CD Wire - October 5, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

CD Program Review Update

Thanks to everyone that has contributed over the past three months. We have had great conversations as it relates to how CD will prioritize programming going forward. The state unit will begin organizing all the notes and start crafting a draft strategic plan. If you are interested in contributing as a writer, please let me know.

Excellence in Community Development Award - Final Notice

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.

2020 OSU Extension Annual Conference

Extension Annual Conference As previously announced, mark your calendars for the OSU Extension Annual Conference – December 7-9. The theme is Embrace Change TogetherExtension Annual Conference info page.

Everyone is also invited to submit a proposal for a presentation or an “Engage in 5 session.”  All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 9. This deadline will not be extended. Full RFP and instructions / Direct link to submission site

2020 JCEP/ESP Award Opportunities are Live!

Award opportunities are now available to JCEP and/or ESP members. Listed below are the awards that are now live, the deadlines for each, and the contact for each area in case you have specific questions.

Nominationsyour chance to help others get the recognition they deserve!

Friend of Extension - Due October 15 (Sam Custer,   

Excellence in Extension - Due October 15 (Andrea Rees,

Awardsrecognition of your creative and teaching and programming efforts!

Creative Works Applications - Due October 15 (Sally McClaskey,

Team Teaching Award Application - Due October 15 (Leslie Cooksey,

ESP Special Chapter Awards - Due October 15 (Judy Villard-Overocker,

Please feel free to explore the Ohio JCEP Awards Website that currently includes previous years’ information.

Knowledge Exchange is Live!

Knowledge Exchange It is here! The Knowledge Exchange (KX) launched on October 1. Check it out at

The site offers research translations in four topic “buckets”: Data and Tools, Environment and Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture, and People and Communities. The new centralized resource is designed to help a broader audience engage with the world-class research from CFAES. The goal? To get people actively connecting with research, asking questions, and sharing in the discovery process. The KX site will be continuously updated with new tools and projects around food supply systems, water quality, farm stress, and more.  

CD Infographic Available

A variety of branded, Extension-focused infographic templates have been developed for your use as you prepare presentations. The new files are posted at

The files have been created in PowerPoint and InDesign. The majority of the files are 8 ½” x 11” in size, but they also have several half-page vertical and horizontal options (in PowerPoint only).

2021 Extension Leadership Conference

Extension Leadership Conference The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) has released the call for proposals to present at the 2021 Extension Leadership Conference, February 10-11. 

If you are an Epsilon Sigma Phi member, you are invited to submit a proposal by October 30. RFP for Leadership Development Concurrent Sessions

For conference details and questions regarding this process, visit

Meet Brooke Beam, Extension Educator, Highland County

Brooke supports both Community Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources in Highland County. Brooke enjoys creating videos and organized the 2019 Germinate International Film Fest. Recently, she used her expertise at Farm Science Review as a consultant for educators wanting technical assistance with how to film their videos.

Brooke also has organized Leadership programs and has co-created the Southern Ohio Farm Show.

If you are interested in learning more about Brooke’s programs, please reach out to her.

Have a great week and remember: "Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them." -William Arthur Ward


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Brooke Beam, PhD,
educator, ANR/CD,
OSU Extension-Highland County

Brooke Beam, PhD, educator, ANR/CD, OSU Extension-Highland County
Located at:

OSU Extension - Highland County
119 Governor Foraker Place; Suite 202
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Program focus:
  • Agricultural Public Perception
  • Digital Media, Video Production, and Social Media Analytics
  • Virtual Reality
  • Community Leadership
About Brooke:

I attended The Ohio State University where I earned my BS, MS, and PhD with a specialization in agricultural communication. I began my role in Extension in the spring of 2018 as the Highland County Extension educator for agriculture and natural resources/community development. In addition to working for Extension, I own and operate my own farm in Clinton County, Ohio, where I raise grain crops.

On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my two collie dogs, Sunbeam and Coco, as well as working on my family’s farm. I am in the process of restoring my great-great-grandmother’s home in Wilmington, Ohio.

Brooke's Work:

With my background in agricultural communication, I have a unique perspective and have used this to develop several new programs. Last year, we held the first Germinate International Film Festival. This was one of the first film festivals to highlight agriculture and rural communities through film and photography. Over 70 entries from around the world were submitted and shown during the two-day film festival held in Highland County, Ohio.

For the past 24 weeks, I have been producing an Extension television show with the assistance of James Morris, OSU Extension educator in Brown County, and Gigi Neal, OSU Extension educator in Clermont County. The show is called the Southern Ohio Farm Show and is broadcasted via Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, and the local access channels in Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Highland counties weekly. Each week we have a new show that highlights community events, Extension programs, and timely information for our viewers to use in their businesses and on their farms.

I have used my skills in video production to assist with the planning, development, and implementation of over 50 videos for the 2020 Farm Science Review. I also used my video production background to hold the first drive-in theatre style Fertilizer and Pesticide Recertification in Hillsboro, which was a unique experience for agricultural producers.

I also coordinate the Leadership Highland program, which is an extensive leadership program that educates participants on leadership and their community. Each program offers educational sessions to foster leadership skills, teambuilding, and knowledge of the community, region, and state that can help them in the future. Annually, the program highlights Highland County agriculture, history, industry, business, government, health care, and natural resources. The program also highlights regional economic development and a tour of the Ohio Statehouse.

