Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Happy New Year, "Mentoring Power" FREE short read great with football party snacks.

DON'T MISS OSU vs Alabama at Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2015!



FUTURE SCIENTISTS, would love to see what he is studying?

Sunday, December 28, 2014


The Ohio State University is involved in the most comprehensive how to manual and e-mentoring program I have come across in the literature to date. Although much of the program is currently archived, the recent RFP due last February, 2014, suggests projects are ongoing until 2017.

The last RFP regarding this huge project was as follows (please note I copied the information below directly from their web site at

Scaling-Up EnvisionIT RFP (2014-17) Request for Proposals (RFP) Mini - Grant to Scale-Up EnvisionIT:

Eligible Applicants and Partners:
1. State Departments of Education

Applications due February 28, 2014

Number of Awards: 3 state teams

Funding Available: $33K per year for up to 3 years for a maximum award of $99K per state

• Awards Allocated: Spring 2014

• Implementation Years: Year 1 2014-15, Year 2 2015-16, and Year 3 2016-17

Grant Award Citation The EnvisionIT, E - Mentoring, and Stepping - Up EnvisionIT Projects were funded by grants awarded to the Ohio State University Nisonger Center from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (EnvisionIT Phase I and II award numbers H327A020037 and H327A050103, respectively; E - Mentoring Phase I and II award numbers H327A060066 and H327A090058, respectively; and Stepping - Up EnvisionIT award number H327S120022).

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Put on your OSU hats, scarlet and gray, and cheer the best team in the land, and the best all brass band in the land at the Sugar Bowl. I can not begin to tell you how many projects I worked out starring at the football field, a blank grid. We sat in pouring rain when we could hardly see anything, attended every single game we could get on an annual basis until 2010, when I had to ask for lower, senior type seats. I have a fear of heights, but nothing could get me from going to the game, although nothing could get me to move out of my seat either. I hung on to it. I miss the games and maybe if we get one in decent weather, we might try to go again. We do it all when we go, lots of walking, and visiting with friends and neighbors in Columbus, who to my surprise are also on special diets now too!

I remember taking the bus to campus from our first house on Marland Drive and luckily that bus ran all the time as I never got out early like those not taking laboratory courses. When it came to research, I would have been better off to get a room in married housing as I later did at Kent State. We learn as we age, some of us the hard way. I have no regrets, but to do my part to remove anything that I think might be detrimental to any group. It is not uncommon for VIP's to drop "simple English" for words few understand. Sometimes I wonder what happened to President Obama's charge to use "plain" English.

I think a Key Note speech should never joke about a group, even if the speaker is a member of that group. Just because one may have credentials, this is not a license to lose sensitivity. I would hate students to follow such a key note as an example. We are here to teach by example, please try not to use stereotypes in speeches. If you need help with an introductory joke, get a librarian to help, that is what we do, help find openings that offend no one, that everyone can enjoy. In fact, finding the perfect opening for a speech is one of our more "fun" activities.

Set a good example, no matter how many patents or publications you may have acquired, you remain a member of the human race and it is uncanny how a few thoughtless words are remembered and the best forgotten. An entire key note address can be ruined for many, please think about what your are writing to young people, especially in books targeted to them. You are an example, you are setting a good example, the very best you can, think about it as you write your speech. Words can hurt, words can heal. I can verify that words can hurt as I sit here with a broken heart that is on the mend (I hope)!

#Go Bucks VS #Alabama #read #FREE #Mentoring #Power on #New Years @RosaSRaskin #Buckeyes #SO #IARTG #OSU #educhat

Saturday, December 6, 2014

E- Mentoring Model from The Ohio State University

Please note this is an ARCHIVED Project. Update as of April 2014: Through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the E-Mentoring Program was funded from 2005-2013. OSU decided to deliver E-Mentoring content in a variety of formats for your convenience.

They encourage you to use and customize these materials as often as you would like, but please adhere to the Conditions of Use and cite the grant accordingly.

If you have questions about the project or the Conditions of Use , please contact or Margo V. Izzo, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, at Room 257 McCampbell Hall, 1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: (614) 685-3185
Fax: (614) 366-6373

The most comprehensive, detailed model including real life examples of the mentoring relationship was created by The Ohio State University. Although it does not appear to have a preview module, it includes many formats, including Kindle, and others as described below. Through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the E-Mentoring Program was funded from 2005-2013.

If I find out any more details about the program, will detail on this blog. Samples of links to the contents or the sponsor, the U.S. Department of education appear on the following pages:

E-Mentoring Course on iTunes University: Through a collaborative effort with the OSU Office of Distance Education and E-Learning (ODEE), the E-Mentoring course has been posted to the OSU iTunes University platform.

E-Mentoring Textbook (PDF): The E-Mentoring textbook is a combined PDF of the E-Mentoring curriculum and learning supports.

E-Mentoring Resource Library

E-Mentoring Electronic Publication (ePub)

E-Mentoring School Replication Guide (PDF Coming Soon!): This PDF is a manual on how to implement the E-Mentoring Program in a school or district.

Dr. Izzo's "Scaling-Up EnvisionIT: An Evidence Based Practice to Improve Academic and Transition Outcomes"
December 16, 2013 posted at

Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

How Coaching Works: A Short Movie

This video is from Youtube produced by Coach Meg and Wellcoaches, directed and animated by Sherann Johnson, 2008. Please note no talking involved just sounds from a toolbox:

The short movie moves from:

Stage 1: Meet

Stage 2: Vision

Stage 3: The Plan

Stage 4: Journey

Stage 5: Success

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mentoring Cloud

It is Thanksgiving today and I have turkey tenders in the oven and a very soft stuffing as am in the middle of dental work. I have to run and get my pies ready to put in the oven, but thought I should mention something I just read, the "Mentoring Cloud."

Herein is almost a direct quote:
The cloud-based platform enables members within an organization to collaborate and support one another to achieve their personal, academic, and professional aspirations. Members can easily connect as subject-matter experts, mentors, mentees, and peers, around specific goals and areas of mutual interest.
The article that mentions the "Mentoring Cloud," is on the news ticker on top of this blog, an article from Forbes, Great Mentors Are Essential For Success, But How Do You Find Them?

Forbes states, "MentorCloud is private-labeled to a particular organization so members, whether they are employees at a company or entrepreneurs/mentors at an accelerator, or alumni/students of an academic institution, need to be invited to their respective private networks."

I better get back to the kitchen, after all, this is Thanksgiving day. I have much to be thankful for, but I am thinking if I should write this or not ???

To be honest, I never had a mentor as described. Can not help but wonder how my life would have been different if I had one? I would say I had the complete opposite of a good mentor and the first item in regard to mentoring is "Do No Harm." What is fascinating, I did not realize it until recently. Until I saw a "real mentor," in action, I had no clue. For a day, I observed someone who does not use the word, "mentoring," talk to his adult students of years ago. WOW, is all I can say after realizing what I missed out on.

Thus, if you have a great mentor go for keeps. If you have none, realize one day that you had a negative one, and you never were part of your mentor's network, please realize that you can do it on your own! Be persistent, keep your long-term goal in mind as your path may be the most interesting of all. Please do not take the "mentor's" words to heart today or those of yesteryear. Your mentor had his own agenda and continues to let you know it. He had no idea what makes you tick, no clue as to who you were, who you are, essentially never took the time to find out. Before email, did he write a single letter to you when he was overseas? Mentoring is not for everyone, some have too much on their personal plate. If you find yourself with this type of mentor, get the courage to make an appointment with whomever your mentor ultimately reports to. Most probably the mentor felt the same as the mentee.

I would like to add one small phrase to the article in Forbes, "Great mentors may be keys to success, they can open as well as close doors, do not let one close the door on you." Mentors are not the only way one can succeed, in fact, there is no greater pleasure than opening doors by yourself, although a little help with those heavy ones would be appreciated. In the end my conclusion is . . .

