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Waite Honored with eXtension Individual Achievement Award

Karen Waite

Karen Waite

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Karen Waite, Michigan State University Extension Equine 4-H/Youth Specialist was recognized by eXtension with a 2014 eXtension Community of Practice (CoP) Individual Achievement Award. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

“eXtension’s Individual Achievement Award recognizes an individual member of a Community of Practice for exceptional performance and leadership in meeting the needs of Communities of Interest and demonstrated long-term dedication, leadership and contribution toward meeting the needs of Communities of Interest; and their leadership role in fostering the development and growth of the Community of Practice,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

Karen has been a part of HorseQuest, eXtension’s first Community of Practice, since 2006. In 2007, she helped establish the first eXtension partnership between Michigan State University Extension’s My Horse University and HorseQuest to share resources and work together for funding opportunities. Karen has contributed toward articles, Ask an Expert questions, learning lessons and webcasts. Karen has also enhanced HorseQuest scholarship through collaboration on grants, professional publications, and presentations with other CoP members.

“Karen has led two of HorseQuest’s largest efforts, the HALTER series and the Youth Horse Safety Series. And, Karen’s participation has resulted in state and national recognition including by NAE4-HA, JCEP’s Teamwork Award and recent recognition by Michigan State Extension’s iTEam Technology in Programs Award and by the Michigan Horse Council with their Catalyst Award,” said Craig Wood, eXtension Associate Director.

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University of Delaware Named Outstanding Institutional Team Winner

Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension (left) presents the Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award to (left to right) Michele Walfred, Adam Thomas, and Christy Mannering.

Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension (left) presents the Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award to (left to right) Michele Walfred, Adam Thomas, and Christy Mannering.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The University of Delaware Institutional Team has been honored by eXtension as a 2014 Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award winner. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

“An Outstanding Institutional Team has demonstrated the planning, creativity, and commitment to making eXtension a ‘fit’ for its state and institution. An Outstanding team also helps eXtension know just what its state and institution brings to eXtension,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

The University of Delaware Team includes Carrie Murphy, Phillip Sylvester, Deborah Delaney, Kathleen Splane, Nancy Gainer, Adam Thomas, Christy Mannering, and Michelle Walfred.

“The University of Delaware team, with the help of eXtension leadership members, was able to grasp the multitude of resources available from eXtension. Through Adobe Connect poll pods and a Qualtrics online survey the team identified some immediate and short-term goals for eXtension implementation. They quickly met that first round of goals and the goals they’re considering now focus on social media development and online course development using Moodle,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing Leader.

Ask an Expert implementation was a major focus of the team’s work in the second year. Oregon State’s Jeff Hino worked with team enabling Delaware to borrow and personalize Oregon’s marketing concept and build on a video into its own Prezi presentation for the Delaware State Fair.

The team developed the implementation process and the timeframe for delivery. By the time they “rolled out” Ask an Expert at the Delaware State Fair, over 30 staff and volunteers had been trained to respond to questions, question wranglers were in place, and a web presence developed.

All Extension staff participated in Adobe Connect training about Ask an Expert prior to the fair. Since the roll out time period, the team continues to enhance Ask an Expert with a question of the week format and additional trainings as new staff come on board. At this year’s Delaware Extension Annual Conference, the Ask an Expert sub-committee members, were selected and received the Director’s Leadership award.

“Establishing new priorities is underway and the team needs to establish related implementation plans and time frames around these goals. So clearly, we are still learning and growing and creating, however we are no longer in a “pilot phase” of eXtension. We are not asking, should we be involved in eXtension…the team is asking, what are our next steps in involvement that will be most meaningful to the Extension program here,” noted the nomination for the award.

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Bertsch Honored with CES Working Differently Award

Bob Bertsch (r) receives the Working Differently in Extension Award from Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension.

Bob Bertsch (r) receives the Working Differently in Extension Award from Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bob Bertsch, Web technology specialist in North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication was recognized by eXtension with a 2014 Working Differently in Extension award. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

The Working Differently in Extension Award recognizes an individual for his engagement with clientele, co-workers, and others in new and different ways. It lauds the demonstrable impacts made, both quantitatively and qualitatively as he does his work. And, the award provides an opportunity to show how this individual works online and within a learning network.

“Bob Bertsch epitomizes the concept of working differently in Extension. He not only practices the ideas himself, but he also shares them with many other people through both organized trainings and his personal learning network. He believes in and carries out the concept of “working differently” so much that he has created various tools under the umbrella of that name,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing Leader quoting nominating documents.

Bob is a leader in the NDSU eXtension Institutional Team and a North Dakotat State Ask an Expert question wrangler. In just five years, he has developed strong relationships with colleagues across the country that have similar goals to help Extension faculty and staff better use online technologies to reach, educate and engage with clients.

“Bob is a leader in the eXtension Military Families Learning Network Network Literacy Community of Practice, even devoting 20 percent of his time to the national effort. NDSU administrators agreed to this arrangement since they realized his work would benefit NDSU in addition to the national efforts,” noted Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

Bob’s Working Differently in Extension podcasts have a national and international following. In each 30-minute podcast, he interviews an Extension professional who is truly working differently. His interviewees are from all across the country.

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Nelson Honored with eXtension Champion Award

William Nelson (r) receives the eXtension Champion Award from Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee chair & Penn State University Extension Director.

William Nelson (r) receives the eXtension Champion Award from Dennis Calvin, eXtension Governing Committee chair & Penn State University Extension Director.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – William J. Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship for CHS Inc. and president of the CHS Foundation was named an eXtension Champion for 2014. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.
The eXtension Champion Award is presented by the organization’s Governing Committee to individuals instrumental in the creation and development of the eXtension initiative within Cooperative Extension.

“William has long been an advocate and supporter of eXtension. Through his leadership, CHS Foundation has helped establish the Cooperatives Education and Farm & Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Communities of Practice,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications & Marketing Leader.

More recently, the CHS Foundation awarded $150,000 to help start the new eXtension Women in Agriculture Learning Network.

“William promotes eXtension to others in the agricultural industry because he strongly believes in the importance of collaboration and technology, two key eXtension attributes, in addressing future needs of agricultural education and extension,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

William also leads the CHS Foundation, which offers support through university partnerships, rural leadership development, cooperative education, and farm and agricultural safety programs.

William serves on the National Council on Farmer Cooperatives’ executive education committee and the board of directors of the National Cooperative Business Association. He is a director for the Ralph K. Morris Foundation, and the Farm Foundation and Chair of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Farm Foundation’s Steering Committee for A Dialogue on Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century and the eXtension Foundation National Leadership Council. He is a founding member and chair of the board of directors of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America.

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Vandenberg Honored with eXtension Champion Award

Lela Vandenberg

Lela Vandenberg

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lela Vandenberg, leadership and professional development specialist at Michigan State University Extension was named an eXtension Champion for 2014. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

The eXtension Champion Award is presented by the organization’s Governing Committee to individuals instrumental in the creation and development of the eXtension initiative within Cooperative Extension.

“In 2009 Lela Vandenberg was bitten by the eXtension ‘bug’ after attending the first national eXtension conference. It was life and career changing for Lela and she was especially motivated to see how she could work with eXtension in Michigan,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications & Marketing leader.

Lela has been an active member of the Michigan State University Extension Institutional Team and offered training on eXtension tools statewide. She also volunteered to work with eXtension nationally on the State and Local Value Enhancement initiative.

“Lela’s contribution and her skill and expertise in online learning have been invaluable to eXtension. She took the leadership in creating and delivering a very successful series of Digital Information Broker trainings. She has been a critical national voice with Ask an Expert. She’s an outstanding Question Wrangler. And she has always been at the ready to passionately help in any way she can to advance eXtension and its tools both inside and outside of Michigan,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

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Graham Honored with eXtension Champion Award

Betsy Graham receives the eXtension Champion Award from Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension.

Betsy Graham receives the eXtension Champion Award from Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Betsy Graham, program analyst, Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community & Family Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense was named an eXtension Champion for 2014. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

The eXtension Champion Award is presented by the organization’s Governing Committee to individuals instrumental in the creation and development of Cooperative Extension’s eXtension initiative.

