Tuesday Update: The storm and more

August 11, 2020

Message from Debra Sellers, on behalf of the Office of the Vice President

Vice President Lawrence shares the following message:

Today’s update is a day late due to the storm that cut a wide swath across Iowa. I hope you and yours are safe, but likely many of you are dealing with damage to homes, trees, buildings, and crops. Campus and Ames lost power around noon on Monday. As of this morning, most of campus but only 25% of Ames has power restored. As with other challenges this year, we need to be flexible and pull together to clean up the debris, assess and repair the damage, and recover. Be mindful of the stress such an event can cause in ourselves and others. Share Iowa Concern (800-447-1985) and our other mental health resources with whoever could use them.

Also, please take note of the following:

  • EIT hotlines are not available today because the campus phone system is not yet fully operational.
  • AnswerLine cannot answer phone calls today either. However, AnswerLine will respond to email questions at answer@iastate.edu.

Cyclones Care

Iowa State students are returning to campus housing and their first stop is the Lied Recreation Athletic Facility – to get their ID card, a COVID-19 test, and their move-in packet, as Cy demonstrates in this video. However, Cy isn’t the only one who has a role to play to ensure a successful and complete fall semester. Everyone can participate in the Cyclones Care initiative and model four healthy behaviors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as President Wintersteen explains in this video. These behaviors include wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you’re not feeling well.

Update: Open for Iowa

The following new or updated materials will be available from the Open for Iowa website after power has been fully restored on campus and the website is back up and running:

  • Face Covering Training and Guidance (updated to align with the new guidance from the university)
  • Conversations about Personal Comfort and COVID-19 Safety Practices in the Workplace
  • COVID-19 Conversations (guide for conversation about personal safety)
  • Guidance and Expectations for In-Person Education and Business
  • Staff Friendly Return to Work (includes considerations for school and childcare challenges).

About Cooperative Extension: 4-H

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 is 4-H, the premier youth program of United States Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension. It is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Iowa 4-H Youth Development programs are headquartered at Iowa State and available through ISU Extension and Outreach offices in all Iowa counties. Campus specialists, field 4-H program specialists, county youth coordinators and other staff, and more than 10,000 4-H volunteers work together to help youth learn by doing, reflect on what they learned, and then apply their learning.

Usually at this time of year, 4-H staff, volunteers, and youth would be preparing for the Iowa State Fair. But with the fair postponed due to the pandemic, 4-H Youth Development created other state-level learning opportunities for 4-H youth. The first Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show was Aug. 6-8, with additional shows Aug. 13-15 and 20-22. 4-H Show Iowa is Aug. 13-23 and this virtual public exhibition will provide state-level recognition for 4-H Exhibits, Communication Events and the Awardrobe Clothing Selection.

Internal Communications: Sharing messages

One theme from the Internal Communications Task Force report was to implement centralized, unified messages to achieve the same understanding of key information across the system. The Office of the Vice President takes this request seriously and sends messages to everyone in our organization at the same time whenever possible. These weekly updates are examples, along with many messages directly from Vice President Lawrence. However, sometimes key information has a greater impact on certain individuals within our organization. In these situations, the Office of the Vice President will give these individuals advance notice so they can prepare themselves for potential consequences and questions that may arise when the information is shared more widely.

More notes

  • The Virtual Education Task Force short-term report and long-term recommendations are available for review on the Office of the Vice President website.
  • Please review the August program update from the leadership team for current examples of what is happening across our programs.
  • The County Website Transition Committee shares the following update: The county website transition remains a priority project. However, the pandemic has delayed the originally communicated schedule. Several key components of the project are in development and must be completed before the transition can begin. We appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we navigate our current situation.

Debra M. Sellers
Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences
Director, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach