I’m pleased to congratulate the Michigan State University Extension “Charting Our Course for Success” team who has been honored by National Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) as the North Central Region’s team award recipient. The Michigan Alpha Psi chapter will recognize the group at the annual ESP meeting and joint association awards program at Kettunen Center in September.
The team of Joseph Bixler, Shiawassee County Extension director; Mary Dunckel, Alpena County Extension director; Kathryn Stuever Foerster, senior program leader, professional development; Philip Kaatz, Lapeer County Extension director; Julie Ann Moberg, Delta County Extension director; Mary Bauer Robb, Muskegon County Extension director; Marie Ruemenapp, southeast regional director; and Matthew Shane, Lenawee County Extension director; was recognized for their work in conceiving and launching a distance education series for county Extension educators as well as other supervisory and managerial personnel.
Every team member planned and facilitated sessions. Bixler, Foerster, Ruemenapp and Shane also served as instructors; Foerster and Kaatz tackled evaluation; and the team devised the marketing plan together. Resources included the Adobe Connect distance education system and expert presenters.
“Charting Our Course for Success” evolved into a monthly series offered live via Adobe Connect and recorded for later viewing. Both leaders and participants have asked that the series be continued. The traditional model of face-to-face training can be a costly, time consuming, impractical and sometimes ineffective process. Online training is a cost-saving strategy in these difficult economic times that has proved to be an effective one. MSUE has proved it can lead the way with training that is award winning.
The mission of ESP as a not-for-profit educational and charitable organization is to foster standards of excellence in the Extension System and to develop the Extension profession and the professional.