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Greetings for September, 2013

Beverly SparksBeverly Sparks, Associate Dean for Extension, 706/542-3824,

Extension Colleagues:

The new academic year is off to a great start and after an outstanding football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Bulldog nation is fully energized. Late August/early September finds UGA Cooperative Extension in a high-energy mode, too. We just completed our Program Planning Week for 2014, our agricultural agents and specialists are entering the harvest season; FACS and our district directors are fully engaged in implementation of the Health Navigator grant and 4-H agents and program assistants are kicking off the beginning of the 2014 4-H year.

Highlights of activities during the last four weeks:

Members of our program development team, specialists and Extension administration came together for our 2013 Program Planning Week. During this week we determine program and resource needs and set calendars on proposed training opportunities for 2014. Thanks to all those involved in the planning and organization of our 2013-2014 program offerings and trainings.

Thanks to Dr. Lori Bledsoe and the members of the Northeast and Northwest District Director Search and Screening Committee for their work in identifying, recruiting and assistance in interviewing four highly qualified candidates for the leadership positions of Northeast and Northwest Districts. They did a great job and we wrapped up the process the first week of September.

On Oct.1 we will welcome two new district directors to our leadership team. Although new to the DED role, these two individuals are experienced Extension veterans. Sheldon Hammond will become district director for our Northwest District (Griffin) and Judy Ashley will take on leadership of Northeast District (Athens). Congratulations, Sheldon and Judy!

A search committee has been named to identify and recruit candidates for the position of associate state 4-H leader. Dr. Laura Perry Johnson is providing leadership for this committee and her team includes: Kathy Baldwin, Al Parker, Judy Harrison, Gale Cutler, Brittani Kelley, Mandy Marable, Ronnie Silcox, Mary Ann Parsons, Deron Rehberg and Rebecca Thomas. Please assist this team with identification and recruitment of qualified candidates.

This week a strong delegation from UGA Extension is attending the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Galaxy Conference is the joint annual conferences of NACAA, ANREP, NACDEP, NAE4-HA, NEAFCS and ESP. I will provide additional information/highlights of the conference in our next issue of Extension E-News. I am certain it is going to be an exciting week and look forward to seeing UGA agents and specialists recognized for the excellence of their programs.

We end this week with our annual CAES Alumni Awards Banquet and South Campus Tailgate Celebration. Congratulations to our newest members of the Agriculture Hall of Fame – Claud Adams and Louis Boyd. Read more about these two deserving gentlemen in Georgia FACES.

In this issue of Extension E-News:

  • Greg Price thanks his Extension "family" for all the love and support he has received during his recovery;
  • Arch Smith updates us on new career awareness lessons that will be debuted this year with fifth grader 4-H'ers;
  • Deborah Murray shares a list of FACS employees who are being honored at this week's Galaxy Conference; and
  • Steve Brown encourages everyone to continue to grow through training throughout their careers.

Have a great FALL ... and, GO DAWGS!


County Operations

Greg PriceGreg Price, Director of Extension County Operations, 706/542-1060,

Please allow me to use this very public forum for a very personal thank you to our Extension "family." As I slowly return to work from six weeks of sick leave, I would like to thank everyone for your notes and support during this time. Many came on difficult days and were very much appreciated. I hope to be back working full time by the end of September. I am recovering well and on my way to earning my cancer survivor badge.

I spent many hours the past few weeks thinking about my Extension "family." Many of you have experienced the outpouring of support from friends and colleagues around the state during personally difficult times. I know of no organization that has a family quite like this. When I was moved out of ICU at Atlanta Northside Hospital one of the nurses encouraged me to get well soon. She said I had great doctors and a strong family supporting me. I can remember thinking this nurse had no idea just how big or how strong that family really was. I started to try to explain but I only smiled and said I agreed. We all have had to explain the complex job of an Extension worker to someone only to realize just how hard the task is. I realized at this moment in the hospital that the strength and bond of our Extension "family" is equally hard to explain to someone outside our organization.

We have hired a lot of new Extension workers in recent months. I encourage everyone to mentor and guide these new employees to understand what it means to be a member of our Extension "family." To the new employees, I encourage you to get to know your colleagues and explore the diversity of our organization. Lifelong friendships start in the county by working and helping across program area lines. They expand through multi-county programming and supporting your co-workers in the region. These friendships grow the most through active participation in one (or more) of our professional organizations. I encourage you to take every opportunity to introduce yourself to people you do not know and embrace the uniqueness of being a member of the Extension "family."


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Steve Brown Steve Brown, ANR State Program Leader, 706/542-1060,

Most Extension employees are probably unaware that program planning week was last week. It's a very busy week for some of us. My thanks to the ANR PDCs that helped me put another one behind us.

The title is a bit of a misnomer. I'm not sure we really plan any programs, but we do plan some training agendas that are critical to some of our programs. Thanks also to our academic departments and centers that propose training events and come through when we ask for specific ones at the last minute.

