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  • Posted Dean's Column (November 20, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Dear Colleagues, Earlier this week, Brent Hales, former associate dean for community vitality, began in his new role as senior associate dean. I am pleased to announce that Matt Kane, program leader for community economics, and Mary Ann Hennen,...
  • Posted 2014 annual performance evaluation and 2015 professional plan of work to Extension e-news
    The cycle for both the 2014 annual performance evaluation and the 2015 professional plan of work (PPOW) will begin in late November. Completed forms are due to your supervisor by January 30. All staff are required to complete an...
  • Posted Reminder: Open benefits enrollment ends soon to Extension e-news
    Open benefits enrollment runs through December 1 for Extension staff with University benefits; December 8 for staff with federal benefits. If you would like to make changes to your health plan coverage or participate in flexible spending accounts for...
  • Posted December Extension webinars: PDF library, curriculum development, engaging employees to Extension e-news
    The following Extension webinars will be held in December: Organizing your PDF library December 3, 10-11 a.m. Session description and registration Curriculum development for diverse audiences: Family development December 11, 2014 1-2 p.m. Session description and registration Effectively use...
  • Posted WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum now available to Extension e-news
    WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum is now available as a resource for Extension educators who are working with youth from culturally diverse backgrounds. Designed by Jennifer Skuza and Jessica Russo, WeConnect includes a series of experiential and interactive...
  • Posted Time saving tip from the Journal of Extension to Extension e-news
    An article from the October issue of Journal of Extension is a must read for everyone interested in saving time and energy when doing Google searches. This article includes short and sweet tips that are used by other experts...
  • Posted New Employees (November 20, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Cassandra Silveira will be joining Extension on December 3 as an Extension health and nutrition educator. Cassandra comes to Extension with a wealth of knowledge and experience developing, coordinating and evaluating health and nutrition initiatives and providing technical assistance...
  • Posted Dean's Column (November 6, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Dear Colleagues, In my July 3 enews column, I provided an update on our FY 2014-15 budget and announced that the dean's leadership team would meet in September to review and discuss priority and new position requests. Following our...
  • Posted Open benefits enrollment for 2015 to Extension e-news
    Extension staff with federal benefits Detailed information about the upcoming 2015 Federal Benefits Open Season (November 10 through December 8) was sent via email. While you may not be planning to make changes, we strongly encourage you to review...
  • Posted How will the Enterprise System Upgrade Project (ESUP) affect you? to Extension e-news
    In February 2015, the University will implement a PeopleSoft system upgrade that will affect University finance, human resources, portal and student systems. The goal of this project is to create a technical platform that simplifies, streamlines and improves business...
  • Posted Merit-based salary increase for civil service* staff implemented in 2015 to Extension e-news
    The current across-the-board salary increase process for Civil Service employees will change to an annual salary increase based on merit (performance). Assuming the University's compensation plan includes salary increases for 2015, merit-based salary increases for civil service* positions will...
  • Posted Options for "Give to the Max Day" donations include Extension to Extension e-news
    Give to the Max Day, Minnesota's annual giving extravaganza, is coming up on November 13. It's a day when our state's generosity shines, and Extension will be a part of the effort. Visit the GiveMN websiteand search for: University...
  • Posted Extension student workers invited to have lunch with the dean to Extension e-news
    Please encourage your student workers to join Dean Bev Durgan for pizza on Friday, November 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 120 Coffey Hall. Each semester, the dean invites student workers to join her for an informal...
  • Posted Webinar to focus on developing curriculum for diverse audiences to Extension e-news
    The November Extension cultural agility webinar, "Curriculum Development for Diverse Audiences," will take place on November 13, 2-3 p.m. Presenters Michelle Grabowski, Extension educator, horticulture; Jeffrey Hahn, Extension entomologist; and Cindy Tong, Extension post-harvest horticulturist, will discuss how they...
  • Posted Lecture for faculty and staff phasing into retirement, November 7 to Extension e-news
    The U of M Office of Human Resources is sponsoring an on-campus lecture by national retirement expert and author Jean McLaughlin. Jean is the associate director of Institutional Leadership Group at American Council on Education and co-author of "Faculty...