Better NONE than a BAD ONE!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hot New Release in Vocational Guidance

Amazon has identified the new Ebook, Mentoring Power, as a Hot New Release.

At the moment it is #4 on the list at

Tertiary tools linking to many STEM resources were created for the Ebook at STEM* E-mentoring Portal (STEP), a digital STEM PIPELINE from Pre-K through the Lifespan.

and news about select stem programs, or programs that include STEM, by country/region at

Press Release


Contact: Rosa Raskin,
Phone: 440.461.4125

Mentoring is key to innovation and depends on personal relationships, support systems, national and international collaboration, and commitment.

Cleveland, Ohio – November 12, 2014, Mentoring Power: Key to Sustainable Economic Growth and Innovation [Kindle Edition], at supplements the known literature on mentoring with personal communications from leaders of major mentoring programs, provides a tertiary tool that organizes the vast data on the subject, and identifies a select group of major multi-institutional success stories.

Hot listed on Amazon the first day of its publication, the short Ebook is packed with useful information including how to mentor, career and vocational guidance are directed to fields in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but the beauty of the findings is that the principles of good mentoring can be applied to any subject area.

Several leading programs are included in the Ebook with links to tools for mentoring programs on the international scene.

A new 2014 encyclopedic-type publication is cited in Mentoring Power entitled,Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences an Ebook bargain at $3.99 at and in paperback formats, two volumes combine to 1375 pages. The paper back copies are divided into Volume 1. Agricultural Economic & Plant Sciences and Volume 2. Healthcare Economic, Environmental & Medical Scientists. The book has 30 authors, some of whom served as editors of the project. I suggest scanning the Ebook version for anyone interested in the life sciences as some researchers move from the plant sciences to medicine. Whether in print or Ebook format, the book has a section for everyone and the makings of a classic.

About the Authors of Mentoring Power: Key to Sustainable Economic Growth and Innovation

William Sharp has a background in biotechnology, translation of science into business ideas, spawning start-up companies and extensive technology transfer experience in the Americas and Asia. He has authored over seventy original research papers, abstracts and books. Dr. Sharp is currently a member of the Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee. He previously held the following positions: Dean of Research and Professor of Plant Science, Cook College & Director of Research, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University; Executive Vice-President, DNA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Executive Vice-President for Research, DNA Plant Technology, Corp; Research Director, Pioneer Research, Campbell Institute for Research & Technology, the Campbell Soup Company; Professor of Microbiology, Ohio State University; Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory and Eminent Professor, University of Sao Paulo. He was a Fulbright Grantee during 1971 and 1973. Dr. Sharp holds a Ph.D. in Plant Cell Biology from Rutgers University.

Rosa Raskin has a background in the sciences and information technology. She is a contributing author to two leading international trade journals. Her background on the bench in several life science laboratories gives her a unique perspective in combining her love of science with information. She holds a B.S. in Zoology, an M.S. in Microbiology, and an M.L.S. She recently published a book entitled, Walk Forward, wrote a chapter for the newly published book, Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences, and is writing three cookbooks dedicated to those with food allergies and restricted diets.

Maria Shine Stewart is a licensed professional counselor in Ohio and has 30 years of experience in higher education as a teacher of writing, a publication specialist and editor, a volunteer in a career services office, a writing center consultant, a continuing education instructor on campus and in the workplace, and in other roles promoting student learning and well-being. She holds a B.A. in English from Cleveland State University and two master’s degrees from John Carroll University, in counseling and in English. She has been a career advice columnist, “A Kinder Campus,” for the free online daily, Inside Higher Ed. She strives to build bridges between the humanities and the social sciences with an emphasis on writing across the lifespan, wellness, creativity, and innovation. She led senior citizen community memoir workshops for many years and has taught at John Carroll University, Notre Dame College (Ohio), Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Ursuline College’s Teacher Apprentice Program.