CD Wire - October 19, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

2021 CD In-service Dates

Please hold April 15 and August 19 for our CD in-services next year. While I am hopeful that they will be face-to-face, we will plan accordingly. Please hold the entire day. If you are interested in creating the agenda, please let me know.

Promote Your Upcoming Programs/Presentations

As you know, the CD Wire comes out twice a month. If you have an upcoming program that you would like promoted through the CD Wire, please send the appropriate information to me (e.g., name of the program, date of the program, length of program, and any pertinent registration information).

Interim Director’s Video Update - November 6  

The next Interim Director’s Video Update will be held on Friday, November 6, at 10 a.m. Registration is required. Please register by Monday, November 2, if possible. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information to join the webinar. You may need to log into Zoom first, then click on the individualized link in your registration confirmation to access the webinar.  

The update will be recorded for those who cannot join the live presentation. 

Extension Annual Conference Update

The Extension Annual Conference Committee received 47 proposals for the various engagement focused sessions (down some this year due to no poster session and being virtual). The conference proposal committee meets soon to review the proposals. The keynote and capstone speakers are confirmed, and President Johnson and Dean Kress will be joining for the welcome and kick-off.

Please save the dates on your calendar and commit to attending as much as possible (December 7-9). 

Bucks for Charity - How Do You Show You Care? 

Through Bucks for Charity you can choose from nearly 1,000 statewide nonprofit organizations that make a difference in areas such as food security, health services, animal welfare, education, advocacy programs, or environment. Together As Buckeyes, we unite to care for each other and our communities. Thanks to the generosity of 37 faculty and staff to date we have raised $8,930 and we have until November 6 to raise even more.

No matter the amount of your gift, showing up in any way for central Ohio is greatly appreciated. In recognition of our college’s support, we are raffling off a variety of great prizes. Donate now for a chance to win this week. Make a pledge or learn more here. Questions? Contact Rachel or Brandi

Reminder: CD Infographic Templates Available

A variety of branded, Extension-focused infographic templates have been developed for your use as you prepare presentations. The files have been created in PowerPoint and InDesign. Most of the files are 8 ½” x 11” in size, but several half-page vertical and horizontal options (in PowerPoint only) are also available. 

Final Reminder: 2021 Extension Leadership Conference Proposals due October 30

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. For conference details and questions regarding this process, visit

Meet Kenzie Johnston, Extension Educator, Delaware County 

Kenzie supports both Community Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources in Delaware County. While starting her career with OSU Extension in 2018, Kenzie has already presented to statewide audiences on how to enhance their organization’s message to stakeholders. Specifically, session participants were able to develop their mission statement, understand their organization from their stakeholders’ perspectives, and then better able to articulate their purpose and learn strategies for expanding and enhancing stakeholder relations.

Also, if you are looking for a great team building exercise, ask Kenzie to about the 27-9-3 training.

Have a great week and remember: "Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results."  -Andrew Carnegie


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Kenzie Johnston,
educator, CD/ANR,
OSU Extension-Delaware County

Kenzie Johnston
Located at:

OSU Extension - Delaware County
149 North Sandusky Street
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Program focus:
  • Communicating your Message
  • Leadership Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing through Social Media
  • Creating Workplace Culture
About Kenzie:

I graduated from The Ohio State University with my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communication in 2016. After graduation I worked in the consumer services department for Scotts Miracle-Gro before making my transition to OSU Extension two years and two months ago (best decision ever). A few months into my career in Delaware County, I began the ACEL Online Master’s program and am on track to graduate in December. After graduation, I plan to begin the PhD program through ACEL while continuing to work in Extension. I may or may not be a Buckeye for life? Go Bucks!

On a more personal note, I am currently training to become a certified yoga instructor and will officially be able to teach my own classes in July of 2021. I am beyond excited for this new opportunity that has been given to me – as I never in a million years thought I would practice yoga, let alone teach it! When I’m not working, going to school, or doing yoga – I enjoy spending time outside either in the garden or exercising. I love going to the beach and will go any chance I get! One thing that I’ve learned throughout this past year; seek out your own good things, while you love, love, love on the people in your life!!

Kenzie's Work:

I am currently working on developing a curriculum package for Communicating your Message. This package will be available for CD professionals to use when working with stakeholders. It is going to be crucial to be able to tell your story after the pandemic is over. I will actually be presenting on this topic in February through the NACDEP monthly webinars.

The project I am most excited about working on right now is creating a leadership development program to help train Extension volunteers (master gardeners) how to be effective leaders. More specifically, I want this program to benefit all Extension stakeholders across the state. My greatest hope is that we are able to train and retain more volunteers to help tell the Extension story.

You can reach Kenzie at or 740-833-2030.
Our next feature will spotlight Scott Hardy,
Extension educator,
Ohio Sea Grant College Program.



