CD Wire - July 12, 2021

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Time Flies

It seems like we were just celebrating Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer. Now we are past the 4th of July, and I am hearing about return to school sales! Although we can’t slow down time, I hope that you are taking advantage of the summer months and using your vacation time. Perhaps, you have already taken a vacation, if so, I would love to hear about it. Although I went on a ‘staycation’ in June, I plan on traveling out of state in August.

Midyear Reviews

Although I have not met yet with everyone, I have really enjoyed learning about all the great programs that are taking place throughout the state. Please continue to reach out to me when you would like me to visit your county. For those of you that I am meeting with this week, I look forward to hearing about your programs.

CD In-service

Our first in-person CD in-service in almost two years will be held Thursday, August 19! We plan to begin at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Please save the date on your calendars.

Agenda items and details are being worked on, and we will keep you informed during our monthly Zoom meetings and via email. A final confirmation, including parking permit and the latest health and safety guidance, will be sent after August 1. 

Congratulations . . .

Brian Raison was granted affiliate status with the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Christine Gelley, James Morris, and Eric Romich published a fact sheet: Forage as Vegetative Cover for Utility-Scale Solar in Ohio.

Gwynn Stewart published a fact sheet: Joint Economic Development Districts.

Gwynn Stewart, Nancy Bowen, Joe Lucente, James Morris, and Godwin Apaliyah published an updated Business Retention and Expansion Program Bulletin

CD Video Update

As you know, it has been a goal of mine to bring more awareness to the Community Development program area since being in the role of interim assistant director. In an effort to do this I have asked two of our colleagues, Brooke Beam and Kenzie Johnston, to help create a video that captures the essence of what we do as CD professionals. Brooke and Kenzie have reached out to all of you and have scheduled dates and times to meet. Thank you for your willingness to participate.

Please note that if you can’t make your scheduled date and time, you will have the ability to create your video at the CD in-service on August 19. If you have questions about this project, please feel free to reach out to me.

Central State Collaboration Survey Results

Thank you for participating in the survey to learn more about collaborative efforts between Central State University and us. Based on the results, we’ve had several conversations and potential collaborative efforts starting. Please continue to partner and collaborate with them. The survey will next be sent out in August.

CART is Here

Choose And RequesT (CART) The new OSU Extension Choose And RequesT (CART) electronic system is now officially open and available for you to use.

What is CART? It is your electronic program evaluation, Evaluation of Effective Extension Teaching (EEET), and Race, Ethnicity, Gender (REG) data collection tool, all rolled into one easy-to-use application.

Through CART, you can quickly choose from these options to create an all-in-one electronic form that will take your workshop participants less than five minutes to complete:

  • Selected Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), Community Development (CD), Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), and 4-H Youth Development (4-H) program evaluation questions
  • EEET questions
  • REG questions

The form is based in Qualtrics and is mobile friendly. All program evaluation questions are available for viewing at this link.

LOD has prepared a job aid that walks you through placing an order, making changes to an order, evaluation practice recommendations, and accessing a dashboard of your EEET results. (Coming soon: program evaluation data will also be available in a dashboard.)

Please discontinue the use of paper-based EEETs immediately and use the CART system instead. However, if there is a situation where it is absolutely necessary (e.g., Internet connection is poor or non-existent, etc.), paper-based EEET forms can still be used. The EEET forms (as well as a cover sheet) are available at this link. Please be aware, at this time, that paper-based EEETs will still need to be sent to the LOD office to be processed manually, which will significantly increase the time for you to receive a summary report. For a paper-based form to collect REG data, use this link.

CD Wire Summer Update Reminder

During the summer months (June, July, August, and September) the CD Wire will be published once per month. The remaining dates are August 16 and September 13. As always, the state CD office will email you directly if we need to bring something to your attention.

Have a great day and remember: “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. NO excuses.” -Kobe Bryant 



Greening Engagement: Parks and Community Partnerships - July 13:

Greening Engagement: Parks and Community Partnerships - July 13, 2021 The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) will host a conversation on building community and connecting diverse groups with nature on Tuesday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. via Zoom.

Joshua Simon, coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, will be the featured speaker.

Click here for complete information, including the agenda, as well as to register for this free event.

Innovation Skill-Building Experience starts July 20:

eXtension Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience Does your project idea need incubation, innovation, and a faster way to get to implementation and impact? If so, join the eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience that starts July 20. 

