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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Tuesday Letter is a weekly email to approximately 2,500 faculty and staff of K-State Research and Extension and the College of Agriculture, providing recipients with timely announcements and updates.

From the Director for Extension

On Budget Matters…
This week I am informing you about a budget matter. No, this isn’t about whether our budget is going up or down. This issue regards how our budget will be processed and distributed in the future.

From Extension Administration

Shout Out to Jana McKinney
Shout Out from Shad Marston, who nominated fellow McPherson County agent Jana McKinney for her work in the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) open enrollment period.
Please Join Us for the January 18 "Every Third Friday: Team Building" Session
Plan to participate in this week's "Every Third Friday Meeting" on January 18 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


FCS Update Registration
The February FCS Update will be held February 11-13, 2019 at the Bluemont Hotel.
Upcoming Changes to USPS Pricing and Mailing Standards
The United States Postal Service recently announced proposed rate changes for all Mailing and Shipping Services, scheduled to go into effect January 27, 2019.
FCS Contest Survey
The 2019 FCS Judging Contest Committee is seeking input from local units on current local contests and how to improve the state contest.

Health and Wellness

Financially Speaking
Thinking about health insurance is not just a task you need to take care of during open enrollment. Make sure you start working on your health insurance credits now and fill out forms that will help make your life easier in the future.

Extension Professional Trainings

The Insight Summit, CREE Conference Revamped
Insight Summit Conference Postcard
The Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement hosts the 2019 Insight Summit, previously known as the New-Media Marketing Boot Camp. The two day conference will be held February 12 and 13 in Manhattan featuring marketing strategy, content, and networking.
Office Professional Workshop
The Office Professionals in Shawnee County are hosting training for Northeast Area Office Professionals on Wednesday, April 24. Topics include: Exercising Leadership When You’re Not in Charge, Websites with more Photos and Banners and Polish Your Writing.


K-State's Online Security
As a new year begins at K-State, we are embarking on the next step to make campus online activities even more safe and secure. Cybersecurity is a major concern in our technology-driven world and we are compelled to be more vigilant.
Read full announcement | From President Richard Myers | January 15, 2019

Publications Update

Extension Update
Spring will be here soon! A new publication about managing those pesky grubs in turfgrass is now available in the KSRE bookstore.

Program Updates

Bill Cordes is the Speaker for the 2019 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training
Bill Cordes from Lawrence is the 2019 Kansas 4-H Ambassador training keynote speaker. Join us February 22-23 at the Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City.

New Hires/Exits

New Director of Food Science Institute Named
Interim Dean Ernie Minton is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeanette Thurston was offered and has accepted the position of Director for the Food Science Institute effective June 17, 2019.

Calendar of Events

From the KSRE Calendar
Upcoming Dates: January 30 KSRE Partnership Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.