CD Wire - November 30, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Welcome . . .

Nicole Wright Nicole Wright, Extension Educator, Aquaculture, and LEARN Coordinator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s aquaculture Extension educator, Nicole will serve as the program’s aquaculture lead, connecting researchers, OSU Extension aquaculture specialists and industry professionals while assisting with building the Great Lakes Sea Grant Aquaculture Collaborative. One of the main goals of the position is to share expertise and apply it to understanding aquaculture markets, as well as training a workforce to support industry growth. Read more about Nicole in this Ohio Sea Grant news article.

If you are interested in learning more about Nicole’s role, she can be reached at

Farewell . . .

Gage Smith Gage Smith will be leaving his position as the CD State program assistant effective December 15.

Gage has been with CD for almost 18 months and has worked on numerous projects with many of you. He has always exemplified professionalism and enthusiasm for taking on new tasks.

His can-do attitude will be missed, but we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Program Review Update

I want to thank everyone that contributed to developing the action strategies for the CD Program Review. The report can be found here. The plan is to review each action strategy as we meet in 2021.

Since this is our working document, please let me know if there is something that you would like to be considered as an action item going forward.

Extension Annual Conference: Registration Deadline December 2

OSU Extension Annual Conference 2020 Registration is open through December 2 for the 2020 OSU Extension Annual Conference. Register here.

You will need an approved eRequest # during the registration process. An All-Conference Pass is $25.

Please note that the Ohio NACDEP meeting will be held December 7 at 9 a.m.

Also, the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award winner will be announced during the Annual Awards Ceremony on December 9 beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Extension Director Wilkins' Video Update

The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Thursday, December 17, at 9 a.m.

Registration is required. Please register here by Monday, December 14, if possible. The update will be recorded for those who cannot join the live presentation.

Meet Thomas Blaine PhD, Associate Professor

Tom has taught and wrote about global warming and climate change for 25+ years. Earlier this year, he updated his Global Climate Change factsheet (CDFS-203). Tom also has a passion to help colleagues get published in journals and has been an article reviewer for several journals. If you have interest in learning more about climate change or how to turn your creative work into a journal article, please reach out to Tom.

Have a greet week and remember: "Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." -Dalai Lama

CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Tom Blaine, PhD,
associate professor,
OSU Extension

Tom Blaine, PhD
Located at:

Wooster, OH

Program focus:
  • Environmental Economics

About Tom:

Thomas W. Blaine hails from Russell, Kentucky – a portion of the “tri-state area” where the Bluegrass State meets West Virginia and Ohio. In his youth he aspired to a career as a naval officer and attended the US Naval Academy as a midshipman in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon completion of his junior year however, he received a medical discharge and transferred to the University of Kentucky, where he earned a BS in Political Science, an MS in Marketing, and a PhD in Environmental Economics.

He served in a teaching and research position at Texas A&M in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, where he specialized in teaching research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses combined materials typically found in two diverse areas of instruction: statistics and the philosophy of science. He also taught courses in natural resource conservation and socio-economic issues in recreation and tourism before being drawn toward a career in Extension. He joined Ohio State University Extension in 1995, initially serving as a District Specialist in Community Development.

And for fun, he likes to take groups out to stargaze with his binoculars and telescope, playing medieval and renaissance music, and powerlifting.

Tom's Work:

As an environmental economist working in a college of agriculture, he has had the opportunity to address the human dimensions of many topics that are the focus of colleagues whose backgrounds are in the biological sciences. Published studies include topics such as pesticide application and spray drift (JOE article and Environmental Management article), recycling (JOE article and Journal of Environmental Management article), as well as preservation of farmland and other sensitive lands (Journal of Soil and Water Conservation article, JOE article 2006, and JOE article 2003).

He has worked with colleagues and student interns on exploring behavior of people who live in “food deserts.” A 2009‐2010 study focused on urban community gardeners (JOE article). A 2012 study examined the behaviors of households living in rural food deserts. He shared a comparison of those studies in Pittsburgh in 2013 at Galaxy IV and in a Diversity Series on Ohio State's Columbus campus the same year.

