Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

2020 National Conference
October 6-8, 2020

Seminars and Research Presentations by Session Time

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Concurrent Session #1

Extension Engages: Relevancy with Multiple Generations

Extension offices include multiple generations of employees working together.  Utilizing the gifts that each generation brings to Extension programs is necessary. We must limit turn-over, keep Extension relevant, recruit staff and retain them. This panel of professionals will explore recognition, teamwork structure and daily functioning in the office across generations. 

Travis West, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
The Ohio State University
Public Relations Committee

Public Relations Committee Members:  Lynette Black, Izette McNealy, Chad Proudfood,  Karol Dyson, Bev Maltsberger, Sheriden Hansen, Jennifer Wilson, Peter Wulfhorst

Mobilizing Rural Communities to Create Systemic Changes to Reduce Health Disparities

USG institutions are creating strategies to enhance rural community capacity in addressing health inequities, outcomes, and resource access. Community residents and stakeholders are engaged in determining how to best "close the gap" between suggested optimal development models, current and future conditions and to prepare a visioning masterplan.

Denise Everson, Program Development Coordinator, FACS
University of Georgia
Georgia / Alpha Beta Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Amanda Tedrow, Al Parker

SAFE: Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Extension Programs

Youth serving organizations must be committed to providing safe, affirming, nurturing and supportive environments for all. Child sexual abuse is a pervasive issue affecting many. Participants of this session will learn about implementing a training program for staff focused on volunteer screening and preventing child sexual abuse. 

Jodi Schulz, Senior Extension Educator
Michigan State University Extension
Michigan / Alpha Psi Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Christine Heverly, Kylie Rymanowicz, Chelsea Hetherington

Transforming Leaders: Taking a Mindful Approach

Extension professionals are leaders in their families, communities and workplace. Mindful leaders know how to cultivate confidence and creativity among their followers. Cultivating mindfulness among groups, or the workplace, can potentially improve group/employee wellness, reduce stress, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and build a culture of connectedness and compassion

Joanne Kinsey,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
New Jersey / Alpha Xi Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Jeannette Rea Keywood

USA/China Small and Family Farms Blended Learning and Teaching Exchange

Oregon Extension partnered with China through their Ag broadcasting and television school to reach over 900 million farmers through their vast networks of training and learning centers. We collectively have expanded learning capabilities of their instructors in online and blended learning platforms to transform subsistence farming operations to professional farming.

Sam Angima, Associate Dean for Outreach & Engagement
Oregon State University
Oregon / Gamma Chapter


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Concurrent Session #2

Innovative Extension Approach to Addressing Addiction using SEL and Mindfulness.

The session will provide information on using  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness approach with the adults participating in addiction recovery program.. The presenter will provide program framework, methodology, program outcomes, recommendations, lessons learned, and newer research application of  SEL and mindfulness in field of addiction.

Dhruti Patel, Senior Agent, Family Consumer Sciences
University of Maryland Extension
Maryland / Tau Chapter

Creating a Cross-Program Area Approach to Mental Health Education

Struggling to implement cross-program plans of work at the local and state levels? This rural county office recognized a community need for mental health education and created a cross-program plan to provide it. This session will provide tips and tricks for cross-program work to increase policy, system, and environmental changes.

Amanda Raines, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio / Alpha Eta Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Jami Dellifield, Mark Badertscher, Mark Light

Utah's Rural Online Initiative: Training Urban Business Leaders to Manage Remote Workers from Rural Counties

To help Utah business leaders prepare for the future, USU Extension created a course that teaches the necessary skills for effectively leading remote employees and developing remote work policies and procedures. The purpose of this course is to provide specialized training that leads to and increased supply of remote jobs.

Paul Hill, Extension Associate Professor
Utah State University
Utah / Iota Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Amanda Ali, Russell Goodrich, Emy Swadley

From Volunteer Management to Developing Volunteer Leaders: Using the Volunteer Engagement Framework to Advance Volunteer Health Programming

Implementation of master volunteer programs for community health calls for new levels of volunteer engagement. This session introduces and applies the Volunteer Engagement Framework, aiming to increase awareness of volunteer roles, describe the role/relationship of volunteers to county educators, and increase understanding of how to leverage volunteers strategically.

JoAnne Leatherman, Program Director, Agriculture and Healthy Living
National 4-H Council
Maryland / Tau Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Andy Crocker, Lisa Washburn

Research Sessions 2-3 per room per time period

Research Session 1 of 2: Understanding Recruitment and Retention in the 4-H Club Program: A multi-state research project

Why first-year families in 4-H stay or leave is critical to understanding retention. The purpose of this multi-state research project is to better understand first-year 4-H member retention. This session will focus on qualitative data examining youth/adult perspectives. Researchers found three primary themes: sense of welcoming/belonging, communication, and organization/structure.

