- Author: Wendy Powers
We are just a few hours away from a 2-day reprieve from Zoom! A colleague who has been stuck in South Africa for 3 weeks with no end in sight asked is we could Zoom this weekend. I declined and suggested we use What's App instead. I need the change in pace.
Earlier this week I recognized that something was ‘off'. At first I thought perhaps I am less of an introvert than I believed and I was missing the social interaction or the commute. Not the case. What I miss is the change in venue and the rat race to get from one meeting to the next either in the same building or across the country, anxiously awaiting whatever surprise the airline has in store for me, and the general pace of getting from one place to the next. I've never cared much for working from home, this might be why. This, too, shall pass (at some point).
Yesterday the Vice President's Council met (VP Council). We covered a number of items, including updates on proposed changes to strategic plan goals #3 and #4. Both goal owners mentioned needing to get changes submitted by mid-April. I panicked a bit that I had homework to do, but no worries, my email say May 4 and I will procrastinate until that time. In the meantime, I am on track to meet my advancement package review target this week. I have 2 to review today and then I will be up to 39 completed!
The VP Council received updates on plans to review the cost recovery policy and ‘The Salmon Report' which was developed some years ago, maybe a decade ago, but not widely implemented. Several of the Statewide Program and Institute Directors offered updates on their programs. It was a long Zoom meeting. Fortunately, Katherine kept us moving.
Today are the monthly calls with the REC Directors and the County Directors. My monthly noon Zoom call was held last Friday so I have a bit of a break before the afternoon Zooms begin. In the meantime, we are working to finalize the list of who continues to do field research and extension and where those people are located. By next week, we should be coordinated with the campuses.
Enjoy your Zoom-free weekend! Given the forecast, we can all avoid yardwork, too.