Message from the director of MSU Extension: March 30, 2020

Good Afternoon,

As we move in to another week of “the new normal,” I want to thank all of you for your thoughtful flexibility and your undying creativity. While the productivity of some organizations has come to a screeching halt and others contemplate layoffs, I’m proud that MSU Extension has adapted to new ways of serving Michigan residents.

A few reminders:

  • In accordance with Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, MSU Extension-paid employees must not report to their offices.
  • Travel waivers will be granted on a very limited basis. If you feel that you have a justifiable reason to travel for work purposes, you must obtain a travel waiver. This applies to any reason you leave your home to conduct official business. If you have not received communication from your institute director about how to do that, please contact your institute leadership.
  • No one should schedule in-person events or meetings on behalf of MSU Extension that will take place before May 15. This includes volunteers. Previously scheduled events must be moved to a virtual space, postponed or canceled.

On our administrative leadership team call last week, someone mentioned that they enjoyed meeting their co-workers’ kids, pets and other dependents via Zoom. We all understand that working from home can be a struggle and sometimes life gets in the way. It’s important for you to know that your leadership team has your back. We know that in addition to being MSU Extension employees, you’re also caregivers. We appreciate you and support you.

Stay home and stay safe,

Jeff Dwyer Ph.D.
MSU Extension