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The 2019 Extension Professionals Meeting will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 3-4, 2019 at Bryant Pond 4-H Center

The Extension Professionals Committee (EPC) requested and received support from the ELT for a 2-day 2019 Extension Professionals Meeting: two full days of informational and interactive sessions (see the agenda topics below). It’s our hope that the meeting will energize, inform, and engage UMaine Extension professionals, old and new.

The EPC surveyed members for suggested session topics and, from those, selected topics that will strengthen camaraderie and increase members’ job knowledge through sharing, learning, and problem solving.

Outcomes: Attendees will come away from the 2019 meeting with a deeper understanding of their own and their colleagues’ roles in Extension through continued networking and creating collaborations; building fun into the learning activities; meaningful informational sessions that are based on staff feedback, such as updated criteria for promotional packets and an interactive session with the Extension Communications and Marketing Team. Attendees will also come away with additional ideas for professional development opportunities and a renewed sense of our shared purpose as Extension professionals.

April 3-4, 2019 Extension Professional Meeting Agenda:

Day 1:

9:15 am – Welcome – Extension Professionals Committee Introductions, Door Prize Collection, Housekeeping – Patti Chapman, Laura Personette, Dana Rickman, Lyndsey Smith

9:30 am – Icebreaker – Lyndsey Smith

9:50 am – “Who We Are” – Ron Fournier, Director, Bryant Pond 4-H Center

10:00 am – Organizational Update – TBD

10:35 am – Living Notes and Stretch Break – Laura Personette, Program Coordinator, Community Central

10:45 am – Human Resources / Supervisory Topics – Fran Sulinski, Assistant Director, UMaine Extension

11:30 am – Diversity Wheel Exercise – Fran Sulinski, Assistant Director, UMaine Extension

12:00 noon – Lunch / Connect with Colleagues

1:00 pm – Breakout Sessions:

  • Sabbaticals: Information for Base-Funded Professionals – Dave Fuller, Agriculture and Non-Timber Forest Products Professional
  • Concur Tips & Tricks, Questions and Examples – Renae Byard, Procurement
  • Human Resources / Supervisory Topics – follow up conversation – Fran Sulinski, Assistant Director, UMaine Extension

2:00 pm – Coffee and Conversation Break

2:30 pm – Extension Professionals Mentoring Program – Fran Sulinski and Lyndsey Smith

3:45 pm – Closing Activity – Jeff Colpits, Assistant Director, Bryant Pond 4-H Center

4:15 pm – Free Time – set up overnight accommodations

5:00 pm – Dinner

6:30 pm – Optional Evening Activities (TBD) – Bryant Pond Staff

8:00 pm – Close of Day One – evening snacks and hot beverages

Day 2:

7:15 am – Breakfast

8:15 am – Living Notes and Workplace Hacks – Laura Personette, Program Coordinator, Community Central

8:20 am – “Who We Are” Slide Sharing – Patti Chapman, Finance and Operations Manager, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove

10:15 am – Stretch Break!

10:30 am – Communications Team Presentation – Audrey Cross, Cindy Eves-Thomas, Tracey Ferwerda, Lynne Holland, Michele Lodgek, Dana Rickman, Michelle Snowden

11:15 am – Communicating with the Extension Professionals Committees (EPC & EPPRC) – Patti Chapman, Finance and Operations Manager, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove

11:45 am – Stretch! with Work Place Hacks – Laura Personette, Program Coordinator, Community Central

12:00 noon – Lunch

12:50 pm – Energizing Break

1:00 pm – Grantpersonship: University Resources and the Grant Process – Jared Whinery, Accounting and Reporting Professional

1:45 pm – Breakout Sessions:

  • Creative Solutions for Soft-Money Issues: Problem Solving and Brainstorming – Ryder Scott, State Director, UMaine 4-H Centers
  • Fundraising: Accounting and Finance – Dennis Harrington, Assistant Director and Financial Administrator
  • Extended Networking

2:15 pm – Extension Professional Promotional Ladder Information and Panel Q & A – Ron Fournier and Dana Rickman, EPPRC Members; Sarah Sparks and Leilani Carlson, recent promotion recipients

3:00 pm – Closing Reflective Circle – Laura Personette, Program Coordinator, Community Central

Closing Survey / Housekeeping / Raffle Prizes!

3:30 pm – Depart

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