MSU Extension Specialists and State Staff Association

Welcome to the MSU Extension Specialists and State Staff Association site. Our association is open to anyone serving in an Extension capacity with more than a 10% Extension appointment. This includes Extension associates and academic specialists with Extension related appointments. MESSSA membership benefits include periodic meetings with and briefings by Extension administration, educational programs on Extension related issues, access to travel and professional development funds, and an awards system to acknowledge professional excellence in extension. Most important, it provides a venue for regular interaction with other Extension staff and personnel both on and off campus.

MESSSA Information 


(Revised and approved 11-08-01)

(Proposed changes spring 2006; revision 2 May 10, 2006; Revised and approved 10-4-06)

Article I

Purposes of the Association

The Michigan State University Extension Specialists and State Staff Association (MESSSA) shall provide for liaison between itself and other Extension organizations, particularly the Michigan Council of Extension Associations (MCEA), and the Extension Administration; shall arrange for and conduct seminars and educational programs for specialists and program staff; and shall provide recognition for outstanding extension work by specialists and program staff.

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Join MESSSA Today!

We are currently looking for new MESSSA members and membership renewals. Memberships expire on December 31 of each year. Membership dues are $10. Checks should be made payable to MESSSA or MSU Extension Specialists and State Staff Association and mailed to MESSSA, 4-H Youth Development, Campus. Grab a copy of the membership form, fill it out and join. If you are not currently a member of MESSSA, we encourage you to join.

We look forward to your participation in the association during this time of challenges and opportunities.

Membership Application


Outstanding Extension Specialist Award

Each year the MSU Extension Specialist and State Staff Association will recognize Extension Specialists and State Staff who have made outstanding contributions to the program of the MSU Extension Service, Michigan State University, and to the people of the state of Michigan.

Nominees for the Outstanding Extension Specialist and State Staff Award must have a minimum of 5 years of service (as of July 1 of the year nominated) at Michigan State University as an Extension Specialist or State Staff member and be a member of MESSSA as of January 1st of the year in which they are nominated. Before nominating an individual be sure to check the list of past award winners since specialists and state staff are eligible for only one Outstanding Award during their tenure at Michigan State University.

Outstanding Extension Specialist and State Staff Award Winners (1964-2009)

MESSSA Outstanding Specialist and State Staff Award Criteria

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