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Communiqué January 30, 2013


Positive Thinking Quotes to Get You Thinking

-Keith Smith, associate vice president, Agricultural Administration and director, OSU Extension

Norman Vincent Peale was a major proponent of the theory of positive thinking and the author of numerous books, perhaps most notably The Power of Positive Thinking. Born in Bowersville, Ohio in 1898, Peale grew up helping support his family by delivering newspapers, working in a grocery store, and selling pots and pans door to door. He was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University. Peale was a reporter on the Findlay, Ohio Morning Republic before entering the ministry, and he went on to author some 40 books.

Interestingly enough – Peale said that as a youth he had a big inferiority complex, and he developed his positive thinking/positive confession philosophy just to help himself. Over the years, Peale shared many gems and valuable insights. Just a small sample of comments in The Power of Positive Thinking include:

  • “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”
  • “Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.”
  • “Stand up to an obstacle. Just stand up to it, that's all, and don't give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break, and it won't be you, it will be the obstacle.”
  • “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

I think that what we think many times is illustrated in the results of our work. Our thoughts are powerful – and thus, our attitude and approach to life can help or hinder us in our personal and professional lives – the choice is up to us. Hopefully, you’ve recognized at some point in your career, that thoughts can be motivators or de-motivators for yourself, your peers, and others you connect with through your work. I encourage everyone to keep incorporating positive thoughts into your daily activities. Here are just a few other quotes to give you something to think about:

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
-Stephen King, author

“Get moving. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
-Donald J. Trump, businessman, author

“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”
-Stephen Richards, author

“What I am suggesting is that each of us turns from the negativism that permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my father would say: ‘Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve.’”
-Gordon B. Hinckley, religious leader, author

“Thoughts become things…choose the good ones!”
-Mike Dooley, author, speaker, entrepreneur

“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.”
-Lorii Myers, author, entrepreneur

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Research in View…are you waiting to “renew”?

- Debby Lewis, leader, Program Development and Evaluation

We have heard from several of you who have set a 2013 goal to enter your data more regularly into Research in View (RiV). Don’t wait to get started on this goal! RiV is different from OSU:pro in that you do not have to wait for a “renew” period to start updating your Extension PROGRAMS list. You may begin copying your 2012 PROGRAMS and making them 2013 PROGRAMS today! Use the following helpful tips to get started:

  • Click on the “copy” icon (looks like a double circle or Venn diagram) next to each 2012 PROGRAM in your list that you will do in 2013 and change the “year” dropdown FIELD from ‘2012’ to ‘2013.’ Click the “SAVE” button in the “Copy Program” window.
  • While you are copying your PROGRAMS, don’t forget to REMOVE any “_2011_(2012)” in your PROGRAM title FIELDS if you have not already done so. They are an artifact from the “renew” feature in OSU:pro and can become confusing when trying to associate EVENTS with your PROGRAMS. RiV only reads the YEAR dropdown field to determine the reporting year for a PROGRAM, not any dates that may appear in the title field. DO NOT add “2013” to your PROGRAM title field; it is not necessary.
  • Just remember, when creating 2013 EVENTS to associate with your new 2013 PROGRAMS, that you DO NOT try to copy a 2012 EVENT and change it to a 2013 EVENT. Create a BRAND NEW 2013 event associated with your corresponding 2013 program by clicking on the ‘+’ symbol next to the EVENTS header in RiV.
  • Keep in mind this basic principle…Copy PROGRAMS from year-to-year…Copy your EVENTS WITHIN a year only.
  • When you DO copy an EVENT within a year, don’t forget to click the “related” button, which is the very last field in the “copy” window IF the EVENT is a repeat of one you did earlier in the year. Making the EVENT a “related” copy of the original will ensure the event appears as one line in the EXTENSION EVENTS table of your promotion/dossier document.

Visit the “Extension Reporting” page of the Program Development and Evaluation Web site to view Extension specific RiV training recordings and helpful documents about RiV.

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Promotion for Faculty

Extension faculty seeking a non-mandatory promotion review must submit a letter requesting promotion to Ken Martin, department chair, by March 1; e-mail the letter to: Faculty shall also provide a Research in View dossier report for review by the Promotion & Tenure Committee in the spring. The committee will review non-mandatory promotion requests from faculty seeking a fall review and determine if it is appropriate for the review to take place.

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Promotion for A&P Educators

Extension educators planning a promotion review for Educator III or IV must submit a letter requesting promotion to Ken Martin, department chair, by March 1; e-mail the letter to: Educators shall also provide a Research in View dossier report for review by the Administrative & Professional Committee in the spring. The committee will review promotion requests from educators seeking a fall review and determine if it is appropriate for the review to take place.

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So You Want to Blog?

