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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