June 20, 2003
BUDGET REDUCTIONS ANNOUNCED
WSU budget reductions were announced by President Rawlins this week,
and instructions on implementation were distributed by the Provost's
office. A sub-committee of the Extension administrative team is
meeting June 26 and 27 to make initial recommendations. Then the
Extension Administrative Team will meet June 30 July 2 to finalize
our response to the reductions. We will keep you informed of decisions
as soon as we possibly can. Here are some of the details you may
be interested in knowing:
Washington Legislature has passed the 2003 2005 biennial operating
budget. The session was long and difficult as legislators dealt
with a $2.6 billion shortfall. No increase in taxes were approved.
Most of the shortfall was eliminated by cutting agency budgets.
Higher education received significant reductions, even though they
were less severe than those in many other parts of government.
state appropriation for Washington State University is being cut
by $21.9 million. The cuts are exacerbated by the lack of new funding
to cover inflation, faculty promotional increases and institutional
priorities. Tuition increases will offset an estimated $13.8 million
of this cut.
late conclusion of the legislature provides little time to prepare
for the budget that begins on July 1. The University must reduce
our permanent budget by 3% effective July 1, 2003. To accomplish
the reduction, Cooperative Extension and all other Deans are required
to make reductions that total 3% for our area, resulting in a budget
that equals 97% of our 2002-03 base. For Cooperative Extension,
a 3% reduction translates to $359,392 of state Permanent Budget
Line (PBL). Keep in mind that this is only the beginning base allocation
for all areas. Final budgets (including the possibility of additional
reductions) will not be determined until after Budget Hearings in
August, where we are asked to present a 5% budget reduction scenario,
and in the fall. In the mean time, we are instructed to implement
reductions immediately to keep expenditures below last year's levels.
another year of significant budget reductions is not what we would
wish for, I'm reminded of the positive side of the legislative budget
for WSU. The Veterinary Medicine Program received $1.5 million toward
the loss of funding; WSU received $1.2 million to fully fund utilities
and maintenance of recently completed buildings; Extension receive
$360,000 in permanent funding for viticulture and enology and WSU
CAHE received $477,000 start-up funding for wine industry education;
and $1.3 million was received for Science and Engineering Institute
at WSU Vancouver.
4-H MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
of you attending 4-H Program Days have reviewed and provided valuable
feedback for the proposed Washington State 4-H Youth Development
Management Structure. The plan is to put in place a new "Core
Committee" to facilitate the implementation of the management
structure by ensuring committee leadership, training, and serve
as an advisory group to set and approve statewide 4-H Policies.
This core committee will sustain and implement the 4-H strategic
plan and review membership for additional committee and task force
activities. The District Directors and the Professional Development
Action Team (PDAT) will be asking for nominees for the core committee
between now and the 4-H Forum in October.
to the PDAT committee for all their efforts: Jana Ferris, Ann Hennings,
Jim Lindstrom, M. J. Myer, Sonja Morales, Penny Smith, Joan Vance,
Kevin Wright, and Mary Deen.
EXTENSION PROPOSES AFFILIATION WITH WSAC
Washington State Association
of Counties (WSAC) will hold their 97th annual state convention
in Spokane next week, June 24 - 27. The theme "Fiscal Reality
and the Future of Government" is a perfect backdrop for the
presentation of our proposal for WSU Extension to become an Affiliate
of WSAC. This will be presented to the WSAC Board of Directors on
Wednesday, June 25. While fiscal challenges were top on everyone's
mind, the opportunity to enhance our partnership with county partners
is a proactive step.
behalf of the Extension County Chairs, an ad hoc committee was named
at the Chairs' conferences in early April to work on the bylaws
and letter of intent to WSAC. Members of the ad hoc committee are:
Ray Faini, Chelan County, Katherine Baril, Jefferson County, Curt
Moulton, Snohomish County, Doug Steinbarger, Clark County, Dan Fagerlie,
Ferry County, Wayne Madson, NE District Director, Kelsey Gray, Extension
Organizational Development Specialist, and Linda Kirk Fox, Associate
Dean. These same individuals will be the first executive board of
the WSU Extension Affilition, Ray Faini, chair. The next WSAC event
is a joint meeting with WACO (Washington Association of County Officials)
September 29 - October 2 in Seattle.
UPDATE AUGUST 28
your calendar for the next CAHE Update: August 28, 10:30 a.m. Guests
will be Dean Zuiches: Budget update; introduce new CAHE/CE faculty;
Vicki McCracken: describes the new major in Organic Agriculture;
Sandra Ristow: Reports on the National Agriculture Biotechnology
Conference (NABC 15) June meeting; Linda Kirk Fox: 100 years of
Home Economics Celebration at WSU; and the New Puyallup R &
E Director: Welcome and talks about his plans. For more information
refer to the Information
Department Web site.
