This year, Extension will host the annual staff conference in two separate locations: May 6 in Bemidji at the Sanford Center, and May 14 in Mankato at the Verizon Center. These two locations were chosen to make it easier for staff to attend by reducing travel and out-of-office time.
Extension's staff conference brings together more than 200 Extension civil service and bargaining unit staff to learn new skills and interact with colleagues from across the state. I encourage all of the following staff groups to attend this important event: clerical/technical, civil service, nutrition educators, 4-H program coordinators, Master Gardener coordinators, community program specialists, community program assistants and county support staff. Additional conference details and registration will be available in March.
During the staff conference, I will present the annual awards for campus and field-based support staff, program staff and nutrition educator. Supervisors and colleagues are encouraged to nominate staff for these awards. Please submit your nominations by April 18.
Next year, the staff conference will be held in one location in the Twin Cities area. The plan is to alternate every other year between one Twin Cities location and two Greater Minnesota locations; we will monitor feedback about this change very closely over the next couple years to determine if this plan will work.