Good Afternoon: This week is starting out sunny and dry. Let's hope we get some much need drying conditions this week. A few things to share this week:
Flood resources. Many counties in our region were impacted by the flood conditions this past week. Extension resources to help with the many questions that citizens impacted by flooding in their homes and farms are located on the Extension Public website.
On that page, the Flood and Water page is highlighted. This page has resources form homeowners impacted by flooding. A second page "Wet Fall Weather and Crops" is intended for farmers with questions about dealing with flooding on their fields and farms.
I encourage you to use and share both of these resources to clientele dealing with theses serious issues.
Google Migration: County Extension Offices are scheduled to migrate from Outlook to Google beginning the week of November 8. Prior to that time, all staff should perform their email clean up. Details on the cleanup process are outlined on our IT page on the Extension Employee website.
Google Migration information request: As we prepare to Migrate each county Extension Office to Google, Extension IT needs your response to the following questions. Please e-mail you county information regarding these questions as soon as possible, (within the next 24 to 48 hours) to Mary Jo Fox, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please describe how the county office staff currently handle their email
Forward University email to a county e-mail system?
Forward County e-mail to U of M Outlook?
Access county email though one system and U of M email though Outlook?
Please describe how County office staff currently access the U of M calendar system
Access through UMCal web client?
They do not access/use it?
Finally, do you (or your county IT person) anticipate any other issue your county may have in migrating to UMGoogle?
Google Training for County Support staff: Once the ten counties in our region migrate to Google, I would like to schedule a training session with county support staff. The session would be held in Marshall. At this time we are looking at coordinating this training with a November meeting for the 4H Program Coordinators in the seven counties in the region that Trish Sheehan works with. The possible days we are looking at are November 9, 10, 16, or 17. In addition to Google apps training, we would also cover several other support issues including, but not limited to 4H On-line enrollment.
4H On Line Enrollment: Last week, your office should have taken in a webinar regarding the new online 4-H enrollment through 4h4me.com. Over the past few years, Minnesota 4-H has been transitioning to online enrollment and re-enrollment. For this coming fall, they will continue that transition by no longer printing re-enrollment forms for every member and leader. Online enrollment on www.4h4me. com will begin on Monday, October 11 for both members and leaders.
If you did not get to listen in on one of the webinars, you will need to view the recorded session as soon as possible. More information, including user guides, is available on the 4-H website .
Staff changes: Congratulations to Deb Hadley, who has accepted the Extension Educator for Regional 4-H Youth Development Programs position located at the Worthington regional office. She will be working with the 4-H program coordinators in the eight county region to provide leadership to 4-H Youth Development programs in Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock and Watonwan counties.
Deb will leave her 4H PC position in Redwood County on October 12. The Redwood County Extension Committee and will meet Thursday, September 30 to begin the process to fill the Redwood County 4H Program Coordinator position.
Have a good week,