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Extension Leadership Team Minutes December 12, 2017

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
December 12, 2017
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Dennis Harrington
Note-taker: Richard Brzozowski

Opioid Webinar Link Sent
This past week, John Rebar sent the link to all staff regarding the recent webinar on the Opioid Crisis and Extension’s potential role.

Fair Labor Standards Act
There are 2 Extension employees for whom the overtime rule will likely apply.

SNAP-Ed Proposal Meetings
PA’s have been meeting with their respective counties to discuss the SNAP-ED proposal and their role.  Kate Yerxa is usually involved in these meetings.  Many counties have had meetings and those in other are being scheduled.

Diagnostic & Research Lab
The new lab will go by the name “University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic & Research Laboratory.”  This name has been approved by President Susan Hunter.

The Maine Food and Agriculture Center
Audrey Cross is preparing reports from the 2016-2017 projects.  She is also preparing the 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) which will be announced in late February, 2017.

Information Technology
Lisa Phelps reported that the second GIS training of Extension staff took place. Kate Beard has agreed to make online GIS accounts available. She offered a good deal on access to 8 of those accounts.

Volunteer Management System for Maine Master Gardeners Program
The HHPLT has worked for the past year in gathering information on a Volunteer Management System (VMS) produced by the University of California – Davis.  After much thought, discussion, and interaction with the designers at UC-Davis, the HHPLT members have decided unanimously to subscribe to the system. The cost of the VMS involves a setup fee and a yearly subscription.  The annual subscription fee is based on the number of volunteers.  Cindy Eves Thomas was also involved in the discussions.

UMS Academy
UMS is preparing to launch a learning management system known as the UMS Academy. In January 2018, staff will be able to sign in to UMS Academy through the campus portal. Employees will be able to participate in training as well as to track their current certifications. UMS Academy will consolidate all required trainings. The learning management platform is housed with HooNuit https://www.hoonuit.com/home . Generic program training is also available as part of this learning management system.

MPRS Reporting
The final reporting deadline was Dec 11, 2017 and most staff have reported in the MPRS either individually or as part of a combined/aggregated entries (e.g. camps staff).  While we have a handful of good Impact Statements, many of our most noteworthy programs are not represented. Jon will be working with staff to refine impact statements that represent the breadth and depth of Extension’s programming

Retirement Recognition Protocol
When university employees retire they may be eligible for a university retirement gift if they are at least 55 years old and have worked at the university for at least 10 years.  It is preferable to have the supervisor facilitate the acquisition of the gift. The current HR process does not highlight this for the supervisor. Fran will ensure all supervisors do attend to this important piece of recognizing the significant contribution of a retiree.

Outstanding Volunteer Award
Nominations for an outstanding volunteer award are being solicited.

Results of the Staffing Survey
To date, web support and videographer were the key needs identified by staff.  The survey will be open until January 18, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI Mark Hutchinson on his award of $64,759 from the University of California: Davis for the “OREI: Multi-Regional risk analysis of farm manure use: Balancing soil health and food safety for organic fresh produce production” project.  This award is the 2nd year of a 4-year Project.  As part of a multi-regional team, this integrated research-extension risk-based approach will fully assess current management practices affecting the time survival of pathogens and soil health used by the organic industry related to raw manure and untreated manure.

Congratulations to PI Mark Hutton and Co-PIs Mark Hutchinson and Eric Gallandt who have been awarded $139,329 from USDA/NIFA through Cornell University to facilitate the development of organic agriculture production, breeding, and processing methods by advancing the adoption of innovative strategies to reduce tillage on organic vegetable farms.  This is the final installment of the total $543,624 award.

Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott and Co-PI Danielle O’Neill who have been awarded $77,503 by the Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation for their “Aspirations Incubator Program” project.  Along with the previously awarded “Lerner Start-up funds”, this is the balance of the first year of a 6 year – $600,000 award.  The Lerner Foundation’s goal is to create a comprehensive mentorship-based pilot program for middle-school and high-school students from eight school districts and 39 communities in rural parts of Maine.  Bryant Pond 4-H Center has named its program “NorthStar” and will work with students in Telstar Middle and High Schools throughout the project.  Programming will include outdoor leadership experiences, adventure challenge, travel and service learning and will utilize Bryant Pond’s staff and facilities to provide mentorship and learning opportunities for students.

Congratulations to PI Steven Johnson who has been awarded $12,482 from USDA ARS for year 2 of his “Controlling Black Leg Disease” project.  This award focuses on Blackleg of potato and is a portion of a larger award through the Maine Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station on which Steve is the Co-PI and Jianjun Hao is the PI.  This project plans to meet the following objectives: 1) Detecting new introductions and monitoring the spread of Dickeya and Pectobacterium strains in the United States by developing microbial forensic capabilities. 2) Improving and validating field and laboratory assays for rapid diagnosis of blackleg pathogens. 3) Examining the threshold level in seed potato lots and effectiveness of disease management via seed treatment, operation, and storage.

Congratulations to PI Ellen Mallory who has been awarded $45,054 from USDA NESARE for year 4 of her “Strengthen Soil Security in Maine” project.  This project continues to conduct soil health professional development opportunities for farmers in New England.

Search Updates
Home Horticulture Professional – Cumberland County – Advertising
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – OronoInterviewing
Wild Blueberry Specialist – OronoInterviewing
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant) –  Interviewing
Nutrition Education Professional – Alyssa Adkins Hired
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Updating job description for reposting
Finance and Budget Professional – Orono – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Piscataquis County – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Cumberland County – Preparing to advertise

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
January 19 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 8 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
March 7 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 28 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 9 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 21 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes November 16, 2017

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
November 16, 2017

Orono – 102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Jon Prichard
Note-taker: Dennis Harrington

Attending: D. Brzozowski, D. Harrington, L. Phelps, J. Prichard, J. Rebar, F. Sulinski
Guest: Kate Yerxa

Professional Staff Meeting
John and Fran gave an update about the recent Professional’s staff meeting. The meeting was well attended, and included many new Professional employees.

