The Tuesday Letter
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
(Vol. 21 No. 20)
IN THIS ISSUE...
WORD FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - EXTENSION AND APPLIED RESEARCH
am re-running a Tuesday message from a few years back. Hope you don't mind. I believe it conveys some
important, subtle changes that have occurred in my lifetime as an
Extension specialist and then an administrator. Some changes are so
gradual that you may not see the change, or might believe that the past
remains as our current and future. And, then there are those who
have not been a part of Extension for decades and you might see it from a
totally different point of view. I do appreciate feedback!
I attended the National Extension Directors and
Administrators Conference in 2012. Theme for the conference was "Opportunities
of Change for Transformational Education." Throughout presentations a
recurring message was one of embracing change through a willingness to
understand the forces driving the change.
Extension has undergone
substantial change over the past decades. We're no longer the
sole-source provider of information. Technology has flattened the
information pipeline. A greater diversity of research engines and
information sources have emerged. We've had to learn to partner. To
retain respect in today's information age, we must look at ourselves
LESS as "THE EXPERT," and more as a trusted translator, guide, or
facilitator in decision processes and transformational education.
can view ourselves in competition with other sources, or we can work
aggressively at being better partners. In the long run, partnering will
be most productive and most helpful for our clientele and all those for
whom we serve. And, "partnering" requires that we show up, invest
ourselves in building relations, and figure out how we can contribute to
solutions by sharing resources and sharing credit. Successful
partnering and engagement were described appropriately as full contact
sports! If we wait for others to come to us, we won't be in the
information and transformational education game in the future.
of food for thought on how we've changed, and how we need to
aggressively continue to change for our future if Extension is to
continuously improve upon its ability to be a reliable, relevant,
responsive, and rewardable organization.
Have a great week! --Daryl
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE: REGISTER NOW!
Extension has been invited to be a
major participant in the next Healthy Communities Initiative Convening
scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 16th through 12 p.m. on April 17th at the Kansas Leadership Center, 325
E. Douglas, Wichita, KS. Some of you are already involved in your local
efforts. Others of you may not as yet have provided support to your local
teams and may be seeking ways to do so. This would be a great opportunity
to find out what this initiative is about and how you can become involved. As you will note, the healthy lifestyles efforts fall squarely within our
programming priorities. And yes, there may be future funding
opportunities moving forward.
The convening will provide a forum
for individuals, organizations and coalitions working to advance Healthy
Communities throughout Kansas, including opportunities: to gain insights about
creating environments that support healthy eating and active living policy,
systems and environmental changes, to identify common successes and challenges
in developing and implementing policy priorities in order to strategically
develop future efforts, to explore new possibilities for local, regional, state
and national partnership that will grow and sustain healthier communities
across Kansas, to deepen understanding of how to sustain collaborative,
community health improvement efforts, and to surface actions and next steps to
PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, MARCH
25, 2015 using this link. KHF Registration.
There is no fee to attend this
convening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Several
options for lodging close to the Kansas Leadership Center are listed at the end
of the registration form. Please contact Candy Youle at Candace.email@example.com with questions about the registration
process. --Roberta Riportella firstname.lastname@example.org
REMINDER - KSRE ADOBE CONNECT ENDING MAY 2015
On May 1, 2015, we will be discontinuing the use of Adobe Connect as the web conferencing solution for the College of Ag and KSRE. The reason for the move is the licensing and management costs related to Adobe connect, we have a University wide license for the use of Zoom.us as a web conferencing option, and this allows us to eliminate duplicate applications and provide better service to our clients.
The K-State Zoom web conferencing system allows you to schedule rooms on your own for meetings up to 25 people. For meetings which require 100 seats or 500 seats, you will need to schedule those through Shelley Troyer, email@example.com. We have purchased two additional licenses for the 100 seat meeting rooms and one additional license for the 500 seat webinar room for use by KSRE and the College of Agriculture. When reserving a 100 seat room or a 500 seat webinar send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and copy firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get one of the licenses assigned to you. Please let us know at least one week ahead of needing the webinar or large meeting rooms. These are in addition to the four 100 seat licenses and the one 500 seat webinar license that everyone in the University can use.
Zoom has many of the same features as Connect including screen sharing, chat, and recording your meetings. By default the recordings are stored on the local computer, but a recent update allows you to store your recordings in the cloud and make them available. To allow cloud recording you need to log in to https://ksu.zoom.us with your eID and password, click on My Profile and enable cloud recording under recording options. When you click record in a meeting you will have the option to save your recording to the cloud. Cloud recording is limited to 1 GB for the entire University and each recording is limited to 200 playbacks or downloads per month. Look at using cloud recording for webinars or meeting that need a short time on line. For sessions that need to stay available for a longer period of time, look to make them available on your web site or sharing via OneDrive.
If you need to save your Connect recordings, follow the procedure that Gerry has put together at Saving Connect Recordings, http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/Technology/p.aspx?tabid=882.
