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Friday, November 17, 2017

A New Era Begins for Me

By Judy Myers, Extension Educator — Children, Youth & Family Consortium 

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After nearly seven years with the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC), I am retiring in December 2017. The past years have been rich with wonderful relationships with CYFC, Family Development and other Extension colleagues. I have also experienced meaningful community partnerships, and deep learning with our many scholar and practitioner partners.

Monday, November 13, 2017

UofM Secure WiFi Network to Be Retired at the End of 2017

The University of Minnesota WiFi network UofM Secure will be retired at the end of December 2017.

Please connect to eduroam, the preferred secure WiFi network for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. To connect, choose “eduroam” from your WiFi network preferences or options and enter your full University email address and password.

Questions? Contact Technology Help at or 612-301-4357.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity

By Mary Marczak, Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation

My maternal grandmother (and namesake) was my kindred spirit. No one made me feel more OK during the abrupt transition at age 10 from an orphanage in South Korea to a family home in Minnesota than my Polish grandmother. I think she identified with my experience because she came to the United States from Poland as an elementary-age child and had to make her way in a new world. So her particular habit of saying, “The world is going to hell in a hand basket!” always jarred me. Gahh!! What does that mean!? How much should I be worried?

National Experts and Local Practitioners Collaborate to Meet the Needs of LGBT People in Rural Environments

By S. Okrey Anderson, Graduate Research Assistant

This October, a special guest panel of LGBT research experts spoke to University of Minnesota Extension professionals about health, well-being, and economic opportunity for LGBT people in rural environments.

Extension Children, Youth, & Family Consortium (CYFC) planned and facilitated the well-attended panel during the 2017 Extension Program Conference that took place in Brooklyn Park on October 11.

CYFC hosted Dr. Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science, in their 2016-2017 Scholar in Residence program for the past year and a half. During that time, Dr. McGuire and the CYFC team traveled around Minnesota presenting workshops on meeting the needs of transgender youth. (For a refresher, see CYFC’s Community Discussions on Transgender Issues in Greater Minnesota Exceed Expectations.)

This panel event brought some of that content and more to an Extension audience.

Website Bytes: Curating (and Culling) Farm to School's Online Content

By Hannah Jastram Aaberg, Communications Associate

Website content managers in Family Development worked hard this summer to reorganize two University of Minnesota Extension website sections to better meet the needs of their audiences: Farm to School and Financial Capability, formerly Personal Finance.

As website coordinator of the core FD web team, I walked alongside content managers as they tackled these projects. I am so pleased that these two projects are complete and so proud of the work the content managers did that I want to share their stories. If you are contemplating how to better serve your audiences online, you’ll want to pay attention to their experiences. These reorganizations had two things in common that helped guide their work to completion:
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable content managers.
  • A goal to better serve users.
This week’s the focus is on Farm to School.

FD in the News

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

Ojibwe dinner draws crowd
Mille Lacs Messenger, October 5, 2017

A large crowd showed up at the Farm Market Cafe in Onamia on September 27 for a dinner of contemporary dishes made from traditional Ojibwe ingredients. The meals featured numerous locally grown and produced foods, such as wild rice, rabbit, highbush cranberry, hazelnuts, maple syrup, and squash. SNAP-Ed Educator Kam Schroeder discussed nutritional benefits of dishes on the menu.

The fallout of the Equifax data breach
Minnesota Public Radio, Oct 6, 2017

Sharon Powell, Extension educator in Family Resiliency, joined Chris Arnold, National Public Readio correspondent, on a Minnesota Public Radio news program October 6 to discuss the data breach at Equifax. That breach exposed the personal information of up to 143 million people and led to the resignation of the credit agency's CEO Richard Smith. Sharon provided tips to listeners on dealing with the breach and securing their personal information online.

UROC celebrates eight years of partnerships, research
Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, October 11, 2017

The University of Minnesota Urban Research Outreach Engagement Center (UROC) in north Minneapolis hosted Community Day on October 5. The event, which drew more than 80 participants, is an annual open house celebrating community-University partnerships. Evalyn Carbrey, SNAP-Ed regional coordinator, explained how University of Minnesota Extension and SNAP-Ed work together to improve access to healthy foods in north Minneapolis.

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