Topics in today's issue of Extension Update:
PUBLICATION SALES TRAINING
Rob Stout, Extension Publications, and
Tucson Smith and Mary Hoffman from the Business and Finance Office,
will provide a videostream
training on publication sales on Monday, August 15, 2005 from 10:30
a.m. until noon. Topics will include:
- New policies and procedures relating to ordering/selling/inventorying
publications (Rob Stout)
- Options for cash handling - thru county or WSU (Mary Hoffman)
- Setting up a WSU service center (Mary Hoffman)
- WSU cash handling policies/procedures (Tucson Smith)
You may attend the training by pointing your browser to:
http://caheinfo.wsu.edu/video/satellite.html and clicking on the "Publications
Update" link. There will be an opportunity for viewers to phone
or e-mail questions; the event will be archived for future viewing.
Mark your calendar for Friday, August 19, 9:30 – 10:30
am for the fall kick-off CAHNRS Update. Join us in FSHN T-101 to
from Dan Bernardo, Dean of CAHNRS and Linda Kirk Fox, Dean of Extension
and other guests. This will be videostream
WSU REALIGNMENT COMMITTEE PROPOSALS ON FACULTY SENATE WEB
fall a committee was named by the Provost to lead a process of information
gathering, report writing, and now the public comment
period on ideas and proposals for potential academic structure realignment.
The committee is chaired by Chuck Pezeshki, Chair of the Faculty
Senate and Fran McSweeney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Two
proposals can be found on the Faculty
Senate Web site.
By clicking on New
at the bottom of the page you will see the proposals for your review
on “A Division of Health Sciences” and “Reorganization
of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).” A third proposal for
a “School and Center for Environmental Science” is under
review by the committee and not yet posted on the Web site.
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
The Cooperative Extension
Service, through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN),
is a partner in this month-long campaign.
WSU Extension is a member of EDEN. Jim Freed and Ed Adams are your
The goal of this campaign, as stated by its co-sponsors (U.S. Department
of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross), is to encourage
communities and businesses to take steps to prepare for emergencies.
Educational and promotional materials for National Preparedness
Month are available on the EDEN Web
These materials have been created with you, the end user, in mind
as many of the pieces can be personalized with your own identity.
Keep in mind that some of these promotional materials refer citizens
to their state and local emergency managers for information about
local hazards and to get involved in Citizen Corps or other volunteer
efforts. Therefore, when using these materials, it is strongly recommended
that you coordinate your National Preparedness Month efforts and
messages with local emergency managers.
Please feel free to use any of the available materials with your
own audiences, maintaining the non-discrimination statement, existing
attributions and logos. These materials include press release, two
editorials, fact sheet, talking points, placemat, preparedness quiz,
campaign graphics, PowerPoint presentation, and Email template.
EDEN ANNUAL MEETING
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) annual
meeting will be held October 18-20, 2005, in Fargo, ND. Extension
others interested in natural and manmade disaster education are invited
to help carry out the theme of “Sharing Disaster Education
Hosted by the North Dakota State University Extension Service and
University of Minnesota Extension Service, the meeting will feature
keynote speakers; concurrent sessions; a business meeting; and sharing
through displays, posters and presentations. Confirmed speakers include
Mike Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research
and Policy, University of Minnesota, who will speak about public
health education, and Tim Sellnow, North Dakota State University
communication professor, who will share best practices in risk and
An optional pre-conference training session on “Crisis Intervention
Tools” will be taught by May Young, National Organization for
Victim Assistance Board Member and Missouri NOVA Community Crisis
Team Director. The optional post-conference tour will go to Grand
Forks, ND, and East Grand Forks, MN to view flood recovery and mitigation.
A meeting with border protection staff and seeing high-frequency
radio ID livestock tag research will also be included.
Check the Web for meeting details
and registration information.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER APPRENTICESHIP APPROVED
July 22nd, the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council
unanimously approved the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development
Practitioner Program. This program brings together the research base
in 4-H Professional Development and the expertise of dedicated 4-H
educators to guide new 4-H professionals to early success. The blend
of formal instruction, on the job learning and the support of a mentor
helps new professionals discover real work of 4-H youth development
and feel more confident in their skills. Successful program participants
are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from the Washington
State Department of Labor and Industries.
Currently three apprentices; Brian Brandt, MaryJean Meyer and Gena
Royal are taking part in the program. Their mentors are Carris Booker,
Janet Schmidt and Jana Ferris respectively.
Washington is one of four states across the country taking part
in this program (others include Idaho, Maryland, and Pennsylvania).
Mary Katherine Deen was the National Project Director for this effort.
She spent two years facilitating a team of 4-H Youth Development
professionals to develop the program with the US Department of Labor,
National 4-H Council and the National Association of Extension 4-H
Agents. State teams were trained to implement the program. The program
has just been accepted as a National
4-H Program of Distinction.
USDA CSREES GRANTS WORKSHOP IN MOSCOW, IDAHO
The WSU Agricultural
Research Center will present full registration fee scholarships to
the first 50 faculty members from the College
of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences departments
(or faculty members outside of CAHNRS holding a current ARC project)
who sign up for and attend the USDA-CSREES Grantsmanship Workshop
to be held September 28-29 at the University Inn-Best Western, Moscow
ID. Details of this program and the agenda are available at the ARC
On the first day of the workshop, Wednesday, September 28, the program
will be presented by a group of USDA-CSREES national program leaders
from Washington DC. The second day of the program, hosted by two
executive directors of the Association of Experiment Station Directors,
Tom Fretz and Michael Harrington, will be focused on the practical
aspects of grantwriting. The point of attending the two-day program
is to improve one's chances of garnering a grant from the USDA-CSREES.
To apply for a scholarship, send an email to Kathylu Szabo
a copy to Sandra Ristow
firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience stating that
you wish to attend the meeting. Thank you for your interest
in this important program.
NPPEC - NUTRITION, OBESITY AND FOOD POLICY
interested in nutrition, food programs and obesity have the opportunity
to participate in both the annual food
policy forum of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the
National Public Policy Education Conference (NPPEC). NPPEC, sponsored
by Farm Foundation and the National Public Policy Education Committee,
will be Sept. 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Arlington, Va.
For those professionals attending the CFA meeting on Monday, Sept.
19, a reduced registration fee will be offered for the Tuesday, Sept.
20, NPPEC session. Two sessions are planned on Nutrition, Obesity
and Food Policy. The morning session, which begins at 8:30 a.m.,
will cover research and outreach programs affecting nutrition policy,
2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines, the Institute of Medicine Report on
child obesity, and obesity issues and school lunch. The afternoon
session, which convenes at 1:30 p.m., will address wellness policy
legislation, hunger, nutrition and health policy advocacy and vending
machines and health foods in schools. For information on the CFA
conference, call 202-387-6121.
NPPEC program and registration information is on the Farm
Foundation Web page. Hotel reservations
must be made directly with the hotel 800-233-1234, or 703-418-1234.
GROUNDWATER UNDER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST INTEGRATING RESEARCH,
POLICY AND EDUCATION - 2005
The Biennial Regional Research and Extension
Water Quality Conference will return in 2005 and is scheduled for
November 2 and 3, with a
pre-conference workshop on November 1. The 2005 Stevenson, WA conference
will focus on groundwater issues in the Pacific Northwest. The conference
is expected to draw an audience of approximately 200 water-resource
professionals from around the region to present and share their work
with researchers, regulators, practitioners, educators, students,
and others. From research to outreach, from policy to human health,
the conference will cover a wide range of topics on groundwater quantity
Staying current on the latest technical, social, and legal issues
are essential to a water-resource professionals' career. Networking
with peers is also important. The conference schedule will allow
an opportunity to accomplish these by providing a day and a half
of concurrent sessions, ample break and meal times, and a poster
session/networking reception. Mark your calendar and join your colleagues
in Stevenson, Washington, to learn about the many interesting aspects
of groundwater in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information check out the Web at: http://www.swwrc.wsu.edu/conference2005/index.html.
Be sure to register by October 3, to get the discounted price. You
can register online or
by calling 800-942-4978 or 509-335-3530.
AGRICULTURAL WATER SECURITY LISTENING SESSION REPORT
The final report
from the September 2004 Agricultural Water Security Listening Session
held in Park City, UT, is now available. During
the session, more than 90 water resource experts from state and federal
agencies and nonprofit and private sector organizations voiced their
opinions on future directions for research, education, extension,
and economics. Targeted sessions identified strengths, opportunities,
gaps, and barriers in the current knowledge base across six areas
of water resources management: irrigation efficiency and management;
drought mitigation/preparedness; general water conservation; rural/urban
water reuse; water marketing, distribution, and allocation; and biotechnology.
Go to the CSREES Web site
or download a copy of the report. To order print copies,
send your name and surface mailing address to
For more information, contact Mike O’Neill, National Program
Leader, Natural Resources and Environment,
202-205-5952; or Jim Dobrowlski, National Program Leader (IPA), Natural
Resources and Environment,
PERSONNEL: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BRIEFING ONLINE
The affirmative action
briefing for all search committees, formerly conducted in-person
by Rebecca Armstrong, has been video
streamed for faculty and AP searches and is now online.
I will encourage all search committee members to use this link at
their initial search committee meeting or else check out a DVD/VHS
tape from the Office of the Dean and Director of Extension, 4th Floor
Hulbert Hall, Room 411. Rebecca will no longer be meeting face to
face (in person) with committee members unless there is a special
circumstance (i.e., an upper-level administrative search). If a search
committee requests WECN for their search committee/affirmative action
meeting, my briefing link can tie-in nicely to WECN. Under “Special
in “affirmative action briefing video.”
The affirmative action briefing is still required for all search
These changes affect Activity 2 in the search procedures for both
Faculty and Administrative Professional positions. These detailed
changes have been updated at the search procedure Web site shown
above. Please review these changes and update your records. Rebecca
continue to remain available for questions throughout the whole search
process of any given search.
For County Extension searches, please continue to work with your
District Director on the method they prefer you to use for affirmative
Linda will be in Pullman all week. Ed will be in Pullman
on Thursday and in Spokane the rest of the week. A-Team will be meeting
Tuesday and Wednesday.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Dean and Director
Washington State University Extension
PO Box 646230, 411 Hulbert Hall
Pullman WA 99164-6230
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926