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October 2014

Steve BrownSteve Brown, Interim Associate Dean for Extension, 706/542-3824,

Your Opinions about the Associate Dean Search DO Matter

When you're busy with Extension work, it's easy to sit back and just watch administrative search processes, convinced that your opinions really don't matter anyway. The selection of our next Associate Dean for Extension is an immensely important part of our future. No matter where you are in the state or what you do for Cooperative Extension, this decision will impact YOU.

EVERYONE has strengths and weaknesses. I hope you will all give your assessment of the candidates' strengths and weaknesses in doing this critical job. Having served in this role for the last few months, I've gotten a taste of what it will take to do this job well. The job is a constant parade of issues that can easily become chaotic. To be successful, the Associate Dean must be organized (not my strong suit) and calm. They must have a balance of management skills, vision and leadership. An ability to bring diverse, and sometimes opposing, groups together for a common goal is also critical. An open mind and an ability to listen to different opinions, even when you already have an opinion, will always be a positive. When the time comes, the Associate Dean must be prepared to make decisions, take criticism and move on.

I hope everyone will express their opinions when requested by the search committee. No matter who is selected, I hope everyone will rally behind the new Associate Dean. The job is hard enough without starting off with opposition. Please support your new Associate Dean and let them know you appreciate their efforts.

Congratulations to National Winners!

A team of agents and specialists from UGA, Clemson and Virginia won a national award for their project entitled, Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce. The team was a mix of ANR and FACS agents, many of whom worked together to deliver the program in their communities.

The Georgia project team included Susan Howington, Frank Hancock, Denise Everson, Amanda Tedrow, Joann Milam, Terri Black, Kisha Faulk, Louise Estabrook, Keith Mickler, Paul Pugliese, Kathy Floyd, Mary Carol Sheffield, Renee Dotson, Helen Carter, Ines Beltran, Wade Hutcheson, Carole Knight, Peggy Bledsoe, Judy Ashley, Cindee Sweda, Stefan Price (Fort Valley State), Janet Sylvia, Julia Gaskin, Mark Harrison, Jennifer Cannon, and Judy Harrison, who led the project.

This is the third time Judy has led a team that won the national NEAFCS 1st Place Food Safety Award. This is a great accomplishment and confirms that we can indeed work across program area lines to do great things. Thanks to all the participants for making UGA Extension look so good.

In this issue of Extension E-News:

  • Greg Price discusses the new print on demand service through OfficeMax and provides information from the Office of Communications and Creative Services;
  • Deborah Murray writes about health insurance literacy and upcoming national conferences; and
  • Arch Smith announces that Jennifer Nettles will chair the 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala.


County Operations

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

Printing Numbered Publications

This past month I sat down with Angela Rowell and Andrea Gonzalez of the Office of Communications and Creative Services to discuss the new print on demand service through OfficeMax. We had 75 responses to the survey sent out to county employees. We used these responses to evaluate how the new system is working and how we can improve it. While the majority of respondents have signed up for an account, only 25 percent of those saying they have an account also said they've placed an order. The most common reason given for not using the system was, "I don't have a need for printed publications."

While it might be easier to print copies for clients as they come in the door, you could be providing a higher quality product with just a little bit of foresight. Think about the publications you recommend most often and order a couple of each. Or consider starting a reference library in your office. A list of popular publications your office may want to order can be found on the OCCS resource page for Print on Demand.

It's not too late to request an account, and account creation is not limited to one person per office, as it was in the past. Districts have set aside money specifically for printing numbered publications and we would like to see more users taking advantage of the system. The OfficeMax site can also be used to print large copies of your own documents. However, your office would have to pay for this option.

Andrea has put together the following information to help improve your publication ordering experience:

Searching the catalog: The search results only show exact matches for the file name or description. It's better to search for publications on the Extension publications website first to find a particular item using keywords. Our website will show you the publication number, which you can then use to search the OfficeMax catalog.