IN FOOD SYSTEMS EDUCATION CONFERENCE
25 - 27, Washington State University Pullman.
Innovations in Food Systems Conference goals are to highlight innovative
ideas, models and tools in sustainable food systems education and
catalyze future collaborative and individual efforts within and
between educational institutions and the communities that they serve.
The agenda will include national and international speakers: Janet
Brown, Kate Clancy, John Ikerd, Fred Kirschenmann, Patrick Moore,
and Michael Shuman and others. Key discussion themes: sustainability
and systems; holistic teaching approaches; cultural issues; health
and nutrition; production and the environment; processing and distribution;
and economic, policy and international considerations. Who should
attend? Faculty, students & staff of 2- and 4-year colleges
and universities, K-12 teachers, community outreach educators, farmers/ranchers,
agriculture and commodity groups/organizations, tribal members,
& interested community members.
ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES: MAKING LEARNING VISIBLE WITH NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES
26 - July 1, 2003, WSU Pullman. WSU's NMC/VISIBLE KNOWLEDGE PROJECT
invites university faculty and interested graduate students from
throughout the region to participate in a hands-on workshop where
sessions and demonstrations focus on what new media technologies
might help you do better in classes, and how best to get parts of
courses on line. How can the Internet be used to foster critical
thinking and evaluation in learner-centered, inquiry based exercises?
How can new technologies be used to improve student responses to
text and their research in specific content areas? How best to get
students (and yourself) to make better use of electronic presentation
tools? How to deepen and make "visible" your students'
learning in on-line environments? How to include more images and
other visual materials in your courses? What, in other worlds, is
the best way to get started if you are a beginner, or to make your
use of technology more sophisticated if you're not? Bring your syllabi
and summer projects to work on.
registration fee for the NMC/VKP Northwest Regional Institute is
$400. Faculty from institutions or WSU colleges participating in
the Co-Teach grant should contact their site coordinators for registration
reimbursement. Scholarships and registration stipends are available
for faculty involved in Tier III courses and/or those faculty involved
in teacher training and the Co-Teach grant.
more information, see the Institute's
Web site or contact:
Susan Kilgore, Associate Director, General Education Program, 509-335-5699
2004 House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Mark-Up
On Tuesday, June 17, 2003, the House Agriculture Appropriations
Subcommittee marked up the FY 2004 agriculture appropriations bill.
Preliminary information indicates that the House Subcommittee mark
for CSREES is $1,108,426,000. This is an increase of $93,554,000
above the FY 2004 President's Budget level and $17,621,000 below
the FY 03 appropriation with rescission. (The FY 2004 President's
Budget and FY 03 appropriation totals include estimates for the
interest earned on the Native American Endowment Fund.) Preliminary
information is available on the NASULGC
Web site. Please note that the table does not include information
on the Native American Endowment Fund or Section 2501, Outreach
for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program. However,
based on preliminary FY 2004 information the House Subcommittee
proposes $9,000,000 for the Native American Endowment Fund and $3,470,000
for Section 2501.
is anticipated that the full House Appropriations Committee will
mark up the bill next week. No date has been announced for Senate
Subcommittee mark up. We will provide additional information as
it becomes available. For more information contact Tina
USER ONLINE MAGAZINE
GPS User Magazine, new Web-based monthly publication for people
who use GPS technology in their work, www.gpsuser.com. Colleagues
and students who are interested in precision agriculture would be
interested in reading our magazine. Subscriptions are free. Information
for authors can be found on our Web site.
Source: Gail Elber, Senior Editor, GPS User Magazine, www.gpsuser.com
Reappointment of Program Director (4 years effective July 1):
Ed Adams, Agriculture and Natural Resources
of District Director (4 years effective July 1):
Wayne Madson, NE District
Jim Kropf, NW District
Blair Wolfley, SW District
of County Chairs (4 years effective July 1):
Ole Helgerson, Skamania County
Craig MacConnell, Whatcom County
Paul Gutierrez, King County
Susan Kerr, Klickitat County
Roland Schirman, Columbia County
Al Kowitz, Stevens County
Jay Jenkins, Okanogan County
Title: County Extension Agent, E-2
Address: Pierce County
Funding: 100% Extension
Effective Date: June 30, 2003
Deborah L. Nistler
Title: County Extension Agent, E-2
Address: Clallam County
Funding: 100% Extension
Effective Date: June 20, 2003
Next week Mike is in Washington D.C. and in Park City, Utah
to attend the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP).
week Linda will be in Pullman Monday, Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday
and Wednesday Linda will be in Spokane attending the NE District
faculty meeting and attending the Washington State Association of
Counties (WSAC) Summer Convention.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Associate Dean and Associate Director
Washington State University
PO Box 646230
Pullman WA 99164-6230
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926