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Monday, October 31, 2016

Your Voice Matters: Private Resource Mobilization Webinar

Scott Reed, Chair, ECOP Private Resource Mobilization Task Force, Oregon State University, invites Extension directors and administrators, or their designees, to a webinar 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Connect at (Please note this is a different URL than previously announced.) Using online polling, you will have opportunity to express your views related to an institutional home for this work, and to what extend you agree with the proposed three-year plan and configuration of an oversight committee. ECOP is expected to take action on the task force recommendations at its April 2017 face-to-face meeting. 

Jason Henderson, Purdue University
Henderson Named to NC-FAR Board – Purdue Extension Director Jason Henderson has been named as the Extension representative to the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NC-FAR) Board of Directors. ECOP maintains a membership in NC-FAR on behalf of the Cooperative Extension Section. Henderson replaces Tim Cross who served on the board until his recent transition to Interim Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. 

Karen Johnston, University of Delaware; Elaine Johannes, Kansas
State University; Lisa Washburn, University of Arkansas; Carol
Smathers, Ohio State University; Matt Devereaux, University of
Tennessee, and Maureen Toomey, University of Idaho. Not pictured,
Anne Iaccopucci, University of California; Martha Ravola, Alcorn
State University, and Sekai Turner, North Carolina A&T University.
Health Team Requests Survey ResponseThe ECOP Positive Youth Development Health Action Team seeks information about Extension professional’s involvement in policy, systems and environmental change; community development, and individual development. All Extension professionals are encouraged to complete the survey at The team serves to build Cooperative Extension capacity to promote health and prevent illness amongst youth. Information collected from this survey will help identify how to best support work that is already being done and stimulate the development of new program and professional development opportunities. Results will be available in spring 2017. 

Fatemeh Malekian, Southern University; Sarah Bercaw, University
of Delaware; Sonja Koukel, New Mexico State University; Nancy
Crevier, University of Wisconsin; Cathy Newkirk, Michigan
State University; Belinda Letto, University of Tennessee; Jatunn
Gibson, Auburn University and Lisa Barlage, Ohio State University.
Note pictured - Linda Quade, South Dakota State University.
Health Literacy on ESP Conference Agenda – ECOP Health Literacy Action Team member Lisa Barlage, Ohio State University, along with Sarah Bercaw, University of Delaware, and Belinda Letto, University of Tennessee, offered a concurrent session Cooperative Extension and Health Literacy: A National Focus at the Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference last week in Cape May, NJ. Speakers gave an overview of health literacy at the national level, the challenges of health literacy education, educational resources, and the emerging role of Extension. Other team members are Chair Sonja Koukel, New Mexico State University; Nancy Crevier, University of Wisconsin; Jatunn Gibson, Auburn University; Fatemeh Malekian, Southern University and A&M College; Cathy Newkirk, Michigan State University, and Linda Quade, South Dakota State University. 

Deadline Tomorrow for Volunteerism Conference Proposals – The 2017 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism is April 10-13 in Asheville, NC. You have until 11.1.16 to submit a proposal at This conference is designed for all Cooperative Extension professionals who manage volunteers as a part of their programs. Questions can be directed to Doug Swanson, USDA-NIFA National Program Leader,

Request Comment on APLU New Engagement – Several Extension Directors and Administrators were members of the recent APLU Planning Team on the New Engagement. There is a link to the planning team’s report on the APLU web site and also a link to a feedback form. Please use the form to express your views. Your comments will help inform the naming and charge for an APLU Task Force on New Engagement.