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Connect Extension Chat: Virtual Field Days

Virtual Chat

Click here on June 25th at 1 PM to join this chat!

Each month, the eXtension Foundation will host a virtual chat here on Connect Extension, available to all Cooperative Extension professionals. The purpose of these short virtual chats is to highlight best practices and innovation throughout Cooperative Extension. Each session will be a different topic area. 

For June 25th, 2020, we will be discussing Field Days and how Extension is reimagining these events virtually. We invite Cooperative Extension professionals to join us to discuss their own best practices and how they’ve innovated to deliver Field Days virtually!

This chat will be hosted by Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator at Oregon State University. Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith, eXtension Foundation Technology in Extension Education Fellow will be the moderator. 

To participate, Cooperative Extension professionals will need to have a Connect Extension account. To register your free Connect Extension account, click here.

Victor Villegas 

Victor Villegas is the Technology & Media Support Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service. He is an avowed technology geek who loves teaching people how to use technology to better their work and improve their lives. He also does STEM/STEAM outreach and engagement with 4-H youth, K-12 students and educators and is known as an innovative educator who uses drones, music, humor and puppetry to reach under represented kids. Victor is fully bilingual and bicultural, with a passion for serving minority communities. As one of OSU Extension’s Diversity Champions, he works to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and helps to ensure Extension is providing accessible, culturally sensitive and audience appropriate communications and learning opportunities for all.

Rose Hayden-Smith

Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith is an author, editor, digital strategist, and food systems expert. She serves as the eXtension Foundation’s 2020 Fellow for Technology in Extension Education. 

Rose is the founding editor/curator of the UC Food Observer blog, which was launched in 2015 as part of the University of California’s Global Food Initiative. Her book, "Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I," was published by McFarland in 2014. 

An emeritus Cooperative Extension Advisor with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rose was formerly a 4-H and Master Gardener advisor, and also the first female director for Cooperative Extension in Ventura County. She led UC ANR’s statewide strategic initiative in Sustainable Food Systems. She spent the last portion of her career serving as an academic advisor in digital communications and Extension education, helping her colleagues capitalize on the potential of social technologies. 

Rose is a practicing U.S. historian and a nationally-recognized expert in the history of Victory Gardens; extension education; food policy; and the American home front in wartime. She was a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, where her work focused on digital advocacy to promote gardening as a means to increase community-based food security. She is also the recipient of UC Davis’s Bradford-Rominger award for her career work in promoting sustainable agriculture. Rose was awarded UCSB’s Robert L. Kelley Fellowship for outstanding work in U.S. public and intellectual history, and was the recipient of a Fellowship to complete a digital training program at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Her first career was as a writer and marketing communications specialist in the technology sector.

She holds four degrees from UC Santa Barbara: a BA in English, Masters in both Education and History, and a PhD in U.S. History.

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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