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Showing posts from November, 2018

Dean's Column (Nov. 2018)

Dear Extension retirees, It was a pleasure to see so many of you this summer during our annual retiree luncheons. In October, I did one of my favorite duties as dean, honoring our employees and friends with the Distinguished Dean’s Awards at the annual Program Conference. It is an honor to recognize the work, dedication and impact of our colleagues and friends. Please join me in congratulating the award winners! You can learn more about the 2018 award winners on the Extension intranet . Campus-based faculty: Jenifer McGuire, associate professor and Extension specialist, family social science Field-based faculty: Antonio Alba Meraz, Extension educator, family resiliency Diversity and inclusion: Eriks Dunens, statewide Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement, and Fernando Burga, assistant professor, urban and regional planning Outstanding leadership: Tim Kenny, state director, Master Gardener Volunteer Program, director of education, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretu

Extension giving society: The Dean’s Circle

In mid-October, we launched a new giving society to recognize major donors to Extension. The Dean’s Circle recognizes benefactors who have contributed cumulative lifetime cash gifts of $10,000 or more to any area of Extension, including 4-H. These benefactors are part of an esteemed community who fuel Extension’s success as a leading provider of education, outreach and research. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a member of the Dean’s Circle, or making a gift to Extension, please contact Jane Johnson, Extension development director, at 612-626-3717 or .

University of Minnesota’s Driven campaign

As you know, private giving is a growing part of how Extension programs are funded. For the past several years, Extension has been part of the University of Minnesota’s $4 billion fundraising campaign, “Driven.” Our Extension supporters are doing their part. At the end of October, we were at 61 percent of our $16 million goal. From creating new endowments, to supporting programs and positions, internships, 4-H scholarships and much more, private philanthropy is allowing us to support innovative programming and reach new audiences. To learn more about giving, visit Extension’s giving page.

New Driven to Discover PR campaign launches

University Relations launched the 2018-19 Driven to Discover campaign on Oct. 1. Eight new stories take the public on a journey across our great state to show how U of M discoveries affect everyday Minnesotans. Three of the stories focus on Extension’s work and feature Extension researchers: Jake Overgaard, Sowing the Seeds of Success: a new set of learning tools for Minnesota’s farmers Kathy Draeger, From Garlic to Grocery: turning empty trucks into bigger business for rural Minnesota Dan Larkin and Megan Weber, Our Lake, Our Legacy: protecting Minnesota’s life at the lake Watch the videos and learn more about the stories at .

4-H State Ambassador program 50th reunion

Since 1969, more than 1,300 young people have contributed to their communities through their leadership as 4-H State Ambassadors. Hundreds of Ambie alumni continue to be involved in 4-H today as mentors, judges, club leaders and donors. On Sept. 1 (the largest single day attendance at the Minnesota State Fair!) about 650 ambassador alumni and family members gathered at the 4-H building to reconnect, share stories and celebrate the program and its leaders. Photos of the special day can be viewed on Smugmug .

Opportunity to share your thoughts on Source magazine

You have probably recently received the Fall 2018 issue of Source magazine in both your mailbox and your email in-box. Thank you for reading and sharing the stories. We also thank you in advance for completing surveys you will soon receive by mail (for the print issue) and/or any surveys that pop up as you are reading the stories online. The surveys are specific to print and web versions, so it is fine to both complete the paper survey and to complete the surveys that pop up online. However, please do not complete the paper mail-in survey and the online version of that same survey (link will be included in the letter that is mailed to you). If you have any questions about the surveys or thoughts you would like to share directly with the managing editor of Source , please send them to Catherine Dehdashti at .

Awards and Accomplishments (Nov. 2018)

Tana Haugen-Brown and Lizabeth Stahl were selected for the Professional Recognition Award by the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. Congratulations to the following who received the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) awards at their conference this summer in Cleveland. Christy Kallevig , national and regional Educational Technology Award for Vital Connections on Air. Lori Rothstein , a national runner-up and regional winner for the U-Lead Advisory alumni Ecuador study experience and the national and regional individual award in the Innovation and Creativity category for the Women’s Leadership Program. Minnesota’s Community Tourism Development Program, represented by Cynthia Messer, Liz Templin, Tammy Koerte, Rani Bhattacharyya, Scott Chazdon and Bruce Schwartau received the national runner-up and regional award. Ryan Pesch , national individual winner for the Cross-Program category for his local foods programming. He w

