CD Wire - September 8, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Summer to Autumn Reflection

As we turn the calendar to September, I think about how fast the summer went by. Although it felt like we were participating on endless Zooms, having unexpected updates to your device (always at the worst times!), to internet connectivity issues, and finally…."David, you are on mute…we can’t hear you," I am encouraged about your ability to adjust on the fly.

In many instances, you have moved your face to face programming to online, reached out to new audiences, and increased the reach of Community Development to more Ohioans than ever.

Thank you for your passionate dedication to improving the quality of life for our citizens in this great state. Thank you for your patience as we navigate our ‘new’ normal, and I can’t wait to see what our future holds.


Congratulations to Meghan Thoreau. Meghan was recently promoted from Extension Educator 2 to Extension Educator 3. Pickaway County is very fortunate to have her passion, talent, and dedication. Great job!!

CD Program Review

Thanks to everyone that participated in the CD meeting on August 26. Using the Zoom breakout room feature, everyone had the opportunity to share their thoughts on how Community Development will be best positioned moving forward.

It is not always easy talking about CD programs that could be retired. But the thought of developing or expanding new programs is exciting. I also want to thank those of you that ‘scribed’ notes during the breakouts. Please e-mail those to me if you have not done so already. The State CD office will compile the notes and send them back out for everyone to review.

Excellence in Community Development Award

It is time to nominate the great work of your Community Development colleagues. The deadline to complete the nomination form is October 15. You can find all the information here. Take a few minutes and nominate one of your colleagues.

Meet Sarah Orlando - Clean Marinas Program Manager, The Ohio Sea Grant College Program 

Sarah, located in Erie County, oversees the Ohio Clean Marinas, Clean Boater, and Shrink Wrap Recycling Programs. She provides education and outreach to the marina and boating community on a variety of topics including stormwater, aquatic invasive species, marine debris, and coastal resiliency.

Sarah has also conducted a Business Retention and Expansion survey as a part of her clean marinas program.  If you are interested in working with Sarah and possibly partnering with her, please reach out to her.

Have a great week and remember: "Don’t Let Joy Be an Accident. Create It!" -Tom Bilyeu


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Sarah Orlando,
Program Manager,
Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Sarah Orlando
Located at:

ODNR Office of Coastal Management
105 W. Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870

Program focus:
  • Clean and safe boating
  • Working waterfronts
  • Nonpoint source pollution
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Waste management
About Sarah:

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and went to Wittenberg University for a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in marine science and English. I originally was pursuing a career in marine biology and spent portions of my undergrad years at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, and in San Salvador, The Bahamas. My junior year of college I received a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Ohio State's Stone Laboratory, and that summer in Lake Erie altered my career forever. I completed my Master of Science in marine resources management at Texas A&M University at Galveston, and after interning with Texas Sea Grant, I returned to Ohio in 2011 – and have never left since! 

My husband, Steve, and I live in Lorain county with our dog Rocky, our loving but sassy 3-yr old daughter and another little one on the way this December. I love anything involving water – swimming, scuba diving, boating, or just sitting on the beach with my feet in the lake/ocean. 

Sarah's Work:

I started with Ohio Sea Grant and OSU Extension in 2011 as the Ohio Clean Marinas Program Coordinator and am stationed at the Coastal Management office in Erie County as a partnership with that office. At the time, Dave Kelch (Extension educator in Lorain County) was my mentor and supervisor, so when he retired I also acquired much of his Lorain County clientele.

Boat safety educationWhen the Ohio Clean Marinas Program began to grow and expand, my position changed in 2015 to become Ohio Clean Marinas Program Manager. While I still try and assist with Extension education in Erie and Lorain counties for Ohio Sea Grant – my main focus is now on serving the over 375 marinas and over 500,000 recreational boaters in the state of Ohio. I co-supervise two staff under the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, and together we run the Ohio Clean Marinas Program, the Ohio Clean Boater Program, the Ohio Shrink Wrap Recycling Program, and many other initiatives that fall under the umbrella of clean boating for the state. This involves providing extensive technical assistance and educational programming on anything from preventing the spread of invasive species while boating, to working with marinas on a stormwater plan to comply with EPA regulations, to providing education at outreach events on keeping trash out of our waterways.

Ohio Clean Marinas ProgramOne of my favorite programs is the Ohio Marina Conference and Ohio Clean Marinas Award Ceremony started in 2017 – a statewide professional development and environmental education event for the recreational boating industry. I love the opportunity to provide recognition for our marinas who are demonstrating environmental excellence, while also seeing the networking, education, and camaraderie that happens at this and other events we facilitate. I’ve realized it is through these programs that we provide as Extension staff that partnerships, innovation, and collaboration are born so that impactful outcomes can occur later.

If you ever run into questions (or ideas!) related to recreational boating and environmental regulations, recommendations, or initiatives – please feel free to reach out! I am happy to do an educational program or help provide technical assistance to your stakeholders anytime.

You can reach Sarah at or 419-609-4120.
Our next feature will spotlight James Morris,
educator, ANR/CD
OSU Extension-Brown County.



Using ArcGIS StoryMaps in Your Research and Teaching - September 14:

Want to make a map that will help you share the stories being uncovered through your research and make them accessible to a broad audience? Participate in this self-paced, virtual StoryMaps activity on September 14 (via email prompt, with an optional remote Q&A with experts on September 17) to learn to communicate information effectively through interactive web mapping applications. Click here for complete information and to register.

Inclusive Content: Best Practices for Creating Engaging Online Content & Improving Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities - September 16:

Disability Communication Icons Cooperative Extension professionals are increasingly using social media to reach audiences we serve, including those with disabilities. Content that is accessible and inclusive benefits everyone.

While no social media platform is 100% accessible, there are many things that we can do to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Join this Impact Collaborative opportunity for eXtension members (OSU Extension is a member) on September 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn more.

ACEL to Extension - Series begins September 17:

ACEL to Extension Please join the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership for the new series of ACEL to Extension.

This 10-session series is offered directly for Extension personnel, by ACEL faculty. For more information, visit Below is the list of topics, with direct links to registration. You must register for each session individually.

  1. September 17, 2020 - Trends and Issues that May Impact Extension! - Jerry Thomas
  2. October 15, 2020 - Time Management - Scott Scheer
  3. November 19, 2020 - Above the Line Leadership - Brian Raison
  4. January 28, 2021 - Youth Motivation - Amanda Bowling
  5. February 4, 2021 - Effective Learner Engagement - Shannon Washburn
  6. February 18, 2021 - Teaching for Transfer of Learning - Shannon Washburn
  7. March 11, 2021 - Whole farm planning for the 21st Century: Integrating health care, health insurance and childcare - Joy Rumble and Shoshanah Inwood
  8. April 15, 2021 - Lights, Camera, Action! - Emily Buck
  9. April 22, 2021 - Effective Questioning Strategies - Shannon Washburn
  10. May 6, 2021 - Early or mid-career? Tips for retiring the way YOU want - Brian Raison

Small Business Transitions to Worker Ownership Webinar - September 18:

SMALL BUSINESS TRANSITIONS TO  WORKER OWNERSHIP With an estimated 2.34 million small businesses in the U.S. owned by entrepreneurs who are 55 years old or older, the ownership transition of small businesses is vital to the health of our economy and communities.

Worker ownership is one strategy to transition a small business while also building worker wealth. Join the Appalachia Cooperates Initiative and guests from the Ohio Employee Ownership Center on September 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. to learn about worker ownership as a business transition strategy, the process for such transitions, and real-world examples of conversions to worker ownership.

There is no cost, but registration is required. Register at

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security - Webinar September 18:

Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Long-term Implications and Adaptations will be the fifth in a series of events on “Cities and Regions in the Post-Coronavirus Era,” initiating community conversations on what lessons we can learn from this crisis to create a more resilient and sustainable world.

What are the Impacts of COVID-19 on food security? What are the long-term implications? How can we learn from this crisis and find new adaptations to make our communities more food resilient and secure?

Tune into the webinar on September 18 from noon to 1 p.m. to hear the panelists' perspectives. The panel will be moderated by Harvey Miller, professor and director, CURA. Click here for complete information and to register.

Land-Grant Cornerstone Conversation - September 22:

Land-Grant Cornerstone Conversation - Farm Science Review 2020 Host Dr. Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, along with special guests will discuss the future of agriculture research technology and ensuring the food supply chain in Ohio and beyond during the Farm Science Review on September 22 at noon.

 A link to the YouTube premiere will be emailed to you in advance once you register here

Connecting Rural Communities with Remote Work - Webinar September 23:

National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals To help rural communities prepare for the future, Utah State University (USU) Extension created a new program to assist people in developing skills needed for remote work.

