Number CLVII The Newsletter of Epsilon Sigma Phi July 2021

 Summer Greetings, ESP Friends! 
Peggy Compton, National ESP President

Our hardworking ESP Executive Director Team has continued to make improvements and additions to the ESP National website! The latest upgrade gives you access to your ESP donation history in real-time with the click of your mouse. Just log in, click on your name to go to your profile, and then click on  “Donations” to see your past contributions* to the ESP Development Fund. Our ESP Development Fund supports more than $35,000 in scholarships and grants, annually, so every day and any day is a good time to make a contribution to the Fund. However, this time of year is the BEST time to give because you will get a donor ribbon and pin to wear proudly at the annual conference. So, after registering for the conference, head on over to and make your donation of $100 or more to receive the collectable conference pin at registration.

While you are checking out your Development Fund contributions to date, you may want to note where you are in relationship to our “Key Levels” and make a contribution to “level up” to the ESP Key ($250), Bronze Key ($500), Silver Key ($1,000), Gold Key ($5,000), Platinum Key ($15,000) or Diamond Key ($25,000).

You may notice in your donations history a “Manual Credit” made on 12/01/2017.  This reflects donations made prior to online giving.

Speaking of our 2021 ESP National Conference, registrations, hotel bookings and tour sales are hotter than the weather in the Pacific Northwest last week so don’t delay! Register today. Because we can’t wait to see you there! But don’t just take my word for it. Listen here:


2021 National Conference

Early Bird Registration ends August 31, 2021

Be sure to check out the optional conference tours offered on Monday, October 25 at the National ESP Conference. You can sign-up when you register. If you need to add a tour, see registration instructions for an "add-on" registration.

The Life Members Tour on Tuesday, October 26 following the Ruby Luncheon will visit the American Prohibition Museum and City Market.

Dine Around Savannah on your own or with a hosted group on Tuesday evening, October 26. Make sure to express your desire to participate during registration.

Continue reading this newsletter for more conference highlights.

Welcome to our new National Board Members

The National ESP Board welcomes two new regional vice-presidents. Both positions will serve a two-year term.

Mollie Toppe joins the national board as the Northeast Region Vice President. She has been a member of ESP since 2016 and has served on the National Marketing Committee where she was instrumental in developing and implementing the mentoring program for new conference attendees. Mollie serves as Treasurer for the West Virginia Phi Chapter. 

The West Region Vice President position will be filled by Katie Ahern and who has been a member of ESP since 2015. She has served as the Oregon Gamma Chapter president-elect, president and currently as the past president. Katie is currently serving her second term on the National Marketing Committee. 


Give to the Development Fund during Registration

Submitted by the Resource Development & Management Committee

After registering for conference, visit and make your donation of $100 or more to receive the conference pin. It will be waiting for you when you arrive in Savannah, GA. Donations are credited into your Key Level Recognition amount. Donors reaching a new Key Level by September 1st will be recognized at this year's conference. 

More information is available at



2021 ESP National Recognition Recipients

Congratulations to the ESP Members who have been selected by their peers for their outstanding work and dedication to Extension. These individuals will be recognized at the 2021 National Conference in Savannah, Georgia. For a complete list of winners, go to 2021 ESP National Recognition Recipients.

2021 Distinguished Service Ruby Recipient

Epsilon Sigma Phi’s most prestigious level of recognition, the Distinguished Service Ruby award, is designed to recognize outstanding leadership, innovative thinking and sustained exceptional performance across a lifetime service in Extension. It is a great honor to recognize Dr. Edwin Jones - Virginia Alpha Gamma Chapter, as the 2021 Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Ruby award recipient.

Dr. Jones is the director of Virginia Cooperative Extension and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has served in that role since April 2011.

Prior to that he served as associate director and state program leader for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community and Rural Development; associate state program leader for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community and Rural Development; assistant department head and department extension leader in forestry; and as extension wildlife specialist and professor of forestry at NC State University. He has also served as extension wildlife specialist at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Jones has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington, and master of science and a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech in fisheries and wildlife science. He has held leadership positions in the Extension Disaster Education Network, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, and the Southern Region Program Leader Network.

Dr. Jones has been a member of ESP since his induction into the North Carolina Xi Chapter in 1992. From his earliest days as a Wildlife Specialist for Mississippi State University, Dr. Jones has been providing well-respected knowledge and leadership to Extension's constituents for nearly 40 years. 


2021 Friend of Extension Recipients

Elected Official
Gary Black, Georgia

Since 2011, Gary Black has served as the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture.  Black earned a degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Throughout his 35-year career in agriculture, he has championed sound state and federal policies impacting food safety, science-based environmental stewardship and agricultural marketing.  Mr. Black has synergistically worked with Extension programs in Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth.   

