Get ready for Fall Extension Conference

Be sure to be checking your e-mail inbox in the next few days for a message from our Fall Extension Conference team. Registration will soon be underway for the online conference, “Create Your Own Conference,” that takes place October 18-22, 2010. Look forward to an entire week of relevant and engaging information.

 Monday is district day, a day in which community-based staff members will meet and network in district groupings. Of course, you’ll get a chance to take part in other networking opportunities throughout the conference through live chats and social media channels. We’re adapting the opening “everyone” session to have a time when we can all be connected in one conference to provide a time for us to share thoughts about the year ahead (and the year behind us) and to recognize those who have helped to contribute to Michigan State University Extension’s effectiveness. Wednesday will be institute day, an opportunity to hear from MSUE’s institute directors and to interact with institute members. On Tuesday and Thursday, the conference offers many sessions for your participation. You can choose between several session topics each hour that will run every hour on the hour. On Friday, explore the virtual poster sessions and take part in a fun wrap-up.

 There is no fee to participate. This is your chance to build your own conference – and that’s why it’s called, “Create Your Own Conference.” I’m looking forward to learning how to become a more effective Extension professional and hope to be inspired and motivated for the challenges and opportunities we’ve been given. I’m sure you will find the conference enriching, too.

 Questions? Contact Kathy Foerster at or Megghan Honke at

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