CD Weekly Wire - September 30, 2013

AD Update:

Recognizing Excellence - Friend of CD and Excellence in CD Awards

Last week we recognized our colleagues who received high honors from their north central and national peers via NACDEP awards. Taking the time to reflect on the accomplishments of our colleagues and program partners enables us to evaluate and assess our progress against our own plans, goals, and aspirations. Such reflection can also help us to focus our energies toward those goals.

We have an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of our colleagues and our program partners in the coming weeks by submitting nominations for the Friend of Extension CD and the Excellence in Community Development Award. Nominations are due by November 1, so please do not delay! To submit your nominations, please see the submission guidelines posted on the CD Professionals page. While you are in the reflecting mood, remember that we will also be soliciting NACDEP-Ohio award applications for your 2013 work in the coming weeks. To learn more of the award categories, please review the material posted at

Posters for CD Display Case

Speaking of excellence, if you presented a poster at Galaxy (or any other conference this year), please drop it off to Greg or Sandy to be displayed in our case in the lower level of Ag Admin. Posters should measure up to 4 feet long and 3-4 feet high.



NCRCRD Webinar - October 2:

The North Central Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) will present the following free webinar on October 2 at 1:30 p.m.:
  • Take-Out Menu: Ready Communities
    • A companion to FEMA's Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, Ready Community provides a process to help guide the work of local communities in planning for a disaster. Facilitated by a neutral coach, the initiative fosters broad civic participation, creates links to needed assets and resources within the community, and supplies current data to help guide the planning process. The speaker will be Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu of Purdue University.
    • There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room."

A complete list of upcoming, as well as recorded, webinars can also be found at:

New Brand Standards Training for CFAES - October 8:

A CarmenConnect training and information session for all-CFAES will be held October 8 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.

A recording of the CFAES branding meeting held last Thursday (September 26) for county personnel can be found at: If you have any questions, contact Suzanne Steel ( or Kim Brown ( A workshop is also being proposed for Annual Conference.

Local Foods Networking Teleconference - October 10:

The OSUE Local Foods Signature Program Team conducts quarterly networking teleconferences for any Extension faculty and staff. The goal is to share resources, identify potential areas of collaborations, etc. Call-in instructions will be emailed a week prior to the call. The next teleconference will take place on October 10 at 9:00 a.m. Contact Local Foods Signature Program Leaders Heather Neikirk ( or Kate Shumaker ( if you have questions.

ANROP Fall Outing - October 10:

The Association of Natural Resource Outreach Professionals (ANROP) invites all OSU Extension colleagues to the annual Fall Outing at the Hocking Hills State Park Lodge on Thursday, October 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The outing is free; however, please send an email to Joe Bonnell ( if you plan to attend. The agenda includes:

  • 9:30 a.m. - Coffee and introduction to ANROP
  • 10:00 a.m. - Extension Specialist Dave Apsley will give an update and show damage from the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid invasive. Visit Cantwell Cliffs area.
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch at the Hocking Hills State Park Lodge (everyone is responsible for purchasing their own lunch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - ODNR Naturalist Pat Quakenbush will lead an interpretive hike to Ash Cave and Cedar Falls. Pat is an incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining naturalist.
  • 3:00 p.m. - Adjourn



Welcome to the EdgeU Tech Blog!

Four OSU Extension program professionals began .5 FTE (50%) appointments as Educational Technology Specialists this past July. Over the course of the next year, Teresa, Heather, Jamie, and Kimberly will be serving as Ed Tech mentors, coaches, and resource persons (among other things). They’ll be utilizing the blog space as an online “warehouse” to park FAQs, helpful information, tech resources, and general thoughts on technology use in Extension. Visit the blog at: If you haven’t already done so, take a look at the Ed Tech intro video for an idea of why these positions were created and what topics each Ed Tech will be specializing in over the next few months. Leave a comment with a tech question or issue, and the Ed Techs will answer it in an upcoming blog post!

JCEP Professional of Year Award Nominations due January 15:

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals has instituted a new award available to members of the JCEP member organizations. One award of $1000 and one plaque will be presented annually to an extension professional from each JCEP organization (ANREP, ESP, NACDEP, NACAA, NAE4-HA, and NEAFCS) with a maximum of six (6) awards per calendar year. The award is the Professional of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate successful interdisciplinary partnerships across many program areas with colleagues and stakeholders for consistent programs of excellence for a significant part of their extension career. Impact at the local, regional, state, or national level is essential. Nominations for the award are due January 15, 2014. For further information and a nomination form, visit the JCEP website.

Office of Research introduces Transcend E-newsletter:

Read Transcend, the Office of Research’s monthly e-newsletter, to learn more about the exciting discoveries, scholarship, and creative works that come from Ohio State’s incredibly gifted faculty and students. Each issue will contain up-to-date information on awards by sponsor, research news, events, funding opportunities, and announcements/updates, as well as a focus on the Discovery Themes Initiative.

Article of Interest:

New Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability Now Available at Ohio State (AEDE News)


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