Extension Volunteer / Lay Leader
Patsy Kinman, Kentucky

Mrs. Patsy Kinman has always been active at the local level, serving on the Grant County Homemaker Council, 4-H Council, County Extension Council and Extension District Board.  She has not only been an active member of these groups, but has taken on strong leadership positions, such as secretary and now chair of the Extension District Board, Vice-chair of the County Extension Council and President of the Northern Kentucky Area Extension Homemakers. Patsy has also served in various leadership roles on the Kentucky State Extension Council, including serving as President in 2016-17. 

Professional/Business Leader
Carrie Schumacher, Montana

Carrie Schumacher is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.   Carrie has resided on and adjacent to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation for her entire life, dedicating her time and expertise to the communities encompassing the reservation. Carrie and her husband Brock farm on the reservation and surrounding counties, while raising their seven-year-old twin daughters, Brenly and Carly. 

Carrie has served in numerous roles for Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) since 2001. FPCC is a 1994 land grant Tribal College serving the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Her roles have included Assessment Director, over ten years as Extension Director, and consultant.  She is currently the Interim Vice President for Academic and Vocational Education. During this time, she has worked with Montana State University (MSU) Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension faculty extensively.

Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is the foremost voice of county officials representing all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Mark O’Connell, Executive Director of the WCA, has been with the Association since 1989. With a mission that includes education and research resulting in an ability to affect public policy and benefit county government, the WCA and Mark O’Connell are a partner, supporter, and true friend of Extension.

Items for the Fundraising Auction – Ideas

Submitted by the Resource Development & Management Committee

As we go into summer we encourage members to keep in mind the fundraising auction at conference.  More details will come in the next newsletter but look for that fun item for the auction as you go about your summer.  Items can be shipped to GA; instructions later.

We need items donated for both the silent and live auctions. Silent Auction: These items are suggested to be valued at least $30. The item may be a craft, a collectible, a lesson, service or an outing or something purchased or something old. A gift certificate from a company that ships their products. Other ideas include homemade jams, jewelry, beverages, Christmas ornaments, books, foods or other items.

Live Auction: These items are suggested to be of higher value and may include state chapter baskets, travel certificates, vacation getaway rentals, handcrafted items (quilted items), wine or wine tours, fun items, sporting event tickets, unique state products, celebrity autographed items and more.  Easy to carry items and gift certificates that can get items shipped directly to the buyer are good for our travelers.


2021 ESP National Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr. J. Scott Angle is a national leader in developing the science that supports food production and management of natural resources. As chief executive of the agriculture and environmental sciences arm of a leading land-grant university, he champions public science as a path to improve lives and reduce human suffering.

Dr. Angle leads nearly 2,300 employees who work in all 67 Florida counties. UF/IFAS encompasses the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, and the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.

Angle took the helm at UF/IFAS in July 2020, fresh from his position at the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). As director of NIFA, he led federal support for the science underpinning the success of American agriculture, frequently partnering with land-grant universities.

Prior to his national service, he led the non-profit International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), where he oversaw a staff of more than 800 and coordinated development projects worldwide. From 2005 to 2015, he served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia. During his tenure, the college’s enrollment grew 30 percent. 

Angle worked as professor of soil science at the University of Maryland and later as director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension. He is widely cited for his scholarship on phytoremediation, the use of plants for extraction of heavy metals from soil.

Known as “Dr. Dave” on campus and across the country, Dave Schramm is an associate professor and family life extension specialist at Utah State University in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. After graduating with his Ph.D. from Auburn University, he worked as a professor at the University of Missouri for nine years.

Shortly after arriving at USU in 2016, he was been appointed by Governor Herbert to serve on Utah’s Commission on Marriage, he appears on television monthly on Fox 13’s “The Place” and he shares tips and videos on social media to help individuals, parents, and couples thrive in their life journeys.

From British Columbia to Beijing, China, and from St. Louis to San Diego, Dr. Dave has given over 500 presentations, classes, and workshops to a variety of audiences, including the United Nations and a TEDx talk in Florida.

He married his high school sweetheart Jamie, they have four children, he loves peanut M&Ms, and the Schramm fam lives in North Logan, Utah.

