Breakout Session 4

Below you find information for the sessions that were held during Breakout Session 4 on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 3-4 p.m.


Advancement Session: How We All Play a Role in Fundraising        

Jeff Martin; Kyle Cutler; Brittany Lawrence            

An Overview of the Integrated Advancement model. Showing how marketing & communications, engagement/events, and relationship building (Development) can inspire philanthropic support.


Building Mentoring Skills - Part 2    

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 Agreeement


Building Skills for Challenging Conversations       

Julie Darnton     

Participants would engage in dialogue around shared values, DEI commitments, and other documents that explicitly outline our values and share some of our unwritten values. We would also have participants reflect on their orientation to contentious topics and conflict situations that we might encounter through our Extension work.  Then we would engage in scenario-based practice on how to respond when challenging topics arise in triads.  Once each participant is able to practice each role via rotation- Extension staff member, community member, observer - we would debrief and reflect on the experiences of responding, listening, and discuss how we engage our organizational values to respectfully address challenging or contentious topics. Finally we would discuss if the practice changed the way the individual feels about speaking back to challenging or contentious topics.


Capture Your Impact! How to Take Photos of Your Work    

Jim Monahan; Becky McKendry       

Real, in-the-field photos of programs can make a huge difference in everything from our impact reports to social media posts. But how easy is it to take a good photo? 

Join this session to learn usable, easy photography skills from HNI communications managers Jim Monahan and Becky McKendry. Topics covered include: 

  • The power of photography 
  • Technical skills, from lighting a good portrait to framing a shot 
  • How to use your excellent photos in MSU Extension materials once you’ve taken them  

Bring your smartphone or camera for a fun, hands-on practice activity.


Creating and Editing Video with Camtasia - Part 2           

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.


How to Get Involved with MSU Extension’s Summer Student Internship Program

Josh Gunn

Did you know that MSU Extension’s Director’s Office provides funding for staff to hire a summer student intern?  Well, they do!!! If you’ve never applied for internship funding and want to learn more, or if you’ve applied unsuccessfully and want to learn how to strengthen your future application, this session is for you!  We’ll go over the process and timeline for the 2024 internship cycle, as well as explain the review process and how to make your proposal stand out.  Even if you’ve successfully applied in the past, this session will be helpful as there have been some major updates to the program, including a shift in the timeline (applications will be due at the end of September!) as well as expanding the program to support students from North Carolina A&T as well as students at the three Tribal Colleges in Michigan.  Sharing your experiences with supervising an intern will be helpful as well! 


How to Recognize the Signs of Burnout in Uncertain Times      

Ebony Lucas; Rachel Perez           

Burnout is the loss of meaning in one's work, coupled with mental, emotional, or physical exhaustion as the result of long-term, unresolved stress. Burnout impacts our mental and physical health, which directly affects both our work and personal lives. In this webinar, we will define burnout, explore the stages of burnout, and explore steps to minimize burnout to help us healthfully navigate stressful and uncertain times. Learning the signs and how to work toward health is a positive way to promote workplace wellbeing.


Programming Sharing across Extension with Efficiency  

Ali Olson         

Sharing tips and tricks how to best share upcoming programs across institutes so county or Extension Staff can easily and effectively share your upcoming programs for maximum exposure across social media platforms. Including blurbs, media posts, and more.


Set it and forget it!: Using Automated Email Courses in your Work

Tyler Augst

This session will focus on the process of creating an automated asynchronous email course using the example of Michigan Sea Grants’ Great Lakes Planning & Zoning Email Course. These email courses are a great way to get extra life out of Extension materials (articles, videos, activities, slides, etc.) and can be a way to reach new audiences and advertise Extension programs. This session will present a framework for deciding what content is appropriate for an email course and explain the process and tools used to make these learning experiences. Space will be built in for participants to brainstorm and begin planning their own email course offering.

Presentation Slides

Coastal Planning and Zoning Lessons Flyer

Texas A&M - Blooms Taxonomy Action Verbs

Learning Objective Outline Worksheet


Telling your Story: How to Write Meaningful Impacts and Success Stories     

Norma Lundeen

Want to unravel the mystery of how your stories get shared with the public? Want to know how to tell a story that communicates impact? Join this session to learn how to write meaningful impact stories that could make their way to the public eye through MSU Extension’s federal report, legislative report, or onto the Land Grant Impacts database. Learn what to include in a good success story in PEARS, the parts of a good impact statement (Relevance, Response, Results, Public Value), how to write each part of a good success story, and review examples of good success stories.


Your Wellbeing Plan

Kathie Elliott, MSU Central Human Resources

Using key words and prompts, participants will engage in activities to better understand themselves and their emotional needs in the workplace; creating a personal well-being plan which identifies practices and action steps most likely to help them maintain their emotional well-being, even in the face of challenges.