March 10, 2011

Celebrate Extension Week

by Diana Pounds

Extension Week, March 21-25, will be marked by open houses and special events in all county extension offices. On-campus activities will include daily Facebook-focused scavenger hunts for students. In addition, breakfast snacks will be provided to students on central campus Wednesday morning.

In proclaiming Extension Week, president Gregory Geoffroy and executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman encouraged faculty and staff with extension appointments to tell students and colleagues about their work. Extension employees on campus will be readily identified during the week by their Extension shirts or buttons and office door posters.

"As a land-grant university, Iowa State was founded on three big ideas: To open higher education to all, to teach practical classes and to share knowledge far beyond the campus borders," said Gerald Miller, interim vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. "When it comes to providing education that makes a difference in Iowans' everyday lives, it starts with Extension.

"Whether they're starting a business, trying to adopt healthier lifestyles or managing crops, Iowans can find useful help from Extension," he added.

On-campus activities

Cy will help kick off the week with an afternoon walkabout March 21 on central campus. The mascot will pass out information on the week's activities.

A scavenger hunt for students will begin every day with clues on the Extension Facebook page and end when a student finds the prize package in an Extension location. Prizes will include gift cards to local restaurants, grocery stores and other local retailers.

On Wednesday morning, March 23, (7:45-10:15 a.m.), students in the vicinity of the campanile can collect breakfast snacks, compliments of Hy-Vee.