CD Weekly Wire - June 18, 2012

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June 18, 2012

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Team This, Team That…

CD Process, PIE, and Tools; what are these? Believe it or not, these are a few of the Extension teams I recall from days gone by. Each of them has a unique story to share for sure. Teams come and teams go, and this is quite okay. Our profession is enhanced when we team up with others to address issues that arise. Creating teams can be energizing and fun. Some Extension teams follow a formal creation process, receiving some sort of official sanctioning via appointment of a team leader or allocation of funds from central administration. Other teams evolve from one individual’s passion and interest for a particular topic or issue. No doubt, Extension is quite proficient at ‘teaming'. One area for improvement, however, is communicating when we no longer are ‘teaming’… that is, we need to recognize when the teams, colleagues, and the issues that helped form these teams move on. If you wonder if you are part of such a team, ask yourself, 'When was the last time this team met?' If you don’t recall a meeting, chances are the team has ‘retired’. Perhaps your original team has morphed into something of a new and different team. Should the team name be revised to reflect the new focus? As we update our Extension reporting function in Research in View, we hope to update the listing of Extension teams. To do so requires us to identify current Extension teams system wide. You can help by reflecting on your active ‘teaming’ pursuits. In some cases, you may need to name your loose-knit group and act like a team. Perhaps you are part of other teams that could benefit from a name revision. Teams you were previously part of should be considered too. If you know they are no longer in existence, please let us know. To make things easier, make a list of your teams (dead, alive, or re-named) and bring your list with you for the CD meeting on June 27.

See you next week!



Stone Lab Summer Guest Lecture Series Continues through August 2:

Stone Laboratory, Ohio State's island campus on Lake Erie, will continue its summer lecture series this Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. This week's lecture, "ODNR Update/Director's Initiatives," will be presented by Jim Zehringer, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The lecture series will continue on Thursdays through August 2 (except for July 19). To view the lectures via a live web seminar, contact To read more about upcoming lectures, research presentations, start times, and to view previous lectures/research presentations, visit

MORPC Educational Forum Focuses on Water Quality - July 6:

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Center for Energy & Environment will host a free educational forum, "Nutrient BMPs: Voluntary Incentives, Regulation, Free Markets - what will it take to keep Ohio's waters clean?," on Friday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the MORPC offices, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. Excess phosphorous continues to impact the health of Ohio's rivers, lakes, and streams. Several watersheds are implementing nutrient trading experiments to reduce runoff while calls for regulation are growing. What is working and what can be done? Panelists include Dr. Brent Sohngen, Professor of Environmental Economics at The Ohio State University; Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and Brian Brandt, American Farmland Trust Director, Agricultural Conservation Innovations Center. Forums are free and open to the public. For more information contact Brandi Whetstone at or 614-233-4174.

Scholarships Available for Measurable Management™ Program - Apply by June 29:

Eight scholarships are available for OSU Extension leadership, on a first-come, first-served basis, to participate in The Alber Enterprise Center's Measurable Management™ program. Organizations across the country have seen many times their return on their investment in this structured leadership development program. More information about the program is available at  and in the attached brochure.

The regular fee for this program is $3,500, but if you complete the registration/scholarship form by June 29, your fee (book included) is $1,000. The Alber Enterprise Center is offering this scholarship to you in exchange for their gathering data for case studies and white papers. Click the link for the registration/scholarship form: 

There will be eleven three-hour sessions which will take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Alber Enterprise Center Training Room 125 in Maynard Hall at The Ohio State University at Marion. The dates are: July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 5 & 19, October 3, November 7, December 5, January 9, and February 1. For questions, contact Myra Wilson, Director of the Alber Enterprise Center, at 740-725-6330 or




Renew Your SPSS License - Expires June 30:

If you presently own an SPSS software license, it will be expiring on June 30. To purchase a renewal of SPSS Version 19, first you will need to submit an eRequest to pay for it. Because the process can take a while to complete, please do not wait! Click here for instructions on how to submit the eRequest. Instructions for the funding source include Org 55120. If your home Org is not 55120, use the Org you normally use to purchase items. Once the eRequest has gone through the approval process, the Office of the Chief Information Officer will email you an authorization code and instructions for how to renew/download your software. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy (614-292-6232 or

June 27 CD In-Service - Let us Know if You Will Attend:

To help us better plan the details of next week's CD in-service at Stone Lab (Wednesday, June 27), please indicate whether or not you are planning to attend by sending a note to Sandy ( by June 20. Thanks to those we have already heard from!

Click here to read more about the details and view the agenda. For those of you interested in carpooling, the CD Chat is an ideal forum for such sharing. Find it at!/groups/OSUECDChat/.




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