The Tuesday Letter
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
(Vol. 20 No. 17)
IN THIS ISSUE...
KSRE TECH TIPS MARCH 11, 12, 13: MICROSOFT OUTLOOK EMAIL / CALENDAR AND ZOOM WEB CONFERENCING
This series provides helpful information with new and emerging
technology at Kansas State University. These training classes are
designed to give you a good overview. They will cover the basics to get
you going as well as providing tips to enhance your technology
All programs will be online and begin at 9 a.m. They will be 30 minutes in length with time given for questions and answers.
Tech Tips Schedule:
March 11 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. - Zoom Web Conferencing
This session will utilize the free Zoom software to conduct online
meetings and webinars. Similar to Adobe Connect, this communication tool
contains several easy to use features.
March 12 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. - Microsoft Office 365 Outlook Web App
The focus of this program will cover using Outlook email and calendar through your Web browser. Learn how to organize and sort your email, create a signature set, schedule meetings on the calendar and more.
This session will be an overview of the installed Outlook desk-side
client. With a slightly different interface from the Web browser
version, presenters will show you the key features of email and
calendar system to get the most productivity out of this powerful
March 13 (Thursday) 9 a.m. - Microsoft Office 365 Outlook Desk-side Client
All programs will be recorded in case you miss them.
For more information and links to the live presentations and additional resources, go to http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/Technology/p.aspx?tabid=880. --Gerry Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
GROWING KANSAS LEADERS CAMPAIGN COMPLETE WITH $12.8 MILLION
Thanks to statewide support of the Growing Kansas Leaders campaign, $12.8 million in cash, pledges,
in-kind and planned gifts were designated to enhance the future of the Kansas
4-H program. Projects benefitting from
the effort include the 4-H program areas, Clovia Scholarship House and Rock
Springs 4-H Center.
According to Gordon Hibbard, president of the Kansas 4-H
Foundation, what started out as a $10 million goal was exceeded by nearly $3
million in recent months. “Thanks to the Kansas
4-H Foundation’s trustees, campaign committee members, extension professionals,
4-H clubs, volunteers and staff, we have accomplished a great deal during the
last three years,” he said.
The Growing Leaders Fund is already providing additional
scholarships and internship support for outstanding 4-H’ers, outreach programs
for new populations, alumni and volunteer recruitment programs and programming
A special thank you to the many KSU Research and Extension
professionals who supported the various aspects of the campaign. This includes the 94 current and retired
professionals that provided $22,175 in support for the enhancement of the
previously endowed Extension Step Ahead
The “Cool Pool” effort was led by members of the State 4-H
Youth Council. A total of 144 4-H Clubs
and local 4-H councils provided $30,615.33 in support of the complete
renovation of the W.S. & E.C. Jones Swimming Pool at Rock Springs 4-H Center.
Completed projects at Clovia Scholarship House include the
renovations of the bathrooms and kitchen. In addition, more than $200,000 has been raised for future improvements.
Capital improvement and renovation projects that are
completed or in progress at Rock Springs include the W.S. & E.C. Jones
Swimming Pool, Williams Dining Hall and the Indoor Activity Building, Heritage
Hall, Meditation Chapel, Hansen Cottage and the Spring Plaza area.
"The campaign’s success stands on the shoulders of those who
built and sustained the Kansas 4-H Foundation throughout its 62 years," Hibbard
said. "The success we are celebrating today should commemorate our
rich history, in addition to our vibrant future." --Daryl Buchholz email@example.com
STRENGTHENING 4-H CLUBS TRAINNING
Back by popular demand, we’re hosting Strengthening Clubs
I and Strengthening Clubs 1– Chapter 2 sessions this spring.
Clubs 1 on March 26, at the Sedgwick County Extension Office
The purpose of this training is to strengthen Extension
staff’s capacity to work with volunteer adults and youth to develop and support
strong, effective 4-H Clubs. New staff and those who have never attended Strengthening Clubs
training are urged to attend. Past evaluations have shown the training to
be very valuable and useful.
