Thoughts from Jackie


I hope each one of you is taking time to enjoy the moments of sunshine and promises of warmth inserting themselves between the cold and wet, as winter exits and spring begins. This weekend we spring forward, so don’t forget to adjust your clocks. It is always a joy getting to wake up to brighter mornings and slightly longer days as the weather improves. Be on the lookout for, and plan to join and share, our Spring into Wellness Live Healthy Live Well email challenge and look for some outdoor activity challenges through Your Plan For Health ( Now is a great time to initiate some lunch-time walks or walking meetings into your weekly plan, as opportunity allows.

We are also celebrating Women’s History Month in March. One of the women I will be remembering is my great, great aunt Isabelle BeVier, who was a pioneer in FCS and has her portrait in BeVier Hall at the University of Illinois. There are so many women to celebrate who have made incredible contributions to Extension, academia, and our world at large. Who is on your mind this month?

Finally, I will be presenting our State of Extension address next Tuesday. I hope you will make time on your calendars to join in and hear how OSU Extension has demonstrated the Extension Keys of ADAPABILITY and EFFICIENCY in 2021. You have achieved such incredible things this last year amidst continuing challenges during the pandemic, constant change, and global unrest. I am so very proud of your courage, your persistence, and your positive impact. I am looking forward to sharing and celebrating our successes in 2021 and looking forward to sharing how we can experience a strong, collaborative, and positive 2022.

Grateful for you (all you do, and who you are), Jackie