Breakout Session 3

Below you find information for the sessions that were held during Breakout Session 3 on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 1:45-2:45 p.m.


Bolstering performance across Extension Core Competencies through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Imelda Galdamez; Gina Henry    

Join us for this interactive session that will focus on DEI in our Performance Evaluation Process – Phase 2.  During this session, participants will get a chance to hear an overview of the Phase 2 process in addition to having a chance to apply the DEI Assessment Tool to their Extension role and responsibilities.  Where are my strengths?  Where are my areas for growth?  How does my work reflect and align with MSUE DEI commitment statements for our organization?

To prepare for this session, attendees will be asked to familiarize themselves with the DEI Planning & Assessment Resource in advance of the session. This resource will be made available to attendees closer to FEC. Additionally, ready access to and/or knowledge of your current expectations (e.g., action plans, letter of expectations, position description – depending on your role), and professional development recently completed or being considered, will be beneficial to making the most of this experience.


Building Mentoring Skills - Part 1    

Melissa McKendree; Julie Libarkin; Cheyenne Kleiner; Tasia Kendrick          

This workshop will cover topics related to mentoring basics, skills and practices important for effective mentor-mentee interactions, and framing expectations in the mentoring relationship. This workshop provides opportunities for participants to collaborate on developing common understanding, building new directions for interactions within and across teams, and recognizing capacity and resources for mentee networking. We are requesting a more in-depth workshop requiring two, 60-minute time blocks to effectively cover the material. This workshop is part of a USDA-funded project (Crossing Paths: Cross-cultural Exchange on Cross-bred Cattle Markets, USDA REEU Proposal #2020-09405) to recruit diverse students into the agricultural sciences through local and international engagements. We are seeking extension educators and specialists to mentor teams of undergraduate students and hope this workshop will encourage participation. This workshop is broadly focused on mentorship and applicable to anyone mentoring others. We will include a 10 minute “plug” for the program to recruit mentors specifically.

Those attending this session must register for Part 1 and Part 2.

Presentation Slides

Mentoring Agreement


Communicating with Tact and Professionalism   

Betty Jo Krosnicki; Jennifer Weichel          

Do tough conversations make you squirm? Do you say the first thing that comes to mind instead of thinking about how others may receive that message? Avoid some of those awkward situations by communicating with tact and professionalism. Learn techniques to demonstrate your thoughtfulness, build credibility, preserve relationships and grow your programs. Show your true character when you remain calm under pressure by practicing some of the strategies we will share in this workshop. Learn to reframe messages so that you able to deliver those tough messages and navigate your way through providing feedback. Communicating with tact is about using those essential skills of active listening, emotional intelligence, discretion, compassion, honesty, courtesy and body language. Effective communication is about knowing the right way to deliver your message and it is not just the words you say but how you say them. Finding the right words and body language can help you successfully navigate those difficult conversations. Discover ways connect with your volunteers even when the message is not what they want to hear. Communication is the key to success in our programs and learning to listen, plan, negotiate, question, restate and evaluate will help you along the way. Join us to uncover what’s in a phrase and find ways to mean what you say and say what you mean.


Creating and Editing Video with Camtasia - Part 1           

Luke Reese; Gwyn Shelle, Alan Pilkenton

You’ve got a great video planned out, but what is next? This two-part session will focus on the practical aspects of editing your video using Camtasia. In part one we will discuss best practices, give demonstrations, and showcase equipment. For part two, we will be meeting in a computer lab and participants will be learning how to edit a video, add animations, create an introduction, modify audio, and more! This session will span two time blocks, and participants need to register for both.

We recommend you complete a short module on pedagogical best practices in planning educational videos before learning the technical skills to create one in this session. Register for Teaching & Learning Course and in the Content tab you will see a module titled Best Practices: Educational Videos.

Those attending this session must register for Part 1 and Part 2.


Ergonomic Best Practices for Workstation Comfort and Safety

TJ Hall

Identify common ergonomic stressors in the workplace. Learn strategies to avoid injury. Best practices for an ergonomically-friendly workspace. Regardless of your role and daily job tasks at MSU, everyone benefits from an ergonomically sound workplace. This session will explore the basics of ergonomics, injury prevention, how to set up your workstation, standing desk use, and stretches/exercises to help reduce the risk of work-related pain.

Presentation Slides

Office Ergonomics Self Assesment


Evaluation 101: Logic Models

Norma Lundeen

Review the basics of evaluation in this 60-minute session. Learn how program planning and evaluation go hand-in-hand. Review the parts of a logic model and why developing logic models is important. Discuss ways to move from logic model to evaluation and data collection.

Topics include:

  • What is evaluation?
  • Why do we evaluate?
  • How do we plan programs?
  • What is a logic model?
  • How can a logic model be used to connect program planning and evaluation?
  • How do we go from logic model to evaluation?
  • What types of evaluations can we conduct?


Introduction to Courage in the Workplace

Kathie Elliott, MSU Central Human Resources

Participants will discuss how the workplace could be improved if people felt comfortable being more courageous.  They will learn the three types of courage, discuss which type(s) come more easily to them and which type(s) they would like to become more confident demonstrating, including identifying action steps to building their own courage at work.


Library Support for OD initiatives  

Suzi Teghtmeyer               

The MSU Library is not just for Extension Institute research but can support educators in organizational development skill building. Extension’s librarian, Suzi, will lead a session in navigating MSU Library resources to support these endeavors.


MBA in an Hour       

Bob Krusky

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling journey that blends business acumen with excitement? Look no further! Welcome to our abridged one-hour MBA program, where learning meets adventure. If you're tired of the traditional, stuffy MBA approach, our program is designed to shake things up and ignite your passion for business in a whole new way. Imagine studying amidst a dynamic and vibrant community, where innovative thinking, creative problem-solving, and oversimplification take center stage. From team-building escapades to out-of-the-box case studies, we infuse every aspect of our curriculum with fun and excitement. Join us to unlock your full potential while relishing every moment of the learning process. Embrace a one-of-a-kind experience, inspired by the Eli Broad MBA program at MSU, and step into a world of business education like never before. Come and learn more about our exclusive non-accredited program - an extraordinary adventure awaits you!


  1. Orientation
  2. Networking, Interviewing, Public Speaking
  3. Curriculum Overview
    1. Accounting
    2. Finance
    3. Marketing
    4. Supply Chain
    5. Management/Human Resources
  4. Excel
    1. Budgeting
    2. Pivot Tables
    3. Goal Seek
  5. Graduation


Making Social Media Work: Tips and Tactics for MSUE Employees

Kelly Kussmaul

Kelly Kussmaul (Director of Communications, CANR) and Layna Anderson (Digital Communications Manager, CANR) will discuss the practical aspects of running institutional social media accounts, including appropriate goal-setting, best practices, avoiding common pitfalls and building your audience. Bring your questions and examples for an interactive session!


The State of Community Science Efforts in MSU Extension

Georgia Peterson  

Way back in 2017 during FEC, we had an open discussion about the current community (citizen) science efforts that are taking place across all four of our institutes. Many of the programs we talked about have blossomed over the subsequent years, but coordination continues to be a challenge. All MSUE staff with an interest in community science are welcome to attend to discuss their purposes and goals for these types of engagement activities, and how we within MSUE can better connect with each other for cross-promotion and synergistic successes.