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									                                         UNIVERSITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT

     Volume 6 ▪ Issue 3
        March 2007

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          Service-Learning                       Conferences/Workshops                              Publications
             Project GRO                            Grant Opportunities                              About O&E
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Deadline Approaching for Outreach and Engagement Grants. March 30, 4pm, is the deadline for five
University-wide grant program s that support enhanced and innovative outreach and engagement
initiatives: Continuing Education Course Development Grants, University Outreach and Engagement
Excellence in Engagement Grants, Service-Learning Initiative Grants, and OSU CARES/OSU Extension
Seed Grants and Faculty Support Grants. Deans must rank Excellence in Engagement proposals from
their colleges, so applicants should allow enough time for this process. RFPs and contact information
are available at Also online are tips for success in w riting grant
proposals and video of the February 2 grant workshop .

Ohio State Nominees for the 2007 Magrath Award . Two projects have been selected as Ohio State‟s
representatives for the C. Peter Magrath/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, presented by
the National Association of State Universities and Land -Grant Colleges and the Outreach Scholarship

The Sugar Creek Project. Researchers in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences
and local farmers teamed together to study Ohio‟s second most polluted watershed . The team created
a practical approach involving four farmer groups; a research, extension, and outreach team of 30
scientists and faculty; 10 grants from the USDA, N SF, and the EPA; endorsement from
superintendents of all local public schools in the watershed, a grassroots approach to water quality
credit trading, progress toward family-farm based sustainable agriculture, and a significant reduction
in the pollution levels. “The Sugar Creek Method” has become a national and international model for
community-level participatory change.

Engaged Partners—Improving the Lives of Children and Youth. Several partnerships will make Ohio
State the first university in the nation to establish a public/private partnership model supporting lab
schools covering infancy through grade 12: (1) OSU, including the colleges of Education and Human
Ecology (EHE), Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MAPS), and Biological Sciences, collaborated with
Battelle Institute and the Franklin County Educational Council in the development of the new Metro
School, a small high school designed as an incubator for advancing math, science and technology
education. (2) Battelle Institute „s $4 million dollar gift established the Battelle Center for Mathematics
and Science Education Policy housed at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, in partnership with

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MAPS, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and EHE. The center brings higher education together with
leaders in K-12 education, business, technology and government to develop policies/practices
increasing the number of students prepared to become leaders in STEM fields. (3) The Early Childhood
Center and Elementary School at Weinland Park includes OSU‟s $10 million child development lab
school and Columbus Public Schools‟ new elementary school. Partners in the program s and facilities
being assembled at the site include the colleges of EHE, Social Work, Medicine , and Public Health; the
City of Columbus; and private/corporate donors.

Five regional winners and one national winner will be chosen in the fall from all nominees. The two
OSU nominees will also be recognized at the James F . Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture, May 7 ,
3-5pm, at the Huntington Club, Ohio Stadium (See for
details. RSVP to .)

Roads Scholars to See Dandelion on Steroids and More. Register now to ensure your place on this
unique and interesting 2-day traveling professional development seminar. Tour stops include the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center (where research on that powerful weed is in progress),
lunch in an Amish home where we‟ll learn about the Magrath nominee Sugar C reek Project, and one of
the 70 wonders of the ancient world—the Newark Earthworks, where a new academic center has been
established. The cost to participate in the tour is just $100 thanks to the support of the Office of
Continuing Education and OSU Extension. Register online at

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Exploring Community-University Partnerships. The Service-Learning Initiative and the Colleges of the
Arts and Sciences present a lecture/workshop in which university and community members will
explore potential partnerships involving service-learning: April 20, 2007, Promoting
Community/University Development Partnerships that Work: Lessons from East St. Louis with
Kenneth M . Reardon, Cornell University. Location: South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St., Suite
430 (Office of Human Resources). Lecture and panel discussion, 10am-12pm; Lunch and focused
conversation between community members and faculty, 12:15-2pm. RSVP by April 16 to or 688-3041. http://service

Call for Nominations for Awards for Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship . Deadline is
April 6, 2007.
   Student Award for Excellence in Community Service presented to recognize exceptional records by
    students providing community service. is based on judging of an essay w ritten by the student
    describing his/her service record and experience.
   Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship Award presented to a faculty member who
    demonstrates outstanding achievement in connecting learning with community service, delivering
    useful service to a community partner, developing leadership and citizenship skills among
    students, engaging in exemplary community-based research, and/or fostering appreciation for
   Excellence in Community Service Award presented to a staff member who demonstrates superior
    commitment to developing, coordinating and/or sustaining projects, activities or courses that
    enhance student learning and produce positive diffe rences in the community.
   Excellence in Community Partnership Building Award presented to a community
    agency/group/institution that demonstrates excellence in collaborative work with university
    students and faculty.
   Excellence in Community Service Programming Award presented to a student organization that
    has successfully partnered with a community agency to sponsor an outstanding community
    service program.

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Nomination forms are available at Awards will be
presented at a reception on May 10, 4-6pm, at the Frank W . Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. Sponsored
by The Service-Learning Initiative, Service-Learning Scholars Roundtable, and Project Community/Ohio
Union in conjunction with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs , Office of the Vice Provost for
Enrollment Services and Dean for Undergraduate Education, P-12 Project, and University Outreach
and Engagement.

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Project GRO
Science Fair Judges Needed for the Central District Science Day, to be held Saturday, March 17, 8am -
12:30pm at Columbus State Community College. Faculty, staff, and students with a science interest
are welcome to serve as judges. Those interested in being a judge can register via the Central District
Science Day link on the Project GRO website ( Questions?...E-mail Larry
Hohman at n.

NSF CAREER Award Panel Discussion Available Online . The videorecording, Powerpoint presentations,
and handouts from the February 22 N SF CAREER Award Panel Discussion are available on the Project
GRO website ( Sponsored by Project GRO and OSURF ‟s Office of Research
Training, Education, and Communication, the session featured a live videoconference with N SF
program director Dr. Sonia Esperan ça, a panel discussion with past CAREER award recipients, and an
overview of resources available to assist in preparation of N SF CAREER Award proposals. Future
sessions on the N SF CAREER Award proposal preparation will be announced on the websites of
Project GRO and the Office of Research Training, Education, and Communication
( e-cal.cfm).

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Results of some of the 2005 OSU CARES Seed Grants demonstrate the impact of interdisciplinary
collaboration of Extension and non-Extension faculty. For more information about CARES grants, see

The M arion County Community Health Education Program provided a number of health care and
health education activities in Marion County: a health fair for senior citizens, health literacy education
for Latino mothers, a lead testing and education event for children and parents, courses on Tactical
Spanish for Health Care Providers and Cultural Awareness for local health and human service
agencies, continuing education units for nurses and social workers , an African American health fair,
and a Latino health outreach event. Students from the OSU College of Nursing conducted cultural
assessments of local health and human service agencies . The CARES grant supported networking
opportunities and collaborative relationships that will sustain and extend community health education
initiatives in Marion County. (Grantees: Rosemary Chaudry, OSU College of Nursing, and Mary Longo,
OSU Extension)

Choice Food Pantry: Community Feedback, Improvement and Dissemination . In this project, focus
groups of administrators, staff, volunteers, and customers (both English and non-English speaking) of
Ohio food pantries were conducted. Results showed that choice food pantries are perceived as a more
dignifying way of proving food to poor families. Choice food pantries offered an opportunity to provide
customers with nutrition education classes through the use of the “Rainbow Colors” system used to
help customers to choose their foods relates to the new dietary guidelines. (Grantees: Hugo Melgar-
Quinonez, Maria Lambea, and Ana Zubieta, OSU Department of Human Nutrition; Dan Remley, OSU
Extension, Butler County; and Chris Taylor, OSU School of Allied Medical Professions)

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Building Integrated Clusters and Entrepreneurial Networks as a Regional Economic Development
Strategy in Rural Ohio . The Go Big Network, which connects rural entrepreneurs to electronic
resources, was promoted through workshops for Extension Community Development Educators,
entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, chamber of commerce executives and small
business assistance providers . As a result, nearly 100 providers of services to entrepreneurs were
linked to the network, and Extension Educators and local small business providers increased their
awareness of high growth entrepreneurs who have creative ways of developing resources. Knowledge
gained from this project helped leverage a $108,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural
Development Grant to assist two rural Ohio communities in developing entrepreneur-friendly
communities including application of the Go Big Network approach. (Grantees: Bill Grunkemeyer and
Myra Moss, OSU Extension;, S. Michael Camp, OSU Fisher College of Business)

