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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

Extension Leadership Team Minutes June 28, 2018

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
June 28, 2018
Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Facilitator: Fran Sulinski
Note-taker: Lisa Phelps

Updates:

Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory: The grand opening of the new Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory on June 21, was a huge success with over 100 in attendance.  The next day the Open House attracted more that 200 people to visit the facility. A huge thank you to everyone for your work in support of this important event.

Support Staff Conference: The recent support staff Conference was held in Augusta on June 15th. Thanks to everyone who attended and to the planning committee comprised of: Sue Baez, Donna Flint, Melissa Libby, Angela Martin and Theresa Tilton for your work in making this conference a huge success.

Professional Association Conferences Support: The ELT has revised how we support staff attending professional association conferences. Hereafter, the ELT will allocate $2,000 per association (NAE4HA, NAEFCS, NACAA) per year to attend the annual professional conference with an additional $1,500 for other requests such as the Extension Conference on Volunteerism and Master Gardener Conference. It will be up to each state association to determine how the $2,000 is allocated to faculty and staff wanting to attend the conference.

Maine Emergency Preparedness: We discussed UMaine Extension’s connection and role to Maine’s emergency preparedness system. A key coordinator of emergency preparedness in Maine is the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

Outcome: The ELT discussed how Extension staff might become more involved and promote emergency preparedness with our client groups. We believe that we can provide information and support related to Food Safety and Sustainable Ag issues. Dick will also share a MEMA contact name with Lisa so she can share that with 4-H staff because they also do outreach education with youth. We would also encourage staff to have discussions in their staff meetings about emergency preparedness. Fran will connect with UMaine Public Safety to see if they can provide an outline that staff can use for local discussions regarding emergency and crisis preparedness at county/unit offices/properties.

Federal Export Control – There are serious federal regulations regarding the protection of classified information, intellectual property, and technology hardware when dealing with foreign nations. This issue applies to grant submissions, international travel, or other activities by faculty and staff that will engage foreign nations. If faculty and staff will be involved with international projects/travel related to a grant/contract, please consult Jared Whinery. If it is something else then please consult with is Amanda Ashe, Senior Research Compliance Officer III. Her contact information is 581-1480 amanda.l.ashe@maine.edu  Please keep the administrator of your unit informed about these issues and communications. For more information regarding the Federal Export Control Regulations please refer to this link:  https://umaine.edu/research-compliance/export-control/

Unrestricted Gifts received for some type of work: For many years, some faculty & professional staff have received funding that has been identified as an “unrestricted gift” but there was some type of work, often field research, expected. It is important to understand that the requirement to do specific research and/or produce reports means that the funds cannot be considered a gift, but must be defined as a grant, service, or DIC (Department of Industrial Cooperation) project. It is important for each person to know the difference prior to making commitments to a potential funder. Please contact the Operations office (Jared Whinery or Dennis Harrington) with the specifics of what you are being asked to do – they will help to clarify which UMaine policies apply.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI Richard Brzozowski who has been awarded $11,600 by Cultivating Community (sub award on their USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant) for his “Incubator Farm” project. Through AgrAbility, Richard and Cooperative Extensions AgrAbility Professional, Leilani Carlson, will help make veterans aware of the education, agricultural rehabilitation and business development opportunities available through Cultivating Community’s Incubator Farm training programs.

Congratulations to PI Lily Calderwood who has been awarded $2,500 the USDA-NIFA via the University of Vermont for her role in the “Climate Adaptation Fellowship Program”. As a part of this program, Lily is in a supporting role in the development of a climate change adaptation curriculum for fruit and vegetable growers. As a member of the Fruit and Vegetable Subgroup, she is providing her expertise on small and large-scale fruit production with the goal of making sure that the curriculum developed is in a form that specifically addresses the needs of fruit and vegetable growers.

