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Extension Leadership Team Meeting June 10, 2019

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes
June 10, 2019
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note taker: Lisa Phelps

Guests: Toby Ahrens, Amanda Ashe, Jared Whinery

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

 Updates

  • 4-H Camps
    • Dennis, Jared, Jon, Chris Boynton at Bryant Pond Monday, 6/17
    • Fran providing summer camp staff training in EO realm on 6/19 & 6/20
    • Summer camps start Saturday, 6/22
    • HC & Pres. Ferrini-Mundy to visit to Bryant Pond on Wednesday, 6/26
    • HC camps tour Wednesday/Thursday, 7/10-11
    • HC & Pres. Ferrini-Mundy visit to Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove Monday, 7/24
    • Building permits are in place for the new Blueberry Cove Learning Center
  • Maine 4-H Foundation
    • The Press release for the Magic Lantern has been sent out and is being picked up by several media outlets. Susan Jennngs is busy working on the ribbon cutting ceremonies for Greenland Point (June 22) and the new 4-H Science and Engineering Center (June 28).
  • The Maine Food and Agriculture Center – several research projects are underway
  • Marketing 4-H was the featured topic on 2 radio shows the week of June 3 (WGAN Portland Positively Maine, MPR Maine Calling).

The ELT met with Former NIFA Program Leader Dr. Toby Ahrens. Toby grew up in Yarmouth and has returned to Maine with his family.  Since leaving NIFA, he has continued to work in microbial bioproduct development and with the Small Business Innovation Research Program

Toby shared the following:

  • Maine NIFA Rep is Ed Kaleikau (https://nifa.usda.gov/staff-contact/ed-kaleikau). Jon Prichard has already connected with Ed, and Toby is willing to serve as an additional conduit to Ed, as needed.
  • Seed and Equipment Grants through AFRI. It’s also important that when applying for certain grants that if there is an opportunity to “check the box” and indicate that Maine is an EPSCoR we should do that as it increases our potential for successful funding. We do not need to work through Maine EPSCoR to do that.
  • NIFA Aquaculture Connection – Gene Kim https://nifa.usda.gov/staff-contact/gene-w-kim
  • There is funding for aquaculture, and it is very competitive, with perhaps 4 grants funded per year.
  • Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE): The CARE program is less competitive, and addresses local, regional, or national, and problems that often call for work in one or more scientific disciplines; and need immediate attention to meet producer needs. Finding solutions to these critical problems requires partnership and close coordination among researchers, extension experts, and producers. CARE projects are designed to yield solutions or practices that can be rapidly implemented to meet pressing needs limiting agricultural production.
  • Education and Workforce Development EWD and the focus on Workforce Development. Are there EWD funding possibilities for Maine?
  • University Support for Economic Development – Universities can still play an important role in support of economic development – Could Extension focus more on being that go to resource to help answer questions for small businesses?

There are a lot of ideas and enthusiasm for new business ideas in Maine, but sometimes that is not matched by the reality of the entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses that have obvious gaps in their business plans, etc.

As to business support needs, businesses need quick(er) response on some non-technical questions, or businesses will just go to private sources. If Extension could have such business support in the Portland area that would be very valuable. Examples of non-technical support:

  • Barriers to commercialization; IT; regulatory; management; personnel; business support; etc.
  • MOFGA – beginning farmers program.
  • SBDC – Portland office and others around the state.
  • St Joseph’s College is attempting to grow in its infrastructure in this area.
  • Extension’s Role in Helping Ag-based Businesses navigate some of the non-technical aspects of commercialization and entrepreneurship. There are a number of support programs for this in the State, but there seem to be some gaps as well.

Guest:  Amanda Ashe, Export Control Officer, Office of Research Compliance.  Amanda met with the ELT to help us understand the scope of export control regulations. (Amanda was named the Director of Research Compliance starting July 1st. In this role she will be overseeing the operational aspects of the Office of Research Compliance.)

Export Control Regulations (ECR) constitute a body of law enacted by the federal government to protect national and economic security and advance U.S. foreign policy goals by prohibiting the unlicensed transfer of items  that are subject to trade restrictions or have proprietary, military, or economic applications to foreign nationals.

Export Control Regulations (ECR)

Export controls can impact University activities on-campus as well as abroad, including, but not limited to:

  • International travel, fieldwork & conferences
  • International shipping
  • International financial transactions
  • Hosting a foreign visitor/scholar
  • Foreign national participation in research activities
  • International collaboration
  • Using 3rd party proprietary information/restricted materials
  • Teaching courses abroad or online

If any of the above apply to you, please use the resources on this site to learn more about export control regulations and contact the Export Compliance Officer for assistance. When the information from the Office of Research Control is made public as an ELT we will reinforce this information with Extension staff.

Announcements:

  • Hannah and Dennis gave brief updates from the recent Northeast Extension Directors (NEED) meeting they attended in Washington, D.C. Hannah appreciated meeting other Directors/Deans and learning more about NIFA. Dennis and Hannah made a connection with UNH Extension Dean Ken LaValley, and the ELT will plan to meet with UNH Extension Leadership after the summer.
  • Extension is planning a joint staff meeting with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry this fall, to promote and to continue partnerships between the two organizations.
  • Hannah and Dick attended the Board of Pesticides Control meeting on Friday, June 7, 2019.
  • The Mental Health First Aid training took place last week in Augusta. Twenty-two people participated in the day-long training. The ELT may offer another training to accommodate Extension staff who were on the waitlist, and others who are interested.
  • Year-End Approvals – It’s important to review the year-end approvals for PCards and TCards ASAP. And also please pay special attention to the chartfields to be sure they are correct.
  • A Handling Difficult Dialogues workshop will be held June 14th in Augusta. Fran Sulinski and Leslie Forstadt will be the instructors for this workshop.

Hannah’s Broad Goals / Areas of Focus:

  1. Priorities for visits with county offices, programs, people, events, etc.
  2. Organizational Survey/Needs Assessment (Google drive draft by next ELT meeting)
    1. Internal (to be done first)
    2. External (to be done second)
    3. Extension Customer Satisfaction Survey (likely based on UFL survey as a model)
  1. Organizational Plan
  2. Alignment with UMaine strategic plan- Aligning our work where it makes sense with the UMaine Strategic Plan (draft due soon from President F-M)
  3. Programmatic Focus (Is Extension involved in more than two program areas?)
  4. Examination of administrative structure and how to best meet needs of programs/staff/county offices/etc.
  5. Organizational Communications
  6. Monthly zoom
  7. Communications Director
  8. Increased transparency- including with our ELT minutes

Extension Organizational Structure and Plan of Work

The ELT has begun to explore how our organizational structure and Plan of Work align with the UMaine Strategic Vision and Values.  As a first step in that, the ELT is developing internal and external organizational surveys/needs assessments.

Organizational Communications

As a way of connecting with the organization, Hannah will be offering more frequent organizational updates through zoom, and ELT members and other guests will be invited to present on special topics.  We are also committed to increasing the transparency of our ELT meeting minutes.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $1,133 by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture (pass-through funding from the U.S Food and Drug Administration) for her “How Clear Vision and Communication Can Improve the Inspection Process with Producers” project. The purpose of this training was for inspectors and outreach staff to develop shared vision and purpose for the work, build communication skills, receive instruction about farmer learning stages, and practice cold calls and farm visits.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Initial search failed,  New search to start soon
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond and Greenland Point – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional – Waldo County – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Libby Hall – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cumberland – Preparing to interview
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Waldo – Preparing to interview
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1(Horticulture) – Oxford – Interviewing
Community Education Assistant – Hancock – Search committee being formed

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

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

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Room 111, Robinson Hall
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Room 111, Robinson Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting May 20, 2019

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes
May 20, 2019
Augusta – Room 111, Robinson Hall

Facilitator: Richard Brzozowski
Notetaker: Jon Prichard

Present: Dennis, Dick, Fran, Jon, Lisa, Hannah

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

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Future Agenda Items
June 10th, 2019:
Amanda Ashe Export Control Officer, Office of Research Compliance
will meet with us at 1PM to help the ELT and PAs understand the scope of export control regulations for staff travelling out of state.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $19,766 by Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NESARE) for her “Building Social Sustainability on Farms through Online and In-Person Education” project.  This project is focused on farmer well-being and will involve 2 farmer cohorts.  A social sustainability curriculum will be delivered to each cohort, with on receiving in-person education and the other receiving online education.  Each cohort will create personal sustainability plans after the education is complete and the researchers will validate the indicators of social sustainability comparing between the in-person and online education delivery, while also evaluating the curriculum.

Congratulations to PI Ron Fournier who has been awarded $189,900 by the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “2019/2020 Moose Lottery Scholarship” project.  This finding will allow the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond to reach up to 633 Maine Youth to enroll them in a 1-week Conservation Camp program that includes: Hunter, Bow Hunter, Boater, or ATV Safety, as a component of the conservation education program matrix offered at the camp and learning center.

Congratulations to PI Danielle O’Neill and Co-PI Ryder Scott who have been awarded $57,960 by the National 4-H Council (pass-through from the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) for the “National Mentoring Program Year 9 – Tech Wizards” project.  The Mentor ME Tech Wizards program is designed to increase the positive attitudes of youth towards learning, goal setting, social and life skills through service learning, and technology. The project embraces youth involvement and empowerment in program design and delivery through real life community problem solving.  Through applied, STEM-based projects, students are engaged in collecting real-world scientific data that has a direct impact on the communities they live in.