Land Use Actions Seminar Series:

Land Use Actions Seminar Series You are invited to a virtual brown bag lunch seminar series.

All seminars will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Click here to reserve your spot now. View the flyer for speaker information on the following seminars:

  • October 22 - Land Use Actions: Economy and Land
  • November 19 - Land Use Actions: Tools and Solutions
  • December 3 - Land Use Actions: Housing and Open Space

Learn more about balanced land use – making connections across agriculture, economic development, open space, housing, and urban development. This is your opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives and be part of the conversation to help create solutions. There is no fee for participating.

Water Quality Initiative Update and Engagement Session - October 23:

Water quality If you would like to learn more about the CFAES water quality initiative, please join the CFAES water quality initiative on October 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. for a water quality update and engagement session. 

In addition to providing a brief update on progress towards initiative goals and next steps, they will also be asking for your input on how to better engage staff and faculty and preferred means of ongoing communication. 

Register here. If you are unable to attend but would like to view a recording of the session, please email Heather Raymond (, CFAES water quality initiative director, and include “recording” in subject line.

Implicit Associations, Insidious Assumptions: Unintended Manifestations of Bias in Everyday Life - October 23:

This 2-hour, interactive webinar on October 23 at 2 p.m. will provide an overview of the various types of bias that humans experience with an emphasis on implicit bias. Participants will explore how our socialization process leads to the formation of conscious and unconscious associations, stereotypes, and prejudices that can influence how we treat others in unintended ways. Participants will learn common ways that bias manifests in the form of subtle microaggressions and identify strategies that can help reduce the impact of implicit biases.

Prior to the webinar, participants will be asked to complete several online Implicit Association Tests. The IAT is a tool that has been shown to predict discriminatory behavior in certain conditions and can be helpful in uncovering hidden biases. An opportunity for discussion of test results and their implications will be provided during the webinar.

This event is free and open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. It will not be recorded. Register here.

Stand Up, Speak Out! How to Interrupt Bias by Being an Active Bystander on November 17 will build upon the knowledge in this webinar.

If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca at

Online Research Skills Events from OSU Libraries’ Research Commons:

Remaining October events include:

  • Corporate Research Engagement 101: The Basics of Industry-Sponsored Research - October 26 (10-11:30 a.m.)
  • Scholarly Publishing Series #3: Open Access Publishing - October 29 (11-12 p.m.)

Click here for more information and to sign up.  

Plastics Legislation in the Great Lakes - October 28:

Plastics in the Great Lakes Do bag fees, bag bans, and straw bans have your head spinning?

Join the National Sea Grant Law Center and Ohio Sea Grant for a free webinar on October 28 from 12 to 1 p.m. addressing the laws and regulations behind single-use plastics. Experts will discuss plastic pollution, as well as policies that reduce availability and use of single-use plastics. Time will be given at the end to answer questions and discuss future information needs about plastics legislation.


  • Global Perspective for Plastics Laws and Regulations
    Stephanie Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center
  • Plastic Pollution and the Need for Plastic Policies
    Jill Bartolotta, Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant
    Sarah Lowe, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Plastics Legislation in the Great Lakes
    Terra Bowling, Research Counsel II, National Sea Grant Law Center

Registration is required to receive log-in information. Register here.

MINE Program (Mentoring) Feedback Invitation - Respond by October 28:


Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) wants all of you to receive mentoring that will:

  1. help you in your day-to-day work
  2. help build the career you desire

ALL OSU Extension faculty and staff are invited to participate - including, but not limited to, all support staff, program staff, educators, and community nutrition staff. While all positions are encouraged to participate, and the goal is to provide support to all positions, please note processes may be unique based on position duties, requirements, or funding restrictions.
During the next few months, LOD will be building and starting the new Mentor | Impact | Network | Excel (MINE) program to reach these goals. They need your help in the first phase of building as they reimagine this program for OSU Extension. It is important to them to learn about your experiences and discover issues and needs you have related to mentoring and coaching. Before you answer the questions, please view the documents below for background.

To get started, there are a handful of questions to ask you. These will only take a few minutes to complete. Use the link uniquely created for you that was provided in the email from Jared Morrison on October 14 to provide your feedback. Submit your response no later than Wednesday, October 28, at 11:59 p.m. If you have questions or concerns, contact Jared Morrison (

Microsoft Teams Training - November 5:

On Thursday, November 5, at 2 p.m., join members of the OSU Extension Learning and Organizational Development Unit (LOD) for a Microsoft Teams training. Some basic skills and helpful tips in MS Teams will be reviewed.

The 60-minute training will be recorded and posted to LOD website for future reference. If you have any questions you would like answered during the training, please email ShaLise Simmons (simmons.761). Registration is required.