Types of publications: Currently, only active publications (primarily ANR publications) can be ordered through the catalog, with the exclusion of "for-sale" publications. Newsletters, departmental publications and 4-H publications may be ordered through "upload and print."

Keeping track of your balance: Since we are using a third party, it is up to each office to track its account balance. Much like postage, if you place an order that is outside of your allocation, be sure to send a check to your district office.

Out of date publications: ANR publications that are dated with a year older than 2011 should not be distributed to the public. Hard copies of old publications should be discarded or recycled. Feel free to mail me a copy (116 Hoke Smith Building, Athens, GA 30602), and I will make sure it is included in our archive. To reduce future waste, order small quantities of each publication.

For more information, I recommend reading the comprehensive informational sheet Andrea has put together. She will meet with the ANR PDCs in November so they will also be able to field questions.


Family and Consumer Sciences

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

National Urban Extension Conference and the National Health Outreach Conference

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host two national conferences in May at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. The National Urban Conference will be May 4-7 and the National Health Outreach Conference is set for May 6-8. Registration for both conferences will open on Nov. 1. If you attend both conferences there is a discounted registration fee. These two conferences have something for every agent in Georgia - rural and urban. Because health status is both a rural and urban issue, the two conferences will overlap on May 6-7. The urban conference will end on the morning of May 7 with a joint session on Telling Our Story with Andy Goodman. Read about Mr. Goodman.

The 2015 National Urban Extension Conference theme is Honoring the Past, Living the Dream, Embracing the Future. The agenda and details can be found at

The 2015 National Health Outreach Conference theme is Promoting Connections to Create Healthy Individuals, Families and Communities. The agenda and details can be found at

I hope to see all of you at one or both of these national conferences.

Health Insurance Literacy

Open enrollment for the new Health Insurance Marketplace will begin Nov. 15. Many county offices will get calls about the open enrollment because UGA Extension played a major role in educating consumers about the new Marketplace last year. Extension, as always, has been noted for being very consumer friendly as we try to find answers for the people we serve. It will be important that our offices can offer consumer information when we continue to get those calls. Dr. Joan Koonce has developed a website for counties to access information for open enrollment. Visit the Health Insurance Literacy website.


4-H and Youth Development

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

Lowery retires, Nettles to chair gala and 4-H'ers support club members in Liberia

In our last newsletter, I wrote about change in Georgia 4-H over the years. Sometimes change is difficult to handle. Linda Lowery has served as the accountant for the Georgia 4-H Foundation for more than 15 years. She joined the State 4-H Office as a State 4-H program assistant in 1986. Since I joined the State 4-H faculty in 1988, I have found Linda to be one of the most dedicated, talented, and pleasant people to have ever worked for Georgia 4-H. Linda has decided to retire at the end of October to spend more time with her son, Luke. She looks forward to traveling, gardening, and enjoying more time with her family. We will miss Linda's attention to detail and her positive outlook. We wish Linda the best in her future endeavors, but this change will be difficult to assimilate because she was the ultimate in working to make the 4-H motto a reality—"To Make The Best Better."

Georgia 4-H will hold the next Georgia 4-H Gala on Aug. 8, 2015, at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. We are pleased to announce that Coffee County 4-H alumna Jennifer Nettles has agreed to serve as our honorary chair for the evening. Jennifer is a Grammy Award winning song writer and county music star. Her 4-H achievements include being a district and state 4-H officer, master 4-H Club member, Clovers and Company member, and Rock Eagle summer camp counselor. We appreciate Jennifer's commitment to continue to support Georgia 4-H.

Jeff Buckley shared the following information about the great work that Stephanie Myers and Evans County 4-H members did to support the 4-H Program in Liberia. As you've surely heard, the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus has had a devastating impact and has hit our 4-H friends in Africa especially hard. Prior to this outbreak, Liberia 4-H was operating 4-H clubs and gardens in 128 schools. Unfortunately, 4-H Liberia National Executive Director Umaru Sheriff reports that his country is now facing extreme challenges. All of the schools and most hospitals are closed. Some of his 4-H colleagues are under quarantine and more than 2,400 people have died from the virus.

In response to a call for support from National 4-H Council, Stephanie Myers and her Evans County 4-H'ers organized a fundraiser to keep 4-H in Liberia going during this tragic time. As a result of their efforts, they raised more than $1,100. Upon hearing of this generous donation, Mr. Sherriff replied, "I am so astonished not just because of the funds raised, but to know that we have friends that are with us in such a difficult time. Let me first of all say thanks to you, Stephanie Myers from Evans County, and all the 4-H youth, along with their family members, that are involved in this worthy initiative. Please be with us in prayer for the eradication of this virus in Liberia, Africa, and in other parts of the world."

An outbreak of a disease like Ebola does not evoke the same quick call to action that we've seen for hurricanes and earthquakes. However, our world is certainly facing a mounting humanitarian crisis. Hearing the story of these Evans County 4-H'ers makes me extremely proud that Georgia 4-H helps cultivate young people who are willing to work to help others even when they're on the other side of the world. I encourage you to join me in following their lead as we all do our part to help fight this terrible disease by supporting our favorite aid organizations.


Outstanding Extension program

The October winner of the Outstanding Extension Program contest is Youth in Governance coordinated by Cherry Hovatter with Spalding County Extension.

Youth in Governance was a weeklong day camp that exposed seventh through twelfth grade 4-H members to the functions of local government and community services. The camp also increased the students' awareness of community needs. The connection between academic learning and real-life, hands-on service allowed the students to gain insight into city and county government and learn about the leadership qualities and services that are needed to run a local government and to have a successful community.

The camp was a collaborative effort headed up by Spalding County Extension and the City of Griffin Economic Development Department. The following resources were involved in the program: City of Griffin, Spalding County, the University of Georgia Griffin Campus, Southern Crescent Technical College, Spalding Regional Hospital and local financial institutions, services, and utilities. Youth were given hands on opportunities at each location to experience that particular job.

The 4-H members participating in Youth in Governance evaluated the impact the camp had on them in specific areas. Participants gained measurable increases of knowledge in the following areas: government jobs, how a trial is conducted, government careers, career preparation, college application and an interest in careers they may want to pursue after graduation.


Personnel actions since September 1, 2014

New Hires

  • Atkinson County – Tony Barnes, Public Serv Rep, 9/1/2014
  • Chatooga County – Caleb Millican, County Ext Assoc, 9/1/2014
  • Colquitt County – Christine Odom, County Ext Assoc, 9/1/2014
  • Fulton County – Ashley Wadley, Public Serv Asst, 9/1/2014
  • Gordon County – Alexandria Griner, Public Serv Asst, 9/1/2014
  • Macon County – Mark Bailey, Public Serv Rep, 9/1/2014
  • Pulaski County – Jason Smith, County Ext Assoc, 9/1/2014
  • Whitfield County – Tifffany Cantrell, County Ext Assoc, 9/4/2014
  • Worth County – Emily Burdine, Public Serv Rep, 9/1/2014

Transfers/Position Changes

  • Brooks County – Benjamin Shirley, from Bacon to Brooks County, 9/1/2014
  • Bryan County – Patricia West, from Chatham to Bryan County, 9/1/2014
  • Coffee County – Mark VonWaldner, from Atkinson to Coffee County, 9/1/2014
  • Effingham County – Sammuel Ingram, from Jackson to Effingham County, 9/1/2014
  • Jones County – Brennan Jackson, from County Ext Assoc to Public Serv Rep, 9/1/2014
  • Lumpkin County – Chesley Davis, from Muscogee to Lumpkin County, 9/1/2014
  • Walton County – Joel Burnsed, from Twiggs to Walton County, 9/1/2014


  • Bartow County – Brielle Shinall, County Ext Assoc, 9/5/2014