At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., I said that the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and participants was a top priority. That sentiment continues today; however, contracting the virus is not the only concern. Another factor affecting our health and safety is uncertainty: whether our children’s schools and our own meetings will be in person or virtual; about providing coverage for programming if a colleague is in isolation or quarantine; or from financial stress of unemployment, commodity prices, or the recession. We all are impacted, but in different ways.
I want to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete this survey to help us get a better sense of the stressors impacting ISU Extension and Outreach. Your responses are anonymous and confidential and will be combined with other responses. This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by 5 p.m., November 30.
In ISU Extension and Outreach, we care deeply about the people we serve and want to help as they deal with the challenges that 2020 has brought. It also is important to recognize that we are impacted by the same events, face the same challenges, and feel the same stressors as our clients. When we care for ourselves, we are better able to take care of each other.
MyData rollout continues
In ISU Extension and Outreach, it’s everybody’s job to create and share the value and impact of our work. MyData, our new central database, will help us be more accurate and efficient in collecting, storing, sharing, and reporting data across our entire organization.
- On November 6 our regional directors were the first group to participate in MyData training. Prior to their training, they all completed three courses to obtain their MyData license. Everyone who will be trained on MyData will follow this process.
- See the updated MyData rollout timeline on MyExtension. Stay informed so you will be ready for training and rollout to your program area, county, or unit.
- As we begin implementing COVID-19 recovery action plans in 2021, we will evaluate and report data through MyData.
- All extension staff with reporting duties will be using MyData by October 2021.
Deadlines approaching for COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards
- The university’s COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards Program includes an Extension Impact Award. The deadline to submit nominations is November 20.
- The Vice President’s COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards Program will acknowledge and celebrate individuals and teams of our colleagues who have gone above and beyond to educate and inform Iowans during the pandemic. The deadline to submit nominations is December 11.
Apply now for Excellence in Extension grants
It’s time to apply for Excellence in Extension grants. The Excellence in Extension Fund is designed to improve and enrich the quality of educational programs offered by ISU Extension and Outreach. Excellence in Extension provides competitive grants that are open to all ISU Extension and Outreach employees: campus, field, and county. The grants are used to develop creative and innovative programs, to provide scholarships for graduate work, and to support professional growth for groups and individuals. Information about the specific grants and application instructions are online. The deadline for all grant submissions is February 10 at noon. Please send all grant and application inquires to Alison DePenning, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please review the November program update from the leadership team for current examples of what is happening across our programs.
- Registration is open for our winter virtual area-wide meetings. Please plan to attend the meeting for the area that includes your county and take advantage of this opportunity to build community, engage with others, and expand your network.
- The Two-Way Scorecard Communication Tool first quarter statewide summary report and county reports were sent to county council members and staff today. The statewide report will be made available on the County Services website.
- The November 9 Second Monday Live archive is available at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/pcny635bf6up/. Colleagues in Human Sciences shared resources to help us improve physical, social, emotional, and financial aspects of wellbeing. Links to these resources are available on MyExtension.
- Please review Open for Iowa Response – FAQs regarding Gov. Reynolds’ November 10 State Public Health Emergency Declaration.
John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach