Breakout Session 1 - Monday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.

Below you find session information for the fourteen sessions that will happen concurrently during Breakout Session 1 on Monday, Sept. 28 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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Active Office Workshop

Speakers: TJ Hall

Description: If you work in an office setting, it can be hard to get in enough movement during the day. Learn about the importance of physical activity and how you can combat the aches and pains of a desk job with this interactive session. We’ll start by discussing ideas to get active, the physiology behind common injuries, and how to set up your workstation ergonomically. Then we will complete a desk-stretching routine and standing yoga practice that you can take back to your office and perform anytime you need to get up and move.

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in increasing movement during the day

Learning Outcomes: Learn ideas for being active at your desk, reducing common injuries and workplace ergonomics.

Core Competencies: Life Skills


Building Your Team's Evaluation Capacity in PEARS

Speakers: Lindsey Gardner, Eric Walcott

Description: Did you know PEARS can help streamline your evaluation efforts and gather collective impact evaluation across your work team? This session will share an overview of how the Government and Community Vitality team created a set of common evaluation questions for all programs within GCV and how we use PEARS to make collecting and reporting on that data easy! Not only did this process make collective evaluation easier, it also took us through a thoughtful process of examining our work team indicators and helped us build our overall evaluation capacity.

Intended Audience: anyone doing educational programming

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will increase knowledge of program evaluation
  • Participants will be able to better use PEARS to improve work team evaluation efforts.

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership; Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting

Handouts: How to Create and Enter GCV Surveys in PEARSGCV Team Common Evaluation-Short Term


Business Succession Strategies

Speakers: Roger Betz

Description: Overview of pertinent Estate Planning Laws and specific strategies to transfer farm and other businesses to the next generation. It is more than just transfer of assets. Critical success factors. Specific goals.

Intended Audience: AABI and other folks of interest

Learning Outcomes: Participants will gain understanding of business transfer and estate planning issues useful in working with clients and for themselves.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption

 Handouts: Resources, Goals and StrategiesFarm Transitions  


Demystifying Grants and Service Agreements

Speakers: Tyler Tulloch

Description: Come learn about how to find funding opportunities, and processes for connecting with MSU Extension’s Grants Services Team to successfully submit your grant proposal or execute your service agreement.

Intended Audience: New employees, individuals interested in learning about MSU Extension’s grant and service agreement procedures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to find funding opportunities
  • Ways to work with the Grant Service Team
  • Successfully submit proposals or complete service agreements

Core Competencies: Physical and Fiscal Resources

 Handouts: Grant Services Overview


How to Podcast!

Speakers: Sarah Fronzcak, Monica Jean

Description: Learn about what it takes to develop a traditional podcast channel in addition to other educational uses for audio recordings. Examples of on-going programs will be given to show the application and variety for audio learning. Equipment and programs utilized to create podcasts will be demonstrated.

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in what it takes to do a podcast

Learning Outcomes: Increased knowledge of podcasts

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption

Handout: How to Podcast PresentationHow to podcast informational sheet


Introduction to Courage Building Skills

Speakers: Lisa Laughman

Description: This session will introduce four courage building skills that will enable participants to engage in more daring leadership within the context of their personal and professional lives. These skills include rumbling with vulnerability; braving trust, allowing your values to light the way, and learning to rise after a fall, setback, or failure. The content of this session is based on the research of Dr Brenè Brown as described in her best-selling book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. The session will be facilitated by Lisa Laughman, Lead Emotional Wellness Consultant for the MSU Health4U Program and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Learn four courage building skills and techniques to engage in more daring leadership, both professionally and personally

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Make It Take It and Recipes

Speakers: Vanessa Armstrong, Carol Bublitz, Kristi EvansShelley Frazier, Angela Maniaci, Jacqueline Marks, Gerrylynn McNeal

Description: Get in touch with your crafty side and join us for a Make It and Take It Show and Tell session. During this session, you will have the opportunity to watch Community Nutrition Instructors walk you through how to make creative teaching tools and visual aids that can be used during your programs.

Intended Audience: Community Nutrition Instructors

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to make one teaching tool they can use in their classes.
  • Develop the confidence to use teaching visuals.
  • Ability to discuss with peers about creating and using other teaching tools.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Navigating Communication Styles Across Generations

Speakers: Martha Gerig, Lauren Jescovitch

Description: This session will breakout participants based on age to group by generation name (silent gen, baby boomers, gen X, millennial, gen Z). Participants will then brainstorm and report out to the larger group how they like to best communicate and how they see themselves within a team and a mentor-mentee relationship. The session will then provide evidence that describes major events and how they have impacted generations differently to inform individuals how to work best together across all ages.

