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Although school is finally back in session, for many 4-H youth the learning never stopped this summer. As the demand for individuals in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines continues to grow, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension is helping to meet the need with a host of science-based summer camps.
Titus O. Awokuse has been named chairperson of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University. His appointment was effective August 17. Awokuse most recently served as chairperson of the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware, where he was also a professor.
Family Farm and Home is partnering with Michigan 4-H and the Michigan 4-H Foundation to host a statewide in-store fundraiser to benefit 4-H programming in each of the communities where Family Farm and Home stores are located. “We appreciate Family Farm and Home’s support of 4-H programs and look forward to partnering with them on this effort,” said Julie Chapin, director of Michigan State University Extension’s children and youth programs. A program of MSU Extension, Michigan 4-H is the largest youth development program in the state, with more than 180,000 youth participating each year.
Julie Pioch has been named district coordinator for Michigan State University Extension District 13 – covering Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Pioch has served as the interim district coordinator since November 2014, and will officially begin in the permanent capacity of district coordinator September 1, 2015.
Lisa Anderson has been named district coordinator for Michigan State University Extension to newly formed District 14, which focuses on counties in northern Michigan. District 14 houses Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. Anderson has extensive governmental, regulatory, public service, outreach, leadership and work group experience with a strong passion to apply sound scientific practices to engage with environmental, economic and social issues.