Effective agent training is what makes us a great Extension organization. It's always been critical, but perhaps now more than ever as we rebuild from the Great Recession. We have been fortunate enough to hire some very bright energetic new agents. Now it's up to us to give them the training they will need to be successful.

I am writing this from New York City where I just saw the near complete Freedom Tower for the first time. At the risk of making an overly dramatic analogy, it is an incredible example of resilience in the face of tragedy.

We are in a major rebuilding phase in Georgia Cooperative Extension and strong training is the foundation for what we will be building over the next few years. We ALL need to be trained to be successful in what lies ahead - even old veterans like myself. Let's dedicate ourselves to train and be trained for the job that lies ahead.


Family and Consumer Sciences

Deborah MurrayDeborah Murray, FACS State Program Leader, 706/542-4862,

Welcome to our new Health Navigators who joined our Extension team this week. The next two weeks will be busy getting prepared to do consumer education across the state informing Georgians about the new marketplace, their responsibility under the new health insurance laws, and the changes in the tax laws as it pertains to having health insurance. Your office will be getting more information about this from the Health Navigators.

Galaxy Conference 2013 - Georgia National Winners

Congratulations to Georgia GEAFCS members on their national awards presented at this year's Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh. The following employees received first place at the NEAFCS Awards Banquet on Thursday night for their "Early Childhood Child Care Training": Lisa Jordan, Chatham County; Janet Hollingsworth, Appling County; Susan Moore, Laurens County; Laura Smith, Telfair County; Terri Black, Burke County; and Diane Bales, FACS Extension specialist.

And the following employees received an NAEFCS First Place Award in Photography for the photograph "Bingo with Seniors" with the Teens as Planners (a CYFAR funded project) and seniors in a cross generational program activity: Leigh Anne Aaron, Madison County; Christa Campbell, Elbert County; Valencia Thornton, 4-H program assistant in Elbert County; Tina Maddox, 4-H program associate; Mandy Marable, Extension 4-H specialist; and Sharon Gibson, FACS Extension specialist.

Laura Smith of Telfair County and 2012 summer intern Kelly Godfrey received Second Place for their educational technology entry "College Survival 101."

The following UGA employees were part of a multi-state team that received Third Place at for their multi-state newsletter "Enlace Latino": Beltran, Gwinnett County; Andrea Scarrow, Colquitt County; and Edda Cotta-Rivera, DeKalb County.

Working with Different Generations

How many different generations of people do you work with in your Extension program? Do we tend to treat everyone alike and think their interests are the same as ours? At the Southern Region Program Leaders Network meeting in Nashville recently, the keynote speaker reminded us of the importance to program for different generations if Extension is to survive another 100 years. She identified five different generations that are living today. The oldest generation is the G.I. Generation born between 1926 and 1946, and the newest generation is the GenEdge generation, those who are our "native digitals."

Each generation has its own set of common values and language based on the experiences of that generation. Here are some generational catchphrases – some you may not be familiar with.

It's all good All we are saying is give peace a chance
LOL Houston, we have a problem
Land shark! Eat my words
Not! Build it they will come
Emo Greed is good.
Car surfing Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Whatever Don't have a cow
ET phone home Don't tase me, Bro
SUP? Where's the Beef?
Yuppie One small step for man ...
Slacker You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty
Goth Here comes the judge. Here comes the judge.


4-H and Youth Development

Arch SmithArch Smith, 4-H & Youth Development State Program Leader, 706/542-4H4H,

College and Career Ready Performance Index

The College and Career Ready Performance Index, the waiver to Georgia's Adequate Yearly Progress No Child Left Behind report, offers Georgia 4-H another opportunity to connect and collaborate with local school systems. This new index, known as the CCRPI, requires educators to be accountable for career education. To meet this need, the Georgia Department of Education has established a set of indicators to include requiring elementary schools to teach career awareness lessons from kindergarten through fifth grade.

In response to the index and requirement, Georgia 4-H has established writing teams to build a framework for lesson development around the career awareness clusters for fifth grade students. 4-H agents and staff are working to communicate and connect with local school systems to share the new collaboration opportunity for delivery of these activities. The four writing teams will share the pilot lessons at Georgia 4-H Curricula Day. The lessons and activities will be ready for piloting during 4-H in school fifth grade programing for the 2013-2014 school year.

Georgia 4-H's focus on career cluster awareness for fifth grade led to the development of resources in the following career clusters: finance, information technology, marketing and government and public administration.

Georgia 4-H takes great pride in equipping youth to be workforce ready. Workforce development is a key component of the experience of 4-H Project Achievement. We consider this yet another invaluable opportunity to serve as a resource to our partners in education.

The writing teams have been led by a Georgia 4-H CCRPI Work Group comprised of Lori P. Bledsoe, Jeremy Cheney, Brittany Johnson, Brittani Kelley, Laurie Murrah-Hanson, Judy Ashley, and Mandy B. Marable.

Georgia 4-H Tax Exempt Status

Georgia 4-H is still waiting on final approval from the Internal Revenue Service on our plan to provide continued federal income tax exemption for 4-H Clubs in Georgia. We have been informed by USDA that all pending applications with the IRS will be finalized by the end of this calendar year. In the meantime, if you have questions regarding your local tax exempt status, please contact the State 4-H Office and we will be glad to assist you. When sending thank you letters to donors please include the following language in your letter:

The ______________ 4-H Club is a chartered 4-H organization under the control of Georgia Extension 4-H Foundation, Inc. ("Extension"). Georgia's 4-H clubs are currently transitioning from a national group tax exemption maintained by the USDA to a Georgia group exemption maintained by Extension. Upon receipt of a final determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, we will supply you with written notice regarding the deductibility of your contribution for Federal Income Tax purposes under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Please remember you must pay state and local sales tax on items purchased with funds in your local 4-H account.


Outstanding Extension program

We are pleased to announce that the September winner for the Outstanding Extension Program contest is the Junk Drawer Robotics Team which was coordinated by Brittani Kelley with Paulding County Cooperative Extension.

The new Junk Drawer Robotics Team is the latest 4-H Club opportunity sponsored by Paulding County Extension 4-H. Brittani Kelley and Volunteer Leader Felicia Rosemond worked with the local school system and recognized the need for younger students to have the opportunity for hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programming. From this need, they developed a plan for a Robotics Team aimed at Cloverleaf and Junior 4-H'ers and garnered grant funding to purchase a basic curriculum. The Robotics Team is using items found around the home in its creations.

Team members were coached by a qualified volunteer leader with an engineering and computer science background. Leaders used the National 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum. The team learned about physics and engineering concepts each week, through lessons, demonstration, and hands on building activities.

Participants built and tested simple machines in weekly meetings using common items found around homes that would otherwise be thrown away. Additionally, 4-H'ers toured the Hiram High School Robotics Lab and the nearby Lockheed facility in an effort to coordinate with our schools STEM programming and to get 4-H'ers interested in further Robotics study and opportunities.

The Junk Drawer Robotics Team addressed a critical need at the local, state and national level for hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming for youth. More than 20 Paulding County 4-H'ers participated in the program, including Teen Leaders who helped lead a summer robotics interest program and a summer "Scratch Class" which taught basic computer programming skills.The Robotics Club organizers plan to extend the program in the coming year to a Lego Robotics Team.


Personnel actions since August 1, 2013

New Hires

  • Brooks County – Stephanie Hollifield, Public Serv Asst, 8/1/2013
  • Clarke County – Lauren Morris, Program Asst, 8/22/2013
  • Dawson County – Mary Dintelmann, Program Coordinator II, 9/16/2013
  • Hall County – Kaitlyn Head, Program Asst, 8/29/2013
  • Haralson County – Donna Buzzard, Program Asst, 8/5/2013
  • Henry County – Ashley Dalba, Program Asst, 8/1/2013
  • Johnson County – Tamra Allen, Program Coordinator II, 9/16/2013
  • Jones County – Brandi Johnson, County Secretary, 8/15/2013
  • Madison County – Julie Strickland, Program Asst, 8/1/2013
  • Newton County – Ashley Walden, Program Coordinator II, 9/16/2013
  • Spalding County – Barbara Morales, County Secretary, 8/5/2013
  • Stephens County – Nicole McCollum, County Secretary, 8/1/2013
  • Tattnall County – Leslie Garrett, Public Serv Rep, 8/1/2013
  • Thomas County – Kim Wyche, Program Coordinator II, 9/16/2013
  • Toombs County – Leigha Beckum, Program Asst, 8/29/2013
  • Towns County – Billie Harvey, County Extension Associate, 8/1/2013
  • Troup County – Brian Maddy, Public Serv Asst, 9/1/2013
  • Upson County – Candace McBride, Program Coordinator II, 9/16/2013

Transfers/Position Changes

  • Baldwin County – Robert Jones, Public Serv Asst, transferred from Emanuel County, 8/1/2013
  • Emanuel County – Jeffrey Burke, Public Serv Rep, transferred from Sumter County, 10/01/2013
  • Toombs County – Lesli Garrett, Public Serv Rep, transferred to Tatnall County, 8/1/2013


  • Clarke County – Kyle Hamlin-Filkins, Secretary, 8/31/2013
  • Coweta County – Sandra Bauer, CEPA, 8/6/2013
  • DeKalb County – Lisa Tiller, CEPA, 8/9/2013
  • Dougherty County – Jessica Dorsey, Program Asst, 9/6/2013
  • Grady County – Donald Clark, Public Serv Asst, 10/1/2013
  • Lumpkin County – Ian Cowie, Public Serv Assoc, 8/1/2013
  • Mitchell County – Max Demott II, Public Serv Rep, 9/18/2013
  • Pike County – Allison Floyd, Secretary, 8/8/2013
  • Walton County – Roy Glen Blair, Public Serv Asst, 9/1/2013
  • Ware County – Virginia Boatright, Public Serv Asst, 10/1/2013
  • Wayne County – Kaye Lynn Hataway, Public Serv Asst, 8/30/2013