The Power of Ayuda Técnica: Transforming Ohio Nursery Industry Hispanic Employees and Families
through Technical Training. The Hispanic workforce is a key component of today‟s U.S. nursery
industry and maintaining a stable workforce is one of the issues for Ohio‟s nursery owners. One way to
address this is to provide for the workforce‟s educational needs and help stabilize their families. This
project measured the impact of a bilingual educational program, containing instruction in horticulture
and life skills, for Hispanic employees in seven Ohio nurseries . All participants received the
horticulture training, and half received the social skills content, focused on family needs, social
support, and communication. The results showed an improvement in family relationships for the
participants who received the social skills content. (Grantees: Hannah Mathers, OSU Department of
Horticulture and Crop Science; Donna Long, OSU Spanish and Portuguese Department; and James
Chatfield, OSU Extension)

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Conferences & Workshops
Call for Papers: 13th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, The Power of Online
Learning: Making a Difference , November 7-9, 2007, Caribe Royale , Orlando, Florida . The conference
strongly encourages proposals that reflect the implications for the field of specific e-learning
experience and practices. Proposals that address blended learning, issues of diversity, and
international applications of online learning are especially encouraged. Last year's conference
attracted over 850 participants to more than 150 presentations, as well as exhibits, pre -conference
workshops, keynote and plenary addresses, and a variety of other special events. Sponsored by Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation in conjunction with The University of Central Florida, Empire State College, SCOLE
& American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC). Deadline: March 30, 2007.

2007 Urban Extension Conference: The Future Urban Extension Agenda: Reaching New and Diverse
Audiences, May 7-10, 2007, Hyatt Regency, Kansas City, Missouri. Workshops, speakers, and exhibits
will explore successful, innovative programs being offered in urban centers across the country that will
stimulate and inspire a renewed, shared vision for urban programming and outreach. Designed for
extension educators, faculty and staff who work in urban, suburban and highly populated areas; who
provide administrative and program leadership on the local, state or national level or have
responsibilities for urban programming. Early Bird Deadline: March 30, 2007. Registration Deadline:
April 27, 2007. Registration and program information:

Corporation for National and Community Service/LEARNS Institute for Youth - and Education-Focused
Volunteer Programs, May 1-2, 2007, Tampa, Florida. Mentoring, tutoring, and after-school experts will
present interactive workshops focused on two areas: training and volunteer development and program
development and refinement . Presenters include LEARN S Trainers from Northwest Regional
Educational Laboratory (NWREL) and Bank Street College of Education. Early Bird Registration before
March 15, 2007: $150, after March 15: $175.

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Sixth Annual Building Better Opportunities fo r Ohio‟s Youth Statewide Conference , April 16-18, 2007,
Hilton Columbus at Easton. Youth track focuses on authentic youth leadership and civic engagement.
Adult track includes state, local and national speakers and workshops on topics such as engaging
youth. Information on the youth track contact: Shawn Sweeney, 614/688 -5674, e-mail: All other information contact: Mary Jo Gyuro 614/292-8325, e-mail: Organized by LearningWork Connection, Center for Learning Excellence, College of
Education and Human Ecology, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Campus Compact Professional Development Institute for Community Service and Service-Learning
Professionals, July 23-27, 2007, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. Designed specifically for
professionals in their first five years in the field, this retreat offers the chance to assess your
knowledge and skills in critical areas, obtain the latest tools and resources, learn about effective
program s and strategies, get tips for success from experienced practitioners, and set next steps to
advance your work at your institution. Members: $895 ($795 before March 30) Nonmembers: $1,150
($1,050 before March 30). Register online and view past year's agendas:

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Grant Opportunities
Source: Community of Science
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health /National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Educational and Training Resources Program is interested in
developing educational resources related to teaching students and the community about
environmental health sciences. Educational materials may be directed at all ages from K -12 through
adult education and community outreach. They may also be interactive programs, games, videos, or
databases. Educational materials on subjects such as risk assessment; hazards in our environment;
use of pesticides; endocrine disruptors; air, soil, and water quality; and intervention or prevention
strategies are of particular interest. Deadlines: April 5, 2007, August 5, 2007, December 5, 2007.

The grantmaking focus of the American Honda Foundation is youth and scientific education. Programs
and organizations are sought with a well-defined purpose, a demonstrated commitment to making the
best use of available resources, and a reputation for accomplishing these objectives. Internal
coordination required. Only one request per institution in any one quarter may be submitted. Multiple
requests from the same institution or from departments, divisions, or schools of the same institution
will be declined and returned. Deadlines: May 1, 2007, August 1, 2007, November 1, 2007, February
1, 2008.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation . Culture Program Grants support programs that enrich the lives
of young people by engaging them in cultural activities, primarily through arts-in-education programs.
Education Program Grant s support efforts that ensure students access to high-quality education.
Preference is given to institutions of higher education, particularly in the fields of teaching and health
care. Health Program Grants support human service agencies that foster effective solutions to social
and economic problems. Social Service Program Grants support well-established, larger agencies,
providing comprehensive services. Requests for technical assistance, management training, and
leadership development, designed to help nonprofit agencies deliver services more effectively are also
considered. Internal coordination required. Only one proposal from an organization will be reviewed
within a calendar year. Proposals from institutions with more than one department (e.g. universities,
medical centers, etc.) should be coordinated through the appropriate central office.

Sm ith Richardson Foundation Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the
public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.

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Grantmaking interests: research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as
projects that inject new ideas into public debates; education and school reform; public finance issues;
the impact of immigration on American society; the effectiveness of regulatory policies; the interaction
between the policy making process and the political process; and the debate over policies designed to
assist disadvantaged families.

Northrop Grumman Litton Foundation Grants for Education provide support for educational
opportunities to the nation ‟s youth. The foundation is committed to supporting diverse and sustainable
program s that create innovative education opportunities. The foundation's priority is to provide
assistance to literacy, math, science, and technology programs spanning precollege through collegiate

The mission of the Ambrose Monell Foundation is voluntarily aiding and contributing to religious,
charitable, scientific, literary, and educational uses and purposes, in New York, elsewhere in the
United States, and throughout the world. Deadline Note: Continuous. Letters of inquiry may be
submitted at any time throughout the year and are reviewed on a continuous basis. Proposals are
reviewed by the Board of Directors twice a year: once in June and once in December. In order to be
reviewed in June, proposals should be received by April 30, and to be reviewed in December, by
October 31.

Environmental Protection Agency National Community-Based Lead Outreach and Training Grant
Program is soliciting grant proposals from eligible entities to reduce incidences of childhood lead
poisoning in low-income communities with older housing. Potential activities include outreach,
training, ordinance development, and other activities that would result in reduction of childhood lead
poisoning. This grant will support the partnership of national organizations with community -based
organizations and local governments to improve the environmental health of a community regarding
lead poisoning prevention. Deadline: April 2 , 2007. Darlene Watford, 202/566-0516;

Source: Foundation Center RFP Bulletin
The American Association of Diabetes Educators Request for Applications for Building the Evidence:
The Impact of Diabetes Educator Interventions on Self-Care Behaviors of Diabetes and Related
Conditions. This RFA seeks applications using innovative approaches to examine the efficacy of a
diabetes educator interventions for improving self-care behavior in managing T1D or T2D or a related
condition. Self-care behaviors should be one or more of the seven AAD E Behavioral Outcomes. The
principal investigator must be a current active member of AADE at the time of application and
membership must be maintained during the course of the grant. The applicant shall have
demonstrated expertise and productivity in the f ield of diabetes care and education through
publication, previous research funding, training, and/or national recognition for completion of
research. Deadline: July 1, 2007.

Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Program/Community-Based Participatory Research Request
for Proposals seeks to create a community of individuals and organizations that both understands the
challenges and opportunities that a cancer experience presents and is committed to collaborating to
address and resolve the physical, emotional, and practical issues faced by cancer survivors.
Community Program Implementation Grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $25,000 per year
for up to 2 years. Community Program Evolution grants will be awarded in the amount of up to
$100,000 over 2 years or up to $150,000 each over 3 years. Research Program Community-Based
Participatory Research Planning grants will be awarded in the amou nt of up to $25,000 over 1-2
years. Deadline: April 13, 2007.

