CD Weekly Wire - June 3, 2013

AD Update:

Interim Assignment:  Opportunities and Challenges

You may have noticed a note from Director Keith Smith last Friday, mentioning a new temporary assignment for me as Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources. This interim role is in addition to my current CD role and, like most anything new, will present opportunities and challenges. I’ll have a chance to learn the ways of administering the ANR program and identify practices that our CD team might use to enhance the way we carry out our work. Of course, part of the challenge will involve me figuring out how to be in two places at once, too! : ) Fortunately, we are an organization comprised of very capable colleagues who are leading in ways that advance the larger organizational and unit efforts. Now more than ever, I very much appreciate your contributions and I hope for your understanding during this interim. Exactly what I will be getting into with this role remains largely unknown, but I aim to do my best to assist in your professional pursuits, carry on what we have started in CD, and support the needs of ANR professionals until a permanent AD can assume responsibilities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

SPSS Statistics, Amos and NVivo Licenses expiring June 30 - Renew Now!

If you own SPSS Statistics, Amos, and/or NVivo software site licenses, they will be expiring on June 30. Please renew as soon as possible using these instructions. First you will place your order on the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) website. They will email you a request number and a request item number to which you will refer in your eRequest. Once the eRequest is approved, the OCIO will email you an authorization code and instructions on how to download your software. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy (614-292-6232 or



Engaging with Ohioans: Partnering with OSU Extension Webinar - June 4:

The next STEM Initiatives Virtual Brown Bag will feature Karen Bruns, assistant director, OSU Extension, and leader, OSU CARES, who will focus on how OSU resident faculty can partner with OSU Extension colleagues to extend their STEM efforts throughout the state. This webinar will be held Tuesday, June 4, from noon to 1:00 p.m. using Carmen Connect. Read more at: If you have questions, please contact STEM Initiatives (

OSU Climate Change Webinar - June 13:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues on Thursday, June 13, from noon to 1 p.m. with "Milwaukee’s Climate Initiative," presented by Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Shafer will discuss how Milwaukee is using different infrastructure approaches to become more resilient to changes in climate and increase energy efficiency, and how fostering local leadership has helped launch these initiatives while building a strong economy. The webinar is free. For complete information and to register, visit: If you have questions, contact: Jill Jentes Banicki (

America Saves Webinar - July 17:

Join Betsy DeMatteo, FCS Educator, on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 am to get all the details on a newly launching program: Ohio Saves. Ohio Saves is an initiative, spearheaded by OSU Extension, to help all Ohioans save money, reduce debt, and build wealth by offering a plethora of free resources and daily motivation for savers, as well as reporting for professionals. Ohio Saves can be used as a resource for ALL program areas and is a fantastic way to deepen the impact of your programs and support sustained behavior change without adding to your workload. Join the meeting at:

Hands-on iPad Productivity Training - August 5:

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning will hold a hands-on iPad productivity training on Monday, August 5, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 186 of Hagerty Hall. For more information and to register, visit:

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

  • The 21st Century Extension Professional - June 4 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Social Networking: Boundaries and Professionalism - June 4 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Are You a Supermarket Vendor or a Super Market Vendor? - June 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Gulf Coast Communities Case Study: Building Community Capacity in Times of Change - June 19 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Royalty Calculations for Natural Gas from Shale - June 20 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Use of Surveys in Extension for Program Development and Evaluation - June 20 at 2:00
  • Moodle Meet-Up - June 26 at 2:30 p.m.
  • The Connected Organization - June 27 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Introduction to Extension's Public Value - July 17 at 2:00 p.m.



Moms2B receives 2013 Engagement Impact Grant:

The 2013 Engagement Impact Grants, totaling $300,000, apply innovative and creative scholarship to address important societal challenges. Sponsored by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, the grant program supports Ohio State’s land-grant commitment to our communities. One of the recipients is the Moms2B program, which Susan Colbert has been associated with for some time now. To read more about Moms2B and all the grant recipients, visit:


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