2018 January News Briefs

Administration News from Glen:

My congratulations to the Connecting Extension and Research Conference Planning Committee. My observation that the premise of the conference, Connecting Extension and Research, was supported according to the participant’s evaluation of the conference. It was fun and enlightening to learn about the work of a broader set of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources colleagues. Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to make CERC a success.

Regardless of your role in UW Extension I know that you have returned from the holiday break with a full programming agenda. One of the tasks on my work-list over the next couple of months is forecasting expenditures for second half of the current budget year (FY18) and preparing the FY19 budget. Many of you will recall the scramble to prepare the FY18 budget last year. Don’t be surprised when you hear from us in the State Extension Office regarding your plans to spend remaining funds budgeted this year (FY18) and your needs, revenue and spending plans for next year (FY19).

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of UW Extension and your clients. I am optimistic that 2018 is going to be a great year for UW Extension.

Safe Travels, Glen

Staff Development/Federal Relations News from Kim:

Shaily Harshbarger started as the 4-H Youth Development Educator in Lincoln County on January 8, 2018. Shaily is located in the Lincoln County Extension Office in Kemmerer. A 2017 graduate of Kansas State University, Shaily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in business and a Minor in Business. She has been involved in both 4-H and FFA programs where she participated in livestock, dairy, and horse judging in addition to a variety of leadership roles. In 2016, Shaily interned with the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H program in Lincoln County and is happy to be returning to Kemmerer. Shaily’s e-mail address is sharshba@uwyo.edu. Welcome Shaily!

Civil Rights Information:

The UW Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has posted a calendar of holidays and religious observances. This calendar lists University of Wyoming holidays, closures, traditional observances, and days of religious significance for diverse religions. Although many of these days are not University holidays or closures, faculty and staff are asked to use the information and their discretion when responding to requests for time off for religious purposes and planning events. The calendar can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/diversity/religious-calendar/index.html#sp18. It might be interesting to review the holidays and discuss how to manage potential conflicts in programming during a staff meeting.

Civil Rights Training and Review:

Counties which will complete the Civil Rights Training and Review this spring include: Teton, Carbon, Hot Springs and Weston. Specific details will be e-mailed to those county coordinators.

Connecting Extension and Research Conference:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first joint conference with Extension and AES. I’m pleased to share that 160 employees participated in the conference.

A special thank you to the employees who taught a workshop and/or participated in the poster session. You may remember that Extension provided an incentive for employees to present a workshop during CERC. Six lead presenters, from the accepted workshop proposals, were randomly drawn to receive a $500 professional development scholarship. The lucky six to receive the professional development scholarships are: Tanya Engel, Cath Harris, David Keto, Robin Schamber, John Tanaka, and Caitlin Youngquist. Congratulations and thanks again for sharing your work during CERC.

A final thank you to the planning committee: John Tanaka, Doug Zalesky, Brian Mealor, Joanne Newcomb, Mary Kay Wardlaw, Kellie Chichester, David Keto, Laura Balis and Megan McGuffey Skinner.

2018 EPIC:

The 2018 EPIC will be conducted in Casper. I am currently working with hotels/conference centers for availability in November. Exact dates will be communicated once a facility is confirmed.

Contact Reporting:

The UWE Online Contact Reporting system is open! If you are anxious to begin entering your data, everything you need to know about reporting contacts can be found in the instruction guide which is built into the system. You can click on the appropriate question mark to be directed to instructions for that section or you can download the complete guide in a pdf.

If you would rather wait and participate in training you can do that too. Zoom conferences to outline the changes and answer questions have been scheduled on the following dates:
• January 22, 11 am – https://zoom.us/j/860571907
• February 6, 10 am – https://zoom.us/j/860424698
• April 4, 2 pm – https://zoom.us/j/473502197
• August 30, 10 am – https://zoom.us/j/155844760
The first zoom conference will also be recorded and posted on the UW Extension Employee Resources web page.

Congratulations to Laura Balis! Laura, along with colleagues from Virginia Tech, had an article published in The Gerontologist. “Open-Access Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults: A Pragmatic and Systematic Review” appears in the January 2018 edition. If you would like to read the article it can be found at   https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/geront/gnx195/4796914   Thanks for sharing Laura!

Cent$ible Nutrition Program News from Mindy:

Welcome to our new educators – Livy Lewis, Cent$ible Nutrition Program Assistant on the WRIR and Mary Martin, Office Associate in the state office. Both started on January 8th and we are excited to have them join the CNP team!

Mary moved to Laramie in August of 2016 to pursue a Master’s degree and liked it so decided to stick around. She loves to be outdoors and enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and pretty much anything that can be done outside. She is excited to be working with the CNP and assist people in any way she can.

Livy has a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health from UW. She comes to CNP with great experience working as a research assistant for the Food Dignity Project where she collected data on the WRIR. She has also been a volunteer with the Laramie Soup Kitchen and was a volunteer with Feeding Laramie Valley.

Megan, Sandra, and I will be attending the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators conference in Washington DC, February 5th through 8th. We hope to bring back lots of new information and ideas.

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start.



Personnel News from Ann:

  • Sheridan County, 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #0191, based in Sheridan. This is a non-extended term position. The position is re-opened and will close February 16, 2018.
  • 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 closed January 15, 2018. Screening is underway.
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