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Dear Extension retirees,

The Extension retiree lunch events are coming up soon. I look forward to these annual events to hear what is happening in your lives, to share the latest Extension news and initiatives and to gain insight from your unique perspectives. Last year we held the luncheons in two locations to reduce driving time for retirees in the northern regions. We will follow the same format this year: 

  • Thursday, June 12, 12-2 p.m., The Fireside Restaurant, Detroit Lakes, 1462 East Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes 56501
     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 12-2 p.m., Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, 2001 Fulham Street, Roseville 55113

Please RSVP to Wan Tansatit, Extension development office, at (612)624-7971 or wtansati@umn.edu with your name and the lunch location you will be attending.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events.

Bev Durgan
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Dean's Column

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Dear Extension Retirees,

I look forward to seeing you and hearing about your latest adventures each year at our luncheon for retirees. It is a great time to catch up with each other and remember the positive impact each of you have had through your work with Extension.

To make this more convenient, we will once again have an event in Greater Minnesota and in the Twin Cities. Please mark your calendars for either of the luncheons:

  1. Thursday, June 12 at The Fireside Restaurant in Detroit Lakes
  2. Wednesday, July 23 at the Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville.

An invitation with directions and RSVP information will be sent in April. I hope to see you this summer, when the weather is warm and the snow has melted!

Bev Durgan
Dean

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Extension colleagues remain a vital part of Extension long after the retirement parties are over and you move on to new adventures. Retirees are strong advocates, partners, volunteers and donors. Some even return to work with us on specific projects that require their expertise and relationships.

Today, we have nearly 400 retirees in active communication with Extension. In addition to this e-newsletter for retirees, we have a Facebook page for Extension retirees. There are 58 retirees keeping in touch on Facebook and we encourage you to join us there. If you are not in touch and want to connect, click "Request to Join" on the Facebook page or send a request to Gwen Gmeinder at g-gmei@umn.edu.

Each year, I look forward to hosting the summer luncheon for retirees. This year, we added one in northern Minnesota. In June, I met with 25 retirees in Detroit Lakes, including colleagues I worked with when I first came to Extension as an agronomist and weed scientist. In July, I met with 73 retirees for a very engaging afternoon in the Twin Cities. Both events featured highlights from authors Don Breneman and Mark Seeley on the writing and publishing of "Voyageur Skies."

I look forward to seeing those of you who attend the ESP meeting at the Extension Program Conference in Duluth in early October (more info below).

Extension is filled with employees who are working to make a difference with the people, programs and places they are passionate about.  It is rewarding to see that passion continue long after colleagues leave Extension.

Bev Durgan

Dean's Column

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Dear Extension Retirees,

Please plan on joining us for lunch and a fun opportunity to catch up with fellow Extension retirees during our annual Extension Dean's lunch with retirees on Tuesday, July 23 at the Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville. This year, we are also adding a second luncheon location and date for those who live in Greater Minnesota. Please join us on Monday, June 24 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. All are invited to attend one or both events; a more formal invitation will be sent in the next month.

I look forward to seeing you this summer!

Bev Durgan

Dean's Column (November 28, 2012)

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Dear Extension Retirees,

Over the last five years, you have helped to grow Extension's development and fundraising capacity. Working with our first development officer, Matt Musel, many of you have helped raise more than $4 million for Extension programs including agriculture, natural resources, leadership and families. The development team now also includes two part-time major gift officers, Jayne Hager Dee and Nancy Frosaker, and five student workers.

Earlier this fall, Matt moved on to other opportunities in fundraising and politics and we welcomed Jane Johnson as our new chief development officer. Jane is a third generation Golden Gopher, with a degree in design from the College of Human Ecology. She comes to us with a wealth of development experience, including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota Foundation, Minnesota Museum of Art, and the Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities. Jane will be working alongside Cara Miller, director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.   

I thank you for your generous support of Extension and I look forward to working with you and Jane. Together we can continue to grow Extension's reach and impact through gifts that support Extension education and research.

Bev Durgan

Dean's Column (June 2012)

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Dear Extension Retirees,

Please join me for the Extension retiree lunch on Tuesday, July 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Street, Roseville. The lunch is an annual opportunity to connect with fellow Extension retirees and hear about what is happening at the University of Minnesota and Extension. This year's event also features special guest, Julie Weisenhorn, state Master Gardener director. This summer celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Master Gardener Program and Julie will share some of the major highlights of this successful volunteer program.

If you'd like to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Gwen Gmeinder by July 9. I look forward to seeing you all there.  

Bev Durgan

Dean's Column (January, 2012)

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Dear Extension Retirees,

Thank you for your financial support of Extension throughout the years, and for your years of service to Extension. Your contributions are greatly valued, and your passion and dedication to Extension continues to make a difference.

Last fall Extension created a four question survey to gather information that will help us improve communication with retirees and receive valuable feedback on various Extension initiatives. If you haven't already, please take a moment to complete the online survey today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Over the past year Extension has worked with Chelsea Berndt, University of Minnesota student in agricultural education, to create the Extension Retiree Survey. Chelsea graduated in December with her B.S. in agricultural education, specialization in adult leadership and communications.

I am pleased to introduce Sadie Schroeder, our new development intern. Sadie is a communication studies major at the University, a 2010 graduate of Owatonna High School, and was a 4-H'er in Steele County for 15 years. She will be working closely with Matt Musel, Extension development officer, on projects related to enhancing Extension retiree initiatives.

Bev Durgan, Dean

Dean's Column (August 2011)

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Dear Extension Retirees,

I hope you are able to join me and your fellow Extension retirees on Tuesday, August 23 for our annual retiree celebration. This year, we will be hosting a luncheon to honor our retirees at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Maple Grove.

So please mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and plan on joining us to see old friends and hear the latest updates on Extension.

Please watch for the email invitation and be sure to RSVP to Gwen Gmeinder (g-gmei@umn.edu, 612-625-6795) by August 15.

I look forward to catching up with you in August!

Bev Durgan, Dean

Dean's Column (January 20, 2011)

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Dear Extension Retirees,

It was great to see and connect with all of you who attended the Extension retiree reception on October 28. As we move into a new budget cycle with a new governor, new legislators and new University president in July, we can be confident that Extension has made a difference in Minnesota while increasing visibility and building public support for the University.

With more than 500 state advisory committee members, 34,500 volunteers, 700,000 annual program participants and 13 million website visits a year, Extension continues to take University research and education into people's lives, engaging Minnesotans to address many of today's complex issues: water quality, food safety and security, childhood obesity, rural economic development, farm profitability, family finances, youth development, renewable energy and natural disasters just to name a few.

Thank you for your part in Extension's success, both with your past work and with your continued involvement and support.

Dean's Column (September 9, 2010)

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Dear Extension Retirees,

The date for the annual reception for Extension retirees has been changed to October 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the University's new Urban Research and Outreach Center in Minneapolis.

I hope the date change is not an inconvenience for you, as I am looking forward to seeing you all once again this fall! Last year, we gathered at the State Fair in celebration of Extension's Centennial. This year, we will hold the reception in a much newer University and Extension facility. The University's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) is located at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis (view map).

The multipurpose facility provides opportunities for University services and community organizations to conduct programs and pursue initiatives and projects to discover solutions to complex issues facing urban communities. Extension programs that have a presence at the UROC include: Urban 4-H Youth Development, Simply Good Eating, Hennepin County Master Gardeners and Operation Frontline.

So please mark your calendars for October 28 and plan on joining us to see old friends and hear about Extension's latest initiatives. We will meet at 2 p.m. for refreshments and a tour of the facility. Watch for an invitation with directions and a request for your RSVP coming soon.

Bev Durgan, Dean

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