CD Weekly Wire - October 29, 2012

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Formal Feedback to ‘Get Better’

In Covey’s book, The Speed of Trust (2006), he discussed thirteen Character and Competence Behaviors ranging from Talk Straight, Demonstrate Respect, and Create Transparency, to Listen First, Keep Commitments, and Extend Trust. Recall the handout shared at our CD Retreat last month focused on Covey’s 13 Behaviors of High Trust Leaders. I think that each of the thirteen behaviors provides us simple and straightforward reminders of how to, in short, ‘get better.’ Of particular interest to me are Delivering Results and Getting Better; two of what Covey calls the ‘Competence Behaviors.’ When you are Delivering Results you are getting the right things done, making things happen, and accomplishing what you are hired to do. Continuously improving, increasing your capabilities, and developing feedback systems are behaviors that describe Covey’s ‘Get Better.’ I encourage you to keep this two-page reference handy and actively work on the behaviors you’d like to improve.

To help me improve, I will be seeking your honest feedback via a formal web-based survey in the next few weeks. Debby Lewis of PD&E will be handling the instrumentation and data collection details. I hope this effort, similar to what is done to evaluate CEDs, will complement other formal feedback systems currently in place and enable me to ‘Get Better.’

Excellence in Community Development Award Nominations due Friday

Nominations for the first OSU Extension Excellence in Community Development Award are due November 2. This $1,000 cash award recognizes a CD Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career. The award will be presented at the OSU Extension Annual Conference on December 5. Click here for the application packet, which includes complete information regarding the Call for Nominations and the nomination form.



Early Bird Registration now open for OSUE Annual Conference:

The OSU Extension Annual Conference will be held December 5 at the Ohio Union. The association meetings will be held on December 4. To get the lowest rate of $75 for the conference, register on or before November 9. Sign up now for the breakout sessions of your choice. For complete information and registration link, visit:

Ohio Watershed Network Webinar to focus on Oil and Gas Boom - October 31:

On October 31, 2012 from 12 pm to 1 pm Suzanne Fisher-Edwards and Andrea Salimbene will present a webinar on the water-related technical and legal issues surrounding Ohio's oil and gas boom. They will discuss the history and location of shale plays within the State of Ohio, phases of the oil and gas extraction process, leasing, water demands, wastewater generation, handling and disposal, investigation of water contamination issues, permitting, and other issues that landowners should be aware of. Suzanne and Andrea are attorneys at McMahon DeGulis LLP, an Ohio law firm focusing on environmental, energy, toxic tort and litigation matters. This webinar is part of the Ohio Watershed Network webinar series, a program of Ohio State University Extension. To register, visit:

OSU Climate Change Webinar - November 8:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues on Thursday, November 8, from noon to 1:00 p.m. with "Communicating with the Public about Climate Change: Understanding Global Warming's Six Americas," presented by Teresa Myers, postdoctoral researcher at George Mason University and graduate of Ohio State. The webinar is free. To register, visit: Contact Christina Dierkes ( if you have questions.

Save the Date - Ohio Land Use Conference January 11, 2013:

"Linking Land Use and the Economy: our land, our water, our quality of life" will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Keynote speaker will be Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago. Click here for save the date information. A conference web page will be available soon.

National eXtension Conference Session Recordings now Available Online:

Keynotes, general sessions, and several concurrent sessions from the 2012 National eXtension Conference were online and recorded. Go to the conference URL and follow the link to find the sessions that were "broadcast online." Be sure to sign in, check if you "watched" recordings, add your thoughts to the comments on the session page in Learn, and share with others.



CFAES Diversity Mini Grants Deadline is October 31:

The CFAES Diversity Mini Grants will support teams, individuals, or student groups with new projects or ideas to enhance diversity and inclusion in their programming and or teaching efforts. All faculty, staff and student groups of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are eligible to apply. Grants are up to $500 and will be awarded in November 2012 with the earliest start date in December 2012. All funds must be used by June 30, 2013. For the application visit:



New Issue of Communiqué now Available:

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

  • Listen First - Behavior #11 of High Trust Leaders
  • Current Research Findings from Studies Conducted within OSU Extension
  • Distinguished Service Award Nominations due November 21
  • OSUE Administrative Cabinet – Tom Archer Four-Year Review Update
  • Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement
  • CommTech offers Print Services

John Stitzlein Diversity Award Nominations due November 13:

Nominations for the John Stitzlein Diversity Award should be e-mailed to Kathy Lechman ( no later than November 13. Individuals as well as teams can be nominated. Refer to Kathy's email of October 17 for nomination guidelines and forms.

October Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News now Available:

Topics for this month's issue of 'Research Development and Grant Writing News' include: Pathways & Keystones: Writing Larger Grants, Writing the Sustainability Statement, The NSF MRI: Avoiding Common Mistakes, New Funding Opportunities, and more. Subscription to this newsletter is provided by the Office of Research. The October issue can be found at: (log in with OSU user name and password).

University Team uses Campus as Test Bed to Seek Ecological Synergies:

Ohio State is investing in a scientific study to improve the efficiency and sustainability of campus operations by working in harmony with the surrounding ecosystems. An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers will work with the university's Energy Services and Sustainability office to estimate the "environmental footprint," including the energy use, water use, carbon emissions, and other environmental impacts for a selected area of the campus. Next, they will investigate how to reduce that footprint, as well as annual operating costs.To read the entire article, visit:


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