Congratulations to PI Ronald Fournier who has been awarded $35,650 by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the “4-H Shooting Sports YR7” 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 Jason Bolton and Co-PI Robson Machado who have been awarded $207,873 by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) for their “On Farm Readiness Review” 3-year project. During this project, Jason, Rob, and staff will provide 60 On Farm Readiness Reviews which will help in training farmers to set specific parameters to prevent foodborne illness as it relates to the farm’s growing, harvesting and packing of produce. This project is an integral part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training that is currently being offered.

Congratulations to PI Rick Kersbergen and Co-PI Caragh Fitzgerald who have been awarded $53,513 by NESARE for their “Developing Corn Silage Systems to Meet the Needs of Cover Crops” project. Many of the standard practices recommended for optimum corn silage production often reduce the potential for interseeded cover crops to be successful. This project seeks to evaluate options for interseeded cover crops to be more successful in improving soil cover and quality. In addition to research trials, Rick and Caragh will conduct on-farm workshops and demonstrations along with presenting results at grower meetings and in-service training for other educators and service providers.

Congratulations to PI Jason Lilley who has been awarded $15,361 by the University of New Hampshire as a sub-award for their NESARE project titled “Expanding no-till vegetable production through the combination of high-residue cover crops and solarizing tarps”. For this project, Jason will be conducting on-farm, tarped, no-till vegetable production research at four small-scale organic vegetable farms throughout Maine. Field days will be held in both year one and two at these field sites to demonstrate the technique to other growers.

Congratulations to PI James Dill who has been awarded $65,000 by the Maine Board of Pesticide Control (Maine Department of Ag) for the “Pesticide Editor 2018-2019” project. This award provides funding for the Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional whose main focus is writing and editing the Pesticide Safety Education Program educational training manuals.

Congratulations to PI Mitchell Mason who has been awarded $500 by the National 4-H Council for the “#empoweringMEandyou 4-H Healthy Relationships for Teens” project. Led by Sara Conant (Cumberland County CEA) and Alisha Targonski (Kennebec County 4-H Professional), Maine teenagers who attended the 4-H Healthy Living Summit will bring their acquired knowledge back to design and deliver programming to other Middle and High School teens about healthy relationships with their peers, family, and others.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Re-posted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Diagnostic Lab/Orono – Paula Sereyko hired
Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional – Kerry Bernard hired
Molecular Diagnostic Professional – Thomas Rounsville hired
Produce Safety Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Oxford County – Tayla Mann hired
Agriculture and Food Systems Professional – Oxford County – Becca Long hired
Administrative Specialist CL2 – York County – Elizabeth Clock hired
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Jeffrey Colpitts hired
Administrative Specialist CL3 – Andro/Sag County – Nicholas Fraunfelter hired
Web Professional – Orono Communications – Interviewing
4-H CEA – Somerset County – Advertising
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – Advertising

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

Dates
Facilitator Notes Location
July 23 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
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

 

 

 

 

Extension Leadership Team Minutes May 31, 2018

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
May 31, 2018
Augusta – Farmhouse 11

Facilitator: John Rebar
Note-taker: Fran Sulinski

Guest: Ryder Scott provided his annual Camp and Learning Centers update.

Check-in Notes
As a reminder to staff, if you plan to travel more than 250 miles away from Orono using a University vehicle, please write the full cost of the vehicle use at University mileage rates (currently $.44/mile) into your grant; or apply for funds through ELT. However, it is generally more cost effective to fly or take other mass transit because the costs and wear and tear on our vehicle is often greater when driving.

The incoming president Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be a participant of the Legislative Tour of farms and related businesses in the greater Portland area on July 31st.  This biennial tour is sponsored by the Agricultural Council of Maine (AGCOM) and Extension has supported this tour for many years.

The Maine 4-H Foundation annual meeting was a big success. It is always a wonderful occasion to witness the 4-H’ers receiving scholarships and preparing to attend college. We should be proud!

The University will provide Zoom Pro accounts to staff and students a couple of weeks before the Fall semester begins. Another goal of the UMS Contract with Zoom is to have all existing Polycom and Tandberg equipment to work directly with Zoom, but that will be the second phase of the project and currently no timeline has been given for that to be completed. Everyone should look for information in the coming months about how to access the new zoom accounts.