Intended Audience: Wide range of ages for a diverse audience (silent gen, baby boomers, gen X, millennial, gen Z)

Learning Outcomes: After this session, participants will be able to:

  • reflect on their own generation culture to inform how they best communicate
  • learn how to best communicate with different generations of individuals
  • provide the opportunity to extend this knowledge

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership; Partnerships and Collaborations; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism

Handouts: Communicating through Generations


Recognizing, Preventing, and Treatment of Opioid Misuse in Rural Communities

Speakers: Abby Cudney, Jim Harrington, Elizabeth Josaitis, Lauren Kennedy, Lauryn Lin, Georgina PerryJade Richards

Description: The MiSUPER presentation will cover what opioids are, effects on the body and how the crisis has impacted Michigan. The treatment and recovery options not using opioids, impact on communities including what we can do as individuals and communities will be discussed. We will also provide information on other effective treatments as an alternative to opioids including, why do people use opioids and how they obtain them. People in recovery will share their recorded recovery stories which show the hope in recovery. Finally, tips for managing pain, proven harm reduction strategies and how to support a family member will be shared in the presentation. For more information go to:

Intended Audience: Staff interested in substance use disorder and how to prevent opioid use disorder.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be able to describe the best practices on how to prevent opioid and substance use disorder.
  • Participants will be able to identify alternatives to opioid use for treatments.
  • Participants can identify the signs and symptoms of

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership; Partnerships and Collaborations; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Handout: Overview of MiSUPER ProjectMSU ExtensionOpioid ArticleMiSUPER website promotion


Scenario Based Learning

Speakers: Anne Baker

Description: Using realistic scenarios is a great way to approach content. Scenarios embrace learning theory by motivating learners and creating a connection between the learners and the content. In addition, they are more interesting, because everyone loves a story!  Join this session to learn about why and how to create and use scenarios when teaching and facilitating.

Intended Audience: Learners will be able to connect qualities of learning scenarios to learning theory, apply a framework for developing a learning scenario, and choose an appropriate technology for creating the scenario.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Secure Food Supply: Helping the Agriculture Industry Prepare for a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Outbreak

Speakers: Madonna Benjamin, Beth Ferry, Dale Rozeboom

Description: This session will give participants an overview of the steps being taken in Michigan to prepare the agriculture industry for a foreign animal disease outbreak, discuss the regulations put in place when a stop movement or permitted movement situation occurs and highlight the preparedness work being done by the MSU Extension, MDARD, and Michigan Pork Producers Association. Attendees will be asked to discuss how these situations may impact the industries they specifically work with and bring to light issues that will influence an industry's ability to respond under proposed guidelines set forth by the state.

Intended Audience: educators that work directly with farmers, specifically livestock, educators working with associated industries (meat processors, farm markets, business management, etc,)

Learning Outcomes: Create awareness among livestock species groups and associated industries of the impacts of a FAD and expectations for a response.

Core Competencies: Partnerships and Collaborations


Sharpening Our DEI Lens: What do White Fragility and Anti-Racism got to do with it?

Speakers: Abby Harper, Dionardo Pizana, Edward Scott

Description: The scholarship and research of authors Dr. Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility) and Dr. Ibram Kendi (How to be an Anti-Racist) provide us with important information to guide us along our DEI journey. Using the work of these authors and the Four Levels of Isms and Change framework (personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural), this webinar will assist participants to name and identify possible barriers toward equity and inclusion. Additionally, participants will identify applicable action goal(s) to move toward positive change. Please Note: This session will run for 90 minutes and is limited to 22 participants.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about White Fragility
  • Learn about what it means to be anti-racist
  • Develop an understanding of barriers and opportunities for equity based outcomes
  • Apply learnings to our personal and professional lives

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Unleash your Captain S.A.S.S. (Self Awareness Strengthening Self)

Speakers: Kaelie FesslerSusan Kirkman, Leigh Ann Theunick

Description: Embrace the Captain S.A.S.S. Battle Cry: I know who I am, and that strengthens what I do. We all have moments where we feel like we aren't doing enough. Through this session we will explore - with a fun twist - the in's and out's of how self awareness and goals can improve our lives for the better. In a world full of challenges, who doesn't want to be a superhero! At the end of this session your new found powers will enable you to blast through self-doubt, punch out the lights of overwhelming emotions, and throw a force field around the opportunities tornado. (This session is intended for everyone, but we will share from our 4-H Program Coordinator experiences. No animals, plants, humans, metaphysical entities or food byproducts will be harmed in the presentation of this session.)

Intended Audience: Any FEC attendees who feel discouraged about their accomplishments.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify at least two emotional intelligence strategies (super powers) that can be used in managing relationships
  • Greater appreciation that goal setting takes in identifying milestones and growth
  • Positive self development

Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


Why Fund Me? - Building Blocks for Making A Strong Case for Financial Support

Speakers: Cheryl Howell, Mary Mahoney

Description: Seeking external public and private support is a competitive endeavor that requires building a strong case for program funding. Participants in this session will be encouraged to develop a proposal template that lays out their strongest case for support of their program. They will think about the key questions all funders need answered when reviewing proposals for support and how developing those elements can provide a strong base template for funding proposals. The session will incorporate polls and Q and A to engage participants in considering what makes for a strong case for investment in their programs. Participants will be provided tools for helping them consider and outline the most marketable aspects of their programs to highlight for funding.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Session participants will come away with:

  • Guidelines and an outline for building the strongest case they can for financial support of their programs.
  • Key elements all funders will want to know about their programs.
  • The value of and potential barriers to collaboration in funded projects.
  • Understanding of the MSU grant submission process and requirements and how MSU Extension Grant Services can support staff efforts in seeking and obtaining funding for programs.

Core Competencies: Physical and Fiscal Resources; Partnerships and Collaborations

 Handouts: Presentation SlidesGrant Services Overview PresentationProposal Checklist