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Monday, January 27, 2014

ECOP Monday Minute 1.27.14

REGISTER FOR NEDA: Social Media Session – Thanks to a request from Tom Coon, Michigan State University, an optional pre-National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Meeting workshop is offered 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 24th on Building Connections - Social Media in Extension.  The session, designed with directors/administrators as the target audience, will focus on 1) why Extension needs to have a large presence in social media, 2) how Extension directors/administrators can encourage and promote social media use in their organizations, and 3) how social media can be evaluated and used in promotion and tenure practices. To register for NEDA, go to at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento in Sacramento, CA. NEDA will meet jointly with the National eXtension Conference (NeXC). NEDA programming continues through midday Wednesday and participants are welcome to attend additional NeXC programming through Thursday.

SAVE THE DATES  Centennial Celebration Update  Excitement continues to grow for activities across the country related to the Cooperative Extension Centennial. Invitations have been extended for the Capitol Hill Reception Wednesday evening, 3.5.14. Plans are being finalized for the Convocation on May 7-8, 2014 in Washington, DC and registration will soon be announced.  Please keep up on all the latest activities by tracking Centennial progress on our Facebook page: You can also follow updates on Twitter:   Pictures and videos are also being archived on Pinterest and a YouTube channel:  If you have media to add or suggestions, please contact Bill Woodrum for more information,

ECOP January Update – ECOP Chair Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, facilitated a meeting of ECOP on 1.22.14 where members approved the formation of the 4-H National Leadership Committee with initial leadership by Charlotte Eberlein, University of Idaho; tasked Mike O’Neill, University of Connecticut, and Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware, to consider ways of collaborating with USDA-NIFA program leaders; and charged the ECOP Personnel Subcommittee co-chaired by James Trapp, Oklahoma State University, and Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska, to review the Executive Director and Administrator Team model. ECOP welcomed Bob Holland assisted by Bill Hoffman, who replaces Ralph Otto, as the USDA-NIFA liaison to ECOP. In addition, reports were accepted by the SNAP-ED Program Development Team; the “new” eXtension strategic planning effort led by Keith Smith, Ohio State University; and funding priorities by ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee Chair, Rick Klemme, University of Wisconsin.

Super Panel Featured at NeXConf/NEDA  Four dynamic online “masters” will be gathered for a panel discussion on learning, working differently, and technology integration at the NeXConf/NEDA meeting in March.  Two of the speakers, Dave Gray and Jane Hart are keynote speakers for the conference:  Gray specializes in innovation and networked organizations, Hart works to help organizations understand and implement new workplace learning trends and networking.  Joining them on the panel will be Beth Kanter, an expert in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, and marketing for non-profit organizations, and Harold Jarche, an expert in connected leadership, social learning, personal knowledge management, and workplace collaboration. These four individuals will bring new insight and ideas to conference attendees with a special emphasis on transforming organizations through learning networks and connectedness.

Positive Results for Youth from 4-H Involvement – Compared to their peers, 4-H'ers are nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities. This is one of several powerful statistics included in a new report -- The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. For more than a decade, preeminent youth development scholars, Drs. Richard M. Lerner and Jacqueline V. Lerner and the team at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, partnered with faculty at more than 20 land-grant universities and colleges to conduct this ground-breaking research. This scientific research shows that the 4-H approach to high-quality positive youth development works. See

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ECOP Monday Minute 1.13.2014

 In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on 1.20.14,
the ECOP Monday Minute will return 1.27.14.

ECOP Staff Associate Search – Your help is requested to recruit qualified candidates for the position of Cooperative Extension/ECOP Staff Associate working in the National ECOP Office at APLU in Washington, DC. Details are available at Review of applications will begin 1.16.13.

eXtension Names Interim Director – The ECOP eXtension Governing Committee chaired by Dennis Calvin, Pennsylvania State University, has named Elbert Dickey as Interim Executive Director, replacing Dan Cotton. Dickey is former dean and director of Nebraska Extension Dickey welcomes comments from Extension directors and administrators about how eXtension can better meet educational needs in your state and why you choose to invest time and resources in eXtension. Send comments to Michelle Giddens, assistant to the director, at

Northeast Names Executive Director -- The Northeast Extension Directors (NEED), Rick Rhodes, chair, University of Rhode Island, has appointed Nancy Bull as Executive Director for a three-year, part-time term. Bull, who replaces Linda Kay Benning, will lead the region in the creation of partnerships among the northeast land-grant institutions, focusing on collaboration and funding opportunities for Cooperative Extension and represent the northeast region on the ECOP Executive Director and Administrator Team. Bull previously served as the Associate Director of Connecticut Cooperative Extension and as the Chief Information Officer at the University of Connecticut. She continues as University of Connecticut interim chair and professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.   

NeXC/NEDA Pre-session 1.21.14 -- Jane Hart, a keynote speaker for the NeXConf/NEDA joint meeting March 24-28, 2014 in Sacramento, California, will present a virtual conference on Tuesday, January 21 at 2 p.m. ET. The session is Workplace Learning Revolution: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Learn at Work. Go to the event page in Learn to follow this event. Jane Hart is an independent Workplace Learning & Collaboration advisor, writer and international speaker. The title of Hart’s NeXConf/NEDA keynote address is Next Generation Learning Practices in the Age of Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration. For more information on the NeXConf/NEDA joint meeting go to

Outreach and Engagement Meets in June – Make plans to join your colleagues and meet new ones at the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Summer Meeting, June 8-11, 2014, in San Diego.  This year, CEO will be meeting jointly with the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) and the University of California, San Diego. More information is available at (click on 2014 summer meeting).

World Food Day Keynote Address – Iowa Extension Director Cathann Kress shares the following link to keynote address delivered by Ken Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation -- He spoke at the World Food Day Observance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on November 23. 

Keeping our lists up to date Please inform Joy Jones of changes in Directors or Administrators and Associate Directors or Administrators at your University.

Job opportunities  To post or search for job opportunities:
-- on the APLU website, visit
-- on the Extension Journal, Inc. website, visit
-- on the Board on Human Sciences, Inc. website, visit

Calendar – For dates of upcoming meetings, visit:   

ECOP General Update Webinars for all Directors and Administrators:
5.17.12 - Budget and Legislative Update
     1.19.12 - Review of 4-H Summit Work
     10.18.12 - Brand Value Toolkit and Measuring Excellence in Extension
     9.9.13 - eXtension External Evaluation

ECOP Professional Development Webinars:
     7.2012 - eXtension Basics
     3.2.12 - Measuring Excellence in Extension
     9.15.11 - Understanding the Role of ECOP 
11.19.12 - Celebrating Excellence: A Conversation with 2012 Extension Award Winners
     6.20.13 - Skills and Attributes of 21st Century Extension Professionals