Century Beyond the Campus: Past, Present, and Future of Extension

A Research Symposium to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1:00-5:00 p.m. Registration
1:00-5:00 p.m. Poster Session Open
5:00-7:00 p.m. Q & A with West Virginia University Extension Poster Presenters
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
7:30 p.m. 2014 C. Peter Magrath Lecture: Presidential Reflections on the Smith-Lever Centennial

E. Gordon Gee, Peter Magrath, and David Hardesty

Thursday, September 25, 2014

7:30-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30-8:25 a.m. Registration
8:25-8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks – Nathan M. Sorber, Symposium chair
8:35-10:30 a.m. Antecedents and Origins of Smith-Lever and Cooperative Extension

Dr. Glenn Lauzon – Indiana University Northwest, Breaking Ground for the Smith-Lever Act: The Roles of Farmers’ Institutes

Mary Summers – University of Pennsylvania, Like the Dry Bones in Ezekiel’s Valley: How Seaman Knapp’s War With Professional Educators Shaped the Development of the Extension Service

Dr. Jan School – Penn State University, Why was home economics included in the Smith Lever Act?

Kendra DeHart – Texas Christian, “We are not reaching the home”: Home Demonstration Work and Rural Transformation, 1913 to 1945

Garrett Gowen, Rachel Friedensen, and Ezekiel Kimball – University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boys, Be Ambitious: William Smith Clark & the Westernization of Japanese Agricultural Extension in the Meiji Era

Discussant, Roger Geiger, Distinguished Professor – Penn State University and author of To Advance Knowledge, Research and Relevant Knowledge, The American College in the Nineteenth Century, Knowledge and Money, Tapping the Riches of Science, and Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education.

10:35-12:25 p.m. Extension Takes Form, Challenges & Triumphs in the 20th Century

James Giesen – Mississippi State University, Of Rats and Men: Environments of Poverty and the Mississippi Extension Service

Michael Rice, Sarina Rodrigues, Deborah Sheely – University of Rhode Island, Philosophical & Institutional Innovations of Kenyon Leech Butterfield and the Rhode Island Contributions to the Development of Land Grant and Sea Grant Extension

Timothy Shaffer – Wagner College, Cultivating Democracy: The Ideas & Work that Shaped Farmer Discussion Groups & Schools of Philosophy in the New Deal Department of Agriculture, Land-Grant Universities, & Cooperative Extension Service

Chad Proudfoot, Paul Garton – West Virginia University, University of Maryland, 20th Century International Extension Program: An Historic Look at the International Farm Youth Exchange Program

Barton Baker, Paul Lewis, Keith Inskeep – West Virginia University, WVU Allegheny Highlands Project: An Integrated Resource Management Model for the Land-Grant Mission

Discussant, Sam Stack, West Virginia University, author of Teachers, Leaders, and Schools Essays by John Dewey and Elsie Ripley Clapp (1879-1965): Her Life and the Community School.

12:30 – 1:35 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Address

Tradition and Innovation: the Dilemma of the Century of Smith Lever

Rachel Tompkins is a senior fellow at the Rural Schools and Community Trust, where she served as president from 1999-2009. Tompkins served as vice provost for extension and public service at West Virginia University from 1984-1994.

1:40p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Concurrent Session 1: Defining Mission and Praxis: Extension and Outreach in the Current Era

Jeff Skousen and Paul Ziemkiewicz – West Virginia University, The West Virginia Mine Rainage Task Force: Collaboration with WVU Extension and Research, WVU Water Research Institute, Regulators, and Industry

Cindy Fitch, Lauri Andress – West Virginia University, Health Inequities and the Role of Cooperative Extension

Megan Govindan – West Virginia University, Eat Real WV: Promoting Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Food and Water Systems in WV

Litha Sivanandan, Alexandra Smith, Cheryl Kaczor, Andi Bennett, Judy Matlick, Hannah Fincham, Brenda Porter, Janice Heavner – West Virginia University, Importance of Cooperative Extension & Food Safety Team in Lab-to-Community Technology Transfer Programs

Session Chair: Dr. Erin McHenry-Sorber, West Virginia University, Assistant Professor, Higher Education

Concurrent Session 2: Defining Mission and Praxis: Extension and Outreach in the Current Era

Barbara Howe – West Virginia University, Home Economics Provided Careers for WV Women in Extension Before WW II

Barbara Murphy, Kathryn Yerxa, Kathleen Savoie – University of Maine, Maine Harvest for Hunger and Eat Well Volunteers – Combining the Passions of Volunteers to Address Food Insecurity in Maine

Amy Leigh Allen, Timothy Nutt – University of Arkansas, Improving the Lives of Women & Children: Extension Homemaker and 4-H Clubs in Arkansas

Dr. Chuck Talbott, Mr. Tim Sayre – West Virginia University, Elementary Students Use School Gardens as a Perennial Educational Tool

Session Chair: Dr. Melissa Luna, West Virginia University, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

3:10 PM – 5:00 p.m. Reimaging Extension and Engagement for an Uncertain Future

L. Christopher Plein – West Virginia University, The Role of Intermediaries in Rural Community Engagement

Allison Nichols, Jane Riffe – West Virginia University, How Extension Educators Address and Evaluate Changing Coalition Needs

Gary Taylor – Iowa State University, Young Iowan’s Expectations of the Future University

Scott Peters, John Armstrong, Monica Hargraves – Cornell University, A New Measuring Stick? Reclaiming & Assessing Cooperative Extension’s Cultural Aims and Work

Dr. Nancy Franz – Iowa State University, Reorienting Land Grant Universities as a Public Good: The Role of Extension’s Public Value Movement

Discussant: Dr. James Woodell, Assistant Vice-President for Innovation Policy at APLU

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Closing Remarks