Congratulations to PI Pamela Hargest who has been awarded $2,100 by the Portland Housing Authority (pass-through funding from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development) for the “Portland Housing Authority Garden Days” project.  The purpose of PHA Garden Days is to provide low-income residents at 6 sites with the garden supplies they’ll need to feed themselves and their family for the entire growing season and to educate residents about the basics of good nutrition.  At each housing site, Master Gardener Volunteers help distribute the materials, answer any gardening questions, and assist with bed preparation for sites with community gardens. Eat Well Nutrition Educators provide residents with seasonal recipes and samples.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Initial search failed, new search to start soon
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Emily Collins hired
Parent Educational Professional – Sagadahoc – Marylou Cook hired
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Gary Proulx hired
Administrative Specialist CL1 Cumberland – Marissa Caminiti hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Penobscot & Piscataquis – Sheila Norman hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Oxford County – Search Committee formed
4-H Youth Development Professional – Waldo County – Search Committee forming
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Libby Hall – Search Extended
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Cumberland – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Waldo – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Aroostook – Elizabeth Carroll hired
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Oxford – Interviewing

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

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

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
June 10 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes April 12, 2019

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes
April 12, 2019
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Jon Prichard
Note taker: Dennis Harrington

Guest: Dean Fred Servello, NSFA, 1:00-2:00 PM

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

Policy Clarifications for Generating External Funds
The ELT has created the following policy clarification and guidance required of all staff.  These also have been posted on Plugged in: Policy Clarifications for Generating External Funds

Generating External Funds for Cooperative Extension (For Personnel, Programs, or Projects)
It is important that all Extension staff understand and work within University and Cooperative Extension policies and procedures when seeking external funding.  All external funds that support Extension must be managed within University chartfield accounts, except for county funds which are managed by County Executive Committees.

As described below, there are various pathways for generating external funding, and staff are expected to adhere to the Extension policies and guidance related to them.

Extension Sales, Service, & Registrations
Revenue is generated through the delivery of programs and services, and sales of promotional merchandise and publications. Some examples include Master Gardener Volunteer registration, Potato Conference registration, Compost School registration, animal and plant diagnostic services, camper fees, 4-H program registration fees, and branded t-shirt sales. Most program and service revenue is paid via online registrations managed by Financial & Data Management Systems Administrator. Publication sales are managed by Extension’s Publications Manager/Graphic Designer. Services that are governed by contracts & agreements are reviewed by Extension’s Accounting and Reporting Professional, and can only be signed by the Dean of Extension or a designee.

Gifts & Fundraising

Gifts/Donations:
A gift is a contribution received to support Extension’s mission for which we have made no commitment of resources or services other than, committing to use the gift as the donor specifies. All gifts are deposited to the UMaine Foundation through a specific process –  Extension’s Dean office  Administrative Specialist will work with you and the UM Foundation to make deposits. All staff who may be involved in soliciting, receiving, and/or processing gifts should be familiar with gift-giving policies. See:

https://umainefoundation.org/giftprocessing/

https://umainefoundation.org/giftprocessing/gift-processing-101/

If you have questions please contact Extension’s Financial & Data Management Systems Administrator.

Fundraising: Funds generated through fundraising activities are accounted for as “gifts” once the value of what the “donor” receives is calculated and subtracted. This must be done within a special accounting process in order to determine that value. Fundraising activities require a special one-time chartfield account and an associated gift account. If you are planning a fundraising event to benefit  UMaine Cooperative Extension or one or more of its programs, please contact Extension’s Assistant Director and Financial Manager or Accounting and Reporting Professional.

Funded Projects with Deliverables

Grants and Contracts:  All proposals for grants and contracts are submitted through the UMaine Office of Research Administration (ORA) [https://umaine.edu/ora/]. The process is structured to meet auditable management and accounting guidelines for each award.  These funding opportunities typically require project budgets and a specific set of deliverables.  Staff should work with Extension’s Accounting and Reporting Professional for guidance about timelines, how to submit proposals, and how to manage grants.

Industry Sponsored Projects & Research: Funds that are generated from business and/or industry to support projects that result in deliverables (quid-pro-quo) must be managed through the Office of Innovation and Economic Development – Industrial Cooperation [https://umaine.edu/econdev/departments-centers/industrial-cooperation/]. An example of a funded project with deliverables would be a crops trial funded by a seed company in return for research results. Staff should contact with Extension’s Accounting and Reporting Professional for guidance.

Public Funds

State Funding through legislative requests: Requests to the State of Maine for funding of University programs are made by the University of Maine System only and can never be made directly or indirectly by University staff, departments, or campuses. If you have any interest in State funding through the legislative process you must contact your Program Administrator and the Extension Leadership Team. Also, if you get contacted by a legislator asking for assistance with a funding request that is directly or indirectly related to Cooperative Extension programs please connect with your supervisor/Extension Administration immediately for guidance about how to respond.