Stopping the Tenure Clock
Fran and John attended a chair breakfast focused on mentoring junior faculty. One of the items covered was Stop the Tenure Clock. The University recognizes the value of providing flexibility during the probationary period for tenure-track/continuing contract due to childbirth, child rearing, adoption or exceptional life circumstances. To see more about family friendly policies at UMaine go to https://umaine.edu/risingtide/resources-2/sustaining-work-life-balance/ While this compilation of work life policy focuses on faculty many of the benefits/options presented (such as leaves and the Employee Assistance Program) also apply to hourly and professional staff.

Follow a Researcher
The Follow a Researcher Program is underway and receiving significant positive national attention. The FAR Website is at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/follow-a-researcher/

Dickeya Summit
The 2017 Dickeya and Pectobacterium Summit took place on November 9th in Bangor, Maine. This international meeting was hosted by Cooperative Extension and was attended by approximately ­­­­­­­­­165.  They represented 4 countries, 22 states, and 3 Canadian Provinces.

UMaine Equal Opportunity Coordinator
UMaine has a new Equal Opportunity coordinator. Fran will be connecting with the new person to provide an orientation to Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension Faculty Meeting
The Faculty of UMaine Extension will be meeting on November 29th, with electronic access to the meeting available from various locations in Maine.

NEED
John Rebar is the Chair-elect of the Northeast Extension Directors organization.

Sea Grant – Executive Director
Jon Prichard is on the search committee for the new Director of Maine Sea Grant. Public sessions and interviews will be held during the last two weeks of November.

Planning and Reporting
Deadline for all staff to complete 2017 reports is November 20th. Staff should work with their program administrators or supervisors if help is needed.

4-H Science Center
Lisa and Dennis gave an update about planning for updating the current Pest Management Program facility located at 491 College Avenue in Orono to be used as the statewide 4-H Science Center sometime next year.

EDEN
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is looking to update their contact for UMaine Cooperative Extension.  Dick Brzozowski has agreed to be our organizational liaison to EDEN.

Maine FFA & Master Gardener Certification
Maine FFA has asked Extension about allowing their instructors/advisors across the state to use the Maine Master Gardener curriculum to train high school students and to certify the as Maine Master Gardeners once they have completed their coursework. The ELT will support the decision of the Home Hort team who will review this proposal and address it on a county-by-county basis.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI Jason Lilley and Co-PIs Frank Wertheim, Tori Jackson, and Cathy Kloetzli who have been awarded $47,107 by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (NESARE) for the “Training the Trainers: Enhancing Cooperative Extension Resources for Beginning Farmers” project.  This project allows for training of Extension staff in whole farm planning, business and financial plan development, recordkeeping, marketing, and identifying other key providers.  Fourteen UMaine Extension staff will then collaborate to offer training to 125 beginning farmers and 175 ono-on-one consultations.

Congratulations to PI James Dill who has been awarded $171,413 by USDA- NIFA for Year 1 (of 3) for the “Maine Integrated Pest Management CPPM-EIP” project.  The overall goals associated with this project include minimization of pesticide use in Maine agriculture and communities, increased crop yield and profitability, increased awareness of complex pest issues, and increased implementation of IPM practices.

Congratulations to PI Caragh Fitzgerald and Co-PI Richard Kersbergen who have been awarded $90,743 by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (NESARE) for their “Professional Development in Calibrating Pesticide and Nutrient Application Equipment for Agricultural Service Providers” project.  The cornerstone of this project is to give agricultural service providers hands-on practice operating and calibrating equipment for pesticide and nutrient application.  Improved accuracy will prevent over-application, which can result in financial loss, adverse environmental effects, and potential crop damage

Congratulations to James Dill who has been awarded an additional $21,100 from Cornell University and USDA-NIFA for the continued support of the Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN).  The NPDN acts as a resource for first detectors of suspicious samples, provides resources and training to facilitate the use of the Network’s data collection network, expands that data collection, and develops protocols for participating diagnostic laboratories to ensure the accuracy of diagnostics.

Congratulations to Maine Families Waldo County and Maine Families Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc Counties, on being awarded Blue Ribbon Affiliate Status by the national Parents as Teachers organization, recognizing them as exemplary programs delivering high-quality services to children and families. The review process for Blue Ribbon status is comprehensive, involving a year of self-study and two years of reporting.  While the Maine Families program greatest reward is the impact our staff are having on young children and families, it is validating and an accomplishment to be recognized by the national Parents as Teachers program.

Congratulations to Kathy Savoie and Kate McCarty who in October were honored at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Kathy and Kate received the 1st place National and 1st place Regional Master Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Volunteer Award, and were recognized by both NEAFCS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for their efforts that span a decade to develop and implement UMaine Extension’s Master Food Preserver (MFP) Program.  The MFP Program has trained and retained volunteers to help extend the reach of Extension to provide home food preservation education in the community. The Master FCS Volunteer Award recognizes exceptional leadership in implementation of the Master FCS Volunteer Program.

Search Updates
Home Horticulture Professional – Cumberland County – Forming Search Committee
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Preparing to interview
Wild Blueberry Specialist – OronoIn-person interviews scheduled
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Theresa Eldridge hired
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant) –  On hold
Nutrition Education Professional – Offer made
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Advertising
Finance and Budget Professional (Orono) – Preparing to screen applicants
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Andro/Sag) – Cathy Gray hired

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
December 12 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
January 19 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 8 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
March 7 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 28 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 9 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 21 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes October 26, 2017

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
October 26, 2017
102B Libby Hall, Orono

Facilitator: John Rebar
Note-taker: Jon Prichard

Chancellor’s Open Forum
The ELT meeting was shortened so ELT members could attend the afternoon Open Forum by Chancellor James Page and his Leadership Team. The Chancellor and his senior leadership provided updates to the campus on the University of Maine System’s legislative agenda, budget, strategic resource allocation and academic transformation.

Professionals Meeting
Extension Professionals are holding a statewide meeting Wednesday, November 8 at Blueberry Cove. Thirty-five staff have registered, and Fran and John are on the agenda for a few agenda items.

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center’s 10 Year Celebration
On Tuesday, October 17, Bryant Pond staff, board and community members gathered to celebrate 10 years of successful operations and educational programming to thousands of Maine youth. John Rebar and several ELT members attended, and speakers included UMaine President Susan Hunter, and Provost Jeff Hecker. Prior to the evening celebration President Hunter and Provost Hecker toured the camp, and joined ELT members, staff and local school administrators in a small group discussion on the topic of innovative local and University educational programming. We congratulate Bryant Pond staff and community partners that have had such a positive impact on Maine youth and on a future that looks bright.

Supporting Relationships for Farm Success
As part of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network, Tori Jackson and Leslie Forstadt are providing leadership for an innovative program to support Maine farmers. This project focuses on improved farmer retention through education of service providers. While existing new farmer training materials have primarily focused on topics such as production, marketing, financing and land access, the SARE funded “Supporting Relationships for Farm Success” project will expand support to include interpersonal skills acquisition. Agricultural Service Providers will receive training and resources to assist farmers with the interpersonal needs that may arise on the farm. By addressing a known gap, this project will help service providers to support farmers to consider how interpersonal issues impact their farm viability.

Strategic Procurement Committee
Dennis Harrington will be serving on the steering committee for UMaine System’s Strategic Procurement. The committee is committed to continuous improvement, meets monthly, and reviews current and proposed procurement initiatives, and seeks candid feedback on what’s working, and not working for users of Procurement’s systems (Marketplace & CONCUR) and services. Extension staff should feel free to communicate their feedback to Dennis.

Dickeya and Pectobacteria Summit in Maine
Extension will play a major role in organizing the Dickeya Summit that is scheduled to be held Thursday, November 9 at the Cross Insurance Center, Bangor. There are currently 152 individuals who have registered, representing 19 states, 3 provinces, and 4 countries.

New January Meeting Date
The ELT agreed to change our January meeting date with the new date being Friday, January 19 in Orono.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI David Handley, Co-PI Tori Jackson and Program Manager Erin Roche who have been awarded $214,007 by the USDA Risk Management Agency for the “2017-2018 Crop Insurance Education in Maine” program, which will provide Maine farmers the most current and relevant information about crop insurance to help them make informed risk management decisions for their businesses.

Congratulations to PI Lisa Phelps who has been awarded $112,863 by the Maine Math and Science Alliance (MMSA) by way of the National Science Foundation for year 5 of the “Rural STEM Infrastructure” project.  This project allows for 4-H to provide regional staff in 4 Maine regions who serve as STEM Guides.  One major goal is to connect 10-18-year-old youth with local STEM programs and experts.

Congratulations to PI Jason Lilley and Co-PIs Frank Wertheim, Tori Jackson, and Cathy Kloetzli who have been awarded $47,107 by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (NESARE) for the “Training the Trainers: Enhancing Cooperative Extension Resources for Beginning Farmers” project.  This project allows for training of Extension staff in whole farm planning, business and financial plan development, recordkeeping, marketing, and identifying other key providers.  Fourteen UMaine Extension staff will then collaborate to offer training to 125 beginning farmers and 175 ono-on-one consultations.

Congratulations to PI Richard Brzozowski and Maine AgrAbility Coordinator, Lani Carlson who has been awarded $178,274 by USDA-NIFA for Year 4 of the “Maine AgrAbility” project.  The primary goal of this project is to enhance each client’s ability to farm, live independently, and improve their quality of life.  In the next phase of growth, Maine AgrAbility has expanded its efforts to include clients with disabilities not only from land-based agriculture, but also forestry and aquaculture as well as clients who are veterans, immigrants and migrant workers.

Congratulations to PI Gregory Kranich who has been awarded various types of computer hardware by The National 4-H Council, in conjunction with Google, for the “Building Capacity for Computer Science Education in Maine” project.  The devices include 30 Chromebooks, 2 Tablets, 20 Smartphones, and 20 Google Cardboard devices (Virtual Reality hardware).  The estimated monetary value of this award is $15,000.  This device award enables the creation of 4-H Computer Science (CS) kits, providing grab-and-go resources which will be implemented through existing programs and will increase CS access statewide.

Search Updates
4-H Youth Development Professional – Hancock County –
Carla Scocchi hired
Horticulture Professional – Cumberland County – Preparing job description
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – OronoPreparing to interview select candidates via Zoom
Wild Blueberry Specialist – OronoPreparing to interview select candidates via Zoom
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Offered the job
Accounting Nutrition Education Professional – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2Lewiston – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2 – Andro/Sag – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 – CumberlandTayla Mann hired
Support Specialist CL2– Orono
On Hold
Community Education Assistant CL1 (Horticulture) – Oxford County – On hold
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant) –  On hold
Finance and Budget Professional (Orono Operations) – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
November 16 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
December 12 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
January 19 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 8 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
March 7 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 28 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 9 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 21 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Extension Leadership Team Minutes September 28, 2017

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team
Meeting Minutes, Farmhouse, UM – Augusta
September 28, 2017

Facilitator: Lisa Phelps
Note Taker: John Rebar

Attendees: Dennis Harrington, Fran Sulinski, Richard Brzozowski, Jon Prichard, Lisa Phelps, John Rebar

Items of Interest

The new UMS-Human Resources partner for Extension is Brian Drisko.  Brian is asking to meet with the ELT to gain a greater understanding of the work done within our organization.  Fran will follow up and schedule Brian to attend a future ELT meeting. Brian is also interested in touring an Extension sites and programs.

ELT meeting for December has been changed from the 6th to the 12th in Orono.

Amanda Miles has assumed her new full-time responsibilities in Operations with a focus on procurement, travel, and hourly payroll approvals.  Among Amanda’s important roles is to review MarketPlace and CONCUR transactions for adherence to policies and correct chartfield and to guide staff to the resources offered by UMaine’s Central Procurement to build their capacity to work with the procurement management systems of the UMS.

The job description and PDQ for an Operations Professional is about to be submitted to UMS-HR.  This position will address many of the day-to-day accounting issues that are required of Extension within the UMS financial management system.  The complexity and requirements for management within the UMS financial structure have increased dramatically under the “One University” initiative.

There has been a policy change regarding the awarding of faculty start-up funding for new hires by the Vice President for Research that are sourced by the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF).  The funding is allocated annually and should be spent within the fiscal year awarded.  The letter of award has specific time period and reporting requirements.  PA’s and Dennis will familiarize themselves with these new requirements.

