Monday Update: The derecho, the pandemic, and a new semester

August 17, 2020

Message from Debra Sellers, on behalf of the Office of the Vice President

Vice President Lawrence shares the following message:

Many of us learned a new word on August 10, as the derecho cut through Iowa. We don’t yet know the storm’s full impact on our state’s agriculture, businesses, communities, and people. My house had only a little damage from the wind and I consider myself lucky. Many Iowans are dealing with so much more destruction. Many were without electricity for several days last week and some are still waiting for power. We all need to be flexible and pull together to clean up the debris, assess and repair the damage, and recover.

The pandemic, the recession, the drought, and the derecho have ramped up the stress levels facing all of us. Be sure to share Iowa Concern (800-447-1985) and our other mental health resources with whoever could use them.

Open for Iowa

The Open for Iowa Committee reminds staff and councils to review the new and updated guidance documents that were added to the Open for Iowa website last week. The new 4-H addendum to the Guidance and Expectations for In-Person and Business document also is available.

Update from President Wintersteen

Iowa State’s fall semester begins today. President Wintersteen shared this message about taking personal responsibility to show that Cyclones Care. All ISU students, faculty, and staff are to complete a self-check every morning as a good health practice, even those who continue to work remotely.

Director of Operations Search

Our search for a director of operations will follow the new search procedures that University Human Resources has put into place. We are not publicizing the names of the applicants, and this search will not have open forums with presentations. The leadership team will interview two internal applicants on August 18. Each applicant also will meet with the staff members who will directly report to the new director: Professional Development, Grants Administration, Organizational Advancement Multimedia and Creative Services, Organizational Advancement Communications, Extension Store, Extension Information Technology, Program Development and Evaluation, Conference Planning and Management, and Conference Planning and Management Registration Services. After an offer has been accepted and following UHR protocol, we will announce the new director.

More notes

Debra M. Sellers
Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences
Director, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach