a ganc Did you know? • More than 40,400 youths, most of them in grades K-12, participated in Extension's 4-H programs last year through community and school clubs, special-interest activities, Energy Express, and camps. • WVU and the FBI have partnered to offer the world's only forensic identification degree program.
WVU receives aquaculture grant Extension will collaborate in a new $600,000 federal aquaculture research grant awarded the W.Va. Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at WVU. Richard Zimmerman, project coordinator, serves as director of Extension's Center for Agricultural and Natural Resources Development and as chairman of WVU's Aquaculture Steering Committee.
• Extension has a long tradition of land stewardship. Each year, more than 9,000 farmers and gardeners seeking ways to make their land more productive have soil samples tested at WVU. County Extension agents interpret the results and make specific recommendations for fertility management.
Anew Extension aquaculture specialist, to be hired by Jan. 1, will play a key role in the project. The two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agticulture began Nov. 1. The funds were received through the support of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
• The University's Up All Night program was featured on ABC's Good Morning America as an example of how one institution is attacking the binge drinking problem afflicting campuses nationwide. Among the reasons WVU was highlighted: Up All Night is part of a broader studentcentered approach, and WVU dropped off the Princeton Review's top 10 party school list.
Extension is hard at work looking for directors of its three new program centers. The search committees-each headed by an Extension faculty member-have been named.
• WVU's unique Mountaineer Parents Club, noted in USA Today, is a way for parents to share and support their children's college expetience. More than 6,500 families in 17 states are members.
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Committees searching for center directors
Leading the committees are Gloria Barrett, Center for Community, Economic and Workforce Development; Ruthellen Phillips, Center for 4-H and Youth, Fan1ily, and Adult Development; and Ed Raybum, Center for Agricultural and Natural Resources Development. Each committee has representatives from Extension and key partners. We hope to name permanent center leaders by spring.
Extension is partner in Kellogg program 1\vo Extension specialists, Michael Dougherty and Jill Kriesky, now have half-time assignments as co-coordinators for the new W.K. Kellogg WVU Community Partnerships Program. They will collaborate with the WVU Office of Service Learning (OSL) to help communities determine their needs and assemble teams of faculty and students to provide technical assistance. The Kellogg Foundation provided $1.25 million to WVU to cany out the four-year community development effort. The experience-based public service performed by students, faculty, and community partners is expected to transform the
University. It will provide students opportunities to learn from community members through an experiential activity not often found on campus. Likewise, communities will learn and benefit from the students. By using the exisiting infrastructure of the Extension Service, the University will reconnect higher education with citizens. Extension and the OSL, headed by Susan Hunter, will be the primaty organizers of the program.
Phillips wins service award Ruthellen H. Phillips received WVU's 1998 Ethel and Geny Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service. She was presented the award last spring during WVU's Weekend of Honors celebration. The Illinois native, who joined Extension as a specialist in 1985, has a long history of developing programs for at-risk youths. In 1994, Dr. Phillips implemented Energy Express, a program in which college student AmeriCorps members help children in low-income communities maintain their reading skills and nutritional status during fhe summer. This year, the program involved 400 college students and 3,400 children at 68 sites.
Grant helps Extension fight diabetes Extension specialist Guen Brown landed a $75,000 diabetes education grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health. It is part of a comprehensive grant, renewable for up to five years. The funding will allow Extension faculty throughout the state to continue implementing the Right Bite Diabetes Cooking Schools. The schools are held once a week for three weeks with a six-month follow-up session. Dr. Brown said the program's goal is to reach at least 3,000 people. More than 1,000 people from 30 counties had attended classes as of Dec. 15. The grant enabled Extension to hire Carol Olson, diabetes education specialist, to work with Extension agents. West Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of residents with diabetes.
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1 Fall-Safe if you fall- Tom Stockdale (center) explains-while two WVU engineering graduate students demonstrate-the dangers of old-fashioned, recently outlawed "safety" belts. The old equipment often harmed construction workers as the belts "caught" them during a fall. The new regulation fall protection safety harness distributes the shock load over a wider area of the body, protecting the worker. Stockdale, WVU Safety and Health Extension training program coordinator, organized this and other demonstrations earlier this year to kick off Fall-Safe, WVU's national hazard management training program.
