CD Weekly Wire - February 25, 2013

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Making the Most of Meetings

Whether you call the meeting or you are invited, you are responsible for doing your best to make sure the time spent meeting is worthwhile. Last week I participated in a 90-minute webinar focused on Effective Meetings that was produced by Anne Massaro of the OSU Office of Human Resources. It was very informative and got me excited about making the most of the meetings I attend. I captured a number of thoughts from the information she shared (click here for her 24-page handout for your reference). Here in a nutshell are a few key things to consider as you plan, lead, and/or participate in your future meetings. If you have others to add, please join the CD Facebook Chat on this topic.

An effective meeting:

  1. Is driven by objectives and the objectives are met. We must be clear about its purpose and these objectives should be communicated.
  2. Is held to discuss, inform, and make decisions. It is characterized by focus, action items, resolution, progress updates, and real collaboration.
  3. Doesn’t try to pack in too much. Avoid the proverbial 10# of potatoes in the 5# sack. Try two 5# sacks instead.  : )
  4. Is driven by ‘norms’… norms are shared beliefs about how discussions will be led, how decisions will be made, confidentiality, attendance, respect, etc. Norms create a sense of ‘safety’ for meeting participants and enable meetings to be more productive and efficient.
  5. Acknowledges emotions in the room as safely as possible without personally identifying individuals who may be feeling the emotions.
  6. Avoids unnecessarily getting the whole group stuck in the details. Don’t drag all participants ‘through the weeds’ in debate over the small details. Details should be handled by a small group of folks who are detail oriented and empowered with the knowledge needed to address the question.
  7. Is kept on track by all participants. Whether you called the meeting or are simply attending, you can keep the group from getting stuck in a discussion by verbally summarizing what you have heard. Think ‘active listening.’
  8. Is balanced by both advocacy and inquiry. 'I think we should do this!’ (advocacy) should be tempered with ‘How do you feel about this situation?’ (inquiry).

I encourage you to consider this list as you plan and/or attend your next meeting. Please refer to Anne’s guide as well for more in depth information. Best wishes to you for highly productive meetings!!



OSU Climate Change Webinar - February 26:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues on Tuesday, February 26 from noon until 1:00 p.m. with "Climate Change & Public Health," presented by George Luber, associate director for climate change at the Centers for Disease Control. Luber will discuss climate change impacts on health in the United States, potential strategies for climate change adaptation in the public health sector, and opportunities to benefit public health while addressing climate change. The webinar is free. To register, visit: Contact: Christina Dierkes ( if you have questions.

Promotion WebEx - March1:

Join Greg Davis for the next ‘Promotion’ WebEx on March 1 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Do some reading, some thinking, review your work plan and your vita to date and come up with your questions. Send them to Greg in advance if possible. If you can’t make the call, look for the recording to be posted soon thereafter. If you are currently in a position that is not ‘promotion-eligible’ but you have aspirations for academic advancement, please let Greg know, and realize that you are encouraged to join in as well. 

March 1, 2013 Promotion Discussion Instructions:

Time: 9:00 am, Eastern Standard Time
Meeting Number: 680 172 282
Meeting Password: 1Extension

1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: 1Extension
4. Click "Join"

Amish Culture Presentation Link Available:

To listen to the recording of Joe Donnermeyer's CFAES Diversity Lunch and Learn presentation of February 15 titled 'Understanding the Amish,' click here. It is essential for local leaders and local representatives of government agencies to understand the Amish as a unique religious subculture with specific practices based on strong beliefs, especially when working with the Amish on health, safety, zoning, and other issues. Included in the presentation is Donnermeyer's report on his updated county-based census of the Amish population, an explanation as to why their population is one of the fastest growing of any group in North America, and discussion of the possible social, cultural, and economic implications of this demographic dynamic.



Grant Applications to Support Outreach and Engagement Work due March 8 - Information Session March 1:

If you have questions about submitting a proposal for an Engagement Impact Grant, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grant or Service-Learning Grant, join representatives from the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OSU CARES/OSU Extension, and the Service-Learning Initiative for an information session on Friday, March 1 at noon in conference room 101 at 33 W. 11th Avenue. The grants aim to establish and/or expand innovative, creative, scholarly outreach and engagement initiatives that can have a substantial impact within the university and community. The OSU CARES grants, under the leadership of OSU Extension, support partnerships between OSU Extension and other departments at Ohio State. These grants have provided seed dollars for a number of well-established programs throughout Ohio and give great opportunity for many of our OSU Extension teams to strengthen programming. The submission deadline for all three grants programs is Friday, March 8 at 4:00 pm. To access the RFPs and more information on each grant, visit: Contact the OSU CARES office at 688-4486 or with additional questions.

CD Small Grant Applications due March 8:

The CD Small Grants program is accepting proposals by March 8. Applications should address an opportunity or pressing need for applied research and/or new or revised curriculum. Please feel free to contact Greg to discuss your ideas. Click here to view the application.

Ongoing eLearning Professional Development Grant:

The Ohio State Online eLearning Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 (1:1 match required) to develop skills and knowledge of learning technology that increases student engagement, facilitates greater instructor efficiency, or enables anytime/anyplace learning. The application deadline is ongoing. Perhaps if you are awarded a CD Small Grant (see above), you could build on it by utilizing those funds as the required match for this grant. For more information, visit: If you have questions, please contact



Recognize “Phishing” Activity and Protect Yourself Online:

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of “phishing” attempts at Ohio State. Phishing is an e-mail fraud method where legitimate-looking e-mails are sent in an attempt to gather personal and financial information. This illegal activity might be related to a broader phishing scheme. To learn how to detect phishing and what you can do to protect yourself, visit:


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