Program Leadership Committee
Conference Call
January 15, 2004

Nina Boston, Information Technology, University of Arkansas
Charles Cox, Past Chair of PLC and Chair of PLN-EC, 4-H, Oklahoma State University
Carla Craycraft, Communications, University of Kentucky
Thelma J. Feaster, PSD and Member of PLN-EC, North Carolina A&T State University
Ed Jones, CD, North Carolina State University
Gloria Mosby, Chair of PLC and Member of PLN-EC, Communications, Prairie View A&M University
Louie Rivers, ANR, Kentucky State University
Kent Rorie, PSD, University of Arkansas
Charles Shepphard, CD, Alcorn State University
Joe Waldrum, PSD, University of Arkansas
Linda Williams-Willis, AEA Advisor to PLC and PLN-EC, Prairie View A&M University
Noland Williams, AEA Representative to PLC and PLN-EC, Kentucky State University
Dorothy Wilson, 4-H Youth Development, Langston University

Ron Brown, ASRED
Bonnie Teater, SRDC
Kathy Ibendahl, SRDC


Helen Brooks, MM, Alcorn State University
Paul Coreil, ASRED Representative, Louisiana State University
Thelma Hunter-Sanders, FCS and Member of PLN-EC, Tennessee State University
Ross Love, ANR, Oklahoma State University
Larry Turner, ASRED Advisor, University of Kentucky (represented on call by Paul Warner)
Kathy Volanty, FCS, Texas A&M University

Welcome and Introductions:

Gloria Mosby presided on the call and noted that minutes from December 8 and 9, 2003, had left off the following persons in attendance: Nina Boston, Information Technology, University of Kentucky and Carla Craycraft, Communications, University of Kentucky. Minutes were approved as corrected.Advisor's Reports:
No Report.

CECP and e-Extension Updates:
Ron Brown reported that most of the CECP activity is now in the hands of the various Program Committees. He indicated that Kathy Ibendahl has revised the CECP website and encouraged PLC representatives to visit the site routinely. Brown indicated that the e-Extension staff met last week in Washington to prepare for a presentation that will be made at the National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting in February. Brown also reported that the e-Extension staff met last week with representatives from the Department of Energy who also expressed interest in e-extension as an outreach for the energy subject matter. Gloria Mosby indicated that the Job Board that had previously been maintained by the CSREES is now going to be maintained by the Journal of Extension. She encouraged PLC members to let HRM personnel know about this move.

Committee Reports

ANR-Louie Rivers
Louie Rivers reported that there is nothing new since Biloxi. He indicated that he had talked with Tim Cross and Roger Crickenberger the white paper and it was determined that it would be prepared sometime in February. The group was reminded that there is a national meeting of Agriculture Program Leaders in April and the group requested that the ANR have the paper ready for presentation during that meeting.

Communications-Carla Craycraft/Gloria Mosby
Craycraft reported that the Communications Plan of Work has been submitted. Nina Boston and Gloria Mosby are updating the history incorporating the Communications and Information Technology aspects. They will provide a report during the next meeting.

Community Development-Ed Jones/Charles Shepphard
No action items other than those previously announced during the December meeting. Jones did indicate that progress has been made toward a regional meeting scheduled for May, 2004, in Tampa.

4-H Youth Development-Charles Cox/Dorothy Wilson
Cox and Wilson reported that the biggest event that is on the agenda for the 4-H Program Committee is the Biennial meeting scheduled for February 29-March 3, in New Orleans. Cox indicated that information has gone out to all state and district and area 4-H agents and complete conference information is on the LSU Ag Center website. One of the highlights will be to showcase the rural youth grants with each grantee sharing a seminar or display of the work that they have accomplished regarding those grants. The conference will also provide a brief overview of CECP. It was also reported that the 4-H Trust has been meeting this week and they are still dealing with some of the legal issues of the use of the 4-H logo and emblem and hopefully those issues will be resolved. Also reported was the fact that the National 4-H Conference is scheduled for March.

No report.

Information Technology-Nina Boston
Boston reported that their PC has not met by conference call, but continues to work via email. The IT POW and Core Competencies are posted, and they recently submitted updates to the POW. The Committee is currently working at getting CECP modules posted. Boston reported that Larry Lippke is demonstrating Centra Symposium with the Extension Directors and Administrators with future dates scheduled-January 26, January 22. Larry is also going to repeat the CECP on-line training on February 2.

Middle Management-Kent Rorie
No report.

PSD-Thelma Feaster/Joe Waldrum
Mitch Owen is in the process of setting up teleconference of group and is scheduled for February 5 from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. Warner reported the fact that there is a Regional Managerial Assessment Program that is scheduled for the end of March. Information is going out to directors, middle management and program and staff development.

2004 Meeting Update-Ron Brown/Bonnie Teater
Preliminary agenda was in the minutes from December 8 and 9. Preliminary agenda will be provided later.

Carla Craycraft brought up the subject of e-Answers and asked the Ron Brown if this had been discussed during the conversations about e-Extension. She was wondering how Extension in the Southern region was going to deal with the issue and if they were going to continue supporting e-Answers. Brown indicated that the two were different and that e-Extension staff had not discussed. He suggested that the best way to bring up the discussion was to put on the agenda for ASRED and AEA.

Next Meeting-March 18, 9:00 a.m. Central