CD Weekly Wire - August 5, 2013

AD Update:

Developing Competency and Honing Expertise via Pursuit of Performance and Professional Development Goals

The past couple of weeks we have focused on improving the way we use the tools and implement the framework that comprise the OSUE performance management system. For us to get better in this area we will need to invest time in understanding the system and in acting on that knowledge. Last week focused specifically on how the ‘check-ins,’ coaching, and annual review work to advance your performance and professional development goals. Recall that your performance goals hone in on things that are most important and help you identify where major time will be invested over the year (e.g. ‘formalize that curriculum package I have been teaching from for the past 5 years’ or ‘conduct an in-depth program evaluation to share at NACDEP and via journal publication’). Professional development goals focus your plans for learning and development identified via previous coaching, evaluations, reflection, etc. (e.g. ‘attend an applied research in-service to hone my research skills’ or ‘become a NACDEP board member to practice my leadership skills’). Your goals enable you to practice competencies critical for success as an Extension professional.

Equally important is regular communication between you and your supervisor. Here’s where you can provide progress updates and inform your supervisor of issues requiring attention, barriers to success, etc. It also provides your supervisor the chance to reflect on and recognize your progress and make suggestions for course correction if needed. Whether your position reports to mine or not, I’d like for us to improve in this area.

A third element is your documentation of efforts put forth in pursuit of your goals as well as your overall performance of key job duties. This includes your Research in View (RiV) and regular summary updates. Each of these elements works to advance your body of work (i.e. teaching, research, and service) and the contributions that you personally make to OSUE (i.e. how you go about it). In the end, the performance planning and management system is designed to nurture our potential for excellence and build a better OSUE in the process. 

G4 Auction Items Needed

Want to contribute to the NACDEP scholarship fund and have fun doing it? Remember to participate in the G4 Silent and Live Auctions - all auction proceeds benefit the NACDEP scholarship fund. The Silent Auction will be in the Exhibit Hall. Silent Auction items are suggested to be valued at $30 or above and could be a craft, a collectible, a lesson or outing; something purchased or something old. Other ideas include jams, jewelry, cookbooks, and handmade items. The Live Auction will be an event along with dinner on Wednesday evening. Items suggested are of higher value and may include sporting event tickets, vacation get-away rentals, handcrafted furniture, something autographed by a celebrity, wine and wine tours.

Be creative and send your ideas to Rose Merkowitz (, Ohio JCEP/NACDEP President, by the end of this week. At this point, we have a fishing basket with Ohio products (courtesy of Brian Raison), a wine basket (courtesy of Rose Merkowitz and Becky Nesbitt), and a bottle of Wigle Whiskey’s Ginever (a Pittsburgh family owned and operated micro-distillery using all organic ingredients).



Diversity is Topic of eXtension Community Dialogue - August 13:

Joseph Maiorano will be facilitating a Community Dialogue, “White Power, Privilege, and Supremacy: Roadblocks to equitable (extension) education” on Tuesday, August 13 from 11:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. EST. For complete information, including connection instructions, visit:

Association of Ohio Pedologists & Soil and Water Conservation Society Workshop - August 27-28:

The Association of Ohio Pedologists & Soil and Water Conservation Society Summer Meeting and Workshop will be held at the OSU South Centers in Piketon on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28. Cost is $150 for both days and $75 for one day. Click here for full details, including agenda, registration form, and lodging information. Day two includes sessions focused on shale gas. Contact Charissa McGlothin ( if you have questions.

Real Money. Real World. NEFE In-service offered August 28 and September 9:

Registration is now open for the Real Money. Real World. NEFE in-service that will be held on August 28 and again on September 9 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the Bob Evans Auditorium (parking permit here). This is a mandatory in-service for those who plan to provide RMRW August 2013 and beyond. Counties providing RMRW must send at least one staff member to attend one of the two in-services and to pick up their prepaid 2103 RMRW kit. This in-service is designed for Extension Educators, Program Coordinators, and /or Program Assistants who coordinate and conduct the RMRW program.

