December 23 message
Good Morning: This week's message comes a day early due to the Holiday, and there will not be a blog message next week from me due to the University Winter Closure. Let me quickly cover a few items.
Winter closure messaging: Please refer to the University web site for direction on signage and voice mail messages for the winter closure.
PPAT: 2011 Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshops have been scheduled around our regions. For details including locations and times, visit the website.
Varietal Trials: We have received a supply of Varietal Trials. Let me know if you need a supply for your office, and I will deliver them on my next office visit.
Title change for NEA's: The following message from Sue Letourneau and Renee Obrecht-Como explains the new title for the NEA's:
We would like, at last, to announce a name change for NEAs which will begin January 1, 2011.
Drum roll please.... NEAs will now be called Community Nutrition Educators!
You may have some questions which we have tried to address below:
• Why change the name?
Community Nutrition Educator more accurately reflects your work in community nutrition
education and parallels the title Community Health Educator title in public health. "Assistant" has
frequently been confusing for community partners and participants. While it is a paraprofessional
position and NEAs work under the supervision of Extension Educators and Program Coordinators,
an NEA receives training, uses evidence based curricula, and establishes program sites and
relationships with partners. NEAs provide direct delivery of the Simply Good Eating program and
Community Nutrition Educator describes this work.
• Does the new name change my work?
No, it does not change your work. This is not a job code change, but just a change in your working
• What about business cards and name tags?
Name tags can be ordered anytime as the Extension logo has also changed. Business cards should
be ordered once your old cards are used up. We don't need to unnecessarily incur expenses.
• What do I tell community partners?
Simply tell them that we have changed the name to reflect your work in community nutrition
• Do I need to do anything else?
No, we will be sending out a broader communication to Extension staff, County Extension
Committees and other stakeholders. As with any change, it will take some time to bring all our
forms, web pages, and other materials up to date. You will still see "NEA" here and there for some
time to come.
We sincerely hope you find this a positive change. We look forward to the coming year. While we do face
some challenges, there are many exciting opportunities in the health and nutrition area.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in providing nutrition education to Minnesotans across
the state. We are very proud of the fine work you do and are pleased that our programs have positive
outcomes and make a difference in Minnesota.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!
Sue Letourneau and Renee Obrecht-Como
Written by: Sue Letourneau and Renee Obrecht
On a Personal note: Several of you have asked about my son's condition. I am pleased to report that his surgury this week at HCMC went very well and we are looking forward to a good outcome.
Year-end message: The following message was shared with me by a community colleague, and I want to share it with you:
As one year closes another begins. It's important to quiet ourselves
and consider the blessings we do have in our lives. This is a
Mend a quarrel, Remember a forgotten friend, Share some
treasure, Keep a promise, Find the time, Forgo a grudge,
Forgive an enemy, Apologize if you were wrong, Think first of
someone else, Laugh a little, Laugh a little more, Say a prayer,
Welcome a stranger, Gladden the heart of a child, Speak your
love, Speak it again, Speak it still once again.
My thoughts are with you during the upcoming holiday time. I
know for some it will be a joyful time; for some a sad time perhaps
as it is the first Christmas without a loved one; for others a time of
simple reflection. Please know that whatever the season brings for
you, I hold you warmly in my thoughts.
Merry Christmas! Talk to you next year!