CD Weekly Wire - May 7, 2012

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May 7, 2012

AD Update:

New Web Presence for Extension CD!

You may recall seeing last Friday on the All-Extension list that our new CD program area webpage is now online. I am very pleased with the total team effort. Kudos go to Cheryl Buck for initiating and coordinating the effort with the four program areas and C&T. Bonnie Scranton and Brian Weaver (C&T) should also be recognized. Bonnie led the initial Drupal orientation along with Brian Weaver who also helped customize the Drupal template. Brian has also been very helpful in addressing our concerns, questions, and issues. Sandy has fearlessly met the challenge head on and estimates that to date, roughly 40 hours have been invested editing existing information and creating new content when necessary.

Your efforts to provide updated material and confirm which content should be deleted have also been helpful. Clearly it has come a long way compared to our previous web presence. But, we are far from done. How can you help? Here are a few ideas:

  • Think of your most recent ‘headline’ story. This might be an upcoming or recent program or even a great program impact (in one example, Darlene talks about sustaining a volunteer fire department at Send one or two short paragraphs describing the ‘headline’ event. Also send your ‘headline’ photo(s) for the slideshow. Remember, we need high resolution landscape orientation.
  • Think ahead to your next ‘headline’ story. Plan to take your camera with you and have a couple of snapshots taken (again, we need high resolution landscape orientation). Collect the key info and send the short write up. It doesn’t need to be lengthy… just the facts.
  • Check the CD Staff pages. Look yourself up, and be sure your biography and other contact information are current. Send updates and pictures to Sandy.
  • Check the Programs pages. If you have a program that should be listed, compose a short write up (see existing program descriptions for guidance), and send it along to Sandy. If you see your name listed next to something you no longer offer, again let us know and we’ll get it updated.

Our main goal is to keep these pages current and informative. It has been a real team effort thus far, and I am hopeful that we can continue to work together to make our collective marketing and communication effort a manageable one.



Climate Change Webinar - May 9:

This free webinar, Framing Climate Change: Recent Research Trends on Communication Strategies and Public Opinion, will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Climate change has become a hot-button issue in mainstream American politics, and people are divided over its causes, impacts, and solutions. This webinar will offer an overview of how the public views the issue of climate change, several explanations for these differences in perception, and possible approaches for bridging the gaps through innovative communication strategies. For complete information and to register for this free webinar, visit Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

Being a PI at Ohio State – Roles and Responsibilities - May 11:

The Office of Research is providing this two-hour workshop for researchers (faculty and research scientists) from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 11, in 200 Bricker Hall. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of principal investigators and hear an overview of the various Office of Research support units and the educational, administrative, and compliance services they provide to researchers. For details and to register, visit

"TRUST . . . The One Thing that Changes Everything" Workshop - May 16:

Dr. Keith Smith will be the featured speaker at this workshop to be held on Wednesday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661. Covered in the workshop will be the four cores of credibility; thirteen high-trust behaviors; why a lack of trust is a major problem today; how you measure up - your credibility score; exploring ethics, character, and competence; and whether or not your background is a bridge or a hurdle.  For complete workshop and registration information, including agenda, visit Please pre-register online before May 13. Registration fee is $25, due at the door, and includes the book, The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey, lunch and refreshments, and educational materials. Click here to view the workshop flyer. If you have questions, contact Becky Nesbitt ( or Rose Fisher Merkowitz (

Local Foods Network Teleconference - May 17:

The next OSU Extension Local Foods Network teleconference will be held on Thursday, May 17. On the third Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m., the OSU Extension Local Foods Network conducts a networking teleconference for any OSU Extension faculty/staff member with an interest in local foods topics. Extension employees discuss programming and in-service needs, jointly identify and/or plan educational programs, and become more knowledgeable about various issues related to local foods. Send an email message to Mike Hogan at to be added to the mailing list to receive monthly instructions for logging on to these teleconferences.

Apple iPad and iBooks Author Sessions during the Month of May:

Join the OCIO's Digital Union and Apple staff for a variety of workshops during the month of May on how the iPad and iBooks Author can be used to increase productivity in teaching and other tasks. Events include: Apple Learning Tour, May 8 and 9; Productivity with the iPad, May 10; and Teaching and Learning with the iPad, May 17. Complete information and registration for this program and other OCIO programs can be found at

Southern Rural Development Center Webinar - May 30:

This free webinar, Big News about Small Business: Their Contributions to Rural America, sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center, will be held on Wednesday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m. Click here for more information about the program, speakers, and access instructions.

MarketReady Workshop Returns to Northeast Ohio - June 12:

Ohio food producers looking to sell through different marketing channels are invited to attend a MarketReady training program on June 12 at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield. The day-long workshop teaches what is required to sell to grocers, restaurants, consumers, and other wholesale buyers. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person ($25 for each additional person from the same business) and includes materials, lunch, and morning refreshments. For complete information and to register, visit



Reminder... CFAES Staff Advisory Council 2012 Staff Professional Development Award Application Due May 15:

This award, up to $200, can be used toward expenses to help offset costs associated with professional development and staff career goals. Application forms are due to Shelley Whitworth by May 15. This award is made possible through Campus Campaign donations to the SAC Training Fund #312155. For complete information, including guidelines and application form, visit

Reminder... OSU CARES and Innovative Grant Proposals due May 15:

OSU CARES is again making available grants to support partnerships between OSU Extension and colleagues across Ohio State University to expand our Outreach and Engagement work. OSU Extension Administration is making available Innovative Grants to support new and innovative programs, as well. To streamline the application process, the grants are being advertised jointly, with similarities in the application. To learn more about the grants and to apply, visit If you have questions about the OSU CARES grants, contact Karen Bruns or Terri Fisher at For the Innovative Grants, contact Ken Martin at



New AmeriCorps Program to Help Rural Homeowners in Financial Distress:

A new AmeriCorps program for 2012-13 will engage 20 volunteers to provide community outreach and financial coaching to assist homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. The volunteers will be housed in OSU Extension offices across the state. Program information and applications for the volunteer positions are now available at

APLU Conference Ideal Forum for Confronting the Country's Energy Challenges:

American public and land-grant universities have an important role to play in the development of shale energy. That's one conclusion from energy experts in industry and academia who met for the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University (APLU) Conference on Energy Challenges last week at The Ohio State University. Calling shale energy "the new gold rush," conference leader Ron Sega, Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and Environment at Ohio State, summed up the assembly's brainstorming sessions by saying that public and land-grant universities should serve as "honest brokers" for shale energy – by analyzing the environmental and economic impacts of drilling and its associated infrastructure, such as roads and pipelines, and sharing those findings with the public. For the complete article, visit

Chadwick Spring Plant Sale, Auction, and Gardening Fair - May 11 & 12:

The volunteers of the OSU Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens are hosting the 28th Spring Plant Sale, Auction, and Gardening Fair at the northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive Friday, May 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Friends of Chadwick Arboretum reception will be held Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. with memberships available at the door. An auction will be held all three days. For complete information, visit


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