2018 March News Briefs

Administration News from Glen:

We have just been through the first round of the budgeting process for the next fiscal year, FY19.  The Extension revolving accounts swept last spring were certainly a consideration in that budgeting, but in the final analysis we had to accept that the funds are not available to us.  Anything that was budgeted for use in FY18 can be spent, but those funds that were planned for use in FY 19 are gone.

I know that several of you had planned to use those funds for programming and professional development in FY19 and beyond.  What I can offer is this: if you have significant needs for those funds for programming or professional development in the next fiscal year, please contact Kelly, Mary Kay or me and we will try to address your needs from within the ongoing Extension support budget.  The name of the game in the WyoCloud budgeting approach is forecasting; forecasting revenues and expenditures and getting them right. Hopefully we have done so.

You are probably also aware that the University is consolidating its fleet of vehicles under the control of the UW Fleet. Most of the Extension vehicles used for specialist and administrative travel will be absorbed into the UW Fleet.  We will check out and access vehicles for Extension travel through the UW car rental system.  This is a disappointment for me and many others in Extension. Even so, I am confident that we can make this work.  We, and I believe the folks in UW Fleet, are completely committed to ensuring Extension specialists have timely access to the vehicles they need to do their work across the state.  There are negative financial consequences for Extension, but it is our goal that the funding be in place so that specialists can travel freely within the state, just as it has been. We will do our best to make that happen.

Safe Travels (no pun intended), Glen

“FYI” from Kelly Crane:

The following information relates Caitlin Youngquist’s experience with an AmeriCorps volunteer last summer. This information may interest some of you:

AmeriCorps is national organization of people who “commit their time and skills to get things done for America.” Beyond the reward of serving their community and country, and gaining valuable job skills, members also receive student loan deferment, and Educational Award to help pay for college or vocational programs, and in some cases a small living stipend. Projects range from disaster relief and youth mentoring, to low income housing projects and wildlife habitat restoration.

Participants in the AmeriCorps VISTA program “serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that alleviate poverty.”  I worked with Action Resources International to host a VISTA summer associate in the Worland Community Garden last summer. It was a great success and allowed us to grow the program and reach more people than I could have ever done on my own. The summer associate program is designed to support short-term direct service projects. ARI acts as the intermediary for the VISTA program and helps host organizations with recruitment, training, technical support, and all finance and payroll systems. This means that as a “host organization” I did not have to manage any paperwork or payroll.

If you are interested in hosting an AmeriCorps or know of other local organizations what would benefit, I encourage you to contact Action Resources International in Laramie: https://www.actionresources.ngo/

Staff Development/Federal Relations News from Kim:

County Coordinator Meeting:
Please remember a County Coordinator meeting has been scheduled to review the county budget process and accountability. The zoom conference will be March 22, 1 to 2:30 pm. Please plan to participate.

Connection information for the zoom conference: https://zoom.us/j/846999723
or Call: 669 900 6833  or 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 846 999 723

Contact Reporting:
A couple of zoom conferences have been offered to outline the changes to UWE Online Contact Reporting:

  • How to report direct and indirect contacts in the Educational Program Areas
  • What type of events/activities to report in Community Engagement (Community Events, UW Community Engagement and Program Management)
  • How to capture the number of Programs Taught, Instructional Hours, Applied Research and Collaborative Partnerships

The last zoom conference was recorded and is now posted to the UWE YouTube Channel.  The link to the recorded zoom session is: https://youtu.be/Pz80Sy2MSIM

I have also developed two charts that outline where to report which types of programs. They were attached to an e-mail sent on 2/15/18. If you are unable to locate it and would like to receive another, please let me know.

The next live zoom conference will be April 4, 2 pm: https://zoom.us/j/473502197
The final live zoom conference is scheduled for August 30, 10 am: https://zoom.us/j/155844760

Civil Rights Tips:
Title II “No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” Disabilities can occur in many ways: physical (mobility, hearing, sight), mental, emotional, learning, developmental delay, severe illness (undergoing temporary or long term treatments). What strategies has your office used to make it more welcoming or comfortable for people with disabilities to participate in Extension programs?  What accommodations could you make to ensure educational programs or activities are successful?

The University of Wyoming’s ADA Coordinator is: Dr. Emily Monago, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Old Main 408, 307-766-6672; diversity-epo@uwyo.edu

Kim

Cent$ible Nutrition Program News from Mindy:

In February, Megan, Sandra, and I attended the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) meeting in Washington DC. We learned about multiple PSEs occurring throughout the country, EARS reporting, evaluation, and FNS priorities. All of this gave us a lot to think about as we write our next SNAP-Ed grant. While in DC, we met with our legislators to give them our CNP highlight report and update them on our programming in Wyoming. Overall, it was a successful trip to the capitol.

In mid-March, Mindy and Megan will be heading back to Washington DC to attend the National EFNEP Coordinators Conference.

At the end of the month, we look forward to honoring Marilou Vaughn at Staff Recognition Day. Marilou is celebrating 30 years with the Cent$ible Nutrition Program and the University this year. She is the CNP educator in Fremont County-Riverton and started with the program when it was funded solely by EFNEP. While a lot has changed with CNP in 30 years, Marilou has remained an outstanding educator and we thank her for all her years of service to the program and the families of Wyoming. Congratulations, Marilou!

April 3-5, CNP will head to Rock Springs for our annual Spring Fling meeting. This year we will spend a lot of time training on our newly revised adult curriculum. The revision include updates to adhere to the most recent Dietary Guidelines as well as new activities.

I look forward to seeing all of the CNP educators next month.

March on!
Mindy

Personnel News from Ann:

Sheridan County 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position  #0191, based in Sheridan, WY. This is a non-extended term position. The position closed February 16th. Screening is complete and interviews have been scheduled.

Wind River Indian Reservation Agriculture and Natural Resource / 4-H Youth Development Educator. Position #4453, based in Fort Washakie, WY. This is a non-extended term position. Interviews have been held and an offer extended. An announcement will be made soon.

Laramie County 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #4286, based in Cheyenne, WY This is a non-extended term position. The position has been extended until March 29, 2018.

Weston County 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #0245, based in Newcastle, WY. This is a non-extended term position. The position closed March 4th. Screening is underway.

Teton County 4-H Youth Development Educator – Position #4440, based in Jackson, WY. This is a non-extended term position. The position has been extended through April 30, 2018.

Big Horn County Office Assistant, Sr. – Position #4611 based in Greybull, WY. This is a staff position. Interviews have been held, an announcement will be made soon.

For position announcements and application instructions see http://www.uwyo.edu/uwe/jobs/index.html

WELCOME! Beth Ellsbury, Office Assistant, Sr. has joined the Crook County Extension Office. Her start date was March 12, 2018. Glad to have you on board.  🙂

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