It’s That Time of Year!

Yes it is that time of year when there is a lot going on for ESP.  With the end of winter coming up quickly there are some things that need your attention.

clockFirst have you paid your dues?  They were due on February 1st.  Did you forget, not a problem we will still take dues for the 2017 campaign.  We will be moving all of our membership to the online Wild Apricot system in June of 2017 so we will take a break for a week or so to be able to get everyone moved to the new system. 

Next, it is time for recognition of our members.  All recognition submissions from the chapters must be received by March 1st.  Many chapters have been using our online recognition system so if that is the case all of those chapters applications are in our database and all we need is a submission of the National Recognition Submission Form which is online and tells us which of your applicants have been selected to be considered for regional or national awards.  The National Recognition Submission Form is also due by March 1.

 We have some scholarships that are available for those wishing to get some financial assistance to attend professional development opportunities.  The Angus Professional Development Scholarship applications for the next round are due on March 1st.  There is still money available for chapters wishing to do a professional development activity using the Professional Development Grants.  These grant applications are due March 1st.  Finally the Redinger Administrator Leader Scholarships which are available to a first time attendee, who has some administrative responsibility, to the ESP National Conference in 
Wilmington, NC in October 2017 will be due by May 1st.  Last year we did not receive enough 
 applications to give out all of these scholarships, we do not want a repeat of that this year.

SpeakerWe are seeking proposals to present concurrent sessions, ignite sessions and poster sessions at the 2017 ESP National Conference in Wilmington, NC in October.  This is an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with your Extension colleagues.  There will be stipends for those who are selected to present at the conference this fall, so it is an excellent way to get some help getting to the conference.  The proposals are to be submitted online at the ESP website and the deadline has been extended to April 7th, so don’t put it off any longer! Submit a proposal!

LeaderFinally, we are seeking candidates to fill the expiring terms of the Northeast Region Vice President, the Western Region Vice President and the National 2nd Vice President who will also come from the Western Region this year.  These are excellent opportunities for individuals to gain national leadership experience.  The applications for these positions are due on April 1st

Introducing the 2016 Distinguished Ruby Award Winner

Dr. Pennie Crinion, University of Illinois / Alpha Nu Chapter

Crinion, PennieFollowing high school graduation, Dr. Pennie Crinion entered Eastern Illinois University and completed a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in home economics and was issued a certification to teach levels K-12. While attending EIU she was elected and served several terms on the Student Senate and managed the Student Senate campus instructor evaluation system.

Dr. Crinion completed a Masters of Education in Home Economics Education degree by commuting to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to attend classes while working as Extension Assistant Adviser, Home Economics in Vermilion County, Illinois. Her coursework focused on child development and educational methodology.

After taking a few non-degree courses while employed on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Crinion formally enrolled in the doctoral Administration, Higher, and Continuing Education program and completed both on campus and off-campus courses after rejoining Extension. During her degree pursuit, she was selected as the University of Illinois student representative to attend the Seventh Annual Seminar on Higher Education Policy in March of 1985. Following completion of her dissertation evaluation of the effects of merit scholarships on college enrollment decisions, she was awarded her degree in May of 1989.

Read more: 2016 Ruby Recipient

Tweeten Kathleen

 Dear ESP Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to serve as your president for 2016-2017.  My name is Kathleen (Kathy) Tweeten, North Dakota Upsilon Chapter. I retired in 2014 from the North Dakota State University Extension Service as the Director of the Center for Community Vitality and Community Economic Development Specialist in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. 

My Epsilon Sigma Phi experiences include: member of Upsilon Chapter of North Dakota State University since 1987 where I served on several chapter committees as well as president.  On the national level, I co-chaired the 2009 national conference in Fargo, ND; chaired the Global Relations committee for two years and was the Epsilon Sigma Phi Vice President for the NC Region from 2010-2012.

One of my duties as president of National ESP is to set the focus for the plan of work for 2017.   This focus is based on the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.  I’m challenging our board, its committees and our chapters to do the following in the next year: continually promote and demonstrate ESP as the leader in professional excellence through the development and delivery of quality programs and services that address emerging issues, are innovative and use the newest methodologies; grow ESP’s membership by 2%; increase overall giving to the ESP foundation by 2% and advance relations with our ESP members, partners and Extension administration through effective communication and active participation.

I look forward to working with you, the national board and its committees for the next two years. 

Respectfully yours,
Kathy Tweeten, President