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In robotics or Extension—engagement is the glue that holds everything together

By Mary Jo Katras, program leader in family resiliency

I was recently reminded how multifaceted the work of Extension is. There are many parts that go into our work—leadership, teaching, scholarship, engagement, program management and service. I have come to realize each plays a critical role.

However, I think that as we work with new audiences to address grand challenges and wicked problems, and as we strive for innovation, engagement is especially critical. It is the glue of any work we do in our communities across Minnesota and with our colleagues nationally. At first glance, the role of engagement is not obvious. But if you look past the surface and examine the inner workings of a team, you will likely see what I mean!
A robotics team example Here’s a personal example. A few years ago when my oldest daughter, now 15 years old, was in 8th grade, her school was forming its first robotics team. My husband and I encouraged her to join. I thought I knew the basics of what a robotics …

Coffee with Coffey

By Michael Brott, communications manager

Thank you to all who participated in our June Coffee with Coffey conversation. (Can you tell I like alliteration?). Family development has been growing this new format as a way to to provide a more informal opportunity for sharing and learning between off-campus staff and Coffey hall. We believe our work is better when we are more connected to each other. Recent feedback has been very positive and constructive. The remaining 2018 Coffee with Coffey dates have been added to your calendars. As always, recordings of past conversations are on our FD intranet.

FD in the news

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

Hillside Farmers Market to open June 19
Howie Hanson (blog)

Thanks to Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Essentia Health, SNAP customers are matched one-to-one, up to $15 dollars per market day, when using an EBT card at the market. Any children under 18 receive free $4 tokens to spend on produce through the Power of Produce (PoP) Club, with funding from Essentia Health and University of Minnesota Extension.

Crookston’s Marketplace debuts Thursday
Crookston Times

Stay tuned every Thursday for a new Marketplace theme with free entertainment and activities, plus, beginning July 12, the University of Minnesota Extension Power of Produce grant will be available weekly for kids ages 0-18 to receive vouchers for free produce from the Crookston Farmer’s Market.

Veterans harvest market, Power of Produce returns to Prior Lake
Jordan Independent

In 2017, the market raised nearly $4,000 for veteran…