John Lawrence’s message from Dec. 16, 2019
2019 has been a year of change for ISU Extension and Outreach, as we’ve begun addressing our Internal Communications Task Force recommendations, adjusting to Improved Service Delivery and WorkDay, and preparing for Structured for Success (to name a few examples). You’d think we would be used to dealing with change, since extension professionals are change agents. Every day we engage Iowans in solving problems and preparing for a thriving future. We’re good at helping other people address real-life challenges, but we don’t necessarily like dealing with change ourselves.
Despite that paradox, with every action that extension professionals have ever taken for our organization, the goal has always been to better serve Iowans. From the moment our forebears invented extension, they started changing it – with Seed Corn Gospel trains and short courses, farm and home demonstrations, education for youth, and work in communities. They and we evolved how we deliver programming – from trains to cars, radio to internet, newspaper columns to digital blogs, print to Twitter, church basements to in-home online, desktop to smart phones. There’s no need for change agents in a world that stays the same, where people never grow or evolve. But that’s not the world we live in, so our organization continues to adapt to better serve Iowans.
We all can appreciate the legacy of our organization. However, as you engage with Iowans today, you are ensuring our future. Thank you for everything you do as extension change agents. Looking forward to 2020, together we will continue to adapt to change in our organization and support what Iowans value: a strong Iowa.
Goodbye … and welcome
In November, we said goodbye to the following individuals who left ISU Extension and Outreach:
- Katie Goodell, Dickinson County ag program coordinator and office assistant.
- Steven Hardina, Woodbury County marketing program assistant.
- Athena Speller, Black Hawk County extension program assistant.
- Pamela Johnson, Scott County bookkeeper.
- Jamiee Marvin, Lucas County office assistant.
- Deanna Colwell, Harrison County youth coordinator.
- Carol Tierney, program assistant II, 4-H Youth Development.
We welcome the following new staff:
- Nancy Radcliffe, Dickinson County office assistant.
- Kelli Ireland, Clay County office assistant.
- Alexis Seuntjens, Pocahontas County program coordinator.
- Karrie King, Woodbury County director.
- Leah Feltz, communications specialist II, Advancement.
- Anne Tedore, field specialist II, 4-H Youth Development.
- Andrea Lutter has been hired as ISU Extension and Outreach budget officer effective Dec. 16 and will begin transitioning into her new duties immediately. Current budget officer John Flickinger will retire in early February and will be mentoring Andrea as she assumes many of the administrative duties that come with the post. Andrea has worked alongside John for nearly seven years and will bring new ideas to a solid foundation.
- The Advancement team has secured approval from University Marketing to update our ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development staff apparel to increase visibility of the clover while maintaining the university’s co-branding guidelines. The new look for 4-H staff apparel will feature a larger green clover (compared with the clover on previous apparel) placed above a stacked and centered ISU Extension and Outreach wordmark. All other new staff apparel will use the stacked and centered wordmark (without the clover). The new designs will be available on both red and white apparel from the Extension Store. FYI: It still is acceptable to wear existing extension apparel with the flush-left wordmark, and watch for details from the Extension Store regarding discounted, in-stock items.
- Beginning in January, Ross Wilburn will be taking a leave of absence to serve in the Iowa House of Representatives. Ross was elected to represent House District 46, which covers northern Ames, central campus and parts of western Ames, in a special election Aug. 6. He will be on leave from ISU Extension and Outreach without pay during the legislative session, roughly January through April. In Ross’ absence, if you need assistance related to diversity concerns, please contact Sean Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need assistance related to community and economic development issues, please contact Gary Taylor, email@example.com. We thank Ross for his commitment to public service and look forward to his return to ISU Extension and Outreach.
- With the Iowa legislative session beginning soon and in advance of the 2020 presidential caucuses and election, keep in mind the university’s guidance on political campaign activities.
— John D. Lawrence
Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach