ELT Minutes, February 10, 2015

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
February 10, 2015
Libby Hall – 122
9:00 – 3:30

Facilitator: Dennis Harrington

Note taker: Francine Sulinski

11AM – Ryder Scott
1PM – iPET team
2:30PM – Leslie Forstadt

Prioritize Agenda:

Centralized Database
The new centralized database processed a record breaking $24,000 in registration payments last month and is seamlessly distributing funds to the many accounts appropriately. This is a milestone in the implementation of the new database with more phases and accomplishments to come. Many thanks to Michele for all of her work to implement the system and her ongoing role to support the centralized database.

Camps Update
Ryder Scott in the new role as Statewide Director of 4-H Camps and Learning Centers met with the ELT to provide an update of activities and present and obtain approval of budgets at Tanglewood (TW), Blueberry Cove (BC) and Bryant Pond (BP). Some highlights include:

  • Tech Wizards grant, formerly at BP is now expanded to TW/BC and has doubled in size.
  • The camps are also doing more shared marketing to elevate the visibility of all camps. Our camp programs are finding a niche as more innovative than other camps in Maine.

iPET Update
iPET has a website highlighting the integrated programming accomplishments of the group that includes tick identification, the Hunger Dialogue, and other programs; see the following webpage: https://extension.umaine.edu/plugged-in/technology-marketing-communications/integrated-programming/. iPET asked the ELT, “How can we, organizationally, incentivise programming staff to provide more content?” It was concluded that iPET will seek areas of programming that we, organizationally, want to focus on, and iPET will coordinate plugging in current resources rather than expecting staff to lead this work. iPET will then ask staff to review the integrated resource and see what needs to be added.

The iPET team is spending time visioning for the future, knowing that our customers will continue to find us and utilize our resources on the web.

In the future, supervisors will add the expectation of providing programming online in job descriptions.

As a next step we are asking iPET to come to us with a demonstration, critique of a current webpage, or a working session.

Leslie Forstadt Sabbatical
Leslie attended the Salt Institute Writing Institute and New Media Studies. Leslie showed the ELT beautiful video portraits and stories about multi-generational farm families. Leslie is offering an organizational sabbatical sharing informational session on March 16th at 9:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Keri Kaczor on the award of a $177,500 grant form the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to support the 2015 Maine Healthy Beaches (MHB) program. MHB is a unified coastal water quality monitoring program including monitoring, assessment and notification of water quality conditions on Maine’s coastal beaches.  The program succeeds in large part due to the participation of a diverse group of volunteers and professionals at the local, state, and federal levels.  MHB is a cooperative program involving UMaine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.

Congratulations to Mark Hutton, who has been awarded $63,313 from the University of Vermont for the project “Plant-mediated IPM Systems for Pest Aphids of High Tunnel Vegetable Production”.

Congratulations to Kathy Hopkins, who has been awarded $7,106 from North American Maple Syrup Council, Inc. for the project “Developing Processing Guidelines for Maple Sap as a Seasonal Beverage”.

Congratulations to Wesley Neff, who has been awarded $312,150 from the Maine Department of Human Services for the project “ DHHS CDC”.

Announcement Invitation:
The ELT invites you to submit items to be included in the minutes/announcements of the next regularly scheduled ELT meeting.  This is an opportunity to share with the ELT and the rest of the organization any of the following:

  • Notable programmatic accomplishments
  • Development or fundraising success
  • Significant new partnerships and/or opportunities
  • Important transitions

Please take the opportunity to share your good works through this avenue.  Keep it brief… approximately two to four sentences would be appreciated. To submit an announcement, please contact your PA or appropriate member of the ELT.

Please remember to visit University of Maine’s news site for additional University of Maine Cooperative Extension highlight.

Search Update:
Community Education Assistant CL2-4-H Science – Orono – Interviewed – pending outcome

Community Education Assistant CL2-Horticulture Coordinator – Cumberland – Moved forward

to 1st interviews

Administrative Specialist – CL2 – Franklin – Pending Approval

4-H STEM Professional – Bryant Pond – Pending Approval

Accounting & Reporting Professional – Orono – Accepting Applications

Program Administrator- Maine Food System- Associate Extension Professor or Extension

Professor – Orono – Accepting Applications

Crops Insurance Program Manager – Highmoor Farm – Accepting Applications

ELT Meeting Dates –2015 – Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted

February 10 Harrington Sulinski Orono – 102B
March 3 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – 218 Richard Randall Student Center
March 25 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B
April 15 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B
May 1 Prichard Harrington Augusta – 218 Richard Randall Student Center
May 20 Harrington Sulinski Orono -102B