Tag Archives: Extension

AgriLife Extension supporting National Preparedness Month efforts in Texas

Courtesy Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife The recent devastation of many parts of southeastern Texas by Hurricane Harvey has been a stark reminder of the need for Texans to be aware of and prepare for emergencies and disasters, said Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service emergency management specialist, College Station. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a variety of no-cost emergency and disaster preparation and recovery materials available in print and as online downloads and e-books. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo) “September has been designated… Read More →

Animal Supply Points seeking livestock-related donations

Courtesy Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife  (Note: As of Sept. 21 there were no Animal Supply Points with AgriLife Extension involvement.) The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has established Animal Supply Points for livestock and other animals in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and has set up a phone bank to take calls from those who would like to make a donation. “These ASPs have been set up to shelter animals and for the storing and distribution of hay and feed and as a location from which to coordinate volunteer assistance,”… Read More →

AgriLife Extension, Texas EDEN offer useful, practical flood recovery information

Courtesy Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife With the extent and severity of recent rains throughout the southeastern part of the state, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are again reminding Texans their agency provides important information on how to recover from a flood. “After a flood there are a number of things you can do to protect your family’s health and well-being and restore your property,” said Dr. Joyce Cavanagh, AgriLife Extension specialist in family development and resource management, College Station. Cavanagh said the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network,… Read More →

Extension Professionals Learn the Ropes through Extension Foundations, Program Excellence Academies I, II

By: Mollie Lastovica Texas A&M AgriLife Extension professionals from across the state gathered in College Station Nov. 12-15 for Extension Foundations and Program Excellence Academy workshops. Organized and implemented by the Organizational Development branch of Extension, the series of workshops helps familiarize new County Extension Agents and Specialists with the functions and programs housed within Extension. Extension Foundations, the initial workshop of the series, gives professionals an overview of the entire Extension service. “It introduces many different concepts and aspects of our positions in counties,” said Marie Arick,… Read More →

Cummings Recognized for Excellence in Extension

By: Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Scott Cummings, Dr.PH., was  recognized by the American Evaluation Association by receiving the 2013 Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation Award. “Scott has demonstrated strong leadership and his work will make significant evaluation efforts more relevant and visible in Extension work,” Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Director, Douglas Steele, Ph.D. said. Cummings’ award recognized his outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation through his work with the Excellence in Extension effort. He is the program leader for Extension’s Organizational Development unit and associate… Read More →

New Hire to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service: Kevin Andrews

By: Caitlin Powers Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service welcomes the newest member of the extension team, Kevin Andrews. “We have a great team here,” Andrews said. As the newly hired extension assistant Andrews assists with the Texas Extension Accountability System Help Desk. “The Texas Extension Accountability System is what every agent and specialist across Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service uses to keep track of what they do on a daily basis,” Andrews said. The TExAS Help Desk is what provides the Texas Extension Accountability System users assistance when… Read More →

Cummings, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Organization Development Unit Takes Leadership at Second Annual NAEPSDP Conference

By: Mollie Lastovica With a focus on professional development, employee development, organizational development and evaluation and accountability, ten representatives of the ALEC Department traveled to Denver, Colo. Dec. 11-13 for the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals’ Second Annual Conference. Among the group were Associate Department Head and Program Leader for Organizational Development Scott Cummings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Jeff Ripley, Ph.D., Extension Associate Michelle Payne, Extension Assistant Katy Weber, Management Analyst Tom Payne, Software Engineers Curtis Krajca and Cory Phillips, Extension Specialists… Read More →

Texas A&M Alumnus Joins Extension as Software Engineer

By: Mollie Lastovica Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Cory Phillips as a software engineer. Phillips graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in nuclear engineering. “I first heard about this position from someone who already works here and the job description greatly interested me,” Phillips said. Phillips will work on the development side of software and brings industry experience as a former applications and web developer. “It is my job to develop user interface functionality for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, specifically the Texas Extension Accountability System,”… Read More →