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Extension Update – February 22, 2019   arrow

On behalf of Bill Nobles:


County/Area Director Meeting:

The CAD meeting is scheduled for March 6-8th in Colorado Springs at the Double Tree Hotel.  If you have not had opportunity, be sure to book your room.  Please complete the registration form for the 2019 CAD meeting by clicking here in order to help with the count for meals.  This will be a great meeting and very informative for all County Directors (both new, experienced, and others who may be interested). Click here for the updated agenda.


Peaks & Plains Regional Meeting:

Our Peaks & Plains Regional Meeting is scheduled for April 16-18th in Alamosa.  Marvin has graciously offered to host our meeting and make sure that we get some excellent tours in their area.  Please be sure to mark your calendars and we hope to have all of the registration information out shortly.

As in the past we will again be offering Awards of Excellence.  Now is the time to nominate your favorite colleague or yourself for great work in the 2018 calendar year. All nominees will receive recognition at our regional meeting; winners (one in each category) will receive $500 that can be collected as supplemental pay, or used for professional development or program support. Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Educator/Communicator
  • Early Adopter/Program Innovator
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Community/Partner Engager
  • Diversity Promoter

Please send your nominations to me by close of business March 29th.

Regional Meetings
Front Range – March 25
Peaks and Plains Region – April 16-18
Western Region – April 23-25


Peaks and Plains Region Position Review, Updates and Hires

  • The Family & Consumer Sciences agent in Morgan County is being re-advertised.
  • Travis Taylor accepted the Area Extension Agent, Livestock, Golden Plains Area in Yuma County position.
  • Southeast Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Agriculture/Natural Resources in Kiowa County, Eads position is in the offering stage.
  • Southeast Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development & Agriculture Business Management, Livestock/Range, Cheyenne County, Cheyenne Wells, CO interviews Monday February 25 and 26.
  • Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Pueblo County, Pueblo, CO interviews are March 15.


Spanish & Nature Immersion Program! April 22 – 28, 2019

You may not know, but we had two Peaks and Plains individuals, Christie Fitzpatrick and Kara Harders attended this program.  This is a great professional development opportunity. Click on the link Todos Santos on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, for our Spanish & Nature Immersion Course. Learn more about nature and wildlife in the region, visit Isla Espíritu Santo, a natural protected area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and practice Spanish with native speakers.

To pre-register visit: http://todossantos.colostate.edu/spanish-nature-immersion-course-2019, or email Olaf.Morales_Barrales@colostate.edu.


Navigating Differences – Jan Carroll

May 14-16, 2019, Washington State University

If you are interested and available, this is an effective training designed for Extension.  The trainers are multi-cultural and you will enjoy the work they have designed.

For more information: http://extension.wsu.edu/diversity/navigating-difference-training/  


Certified County Budgets – Annual County Financial Report Forms

Jana just gave us the go ahead to send the annual county financial budgets forms out to all counties.  These are all set into an Excel Spreadsheet.  There are tabs at the bottom of the form for you to click on to complete.  These are due on March 22nd.  Jana or your regional office can help if you have any questions. Click here for the forms.


Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference – Ashley Stokes

Proposal submission deadline: March 15

We’re excited to share the call for proposals for the 2019 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Meeting. CSU is an ESC member institution, and this year Office of Engagement is hosting the conference along with other western region institutions. The conference will be in downtown Denver October 8-9, 2019, with pre-conference workshops October 6-7.

CSU Extension has been doing engaged work in Colorado for over 100 years, and there are so many incredible examples of Extension initiatives to share. The planning committee would love to highlight Extension’s amazing work at this conference, and we welcome group submissions as well as individual. The conference theme is Deepening Our Roots: Advancing Community Engagement in Higher Education, and presentation topics will include Engaging Students, Faculty, and Communities in New and Different Ways; Redesigning Extension and Engagement to Prepare for the Future; Novel Approaches and Solutions to “Old” Problems; and other topics related to the theme of advancing community engagement.

Please see ESC 2019 Call for Proposals for more information, and reach out to Ashley Stokes or Yvonne Bridgeman (planning team members) with any questions.


2019 WEDA Awards of Excellence Application

Please find attached the 2019 WEDA Awards of Excellence Application information. I know there has been some great work accomplished this past year. So, apply! Applications need to be submitted to Yvonne Bridgeman. We can select two applicants from Colorado. Multistate entries may be submitted by a state or territory in addition to the two state entries. This award, which is presented through Western Extension Directors Association with the assistance of the Western Region Programs Leadership Committee, recognizes outstanding Extension programs in the Western region. Winners will be asked to present at the Joint Summer Meeting. This is a great opportunity!

The due date for all submissions is 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2019. Please send the electronic application to yvonne.bridgeman@colostate.edu. If you have questions please do not hesitate to call or email.


Extension’s Director of Communications position

Click here for the interview schedule for Extension’s Director of Communications position.

Each candidate will give a presentation at an open forum on the morning of Friday, March 1. All are invited to attend and provide feedback, either in person (205 University Square, CSU main campus) or via Zoom connection (https://zoom.us/j/920182832).

For more information contact Yvonne Bridgeman or check adminbb email info on February 15th. The candidates information and guidelines are posted.


CSU Holiday Schedule for 2019-2020

Following is Colorado State University’s Holiday schedule for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Monday, September 2, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020