DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad officially signed a proclamation on Tuesday, March 27, declaring the week of March 25-31, 2012, as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week. The signing took place at the governor’s office, with Vice President for ISU Extension and Outreach Cathann Kress in attendance, along with other Extension and Outreach staff members, elected county extension council members, partners and Iowa 4-H youth.
“We asked Gov. Branstad if he’d issue a proclamation to make the week official, so all Iowans know about it and also, again, to bring visibility to the work of all our volunteers, our partners, the colleges across the campus of Iowa State University and our program specialists and staff and faculty who work so hard on behalf of the citizens of Iowa,” Kress said of the signing. Surrounded by Kress, the 4-H members and others, Branstad said he was “very pleased to sign this proclamation” as he read, signed and presented it to the group.
Extension and Outreach Week is a statewide celebration and an opportunity for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to thank partners statewide and promote educational programs. The week’s activities include events both on the Iowa State campus, as well as at the county level.
“The weeklong celebration is just one way we can say ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support Extension and Outreach work in Iowa,” Kress said. “As a land-grant university, Iowa State was founded on three big ideas: to open higher education to all, to teach practical classes and to share knowledge far beyond the campus borders. ISU Extension and Outreach is dedicated to providing education that makes a difference in Iowans’ everyday lives.”
Extension and Outreach is part of an educational network supported by Iowa State University, local county governments and the United States Department of Agriculture. Every county extension district in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how local tax dollars are spent to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level. ISU Extension and Outreach delivers educational opportunities through five program areas aligned with Iowa State University colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), Community and Economic Development, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.
[PHOTO] Governor Terry Branstad signing the ISU Extension and Outreach Week proclamation (JPG)