Source: Grants Alert
The N ational Endowment for the Arts Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth program offers
funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in
the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists,

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teachers, and excellent art. Funded projects apply national or state arts education standards. All
projects submitted to the Learning in the Arts category must include Experience, Study, Performance ,
and Assessment. Projects may take place in school-based or community-based settings and should
focus on children and yo uth in the general age range of 5 through 18 years. Deadline: June 11, 2007.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation awards grants for research or education in topics
pertaining with any aspect of solid waste management. Project topics could deal with any aspect of
the following: waste generation rates and composition; waste minimization; collection and transport;
sorting, recycling, and remanufacture; disposal options (e.g. landfilling or incineration); waste or
energy recovery (e.g., composting, landfill gas to energy); innovations in collection and transportation
equipment development; employee health and safety; sustainability or resources; life-cycle
assessment of waste management; educating corporate customers in purchasing environmentally
preferable waste services; and development of high school and college educational programs .

Other Sources
Healthier US Initiative. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health and
Science, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Regional Health Administrators
are requesting proposals from community-based organizations and others to evaluate the impact of a
unique set of healthy lifestyles activities in local settings that support the President's HealthierUS
initiative. As part of the Take Action: Healthy People, Places and P ractices in Communities Project, the
proposed activities should address one or more of the four parts of the President's HealthierUS
initiative: be physically active, eat a nutritious diet, get preventive screenings, and make healthy
choices/avoid risky behaviors. Deadline: March 30, 2007.

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Other Notices
The Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning presented by Campus Compact recognizes and
honors faculty for their significant contribution to advancing the practice of service-learning through
teaching, scholarship, and institutionalization. Nominees should hold one or both of the following: a
full-time faculty appointment, contract, tenured, or tenure-track; a full or part-time, permanent or
temporary administrative position directing community engagement/service-learning activities as a
primary appointment that has emerged out of and is still associated with a faculty appointment (i.e., a
faculty member who has assumed the leadership of engagement activities). Deadline: March 23,
2007. Online application:
The 2007 Civic Change Award given by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change focuses on a significant
challenge facing communities—dropout prevention—and asks how communities can help meet this
challenge. This year‟s award recognizes an individual or organization using community resources to
help keep young people in school. Examples include mentoring programs matching at-risk students
with community members, career-oriented programs working through local businesses that help
students realize the connection between school and work, or initiatives that mobilize community
members in an attempt to publicize the serious nature of the dropout problem in local schools.
Deadline: March 31, 2007.

CALL F OR PAPERS: Academic Exchange Quarterly, Fall 2007, Volume 11, Issue 3, special section on
service-learning. This special issue invites researchers and practitioners to submit articles and essays
on service-learning in higher education with a special focus on the individual and institutional impacts
of established service-learning programs. Qualitative and quantitative studies that can contribute to
the growing knowledge base on the potential of this teaching/learning strategy are especially
welcome. Other issues to be addressed include assessment and evaluation, social justice concerns,

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and the mission of the university in 21st century society. Deadline: May 31, 2007. Feature Editor:
Judith Hope Munter, e-mail: jm;

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Danielson, Susan, and Fallon, Anne Marie (Eds.). (2007). Community-Based Learning and the Work of
Literature . Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company. This book examines
how community engagement reimagines academic work in the humanities, proposing new
methodological and theoretical approaches to scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies.

Conference papers and additional readings are available online from the September 2006 conference
in Capetown, South Africa, Community Engagement in Higher Education, hosted by The Higher
Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education and The Community -Higher
Education-Service Partnerships initiative of JET Education Services .

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At Ohio State, “outreach and engagement” is defined as meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations with
partners outside the academic community. This may include partners such as those in education, business, and
public and social service. “Outreach and engagement” is—
    That aspect of teaching that enables learning beyond the campus walls
    That aspect of research that makes what we discover useful beyond the academic community
    That aspect of service that directly benefits the public

The Office of University Outreach and Engagement works with the following affiliated programs:
   Service-Learning Initiative supports integrating outreach and engagement into teaching.
   Project GRO enhances the integration of outreach and engagement into research grant proposals.
   OSU CARES/OSU Extension helps units expand their service through partnerships within the university and
    across Ohio.
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