The Tuesday Letter
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
(Vol. 21 No. 21)
IN THIS ISSUE...
WORD FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - EXTENSION AND APPLIED RESEARCH
Advisory groups are the backbone of Extension programming. Extension professionals continually seek advisory persons for feedback, ideas, opportunities, creativity, resources, and evaluation of educational programming. In Kansas, our state law defines the need to utilize an advisory in Extension programming. That advisory is called a Program Development Committee (PDC).
A training opportunity is underway this week and next to provide Extension professionals with tools and best practices shown to increase the effectiveness and influence of PDCs. The training is happening in Manhattan, Iola, Wakeeney, Garden City, and Pratt. For further information, you can find the announcement at this link.
I want to express my appreciation and thanks to the task force that has worked to develop the resources that will be delivered through these training opportunities. Those individuals have teamed up to raise the bar and increase the effectiveness of PDCs within every local Extension unit. The tools have great utility for Extension specialists as well, and I hope specialists will utilize the tools to improve skills in utilizing advisories for their work as well!
The PDC task force team has included the following Extension professionals: Linda Beech, Carl Garten, Jeanne Falk Jones, Kaitlyn Peine, Laurie Chandler, David Hallauer, Rebecca McMahon, Fran Richmond, Dale Fjell, Chris Onstad, Trudy Rice, Gregg Hadley, Gayle Price, Stacey Warner, and Margaret Phillips. While Margaret is now retired, she deserves recognition for her work in moving this task force forward!
I look forward to feedback on the training, and the improvements that Extension professionals can implement to increase the effectiveness in PDCs in driving the priorities, planning, implementation, and evaluation of high impact Extension educational programming.
Have a great week! --Daryl Buchholz firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL 4-H E-ACADEMY: DEVELOPING SKILLS THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
professionals within positive youth development programs are invited to
participate in a national e-academy focusing on the skills teens develop
through participating in leadership and citizenship opportunities. The program is being developed by and will be focused on the 4-H Youth
Development Program. However, all youth development professionals within
and outside of Cooperative Extension are welcome to participate. All
levels of staff, including but not limited to field staff and state staff, are
welcome to participate. The focus will be on what local staff can
do to intentionally develop impactful experiences for teens. Please plan to join in on this opportunity. Registration information is
below. Also, share this communication via all newsletters, blogs, shared
calendars, email lists, and social media avenues that reach 4-H and non 4-H
youth development professionals.
- 5 week series
- Participation is free; registration is required.
you register you will get an email confirming the time, names of presenters and
connection information. Individual
session descriptions will be added to the registration website as planning
Swanson, National Program Leader
National Headquarters/ NIFA/USDA
April 1, 2015
-Session One – Introduction to National 4-H E-academy: Developing Skills Through 4-H Leadership and
- 12 – 1 p.m. ET
-Session Two - Leadership Competencies: A Framework; 2 – 3 p.m. ET
April 8, 2015
-Session Three - Youth and Adult Partnerships:
4-H Teens Reaching Youth -12 – 1 p.m. ET
-Session Four - Youth and Adult Partnership: Teens engaging the world - 2 – 3 p.m. ET
April 15, 2015
-Session Five - What skills are developed through intentional civic engagement
- 12 – 1 p.m. ET
-Session Six – Making a Difference: Youth Engaged in
Service Learning -2 – 3 p.m. ET
April 22, 2015
-Session Seven – The Role of Civic Education in 4-H
-12 – 1 p.m. ET
-Session Eight - Understanding
Culture through the Lens of 4-H Citizenship - 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Session Nine and Ten - An implementation map for 4-H
teen involvement and engagement -12 – 1 p.m. ET and 2
– 3 p.m. ET --Deryl Waldren 785-462-6281, email@example.com
April 29, 2015
KSRE AGENT VIDEO TRAINING SERIES: APRIL 1 WEBINAR
This first session of this series starts Wednesday, April 1, 9 a.m.
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 and links to the online webinars are posted at the KSRE Technology
website at www.ksre.ksu.edu/technology.
OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE FOR FREE NSF WORKSHOP
Online registration is still open for the
nationally-recognized workshop, Science:
Becoming the Messenger, being presented April 13-14 at Kansas State by the National
The workshop will provide training that will help faculty,
students, and staff communicate complex research information to non-science
audiences. All sessions will be held at the Kansas State Alumni Center’s main
Online registration is at www.k-state.edu/globalfood/events/nsfworkshop.html.
“We are pleased to provide this outstanding opportunity,” said Karen Burg, vice president for research. “Effective
communication of complex research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery
(RSCAD) topics can be very difficult but is crucial to underscoring -- both
internal and external to the university -- the importance of RSCAD to the
state, nation, and world.”
On April 13, NSF presenters will provide practical tips on
developing science messages that help to influence thinking; how to succeed in
interviews; using PowerPoint presentations effectively; using social media for
impact; and the basics of developing a great science video.
Due to time constraints, the workshop’s second day, April
14, is invitation-only and limited to 30 Kansas State faculty and students. The
focus of this day is one-on-one coaching and mock press conferences.
You must be registered for the April 13 workshop in order to
participate in the April 14 session. To request a spot on April 14, please submit a 1/2 page bio paragraph and a 2-3 sentence statement of why you'd like to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "NSF Workshop." Requests for training on April 14 must be received by Friday, April 3. --Pat Melgares email@example.com
GRANDMA'S YELLOW PIE PLATE TRAINING AND MORE
Family Resource Management Program Focus Team (FRM PFT) is hosting a
professional development training on April 21-22, 2015 at the Sedgwick
County Extension Office in Wichita. We invite our K-State Research and
Extension colleagues to attend either or both days.
On Tuesday, April 21,
University of Minnesota Professor Marlene Stum (B.S. Consumer Affairs,
K-State) will teach an updated version of "Who Gets Grandma´s Yellow Pie
Plate." The training begins at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 6 pm. Lunch will be catered to the site. For
those who have used the "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate" materials
in the past, a new and revised edition is being introduced in April
On Wednesday, April 22, PFT
members are sharing programs on a variety of financial education-related
topics. The programs will be taught just as we would present them to an
begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude around 3 p.m. Lunch will be catered to
Presentations on April 22 will include:
Does Your Money Have Wings (Rhonda Gordon),
Know Your Credit (Valeria Edwards),
Holiday Spending (Cindy Williams),
Prepare Kansas (Jamie Rathbun),
Estate Planning, (Anna Schremmer), and
Health Insurance Smarts (two versions - Erin Petersilie, Roberta Riportella).
Tuesday -- $92.00
Wednesday -- $12.00
Registration fees include training materials and lunch. For more information and to register, please go to
https://kstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cIazxBJ4iZBAZCt. --Elizabeth Kiss firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC WATER GOALS MEETING THANK YOU
As the public water goals meetings wind down this week, I, on behalf of the Extension Administration team, want to thank the dozens of agents, specialists and Center for Engagement & Community Development facilitators who answered the call to help the Kansas Water Office (KWO) and Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) in this facilitation endeavor. These meetings provided the public with the opportunity to share their thoughts regarding water goals, and it could not have happened without your willingness and ability to facilitate. Our KWO and KDA collaborating partners, as well as many participants, have been very complementary of your facilitation skills, your professionalism, and your willingness to help with these meetings.
Once again, thank you! Like so many times before, your effort made us proud. --Gregg Hadley email@example.com
MARIE'S PICKS . . .
My pick this week is from the Farm
The initial meetings to help producers determine the best farm
bill program held in February-April, 2014 provided basic
information about the new programs. Following development of the decision tool,
there was a two-pronged approach as participants learned how each program (ARC,
PLC, and SCO) functions, as well as the economics of the decision they face in
choosing which program to elect. Agents were trained to use the tool and also to help provide education at FSA educational meetings. K-State meetings were held around the state in January-February 2015. The sign-up deadline has been extended until April 7,
2015 for producers and landowners to make this one-time election. The outcome
will be deciding which program to select, given a variety of variables,
including the farm yield, farm base acres, and forecast of prices over the next
five years. K-State is providing direct help in understanding each of these
variables and additional information through the AgManager.info site on price outlook and marketing-year average
price updates for important Kansas crops. --Marie Blythe firstname.lastname@example.org
JIM CAIN COMING TO KANSAS
Just wanted to announce that we have confirmed a date for Jim Cain to come to Kansas and provide an outstanding Team Work and Team Play facilitation training, along with a great opportunity for teens and volunteers. This will be held in Hays on August 28-29, 2015. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. We will keep you posted as the final agenda and registration come available.
Dr. Jim Cain is the author of ten team and community building texts,
including: Teamwork & Teamplay, The Revised and Expanded Book of
Raccoon Circles, A Teachable Moment, Teambuilding Puzzles, The Big Book
of Low Cost Training Games, The Ropework & Ropeplay Collection of
Team Activities, Essential Staff Training Activities and Jim's latest
book, Find Something To Do! He is also the creator of the innovative
T&T Character Cards. Jim is the creative force behind his training
company, Teamwork & Teamplay, a former executive director of The
Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), a senior consultant
to the Cornell University Corporate Teambuilding Program and the
innovator of more than six dozen teambuilding activities and props. --Robyn Deines email@example.com