CD Wire - November 16, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Giving thanks…

As pandemic fatigue continues and the number of Zooms seems to never end, I often struggle to keep a professional and personal life balance. Yet, as we start the holiday season, I intentionally remind myself that I have much to be thankful for. Here are a few… Give thanks
  1. I am thankful that I work with such hard working, dedicated professionals that continue to meet the needs of their communities with thoughtfulness, compassion, and flexibility.
  2. I am thankful for teamwork- it is great to know that by combining our individual talents, we can work together to come up with ideas that none of us could ever conceive separately.
  3. I am thankful for problems, for the problems allow us to develop creative solutions.
  4. I am thankful for our partners that we collaborate with to provide virtual programming.
  5. I am thankful for the job flexibility- being able to walk my dog during the workday.
  6. I am thankful that every day is different and varied.
  7. I am thankful for the internet, which allows us to stay connected.

So, what are you thankful for?


By now, I am sure that you are aware that Interim Director Jackie Wilkins has been named Associate Dean and Director of OSU Extension and Chair of the Department of Extension. Congratulations Jackie!

In addition, Greg Davis was named Assistant Dean for Extension and Associate Chair, and Jeff McCutcheon was named Director of Extension Operations. Congratulations to Greg and Jeff!

So, if you are interested in who participates in Extension cabinet as well as a list of Area Leaders, click here.

Dialogue with the Director: Open Office Hours

Starting in December, Director Wilkins will be offering open office hours every second Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be 15-minute slots you can sign up for in advance (more details coming soon on how to schedule). This time will be for her to listen, checking-in, saying hello, or solving the world’s problems. It will be entirely up to you what you want to discuss.

Extension Annual Conference

Extension Annual Conference 2020 Registration is Now Open for the 2020 OSU Extension Annual (Virtual) Conference!

Register here by December 2 at 11:59 p.m.: Prior to registering, you will need an approved eRequest # (work with your office associate). All-Conference Pass: $25; Students: $10.

Meet Gwynn Stewart, Extension Educator, Noble County

Gwynn wears many hats in her role as CD Educator. In fact, she is also the economic development director for the county as well.

She has a strong interest in enhancing the quality of life for Noble County residents and businesses. To that end, she has participated in developing her grant writing skills and would be interested in working with you to develop your skills.

In her short time with Extension, Gwynn has joined numerous committees to enhance her experience and is interested in how she can bring back additional expertise to Noble County.

Have a great week and remember: "The difference between a stumbling block and a steppingstone is how you choose to use them."  -Brian Lebo

CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Gwynn Stewart,
Extension educator,
Noble County

Gwynn Stewart
Located at:

OSU Extension-Noble County
46049 Marietta Road, Suite 2
Caldwell, OH 43724

Program focus:
  • Community and Economic Development

  • Community Planning

About Gwynn:

I have worked with Noble County Extension for two-plus years. We are a levy-funded county. My bio can be found online here.

Prior to Extension, I worked for nearly 11 years with Buckeye Hills Regional Council, our area’s RTPO and local development district for EDA and the Appalachian Regional Commission, as well as the Area Agency on Aging. At one time, I also worked in Corporate Communications for The Longaberger Company in its headquarters, a seven-story basket building.

I’m one of six children who was blessed with a stay-at-home mom and my dad worked as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator for the region’s surface coal mines. My husband Ken also works for Extension in our home county of Monroe. Together, we have a blended family of three (Rob, Katie and Jadyn) and four grandchildren (Jenner, Jessa, Jaedyn and Ava) and three grand-dogs (Gunther, Dolly and Leonidus).

In my spare time, I serve as a founding member of the Monroe County Community Foundation, a fund with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. I also enjoy scrapbooking family memories, volunteering with the Monroe Arts Council on a theatre renovation project and as a member and accompanist with Monroe Singers and playing the piano for my church.

Gwynn's Work:

I’m Appalachian born and raised so my favorite role is as an Appalachian Advocate. I enjoyed working with two retired Extension Educators (Mike Lloyd and Amy Grove) to help establish the Appalachian Byway of Ohio (SR78), the state’s 26th scenic byway. I serve as the multi-county Byway Leader.

My favorite county programs have included attracting a Federally Qualified Health Care Center with a family physician to Caldwell and partnering with Southeast Area Transit to bring basic public transportation to our county. I’ve also really enjoyed being a part of the OSU Extension Energy Program where I’ve learned a great deal on this sector that is critical to my county and the region.

My role with Noble County is as the Local Economic Development Organization. I also have in-depth grant writing experience and recently completed the Purdue University Train the Trainer with Kyle White to bring the “Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing” to Ohio. I’ve also been focusing a great deal lately on rural broadband planning and implementation funding strategies as Noble County is Ohio’s “least connected.”

I have enjoyed the collaboration within Extension and across the land-grant university system through NACDEP. There are so many fabulous resources to bring to our communities and so little time!

You can reach Gwynn at or 740-305-3177.
Our next feature will spotlight Tom Blaine,
associate professor, OSU Extension.



Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations - November 17:

Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations Social determinants of health are defined by the World Health Organization as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age." For rural populations, many of these elements are less favorable than within urban areas.