The Global One Health Day 2020 Conference - November 5-7:

Global One Health Day With the theme "Strengthening Global Resilience Through One Health: A 2020 Vision for a Sustainable Future," the Global One Health Day 2020 Conference will take place November 5-7 virtually through Zoom.

In this 2020 biennial conference, Ohio State's Global One Health initiative aims to bring global stakeholders together to discuss priority global health capacity needs and recent events and to progress towards sustained prevention and control of complex global health issues.

Registration is now open. Read moreContact

Engaged Practitioners Network - Kick-off November 6:

The Office of Outreach and Engagement invites you to the virtual kick-off event of the Engaged Practitioners Network on Friday, November 6, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Register here.

The Engaged Practitioners Network is a space for Ohio State staff who are working in spaces of community outreach and engagement. This is an opportunity for sharing best practices as well as networking with colleagues across campus. The goal is to create a community of practice to amplify collaborations, share best practices, and increase professional development opportunities.

They are interested in learning more about what you would like from the Engaged Practitioners Network and will also hold space on community outreach and engagement work during this time.

2020 Virtual Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference - November 9-13:

Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Spend your lunch hour with AEDE experts who will examine agricultural issues through the lens of finance, economy, policy, trade, the environment, and consumer demands.

The 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference will be held November 9-13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. each day.

  • Monday, November 9 – Agricultural Finance Outlook
  • Tuesday, November 10 – Agricultural and Environmental Policy Outlook
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day, no webinar
  • Thursday, November 12 – Trade and Macroeconomic Outlook
  • Friday, November 13 – Grain, Livestock, and Consumer Demand Outlook

This event is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Information on presenters and panelists to follow. Register today.



CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses Webpage:

CFAES has several college transition teams actively synthesizing university guidance to localize for CFAES departments and Units. To help organize the information, a website has been created for CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses. The information will be updated as new guidance surfaces. Please visit and bookmark the website for information and further updates.



Free Safety App for Ohio State Community:

Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety offers a free safety app for students, faculty, and staff. Rave Guardian offers many benefits including faster delivery of Buckeye Alerts and Public Safety Notices via push-notifications. The app also allows users to select friends or family to follow them via GPS tracking as they travel on and around campus. The app serves as a virtual guardian with a timer based on your destination. Download today inside the Ohio State app under the safety tab. Read more.

MEP Program Assistant Position Posted:

The Ohio State University South Centers has posted a position to hire a Program Assistant for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (MEP). The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program Assistant:

  • is responsible for providing a broad range of basic to complex office support services relating to social media and video marketing efforts, document preparation, data entry, and preparation of newsletters for MEP
  • plans, markets, and coordinates manufacturing outreach and training events
  • works closely with Business Development Program Leader, MEP Program Director, MEP Program Manager, and Growth Advisors to accomplish daily activities

Click here to read more about the position and to apply. Application deadline is October 25.  

BuckeyeBox Migration and Teams + OneDrive Trainings:

The retirement of BuckeyeBox (and “U” Drive for MITS clients) in spring/summer of 2021 is going to require significant effort, and the university is planning to provide significant support. Training resources are available in the Administrative Resource Center: Migration to OneDrive for Business from BuckeyeBox(link is external).

OCIO is planning on hosting training sessions as follows:

  • Cloud Storage Transition and File Migration (Register now)
    • Tuesday, October 20, 2 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m.

If you have questions or can't find the information you are looking for, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Automatic Live Transcription in CarmenZoom:

Live captioning in CarmenZoom CarmenZoom now offers a tool that generates speech-to-text transcriptions automatically.

The meeting host must enable the Live Transcription feature in their account settings to be able to turn the feature on during a meeting. If enabled, participants in the meeting can view subtitles or a full transcript and may be able to save a copy of the transcript at the end of the meeting, if the host allows. For accessibility considerations, review the Live Captioning FAQ provided by Ohio State’s Digital Accessibility Center. Read more

CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education - 2020 Research in Review:

CFAES Research in Review FY20 Infographic The CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education has released the fiscal year 2020 Research in Review Infographic.

The Research in Review highlights CFAES research expenditures, submissions, awards, and projects taking place over the course of the past fiscal year. The infographic has been released annually since 2017 as a summation of the accomplishments of the researchers working in our college. Access current and past reports here.

New Secure Wi-Fi Network for Devices:

Game Console OCIO recently launched Registered4OSU, a secure Wi-Fi network for devices without browsers or that do not support the necessary configuration for osuwireless.

This new network allows Ohio State students, faculty, staff, and administrators to register and manage personal and university devices such as game consoles, smart TVs, printers, control panels and more. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

CFAES Monthly (October 2020)

CFAES Research News (October 2020)


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