I am trying to connect an announcement list to outlook and the connect to outlook button is grayed out. I spoke to my admin and she doens't seem to know how to correct this problem
There are several reasons for this to happen. Which browser are you using? Are you using IE 8, 9, 10 32 or 64 bit? 64-bit has many problems with this.
Tryo to access to Internet Options --> security tab --> then, under Internet zones unchech Enhanced protected mode. Restart the browser
However, not all the lists get synchronized properly with Outlook (as Calendar or Tasks). Check this article for more information: Sync content with outlook