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Presenting our curricula on a national level

Several Michigan State University Extension staff members shared their knowledge and expertise with the national 4-H community at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) Conference held October 26‒30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was a great opportunity for MSU Extension to expand our reach to a nationwide audience of our peers.

Deb Barrett, Frank Cox and Janice Zerbe presented on the Career Exploration and Workforce Preparation work group’s National 4-H curriculum “Build Your Future: Choices… Connections… Careers.” Health and nutrition experts Janet Olsen and Karen Pace presented “Be SAFE” – to help addressing bullying in 4-H and other out-of-school settings. Judy Ratkos and Jennifer Weichel joined a panel conversation on using data to creatively make the case for 4-H, and Kendra Moyses, Betty Jo Nash and Jodi Schulz presented “Back to the Basics” – life skills curriculum packages to help 4-H leaders increase their impact. Three staff members, Christine Heverly, Glenda Kilpatrick and Janice Zerbe, were also recognized at the event for their service to Michigan 4-H.

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Kent County 4-H and Bethany Christian Services partner for MLK Day of Service

Every year, Americans come together on or near the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to serve others.

A volunteer makes a blanket at the “Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart” Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service event on Jan. 18, 2014

A volunteer makes a blanket at the “Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart” Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service event on Jan. 18, 2014, at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Mich. The event was a partnership between MSU Extension and Bethany Christian Services.
Photo credit: Kristi Bowers

This year, Michigan State University Extension Kent County 4-H partnered with Bethany Christian Services in a Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service event on Jan. 18 at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Mich. The two organizations hosted more than 125 volunteers who made 75 fleece blankets during the “Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart” community service project. The blankets were donated to Project Linus, a nonprofit organization. Project Linus’ mission is to provide love and a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through gifts of blankets created by volunteers.

The volunteers also created joke booklets – some in Spanish – to accompany the blankets.

The materials were purchased through a mini-grant that was awarded by the Michigan Community Service Commission and through 4-H participation fees. Bethany Christian Services provided lunch for the volunteers.

Local AmeriCorps members and sororities came to support the event. Mentor-mentee matches from Bethany Christian Services as well as some Kent County 4-H members participated.

Kristi Bowers, MSU Extension Kent County 4-H program coordinator, worked with Janine Thomas of Bethany Christian Services to organize the event.

“This is the second event that we have collaborated on. I’ve had lots of fun working with Bethany Christian Services staff. I love their positive energy!” Kristi said.


Kristi Bowers, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Kent County 4-H program coordinator, poses with an MSU blanket

Kristi Bowers, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Kent County 4-H program coordinator, poses with an MSU blanket made at the “Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart” Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service event on Jan. 18, 2014, at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Mich. The event was a partnership between MSU Extension and Bethany Christian Services.
Photo credit: Janine Thomas

Glenda Kilpatrick, MSU Extension Kent County educator and Kristi’s supervisor said, “I am very pleased that Kristi has developed a new partner for the Kent MSUE 4-H program and has developed such a meaningful service opportunity in the community.”

View this WoodTV8 video that features Kristi talking about the event: http://www.woodtv.com/news/local/grand-rapids/local-volunteers-support-project-linus

Thanks for your leadership, Kristi and Glenda!

Many of you organized or took part in MLK Day of Service projects across the state. Click on the comments under this story to tell us about your project.

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Moving into the possibilities at Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Sometimes we have a good idea, it works out well so we branch out and use that same idea elsewhere. Actively promoting our Michigan State University Extension programs at the Detroit Eastern Market proved successful. We had a great reaction and so when the opportunity came to join the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, we were ready and excited to be a part of it.

In the June13 Spotlight, I mentioned plans to house MSU Extension staff in office space in the new indoor market. The plans are now a reality. Community food systems educators Kendra Wills and Garrett Ziegler are officially moved in as of Sept. 1 and are working on site full time. Diane Smith, innovation counselor from the MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio, joins them one to two days a week.

Our presence at the market is a great opportunity to educate the public and establish relationships with people who produce local food as well as those who buy it. The way I think of it is although market shoppers may not expect to see MSU Extension at the market, when they do see us, they immediately “get it.” In a way, it’s a place where we belong because it’s a place where people are seeking information along with their food, and we can help them whether it’s in providing nutrition, cooking, food safety or gardening information and education. And we want them to associate us with receiving access to dependable, unbiased, research-based information concerning food as well as other issues that affect their families and their communities.

The market has both an indoor market open every day and an outdoor market open two mornings and one evening a week. The indoor market officially opened on Labor Day, Sept. 2. According to WZZM ABC News, nearly 30,000 people showed up for the grand opening.

 We’ve already been active in the outdoor market since it opened May 4, promoting our Michigan Fresh campaign and educating about healthy eating, and safe food preparation and preservation.

In addition, we’ve used the indoor facilities for educational sessions. In the Aug. 15 Spotlight, I wrote about two health and nutrition educators, Jeannie Nichols and Rita Klavinski, who facilitated a ServSafe class to 23 participants.

We intend to continue offering educational programs using the indoor facilities, which include demonstration and teaching kitchens, greenhouses and a commercial kitchen incubator.

Jeannie will hold a Cooking for Crowds session on Oct. 9. Cooking for Crowds is an educational program focusing on food safety for nonprofit groups who prepare food for their members or for the public as fundraisers.

Jeannie and Diane will co-teach “Starting a Successful Cottage Food Business in Michigan” on Nov. 7. The program combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully.

Extension educator Glenda Kilpatrick reports that Kent County 4-H program coordinators Kristi Bowers and Christine Mickelson have been offering youth programs on Tuesdays at the market as well.

Expect many more programs to come.

Read more here: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/extension_moves_into_new_grand_rapids_downtown_market

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National 4-H Council honors Nate Seese with Youth in Action Award

Imagine a 15-year old youth who gets called out to New York City to receive a national award for doing what came pretty naturally to him. Then imagine being that youth on the stage with other honorees, including a famous country singer (Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland) and the executive vice president of a major international corporation (Jim Borel of DuPont). I would have a hard time imagining what it would be like to be that youth, but I got to see Kent County 4‑H member Nate Seese have that experience on Tuesday night when he received the 2012 4‑H Youth in Action Award at the third annual 4-H Legacy Awards Gala hosted by National 4-H Council.

 I’ve told Nate’s story on several occasions in Spotlight, so today I’d like to spread the spotlight a bit further to tell you a bit about Nate’s family, parents Christine and Kevin Seese and grandparents Jeanne and Louis Kiesling.

 Youth like Nate don’t just happen, and no one should think that 4-H is what made him special. Obviously it begins at home, and I was honored to meet Nate’s parents and grandparents at the National 4-H Gala. His mother, Christine, was born and raised on a farm in New Jersey. His father, Kevin, has worked in agribusiness on an international stage for much of his career. They actually chose to move to Michigan and to realign their careers so that their children, Nate and Nate’s older sister Hannah, could have a childhood more connected to community, church and the land than they had previously, a childhood much like their parents experienced. It was heartwarming to see that commitment rewarded with their son’s recognition in New York. And then to meet the grandparents who drove up from New Jersey to see their grandson honored was a special treat. Grandfather Louis was a 4-H’er 56 years ago. Jeanne has a wealth of stories about raising kids on the farm. Christine and her siblings grew up working on the farm, and she had some colorful stories to share about planting strawberry seedlings and treating city folk to a rural experience when they visited the family farm.

 Kevin grew up as a youth active in 4-H. He and Christine specifically sought out 4-H as a program that they thought would help them to raise their children with the values and skills they acquired from their own experiences. And Glenda Kilpatrick, Michigan State University Extension children and youth educator, who has worked with Nate and his club and their leaders, was able to witness the impact of Nate’s choices and actions on others who hear his story.

 Nate’s a special young man. And I recognize that Michigan 4-H has thousands of young people equally committed to contribute to their communities. Nate has received a great deal of well-deserved attention for his work and each of the other youth in 4-H deserve that recognition as well. I like telling his story because it captures people’s attention so well. I think the only dry eyes in the room when Nate accepted his award were his own. There’s nothing too haughty about this young man. He represents many more youth and I hope to shine the spotlight on others as well. Michigan has a promising future with youth like Nate Seese and the thousands of others we serve through Michigan 4-H.

 You can read more about the award Nate received at this summary of the National 4-H Gala.

Nate tells his own story here and on the following video:



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Kent County 4-H’ers discover veterinary science

To address increased demand for science and technology professionals, 4-H is working nationwide to reach a bold goal of engaging one million new young people in science programs by 2013. Currently, 4-H science programs reach more than 5 million youth across the country with hands-on learning experiences to ensure global competitiveness and prepare the next generation of science, engineering and technology leaders.

 To help meet that goal, Michigan State University Extension Kent County 4-H Youth Development educator Glenda Kilpatrick encourages 4-H clubs to participate in activities that emphasize science. With that in mind, a group of 50 4-H’ers, aged 6 to 19, accompanied by 14 adult volunteers and family members attended a hands-on learning event for Kent County 4‑H’ers at Family Friends Veterinary Hospital in Grand Rapids in March.

 Veterinarians and vet technicians, two of whom are 4-H leaders, hosted the event that began at the pharmacy where participants learned about the importance of routine health care through a game format. They engaged participants in a number of creative learning opportunities that provided exposure to microscopic inspection of parasites, dental care, birth, surgery, x-ray images, grooming and behavioral observation. At the end of the tour, the 4-H visitors were able to chat with veterinary technicians on veterinary careers.

 After the event, both youth and adults took a survey about their experience. Of the young people who answered the survey, 77 percent reported that they would like to do some outside reading in science, and 63 percent of the youth agreed that they had a real desire to learn science because of 4-H experiences like this one at the veterinary hospital. Will they all become scientists? Perhaps they will, but even if they don’t, they’ve benefited from an enhanced understanding of the role that science plays in managing animal health.

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Step II and Step III promotions approved by MSU

The Michigan State University Provost’s Office has approved promotions of 10 Extension academic staff members to Step II and five to Step III. Step II is awarded after successful completion of a three-year and six-year portfolio review process, and is analogous to the promotion to associate professor rank for faculty. For individuals appointed in the MSUE Continuing Employment (CE) system, Step II also comes with award of CE status. Step III is awarded to Extension academic staff members who have demonstrated excellence and scholarly achievement in their work as Extension professionals over a sustained period. Those who are awarded Step III achieve “senior” status, analogous to achievement of the professor rank among faculty, and their titles are changed by addition of the senior modifier to the title of educator, program leader or specialist.

 Individuals who were successful in the Step II process this year include:

  • Janis Brinn, Children and Youth Institute
  • Kittie Butcher, Children and Youth Institute
  • Ryan Coffey, Greening Michigan Institute
  • Elizabeth Ferry, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Andrew Hayes, Greening Michigan Institute
  • Glenda Kilpatrick, Children and Youth Institute
  • Betty Jo Nash, Children and Youth Institute
  • Nikki Rothwell, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Brad Slaughter, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
  • Dixie Ward, Greening Michigan Institute

 Those who were promoted to senior status this year include:

  • Phil Durst, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Kathy Lee, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Amy Irish-Brown, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • George Silva, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Jane Herbert, Greening Michigan Institute

 Congratulations to all for this significant achievement. You can learn more about the Step II and Step III processes in our Administrative Handbook at Step I, Step II and Step III Promotions.

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