The recent 4-H Program Leadership Team meeting was very successful and led by faculty members Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley.  It was the largest gathering of 4-H faculty, professional and CEA staff within UMaine Extension in over a decade.  The event was very successful with a focus on building the capacity of our field staff to implement new changes within the 4-H program.

Falmouth Land Trust is hoping to build a new building at the Tidewater Farm and partner with Extension on the use of the site into the future.  The demolition of the existing buildings is also part of the plan.  However, this action hinges on the decision of the Town of Falmouth and its approval relative to Bateman Development.  The Cooperative Extension garden site continues to expand and looks beautiful.  Kudos to Amy Witt and all the MG Volunteers for their successful fund raising efforts for the garden site.

The Sea Grant Director search is moving forward. Jon Prichard is a member of the search committee.

Updates:

There will a donor recognition event at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center on October 17th.  President Hunter and Provost Hecker will be attending.

The 4-H Foundation is sponsoring the 4-H Challenge fund raising initiative in conjunction with the Fryeburg Fair Association.  There will be a retreat for the 4-H Foundation Trustees on Oct. 27th in Augusta.  Lisa is attending.

The Plant, Animal and Insect lab project continues to move forward on time and within budget.  The lab managers meet regularly to address issues and make plans for the effective use of the new facility.  An issue to address is the disposal of carcasses in a cost-effective manner.  Composting may be a viable option.

IT – Dan Cox (graduate student in Instructional Design) and Jen Lobley are working together on an update of the orientation modules for volunteers.  Dan is funded through the Doris Ladd gift fund to Cooperative Extension and supervised by Lisa.

Taglines on Email

There is an Extension policy in place that prevents employees from having individual email signatures.  Sayings, poems, quotes from others can be seen as representing a position for Cooperative Extension.  All employees are reminded not to include a personal statement on their work email.  Any questions could be directed to the administrator for your unit.  The policy regarding this issue is at: https://extension.umaine.edu/plugged-in/policies-guidelines/policies-procedures-manual/section-two-administration/2-12/.

Marketing

The ELT reviewed the previous marketing plan for Extension from 2005-2008.  John asked the group what was relevant about that plan for the present day?  The intention is to create a new plan that can help guide the priorities of Audrey Cross as the organization’s marketing professional.  After a discussion, the group agreed that John will draft a marketing plan that is an outline of priorities for the organization based upon outcomes.  The ELT will review and edit the plan.

Revenue Generation Ideas

UMaine Extension will host Northeast Ag/NR program leaders on October 19-20.  A focus of one of the sessions will be revenue generation.  A request has been made to share ways in which we raise revenue.   For UMaine Extension the best outcome is self-sustaining efforts such as the camping programs.  However, most programs that generate revenue through fees do not cover the complete cost of the program.

Future ELT Meeting Dates:

January 17- Orono
February 8- Augusta
March 7- Orono
March 28- Orono
April 19- Augusta
May 9- Orono
May 31- Orono
June 21- Augusta

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI Deborah Bouchard and Co-PIs Heather Hamlin, Robert Bayer, and Jean McRae who have been awarded $28,423 by the State of Maine Department of Marine Resource for Year 2 of the “Addressing Lobster Health” project.  This project is addressing the effects of changing ocean ecosystems on lobster health and susceptibility to disease in the context of rising water temperatures.  Focus is on how these changes may directly impact lobster biology in regards to reproductive development and susceptibility to disease.

Congratulations to PI Kristy Ouellette and Co-PI Mitch Mason who have been awarded $140,000 in CYFAR funds from USDA/NIFA for the 4th year of a five-year cycle of funding to support the Maine Sustainable Communities Project – Maine Community Central: Integrating 4-H Science and Life Skills with Schools, Communities and Families.

Congratulations to PI Mark Hutchinson who has been awarded $50,000 by USDA APHIS for the “6th International Animal Mortality Management Symposium”.  This project is a cooperative agreement between the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) to conduct the Symposium in Amarillo, Texas June 4th-8th.

Congratulations to PI John Jemison and Co-PI Richard Kersbergen who have been awarded $104,876 by the University of Vermont (sub award on a USDA NIFA grant) for their “Expanding No-Till” project.  This 3-year research project will gather information to disseminate to growers regarding the stoppage of primary tillage and, in turn, using cover crops to help dairy farmers obtain higher yields and more consistent corn silage quality

Search Updates
4-H Youth Development Professional – Hancock County – Offered and accepted
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – OronoReposted
Wild Blueberry Specialist – OronoReviewing Applicants
Accounting Support Specialist CL2– OronoOn Hold
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Interviewing
Community Education Assistant CL1 (Horticulture) – Oxford County – On hold
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant) –  Advertising
Nutrition Education Professional – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston
) – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Andro/Sag)
– Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 (Cumberland)
– Advertising (Internal Search)

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
September 7 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 28 Phelps Rebar Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 26 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 16 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
December 12 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
January 17 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 8 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
March 7 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 28 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 9 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 21 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Extension Leadership Team Minutes September 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
Libby Hall Room 102B
September 7, 2017

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note-taker: Lisa Phelps

Present: John Rebar, Dennis Harrington, Fran Sulinski, Dick Brzozowski, Jon Prichard, Lisa Phelps

Updates:

Hall of Flags will be February 6, 2018- Cooperative Extension will have three 4-H and three Food Systems displays with a general Cooperative Extension display. Lisa and Dick will work with Audrey Cross on this event.   One of the Food Systems displays will feature the Plant, Animal and Insect Lab – A display based upon the new facility will be created.

New Employee Training is being offered once a month for five months and includes a welcome from the Director and a Human Resources “Things to Know, Delivering Excellent Customer Service, Understanding our Civil Rights Requirements and Values, Getting to Know the Integrated Program Enhancement Team and Equal Employment Opportunity.  The recent session with a Welcome from John Rebar and HR Things to Know was interactive and well received. All sessions are one and a half hours and take place on Tandberg.

Plant, Animal and Insect Diagnostic Lab (PAIL):
Equipment is arriving for the new labs and it is exciting to see the progress and the project is on-time and within budget.

Mentoring Resources:
In light of the many new staff hires, how are our mentoring practices working and how could they be improved? Fran shared with the ELT the results of the survey she sent out (11 people responded) and the current mentoring handbook  https://extension.umaine.edu/plugged-in/hr/faculty/new-faculty-orientation/.  Staff were appreciative of the mentors assigned to them, many spoke of the value of having more than one mentor with each focusing on a different aspect of their new role. Outcome: Fran will work on revising the faculty mentoring guidelines to be used by all staff

Future ELT Meeting Dates:

January 17- Orono
February 8- Augusta
March 7- Orono
March 28- Orono
April 19- Augusta
May 9- Orono
May 31- Orono
June 21- Augusta

Future Agenda Items

Audrey Cross will join the ELT meeting from 10-11AM on Thursday, October 26 in Orono. The purpose of her attending the meeting will be to give a report of her work in marketing after 6 months on the job.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 Meeting schedule future ELT meetings (beyond June 2018).

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI Ron Fournier who has been awarded $80,000 by the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “Moose Lottery Scholarship” project.  This project will provide financial support for campers to attend the Basic Conservation Camp, 4-H Shooting Sports activities, as well as other activities and/or events at Bryant Pond and Tanglewood 4-H Camps and Learning Centers.  

Search Updates

4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin CountyTara Marble Hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Hancock County – Offered and accepted
4-H Youth Development Professional – Knox/Lincoln Counties – Kathryn Jensen Hired
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Re-advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Reposted/Reviewing Applicants
Marine Extension Associate (Joint Appt. with Sea Grant)
–   Preparing to re-advertise
Agriculture Record Keeping Professional – Calvert Schaefer Hired
Nutrition Education Professional – Advertising
Accounting Support Supervisor CL3  Amanda Miles Hired

ELT Meeting Dates – 2017-18.  Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

*December 6, 2017 date may change due to a conflict.

ELT Meeting Dates –2017–18. Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
September 7 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 28 Phelps Rebar Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 26 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 16 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
December 6* Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
January 17 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 8 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
March 7 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 28 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
April 19 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
May 9 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 21 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes August 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
August 11, 2017
Libby Hall Room 102B

Facilitator: Richard Brzozowski
Note-taker: Jon Prichard

NIFA National Program Leader Maine Visit
Toby Ahrens, NIFA National Program Leader, Agricultural Bioproducts spent the past week in Maine, including tours and meetings with Extension staff.  As part of his visit Ahrens met with John Rebar and Maine staff from both of Maine US Senator’s respective offices.

Search Updates
Thanks to the outstanding work of search committees, we have had great success in recent searches.  This includes successful searches for five 4-H Professionals in 5 County offices, a 4-H STEM Specialist, an Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist, and an Agriculture Record Keeping Professional. See details at the end of these minutes.

Concur Reporting
If you report on Concur, please be sure to report your chartfields accurately and to remember not to incur Maine sales tax with your purchases.  If you supervise staff that use Concur for travel, please be sure to carefully check Concur Reports from your supervisees, understanding that the Operations Office is no longer providing that oversight as a report “Delegate”.  The greatest areas of errors are on chartfields and on inappropriately including Maine sales taxes on purchases (TCards are Maine Sales tax exempt).

State 4-H Program Leaders Meeting in Burlington, Vermont
Lisa recently attended the regional 4H program leaders meeting this past week.  Topics included supporting volunteers, inclusivity and diversity, and a new 4-H data analytics program that Lisa will be introducing to the 4-H PLT at their September meeting.

Successful 4-H Fund-raising Events
In August, there were two successful 4-H Fund-raising events: a 4-H Foundation Golf tournament, and the kick-off event for the Tanglewood Campaign for Kids that has already raised over $600,000 toward the $1.2 million goal. These events had strong representation from the ELT and UMaine upper administration including President Hunter and Provost Hecker.

VPR Advisory Group
Vice President for Research, Dr. Kody Varahramyan is forming a group of Associate Deans that will serve as an advisory group and sounding board to him on issues of research and graduate studies.  He invited Extension participation on this group.  We decided that Richard Brzozowski will represent the ELT, and Lisa will serve as his back up as needed.

Flexible Staff Development
The Flexible Staff Development (FSD) program will continue in FY18, with no change.

Extension Programming and Contracts
The ELT has become aware of Extension programming events sometimes occurring before contracts have been completed.  Participation in events cannot occur without all necessary paperwork being fully completed, reviewed and signed, including contracts.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to PI Ron Fournier who has been awarded $80,000 by the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “Moose Lottery Scholarship” project.  This project will provide financial support for campers to attend the Basic Conservation Camp, 4-H Shooting Sports activities, as well as other activities and/or events at Bryant Pond and Tanglewood 4-H Camps and Learning Centers.

Search Updates

4-H Youth Development Professional – Aroostook County – Mari Glatter Hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin County – Offered and accepted
4-H Youth Development Professional – Hancock County – Offered and accepted
4-H Youth Development Professional – Knox/Lincoln Counties – Offered and accepted
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County – Maisy Cyr Hired

4-H STEM SpecialistOrono – Vanessa Klein Hired
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
On hold (failed search)
Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist – OronoAlicyn Smart Hired
Accounting Support Specialist CL2– OronoOn Hold
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Reposting soon
Community Education Assistant CL1 (Horticulture) – Oxford County – On hold
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant)
–  Reposting soon
Agriculture Record Keeping Professional – Offer made and accepted
Nutrition Education Professional – PDQ and JD sent to HR
Accounting Support Supervisor CL3  Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates –2017– Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
September 7 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 28 Phelps Rebar Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 26 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 16 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
December 6 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes July 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
July 17, 2017
Farmhouse Rm #11 – University of Maine at Augusta

Facilitator: Dennis Harrington
Note taker: Richard Brzozowski

4-H Camps
Jon reported that the camps are having a good summer and enrollment is strong this year.

Diagnostic Lab
Dennis reported that the University is entering a new phase of the project.  Decisions are coming before Dennis at a rapid pace. The anticipated move-in date is sometime after January1, 2018.

The Maine Food and Agriculture Center – Dick reported that many research projects funded by MFAC are now underway.  For instance, the broiler comparison was recently highlighted at the Witter Center Field Day (July 12).

UMaine Extension and UNH Extension Leadership Meeting
We debriefed the combined ME/UNH Extension administration meeting that was held June 21st in Falmouth.

