1890 logoThe Winners of the Special 1890 Scholarships Announced

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the the passage of the second Morrill Act.   This act created what we know as the 1890s.  The ESP National Board at their Mid Year Board meeting committed to providing scholarships for Extension professions working at 1890 institutions to attend the 2015 ESP National Conference,  The scholarships are provided in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the 1890 Institutions.

We are pleased to announce that the following Extension professions from 1890 institutions are being awarded scholarships to attend the 2015 ESP National Conference:  from Alabama A & M University - Darlene Minniefield, from Florida A & M University - Linda Sapp, from the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore, Jacelyn Koller, and from South Carolina State University - Boyd W. Owens.  Congratulations to all of you.  We will be pleased to welcome you to the conference in Idaho.

Going Up?

Public Issues Committee Helps You Share the Ride

One purpose of the ESP Public Issues Committee is to build and strengthen support for Extension through communication.  Telling “The Extension” story to stakeholders who don’t know or understand us is sometimes the last thing Extension professionals do, this leads to the old adage that Extension is, the best kept secret.  In 2015 the PI Committee is offering two ways to improve your elevator speech.  The first, by attending their concurrent session entitled, Going Up? Crafting Effective Elevator Speeches to Share Your Extension Story.  The second, by participating in the Elevator Speech Contest.  Choose to attend one or both, although you do not need to attend the concurrent session to participate in the contest.

Read more: 2015-Elevator Speech

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

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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.