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Extension Update – June 22, 2018   arrow

On behalf of Bill Nobles:

DAC Meeting Highlights

A Communications Taskforce to look at internal communications between Extension, CSU Colleges, and Ag Experiment Station is underway.  Ashley Stokes, CJ Mucklow, representatives from each region, Joanne Littlefield, Ruth Willson, and a specialist will make up the taskforce. Improved communications is a priority, and part of the Strategic Plan initiative.

In addition, the Salary Taskforce and the Extension Faculty Status Team will be combining to address Extension agent status within the university.  This is a great opportunity for Extension in the future.

New Staff Orientation online will kick off July 1.  Joanne Littlefield has completed the updated online New Staff Orientation program.  This could not have happened without the support of the Office of Engagement — both financial support, and CSU Online’s development of the badging program.

Peaks and Plains Region Positions, Updates and Hires

  • Kim Peters is the new Las Animas County Extension Agent, Agriculture & 4-H and her start date is July 9th.
  • Jeramy McNeely is the new Fremont County Director/4-H/Ag/Hort and his start date in Canon City is July 2nd.
  • Amy Kelley is the new Morgan County Director/4-H and her start date is July 16th.
  • Peaks and Plains Range Specialist Position interviews are June 28th in Pueblo.
  • Park County Director Position closes on June 19th and interviews are scheduled for July 19th and 20th.
  • Elbert County 4-H position closes on July 3rd and interviews are scheduled August 13th and 14th.
  • The 4-H/Ag position in Baca County is under review.
  • The Family & Consumer Sciences in Morgan County is under review.
  • Shannon Auth has resigned from Custer County Director/Ag position and her last day is June 22nd.


… to Ashley Stokes who was recently awarded tenure at the rank of Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at CSU. She was previously a tenured Professor at University of Hawaii.

Impact Collaborative Facilitator Training

Congratulations to Amy Henschen, 4-H agent in the San Luis Valley and Kyle Christensen, Extension Program Coordinator (CYFAR and FLTI). They were selected for and will be representing Colorado State University Extension in the Impact Collaborative Facilitator Training July 10-12 in Detroit, MI.

From eXtension Twitter Feed – Ruth Willson

@UKExtension co-hosted an Innovation Kit Workshop by eXtension’s Impact Collaborative alongside @KyStateU Extension. Chuck Stamper shares his thoughts on how the Impact Collaborative has helped Extension professionals jump-start new projects across KY –

UNH Extension‏ @UNHExtension Jun 12 – A look at how we changed the way we tell our story and how you can, too:  #StoryMaps

The Impact Collaborative Innovation Kit Workshop is a one-day event for individuals who want to learn an innovation process that can be applied to new or existing ideas, projects, or programs. Learn more at …

Spanish for Animal Health and Care – Ashley Stokes

Now, CSU has launched a new undergraduate certificate in “Spanish for Animal Health and Care” to make sure students in veterinary and animal science fields are equipped to communicate after they graduate and begin working with Spanish speakers in a farm or ranch setting. The new certificate will be offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures beginning this fall, and will be available in an online-only format as well as in person. It is the brainchild of instructor Shannon Zeller and Professor Maura Velázquez-Castillo in the department, who were introduced to the problem by Roman-Muniz who is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and a CSU Extension dairy specialist.

Students will need to have some basic familiarity with Spanish before taking the coursework, the equivalent of about two years’ worth, she notes. Those not already enrolled at CSU can take the program and receive a “master’s badge” instead of a certificate upon completion through CSU Online.

For more information about the program, contact Zeller at or Velázquez-Castillo at