CD Weekly Wire - December 10, 2012

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Extension Annual Meetings Recap
Last week’s association meetings and annual conference enabled us to pause and recognize our individual, team, and organizational accomplishments. By design, these annual events take us from our offices and our work, freeing us from the distractions of our daily routines so we are better able to reflect on and celebrate our successes. These events remind us of the variety of research, teaching, and service contributions that are being made. In many cases, this is where you may learn new things about colleagues, their work, or other information that can make our Extension work better. The whirlwind that was last week packed in a good bit of action and excitement, and had me wiped out by the end of the week. Even so, I look forward to the event every year and hope you do as well.

In addition to the formal agenda, last week’s meetings involved a good bit of catching up with colleagues too. I was involved in a number of conversations with folks not part of the CD program. In these conversations, both ‘small but mighty’ and ‘bang for the buck’ were used by these individuals to describe the CD unit and its efforts. I find this positive feedback from our peers in Extension the ultimate compliment as well as a testament to all of your hard work. Kudos to you!

Once more, I would also like to congratulate and recognize the individuals listed below for their specific contributions and accomplishments in 2012. You represent CD well!

Awards and Recognition

  • Myra Moss – OSU Extension Excellence in Community Development Award (click here for the award narrative)
  • Julie Fox – NACDEP (OH) Distinguished Service Award
  • Brian Raison – OAEP State Faculty & Staff Achievement Award (over 10 years)
  • Rose Fisher Merkowitz and Becky Nesbitt – ESP Team Teaching Award
  • Nancy Bowen, Tory Gabriel, Joe Lucente, Myra Moss, Eric Romich – ESP Creative Works Awards

Leadership Positions

  • Julie Fox – NACDEP (OH) President (outgoing)
  • Nancy Bowen, Melinda Huntley, Joe Lucente, Becky Nesbitt – NACDEP (OH) state and regional representatives (outgoing)
  • Rose Fisher Merkowitz – NACDEP (OH) President (incoming)
  • Brian Raison - ESP Board - West Region Representative (outgoing)
  • Nancy Bowen – ESP Board – State Representative (incoming)
  • Becky Nesbitt – OJCEP Personnel Committee Chair (incoming)
  • Brian Raison – OJCEP Professional Development Chair (incoming)

OSU Discovery Themes
If you recall, we briefly touched on aligning our work with the OSU Discovery Themes during our unit meeting on Tuesday morning. The Discovery Themes initiative, according to Provost Alutto, was ‘formally launched in October 2012….and may be the most ambitious academic effort ever undertaken at Ohio State.’ The three themes include:  Health & Wellness, Energy & Environment, and Food Production & Security. You can read more details about the initiative here. These themes align well with the FAES Signature Areas.

2013 CD Unit Quarterly Meeting Schedule
Finally, we’ll continue the quarterly face to face meetings from 2012 to help us carry forward our good work in 2013. To identify the 2013 CD Unit Quarterly Meeting dates I’d like to invite you to respond to an online poll by December 14.



OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues December 11:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues on Tuesday, December 11 from noon to 1:00 p.m. with "The Future of Energy & Climate Change Policies," presented by Bruce Braine, VP of Strategic Policy Analysis at American Electric Power. Braine will discuss potential future energy and climate change policies in the U.S., along with the role of government and economic concerns in tackling climate change issues. The webinar is free. Register at: Christina Dierkes (

Register by December 15 for Land Use Conference Early Bird Discount:

Register by December 15 to get the discounted registration fee of $55 for the Ohio Land Use Conference to be held January 11 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. After December 15, the registration fee increases to $65. Visit for full conference information, including brochure, agenda, and registration. Please share this information with colleagues, partners, and clientele. Contact David Civittolo ( if you have questions.

Direct Marketing Team Meeting - January 15:

There will be a Direct Marketing Team meeting on January 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the Gehres Room. For more information, please contact Julie Fox ( or 740-289-2071, ext 225).

Register for 2013 Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit - January 17:

Click here for the agenda and registration materials for the 2013 Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit scheduled for Thursday, January 17 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration fee is $50, and registration deadline is January 10.

Local Foods Signature Program Kickoff - January 23:

Please refer to Mike Hogan's email of December 10 for information regarding the OSUE Local Foods Signature Program Kickoff In-Service scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration including a local foods lunch is free, if the registration form and programming survey is returned before January 10.



EEET Deadline December 14:

Remember to submit your EEETs by December 14 (postmark date) for inclusion in your 2012 Annual EEET Summary Report . Click here for complete information (Kim Showalter's email of December 3).

New Issue of Communiqué now Available:

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

  • Message from the Director
  • 10 Inclusionist Behaviors in Leadership
  • Congratulations to Annual Conference Award Winners
  • Position Your Team for Growth Executive Workshop - January 31
  • A & P Educator and Faculty Promotion Workshops - December 18 (register by December 11) and January 16 (register by January 9)
  • 2012 Annual EEET Summary Report Reminder
  • Research in View Update (“All Clear”)
  • Distinguished Staff Awards Program Nomination Deadline: January 21

"Ohio's 2010 Lake Erie Charter Fishing Industry" Article Published:

"Ohio’s 2010 Lake Erie Charter Fishing Industry," by Joseph E. Lucente, Tory Gabriel, Gregory Davis, Colleen Wellington, and Frank Lichtkoppler, is now available in the most recent issue of Fisheries (VOL 37 NO 12, December 2012) at: (starting on page 6 of the pdf). Captains from the Great Lakes largest charter fleet respond to the Seventh Ohio Sea Grant Socioeconomic Survey of Ohio’s Lake Erie charter industry. Congratulations Joe, Tory, Greg, and Frank!

OSU South Centers Connections Newsletter now Available:

Click here to view the Fall 2012 issue of the OSU South Centers Connections Newsletter. Topics include:

  • OSU Extension Celebrates Farm to School Month – Momentum building for 2013
  • Locally Grown Hops a Possibility for Ohio’s Booming Microbreweries
  • Enhancing Sustainability of Freshwater Prawn Production in Ohio
  • 2012 Soy-Aqua Fish Farm Tour
  • Ohio MarketMaker
  • OSU South Centers Manufacturing Extension Partnership Position


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