County Funds
County funding for Extension is governed by State of Maine statute and can only be made through each county’s Executive Committee, not directly by University staff.

Other Revenue Sources
If you envision bringing funds into the University to support Extension that do not fit into the categories above, please contact Extension’s Assistant Director and Financial Manager or Accounting and Reporting Professional.

Future Agenda Items
June 10th, 2019:
Amanda Ashe Export Control Officer, Office of Research Compliance will meet with us at 1PM to help the ELT and PAs understand the scope of export control regulations for staff travelling out of state.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Jessica Decke and Co-PI Ryan LeShane who have been awarded $181,846 by the US Department of Defense (via Purdue University) for their “Military Teen Adventure Camp” program.  The Maine Teen Military Adventure Camps feature opportunities for teens to learn to sail and canoe on the ocean, spend time exploring coastal islands, backpack along Maine’s Appalachian Trail and Bold Coast, paddle pristine waterways, and climb mountains that look over the sea.  Program emphasis is on leadership development, building communication, listening skills, conflict resolution, and trust building.  These skills help young people to learn and grow within a safe and supportive environment.

Congratulations to PI Alisha Targonski who has been awarded $93,000 by Microsoft, via National 4-H Council, for her “4-H Digital Ambassadors” project.  Areas of Maine have limited broadband access but providing outreach and education to an aging population will increase confidence with this expanded technology. The Digital Ambassadors will provide a safe learning environment to explore digital education.  4-H’ers and volunteers from eight Maine counties will work to offer geographically diverse trainings. By connecting to local facilities, through libraries and area collaborators, these trainings will reach Mainers that likely do not have access to the internet in their homes.

Congratulations to PI Ronald Fournier who has been awarded $34,900 by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “4-H Shooting Sports Year 8” project.  These funds will allow the UMaine Cooperative Extension via the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center to grow the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor base and specifically, will allow us to target central Maine in an attempt to reach a greater population of new instructors.  Funding will also support youth and adult participation through various activities at Bryant Pond, as well as many programs that will be held around the state.

Congratulations to PI Kate Yerxa who has been awarded the second installment of $29,441 by the University of New England for Year 4 of the “Supermarket Science” project (a USDA AFRI project).  The award for Years 3 & 4 totals $36,404.  Through research, education and extension, this project aims to promote healthier food and beverage grocery purchases and consumption by families participating in the SNAP program by providing nutrition education at the point of purchase and monetary incentives in the retail food environment.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Failed search
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
Parent Educational Professional – Sagadahoc – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Gary Proulx hired
Administrative Specialist CL1 Cumberland – Marissa Caminiti hired
4-H Youth Development Professional – Penobscot & Piscataquis – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 – Libby Hall – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Aroostook – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Somerset – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Oxford – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

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

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 20 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
June 10 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes March 13, 2019

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
March 13, 2019
UMA Farmhouse 11, Augusta

Facilitator: Lisa Phelps
Notetaker: Jon Prichard

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 meeting by Zoom from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Extension’s Mental Health First Aid Training/NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
The Mental Health First Aid workshop which is planned for Thursday, May 30 in Augusta (UMA – Fireside Lounge) is full at 35 participants. Extension staff and AgrAbility partners will be attending. If you would like to attend this workshop and found it was full, please contact Fran.

Changes to New Employee Training
New employee training has been comprised of a series of zoom sessions that include: 1. HR Things to Know, 2. Getting to Know the Communications and Marketing Group, 3. Customer Service Excellence and Civil Rights Requirements and Values. While the zoom approach is convenient, Fran believes new staff oriented via the zoom approach are less connected with the organization (especially those off-campus) than those who have attended on-campus training in the past. For those reasons, Fran is now going to offer a combination of zoom sessions plus one face-to-face campus offering. The face-to-face offering will take place on Thursday, May 16 in Orono. That session will replace the civil rights zoom session and will include other opportunities not possible via zoom.

UMaine Extension Faculty Awards for 2019
The ELT approved continued funding for three annual faculty awards, described by the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) as follows:

Extension Faculty Awards for 2019
The Policy Advisory Committee encourages all staff to consider nominating a faculty member for an award. You do not have to be a faculty member nominate someone for an award. The categories are:

  • Organizational or Program Leadership
  • Creative Programming
  • Applied Research

 In addition to recognition and appreciation, each category award winner will receive $500 for their Flexible Staff Development funds. Please note: THE TIMELINE HAS CHANGED FOR 2019. Nominations are due Friday April 19 and winners will be announced at the May faculty meeting. Here are the details (https://extension.umaine.edu/plugged-in/hr/faculty/). We encourage you to self-nominate or nominate others for these awards.

President Ferrini-Mundy Zoom Meeting with Cooperative Extension
President Ferrini-Mundy will meet with Cooperative Extension via zoom on Friday, May 3rd from 2:00-3:30.  This will be a time for her to learn about Extension and for our organization to learn more about her.  The ELT will share more details as plans develop.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Kerry Bernard who has been awarded $18,925 by the eXtension Foundation for her “Respirator: Pesticide Safety” project.  The eXtension Foundation has received a grant through the EPA and is providing smaller grants in the form of Pesticide Safety Education funds to Land Grant Universities.  The purpose of this project is to provide pesticide users in Maine with an accessible, educational resource for understanding the type of respirator they need, who can wear one, and respirator fit and maintenance, so they can protect themselves from pesticide-related illness and injury.

Congratulations to PI Leslie Forstadt who has been awarded $64,400 by the Farm Service Agency (USDA) for her “Agricultural Mediation” project.  The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (“MAMP”) will be newly certified by the USDA as the mediation service provider for the State of Maine. MAMP is transitioning from operation at Volunteers of America Northern New England to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMaine Extension).  MAMP’s primary role is to assist in the resolution of disputes between participating USDA agencies and their program participants.

Congratulations to PI Matthew Wallhead who has been awarded $15,000 by the Horticulture Research Institute for his “Increasing Inventory Management Efficiency with Automation for Ornamental Nurseries and Christmas Tree Farms Using Unmanned Aerial Systems” project.  Labor is the primary component of the green industry cost structure that has increased the most, therefore it demands the most attention. Increasing production efficiency through automation offers growers the ability to reduce labor and production costs. Ornamental nursery and Christmas tree production contributes significantly to Maine’s economy and could benefit from labor-saving tactics.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Job offered
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Marissa Caminiti hired
4-H Youth Development Professional (Penobscot & Piscataquis) – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Horticulture (Oxford) – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2019

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

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 20 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
June 10 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
June 27 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
July 22 Prichard Harrington Augusta – Farmhouse 11
August 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
August 28 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 16 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes February 15, 2019

Monday, March 11th, 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
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.

Announcements
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.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Interviewing
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Advertising
4-H Youth Development Professional (Penobscot & Piscataquis) – Preparing to Advertise
Community Education Assistant CL1 – Horticulture (Oxford) – Preparing to Advertise

ELT Meeting Dates 2019 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

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Meeting Minutes January 25, 2019

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting

January 25, 2019
102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Richard Brzozowski
Notetaker: Fran Sulinski

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

  • The webinar “New Competencies for the 21st Century Educator” is planned for next Monday, January 28, 2019.
  • A day-long seminar titled “Mental Health First Aid” is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 in Augusta (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). All Extension staff who interact directly with the public are encouraged to register for this workshop. Space is limited.

Update: 4-H staff will be moving to 491 College Avenue on February 15th. Grand opening will be scheduled after the exterior work is completed in the spring/early summer.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI Wesley Neff who has been awarded $267,937 by The Maine Children’s Trust (by way of the Maine Department for Health and Human Services) for the continued support of the Maine Families Program.   Maine Families is a Home Visiting program with a focus on family strengths and uses an evidence based, internationally certified Home Visiting model (Parents as Teachers) designed to promote child and family well-being.  Maine Families believes that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.

Congratulations to PI Gary Anderson who has been awarded $8,720 by the George Walker Fund/Appleton Partners, Inc. for his “Improving Milk Quality Diagnostics on Maine Dairy Farms” project.  The funding for this project will primarily support the purchase of new lab equipment. This equipment will enable the development of culture procedures for dairy farm samples which will aid in the investigations on milk quality issues.

Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott who has been awarded $10,000 by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) for his “SCC STEMports: Community Workforce Development through Augmented Reality STEM Learning Experiences” project sub award funded by the National Science Foundation (Year 1 of 3).  The funding for this project will primarily support Ryder’s participation in an advisory group for MMSA’s project and focus on the development process of STEMports in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Search Updates

Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Interviews scheduled for early February
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
EFNEP CEA (2 positions) – Rita Stephenson – hired (Washington County)
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Cumberland) – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2019 Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted
Dates Facilitator Notes Location
February 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta  – Farmhouse 11
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes January 7, 2019

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
January 7, 2019
UMA – Farmhouse 11

Facilitator: Dennis Harrington
Note taker: Richard Brzozowski

Centralized Database Management System (CDMS) annual update: The effectiveness of the CDMS is demonstrated by its usage: Users were up by 1,459 over 2017, for a total of 6404 (23%) during 2018. The revenue processed through the system was up from 2017 by $12,909 (7%) for a total of $183,499. The system facilitated registration and revenue collection for 166 workshops and programs, many of which also required development of customized technological solutions.