“Betsy Graham has been referred to as a ‘champion’ for not only the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), but also eXtension for as long as there has been an MFLN. Not a day goes by when someone, in the early days, at the Pentagon and now the Mark Center in Alexandria doesn’t hear about the MFLN and eXtension as one of the greatest “finds” DoD has discovered,” said Kyle Kostelecky, National Project Leader eXtension Military Families Learning Network.

“There is broad and strong support for eXtension at DoD because of Betsy Graham. She is innovative, tireless, flexible, transparent, interdisciplinary in perspective, and certainly in our corner. These are some of the very principles that eXtension champions as well,” he said.

“The MFLN has been fortunate and enjoyed success along the way. The key component to that success has been the people involved. All of this couldn’t happen if there wasn’t the support of key people in the roles of Federal partners to the project. Betsy Graham, our Department of Defense/Military Family & Community Policy partner is just such a key person,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

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Web-Streamed Sessions From the National eXtension Conference

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The National eXtension Conference is known nationwide as the big professional development event for the year that crosses all areas of Extension, but due to budget and time constraints not everyone will be in attendance. If you won’t be in Sacramento, we have some great news! You can still participate virtually during the keynote and general sessions as well as many of the concurrent sessions!

Learn includes a list of 56 conference sessions tagged nexconf that will be streamed live via the web for anyone who wants to participate at a distance. For an added bonus, each session will be recorded and available on YouTube after the conference, and linked from the events in Learn. You can be notified when a recording is available if you Follow that session in Learn.

To access the live events or set up notifications:
1. Go to Learn.extension.org/events/tag/nexconf
2. Sign in with your eXtension/Facebook/Twitter or Google account.
3. Follow sessions to get updates on the virtual sessions in your area of interest.
4. To receive notifications, click the Settings link at the top to add your phone number (and time zone in People). Click Save Changes.
5. Click Notifications to choose when you want to get text message or email notifications.
6. Ten (10) minutes prior to the start of each session click the Location link on the Learn event page to participate in the session live via Adobe Connect.

Want to become virtually involved in the conversations going on around the conference? Join us via social media by following the #NeXConf tag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

We’re looking forward to your virtual participation!

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Exciting NeXConf/NEDA Networking, Professional Development Ahead

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Networking! Valuable professional development! Exciting keynote speakers! Camaraderie abounding!!! Overwhelming fun!!!

Less than two weeks remain before we gather in Sacramento for what promises to be an outstanding National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors and Administrators joint meeting! Hotels are jam-packed. Registration has peaked. Flights are booked! Side trips are researched (Napa Valley, Sutter’s Mill, and Old Sacramento are faves) and planned.

Pre-conference sessions feature iFilmmaking (booked to capacity), Building Connections in Social Media, and workshops on communications strategic planning as well as building “radar” for looking forward in Extension.

More than 30 exhibitors will be featured at the opening reception with welcomes from Dennis Calvin, Penn State University and chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Elbert Dickey, Executive Director, eXtension. The networking process for the conference begins at the reception. Sign up for Dinner for Six and discover the great restaurants and eateries Sacramento has to offer.

Our keynote speakers: Dave Gray and Jane Hart plus their colleagues Harold Jarche and Beth Kanter will lead attendees through exciting, creative and stimulating conversations around the future of learning and implications of building learning networks. More than 100 concurrent sessions will touch on subjects as diverse as maximizing social media to gaming to app development to digital badges. Check out all of the concurrent sessions on our Lanyrd site!

Sacramento will never be the same after NeXConf/NEDA. See what’s planned on Lanyrd, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out what there is to do in Sacramento via Pinterest.

Take your conference experience social on our Lanyrd site! Connect with others attending the conference, build your personal schedule and engage with conference sessions via social media. It’s easy and free! Join us March 18 for a “Using Lanyrd” webinar to learn more.