New Dean for the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry & Agriculture
Fred Servello is beginning his new role as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and Director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. We explored how the ELT might help orient the Dean in his new role and how it relates to Extension.

New Vice President for Research
Kody Varahramyan is beginning his new role as UM vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, effective July 1.We explored how the ELT wants to help orient the VP in his new role and how it relates to Extension.

Maine 4-H Foundation
Susan Jennings joined the meeting at 11:00 am and provided an annual update to the ELT.  We discussed the Maine 4-H Foundation and her role in support of resource development work for Cooperative Extension.

The Move to York Village
The York Village move is now complete. When staff come to campus they are encouraged to stop over to York Village to say hello and check out the new office space.

Lobster Institute Speaker Support
Cathy Billings requested speaker support as a part of their 30-year anniversary November 8 conference that has sustainability as the focus.  Since this date is when our Extension professionals are meeting Fran will explore a move to a different date.

CONGRATULATIONS

Safeguarding the US Potato Industry Against Emerging Seed Potato-borne Pathogens that Impact Trade and Farm Viability 
Congratulations to PI James Dwyer who has been awarded $42,979 by the USDA – Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for his “Safeguarding the US Potato Industry Against Emerging Seed Potato-borne Pathogens that Impact Trade and Farm Viability” project.  The primary purpose of this agreement is to support investigations of two soil-borne viruses and a soft rot bacterium that have recently emerged as major concerns in US seed potato production and are becoming more widespread in commercial potato plantings

Demonstrating the Effects of Fly Ash – 06/13/2017
Congratulations to PI Sukhwinder Bali and Co-PI Lakesh Sharma who has been awarded $64,292 by the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service for the “Demonstrating the Effects of Fly Ash on Agriculture Production and Soil Amendments at a Reduced Cost” project.  The primary purpose of this project is to Demonstrate and quantify the impacts of fly ash as amendments on soil chemical, physical, biological, and climatic properties and their relationships with nutrient uptake, and plant growth at a reduced cost.  Fly ash will be utilized as a value-added product for agriculture and would like to give farmers a better opportunity to save some money and reduces environmental and economic impacts of disposal

Determining the Current Cost of Producing Milk in Maine 2016
Congratulations to PI Gary Anderson and Co-PIs Richard Kersbergen and David Marcinkowski who have been awarded $29,438 by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry for their “Determining the Current Cost of Producing Milk in Maine 2016” project.  Through farmer surveys and on-site farm data collection/financial verification, 2016 financial data will be collected and analyzed to determine the cost of producing fluid white milk for dairy producers in Maine.  The results will then be presented to the Maine Milk Commission for review and comment.

Expanding the Eat Well Volunteer Program to Enhance Self-Sufficiency Skills of Hancock and Washington County Food Pantry Clients 
Congratulations to PI Marjorie Peronto who has been awarded $6,888 by the Maine Community Foundation for her “Expanding the Eat Well Volunteer Program to Enhance Self-Sufficiency Skills of Hancock and Washington County Food Panty Clients” project.  This project aims to strengthen and expand the Eat Well Volunteers Outreach program to provide fresh produce and healthy cooking/nutrition lessons to 50 additional food pantry clients in Hancock and Washington counties.

Improving Access to FSA Programs Through Record Keeping Education
Congratulations to PI Richard Brzozowski who has been awarded $35,000 by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for his “Improving Access to FSA Programs Through Record Keeping Education” project.  This project will work with FSA to identify farmers who have difficulty meeting record keeping requirements, such as beginning and non-commodity crop farmers.  Training sessions will also be held for farm service providers statewide to build the capacity to improve the record keeping skills of farmers.  In this effort, this project expects to increase awareness and access to FSA’s risk management programs.

Master Food Preserver Program Receives National Award
Congratulations to Kathleen Savoie and Kate McCarty on receiving the “Master Family and Consumer Science Volunteer Award” from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  They are being recognized for the success of UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Preserver Program that for over a decade has trained and retained volunteers to help extend our reach to provide home food preservation education in the community.  The award will be presented at the NEAFCS National Conference in Omaha, NE in October 2017.

Professional Promotions
Congratulations to the following Extension Professionals who recently received promotions: Lani Carlson, Viña Lindley, and Tracey Ferwerda.

Search Updates

4-H Youth Development Professional – Aroostook County – Offer made
4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin County – Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Hancock County – Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Knox/Lincoln Counties – Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County –
Offer made and accepted
4-H STEM SpecialistOrono – Offer made and accepted
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Failed Search
Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist – OronoOffer made and accepted
Integrated Pest Management Technician – Aroostook –
Marc Dwyer hired
Accounting Support Specialist CL2 – OronoOn Hold (Failed Search)
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Failed Search
Community Education Assistant CL1 (Horticulture) – Oxford County – On hold
AIP Coordinator – Bryant Pond 4-H Center Lyndsey Smith Hired
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant)
–  Advertising
Agriculture Record Keeping Professional – Advertising
Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist & Assistant Extension Professor and Assistant Professor of Horticulture – Advertising
Nutrition Education Professional – PDQ and JD sent to HR

ELT Meeting Dates –2017– Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
August 11 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 7 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 28 Phelps Rebar Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 26 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 16 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
December 6 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

Extension Leadership Team Minutes April 19, 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2017
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Dick Brzozowski
Note taker: Fran Sulinski

Check in – A Few Items to Highlight
Dick Brzozowski was selected to be on the United Farmer Veterans of Maine. Maine Veterans Farmer board of directors. They have many grants and programs in place and there are many opportunities for collaboration. Veterans are a protected group and therefore outreach to veterans is not only valuable for the information you may share and impacts that can be reached and is also valuable to reach a protected audience for our civil rights goals.

Lisa Phelps attended the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism. Jen Lobley and Kristy Ouelette were presenters. Kate McCarty and Kathy Savoie presented a poster.

Video Services Update
The Director of the Biological New Media Lab, Ronald Kozlowski, met with John Rebar to discuss their video production capacity and the costs. We are working with them to determine how the charges would work (travel, mileage …). The ELT will explore their services further and determine a budget allotment to set aside for this work.

