News September 2013
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September 2013 Newsletter
In This Issue
Job Opportunities
Nat'l Extension Climate Science Initiative Conference
Extension Sustainability Summit
Community Capitals Institute
BR&E Course
Article Headline
CD Practice
Galaxy IV
NACDEP Auction
NACDEP Nominations
JCEP Professional of the Year
Region Spotlight
NRCRCD Feature
From PAR
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Submitted by  

Paul LaChapelle

Montana State University 


Job Opportunities

University of Tennessee

Extension Specialist (Marketing)

Center for Profitable Agriculture


University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 


Southern Rural Development Center Mississippi State University

Director (Associate Professor / Professor)

Department of Agricultural Economics


The Ohio State University

Regional Director, Northwest

OSU Extension


The Ohio State University

Regional Director, Central

OSU Extension 


University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health

Latino Health Disparities Assistant or Associate Professor

Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior     



Stay tuned to the  

NACDEP jobs page for career opportunities.   


National Extension Climate Science Initiative Conference and In-service Workshop

October 28-30 
Cloquet, Minnesota


The University of Minnesota has received a competitive grant from NIFA to assist with travel reimbursement scholarships to attend the National Extension Climate Science Initiative Conference and In-service Workshop, including one for up to $500.

Submitted by  

Christopher Jones

University of Arizona

Gila County Cooperative Extension


October 2-3
Newpark Resort
Park City, UT

The Extension Sustainability Summit is bringing together Cooperative Extension agents and specialists to present and discuss outreach and education activities in five thematic areas: Land, Air, Food, Water, and Energy

The deadline to register for Extension Sustainability Summit is Monday, September 23, 2013

Submitted by:
Roslynn G.H. Brain
Utah State
Mark B. Apel
University of Arizona
Community Capitals
9th Annual Community Capitals Institute
South Dakota
November 11-12

As in the past, the final agenda will be built around participants' contributions to using the CCF to generate new knowledge and to increase our understanding of change processes. We welcome a wide variety of participation options including: reports on existing projects, posters new ideas or approaches in the field, research designs, case studies, and research findings. 

Please send a 250-300 word abstract describing your proposed contribution to the Institute to [email protected]
extended to October 1, 2013 for NACDEP members.

Information on venue and registration costs will be available soon.

Submitted by
Mary Emery
South Dakota State

Fundamentals of Business Retention & Expansion

This course is designed for economic and community development professionals and other leaders who want to conduct a community-led BR&E effort in their town.

First face-to-face meeting:
January 21-22, 2014

Program completion:
April 2014

Learn More Here


Submitted by  

Michael Darger

University of Minnesota Extension 

Minnesota's Emergency Economic Impact Analysis Team

From increasing the economic literacy and awareness of community leaders to increasing connections among different community sectors that need to engage in the response planning, the emergency assessments appear to be creating positive outcomes. 

Read More Here


Submitted by
Michael Darger 
University of Minnesota Extension  
CD Practice
An online-resource that helps community development professionals share their work in a peer-reviewed publication

CD Practice is a Community Development Society online journal where Extension Community Development professionals can publish articles that share approaches, tools and techniques that can be readily applied by community development practitioners.  CD Practice uses a peer review process, and is interested in thoughtful, research-informed articles that reflect upon practice while focusing on practical information.  Articles should be written with community development practitioners in mind as readers.  To review the call for papers and read past issues, visit

Contact Joyce Hoelting (Univ. of MN Extension Center for Community Vitality), CD Practice editor, with questions:  612-625-8233 or
[email protected].

Submitted by
Joyce Hoelting
University of Minnesota

If You're Not Going to Galaxy, or if You Are...
Happy fall to my NACDEP colleagues.  Actually it still feels like summer as I write this.  And in just a few days: Galaxy IV will finally be here.  We figure there are 150 or more NACDEP members going to Galaxy.  Which means we'll be missing about half our members.  For those not going I want you to be included in the discussions there.  If you have thoughts about the future of Community Development Extension, please share them with a board member or a colleague who is going to Pittsburgh and encourage them to share those thoughts at the NACDEP Super Seminar.  If you're interested in branding or marketing, we could use your ideas at the Branding Community Development seminar.   Of course, there are lots of other CD oriented things going on at this event.  Please, share your thoughts with someone going to Galaxy. 

Read More from President Darger Here

Michael Darger
Michael Darger
Extension Specialist, Community Economics
Director, Business Retention & Expansion
University of Minnesota Extension Center for
Community Vitality
[email protected]
(612) 625-6246



NACDEP Colleagues:  Greetings. 
It is September, 2013 - that can only mean one thing: Galaxy IV is here!  I look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh.  If you catch a glimpse of me, please do not be shy.  I am interested in meeting our members personally and having dialogue with you.  If you wish to give me informal feedback about the newsletter, that would be great.  I have been studying the schedule and no doubt I will be able to see many of your presentations and I expect all of the posters.  It looks like it will be a great conference.  Hearing about and seeing the work that so many professionals are doing is one of the great rewards of belonging to this organization.  But before heading off to Galaxy, please take a look at the current newsletter.  It is filled with good stuff that you are going to want to read.  See you soon.

Thomas Blaine
Thomas W. Blaine, PhD
Associate Professor
Ohio State University Extension Community Development
Galaxy Logo

On-line registration for Galaxy IV has closed.  Walk-in registration is still possible at the conference. People need to contact the Penn State Conference Office directly with questions.

The opening session start time for the beginning of Galaxy IV on Tuesday morning (Sept. 17) has been moved up half an hour to 8:30 a.m.
Please make a note of this schedule change.


