Around The South
June 2012 Vol. 8, No. 06
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Stronger Economies Together initiative wins NACDEP award

The RRDC's Stronger Economies Together (SET) program received regional and national recognition at the 2012 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) conference recently held in Park City, Utah. Read more.

Dr. Mike Woods receives 2012 Bonnie Teater Award

The SRDC proudly announced Dr. Mike Woods as the 2012 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) conference. Having served more than 31 years of exemplary rural economic development experience, Woods serves as professor and head of the Oklahoma State University's Department of Agricultural Economics. Get the details.

White House rural report released

The Obama administration released a report this week on its policies and accomplishments in rural America during the President's first term in office. Download the full report, Strengthening Rural Communities: Lessons from a Growing Farm Economy.

REMINDER: Register now for 2012 Program Leadership Network conference

Online registration and conference information is now available for this summer's Joint Meeting of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network, Association of Extension Administrators and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, set for August 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. This year's theme is #cesvalue: Advancing Cooperative Extension's Mission. Learn to use Twitter, Facebook, Four Square, YouTube, Linkedin, Pinterest, G+ and other tools for supporting the work and mission of Cooperative Extension professionals. Discover what tool to use for what job and learn how these new vehicles can help meet clientele needs, support an organization's mission and tell the Cooperative Extension story. Register by July 15 to receive the early bird discount.

Other Items of Interest

Governors look to the arts to fuel economic growth

The National Governors Association (NGA) has recently released New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design. This research monograph illustrates how the arts offer a competitive edge to communities seeking to cultivate high-growth industries, catalyze entrepreneurial activity, boost employment and revive distressed areas. Produced by the NGA in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the new report is a useful guide for elected officials, civic leaders and public agencies working to widen opportunities for rural communities. For more information about the report (including requests for hard copies), contact Sue Struve, communications manager at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

Hayes named UF Dean for Research

Dr. John Hayes has accepted the position of University of Florida/Institute of Food Agricultural Sciences Dean for Research, effective July 1, 2012. Hayes has been at the UF since 2006, when he was appointed Chair of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department. Most recently, he has served as Interim Dean for Research. His most recent position prior to coming to Florida was at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, where he served as the Associate Dean for International Programs. Hayes has a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, an M.S. in biology from Southern Oregon State College and a B.S. in wildlife science from Oregon State University.

Conferences and Trainings

Cambio de Colores 2012-Latinos in the Heartland

June 13-15, 2012
Columbia, Missouri

2012 National Value Added Conference

June 24-26, 2012
Traverse City, Michigan

Community Development Society Annual International Conference

July 21-25, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

Rural Sociological Society 75th Annual Meeting

July 26-29, 2012
Chicago, Illinois

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting

Aug. 12-14, 2012
Seattle, Washington

2012 Joint Meeting Program Leadership Network, AEA and ASRED

#cesvalue: Advancing Cooperative Extension's Mission
August 20-24, 2012
Orlando, Florida
Register by July 15 for Early Bird Discount!

National Small Farm Conference

Sept. 18-20, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee

National eXtension Conference

Oct. 1-4, 2012
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Southern Rural Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Social Stabilization in the Twenty-First Century: The Role of Rural Communities
Feb. 2-5, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Download Call for Papers (Abstract due Oct. 31)
Download Award Nomination Information

Job Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Extension Professor- Health Education Specialist, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6237

Head, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6674

State Specialist for Community Health, Kentucky State University


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