CD Weekly Wire - January 13, 2014

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Ohio State University Extension Community Development
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enhance their well-being.

AD Update:

Extension Strategic Plan – From ‘Plan’ to ‘Action’

The revised and updated OSUE Strategic Plan was announced at the Annual Conference in early December. Since that time, efforts have begun that focus on advancing the goals put forth in the plan. As I said during our December 3 CD Unit meeting, most of the specific and measurable goals (metrics) for the top ten priority items have been our focus in CD for some time now (e.g., partnerships/collaboration, revenue generation/funding, marketing, etc.), and we will continue to contribute as individuals and as a unit toward these specific organizational goals. Since we last discussed the plan, I have identified a more specific ‘Action List.’ These are the goodies that will require our attention (individually and collectively) this year and in coming years. We’ll discuss them in greater detail when we meet on March 6 at the Waterman Farm; but in the meantime, please look over this list. In fact, you may want to copy it off and place it somewhere that will enable you to refer to it frequently. What are you currently doing to address each of these items? What ideas do you have to improve in these areas? Expect to read more about the items in the Action List in future editions of this newsletter.

Extension Strategic Plan – Action List

  1. Understand full range of Extension in Ohio
  2. Learn program needs
  3. Prioritize programs, efforts and audiences
  4. Inventory e-Learning modules
  5. Create e-Learning modules (10% increase annually)
  6. Align applied research with Discovery Themes
  7. Increase creative and scholarly outputs of a collaborative nature
  8. Engage in interdisciplinary/cross-program/multi-state/inter-institutional efforts
  9. Evaluate teaching (face-to-face, via distance/webinar, etc.)
  10. Create and use evaluation tools for programs
  11. Document efforts via RiV
  12. Communicate impact via various media (e.g., micro-blog, blog, webpage, etc.)
  13. Use social media to extend reach
  14. Track reach of social media
  15. Increase extramural funding by 5% (annually)
  16. Increase contributions to CD endowment/development account by 5% (annually)
  17. Create and implement comprehensive marketing plan
  18. Focus on improving core competencies
  19. Participate in a diversity training (annually)
  20. Implement OSUE coaching and mentoring protocols



OSU Climate Change Webinar - January 16:

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues on Thursday, January 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. with "Movement of Climate Change Knowledge Through Social Networks," presented by Ken Frank, professor, College of Education and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University. The webinar is free. Register at: Contact Jill Jentes Banicki ( if you have questions.

SENR Seminar Series: The State of Energy and the Environment at Ohio State - January 16:

The School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) Seminar Series will welcome Dr. Kate Bartter, Interim Director and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Research in the Office of Energy and Environment at OSU, to present 'The State of Energy and the Environment at Ohio State' on January 16 at 4:10 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road. A video link to 123 Williams Hall, OARDC, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster will also be available. The seminar is free. Click here for more information or call 614-292-7432.

Ohio Sea Grant to provide Expert Discussions at the Boat Show (January 16-20) & Lake Erie Day (January 20):

Join Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory staff for fun and educational activities at the 2014 Progressive Mid-America Boat Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland from January 16 – 20. Sea Grant experts will be available to discuss harmful algal blooms, invasive species, dead zones and climate change, along with educational opportunities available at Stone Laboratory.

Lake Erie Day will be held on January 20. Sea Grant experts will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ohio Sea Grant booth. Admission is $12 ($1 from every admission ticket purchased that day will be donated to Stone Lab student scholarships). Click here for complete information.

eXtension Webinar: 'How the Internet is changing the Way We Learn at Work' - January 21:

Jane Hart, a keynote speaker at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting in Sacramento in March, will present a virtual conference, Workplace Learning Revolution: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Learn at Work, on January 21 at 2 p.m. (ET). Hart ( will present the results of her Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 compiled from the votes of more than 500 learning professionals (from education and workplace learning) worldwide. What does this tell us about the way we now learn? What does it means for professional learning and development, education and training? More details about the virtual conference and connection information can be found at

Community Model for Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Webinar - January 23:

The CAPE Project will present a free webinar on January 23 at 11:00 a.m.
To participate via Adobe Connect, go to and enter as a guest.

