Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week Is March 23-29

AMES, Iowa — The week of March 23-29, 2014, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will celebrate the land-grant mission of putting the university’s research and resources to work throughout the state of Iowa.
 
“Extension and Outreach is about people and education is our mission,” said Cathann Kress, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. “This celebration is one way we say ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support ISU Extension and Outreach work in Iowa.”
 
Iowa State University, the birthplace of Cooperative Extension, joins the national system of educators celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. ISU Extension and Outreach is a statewide educational network supported by Iowa State University, local county governments and the United States Department of Agriculture. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.  “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,” Kress said. “ISU Extension and Outreach is dedicated to providing education that makes a difference in Iowans’ everyday lives.”
 
“We’re focused on feeding people, keeping them healthy, helping their communities to prosper and thrive, and turning the world over to the next generation in better shape than we found it,” Kress said.  “Because what Extension and Outreach helps people do for themselves, achieves the greatest results.”
 
“Last year about 1.8 million people, including almost 94,000 youth, benefited from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs in Iowa. We want to make sure everyone knows that Extension and Outreach is dedicated to helping Iowans,” said Terry Maloy, president of the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils (IACEC). “ISU Extension and Outreach addresses local issues with research-based information and education to help people make better decisions in their personal, community and professional lives.”
 
ISU Extension and Outreach in Montgomery County will kick off the week early, by hosting a ROCIA Chamber Coffee on March 19.  In addition, they will use this week as an opportunity to celebrate and thank volunteers and partners; and promote the resources available through the organization.  Daily Facebook posts will share Extension and Outreach facts to encourage people to “like” and share our page, Montgomery County IA Extension. 
 
Montgomery County staff members include Program Coordinator Stephanie Langner, County Youth Coordinator Heather Howieson, and Office Assistant Sue Noll.  For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach in Montgomery County, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery, call 623-2592, or stop by the office at 400 Bridge Street in Red Oak. 

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