Message from the Associate Dean
Shirer-Johnson Wedding Picture
Life at work and home has been very busy and eventful of late. In early April, my daughter, Allison, was married — see the picture of Allie and her new husband, Mike, on the right. We had a wonderful celebration at our home in Circle Pines with immediate family. The next day I headed to Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) in Washington, DC. I wondered why I scheduled this trip immediately after the wedding but in the end was so glad I participated. See the first article below about some of the lessons learned. Kathy Olson, Ellie McCann, and Kathy Brandt also attended the conference.
In this post, you will also find information about new faculty hires and an award for a SNAP Ed Educator as well as a map showing the location of the SNAP Ed Educators and the Regional Coordinators. In addition, four professional development opportunities are described including the joint meetings with Family Development and the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Minnesota. Lastly, please take a few minutes to comment on any of the postings here and your thoughts for future items to include in the blog.
Enjoy the warming April weather.
Learnings from PILD
Public Issues Leadership Development Conference, also called PILD, is sponsored by the Joint Councils of Extension Professionals. For Family Development, the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences represents our interests on the Joint Council. EFANS, Community Vitality, and Youth Development also have national organizations that represent them. The mission of PILD is to provide leadership and advocacy skills to affect public issues. Conference sessions focused on enhancing public advocacy and education skills and broadening understanding of public issues that impact Extension and its clientele. On the last day of the conference, a team of Extension Educators and staff visited with members of the MN congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.
I walked away from the conference with some key lessons learned. One keynoter reminded me again of the importance of social media, especially Twitter, as a resource to get out our messages. Another provided guidance on how to foster common purpose as a way to energize collaborations for action. I purchased a recommended book titled The Power of Invisible Leadership (Hickman and Sorenson, 2014). I learned in the first pages that leadership is about promoting a common vision and mission to move a group to action, and not about getting others to take action on behalf of the leader. I am looking forward to getting deeper into the book and how I can apply it my own work.
If you have the opportunity to attend this conference in the future, I highly recommend it. The conference offers great professional development in its sessions and hands-on experience meeting with elected officials.
The Department of Family Social Science recently announced two new faculty members with Extension appointments. Dr. Jenifer McQuire will join the faculty as an Associate Professor in the area of Parenting Education, beginning fall 2014, pending approval from the Provost's office. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jodi Dworkin served as the chair of the search committee and Ellie McCann served as Extension's representative.
Dr. Joyce Serido has accepted an offer to join the FSoS faculty as an Associate Professor in the area of family economics beginning Fall, 2014. She can be reached at email@example.com. Sharon Danes served as chair of the search committee and Jennifer Garbow served as Extension's representative.
Please join me in thanking Jodi, Ellie, Sharon, and Jennifer for their service to hire these new specialists.
Seven new SNAP Ed Educators have been hired over the last month. Please join me in welcoming these new staff members to Family Development:
Darlyce Rangaard, Redwood Falls
Carolyn McQueen, Crow Wing
Elizabeth Quillo, Todd
Rachel Jones, Blue Earth
Kathryn Lien, Clearwater
Megan Janssen, Polk
JoDee Christiansen, Stearns
Recently, Dianne Davis-Kenning, SNAP Ed Educator and formerly Community Nutrition Educator, was awarded the 2014 Partners in Hope from Heartland Community Action Agency in Litchfield at their annual staff day. Here is what the presenter had to say:
Dianne has worked closely with various Heartland Programs, providing direct services to children and families. She has worked with the Head Start Classrooms in McLeod County, providing education to the children during classroom time and also some education to parents via the Simply Good Eating curriculum and Parent Meetings. She has also collaborated with Heartland and McLeod County Social Services (Parent Support Outreach Program -- "PSOP" and Child Welfare Services) to provide the Kitchen Kamp (Simply Good Eating) classes to at-risk families. She has also agreed to do one-on-one instruction with individuals/families in their home setting. Dianne also worked with Heartland's McLeod Outreach at the Food Distributions that take place in Hutchinson, providing nutrition education, cooking safety, etc., along side Heartland doing Food Support Outreach activities and other education about Heartland programs and services. Dianne had also agreed to be a part of the RentWise/Money Smart Classes that were offered in McLeod County by Heartland's Outreach. During those classes, she provided information to individuals/families about ways to stretch their food dollars, cooking safety, healthy eating, etc.
University of Minnesota Extension services provide practical education and research to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.
Dianne is dedicated to the work that she does through the University of Minnesota Extension Services and it shows through in her dedication to the individuals and families that she works with. She has always been willing to collaborate with Heartland on numerous activities and has been a collaborative asset to Heartland and we would like to thank her for that.
