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Thursday, March 6, 2014

ECOP Monday Minute 3.3.14

ACTION: Register Now - National Cooperative Extension Centennial Events May 7-8 -- Registration and lodging information for the May 7-8 National Cooperative Extension Centennial Events are now open. An early-bird registration fee will be available until April 18. Hotel reservations need to be made by April 15. Transportation to and from the Ronald Reagan Building and the Marriott Wardman Park will be provided for registrants. Individuals from sponsoring institutions will be contacted directly regarding registration. Register now at:

Congressional Resolutions Mark Extension’s 100 Years – Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have introduced resolutions commemorating the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension. Track action on S.CON.RES.33 and H.CON.RES.86 at A hearing before the House of Representatives will 10:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, 3.4.14. Scott Reed, Oregon State University, and Delbert Foster, South Carolina State University, are among those who provided written testimony and will speak at the hearing.

ACTION: NEDA Conference Registration Deadline & Hotel Block Release is Ahead! -- March 7 is the early registration deadline for the NeXC/NEDA meeting in Sacramento, March 24-27.  Be sure to get your registration done if you haven't at this point.  Also, hotel rooms are going quickly!  The room block for the hotel will expire on March 5.  An overflow hotel, the Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park, has been secured. 

ACTION: Register for PILD by 3.7.14 -- The JCEP sponsored Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) will soon be here!  If you have not registered yet, please do so now as March 7th is the deadline for the early bird registration rate. The room block at the Westin Alexandria conference hotel will be released after March 7th. A schedule of events, registration, and link to the conference hotel can be found on the JCEP website

Welcome -- Sandra (Sandy) Ruble joins the ECOP National Office today replacing Chrystal Checketts, who transitioned to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on January 1st. Sandy joins the Executive Director and Administrator Team (ED&A) providing administrative support and project oversight for ECOP and its subcommittees, task forces, and working groups. Sandy, a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, is relocating from North Carolina State University where she served as the Cooperative Extension Administrative Assistant in Granville County.  A Pennsylvania native, Sandy has extensive administrative experience and additional training in non-profit management and multicultural organizational development. Sandy can be reached at or 202.478.6088.