The 2010 Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference (FEC10) may be virtual, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a chance to network with your colleagues face to face. District Day on Monday, October 18, is a perfect way for you to get to know your colleagues in your new district. While I’m sure you’re familiar with some of them already, don’t overlook this opportunity to get acquainted with others with whom you may have not worked with in the past. District coordinators are putting together some great programming that will focus on our community-based relationships, your collaborations with your peers and how we will bring it all together.
Also, I highly encourage you to get prepared for FEC10 by becoming more engaged in social media and taking advantage of professional development opportunities available to you. This may be the first conference you attend for which you need TRAINING to understand how to participate. I’ll be sitting at the front of the classroom trying to understand what to do and when. You can see a list of suggested trainings and activities at the end of my official FEC10 welcome letter. And be sure to check out the discussion boards on the official FEC10 Facebook fan page!