WVU Extension Service

“Ag-Beats” – a New Resource for the 2015 Growing Season

Wednesday, May 20 is the kick-off for “Ag-Beats,” a GoToMeeting series where Extension specialists from Agriculture and Natural Resources will discuss issues related to applied pest, crop and nutrient management on horticultural and agronomic crops with Extension county agents across the state.

Each session of the interactive series will feature one or two key timely topics, followed by Q&A and/or discussion between the agents and specialists. Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month during the growing season (May 15 through Oct. 15.). Sessions will be recorded for archiving purposes.

Participating specialists will be Tom Basden, Rakesh Chandran, Mira Danilovich, Daniel Frank, Lewis Jett, Barbara Liedl, Sheldon Owen, MM Rahman and Ed Rayburn. If you have questions or would like to suggest topics, contact Rakesh Chandran (304-293-2603).

The topics for the first session will be Cucumber Beetles and Their Management with Daniel Frank, and Horticultural Production Update with Lewis Jett. Connection information for the first session is as follows:

Wed, May 20, 2015 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US Eastern Daylight Time
You can join from your computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/348911245

You can participate by telephone by dialing 1 (224) 501-3412; Access Code: 348-911-245


WVU Extension Service wants to support our employees who have been approved to receive catastrophic leave donations through WVU Medical Management.

As an employee requiring to be off on medical leave but not having enough sick or annual leave to keep you on the payroll during your medical leave, you can apply for catastrophic leave. If approved, you, the employee, will receive notification from WVU Medical Management that you have been approved for donations of sick or annual leave.

Instead of you or your supervisor soliciting leave donations, you can send an email to Cassie Thomas, and she will place a request on your behalf in the Communications ENews. this will eliminate ESALL emails, plus support you making the request form your colleagues.

PEIA PEIA Logo Launching Healthy Tomorrows Initiative with Open Enrollment, April 2 – May 15

Healthy Tomorrows is a three-year initiative for active employees and non-Medicare retirees in the PEIA PPB plans.

Year One: During Open Enrollment this year (April 2 – May 15, 2015), policyholders must designate a primary care physician. Those who fail to do so will incur a $500 deductible penalty for the upcoming plan year.

Year Two: Policyholders must see their named primary care physician, and have their blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and waist circumference measured and reported to PEIA on the Healthy Tomorrows Reporting Form before the end of Open Enrollment (May 15, 2016) next year.

Year Three: Policy holders must have their blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol within an acceptable range, or have a physician’s certification that those numbers cannot be met.

You can learn more about the Healthy Tomorrows initiative and other changes for the 2016 Plan Year in the Shopper’s Guide, which should have been mailed to your home. You can also find the Shopper’s Guide and other helpful information online at www.peia.wv.gov. As always, Benefit Fairs are scheduled around the state to assist policyholders with their choices.

While the Healthy Tomorrows initiative does not affect those enrolled in The Health Plan, all policyholders in all plans should review the Shopper’s Guide for possible changes for the upcoming plan year.

SteveBonanno The journey begins…

It’s with great pride and excitement that I write to you as your permanent dean and director.

For those of you who heard my presentation, I mentioned that my commute was short, but my journey was long – and I know it’s been a long journey for each and every one of you, too. I appreciate your willingness to step up and meet the challenges and needs that accompany an organization that has been without a permanent leader for so long. Read more of Steve Bonnano's letter...