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October 2021

Job: 4-H Youth Development Food and Agricultural Literacy

UConn (University of Connecticut) Extension is seeking applicants for a full-time (11-month), non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educator, primarily based at the Fairfield County Extension Office in Bethel, CT. Extension Educators are community-based faculty who make a difference in communities by connecting community needs with university resources. Position level/rank will be commensurate with experience working with Extension. The anticipated start date is January 2022.

CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY RECEIVES $10 MILLION AWARD FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution Receives $10 Million Award for Innovative Sustainable Ag Research Project that Incorporates 1862,1890, and 1994 Land Grant Institutions! WILBERFORCE, OH-The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, a $10 million Sustainable Agriculture Systems (SAS) project. The first of its kind – this five-year CSU College of Engineering, Science, Agriculture, and...

You do what?

Whether you're in a "leadership" position or are leading from another spot in the organization, everyone has responsibilities. Responsibilities to understand the requirements of leading that help everyone with expectation setting. If part of your duties include caring for others, the following likely show up in your everyday collaborations! THE "WHAT" Primary Leadership Tasks Vision – Set the general tone, direction Management – Set goals and focus resources Empowerment – Select and develop...

National Family Caregivers Month

November marks National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM), a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the nation. NFCM is an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate our communities, and increase support for families. For individuals who take on the responsibility of caring for another person, it can often be challenging to see beyond the individual experience. Family caregivers—whether they be families of kin or families of choice—are woven into the fabric of...

ICYMI: Shop Simple with MyPlate and More MyPlate Updates!

Last week, we were joined by the MyPlate team from the USDA Center of Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) for a preview of two MyPlate tools that will help Americans make healthy food choices. Big thanks to @Barbara Jirka from USDA-CNPP for helping to organize this! New to the USDA - Shop Simple with MyPlate , allows individuals to find cost-saving opportunities in their local area and discover new ways to prepare budget-friendly foods. The panelists presented the background on the...

Thinking Throwback

THINKING If you think you are beaten, you are If you think you dare not, you don't, If you like to win, but you think you can't It is almost certain you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a fellow's will It's all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are You've got to think high to rise, You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster...

Healthy Relationships Matter for Military Families

Healthy relationship skills can make a big difference for the strength and resilience of military families. Military Family Service Providers and Extension Educators are a unique position to be able to provide research-based skills for couples and co-parents that will help them strengthen their relationships. Learn about an upcoming 5-part webinar series that will provide you with information, tools, and resources to help military families nurture and maintain a healthy relationship.

Gone not Forgotten

We all have things in common, especially loss. Those who have gone before us have shown us the way. No one is truly gone who is not forgotten. Personally, Colin Powell helped me make sense of our nation's place in the world. Here's an excerpt from his book "It Worked for Me" In a lifetime of studying leadership, this is still one of my absolute favorite pieces on the topic: The Essence of Leadership Cooperative Extension professionals are drawn to the work to serve. They selflessly serve...

Identifying and Documenting Evidence-based Programming Across Cooperative Extension

The Extension Foundation (EXF) helps Cooperative Extension (CE) professionals make a more innovative, visible and measurable impact on local issues. We challenge the teams we support to use intentional program design that fosters innovation, collaboration, strategic partnerships, user engagement and continual evaluation for iteration and validation of programming efforts. Our Impact Collaborative methodology is a driver for establishing and validating programming approaches. EXF has been...

Values & Chronic Pain

Studies by the CDC and others have found upwards of 50 Million Americans live with some type of chronic pain. Advances in treatments are happening. While these vary greatly in availability and cost, here's one helpful connection we can all do for free! Our core values help define the direction we want our lives to move towards. They drive our decisions and actions. We are never "finished" moving toward our values. Being a loving partner or a helpful colleague are both values because you have...

MFLN Family Development Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth (SBCY) Series So Far

The MFLN Family Development Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth (SBCY) Series is still ongoing through 2021 and throughout 2022! As we continue our conversation on age-appropriate sexual development of youth and working with children and youth exhibiting problematic sexual behavior (PSB), our upcoming SBCY webinars will focus on lots of great topics. A list of all upcoming topics and webinars is available on the SBCY series homepage . Each of these informative and interactive webinars...

New Health Framework is a Roadmap for Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being is designed to serve as a roadmap for advancing the health-focused work of the Cooperative Extension System. The updated framework was approved by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in July of 2021. The framework document resulted from more than a year of work by a work group of the Health Innovation Task Force of ECOP. This framework is organized around three core themes. These are health...

ATTITUDE

Found this in some of my Dad's stuff he wanted me to have... The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts, it is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every...

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