CD Wire - April 28, 2014

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CD Small Grants Available

Congratulations go to Mike Lloyd and teammates for their recently submitted and successful OSU CARES grant proposal. This and other recent outreach and engagement projects will be highlighted at Thursday’s Patterson Lecture at the Columbus campus (click here to learn more and/or RSVP). To help fund your applied research and curriculum development goals, don’t forget we have our very own CD Small Grants. Past grants have helped to advance BR&E and Energize Ohio team effort (e.g., teaching materials, publications, technology, etc.). Most recently, a CD Small Grant helped fund collaborative survey research in Wyandot County (see report). Proposals for previous funding rounds were due in March. Now, proposals can be submitted at any time. Contact me to talk through your ideas

Marketing Extension CD via Social Media

Hopefully you’ve seen the postings to our new CD Blog the past few weeks and are excited about how we might use this tool to communicate our recent and upcoming program news. Sandy and I are very excited by the initial reactions. For example, we had over 50 subscribers within the first 24 hours of the blog announcement. Three weeks later, we are up to 157 subscribers. Almost 800 pages have been viewed by 227 unique visitors with an average visit duration of 2 minutes and 20 seconds. What’s more, people are sharing our blog content. Our April 15 On-Farm Solar Energy Development Program post was shared on LinkedIn with no fewer than 500+ others (thanks to Frank Gibson). Exciting stuff indeed! We’ll continue to track and report statistics. What we need from you is recent and upcoming program news for content. Talk to Sandy or me with your ideas and/or send your draft post to

Multi-State Retreat - June 2-4

Information on the June 2-4 multi-state retreat should be available soon. As soon as we hear about registration, we will let you know.

Possible Date Change for CD Winter Unit Meeting

We had previously scheduled our CD Unit Winter Meeting on December 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union. Because the OSU Extension Annual Conference will be a three-day event (December 9-11), we are unsure at this time the exact date and time we will be able to meet. We will update you as soon as we can confirm the details.

Request Approval for NACDEP Travel

For those of you using CD funds to pay for the upcoming NACDEP Conference (June 22-25):

  • If you plan to pay for all of your expenses and submit a travel reimbursement form after the conference, you just need to email Greg (cc: Sandy) and tell him the estimated cost of each expense (mileage, hotel, registration, parking, tolls, per diem, etc.), the total and the fund you will charge it to.
  • If you plan to have the registration paid in advance by OSU, then you will need to complete a T# request form and send it, along with the completed registration form, to Sandy for processing. (You should be able to register online and tell them that a check is on the way.) Once the conference is over, you will submit a travel reimbursement form for your reimbursable expenses.

Please let Sandy know if you have any questions or need additional assistance.



Additional Discovery Themes Information Sessions - April 28 & 29:

Faculty interested in learning more about the latest Discovery Themes Request for Proposals are invited to attend one of these sessions:

  • Monday, April 28, 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2-3 p.m.

All sessions will take place in 110B Hale Hall on the Columbus campus. They will also be broadcast to the OSU community via CarmenConnect, Read more at:

Public Seminar: Ohio Energy Policy Analysis - April 29:

The Center for Resilience has analyzed the past and future economic and environmental benefits resulting from the renewable energy and efficiency provisions of Ohio Senate Bill 221. Sponsored by Ohio Advanced Energy Economy, the analysis found that the bill has already reduced energy costs for Ohio ratepayers and that proposals to weaken its provisions would result in higher energy bills, fewer jobs and increased emissions over the coming decade. Interested parties are invited to attend a public seminar at the Ohio Statehouse at noon Tuesday, April 29. Read more at:

Outreach and Engagement Forum - May 1:

The Outreach and Engagement Forum will take place on Thursday, May 1, from 1-3 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin East Ballroom, following the Patterson Lecture. The poster exhibition features more than 120 outstanding Outreach and Engagement initiatives in which faculty, staff and students are partnering with members of our local, national and international communities. The event is free and open to the public. Read more at for details and a list of participating programs, which includes several from CD!

Power of Extension Conference - May 7:

On the 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension, land grant universities will be gathering to showcase the power of our organizations to address 21st century energy issues. Whether through engaging a divided public or promoting informed decision-making, Extension’s energy efforts are a difference maker for our nation’s communities.

The ‘21st Century Energy Challenges: Power of Extension’ conference will be held on the afternoon of May 7 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Federal energy and agricultural professionals, congressional staff, Extension agents and directors and others are  invited to register for this free event sponsored by Colorado State University and The Ohio State University, highlighted by high level speakers and a showcase of Extension’s energy efforts from across the country. To register and for more information, visit:

Social Media Workshops - May 6 and 13:

The Ed Tech team in partnership with CommTech will be offering two different social media workshops at the Montgomery County Extension office in Dayton during the month of May. "Just the Basics" will be held on May 6 (register by April 30), and "Content & Strategy" will be held on May 13 (register by May 7). Both workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. These will be the final social media workshops until September. Click here to visit the EdgeU Tech blog posting and to view the flyer for all dates and locations.