 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Blueberry Cove, Bryant pond and Tanglewood Annual Update – Ryder Scott attended to present this update and it included:

  • Oxford Hills STEM Hub – we came in at the end of the grant funding. Teen Science Cafes were coordinated for kids to get engaged in science and STEM careers. These were well attended and well received.
  • Northstar Mentoring program (Lerner Foundation supported) is directed toward under-served and at risk youth will follow 7th graders through high school.
  • Tanglewood Open Air Classroom and school programs are operating successfully and the teaming to coordinate this work is very strong. Bryant Pond Lakeside Classroom likewise.
  • Overall grant and contract success – nearly 1 million dollars in revenue was received. Camps revenue and expenses were shared, and overall the camps are doing well financially.
  • Strong partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife continues.
  • Hosting FoodCorps has brought quality nutrition programming to the camps.
  • Telstar Freshman Academy is showing excellent results in student scores and student attendance rates.
  • The camps capital campaign is moving in to a more active public phase. Staff are satisfied about the funds committed so far.
  • The camps will be a partner in an Early College initiative with the financial support of the UMS.

Individual Proposal
Extension Educator, Kathy Savoie requested funding to attend the NEAFCS conference in September. Kathy is being honored at this conference and will also be a presenter. She is using her Flexible Staff Development funds and her award as a PLT leader. This conference is also a part of our agreement to support attendance at a number of conferences. Kathy also received support from the Extension NEAFCS members.  Her request was supported.

Extension’s Overview Information Requested by the Provost for the Incoming President
The ELT brainstormed the content to include in this 5-page document and according to the template provided by the Provost’s Office. Jon Prichard will take leadership to draft this report with support from the ELT.

Every 3 Year Background Checks for Volunteers Who Work with Vulnerable Populations
Our current policy is to complete a volunteer background check once, upon the volunteer’s initial enrollment. However, many volunteers remain active for many years. This is often true for volunteers within 4-H and of course those volunteers who work with vulnerable populations.

Our proposal is to have volunteers who work with vulnerable populations re-checked every three years. While this will mean Extension incurs additional costs, we believe it is a prudent approach given our responsibility to the youth we serve. The ELT approved this new policy and it will be rolled-out gradually over a three-year period.

Educational Credentials and Professional Status
As an educational institution, we require a Bachelor’s Degree for a professional level position. There are rare situations where we have waived and may waive that requirement.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to PI Richard Brzozowski who has been awarded $11,600 by Cultivating Community (sub award on their USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant) for his “Incubator Farm” project.  Through AgrAbility, Richard and Cooperative Extensions AgrAbility Professional, Leilani Carlson, will help make veterans aware of the education, agricultural rehabilitation and business development opportunities available through Cultivating Community’s Incubator Farm training programs.

Future Agenda Items:
Will Biberstein will join the ELT on July 23rd at 10 AM
Sarah Harebo/EO will join the ELT on July 23rd at 1 PM
Brian Drisko and VP Lindstrom will join the ELT on August 20th at 10 AM

Early September: 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.

Search Updates
Dean of Extension – Advertising
Community Education Assistant CL2 (Lewiston) – Re-posted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Diagnostic Lab/Orono – Offer made and accepted
Pesticide Safety Education Program Professional – Advertising
Molecular Diagnostic Professional – Interviewing
Produce Safety Professional – Preparing to Advertise
Administrative Specialist CL2 – Oxford County – Advertising
Agriculture and Food Systems Professional – Oxford County – Offer made and accepted
Administrative Specialist CL2 – York County – Advertising (re-posted)
Program Coordinator – Bryant Pond – Jeffrey Colpitts hired
Administrative Specialist CL3 – Andro/Sag County – Screening applicants
Web Professional – Advertising
4-H CEA – Somerset County – Preparing to advertise
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist – 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
June 28 Sulinski Phelps Augusta – Farmhouse 11
July 23 Phelps Prichard Orono – 102B Libby Hall
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