CD Wire - April 19, 2021

Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development
helps communities enhance their well-being
and create social, economic, and environmental conditions
in which they can thrive.
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AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

CD In-Service Recap

I want to thank everyone that participated in the CD in-service last Thursday. Everyone contributed to the conversations and responded to the questions with thoughtful and provoking answers. I also want to thank all the scribes that took great notes. Please don’t forget to email them to me. The plan now is to review the notes and to create actionable items going forward. Ideas like videos introducing CD and spending a day or two with one of our colleagues were excellent ideas.  

Our next CD in-service is scheduled for August 19 at the 4-H Center. Please plan to attend this in-person (hopefully) event!

Guest Feature: Teresa McCoy, Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Last month, we introduced you to Jane Wright and her Extension Publishing team. Today, I would like to introduce Teresa ‘T’ Mccoy.  T joined OSU Extension in early 2020 just as the pandemic transitioned us to telework. She has immediately become an integral part of Extension and leads a dynamic unit that provides excellent support. If you ever run into T, ask her about how long we have known each other!


Recently two new fact sheets have been approved and will be posted to Ohioline in the very near future.

  • Eric Romich, Christine Gelley, and James Morris developed a fact sheet titled Forage as Vegetative Cover for Utility Scale Solar in Ohio
  • Gwynn Stewart and Godwin Apaliyah developed the Foreign-Trade Zones: Helping Companies Compete Globally fact sheet.

NACDEP 2021 Virtual Conference Registration Now Open!

NACDEP Conference May 17-19 Don’t miss the NACDEP Virtual Conference, May 17-19!

If you are a new NACDEP member—or want to meet some new NACDEP members—please attend the New Member Orientation on Friday, May 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This year’s conference will offer:

  • a well-paced schedule
  • inspiring keynote and capnote presentations
  • engaging plenaries and concurrent sessions
  • meaningful connections and conversations

The member registration fee is $105 (or renew your membership along with your conference registration for $195). Click here to get started.

Extension Annual Conference

Extension Annual Conference 2021 Mark your calendars to spend time attending the virtual Extension Annual Conference on December 7, 8, and 9 this year. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Have a great week and remember: “An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” -Jack Welch


CD Guest Feature:

Getting to know Teresa (T) McCoy
Learning and Organizational Development

Teresa (T) McCoy
Located at:

25K Ag Admin Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210

About Teresa:

In January 2020, I joined the Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) team as Director. Prior to Ohio, I worked for University of Maryland Extension (UME) as an Assistant Director with responsibilities for program development and evaluation, strategic planning, and training and development. I was busy with my work one day in October 2019 when I opened an email forwarded through the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) that contained the announcement for the Director of LOD at OSU Extension. Within the next few hours, I heard from a few people saying that the position sounded like it was meant for me. We made the move to Columbus in December 2019 and I officially started in January 2020—just in time for a worldwide Pandemic!

About the Learning and Organizational Development Team:

The most important part of my introduction is about the LOD unit. It was created in 2018 when several functions were combined (program development and evaluation, events planning, and educational technology). We categorize our work into three major areas:  organizational development, career development, and program development. 

I have the pleasure of working with Dawnn Brown, Brian Butler, Tim Byrne, Amy Kohmetscher, Debby Lewis, Jared Morrison, Amanda Rysz, ShaLise Simmons, and Danae Wolfe. Together, we provide many services to the organization, including an array of training and development sessions. Be sure to check out our YouTube site to access recorded training sessions. We also lead the on-boarding program, O.N.E. (Onboard/Network/Excel), and the mentoring program, M.I.N.E. (Mentor/Impact/Network/Excel). During 2020 and now into 2021, approximately 80 new employees have come through the on-boarding program and 150 new mentors will be trained during May 2021. We also support program development and evaluation work, including expertise in needs assessments, survey design, and framework called LIFE (Learn, Interpret, Frame, and Engage) that is a new, easy-to-understand approach for engaging communities in our work. 

During the past two years, we have started work with e-courses using both Carmen Canvas and Scarlet Canvas. Right now, 66 courses have been developed for specific audiences (3,400 enrollees). Plans are underway to expanded public course offerings during the next three years. In addition, our work with reporting and evaluation has taken us into the world of data integration and visualization. Our first project is to move the EEET data into a self-service dashboard. Watch for that announcement soon. Another huge project for us is the redesign of our reporting system, VITA, to make the data useful and easy to use. Finally, LOD has developed C.A.R.T. (Choose and Request), a user-friendly system in which to order evaluation instruments.

Of course, we are also the team behind the Extension Annual Conference and the Support Staff Conference. Mark your calendars for the Support Staff Conference on October 14-19 and Annual Conference December 7-9. 

This is just a brief introduction to LOD--there is a lot more to tell. We will be working with all of you during the coming months and years to address your career, professional, and program development needs.

You can reach Teresa at or 614-292-0179.



Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience begins April 20:

eXtension Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience The next eXtension Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience begins on April 20. 

The Innovation Skill-Building Experience is for those that:

  • have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster
  • want to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension best practices for solving important community issues
  • have interest in becoming an Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator to support Extension teams from across the nation 

Specific building blocks will be covered to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact. Your project and program teams are invited to join this four-session experience.

Register here.

Earth Day Events - April 21 and 22:

EPN Signature Event - April 21, 2021 EPN Signature Event - Take Flight! - April 21 from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) at The Ohio State University is partnering with TEDxOhioStateUniversitySalon and Monarch Joint Venture, for their annual signature Earth Day celebration on April 21 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Take Flight! is an Earth Day celebration of local and global efforts to protect and restore the monarch butterfly. Join this virtual celebration and find out how you can help to restore monarch habitat. Click here to learn more about this virtual celebration and to register.

CMASC Earth Day Event April 22, 2021 C•MASC Earth Day Event: Restore Earth’s Carbon Cycle: April 22 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Ever wonder what it takes to slow down the planet’s warming? The cause is excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the answer might be right under our feet: carbon in the soil. 

The CFAES Dr. Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC) is excited to announce its inaugural Earth Day Webinar: Restore Earth’s Carbon Cycle. C-MASC Director and Distinguished University Professor Dr. Rattan Lal and Assistant Director Dr. Klaus Lorenz are joined by several multi-disciplinary speakers across different University institutions, including Dr. Gary Pierzynski, Dr. Jacqueline Wilkins, Dr. Elena Irwin and more, to introduce the many ways we can take action to restore the Earth's carbon cycle through the health of our soils. Learn more and register here.

Upcoming CFAES Sessions for Research Community:

CFAES Research Professional Development Opportunities The CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education offers sessions throughout the year and compiles other opportunities offered through various internal and external sources that may be of interest to the research community. View a full list of events here.
  • Managing Sponsored Programs Awards - April 27 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    Learn effective project management by understanding the electronic tools available and regular monitoring activities.

  • Appointing People on Sponsored Programs - May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.
    In this session geared toward staff, learn about common types of faculty, graduate student, post doc, and staff appointments. Off-duty compensation, release time appointments, supplemental compensation, and salary capping are covered, as well as personnel-related compliance topics, such as time and effort reporting, key personnel, and cost sharing.

Fish to Fork: Cooking Great Lakes Fish - April 28:

Cooking Fish

Join the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative and Ohio Sea Grant on April 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. for a webinar about resources for Great Lakes fish and a demonstration of how to dress, prepare, and cook fish at home.

Registration is free but required. Register here

Preparing fish at home may seem intimidating, but you can do it! Seafood is an important and nutritious source of protein we can all benefit from in our diets. This webinar will show you how to choose, prepare (from whole to fillet), and cook fish so you can take advantage of great fish in the Great Lakes. You will also learn about resources to find the freshest fish from commercial fisheries and fish farms in the region.

Topics and Speakers:

Introducing you to Great Lakes fishery resources
Titus Seilheimer, Fisheries Outreach Specialist

Wisconsin Sea Grant
Titus has been a fisheries specialist with Wisconsin Sea Grant since 2012 where he leads research, outreach, and education activities focused on Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystems.

Preparing and cooking fish (demonstration and discussion)
Peter Fritsch, President and Co-Owner

Rushing Waters Fisheries
Peter Fritsch graduated from The University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point College of Natural Resources with a BS in biology and a BS in limnology. When not raising trout he enjoys bow hunting, fishing, and traveling.

Please reach out to Nicole Wright (, 330-202-3594) with any questions.  

Wiser on Wednesday: Bridges Out of Poverty – April 28:

The next Wiser on Wednesday session, Bridges Out of Poverty, will be held April 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. This two-hour workshop will help participants understand the causes of poverty and address it in our community. The focus will be on how a person can get to the point of having a future story by creating choices and developing their power. Additionally, focus on the framework for understanding poverty and appreciating economic diversity. If we can shift our thinking about economics, then we can shape our reality.

The program explores each economic class's hidden rules, mental models of economic class, language barriers, family structure, and more. This workshop supplies the tools, training, and guidance we need to better understand generational poverty and break economic class barriers. Registration for this meeting will be required. Register here


Video Link - Upon watching the video, please do not view the “update” video, the video will be discussed during the workshop.

Quiz Link - Directions are at the top of each section of the quiz. Be ready to discuss and share during the training. The quiz should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory Spring Program - April 30:

Stone Laboratory The 2021 Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory Spring Program will be held virtually on Friday April 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. 

The event is free, but registration is required to receive login information.
Director Chris Winslow will provide program updates. Attendees will also hear from a student in Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program, as well as from a Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL) donor. Register here.

Innovate Conference 2021 - May 5:

Innovate: Transformed virtual conference May 5, 2021 Registration is now open for the virtual Innovate: Transformed conference on Wednesday, May 5. 