  • Posted Staff photos added to image gallery to Extension e-news
    Staff photos taken during program conference in October have been added to the online image gallery (retakes have replaced previous photos). High resolution versions of these photos are available for download from the gallery. We will continue to offer...
  • Posted Awards and Accomplishments (November 6, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Eli Sagor, program manager and Extension specialist, sustainable forests education, was selected as a recipient of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in...
  • Posted Employee Updates (November 6, 2014) to Extension e-news
    New employees Peter Lindstrom, Clean Energy Resource Teams local government outreach coordinator, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, 10/29/2014 Employee transitions On November 3, Karen Beranek transitioned into her new role as an Extension educator in youth development after serving as...
  • Posted Dean's Column (October 2, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Dear colleagues,In Fall 2013, the University conducted an employee engagement survey. The results were made available in the first quarter of 2014. At that time, colleges and units were asked to review the results of the survey and identify actions...
  • Posted Farm bill education vital to Minnesota producers and landowners to Extension e-news
    The 2014 farm bill was passed last February. Over the next several months, an estimated 60,000 Minnesota producers and 30,000 non-farming Minnesota landowners will need to make enrollment decisions or lose program benefits. Educating producers and landowners is crucial: the...
  • Posted University job family study for Extension educators to Extension e-news
    The current University Education Job Family Study is wrapping up and results will soon be communicated to staff whose positions were a part of this study, including Extension educators (both types) and other positions with a primary focus on education. Affected employees should...
  • Posted Find Source in your inbox today and share it with someone you know to Extension e-news
    Source magazine landed in your email inbox earlier today, or will shortly.  If you don't see it in your primary inbox, look for it in the "Promotions" tab in Gmail. To help spread the word about Extension's work throughout Minnesota, take...
  • Posted Are you 4-H? Post your selfie with #iam4h to Extension e-news
    If you're on Facebook or Twitter or other social media platforms, please support the National 4-H Week campaign, #iam4h.Beginning the evening of Sunday, October 5, and all dayMonday, October 6, you can help build enthusiasm for the campaign by tweeting and...
  • Posted Monthly Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement roundtables to Extension e-news
    Participate in challenging discussions that interest you, enhance your programmatic objectives, and create deeper connections with colleagues across the University. Join University faculty members and program staff at the monthly Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement roundtable sessions to learn from...
  • Posted Extension Reconsidered: Outcomes and upcoming opportunities to Extension e-news
    The Extension Citizens' Advisory Committee and representatives of the Association of Minnesota Counties held an interactive input session for Extension Reconsidered onAugust 27. County commissioners, community members and Extension leaders generated ideas on the purpose, promise and future of Extension....
  • Posted Awards and Accomplishments (October 2, 2014) to Extension e-news
    William Angell recently received the Jack Bartholomew Award for dedication to presenting outstanding radon professional education from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists at the 28th Annual International Radon Symposium in Charleston, SC....
  • Posted New Employees (October 2, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Please welcome Jennifer Schultz, who was hired this summer as the Wasp Watchers program coordinator. Jennifer previously worked at the Minnesota Zoo as the Zoo Investigators program coordinator.Wasp Watchers is a biosurveillance program that monitors the presence of emerald ash borer...
  • Posted Dean's Column (September 18, 2014) to Extension e-news
    Dear colleagues,I am pleased to announce the recipients of the Extension Issue Area Grants. Earlier this summer, Extension put out a call for proposals that would advance work in the following issue areas:Promoting Youth Educational SuccessFood SystemsThe issue area grants have...
  • Posted Trish Olson to serve as acting associate dean for family development to Extension e-news
    Karen Shirer, associate dean for the Extension Center for Family Development, will be out of the office on an extended partial medical leave until the end of December.Trish Olson, assistant director for family development and program leader for family resource...
  • Posted Fall-Winter 2014 issue of Source magazine available in print and online to Extension e-news
    Watch for the Fall-Winter 2014 issue of Source magazine. Copies of Source will be arriving at offices in the next week, it is available online. Employees will receive an email version that you can forward to your contacts. The stories will...
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