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Welcome the New Year

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I hope you enjoyed some time off over the past couple of weeks and are now ready for our winter programming season!

I have started meeting with program teams to discuss their program business plans and have been very pleased with the discussions. My goals for these meetings are to learn what our staff can do for you and how to enhance the value of your programs for Extension as a whole. The conversations are beneficial to me and your staff in Coffey Hall.

I am committed to the upcoming work Whitney Meredith will lead for our Federal Report. She has all the details; I ask each team to make the effort to supply the necessary data that Whitney requests. Thank you for treating our federal partners (that provide funds for your salaries!) with the same accountability you provide to a sponsor of one of your grants.

And while you are busy, it is performance review time as well. These reviews eventually make it to me; it's a great way for me to keep up with you. This year brings a new online version that I hope you will find the patience to navigate.

Thanks for being part of Extension.

-Mike Schmitt

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