The Celebration Continues

For the past three years Extension has been in the celebration mode. In 2012 it was the 150th anniversary celebration of the passage of the first Morrill Act in 1862 which created the land-grant universities. The 100th anniversary of the creation of the national Extension System by the passage of the Smith-Lever Act was cause for another celebration. This year marks the passage of a second Morrill Act that was passed in 1890; it was aimed at the former Confederate states. This act required each state to show that race was not an admissions criterion, or else to designate a separate land-grant institution for persons of color. Among the 70 colleges and universities which eventually evolved from the Morrill Acts are several of today's historically black colleges and universities. Though the1890 Act granted cash instead of land, it granted colleges under that act the same legal standing as the 1862 Act colleges; hence the term "land-grant college" properly applies to both groups. However, many did not receive land nor money.

In celebration of the passage of the second Morrill Act and the 1890 institutions it created, Epsilon Sigma Phi has committed $1890 to be used as scholarships for Extension professionals from the 1890 institutions to attend the 2015 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference. Those states where 1890 institutions are located have ESP chapters with members from the Extension programs at the 1890s. ESP is making scholarships available to non-ESP members and ESP annual and life members to attend the conference which will be held at Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho October 4-7, 2015. For more information and for applications for the scholarship continue reading on the next page.

Read more: 1890s Scholarship

Meet Dr. Karen BrunsBruns 2015

Epsilon Sigma Phi's
2015 Ruby Award Recipient

Dr. Bruns spent her 33 year career working in Ohio State University Extension, starting as a county family and consumer sciences Extension educator and culminating her career as Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences and leader, OSU CARES.   In the Assistant Director role, which she held from 2011 to April 2015, she provided leadership to a program of over 200 faculty/staff who focus on Healthy People, Healthy Finances and Healthy Relationships.

Since 1996 she also gave lead to developing and implementing Ohio’s OSU CARES initiative. This Extension led initiative serves to catalyze interdisciplinary teams that partner OSU Extension with colleges across Ohio State University to expand the outreach and engagement of the university with Ohioans.

Read more: 2015 Ruby Award Winner

 Announcing the Results of the 2015 Officer Elections

Claypoole BethESP National 2nd Vice President - 4 year term

From the Northeast Region

Elizabeth Claypoole - New York / Lambda Chapter

Beth will serve a year as the ESP National 2nd Vice President and
will then be the President Elect followed by a year as President and
finally a year as Past President.  Beth follows Jeffrey Myers who is
in his final year on the National ESP Board as Past President.

 

Raney Beth
Northeast Region Vice President - 2 year term

Beth Raney -  Pennsylvania / Alpha Omicron Chapter

Beth will be serving a two year term as the Vice president from the
Northeast Region.  Beth will be following Elaine Long Bailey who has
served as the Northeast Region Vice President and the Global Relations
Committee Chair  for the past three years.  Beth will be serving as a
committee chair of a committee appointed by the National EPS President.

 

 

 

Collins Rusty


Western Region Vice President - 2 year term


Rusty Collins -  Colorado / Zeta Chapter

Rusty will be serving a two year term as the Vice president from the
Northeast Region.  Rusty will be following Donna Gillespie who was
appointed to serve as the Western Region Vice President and the
Public Issues Committee Chair for the past year after Luke Erickson
had to step down for personal reasons.  Rusty will be serving as a
committee chair of a committee appointed by the National EPS President.

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Elevator Speech - Mohamed Khan
Elevator Speech - Mohamed Khan

Elevator Speech by Mohamed Khan from the North Dakota Chapter given at the 2014 Annual Conference. The contest was sponsored by the ESP National Public Issues Committee.

First Place Speech - Michelle Parrot
First Place Speech - Michelle Parrot

Michelle Parrott of the Tennessee Chapter was selected as the first place winner of the Public Issues Committee Elevator Speech Contest. The contest was sponsored by the ESP National Public Issues Committee.

Third Place Speech (tie) - Phyllis Harris
Third Place Speech (tie) - Phyllis Harris

Tying for Third Place in the Elevator Speech Contest was Phyllis Harris of the Indiana Chapter in the contest sponsored by the Public Issues Committee.

Elevator Speech by Annetta Jones
Elevator Speech by Annetta Jones

An Elevator Speech given by Annetta Jones of the Indiana Chapter at the 2014 National Conference. The contest was sponsored by the ESP National Public Issues Committee.

Elevator Speech by Sally Lindquist
Elevator Speech by Sally Lindquist

An Elevator Speech given by Sally Lindquist of the Kansas Chapter at the 2014 National Conference. The contest was sponsored by the ESP National Public Issues Committee.

Third Place Speech (tie) - Mary Ann Leinhart Cross
Third Place Speech (tie) - Mary Ann Leinhart Cross

Tying for Third Place in the Elevator Speech Contest was Mary Ann Leinhart Cross of the Indiana Chapter in the contest sponsored by the Public Issues Committee

Elevator Speech by Cindy Kinder
Elevator Speech by Cindy Kinder

An Elevator Speech given by Cindy Kinder of the Idaho Chapter at the 2014 National Conference. The contest was sponsored by the ESP National Public Issues Committee.

Elevator Speech by Pamela Jacobs
Elevator Speech by Pamela Jacobs

An Elevator Speech given by Pamela Jacobs of the Illinois Chapter at the 2014 National Conference. The contest was sponsored by the ESP National Public Issues Committee.