Topics in today’s issue of Extension Update:
CEREMONY WILL MARK NAMING OF “JOHN C. LITTLE, SR.
Parks and Recreation and the family of John C. Little, Sr. will
celebrate the naming of a new park after the former member
of the Board of Park Commissioners and youth champion who passed
away in 1999. The ceremony will be held in the park, near the intersection
of 37th Ave. S and S Myrtle St., on Friday, September 10 at 5:30
After the ceremony Parks staff will hold a community workshop
to discuss proposed improvements to the park. These include picnic
shelters, a plaza, an expanded children’s play area, landscaping
and a community garden. The 2000 Pro Parks Levy provides $549,045
for the project.
John C. Little, Sr. was a member of the Board of Park Commissioners
for seven years. Naming the park after him celebrates his service
and career developing programs and services for the community,
especially disadvantaged youth and the low-income families. Mr.
Little helped found the Central Area Youth Association and created
a 4-H program for Seattle modeled on the program for rural kids.
For more information on the naming ceremony, please call Paula
Hoff, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-615-0368. For more information
on the park improvement project, please visit the Seattle
Parks & Recreation Web site or contact David
W. Goldberg, Parks Project Planner, 800 Maynard
Ave. S, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98134-1336, 206-684-8414.
PHOTO CONTEST WINNER
The judges had a difficult time deciding which
image to select from among 15 excellent entries submitted in August.
deliberation, they declared the winner to be Lindsey du Toit, WSU
vegetable seed pathologist, at the WSU-NWREC in Mount Vernon. Her
winning entry is of the onion seed crop in the Columbia Basin.
It was taken in summer 2003 near Quincy, WA. Thanks to everyone
who took the time to enter. Please consider entering images in
the September contest. The theme is "Scenes of your area,
both rural and urban" (No pictures of Mount Rainier, please.)
See the rules and take a look at the winning entry at http://ext.wsu.edu/fs/.
The WSU office of Diversity and Human Rights
will be offering a videostream of Allan Johnson's talk, "Unraveling
the Knot of Racism," on September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at http://www.experience.wsu.edu/.
FUTURE COUGARS OF COLOR DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
First Lady Mona Locke will present the keynote address during Washington
State University’s second annual Future
Cougars of Color Diversity Scholarship Luncheon, Friday, Sept.
10. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the
Bon-Macy’s, at First and Pine in downtown Seattle. Funds
raised during the event will benefit under-represented students
through WSU’s Future Cougars of Color scholarship program.
The Future Cougars of Color (FCOC) program provides high-achieving
high school students of color from around the state of Washington
with a memorable two-day experience on WSU’s Pullman campus,
showcasing the academic options and support programs offered by
all 10 academic colleges at WSU.
UI DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER TO ADDRESS OBESITY
The University of Idaho School
of Family and Consumer Sciences is pleased to present
the Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker Series with a special
focus on obesity
and health. Dr. Joanne Ikeda, University of California-Berkeley
Extension Nutrition Education Specialist and Lecturer and Co-Director
of the Center for Weight and Health will speak on “Obesity:
Problems, Issues and Change.” The community presentation “Why
Abandon Dieting for Health at Every Size?” will be Thursday,
September 23, 3004, 7:30-9:00 pm at the Moscow, ID City Hall, 2nd
Floor Council Chambers (3rd and Washington). The University of
Idaho campus presentation will be on “Establishing Eating
and Activity Habits in Children that will Prevent Overweight: What
Can We Learn from Research?” which will be Friday, September
24, 2004 at 10:30-11:30 am. There will also be a Panel Discussion
the same day from 1:30-3:00 pm for health professionals and educators.
Both of the campus meetings are at the Student Union Building (SUB),
Borah Theatre, Moscow, ID. These presentations are free and open
to the public.
NIH RELEASES RESEARCH STRATEGY TO FIGHT OBESITY EPIDEMIC
Elias M. Zerhouni, M.D., announced the release of the final version
of the Strategic
Plan for NIH Obesity Research,
research agenda to enhance both the development of new research
in areas of greatest scientific opportunity and the coordination
of obesity research across NIH. The report is on the Web at obesityresearch.nih.gov.