Lorilee R. Sandmann, Ph.D., is professor emerita in Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, the College of Education at The University of Georgia. After starting out as an assistant 4-H agent in Nobles County, Minnesota 50 years ago, she has since held extension/outreach, faculty, and administrative positions at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Cleveland State University, as well as The University of Georgia. She is also the former editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Dr. Sandmann’s research, teaching, evaluating, writing, advising, and consulting focuses on leadership and organizational change in higher education with special emphasis on the institutionalization of community engagement, as well as faculty roles and rewards related to community-engaged scholarship. She is recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award by the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement and the UGA’s Outstanding Faculty Scholarship of Engagement Award. She has been inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship and the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She has been the director of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, director of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders, and she serves as a core reviewer and on the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

Dr. Sandmann holds an ESP Minnesota / Pi Chapter membership card from 1980. She can be reached at


A gathering place: The Globalizing Extension Innovation Network

Submitted by the Global Relations Committee

ESP members who wonder how to expand their experience, or maybe those looking for tapping into the wider world, are welcome to meet at The Globalizing Extension Innovation Network (G.E.I.N.) gathering place. The goal of bringing together universities through a network was to have like-minded colleagues who are, or who are looking at, globalizing their extension programs and experience. We want to keep the momentum going.

Are you aware that 106 universities have Extension Educators with international experience (meaning traveling overseas to share expertise) or with global experience (using expertise to educate recent immigrants to their new home)? Educators report they work with 91 immigrant communities in their programs; educators also reported working in 158 countries in the world. There are 272 educators who speak another language—50 other languages in all are spoken by Extension educators.

The Council of G.E.I.N. believes in the collective capacity of the U. S. Cooperative Extension System (CES) and in the value of global professional partnerships for intercultural learning and impact. A team of your peers is committed to forming the Globalizing Extension Innovation Network for the U. S. CES community creating space for collaboration and connection, enabling global engagement, impact sharing, visibility, advocacy, and resource acquisition unlike standalone efforts.

Representatives of the G.E.I.N. Council will be at the ESP National conference in Savannah in October. Come meet them at the poster session. If you want to get a jump on what G.E.I.N. is all about, there is a link to a podcast done by the Extension Foundation interviewing Ben Grove, Chair and an ESP Member from Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension, about the Globalizing Extension Innovation Network. The podcast is just over 15 minutes.

Connect Extension’s Globalizing Extension Innovation Network sub-group will be the channel through which we are coming together to build a community of global and international experts.  We are especially interested in ESP members joining us to integrate the many initiatives along with the ESP National Global Relations Committee.  We hope to have this as a “go to” source for Extension Educators looking for new opportunities or ways to begin to add a global experience or two into their career development. The intent of the Network is to build the professional capacity of our colleagues through sharing experiences and bridging across program areas, geographic locations, and generations of Extension professionals to make a global impact--much like the impact we make within our respective state and national program efforts. More universities and governments are looking to the US Extension System for a model of how to increase impact in communities as an effective path for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. So, join the gathering.


The ESP 2021 Webinar Series continues for July-September

July 27, 1:00 PM ET:  Smoking and Grilling Foods

Presented by: Surine Greenway, Theta Chapter, Idaho

A cross-discipline, hands-on “Smoking and Grilling Foods” workshop was developed and implemented in Idaho. Co-taught by Family & Consumer Sciences and Agriculture Extension Educators, this two-part workshop focuses on meat science and selection, keeping food safe, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meat quality grades, and cooking methods.

August 31, 1:00 PM ET: Impacting Food Insecurity: Extension's 'Grow & Give' Modern Victory Garden work

Presented by: Katie Dunker, Zeta Chapter, Colorado

CSU's Grow & Give project sets the tone for what tangible impact looks like

through a statewide initiative. Learn how you can:

  • Impact food insecurity by engaging the public and volunteers
  • Improve resources & access for growing food
  • Establish new partnerships that will last beyond the pandemic

September 28, 1:00 PM ET: Conflict and You: How to Deal with It!

Presented by: Jamie Morris, Tau Chapter, Maryland

Conflict is natural in almost all interpersonal relationships, but the ability to manage oneself or the conflict is not. Learning how to recognize a conflict and our conflict signals as they arise can help individuals to choose constructive responses that can leads toward de-escalation and potentially a more positive outcome.

Register for these and other webinars on the 2021 ESP Webinar Series page.

Past webinars can be found in the ESP Webinar Library on the ESP YouTube Channel under the Webinar playlist.


Presidential Key and Giving

Submitted by the Resource Development and Management Committee

The Presidential Key is the wooden ESP plaque carved by Arthur Redinger and signed by conference attendees that in the past was purchased in the fundraising auction at the national ESP conference by the outgoing president.  Of course, the president’s chapter, school and friends often helped in that purchase so the Key was a good fundraiser in a fun auction.  In recent years the Key has not been auctioned but is “purchased” by the outgoing president with the help of the state chapter and friends giving “honorariums” to honor the outgoing president for their service to ESP.

With that in mind, visit and select "honorarium" during this conference registration period or later during the conference to recognize our outgoing National ESP President.


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