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Dean's Column (June 2016)

Dear Colleagues,

This year, we are bringing greater awareness to the many ways Extension reaches all corners of Minnesota. To do this, I am in the process of visiting all 15 of our regional offices and as many counties as possible!

During these trips, I am meeting with Extension employees in the regional offices, visiting with donors and partners, attending local program events and conducting some media interviews along the way. It is always so inspiring to see our work, meet with our staff and partners, and find more ways to highlight Extension’s education, research and impact.

In addition, Extension has been participating in the University’s new SPARKS program, which offers an opportunity for people in Greater Minnesota to hear from three University faculty who each give a 20-minute presentation. The Spring SPARKS events were held in Red Wing in March, Brainerd in April and Mountain Iron in June. Extension faculty Mark Seeley, Brian Horgan and Laura Kalambokidis all received positive reviews as SPARKS presenters.

This fall, SPARKS events will be held in Fergus Falls, Marshall and St. Cloud. Watch for more information about these programs and pre-event receptions with Extension. Prior to the spring SPARKS events we hosted receptions for friends of Extension, which many of you attended.

We plan to continue that successful effort with the fall events as well!

I look forward to seeing you during my travels and at the upcoming retiree luncheons.

Bev Durgan

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