New Staff Orientation is going virtual!

To ensure all can participate, the New Staff Orientation experience is going virtual. Make plans to participate on September 17. The room will open at 8:30am for participation, and programming will be from 9-noon. The new condensed format will include some tools/resources for download. Watch for updates on this site for downloads and resources. Online registration must be completed to attend New Staff Orientation. If you have not yet fully completed the virtual tool below-Things you need to know on Day One- check it out now!

In preparation for New Staff Orientation, please download the following documents and watch the below videos.


  1. It’s our First Name – Jeff Johnson, President and CEO Iowa State University Alumni Association talks about the importance of our first name, Iowa State University.
  2. Here for You
    For over 100 years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has been serving Iowans. As our state recovers from COVID-19, we’ll continue to deliver research-based education and information. We’re here for you now. And for the next 100 years.
  3. The Extension Professional’s Creed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
    In Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, our people live the Extension Professional’s Creed every day, and sometimes we recite it. Download The Extension Professional’s Creed pdf.
  4. UKnow Video – How to Build a Bird Box
    ISU Extension and Outreach has many videos available to you and the public called “UKnow” Videos. In this video, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, Dr. Adam Janke, demonstrates how to build a bird box. This box can attract a diversity of backyard birds including Eastern Bluebirds, Black-capped Chickadees and House Wrens. Find the instructions on the Extension Store and additional Woodworking for Wildlife design and videos on the Natural Resource Stewardship website.

Supporting Materials:

  1. Extension and Outreach Operations Division Overview
  2. Navigating Difference
Sep 17
830 a.m. Room opens

9:00am Welcome

Dr. Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach

9:20am Icebreaker and poll question

9:25am Overview of Key Program Areas

  • Youth and 4-H – Dr. Cayla Taylor, Program Development Manager, Iowa 4-H Youth Development
  • Human Sciences– Dr. Deb Sellers, Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences, and Director, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources – Dr. Jay Harmon, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Director, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Community and Economic Development – Gary Taylor, Director, Community, and Economic Development Extension and Outreach
  • County Services – Andrea Nelson, Assistant Vice President for County Services

10:35am Break

10:45am Civil Rights Overview

  • Sean Nelson, Office of Equal Opportunity

11:00am Expert Panel

  • Dianne Dirks, Office Manager, Pocahontas County
  • Paul Gibbins, Regional Director, Region 16
  • Tammy Jacobs, Hotline Coordinator, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach
  • Aimee Viniard-Weideman, Community and Leadership Development Specialist

11:20am Break

11:30am How To Talk About ISU Extension and Outreach

  • Jolene McCoy, Advancement Specialist Regions 3,4,8,9,14 and 17, Advancement, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

11:45am “Our Extension Professional's Creed”

12:00pm Adjourn