CD Wire - February 15, 2021

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CD Spotlight

In late 2019, the State CD office conducted a survey to make sure the CD Wire was meeting your programmatic and informational needs. One topic that many of you shared was that you wanted to learn more about your CD colleagues.

In January 2020, we introduced the CD spotlight and recently concluded it with Sea Grant educator Jill Bartolotta. While there may be a few more profiles to share, next month we will be introducing guest writers, many of whom can impact your programs.

O.N.E. Extension - Onboard. Network. Excel. Program

The O.N.E. Extension - Onboard. Network. Excel. program will resume in March. In addition to the New Hire Cohort programs (invitation only), LOD will offer a series open to all Extension, regardless of years of service. LOD has received many questions about the program and requests to join, so this is to directly answer the calls they have received. The "Veteran Series" will be opt-in so you can attend just one if you have a specific topic interest, or you can register for all, if you would like to get a sense of the entire program. Click here to learn more.

Outreach? Engagement? Extension? Zoom February 16

Outreach, engagement, and Extension are considered a critical mission area of land-grant institutions. In many ways they are similar. But how are they different?

Want to learn more? Refer to the Extension Promotion Blog article for details and plan to attend the February 16 Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Contact me ( for the meeting link and password.

Director's Video Update - February 17

One last reminder to register for the Director's Video Update on Wednesday, February 17, at 9 a.m. Registration is required (link). Please register by today, if possible. You will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

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

Have a great week and remember: “Every day may not be good... but there’s something good in every day.” -Alice Morse Earle



Mastering Office 365 - Online Training with In-Person Instructors begins February 16:

Mastering Office 365 - Online Training The move away from BuckeyeBox will encourage more people to use Teams and OneDrive, but they don’t need to wait until they are migrated – everyone can start getting comfortable with these apps now.

Microsoft instructors will be presenting classes on these apps throughout Spring semester. Here are the first few scheduled:

  • Tuesday, February 16 (10 a.m. to noon) – Microsoft Teams training: Level 100
  • Thursday, February 18 ( 1 to 3 p.m.) – Microsoft Teams training: Level 200
  • Tuesday, February 23 (10 a.m. to noon)  – Learn about Microsoft Teams Meetings
  • Tuesday, February 23 (1 to 3 p.m.) – Microsoft OneNote training: Level 100
  • Thursday, February 25 (1 to 3 p.m.) – Microsoft OneDrive training: Level 100

Registration is not required, but it is recommended users look at the instructions and test the link prior to the webinar. Look for future sessions. One session of each class will be recorded and posted so users can view it whenever it is convenient for them. Click here for complete information.

Corporate Research Engagement 101: The Basics - February 17:

This webinar (February 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) will benefit Ohio State affiliates who participate or will participate in corporate research engagement. Attendees will learn what industry partners value from their relationship with academia and how academia benefits from engaging in collaborative industry- sponsored research.

Other topics include how to use existing industry/university relationships to identify company contacts; how to gather intelligence on past and current Ohio State industry partnerships; the industry-sponsored research process; advice on proposal development; research agreement terms and the responsibilities of the Principal Investigator and the Sponsored Programs Officer.

The webinar will conclude with an introduction to the university’s research support ecosystem and The Ohio State Universities Libraries’ resources available on this topic. This presentation is facilitated by the Industry Liaison Office in the Office of Research.

Click here for complete information and to register. A personalized Zoom link will be included in the registration confirmation email.

Join the Ag Safety Team - First Meeting February 18:

All Extension educators are invited to join the Ag Safety Team. The discipline of safety and health crosses many Extension sectors serving rural and agricultural populations. The team would be well served to have diverse input and voices from all areas within Extension.
Meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month during 2021. Exceptions to the schedule will be April, July, and September when meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday.

February 18
March 18
April 22 (4th Thursday)
May 20
June 17
July 22(4th Thursday)
August 19
September 23 (4th Thursday)
October 21
November 18
December 16

Zoom Link:
Password:  SAFETY

Virtual Ohio AgritourismReady Conference - Mondays in March:

2021 Virtual Ohio AgritourismReady Conference Interested in learning more about agritourism operations in Ohio?

The utilization of agritourism has become a method for farmers, ranchers, and wineries to convert their land into a destination and to educate others on their day-to-day operations. Join in to learn about the latest trends and issues that impact the industry and explore options for your operation. 

Each Monday in March from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the OSU Direct Agriculture Marketing Team will release a new pre-recorded webinar followed by a live “social hour” where you can discuss the webinars and speak directly to the presenters.

While this is a free webinar series, registration is required. Click here for registration, agenda, and other details. If you have any questions, contact Anna Adams (

Virtual Charter Captains Conference - March 6:

2021 Charter Captains Conference Ohio Sea Grant’s Charter Captains Conference helps prepare Lake Erie fishing charter boat captains for the upcoming season by providing updates about Lake Erie’s 2021 fishing outlook, environmental conditions, licensing, regulations, and business management. Click here for complete information and to register.

The event will be held online this year on March 6, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After you complete the registration, you will receive an email with detailed instructions to log into the Zoom platform.

Contact Tory Gabriel ( for more information.

Drought Scenario Planning Workshop - March 15:

Drought This virtual workshop will introduce you to an interactive project website, Collaborative Drought Planning Using Scenario Exercises, and will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the website and use the interactive resources that are part of it.

Recent droughts across the North Central Region mean that many communities are looking for ways to prepare for and respond to the negative effects of drought. The project website is intended to help Extension, planning, and community development specialists engage communities in discussions of building drought resilience using scenario-based exercises. Specifically, it:

  • discusses the importance of drought planning
  • explains how scenario exercises can help engage community members in the planning process
  • provides resources and worksheets to help select and plan drought scenario exercises
  • includes case studies based on the experiences of other communities and organizations

The virtual workshop will be held on Monday, March 15, from 2 to 4 or 5 p.m. EST (final time TBD soon) and is intended for Extension educators in community development and natural resources. It will give folks the opportunity to see the newly developed interactive drought scenario-based exercises website, use portions of the website to help plan a mock exercise, and provide feedback on the usability of the site.

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Tonya Bernadt at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, National Drought Mitigation Center ( 



Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture - Proposals due March 1:

Warner Grant for Sustainable Agriculture The Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences requests proposals for on-farm research by teams of Ohio State researchers and Ohio farmers.

Grants are available annually through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund for Sustainable Agriculture, established to identify and publicize sustainable agricultural practices and systems that are profitable, socially responsible, energy efficient, and that improve water quality and other environmental concerns of importance to Ohio farms and farmers. 

The proposal deadline is March 1. For more information and to download the 2021 RFP, visit the AMP website.



BuckeyeBox Migration: Should I Move My Own Files Out of BuckeyeBox and into OneDrive or Teams?

Early project documentation encouraged users to move files themselves, but IT has learned doing that can create headaches for those who have a significant amount of data to move. Do-it-yourself movers have found that some files did not copy correctly and others did not show up at all. That is why they recommend that you wait for OCIO to copy files to OneDrive for you.

However, if you want to get started on OneDrive or Teams, OCIO has published the following article with guidance on how to get started early. If this sounds too complicated to manage, please wait until your department’s migration period arrives and OCIO will copy your files from BuckeyeBox into OneDrive for you.

Also, you can view this short video about BuckeyeBox retirement and the move to Microsoft platform services.

Complete Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Education by May 30:

Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is Ohio State's top priority and a responsibility we all share. It is important for everyone to know how to recognize sexual misconduct, have available tools to address, disrupt, and report sexual misconduct, and have access to support resources.

To advance this priority, the university requires all employees to complete sexual misconduct prevention education annually. "Report = Support!" is an interactive, easy-to-follow course that takes less than 30 minutes to complete and has been assigned to your BuckeyeLearn transcript.

This year, any merit-eligible employee who does not complete the course by May 30, 2021, will not be eligible for an annual merit increase.

ASK Extension Profile Check - Add Ohio:

We are now in the new platform of ASK Extension as of February 1.  Each employee's profile needs to be updated, not only “Claim Your Account” and “Uncheck Vacation,” but to also mark “Home State” as Ohio and fill in any other info you so choose. Find these under the Account tab. Also be sure that The Ohio State University is the Primary Institution under the “Institutions” tab. As it is now, the home state part evidently did not migrate over. This is for anyone that was in the system as of August 12, 2020.

All Ohio State employees with any Extension appointment, except those on grants/special circumstances, i.e., SNAP-ED/EFNEP/Service Center, are expected to be signed in. You will need to “Claim your Account” to have access to the new system. Instructions are in the email referenced below. Anyone not in the Ask an Expert system as of August 12, 2020, will have to be added in manually as well as all new employees from now on.

If you find that you are NOT in the system, please alert one of the ASK TEAM members listed at the bottom of the email so they can add you in. Click here to view the email of February 4 from the ASK Team for details.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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