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Monday, June 22, 2015

Metropolitan Extension Focus of Webinar

The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research invites you to a webinar 3:00 p.m. ET, 6.25.15 featuring Colorado State University in the city. The theme is Evolving from Program-Based to Project-Based Extension in Denver, Colorado – Hot Shots, Dream Teams and Setting a National Model by Reinventing Extension in an Urban Area. Pre-registration is required at Participants will learn about the deliberate shift from program-based Extension to project-based activities that will generate revenue to preserve core and traditional programming in Denver. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Register by June 30 for 1890 125th Celebration – The hotel block at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel closes today, June 22, 2015. You can a book your room today under the name of 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act by calling the Liaison at 1-866-233-4642. The rate is $209.00 per night plus tax. Registration, which is required for all of the 125th events July 14-16, 2015 in Washington, DC, is at The welcome reception Tuesday evening and the dinner on Wednesday evening will be at the Hyatt Hotel. The Exhibition at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and the Convocation from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday are at the Library of Congress. Direct questions to L. Washington Lyons, Executive Administrator, Association of Executive Administrators, or 336-340-6465. 

Efforts Continue with Health Implementation Team – With leadership by co-chairs Celvia Stovall, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Rick Klemme, University of Wisconsin Extension, the ECOP-ESCOP Health Implementation Team continues work on 7.7.15 with progress reports from action teams chairs David Buys, Mississippi State University (Chronic Disease); Virginia Brown, University of Maryland (Health Insurance Literacy); Sonja Koukel, New Mexico State University (Health Literacy); Roberta Riportella, Kansas State University (Health Policy Issues Education), and Sekai Turner, North Carolina A&T University (Positive Youth Development for Health). Over a three-year period the effort will implement Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness. The overall expected outcome is to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. As indicated in the national framework (pg. 2), “This same system of Extension can do for the nation’s health what it did for American agriculture.” 

High Touch: Strategies for Dealing with Extension's Obscurity Challenge -- The Association of Communication Excellence (ACE) had its international conference last week in Charleston, SC. This is an opportunity for land-grant communicators and IT professionals to share professional development, network and present top awards. ACE’s Professional Award is the highest recognition given and this year Kevin Gamble, Director of Knowledge Systems, Michigan State Global, was given this honor. His comments focused on how Extension needs to be reaching new audiences. Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University AgCenter Communications Director and lead for the ECOP Social Media Project shares the following link and encourages viewers to learn more about new strategies for delivering Extension programs.