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Monday, June 1, 2015

SAVE THE DATE – 1890 Universities Celebrate 125 Years

SAVE THE DATE – 1890 Universities Celebrate 125 Years – Plan to join 1890 university colleagues July 15-16, 2015 in Washington, DC to mark the signing of the 2nd Morrill Act establishing 1890 land-grant institutions. Among activities on Wednesday, July 15th are exhibits and a reception 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. including comments from Congressional members, and a 6:00 p.m. 125th Anniversary Dinner recognizing 1890s celebration sponsors and champions. On Thursday, July 16th, there will be a convocation from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All events are at the Library of Congress except for the dinner which will be at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. A block of rooms has been reserved at both the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill and the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel under the name of 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act at $209.00 per night plus tax. To make reservations, call the Hyatt at 1-888-421-1442 or the Liaison at 1-866-233-4642. The hotels are located directly across the street from each other. The cut-off date for making hotel reservations is June 15th. Watch the ECOP Monday Minute and visit www.1890universities.org for updates on registration. If you have questions, please feel free to contact L. Washington Lyons, Executive Administrator, Association of Executive Administrators, lwlyons@ncat.edu or 336-340-6465. 

Vote “Yes” for Change in PBD Rules of Operation – Tim Cross, Cooperative Extension representative to the Board on Agriculture Assembly Policy Board of Directors (PBD), University of Tennessee, encourages a vote of “approve” in order to change a section in the BAA Rules of Operation. A vote of “approve” supports a change from a two-thirds majority of the voting membership in agreement to proposed changes to a two-thirds majority of affirmative votes cast, provided that more than 50 percent of all eligible votes are cast. The existing rule sometimes impedes the PBD from conducting national business. Written ballots are due to APLU via regular mail no later than Friday, 6.26.15. If you are a voting member of the BAA, thanks for participating. If you are not a voting member, please encourage those on your campus to vote. 

eXtension Announces 2016 Conference – The 2016 National eXtension Conference (NeXC2016) will be March 22-25, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Conference Co-chairs Beth Raney and Terry Meisenbach are currently building the conference committee. Details on the conference will be announced as they happen via Twitter (@nexconf) and Facebook. eXtension, an initiative of Cooperative Extension, is guided by the eXtension Foundation Board of Directors chaired by Dennis Calvin, Pennsylvania State University, which reports to ECOP. 

ECOP Working for You – The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), chaired by Delbert Foster, South Carolina State University, continues a robust agenda of national leadership. Priorities for a meeting last week related to public-private fund development, progress of the ECOP-ESCOP Health Implementation Team, review of the Executive Director and Administrator Team structure, follow-up to the NIFA-CES Retreat held last year in Washington, DC, and approval of the National Extension Directors and Administrators Meeting agenda for October 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis.

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