CD Weekly Wire - May 28, 2013

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Summer Unit Meeting Update

Last week we discussed Research in View as a collaborative tool and the north central region collaborative impact indicators project (to read more, go here). This week we will discuss an upcoming collaborative event that is taking shape. Our Summer Unit Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, and the planning team (thank you Cindy Bond, Mike Lloyd, and Eric Romich) will take us to Harrison County for a day of informative, hands-on discussion and learning about shale energy. The meeting begins at 9:00 with a visit with landowners (Dick and Kaye Clay), a discussion about water quality with Sara Cross (Harrison Ag/NR), and a working lunch with Tracy Drake of the Columbiana County Port Authority. After lunch at the Harrison Community Hospital, we’ll have a chance to tour a MarkWest Fractionator (wet gas processing) at the Cadiz Industrial Park, among other things. The formal events of the day are scheduled to adjourn at 3:30. For folks who are interested in learning more about energy produced by bio-digesters, we have an option to tour the Quasar facility at the Wooster campus from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. on June 27 as well. Look for a Doodle-based RSVP soon and begin coordinating your plans for overnight accommodations and travel. I know that a few ideas have been mentioned on the CD FB Chat page. (CD will pay for roundtrip mileage to the Harrison County sites and lunch on June 26. Chartfield information will be emailed at the end of June.)

Speaking of the CD FB Chat page, I am pleased to see that there are 22 folks ‘joined’ up. Let’s each work to make the most of this collaboration tool. When you have a question for colleagues, post it! Or, if you run across a helpful website or program tool and want to share it with your co-workers, post it! If you have a co-worker who is not yet joined up, encourage them!

Campus Campaign Final Report

Finally, with regards to joining up, I am incredibly pleased that our very own CD group was able to post a very respectable participation rate in the Campus Campaign. We finished with a 41% rate of participation (total OSUE was 29%). I sincerely hope that you were able to identify an OSU fund that represents something you feel passion about. Personally, my first foray into the OSU Campaign was after touring the Cooke Castle at Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island about 12 years ago. I knew I wanted to help restore that home built in 1865, and making a contribution for something I could see and feel and know that others would also enjoy made giving easy. Of course, giving need not be financial nor wait for the next formal call from something like the Campus Campaign. To whom can you give today?



Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Registration extended to June 3:

The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute's "Building a Network of Effective Environmental Decision Makers" program begins June 10 and consists of three sessions. The Institute is a new set of workshops that helps enable environmental professionals to address complex environmental issues and incorporate a broader range of solution strategies into their skill set through forums and hands-on learning. Workshop sessions will have a heavy emphasis on learning activities that actively engage participants, including small group/panel discussions and field trips, and include:

  • Leading for Sustainability (June 10-11 in Columbus)
  • Leading for Climate Change (July 23 in Lewis Center)
  • Leading on Energy (September 10-11 in Columbus) - Eric Romich is one of the featured speakers.

Participants will gain new leadership, negotiation, and collaboration skills and learn how to address sustainable practices in settings where differing values may be at odds. Registration is $250, and the deadline has been extended to June 3. For complete information, including speaker bios, visit (click on 'Courses' for detailed agendas and to register).

The Art and Science of Facilitation Workshop - June 11:

The OSU Leadership Center will present a hands-on workshop on Tuesday, June 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Room 105 of the Agricultural Administration Building, that will focus on learning and practicing the stages and characteristics of group facilitation. Participants will learn tips and techniques for dealing effectively with groups, including dealing with conflict in a productive manner. Rose Fisher Merkowitz and Treva Williams will facilitate. Cost is $120 per participant. For complete information and to register, visit:

Montana Policy Review Series 'Community Responses to Energy Development' - Final Webinar June 5:

This webinar series is Montana-focused; however, much of what is being discussed is applicable and relevant to our approaches to this community issue in Ohio. Please plan to ‘tune in.’

The Montana State University Local Government Center is presenting this webinar series that focuses on opportunities and challenges brought on by the energy boom in northeastern Montana. The sixth and final webinar is the series will take place Wednesday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Anthony Preite, Eastern Montana Economic Development Coordinator, will present The Bakken: With Prosperity Comes Challenge. For complete information, including how to connect, click here. If you are unable to attend, all webinars have been recorded and are archived on the Local Government Center website.

Ohio Education Research Center Conference - June 17:

The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) will hold its second annual conference on Monday, June 17, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. This free conference is designed to advance the use of education research in Ohio and is targeted to researchers and practitioners who have a particular interest in education research. It will include interactive sessions to share information about resources available through the OERC to support research, the research objectives for the future, and how research can be used to improve Ohio’s education system. Those interested should register by Friday, May 31. For complete information and to register, visit:



2013 OSU CARES Seed Grants Awarded:

A description of each of the three 2013 OSU CARES Seed Grants awarded can be found at: All of the grants support partnerships between OSU Extension and another Ohio State department to broaden the University’s engagement with communities. Visit the OSU CARES Grants Program Webpage at for more information about OSU CARES grants and about submitting a proposal for 2014.

Congratulations to Frank, Myra, and Rose who were awarded funds for the following:

  • The Bridge: Issue Analysis Process -- Connecting FFA Students with Employers
    • PI(s): Frank Gibson, Program Manager, Alber Enterprise Center, OSU Marion; Myra Wilson, Director, Alber Enterprise Center, OSU Marion
    • Partners: Stephanie Jolliff, Ridgemont Schools Agricultural Education Teacher & FFA Advisor; John Hohn, Director of Economic Development, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance; Rose Fisher-Merkowitz, Associate Professor/Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension; Christine Trapp, Assistant Director of Academic Services, Ohio State University Marion; Mark Light, 4-H Youth Development Educator/Hardin County Extension Director, Ohio State University Extension

New CFAES Faculty Council Representatives Elected:

Congratulations to the two newly elected Extension representatives to the CFAES Faculty Council, Brian Raison and Barry Ward, who will serve a three-year term effective July 1. Brian replaces Bruce Clevenger as the at-large representative and Barry replaces Joe Heimlich as the state-wide representative. Thanks to Joe for his past service and to Brian for taking on this new service opportunity.

Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium - June 23 & 24:

The Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium is designed to provide insight into key issues in the agricultural legal community from representing farmers in crop insurance disputes to counseling produce and food businesses regarding regulatory issues. The focus of this year’s symposium is representing Ohio’s farm and agri-business clients, with a goal to help attorneys stay up-to-date on current legal developments. The symposium will be held at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark on June 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is $270 for Ohio State Bar Association members or $335 for nonmembers, with six Continuing Legal Education credits available for attorneys. For complete information, refer to the news release.

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