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Showing posts from July, 2018

Dean's Column (July 2018)

Dear Extension retirees, We have news to share about Extension’s leadership team. Two of our associate deans, Dorothy Freeman in the Center for Youth Development and Karen Shirer in the Center for Family Development, have announced their plans to retire this year. Dorothy’s last day will be July 31, and Karen will be with Extension until the end of December. I have appointed Assistant Dean Jennifer Skuza as interim associate dean in Youth Development, effective Aug. 1. We’ll conduct a search over the next few weeks and I hope to name a new permanent associate dean early this fall. In Family Development, we’re conducting a national search and expect to have a new associate dean in place by January 2019. Both Dorothy and Karen have been strong leaders in their centers for more than a decade, and we will miss both of them, but wish them the best as they enter this new chapter in their lives. Please join me in congratulating both of them, and in thanking them for their many contributions t

Extension retirees among golfers and artists supporting Minnesota youth

On June 18, nearly 100 supporters gathered in Medina for the 20th Annual Minnesota 4-H Golf Classic. Many Extension retirees were there, and retiree Carol Skelly put her 4-H photography skills back into action to take event photos. 4-H youth from around the state shared their experiences and projects (and even their llamas!) with participating golfers. As an alternative, some supporters enjoyed a canvas painting activity together and took home their own masterpieces. The Minnesota 4-H Golf Classic provides an opportunity for businesses, organizations and individuals to help Minnesota youth see their potential by supporting Minnesota 4-H. Jane Johnson Extension Development Director

Awards and Accomplishments (July 2018)

Congratulations to the following Extension faculty and staff receiving awards in the past four months: Extension Dean's Distinguished Awards: The following were recognized at the 2018 Extension Staff Conference on May 16 at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Nutrition Educator Award: Ann Luke , SNAP-Ed educator, seven-county metro region Field Staff Award: Nancy Pieske , Murray County Extension support staff Campus-based Staff Award: Colleen Byrne , executive office and administrative specialist, Extension Center for Youth Development Program Staff Award: Gabriela Burk , financial capability educator, Dodge County Carol Cardona , Pomeroy Chair in avian health and Extension specialist, was awarded the Ranelius Award by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA). “The Ranelius Award is the highest honor given by the association,” said MTGA President Chris Huisinga. Becky Masterman , Extension educator and associate program director of the Bee Squad, is a reci

Welcome new retirees (July 2018)

Marjorie Anderson , Extension 4-H program coordinator, Murray County, retired on June 4 after 33 years of service. Her love of 4-H camp introduced young people to camping and her enthusiasm for after-school programming familiarized youth to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Eleanor Burkett retired on May 4 from her position as Extension educator for fish, wildlife and conservation education. She began her career in 2000 and worked with property owners, elected officials, volunteers and natural resource professionals to understand and improve water quality in the Brainerd area. Judith Conway , Extension educator with the Center for Youth Development, Regional Office Farmington, retired on June 6. Her career spanned 10 years, during which she provided leadership and management for national youth events including Citizenship Washington Focus and National 4-H Conference, and guided county staff and volunteers as they developed and delivered 4-H programs. Rocky Laylan

In memoriam (July 2018)

Wallace Warren Nelson , 89, passed away Dec. 14, 2017 in Willmar. Wally was an author of more than 50 scientific papers, a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, distinguished alumni of the University, and 2011 recipient of the Siehl Prize. He was a founding superintendent of the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, where he worked for 34 years and built it into a premier agricultural research facility.

Retirees in retirement: Sharing your story (July 2018)

Sharon Rezac Andersen has been active with the American Association of University Women in Green Valley, Arizona and was recently elected co-president. Her work touches many issues: funding kindergarten-higher education locally, statewide and nationally; working with legislatures to continue Title IX funds; and congressional action on gun safety issues and safe schools. Sharon retired in 2005 as the executive program director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Central Region. Don Breneman is a member of the state 4-H photography/video filmmaking project development committee. He was an audio-visual producer in the Extension communications unit and retired in 2004. Joe Conlin , a resident in Columbus, Wisc. since his retirement in 2009, continues to serve on the local school board and received the Local Philanthropist Award of 2017 for his work. Joe was a dairy specialist in animal sciences. Colleen Gengler , Extension educator in family development, served in Cotton

Media Moment (July 2018)

Extension sociologist Ben Winchester joined MPR's Tom Weber for an hour-long forum in Grand Rapids about why people chose the community, its role in the region and its challenges and opportunities. Read and listen to Changing rural narratives: A Ground Level conversation in Grand Rapids on the MPR website.

Other Updates

Retiree Luncheons The Extension Retiree Luncheon hosted by Bev Durgan in the Twin Cities will be on Thursday, July 26, 12-2 p.m., at the Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville. Please RSVP soon to Wan Tansatit, Extension development office, at (612) 624-7971 or with your name if you will be attending. The Northwest Minnesota luncheon was a great gathering at the Best Western Lodge on Lake Detroit on July 10