Resources for Zoom are available from:
Tech Tip on Zoom Web Conferencing
Handout on Zoom
Zoom Support Center
If you have questions about moving your recordings form the Adobe Connect system, please contact Gerry Snyder, email@example.com. If you have questions about the Zoom web conferencing system, please contact Shelley Troyer, firstname.lastname@example.org. --Joe Lear email@example.com
KSRE AGENT VIDEO TRAINING SERIES
Many people get their information today through an array of
social media. Video is one of the best methods of showing what’s happening in
the field and particularly in your county. Using your own smartphone, you can
produce a good quality instructional video.
This short training series helps KSRE agents learn the
basics in producing your own educational videos. The first two sessions will be held online followed by a
April 1: Online webinar (9 a.m.) – overview of making an instructional video, creating
a storyboard and writing a script, and what equipment to use for recording
video and audio.
April 15: Online webinar (9 a.m.) – simple tips in shooting
better videos, overview of video editing, how to upload to YouTube.
April 17: Hands-on workshop (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – Hodgeman County
(Jetmore, KS) morning - shooting video, recording audio, shooting b-roll.
Afternoon - editing your program and uploading to YouTube.
April 24: Hands-on workshop (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – KSU (Manhattan,
KS) morning - shooting video, recording audio, shooting b-roll. Afternoon -
editing your program and uploading to YouTube.
The online classes are open to anyone. They are offered live and
recorded in case you miss them. For the hands-on workshop, please register with Gerry
Additional information is posted at the KSRE Technology
website at www.ksre.ksu.edu/technology. --Gerry Snyder
4-H AND OPEN HORSE JUDGES’ CERTIFICATION CLINIC ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS
Current horse judges need to re-certify every few years. In addition, horse enthusiasts often want to get certified so they can judge 4-H and open class horse shows. Join us on Friday, April 17th, for a 4-H and open horse
judges’ certification clinic co-sponsored by the Colby Community College
Equestrian program, K-State Research and Extension and Northwest Area 4-H. The training runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Colby Community College Farm, 2002 County Road 23, Colby, KS 67701.
Dr. Teresa Douthit,
Associate Professor in Animal Nutrition, Department of Animal Sciences, KSU,
will be the lead trainer. The training
will include two halter classes and four performance classes. Cost of the
certification is $30 that includes lunch, snack and training materials. There will be no refunds except in the event
that the training is cancelled due to low numbers. All participants must remain for the entire
training in order to be certified. Registrations
are on-line due by April 1st by visiting http://www.colbycc.edu/athletics/teams/equestrian/horse-judge-certification/. Participants must be at least 19-years-old to attend the
Checks should be
made payable to “CCC Equestrian” and mailed by the deadline to Shanda Mattix, CCC, 1255 South Range Avenue,
Colby, KS 67701. For more information,
contact Shanda Mattix, firstname.lastname@example.org,
785-460-5464; or Deryl Waldren, email@example.com,
785-462-6281. --Deryl Waldren
PASTURE BURNING SMOKE MANAGEMENT AND AIR QUALITY WORKSHOP AVAILABLE IN APRIL
A workshop for pasture burning smoke management and air quality will be provided by the air quality specialists in the department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering. If you may be involved in smoke management for pasture burning, or if you just have an interest in the smoke related air quality issues, please consider attending the workshop. For enrollment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information. Enrollment is free.
The objectives of the workshop are: (1.) Introduce people to smoke related air quality issues, update regulation trends, and provide science-based information that help people with understanding and implementing smoke management plans. (2.) Establish connections and provide sources of additional information and tools on smoke management. (3.) Seek feedback to improve the extension program.
Location of the workshop: Seaton Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
Time: The proposed date will be from April 6 to April 17, 2015. A doodle poll has been created to determine the final date in order to allow maximum participation. Below is the Doodle Poll link for you to select your availability for the workshop. Your prompt response is appreciated! http://doodle.com/kkgmv9ewugupurab
Target audience: Extension agents and specialists who may be involved in smoke management for pasture burning, and who have an interest in the smoke related air quality issues.
The following is the proposed program for the workshop.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1. The nature of smoke and basics of the air quality issues. Presenter: Dr. Zifei Liu
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Session 2. How do we manage smoke? Presenter: Dr. Zifei Liu
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break.
11:15 – 11:45 am. Session 3. The smoke modeling tool. Presenter: Dr. Pat Murphy
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Survey and discussion
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Session 4. Where are we headed? Presenter: Dr. Zifei Liu 1:30 p.m. End.
--Zifei Liu email@example.com
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS!
Abstracts in support of the 2015 International Grain Quality and Food Security Conference topics are now being accepted. Abstract submission deadline is April 10, 2015, with acceptance notification by April 30, 2015. Sections include oral presentations during technical sessions and posters to be displayed during the conference. A student competition will also be held in both sections, with prizes for the top three of each section. Abstract categories include: characterization of quality and safety attributes; efficient management systems for assuring quality, food safety and food security; industry perspectives on grain quality and food security; market-chain technologies for providing biosecure grains; developing measurement systems for food safety; advances in process technology; and assuring food security.