Exploring an Organization Zoom License
Sheila Vaillancourt will be sending all staff a survey with information about Zoom in an attempt to coordinate our accounts to save money while rolling out this technology in a coordinated fashion.

Conferences & Institutes Services and Support
Brian Bray, Director of Conferences & Institutes (C & I) with the Division of Lifelong Learning met with the ELT to discuss possibilities for collaborations. C & I want to bring non-profit and professional group conferences to UMaine and they are really interested in new program development.

If you are part of a professional organization or are a programmer organizing a meeting for your clients, please consider utilizing the support of C & I. They are here to assist with contract negotiations, registration, marketing, budget planning and financial management, as well as excursion planning and arrangements. C & I have a template to help groups to understand what the University has to offer.

Pilot sessions of the Ultimate Customer Experience Workshop
Fran provided the ELT with an overview of the workshop, the feedback received and information about next steps. The 9:30 – 3:00 workshop took place in Orono and Lisbon Falls. Thirty staff members, of all employee ranks, were in attendance and gave very positive feedback. This workshop evolved from a train the trainer session offered by the UMS Learning and Organizational Development Director, Megan Clough. The course will be offered at USM, IT and Procurement. Extension is currently the only UMaine department trained and offering the program. The workshop was developed by the World Class Benchmarking consulting group. The workshop is relevant to all employees. It offers each staff member a chance to look at the clients they serve (internal or external) and determine how to individualize the service they provide to exceed customer expectations. The workshop gives you the opportunity to examine the big picture of the products, people, processes and other factors that impact the customer service experience. Fran will be offering additional open sessions and she will extend an invitation to program teams or county meetings to bring a version of this information to their groups. Fran will also explore ways to provide this training online as a refresher. The Ultimate Customer Experience training will also be included in the new employee orientation Tandberg session series. Please do not hesitate to contact Fran with interest or questions.

CONGRATULATIONS

Healthy Eating Tips with Chris
Congratulations to PI Lisa Fishman who has been awarded $5,000 by the Aroostook Public Health District/Aroostook District Coordinating Council for her “Healthy Eating Tips with Chris” project.  During the life of this project, Christine Finnemore will conduct a series of eight weekly nutrition classes in the Houlton area, at St. Mary’s Food Pantry.  Program topics will relate directly to the 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate and will address steps people can take to reduce the risk of chronic disease, including obesity, and also nutrition and physical activity.  Participants will learn healthy cooking habits and then be given the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice with cooking labs aimed at helping them master their new skills.

Betterment Fund 2017 Maine West
Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott who has been awarded $5,000 by the Betterment Fund to take part in the “Maine West” initiative.  Maine West is a partnership of local and regional organizations dedicated to addressing systemic rural challenges and enhancing community well‐being in western Maine through increased collaboration across the economic, education, health and conservation sectors. This new initiative grows directly from the successful collaboration among conservation and community organizations to advance land conservation and related development efforts across the Maine‐New Hampshire border through the Mahoosuc Initiative.

US Cellular 4-H National Youth Science Day 2017
Congratulations to PI Mitchell Mason who has been awarded $5,000 by the National 4-H Council for his “US Cellular 4-H National Youth Science Day 2017” project.  The purpose of this project is to expand the 4-H National Youth Science Day program in Maine while supporting 4-H STEM partnerships with US Cellular in their critical service area. 4-H NYSD delivers a consistent STEM experiment to 4-H youth throughout the country. Past NYSD experiments include drone technology, GIS mapping, rocketry and physics.

4-H Day of Service Mini-Grant
Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott and Co-PI Ronald Fournier who have been awarded $10,000 by the National 4-H Council for their “4-H Day of Service Mini-Grant” project.  These funds will support the following projects at our 4-H Camp and Learning Centers; the completion of a solar array that will provide power to the Animal Barn (Bryant Pond), construction of bird and pest canopies over blueberry bushes (Bryant Pond), and removal and rebuilding of raised bed gardens (Tanglewood).

Military Teen Adventure Camps 2017
Congratulations to PI Jessica Decke and Co-PIs Ryan LeShane, Ryder Scott, and Lisa Phelps who have been awarded $121,800 by the National 4-H Council for their “Military Teen Adventure Camps 2017” project.  The Maine Teen Military Adventure Camps feature opportunities for teens to learn to sail and canoe on the ocean and spend time exploring coastal islands, hike a portion of the “100 Mile Wilderness” along the Appalachian Trail, and paddle the length of the St. George river in coastal Maine from inland lakes down to the ocean.  Program emphasis is on leadership skills, building communication, listening skills, conflict resolution, and trust building.

Search Updates
4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin County –
Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Knox/Lincoln Counties – Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County –
Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Aroostook County – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Hancock County – Committee formed
4-H STEM SpecialistOrono – Advertising
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Advertising
Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist – OronoInterviewing
Integrated Pest Management Technician – Aroostook –
Advertising
Accounting Support Specialist CL2 – OronoOn Hold
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Reviewing applications
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Food System Aide) – Penobscot County – Interviewing
Community Education Assistant CL1 (Horticulture) – Oxford County – Advertising
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appt. with Sea Grant) – Coastal Maine –  Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates –2017– Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
May 4 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 16 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 5 Rebar Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 21 Prichard Harrington Falmouth

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes March 14, 2017

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
March 14, 2017

Partial Day – University Snow Day
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Jon Prichard
Note taker: Dennis Harrington

Plant, Animal, and Insect Lab Tour – The ELT was given a tour of construction progress at the new Plant, Animal, and Insect Lab. Deconstruction is mostly complete within the 27,000-square foot facility and we observed the contractor finishing concrete after setting all of the under-floor drains that will serve the various labs. Walls will begin to be erected next week. Construction is scheduled to be finished in November/December and we will be able to move in during January.

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Lab1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting of statewide camping staff – Jon Prichard, Dennis Harrington, Lisa Phelps, and Jared Whinery attended a meeting of staff members from Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove, and Bryant Pond 4-H camp and Learning Centers on Monday, March 13. The day-long meeting was a learning and planning session that dealt with risk-management, planning and reporting, and camp operations.