Help Us Get the Word Out to our Partners about SNAP Education
In Health and Nutrition, we continue to make great progress hiring SNAP Ed Educators for the new model. Our next push is to ramp up our external communications with partners and we need your help. In the next few months, we will be sharing resources with you for communicating with county and regional partners. To get you started, we have put together a map showing the regions for SNAP Ed (they match Extension's regions) and the counties for EFNEP (Hennepin, Ramsey and southern Anoka.) Click here for a copy of the map.
Thank you for helping us get the word out.
Minnesota Poverty: Call to Action
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development is one of numerous sponsors for this upcoming conference. As most of you are aware, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's State of the Union address calling on the nation to launch an "unconditional war on poverty." This address signaled a renewed national commitment to fighting poverty through targeted policy resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell Grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance. This conference is intended to celebrate this anniversary and renew efforts by debunking false claims and putting forward a proactive vision about how to end poverty.
Minnesota Poverty: Call to Action
Thursday, May 1, 2014
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saint Paul River Centre | 175 West Kellogg Blvd |Saint Paul, MN 55102
The website includes all the information you'll need, including schedule, all confirmed speakers, and hotel blocks.
Who Should Attend?
Minnesotans from public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors will gather for a one-day event to learn about the history of the War on Poverty, rededicate efforts, and commit to current anti-poverty movements happening in Minnesota and across the country. Breakout sessions on disparities in poverty will be organized around race/ethnicity, age (youth and seniors), place (rural, urban, and suburban), gender, and veteran status.
Minnesota Community Action Partnership, AARP, A Minnesota Without Poverty, Children's Defense Fund, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, and University of Minnesota Extension
HOLD THE DATE: Center for Family Development All Staff Event, July 16, 2014
Recently, you received a message from Heather Lee inviting all FD staff and faculty to a one-day conference at the Landscape Arboretum. In addition, NEAFCS is holding their professional development the day after FD's conference. See additional information below on this event.
Dates for the upcoming Family Development Conference:
All FD staff: Wednesday, July 16 (10-4; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska)
Join all Family Development staff in exploring where we've been in the past and where we can go (together) in the future. Note: All Family Development staff are invited to this event. Costs, including travel, will be covered by FD administration. If you don't think you should attend, please confirm this with your supervisor.
Optional: Thursday, July 17 (9-3; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska)
Explore the past, present, and future of National Extension Council on Family Relations and Family Development Educators. The National President, Kathy Olson, is scheduled to speak along with fun activities, workshops, and networking throughout the day. All FD educators are invited to attend whether or not you are a member of NEAFCS-MN. More details will being coming soon regarding cost, NEAFCS-MN eligibility, and event details.
If you plan on attending both events described above, Family Development will cover the cost of lodging.
You should have seen an event hold for July 16 placed on your calendar. More information about the agenda and registration will be available in May. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Heather Lee.
NEAFCS Professional Development
Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Family Development
Who: All current NEAFCS-MN members as well as all those interested in seeing what it is all about.
We recommend officially joining membership at the Fall conference, but all those who are educating in the area of Family Consumer Science (Family Development) and have a 4 year degree or more are invited to join.
What: Fun professional development and networking opportunity!
We will feature our current National President Kathy Olson as well as sessions looking at the 100th Anniversary of the Smith Lever Act, the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, and the new beginning of powerful movements such as the movement to fight obesity. We will also be taking a tour of the Arboretum display garden and networking with old and new friends and colleagues.
When: Thursday, July 17th, 2014 from 9am to 3pm (optional, but a GREAT opportunity!)
Where: The Fireplace Room in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN
Why: Come learn about NEAFCS-MN, your colleagues, and these wonderful celebrations of past, present, and future
Cost: $25 for non-members and $20 for members
This covers food, the tour, speakers, and the lovely location! For those staying overnight from the FD conference the previous day, we will cover the overnight stay!
Please "Save the Date" and more information as well as registration will come shortly. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Brianna Routh at firstname.lastname@example.org, Becky Hagen Jokela at email@example.com, or Deb Botzek-Linn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Went Wrong? Reflecting and Learning from Community-Engaged Research Call for Proposals and Registration
Date: July 11-12, 2014
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Submit a proposal and register to attend this conference featuring keynote address by María Torre, Ph.D. and Brett Stoudt, Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Join others working for social justice in an active dialogue about what it means for communities and universities to practice deeply engaged research that is reflective, questions power dynamics, and works toward shifts in practice.
Something to Make You Smile and Get Active
Renee Obrecht-Como shared this YouTube video with me. Please enjoy!
Call to Action
Please leave comments and your feedback. Also, plan on attending the Family Development Day at the Landscape Arboretum on July 16. Share with partners the map showing where contact information for SNAP Ed and EFNEP. And remember to enjoy the warming spring weather.