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Extension helps educate public about Detroit consent agreement

Helping the public and our stakeholders understand the issues that directly affect their quality of life is one of the pinnacles of MSUE. And one of the biggest and best recent examples of this is Extension’s work in educating the public about the recent Detroit consent agreement.

MSUE Public Policy and State Government Team members Eric Scorsone, James Ribbron, Terry Gibb, Nickie Bateson and Richard Wooten are working on a series of Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) bulletins that examine the complicated structure of the agreement, the functions and powers of many key players and context for key date, terms and issues.

The first two bulletins, an FAQ and a follow-up FAQ, were linked to and written about in MSU Extension News articles, a quick and easy way for Extension staffers to push out information to the public quickly and effectively. It is a great example of Extension taking a fast-evolving issue and mobilizing quickly to leverage the wealth of knowledge and experience its educators and specialists have on an important topic.

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Staff members learn to lead through change

Best Practices in Leading through Change is now posted on the Michigan State University Extension portal, thanks to the nearly 100 staff members who participated in seven change leadership webinars in July and August. The change leadership team of Eric Hufnagel, Phil Kaatz, Grace Mutua, James Ribbron and Mary Robb, supported by professional development leaders Kathy Foerster and Lela Vandenberg designed and implemented the interactive sessions using Adobe Connect. They’re also planning an advanced session for those who participated this summer during Fall Extension Conference 2010, October 18–22. As helpful as the program has been – and I’m extremely grateful for that – I think the even greater benefit is the fact that these folks have demonstrated best practices for leading through change: identifying a need, organizing to address it and presenting it for others. No one asked them to do this; no one charged them with this initiative. They simply saw a need, saw an opportunity to address the need and did it. That’s the kind of leadership we need throughout MSUE. And having an opportunity to point this out is why I started sending out this weekly newsletter. Thanks!

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