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Extension Update – July 10, 2019   arrow

On behalf of Bill Nobles:

Masters of Extension Education Program

CSU Fall Online Course Registration is open and waiting for you to utilize your employee benefit study privilege! The Master of Extension Education MS degree is flexible to your professional schedule and can be tailored to meet your interests in learning, further develop your awesome skills, and create new opportunities all while you continue to learn and grow as an Extension professional. If you are not interested in a full Master’s degree. Consider the Teaching in Extension Certificate to meet your professional development needs while utilizing the benefits of being a CSU employee. Dessa Watson can explain about how to get started. Her address and phone number is below and I have included the flyers sent out on adminbb.

Dessa Watson, Instructor
Masters of Extension Education Program
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Colorado State University
(970) 231-7229

Congratulations to Brent Young!

Local Educator Wins Award – Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women (APEFW) is pleased to announce that Brent Young was selected to be the recipient of the Annie’s Project Women In Ag Educator Award as presented in memory of Bob Wells.

Brent Young, Colorado’s state coordinator, is a Regional Extension Specialist in Agriculture and Business Management at Colorado State University Extension. He joined Colorado State University Extension in 2014. He works in cooperation with Extension agents and specialists, university faculty and researchers, and industry and community partners to meet the priority needs of producers.

He has brought extensive experience in education, both teaching and writing, as well as organizational leadership. Not limiting himself to teaching, research and administration, he also operates an irrigated family farm in partnership with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. The farm produces cattle, corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and grandkids.

Young has been instrumental in the initiation and exponential growth of Annie’s Project courses in Colorado. He has put extensive effort into training a well-diversified team of 55 facilitators. His foresight in including not only extension personnel, but also industry partners in agriculture from lending to production and associations has proven to be extremely successful.

Through his ability to develop a strong team and inspire action, almost 300 Colorado farm and ranch women have benefited from his team’s effort in a little over two years.

The Bob Wells award was created following his untimely passing to memorialize his unselfish efforts to improve the lives of others. The award was established to honor an educator who exhibits Bob’s dedication and excellence in educational programming for farm and ranch women, his skill in teaching farm management, and his ability to provide leadership and vision.

APEFW brings educational programs dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Currently, classes are offered in 30 states. Annie’s Project fosters problem solving, record keeping and decision-making skills in farm and ranch women. For additional information, visit

CSU Peaks and Plains Extension Retirement and Updates:

Amy Henschen has accepted a position at the University of Illinois and we wish her the best.

Tracy Trumper has given her resignation date and it is July 29, 2019. Tracy Trumper is leaving Extension July 29th to go back to the science classroom in Ogallala, NE.  Tracy has been a valuable member of the northeastern Colorado FCS group since she came to Extension eight years ago.  She brought with her an extensive knowledge of science and physical exercise and jumped right into programs like A Healthier Way, Strong People and Matter of Balance.  Tracy also coordinated the Piggy Bank Contest for Phillips County fourth graders early in her career and more recently implemented an America Saves Week promotion with local banks in Phillips County.  Tracy also initiated an All My Money – Financial Literacy Series for junior high and high school students in partnership with a local bank.

As Tracy’s career moved along, she engaged in different facilitation and leadership programs including FLTI and Real Colors.  Tracy was trained as an Annie’s Project facilitator and contributed to the program with Real Colors.  Tracy served the CEAFCS organization in various offices, most recently as president-elect.  In that role, she organized the first Extension 5K/1 mile run-walk during Annual Forum of 2018.  The response was positive and beneficial for CEAFCS.

Tracy will be missed and we wish her well in her new endeavors.

Verla Noakes has given her retirement date is August 31, 2019 and she will be missed.  I have attached the flyer sent out by Fremont County.

Peaks and Plains Region Position Review and Hires

Joanna Harris has accepted the Family & Consumer Sciences position in Morgan County.  Her start date is August 1, 2019.

#26-19 Extension Director & Agent, 4-H Youth Development & Agriculture, Lincoln County (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) has closed.

#31-19 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Pueblo County (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) has closed.

#32-19 Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Science, Golden Plains Area, Kit Carson County (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) is being advertised.

#34-19 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science, Chaffee County ((Admin Professional/ Research Professional).  This is a shared position with CSU and the Chaffee County and is under review.

#xx-19 Area Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Phillips County (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) is under review.

#xx-19 Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science (50%) and 4-H Youth Development (50%) Logan County, Sterling, CO (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) 100% is under review.

#xx-19 Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science (50%) and 4-H Youth Development (50%)  Fremont County, Canon City, CO (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) is under review.

#xx-19 Area Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, San Luis Valley (Admin Professional/ Research Professional) is under review.

CY19 & CY20 – PROJECTED SALARY & BENEFIT RATES: In case, you did not get this.  You need this for budgeting!

  1. Fringe Rates – July 1, 2019 & Estimated Blended rates for calendar year 2020 fringe rates.  Please note these rates are not final and still subject to change.
    July 1, 2019 Rates EST. BLENDED RATES for 2020 Budgeting
    Admin. Professional –  28.7% Admin. Professional –  29.2%
    State Classified – 43.1% State Classified – 43.6%
    Non-Student Hourly – 27.8% Non-Student Hourly – 28.3%
    Student Hourly – 1.1% Student Hourly – 1.6%
  1. Formula amount increase to = $14,700 as of January 1, 2020.
    • 4.2% increase over 2019 – consistent with estimated increases for salary and benefits increases.  (average cost increase for raises and fringe, then rounded to the nearest $100)
  1. HR and Fiscal ANNUAL Administrative fees.*
    • These fees are only applied to counties who have moved historically county funded/managed activities to CSU.  These include the hiring of admin. Support staff through CSU and management of county appropriated budgets through CSU accounts.
      • HR Admin. Fee –  Covers costs of hiring administrative support staff through CSU
      • Fiscal Admin. Fee – For fiscal office management of appropriated accounts (the fiscal fee is only for counties who have moved the management of their appropriated accounts to campus)
      • HR Admin Fee – $3000 annually for first employee;  $1500 annual for each additional employee
      • Fiscal Admin Fee – $1000 – $3600 annually, depending on the size of the budget.
    • *NOTE – These fees are being reviewed annually for any potential changes.  Any fee changes will be discussed with the Regional Directors and announced at CAD annually.

Greetings from Commitment to Campus:
C2C is bringing more programs, discounts, and special benefits to CSU faculty and staff.  Please be sure to share this information with others who may not be on the C2C listserv.  And if you’re not on the listserv, please sign up!

  • Professional Development Award Applications
    • Professional Development Award Applications are now being accepted, from July 1 – July 31.  If you are considering a professional development opportunity this fiscal year, review your eligibility to receive this reward.  The application is now live on the C2C website, Education and Lifestyle page. Awards may be made up to $2,000 per application. Only one award per person in a two-year period.
  • Living Mindfully
    • Have you been interested in checking out the Living Mindfully badge program with CSU Online?  CSU employees can now receive a 25% discount on the Mastery Badge or any of the individual courses.  Details are available on the C2C website, Education and Lifestyle page.
  • New Off-Campus Discounts
    • It’s summertime!  C2C is happy to add Water World and Adventure Golf and Raceway to our line-up of off-campus discounts.  The ticket information can be found on our Off-Campus Discounts page.
    • Looking for gift ideas? We’ve added, specializing in producing customized, high-quality wall décor and photo gift items.  CSU employees enjoy a 15% discount on their purchase.  More information can be found on our Off-Campus Discounts page.
  • Coming Soon!
    • C2C is excited to be partnering with the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Athletics, and Canvas Credit Union to bring a special C2C discount for CSU employees to the Ag Day football game on September 21 against Toledo. More information coming soon to the CSU Rams Athletics page!

Go Rams!!

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Spanish & Cultural Immersion Course!
October 27 –  November 3, 2019

Join us for our Spanish & Cultural Immersion Course in beautiful Todos Santos on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Learn about Mexican culture, celebrate Day of the Dead, and practice Spanish alongside native Spanish speakers.

To pre-register visit: , or email