June 7, 2002
24 DEADLINE TO ORDER WSU COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CLOTHING AND MISC.
We've added new summer wear (e.g. short sleeve denim shirts) and useful
items (stainless steel commuter coffee mugs and water bottles) to
the Cooperative Extension recognition and marketing items. The Web
page is revised, thanks to Christy Fitzgerald, and includes photos
from the vendor catalogs. Send your order today. You don't want to
miss this opportunity to order an item or two with the WSU Cooperative
Extension logo. Show off your WSU pride! Orders will be accepted in
the next two weeks and then we send in the order to the vendors. Allow
to the Web page located at http://ext.wsu.edu/marketing
within the next 2 weeks and place your order.
deadline for ordering is MONDAY, JUNE 24. Don't delay.
BUDGET REDUCTIONS ANNOUNCED
The budget reductions by area were announced by the Provost this
week. Cooperative Extension permanent budget line (PBL) for state
funds beginning July 1, 2002, will be reduced 3.5%, which translates
to $428,065. The reductions for the other areas of the college are
3.0% for Agricultural Research Center and 3.5% for Academic Programs.
The total reduction for the college is $1,275,000 approximately.
The Extension administrative team is meeting June 26 and 27 to finalize
our response to the reductions. We will keep you informed of decisions
as soon as we possibly can. Next week, the university will have
posted on the WSU Web page the level of reduction and the statement
of impact by area/college.
STRATEGIC PLAN and ARC ANNUAL REPORT
Look for these two important documents on the college Web site.
The College of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) Strategic Plan
is being finalize this week and will posted to the web site cahe.wsu.edu
. The recently released 2000 Annual Report of the Agricultural Research
Center is also now on the Web.
This week many of us experienced the inconvenience of an inoperable
telebridge. The problem occurred because of aging equipment at WSU
Information Technology (IT). Replacement parts brought the system
back up to full operations later in the week. Cooperative Extension
Events and Program Support (CEEPS) unit schedules many of the calls
in which you participate. Here are a few statistics from CEEPS which
illustrate the tremendous growth we've seen just in the College
of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) in the use of the telebridge
for conference calls:
Number of conference calls: 994
Number of participants: 8,345
Average number of conference calls per month: 82
Number of conference calls: 1,231
Number of participants: 10,367
Average number of conference calls per month: 102
Number of conference calls: 1,654
Number of participants: 13,480
Average number of conference calls per month: 138
are exploring ways to partner with WSU IT to upgrade the equipment
we all rely upon to conduct our business. In the meantime, we apologize
for problems you encountered with the system this week.
NOTICE: 1-800 REVERSE TOLL NUMBER WILL END JULY 1ST
Beginning July 1, 2002, the WSU Cooperative Extension "Reverse
Toll" (or 1-800 Wats line) will be discontinued. Traditionally,
we have provided this "Reverse Toll" to allow people to
read their email while traveling. Unfortunately, a 1-800 telephone
number is not free. It simply reverses the toll charges so that
someone else pays. This year, the "Reverse Toll" Wats
line will cost Cooperative Extension over $45,000. Consequently,
the decision was made to eliminate this general service.
of now, alternative options include:
or department obtain their own 800 number that can point to our
ras dialup (509-335-8800). Toll numbers cost 25.00 to install
and are billed 5.00/month. Domestic long distance rates for calling
in are $ 0.14/minute. International connection to this service
requires a calling card and the rates vary by location/country.
Contact Kathy Vogeler,
Information Technology representative for CAHE (509 335-0483)
for this option.
Information Technology has established a discount contract with
Aicent, a global Internet provider, to offer affordable remote
on-line access to University personnel traveling to domestic or
Aicent service provides cost-effective access for the occasional
traveler or infrequent user of the Internet.
The procedure for requesting Remote Internet Access Service is
located in the BPPM 80.40, or contact the IT
PhoneDesk (335-3663, ITB2088). For rates go to http://www.wsu.edu/IT/TeleCom.
Use a credit card number in the dialup networking setup.
User obtain their own local Internet Service Provider (ISP). Some
ISPs offer nation wide or regional service.
questions about this policy, contact Linda
WEB SITE CHANGES
We have refined the search mechanism for the IMPACTS database so
that searches by county will turn up only those research, teaching
and extension programs that specifically benefit that county as
identified by the principals involved in the projects. Projects
described as having "statewide impact" will no longer
come up. These can be selected by making a menu choice on the advanced
a result of this change, some counties may not have any reports.
Please call noteworthy projects that have actual or projected economic,
social or environmental impact to Dennis
Brown's attention, and he will draft impact statements to add
to the report. Users will be able to select reports that have "statewide"
or "multi-state impact." The URL is http://ext.wsu.edu/impact/.
Dennis Brown, Information Specialist
DOCTORAL FELLOWS IN COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
Cooperative Extension is hosting two Summer Doctoral Fellows during
their 6 week experience at WSU this summer. Pursing a doctorate
in human development, Ms. Tabitha Dell' Angelo is from the University
of Pennsylvania. Ms. Meena Razvi is from Northern Illinouis University
and studying adult education. We hope to have them interact with
many of you through Extension events, such as the Provost tour of
SE Dsitrict and the State 4-H Conference. The doctoral fellows arrive
next week, June 12 and are engaged in their studies and WSU experiences
through July 26.
SELECTS ELIZABETH JOHNSON AS SENIOR ADVISOR ON FOOD AND NUTRITION
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the selection of
Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, M.S. R.D., as senior advisor on food and
nutrition issues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to
her appointment, Johnson served as vice president of Fleshman-Hillard,
Inc., in Washington, D.C. where she worked with a variety of food
and agricultural clients.
joining Fleshman-Hillard in 1998, Johnson was a senior professional
staff member at the Senate Agriculture Committee where she coordinated
policy in the areas of nutrition, farm credit and livestock. In
addition, she was formerly associate director for food policy at
the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Her previous government
experience includes positions at the Food and Drug Administration
as a nutritionist for the food labeling division and as a research
dietitian at the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Johnson, a
Registered Dietitian, holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition
from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
from Ball State University.
- June 10-14
Next week, Wednesday, June 12 through Friday, June 14, both Mike
and Linda will be in the NW District in Whatcom, Island, and San
Juan counties. We will be in Pullman Monday and Tuesday.
Dean and Director
Linda Kirk Fox
PO Box 646230
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6230