Registration is $12 per person and kits cost $250. Register at: by Friday, August 23. Additional people from the same county can register without ordering additional kits. Contact Kathy Michelich ( with your questions.

Ohio Watershed Leaders Conference - September 5 - 6:

Registration is now open for this year's Ohio Watershed Leaders (OWLS) conference to be held September 5-6 at Lake Hope State Park near McArthur, Ohio. Click here to view the agenda.  Field trips of watershed restoration sites will be provided by the Sunday, Monday, and Raccoon Creek Watershed Groups. Cabins and food will be provided by Lake Hope Lodge. Registration is $65 per person, which covers instructional materials, shared cabin, meals, and a T-shirt. The conference will be limited to the first 60 registrants. Register at: Contact Jerry Iles ( with any questions or concerns about this year's conference.

John Glenn School of Public Affairs MAPS Training Sessions begin in September:

For more than 40 years the John Glenn School of Public Affairs has provided training covering an array of practical topics to enhance the careers of Ohio State faculty and staff. Explore upcoming seminars and plan to attend a session for the 2013-2014 MAPS (Management Advancement for the Public Service) season. To register, visit: Contact Natalie Gintert ( or 247-8823) if you have questions.



Live Healthy Live Well Workshop Request for Posters - Due September 1:

Live Healthy Live Well (LHLW) is a wellness program that is now designated as an OSU Extension signature program. The program consists of a number of activities and curricula designed to help employees and Ohioans achieve wellness. Ultimately LHLW will help companies improve productivity, reduce health care costs, and have a healthier workforce. On October 10 a kick off in-service will take place for all Extension Educators or Program Coordinators who are interested in using or contributing to LHLW. The LHLW team has already developed incentive challenges, social media sites, and presentations that encourage healthy lifestyles. Individuals are encouraged to eat healthier, be more physically active, get enough sleep, reduce stress, etc. Live Healthy Live Well programs are suitable for other adult groups in addition to workplace groups. Other programs, such as Dining with Diabetes and Local Foods for example, can also contribute to this Signature Program effort.

The Live Healthy Live Well team would like to invite Extension Educators or Program Coordinators from all disciplines to share a poster highlighting programs that have, or could contribute to, workplace wellness or health and wellness. Please submit an abstract (400 word limit) to Dan Remley ( by September 1. Include in the abstract the title, program objectives, activities, and the impact or potential impact of the program on workplace employees or healthy Ohioans. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. 

2014 Distinguished Scholar Award Nominations due October 15:

The Office of Research is requesting nominations for the 2014 University Distinguished Scholar Award. Each year, through the DSA program, the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research, or creative works that represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Award recipients receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity. The deadline is Tuesday, October 15.  Contact Cheryl Cahlander ( or 247-4764) with your questions. For complete information, including nomination packet, visit:



Recording of OSU Extension July 25 Announcement now Available:

The all-OSU Extension presentation on July 25 was recorded and is now available at: Presentation topics include the OSUE strategic plan, signature programs, upcoming regional structure changes, a reminder about the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio meetings in October and early November, and a Q & A session. Click here for a map of the new regional structure – anticipated to change after January 1, 2014 (for internal reference only). More information will be available as the regional director search committee begins its work, and information materials for the public will be developed this fall. The strategic plan will be launched in January 2014, and the full implementation plan will be reviewed at the OSUE Annual Conference on December 4.

New Address for All-Extension E-mail Listserv:

The all-Extension e-mail listserv has been updated, and the new address is Please begin using this address immediately to send messages to the entire organization.

Articles of Interest:

Ohio State, Iberdrola Renewables begin Wind Research Collaboration (Office of Energy and Environment)

OSU, Iberdrola team up with Research Agreement (Times Bulletin) - Research partnership on wind energy studies.

A Living Lab for Woodland Stewards (onCampus) - OSU Extension and the School of Environment and Natural Resources at OSU Mansfield.


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