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Changes at ILE—New Coordinator, New Website, New Blog!

October 1, 2009

The Institute for Livestock and the Environment is pleased to introduce their new Coordinator, Sarah Lupis. Although Sarah began only a few weeks ago, already she is making positive changes for the Institute, launching an updated version of the ILE website and a new blog [if you’re reading this–you found it!] . “We’re really excited about having Sarah on our team,” explained Jessica Davis, Director of ILE.

Although Sarah’s formal education focused on wildlife biology (she has a B.S and an M.S. in that field), her career experience with communication, facilitation, biology, range science, natural resources, human dimensions, and project management will help her in this new position. Sarah’s top priorities for ILE include improving communication with stakeholders and promoting the upcoming Stakeholder Summit. About her new position, Sarah says, “It’s nice to work on a variety of innovative, interdisciplinary projects. And the Institute seems poised to really take off—I’m excited to be on board.”

With the help of Kierra Jewel, the Extension Admin Assistant, the Institute’s website has a new look. We hope you find it easier to navigate so you can find the information you are looking for. “The website is a work in progress,” Sarah explained, “with feedback from Institute members and stakeholders, we’ll continue to make improvements over time.”

Finally, the ILE has taken this newsletter, The Salt Lick, to the “blogosphere”. You can read the on-line version at www.livestockandenvironment.wordpress.com which, in addition to the articles in the email version of the newsletter, also contains articles, photos, and video of current events, news, and emerging issues related to livestock and the environment. Perhaps most importantly, The Salt Lick Blog provides a way for readers to comment. “We hope the blog fosters more two-way communication with stakeholders. Rather than ILE just sending out information, this is a way for stakeholders to respond to us about things that are important to them,” said Sarah.

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  1. Sara Delheimer permalink
    October 1, 2009 11:28 pm

    It’s great to see people working hard to make sure organizations and individuals are communicating. The blog seems like a smart way to enter discussion with stakeholders, as well as reach others who take interest in the news and updates posted here. I’ve already learned a lot about the ILE, its projects, and found interesting information and useful resources on both the website and the blog. I also love to see photos and videos posted here–make’s the learning even more fun!

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