Extension Leadership Team Minutes June 30, 2016

Extension Leadership Team Minutes

June 30, 2016
102B Libby Hall

 Facilitator: Jon Prichard                   

Note taker: Dennis Harrington

Webinar on Capacity Funds Project 

The ELT attended part of a Webinar hosted by Sonny Ramaswamy, Head Administrator of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to discuss the upcoming evaluation of its Capacity Programs portfolio. Capacity funding represents nearly half of NIFA’s budget.

Template for Hosted Events

Fran has been working with the University of Maine System general counsel’s office to clarify and update the template for responsibility in an event hosted by Extension at locations such as farms and private homes (farm tours, garden tours, field days, etc.). The new template is still being developed, but will soon be on Plugged-In under Volunteer Resources, and will clarify the areas of liability for each party (the University and the host site).

Accident Reports/Insect Bites

Fran clarified that accident reports should always be filed within 48 hours of an accident that occurred at work or an injury the staff member believes is related to their work. In addition, if a staff member received treatment for an insect bite they believe they may have acquired at work that should be reported as well. If you have any doubt at all it is best to contact Fran and/or your supervisor.

John Rebar Reappointment

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeff Hecker has reappointed John Rebar as Executive Director of Cooperative Extension for three years beginning July 1st, 2016. The reappointment committee affirmed John as a valuable and effective leader for Cooperative Extension and UMaine as expressed by interviews with Extension staff, the campus community, and a wide variety of outside constituents. The ELT offered congratulations and expressed their appreciation for John’s valued leadership.

National 4-H Shooting Sports Training

Lisa reported that approximately 80 people from across the country attended the National 4-H Shooting Sports training at Bryant Pond camp during June. The event was held under the leadership of Ron Fournier and was considered a smashing success. Congratulations to Ron and his team.

Future Agenda Items:

  1. Issue: Training is required from Equal Opportunity for all ELT members. EO currently has a new Director in place.
    Outcome: Dr. Jackie Hymes, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity will be at the August 23rd ELT meeting from 10-11:30 for introductions and training.



Congratulations to Kristy Ouellette and co-PI Mitch Mason who have been awarded $140,000 in CYFAR funds from USDA/NIFA for the 3rd year of a five-year cycle of funding to support the Maine Sustainable Communities Project – Community Central: Integrating 4-H Science and Life Skills with Schools, Communities and Families. The Community Central program will work with youth and adults in three public housing authorities in Maine to advance science literacy and life skill development in youth grades 3-8 while engaging older neighborhood teens as mentors and teachers.

Search Updates

Accounting and Reporting ProfessionalSearch is on hold

Administrative Specialist CL1 – Oxford County – Interviewing

Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset County – Position offered

Extension Food Scientist – Orono – Position offered and accepted

Extension Livestock Specialist – Orono – Accepting applications

Maine Food and Agriculture ProfessionalAccepting applications

Open Air Classroom Director TanglewoodPreparing to advertise

Research Associate Vegetable Production – Highmoor Farm – Screening applicants

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

Facilitator Notes Location
July 14 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – Farm House 11
August 23 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono
September 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono
September 29 Phelps Rebar Augusta – Farm House 11
October 18 Rebar Prichard Orono
November 15 Prichard Harrington Orono
November 30 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – Farm House 11
December 15 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono