishing. (Yes, I meant to say that one twice.)

Tory's Work:

As the Program Leader for Ohio Sea Grant, I manage and provide direction to the Extension side of our program. That includes our amazing team, so keep your eyes out for the features on Jill Bartolotta, Scott Hardy, Sarah Orlando, and Joe Lucente to learn about the awesome work they all do! While we all have our specialties, we generally focus on research, outreach, and education on Lake Erie and its resources.

As Fisheries Educator, much of my work is centered around the world-class Lake Erie fishery. Many thousands of anglers fish Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie every year, there are over 800 for-hire charter captains, and there is also a valuable commercial fishery. Unfortunately, there are many stressors to the system including nutrient loading, harmful algal blooms, climate change, and aquatic invasive species. I work with anglers, captains, and other interested groups to better understand these stressors, how to deal with them, and how to take action to keep Lake Erie healthy.

My favorite programs involve hands-on fishing experiences, including the Lake Erie Sport Fishing Course and Workshop at Stone Lab, Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, and a variety of youth events. Some recent fun products include the Beginning Fishing and Intermediate Fishing 4-H Project Books, and the Ohio Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species. One long-standing program is the Annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference, which connects captains to resources and serves as the kickoff to the fishing season each year. The most requested program is a presentation on Lake Erie Critical Issues, which is an overview on the importance of Lake Erie and the issues it is currently facing, and offered by any of us Ohio Sea Grant Extension team members.

If you are interested in any Lake Erie focused programming, please do not hesitate to contact us. As busy as things are these days, I can always find time to talk about fish! I’ll leave you with the final slide at the end of all my presentations…

Take a kid fishing!

You can reach Tory at or (419) 819-3141.
Our next feature will spotlight 
Ken Martin, PhD, professor.



Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar – July 8:

HABs With summer in full swing, many folks enjoy spending time out on the water. However, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can put a damper on summer fun.

Tune into this edition of The Current, on July 8 at 3 p.m., to hear an update on the Network funded Reservoir Observer Student Scientists program, as well as the latest HABs research. For complete information and to register, click here.

Featured Speakers:

  • Emily Kinzinger, Graduate Research Assistant, MU Limnology Lab, University of Missouri: “Reservoir Observer Student Scientists: Year-round Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring”
  • Melissa Miller, Associate Director, Iowa Water Center, Iowa State University: “Partnering to Develop Research, Outreach, and Education Resources to Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms in the North Central Region”

NAEPSDP Free Virtual Summer School - JULY 13-17:

NAEPSDP Virtual Summer School 2020

Webinars will be held at 3 p.m. each day for one hour.

All Extension professionals are invited to join this informative webinar series, presented by the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP), on incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into their Extension programs from planning to evaluation.

Monday, July 13 - Program Planning Process Designed to Increase Access and Grow Programs
More information and register here.

Tuesday, July 14 - Making Change from the Inside Out
More information and register here.

Wednesday, July 15 - A Proactive Approach to Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities
More information and register here.

Thursday, July 16 - Negotiation Across Diversity: Application for Extension Work
More information and register here.

Friday, July 17 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Extension Evaluation
More information and register here.

All session recordings will be housed on the NAEPSDP Webinar Archives Page at:



Ohio State Authorship Guidelines Now Available:

The public’s trust in academic research relies upon all involved in scholarly activity adhering to the highest ethical standards, including standards related to the publication of findings and conclusions, and assigning authorship on a scientific or scholarly manuscript or creative expression activity. The Authorship Guidelines provide important guidance about assigning authorship. Faculty, staff, students, and researchers are strongly encouraged to review, utilize, and distribute these guidelines. Read more.



University Health Reporting Pilot Reminder:

Compass If you are reporting to campus or working in the community on behalf of the university, please log in to the health reporting tool via or the Ohio State app to record your temperature and answer other health reporting questions.

More details and answers to some common questions are available on the Health Reporting Pilot webpage. A couple of things to note:

  1. You have to LOG IN to the app or compass using your OSU credentials, or the health reporting option does not show up.
  2. The health reporting option is included within the wider Ohio State app (once logged in); it is not a separate app.

Please contact Dr. Graham Cochran ( with any questions.

Cleaning/Disinfecting Electronic Devices:

Make sure to disinfect your devices often – use these tips to protect your tech:

  1. Power off your device first.
  2. Use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfectant solution.
  3. Spray solution on a clean microfiber cloth and wipe device gently.

Learn more.

  • Clorox wipe warning: Many people have probably used Clorox wipes on keyboards and other devices. This is generally not recommended because Clorox can damage a machine or fry a keyboard very quickly. So, if you are going to use a Clorox wipe be especially cautions of those drippy ones at the bottom of the container.
  • Additional sources for cleaning/disinfecting from Xerox, general Apple products instructions, for iPhones, and from Dell.



Interim Director's Video Update Recording Now Available:

The link to the June 30th OSU Extension Interim Director’s video update is available here (Access Password: 7R+BzV89). The audio transcript is posted with the recording, and you can refer to the PDF of the slides as well. 

The Value of Partnership – Ohio State and Nationwide:

Ohio State and Nationwide are partners in a common goal: a more vibrant central Ohio and a better world. Nationwide engages with our university in a timeless way, one that will affect the communities we serve to have a far-reaching and enduring impact. The power of this partnership is undeniable and lasting. It will help take Ohio State successfully into our next 150 years, as together we work to address the challenges we face and create more vibrant futures for all. View the short video here.

CAST Releases New Commentary on "Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets":

CAST The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) have partnered together on a new paper, Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets. This publication contains insights from 29 experts and is now available for download.

COVID-19 disrupted nations around the world in 2020. People have had to alter their typical lifestyle, and the measures put into effect to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have had an immense impact on economic activity, employment, food consumption, and workplace environments.

The paper’s authors discuss the following topics: macroeconomics, trade, supply chain, consumer behavior, food service/grocery, meat processing, forestry and wood products, local food systems, food waste, food insecurity, major commodity crops, agricultural finance, agricultural labor, rural health care, and research and outreach priorities. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

University Institute for Teaching and Learning renamed for Drake (OSU News)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (June 2020)

The Drop - NCRWN eNewsletter (June 2020)

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