Sarah Hensley, Curriculum & Evaluation SSA

University of Florida

Florida / Alpha Delta Chapter

Additional Presenters: Jeannette Rea Keywood, Dale Pracht, JoLynn Miller

Research Session 2 of 2: A Workforce in Progress: How 4-H positively impacts the development of Workforce Skills.

What are the benefits of 4-H involvement in developing workforce preparation skills for the future? In 2016, the WVU Post-Secondary Success Taskforce set out to answer this question. This session will review the findings of that research, explore the resulting implications, and connect participants with related resources.

Brenda Pruett, Extension Agent

West Virginia University

West Virginia / Phi Chapter

Additional Presenters: Carole Scheerbaum, Jamie Mullins


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Session #5


Session #3

The Educator's Guide to Teaching Mindfulness Based Activities for Adults

The Educator's Guide to Teaching Mindfulness Based Activities for Adults provides supplemental activities enhancing educational programs and organizational wellness initiatives. Written for both novices and experienced facilitators, session participants will discover the importance of promoting mindfulness, identify benefits of routine practice, and participate in an interactive exercise from the guide.

Amy Rhodes, 4-H Educator
Wicomico County 4-H, University of Maryland Extension
Maryland / Tau Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Dhruti Patel, Erin Jewell

WHEN THEORY MEETS PRACTICE: LAMBDA CHAPTER'S APPROACH TO INCREASE PEER-TO-PEER SHARING

ESP Lambda Chapter created a professional development blog that gives the chapter a sandbox to experiment with sharing and showcasing member work, social media postings, and Mail Chimp usage.   This session will explore the educational theory behind the practices, the proposal that led to the blog, and the resulting project.

Celeste Carmichael, Program Development Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension
New York / Lambda Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Bonnie Collins

Let's Talk About It! Gathering Diverse Input on Community Issues

This session examines using the CIVIC model (Community Voices Informed Choices) to host youth, adult, and intergenerational forums on critical issues, such as climate change and mental health.  Presenters will conduct a mock forum to showcase discussion format and facilitation skills.

Alyssa Bowers, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas 4-H Agent
UF/IFAS Extension
Florida / Alpha Delta Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, Lara Milligan

Protecting Our Youth: Hidden in Plain Sight

An award-winning, high-impact, interactive program that illustrates how teens and adults use, misuse and conceal ATOD substances and paraphernalia. Search data-based simulations  to find substances and ways of hiding them. See how ACE's, Risk and Protective Factors, and NIDA's Family Checkup program are incorporated to help better protect  our youth.

Allison Goshorn, Health and Human Science Educator
Purdue University
Indiana / Alpha Lambda Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Karen Richey

Show Me the Money! Creating a Statewide Program for Managing 4-H Club Funds

Fund development is crucial to sustaining Extension programming, especially the traditional 4-H youth development club delivery model.  Workshop participants will understand the proper ways of accruing, spending, and recording these funds and how to implement a statewide system for building capacity and accountability for 4-H club fiscal management.

Jana Ferris, Extension Volunteer Specialist
Washington State University
Washington / Beta Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Missy Cummins


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Session #4

Visionary Leadership: Using Humor and Laughter to Decrease Stress and Increase Productivity

Effective leaders can use humor and laughter in the workplace to decrease stress. The benefits of successful organization can include increased group vitality, increased productivity and improved overall effectiveness. We'll share strategies to bring appropriate humor into your work and a chance to participate in some stress reduction laughter exercises.

Alayne Torretta, County 4-H Agent
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County
New Jersey / Alpha Xi Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Joanne Kinsey

Using Collaboration to Address Food Insecurity

Extension is in a valuable position to address food insecurity. Successes and ideas will be explored to encourage Extension professionals to start or contribute to their local food councils utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach.

Amanda Bennett, Extension Educator, ANR
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio / Alpha Eta Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Alisha Barton

Urban Extension Professional Development

To work successfully in urban and metropolitan areas, Extension personnel need skills beyond their disciplinary expertise to navigate the diversity, complexity and scale of these regions. Learn about recent urban Extension professional development efforts, and engage in a collaborative discussion about the needs of Extension personnel working with urban communities.

Martha Aitken, Assistant Director, Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension
Washington State University
Washington / Beta Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Brenda Rogers, Bridget Morrisroe-Aman, Brad Gaolach

Building a Collaborative Approach to Zoonoses Education for Youth in Animal Agriculture

Maryland 4-H Healthy Animals|Healthy YOUth team members will present on experiences with swine influenza at fair and subsequent partnerships strengthened and share zoonotic disease materials that were developed and delivered through online training programs, train-the-trainer sessions and youth workshops using hands-on lessons/kits, videos, and standardized fair animal exhibit signage.

