CD Wire - May 3, 2021

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AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

NACDEP Conference

NACDEP 2021 Virtual Conference In a few short weeks, we will have the opportunity to catch-up with colleagues and learn about Community Development programs from friends across the country. If you have not yet registered, I encourage you to consider this great professional development opportunity. Registration information can be found here.

Also, by attending virtually you will have the opportunity to thank Brian Raison and Nancy Bowen for their service to the NACDEP Board. Brian will be stepping down as our North Central Region Representative, and Nancy will be stepping down as the NACDEP Treasurer. Both have provided excellent service to the NACDEP membership, and we thank them for their service.

Last, you will be able to watch some of our Ohio colleagues receive well deserved awards. I’d like to congratulate the following award winners:

  • Gwynn Stewart was selected as the National runner-up and North Central Region winner in the Innovation and Creativity Individual Award category for her work on the "Appalachian Byway of Ohio" video.  If you are interested, you can view the video here.
  • Brian Raison received two regional awards: The North Central Region winner for the Educational Materials Individual Award category for his "Leadership Briefs" material and the North East Region winner for the Excellence in Teamwork Team Award for leading the effort to have the 2020 NACDEP Conference online.

CD Small Grant Update

As you are aware Community Development has provided start-up dollars for individuals interested in pursuing a specific topic or program. Cuyahoga County Educator Amanda Osborne received a CD Small Grant and as a result created this technical report. Great work Amanda!

Business Retention and Expansion Video

Business Retention and Expansion Video
The BRE team has been updating BRE curriculum material. Soon, new PowerPoints, updated fact sheets, and a new Bulletin will be available. Also, led by Kenzie Johnston and James Morris, the team created a new promotional video. Please review it and let me know what you think. Our goal is to share it with all of Extension.

Have a great week and remember: “Three reasons we resist change: 1 - We are stubborn. 2 - We are caught in the gravitational pull of familiar habits and routines. 3 - We are comfortable.” -Tim Kight



Sustainability Panel Discussion - May 5:

Join the CGS Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility Committee (SERC) for a virtual discussion on sustainability on May 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Three Ohio State professors and one representative of the Ohio Sierra Club will be on the panel. You will also have an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns regarding sustainability on campus, locally, and globally. Register for the webinar here. Read more.

Making Dollars Make Sense In-service Sessions begin May 11:

Making Dollars Make Sense in-service begins May 11 The CFAES Office of Advancement is presenting a Making Dollars Make Sense in-service on various dates beginning May 11.

There is no cost to attend. View the brief agenda for dates and topics. Register here. An email with the zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to each session. For event questions, please contact Chan White (, Event Coordinator, CFAES Office of Advancement. 



College of Public Health Opioid Seed Grant and Addiction Innovation Fund - Letters of Intent due May 14:

The College of Public Health and the Addiction Innovation Fund announces a seed grant opportunity for research to address the addiction and opioid overdose crises in Ohio. Requirements are the principal investigator must be from Ohio State; the project timelines must not exceed 12 months; and the maximum award is $50,000. A brief letter of intent is due May 14 at 5 p.m. Read more.



Community Connectors Q&A features Susan Colbert:

Susan Colbert - Community Connectors Q&A As the community engagement and expansion program director for OSU Extension-Franklin County, Susan Colbert and her team have collaborated with community and university partners to help transform the Weinland Park neighborhood into a neighborhood of choice.

Through this community engaged model, OSU Extension co-located staff in the neighborhood; offered community-driven, Extension-based programs, services, and resources; and forged unique partnerships with individuals, families, and community stakeholders. Read more.

Next Director's Video Update - May 19:

The next Director’s Video Update will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information about joining the webinar.

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

Please note – the other Director’s Video Updates this year will be held on June 30, August 18, October 6, November 17, and December 15. All video updates will be held at 9 a.m. A registration link will be forwarded two to three weeks prior to each update.

CFAES BuckeyeBox-to-OneDrive Migration begins in July:

(From Michael Chakerian, Director, Information Technology, CFAES, on 4/30/2021)

To streamline cloud storage solutions, BuckeyeBox will be retired by the end of 2021. This July, CFAES will migrate from BuckeyeBox to OneDrive. 

What Do I Need to Know?
You will receive several emails from OCIO in July indicating your specific moving date. We recommend individuals do not move files themselves. Please let OCIO move them for you to ensure no files are lost.

When CFAES begins to migrate, the migration tool will move all files that an individual owns from BuckeyeBox and place those files in a folder on OneDrive called “BuckeyeBox Data.” The file structure within this folder will match the existing file structure in your BuckeyeBox. Individuals will have read-only access to BuckeyeBox files within the BuckeyeBox application through the end of the year but will not be able to save or update files within the BuckeyeBox application. To learn more, visit

Learn more about OneDrive or Teams by joining an online, instructor-led class. Classes are free and will continue to be offered throughout the year. Recordings of past sessions are also available online.   

Prepare for the Transition:

  •  Find your files in BuckeyeBox. To find files you own in BuckeyeBox, refer to the “Finding Files You Own” job aid on the Administrative Resource Center. The files you own are the files that OCIO will move during this migration.
  • Delete What You No Longer Need: This is a good time to delete any old content. It may also be helpful to review the Records Management Guide which outlines important information about records retention for faculty and staff.
  • Manage Collaborations: If you no longer need to be a collaborator on a file or folder you do not own, you can proactively remove yourself from the file or folder. Learn more about how other collaborators’ migration might affect you.
  • Save “Box Comments”: Box comments will not be migrated to OneDrive, Teams, or any other storage environment. If you need to save any box comments, visit the Administrative Resource Center for detailed instructions. 

Available Resources:

For any additional questions regarding this effort, please contact the Box Migration Project Team:

CFAES Master Plan Virtual Forums Follow-Up:

Last week CFAES hosted two virtual forum discussions focusing on a more in-depth presentation about the future of Waterman facilities and the future of facilities at CFAES Wooster Campus. To provide additional input on the Waterman and CFAES Wooster Campus plans (or overall), you may access the comment portal through this link until May 7.

If you were unable to join the webinar on the full draft CFAES Master Plan, the recording has been posted online and can be viewed here

Keep Teaching Site Retiring in May:

Keep Teaching, the website created as Ohio State’s temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to online and hybrid teaching, is being retired this May. The valuable information the site provided will live on within the university’s Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Beginning mid-May, all links to the Keep Teaching site will be redirected to the Teaching and Learning Resource Center. This change is scheduled to take place between spring and summer semesters to minimize disruptions. No content from the Keep Teaching site will be lost; it is simply being reorganized hereRead more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Testing a new way to kill harmful algal blooms (CFAES News)

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (April 2021)

The Drop (NCRWN e-newsletter April 2021)

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