The Exchange — Oct. 10, 2017

The Big Picture

Audio of Oct. 9 administrative leadership meeting

Audio recordings of Vice Chancellor Stewart’s monthly administrative leadership meetings are available at While the meetings are intended to help RDs, PDs, CEDs and vice chancellor team members stay informed on a range of issues, all are welcome to listen to the recordings.

Topics discussed during the Oct. 9 meeting include the recent National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting, the Missouri Campus Compact, a summary of the most recent UM Board of Curators meeting, and updates on the broadband access initiative, the budget, professional development and more.


New solution for employees retiring in 2017

From Diane Dews, extension payroll and benefits specialist

In 2016, the University of Missouri System announced a change to who has access to retiree medical benefits. As a result, some employees must retire before Jan. 1, 2018, to be eligible for medical benefits after retirement.

The university has recently announced a change to the requirements for employees retiring in 2017. Normally, all vacation accruals must be used prior to the retirement date. If the employee has vacation accruals remaining after his or her last day of work, those vacation hours are spent after the last day of work, and the official retirement date is one day later. However, for 2017 retirees only, if a vacation balance remains after Dec. 31, a waiver can be signed to allow the remaining accrual to be paid as a lump sum. Please note: Any vacation accruals paid as a lump sum will not be included toward creditable service or salary in your final pension calculation.

This special provision has been put in place to give employees peace of mind that their retirement date will be in 2017 as long as their last day of work is on or before Dec. 29, 2017. The retirement office has sent out information, including a link to the required waiver, to employees who may be affected.

If you are a planning to retire in 2017, please consider completing and submitting the waiver to even if you feel confident that your official retirement date will fall well before the end of the year. Doing so will mean that if your plans change unexpectedly, you will still be able to retire in 2017. If you have questions, contact the retirement office at 573-882-2146.

Registration open for 2017 MU Extension Summit

Invitations have gone out and registration is open for the 2017 MU Extension Summit. If you haven’t registered yet, time is running out. Go to for agenda, online registration and more information.

Sneakers at the Summit

From Sarah Traub, Sneakers at the Summit chair

As you register for the 2017 MU Extension Summit, do not forget to send in your registration for the MEAFCS (Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) 1-mile run/walk on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Not attending the Summit? Not a morning person? You can still participate on your own time in our virtual walk! See registration form for details.

This year, the first 75 people to register and pay will receive a pair of low-cut Mizzou socks!

Also, don’t forget about the Golden Sneaker Award, given to the region with the most faculty/staff who register for the event. West Central won in 2016 by just one person. Will they come out on top again in 2017?

Register online at

For more information, contact the Sneakers at the Summit chair, Sarah Traub, at 660-882-5661 or

UMEA Silent Auction at the Summit

From Jessica Trussell, Silent Auction committee

The Silent Auction at the Summit is a great fundraising opportunity for all of the Missouri extension professional associations. This is frequently one of the top fundraisers for our state associations.

How does it work? Individual donors decide how to allocate the money earned on their items. UMEA receives 10 percent of all of the auction items and the remaining 90 percent is divided based on the donor preferences. For example, suppose Sarah has an item that she wants to donate and she decides that UMEA will get 20 percent, MEAFCS will get 40 percent and ESP will get 40 percent. If her item brings $100, the associations will receive $20, $40 and $40, respectively.

More information:

  • Location: Columbia Expo Center at the hotel.
  • Start time: We will begin accepting auction items 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.
  • Registration: Save time and register your items online at If you do not register before the Summit, you can register your items online at the silent auction table in the Expo Center.
  • Volunteers: Each year we ask all the associational vice presidents to find two volunteers to work during the auction. This has been a great help, but more volunteers are needed. Volunteers are asked to sign up online.
  • Closing: The auction will begin closing at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday following the keynote speaker. Table closing times will be staggered.
  • Winning bids: All auction items must be picked up by 4:30 p.m. It is the bidders’ responsibility to come back and see if they have won an item.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the Silent Auction committee members: Jessica Trussell, Bethany Bachmann, Sarah Denkler, Stephanie Schindler or Andrew Zumwalt.


4-H dairy judging team places third in national competition

From left, dairy judging team members Daryin Sharp, Ellie Wantland, Grant Groves and Lora Wright, and coaches Ted Probert and Karla Deaver. Photo by Nicolas Dotson.

Missouri 4-H finished third in a field of 22 teams in the 2017 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Oct. 2 at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The team also placed in the top five in four of five breeds and oral reasons, qualifying the team for international competition.

“This team set a goal from the beginning to make it to international competition,” said Karla Deaver, Lawrence County 4-H youth development specialist. “They have been worked extremely hard and came away from this contest with two top 10 judges, two All-Americans, and the best overall finish a Missouri team has had since the 1998 team, which also placed third. Their third-place finish in oral reasons is the best a team from Missouri has ever had.”

The team is coached by Deaver and Wright County dairy specialist Ted Probert.


Annual enrollment resources

Annual Enrollment is Oct. 16-27 for benefit-eligible faculty and staff. If you do not actively submit an insurance choice in myHR during Annual Enrollment, you will default to the after-tax Healthy Savings Plan.

To help you decide on the plan that’s best for you and your family, UM System Total Rewards has a number of resources, including

For more information, visit the Annual Enrollment webpage at


Mizzou Innovator Conference, Oct. 12

Investment, business, tech-transfer and faculty pros will share what it takes to commercialize early-stage innovations at the Mizzou Innovator half-day conference, 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Monsanto Auditorium, MU Bond Life Sciences Center. For MU faculty, staff and students. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations. More information.

Retirement reception for David Hedrick

Extension faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception in honor of David Hedrick’s 11 years of service as director of the Fire and Rescue Training Institute. The reception is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 1110 S. College Ave., Room 113. Presentations will be made at 3 p.m. Overflow parking is available across College Avenue in Lot CG1.

Health Policy Summit, Oct. 26-27, adds farm tour

15th annual Missouri Health Policy Summit, a partnership between the MU Center for Health Policy (CHP) and Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN). This 2017 theme is Setting the Table for Success: Food Policy is Health Policy - Health Reform in 2017 and Beyond.

Registration is open for the 15th annual Missouri Health Policy Summit, Oct. 26-27 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Columbia. In addition to the previously announced agenda, there will be a post-summit tour of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s Urban Farm. For more information, go to

Fee generation training

Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool Training is intended for anyone who is new to using the tool or those who feel they could benefit from a refresher. The training is intended to be interactive with an opportunity to ask questions. The training will be conducted via an Adobe Connect meeting.

Register in MyExtension for ISE 271.

  • Oct. 19, 2-3 p.m.
  • Nov. 15, 10-11 a.m.
  • Dec. 21, 2-3 p.m.

Religious holidays

The communities we serve are home to individuals from a variety of cultural and religious traditions. The following is a list of religious holidays that individuals in your community may observe in the coming weeks.

Oct. 11 (begins at sundown): Shemini Atzeret, also known as Atzereth, is a Jewish fall festival that includes a memorial service for the dead and features prayers for rain in Israel. Holiday with significant work restrictions.

Oct. 12-13 (begins at sundown): Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday that marks the completion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah in the synagogue and the beginning of the new cycle. Holiday with significant work restrictions.

Oct. 19: Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights,” extends over five days and celebrates the victory of good over evil. Holiday with significant work restrictions.

Oct. 31: Samhain is one of the four Wiccan “greater Sabbats,” and is considered by some to be the Wiccan New Year.

Nov. 12: Birth of Bahá'u'lláh. In the Baha'i faith, the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh is a holy day celebrating the rebirth of the world through the love of God. Holiday with significant work restrictions.

Other dates to remember

Oct. 16-27: Annual Enrollment.

Oct. 17, 2-:30 p.m.: Chancellor’s Staff Open Forum, Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union. No registration required. Speakers include Chancellor Alexander Cartwright; Gary Ward, vice chancellor, operations and student affairs; Patty Haberberger, vice chancellor, human resources; and Rhonda Gibler, vice chancellor, finance. The forum will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.

Oct. 24-26: MU Extension Summit, Columbia.

Oct. 26-27: Missouri Health Policy Summit, Columbia.

Jan. 8-12, 2018: Youth Development Academy: Raising the Potential of Professionals, Columbia.


Please welcome

James Sappington, 4-H shooting sports state coordinator.

Alejandra Cortez, NPA, St. Louis City, Urban Region.


Don Goeman, stepfather of agronomy specialist and Stone County CPD Tim Schnakenberg, passed away Sept. 27 in Joplin, Mo., at the age of 77. Cards may be sent to Tim and D’anne Schnakenberg at 316 Pierce Road, Billings, MO 65610-9724. Obituary.