2017 December News Briefs

Administration News from Glen:

Thank you all for your participation in our first Extension “Department” meeting with Provost Miller.  I particularly appreciate the clear and to-the-point presentations by our initiative team chairs and CNP Director.  I felt we helped Provost Miller understand the UW Extension mission and our educational approach in Wyoming.  And, I appreciate your good questions for Provost Miller. I thought she was very straightforward in her responses to our questions and concerns. Thank you all.

I am looking forward to our “Connecting Extension and Research Conference” (CERC) next week.  The planning committee has prepared a great program.  I am hoping for good travel weather. It will be great to see each of you.

Safe Travels, Glen

Cent$ible Nutrition Program News from Mindy:

As the year winds to an end, the state staff is busy completing the year-end reports and planning for CERC. We appreciate everyone adjusting to the new financial system and learning how to maneuver the changes. It has been a learning curve for all of us. We are working on getting the grant wrapped up and closed out before break.

It is exciting to see all of the accomplishments CNP has had this past year. Multiple partnerships were established and many community interventions were adopted in addition to our significant direct education impacts. CNP is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Thanks to all of our dedicated educators for their work to make CNP a success.

We are also working on finalizing the Marty Moose curriculum to distribute at CERC. It is exciting to have the curriculum pilot tested and completed. We plan to submit the final version to the SNAP-Ed tool kit to be included as a practice based curriculum that includes direct education and environmental school changes.

We completed interviews for the WRIR position and the state office associate position. Both positions will be starting after the new year.

Change will be a constant in the new year as we transition to a new WyoCloud HR system.

We look forward to seeing everyone at CERC next week and wish everyone a happy and festive holiday.



Personnel News from Ann:

  • Lincoln County, 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #4205, based in Kemmerer. This is a non-extended term position. Responsibilities include management and oversight of the South Lincoln County Arena. An offer has been made and will be announced soon.
  • Sheridan County, 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #0191, based in Sheridan. This is a non-extended term position. Interviews were held December 7-8, 2017.
  • Laramie County, Office Assistant, Senior – Position #4575, based in Cheyenne. This is a UW Staff position. An offer is pending.
  • Wind River Indian Reservation, Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #4453, based in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming. This is an Assistant or Associate University Extension Educator – non-extended term position. The position closes January 15, 2018.
  • Instructional Technology Educational Specialist – Job ID #9249, based in Laramie (UW Campus). Position closes December 19, 2017.


Message from Cole Ehmke:

What is ESP?

Epsilon Sigma Phi is the national association for all extension professionals and administrators and is the largest professional Extension organization. Since we’re not tied to any specific discipline, ESP has members from all the programming areas. Our aims are to generally to welcome and support new Extension employees and help people develop in their careers.


In Wyoming, the folks in our ESP organization are very much focused on sharing, growing, and interacting with the “best in Extension.” You probably have seen our occasional professional development offerings, and you’ll see us at the mixer we’re organizing to kick of CERC in Laramie next month.


To people considering ESP as a member, there are opportunities to interact locally, regionally and nationally which can help build an ET&P packet and develop skills. To help improve the Extension organization and the Extension professional, we

  • Hold a national conference every year (the next is Sept 30 to Oct 3, 2018 in Manhattan, Kansas)
  • Stipends to present at workshops, poster presentations and serve on national committees at ESP Conferences.
  • Provide leadership opportunities in the form of offices at the state, Western Region, and national levels, and for service committees.
  • Recognition awards for notable programming at the state and national level.
  • Have a professional development fund which supports projects.
  • Scholarships to the excellent Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD). The next is April 8-11, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia with the theme of “Cultivating a Climate of Civil Dialogue”. PILD has participants from all the major organizations: ANREP, ESP, NAE4-HA, NACAA, NEAFCS, NACDEP and NAEPSDP.


Drop by our annual meeting – it will be on Tuesday, December 12th, 5:15 to 6:15 pm (prior to the mixer at 6:30). Come be a part of a growing organization that is willing to reach out to help you learn, share, and grow. Membership is open to those who have been employed for a year or more and who have an assignment of 50% or more of time devoted to Extension work. Contact the chairman Scott Cotton (307)235-9400 or Scotton1@uwyo.edu.

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