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August 2010 -- From Jerry Miller

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Flooding continues
Iowans continue to be impacted by flooding in areas throughout the state. Please know that you can call our Iowa Concern hotline (800-447-1985), check our Disaster Recovery website or contact your county ISU Extension office for access to resources and assistance.

Goodbye to retirees
ISU Extension bids farewell to 14 staff members who have recently retired. Collectively their service to the citizens of Iowa represents more than 282 years. Their wisdom, knowledge and dedication to serving our citizens will be sorely missed. We offer our best wishes and heartfelt thanks for a job well done to the following retirees.

  • Beverlyn Allen, Community and Economic Development (CED)
  • Patricia Anderson, Families
  • Rita Baldwin, Families
  • James Black, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
  • Marilyn Bode, Families
  • Don Hofstrand, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)
  • Ronald Hook, ANR
  • Barbara Sauser, 4-H Youth Development
  • Sandra Scholl, CED
  • Linda Schultz, ANR
  • John Van Engelenhoven, CIRAS
  • Jerry Weiss, ANR
  • Susan Wilson, Communications and External Relations
  • Mary Yearns, Families



Speak Out for Military Kids helps kids, families, communities face deployment

Youth in Speak Out for Military Kids

Some 2,800 Iowa National Guard soldiers are deploying for duty in Afghanistan. But that’s not the whole story — and no one understands that better than their kids. That’s why the Speak Out for Military Kids (SOMK) team educates the public about the challenges military families face throughout the deployment cycle.

Many of these kids have faced multiple deployments, said Chris Gleason, project director for ISU Extension 4-H’s Operation: Military Kids (OMK). “These young people have strong voices and it’s important that we listen to them.”

Students propose solutions to companies’ design challenges in capstone program

Iowa State students in Mechanical Engineering Capstone program

Each semester ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) matches another group of eager future engineers with sponsoring companies and real-world projects. Through the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Program, Iowa State students gain experience and companies gain innovative solutions that often lead to enhanced productivity and lower costs.

Extension workshop helps educators build financial literacy skills in youth

Financial literacy curriculum training

Seventy-five teachers and counselors left an Iowa State University Extension workshop this summer better equipped to build financial literacy skills in Iowa middle and high school students. Armed with new lesson plans, learning activities and round-the-clock access to a national website for updates, they’re ready to meet the mandate of the Iowa 21st Century Skills Core Curriculum.

4-H films, food and fashion at State Fair — and 3,800 exhibits!

4-H Exhibits Building at State Fair

A film festival, a culinary challenge and a runway fashion show are only a few of the entertaining and educational events awaiting visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2010 Iowa State Fair Aug. 12-22. Extension 4-H Youth Development returns to State Fair with a variety of events and some 3,800 exhibits prepared by Iowa 4-H’ers. In addition, 4-H’ers will be exhibiting livestock at various venues throughout the fairgrounds.

Working together at the Farm Progress Show

Iowa State hoop building at Farm Progress Show

Soil takes the stage in the Iowa State hoop building at the Farm Progress Show Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 near Boone. Attendees will find multiple ways to connect with fertile soil – one of Iowa’s most important natural resources – as they travel in and around the exhibit. The building and demonstration plots are educational experiences complete with Iowa State faculty, researchers and specialists to discuss the concepts presented.

Iowa State receives grant to expand prosperity-building work in rural communities


ISU Extension has been awarded $300,000 to provide continued coaching, assistance and resources to the steering committees guiding the Horizons program in 35 Iowa communities. Horizons is an 18-month leadership development program for rural towns with populations of 5,000 or fewer and with poverty rates of at least 10 percent. Part of the Iowa grant — $76,000 — comes from the Northwest Area Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.