The 2020 Western Region Joint Spring Meeting Going Virtual & The Western Water Summit Postponed

Dear Meeting Attendees,
This morning, meeting organizers met to discuss holding the Western Region Joint Spring Meeting and Western Water Summit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We concluded that the safe and prudent health action was to cancel the face-to-face meeting.

Please consult your association’s leadership for information on how your business meeting will take place. For WAAESD and WEDA members, the work session with WGA and business meetings will be held via Zoom; details will be emailed soon. 

Looking ahead, the Western Water Summit has been rescheduled for early August at The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Save August 2-4, 2020 on your calendar for this event; details will be circulated as arrangements are finalized. As part of our negotiated cancellation, the Spring Meeting will return to The Grove Hotel in 2021. Please save March 29-April 1, 2021 on your calendar.    

The Grove Hotel has graciously offered to cancel all room reservations made under our meeting block. You have likely received an automated message confirming your reservation cancellation.  If you do not receive a cancellation notice via email by the end of the week, please call the hotel to cancel your room. If you receive a cancellation notice and are still planning to stay at The Grove Hotel, please be sure to call and re-book your room. Hopefully the airline you’ve booked your travel with will be accommodating, given the circumstances. We are still in the process of determining if we will be able to issue refunds for registration fees.  

This was not an easy decision to make. We all benefit greatly from meeting face-to-face: sharing knowledge, experience, and perspective enhances and elevates the work we do collectively and at our individual institutions and organizations. However, we must balance that with risk. We hope that by taking steps to minimize the use of mass transportation and to avoid public gathering we are doing our part to help contain an easily transmitted virus, prevent fatalities, and minimize the inevitable economic downturn.   

Lastly, I want to thank The Grove Hotel for their patience and cooperation–they have been more than accommodating during this entire process. I also thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me via email at brethess@level5ag.com or 307-760-3319.

Sincerely,
Bret Hess

Cancelled – National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference 2020 (NERAOC)

Show Me Momentum

Due to increasing travel and event restrictions at many member institutions and St. Louis declaring a state of emergency, the University of Missouri, in partnership with Lincoln University and in consultation with NIFA, will cancel NERAOC 2020 in St. Louis. Many of you may have questions relating to registration cancellations, please be patient as we work through logistics and policy considerations.  Continue to send any inquires to the muconf1@missouri.edu email. 


Dates: April 19-22, 2020  
Location: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark | St. Louis, Missouri  
Register Now  

This year’s theme “Show-Me Momentum” will showcase policy guidance, best practices and emerging issues with engaging presentations and panel discussions. In addition to professional development and networking opportunities, the conference will build on momentum gained from Colorado to grow and strengthen our partnership between Land Grant Institutions and NIFA. NERAOC 2020 will provide an opportunity to meet and network with many new faces at NIFA. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Show-Me State!

 

Save the Date! 2020 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting

Save the Date - 2020 WRAC

Date: September 15-17, 2020  
Location: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands  
For more information: crees.marianas.edu  
Passports Required

The 2020 Western Region Joint Spring Meeting Going Virtual & The Western Water Summit Postpone

Dear Meeting Attendees,
This morning, meeting organizers met to discuss holding the Western Region Joint Spring Meeting and Western Water Summit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We concluded that the safe and prudent health action was to cancel the face-to-face meeting.

Please consult your association’s leadership for information on how your business meeting will take place. For WAAESD and WEDA members, the work session with WGA and business meetings will be held via Zoom; details will be emailed soon. 

Looking ahead, the Western Water Summit has been rescheduled for early August at The Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Save August 2-4, 2020 on your calendar for this event; details will be circulated as arrangements are finalized. As part of our negotiated cancellation, the Spring Meeting will return to The Grove Hotel in 2021. Please save March 29-April 1, 2021 on your calendar.    

The Grove Hotel has graciously offered to cancel all room reservations made under our meeting block. You have likely received an automated message confirming your reservation cancellation.  If you do not receive a cancellation notice via email by the end of the week, please call the hotel to cancel your room. If you receive a cancellation notice and are still planning to stay at The Grove Hotel, please be sure to call and re-book your room. Hopefully the airline you’ve booked your travel with will be accommodating, given the circumstances. We are still in the process of determining if we will be able to issue refunds for registration fees.  

This was not an easy decision to make. We all benefit greatly from meeting face-to-face: sharing knowledge, experience, and perspective enhances and elevates the work we do collectively and at our individual institutions and organizations. However, we must balance that with risk. We hope that by taking steps to minimize the use of mass transportation and to avoid public gathering we are doing our part to help contain an easily transmitted virus, prevent fatalities, and minimize the inevitable economic downturn.   

Lastly, I want to thank The Grove Hotel for their patience and cooperation–they have been more than accommodating during this entire process. I also thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me via email at brethess@level5ag.com or 307-760-3319.

Sincerely,
Bret Hess

New Deans’, Director’s, and Administrators’ Orientation Planned

The Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) will be hosting a New Deans’, Directors’, and Administrators’ Orientation in Washington, DC on December 10-12, 2019. This event is aimed at administrators, individuals supporting administrators or faculty, and USDA-NIFA personnel having two years or less of experience in their administrative positions as well as any others who would like to learn more about USDA-NIFA, building federal and private partnerships for their land-grant programs, and leadership tools while meeting colleagues from across the nation.

The learning objectives of the orientation workshop are:

  • meet, talk, and network with NIFA’s National Science Liaisons;
  • interact with a national expert on leading organizational change and gain valuable tips from experienced administrators on how to overcome obstacles, set your house in order, and lead change;
  • learn national-level engagement strategies to influence federal legislation and decisions made by USDA-NIFA and other federal agencies;
  • connect with Congressional and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staffers, university government affairs representatives, Cornerstone Government Affairs, and other advocacy and public relations individuals; and
  • build skills, gather tools, and develop an understanding of the networks to move your advocacy needs forward.

Registration for this event will be available in the very near future.

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.

 

Regional Priorities (2012 – Present)

Since 2012, the Western Association of Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD) and the Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) have conducted several surveys of their memberships to determine the most pressing issues, needs, and opportunities. Below we provide each of these previous priorities surveys for reference.

2012 Surveys:

2013 Surveys:

2013 Western Region Teaching Symposium

The 2013 Western Region Teaching Symposium will be held September 13 & 14, 2013 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.  New this year, you can attend the Western Region Teaching Symposium virtually!  All major presentations will be available through streaming video, so you can watch, pose questions to the presenters, and learn from your desk. Presentations will also be archived for viewing later if you have a time conflict with a presentation you really want to see. For complete information  and meeting registration (free!), visit the website.