Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes February 15, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
February 15, 2019
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Notetaker: Lisa Phelps

Please note: Due to the confidentiality and sensitivity of some agenda items, these ELT minutes do not represent the full content of each meeting.

Hannah Carter joined the ELT by Zoom from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lafayette and Rawcliffe 4-H Science and Engineering Learning Center

On February 15,  Orono-based 4-H staff moved from the 4-H suite in Libby Hall to 491 College Avenue (formerly Extension’s Pest Management Office). The building has been remodeled to meet the needs of a vibrant state-wide 4-H office and includes a technology-equipped classroom and teaching lab, group workspace, workrooms, offices, and a technology-equipped conference room. The facility was funded with a number of generous gifts and will be known as the Lafayette and Rawcliffe 4-H Science and Engineering Learning Center.  While the building is ready for use by the 4-H program, there is still some work left to do. A grand opening and dedication will be planned for the spring or early summer.

NIFA Report and 2020 POW

UM Extension’s annual report of accomplishments will be submitted to NIFA on Monday, April 1, 2019.  The ELT thanks all staff who reported their 2018 programming and impact statements on the MPRS.  Staff reporting is essential for Extension’s reporting to NIFA, and also is invaluable for our communications with stakeholders.


Congratulations to PI Ellen Mallory who has been awarded $9,362 by The Brewer’s Association (via North Dakota State University) for her “Spring Malting Varieties – E. US”” project.  This is the 4th year of funding for this research.  The funding will support the evaluation of 25 barley varieties in the Eastern Spring Barley Nursery (ESBN) in 2018 in nine states in the Eastern US.  The goal of the research is to determine if varieties developed outside of the region may be adapted for local production.

Congratulations to PI Kristy Ouellette and Co-PI Jen Lobley who have been awarded an additional $6,000 by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) for their “Afterschool Coaching for Rural Educators in STEM (ACRES)” project.  This is the 4th year of funding and will support Kristy’s and Jen’s travel to Billings, Montana to present the results of the ACRES project at the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism.


Greenland Point 4-H Camp and Learning Center ribbon-cutting will take place on June 22.
Maine 4-H Foundation’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held Monday, May 13 in Augusta.

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2019 ELT Meeting Dates

Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, unless otherwise noted

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta: Farmhouse 11
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono: 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono: 102B Libby Hall