Monday Update: Join your priority I-Team listserv

January 11, 2021

One way to learn about how ISU Extension and Outreach is working for Iowa’s recovery is to join the listserv for your top priority COVID-19 Recovery Initiative: cr-childcare, cr-economy, cr-financial, cr-food, cr-mentalhealth, and cr-youth. Once you subscribe, please check your inbox and/or spam folder for a confirmation message. To complete your subscription, copy the email address (for example, and generate a new email with the subject line that includes your subscription confirmation code. (Note: If you click the confirmation link in the email, you may get a security warning.)

Once you’ve joined your priority I-Team listserv, please join the discussion. Learn from one another. Ask questions of colleagues who have prioritized the same initiative. Share information about how your county is addressing your initiative for the first quarter of 2021. We will compile a list of actions/projects and post it on our COVID-19 Recovery webpage.

Anyone can join any of the listservs, but be sure that someone from your county is a point person for your initiative and stays connected. Similarly, specialists can join listservs to stay current on the I-Teams and contribute to the discussion.

University COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards

A county extension professional, Human Sciences nutrition education programs, and an extension economist were among those who received COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards from the university. Please join me in congratulating the following:

  • Julie Naig, Palo Alto County youth coordinator, received the Extension Impact award for innovation and resilience in leading impactful extension efforts in fabrication and distribution of personal protective equipment in the state of Iowa.
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program educational efforts received the Extension Impact award for successfully transitioning food education programs to meet the needs of communities facing food insecurity during the pandemic.
  • Alejandro Plastina, extension economist and associate professor in economics, received the Excellence in Remote Instruction award for adapting ECON 330: Advanced Farm Business Management to an exceptional hands-on, but entirely online, format.

University CyBox storage quota plans change

University IT has changed their plans for implementing quotas for CyBox. Rather than focusing on individual and departmental quotas, University IT is now focusing on simply getting under the university’s 1.2 PB storage limit. (See the story in Inside Iowa State.) Due to this change, Extension IT will reevaluate Extension CyBox usage. While EIT develops a new plan, please continue to clean up your CyBox storage by deleting any old files/folders you no longer need. If you have questions, please contact

More notes

  • Goodbye … and welcome, December 2020: 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.
  • Ross Wilburn now is on temporary leave from ISU Extension and Outrach while serving as an elected member of the Iowa House of Representatives. If you have questions about Civil Rights or diversity, equity, and inclusion, please work through your supervisor to connect with Regenea Hurte, with the Office of Equal Opportunity.
  • County staff, regional directors, program specialists, and council members who served in 2020 are encouraged to complete the second quarter Two-Way Scorecard Communication Tool online survey by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18. I sent the survey link in an email message about the scorecard on January 4.
  • Our ISU Extension and Outreach 2020 Well-being Survey Summary has been added to the COVID-19 Recovery webpage under “report and resources.” Please review the summary of the survey and actions to help us get through this pandemic together.
  • ISU employees will continue to have additional time off options for absences related to COVID-19 under a new set of policies that went into effect January 1.
  • The university virtual town hall Friday, January 15 (2-3 p.m. via Webex) will focus on availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines on campus and in the Ames community. The town hall will be recorded and made available on the COVID-19 Updates and Resources website.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach