Monday Update: ISU Extension and Outreach Week will be April 17-22

Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate! Our 2023 ISU Extension and Outreach Week is April 17-22. It’s a statewide celebration with a local flavor, as our 100 county extension offices host their own activities throughout the week. Maybe they thank volunteers and partners, or host community service activities, or recognize local leaders, organizations, agencies, and others who support our work. In any case, the week is an annual opportunity to build awareness of the value and benefits that ISU Extension and Outreach delivers to Iowans all across the state.

Advancement has prepared resources – some are new, others are updated favorites – to help you plan and implement ISU Extension and Outreach Week activities in your county. You can learn more during a webinar March 1 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. Your advancement specialists will talk about the resources, which are being added to MyExtension. In addition, extension professionals from several counties will share their successes from previous years and you will have the opportunity to share your engagement ideas with your colleagues.

Let’s welcome Jason Henderson with a great ISU Extension and Outreach Week all across the state!

Mileage rate and your address in Workday

We’ve learned that some ISU-paid extension professionals who are based off campus have been listed with a campus address in Workday – causing their mileage reimbursement to be lowered to the campus rate. (ISU-paid extension professionals who are based off campus qualify for a higher mileage rate because they don’t have access to the university motor pool.) We encourage all ISU-paid extension professionals to check their profile in Workday to make sure that their work address is correct. If your address is incorrect, please email your correct information to For more information, contact Andrea Lutter, senior manager of budget and finance,

Pick Up Extension Store Orders at Annual Conference

As shipping rates continue to rise, the Extension Store would like to help you save some money over the next two weeks. Just select “pick up” instead of ship. Orders that are placed by the end of the day on Friday, March 3, may be picked up at Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 7. This is a great opportunity to help your county (or neighboring county) avoid the higher shipping expenses. If you have questions or need more information, contact the Extension Store at

More notes

  • Late registration closes February 24 for our 2023 ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference, March 6-7 in Ames. Due to catering needs, we will not accept onsite registration. Please register now and plan to attend this year’s event. I look forward to seeing you.
  • The February 13 Second Monday Live Webex archive recording is available, featuring Annual Conference, other Extension Professional Development offerings, and virtual education resources. We will not have Second Monday Live in March, since we will be together during Annual Conference.
  • Hellos and Handshakes: Jason Henderson’s availability has changed, requiring four of the sessions to be rescheduled. The new date for Regions 1, 2 (in Dickinson County) and Regions 6, 7 (in Buena Vista County) is May 18. The new date for Regions 3, 4 (in Cerro Gordo County) and Regions 8, 9 (in Hardin County) is May 19. Registration is open for all sessions and closes on March 24.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach