Extension Leadership Team Minutes April 29, 2016

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note taker:
Lisa Phelps

Present: John Rebar, Fran Sulinski, Jon Prichard, Dennis Harrington (until noon), Dick Brzozowski

2015 UMaine Cooperative Extension Annual Report

Dennis shared the 2015 UMaine Cooperative Extension annual report which gives a cross-section of the remarkable work done by Extension across Maine, and beyond. This is the report that is submitted to NIFA to help secure our federal funding from USDA. The report will be placed on our website and shared with the organization. It will also appear on the Director’s page at https://extension.umaine.edu/about/director/ . The ELT encourages you to read the report, especially the Impact Statement selections for each POW Issue Area which are derived from the best of what was reported in the Maine Planning and Reporting System during 2015.

The annual Employee Recognition Event occurred on campus and we had multiple people honored. We would like to congratulate the following people for being recognized for their years of service at the recent event.

Pam Hickey 35 years
Jim Dill 35 years
Donna Coffin 35 years
Marjorie Peronto 25 years
John Jemison 25 years
Tracey Ferwerda 25 Years

Plant and Animal Diagnostic Lab update

Dennis shared that the sale of the building for the lab should be finalized by June 1st or sooner. Progress is moving along well so far and more information will be shared with the organization after the June 1st closing date.

Maine 4-H Foundation Updates

There are 18 scholarships that will be awarded at the upcoming Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting. This is the the highest number that have ever been awarded and the ELT would like to thank Susan Jennings for her leadership as the Executive Director of the Foundation and the Maine 4-H Foundation Board members for their generous support. The annual meeting will be May 11th and they are expecting a large turnout. A huge note of appreciation is extended to our 4-H faculty, staff and volunteers for their support of youth who apply and are awarded these scholarships.  Every scholarship recipient tells of the 4-H leader(s) and staff members that played a role in their success.  Thanks everyone!

Updates on Extension Strategic Actions identified through the Extension Group Meetings

Item 2: On-line Staff Directory- Significant progress has been made and employees are encouraged to update their information in the staff directory if they have not already done that.

Item 5: Customer Service Training– Fran is working with Dana and Cindy to update the customer service training modules.

Item 6: More storage space for staff on the Orono campus – This is being explored and the ELT has recently addressed an immediate 4-H storage need for the 4-H Science tool kits that continue to grow in popularity.

Item 10: Ways for staff to come together and identify potential research topics/issues as well as explain/describe research currently underway – An opportunity to share research with colleagues will be encouraged during the poster session at the upcoming organizational meeting.

Accounting and Reporting Professional Position

Megan Tardif has resigned her position effective May 19th and has accepted a new position with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We wish Megan well in her new position and thank her for her work with Cooperative Extension. Dennis will begin a search to refill the Accounting and Reporting Professional position as soon as possible.


Emily Allisot
Emily Allisot, Student Administrative Aide V for Operations and formally Publications, has been named the winner of UMaine Student Employee of the Year 2016 during Student Employee Recognition Week.  As winner at UMaine her nomination was then submitted to the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators for the state, regional and national competition.  We are please to announce that Emily also won for the state!

David Handley & Patrick Gill
David was notified by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents that the YouTube video “How to Plant Raspberries” was selected as the national winner of their communications award for a video recording.

John Jemison
Potato Breeding and Variety Development for Improved Quality and Pest Resistance
Congratulations to John Jemison who has been awarded $1,250 from USDA NIFA to develop an array of attractive, highly productive, disease- and insect-resistant potato varieties that can be employed by small and large potato producers to enhance marketing opportunities, farm sustainability, and grower profits, under PI Andrei Aloykin and in collaboration with collaborators from UMaine, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Greg Kranich
Congratulations to Greg on his recent graduation from the Masters of Science in Teaching program at the University of Maine.

Position Search Updates:

Extension Livestock Specialist – Oronoscreening applicants

Extension Food Scientist – Orono – screening applicants

4-H STEM Program Professional – Bryant Pond interviewing applicants

Administrative Specialist CL2 – Oxford County – screening applicants

Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset County – accepting applications

Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Nicolette Gagnon hired

Research Associate Vegetable Production – Highmoor Farm – accepting applications

ELT Meeting Dates –2016 –
Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

      Dates             Facilitator                Notes                       Location

May 26 Rebar Prichard Augusta – Farm House 11
Jun 30 Prichard Harrington Orono
Jul14 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – Farm House 11
Aug 23 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono
Sep 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono
Sep 29 Phelps Rebar Augusta – Farm House 11
Oct 18 Rebar Prichard Orono
Nov 15 Prichard Harrington Orono
Nov 30 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – Farm House 11
Dec 15 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono