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

ESP Dues Renewal Time is Here Again

ComputerIt is that time of year to renew your ESP Dues.  Many chapters start the dues renewal process in the fall when they have an annual Extension conference,
others are just now beginning the process.  This year brings the second year for the original seven chapters to pilot and six new chapters that have joined the online membership managment system.  

We are continuing to using the system called Wild Apricot to serve as our membership tool.  The Alabama / Alpha Pi Chapter, the Hawaii / Alpha Omega Chapter,  the Illinois / Alpha Nu Chapter, the Idaho / Theta, the Maryland / Tau Chapter, the New Jersey / Alpha Xi, Wisconsin / Alpha Sigma Chapter have all agreed to participate again this year.   The six new chapters that have joined in are the Washington D.C. / Mu Chapter, the Iowa / Alpha Mu Chapter, the Georgia Alpha Beta Chapter, the Kansas / Alpha Rho Chapter, the Minnesota / Pi Chapter, the Michigan / Alpha Psi Chapter and the Texas / Alpha Zeta Chapter have joined in this year.   Those chapters represent 877 of our 2,300 annual members.  We also have the records from over 550 life members who have email addresses who are also a part of the total membership whose records are on file in the new system.

There are a number of advantages to the new system including: 1) members can update their own records including changing addresses, phone numbers and emails, 2) members will be able to pay by check, credit card or chapters who are part of a local JCEP can still pay for the ESP members with one check from the chapter, 3) we can create a member only section with information, member directories, and blogs or discussion groups, 4) Each chapter will have a designated member that will be able to access member data and will be able to email information to members or selected groups of members in their chapter, 5) we will be able to use the system to register members for conferences (no more entering all of your personal information), 6) automated messages will be sent to remind members when it is time to pay dues, 7) we can use the system to allow members to donate to the Development Fund campaign at any time, and 8) the online database provides a safe storage that is backed up insuring that our historical membership database will be safe and secure.

So far we have received some good comments about the system, members have indicated that they like it.  We will need a bit more training for the chapter administrators but we will be working on that soon.  We have encountered a few challenges but we have been able to resolve those satisfactorily at this point.

The ESP National Board has committeed to a two year funding of the pilot.   We will provide the opportunity for more chapters to join in the pilot in 2017. Hopefully we will have all chapters onboard the online system by 2018.

New Overtime Final Rule Issued
To our NIFA Partners:  As many of you may be aware, on May 18,  the Department of Labor issued the Fair Labor Standard Act’s https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term="  Overtime Final Rule, which is intended to ensure overtime protections for executive, administrative, and professional employees (“white collar”).  The implementation of the final overtime rule is Dec. 1.


Changes from the initial proposed rule include:

  • Nonexempt employees working over 40 hours per week must be paid overtime pay for work in excess of 40 hours per week. Compensation for these additional hours must be no less than one and a half times their regular hourly rate.
Exemptions can be made for “white collar employees,” including teachers, and certain other categories of workers.
  • For exempt employees, the minimum income threshold is set at $47,476, double the current salary threshold.
No changes were made to the “duties test” and “teaching” exemptions. 

NIFA is closely studying the updated rule and its impact to our land-grant university partners, small business and other grantees. In the coming weeks, we will provide you more information and necessary guidance as it relates to our current and future funding opportunities and reporting procedures.

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