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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

May 16, 2023

Serving the Extension Mission

Submitted by Meg Drake

To succeed in extension, a person must be a firm believer that education and resources better lives – and should not just be available to those with wealth or assets. Knowledge should be easily accessible to those who seek it. This is why for three and half years I have passionately enjoyed serving and marketing our mission. The opportunity to engage and work with colleagues who share this same passion is the icing on the cake.

Through my marketing and communications role, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with specialists, program coordinators, administrators, agents, office professionals, other communicators, and more. It has been through these relationships that I have been able to discuss and visualize what the future looks like for K-State Research and Extension (and it is bright).

However, the future is never a straight path forward. That statement leads to my next point: starting early July, my partner and I will be transferred to Fort Irwin, California where he will serve as an Army Judge Advocate (JAG) at the National Training Center. Even though you might be thinking this sounds like a goodbye to K-State Research and Extension, it isn’t. While in California, I will continue to serve the extension mission as marketing and communications manager from my remote desert office.

Despite no longer officing on campus, I will still be working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. I will also travel back to Kansas throughout the year for extension-related activities and events.

There are some exciting projects on the horizon for K-State Research and Extension and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to stay on and continue building toward that bright future.

Side note, if you get an email from Meg Stopps…it’s me, hi.