Building on work conducted by the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, this presentation will review some of the key elements associated with health across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility availability.

Join Jan Probst, PhD, of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center for a deep dive into how social determinants are influencing rural health. The webinar will be held on November 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more.

EPA's Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Webinar Series begins November 18:

EPA's Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Webinar Series

Registration is now open for EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program webinar on Property Values and Water Quality: Supporting Decisions with the Hedonic Model. This webinar will be held on November 18 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Although there is a well-established body of literature examining how water quality impacts home values, it has yet to be used in analyses of regional and nationwide water quality regulations. Property value studies combine housing choices with data on water quality to estimate benefits in a statistical model. This webinar will present an overview of the hedonic property value method, synthesize the literature to estimate a set of unit values and transfer functions to support decisions affecting water quality, and identify approaches to move beyond the limitations identified in the synthesis.

Presenters are Matt Heberling, PhD, research economist with EPA's Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling, and Michael Papenfus, PhD, environmental economist with EPA's Office of Research and Development, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment.

Click here to register. After registering for the webinar, you should receive an automatic reply with a link to test your computer’s compatibility with the webinar software. Please note that for this webinar, attendees can only listen with computer audio and will not be able to call into the webinar using a phone line. This change has been made to allow more people to attend the webinar.

A webinar will be offered every other month that will focus on EPA water research.

Land Use Actions Series - Last Two Seminars November 19 and December 3:

Land Use Actions Seminar Series The last two seminars in this virtual brown bag lunch seminar series will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on November 19 and December 3.

Topics are:

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

Click here to reserve your spot now. View the flyer for speaker information.

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.

Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Communities - November 30:

Join in on November 30 for the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Communities (Part II). This will be the final webinar in a series of events on “Cities and Regions in the Post-Coronavirus Era,” initiating community conversations on what lessons can be learned from this crisis to create a more resilient and sustainable world. Read more.

EPN Virtual Program - Community Engaged Learning: Blueprint Columbus and Senior Capstones - December 1:

Community Engaged Learning with Blueprint Columbus Join the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) on December 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about Blueprint Columbus' partnership with Ohio State for improved outreach and engagement in Columbus neighborhoods.

And then, hear about effective strategies for conducting this work remotely from Ohio State faculty with extensive community-building experiences. The event will include presentations and a Q&A with students who completed senior capstone projects related to community outreach. Click here for additional details and to register.



ESP Grant and Scholarship Applications due December 1:

Epsilon Sigma Phi There are four scholarship/grant programs through National ESP that are available to assist you with professional development, leadership development, and more.

Awards range from $600 to $1,000 per person. The online application process is not difficult and can lead to some great things for membership. Applications are due to the National Office on Tuesday, December 1. Click here for details and to read the November newsletter. 

University Outreach and Engagement Award Nominations due January 8:

The university is seeking nominations of programs, scholars, and community partners for the 2021 University Outreach and Engagement Awards, which honor faculty, staff, students, and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. Awards will be given in three categories: Community Engaged Program, Community Engaged Scholar, and Community Partner.

The deadline to apply is January 8. More detailed information about how to apply is available here.



Director's Video Update Recording Available:

The Extension Director’s Video Update recording from November 5 is available here.

Please note, it looks like there is one 5-minute recording when it first starts; but it is really two recordings back-to-back and will roll automatically into the second recording as you listen.

Colbert's First Time Home Buyer Podcast Link:

Susan Colbert, program director, community expansion and engagement, OSU Extension-Franklin County, was interviewed by HomeFlow on September 30. You can listen to the podcast here. Topics include success stories from the homebuyer education program, as well as many other great programs being offered by OSU Extension in Franklin County.

Your 60-day List paves the Way to Workday:

Workday 60-day list Ohio State’s transition to Workday will improve how Buckeyes do business. Your Workday to-do list outlines a few steps that will help ensure you are ready for the Workday launch in January. Click here to review the Staff To-Do List.

Changes to Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Length begin December 18:

CarmenZoom As a result of COVID-19 and a shift to online and hybrid learning, Ohio State's use of Zoom has grown exponentially over the past several months, and use of the Zoom cloud is quickly approaching the university storage limit. 

To address this, beginning December 18, recordings saved to the Zoom cloud will be retained for 120 days, down from the current 270 days.

ODEE has decided to make this change between semesters to prepare for continued Zoom use in spring without affecting recordings from the current term. When this change goes into effect, all existing recordings that have been in the Zoom cloud for more than 120 days will be deleted as well.

Please take special note of this news item. To continue utilizing videos for long term use that have been recorded with Zoom, please see the section on “Where should I store recordings long-term?”, and visit the Teaching and Learning Resource Center to learn more about saving and sharing Zoom cloud recordings. If you have additional questions, please reach out to the IT Service Desk.

New Office 365 Mobile Apps Security Controls for Employees:

On November 17, OCIO, ODEE, and Enterprise Security Staff Resources will enable some new security settings, which will apply to all Microsoft mobile applications on Android and iOS. After this change, when you first open a mobile Office 365 application, you may be required to enter your PIN/password. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

CFAES Monthly (November 2020)

Presidents past and present celebrate land-grant mission (Ohio State News)

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