Tuesday Update: It is good to be back

September 8, 2020

It is good to be back with ISU Extension and Outreach! I will continue to work with ISU administration to navigate this fall and prepare for spring semester, but I am focusing my time and energy on my day job. I can safely say that I did not worry about ISU Extension and Outreach over the past four months. You all continued to do great work under very challenging conditions, as I knew you would. However, I do want to share a sincere thank you to Dr. Deb Sellers for leaning in and providing sound and steady leadership.

I did take a few days off to relax and regenerate. Kathy and I pulled our motorcycle to Denver and then rode 1,100 miles through the mountains of western Colorado. It clears your head when you are focusing on riding on mountain roads. I’m glad we’re home, as some of the places we rode are expecting 6-12” of snow this week.

Transforming our organization

It’s been two months since we officially launched our new structure to transform our organization. Assistant Vice President for County Services Andrea Nelson and I encourage you to take some time to assess your county’s progress so far.

  • Start by reviewing your county’s transition plan for June, July, and August. How smoothly did the transition occur? Did you need to adjust your plan as the drought and derecho added to the challenges of the pandemic? Consider what else you might need to do going forward.
  • The first quarter ends September 30. The electronic version of the Two-Way Scorecard Communication Tool will be available beginning October 1. Then staff and councils will provide input on the first quarter by completing the survey online. You can review a pdf version of the scorecard on the County Services website. Take some time to review the scorecard and get familiar with the expectations for roles and responsibilities and the types of questions that will be asked.

Open for Iowa

The Open for Iowa committee has added this note to the website regarding all extension events on or off campus: (September 4, 2020) Check with event venues about COVID-19 safety requirements and adhere to any that are more stringent. If venue requirements are less stringent than Open for Iowa guidance, adhere to the more stringent guidance.

About Cooperative Extension: Community and Economic Development

As a follow-up to their recent survey, the Open for Iowa committee will regularly share information about the roles of partners within Cooperative Extension. Today’s featured partner, Community and Economic Development, empowers communities to shape their own futures through research, educational programming, community engagement processes, data analysis, and data synthesis. CED specialists provide skills training each year for nearly 10,000 community leaders, local government officials, business owners, entrepreneurs, and volunteers. The program area facilitates countless meetings and workshops annually through which organizations and individuals discuss issues and reach consensus on solutions and action steps. CED serves as an essential conduit between communities and the resources of Iowa State, creating partnerships with private and public sectors for the betterment of Iowans.

Epsilon Sigma Phi update

  • The regular registration deadline ends today, September 8, for the National Epilson Sigma Phi Conference, which will be held virtually October 6-8. ISU President Wendy Wintersteen will be recognized as the 2020 National ESP Ruby Award recipient. Dr. Wintersteen will deliver the Ruby Lecture virtually at 10:30 a.m., October 7. ESP Alpha Mu Chapter members may attend the lecture as part of their conference registration. Non-ESP members may register to attend the lecture only for a $10 fee. For more information, contact Barb Dunn Swanson, bdswanso@iastate.edu.
  • The 2020 fall annual meeting of the ESP Alpha Mu Chapter will be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, November 2. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. and Dr. Wintersteen will deliver the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. The chapter also will recognize new members, listen to committee reports, and pass the gavel to Anthony Santiago, the new chapter president. To join the meeting go to https://iastate.zoom.us/j/94519937756; or https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID 945 1993 7756; or dial +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 - meeting ID 945 1993 7756.

More notes

  • The next Second Monday Live is 10 a.m., September 14, at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isueo. The session will focus on COVID-19 recovery action plans and moving forward. It sets the stage for discussion at the area-wide meetings.
  • Registration is open for the area-wide meetings. Plan to attend the virtual meeting for the area that includes your county unless you have a scheduling conflict. Take advantage of this opportunity to build community, engage with others, and build relationships.
  • Today Carol Heaverlo begins her new position as director of extension operations. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Heaverlo to her new role.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach