Register now for Fall Extension Conference

As everyone knows, redesigning Michigan State University Extension has not been easy. But we’ve faced a lot of those challenges by going right through them. With that in mind, the theme of the 2011 Fall Extension Conference (FEC11) is “Go Right Through.” We’ve taken the phrase right out of our MSU Fight Song from the line “Go right thru’ for MSU.”

 FEC11 will be chock-full of interactive learning to help us go right through those challenges. The conference brings you the best of both worlds: two days of face-to-face sessions Oct 11-12 at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and two days of virtual interactive sessions Oct 18 and 20.

 Only online registration will be accepted for this year’s conference – both for the face-to-face and free virtual sessions. Please remember all employees are encouraged to participate in the free virtual sessions. Registration for both types of sessions is now open at http://web2.msue.msu.edu/fallconference/registration.cfm. Registration will close Oct. 5.

Before you register, you will need to decide which sessions you want to attend – both face-to-face and virtual. Visit http://fec.msue.msu.edu/fec/2011_schedule to view the FEC11 schedule.

 There will be a $50 per day charge for the live, in-person conference Oct. 11 and 12 to help cover meal and break costs. Registrations after Oct. 5 will be subject to a $50 late fee. Credit card payments will not be accepted until next week. Currently, you can register for the conference by check or by account number.

 Associations will again have time for their annual awards programs following the Staff Awards Luncheon. Association meetings will have a $10 per person charge to help cover break costs.

The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is the host facility for lodging, offering a $90 per night rate. However, accommodations at Kellogg have recently sold out. You can call the center at 517-432-4000 to check on possible cancellations. If you do stay at Kellogg, account numbers cannot be billed for lodging. MSU travel policy states that individuals are to pay for their travel including lodging, and then seek reimbursement. To find other local hotel and motel accommodations, check this website: http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/cotravel/hotels_msulocal.aspx

SNAP-ED employees, please watch your inbox for an email from Ben Chamberlain, Extension associate program leader, regarding your registration instructions.

 Visit Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #FEC2011) for the latest FEC chatter. Check out http://fec.msue.msu.edu for the latest FEC announcements, the conference schedule, lodging information, host and presenter information for live and virtual sessions, award information and most importantly, registration information. Check back often as we update the site daily.

 If you have any additional questions regarding FEC11, contact Megghan Honke at honkemeg@msu.edu or Doug Brahee at braheeup@msu.edu.

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