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October 2, 2018

K-State Research and Extension hosts national conference

Submitted by Stacey Warner

More than 70 K-State Research and Extension professionals will attend and host colleagues from 29 other states at the National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference Oct. 1-4 in Manhattan at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. 

"Vast Prairies — Endless Possibilities" is the theme of the conference. 

Epsilon Sigma Phi is an organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the cooperative extension mission of land-grant universities. Membership includes faculty in many subject matter disciplines and those who have local, regional and statewide responsibilities.

Conference highlights will include an opening event at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and three keynote speakers: Jim Richardson, National Geographic photographer; Clifton Taulbert, entrepreneur and author; and JoAnne Owens-Nausler, a motivational speaker and physical activity advocate.

Several Kansas members will present concurrent sessions, posters and lightning sessions.

Doug Jardine, professor of plant pathology, is currently serving as the national organization's North Central Region vice president. John Forshee River Valley Extension District director, is the Alpha Rho (Kansas) chapter president and Erin Yelland, assistant professor of family studies and human services is the chapter's president-elect.