Breakout Session 5 - Thursday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

Below you find session information for the fourteen sessions that will happen concurrently during Breakout Session 5 on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. During registration, you will have the opportunity to register for one of the sessions below. Sessions will be limited to no more than 50 attendees each, so please consider having a first, second and third option as you get ready to register.

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2.0 4-H Online Overview and Q & A Session

Speakers: Shelly Krueger, Norma Lundeen

Description: This session will include an overview of the following: updated features, member enrollment, the county manager approval process, as well as some helpful tips and tricks. The remainder of the session will be opened up for Q & A for training participants.

Intended Audience: 4-H Online 2.0 users which include 4-H Program Coordinators, Educators, and Instructors

Learning Outcomes: Gain confidence in reporting in 4-H Online 2.0.

Core Competencies: Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting


Applied Research Initiatives: Collaborations with the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction

Speakers: Dr. Noah Durst, Harmony Fierke-Gmazel, Dr. Zeenat Kotval-KHolly Madill, Dr. Linda Nubani, Marie Ruemenapp, Lisa Tams

Description: A panel of MSU Extension educators and faculty will share overviews of a variety of community based applied research projects that are engaged in. These include looking at the physical and mental impacts of living in under or unfurnished housing, assessing the employment and housing alignment in communities, exploring how community planning can reduce crime, how transportation routes impact food access and more. They will share how other Extension staff can become involved with some of the projects or utilize tools developed from the research with communities that they work with. The session will close with an opportunity for participants to share ideas around the needs for future research and to learn about potential funding for future community based research.

Intended Audience: All FEC attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Staff and MSU faculty will learn about the breadth of applied research being conducted by Extension educators and faculty of the MSU SPDC.
  • Staff and MSU faculty will learn about how they might become engaged in a number of these research projects o

Core Competencies: Partnerships and Collaborations; Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Best Practices with Technology

Speakers: Gwyn Shelle

Description: Best Practices when using software programs such as Publisher, Adobe, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (used by 4-H clubs). How to better communicate and market using these programs. Additionally, showing county support staff how to find answers and where to go for "how-to's." County office support staff is also interested in an overview of the MSU Extension Facebook page (and where it is located).

Intended Audience: Designed for MSU Extension support staff in county offices who are supporting Extension programming staff, but available for anyone who would like to learn more about best practices when using technology.

Learning Outcomes:

'Best practices' associated with the use of software programs they are asked to use to support the programming staff in their offices. This will enable them to create a better 'product' for use with clientele in marketing programs.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption; Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


Classroom Management and Effective Communication

Speakers: RJ Gibbs

Description: Creating an optimal learning environment is essential to providing the best quality programming in an effective, efficient manner. This session will provide strategies for getting the most active participation from your audience, how to set up your "classroom" for success, and methods to improve your communication skills.

Intended Audience: This session is open to anyone who is interested in being a more effective communicator.

Learning Outcomes: Identify ways to create an optimal learning environment for your participants. Learn strategies to improve your communication skills.

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership; Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting; ,Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption; Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


Cooking at Home with Crystal

Speakers: Crystal White

Description: This hands-on session will have you participating from your kitchen. Join your colleagues, invite your family/friends to participate and put your cooking skills to the test. During this guided session, you will learn how to "make a meal with what you have on hand, by following along with the presenter." All registered participants will receive a supply list one week prior to the conference. 

Intended Audience: All FEC attendees

Learning Outcomes: Enhance cooking skills.

Core Competencies: Life Skills

Handouts: Recipe


Farming While Black in the U.S.: A Historical Overview and Tips for the Field

Speakers: shakara tyler

Description: This workshop will explore the historical and contemporary intersections of agricultural oppressions on Black farmers in the U.S., discuss specific challenges and successes of Black farmers in Michigan and tips for supporting socioeconomic and sociopolitical transformation for Black farming communities.

Intended Audience: AABI staff

Learning Outcomes: Initiate a discussion on this topic and raise awareness and learn the best practices.

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Marketing your Extension Program Using Social Media

Speakers: Taylor Fabus, Susan Kirkman, Carrie Shrier, Jamie Wilson

Description: Presenters will go over tips and tricks to efficiently and successfully market your Extension program to your intended audiences.

Intended Audience: Program Coordinators, Educators, Program Instructors, CNI

Learning Outcomes: Attendees will be able to:

  • Interpret related pedagogy research and how it applies to marketing to today's learner
  • Identify appropriate use of MSU Extension brand standards
  • Utilize social media to effectively market your programs
  • Begin to develop a communication strategy for your program

Core Competencies: Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting; Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption

Handout: Presentation


Panel on the LGBTQIA+ Experience in MI 4-H

Speakers: Lance Fowler, Tonya Pell, Rachel Puckett
Panelists: Addy BattelJustin Drwencke, Erin Lilly, Maezie NettletonColton Souva

Description: Michigan 4-H Alumni and current members will speak to and answer questions about their experience in Michigan 4-H as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Lance Fowler, 4-H STEAM Corps AmeriCorps Member in Bay County, will be moderating the panel. Tonya Pell, 4-H Program Coordinator in Muskegon County & Rachel Puckett, 4-H STEAM Corps Program Director will be assisting with the panel. Panelists will be announced soon. 

