Epsilon Sigma Phi

Epsilon Sigma Phi

ESP is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the land-grant extension system and developing the extension profession and professional.

Latest information for members


Spring 2014 ESP Newsletter (PDF) — published April 17, 2014

Winter 2014 ESP Newsletter (PDF) — revised Feb. 13, 2014

National organization

Visit the National Epsilon Sigma Phi website at www.espnational.org for the membership handbook, award applications and much more.

Global Connections webinars

Epsilon Sigma Phi is holding monthly lunchtime webinars to provide MU Extension faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss their professional global experiences and the resulting impact on their life, career and MU Extension. Sessions are 45 minutes long (12-12:45 p.m.) with interactive presentations and moderated dialogue. So pack a lunch and munch while you learn and explore with colleagues.

Wed. March 12, noon - 12:45 p.m.
A 12-Year Journey Into the Unknown 
B.J. Eavy
For a life-long learner, it's never too late to make that decision to step out of your comfort zone and live abroad in a developing country.  It will positively impact and change your perspective on life and the people of the world more than you can possibly imagine. B.J. went to Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps and stayed overseas for 12 years.

Wed. April 9, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Adventures and Agriculture in Iraq and Egypt, my experiences as  a Livestock Specialist.

Wendy Rapp
Wendy Rapp is not your typical Livestock Specialist. Although she loves the Missouri beef cattle industry, she has always had a penchant for adventure.  Her love of adventure has taken her to Iraq and Egypt, in which she helped women be more empowered and farmers be more productive.  Imagine going on farm visits in Iraq surrounded by 12 to 16 US Army soldiers, wearing body armor and arriving at your destination in an MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicle, how would you react when you got out and were suddenly surrounded by Iraqis wanting to know how you could help them?  Imagine going through Cairo and the Egyptian countryside and talking to farmers not only about their farms, but how worried they are about their country going into civil war? Imagine going to the University of Alexandria and talking to professors who desperately want to get the information they know about production agriculture to the farmers who want to be more productive; however, there is not a good way to get  information to the people that need it the most.  Learn something about the culture and a few of good things Wendy did while in these countries.       

To sign up for either webinar, go to https://extensionapps.missouri.edu/webapps/RegisterISE.aspx .

Complete Global Connections schedule and recordings of previous presentations

Change Agent Challenge

ESP professional development committee invites you to participate in the Change Agent Challenge, an initiative designed to hone our professionalism together through co-learning and networking.  This is an opportunity for you to get to know others who you might not have a chance to work with, build stronger relationships with your colleagues, and influence the culture of our organization.

Beginning with a reading group, we look to continuing this Challenge with more activities during the year and recognize and reward participants at our annual meeting in October.

The first book that the ESP book club will explore is Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. Kate Akers and Meridith Berry will co-lead the discussion on SharePoint. We chose this book because of the excellent keynote speech given by Dr. Daryl Buchholz, Associate Director, KSU Extension at the MU Extension annual conference. He used the concept of “Start with Why” as the theme of his talk, applying it to our roles as extension educators.  If you missed the speech, Dr. Bucholz also gave this speech at the national Galaxy IV Conference in September 2013.  You can read the text of the speech here: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/esp-alpharho/p.aspx?tabid=86

This book is available in print, as an ebook and audiobook. We will begin on January 21 with the first assignment. Most of the discussion will take place in a SharePoint discussion forum, with an Adobe Connect lunch date scheduled on February 25 from noon - 1 p.m.


Join ESP

Benefits of membership (PDF)

Member brochure and membership form (PDF)


The Extension Worker's Creed (PDF)
Adopted in 1927 as ESP's creed at the first national Grand Council Meeting, this document has been revised through the years to always be an articulation of the values of Extension professionalism. The first version was prepared by the founder of ESP, W.A. Lloyd.

In 1952 ESP published a book called The Spirit and Philosophy of Extension Work, edited by R.K. Bliss. The entire book is available as an online-only digital book from  Pennsylvania State University. http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/digitalbks3/id/30351
You can find the original 1927 version of the creed on page 357.