Around The South
September 2014 Vol. 10, No. 7
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Community Behavioral Health Early Warning Systems

Call for Proposals 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness).

Individuals may participate in both competitions, but the intent of the project is to distribute the projects across different communities. An informational webinar is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
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An Extension Education Program to Help Local Governments with Flood Adaptation

Education is an important tool to increase the capacity of local government officials for community flood adaptation. To increase the effectiveness of the programs, future workshops should strive to increase participant knowledge retention over time and actively recruit participants with a low level of starting knowledge of streams and flooding.
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Training Materials Developed for Latino Entrepreneurs

Extension has created a training program that is designed to help assist current and potential Latino immigrant entrepreneurs in starting businesses in Arkansas. All items were designed with the ultimate goal of providing business owners with worksheets and an organizational system that can be used to write a business plan.
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I-WALK: An Innovative Approach to Community Walkability

One way of combating rising obesity rates and decreasing physical activity levels among children is to promote active transportation to and from schools. The award-winning I-WALK program provides a comprehensive framework for addressing community walkability and related infrastructure. The program's success demonstrates the benefits of coalition-building and community-based participatory research approaches to designing healthy and safe local environments.
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Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor and Extension Economist - Community Economics and Business Development

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hiring an Assistant Professor, Extension Economist - Community Economics and a Business Development. This is a 100% Extension, full time, non-tenure track, appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics on the TAMU main campus in College Station. The position is open until filled.

Qualifications: A PhD degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business, Regional Planning, or closely related field required.
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In-Service Training and Distance Education Coordinator

The In-Service Training and Distance Education Coordinator is responsible for planning, management, and administration of the LMS system, web-based employee training system (learn.uaex.edu) and the web-based training system for external clientele (courses.uaex.edu).

Qualifications: Masters Degree in a discipline appropriate for the assigned function is required. At least one year’s experience with learning management system administration responsibilities.
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Grant Connections

$15M Solicitation for Regional Innovation Released- Applications must be submitted by November 3, 2014.

Under the RIS program, Commerce is soliciting applications for three separate Regional Innovation Strategy funding awards, including:

  • i6 Challenge grants;
  • Science and Research Park Development Grants; and,
  • Cluster Grants to support the development of seed capital funds.
These awards are intended to help develop regional innovation ecosystems that provide support and funding to startups engaged in the commercialization process that ultimately lead to high-growth companies – the drivers of regional economic prosperity and job creation. Eligibility requirements differ for the three award types. Space is limited and expected to fill very quickly.
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Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program

This award is specifically intended to support traineeship programs that engage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees in USDA mission areas. Applicants provide clarity about the philosophy of their graduate training, and relevance to USDA mission sciences, NIFA priorities and national science education policies and statistics.
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Is It Educating or Lobbying? — How to Communicate Programmatic Impact to Stakeholders

September 29, 2014
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Evaluating Social Media Activity in Extension Educational Programming

October 21, 2014
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Keeping Your Financial Records Secure

October 30, 2014
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Archived Webinars

Easy as PIE Webinar: Grant writing as a collaborative process

September 17, 2014

Peaks and Pitfalls of Extension Scholarship in an Online World

July 14, 2014

How to Run Meetings that Don’t Leave Introverts Out

May 6, 2014

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Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Rachel Welborn for possible inclusion in future issues.

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