April 13 , 2007
Topics in today's issue of Extension Update:
NATIVE AMERICAN RESEARCH AND OUTREACH EXPO
On Friday, April 20, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday, April 21, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies is hosting the second Native American Research Expo. Both days will feature research and outreach related to American Indians. You are invited to attend the Expo and learn about the research being conducted by American Indians in various fields of study as well as research and outreach being conducted specifically related to American Indians.
American Indian faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to register for the Expo and share their research with the university community, regardless of the topic of their research. All faculty, administrative professionals, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to register and share their research or outreach programs that relate to or serve American Indians. Although not required, exhibitors are encouraged to be present throughout both days of the expo to answer any questions regarding their research and outreach and to interact with others engaged in American Indian research or outreach.
On Friday, the Expo will be held in Ensminger Pavilion (behind Lighty) on the Pullman Campus. The Expo will be opened by the Palouse Falls Intertribal Drum and a round dance. This will be followed by oral presentations throughout the afternoon. On Saturday, the Expo will be set up between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Beasley Concourse in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Pah-Loots-Pu Celebration. Please contact Barbara Aston if you have any questions, 509-335-8618.
CASE CATALYST TEAM
http://www.wsutoday.wsu.edu/includes/equity%20diversity%2004-12-07.pdf Congratulations to Louise Parker and Mary Katherine Deen, featured in the article with Melynda Huskey, Equity and Diversity.
Read about the Change Agents States “Cultural Competency” training and partnership with the Office of Vice President of Equity and Diversity in the special edition of the WSU Today
NEW RESOURCES WEB PAGE FOR DIVERSITY
If you haven’t noticed, there is a new link on the Extension Faculty and Staff web page http://ext.wsu.edu/fs/ which leads you to the new site for Extension Diversity Initiatives and Resources http://ext.wsu.edu/diversity/ This web site is in the developing stages, so check back for new resources over the next several months.
ENSMINGER AG PAVILION DEDICATION
The M.E. and Audrey H. Ensminger Agricultural Pavilion on the WSU Pullman campus will be dedicated at 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. For the full story and great photos over the history of the livestock pavilion, see WSU Today online http://www.wsutoday.wsu.edu/completestory.asp?StoryID=3957
eXtension’s professional development opportunities are open to all Extension faculty, staff and employees nationwide.
Special guest presentation
On April 24 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific Time we are excited to have special guest Beth Kanter present “Ten Steps to Web 2.0". Web 2.0 refers to a second generation of Web-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. Come learn with us!
Beth Kanter is an experienced coach to “digital immigrants” in the personal mastery of using new web tools (blogging, tagging, wikis, photo sharing, video blogging, screencasting, social networking sites, and virtual worlds, etc). Her work primarily deals with educational technology and working in communities. Many of the things she writes and presents about fit closely with Extension. You can learn more about Beth Kanter at http://www.bethkanter.org and read her blog at http://beth.typepad.com.
Please mark your calendar now to attend “Ten Steps to Web 2.0" via Adobe Connect (formerly Breeze) at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and with your telephone. Join the session 5-10 minutes before the starting time at 12:00 pm Pacific Time for all Extension.
30 minute sessions
This month we are offering “30 Minute Sessions” on some new things: widgets, browser configurations, as well as repeated topics on using feeds (Feeding Frenzy) and templates for images in the CoP wiki (Finishing Touches). Give us 30 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful! These sessions will be held via Adobe Connect (formerly Breeze) at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn and your telephone. Plan to join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. Each session will be held at 12:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
* On Thursday, April 5, a “30 Minute Session” called Feeding Frenzy – an introduction to Feeds and Web syndication. Feeds are everywhere today. Even eXtension is syndicating everything. So what are these things? How do they work? And most importantly, how can you use them to save yourself a ton of time. Come to the Feeding Frenzy session to learn how you can start using feeds and change your life forever. an introduction to Web syndication. Feeds are everywhere today. Even eXtension is syndicating everything. So what are these things? How do they work? And most importantly, how can you use them to save yourself a ton of time. Come to the Feeding Frenzy session to learn how you can start using feeds and change your life forever. Participants will be introduced to Google Reader and it’s use for managing syndication feeds. (for all Extension)
* On Wednesday, April 11, a “30 Minute Session” on Getting Started With Widgets. “Widgets,” are tiny applications that allow you to stream information to your own personalized web page. They are a central part of the deportilzation of the Web, and will most definitely be a part of your online future. This session will show you what widgets are, demonstrate some handy examples of widgets in action, and introduce you to creating your own personalized widget Web page using Netvibes. By the end of the 30 minute session you will be ready to create your own personalized page, and will be ready to begin experiencing the “come to me Web.” (for all Extension)
Then on Wednesday, April 18, we’ll have a follow-up Widget session to allow participants who added Widgets to their Netvibes or other web page to share their experiences. This session will be open sharing of what worked for you and discussion of implications for extension program delivery and knowledge acquisition… how this changes the way information is consumed. (for all Extension)
* On Tuesday, April 17, a “30 Minute Session” on optimal configuration and use of your Web browser with eXtension applications. This session will include spell checking (for all Extension).
* On Wednesday, April 25, a “30 Minute Session” Finishing Touches – using templates for final stylistic touches of images in the CoP wiki (for those working in the CoP wiki).
To participate in any of the 30 Minute sessions…
1. Five minutes before the start time, go to the Adobe Connect (formerly Breeze) meeting room at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/learn .
2. You will be presented with a login screen that has an “Enter as Guest” option.
3. Enter your first name, your last name, and your institution/university, then click the “Enter Room” button to join the conference.
4. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Macromedia’s Breeze conferencing software to call your telephone. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.
If you or a colleague would like to get notices about upcoming professional development sessions offered by eXtension, go to https://lists.extension.org/mailman/listinfo/learn” and subscribe to the “Learn” email list.
Recordings of past professional development sessions can be found at the main eXtension wiki at http://about.eXtension.org and search on Recordings.
Add these dates & topics to your calendar, and plan to join us on for one or more of these sessions in April!
All Extension Conference Evaluation Form Reminder
This is the final reminder that the evaluation form for the 2007All Extension Conference is available on the WSU Extension website on the Faculty and Staff page http://ext.wsu.edu/fs/. Please take the time to fill out an evaluation from your experiences at the conference. Your input is invaluable in telling us what you liked, what went right and what we can do to improve at our next conference. The website will be deactivated next Monday, April 16, 2007.
PERSONNEL – ALERT
The staff of the Business and Finance Office will be attending the CSREES Administrative Officers’ Conference in Seattle from April 22 through April 27. Please submit all personnel and payroll documents for the second half of April to us by April 19. This includes personnel action forms, position action forms, expense assignment actions, leave without pay, and faculty time card appointments. Thank you in advance for assisting us.
John will in Pullman all week.
Next week Linda will be in Philadelphia attending the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. She will be in Pullman Thursday and Friday.
Linda Kirk Fox, PhD
Dean and Director
Washington State University Extension
PO Box 646248, 411 Hulbert Hall
Pullman WA 99164-6248
(509) 335-2933 Office
(509) 335-9223 Desk/Voicemail
FAX (509) 335-2926