FY2019 WAAESD Assessments

Fy 2019 Assessments for WAAESD Members

Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup

wordcloudBAA, APLU, WAAESD, NEED, AHS, NIFA…trying to make sense of the alphabet soup of acronyms casually and expertly tossed around at meetings? Download our Acronym Guide!

NIMSS Training & Handbook

nimss vectorizedThe National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) is a web-based application that allows participants of Multistate Research Projects to submit proposals and reports online and register to participate on projects. Interested parties, stakeholders, and cooperators can also query the NIMSS for relevant and timely information on multistate projects.

In 2015, a new and improved version of this online database and project management system was launched. As part of the launch of the new NIMSS, a new basics training video is now available. This 35 minute video covers most of the functions required for Administrative Advisors and those functioning as or on behalf of an AES station director. A handbook on the New NIMSS is also out now, and will be updated periodically as the New NIMSS is refined.

As always, please feel free to contact me or your respective NIMSS regional system administrator (RSA) with any questions about the new NIMSS or the multistate program.

Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well.

Annual reports are the basis and foundational source material for the impact reporting conducted by science communicators at Land Grant Universities. In an effort to improve the quality of reports submitted to NIMSS, REEPort, the National Land Grant Impacts database and other databases by all research and Cooperative Extension personnel with reporting responsibilities, Sara Delheimer, the Impact Communication Specialist, has developed a short Prezi, “Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well,” that explains what good reporting looks like, including examples. All Multistate Committees are encouraged to view this presentation as part of their regular annual meetings and make adjustments to their annual reports, accordingly. In addition, directors are encouraged to share this presentation with faculty.

Workshops for Faculty/Impact Writers: For the cost of travel, Sara Delheimer can deliver a customized workshop to faculty and impact writers at your institution designed to improve reporting of project impacts. Email Sara Delheimer for more information.

To watch online:

  • Click “start Presi” in the screen above or click on the link: http://prezi.com/lmiicky_liuu/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy. A presentation window will appear on your screen.
  • Turn on your speakers. This presentation includes a voice over.
  • Click the “full screen” button in the navigation bar at the bottom of the presentation window.
  • Use right and left arrow keys to navigate back and forth between slides.

Download & Print! Research Reporting Handout

To download and watch from your computer:

  • Click here to download a zipped file that contains the presentation and the Prezi application (required to run the presentation on your computer)
  • Select “Save File” and click OK (…wait for it to download…)
  • Open the zip file you downloaded. Then open the folder named “research-report531f3a42”
  • Double click on the application called “Prezi” and select “Extract all” when prompted
  • Chose the folder to extract to and click “Extract” (…wait for extraction…)
  • Navigate to the extracted folder and open it
  • Double click on the Prezi icon to play the presentation.


2015 ESS/SAES/ARD Workshop and Meeting, Charlotte, NC, Sept. 28-Oct. 1

BallantyneThe Association of Research Directors (ARD), Inc. will host the annual ESS/SAES/ARD Meeting and Workshop at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, Charlotte, NC, Monday through Thursday, September 28th – October 1, 2015.   The ESS/SAES/ARD Meeting and Workshop draft schedule (located in the top right hand corner of the website), hotel and on-line registration information is now available at: http://www.ag.ncat.edu/aplu2015/index.html

Workshop Schedule: http://escop.ncsu.edu/docs/ESS%20Workshop%20Schedule%202.pdf

Business Meeting Agenda: http://escop.ncsu.edu/docs/2015%20ESS%20Business%20Meeting%20Agenda%204.pdf


2015 WRAOM, Kailua-Kona, HI, October 19-21

hawaiiThe 2015 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting will be held October 19-21, 2015 in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Check the meeting website for registration, hotel, and other details: http://cms.ctahr.hawaii.edu/wraom2015/Home.aspx


2015 Western Region Joint Summer Meeting (WRJSM), Breckenridge, CO

Western Region Joint Summer Meeting, July 6-9, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Breckenridge, CO is now available. Please refer to the meeting website for complete registration and meeting information, including lodging, transportation from Denver International Airport, and a meeting schedule.

WRJSM 2015: https://conferencereg.colostate.edu/Registration/Welcome.aspx?e=C9B3FCB8AFC7FD23BD533B80D2D572DC

For those wishing to extend their stay before or after the meeting, please note the following room rates:

7/2-7/4 are $169.00 per night for standard hotel room plus taxes and resort fee; $189.00 per night plus taxes and resort fee for the mountain view hotel room – subject to availability

7/5-7/11 are $119.00 per night plus taxes and resort fee.

The 2015 meeting is being hosted jointly by Colorado State University’s College of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension and planners have put together a great program. In addition, to conducting the business of our separate associations, we will use our time in Breckenridge to further our progress on the Western Perspective and Western Agenda—you will receive a final draft of the Western Perspective white paper prior to the meeting. During the meeting, we will be joined by our partners at kglobal, and by our facilitation team lead by Dr. Steve McMullin, who will help us to develop the “Western Agenda” to demonstrate the value of the Western U.S. and contributions of Western Land-Grant Universities to decision makers and stakeholders. We will also take time to identify gaps in research, extension, and teaching and make action plans to address them.

Because this meeting will focus on communication strategies for delivering the Western Agenda, Deans and Directors are encouraged to consider bringing their college/unit’s communications specialist(s).

Registration for the 2015 WRJSM closes on June 15, 2015 so don’t delay!

For meeting questions, please contact Megan Griffith at Megan.Griffith@colostate.edu or 970-491-7401, Lori Bates at Lori.Bates@colostate.edu or 970-491-2858, or Sarah Lupis at Sarah.Lupis@colostate.edu or 970-491-6280.

2015 NERAOC Meeting

NERAOC2014-Soc-media_IconV4The 2015 National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference (NERAOC) will be held in San Diego, CA, May 3-6, 2015 at Paradise Point.  The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting the meeting.

WAAESD/WEDA/WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting

portland-embassy-suitesThe 2015 WAAESD/WEDA/WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting will be held April 28-May 1, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Portland-Downtown, Portland, Oregon. Thanks to Oregon State University for hosting this event.

Registration, meeting schedule, and hotel information can all be found on the conference website: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2015www/


USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan released

USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

The USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan was recently released. This plan will serve as a road map for everything USDA does. It will provide direction to USDA employees as they craft policy in Washington, DC and implement USDA programs in the field. Perhaps most importantly, the strategic plan framework will increase accountability of mission delivery and ensure that  USDA delivers the best outcomes to customers. In addition, USDA will use the strategic plan to help guide decisions regarding budget and resource management.