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Monday, July 11, 2016

New Director/Administrator Orientation 9.19.16

Cooperative Extension and Experiment Station directors and administrators with three years administrative experience or less are invited to a 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. MT, Monday, September 19th session preceding the Joint Meeting of the Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Sections September 19-21, 2016 at Jackson Lake Lodge, WY. Moderating the orientation panel is ECOP Personnel Committee Co-chair Celvia Stovall, Alabama A&M University. Panelists are Bob Shulstad, University of Georgia; David Thompson, New Mexico State University; Bill Hare, University of the District of Columbia; Bev Durgan, University of Minnesota, and Edmund Buckner, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. All details about registration and lodging are available at Early bird registration ends July 31, 2016. 

Chair Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska; Mark Latimore, Fort Valley State University; Deborah Sheely,
University of Rhode Island; Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Scott Reed, Oregon State University.
Extension National System Conversation Continues – If you missed dialogue late last month led by the chair of the ECOP National System Task Force, Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska, you are encouraged to view the webinar recording at and slide deck at Hibberd reviewed results of two national surveys and engaged participants in online voting on questions related to Extension’s method, description of national system, brand promise, and use of a national logo as a secondary identifier. Opportunity for further discussion will continue for all Extension directors/administrators attending the ESS-CES Joint Meeting in September 19-21, 2016 at Jackson Lake Lodge, WY. Members of the ECOP National System Task Force are Mark Latimore, Fort Valley State University; Scott Reed, Oregon State University; Deborah Sheely, University of Rhode Island, and Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. 

Sign Up for National 4-H Council Webinar Series – This summer, National 4-H Council will host a series of webinars and trainings on topics, promotions and events that are important to the 4-H community, including the Grow True Leaders Campaign “Share” Activation, 4-H National Youth Science Day, National 4-H Week, Paper Clover Promotion and more. For your convenience, dates and information about the numerous webinars are included in one place for easy sign up. See

eXtension Update 7.27.16 – Find out about the 69 projects of the i-Three Issue Corps, new fellows for the 2016-17, state-level Innovation Teams, and professional development opportunities at the next eXtension Quarterly webinar. For details, see

USDA-NIFA Reviews Family and Consumer Sciences Accomplishments – See for information about the the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, a part of the USDA-NIFA Institute of Youth, Family and Community. See especially the “2015 Year in Review.”