UMaine and Extension Guidance on Marijuana-related Programming
In response to Extension staff who requested guidance on how to respond to clients requesting support or educational programming related to marijuana, the ELT consulted University counsel and has been advised as follows, which the ELT has adopted as policy:

“Marijuana of any kind and activities related to its sale or distribution remain illegal under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) at the Federal level and to a certain extent the same under Maine law (possession, sale, and transportation being illegal over certain thresholds). Given this, any business that is working with marijuana without an express license from the DEA is operating in violation of Federal law. Therefore, it is not recommended that advice and collaboration be given to such businesses because of the risk that such would be within the Federal definition of a criminal principal AKA aiding and abetting:  “Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.”  Extension staff should deny assistance to known cannabis operations on this basis.  This would include any services supported by non-federal funds. This guidance is offered unless and until cannabis receives different treatment under the CSA.”

Extension Staff Input to UMaine Strategic Plan
Under President Ferrini-Mundy’s leadership, the University has been involved in a process to develop a vision for UMaine’s future.  A public information gathering process invited input on a variety of items including three draft strategic values as the core of the vision.  To ensure that these three strategic values are grounded, Provost Hecker is now seeking additional feedback from UMaine departments and staff.

To that end, the ELT is inviting all Extension staff to reflect on the three strategic value statements, and provide any feedback and comments by January 25.  Lisa and Jon will work with Cindy Eves-Thomas to develop a survey through which all Extension staff will be invited to provide input on the value statements.  The ELT will review survey comments and present a summary to Provost Hecker for his consideration as the final vision document is prepared.

Search Updates
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Interviewing
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Interviewing
Parent Educational Professional (Sagadahoc) – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL3 Andro/Sag –  Melissa Freeman hired
Temp CEA CL2 – Maine 4-H Community Central – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2019 Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted
Dates Facilitator Notes Location
January 25 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta  – Farmhouse 11
April 12 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
May 2 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes November 14, 2018

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Meeting
November 14, 2018
102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Lisa Phelps
Notetaker: Jon Prichard

Title IX Training
ELT members Phelps, Sulinski and Prichard attended the UMS Title IX training on November 9. The new Dean will be invited and expected to attend this training in the future.

Maine Sea Grant Update
Gayle Zydlewski, Director of Maine Sea Grant, visited with the ELT to provide an update on Sea Grant activities and to continue to build the relationship between the two organizations.

Support for Web Presence
UMaine Extension has a robust workshop and registration system, a very large web presence and many promotional materials (fliers, brochures, posters …) created every day. Much of the work to populate and create this material is appropriate to the role of an Administrative Specialist however some of this work is regularly handled by program professionals and faculty. In other cases Michele Lodgek, Cindy Eves-Thomas and Mary Michaud are asked to execute these tasks for the program staff. The ELT believes much of this work is appropriate to the county/unit administrative specialist staff. Michele, Cindy, and Mary are ready to provide the training and support necessary to facilitate the county/unit administrative specialist’s ability to carry out this work. We do not have sufficient central resources to carry out the many tasks mentioned above especially in light of the fact that appropriate support exists at the county and unit level.

Diagnostic and Research Lab Incident
On November 9th there was an incident at the DRL that, even though it was minor, merited management as a public emergency that included a broad emergency response and appropriate communication. This is the official communication from UMaine during the incident:

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9, a small amount of bleach (sodium hypochlorite) was released into a drain after a valve was inadvertently left open during the testing of a new disinfection system at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory, Godfrey Drive in Orono. The chemical release created a chlorine-like odor that required evacuation of the facility.
No injuries were reported. The Orono Fire Department hazmat team and Maine DEP responded. Valves in the disinfection system are being secured, the drain flushed and building ventilated.

Videography Survey Preliminary Results
Fifty-two UMaine Extension staff members have completed the survey as of November 14 (The deadline is Thursday, November 22).  The ELT reviewed the preliminary survey results and what it may mean for possibly supporting videography work.

Congratulations
Congratulations to PI David Handley and Co-PI Tori Jackson who have been awarded $238,186 by the USDA Risk Management Agency for the “Crop Insurance Education in Maine (2018-2020)” 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.  Unlike previous years, this award covers the next 18 months instead of the historic 12 months.

Congratulations to PI Alicyn Smart who has been awarded an additional $24,600 from Cornell University and USDA-NIFA for the continued support (Year 3) 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 PI Robson Machado and Co-PI Jennifer Perry who has been awarded $73,219 from USDA-NIFA for their “Infotoons and Videos as Delivery Tools for Food Safety Training”.  This project seeks to enhance understanding of the scientific principles underpinning the applied condition of “food safety” in populations of growers, producers, and their employees.  Educational modules will consist of combinations of video, animation and text aspects in short form.  Topics will move from basic to applied science, from explaining what bacteria are and how they grow to why certain regulated practices increase safety.

