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November 3, 2011

November 3 message

Good Day: I hope you have all had a good week. A few things to share this week,

Transitioning Extension's Field Operations Webinar: Earlier this week many of you participated in this webinar meeting. For those who were not able to view or participate in the web meeting or for anyone who wants to view it again, here is the meeting link.

Extension Templates: Thank you for all of you who are using the new Extension Program material templates. Please review the communication material downloads and templates:
On this site, you'll find the tools you need to bring the University of Minnesota Extension brand to life. These templates and resources have been created to make it easier to create consistent, high-quality; cost-effective Extension marketing communications materials so you can spend more time working on the Extension programming that requires your unique expertise.
As Extension competes for funding, participant registration and donations, there is an important need to represent Extension in consistent ways that help all of our audiences understand our unique strengths and contributions. As key Extension brand ambassadors, you should use the professionally designed templates on this site for all of your Extension marketing communications needs.
New Gmail tool
Boomerang for Gmail is a Firefox/Chrome plugin that lets you take control of when you send and receive email messages. With Boomerang, you can write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time. Want a cleaner inbox, but don't want to lose track of important messages? Use Boomerang to take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them. There are times you need to make sure you follow up within a specific time frame after sending a message. You can select to only be reminded if nobody replies, or regardless. This way you won't let messages slip through the crack and will never forget to follow up with people. Visit the Boomerang website for more information and for a free install.
Staff changes in the Region:
Lyon County 4H Program Coordinator: We welcome Jodi Gorres 4H Program Coordinator in Lyon County. Jodi began her position on Tuesday, November 1. Jodi is a graduate of Concordia College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Parent Education. She has worked for three years as Membership Specialist with Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys in Redwood Falls and for seven years as a parent educator.
Lyon County Support Staff: We welcome Amanda Kesteloot as Support Staff in Lyon County. Amanda began her position Wednesday, November 2. Amanda will work Monday through Thursday, 8:30 - 4:30 which will also be the hours the Lyon County Extension Office will be open to the public.
Lincoln County Support: Susan Krier has accepted a transfer within Lincoln County. Susan's last day with the Lincoln County Extension office will be November 10. This week the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners authorized filling the Extension Support position at 80 per cent FTE.
Big Stone County Support: Barb Maas will be on a leave of absence for several months. In the interim, Big Stone County has approved the hiring of Liane Rausch as Interim Support staff. Liane will be working 24 hours per week.
Yellow Medicine: 4H Program Coordinator Michelle Molden Aschmann has resigned her position, effective October 31. Next Tuesday, Trisha Sheehan and I will be meeting with County Officials to get authorization to fill this position.
Electronic addresses: The e-mail addresses for Jodi, Amanda and Liane are:
Jodi Gorres: jkgorres@umn.edu
Amanda Kesteloot: akestelo@umn.edu
Liane Rausch: lerausch@umn.edu

Thank you for all you do and remember to change your clocks this weekend.