Tuesday Update: A new year for councils

January 3, 2023

Five hundred Iowans were elected to their county extension councils in November 2022. Now they join 400 returning council members to begin a new year of providing access to ISU Extension and Outreach education and resources throughout all 100 county extension districts. At their January meeting, each council will elect officers, appoint standing committees, and set fiscal procedures as they organize for council action. They’re establishing important working relationships to operate effectively because they have a lot of work ahead of them in the coming year. Did you know?

  • Councils will be looking at budgets – reviewing their current budget, as well as developing their budget for the next fiscal year.
  • They’ll be planning for extension educational opportunities they want to offer in their counties.
  • Councils also will be reviewing the new Memorandum of Understanding and signing it this spring.

County extension council members believe in education, understand what people need, and care about their community. We are thankful for their commitment and we appreciate their efforts to build a strong Iowa.

Virtual education tech tip: More ways to get support

Kris Baldwin, educational technology resources specialist, offers this update on how you can get support for your virtual education efforts.

With a new year comes an opportunity to reflect on how you share information with your audiences. How might you include virtual learning in work that you are currently doing in person? Have you considered how your existing online learning might be improved – perhaps made more accessible, more interactive, or more dynamic? You can get assistance by visiting me during my online office hours. The new schedule for office hours features a 30-minute, open Q&A format. These are times when I will be available live online, so you can stop in and ask questions or test your technologies in Teams, WebEx, or Zoom.

If the office hours don't work for you, use the "Bookings" link to schedule an online appointment with me. If you're looking for new ideas or best practices, join a virtual education technology highlight webinar on the fourth Monday of each month, or view the recordings on the virtual education website. Finally, if you have a special request or suggestion to meet a need, let me know using this form. You can find more information about all of these offerings on the MyExtension virtual education page.

More notes

  • On December 21, Senior Vice President and Provost Wickert announced that Jason Henderson will serve as the next vice president for extension and outreach, beginning April 3. See the news release and Jason’s message. In the coming months I will be working with Jason to assure a smooth transition, as well as focusing on continuing projects like MyData implementation, the revised MOU, and the revised program planning process. I also will be assisting with a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences project.
  • Remember to submit nominations for the 2023 ISU Extension and Outreach Awards. See the awards website for award descriptions and nomination guidelines. Nominations should be sent to Linda Young, lindakay@iastate.edu, by 12 noon, February 10.
  • January 31 is the deadline for ordering a computer so that it can be received, set up, and billed during the current fiscal year (FY23). If you want your computer to be billed in the next fiscal year (FY24), EIT recommends that you place your order after July 1.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach