UF/IFAS Extension Symposium

Presentations from the Symposium

Keynote: Charlie Arnot - PowerPoint Presentation

Initiative Team 1: Danny Klinefelter - PowerPoint Presentation

April 17 - 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida

After a 10-year hiatus, we are very pleased to be able to bring back the UF/IFAS Extension Symposium in 2017. We have heard from many of you about how much you valued the Extension Symposiums held between 2005 and 2007. You noted that the greatest values were the opportunities for professional and personal development, plus team collaboration and networking. These features are all at the core of this year's symposium. The Extension Symposium is geared for anyone involved with UF/IFAS Extension... both state and county faculty plus unit leaders. We look forward to seeing you there as we aim to elevate UF/IFAS Extension to new heights!

Everyone planning to attend part or all of the Symposium MUST register in advance.


Because there is not a Registration Fee associated with the 2017 Extension Symposium, a Peoplesoft Travel Authorization (TA) is not required and is strongly discouraged. If you submit a TA, it will be denied.

Please retain all travel-related receipts so that you can attach them to your Expense Report (ER), after you return from your trip. Even if your Lodging is pre-paid using a UF Pcard, please attach your hotel receipt/folio to your ER. Upon returning, please use ChartField 60357000-103-3300-CYFWD to create your ER.


The Hotel block is currently closed. Please email Val Shah for arrangements.

Please note that the hotel will be undergoing renovations to their lobby throughout our Symposium. Their main registration desk will be relocated in the conference center which will add some strain to our traffic and logistics. Stay tuned to this website for updates including maps to familiarize yourself with the venue and the changes that will impact the conference center.

Hotel Address: 1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607. Hotel Phone: 352-384-3420


Please note: the program is still preliminary and changes are still being made. The final version will be available with your name tag at registration

Detailed Agenda (includes specifics on Initiative Team agendas, and breakout descriptions) can be found HERE.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Plenary Session: Emerging Themes and Trends in Food Systems and What It Means for UF/IFAS Extension

Time Topic Speakers
12:00 Noon - 12:50 PM Lunch
12:50 - 1:00 PM Welcome and opening remarks Jack Payne
1:00 - 4:45 PM Program and Guest speakers Nick Place, Charlie Arnott, Spiro Stefanou, Barbara Hughes, Danielle Treadwell, David Dinkins, Jim Anderson, Wendy Graham, Amy Harder
4:45 - 5:00 PM Conclusion Nick Place
6:00 - 8:00 PM Networking reception with food and drinks Straughn Bldg.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time Topic
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 AM Initiative Teams Breakout
10:00 - 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30 AM Initiative Teams wrap-up
11:30 - Noon Teams report to whole group
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 PM Professional Development Workshops FULL descriptions HERE
3:00 - 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 - 5:00 PM Professional Development Workshops FULL descriptions HERE
5:00 PM Supper on your own

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time Topic
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 AM Professional Development Workshops FULL descriptions HERE
10:00 - 10:30 AM Network Break
10:30 - Noon Professional Development Workshops FULL descriptions HERE
Noon Pick up boxed lunch (be sure to note in your registration if you intend to pick this up)

Of Interest

There are many things for you and your family to do in your down time in and around Gainesville. Take a look at some of the categories below.


There are several cab companies in town but our easiest transportation system is RTS: WEBSITE. It looks daunting at first but many of us can assist as well as the Hilton.


Ironwood Golf Course

Meadowbrook Golf Club

West End Golf Club


Florida Museum of Natural History - FREE. Admission charged for special attractions. This is right across the street from Hilton.

Harn Museum of Art - FREE. This is right across the street from Hilton.

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo - $5/$4 Admission. 9am-2pm 7 days a week.

Hippodrome Theatre - "A slice of Broadway in Downtown Gainesville."

Gainesville Community Playhouse - Community theater.

UF Performing Arts - "Diverse array of performing arts experiences" from around the world.This is right across the street from Hilton.

Thomas Center - Art galleries, local history, and more.


Canopy Climbers - Tree-climbing adventure.

Sportody - Multiple adventure opportunities.

Nature walks, trails, bike paths - There are dozens of areas within and around Gainesville. This page gives a great list.

Dogwood Park - Amazing fenced park for your furry friends with amenities.

Morningside Nature Center

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Food, Night Life, Rare Finds

Escape Key - Rooms designed with challenging puzzle you must solve to escape.

Mystery Bros. Escape Rooms - Purchase tickets in advance to participate in the escape room game "The Temple of Anubis".

Gainesville Food Tour - Must book in advance.

Island Grove Winery - Fine Blueberry wine and tours.


NIGHT LIFE - Such as Rocky's Dueling Piano Bar, Brew Houses, and live music.

Other Resoureces

Cultural Affairs - Various event listings, landmarks, and other resources.

Visit Gainesville - Multiple resources for all things Gainesville.

This event has been financed in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.