Focus, WVU Extension’s biweekly employee newsletter, concluded with the December 15, 2015 issue. It was replaced by the Extension Voice in January 2016. The new blog is intended to get information to Extension employees more quickly.
Archive editions of the Focus remain available here for reference purposes.
In This Issue
CEOS Lesson Proposal Submissions Being Accepted
Updated Drug Free Workplace Handbook Is Available
People and Places – Retirements
People and Places – Faculty and Staff Changes
People and Places – Have You Heard?
People and Places – In Memoriam
People and Places – To Our Good Health
Proposals for educational topics for 2017 Community Educational Outreach Service lessons are currently being accepted. The format for the selected educational topics includes a two-page participant leaflet, which is distributed to all participants in meetings and presentations, and a four-page leader’s guide, which is used by the person who will be teaching the topic to the group.
Topic proposals are reviewed and considered in a selection process by the CEOS Board.
The proposal submission form gives timelines and expectations of authors, along with a word count. Each submission must include the names and contact information for three people you have contacted who have agreed to peer review the draft of your lesson.
If you have questions or need a copy of the proposal submission form, contact Pat Gruber (PRGruber@mail.wvu.edu) or Kim Straight (Kimberly.Straight@mail.wvu.edu; 304-293-2796). Proposals are due by Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.
Drug and alcohol abuse on campus hinders the learning process, jeopardizing the University’s mission to educate students and prepare them for responsible participation in society. With a combination of education and counseling, students and employees can become aware of the consequences that may arise from drug and alcohol abuse and avoid activities that threaten their well-being.
As directed by federal law, the University provides information to you (http://employeerelations.hr.wvu.edu/drug_free_schools_and_communities_act_booklet) that explains West Virginia University’s drug and alcohol prevention policies for students and employees.
WVU also offers confidential and free assistance for those who may need help with these issues through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (304-293-5590).
West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network DHHR
o Principal Investigator: Susan Gamble
o Effective Dates: 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2016
o Amount: $30,000
This grant provides funding for the West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network as a result of our collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to support the Bureau for Children and Families. This includes participation on the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Advisory Council, support to school-age children in afterschool and the West Virginia Afterschool Program Standards.
Jeff Orndorff is retiring after 41 years’ service with 4-H Youth Development on Dec. 30.
Jamie Butcher began work as the Logan County 4-H Youth Development Extension agent on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Kerry Gabbert has been hired as a program coordinator. She’ll be working in Charleston with the Family Nutrition Program, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Jeremy James will be resigning his position as health educator for Kanawha County at the end of the year.
Linda Mahan is the temporary program assistant in Jackson County.
Sam and Eva Beto welcomed a son, Micah Zachariah, on Monday, Nov. 30. Micah checked in at 9 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well. Older siblings, Elias and Owen, are excited to have a new baby brother. Congratulations can be sent to the Beto family at 187 Winding Way, Clarksburg, WV 26301.
Michael Kalasin, a campus service worker with facilities services, was recognized with a WVU “Climbing Higher” award for helping return a sizable amount of money that he found in Knapp Hall to its owner. After finding the money early on Wednesday, Dec. 2, he placed it in an envelope and locked it in building manager Paul Martinelli’s office. His comments to a co-worker included his concern that the money be returned to its owner. Paul was able to track down the person who had lost the money and return it. For Michael’s honesty and decision to do the right thing, Paul nominated him for “Climbing Higher” recognition. It appeared in the Dec. 9 issue of Mountaineer ENEWS.
Retiree Wayne “Edgar” Hooper, of Wheeling, West Virginia, died on Friday, Dec. 4, at Wheeling Hospital. He was 75. Edgar was born August 18, 1940 in St. Marys, West Virginia, the son of the late Denzel Wayne Hooper and Mildred Evelyn Shingleton Hooper. He graduated from St. Marys High School and attended West Virginia University, where he earned a master’s degree in agriculture education.
Edgar began his 36-year career with the WVU Extension Service in 1967. Over the years, he worked with 4-H youths in the 4-H Dairy Genetics Project, land judging and cattle judging. He organized educational programs within the agricultural community for improving production and helped local farmers set up trial pots and collect information for research purposes. Edgar worked in Ohio County until his first retirement in 1999, then worked part time in Marshall County until his second retirement in 2011. He served on the Agriculture Program Advisory Committee and the Ohio County Country Fair Committee, was a member of the Ohio-Brooke County Farm Bureau, and served in an advisory capacity to the Northern Panhandle Dairy Herd Information Association, The Northern District Holstein Club and the Tri-State Beekeepers Association. Throughout his life, he received 32 national awards including being inducted into the National Association of County Agricultural Agents’ Hall of Fame.
Edgar is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Annabelle “Ann” Sheets Hooper; two sons, two brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren, a great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church in Wheeling; interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the 4-H WVU Extension Service, Ohio County Office, 51 16th Street, Room 301, Wheeling, WV 26003. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.
Get kids in the kitchen! Have them help with measuring and mixing ingredients. Get the whole family involved in preparing and eating healthy meals together!
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