The 2015 International Grain Quality and Food Security Conference will be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, KS August 3-6. The goal of this conference is to provide a global symposium on the technical, scientific and economic opportunities and challenges involved in globalgrain-based food, feed, fiber and fuel supply chains to assure food security through physical and economic access. More information, including registration, abstract submission guidelines, student competition information, and exhibition and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.grains.k-state.edu/igqfsc-2015/index.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org. --Anne Huss email@example.com
4-H SPRING UPDATE
A 4-H Update webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, at
1:30 p.m. The purpose of the 45-minute webinar is to update Extension
professionals on 4-H staff assignments, what’s happening across Kansas 4-H and
program management information. This 4-H Update will be conducted using
Zoom web conferencing*. The meeting room will be open at 1:15 p.m. and the
meeting will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. The webinar will also be recorded for
Topic: 4-H Spring Update
Time: April 15, 2015, 1:30 p.m. (GMT-5:00) Central Time (US
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/416705861
Or join by phone:
+1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 (US Toll)
ID: 416 705 861
Distance Charges will Apply to Your Account
*If you have not used Zoom before, please allow plenty of
time to get familiar with Zoom web conferencing: https://ksu.zoom.us/. --Barbara Stone firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTY DIPMAN, RECIPIENT OF K-STATE UNIVERSITY SUPPORT STAFF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Christy Dipman, an Administrative Officer in the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources, was named as a recipient of the 2015 K-State University Support Staff Award of Excellence. Christy is a key player in the HFRR Extension team. She works with state specialists in HFRR and other departments (Plant Pathology, Entomology) as well as local agents to organize conferences and coordinate other facets of program delivery.
The selection criteria included: (1) Outstanding performance, including contributing to the mission of the unit, college, or university; (2) Inspirations of excellence in others, including consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness
to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; and (3) Initiative and creativity, including increased the efficiency of an
operation or department/unit. Anyone who knows Christy knows that she shines in all of these areas and is a huge asset to K-State Extension. Congratulations Christy!
She will be recognized at the Classified Employee Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 22, at 2:00 in the K-State Union Ballroom. --Megan Kennelly email@example.com
KANSAS OMK (OPERATION: MILITARY KIDS) TRANSITIONS
Kansas OMK (Operation: Military Kids) program is transitioning the end of
March from federal DoD funding to reduced state-based resources and more
targeted priorities. Though this
transition period will limit our outreach activities until September 30, we
assure you that Kansas OMK continues our commitment to Kansas National Guard
youth and family programs, 4-H projects on the installations, community day
camps, awareness campaigns, the state’s Joining Community Forces (JCF)
network and K-State's Institute for the Health and Security of Military
now and September, Kansas OMK is undertaking:
of the Military Child (MOMC) events throughout April
military family gardening awareness campaign
with libraries to address transitions impacting military families
day camps in communities and on installations. Let Ann Domsch know if you’d
like to host a day camp this summer.
All of our events will be listed on
K-State's Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families website:
http://militaryfamilies.k-state.edu. Some of those activities celebrate April which is the Month of the Military Child. April 15 is National Purple Up! day which calls for recognizing the contributions that military-connected youth make to their families and communities. The Purple Up! day flyer is located on the Institute's website.
Inspire Learning – Improve Health -
Strengthen Resilience among Military-Connected Youth and Families in Kansas.
Thanks to your support for the past
10 years, Kansas OMK continues to:
For more information, contact Ann
Domsch, Kansas OMK Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine Johannes, Kansas
OMK Director, email@example.com. --Ann
DIVERSITY PROGRAMS OFFICE UPDATE
The DPO would like to share information about our events:
• On March 11th the K-State MANRRS Chapters participated in a Beef Steak Tasting Panel through Animal Sciences and Industry. Thank you to the 23 MANRRS Members and Faculty that participated in the panel and donated the proceeds to the MANRRS fundraiser. It was a great success and will help to fund the MANRRS trip to the 2015 MANRRS National Conference.
• The Diversity Programs Office and the Kansas State MANRRS chapter partnered together to send nine students to the 30th Annual MANRRS Career Fair and Training National Conference in Houston, TX this week, March 25th to March 29th. The 2015 K-State MANRRS Chapter delegation includes 9 student members that will compete in a number of contests. At last year’s conference senior Taneysha Howard, Agricultural Communications and Journalism major, placed 1st in the National conference theme contest where her entry “Thirty Years of Triumph: Branching Out and Excelling to Greater Heights” is being featured on all conference items this year.
• Nicodemus Educational Camp will be held this summer during the weeks of June 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26 and they are looking for Senior Camp Mentor/Counselors Position. As a Camp Mentor/ Counselor you would be responsible for planning, leading, and implanting core and non-core programs and experiences for youth in a small group setting. To fill out the job application and for more information about the camp please go to http://www.nicodemuscamps.com or contact Dr. JohnElla Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is this Friday, March 27.
Please continue to look for more diversity events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean of Diversity, email@example.com. --Zelia Wiley