Oops! Did we mention FUN? eXtension has an Instagram experience planned for throughout the conference. Amy Hays and her crew will be capturing conference attendees for posterity AND a few laughs. In an article that follows you’ll see that eXtension folks will also be asking attendees to contribute to a video project! It will certainly be interesting!

But…behind all of the fun is some serious work! Start packing your bags! If you haven’t registered…it’s never too late!

See you there!!!!

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Learning and Working within a Learning Network

Military Families

The Military Families Learning Network thrives on a culture of dynamic collaboration and connected learning. We spend our days (and sometimes our nights) coordinating what may look like disparate resources, research, expertise, and emerging technologies to holistically support military family service professionals and the service members, families, and communities they serve. But this isn’t just a collaboration and learning model that works well for our constituents—it is how we as the core MFLN team operate daily.

What does this look like? Here are a few examples of items on our agendas for the next several months. Bob Bertsch, Terrence Wolfork, and Steve Judd (Network Literacy) are using their expertise to support Rachel Brauner (Military Caregiving) and Kacy Mixon (Family Development) in developing social media reach and engagement for these new concentration areas. Rachel, Kacy, and Molly Herndon (Personal Finance) are pooling their experiences with the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning, and Education to develop a smooth process for granting continuing education units for webinar participants. Karen Jeannette (professional development coordinator) relentlessly pursues her own professional development in distance learning and nonprofit social networking while supporting and innovating the MFLN’s professional development offerings. Karen practices what she preaches, continually sharing her insights and experiences to help us all grow (yeah, she’s a master gardener, too).

Brigitte Scott (evaluator) and Anne Adrian (social media strategist) are holding bimonthly reflective discussion groups with Rachel, Kacy, Molly, Karen, Bob, and Steve to create ongoing and real-time action plans for continual network development and evaluation. We rely on Terry Meisenbach (communications and marketing guru) to keep us grounded in our mission to ensure MFLN professional development is accessible and meaningful while remaining distinctive and timely. Karen and Anne share social media expertise; Molly is a Moodle queen and sage social media specialist; Rachel puts together amazing marketing plans; Kacy is a blogging expert and seasoned writer; Steve, Terrence and Bob patiently coach us in all things tech-y; Brigitte helps us with continued improvement and supports the network’s evolving teaching and learning processes. Kyle Kostelecky (fearless leader) constantly engages with DoD and USDA partners to ensure our efforts are meeting their ongoing needs.

Why does all this matter? It allows us as a team to capitalize collectively on our diverse skills and experiences. And, because we as individuals value continual learning personally as well as professionally. And because, when we put into practice as a team what we advocate for as a learning network, it ensures the efficacy and relevance of the MFLN from the inside out.

What have we accomplished? We’re proud to show it all off in the following graphic, and look forward to sharing more at the National eXtension Conference in Sacramento. See you there!

MFLN Graphic_to 2014

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eXtension Launches Disruptive e-nnovation

Disruptive

During a March 4-5, 2014 work session in Washington, DC, Cooperative Extension leaders representing all regions and the eXtension staff worked to present a plan for increasing eXtension’s value. Leading this effort was a team from the Cascade Group: Teresa Hogue, Jeff Miller, Gae Broadwater, and Chris Geith.

Called “Disruptive e-nnovation,” efforts are being placed on defining a new business model, confirming priority audiences, and exploring additional private and public partners for mutual gain.

eXtension “Disruptive e-nnovation” will allow the initiative to grow at the pace of technology change and increase its usability with Extension’s needs. Directors and administrators will be asked to contribute input during the Sacramento NEDA meeting at the end of March. eXtension is aggressively seeking to develop an innovative plan that will be presented system-wide summer.

Participants in the Washington DC meeting included: Dennis Calvin, Penn State; Keith Smith, Ohio State; Tim Cross, University of Tennessee; Bev Durgan, University of Minnesota, Fred Schlutt, University of Alaska, Scott Reed, Oregon State University; Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, Elbert Dickey, eXtension; Craig Wood, eXtension; Terry Meisenbach, eXtension, Ed Buckner, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Greg Crosby, USDA-NIFA; Jane Clary Loveless, USDA-NIFA; and Jane Schuchardt, CES-ECOP.

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