Welcome new retirees (Nov. 2018)

Neil D. Anderson , director of e-commerce and registration, retired in July after 25 years of contributions advancing Extension technology and resource development. Neil was a troubleshooter of complex systems and sought the collaboration of cross-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement across the University. Dorothy McCargo Freeman’s visionary leadership revitalized Minnesota 4-H during her 15-year tenure as associate dean for Extension Center for Youth Development. Her many contributions included innovative programs like the Science of Agriculture and the First Generation initiative. She celebrated her retirement on July 26. LuAnn Hiniker retired on July 27 after 15 years as a district director and then regional director in the Rochester and Mankato regional offices. She is recognized for her leadership and passion for the University and connecting the needs of the Southeast region with Extension resources and programs. Janice L. Mowry , with 16 years of service as an execut

In memoriam (Nov. 2018)

Howard Bissonnette passed away Aug. 29. His career began as a professor and Extension plant pathologist at North Dakota State and he completed his 35-year career at the University of Minnesota. He contributed to research and education in applied field disease diagnosis, aerial spray application, crop storage and pathology for potatoes, wheat and sugar beets. John A. Molstad was a graphic designer and media artist in Extension from 1983-1999 and worked on major Extension publications including the gardening calendar, numerous brochures and website design. After he retired from the University, he continued to contract with Extension on the gardening calendar and publications. He passed away in St. Paul on Aug. 6, at age 70. Howard Person , Extension educator for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, worked in Pennington, Polk and Marshall counties for 37 years. He passed away on Oct. 1 in Thief River Falls at age 63. His impact and leadership included programs in crops and livestock

Retirees in retirement - sharing your story (Nov. 2018)

Mel Baughman , Extension forester and forestry program leader who retired in 2011, has been building bridges, boardwalks and trail treads on the North Country National Scenic Trail and regularly maintains several miles of the trail in the Rainbow Lake Wilderness in Wisconsin. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Trail Maintainer of the Year—a national award from the North Country Trail Association. Mel also serves on the Sawyer County Search and Rescue Team. Dale Blyth , former associate dean for Extension Center for Youth Development, presented a symposium and served on a panel at the International Transforming Youth Work Conference in Plymouth, England in September. He recently published the book chapter: “The Challenges of Blending Youth Development and Social and Emotional Learning: Getting More Intentional About How Competencies are Both Caught and Taught in Out-of-School Time.” In Devaney, E. and Moroney, D. (Eds.), Social and Emotional Learning in Out of School Time: Foundation

Professional development grants for retirees

The University Retirees Association (UMRA) is accepting applications through Dec. 14 from any University retiree to apply for a professional development grant for retirees. These competitive awards, administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, can enable any University retiree to pursue their academic or professional interests by providing up to $5,000 for expenses. Learn more and apply for a grant.

Epsilon Sigma Phi-Pi Chapter

Marcia Woeste, ESP-Pi chapter awards committee chair, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s awards. The awards were presented at a celebration and social, Oct. 1, during Program Conference. Please see the ESP blog for a description and photos. Congratulations to the following: Distinguished Service: Sara Croymans International Service: Nathan Winter Retiree Service: David Werner Visionary Leadership: Jane Johnson Diversity Multicultural Team: Jennifer Garbow and Becky Hagen Jokela , Teaching American Indian Youth Financial Education Using Traditional Storytelling as the Framework Distinguished Team: Rebecca Harrington, Marcia Woeste, Pat Morreim and Deb Hadley , Keeping Youth Safe: Risk Management for Volunteers Pi Chapter Meritorious Support Services: Stephanie O’Donnell 25-Year Tenure of Service: Becky Hagen Jokela

Media Moment (Nov. 2018)

Jose Lamas featured for his success in the face of hardship Jose Lamas spoke during a Celebration of Success event at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in October. According to the Worthington Daily Globe , “The Nobles County-based University of Minnesota Extension financial capability educator (shared) how he got from being a homeless 12-year-old bouncing between an estimated 200 households to becoming self-dependent and landing the career he’s enjoyed for nearly 15 years...” Jose received a Dean’s Award for Distinguished Program Staff in 2017.