The purpose of the Rural Online Initiative program is to provide Utah’s rural workforce with education, training, and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work, and e-commerce. The National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) is offering this free webinar on September 23 at 3 p.m. The presenter will be Paul Hill, Extension associate professor and county director for USU. Click here for complete information and to register.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar on the Opioid Crisis - September 24:

NCRCRD Capacity Building for Improved Behavioral Health in Rural America: PROSPERing in a COVID Context
September 24 at 2 p.m.
Presented by Richard Spoth, Greg Pliler, and Cassandra Knutson

Click here for complete information on this webinar, as well as upcoming webinars and archived recordings.

Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change Research - October 9:

Byrd Center Climate Change Research Register by September 25 to attend the symposium on October 9 from 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

This year’s symposium endeavors to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on climate change research at Ohio State using breakout groups in two sessions. Each session will start with preview talks on each discussion topic followed by one hour of group discussions and ending with a plenary discussion of next steps. Click here for complete information, including agenda, and to register.

Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Virtual Conference - November 16-19:

Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Is your community dealing with wildlife issues? If so, this conference is designed for you.

Join Ohio community leaders and planners for a free virtual conference focused on the role of local government in managing human-wildlife conflict. Topics include:

  • feral swine
  • urban geese
  • COVID-19 & wildlife
  • urban deer
  • effects of plastic on wildlife
  • communicating difficult wildlife topics

Several presentations will be available for viewing each day starting Monday, November 16, through Wednesday, November 18. On Thursday, November 19, there will be a live webinar with the keynote speaker, followed by a live Q&A session with all speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions Monday through Wednesday that will be addressed during the live Q&A session on Thursday.

More conference information can be found here. Join their new email list to receive updates on the annual conference and wildlife conflict resources.

Respectful Dialogue Toolkit Available:

To achieve a fairer, more equitable and just society, conversations about race, inequity, and difference are critical. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, and University Libraries have created a respectful dialogue toolkit with strategies, webinars, and events for engaging these meaningful conversations. Read more.



NSF AI Institutes Briefing/Info Session - September 8:

In preparation for the December 4 deadline for National Science Foundation National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institutes proposals, the Research Development Office will be offering an information session on September 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom. The info session will feature an overview of the funding opportunity and an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the application process.

An AI Institutes proposal may request up to $4 million per year for up to 4 to 5 years in the following theme areas:

  • Theme 1: Human-AI Interaction and Collaboration
  • Theme 2: AI Institute for Advances in Optimization
  • Theme 3: AI and Advanced Cyberinfrastructure
  • Theme 4: Advances in AI and Computer and Network Systems
  • Theme 5: AI Institute in Dynamic Systems
  • Theme 6: AI-Augmented Learning
  • Theme 7: AI to Advance Biology
  • Theme 8: AI-Driven Innovation in Agriculture and the Food Systems

Click here for complete information and to register for the September 8 session.

Staff Career Development Grant Applications - Due September 30:

Staff Career Development Planning your next professional development opportunity and need funding? Apply online for the Staff Career Development Grant.

Eligible staff can apply for a grant of up to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of 2-10, and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more. The funds can be used for a variety of professional development opportunities related to job and career goals, excluding travel at this time. Online applications are being accepted until September 30, and funds can be used from November 2020 through May 2021. Read more.

OSU Extension Annual Conference Proposals due October 9:

Extension Annual Conference The 2020 OSU Extension Annual (Virtual) Conference will be held December 7 - 9. The theme is Embrace Change Together.

Last year we celebrated our land-grant university mission and thought about how we remain strident in our efforts to support all Ohioans as they face various challenges and opportunities for growth. 2020 has brought frequent and often unanticipated change, including increased awareness around social and racial disparities, ongoing challenging weather conditions, telework and increased digital engagement, and all that comes with a global pandemic.

Change can be difficult and even fatiguing, but it can also be invigorating and offer opportunities for transformative growth and ingenuity. When we embrace change together, we can share the strength of our unity and expertise to engage ourselves, our colleagues, our workplace, and our communities to meet the challenges of today and create a more engaged tomorrow for Extension and all Ohioans. Anyone with an Extension affiliation is encouraged to attend and participate in the annual conference.
Everyone is also invited to submit a proposal for a presentation or an “Engage in 5 session.”  Click here to review the Request for Proposals guidelines and a direct link to submit proposal(s). All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 9.

New CFAES Internal Grants Program - RFPs due October 14:

The CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education is pleased to announce the new R&GE Internal Grants Program (IGP). The IGP was created to replace SEEDS: The Research Competitive Grants Program, though all currently funded SEEDS projects will remain active and are expected to complete the research and reporting process as planned.