Intended Audience: CYI staff, and others who program with youth

Learning Outcomes: Improved understanding of LGBTQIA+ experiences in 4-H youth programming and the ways to better support LGBTQIA+ identifying youth. Improved understanding of the necessity of inclusive youth programming.

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Place-Based Education - How to Locally Learn and Improve your Community at the Same Time

Speakers: Darren Bagley, Tracy D'Augustino, Meaghan Gass, Brandon Schroeder

Description: Do you feel it is important to connect learning to where you live? Of course you do - that is what Extension is all about. Come learn more about Place-Based Education (which you are probably already doing) and what it can offer for your programming .

Intended Audience: Anyone who wants to make a difference in their communities

Learning Outcomes: Learn how to implement place-based educational programs in your community

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership; Partnerships and Collaborations


Promoting Citizen Science Across Extension to Increase Value and Public Engagement

Speakers: Julie Crick, Phyllis Higman, Jo Latimore, Yu Man Lee, Georgia Peterson, Logan Rowe, Alexa Warwick

Description: Citizen science programs are excellent opportunities for public engagement in natural resource and sustainability issues, which are typically complex and challenging to resolve. Participants can ask questions, collect information, and apply results within their communities, while gaining a deeper understanding of the complexity and uncertainty involved in socioecological systems. Cooperative Extension has embraced citizen science approaches across multiple sectors (e.g., youth/4-H, nutrition, Master Gardener, natural resources). MSU Extension has the ability to foster citizen science initiatives across all institutes to create better informed residents of Michigan and provide linkages to critical partners who share these goals. With a growing number of citizen science efforts, opportunities exist to develop and share common resources, tools, and knowledge that can enhance and promote citizen science in Michigan. During this session, we will present ongoing and new citizen science projects through MSUE, discuss common challenges to implementing successful citizen science projects, and identify ways we can work together to address them. Session participants will be invited to share and help identify challenges that will be discussed. Resources on how to design and implement successful citizen science projects/programs will be provided.

Intended Audience: Educators and Specialists interested in citizen science, adult/youth/community engagement, and/or place-based education to solve global, national, state, and/or local issues/problems

Learning Outcomes: Participants will become more aware of new and ongoing citizen science programs within Extension and how these efforts and citizen science in general could be integrated into their programming, including developing their own citizen science program. Parti

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership; Partnerships and Collaborations; Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting; Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


The Message Behind the Marketing - Decoding Food Labels

Speakers: Sheilah Hebert, Elaine Palm, Jeannine Schweihofer

Description: Labels are meant to inform consumers but may lead to overwhelming decisions. Explore the historical development and use of food labels. Learn why labels are necessary and their role in consumer purchasing. Join this session to learn the true meaning of the most common label claims. Use this information to answer questions from program participants so they can make the best decisions for their budget and household. Participants will be provided resources related to labeling and tools to use on the job.

Intended Audience: HNI Community Nutrition Instructors primarily, but could be relevant to all FEC attendees

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to describe the meaning of top food label claims. Participants will be familiar with resources developed to address these topics.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Time to Think About Phosphorus Management - Not One-Size Fits All

Speakers: Younsuk Dong, Sarah Fronczak, Steve Safferman, Jason SmithThiramet Sotthiyapai

Description: Persistent surface water impairments are caused by, in part, an increase in the amount of soluble phosphorus leaching through soil into tile drains and shallow ground water that is hydraulically connected to surface water. Soluble phosphorus is nearly completely plant available, compared to less than a third for particulate phosphorus, resulting in impacts from substantially lower concentrations.  During this session, the science on how and why phosphorus moves from and through soil will be reviewed.  Then the surprising results of recent research will be shared that show that some well-established best management practices increase soluble phosphorus concentration in subsurface drainage under certain farm-specific conditions.  Tools, such as finite element modeling and characterization of macropore, will be demonstrated to support the overall best site-specific selection of conservation practices.

Intended Audience: Extension Educators

Learning Outcomes: The audiences will learn about phosphorus movements in agricultural soils.

Core Competencies: Other


Tribal Consultation: Continuing to Build the Relationships

Speakers: Becky Henne, Lauren JescovitchEmily Proctor, Wenona T. Singel

Description: Each panelist will provide a 10-minute presentation on ways consultation happens within their program area regarding tribal consultation, tribal programs and examples of consultation and partnerships with tribes.

Intended Audience: All MSU Extension employees who would like to increase their partnership and collaboration with tribal partners

Learning Outcomes: Ways to enhance engagement and consultation with tribal partners

Core Competencies: Partnerships & Collaborations



Speakers: Kelli Kolasa, Amy Refior

Description: Overview of VEND activity

  • Deposit process & preparing reports
  • Reviewing VEND transactions
  • Correcting VEND transactions
  • Opening/Closing Register

The session will conclude with time for Q&A from attendees.

Intended Audience: Anyone who has access to VEND; responsible for preparing VEND deposits

Learning Outcomes: Awareness of VEND process/procedures and who to reach out to when you have questions

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption