CD Weekly Wire - September 23, 2013

AD Update:

NACDEP/Galaxy IV Follow-Up

Last week at this time, many of us were kicking the NACDEP/Galaxy IV Conference into high gear at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. It was an action-packed week for sure with conference tours, meetings, events, and dinners seemingly every day of the week. All of these things being packed in and around the ongoing poster and concurrent sessions definitely made for a hectic schedule, especially for the folks in overflow hotels who required a shuttle ride to the convention center. Given the value of our time (not to mention our travel budgets), I hope you were able to share and learn in ways that you found valuable and enjoyable.

To make the most of our investment, I encourage you to review the papers and handouts you may have picked up, the business cards collected, or the notes you may have taken during the closing session with USDA Secretary Vilsack and our Dean, Bruce McPheron. Now is the time to follow up on these items before we get caught up in our ‘to-do’ lists. Commit to the work of that NACDEP committee by sending a note to the committee chair (or for our committee chairs, send that follow up note to your committee members). Send those materials you’ve created to a colleague and potential collaborator in future multi-state work. Review your presentation notes and reflect on the questions and discussion that took place. Reflect on how this feedback could help you improve the program or help to further develop a manuscript for publication. If possible, address these items before moving on to other thoughts and actions that may delay or prohibit altogether the critical post-conference follow up. 

Our efforts were well represented in the Thursday evening NACDEP Recognition Banquet, but I think it is appropriate to highlight again our folks recognized by peers in the north central region and nationwide. Congratulations are in order for:

  • Joe Lucente, Frank Lichtkoppler, and Tory Gabriel (North Central Runner Up for NACDEP Educational Piece Award – Team)
  • Myra Moss (National and North Central Regional Winner of NACDEP Distinguished Career Award)
  • Becky Nesbitt and Rose Fisher Merkowitz (North Central Runner Up for NACDEP Excellence in Teamwork Award)
  • Brian Raison (National and North Central Regional Winner of NACDEP Educational Piece Award – Individual)

Kudos to these folks and everyone who submitted their work for peer review and competitive judging among that of their regional and national peers. I am very pleased with our level of participation, be it via scholarly posters, concurrent session presentations, and/or NACDEP service.

Finally, for those that like to plan ahead, mark your calendar for the next NACDEP meeting: June 22-25, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Call for Nominations for Annual CD Awards due November 1

Nominations for the 2013 OSU Extension Excellence in Community Development Award and the Friend of Community Development Award are due November 1. Guidelines and forms for each are posted on the CD Professionals page of our website (listed below the CD Weekly Wire). Please let Greg know if you have any questions about either nomination process.



Shale Gas In-Service - September 25:

There is still time to register for the shale gas in-service, Pipelines, Midstream Issues and Cooperatives, to be held Wednesday, September 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The meeting will be hosted by OSU Extension and the Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC). Topics will include:

  • Pipelines 101
  • Pipelines: State and Local Issues
  • Landowner Rights and Eminent Domain
  • Cooperatives and Gas Distribution Companies Forming in Ohio
  • Midstream Activities in Ohio: What Communities Should Know; What Companies Need
  • Ohio's Response: Craig Butler, Ohio Office of the Governor

Click here to view the flyer and agenda. Space is limited, so email your name, title, and unit name to as soon as possible.

New Brand Standards Training for County Personnel - September 26:

A CarmenConnect training and information session for county personnel who handle communications pieces will be held September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at: The university and college are in the process of releasing new brand standards. The CFAES Brand Guidelines are available at: Frequently asked questions as well as templates are also available at the site. If you have questions, please contact Suzanne Steel in Communications and Technology ( or Kim Brown (

Extension Disaster Education Network Webinar - September 26:

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) will present a free one-hour webinar for Extension professionals at 3:00 p.m. on September 26 via Adobe Connect. The role of Extension in providing research-based education and information to communities and clientele is critical following an emergency or disaster. Find webinar details, including speakers, online meeting location, and registration link, at: The event will be recorded for review later.

State Agency Directors to engage Nutrient Runoff Issues at EPN Breakfast - October 1:

Attend the Tuesday, October 1, Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast to discuss why nutrient runoff continues to plague Ohio’s waterways and lakes, including Lake Erie. Ohio's latest programs and policies will be discussed. The directors of all three state agencies leading control programs (Agriculture, Ohio EPA, and Ohio DNR) will serve on a panel moderated by Bruce McPheron, dean of CFAES, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. For complete information, including agenda and registration, visit: Contact David Hanselmann ( if you have questions.

Summit on Sustainability & the Environment - October 8:

Registration ends October 4 for the Summit on Sustainability & the Environment, which will be held on Tuesday, October 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at COSI. Registration fee is $85. For complete information and to register, visit: Partial sponsorship is provided by Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC) and the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN).

Register for Live Healthy Live Well Signature Program In-Service - October 10:

Registration is now open for the Live Healthy Live Well Signature Program In-Service to be held October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Topics of discussion include:

  • Learn about Workplace Wellness
  • Receive your Biometric Screenings and Flu Shots
  • Explore professional Poster Displays
  • Learn ways to implement the new signature program,
    Live Healthy Live Well
  • Learn how to offer Email Health Challenges in your area
  • Receive ready-to-go lessons

Speakers include:

  • Sharon Covert, Vice President of Strategic Services, Viridian Health Management. Sharon is a CDC subject matter expert in rural/frontier health and worksite wellness.
  • Megan Amaya, PhD, CHES, AFAA. Dr. Amaya is the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness at Ohio State. 

Register at: by October 4 to save your place at the in-service. Registration fee is $35. For questions please contact Michelle Treber ( or Lisa Barlage (

DISCflex™ Workshop - October 15:

DISCflex™ provides insight into an individual’s style that can help predict the likely trends of his or her behavior in the future. It does this by evaluating four key factors in an individual style (dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance). Participants in this workshop will complete an online assessment prior to the workshop that will create a DISCflex™ report, with nearly 60 pages of analysis. DISCflex™ not only provides an assessment of the individual employee, but offers a 360-degree view based on input from coworkers, family and friends.

Beth Flynn of the OSU Leadership Center will facilitate this workshop from 9:15 a.m. to noon in room 105 of the Agricultural Administration Building. The registration fee is $75. Register at:

Open Doors Training - October 22 & 24 and November 6 & 8:

Open Doors is a 4-hour training consisting of three modules that focus on recognizing, identifying, and addressing bias.

  • Module 1: What is bias and how do I interrupt it?
  • Module 2: Sharing identities and empathetic listening
  • Module 3: Working with persons in distress

All four sessions cover the same material and are held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm. Click on the date to register for one of the following sessions:

  • October 22: Belle Valley (South Central Regional Office)
  • October 24: West Region (Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Multi-Media Room)
  • November 6: Piketon (South Centers Endeavor Center Room 160)
  • November 8: CFAES (Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center International Room)

Open Doors is brought to you by the OSU Multicultural Center Office of Student Life. There is no cost for this training. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information on Open Doors, visit:

NCRCRD Webinar - October 24:

The North Central Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) will present the following free webinar on October 24 at 2:00 p.m.:
  • Introduction and Development of the community-flow Measurement Instrument
    • This webinar will address a representative US sample of homeowners between the ages of 25 and 50, who have minors living in the home, to determine various contentious items that they would like to have in their community in order to improve it. Speakers will be Randall Cantrell and Amanda Stafford of the University of Florida. Topics covered relate to:
      • Neighborhood items
      • Public School items
      • Public Service items

To view the webinar announcement, including how to enter the meeting room, visit: A complete list of upcoming, as well as recorded, webinars can also be found at this site.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

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

  • Online Training Delivery Tricks and Tips - September 25 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Farm to School Webinar #1: Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School - September 25 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Digital Risk and Safety - September 26 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Understanding OSHA Requirements for Farm Businesses - September 27 at 10:30 a.m.
  • What the Public is Telling Us about Their Ask-an-Expert Answers: Addressing concerns surfaced in the ongoing evaluation effort - October 2 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday Online--Program Development for Online Learning - October 4 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Be My Friend: Utilizing Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to Engage and Interact with your Audience - October 7 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Farm to School Webinar #2: Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School - October 9 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday Online--Platforms for Delivery Online - October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday Online--Tips & Resources for Online Development - November 1 at 10:00 a.m.



Share your Expertise at the 2014 Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference and Ohio 4-H Teen Conference - Call for Proposals due September 30.

Do you have an area of expertise that you would like to share at the 2014 Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference and Ohio 4-H Teen Conference? The conference will be held March 8, 2014, at the Columbus Convention Center. Nearly 2,000 adult and teen volunteers meet at this event to share ideas and learn new skills to aid them in making their 4-H members more successful.

Over 100 sessions will be selected for the conference to provide a wide array of topics for the participants. If you are interested in presenting a session, go to before the September 30 deadline. Proposals will be reviewed in October and presenters will be contacted soon after to inform them whether their session was selected. If you have questions, please contact Vicki Schwartz ( or Amanda Forquer (

2014 Distinguished Scholar Award Nominations due October 15:

The Office of Research requests nominations for the 2014 University Distinguished Scholar Award. Each year, through the DSA program, the university recognizes and honors six faculty 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. For complete information, visit: Contact Cheryl Cahlander ( or 247-4764) if you have questions.

Discovery Themes Inaugural Request for Proposals due November 1:

The first Discovery Themes investments will be in tenured and tenure-track faculty positions in data analytics, which the Discovery Themes Faculty Advisory Boards identified as foundational to all disciplines in addressing global challenges. The inaugural Discovery Themes Request for Proposals are due November 1. Read more about the Discovery Themes at:

  • Learn more about the Request for Proposals at Information Sessions
    on September 25, 26 & October 2:

Three information sessions have been scheduled to provide opportunities for faculty to learn more about the Discovery Themes Request for Proposals mentioned above (read more at: The sessions, hosted by Associate Provost Stephen Myers, will take place at the Ohio Union on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, September 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 2, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

2014 National eXtension Conference -
Call for Proposals due November 15:

eXtension is calling for proposals for its national conference with the theme: Innovating and Networking Our Way to a More Engaged Future. Proposals are due November 15. The National eXtension Conference (March 24-27) will be held jointly with the National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting (March 24-26) in Sacramento, California.



JCEP/ESP Award Nominations due October 4:

Get recognition for your accomplishments! Submit nominations for the following 2013 JCEP/ ESP Awards:

  • Creative Works
  • Team Teaching
  • Friend of Extension
  • Special Chapter Awards

The forms are now available at: The list of past winners of Special Chapter Awards is also posted for your reference. If you have nominated people in the past, please make sure you read the instructions, as the merger has changed how some awards are selected. If you have questions, feel free to contact Travis West (740-596-5212 or or the subcommittee chair listed on each form.

Certified Energy Manager Training Session and Exam - October 7-11:

The Ohio State University Student Chapter and the Ohio Capital City Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (OCCCAEE) are hosting a Certified Energy Manager Training Session (October 7-10) and Exam (October 11) at the Ohio Union. The CEM designation is the definitive professional certification for energy professionals worldwide. Space is limited - registrations are due by October 1. For more information, including the registration form, click here. Visit the OCCAEE Web site at:

Spring/Summer Issue of Twine Line now Available:

The Spring/Summer issue of Ohio Sea Grant Twine Line is now available online. This issue includes:

  • Ohio study shows the value of Lake Erie shoreline recreational fishing (featuring the work of Tom Blaine, Joe Lucente, and Frank Lichtkoppler)
  • Predicting the Bloom
  • Celebrate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie
  • Exploring Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Back-To-School 2013 Buck-IRB Newsletter available Online:

The September 2013 edition of the Buck-IRB (Institutional Review Board) Newsletter is now available on the Office of Responsible Research Practices website. Newsletter features include:

  • Information on the reaccreditation of the university’s human research protection program
  • Enhancements to the IRB submit web application
  • Autumn semester office hours and help sessions
  • ORRP staffing updates

Articles of Interest:

College Putting Emphasis on Water Quality, Implications for Farming, Society (CFAES News)

Ohio State receives Green Power Partner of the Year award from U.S. EPA (OSU News Room)

Geography and CURA Team up with U-Haul for Sustainability Study (OSU College of Arts and Sciences News) - study of sustainable community redevelopment in Columbus’ Greater Hilltop Area

Ohio State Chemist’s Aerosol Research to Benefit from $20 Million NSF CAICE Grant (OSU College of Arts and Sciences News) - grant will accelerate research on aerosols that are a major driver of climate change and have major impacts


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