CD Weekly Wire - June 25, 2012

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Advancing Priorities and Strengthening Competencies

Last week we talked about taking a moment to inventory our individual team affiliations. If you are part of a group (large or small) that communicates with some regularity (perhaps you even lead it) and focuses on a common goal, you are part of a team. For a reminder, click here to view last week's issue of the Wire. Each of us belongs to a variety of such teams, one of which is the Extension CD Unit. Beyond the CD Facebook Chat page, our listserve, and the Weekly Wire, our team has a chance to meet face to face during our quarterly CD unit meetings. The overall goal of these meetings is to share, learn, and strengthen our sense of team. The face to face opportunities enable us to discuss and advance our programmatic priorities and bolster our professional competencies. We do so while contributing as team members and appreciating the variety of skills, talents, backgrounds, and interests of our colleagues. This Wednesday’s meeting (hosted by Melinda, Frank, Sarah, and Joe) aims to teach us more about the tourism industry and the value of natural resources-based tourism to communities in Ohio. We’ll also have time for your factsheet, curriculum, and new program development teams to meet face to face, too. (NOTE: please plan to share a brief report on your team progress to date.) I look forward to the day’s agenda and hope you do as well. It promises to be an interesting day of team building and learning in an environment much different than most of us are accustomed. And remember to pack lightly, as there will be ample opportunities for walking!



Stone Lab Summer Guest Lecture Series Continues - June 28 & July 5:

Stone Laboratory, Ohio State's island campus on Lake Erie, will continue its summer lecture series this Thursday, June 28. This week's lecture, "OEPA Update/40th Anniversary," will be presented by Scott Nally, Director of the Ohio EPA. Next week's lecture, "Perry's Monument: Why We Should Care About the War of 1812," presented by Blanca Stransky, Superintendent of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, National Park Services, will be held on Thursday, July 5. Both lectures begin at 7:45 p.m. 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



Call for Presentations for FSR Small Farm Center - Due July 2:

The Sustainable Agriculture team is seeking ideas and/or proposals for presentations for the Small Farm Center at this year’s 50th Edition of Farm Science Review. The Small Farm Center and the scheduled presentations, in particular, attract farm families who manage farms of all different sizes and enterprises. A wide range of topics appeals to Small Farm Center visitors, but the most popular have been those related to alternative enterprises, alternative marketing ideas, alternative production systems, and innovative business management practices. If you have an idea for a presentation (55 minutes in length) by you, or a colleague, please send a brief description to Mike Hogan ( before July 2. For more information, click here to view Mike's email of June 22.

Environmental Sciences Research Cluster Grants - Proposals due August 1:

The newly formed Environmental Sciences Network at Ohio State is hosting a seed grant competition to promote interdisciplinary environmental research at Ohio State. Funds are intended for organizing large collaborative groups of researchers around a pressing environmental problem. Three $50,000 awards are anticipated. The deadline for proposals is August 1. For complete information, visit Contact Richard Moore ( if you have questions.

Local Foods Team Requests Dates of Your Local Events:

One of the complementary activities to which the newly-forming OSUE Local Foods Team is considering providing leadership is the concept of a statewide Local Foods Week. The idea is to work with statewide and local partners to get increased discussion of, and publicity for, local foods issues all around the state. There is a proposal to designate August 11 to 19 as "Local Foods Week," and the team is wondering how many communities have local foods-related programs and events scheduled for that general time frame which could be cross-promoted and perhaps branded as an “Ohio Local Foods Week” event. If you are working on such a program or event, please share details about the event with Mike Hogan (



New Fact Sheet Posted on Ohioline:

Natural Gas Drilling: Questions Residents and Local Leaders Should Be Asking, authored by Mike Lloyd, is now available on Ohioline at Congratulations, Mike!

New Issue of Communiqué Now Available Online:

A new issue of the Communiqué is now available at: Topics in this issue include:

  • Show Loyalty – Behavior #5 of High Trust Leaders
  • Strategic Plan Review Team - (Thanks to Rose and Becky for the time and efforts they have dedicated to this team!)
  • Ask an Expert Update
  • Promotion Training – Save the Date: December 18 and January 16
  • National eXtension Meeting and Call for Proposals

Director's Short Report - Field Specialist Video:

Watch the seven-minute video about the OSU Extension field specialists at For now, this is to be viewed by Extension professionals only. A public video link will be shared with others in the college, county commissioners, etc. in the near future.

A brochure about the field specialists (contact information, background, focus area, team and academic affiliations, etc.) will be available very soon.


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