Britt-Rankin, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean, University of Missouri
Good afternoon . . .
I wanted to share a few items with you before you all join us
next week in Columbia. I do hope next week we see the sun shine as
all of you arrive. The past few days have been gray and overcast,
but that is to change this weekend.
Spring is Upon Us . . .
It is warming each day and the flowers are blooming. We have
had moisture here in central Missouri so everything is a lush
green. I do enjoy this time of year. It is a time of renewal and
hopefully each of you have had time to renew your spring spirit. I
am currently looking ahead to next week's Annual Conference and
the opportunity to see each of you. It is very busy here in
preparation for all of the events. Let me share some of what you
will be enjoying next week.
Annual Conference . . .
By now, each of you should have received your confirmation to
Annual Conference. We will all gather Tuesday morning at Hearnes.
Jo Turner is chairing this year's event and she is really excited.
She has all of us on the committee getting energized and wants
this event to be exciting and new. Be prepared for a very
different annual conference than we have had in the past. Jo has
shaken things us and I think we have lots to look forward to. Tom
Henderson will address the faculty at this time.
Tuesday afternoon at 2 we will gather at the Jesse Wrench
Auditorium in Memorial Union for our HES Awards ceremony. Many of
you will be honored for the outstanding work you have been doing.
However, I will guarantee you that no one will leave empty handed.
At this session you will also receive a detailed agenda for the
HES portion of the conference.
Tuesday evening we will gather again at Hearnes. Dinner will be
served from 5:30-6:45. It will be an informal affair with several
"themed" stations around the room. You are encouraged to
visit the various stations and try different foods. At 7:00,
President Floyd will address the group followed by cake and ice
cream celebrating the 90th birthday of Extension.
Wednesday we will be in our PIEs all day followed by dinners
within our departments that evening. I know your dinner hosts and
PIE presenters are rapidly preparing.
Thursday morning we will gather in Jesse Wrench Auditorium
again to hear two great presentations about how to energize our
programs. Jana Hawley, TAM Extension, and Sinara O'Donnell will be
our speakers. After the presentations, we will adjourn to Jesse
Hall for the closing awards presentation and to hear Provost
Deaton speak. At the closing of the event, we will have lunch on
your own and association meetings.
Tuesday when you arrive at Memorial Union you will receive a
detailed agenda for the HES track. We have lots of fun things
planned so come prepared to enjoy a great 3 days.
I would also ask that you take time to thank everyone who has
helped in the planning of this event. Two people that I wish to
recognize from HES are Sue Andrews and Vicki Foley. They have been
my detail people on this event and I cannot thank them enough.
Transition News. . .
We are always in a state of change. Since January 1, Extension has
been in transition and moving forward. I want to tell you that I
feel HES is poising itself for the future and our future is
bright. I have been thankful for the great support Tom has given
our program. I have met with him frequently in the recent months
and shared with him what our program is doing statewide. I will
share more of that with you on Tuesday.
As a part of transition, I am happy to announce that we have
approval to rename Nutrition Specialists to Nutrition & Health
Education Specialists. This is actually returning to a formerly
used title, but it is felt to be more descriptive of the job they
are currently doing. This change will be occurring soon and so you
may begin using the new title now. Thanks go to Rhonda Gibler for
assisting in this process.
HES has filled one of the four positions advertised recently.
We have an internal transfer to Barton County. The positions in
Scotland, Camden, and Nodaway remain open and Nancy Flood is
working with me and each RD to explore new options for recruiting
persons to these positions.
As for campus positions, we have no open searches at this time,
but I am pleased to announce that we have been approved to hire
Sandra Huston, CFE Assistant Professor and State Specialist for a
two-month summer appointment for 2004. Sandra came to us in August
2003 and we are very excited that we could offer Sandra a summer
appointment for 2004. We felt this was an important appointment to
continue some of the program activities that have been on-going.
More to Come . . .
I know there are many other items that I could share, but I do
want to keep some of the items for next week. I do hope you are
excited about coming to Annual Conference. We have not held such
an event for 3 years and I feel it is good to see it return. I
look forward to seeing each of you soon.