Congratulations to PI Ryder Scott and Co-PI Lyndsey Smith who have been awarded $89,703 by the Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation the continued support of the “Aspirations Incubator Program YR2″ project (total 6 year commitment $600,000).  With the UMaine effort led by Lyndsey Smith, 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 Richard Brzozowski who has been awarded $180,000 by USDA- NIFA for Year 1 (of 4) of the “Maine AgrAbility Continuation” 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 will continue to expand 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.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Interviews completed
Produce Safety Professional – Christina Hillier hired
4-H CEA – Somerset County – Alice Miller hired
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Screening candidates
Administrative Specialist CL2 (Cumberland) – Marvin Tala hired
Administrative Specialist CL2 (Libby Hall) – Interviewing
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Piscataquis) – Annette Moulton hired
Administrative Specialist CL2 (EFNEP) – Interviewing
Assistant Director – Tanglewood – Advertising
4-H CEA – Lisbon Falls – Zachary Glenn hired
EFNEP CEA (2 positions) – Advertising
Parent Educational Professional (2 positions) – Advertising

ELT Meeting Dates 2018-2019

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

Dates Facilitator Notes Location
December 19 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
January 7 Harrington Brzozowski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
January 25 Brzozowski Sulinski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
February 15 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
March 13 Phelps Prichard Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes August 20, 2018

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
Monday, August 20, 2018
Orono – 102B Libby Hall

Facilitator: Jon Prichard
Note-taker: Dennis Harrington

Others in attendance: Dick Brzozowski, Lisa Phelps, Fran Sulinski, John Rebar

Update – Camps
The University of Maine System legal office has informed the ELT that CBD (Cannabidiol – an oil known as cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant including hemp) cannot be brought to camp by kids despite the fact that is may be legally prescribed to the child.

Blueberry Cove: The Tanglewood/Blueberry Cove Board has voted to tear down the unusable Crow’s Nest building and rebuild the facility from the ground up. UM Facilities has approved this effort.

The Blueberry Cove half-marathon fundraiser will take place this weekend August 26th.

Update – Technology
The UMaine account for ZOOM is currently up and running. It is managed such that every individual employee has an account that they can access through the UMS MyCampus portal. Staff are encouraged to connect with IT for training.

Update – Extension Dean Search
The search committee has met recently to review additional applications. Video interviews will be scheduled soon. Tentative on-campus interviews and public sessions will be scheduled for late September and/or early October.

UMaine Human Resources Guests
Cooperative Extension’s HR Partner Brian Drisko and VP of Campus Human Resources Chris Lindstrom were guests of the Extension Leadership Team for an update and orientation to our collective work and issues.  Brian and Chris presented a new timeline for position searches and explained changes that will increase standardization for hiring new positions through HireTouch.

UMaine Office of Conferences and Institutes
Will Biberstein, Director of UM Conferences and Institutes, met with the ELT to communicate the services and resources available through his office. C&I office can help you organize both large and small events, on or off campus and across the state. Off campus sites could include Extension offices and camps.  Relevant information is available at https://umaine.edu/conferences/. These services are fee-based and typically cost a negotiated percentage of the registration fee up to 15 percent. Will Biberstein – williamb@maine.edu 207-581-4091

In-state Travel Requests in CONCUR
The ELT supports the creation of blanket travel requests in CONCUR for in-state travel for a given fiscal year for those who prefer to do so. This is a personal choice, but is not required.

Computer Ordering
The ELT has reaffirmed that all computers must be ordered through Sheila Vaillancourt to ensure appropriate set up and service. From Plugged In:

Ordering Computers

  1. Cooperative Extension staff should contact Sheila to order a new computer. Sheila has information about the kinds of computer packages our staff have typically ordered. If there are any special issues that come up with the kind of computer needed, Sheila will work with Jon Bubier, who is the UMaine System IT tech who provides IT support for Extension.
  2. Sheila will invoice counties/units/camps for computers ordered as she has done in the past.
  3. Sheila will have the computer sent to Jon Bubier from UMaine System IT and Jon will work on setting it up for you, including getting files transferred over.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Dave Fuller as one of a cadre of co-authors nationally who collaborated on a new USDA report by the USDA that provides science-based information to help decision-makers, practitioners, and researchers to promote the sustainable harvest of nontimber forest products (NTFP).  The 268-page Assessment of Nontimber Forest Products in the United States Under Changing Conditions synthesizes the best available science for managing nontimber forest resources in the U.S.

Congratulations to PI James Dill who has been awarded $175,444 by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program via USDA NIFA for Year 2 (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 Kate Yerxa who has been awarded $36,404 by the University of New England for years 3 and 4 of the “Supermarket Science” project (a USDA AFRI project).  Through research, education and extension, this project aims to promote healthier food and beverage grocery purchases and consumption by families participating in the SNAP program by providing nutrition education at the point of purchase and monetary incentives in the retail food environment.