“The Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act” of 2010 now requires all not-for-profit hospitals to complete a CHNA every three years beginning in 2012. The National Center for Rural Health Works developed a CHNA template for hospitals to utilize to complete their CHNA requirements under the new law. The CHNA toolkit is designed for state level professionals such as state offices of rural health, state hospital associations, state cooperative extension agencies, health departments or consultants to facilitate the process in rural communities with rural hospitals at no or low cost to the hospital. The hospitals can utilize the CHNA toolkit to conduct their own assessments. The webinar will share the CHNA toolkit and all of its components with the CAPE group. The CHNA process could easily be adapted/modified for a community behavioral health assessment process.

Speakers will be Gerald A. Doeksen, Regents Professor and Extension Economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, and Director of the National Center for Rural Health Works and Cheryl F. St. Clair, Associate State Extension Specialist with Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and Associate Director of the National Center for Rural Health Works.

For more information on the CAPE Project, visit:

Register for February 5 Farmland Preservation Summit by January 30:

The registration deadline for the Farmland Preservation Summit to be held February 5 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center is January 30. The 14th annual program is designed to help interested parties learn techniques, tools and methods to preserve farmland. Registration is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch. For complete information and to register online, visit:

CAPS Synergy Workshop - February 3-5:

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), in partnership with the Office of Energy and Environment, is hosting the Second CAPS Synergy Workshop February 3-5 to develop synergy in the areas of photo-harvesting and carbon fixation/sequestration within Ohio State. One anticipated outcome of this event is the formation of a new trans-disciplinary CAPS Scientific Team. The topic of this workshop is primarily aligned with the OSU Discovery Theme in Energy and the Environment. Faculty interested in attending should contact Donnalyn Roxey (

In its effort to bridge the gap between basic and applied research, CAPS is working with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC) along with the Office for Energy and the Environment (OEE). The goal is to provide them with tools for commercialization of discoveries and, ultimately, economic development opportunities.

STEM Pathways Signature Program In-Service - February 4:

The STEM Pathways Signature Program In-Service will be held Tuesday, February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Join the STEM Pathways Signature Program Leadership Team for an “authentic STEM experience” to gear up for delivering the STEM Pathways Signature Program in your county, EERA and region. You don’t have to be a Science Expert to succeed with STEM Pathways.  To learn more about this exciting Extension professional in-service, view the agenda and registration form. Registrations are due January 24. If you have questions, please contact Patty House ( or 937-521-3865), STEM Pathways Extension Signature Program Leader.

Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series begins February 5:

The New Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series is designed to offer participants knowledge on how to produce and market foods in urban settings. The seven-part course runs February 5, 12, 19, and 26, and March 5, 12 and19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Godman Guild, 303 E. 6th Avenue in Columbus, just east of Ohio State’s main campus. Registration is $75 and includes a course notebook, several books on urban agriculture, light refreshments and a soil test. Deadline to register is January 23. Contact Mike Hogan ( or 740-653-5419) for more details and online registration. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants with financial constraints. Click here to read the CFAES news release.

Open Doors Bias Awareness Training - February 5:

Open Doors Bias Awareness Training is being offered February 5 at Adventure Central in Dayton from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch is being provided, compliments of the Student Life Multicultural Center. For more information on Open Doors, visit: There is no cost for the training, but you do need to register at: (There will be an additional training offered at a later date in the Northwest region hosted by Bruce Clevenger in Defiance County.)

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

This is an opportunity for you to engage and support the OSU Extension Strategic Plan, specifically metric 10 (Build capacity to more effectively address the needs of diverse audiences) and metric 8 (Foster career and professional development).

Third Annual Diversity Leadership Symposium - February 7:

The College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, along with university partners, is hosting the Third Annual Diversity Leadership Symposium, "In-reach to Outreach: Fostering Cultural Engagement through Awareness, Reflection and Action," on February 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Keynote speaker will be Lee Mu Wah of StirFry Seminars & Consulting. Early Bird Registration ($45) ends January 15 ($55 from January 16-February 3; $70 for walk-in registration). Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are included. Click here for complete details and to register.