Blogging is a great way to share expert information with people who are interested in a certain topic. A great benefit is that you can update your blog anytime you want without the help of a Webmaster. CFAES Communications & Technology can help you set up your own branded blog site. To get started, just fill out this form and request a blog. A CommTech staff member will contact you. Think about the name of your blog and how it might fit into a URL that will include "" Here is an example of a recently launched blog:

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Submit Nominations for University Outreach, Engagement & Service Recognition Awards by January 31

The offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, and Undergraduate Education, and the Service Learning Initiative are seeking nominations for the 2013 University Outreach, Engagement and Service Recognition Awards. Awards will be given to the top nominated partnerships in the community engagement, international engagement and service-learning categories. The overall top partnership will serve as the university’s nominee for the national C Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. Nominations are also being sought for Ohio State’s annual staff, student, student organization and community partner service awards. Nominations must be submitted online by January 31.

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Apply for Grants to Support Outreach and Engagement Work

Requests for proposals (RFPs) are now available for the 2013 Engagement Impact Grants, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants, and Service-Learning Grants. The grants aim to establish and/or expand innovative, creative, scholarly outreach and engagement initiatives that can have a substantial impact within the university and community.

As many of you are aware, the OSU CARES grants, under the leadership of OSU Extension, support partnerships between OSU Extension and other departments at Ohio State. These grants have provided seed dollars for a number of well-established programs throughout Ohio, and they provide great opportunities for many of our OSU Extension teams to strengthen programming.

The submission deadline for all three grants programs is March 8 at 4 p.m. Visit to access the RFPs and more information on each grant.

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Leadership Institute Begins February 25

Understanding and applying the dynamics of emotional intelligence and increasing one’s capacity as a coach will be a distinguishing characteristic of successful individuals, teams, and organizations in the future. As a part of the Leadership Institute, each participant will be completing an emotional and social effectiveness assessment prior to the workshop as well as a coaching-for-commitment assessment. The program also includes a one-on-one feedback and coaching session with an individual’s unique results on his or her respective EQ and coaching assessment.

As a result of your participation, you will:

  • Strengthen your leadership capacity to more effectively lead within your organization.
  • Increase your ability to develop and lead others through an increased coaching and feedback capacity.
  • Increase your ability to handle conflict situations related to your leadership roles.
  • Increase your emotional and social abilities (awareness and competence) to more effectively work with and lead others.

Prior to the first session, participants will review background on coaching and emotional intelligence and complete the online EQi-2.0 assessment.

  • February 25 – workshop, OSU campus, Ag. Administration Building (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
  • TBD – Individual feedback and coaching session regarding EQ
  • March 19 – distance learning webinar (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
  • April 12 – distance learning webinar (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.)
  • April 23 – workshop, OSU campus, Ag Administration Building, room 105, (9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The program is supported by the CFAES Leadership, Education and Development Endowment Fund and the George R. and Genevieve B. Gist Endowed Extension Leadership Chair within the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership. The participant cost is $175 for OSU Extension and College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences faculty and staff, and $300 for non-CFAES professionals. Jeff King, program leader, OSU Leadership Center, will facilitate this institute. Register at

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Diversity Leadership Symposium on April 12 – Save the Date

April 12 is the date for the symposium to be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The symposium at the university was created to provide an inter-departmental professional development event in the area of inter-cultural competence for higher education professionals and college students. It was designed with an emphasis on teaching real-life, usable skills and understanding for the purpose of creating welcoming and inclusive environments. The Web site to register will be available in mid-February.

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DISCflex™ Workshop Offered on February 27

The foundation of personal and professional success lies in understanding self, understanding others, and realizing the impact of personal behavior on the people around you. DISCflex™ provides an 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. The DISCflex™ report is incredibly thorough, 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. This allows for a comparison of your DISC profile with how others see you, showing where your personal assessment varies from those who know you so well.

Beth Flynn will facilitate this workshop from 9 a.m. to noon in room 105 of the Agriculture Administration building. The registration fee is $75 per participant. Register at

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Coca-Cola “Critical Difference for Women” Research Grants – Deadline March 18

Through the support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Critical Difference for Women Program at The Ohio State University announces two grant competitions. The grant competitions are administered by the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants Committee, made up of faculty from five colleges. The two competitions are for faculty and graduate students.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty Grants for research on women, gender, and gender equity are open to all full-time, regular Ohio State University faculty members. The number of grants depends on availability of funds, and grants may not exceed $3,500 for a 12-month period. Requests for smaller amounts will be highly competitive; in some cases, partial funding for a proposal may be possible.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Studies Grants for projects on women, gender, and gender equity is also open to all Ohio State doctoral candidates working on dissertations and students in a terminal master’s degree or MFA/MBA program working on creative projects or theses. The number of grants depends on availability of funds, and grants may not exceed $1,000 for a 12-month period. To apply visit or contact Andy Cavins at ( jan30-2013_Coke.pdf

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14th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference - Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now open for the ESC. This year's event is hosted by ESC's Western Region and will be held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas on October 8 and 9. The conference theme is Boundary-Spanning: Engaged Scholarship Across Disciplines, Communities and Geography.

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