HR hosts Paper and Bytes Workshop - May 12:

Paper and Bytes: Policies, Best Practices, and Resources for Managing Ohio State Records, is being offered on Monday, May 12, from 9-11 a.m. in South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St, Suite 430. Register at (scroll down to find this session). Participants will become more knowledgeable about university policies, legal requirements and best practices concerning the retention, management and disposition of records in their care.

Building Capacity for Outreach and Engagement Scholarship Workshop - May 22:

You are invited to a series of professional development workshops designed to build capacity for creating and strengthening university-community partnerships and promoting engagement scholarship through teaching, research and service. The FREE event will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the MLK Auditorium in Hale Hall (154 W. 12th Avenue).

The following workshop sessions will be held: (Each session is limited to 50 participants.)

  • Session 1 (9 – 11 a.m.)
    • “Engagement Scholarship 101: Building Engagement into Your Scholarship”
  • Session 2 (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
    • “The Culture of Engagement at The Ohio State University”
  • Session 3 (2 – 4 p.m.)
    • “Building Bridges Between Our Silos: How Boundary Spanning and Boundary Spanners Can Build Strong Relationships”

Workshop facilitators will be:

  • Katherine Loving, MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Susan Harden, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Participants may register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions at For more detailed information about each session and the facilitators, go to Contact Mark McCann in the Office of Outreach and Engagement (247-7795 or for more details.

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout May. Topics include:
  • Tips and Tools on Building an Online Community - May 2 at 12:15 p.m.
  • How to run Meetings that don't leave Introverts Out - May 6 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Getting the Most out of Outlook - May 8 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Community Gardens - Lunch 'n' Learn Webinars - May 21 at 12:30 p.m.
    • 30-minute presentation; 15 minutes for questions
  • Survive or Struggle: Your Choice in a Business Disaster - May 30 at 2 p.m.

Upcoming Events in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning:

Visit the Office of Distance Education and eLearning ( to view and register for upcoming sessions, including:

  • Using CarmenConnect (Hands-On) - April 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (560B Prior Hall)
  • Using MediaSite (Hands-On) - June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)



North Central Region Water Network Seed Funding Applications due June 13:
Information Session - May 1:

The North Central Region Water Network is pleased to announce its 2014 seed funding request for applications. A total of $80,000 will be awarded, with each award being up to $30,000. Application teams should engage Extension professionals and partners from at least three North Central Region states. Awards will be made for work in any of the following areas:
  • Planning Projects  – The purpose of planning projects is to do one or more of the following:
    • Prepare for competitive funding opportunities
    • Work with partners to plan Extension programs or related applied research that could be funded through contracts or other non-competitive funding mechanisms
    • Develop a plan for expanding a high quality Extension program to address needs of additional states in the North Central Region
  • Program Delivery Projects – The purpose of program delivery projects is to conduct new multi-state Extension programming for which a plan for multi-state work already exists.
  • Professional Development for Extension Professionals to Improve Water-Related Extension Programs – A study sponsored by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) identified key characteristics of 21st Century Extension professionals by reviewing Extension job postings, surveying Extension Directors/Administrators and conducting focus groups with outstanding Extension professionals. The purpose of these projects is to enhance skills of Extension professionals identified by the study’s Advisory Committee as “emerging” to address a specific water quality programming need. Please reference The Skills and Attributes of 21st Century Extension Professionals for the list of identified emerging skills and attributes.

For more information, visit the North Central Region Water Network website. All proposals are due by Friday, June 13, at 5 p.m. CT (6 p.m. EDT). Please feel free to contact Ohio's state coordinator, Joe Bonnell, or Rebecca Power ( with questions or ideas for potential applicants.

An information session for submitters will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 2 pm. CT (3 p.m. EDT). Please RSVP to Martha Martin ( if you would like to participate. You will receive access instructions prior to the call.



VP's Conversation on the Future of Extension - Survey Opportunity:

If you have not yet had an opportunity to express your ideas for the Vice President's Conversation on the Future of Extension, visit the survey at to share your thoughts. To learn more about the VP Conversation, visit:

RegOnline Cost Reduction:

If you are planning to use RegOnline as the vendor for accepting registrations and credit card payments for programs/events, the per-registrant charge has been reduced. The registrant fee is now $3.50, plus a 2% charge for credit card payments.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Communiqué (April 16)

Ohio Agricultural Law Symposium is May 16 (CFAES News)

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