4-H Alerts

Welcome to Phil Onwiler - College and Career Readiness Educator
Fri, 07/22/2016

We are pleased to announce that Phil Onwiler has accepted the Career and College Readiness Educator positon in the State 4-H Office; he will be starting August 1.  Phil is currently serving as the Education Director of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum.  Prior to that he taught college and career education programs.  We look forward to his being a part of the 4-H team! Thanks to the search committee and all who participated in the process. 

Author: Kathleen Lodl

State Fair Webinar Change of Date to 8/2/16 at 9:30 a.m.
Fri, 07/22/2016

This is a reminder that we have our monthly State Fair Webinar on TUESDAY, August 2nd at 9:30 AM (CST).

The link to connect is: http://connect.unl.edu/nebraska4h. The agenda includes 1) Unloading/Loading of Livestock at the State Fair, and 2) Livestock Updates.

Feel free to contact Kim Novotny at knovotny5@unl.edu or at 402-472-9017 if you have any questions.


Author: Kim Novotny

Reminder! Send Completed 4-H Surveys to State 4-H Office
Fri, 07/22/2016

This is just a reminder to continue sending any completed 4-H impact surveys to the State 4-H office to be included in our statewide impact report!  Once we receive your surveys we’ll enter them into Qualtrics and be able to provide you an individual aggregated report of your data; in addition, this data will be included in the statewide 4-H Impact report at the end of the programming year.  The data entry process is much more manageable if the surveys slowly come in throughout the summer, versus holding them till this fall and then sending. 

Please keep in mind that we’re only collecting data from the list of surveys found below.  You do not need to send us custom or unique surveys you’ve created for your own local programs or county use.  Please ensure you include a cover sheet with your data!  All survey’s and cover sheets can be found at www.4h.unl.edu/impactstudy. We will collect and aggregate data at the State 4-H Office until October 1, 2016. 

2016 4-H Statewide Program Survey

Youth evaluation tools are available for the following Statewide 4-H Programs:

  • Ag Literacy – Ag-Citing Science
  • Animal Science – Animals Inside and Out
  • Career Development/College Readiness – Connecting the Dots
  • Community Engagement – 7 Habits and 7 Habits Follow-Up
  • Community Engagement – Focus on Citizenship
  • Community Engagement – We the People
  • Healthy Living – 10 hour program
  • Healthy Living – developed with Yes/No scale for younger audience
  • Science – Outdoor Skills
  • Science – Robotics

Supplemental evaluation tools to be used with teachers

  • Ag Literacy – Ag-Citing Science
  • Ag Literacy – Festival
  • Science – Animal Science  

Author: Jessie Bauman

New State Fair Home Environment Opportunity
Fri, 07/22/2016

New at the State Fair this year, judges in the Home Environment area will select 15-20 exemplary exhibits from Sketchbook Crossroads and Portfolio Pathways to display in the East Campus Art Gallery on the third floor of the East Campus Union. With the help of Reshell Ray, Associate Director, East Campus Programs, the exhibits will be on display from November through December so encourage students and visitors to check them out during campus visits.  The Home Environment superintendents, Jen Schoen and Sue Pearman will keep the exhibits after State Fair and return them to the appropriate Educators and Assistants at January In-Service.

Author: Jen Schoen and Sue Pearman

2016 State Fair 4-H Tree, Insect, Weeds & Grass ID, and Horticulture Contests
Fri, 07/22/2016

Four contests challenging the knowledge and identification skills will be held Saturday, August 27, at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.   The contests, starting times and superintendents are as follows:

  • Insect ID -- 9:30 a.m. (Jim Kalisch)
  • Tree ID -- 12 noon (Steve Karloff)
  • Horticulture Contest -- 2:30 p.m.   (Elizabeth Killinger)
  • Weeds & Grass ID -- 5 p.m. (Michael Rethwisch)

As some superintendents have already been receiving questions regarding the contests and registration, here is the protocol for entering ID contests at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair. Go to  http://www.statefair.org/p/getinvolved/4h-ffa. Read and follow instructions (see link on page).

Click on the red colored bar at bottom of page “Click to start 4-H and FFA Online Entry Registration.” The page that appears will have 7 ”buttons” across the top of the page.  Button 2 (entry instructions) are as follows for the ID contests (listed as judging contests):

2= Entries  (Follow these instructions for ID contests)

                Department  =  4-H Personal Development and Leadership

                Division = 4-H Judging Contests

                Class = Contest and age division (either intermediate 4-H age 10-13, or senior = 14-18)

                Club = County in which you are enrolled in 4-H

                Note:  Ignore the Time preference box, as this applies only to Culinary Challenge participants

Remember, registrations must be completed no later than 5 p.m. CDT on August 10.  If you have questions about these contests, please contact the contest superintendent.

Author: Michael Rethwisch

2016 State Fair 4-H Presentations Contest Updates
Fri, 07/22/2016

The 4-H Presentations Contests (Illustrated Presentations, Premier Presenter, Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentations, and the Digital Video – 4-H FilmFest), will take place in the 4-H/FFA Exhibit Hall and in Raising Nebraska on the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska, on select days during the 2016 Nebraska State Fair to be held August 26 – September 5, 2016.

In order to participate in the 2016 Nebraska State Fair 4-H Presentations Contests, 4-H youth must be 10 years old by January 1, 2016. All classes require the presence of the contestant(s). Additional participation requirements, and scoresheets, can be found in the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fairbook at http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/communications-expressive-arts/communications.

The Registration Helpsheets found at http://4h.unl.edu/state4hpresentationcontest can be used to assist youth with registering for the State Fair 4-H Presentations Contests. If your county office chooses to register 4-H youth in this contest, 4-H youth may complete the forms found on this page and return to you for entrance into Showorks. These processes can also be found in the State Fair Operations Handbook (http://4h.unl.edu/employeeresourcenebraskastatefair) on page 17-18. A County Presentations Contest News Release Template can also be found at http://4h.unl.edu/resourcepresentationscontest.

While the Fairbook shares this information, also, just a few participation reminders:

  • All presentations in Division 151: Presentations Contest must have received a purple rating at a County 4-H Presentations Contest.  
  • All presentations in Division 152: Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation or Division 153: Digital Video – 4-H FilmFest that has been previously been shared at the County 4-H Presentation Contest or other event that has a live audience (4-H Club Meeting, Community Event, etc.) is eligible for State Fair.
  • All participants must register online in Showorks; they will then receive an email from 4HOnline providing them with additional details and an opportunity to select their exact presentation time.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tracy Pracheil at tpracheil2@unl.edu or at 402-472-9016. Thanks!

Author: Tracy Pracheil

Save The Date: Make Raising Nebraska Part of Your National 4-H Week Schedule
Fri, 07/22/2016

Please save Saturday, October 8, for a day at Raising Nebraska as a part of your National 4-H Week. 

The morning will be filled with Science Saturday: Drone Discovery, the National 4-H Science Experiment, from 10:00 am to noon.  This program is free and open to the public and families to enjoy the experiment and Raising Nebraska.

The Nebraska Mystery Foods Event will begin with an orientation at 12:30 pm for pre-registered teams.  Youth, in teams of 2 or 4, may compete in making a main dish on location.  Complete details and registration forms will be coming out soon.  A staff/volunteer hands-on day is in the process of being planned to learn all about this event.  Please look for a date and time coming soon.

Author: Beth Janning

Requesting Point-of-View Videos from 4-H Youth for Nebraska State Fair
Thu, 07/14/2016
A new attraction will be debuting at this year’s Nebraska State Fair in the 4-H Exhibit Hall – a #NE4H Video View Wall featuring 12 large televisions (similar to the one found in the Raising Nebraska Grain Bin Theatre)! The Video Wall will assist with telling the Nebraska 4-H story by displaying social media, promotional videos, presentations, and also point-of-view videos taken by Nebraska 4-H’ers.
Any Nebraska 4-H’er may film a point-of-view video, using a GoPro camera or a mobile device, and submit it to be shared on the #NE4H Video View Wall. Please help share this opportunity with youth in your county. Sample examples of what these videos could include, as well as production tip videos, can be found at  http://4h.unl.edu/video-view. We look forward to showcasing a wide variety of 4-H experiences at the Nebraska State Fair on the #NE4H Video View Wall!

Message to 4-H Youth
Showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Zooming down the zipline. Aiming for the archery target. Jumping into the saddle. Riding a bike. Baking muffins. Programming a robot.
Nebraska 4-H youth from across the state are learning by doing – and we want to share your #NE4H view with others!
A new attraction is debuting at this year’s Nebraska State Fair in the 4-H Exhibit Hall – the #NE4H Video View Wall! The video features 12 large televisions that will showcase point-of-view videos taken by Nebraska 4-H’ers, like you.
Using a GoPro camera or by creating your own using a mobile device, record your 4-H experience (either completing a 4-H project or participating in a 4-H event). Then, edit the footage, upload it to a cloud storage system, and share it for display on the #NE4H Video Wall.
Complete details can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/video-view.
Shooting a rocket. Searching for insects. Sewing a dress. Drilling a hole. Shearing a sheep. We want to see your #NE4H view and share it with others at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair!

Thanks for promoting this opportunity with youth in your county!

Author: Tracy Pracheil

CASNR Recruitment Coordinator
Mon, 07/11/2016

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hiring a  Recruitment Coordinator. This position will focus on in-state undergraduate recruitment efforts, provide college counseling to prospective students and families, assist with campus visits and represent CASNR and Nebraska 4-H at on- and off-campus events. Responsibilities also include partnering with Nebraska Extension, 4-H, alumni and other organizations. Attend Extension-sponsored youth events/field days/other activities, participate in the Career and College Readiness Issues team, and coordinate recruitment efforts with Extension staff. Assist with development of marketing materials. Some travel and evening/weekend work required.

For a detailed position description & how to apply, go to https://employment.unl.edu/postings/50463. Review of applications will be 07/27/16. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, & dual careers.

Author: Sue Ellen Pegg

STEM Education Development Assistant Professor of Practice
Mon, 07/11/2016
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites applications for a non-tenure leading STEM Education Development Assistant Professor of Practice position in the Masters of Applied Science (MAS) program beginning in the Fall of 2016.  Primary Responsibilities: Develop a series of online courses to prepare the next generation of extension and non-formal educators; Teach three online courses annually at the 400/800 level that include earth system science and climate change content;   Facilitate and provide oversight to MAS degree projects and serve as an advisor and/or supervisory committee member for graduate students in the MAS program;  and Collaborate with other UNL staff to increase program identity, recruit students into the program, and create retention strategies.

For a detailed position description & how to apply, go to https://employment.unl.edu/postings/50414. Review of applications will be 08/15/16. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, & dual careers.

Author: Tiffany Heng-Moss