Prepare to SERV

With the holidays coming up, it’s easy to get distracted with trying to deal with preparations for the big day while continuing to do our jobs. With our minds filled with decorating, buying gifts and making goodies as well as the usual work-related issues, it’s hard to sometimes remember to get to everything on that to-do list. That’s why I’m reminding you today about an important deadline that I hope does not get lost in the holiday hubbub.

Don’t forget to submit your proposals for the first 2013 Sharing Extension Resources Virtually (SERV) by Jan. 11, 2013. Start thinking about ideas now. SERV will feature many professional development opportunities you can present, attend or both.

Feedback from Fall Extension Conference experiences reflected an interest in having virtual learning opportunities spread throughout the year. SERV will offer three opportunities for online learning in 2013: March 18, June 17 and September 23. All run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The SERV Team makes it easy for both the presenter and attendee by offering three types of sessions:

  • Ignite: 5-minute presentation with 20 PowerPoint slides or fewer
  • Lightning Round: 25-minute session with at least 10 minutes of interaction and discussion
  • Traditional Interactive: 50-minute session with at least 15 minutes of interaction and discussion

You may have a particular professional development need you’d like a colleague to cover in SERV. Please share this information with that person – even if they are an Extension employee from another state or someone outside of Extension. We can tap into a wealth of resources to assist us in doing our jobs more effectively.

Find out more, or submit your proposal on the SERV website at

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