Save the Date! 2021 Western Region Joint Spring Meeting

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Save The Date!

Join us for the 2021 Western Region Joint Spring Meeting at:
The Grove Hotel,
Boise, ID
March 29-April 1, 2021

Mini-Summit on Water Security in the Western U.S.

Mini-Summit on Water Security in the Western U.S.

The Mini-Summit on Water Security in the Western U.S. will be held at The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho, August 2-4, 2020.

To register for the Mini-Summit and view the agenda, please visit this registration link.

To reserve a room, please visit this reservation link or call 1-208-489-2222 or 1-888-961- 5000.

Please contact Sarah Lupis with questions or concerns about room reservations at or 435-770-3116.

In this time of uncertainty, it’s important to monitor updates and news from reputable sources. WAAESD is looking to three major reputable health organizations to provide guidance on events and activities during this period:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state and local governments to implement aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, there are several easy steps that we can all take to help minimize the risk of exposure. These are the same basic steps we should be taking every day to help prevent the spread of illnesses such as the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. In addition, having hand sanitizer readily available is always a good idea.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in a waste basket immediately and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Follow the recommendations of your home state/ country with respect to self-isolating after travel or appearance of symptoms, and restrictions on travel.

While we all hope that the COVID-19 crisis will be behind us by August, we recognize the possibility that it could greatly impact WAAESD’s ability to execute the planned Mini-Summit on Water Security in the Western U.S. meeting in Boise. To address this, WAAESD’s leadership is working hand in hand with staff to engage in scenario planning. Our aim is to deliver the annual meeting in some format, ideally in person, with the potential for virtual elements. We encourage you therefore to please go ahead and register. We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 crisis and potential impacts on the meeting and we will of course continue to provide updates as the situation develops and new information becomes available.

2020 Western Region Joint Summer Virtual Meeting

We’re going virtual for June 2020 meeting!

Planning is underway for a virtual meeting to take place during the June 22-25 dates. Stay tuned for a schedule and log in information.

Postponed! 2020 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting

Postponed - 2020WRAOM

Due to several complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the WRAOM planning committee opted to postpone the meeting. Northern Marians College would like to host the meeting next year sometime in the Fall of 2021. The planning committee is exploring the possibility of having a virtual session with NIFA this Fall (2020). Please send an email to if you have a topic to suggest.

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: 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.