Congratulations to PI Jen Lobley who has been awarded the Year 2 funding in the amount of $19,000 by the National 4-H Council for her “Youth Community Leaders (YTD)” project, (AKA Microsoft Changemakers).  Food insecurity is an issue for many community members in Washington County.  The youth participating in this project hope to gain a better understanding of the available resources and accessibility to food.  The goal of this project is to create resources, via data collection, that will be made available in the community (digital, video, apps, etc.) that will easier for people in the community to find and access resources and raise awareness about this local food insecurity.

Congratulations to Lakesh Sharma who was recently recognized with the Achievement Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at their annual meeting that took place in Chattanooga, TN.

Congratulations to Tori Jackson who was recently recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at their annual meeting that took place in Chattanooga, TN.

Future Agenda Items:

  • Next steps in Extension Opioid Response
  • What should the focus of the next Hall of Flags be? Do we have a date yet? The 4-H Page component is very visible and beneficial. Possible features for the next Hall of Flags include the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Audrey Cross will be joining the September 14th ELT meeting at 10 AM to discuss Hall of Flags.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Advertising
Produce Safety Professional – Preparing to advertise
Web Professional – Orono Communications – Michelle Snowden hired
4-H CEA – Somerset County – Advertising
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 (Cumberland) – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL1 (Piscataquis) – 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
September 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
October 3 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 25 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 14 Phelps New Dean Orono – 102B Libby Hall
December 7th New Dean Prichard Augusta – Farmhouse 11

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes July 23, 2018

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
July 23, 2018
102B Libby Hall – Orono

Facilitator: Lisa Phelps
Note-taker: Jon Prichard

UMS Equal Opportunity
Sarah Harebo from University of Maine System Office of Equal Opportunity joined the ELT meeting. We discussed her work and we shared with her Extension’s commitment to and experience with EO.  We explored ways that Sarah might engage more with Extension staff.  She hopes to attend some Extension events and would like to visit county Extension offices.

Updates:

Diagnostic Lab: Personnel form the Pest Management Office have now moved to the new lab at 17 Godfrey Drive.  Personnel from the Animal Diagnostic Lab are still in transition with hopes to be in the new building by the end of July.  Jim Dill has been designated as the contact and staff coordinator for the Diagnostic & Research Laboratory (a 3-year term).  Dennis Harrington is the building manager.

The Maine Food and Agriculture Center: Audrey has developed and made available the first draft of the searchable directory of MFAC members for the MFAC website. As MFAC Director, Dick Brzozowski plans to connect with all MFAC grant recipients (2018) regarding their projects – perhaps making visits to each PI.

Opioid Roundtable: The USDA – Rural Development recently held a roundtable discussion on opioid misuse in Maine and what can be done to address this crisis. John Rebar attended the session on behalf of Extension. A large part of the issue has to do with lack of jobs and difficult family/home circumstances. What can Extension do?  Many of the people affected by this problem don’t have jobs. We could explore whether employers in agriculture sector might be willing to hire people who are affected opioid issues. There are some 4-H programs that might be able to engage with youth in terms of education and prevention, and to help create healthy, supportive family environments and in-school programming. It would be helpful to learn from the efforts of other states. It might be worthwhile to explore Maine, or regional professional development opportunities for staff.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI Ronald Fournier who has been awarded $169,800 by The State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for his “Moose Permit Auction Fund 2018” project.  This funding will allow us to reach up to 563 Maine youth to enroll them in a 1-week Conservation Camp program that includes: Hunter, Bowhunter, Boater, or ATV Safety, as a component of the conservation education program matrix offered at Bryant Pond.

Congratulations to PI Danielle O’Neill and Co-PI Ryder Scott who have been awarded $57,960 by The National 4-H Council for their “National Mentoring Program VIII Mentor ME 4H Tech Wizards” project.   The Mentor ME Tech Wizards program is designed to increase the positive attitudes of youth towards learning, goal setting, social and life skills through service learning, and technology. The project embraces youth involvement and empowerment in program design and delivery through real life community problem solving.  Through applied, STEM-based projects, students are engaged in collecting real-world scientific data that has a direct impact on the communities they live in.

Congratulations to PI Ronald Fournier who has been awarded $47,600 by The State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for his “Camp Northwoods 2018” project.  This funding will allow us to reach up to 140 Maine youth to enroll them in a 1-week Camp Northwoods program that includes ATV Safety, a component of the conservation education program matrix offered at Bryant Pond.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Advertising
Produce Safety Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Web Professional – Orono Communications – Michelle Snowden Hired
4-H CEA – Somerset County – Advertising
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Advertising
Administrative Specialist CL2 (Cumberland) – 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
August 20 Prichard Harrington Orono – 102B Libby Hall
September 14 Harrington Brzozowski Orono – 102B Libby Hall
October 3 Brzozowski Sulinski Augusta – Farmhouse 11
October 25 Sulinski Phelps Orono – 102B Libby Hall
November 14 Phelps New Dean Orono – 102B Libby Hall
December 7th New Dean Prichard Augusta – Farmhouse 11