April Barczewski, Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development
University of Maryland Extension
Maryland / Tau Chapter

Additional Presenters:  Lacie Ashby, Chris Anderson

Land Grant Cabins to Global Connections: Making the Case for International Extension Engagement

Tyrone values youth as an essential asset to the community and its future. He engages youth to identify issues creating solutions through a global view of service and leadership. He has served as the Kentucky Association of Extension 4-H Agents President and is currently President-Elect of the Alpha-Kappa ESP Chapter.

Tyrone Gentry, County Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development
University of Kentucky
Global Relations Committee

Moving Beyond Outputs to Demonstrate Impact

Extension professionals are more commonly being asked to demonstrate the IMPACT of the community programs offer. But how do you demonstrate impact from potentially short term programming with little capacity for follow up surveys? This session will share the process around, examples of, and strategies for Utah's move toward impact.

Andree' Walker Bravo, Director for County Operations
Utah State University Extension
Utah / Iota Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Lendel Narine


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Session #5

The Public Value of Volunteering for Extension: A Multi-State Study of Community Impacts

Communities are stronger because of volunteers. They connect communities by building relationships, improve community health, and increase overall civic involvement. This public value was documented in the 12-state North Central Region 4-H Volunteer Impact Study. Leave with a study summary and ideas for communicating research results with stakeholders.

Kandi O'Neil, New Colleague Onboarding Director/Volunteer Leadership Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin / Alpha Sigma Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Patricia McGlaughlin, Illinois; Rachelle Vettern, North Dakota

Screening Volunteers Across Extension Through Volunteer Central

The proper screening, selection, and training of volunteers is critical to successful program delivery. They create life-changing experiences, provide millions of dollars in added value in our communities and help us reach broad audiences across the nation. Volunteer Central may be your first step to successful volunteer management.

Jennifer Weichel, Volunteer Specialist
Michigan State University
Michigan / Alpha Psi Chapter

Urban 4-H in Rochester, NY

Rochester's youth have created numerous opportunities for themselves to have experiences beyond their typical spheres, such as community service, spreading positivity at the State Fair in Syracuse, and learning outdoor cooking skills. Engage in a conversation about what they have done and the "Sparks" that motivate them!

Susan Coyle, 4-H Program Leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County
New York / Lambda Chapter

Implementing a Shared Leadership Model with Area Leaders

Ohio State University Extension adopted a shared leadership model in 2018. Understand the theoretical benefits gathered from the literature. Learn about the implementation process, the success, and the challenges that have been realized during the past two years working in this new model.

Chris Bruynis, Associate Professor, Area Leader and Extension Educator
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio / Alpha Eta Chapter

Additional Presenter:  Kathy Bruynis, Rob Leeds, Jason Hedrick, Lee Beers

Research Sessions 2-3 per room per time period

Research Presentation 1 of 3: A Tale of Two Schools: How the same food waste intervention training changed food waste in two school districts

The objective of this school food waste reduction intervention was to assess food waste in two Northeastern, low-income Community Eligibility Provision school districts and to measure the change in food waste before and after an education program to food service workers on the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement program.

Jennifer Shukaitis, Assistant Professor/FCHS Educator

Rutgers University

New Jersey / Alpha Xi Chapter

Additional Presenter: Sara Elnakib

Research Presentation 2 of 3: Extension Volunteer Technology and Training Evaluation

Volunteer Specialists surveyed 4-H and EMG volunteers to identify best practices for implementing standardized trainings. Evaluation results indicated volunteers are savvy with basic Internet tools and revealed future training preferences. These findings can enhance training experiences, increase personnel effectiveness, and develop more prepared leaders to support 4-H youth and beyond.

Keri Hobbs, Extension Specialist - 4-H Volunteer Development

The University of Georgia Extension

Georgia / Alpha Beta Chapter

Additional Presenter: Sheri Dorn

Research Presentation 3 of 3: A Qualitative Phenological Study of Self-Reported Benefits from Graduating Seniors

Research analyzed the self-reported impacts of graduating seniors who recorded farewell videos. Two rounds of coding resulting in alignment to indicators that promote a high-quality PYD program (Eccles & Gootman, 2002). Support for the following was found: Supportive Relationships, Opportunities to Belong, Support for Efficacy/Mattering, and Opportunities for Skill Building.

Chris DeCubellis, State Specialized Agent, 4-H

University of Florida

Florida / Alpha Delta Chapter

Additional Presenter: Sarah Hensley



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