Clubs 1, Chapter 2 on March 27, at the Sedgwick County Extension
The purpose of this training is to strengthen your
capacity to work with volunteer adults and youth to develop and support strong,
effective 4-H Clubs. You will take home new resources and ideas to share with
4-H Club Leaders. If you attended Strengthening Club I training, this is
chapter 2 and if you haven’t attended it, you are welcome too. We will again
spend time on traits of a strong club and on how to build them. Topics include:
Essential Elements; Youth and Adult Partnerships, Getting input from members;
Keeping Youth in 4-H-Retention of members; and Club Management including
finances, elections and club leader succession plans.
Both trainings will start at 9:45 a.m. and conclude at
3:15 p.m. Area 4-H Youth Development Specialists Beth Hinshaw and Diane Mack
will facilitate the trainings. Cost is
$25 each day, which includes materials and lunch. Make checks payable to the Kansas 4-H
Foundation. Please mail checks to the State 4-H Office, Attn: Mary.
Please register online by March 14, 2014. Click
this link to register for one or both of these trainings. --Diane Mack firstname.lastname@example.org and Beth Hinshaw email@example.com
SPRING JOINT AG PFT MEETING TO BE HELD IN SALINA, KS ON MARCH 26-27, 2014
Register for the Joint Ag PFT meeting by clicking here. We will need everyone that attends to register for our food counts. Direct any registration questions to Katie Golemboski, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-462-6281, at the NW Area office. Once you have registered, your county will be invoiced for the appropriate amount ($15 for noon meal and 2 breaks). Registrations are due March 19.
The Livestock PFT invites all who are interested to join us for our initial brainstorming and planning session that will begin on March 26, at 3 p.m. at the Webster Conference Center in Salina. We will start by hearing from Troy Marshall, a Colorado rancher and columnist, who will be helping us review issues influencing the beef industry and how that might impact our programming. Regardless of your PFT affiliation, you are welcome to join us for this presentation and discussion.
Later Merial will be sharing some information about a new extended release dewormer and will be providing dinner for those that are staying overnight (again all welcome, but please register). --Katie Golemboski email@example.com
ETHANOL USE IN SMALL NON ROAD ENGINES WEBINAR
Ethanol gasoline blends of 10% are ubiquitous. Yet questions and rumors abound about how ethanol blends affect small engines. This presentation will discuss how ethanol blends are different than 100% gasoline and how these changes impact small engines. In particular, this presentation will cover the combustion process and how ethanol blends function in small engines. If you have ever wondered about how ethanol impacts your small engines this presentation is for you. . .
The webinar, “Ethanol use in Small Non Road Engines,” will be Friday, March 28, at 10 a.m. CDT. It will be presented by Edwin Brokesh, PE.
Past web seminars on bioenergy topics are archived at http://farmenergymedia.extension.org/videos or http://bioenergy.unl.edu.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone interested in Bioenergy and renewable energy. Extension Educators, Professors, State Agencies, Federal personnel, Teachers, College Students, Bioenergy industry personnel etc.Begin connecting 5 minutes prior to the start time.
How To Connect:
At the meeting time, copy and paste this URL into your browser to enter the meeting: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/agenergy/
You will find a login page. Choose "Enter as a Guest" and submit your name, and business or institution and click "Enter Room."The audio portion of the meeting will come through your computer speakers.
Any time before the meeting you can visit the following URL to confirm your ability to connect: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/testconnect/. --Ed Brokesh firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 4-H SPRING DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - OPEN TO ALL KSRE STAFF
The 2014 4-H Spring
Development Conference - “Personal & Professional Leadership,” is being co-sponsored
by the Kansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the K-State Research and
Extension Youth Development Program Focus Team, April 14-16, 2014. This exciting three-day, two night program is
open to any KSRE staff person. Participants
may attend the entire conference, or may attend part-time. The conference will
be at Rock Springs 4-H Center.
Ron Alexander will
be the featured speaker on Tuesday, April 15, and will present "Exercising
Leadership for Growth." Ron is
President of R.E. Alexander and Associates, LLC. Additionally, he serves on the
faculty of the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, KS. For more than 30 years, Ron has directed and
facilitated a range of leadership and community development projects and
initiatives, including several efforts with K-State Research and Extension and
Kansas 4-H Youth Development. He is a
proud alumnus of K-State. Ron is
passionate about his faith, his family and bicycling.
Molly Thornburgh of
the Greater Kansas City YMCA will present “Exploring Science Inquiry” on
Wednesday, April 16. Her hands-on
interactive session showcases science inquiry.
Science inquiry is vastly different from the experiential learning model
that 4-H uses. Participants will be
guided through an educational activity for a new learning experience. Throughout her presentation, Molly will weave
in facilitation tips.
Google forms on-line
will be used for the registration system. The cost for each specific conference
or the combined conference varies. Please see the cost structure at the bottom of the registration page. Visit
submit your payment to Beth Hinshaw, 2000 N Poplar, Hutchinson, KS,
67502. Checks are to be made payable to
the KAE4-HA and are due postmarked by April 1, 2014 or earlier.
To see the 2014 program schedule, visit: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/agent_association/p.aspx?tabid=59.
For more questions about registering, contact
Deryl Waldren, 785-462-6281, or email email@example.com. --Aliesa Woods KAE4-HA Public Relations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALTHY YOU: WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE - MYPLATE SUPERTRACKER
Use the MyPlate SuperTracker
Walk Kansas starts in just a few weeks! As you know, this program encourages
participants to track their exercise efforts for eight weeks. Why not use these eight weeks to track your
food consumption as well? There’s no
easier way to do that than with the MyPlate SuperTracker. This free website has many tools to help you
lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle:
Many experts say that the simple act of keeping a food diary
can encourage you to eat fewer calories -- and thus lose weight. Set yourself up for success today with the
MyPlate SuperTracker at https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx. --Jodi Drake email@example.com
- Food Tracker - Search and add food to
view how your daily choices stack up to your food group targets and daily
limits. Make tracking and planning ahead simple by using the Copy Meals and
Create a Combo features.
- Food-A-Pedia - Look up a food to get quick
access to nutrition information for over 8,000 foods. Choose and compare 2 foods.
- Physical Activity Tracker - Search and add physical activities to view how your activities stack
up against your targets.
- My Weight Manager - Get
weight management guidance; enter your weight and track progress over time.
- My Top 5 Goals - Choose
up to 5 personal goals; sign up for tips and support from your virtual coach.
- My Recipe - Build and save your
favorite recipes for tracking, and analyze the nutrition information.
MARIE'S PICKS . . .
my picks are success stories from Anna Schremmer, Phillips-Rooks District; Amy
Lorenzen, Golden Prairie; and Bill Wood, Douglas County:
300 elementary students attended the Kansas Day Activity held at Logan. Cody
and I had a “From Field To Table” learning center on growing, harvesting,
grinding, and preparing wheat. New this year was making pancakes out of the
ground wheat giving each student a dollar size pancake to try. We coordinated
Logan FFA’s exhibit on chickens and eggs with our wheat exhibit and showed how
to make noodles from scratch. The students used the pasta maker to roll out and
cut the noodles. The Phillipsburg FFA students helped with both of these
students in grades 4-8, learned how agriculture is related to so many things we
use every day. As part of a Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
presentation for area students, participants learned how to make glue, how mold
is formed and how to make cottage cheese. One student said that making the
cottage cheese was cool, but it tasted "gross!"
completed our 13th year of the Slice of Agriculture Program for 4th grade students.
We had 45 classes and 997 youth participate in Slice Of Ag. These students
learned where their food comes from and the value of agriculture to our
community. They learned about soil and water conservation, farm machinery, how
crops from their seed kits, what the main crops are in our county are and what
food and non-food products come from them, and where milk and meat come from. They
also learned about many other by-products that are useful to us that come from
livestock, as well as proper hand washing to help prevent the spread of germs
and diseases, and healthy nutrition choices.
Here is what one teacher said about the value of Slice of Ag: "We have
many students in our school that never have the opportunity to be around a farm
setting. They never see what is behind growing plants and raising animals. They
have no idea of the parts of animals that are used to make everyday things. Growing
up in the state of Kansas, I think it is our responsibility to teach our kids
the importance of farming. Also, the House of Germs is an eye opening
experience for them. I love to see the look on their faces! I thank you as
a teacher for this part as I am always asking if they have washed their hands
or used Germ X at school. Now they know why!" --Marie Blythe firstname.lastname@example.org