The IGP has been designed with the goal of reducing the administrative burden on researchers and will include three new competition categories, an easier, user-friendly submission portal and application template, and a shorter project narrative requirement. Internal Grants Program Awards are intended to accomplish the following objectives: 

  • increase the competitiveness of researchers in extramural grant programs
  • enhance and encourage creative and innovative research needed to prepare competitive extramural proposals
  • encourage the development of intellectual property
  • promote the creation of faculty teams to develop competitive extramural grant applications by addressing immediate needs

Click here for full program details, including the competition categories, application templates, and submission process. All proposals are due Wednesday, October 14, at 5 p.m. Please direct all questions to

Sponsored Project or Gift?:

Decision - Yes/No CFAES Office of Research and Graduate Education, in partnership with CFAES Advancement, has developed a Sponsored Project or Gift? guidance document for your use.

More information can be found in the September issue of R&GE Research News.



Business Essential Travel - Exception Approval:

Business travel If business travel is being considered because it is essential, please consult the CFAES resource guide to follow the process for requesting the trip.

The resource guide has been added to the CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses. The guide includes guiding principles for Business Essential Travel, requirements during the University’s travel restriction period, and a chart showing the approval process. Check with your support staff/travel arranger if you have questions.



NCRCRD Host Transition to Purdue:

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) Effective September 1, 2020, Purdue University will be the new host of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD), where Drs. Maria Marshall and Michael Wilcox will co-lead the NCRCRD at Purdue. View the full announcement here.

CFAES Family Scholarship - Applications due September 30:

CFAES The CFAES Family Scholarship program is open to spouses and dependent children of CFAES faculty and staff.

This program is comprised of three scholarship funds dedicated to each of our three campuses: Columbus, Wooster and Statewide. This scholarship is designed to support your spouse or children who are attending college during the 2020-2021 academic year. Funds will be disbursed to awardees as soon as possible. The instructions and application outline the process for this year. Applications are due September 30.

The Columbus and Statewide campus scholarships are open to those spouses and children attending any campus of The Ohio State University. Because of the historic nature of the Wooster campus scholarship, the university or college is not limited, but preference will be given to those attending The Ohio State University. Details about eligibility can be found in the instructions document.
The original scholarship was established for Wooster campus faculty and staff through continued giving from James and Yvonne Brown. Dr. James Brown was a former associate director and faculty member on our Wooster campus. Dr. Brown is survived by his wife Yvonne, who wished to continue to support the scholarship. Inspired by her generous giving, the CFAES Leadership team personally supported the expansion of this scholarship program.
Note that for the 2021-2022 academic year, applicants will be directed to our universal CFAES scholarship application used for all CFAES scholarships. The 2021 applications will be due on February 15, 2021.

Upcoming Technology Changes: A Look Ahead:

Skype for Business, Teams or Zoom? As the semester kicks off, many things about how we teach, learn, and work will be different. Some of those changes will involve technology.

To see what’s new, what’s coming soon and how you can get involved, check out the Digital Digest from Ohio State's technology departments. It offers a preview of upcoming changes as well as tips and tricks based on the questions we hear most often. Topics include:

  • Remote Work Enhancements
  • BuckeyePass: Retiring "Call Me" Option
  • Should I use Skype for Business, Teams or Zoom?

Read more.

ZIP Plus 4:

Consider adding the additional 4 numbers to all places that you show your office Zip Code – webpages, email signatures, etc. Some OSU forms, like Vendor Maintenance, require this ‘Plus 4’ number.

Elimination of Box Drive:

BuckeyeBox Around a year out yet, BuckeyeBox is going to Microsoft OneDrive.

This will occur on the back end instead of face-to-face with staff. It will help if employees review box drive data and get rid of any of the data there that is not in use or hasn’t been used in 5+ years or is no longer needed.

Windows License Error:

MicroSoft Windows Logo If you’re receiving an error message that says Windows is about to be expired, you’ll need to connect to the VPN on your laptop and work for almost an entire day, so that the server can see that it’s been online and fix the activation issue.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


CFAES Monthly (September 2020)

CFAES Research News (September 2020)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (August 2020)

A watershed moment for U.S. water quality (Ohio State News)

Alzheimer’s burden greater in rural Appalachia, study finds (Ohio State News)

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce (College of Public Health)

NCRWN The Drop (August 2020)

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