September 28, 2007
Topics in today's issue of Extension Update:
WSU PRESIDENT’S FORUM
President Elson S. Floyd will be conducting a series of faculty forums in the upcoming months. Dates and details are listed below:
October 1, Monday, WSU Pullman in Todd 120, 5-5:30 pm - video stream to be available the following morning
October 16, Tuesday, WSU Pullman in Todd 120, 5 – 5:30 pm - video stream to be available the following morning
October 29, Monday, WSU Pullman in FSHN T-101, 12:15 – 12:45 pm, available live on video conference to all campuses and WECN sites. If your site has WECN capability and you would like to participate, please contact Randy Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335—5621, no later than October 11, 2007.
November 15, Thursday, WSU Pullman in Todd 404, 8:30 – 9 am - video stream to be available later in the day
November 26, Monday, WSU Pullman in Todd 120, 5 – 5:30 pm - video stream to be available the following morning
You can also find this information on the President’s website at http://www.wsu.edu/president/pres-communications/forums.html
STRATEGIC PLAN REVIEW SEEKS YOUR IMPUT
With the review of the WSU strategic plan under way this semester, your input is needed to assure that all voices are heard. Response to the survey ONLINE @ www.provost.wsu.edu has been brisk, but more input is desired.
For comments from the provost on this effort, please see the Sept. 19 Perspectives, ONLINE @ www.wsu.edu/president/perspectives.
Provost Robert Bates was scheduled to hold a strategic planning forum on the Tri-Cities campus on Sept. 27, and he invites the WSU community to these similar events:
“We are at a pivotal time in the progression of Washington State University, both in our scholarship and in the experience we offer our students,” Bates said. “Our faculty, students and staff have a sense of being part of a dynamic institution on the go, and we would like to build on that momentum through the review and renewal of the strategic plan.” The WSU community is invited to contribute to this process by taking the brief survey, by attending one of the campus sessions, or by sending e-mail comments to email@example.com
• 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Smith CUE 203, Pullman
• 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Academic Center 147, Spokane
• 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 12, Administration 129, Vancouver
NOTICE TO TRAVELERS – NEW PER DIEM RATES
Beginning October 1, 2007 new per diem rates will take effect for the Continental United States (CONUS). New per diem rates are available on the GSA website, www.gsa.gov, and a printable map of Washington State per diem rates is available at http://www.ofm.wa.gov/resources/travel.asp . The private vehicle mileage rate will remain at 48.5 cents per mile through the end of the calendar year. If you have any travel related questions, please contact Kasey Schertenleib at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-2827.
As you are aware, the on-line WEMIS database has been used to collect contact data (summaries of those touched by our programs) and for fairly cursory planning process (defining days applied to each program goal).
To simplify processes, you will NOT be required to input planned days into WEMIS this year. The system will be modified to prevent anyone from adding new inputs in this section. This modification will only affect the POA input sections and will not affect your ability to input contact information.
I want to stress that this change only affects the entry of planned days in WEMIS (in the POA section). You will be expected to enter your contacts in WEMIS as before.
This does not affect WORQS or our expectations of reporting to WORQS in any way. You will be expected to report to WORQS as you did last year. Please contact John Winder, email@example.com, if you have any questions.
WSU COLLEGE OF BUSINESS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FORUM
The Corporate Social Responsibility Forum is an important component of the WSU College of Business’ efforts to educate tomorrow’s leaders on the societal and environmental impacts of business decisions. The forum will engage students and the campus community and promote the exchange of ideas and best practices around this important topic. Panelists will include Jim James, Director of Environmental Affairs, Sustainable Forestry, Weyerhaeuser; Sue Mecklenburg, Vice President of Sustainable Procurement Practices, Starbucks Coffee Company; Stefan Mühle, General Manager, Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco, CA; and Roger Woodworth, Vice President of Customer Solutions, Avista Utilities. For information go to www.business.wsu.edu
The WSU College of Business will present the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum on October 4, 2007, 3:30–5:00 p.m. WSU Pullman in Todd Auditorium with a reception to follow.
NEW WSU EXTENSION POWERPOINT TEMPLATES AVAILABLE
As our efforts to successfully brand WSU Extension continue, one small, but vital, contribution we each can make is to ensure that our presentations to constituents reflect our new brand identity. New PowerPoint templates and instructions on how to use them are now available at http://ext.wsu.edu/identity/ppt/. We encourage you to use these templates for any new presentations you develop and to switch any standing presentations to the new look.
UPDATED DOCUMENTS FOR EXTENSION PUBLICATIONS
Please contact Lagene Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-2823 or Rob Stout at email@example.com or 509-335-2948 if you have any questions.
The Extension Publishing and Printing department has recently updated the procedures and the support documents necessary to have a numbered Extension publication produced. The documents can be located at http://eces.wsu.edu/print/published/ These updates include three separate documents. The first document is the Publication Submission Guidelines which is an overview of how documents need to be prepared for submission. The second document is The Publication Process which is an outline that follows all of the steps in producing a numbered publication. The third document is the Publications Packet forms which are all of the forms necessary to insure that nothing is being overlooked in the process.
Online trainings and web-based seminars (or “webinars”)
A recipe for great webinars - Thursday, November 15, 2008
Online trainings and web-based seminars (or “webinars”) can supplement in-person training programs by bridging distance and creating a library of recorded workshops that can be accessed at any time. But for many capacity-building organizations and trainers, the idea of online instruction can initially seem daunting. Join us for this webinar to find out how you can deliver a successful and engaging training session online. For those looking to host online meetings, come see how online tools can help you engage your participants and collaborate remotely.
Webinars (online seminars and meetings) are a hot topic because of the convenience for participants and for hosts. Join Communities Connect Network (CCN) to explore the potential of webinars for your organization, and to learn the key ingredients of a "good" webinar.
CCN's Web Conferencing workshop brings you the recipe for success in one, free, on-line 1.5 hour package: This is the final session -- don't miss it!
Click this link to register: http://www.communitiesconnect.org/about-ccn/event-calendar/web-conferencing-webinar-2/
Web Conferencing for Community Technology Providers: Running Effective Online Trainings and Meetings
A review of web conferencing software options, tips for keeping online meetings and workshops lively and interactive; sample text for reminder emails to prepare; your participants; access to our online community workspace
See the full schedule at http://www.communitiesconnect.org/about-ccn/event-calendar
SARE PHOTO CONTEST
Visit http://www.sare.org/2008Conference/photo_contest.htm for official rules and details. The top four photos, one from each of SARE's regions in the United States, will receive grand prizes of free attendance and accommodations at SARE's 20th Anniversary conference, to be held March 25-27, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. See http://www.sare.org/2008conference for more information on the conference. Please consider forwarding this message to interested educators and researchers within your networks and encouraging them to enter.
This is just a reminder that the deadline for SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (SARE) New American Farm Photo Contest is October 31st. We're looking for photos from all corners of the nation that depict groundbreaking innovations, people and partnerships advancing the frontier of sustainable agriculture in America.
John will be in Pullman all week.
Linda will be in Pullman Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She will be at WSU Spokane on Tuesday meeting with the staff of Center to Bridge the Digital Divide.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Dean and Director
Washington State University Extension
411 Hulbert Hall, PO Box 646248
Pullman, WA 99164-6248
WSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.