Farmers market- Tasty aplJtes are a popular choice at the Fairmont Farmers Market. Extension agents in Marion County help local producers organize this direct marketing enterprise.
Golden research -The 4-H program's learn-by-doing approach to youth development applies to more than cows and cooking. Just ask Rachel Messineo of Spencer. Rachel's research into and presentation about elementary school students' fears of entering middle school earned a first -place gold ribbon during West Virginia 4-H Day activities in June.
International Experience Suzanne B1yant (nght) of Marshall County, a participant in an Extension Service work team to Guatemala, discussed her trip at the recent annual conference of the W.Va. Extension Homemakers Council Inc. Admiring Guatemalan textiles are (from left) Martha Spencer, Mineral County; Evelyn King, Lewis County; and Betty Johnson, Mineral County. The council voted to change its name to W.Va. Community Educational Outreach Service, effective Jan. 1, 1999.
State ire School: Stri~ving t One summer week at West Virginia University was in many ways an endurance test for these students.
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Hydraulics classes help firefighters learn how to effectively deploy their primary weapon for fire suppression.
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firefighter hauls water hoses up several flights of steps during structural fire suppression simulations.
For seven arduous days, they put themselves through the paces. Despite muggy, hot temperatures, they donned heavy uniforms and even heavier tanks and protective gear. They crawled through a building filled with dense, gray smoke and hauled bulky hoses up thin ladders. Their reward was neither college credits nor a degree. Instead, they returned to their communities armed simply with the knowledge that they were better prepared to protect precious lives and property.
3 When seconds count High- and low-pressure air bags are used to lift and shore loads in vehicular rescue operations, saving precious time. Here, emergency responders practice deploying the air bags in a crash scene simulation.
More than 300 firefighters and emergency responders from throughout the state enhanced their life-saving abilities at the West Virginia State Fire School]uly 20-26 at the WVU Fire Training Center in Star City. The annual training program is sponsored by WVU Fire Service Extension, the West Virginia Fire Commission, and the Fire Industrial Rescue Education Technical Assistance Center (FIRETAC). Their schedule read like an overview of episodes from "Rescue 911." Through classes, drills, and simulations, they tackled structural firefighting, pumps and hydraulics procedures, explosives, and arson scene examination and investigation. They practiced intricate rescue operations
involving vehicles, swift water, low- and highangle rope techniques, and confined spaces. Fire School students include paid and volunteer firefighters and rescue workers. Many must use their vacation time from other jobs to participate in the State Fire School. They consider it time well spent.
''We're learning the latest techniques," said Ctystal DeVault, 23, a night auditor at the Hotel Morgan who has served on the Cheat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for three years. "These folks are here because they want to be better at their jobs, and they want to better serve their communities," noted Steve Rogers, a lieutenant in the Wheeling Fire Department and FIRETAC operations director. "Being a firefighter is an important job-everything we do is a life-and-death situation." Through this and hundreds of other courses, WVU Fire Service Extension helps train more than 13,000 fire and rescue responders each year. Many of these programs enable participants to attain national certification. All of them help to make West Virginia a safer place to live and work. â€˘
State Fire Academy dream coming true Slowly but surely, the dream of a new WVU State Fire Acadamy is taking shape. While still in the preliminary stages, the project is moving steadily forward, thanks to a $3 million commitment from the West Virginia Legislature earlier this year. An advisory group representing firefighting associations and constituencies is creating training scenarios to guide structure and equipment planning. WVU officials have toured several fire academies in other states to learn from their experiences. And, engineers from Alpha Associates are conducting detailed survey work at the planned location, a 270-acre undeveloped parcel at WVU's Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Lewis County. "Over the next several years, this tract will be transformed into a state-of-the-art fire training academy," said David Satterfield, chief of staff for WVU President David Hardesty. Site work under way includes topography and water supply mapping, aerial surveying, and geological testing. Planners need this information to help them determine location and layout for specific training structures. Mindful of Jackson's Mill's mission as a multipurpose educational facility, WVU officials plan to build the training structures away from existing buildings and facilities. "The Fire Academy is going to enable Jackson's Mill to maintain its youth development mission and to be the heritage treasure it always has been. We are adding a new program, but this will not encroach on the Mill's historic district or on summer youth activities or other conferences," Satterfield said. â€˘
I "Viva CHISPA!" That enthusiastic praise echos campers, staffers, and teachers' evaluation of Campamento Hispano Internacional, WVU's first Spanish Immersion Camp. For six hot July days, (in the vernacular of today's youths) "Espafiol rocked!"
