All About Missouri
If you missed Vice Chancellor Marshall Stewart’s opening address at the 2018 Summit, you can download his prepared remarks as an attractively designed PDF. Stewart describes MU Extension’s commitment to targeted results in three main areas—economic opportunity, educational access and excellence, and health and well-being—and outlines the means to achieve those results.
Engagement workshops set for Nov. 15-16
As announced at the 2018 Summit, the MU Office of Extension and Engagement and the Missouri Campus Compact are hosting workshops and presentations on university community engagement Nov. 15-16. These sessions will be presented by Lina Dostilio, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement at the University of Pittsburgh.
All are welcome to participate, and MU Extension will livestream these on-campus events. Read more.
Ode to Joy
In this video from the 2018 Summit, Vice Chancellor Marshall Stewart announces the retirement of Joy Millard, assistant vice chancellor for extension and engagement. Millard has been with MU Extension for 35 years. Previous roles include interim assistant vice provost for extension and director of the MU Conference Office. Her last day is Nov. 16. Millard has requested that a retirement reception not be held, but cards can be sent care of Kim Foley, 109G Whitten Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.
MU Extension award winners
The 2018 MU Extension Summit celebrated the accomplishments and impacts of MU Extension faculty and key extension supporters. Did we miss anyone or get something wrong? Let us know and we will update accordingly.
Extension Teamwork Award
From left, Joe Zulovich, Craig Payne and Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart.
The Extension Teamwork Award recognizes faculty who have collaborated on an interdisciplinary or cross-campus team to develop, implement and evaluate a specific educational response to a specific need. The team receives $5,000 to support the recognized program. The 2018 winner is the MU Biosecurity Team. Members include:
- Teng Lim
- Ray Massey
- Craig Payne
- Joseph Zulovich
- Corine Bromfield
The MU Biosecurity Team was formed to support Missouri’s livestock and poultry farmers and to ensure that all agencies give consistent messaging on matters of biosecurity, emergency management and environmental concerns.
Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award
Lynette Watson, left, with Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership in providing educational programs that support the economic viability of Missouri firms. The 2018 winner is Lynette Watson, specialist for the St. Louis Small Business and Technology Development Center. In addition to being one of the top economic impact producers in the MU Extension Business Development Program, Watson is active in many of the small business initiatives in the St. Louis region. She has chaired the SBA Small Business Week Committee in St. Louis, led innovation competitions and challenges, serves on the board of Habitat for Neighborhood Business in North St. Louis, and worked with the Black MBA Association on hosting an annual Entrepreneur Think Tank workshop.
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award
From left, Kelly Dyer of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Travin Shelton and Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award recognizes faculty and professional staff whose educational programming supports the economic viability of Missouri businesses. The 2018 winner is Travin Shelton, business development specialist with the Missouri S&T Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). Greg Tucker, Missouri SBTDC director, lauded Shelton for his personality, work ethic and ability to connect with key stakeholders inside and outside of extension.
Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award
David Burton, left, with Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes an MU Extension faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating one extension educational activity conducted in a given year. The 2018 winner is David Burton, county engagement specialist in community economic development, Greene County. His innovative version of the EXCEL (EXperience in Community Enterprise and Leadership) program reaches emerging leaders from the towns and rural areas in Greene County to develop future community leaders.
County Program Director Excellence Award
Patricia Snodgrass, left, with Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The County Program Director Excellence Award recognizes distinguished performance and educational contributions to MU Extension and clientele by a county program director. This award has a $1,000 stipend. The 2018 recipient is Pat Snodgrass, CPD and field specialist in housing education, Crawford County. As CPD, Snodgrass has strengthened relationships with councils, stakeholders, legislators and commissioners in both Maries and Crawford counties. She is respected for her efforts to acquire the resources necessary to keep operations functioning, and she looks for opportunities to develop programming that meets the needs of the people she serves.
Ronald J. Turner Global Education Award
Karisha Devlin, left, with Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The Ronald J. Turner Global Education Award supports international professional development experiences. The 2018 recipient is Karisha Devlin, field specialist in agricultural business. Devlin is working with a project called TEDMAG (Technical Education Development for Modernized Agriculture in Ghana). Its goal is to improve the capacity of extension agriculture agents in Ghana to provide services to farmers who are market-oriented and gender-sensitive and who practice environmental sustainability. For this project, Devlin will be reviewing and upgrading extension curricula to be delivered to extension agriculture agents in Ghana. She is also assisting in the planning of a three-week intensive training in Missouri for a select group of Ghana extension agents. In Ghana, she will have the opportunity to interact with women farmers and work with the Women’s Innovation Group on gender-equality issues and training for women in agriculture.
Missouri Farm Bureau Awards
2018 Farm Bureau Outstanding Ag Specialist Zac Erwin, center, with MFA Director of Education Diane Olson, left, and Vice Chancellor Stewart.
2018 Farm Bureau Outstanding HES Specialist Rebecca Blocker, center, with MFA Director of Education Diane Olson, left, and Vice Chancellor Stewart.
Farm Bureau Outstanding 4-H Youth Specialist Sarah Morefield, center, with MFA Director of Education Diane Olson, left, and Vice Chancellor Stewart.
Pat and Tom Buchanan Professional Development Award
Jessica Trussell, left, with Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The Pat and Tom Buchanan Professional Development Award is given each year to an MU Extension faculty member to support professional development opportunities. The 2018 winner is Jessica Trussell, field specialist in human development, Livingston County. Trussell will use the $1,000 stipend to attend a conference with the National Council on Family Relations.
David E. Baker Distinguished Extension Programmatic Leadership Award
From left, David Baker, Joe Horner and Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The David E. Baker Distinguished Extension Programmatic Leadership Award recognizes an MU Extension faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in educational efforts or programming to address emerging agriculture and/or natural resource issues. The award includes up to $1,000 for professional development. The 2018 recipient is extension dairy and beef specialist Joe Horner for his efforts related to the MU Agricultural Lenders School, which engages stakeholders in relevant discussions around critical issues. The Agricultural Lenders School has successfully trained more than 500 agricultural lenders from Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Participants typically work in banks, farm credit associations, agribusinesses, state agencies and finance companies.
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement—on campus
The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement by on-campus faculty recognizes excellent performance by a University of Missouri or Lincoln University campus faculty or professional staff member in a multiyear outreach program. The 2018 recipient is Tim Safranski, state swine extension specialist and professor of animal science. Safranski was nominated for an extension program that is recognized as a national leader in reproductive management, particularly swine reproduction. The program is a feature at the Midwest Boar Stud Managers Conference, which he coordinates every four years.
Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award (team)
Front row, from left, Darla Campbell, Michael Gold, Joni Harper, Karisha Devlin, Jeff Samborski, Patricia Barrett and Eleazar Gonzalez. Back row, from left, Karen Funkenbusch, Debi Kelly, Vice Chancellor Stewart and Jim Spencer Jr.
The Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award for a team recognizes a group providing leadership in the area of diversity. The 2018 award goes to Missouri Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers. Team members include:
- Karen Funkenbusch
- Debi Kelly
- Patricia Barrett
- Michael Gold
- Joni Harper
- Eleazar Gonzalez
- Jim Spencer Jr.
- Darla Campbell
- Karisha Devlin
- Jeff Samborski
Missouri Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers brings plain-language presentations to beginning farmers and ranchers. Reaching out to Hmong, Latino and veteran audiences, the team provided an understanding of how to use USDA and extension programming. The information was offered with language-appropriate programs for Hmong, Spanish and English speakers. Three extension groups collaborated—HES, A&E, and Business Development. Additionally, the team collaborated with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and USDA.
Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award (individual)
From left, Associate Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Blake Naughton, community development specialist Tish Johnson and Vice Chancellor Stewart.
The recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award for an individual is Letitia Johnson. After the campus events in the fall of 2015, community development specialists Tish Johnson and Kathryn Macomber (now retired) sought program options for improving civil discourse in communities. They secured financial support to attend a workshop at Iowa State University and then a train-the-trainer event with Washington State Extension, where the curriculum was created. Johnson moved the effort forward by obtaining support from Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Kevin McDonald. The first program was delivered to a mix of extension leaders from administration and the field. Johnson brought Macomber back from retirement to assist. A new team is now working to deliver this program to internal and external audiences.
C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship
The C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship recognizes a University of Missouri faculty member who demonstrates commitment, dedication and effectiveness in advancing the land-grant mission through extension, international education and agricultural economics programs. This $4,000 annual award is funded from a permanent endowment created with contributions from the Ratchford family and from numerous colleagues, friends and organizations. The 2018 recipient, who was formally recognized this summer, is Randall Smith, professor of journalism at MU.
Donald W. Fancher Provost Award
The Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the extension and continuing education efforts of the campus. The 2018 recipient is Judy Stallmann, professor of agricultural and applied economics, rural sociology, and public affairs. She was formally honored at a separate awards event on campus.
Gordon Warren Land-Grant Award
From left, Vice Chancellor Stewart, Helen Warren (wife of the late Gordon Warren), state Sen. Brian Munzlinger and Henry Warren (son of Gordon Warren).
MU Extension’s Gordon Warren University Extension Land-Grant Award recognizes dedicated service and commitment to the advancement of the University of Missouri and MU Extension in their land-grant mission through legislative support and understanding of MU Extension. The 2018 recipient is state Sen. Brian Munzlinger. Vice Chancellor Stewart called Munzlinger an “an ardent champion for Missouri farm families, Missouri communities and MU Extension.”
University of Missouri Extension Association
Outstanding Program Award: David Burton
Rookies of the Year: Douglas Swanson, Sarah Morefield
Staff Programming Award: Jill Lane, Linda Shelton
Epsilon Sigma Phi
Outstanding Regional Extension Faculty: Lydia Kaume
Mid-Career Service Award: Kandace Fisher-McLean
North Central Region awards
Distinguished Service Award: Lynda Zimmerman
Friend of Extension Award: Sam Richardson (posthumous; read more)
International Service Award: Todd Lorenz
Diversity Multicultural Award: Meridith Berry
Missouri Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers
Achievement in Service Award: Terry Olishile
Distinguished Service Award: Donna Garcia
Regional Ag Literacy Award: Karla Deaver
Clover Colleague Awards: Jim Meyer, Michael Hicks
Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals
Distinguished Service Award: Brent Carpenter
Achievement Award: Valerie Tate
Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals
2017 Cross Program Award: DeNae Gitonga, Letitia Johnson and John Gulick
2018 Cross Program Award: David Burton, Pam Duitsman and Amy Patillo
State Distinguished Career Award: Johanna Reed Adams
Teamwork Award: Pam Duitsman and Amy Patillo
Excellence in Community Economic Development: GK Callahan
National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Distinguished Service Award: Sarah Traub
Excellence in Multi State Collaboration, second place: Susan Mills-Gray
Social Media Education Award, second place: Kandace Fisher-McLean, Michael Goldschmidt
American Society of Animal Science
Animal Management Award: David Patterson
University of Missouri System
President’s Award for Service: Bill Wiebold