"We are pleased about this focused effort to identify research
opportunities in obesity. We are especially concerned about the
serious problems we see emerging in overweight children. Many of
these are problems that we used to see only in adults," said
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has targeted obesity as a major
priority of the Department. "There is no doubt that obesity
is an epidemic that must be stopped. This plan gives us a clear
focus for confronting obesity with science-based research approaches," Thompson
Emphasizing the importance of cross-cutting investigations, the
plan calls for interdisciplinary research teams to bridge the study
of behavioral and environmental causes of obesity with the study
of genetic and biologic causes. Lifestyle interventions could be
improved through a greater understanding of genetic and biologic
aspects and vice versa. Also, successful prevention and treatment
of obesity may require a combination of behavioral, environmental
and medical approaches in highly susceptible individuals.
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: 4TH ANNUAL FAMILY
LIFE ELECTRONIC SEMINAR
This is a virtual seminar with dialogue with the experts
on the topic of grandparents raising grandchildren. If you want
more about how this on-line format works, visit http://hec.osu.edu/eseminars/ for examples from past E-seminar events. This year conference participants
can choose to attend EITHER January 24-28, 2005 OR February 21-25,
As in previous years, a panel of reputable scholars, practitioners,
and Extension professionals will provide the latest information
and be available to interact on-line with participants. This year's
theme, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, will cover such topic
areas as: current trends, intergenerational communication, cultural
diversity, disability issues, community outreach, available resources,
The expert panelists will include:
- Mary Brintnall-Peterson - Professor and Program Specialist in
Aging, University of Wisconsin-Extension
- Caroline Crocoll - National Program Leader, Family Life and
Human Development, CSREES
- Brent Elrod - Manager, Policy and Program,
- Amy Goyer - Coordinator, AARP Grandparent
- Bert Hayslip - Professor, Department of Psychology, University
of North Texas
- Matt Kaplan - Associate Professor and Intergenerational Programs
and Aging Specialist, Pennsylvania State University
- Phillip McCallion - Associate Professor and Director, Center
for Excellence in Aging Services, State University of New York
- Melinda Perez-Porter - Program Associate, Relatives as Parents
Program, Brookdale Foundation Group
- Julie Poehlmann - Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family
Science, University of Wisconsin
- Dena Targ - Professor Emeritus, Child Development & Family
Studies, Purdue University
Registration for the E-Seminar will be $35 (if received by Nov
15, 2004) and $45 (if received after Nov 15, 2004). Open to Extension
and social service professionals. Space will be limited so register
early! For more information about this year's E-Seminar (i.e.,
agenda, panel members, and registration) go to http://hec.osu.edu/eseminars/ or
contact Ted G. Futris, Ph.D.
The 4th Annual Electronic Seminar is being offered by Ohio State
University Extension, The University of Wisconsin-Extension, Pennsylvania
State University, Purdue University, the Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and the Children, Youth
and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet).
CSREES STRATEGIC PLAN
Strategic Plan for 2004-2009 is now available
for your viewing.
The Strategic Goals are as follows:
EXTENSION UPDATE IS ARCHIVED
- Enhance Economics Opportunities for Agricultural Producers
- Support increased Economic Opportunities and Improved Quality
of Life in Rural America
- Enhance Protection and Safety of the Nation’s Agriculture
and Food Supply
- Improve the Nation’s Nutrition and Health
- Protect and Enhance the Nation’s Natural Resource Base
- Management Goals of CSREES
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I continue to hear good reports on the value of the Update but
wanted to remind you not to save copies (unless you want to).
Next week Linda will be in Pullman Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Thursday and Friday she will be in Fargo, ND attending the
project annual meeting; she is the administrative advisor of this
project. Next week Ed will be in his office in Spokane Monday through
Thursday. He will be in Wenatchee on Friday for the Learning Center
Have a safe Labor Day weekend.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Interim Dean and Director
Washington State University Extension
PO Box 646230
Pullman WA 99164-6230
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926