February 2024 Updates

Note: The Catalyst Funding Webinar has been moved to Friday, February 23 at 11 a.m.

Dear Colleagues,

It’s been two weeks since we shared the Strategic Vision and Direction and I appreciate hearing about the many conversations and questions that are emerging across the organization.  

In addition to your discussions in your teams, units, departments, and counties, I will be hosting webinars over the next few months to address specific areas of the vision and direction.

Please join me Monday, February 19, at 2 pm, for a Catalyst Funding Webinar. If you are not able to attend, you can find the recording and questions and answers available at MyExtension and CyBox, along with the vision and direction document, reflection questions, and webinar.

I look forward to seeing you at Annual Conference on March 6, when you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the organization to identify the key actions we will need to take to implement the internal commitments.

Jason Henderson
Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Register now for Annual Conference

Registration is open for 2024 Annual Conference – Journey with Impact: Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate. The conference is March 5-6 in Ames. Visit the Annual Conference website for more information, including the agenda and registration details. To meet the needs of our host venues, early registration closes February 19; late registration closes February 26. Due to catering needs, we will not accept onsite registration. Please register now and plan to attend this year’s event.

4-H program leader candidates will hold open forums

Two candidates will interview for the Iowa 4-H program leader position. Their campus visits will include an open forum:

  • Candidate 1 – Monday, February 19, 11:10 a.m., 2455 Lagomarcino
  • Candidate 2 – Monday, March 4, 11:10 a.m., 0108 Kildee

The names of candidates will be made public one business day before their visit. The open forums will be live streamed; links will be made available with the announcement of each candidate. The sessions also will be recorded and made available for viewing for 48 hours after the campus visit. Information, when available, will be posted on the Office of the Vice President for Extension and Outreach website.

For your information

  • Goodbye … and welcome, January 2024: Please review this list of individuals who left ISU Extension and Outreach in the past month, as well as those who have joined our organization.
  • Remember to shut down your computers today, Tuesday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m. and leave them off until maintenance on the ISU Extension and Outreach network drive is complete. The network drive (also known as the "R: drive" or "S: drive.") will be undergoing maintenance for approximately six hours, during which the drive will be read-only and occasionally inaccessible. This maintenance is one of several being performed by ISU Information Technology Services to correct ongoing issues with their "Files" storage service. For more information, contact the Extension IT Computer Support Hotline at 515-294-1725 or eithotline@iastate.edu.
  • Nominations for the 2024-2025 Professional and Scientific Council are invited and accepted through February 29. You can nominate yourself or a P&S colleague by completing the nomination form. Visit the P&S elections webpage or contact the Governance Committee (pand-g@iastate.edu) to learn more.

Office of the Vice President for Extension and Outreach | vpeo@iastate.edu | 515-294-6675