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Que buenas tortillas! Talking about Central American culture is more fun-and meaningfulwhen cooking and eating are part of the lesson plan.
English became 37 high school students' second language as the serene WVU Jackson's Mill Conference Center safely transported the cultural explorers beyond Weston into a supportive community filled with other students and teachers from many different Spanish-speaking cultures. CHISPA is sponsored by the WVU Department of Foreign Languages and the WVU Extension Service in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Agrant from the West Virginia Humanities Council also helped make this camp possible. The collaborative experience elevates Extension's hands-on learning credo into a new dimension: Students are encouraged to think and respond in Spanish during every activity-from eating
-breakfast in the morning to creating art in the afternoon to learning a new dance in the evening. And it works. Pre- and post-test scores tell the story in impressive numbers. But nothing attests to the camp's success more than the students' praise. "This camp," one student wrote on the last day, "has reinforced the Spanish that I know and taught me much more, not just about Spanish but about cultures and different people over the world." â€˘
2 Solo Espaiiol, por favor During their daily tutorials, Dara Shaw (left) encourages Stephen Satterfield and Shari Whitman to talk about any topic they want-as long as they say it in Spanish. AWVU foreign language instructor, Shaw also serves as the camp's international coordinator.
Los jefes- Richard Fleisher (right), the camp's administrative coordinator and a WVU Extension specialist, enjoys a cultural lesson preview from Sandra Dixon, the camp's academic coordinator and a WVU foreign language professor. Dr. Dixon assumes the role of different famous Spanish heroines each day.
A bailar al ritmo de Ia salsa Dancing to the rhythm of salsa music helps students hear, feel, and enjoy a dimension of Spanish culture not generally found in their high school classes.
erspective For Extension educators- indeed for all who focus on building the future capacity of our state and nation- this is an era of enhanced opportunity for impact. This opportunity is centered in our people and our special responsibility to assist their successful development throughout the lifespan. In West Virginia we are demonstrating our ability to govern ourselves well and to plan an alternative future- economically, socially, and environmentally. Our unique natural resources require active, balanced, collaborative stewardship that sustains and improves our water, land, and forests, yet also strengthens the key segments of our economy that use these resources. Arecently released state plan for strategic development of science and technology industries appropriately focuses its recommendations on identification technologies and information technologies. More telling, the report also focuses on preparing the West Virginia workforce to compete successfully in knowledge industries. An upcoming West Virginia Roundtable report will identify "Emerging Insights" about our state's readiness for developing successful workers at all levels. Avigorous, balanced approach to both rural
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economic development and larger scale business centers is well under way. At the base of our state's promise for a high quality of living and a growing, more prosperous economy is a more intense, inclusive investment in West Virginia's primary resource - our people, including their culture and their communities. Extension and other WVU programs in workforce development, 4-H and other youth development, family development, agricultural development, and welfare-to-work initiatives all represent such investment. West Virginia University- its county and state Extension faculty, colleges, regional campuses, research units, and their faculties and leaders - is becoming more intimately engaged in ensuring a partnership with myriad agencies, local and state government, community and statewide organizations, human services, and other employers for the betterment of our state and its people. You have read about just a few examples in the preceding pages. We in WVU Extension will continue to be a key catalyst for enhancing the quality of life for all West Virginians.
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