In following the theme on local foods, he pursued something of an unconventional approach along with some colleagues by studying characteristics of Great Lakes shoreline anglers. The study involved application of a version of the travel cost method (TCM), a non-market valuation tool developed by environmental economists. The study emphasized that most previous TCM models are flawed because of their failure to specify appropriate relationships between household income and travel cost, and this misspecification can prevent the move toward environmental justice. He first presented the results of the study to a national meeting of Extension professionals in 2014 at Grand Rapids, and subsequently published a full article on the topic in the Journal of Environmental Management in 2015. He considers this article to be the finest scholarly achievement of his career.

He has also worked in the field of local economic development, including Retention and Expansion of Business and Industry (R&E) (JOE article), input‐output modeling at the county level (JOE article), and microenterprise development (MED) (JOE article).

He enjoys international travel and taking applied Extension research not only beyond the walls of the university, but across the continents. He is fluent in Russian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has made presentations at the National Economics Institute in Kiev, Ukraine (2008) and at the University of Sao Paulo (Piracicaba; 2006‐2008). He has maintained his connections with the US Navy as well and was honored to be able to join the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN‐76) on a return voyage from a surge deployment in 2007. While underway from Pearl Harbor to San Diego, he made presentations to the officers and crew on global climate change, about which he has been teaching and writing for 30 years. His current fact sheet, Global Climate Change: Update 2020, contains an extensive treatment of the topic and includes a link to a 1996 version so that readers can see how the discussion has evolved over the years.
You can read a three-part blog Dr. Blaine published on climate change at the following links. The first one is an update from 2015. The second initiates a discussion about uncertainty in climate change. The final installment explains the role of feedbacks in the climate system and makes some predictions for the future. 
Publications he has authored or co-authored with implications for Extension relating to his interest in the philosophy of science include "Value-Free Extension Education?", as well as public issues education (JOE article).

As a result of his extensive publications, which have been cited in some of the most prestigious journals in the world, Dr. Blaine has attracted the attention of numerous journal editors eager to make use of his expertise. As a result, he spends much of his time nowadays as a peer reviewer for a host of Journals including: the Journal of Extension, Journal of Environmental Management, The Journal of the Community Development Society, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Environments, Sustainability, among others.

He has been eager to share his insights into publication and teaching with OSU Extension colleagues by making presentations at three Annual Conferences since 2013 on how to publish in peer reviewed journals and one on how to build a stand-alone Extension program (2016). He has also addressed Annual Conference (2016) as well as the OSU Outreach Conference (2019) and the Annual Family and Consumer Sciences Conference (2017) on how to go about engaging audiences on controversial public issues such as opioid addiction, teen pregnancy, and abortion.

He is currently serving in his 10th year as editor for the quarterly newsletter of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).

For more information, please see Dr. Blaine’s curriculum vitae.

You can reach Tom at or 330-466-7877.
Our next feature will spotlight Stacie Burbage,
program coordinator, community catalyst,
OSU Extension-Franklin County.



CD Professional Development Support Applications Available Year-round:

CD professional development support applications can now be submitted year-round. Here is a summary of how the process works:

  • Purpose: To provide incentive and financial support for current Extension CD Professionals pursuing professional development activities.
  • Funding: Maximum funding award per individual is $750. Funds will be awarded throughout the year contingent on availability of funding. Only one award per individual per year is permitted. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received funding from the CD Professional Development Support Program in the previous two years. Funds must be spent within 12 months of receiving award.
  • Procedures: Submit applications to the Assistant Director using the form linked above. Applicants are encouraged to pursue all other available funding when appropriate (e.g., local office budget, local sponsorship, OJCEP scholarship awards, etc.). The assistant director will review applications and make final determination of scholarship award recipients and scholarship amounts.

Mentor Training begins May 2021:

The MINE (Mentor.Impact.Network.Excel.) Mentor Training Program will take place in May 2021. Anyone who indicated interest on the previous survey will receive an individual invitation from Jared Morrison to register for mentor training. If you do not receive an invitation by 12/1/2020, please notify Jared Morrison ( to be added to the invitation list.

Completion of the training is required to be considered a mentor and have new mentees formally assigned. Training will take place in two parts that are not sequential - they may be taken in either order (Part 1, then 2; or Part 2, then 1) and in any week offered. The detailed training agenda is still in progress, but the dates and times below are correct. The official launch of mentoring will begin in summer 2021.

  • MINE Training Part 1 – Monday, May 3, 2020, 1-4 p.m.
  • MINE Training Part 2 – Thursday, May 6, 1-4 p.m.
  • MINE Training Part 1 – Wednesday, May 12, 1-4 p.m.
  • MINE Training Part 2 – Friday, May 14, 9 a.m.-noon
  • MINE Training Part 1 – Wednesday, May 26, 1-4 p.m.
  • MINE Training Part 2 – Thursday, May 27, 1-4 p.m. 

Have a busy spring? Training will also be offered in Fall 2021 if you prefer to hold off for a while (please note, you will not be assigned any mentors until completing both Parts 1 and 2):

  • MINE Training Part 1 – Wednesday, October 6, 1-4 p.m.
  • MINE Training Part 2 – Friday, October 8, 9 a.m.-noon
  • MINE Training Part 1 – Wednesday, October 13, 9 a.m.-noon
  • MINE Training Part 2 – Thursday, October 14, 1-4 p.m.

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.

Contact Jared Morrison ( with any questions or concerns.

Register for OneDrive and Teams December Webinars:

Interested in learning more about OneDrive and Teams? IT@OSU has three new webinars you can attend in December: File Management in OneDrive for Business, Managing Teams and Channels, and Sharing and Working with Files in Microsoft Teams. If you cannot take part in the live webinars, you can access recordings later. Read more and register here.

Spring O.N.E. Extension Series for New and Veteran Staff:

For their next spring series of O.N.E. Extension - Onboard. Network. Excel., Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) is not only inviting new staff to participate but will also be holding a veteran staff series during the same timeframe. Anyone who has not been through the program, regardless of years of experience, will be able to pick-and-choose specific lessons they wish to attend. Feel free to attend them all, just a few, or none at all; the veteran series is completely optional. Please note this program is mainly geared towards FCS, ANR, CD, and 4-H program area staff and not community nutrition staff who have already attended Navigating for Success. Some topics will also be relevant to support staff and will be specified later - so stay tuned for more information. 
New hires who are expected to complete the program will receive a specific invite to the new employee cohort dates. 
As they continue to adjust to the all-virtual format, please note cohorts will now run 16 weeks, for just three hours each week. The spring series are scheduled as follows:

  1. Spring 2021 – Tuesdays, March 2-June 15, 1 to 4 p.m. – New Employees
  2. Spring 2021 Veteran – Wednesdays, March 3-June 16, 9 a.m. to noon – Veteran Employees



A&P Educator Promotion Process Updates:

Changes to the A&P educator promotion process have been posted. The key changes are highlighted in this recent blog post. They will also be discussed at A&P educator promotion workshops scheduled for December 11 and 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom.

More detail and everything A&P educator promotion-related can be found online.



CES Annual Silent Auction Online Bidding is now Open:

CES Silent Auction Bid On behalf of the CES Fundraiser Committee, please consider participating in this year’s Silent Auction at the OSU Extension Virtual Annual Conference. 

Chi Epsilon Sigma (CES) sponsors this annual fundraiser to recognize an Extension support staff member via the Chi Epsilon Sigma Extension Support Staff Excellence Award

Bidding is now open. Feel free to get the friendly competition started – this is a great opportunity to find special items for the holiday season, winter birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and beyond. Place your bids 24/7 now through December 9 via Excel Online

You will need to be logged into your Office 365 account with your OSU credentials. Use the Excel features to navigate within the document, rather than your browser buttons (the document will work online or in the desktop app). Any guests at the conference who wish to bid may have an OSU employee place bids on their behalf.

Bidding will close on the last day of the conference (Wednesday, December 9) at 1 p.m. Please check the Excel file often to see if you have been outbid, as no bid confirmation/notification emails will be sent during the auction. Final winners will be notified by email after the auction closes. There are 20 selections to bid on from both office teams and individuals. The winning bidders and donors will be connected soon after bidding closes at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, to arrange for shipping.

They are also accepting cash donations directly to the fund if you prefer to give your support via that option.

For any questions please contact the CES Fundraiser committee chair, Terri Fisher ( 

NCRWN Future Webinar Survey:

North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) is starting to plan its 2021 webinar line-up. 

They would like to hear what webinars interest you, who you want to hear from, and how they can better enhance awareness, knowledge, and connectively through The Current webinar series. Take the 5-minute survey here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Pandemic worsening food insecurity (CFAES News)

CFAES Continuum (Winter 2020-21)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (November 2020)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter - November 2020)

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