Series workshops will be held July 20 and 27, August 3 and 10, October 26, and November 2, 9, and 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

At the July 20 workshop, you will use design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension's best practices to help solve important community issues applied to your project or program idea.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Staff Career Development Grant Applications Accepted Until July 31:

Planning your next professional development opportunity and need funding? Apply for a Staff Career Development Grant. Applications for the Staff Career Development Grants will be accepted from now until July 31. Eligible staff can apply for funding for professional development opportunities occurring between September 2021 through April 2022. Awards will be provided as a reimbursement of up to $1,250 for individuals, $1,750 for groups of 2-10, and $2,000 for groups of 11 or more. Read more.

Ohio JCEP First-Timers Award Application Deadline Extended to August 1:

Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals The Scholarships, Grants, and Recognition Committee for the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals recognizes the uncertainty of 2021. This includes limits on out-of-state travel, conferences not being held in-person, etc.

Because of this, the committee has extended the deadline to apply for the first-timers awards (purpose to help fund members’ first attendance at national association conferences). The committee also has determined that if you have previously attended a national Extension conference virtually, you are eligible to apply for the award to attend your first in-person conference. You may still only receive the award once. All full members of the association are eligible to apply.  

Also, remember that the third round of Ohio JCEP professional development awards are due Sept. 1. Click here to apply for both awards.

Introduction to the Social Resilience Model - August 4:

Social Resilience Model, August 4, 2021 Extension Professionals are invited to join Pat Holmes and Whitney Gherman on August 4 for a virtual Introduction to the Social Resilience Model (SRM) at either 10 to 10:30 a.m. or 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Click here to view the flyer. SRM is based on neuroscience and features a skills-based, practical approach using the concepts of safety, attention, attachment, and activation. Those with interest in trauma, stress, mindfulness, and healthy relationships may view this as added value to their existing Extension programs.

To register: Send an e-mail to either Pat ( or Whitney ( that includes your name, email, and time preferred (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.). The Zoom link will be forwarded to you.

Follow-up A&P Promotion Workshop Recordings Now Available:

Follow-up workshops by program area were conducted to celebrate the accomplishments of our most recent educator promotions, talk about next steps, and get feedback on the promotion process itself. The conversations were rich and the feedback insightful. If you were not able to join in these conversations, the recording links are below.

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Series Update:

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Video Series Tom Blaine, Associate Professor, OSU Extension, CD, has been hosting a series on climate change titled Earth is Our Home, which is a production of OSU South Centers and co-hosted by Patrick Dengel. 

The purpose of this series is to give the viewer basic competence in discussing the factors that cause global temperatures to change, and how climate changes as a consequence. Please share this information with your clientele and peers via your networks and social media.

The most recent videos are:

  • Climate Changes and Global Warming - why global warming is likely to lead to more extreme weather events (floods, heat waves, droughts, etc.)
  • Currents and Gyres:
    • Part 1 discusses the Gulf Stream, one of many major ocean currents that play a huge role in Earth’s climate, and it obeys the same principles that guide all the other ocean currents.
    • Part 2 addresses how the Earth nearly slipped back into an ice age during a major climate upheaval on the order of 12 thousand years ago.

The entire series is based here, but you can view individual episodes as indicated belowEpisodes are about 30 minutes in length.

Earth's Climate History:

  • Part 1 deals with Earth's climate history and starts with climate as it was nearly 600 million years ago. Major temperature changes, warming, and cooling episodes through the Paleozoic Era (before dinosaurs), the Mesozoic Era (the time of dinosaurs), and the Cenozoic Era (since the dinosaurs) are discussed.
  • Part 2 focuses on the series of ice ages earth has experienced over the past million years and what is responsible for the coming and going of the ice ages.
  • Part 3 comes right up to the present, as global temperatures for April 2021 are reviewed and compared with previous temperatures, along with a thorough explanation of what is responsible for current trends. El Niño and La Niña, solar output, and carbon dioxide concentrations caused by the burning of fossil fuels are also discussed.

Earth's Climate Engine:

  • Part 1 is a basic introduction to Earth's climate engine.
  • Part 2 shows how land features, including the positions of the continents relative to seas and oceans, give rise to changes in the basic circulation model and make climate much more complicated than it would otherwise be.
  • Part 3 contrasts the climate effects of the tropical Atlantic Ocean, which brings us hurricanes and tropical storms, with that of the tropical Pacific, which brings us El Niños and La Niñas. 



