Thoughts to Ponder
Britt-Rankin, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean, University of Missouri
Happy New Year!
As we begin another new year, things continue to change at a
rapid pace. As I assume the new role as Interim Associate Dean for
HES Extension, I feel positive that we will continue to grow our
program and achieve new heights even through the most difficult
times. I feel we have an excellent staff in place and are reaching
new milestones each year.
I would challenge everyone to set goals for the upcoming year.
Jot these down in your planner and refer to them periodically. I
will try to ask each of you throughout the coming months if you
are reaching those goals and how I may be of benefit to you.
Speaking of being of benefit to each of you, I do look forward
to working with everyone. I hope to travel out to see programming
and to work with you and your regional directors to see that
programming is of high quality and that all staff have materials
and funding to be most efficient. I have told some of this already
but I want each of you to know that I want to act as a
facilitator. I hope to facilitate your program efforts and assist
in any way that I can.
We may not have flush budgets at this time, however, we need to
continue to seek new ways of doing business. This is good time to
take inventory of what our most successful programs are and to
concentrate on our strengths. We have all heard it before, but it
is even more important now--"Find YOUR niche!" I would
encourage you all to think differently and to not limit yourself
by current constraints. If we are all willing to take some risks,
we will reach our goals.
To keep you informed, I will try to write my "Thoughts to
Ponder" every week to two weeks. This will contain
information about what is currently happening on campus and in the
field around HES. I will also try to keep you informed of where I
will be so you can contact me if needed. As you know, along with
being Interim Associate Dean, I will remain Administrative
Director of FNEP. I will be working out of both offices, so
below is my schedule for the next two weeks.
Martin Luther King Mini-Grants Available
Thanks to Lucy Schrader and Tammy Gillespie for alerting me to
the Martin Luther King Mini-Grant Program. I would encourage each
of you to read the files below to determine if this is a funding
source that would benefit your program efforts. If you need
assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.
Martin Luther King Grant
HES Spring Meeting--April 9 & 10 @ Sun Spree Resort,
It is my pleasure to invite each of you to attend our 2003
Spring HES Extension Meeting April 9 & 10 at the Holiday Inn
Sun Spree Resort, Lake Ozark, MO. Many of you may remember the
location as the former Holiday Inn at the Lake. This facility is
newly remodeled and under new management. The staff at the Sun
Spree bend over backwards to assist in the planning of events.
Each room is equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, hair
dryer, mini safe, iron and ironing board. It is sure to please
Below is the draft agenda that was
sent to you earlier this month. Remember you are asked to room
with another staff member. All roommate selections and special
dietary needs are due February 15 to Ruby Idle. If you are
looking for a roommate, contact Ruby and she can let you know who
else is in need of a roommate.
2003 HES Spring
Meeting Draft Agenda
I am looking forward to this meeting. I want this to be
interactive as well as proactive. I want each person to arrive at
this meeting ready to engage in active dialogue, focus on the
future, and think out of the box.
My goals of the meeting are: 1. To reenergize HES Extension
staff for the upcoming year. 2. To create an environment for
co-learning. 3. To facilitate open communication among all
participants. 4. To develop a
My schedule . . .
I have begun the past few weeks spending the majority of my
time in 110 Gwynn, but I will be working from both offices on the
1st and 3rd floor of Gwynn. To help staff locate me, I will try to
keep you updated on where I propose to be. My schedule has been
changing quickly over the past few weeks, so don't be alarmed if
you are transferred to a different office when you call.
When I am in 110 Gwynn you can reach myself or Sue Andrews at
573-882-7828. When I am in 318 Gwynn you can reach myself, Vicki
Foley, or Ruby Idle at 573-882-9760. If I am not in, one of these
wonderful women can locate me or get a message to me. I do wish to
communicate with you all and I will check email even when I am
away from the office.
County HDFS Interviews--Moberly, All Day
of Office--All Day
of Office--All Day
Until next time . . .Jo