Jane Haskell serves on Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (MePCSW), which is an independent advisory board charged by Maine statute with advising Maine policymakers—including the legislature and Governor—on matters that impact our state’s women and girls. The Commission researches and prepares a biennial report for the legislature that reflects the current status of women and girls in Maine and recommends policy options that will improve their lives. Jane shared information from her work with the committee and the most recent report on the status of women in Maine. The 2017 report can be accessed at the MePCSW website: http://maine.gov/sos/womens-comm/MePCSW2017Report.pdf

www.Box.com: Michele Lodgek and Lisa Phelps have been working with US:IT on the rollout of the cloud-based file storage service called Box that UMS has purchased and has made available to all campuses. US:IT will be creating a Cooperative Extension folder, and Michele and Lisa will be communicating the best ways for the folder to be used to structure shared folders/files for various units within Cooperative Extension. More information will be coming from Michele and Lisa soon. For more information about the difference between box and Google Drive click here.

In-state Travel Meals: In 2015, we were assured by the Procurement Office that there would soon be an update of the UMaine System APL governing travel that would include specific wording to allow for certain Extended Work Day when traveling in-state on University business (Extended Work Day is a day that is more than 2 hours longer than a typical work day). The information was communicated to many Extension staff members and some people have been operating with that understanding. However, we have recently learned that the policy was not added and the APL dated 7/1/15 would stand as the current policy. Under current policy “meals are allowable when travelers are on business and away from home overnight”. This is the policy that Extension staff should use for current and future in-state travel. The APL is at: http://staticweb.maine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IV-B-Travel-APL-Update-EFF-5-04-20151.pdf?565a1d

Announcements:

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI Mark Hutton and Co-PIs Mark Hutchinson and Eric Gallandt who have been awarded $132,365 from Cornell University via NIFA for the 3rd year of the “Farmer Designed Systems to Reduce Tillage in Organic Vegetables” project.

Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $1,000 by Farm Credit East for the “Child Safety on Farms” project.  This 8-month educational effort by Cooperative Extension staff will involve gathering data about common unsafe situations on today’s farms, identifying the ways that farm families address safety issues with children, and assessing the educational needs of young farm families in relation to child health & safety issues.

Congratulations to Kathy Hopkins on being recognized by the Maine Legislature on January 4, 2017: “Be in known to all that We, the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives, join in recognizing Kathryn Hopkins of Norridgewock, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, who received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the North American Maple Syrup Council.  The award is presented to research professionals or maple syrup alliance partners for their contributions to the North American maple syrup industry and for their exhibited excellence in the field of research or extension education. Ms. Hopkins is co-creator of the International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Grading School.  We congratulate her on receiving this award; And be it ordered that this official expression of sentiment be sent forthwith on behalf of the 128th Legislature and the people of the State of Maine.”

Congratulations to Ryder Scott and Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center for the award of a 6-year $600,000 grant from the Lerner Foundation as part of its Aspirations Incubator Program. The grant will support Bryant Pond and key community collaborators in developing leadership and programming skills to support local students through peer and adult mentorship, experiential learning opportunities, leadership development and service learning. The program seeks to help students in becoming healthy, resilient, self-directed lifelong learners, with aspirations for post-secondary education and meaningful careers. The grant will build on the success of Telstar Freshmen Academy, a collaboration between Bryant Pond and SAD 44.

Search Updates

4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin County – Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Knox/Lincoln Counties – Interviewing
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County –
Advertising
4-H Youth Development ProfessionalAroostook CountyJob description in review by HR
4-H STEM SpecialistOrono – Advertising
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Advertising
Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist – OronoReviewing applicants
Integrated Pest Management Technician – Aroostook –
Job description in review by HR
Parent Educational ProfessionalKnox/Lincoln Counties – Offer tentatively accepted
Accounting Support Specialist CL2 – OronoReviewing Applicants
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Cumberland CountyOffer accepted, Tayla Mann hired
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Job description in review by HR
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Food System Aide) – Penobscot County – Screening applicants
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appointment with Sea Grant) – Coastal Maine –  Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates –2017– Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
March 29 Harrington Prichard Augusta – 218 RSTC
April 19 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 3 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 16 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Rebar Prichard Augusta – 218 RSTC
June 21 Prichard Harrington Falmouth

Extension Leadership Team Minutes February 17, 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: John Rebar
Note taker: Jon Prichard

Extension events calendar
Our recently updated web-based calendar is an important place for the public to view upcoming events, and also is a valuable place for Extension staff to see the full range of activities happening statewide.  If you haven’t visited the calendar recently take a look.  Staff are encouraged to post events. https://calendar.umaine.edu/events/category/cooperative-extension/

Client experience workshops
Staff are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming customer service workshops titled The Ultimate Client Experience. As Extension staff we know that excellent customer service is crucial to developing and maintaining positive relationships with our clients and coworkers, promoting a positive image of Extension and solidifying our credibility within the communities and with the people we serve. These things are essential to our organizational sustainability. Fran Sulinski has designed two workshops, one in Orono (April 11) and one in Lisbon Falls (April 13).  More information is available in a recent allstaff email from Fran.

ES237 Report
Lisa gave the ELT a useful overview of the annual ES237 Report to National 4-H (NIFA).  She agreed to write up a summary paragraph that could be used to concisely share the value of Maine 4-H as reflected in this report.

Search Updates
4-H Youth Development Professional – Franklin County –
Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Knox/Lincoln Counties – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County –
Job description in review by HR
4-H STEM SpecialistOrono – Job description in review by HR
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist – Orono
Advertising
Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist – OronoReviewing applicants
Integrated Pest Management Technician – Aroostook –
Job description in review by HR
Parent Educational ProfessionalKnox/Lincoln Counties – Offer tentatively accepted
Accounting Support Specialist CL2 – OronoReviewing Applicants
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Cumberland CountyOffer made – waiting for HR approval
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Pest Management, Orono – Job description in review by HR
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Food System Aide) – Penobscot County – Screening applicants
Marine Extension Associate (Joint appointment with Sea Grant) – Coastal Maine –  Search committee formed

ELT Meeting Dates –2017– Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted.

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
March 14 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 29 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – 218 RSTC
April 19 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 3 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 16 Phelps Rebar Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 31 Rebar Prichard Augusta – 218 RSTC
June 21 Prichard Harrington Falmouth