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Extension Update – April 5, 2019   arrow

On behalf of JoAnn Powell:

The Front Range Region held their annual regional meeting March 25 at the Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield. It was great to meet up with, Larry Vickerman, Chatfield director, and former El Paso County horticulture agent and county director. We celebrated each of our Excellence Award nominees (Megan Blaser, Julia Hurdelbrink, Amy Lentz, Taylor McKinney) and award winners (Kenzie Kimmel, Katie Dunker, Lacey Mann). During the day we explored innovative and successful programs in the region and the potential roles, opportunities, and challenges for the new Front Range diversity and inclusion position. Lou and Ashley joined us for updates. VooDoo Improv (based in Denver) provided some fun, and we enjoyed the “away from it all” location and excellent camaraderie. Thanks to our planning committee: Tim Aston, Danielle Ardrey, Jonathan Vrabec, Julie Hill, Sylvia Worcester, and Kyle Christensen. Well done all!
Front Range Meeting


Conflict of Interest Disclosures

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New Extension Organizational Chart

An updated Extension Organizational Chart is now posted online on the Staff Resources page: https://extension.colostate.edu/docs/staffres/org_chart.pdf


Sustainable Lifestyle Expo – Help us Spread the Word

Colorado State University Extension would like to invite you to be part of our April 14th Sustainable Lifestyle Expo at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. The goals of this event are to provide evidence-based information to the public, and connect community members to the resources in the CSU Extension network. The event features over 30 how-to workshops (backyard chickens, rainwater harvesting, edible landscapes, beekeeping) and a number of demonstrations and hands on activities. There will be a local cottage foods market, vendors and food trucks onsite. Registration is $10 per adults; kids are free. Register online at http://csusustainabilityexpo.eventbrite.com. We encourage you to help spread the word about this exciting event! Flyer attached. Expo is organized by Adams, Broomfield, and Boulder counties.


Building Healthy Places Workshop Applications are now open for Colorado communities! 

Apply by April 22, 2019. The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded Urban Land Institute a grant to provide two new Colorado communities free Building Healthy Places (BHP) Workshops in 2019. BHP Workshops provide technical assistance to communities by engaging ULI members as volunteer experts in the fields of real estate, architecture, planning, and public health, among others. In this one-day workshop, ULI volunteer panelists study and work with selected communities to provide concrete, achievable findings and recommendations to create opportunities for enhancing community health and wellness through the built environment. The Urban Land Institute’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Additional information and RFA are attached.


Patrick Pulis – Weld County
Patrick Pulis
Patrick Pulis, Weld County 4-H youth development program associate, was recently featured in Weld County’s newsletter for his work mentoring local youth and introducing them to interesting topics they might not otherwise encounter. Last month, Patrick taught interested youth how to use ‘Scratch,’ a computer program which uses animated characters to teach coding basics. Three of his mentored youth placed first, third, and fifth at this year’s ‘Code Your World’ state championship. Other topics Patrick has taught include printing logos on T-shirts, building a catapult, learning sound frequencies, building terrariums, and being a detective. This summer, Patrick will be teaching his summer camp about bees. Youth will learn to dissect flowers, make soap and drip candles, and taste-test honey. Patrick has also published a book and is in the process of writing another.


Best Wishes to…

  • Lacey Taylor, Adams County 4-H, who will be transitioning to Cheyenne County Extension June 3. Well done Peaks and Plains Region.
  • Katie Dunker, Douglas County Master Gardener Coordinator, who started April 1 as the State Colorado Master Gardener Coordinator. Glad to keep you close by Katie.
  • Tina O’Bryan, Douglas County 4-H Coordinator, resigned the end of March. We wish you all the best Tina.
  • Reid Sweetkind, Jefferson County 4-H Agent who’s next stop will be sunny California. Her last day will be June 28.


Welcome Aboard to…

  • Emily Tobler will start April 17 as the 4-H Youth Development Agent – Livestock in El Paso County. Emily has spent the last 3 years as an agricultural and equine science instructor at the Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center High Schools in Phoenix, AZ. She has a Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Extension and a BS in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences with an emphasis in Equine Science.
  • Julie Hill will begin April 8 as state classified administrative staff in El Paso County. Julie has supported El Paso County Extension as a county employee since 2011.


AmeriCorps – Helping You Meet County Needs

Are you interested in expanding service to your county but haven’t tried our 4-H STEM AmeriCorps program yet? We need to fill a few AmeriCorps summer-time slots and we’re interested in helping you meet the needs in your county. These summer-time AmeriCorps slots are quarter-time (450 hours). If you’re interested in giving us a try (or coming back into the program) and think that you could recruit someone to serve before the member orientation on April 27 & 28, we have a F-R-E-E slot (or two!) for you. Please contact Melinda Macpherson (melinda.macpherson@colostate.edu or 970-491-5575) as soon as possible for additional details.


Front Range Region Searches

  • #09-19 Denver 4H Youth Development Extension Agent. Interviews are scheduled for April 30 and May 1. Search committee includes Rusty Collins, Jean Glowacki, Jeneanne Ford, Erin Sullivan, Lisa Scott, JoAnn Powell (chair).
  • #13-19 Broomfield CMG/Hort Program Associate. Interviews are scheduled for April 22 and 23. Search committee includes Sarah Schweig, Lucinda Greene, Bruce Ide, and Eric Hammond (chair).
  • #16-19 Douglas 4-H Youth Development/Livestock Extension Agent. This is a new position. It will be advertised soon. Search committee includes: Kyle Christensen, Claudia Meeks, Sam Lowry, and Jacki Paone (chair).
  • #17-19 Larimer 4-H Youth Development/Livestock Extension Agent. The position is being advertised with a deadline of April 23.
  • #20-19 El Paso Extension Director. This position is under review. It will be advertised soon.
  • #21-19 El Paso 4-H Youth Development/Leadership Extension Agent. This position is under review.