Purpose and Philosophy of GALAXY The “Galaxy” Conference provides a unique opportunity to work together on a joint conference while celebrating the diversity of the individual JCEP member associations. Every five years the Joint Council of Extension Professionals sponsors and provides leadership for a Galaxy Conference for the entire Extension System. This conference invites participation from all JCEP member associations, ECOP and other partners critical to the Extension mission. 2500 Extension Professionals will be in attendance from all specialty areas of our nation’s land grant university Extension system members of JCEP Member organizations include National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4HA) National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) Galaxy IV Schedule Overview SUNDAY NAE 4-HA Board Meeting WEDNESDAY Concurrent Sessions Posters, Exhibits Ruby Lecture and ESP Awards Luncheon Evening: Reception, Auctions, Dance MONDAY Pre-conference meetings Evening: Welcoming Event (Ride on the Gateway Clipper to Market Square area-may include a meal) THURSDAY Concurrent Sessions TUESDAY Posters, Exhibits General Session Evening: Association Banquets Concurrent Sessions Posters, Exhibits FRIDAY - Closing Session Evening: State’s Night Out Hotels Each association (except ESP) will have a designated hotel where pre-conference meetings and some other association functions will be held. The awards banquets for NEAFCS, ANREP and NACDEP will be held at the Omni; NACAA awards banquet will be held at the Marriott City Center; NAE4-HA banquet at Convention Center. •Omni William Penn (NAE4-HA) •Marriott City Center (NACAA) •Renaissance (NEAFCS) •Wyndham (NACDEP) •Doubletree Hotel and Suites (ANREP) •Hampton Inn - overflow •Marriott Courtyard - overflow Hotel Registration Procedures When you register for the Galaxy Conference, you will complete your hotel reservation request.Your hotel reservations will be made for you and your hotel confirmation sent to you. There is a specific section on your conference registration form for hotel reservations. Suites are available at the Omni Omni William Penn Hotel David L. Lawrence Convention Center Most conference events will be held in the Convention Center on Tuesday through Friday, including general sessions, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, association meetings, live and silent auctions, and the NAE4-HA awards banquet. The following meals will be provided to attendees at the Convention Center: box lunch on Tuesday; box lunch or Ruby luncheon on Wednesday; preauction reception on Wednesday; continental breakfast on Thursday; DSA banquet; brunch on Friday. Local foods will be featured. Built Green;Working Green, Every Day! Early Bird Registration Deadline July 15th, 2013 Proposal Submission If you submitted a proposal to present at the Galaxy Conference you will be notified by late April if your proposal was accepted. NAE 4-HA has the most proposal submissions of any association so thanks to all who submit proposals. Galaxy IV Committee 2013 NAE4HA Jule‐Lynne Macie Rockdale County Cooperative Extension 1400 Parker Road, Lobby A Conyers, GA 30094 Wk Phone: 770‐278‐7373 Fax: 770‐785‐5957 E‐mail: [email protected] Barbara Schirmer NAE4HA Life Member 8 Penny Lane Dryden, NY 13053 Phone: FAX: Email: [email protected] FACT George Ferris began his career as a bridge builder in Pittsburgh. He applied his bridge technology to build the Ferris Wheel. More Information : http://www.jcep.org/galaxy-htm http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/ September - Mid-October Light sweaters are in, as well as your hiking boots, as I'm sure you'll want to get out and enjoy the gorgeous fall leaves of Western Pennsylvania. Average highs in the low-tomid 60s. Fall is one of the prettiest times in Pittsburgh, a respite between the hot days of summer and snowy cold winters. See you all at Galaxy IV in September!!!