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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dean's Column (Sept. 2013)

Extension colleagues remain a vital part of Extension long after the retirement parties are over and you move on to new adventures. Retirees are strong advocates, partners, volunteers and donors. Some even return to work with us on specific projects that require their expertise and relationships.

Today, we have nearly 400 retirees in active communication with Extension. In addition to this e-newsletter for retirees, we have a Facebook page for Extension retirees. There are 58 retirees keeping in touch on Facebook and we encourage you to join us there. If you are not in touch and want to connect, click "Request to Join" on the Facebook page or send a request to Gwen Gmeinder at g-gmei@umn.edu.

Each year, I look forward to hosting the summer luncheon for retirees. This year, we added one in northern Minnesota. In June, I met with 25 retirees in Detroit Lakes, including colleagues I worked with when I first came to Extension as an agronomist and weed scientist. In July, I met with 73 retirees for a very engaging afternoon in the Twin Cities. Both events featured highlights from authors Don Breneman and Mark Seeley on the writing and publishing of "Voyageur Skies."

I look forward to seeing those of you who attend the ESP meeting at the Extension Program Conference in Duluth in early October (more info below).

Extension is filled with employees who are working to make a difference with the people, programs and places they are passionate about.  It is rewarding to see that passion continue long after colleagues leave Extension.

Bev Durgan


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