|Christine Geith, eXtension Foundation CEO|
Register for 1890 Universities 125th Celebration – Registration is now available at http://www.1890universities.org/node/298 for the 125th Anniversary events on July 14-16, 2015 in Washington, DC to mark the signing of the 2nd Morrill Act establishing 1890 land-grant institutions. Registration is required to attend all events even though there is no registration fee required for some events. The schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, July 14th – Welcome reception 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 15th – Exhibits and a reception 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. including comments from Congressional members; 6:00 p.m. 125th Anniversary Dinner
- Thursday, July 16th – Convocation from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Engage in Cooperative Extension Social Media – The effort to raise awareness of Cooperative Extension continues on Social Media. After last year's work to create a unified and regular social media presence, ECOP supports the continued operation of these platforms under the leadership of Frankie Gould, Louisiana State University, chair of the Social Media Team. Bill Woodrum, Social Media Associate for ECOP, coordinates the work across all platforms. If you have information on programs to share, please send them to Woodrum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Engage on the following platforms and encourage your staff to like, follow, and share on Facebook: facebook.com/Extension100Years, Twitter.com/ext100years, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9GyqMs0FKlUKBTxtcyg04w/videos and Pinterest.com/ext100years/pins/.
Update on SNAP-ED Program Development Team – Paula Peters, Kansas State University, who provides key leadership for the SNAP-Ed Program Development Team, met in Washington, DC recently. Discussion centered on expanding Land Grant University SNAP-Ed programs to include required policy, system, and environmental (PSE) impacts. The PDT will be involved in technical assistance to states that request help with PSE work as well as providing a variety of professional development opportunities over the next several months. Michelle Rodgers, ECOP Chair-elect, University of Delaware, joined the meeting. Data will be collected early in 2016 and used to develop a national report on SNAP-ED outcomes through the Land-Grant University System. For more information on the work of the PDT, funded by assessments to universities participating in SNAP-ED, see the summary at http://www.extension.org/pages/72998/snap-ed-program-development-team-annual-meeting#.VW8Z49F0w5t.