The advance weather forecasts for Galaxy IV show high temperatures in the upper 60s to mid 70s and low temperatures in the mid 50s. This is close to average for this time of year. The only days with rain forecast are Thursday (Sept. 19) and Friday (Sept. 20).  But remember, weather is changeable and forecasts even more so.

Attendees are reminded not to forget your Auction items. We want to make this easy for you by filling out your donor form NOW. By doing so, it will shorten your wait time in line. Attached is a copy for your convenience. Just follow the directions. We have extended the form deadline to September 9th. And we will accept items till noon Monday, September 16th at the registration table.  

Submitted by
Michael Dougherty
West Virginia University Extension Service

The Galaxy Conference will be a very large, multi-faceted event but our small association can have a big impact if we communicate as a group!

The communications committee would like to request that those NACDEP members who enjoying connecting via social media get involved during the conference.

Facebook Like our Facebook page and communicate about the conference. Also join the Galaxy Facebook group

Twitter A tweet wall will be set up at eXtension for all to see the conversation. Use #ExtG4 and #NACDEP in your tweets.

LinkedIn Join our new NACDEP Group!

Instagram Post your photos of the NACDEP members and sessions using #NACDEP and #Galaxy

We may be small but at the Galaxy Conference

Submitted by
Susan A. Kelly

Communications Committee



Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to make Galaxy IV run smoothly.  Volunteering is a great way to show your support for Galaxy and the professional development opportunities it provides for the six national associations.   
For information on how you can serve, please check out the link: Volunteer Opportunities

Submitted by Karen Vines
Penn State, Galaxy IV - Educational Program Committee Chair

The auction at our annual meeting is a primary source for funds the association uses to award member scholarships to our national meeting.   Galaxy will feature an auction which will combine an auction venue for all of the participating associations.

NACDEP can feature 7 items in the "Live Auction" event which is part of the dinner on Wednesday evening.  Items suggested are of higher value and may include sporting event tickets, vacation get-away rentals, handcrafted furniture, something autographed by a celebrity, wine and wine tours.

We are able to include additional donated items for NACDEP in the Silent Auction event which will be part of the Exhibit Hall viewing time.

If you are willing to donate an item or service to the Galaxy Auction on behalf of NACDEP please complete this: Donor Form
If you enter from the Galaxy homepage, go to the Special Events tab (on far right) and click.  The silent and live auction details are under Auction FAQ.  

The Member Services committee extends a heartfelt thanks for any support you can send to NACDEP.




NACDEP will soon open up for it's 2014-2015 board nominations. Open positions beginning on June 23, 2014 are:

Northeast Regional Rep
1994 Regional Rep
Southern Regional Rep

Stay tuned to future emails announcing the open nominations period.


Professional of the Year Award
A new award category established in 2013

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) sponsors the Professional of the Year Award annually to encourage and recognize experienced and successful Extension professionals for their long-term commitment to developing outstanding interdisciplinary programs.

One award of $1000 and one plaque will be presented to an extension professional from each JCEP organization (ANREP, ESP, NACDEP, NACAA, NAE4-HA, and NEAFCS) a maximum of six (6) awards per calendar year.

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who demonstrate successful interdisciplinary partnerships across many program areas with colleagues and stakeholders for consistent programs of excellence for a significant part of their extension career. Impact at the local, regional, state or national level is essential.

All nominations/applications must be submitted electronically using the online submission form at: All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on January 15th of the calendar year to be considered. Any nomination submitted after the deadline will not be considered.



Galaxy is quickly approaching!
The NACDEP Board will be meeting face-to-face on Tuesday and Friday, and for me it will be my first in-person attendance in this capacity. Please check out the NACDEP at GALAXY webpage for all the up-to-date information. I know the Board and volunteers have been working hard for many months now to deliver a great Association experience, including tours of Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh Steelers' stadium and a Pittsburgh Pirates game. I will be facilitating the North Central Regional Meeting from 8:00 - 10:00am on Wednesday - I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Submitted by Joshua Clements
Community & Economic Development Educator 
University of Wisconsin Extension, Walworth County


The NARDeP Center, a joint effort of the Regional Rural Development Centers, funded by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, announces its new web-based publications series.  Authored by top researchers from around the country, NARDeP offers the following sources of policy insights, all available free of charge at:

Submitted by
Scott Loveridge
Michigan State University
This summer LinkedIn focused for a day on what inspires us as workers. An article listed the top five most inspired industries - nonprofit organization and management came in at number 5. This rings true for my work with all my associations, but in particular, NACDEP. Here's how NACDEP has inspired me this summer: 
  • Your board of directors has worked tirelessly to ensure a great NACDEP at Galaxy IV experience. It's no secret that we are the smallest of the JCEP organizations, but I guarantee you will feel as much as part of Galaxy as any of the other associations. For this, you have a team of people to thank - President Michael Darger, Galaxy representatives Michael Dougherty and Winifred McGee, and your entire board. Make sure to shake their hand and offer your thanks if you see them wandering (or running feverishly) through the halls of the conference center.
  • NACDEP committees are growing. The recent addition of the marketing committee, chaired by Rebekka Dudensing, has been great for NACDEP. They just put the finishing touches on a new NACDEP brochure. Be sure to check it out at our booth in the Galaxy exhibition hall.  
  • NACDEP listens. Every month I have the privilege of participating in Board of Director meetings.  The needs of the members steer the strategic direction of the of the board. I'm excited for new member benefits coming your way in the near future.  

From your NACDEP headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI I would like to wish you all a great NACDEP/Galaxy IV conference. I'm excited to see you all in less than a year here in Grand Rapids at the 2014 conference!


Would you like to read the LinkedIn article?:

Jen Schottke


Jen Schottke
Association Executive
Professional Association Resources



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