CD Weekly Wire - March 11, 2013

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Streamlining Reporting via RiV

Last week we talked about communicating the impact of your work. Use of the LOGIC Model  helps identify specifically what you are trying to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Going the next step involves determining how you will evaluate your efforts. When you are ready to report, I encourage you to do so in what is probably the one-best place: our new friend, RiV. Why? RiV is designed to serve many purposes. For example, what you enter in RiV informs your annual performance report. RiV will also generate your promotional vita (its importance briefly outlined here.) Third, what you enter in RiV informs your portion of the Annual Federal Report to USDA. Reporting in one place makes the most efficient use of your time. If you give your supervisor (or others) ‘Proxy’ status you can communicate program data, creative and scholarly achievements, grants and contracts activity, and progress on performance and professional development goals anytime you decide to generate a report from your RiV or anytime your proxy makes the time to take a look. ‘Anytime access’ to such information will enable Sandy and me to simply ‘harvest’ information from your RiV instead of asking you to respond to special requests/surveys. I am also hoping to be better able to support and coach when I have a better understanding of your efforts. Of course, for all this to work, you will have to regularly enter and update your information in RiV. We’ll discuss this more when we meet on April 3, so please stay tuned!

April 3 CD Unit Meeting

Please plan to attend our CD Unit Meeting on April 3 to share, learn, and work within your smaller work groups on programs and unit initiatives. Specific agenda details are still being worked out, but plan for a full day in the Ag Admin Auditorium focused on BuckeyeBox, CarmenConnect, Social Media, Reporting with RiV, and Documenting Program Impact. We’ll have time before lunch with Director Keith Smith (if you have questions you’d like him to address, please send to me by March 22) as well as updates from the Summer Meeting (June 26) Planning Team, OJCEP Leadership, and more. I am also hoping we’ll be able to practice ‘effective meeting strategies’ recently discussed in an OHR webinar led by Anne Massaro. Look for the detailed agenda in the next couple weeks and a Doodle Poll by Friday to RSVP.



Upcoming CFAES Diversity Events - March 19 & March 28:

  • March 19 is the third in the CFAES Diversity Dialogues featuring the OSU Leadership Center’s Beth Flynn leading a discussion on multiple generations in the workplace. This is a web-ex and log in information can be found at: under CFAES Community Dialogues. The article that will be discussed can be found here.
  • The CFAES Diversity Speaker Series is on March 28 and will feature Bob Henry Baber, author of Pure Orange Sunshine with special guest musician and songwriter David Morris presenting “Appalachians, their unique place in American diversity (in the American mosaic).”  This event will take place in the Traditions Room of the Ohio Union from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The session will be streamed live and can be viewed at: It is also being recorded and will be archived for future viewing. Click here to view the informational flyer.

eXtension Food Security Webinar - March 20:

A webinar entitled "Enhancing Food Security through Community and Regional Food Systems: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned" will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 p.m. This webinar is sponsored by the Community, Local and Regional Food System (CLRFS) eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) and will feature two projects from different regions of the country working to enhance community and regional food systems. Please refer to Brian Raison's email for a description of the two projects. To join the webinar, visit:

NCRCRD 'Common Impact Indicators in Extension Community Development Programming' Webinar - March 26:

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development will present a free webinar titled 'Common Impact Indicators in Extension Community Development Programming' on March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Increasingly, the public and policy makers are asking for hard data on impacts of all publicly-funded activities. This webinar will review how North Central Extension Community Development program leaders responded to the new policy environment, how the approach benefits the system, and how it is being implemented. Speakers will be Tim Borich (Iowa State University), Scott Chazdon (University of Minnesota), Mary Simon Leuci (University of Missouri), Scott Loveridge (North Central Regional Center for Rural Development), and Kathy Tweeten (North Dakota State University). To view the webinar announcement, click here.

Energize Ohio Signature Program Train-the-Trainer Workshop - April 15:

Extension Educators throughout Ohio are in an ideal position to educate communities on the potential impacts of energy development and support them through the transition. To better understand what role you as an educator can play to address energy development issues in your community, attend the Energize Ohio Signature Program Train-the-Trainer Workshop on April 15 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (Gehres Room) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The overall objective of this workshop is to provide OSU Extension Educators a comprehensive understanding of energy development in Ohio and how the Energize Ohio Signature Program addresses the opportunities and challenges through research-based educational programming. For additional information, including agenda, brochure, and registration, please click here.

Upcoming Conferences:

2013 Public Issues Leadership Conference, April 21-24, Alexandria VA

National Extension Energy Summit, April 29-May 1, Ft. Collins, CO

National Urban Extension Conference, May 6-9, 2013, Overland Park KS



Call for Proposals due March 29 for Community Research Partners' Data Driven Conference:

Participants from across the state will receive practical, timely, and relevant knowledge and tools to better access and use data in their day-to-day work at the Data Driven Conference to be held September 27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. If you are interested in presenting, complete the online presentation proposal form by Friday, March 29. Complete information and the proposal form can be found at: Contact Jeffrey Fortkamp (737-2930 or if you have questions.

North Central Region Mini Grant Applications due by April 30:

Applications for the 2013 round of Program Area Support Funds from the North Central Region’s Cooperative Extension Deans/Directors are now available. As in previous years, the offered funds are targeted to multistate team-oriented projects that address program priorities and especially those approaches that are cross-program area responses. Project proposals will begin to be reviewed as they are submitted and will continue to receive attention until the funding has been committed, or until April 30. Click here to view the application, which includes descriptions, timeline, and guidelines.



CFAES IT Services Unavailable on March 16:

The CFAES Columbus Data Center will be performing electrical maintenance on Saturday, March 16, between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., which will require all computer systems to be powered down. The power down will affect all information technology services provided by the data center.  During this time, the following CFAES services will be unavailable:

  • All CFAES and Extension web sites and business applications
  • CFAES Active Directory services
  • Camtasia Relay services
  • Columbus campus printing services
  • Columbus campus file services (Netdrive/Silo)
  • Terminal Services
  • Spectrum (Leadership Center Card Catalog)
  • Columbus campus database services

Network and internet services will be available in all CFAES Columbus campus buildings during the maintenance interval. Access to the university e-mail service will not be affected. Information technology services provided by the OARDC and ATI campus locations are not affected. Questions regarding this planned maintenance should be directed to the CFAES Columbus campus IT Help Desk (614-292-9110 or

Interim Educational Technology Specialist Positions Available:

OSU Extension is piloting four .5 FTE Educational Technology Specialist positions to assist with the strategic identification, utilization, and evaluation of technology tools in Extension program development and delivery. Four internal program professionals will be temporarily assigned to collaborate with Extension program staff within program areas, as well as CFAES Communications & Technology staff and related units on the OSU campus, to develop and test new programs, materials, resources using technology tools. Each Educational Technology Specialist will maintain a .5 FTE appointment in their current position and will have .5 FTE appointments to this project (funded by Extension Administration). This pilot project will run from May 1st, 2013, through April 30th, 2014. Applications are due March 22. Click here to read the details in Garee Earnest's email.


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