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Save the date: NAEPSDP Annual Conference Dec. 4-7

The National Association of Extension Programs and Staff Development annual conference will be held Dec. 4-7, 2017, in Las Vegas, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort.

What could you gain by networking with extension colleagues from around the U.S.? Perhaps these benefits will raise your interest:

  • Network with extension colleagues from other states
  • Learn from early technology adopters
  • Identify resources that can be shared
  • Find collaboration opportunities
  • Learn about NAEPSDP leadership opportunities
  • Connect with individuals who have statewide and regional responsibilities that often include adoption of new technologies or practices for program development or managing human resources

Interested now? If yes, mark your calendar for the annual conference, Dec. 4-7, 2017! The National Association of Extension Programs and Staff Development was formed to bring the national community of program and staff development professionals together. This community includes individuals with a range of responsibilities in support of extension educators and the overall mission of Cooperative Extension. Explore the NAEPSDP website at for more information. 

Upcoming SPSS Webinar Courses

Kendra Lewis, academic coordinator for evaluation for UC 4-H Youth Development Program, is offering ANR academics online “short courses” about different research and evaluation topics.

Webinars on Conducting tests in SPSS Part 3: Correlation and Regression will be on July 11 and Conducting tests in SPSS Part 4: Reliability and Factor Analysis will be Aug. 8.

The goal of these courses (7 total) is to provide participants with more in-depth examples of different data analyses and using SPSS. These courses are designed for UC ANR staff and academics doing evaluation and research. The 60- to 90-minute webinars include optional take-home assignments. Courses are offered the second Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Detailed information is available in the “Course Information” document. To enroll, please see the “Enrollment Instructions” document at

Please refer all questions to Kendra Lewis at

UC People Management Conference Aug. 2-3

Have you completed the UC People Management Series Certificate (UC Learning Center)? Then, you are eligible to attend the 2017 UC People Management Conference taking place on Aug. 2-3, 2017, at the UCLA Luskin Center. Space is limited and spots are filling up fast, so register now! 

Register and check out the speakers at the People Management Conference website at

UC Learning Center shuts down July 28

As announced in the May 2017 ANR Report, the UC Learning Center website ( will be down for an upgrade. However, the date has changed. The system will be unavailable for any activity beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017 for up to five business days. Therefore, plan your compliance and other training with that schedule in mind.

ANR employees celebrate  

David Hatter
David Hatter, UC ANR IT Information Systems Analyst 2:

“Thanks to I was able to complete my CompTIA+ Security certification (What is the CompTIA+?). I will continue to use to advance my skills.”

Suzanne Morikawa, Marketing and Communications Specialist, UC ANR Youth, Families and Communities:

“I use to stay up to date on software for design and web development. I really like their video instruction format because it's broken up into short segments so I can go directly to the area I'm trying to learn. I can also go through the entire lesson a little at a time so it doesn't require a large chunk of time.

"I like that it can be used to not only learn software, but also to learn about trends in design and marketing as well as management training. The instructors are professionals who understand their topic because they work in that area.” course features for July

Project Management Foundations: Leading Projects (

Have you experienced project hang-ups? Dealt with frustrated clientele or colleagues as deliverables get delayed? Then you'll benefit from the course Project Management Foundations: Leading Projects. Find out how to

  • Define the vision
  • Document the project scope
  • Investigate options
  • Select a course of action, and much more!

This and other project management courses on will prepare you for PMP Certification. Project management courses can run from $1,200-$1,800, but you get them for free as an ANR employee through!

Twitter Essential Training (

Do you want to speak Twitterverse? Do you believe this prominent platform could be a tool in your outreach programming? For effective branding? Maximize your program's influence? Well, don't experiment. Let the course Twitter Essential Training guide you to:

  • Understand Twitter and microblogging
  • Interact with tweets and tweet users
  • Exploring Twitter settings
  • Creating lists of Twitter users

Communication Tips Weekly (

Do you lead or manage others? Do you want to master your communication skills? In this course, you will be led by communication experts to hone skills in

  • Working with difficult people
  • Influencing others
  • Speaking confidently in public at a moment's notice
  • Working with extroverts and introverts
  • Saying no

Create a account today!
If you have not already created a personal account, please go the ANR Portal and under “My Links” click on Learning.

ANR Learning and Development:

To position ANR as the premiere source of knowledge and science for agricultural and natural resources issues, it is vital that our people keep their knowledge and skills at peak performance. The ANR Learning and Development website offers an array of opportunities for employee learning and professional development that can help serve that goal. I strongly encourage employees to take full advantage of these resources as well as other opportunities to enhance their personal and professional growth. –Glenda Humiston, Vice President



Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 5:33 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

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