CD Weekly Wire - November 26, 2012

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Capitalizing on Opportunities and Addressing Responsibilities

Extension is one of 114 departments within one of The Ohio State University’s 14 colleges. As such, we are charged with carrying out high quality teaching, research (including creative & scholarly works), and service. Our contributions in these areas should demonstrate professional growth over time; growth that we document regularly via our vita. The vita provides us an opportunity to seek balance in our work in these three distinct areas. A vita also enables us to be recognized for promotion in rank; an expectation at OSU. Expectations and criteria for promotion in rank (for A&P and Faculty positions) are identified in the Guidelines and Procedures for Promotion of A&P Extension Educators and the OSUE Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure (APT) document, respectively, both found here. Regardless of your current assignment, understanding the promotion process and how to navigate it effectively will better enable you to capitalize on opportunities and address responsibilities associated with being a part of Extension and OSU. To help get your arms around this, I encourage you to consider participating in the next CD Unit Promotion WebEx scheduled for November 30 from 9-11 a.m. (call instructions below). If you have questions in mind, please send them to me prior to the call. Another opportunity for learning is the Annual Extension Promotion Workshop. Two are scheduled, December 18 and January 16, to be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. More info on each and registration links were shared in the November 7 Communiqué. In addition to these more formal learning opportunities, I encourage you to talk with your colleagues and feel free to call me to discuss as well.

Topic: Promotion in Extension
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
Time: 9:00 am, Eastern Standard Time
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Identifying Actions and Tactics
As part of our fall planning retreat, we brainstormed a list of 'most strategically smart' things the CD unit could do to secure its future. The goal was to identify key focus areas that we could address as a unit, working in sub-teams and small groups. We listed nearly ten and then narrowed the list to our top three using the ‘clickers.’ The three most strategically smart things we need to address are:

1.  Marketing
2.  Greater collaboration (internally) and partnership building (internal/external)
3.  External funding - broad-based funding opportunities

Recall that we did not have time to brainstorm possible tactics then. In preparation for our discussion on December 4 (from 10-noon in 370 Kottman) we have a short web-based survey to collect your thoughts (using items in an open-ended format). Before going to the questionnaire, please reflect on what you and your colleagues in the unit are currently doing to address these three items. Working together or in different ways, what might we do to enhance, increase, and improve, etc. in these areas? Your thoughts will be compiled with those of others to give us a starting point for the December 4 discussion. I look forward to your input!



Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next few months. Topics include:

  • Northeast Bioenergy Webinar: Social vs. Physical Availability of Wood - November 27 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Ask an Expert v2 Orientation - November 27 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Ask an Expert v2 Orientation - November 28 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Bioenergy Fridays Series-2012 - November 30 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Gathering the Stakeholders: The Process of Community Engagement - December 4 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Critical Conversation: Personal vs. Professional Identities in Social Media - December 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Sustainability to be Focus of next EPN Breakfast - December 11:

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) 2nd Tuesday Breakfast will be held on December 11 and will feature Karen Koster, VP for Environmental Health and Safety at Momentive, a Columbus-based world leader in specialty chemicals, discussing strategies and successes. For complete information and to register by December 5, visit: Contact David Hanselmann ( if you have questions.

NCRCRD Webinar Asset Building in Rural Communities: Exploring Barriers and Identifying Opportunities - December 13:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled "Asset Building in Rural Communities: Exploring Barriers and Identifying Opportunities" on December 13 at 1:00 p.m. Expanding opportunities for families to build assets can lead to greater financial stability and can benefit local economics. Twelve focus group interviews; six with resident families and six with community leaders were conducted in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota rural communities. Cynthia Needles Fletcher (Iowa State University) and Patricia Olson and Rosemary Heins (University of Minnesota) will discuss the findings that focus on identified priorities, barriers, and opportunities to enhance asset building. To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, as well as a complete list of webinars, visit:

Register for Ohio Land Use Conference - January 11:

Registration is now open for the 2013 Ohio Land Use Conference - Land Use and the Economy: Our land, our water, our quality of life, sponsored in part by OSU Extension Community Development. The event will be held on Friday, January 11, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Keynote speaker will be Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago. Plenary speaker will be Carson Bise, Principal of Tischler-Bise of Bethesda, Maryland. Afternoon sessions will feature local government successes, state revitalization programs, agricultural economic development planning, and local governments addressing the energy boom. Registration deadline is December 31, and there is a discount for those who register by December 15. Space is limited, so register today! Visit for full conference information, including brochure, agenda, and registration.

Please forward conference information to colleagues, partners, and clientele who might be interested in attending. Please contact David Civittolo ( if you have questions.



New Issue of Communiqué now Available:

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

  • Thanksgiving Message from the Director
  • Keep Commitments - Behavior # 12 of High-Trust Leaders
  • WebEx Meeting Center and WebEx Event Center Contact List
  • OSU Extension Intranet Calendar Update

OSUE Annual Conference - December 5:

The registration rate for the OSU Extension Annual Conference (December 5 at the Ohio Union) is now $150. For complete information and registration link, visit: You can still schedule a health screening, and remember to bring your name badge.

If your Org is 55120, please remember to email your Annual Conference registration confirmation to Sandy for Greg's approval. Payment will be handled by internal transfer, so please make sure your chartfield information is accurate. If you have questions about fund numbers, please contact Sandy (614-292-6232).


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