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Thanks for a great Fall Extension Conference!

Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference 2011 has come and gone. Integrating both the in-person and the virtual portions proved to be an exciting opportunity for all to gather and learn. As we attended educational sessions, institute sessions, association meetings, work team meetings and yes, even some individual meetings with colleagues we hadn’t seen in a while, we learned from the presenters and we learned from each other.

 The able and consistent effort of the Fall Extension Conference Team created a successful event. This year, those participating as members of the planning team were Betty Blase, Doug Brahee, Betsy Braid, Molly Frendo, Megghan Honke, Dave Ivan, Shannon Lindquist, Cheryl Peters, Alan Pilkenton, Luke Reese, Michelle Rodgers and Lela Vandenberg. Each contributed in his or her own way, from serving as MC of our lively events to providing support and logistics for our hosts and presenters to working behind the scenes to bring you a conference full of opportunity. A gigantic MSU Extension Sparty thank-you to all of them for their effort and creativity!

 Thanks to Julie Pioch, our MC for the important and meaningful Key Partner Awards Banquet. We appreciate and applaud the many others who made the entire conference run so smoothly. In addition, a special thank-you to the Organizational Development Team who reviewed all of the applications for individual educational sessions, selected those that would be presented and worked directly with the presenters in preparation for delivery as needed. It was an immense task as they reviewed nearly 100 applications.

 Thanks for a job well done! Go right through….

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Congratulations to well-deserving employees and partners

Some exceptional employees and partners received awards at our Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference last week. There are way too many to list in this blog, but you can go to the FEC website and either click on the PDFs or read about each recipient individually by clicking on the name or organization (under “Staff Awards” or “Key Partners”) at http://fec.msue.msu.edu/fec/awards. Go to the comments section and leave a congratulations or thank-you to these worthy recipients. Or drop them an email or a note card to let them know you noticed.

 Congratulations to all of those recognized who enable us to do a stellar job helping people improve their lives.

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Two evaluation surveys available for Fall Extension Conference 2011

This year, since Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference was a hybrid of in-person meetings and virtual sessions, you will have the opportunity to fill out two conference evaluation surveys. You may recognize similar questions across the surveys because we are comparing the effectiveness of reaching our organizational objectives in both learning formats. If you attended any portion of the Kellogg Center activities Oct. 11 and 12,please share your feedback via this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FEC_inperson_atKellogg_Evaluation

 If you participated in any portion of the online conference Oct. 18 and 20, you can participate in an evaluation of those sessions. On Friday, Oct. 21, watch for an email sent to “MSUE everyone” that includes the link to the virtual conference evaluation.

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FEC11 – there’s more to come!

It was great to visit with so many Michigan State University Extension staff at the Fall Extension Conference and to see you all engaging with each other. Spending time together to renew and refresh our commitment to MSU Extension always brings new ideas to the surface and for me at least, was very therapeutic. Being able to recognize key partners and staff reminds me of the tremendous work that is done by and for MSUE every day.

 I encourage you to continue to follow our theme of “Go Right Through” at FEC11 and participate in the virtual sessions taking place next Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 18 and 20. You can learn more about the 86 different offerings at http://fec.msue.msu.edu/fec/2011_schedule.

 Among the great jokes he shared with us yesterday, Steve Siemens’ core message, “When you’re through changing, you’re through!” resonated particularly well with the mission of FEC11. One of the most important steps each person can take to embrace and grow from change is to take charge of your own learning journey. See you next week on the Web!

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Keynote speaker at FEC11 to focus on change

Things are coming into place for the Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference next week! The conference takes place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Oct. 11 and 12 with virtual conference sessions scheduled for Oct. 18 and 20.

 Our keynote speaker Steve Siemens, founder and president of Siemens People Builders, will talk with us about taking control of changing situations in our lives – appropriate for our theme of “Go Right Through.” The keynote takes place Oct. 12 at 12:30 during the Staff Awards luncheon.

 The keynote will stress what we all know and have experienced – that we live in a world full of change. If people and organizations are going to stay on the cutting edge, they must have a willingness to take risks, fail, try new things and change. During this keynote, we will all discover that when you’re through changing, you’re through.

 FEC11 is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to the Extension mission. We are privileged to be able to serve Michigan residents in ways that can improve their lives in truly significant ways. Throughout the conference, there are activities that will recharge your spirit and deepen your awareness of the purpose of our work. I encourage you to engage and fully participate in all of these sessions.

 Just a little reminder: we are going “Green” so bring your nametag. See you next week!

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Join the Fall Extension Conference Inspiration Committee for some fun team-building activities!

The Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference Inspiration Committee has some fun activities planned for the upcoming event.

 During the face-to-face portion of Fall Extension Conference 2011, we will be seeking teams of two to four staff members to compete in our video scavenger hunt. We’ll give teams a brief training on how to use a Flip video camera and a list of fun facts they need to find out from other MSU Extension staff. Team members will find staff to interview on camera about the fun facts. The committee will compile the footage and share it during the online conference. Examples include: Find someone who has attended the most Fall Extension Conferences; find someone who knows the best fishing story about Dr. Coon – now you get the idea. If you’re interested in playing, please form your team and email your team name to Molly Frendo (frendo@msu.edu). We can accommodate up to ten teams – so hurry, space is limited! The winning team will win an MSU Prize.

 The committee invites you to stop by the MSUE photo booth during the face-to-face portion of the conference. Participants can take fun pictures with colleagues and share their thoughts on the future of MSUE. Pictures will be shared during the online portion of FEC11.

 During virtual FEC, please stop by the FEC Hangout. The FEC Hangout is an Adobe Connect space dedicated to networking during the conference. In this room, we’ll share the links to pictures and video taken during the face-to-face portion of our conference along with providing a space for collegial networking. Using polls and chat pods, we’ll gather your instant feedback and work to keep up the great conversations that we know will take place during the first half of our conference. We’ll share the link to the FEC Hangout as we approach the online conference.

 Find Sparty Contest: Sparty is with us! Starting Oct. 11, take a very close look at the Fall Extension Conference website and you may find anywhere between zero to 10 Spartys. Copy the links to the sites and send them to frendo@msu.edu. (Please submit one time with all links in one email.) If you find all of them and the correct amount, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Sparty prize! Have fun and Go Green! Deadline for submission is Oct. 19. Awards will be announced on Oct. 20.

 Finally, join us on the last day of virtual FEC11 for closing remarks from the Director’s Office, a brief awards ceremony and a quick game show testing how well you know your redesigned MSU Extension. We’ll be looking for one representative from each MSU Extension institute to play our online Jeopardy-style game.

 Professional development opportunity

The MSU Fall Extension Conference virtual sessions (Oct. 18 and 20) are an opportunity for ALL MSU Extension staff to engage in professional development important to their daily work. There are sessions that any MSUE staff member can benefit from – all from their worksite. Registration for all FEC sessions – person to person and virtual – ends Oct. 5. You can identify your interests in your registration form at http://web2.msue.msu.edu/fallconference/registration.cfm.

 The FEC11 is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to the Extension mission. We are privileged to be able to serve Michigan residents in ways that can improve their lives in truly significant ways. Throughout the conference, there are activities that will recharge your spirit and deepen your awareness of the purpose of our work. I encourage you to engage and fully participate in all of these sessions.

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Prepare for Fall Extension Conference 2011

The 2011 Fall Extension Conference – Oct. 11 and 12 and virtual sessions on Oct. 18 and 20 – is less than three weeks away.

 Here’s a top ten list of things to do to make this a successful FEC!

10.  Register before Oct. 5 at http://web2.msue.msu.edu/fallconference/registration.cfm.

9. Book your hotel room, if needed.

8. Get a signed travel authorization, if needed.

7. Create a twitter account, and search for tweets using #FEC11.

6. Become a fan of Fall Extension Conference on Facebook.

5. For the virtual sessions, please ensure you have a high-speed connection (preferably hard wired), headset or speakers and a microphone.

4. For the virtual sessions, please go through the online training for Adobe Connect: https://support.anr.msu.edu/support/adobe_connect.

3. Please participate in the setup sessions for the virtual sessions. Participants can test their microphones and headsets at this site to ensure they are adequately working. Hosts and presenters should also attend a training session. For more information, go to http://fec.msue.msu.edu/fec/help_desk.

2. If your virtual session uses Skype, please familiarize yourself with Skype and create a profile: www.skype.com.

1. Have an office party: Discuss with others in your office what sessions they are participating in and consider setting up in the same room to extend your learning experience.

We’re looking forward to a successful experience that will help us “go right through” our challenges.

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CV-CAT will help Extension educators integrate climate change into programs

Excuse the pun, but climate change is a hot topic. Increasingly, our stakeholders and our funding partners look to Michigan State University Extension as a trusted source of information on how to slow down, adapt to and communicate about the changing climate. The long-term impacts of climate change and the shorter term effects of climate variability vary widely, ranging from changes in precipitation, pests, water and air quality to storm water runoff, forest ecology and species migration. And, as we’re all aware, the topic can be controversial. That’s why Julie Doll, MSU Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research Program outreach and education coordinator, and Claire Layman, public policy education specialist in the Greening Michigan Institute, embarked on a listening tour to discover what one group of stakeholders – those involved in field crop agriculture – thought MSU Extension should do to help farmers prepare for the changing physical and policy climates.

 Julie and Claire brought their focus group results to field crop educators in March 2011. They paired delivery of the focus group results with a workshop on climate science, led by Dr. Jeff Andresen, state climatologist and associate professor in MSU’s Department of Geography. At the conclusion of the two-day workshop, participants came to agreement that MSU Extension should increase the climate literacy of its educators and their clients.

 As a result, the Climate Variability and Change Action Team (CV-CAT) formed with members across all of our institutes and from other Extension affiliates. Current members of the team include Julie and Claire; Dr. Andresen; Jake DeDecker and Brian Wibby, Children and Youth Institute; Becky Henne and Brenda Long, Health and Nutrition Institute; Chuck Pistis, Sea Grant; and Dennis Pennington, George Silva and Marilyn Thelen, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute.

 The CV-CAT has sponsored three fact sheets available at the MSU Extension Bookstore: (Greenhouse Gas Basics, Field Crop Agriculture and Climate Change and Frequently Asked Questions about Climate Change). In addition, they are co-hosting a face-to-face session at Fall Extension Conference on climate and water. Panelists and individual speakers will provide overviews of the water and climate systems, lead a discussion on how climate variability and change may affect Michigan communities, land systems and agriculture, and consider how to find common ground on this politically polarizing topic. Read the summary for the FEC11 session, “Climate and Water: Implications for MSU Extension Programs,” here. The live face-to-face session takes place Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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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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