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Thursday, August 31, 2017

​ARE Team Welcomes New Graduate Assistants

Four graduate assistants joined the Extension Center for Family Development (FD) Applied Research and Evaluation (ARE) Team in August: Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, Shelby Crespi, Sunghun Lim, and Vidhya Shanker.

FD in the News

Here’s a monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work of Family Development staff and partners.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wherever U Roam, eduroam!

eduroam (ed-u-roam) is the preferred WiFi network for University of Minnesota staff and faculty. To log in, choose “eduroam” from your WiFi network options and enter your full University email address and password. This will give you the most secure and user-friendly campus WiFi experience.

Monday, August 21, 2017

We Can and Will Do Better


By Karen Shirer, Associate Dean — Family Development

There is no ignoring what has happened in the past few weeks. The events on the national stage and responses to them have left many of us with feelings of sadness and despair regarding the state of our country. What I hope to offer today are some thoughts and resources that might help us better understand and respond to these tragic and disappointing events.

Website Bytes: Finding the Best Home for FD Content


By Hannah Jastram Aaberg, Communications Associate

This summer, I have been transferring previously published newsletters, reports, and fact sheets gleaned from Family Development web pages to the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) to prepare for a revamped Extension website.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations and Expands Options


By Hannah Jastram Aaberg, Communications Associate

This summer, SNAP-Ed Educator Dianne Davis-Kenning went beyond the typical nutrition educator role and helped raise $12,000 to support food shelves in central Minnesota, an amount four times greater than expected.

When school is out in the summer, families that rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs have more meals to worry about. Unfortunately, food shelf donations traditionally dip during the summer months. Meeker County Area Food Shelves are no exception to this trend.

brick storefront
Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Props for Prepping Partners and Participants


By Trina Adler, Program Leader — Health and Nutrition

This summer, feeling the need to improve my strength as well as stretch my horizons, I joined a group strength training class at the St. Paul Campus Gym. In general, I keep physically active by running, walking, hiking, and biking on a regular basis — fairly low-key and solitary activities. So this kind of class was quite a leap into the unknown for me. I have never in my life been a gym member, I haven’t ever used weight training equipment, and I definitely haven’t been a part of a group exercise class.

row of adults doing pushups on kettlebells
Let's be real: Group exercise classes never look like this.

The first day of class was brief and introductory. I thought I had a handle on how it would go, and felt pretty confident that I was prepared for what was to come.

Wow, was I wrong!

Parents Forever™ Team Receives Innovation Award

Last Thursday at the 2017 Minnesota eLearning Summit, the Parents Forever™ team was honored with Excellence Award for Innovation.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dismantling Institutional Racism in Minnesota’s Food System


By Jamie Bain, Extension Educator and MFAN Coordinator

This August, the Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) will facilitate a meeting about institutional racism for its partners at the Robert J. Jones Urban Outreach-Engagement Center in North Minneapolis. Aided by co-facilitators from The Food Group and Appetite for Change, attendees will work together to learn about and discuss their role in both upholding and dismantling institutional racism in the food system.
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