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September 29, 2009

Welcome Dianne!

A great big PRU welcome to Dianne Sivald, Extension's new Grants Manager!

Dianne has many years of experience finding, writing, and managing grants, most recently with Minnesota Public Radio. She has many exciting ideas for making this new position useful and efficient, and is very enthusiastic about the work we do in Extension. Dianne will be a valuable resource for all Extension staff. If you run into her around campus or at Program Conference next week, please introduce yourself and help us welcome Dianne!

June 4, 2009

Online Grants Course

The Extension Program Resource Unit has developed an online course called Grantsmanship Fundamentals for Extension. Most of Extension's programmatic staff were automatically enrolled in this course in December 2008. If you are an Extension Educator, a Center Associate Dean, or an Area Program Leader, you are required to take the course and can access it by visiting your MyU courses page. Preferably, the course should be completed by July 1, 2009.

Just try it, you'll like it! I wrote it myself (with lots of help from experts!) so it's not even too dry and boring. And it includes my trademark educational tool, video tutorials! It only takes about an hour and a half and you can do it from the comfort of your office. Topics covered include finding grants, writing proposals, and correctly submitting a grant at the University. An archive of the information that is in the course can be found on your MyU website, under Program Resources.

All Extension departmental faculty, Program Coordinators, Regional Directors, and Program Directors were also automatically enrolled in the course. These groups are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to complete the course.

If you were not automatically enrolled but would like to take the course, just email the Grants team at the address below. It was very difficult to enroll all the right people using the U's auto enroll thing. We basically had to build a new tool, because, as we know, Extension is different than the rest of the U.

We very much welcome your questions or feedback about this course. Please email the Extension Grants Team at ExtGrants@umn.edu.