As an ANR/CD educator, I have held a wide variety of programs to educate, train, and certify business owners and agricultural producers. From Leadership Highland, the Germinate International Film Fest, Beef Quality Assurance, and Fertilizer and Pesticide Recertification, there are no two days alike in my role as the agriculture and natural resources/community development educator in Highland County.

You can reach Brooke at or 937-393-1918.
Our next feature will spotlight Kenzie Johnston,
educator, CD/ANR
OSU Extension-Delaware County.



Data Analytics Month goes Virtual for 2020:

Data Analytics Month - October 2020 The fifth annual Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State kicked off October 1.

Created by the Translational Data Analytics Institute with partners across campus, Data Analytics Month is a campus-wide series of workshops, lectures, challenges, and events that celebrate data analytics and decision science. New for 2020 – weekly fun data facts and a cadre of data resources from groups across Ohio State. Read more.

Introduction to Data Visualization - October 7:

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. University Libraries, Research Commons, will present this virtual session on October 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. Read more and register.

In this presentation, participants will:

  • be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn in this day and age

  • learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualization

  • take a look at some resources available for learning more about different types of data visualizations and how to create them

  • explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields

  • watch a video showcasing what a great visualization and presentation can look like

  • gain some useful tips on how to better design your next visualization

  • find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support

Inclusive Content: Best Practices for Creating Engaging Online Content & Improving Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities - October 8:

eXtension 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. The webinar will be held October 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more.

Great Lakes Aquaculture Day - October 10:

Great Lakes Aquaculture Day - October 10, 2020 The Great Lakes Aquaculture Day will be held virtually on Saturday, October 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Click here to see event details including the flyer, agenda, cooking challenge information, and registration. Please share widely with anyone you think may be interested. Click here for the event page on Facebook.

Target audiences for this conference include those interested in starting up their own aquaculture operations, current aquaculture farmers, those interested in marketing or cooking seafood, college students in aquaculture/fisheries programs, regulators, and terrestrial farmers looking to expand their operations. There will also be a cooking challenge, so if you know any culinary students you can send them to the above link.

This event is coordinated by the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC), which is a focused group of Sea Grant Extension folks from across the Great Lakes region. Learn more about GLAC here.

ACEL to Extension - Next Session October 15:

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

This series is offered directly for Extension personnel, by ACEL faculty. For more information, visit Below is the list of remaining topics, with direct links to registration. You must register for each session individually. Each session will start at 9 a.m. and last approximately 60 minutes.

Advocating for Trauma-Informed Policy and Systems Change - October 20:

On October 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., this webinar will provide vital information to funders and cooperative Extension professionals for developing trauma-informed, healing-centered approaches in their work. Click here for complete information and to register.

Engage and Inspire Diverse Audience through Effective Communication - October 23:

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Creating Connections from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is a two-hour live, online workshop designed to help scientists and researchers learn to engage and inspire diverse audiences through effective communication, with a particular focus on virtual interactions. Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science will present this workshop on October 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Alda Method is a unique approach to science communication training that combines improvisational theater-based techniques with message-design strategies, including analogies and narrative. The immersive method emphasizes two-way communication to build trust and invite others to share in the wonder and joy of science. It incorporates research and best practices from science communication, journalism, ethics, and other relevant fields. 

Participants will learn how to balance being prepared with responding in the moment to address questions. The program emphasizes universal communication strategies, including avoiding jargon, and technical skills for creating engagement online, including camera angles and sound levels.

As a result of participating in this program, participants will be able to:

  • identify strategies to make a message memorable
  • recognize and begin to avoid using complex terminology and jargon
  • use a three-step process to design a message strategically
  • develop a personable and engaging online presence

Space is limited to the first 100 participants to register. Click here for complete information and to register.

COVID-19 Impacts on Federal, State, and Local Budgets - October 23:

Cities and Regions in the Post-COVID Era The Impact of COVID-19 on federal, state, and local budgets will be the sixth 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.

Ohio State's Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) will host this virtual discussion that will cover how much federal, state, and local budgets have been (or will be) impacted by COVID-19 and what the implications of this impact mean going forward for communities. Did we learn anything from the Great Recession of 2008 that has helped or will help us during this financial crisis?

This conversation will take place on October 23 at noon. Click here for complete information and to register.



Proposals for InFACT Linkage and Leverage Grants due October 30:

The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) invites you to submit proposals for their Linkage and Leverage seed grant program. Teams of faculty, staff, students, and external partners may apply. There are three cycles for proposal submission during the 2020-21 academic year. Cycle 1 proposals are due October 30. Read more.



DocuSign Behind BuckeyePass:

On Monday, October 19, Ohio State's eSignature service (DocuSign) will now be protected by a multifactor authentication service, BuckeyePass (Duo). Ohio State is expanding its use of multi-factor authentication to increase the level of security that prevents unauthorized individuals from accessing university information.

DocuSign is a digital application allowing users to securely sign, initial, and enter other information on an electronic document rather than a physical copy. BuckeyePass is a multifactor authentication service provided to Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and student employees. It helps protect your account even if your password is stolen. Learn more.

License Plate Policy Citation Changes - Campus Parking:

License Plate - front facing Following the new license plate visibility policy that went into effect August 1, vehicles should park on campus with a license plate visible from the drive lane.

While courtesy warnings will continue to be issued for first offenses, starting October 1, $15 citations will be issued for second offenses and $25 citations will be issued for three or more offenses. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (September 2020)

The Drop (NCRWN e-newsletter - September 2020)


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