CD Weekly Wire - December 2, 2013

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Final Prep for CD Unit Meeting December 2

Here’s hoping you had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a couple of days with colleagues in Columbus. Remember, we’ll be meeting in Ag Admin 105 with refreshments at 9:30 and a prompt start time of 10:00 am. We’ll briefly review accomplishments in 2013, focus the majority of our time on the new Extension Strategic Plan and wrap up with a short session focused on educational technologies with Kimberly Roush. 

To make the most of our time with Kimberly Roush please bring your laptop and/or hand-held devices (smartphone, tablet, etc.) if possible. Also, if you have not already you will want to:

  • Review the new Extension Strategic Plan. What areas of the plan excite you most? What areas will be most challenging?
  • Be sure you have been ‘added’ to our CD Facebook Chat Page. If you have yet to be added to the closed group, contact Becky ( and remember you first need a FB account.
  • Check out some of the excellent content posted to the EdgeU Tech blog. If you subscribe to the blog, you won’t have to remember to go visit it for new tips and info. They will automatically come to your in-box.
  • Set up your Twitter account. I set up an account a few days ago to learn more and am following our Dean, Director Keith Smith and OARDC Director Steve Slack (…and I am thinking it works better with a smartphone). You can learn more about it in a recent EdgeU Tech posting.
  • Review the sub-committee proposals focused on Funding, Marketing, and Collaboration.

Our meeting precedes the 1:00-3:30 JCEP Awards Luncheon in the 4-H Center Auditorium and our NACDEP sectional breakout scheduled from 3:45-5:00 in the 4-H Center (Board Room).  Wednesday kicks off at the Ohio Union Ballroom at 9:00 am. We’ll have two packed days of learning and fun with colleagues. See you soon!



Register by December 3 for Promotion Workshop on December 18:

Plan to attend one of the upcoming Extension promotion workshops on December 18 or January 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Administration Building auditorium.

Each workshop agenda includes:

  • the items above
  • review of the Department of Extension’s dossier outline
  • discussion of curriculum and quality indicators
  • demonstration of the need to maintain documentation of your accomplishments

Extension professionals with all levels of experience with the process are invited. Registration fee is $25. Click on only one of the following links to register:

  • Register online by 5:00 p.m. December 3 to attend the Wednesday, December 18 Promotion Workshop at:
  • Register online by 5:00 p.m. December 31 to attend the Tuesday, January 14 Promotion Workshop (repeat of December 18 session) at:

These workshops are NOT Research in View (RiV) trainings; however, techniques to effectively document your accomplishments in RiV will be discussed. For more information, contact:  Promotion and Tenure Committee Chair Judy Villard-Overocker, Administrative and Professional Committee Chair Jeff McCutcheon or Department Chair Ken Martin.



Call for Papers - University of Vermont Food Systems Summit:

The University of Vermont (UVM) Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue around the pressing food systems issues facing our world. The event will be held June 17-18, 2014 on the UVM campus. Call for papers deadline is February 15.

  • The Summit welcomes research papers related to local level responses to globalization in the food system. Research should show a connection between local level initiatives to the global context we face in a 21st century food system.
  • Up to nine competitively selected papers will be featured during panel presentations at the Summit.
  • Authors whose papers are selected for presentation at the Summit will be eligible to submit their papers to a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD).

For complete information, including Call for Papers submission details, visit:



National Community Service Honor Roll - Data Collection:

The Ohio State University intends to apply for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a nationally recognized commendation from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each year, since this program began in 2006, Ohio State has been placed on the Honor Roll in recognition of our commitment to fulfilling our land-grant mission of community outreach and engagement. The Honor Roll process is not only an opportunity for us to spotlight our programs at the national level, but for our institution to gain a holistic picture of the eminent contributions that Ohio State makes to our communities every year.

This year, the Honor Roll application will be completed by a workgroup from the Service-Learning Initiative, the Office of Outreach and Engagement and the Office of Student Life. They will contact members of the university community to gather data on service, as well as highlights of individual projects. The data and stories they collect will be used for the application and a university-wide report on service that will be distributed in spring 2014. These institutional data can be used for publicizing good works, fundraising for offices and projects and much more.

Your contributions can help create the best resource possible for our university and the partners who support our work. If you work with service and outreach, please contact this group ( to discuss how you can share your work in the Honor Roll application and service report. The deadline for data and reporting to be considered for the President’s Honor Roll application is December 20. More information about the President’s Honor Roll and the application process is available at

Articles of Interest:

Economist Analyzes Farm Bill to Kick Off College’s 2013-2014 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series (CFAES News)

OSU Expert: Farmland Value Projected to be Flat, or Decrease in 2014 (CFAES News)

Trade Economist Says China Could Lose Its Competitive Edge Due to Rising Worker Wages (CFAES News)


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