Cultural Intelligence Level 1 Certification Training April 22-23 - Apply by February 15:

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in partnership with the OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is bringing the Cultural Intelligence Center to Columbus to provide interested faculty and staff with Cultural Intelligence Level 1 Certification Training. The 1.5 day training will take place April 22-23 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, and at the end you will be a certified level 1 CQ facilitator.

The regular fee for this training is $2100 per person; however, CFAES Diversity Catalyst Team and ODI funding can sponsor ten slots from the college. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Lechman ( and submit your completed application to her by February 15. You can read more about Cultural Intelligence here:

Tri-State Diversity Conference - February 20 & 21:

The 10th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference is scheduled for February 20-21 in Hebron, Kentucky with a pre-conference workshop on February 19. This professional development opportunity is planned for community and classroom professionals who are interested in expanding their diversity competence. The Extension programs at Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University and Purdue University collaborate to offer this award-winning conference.

Celebrating Our Journey — From Awareness to Action is the theme for this year's conference.  Keynote speaker Dr. Shakti Butler will use documentary film, dialogue and education to address the deep complexities of race and racism. A variety of diversity initiatives will be addressed through specially selected workshops. Complete information can be found at: Early bird registration ends January 23.

Participating in this conference is a great way to work toward some of the goals and initiatives of our strategic plan. You can apply for professional development support funds to support your attendance at:



CAPE Project Funding Opportunities - Applications due January 21:

In partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency and USDA/NIFA, the four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) are pleased to announce several funded opportunities with their new Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) project:

Click on the regional specialist and practitioner above for descriptions/applications. Click on the pilot communities for detailed descriptions of the other opportunities at the project web site.

NCRCRD Small Grants Program - Call for Proposals due January 31:

Proposals for the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development 2013-2014 small grants competition are due by 5:00 p.m. January 31. Awards of up to $20,000 will be made to teams involving land grant employees drawn from at least two north central states. Additional partners from other regions or types of employers are welcome to join the multistate teams.

Awards will be made for work in any of the following areas:

  • Innovation diffusion for rural development
  • Sustainable communities
  • Leadership development
  • Entrepreneurial communities

More complete descriptions of these themes are available at: To view previously funded projects, submission instructions and documents, visit:



OSUE Promotion Guidelines Available:

The 2014-2015 A&P educator and faculty promotion guidelines are now posted on the Extension Administration website in the Policy and Procedures Handbook at:

The Department of Extension will be submitting a request to the dean of the graduate school for exclusion of those faculty and senior A&P employees who are pursuing degrees within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. If you are a faculty member or senior A&P professional who has recently enrolled in a degree program offered by the college where you hold an appointment, contact Ken Martin, department chair, ( or Lisa Dune ( no later than January 31.

P&T Committee Members for 2014:
Barb Brahm, David Civittolo, Greg Davis, Rose Fisher-Merkowitz, David Marrison, Mark Mechling, Ryan Schmiesing, Judith Villard-Overocker and Bruce Zimmer. The alternates are Linnette Goard and Robert Horton.

A&P Committee Members for 2014:
Mary Beth Albright, Nate Arnett, Eric Barrett, Rob Leeds, Mark Light, Jeff McCutcheon, Marilyn Rabe, Brian Raison and Treva Williams. The alternates are Cindy Leis and Kathy Michelich.

Stone Lab Winter Program and Silent Auction - January 21:

The 16th Annual Stone Lab Winter Program and Silent Auction will be held on January 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Ohio State University, Columbus. Admission and refreshments are free. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Stone Lab programs and scholarships. Click here for more information.

Sign up for Buckeye Alert Emergency Notification Plan:

Ohio State has a number of ways to communicate with faculty, staff, students and parents in the event of an urgent situation. These include a variety of notification vehicles such as WOSU AM, OSUToday email, the Ohio State website and local media outlets. The university also has a text message alert system for the public to stay informed of potential emergencies. Faculty, staff, students and parents are encouraged to register their cellphone numbers with the OSU Department of Public Safety. To learn more and to register, go to

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (January 8, 2014)

Sessions Aim to Improve On-Farm Safety of Fruits, Vegetables (CFAES News)


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