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Extension Update – May 17, 2017   arrow

On behalf of Bill Nobles:

Peaks and Plains Regional Meeting

I would like to thank everyone for attending the meeting.  Hopefully everyone took something home to think about. The Strategic Planning participation was great! We brought a lot of moisture with us to Burlington. Again, thanks to Scott Stinnett for a job well done and an evaluation is forthcoming with additional information for your use.

Salary Increases

Lou Swanson at the Peaks and Plains Regional meeting stated salary increases will be in the 2.25 percent range, on average.  He gave an interesting presentation about the overall university budget and the probable impact of foreign student attendance slowing down which affects the overall university budget in general.

Annual Reviews and COI

Thanks for getting all performance materials into the regional office and following through with completing your conflict of Interest forms online.

Job Descriptions

We have had a change in the CSU job description online and we will be in touch later in the year to address those changes. I do appreciate all of you who have updated your job description. A big push is on from the University to have all positions correctly classified.  Stay tuned as many of us, including Regional and Area Directors are in the process of writing ours.

Peaks and Plains Region Positions Update

  • Kara Harders has accepted the Extension Regional Specialist, Small Acreage Management, Emphasizing Land Stewardship in Forest & Range, Canon City. She will start as of June 1, 2017.
  • Interviews were completed for the Southeast Area Extension Agent, (4-H Youth Development), Prowers County, Lamar, CO position.
  • Interviews are in the process for the Golden Plains Area (GPA) Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/ Weed Science in Sedgwick County, Julesburg, CO position.
  • The SEA Director/FCS position is under review.
  • The SEA/Bent County FCS Agent is under review.
  • The Logan County Director/Ag position is under review.
  • The Custer County Director/Ag position is under review.
  • The GPA/Yuma County Livestock position is under review.

Good luck to Chris Shelly! He will be missed. His last day was May 16, 2017.

“Extending Excellence Awards”

The regional “Extending Excellence” award winners are listed below for each category. The five category winners are:

  • Aimee Kanode: Outstanding educator/communicator- Includes qualitative assessments from students/faculty as well as quantitative considerations (# people impacted).
  • Jane Crayton: Early adopter/Program innovator- New program delivered that may be topical or demand-driven. Qualitative/quantitative assessments required.
  • Carol Kuhns: Volunteer manager- Qualitative assessments from volunteers and collaborators. Quantitative impacts also assessed and considered.
  • Mary Ellen Fleming: Community/Partner engager- Citizen impact assessed and highly considered. Other community collaborators have input as well.
  • Amy Henschen: Diversity promoter- Qualitative and quantitative impacts to underserved audiences.

In case you missed it! New Parking Requirements!

Good Afternoon Deans, Directors and Department Heads,

During its May meeting, the Board of Governors approved a new fee schedule for parking permits, along with a new permit we want you to be aware of. We are asking for your help in sharing news about and preparing for a newly required permit for all government vehicles. This includes university department vehicles, state, federal, city and county owned vehicles.

Upon surveying employees who participated in the open forums about proposed parking changes, we found that the majority did not support allowing government vehicles to park for free on campus. There are hundreds of these vehicles parked on campus daily, without contributing to the cost of parking maintenance and operations by purchasing a permit. Changes going into effect this summer are:

  • These vehicles would be required to be affiliated with an annual university permit ($565).
  • Visitors driving government vehicles must pay for parking. Options include an hourly pay station permit, daily permit, or other similar permit.
  • Vehicles used less than once a week may only be parked at the Research Blvd lot (annual permit is $250) or the Foothills campus.
  • Emergency vehicles always exempt when responding to an emergency, but not while on other business, such as attending meetings, trainings, conferences, etc.

This change also brings changes to service vehicles, too:

  • All “State and Service Vehicle Only” spaces will be changed to “Service Vehicle Only” spaces.
  • Service vehicles will be required to purchase a special service vehicle permit (called a J permit).
  • The university will define service vehicles, for these purposes, as a vehicle that is necessary to provide needed maintenance or service for a campus building or equipment within the building. Examples of private and CSU service providers eligible for service permits are HVAC, plumbing, painters, electricians, computer/copier service, elevator and custodial.
  • At the time that a service is being provided, the vehicle parked in the service space must be currently and actively engaged in service or maintenance operations.

These changes will go into effect starting July 1. For more information about changes to parking starting next fiscal year, visit