Join fellow educators, administrators, and tech industry professionals to explore recent advancements, best practices, and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology. Register here.

Water @ UW Spring Symposium - May 7:

Water@UW-Madison Water @ UW (a campus community for faculty, staff, and students with water interests) is hosting a spring symposium on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is entirely virtual, free, and open to the public.

This year’s theme is Opportunities in a Changing World. During this symposium, you will learn about state-level action plans on climate change and PFAS, as well as and how state agencies and university researchers are tackling new questions at the intersections of water and COVID-19. As we confront the major issues of our time, this exceptional lineup of presenters will share about their work conducting research, enacting policy, and asking key questions. Anyone interested in these topics in Wisconsin and beyond is welcome. Register here.

Next Trauma Informed Approaches Training - May 18:

Trauma Informed Approaches Training The OSU Extension Trauma Informed Approaches Team invites you to sign up for one of their quarterly professional development trainings.

Over 50 of our colleagues participated in the February training. The next training is May 18 via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma that impact their daily lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them. The Ohio Trauma-Informed Care Approach project seeks to educate our organization about the impact of trauma on clients, co-workers, friends, family, and even ourselves. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important step in being able to best serve our communities and provide  high quality learning experiences.

Remaining training options are May 18, September 15, and October 14. All trainings will take place via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register here for any of the trainings.  

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Raines ( 

The 4th Wave of Economic Development - Webinar May 26:

The 4th Wave of Economic Development: What Does This Mean for Community Economic Development Practitioners? will take place on May 26 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Presenter will be Steven Deller, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW–Madison and a Community Economic Development Specialist with the UW-Extension.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 915 5353 5480
Passcode: 802135

How Communities Can Utilize Financial Data in Planning Their Futures: Strategies and Innovations from Rural Iowa - May 26:

NCRCRD Join the NCRCRD for How Communities Can Utilize Financial Data in Planning Their Futures: Strategies and Innovations from Rural Iowa on May 26 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Knowing how communities can obtain and use financial data is critical. In this session, you will learn how to utilize financial data in planning and refining strategies that focus on strengthening community resilience.

The session will be presented by Dr. Biswa Das, an Associate Professor & Extension Specialist with Iowa State University, and Dr. Kimberly Zarecor, a Professor of Architecture with Iowa State University.

Register here.

Ohio JCEP Professional Development Scholarship Applications due May 1:

Ohio JCEP Ohio JCEP Professional Development Scholarship Awards provide incentive and expense support for current members of the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals in pursuing professional development activities that will increase their expertise and effectiveness.

See the award application for complete details.

Maximum funding award per individual is $750. Scholarship stipends totaling up to $3,000 will be awarded in February, May, and September for a total of $9,000 annually. Only one award per individual per year is permitted. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received funding in the previous two years. Funds must be spent within 12 months of receiving award.

The Ohio JCEP Scholarships, Grants and Recognition (SGR) Scholarship sub-committee will review applications and make a final determination of scholarship award recipients. Complete online applications by February 1 for the winter awards, May 1 for the spring awards, and by September 1 for the fall awards. Stipends will be payable upon receipt of an expense report and a written summary (one to two pages). The summary must be submitted to the Ohio JCEP treasurer and SGR Committee chair within 60 days of the training or event.



Engaged Scholarship Research/Creative Activities Grants - Applications due May 7:

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conducting scholarship that is mutually beneficial for the university scholar and for the community is a topic of great interest to members of the Engaged Scholarship Consortium (ESC).

The ESC Scholarship Committee has been charged with the role of helping to facilitate this outcome for higher education faculty. In response to this need, a small grants program has been developed.
Faculty at ESC Member Institutions may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Click here for additional information and to apply. Applications are due May 7.



Director's April 14 Video Update Recording and Slides:

Director's Video Update April 2021 Click here to view the recording of the April 14th Director’s Video Update, including integrated audio transcript. Click here to view Jackie’s video slides.

NCRCRD Newsletter:

NCRCRD Quarterly Newsletter
The first issue of the NCRCRD e-newsletter (Q1 - 2021) since the center's transition to Purdue University has been emailed to subscribers.
If you have not received your copy via email, please subscribe here.

The center’s three main areas of focus are creating resilient communities and economies, developing leadership and civic engagement, and promoting community health and wellness. They want to facilitate work across the region at the intersection of community, business, and household systems. To build a more resilient and prosperous NCR, research and Extension programs need to cut across disciplines and Extension program areas. Read about the new initiatives proposed by the center in this quarter's newsletter.

Changes to ‘My Account’ for the Libraries Catalog starting May 3:

Beginning Monday, May 3, the University Libraries catalog will offer a more secure and convenient way for users to access their library account. These changes will ensure greater protection of a user’s private data (names, addresses, materials checked out, fines, etc.), while at the same time standardizing access with an Ohio State username (lastname.#). Learn more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

The roots of slowing climate change are in trees (CFAES News)

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