Ohio Rural Health Virtual Conference (August 11-13) - Posters due July 15:

Registration is now open for the 2021 Ohio Rural Health Conference to be held virtually August 11-13 daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for complete information and to register.

Poster submission is due July 15. If you have research, advocacy, activities, or other rural health topics you would like to share please, submit your poster and a short 5-minute or less audio overview of your poster. Submit a poster here

WestFest 2021 seeks Event Partners - Survey due July 15:

West Campus Science and Sustainability Festival (WestFest) 2021 The West Campus Science and Sustainability Festival (WestFest) is turning 5!

They are soliciting partners for this year’s in-person (October 16) and virtual events (October 11-15).

WestFest aims to showcase advances in research, sustainability, and outreach at Ohio State and beyond through interactive, family friendly activities. Open to all STEM and sustainability researchers, outreach professionals, and student groups across campus. If interested, complete the partner survey by July 15. Read more.

FCS Conference 2021 - Request for Proposals due July 30:

This year's FCS Conference (Finding and Maintaining Balance in the Midst of Change) will be held October 20-21. Proposals for this year's FCS Conference are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30. Similarly to last year, there will be two parts to submit, a short Qualtrics form and a video. 

  • Part 1: Fill out the online form.
  • Part 2: Record one-minute proposal to “sell your presentation” and submit here. Please name your file with your last name and title of your presentation before uploading (Note: this part is not necessary for poster and Ignite session proposals)

Conference Goals:

  • Discover one thing that will impact your professional and/or personal life
  • Have the tools for maintaining and incorporating a healthy life-work balance in programming
  • Create opportunities to practice with the tools to reach and sustain healthy life-work balance
  • Share with colleagues; Share innovative and impactful programs that will provide colleagues with opportunities to learn and develop new offerings in their communities
  • Create a 5-step action plan

Click here to view the proposal rubric for breakout sessions. Questions: Contact Amanda Rysz (

The National Registry of Cooperative Extension Programs and Assets:

National Registry of Cooperative Extension Program and Assets This tool is now available to Cooperative Extension. Join 50+ other Extension programs that have already registered by registering your program, project, or curriculum. 

Responding to specific requests in regional meetings and through various projects including EXCITE, the Extension Foundation has developed a National Registry of Cooperative Extension Programs and Assets (NRCEPA). This tool will enable Cooperative Extension professionals to register their projects, programs, or curriculum for nationwide collaboration among Cooperative Extension colleagues.

  • The intent of this tool is to assist Extension professionals to quickly find other like-programming efforts across the system to reduce duplication of work and help speed up access to digital assets that would be useful to the development of new programs.
  • At the request of Extension leaders, the NRCEPA provides ready-access to a living database of efforts across the system in order to rapidly respond to system-wide funding opportunities. 

The NRCEPA was co-designed with a number of individuals and organizations across Cooperative Extension including the ECOP Health Innovation Task Force and the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL). Register here.



June 30 Director's Video Update Recording Now Available:

The link to the June 30 Director’s Video Update is now available with the integrated audio transcript. The PDF of Jackie’s video slides is also attached for your reference.

Please note – the other Director’s Video Updates this year will be held on August 25 (a change from the previously announced 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, and the videos will be recorded for those who cannot join the live event.

Vehicle Occupancy Limits:

Here is an update on vehicle occupancy limits given recent changes in health guidelines for COVID:

In accordance with recently updated University mask and social distancing guidelines for vaccinated individuals, CFAES is removing the limitation on vehicle occupancy for those who have been vaccinated. If a team member has not yet received the vaccination, we recommend continued adherence to the previously announced vehicle occupancy safety guidance. Masks are still required on public transportation including buses/shuttle buses.

More info at: and

Update Your Faculty Profile:

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx) is a resource-sharing portal that makes it easier to find research collaborators, equipment, and services for faculty and industries seeking university expertise. OIEx features 10,000 STEM faculty from six universities, including founding partner Ohio State. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (June 2021)

CFAES Research News (July 2021)

The Drop (NCRWN eNewsletter - June 2021)

Back this year for an in-person show: Farm Science Review 2021 (CFAES News)

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