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Extension Update – August 6, 2015   arrow

To assure that all of you are kept up to date on a regular basis, the three regional directors and the state Extension Administration Office provides bi-weekly Extension Updates. This forum is for all Extension announcements, so if you have something to distribute, please forward it to Lori Bates with FOR EXTENSION UPDATE noted.

August 6, 2015

On Behalf of the State Extension Administration Office Update

Construction at State Extension Administration Office

The construction of the new parking garage located to the west of the University Square building began this week. As a result of the construction, the Extension Administration Office reception front desk will be open from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm on a regular basis until the parking garage is built. Click here for updated information.

SARE Mini Grants Available

In 2010, we began to use an online review process for Extension fact sheets ( Until recently, authors have worked with Extension Front Range Program Assistant Sonjia Graham, with oversight by Joanne Littlefield, when getting fact sheets updated or new fact sheets into final design. That has changed as Sonjia has taken on duties related to the recent Americorps grant.

While the online review and uploading process will remain the same, all correspondence regarding fact sheets should be directed to Littlefield. Ruth Willson oversees the technical aspects of online submission and posting.

In general, printed fact sheets are no more than four pages. Bulletins are longer publications that provide more detail on a subject than a fact sheet and are often more technical. Fact sheets and bulletins are research-based, and in general are written for a lay audience.

All Extension publications require a review cycle, determined by the author. Topics are determined by author, with input from peers (work team, specialist/community interest/need, etc.).

For more information on the fact sheet process for CSU Extension, click here.

New Staff Orientation – Judy Barth

If you are new to CSU Extension, or if you have someone new in your office, please mark your calendar for September 14-17, 2015 for the next New Staff Orientation. All new staff should receive correspondence on the orientation within the next two weeks, but in the meantime, be sure it is on your calendar. Participation in New Staff Orientation is expected of all new staff. If you have a new county-hired program staff member, be sure we have their name so they can be included in the invitation.

Social Media Webinar

The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Social Media special interest group (SIG) is having a “Ask Me Anything Session – Social Media” webinar ( on Thursday, August 20 at 4:00 pm EDT (3p CT/2p MT/1p PT/ Noon AT/ 10a HT).

This will not be a presentation but rather an open forum to ask questions about anything social media – strategy, tactics, tips . . . if you have a question, Victor Villegas will try to answer it. This free session is being sponsored by the Association for Communications Excellence (ACE) Social Media and is geared towards ACE members and Extension professionals, but open to any and all who are interested in social media marketing, outreach and engagement.

2015 Ag Day

The Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Ram Athletics invite you to the 34th annual Ag Day, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 5 in the south parking lot of Hughes Stadium. Ag Day precedes the Rams vs. Savannah State football game, with kickoff at 2 p.m. For details go to: