FYI 05-18-2017

A Message from the Associate Dean

Tiy Goddard with Employee Development and Learning was our guest at the May leadership team meeting. She gave some background information about her office and then discussed results of the Extension Culture Survey conducted this spring. The response rate was 52% and the results contained many positive workplace attributes. Respondents identified, “Extension’s many quality programs and vast community reach as key strengths of the organization." Some areas to improve included marketing, communications, and professional development opportunities. More detailed survey results will be provided in the future. Thanks again to Tony Franklin, Anne Silvis, Amanda Taylor and Pennie Crinion for helping develop the survey.

This week, a group of county directors and educators representing the four program areas are meeting on campus to help with issue-based program planning. I am grateful to this group of “Ambassadors” who have volunteered to provide assistance during the process and to serve as a resource for needs assessment, program planning, and the use of issue based indicators. The new Program Evaluation and Reporting System (PEARS) should help us better demonstrate impact around the state.

I continue to work closely with the College, campus, and Extension Partners on the state budget situation. My thanks to all who continue to communicate with legislators and others about Extension’s important work.

Dean Kidwell’s visits to units have been informative and helpful. In June, she will visit our Jo Daviess/Stephenson/Winnebago and Bureau/LaSalle/Marshall/Putnam units as well as a combined visit to three units in Southern Illinois.

George F. Czapar, Associate Dean and Director
Office of Extension and Outreach

News & Announcements

Marketing, design, web, and IT requests should be submitted through the portal. 2016 Unit Annual Reports can be accessed at . Extension news and content is curated and shared weekly via Extension Story Call, Wednesdays at 8:30. Receive the weekly email by joining the Story Call mail list email Steve Wald, or access the archive at .

The Race Question

The U.S. Census Bureau must adhere to the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards on race and ethnicity which guide the Census Bureau in classifying written responses to the race question:

American Indian or Alaskan Native - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American - A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Hispanic or Latino - A Person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rico, South or Central American, or Other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Two or More Races – People who identify with more than one race may choose to provide multiple races in response to the race question. For example, if a respondent identifies as “Asian” and “White,” they may respond to the question on race by checking the appropriate boxes that describe their racial identities and/or writing in these identities on the spaces provided.

Some other race

OBM standards permit the reporting of more than one race. An individual’s response to the race question is based upon self-identification.


Below is information contained in a May 9 email from Joe Bohn, Director, ACES Human Resources.

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to provide you an update on an important organizational change that will be occurring in ACES Human Resources.

Karen McLaughlin (Associate Director of Human Resources) has accepted the position of Director of Human Resources with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CICOM). Karen has dedicated 11.5 years of her career to our ACES family. I would like to personally thank Karen for the exceptional contributions that she has made to this college. Those individuals that have worked closely with Karen will describe her as a trusted confidant that adaptively works to find effective and efficient solutions.

Karen’s official start date with CICOM is May 16, 2017; however, she will be splitting time between ACES and her new role immediately and will be working on a transition between now and May 31, 2017.

Starting today, please direct any questions you may have normally worked with Karen on to me. This will help to ensure Karen is not taking on new initiatives as we work through this important transition. I will keep you posted as we develop a plan for the future of the ACES human resources team.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Karen. It is exciting to know that individuals of her caliber will be working on this very important initiative for our campus. Please join me in thanking Karen for all of her contributions and dedication to our college.

Below is a May 12 email message received from President Killeen regarding reduced service days.

Dear colleagues:

The first day of summer is still a month away, but we are already looking at next year’s academic calendar.

Again this year, we will provide leave benefit eligible employees with three additional paid gift days during our Reduced Service Days (December 27-29). For employees in union-represented bargaining units, the plan will be discussed through the required collective bargaining process.

The holiday gift days extend a successful pilot program launched last year and are an expression of our deep gratitude for your hard work, loyalty and commitment to excellence. Our employees have enabled the University of Illinois System to stand strong and flourish despite the financial challenges we are facing. We will evaluate the program again after this year’s holidays.

The program is reflected in the 2017 Reduced Service Schedule that will be distributed to employees this month. Our universities, hospital and clinics, and System human resource offices will follow up with more details, including how to report the gift days and the process for essential employees who must work on December 27, 28 or 29.

Our faculty and staff are the cornerstone of the U of I System’s standing as a global leader in education and discovery, and its life-changing contributions to students and the public good. We hope this program reflects just how much we value each of you, and that your 2017 holiday season is filled with family, friends and joy.

Tim Killeen, President, University of Illinois System
Barb Wilson, Executive Vice President, University of Illinois System
Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Robert Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Susan Koch, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Springfield

Christine Janak has joined the Extension Business office team. She will be working alongside Molly Cooper reviewing and processing travel requests. Christine is no stranger to the U of I as prior to coming to Extension she worked on campus in Collection Management Services at the main library. She also attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language in 2013. Please join in welcoming her to the team. If you have occasion to be in Mumford Hall, be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.

Below is a portion of a May 18 email from Tina Veal, Director of ACES Alumni Relations, regarding promotion of upcoming events. Please be sure to check your email message for more details. To keep up to date, the calendar is online at .

Greetings from the ACES Alumni Association!

In an effort to keep connected to our faculty, staff and college administration on all things ACES Alumni Relations, I will be providing updates to you throughout the year with upcoming news, events, and opportunities for engagement!

The College of ACES has over 37,000 living alumni and we must work together for our outreach efforts to be successful! Please help us in promoting upcoming events, or we ask you to share "good news items" about your alumni or departmental news for social media or the e-alum report.

If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

In Illini Spirit,
Tina Veal
Director of Alumni Relations


Dean Kim Kidwell was honored during an investiture ceremony for the Robert A. Easter Chair in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois on May 3. For more details, visit

Current Openings in Extension

Search Job Title Application Deadline
A1700351 County Extension Director July 7, 2017
A1700354 Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development July 10, 2017
A1700367 Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science (SNAP-Ed) July 13, 2017
A1700366 Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources July 20, 2017
Previous Issues