CD Wire - January 19, 2021

Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development
helps communities enhance their well-being.
OSU Extension Community Development

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director


National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) As you may or may not recall, the Ohio NACDEP award deadline is January 22. 

The awards applications are to be submitted to Gwynn Stewart ( The review team will notify you of the results. If you are a winner, you can then proceed to submit to National NACDEP by February 26 for consideration of a regional and national award. Award descriptions can be found here.

Appalachian Byway of Ohio

Appalachian Byway Recently, Noble County Community Development educator Gwynn Stewart developed a promotional video about the Appalachian Byway in Southeast Ohio. I encourage to view the video here

Meet Tameka Coleman, AmeriCorps VISTA for OSU Extension in Cuyahoga County

Tameka joined Extension in 2019 as a summer intern. We first met her when she came to our CD in-service when we visited Stone Lab. Tameka recently completed her BS in public health and started working on her master’s degree. Tameka works with Amanda Osborne on the Produce Perks program and immediately saw the benefits to Cleveland residents. This program has allowed for Tameka to gain experience in data analysis, which she hopes to use going forward in her career path. If you would like to learn more about Tameka, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her.

Have a greet week and remember: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King Jr.


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Tameka Coleman,
AmeriCorps VISTA,
OSU Extension-Cuyahoga County

Tameka Coleman, AmeriCorps VISTA, OSU Extension-Cuyahoga County
Located at:

OSU Extension - Cuyahoga County
12200 Fairhill Road, E. Building
Cleveland, OH 44120

Program focus:
  • Nutrition Incentive Programs
About Tameka:

I first worked with Extension in 2019 as a summer intern through the Cleveland Foundation Internship Program. I had never heard about Ohio State University Extension before but when I learned about all of the work that OSU Extension does, I knew that I wanted to be their intern. After spending an amazing three months there I was still interested in the work of Extension and working with them again. During 2020, I was informed that they applied for an AmeriCorps VISTA and I figured that I would apply. I already loved the organization and knew that I would enjoy working there for another year. I was accepted as the AmeriCorps VISTA for Extension and began my service year in August 2020, which will sadly end in 2021.

One of my favorite hobbies is being around my family. I come from a very close-knit family and due to the pandemic, I have not been able to spend as much time as I usually would with them. Another one of my favorite activities would be going to the movies. Before the pandemic, I would go to the movies at least two to three times a month. I just love the experience of being at the movies. However, I have opted into watching scary movies at home in the meantime. I also love to dance and watch reality tv shows during my off time.

Tameka's Work:

I would have to say that the nutrition incentive programs such as Produce Perks and WIC Perks would have to be my favorite. I worked on both of these projects when I was an intern, and now I am working on Produce Perks and I am even in the works of creating a new nutrition incentive program. I have had the opportunity to see the amazing work of these projects during different stages, and I have seen how much really goes into the process. I have also been able to see how beneficial this program has been in the city of Cleveland, which is where I have resided my whole life.

It is hard to say my areas of expertise since I just received my Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2020 and I am currently back in school for my master's degree. I am constantly learning more about the field of public health and all of its different sectors. I still have a long way to go, but I believe that I do possess some level of expertise in community outreach and data analysis. 

You can reach Tameka at or 330-681-8063.
Our next feature will spotlight Jill Bartolotta,
Extension educator,
Ohio Sea Grant College Program.



Engaged Practitioners Network Meeting - January 22:

The Office of Outreach and Engagement invites staff to join colleagues from across the university working in community outreach and engagement at the January 22 meeting of the Engaged Practitioners Network at 10 a.m. The goal of the network is to create a community of practice for staff to amplify collaborations, share best practices, and increase professional development opportunities. Read more and register here.

Wiser on Wednesdays – Microsoft Teams Training January 27:

The Learning and Organizational Development team training sessions are returning in 2021 with a slight twist. LOD will provide a 90-minute training on the fourth Wednesday of each month that will cover a specific professional development topic.

The first training will be January 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. about how to use Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and apply it to your work. Registration for this training is required.

Ohio JCEP Professional Development Scholarship Applications due February 1:

Ohio JCEP It is time to apply for the first round of Ohio JCEP Professional Development Scholarships. Scholarships are available to any current Ohio JCEP member and are awarded three times annually. There is a maximum of $750/per individual available to support your professional development activities.

The first round of applications is due February 1. You can find all the information on the scholarships and the link to the application here.

First-Timer Fellowships – on this same page you will find the link to the First-Timer scholarship. This is to support Extension professionals who are attending a national Extension conference for the first time. Individuals are only eligible to receive this once. If you have never attended a national Extension conference before, don’t miss out on these funds to support your attendance. These applications are due May 1.

Growing the Bioeconomy in Uncertain Times - February 12:

BioSystems Workshop February 12, 2021 Plant-based products and fuels have the potential to decrease U.S. dependence on petroleum feedstocks, improving energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating new industries. However, the pandemic and other uncertainties have significantly impacted the industry, from the availability of funds to the ability of businesses to survive.

The 2021 virtual workshop will bring together experts and interested parties from industry, academia, and state and federal agencies to discuss these challenges and brainstorm the technology, research, and government initiatives needed to address them. From these facilitated discussions, a report will be produced that will help entrepreneurs, policy makers, and regulators develop strategies for moving forward.

Click here for complete information and to register. Cost is $25. Read the related CFAES News article here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Session - Save March 11 or 22:

Hold March 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for a professional development opportunity. CFAES along with the College of Engineering and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are sponsoring several opportunities to engage in a professional development session lead by members of PowerPlay. PowerPlay provides opportunities to learn ways to navigate difficult conversations that may arise in classrooms, meetings, and during general conversation.

March 11 is just for CFAES faculty and staff, but for those who cannot make the March 11 session there will be a second session held on March 22 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. that will have participants from the three units. More information regarding the session and how to register will be forthcoming.



Pre-Proposals for Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative due February 18:

Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio State University, and The University of Toledo are requesting pre-proposals for one- to two-year research projects from Ohio colleges and universities as part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI). 

Pre-proposals must be submitted online by Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST. Read the related CFAES News article for details.

Research Commons Consultations:

Research Commons Consultations The Research Commons at The Ohio State University Libraries partners with a team of experts who can provide information and coaching on resources, tools, and methodologies to enhance your research.

This semester, remote consultations are offered in the areas of Data Visualization, GIS and Mapping, Digital Humanities, Human Subjects Research, Copyright Services, Amazon Web Services, Ohio Supercomputer Center, and Publishing and Repository Services. Visit their website to learn more and to book a remote consultation. Read more.



Transition from Ask an Expert to Ask Extension - February 1:

eXtension Ask an Expert will be changing over to a new platform, Ask Extension, on February 1.

All OSU Extension employees with any percentage of an Extension appointment (except those on grants/special circumstances) are expected to be signed in and answer questions in the system. Click here for more information and step-by-step instructions.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

OSU Extension News and Notes (January 8)

CFAES Connect (January 2021)

CFAES Research News (January 2021)

Twine Line (Winter/Spring 2021)


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