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Monday, August 10, 2015

NEDA 2015 to Debut Innovation Video

Attend NEDA 2015 and be the first to see Cooperative’s Extension new video on innovation. Ten Cooperative Extension Directors/Administrators have been selected by the NEDA 2015 Planning Committee, Jimmy Henning, Chair, to be interviewed at the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Meeting October 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis. Colleagues from University of Missouri Extension will tape, edit, and produce the video on site. It will be aired as NEDA 2015 wraps up at noon on October 14th. Registration is available

ECOP Endorses 4-H Brand Project – At its July 2015 face-to-face meeting in Providence, RI, ECOP unanimously endorsed in concept the proposed 4-H field marketing project as recommended by the 4-H National Leadership Committee co-chaired by Ed Jones, Virginia Tech, and Renee McKee, Purdue University. The project is expected to mobilize nearly one million 4-H alumni, broaden the 4-H reach to underserved youth, especially in suburbs and urban centers, and generate national awareness for Cooperative Extension’s premiere positive youth development program. To find out more on building the 4-H brand, join a webinar hosted by National 4-H Council offered twice on 8.11.15 and 8.19.15. Register at

ECOP Resolution on Urban Programming Lauds North Central Region – At its July 2015 face-to-face meeting in Providence, RI, ECOP passed a motion from the Program Committee co-chaired by Mary Jane Willis, Rutgers University, and Jon Boren, New Mexico State University, to recognize the North Central Region for its organizational commitment to urban programming. The resolution pointed out how the North Central Region has “provided effective leadership in organizing, hosting and promoting the National Urban Extension Conference for several years and providing opportunities for sharing best practices and professional networking.” The next conference in 2017 will take place in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota locality. 

USDA-NIFA Partnership Awards Nominations Due 8.31.15 – USDA-NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy reminds Cooperative Extension colleagues to submit applications for the Partnership Awards Program. Awards this year recognize mission integration (research, education, and Extension), multistate efforts, innovative programs and projects, effective and efficient use of resources, and program improvement through global engagement. Nominations can be submitted for individuals and teams of up to 20 members. Nomination details were provided via direct correspondence to Cooperative Extension Directors/Administrators in July 2015. Award presentations will be made in October 2015. 

Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement – See for guidelines on submitting scholarly papers to the Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement, a publication of the University of Georgia’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Institute of Higher Education, College of Education & Extension Service. The mission of the JHEOE is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of engagement and outreach between higher education institutions and communities. Manuscripts from Cooperative Extension professionals are welcomed.