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!
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!