News for employees


MU Extension Insider
Nov. 11, 2014

Contents:

In the news

Dates to Remember

Coming and going

Archive

MU Extension Insider is published on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month by MU Extension Communications and Marketing. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

National Healthy Homes Partnership moves to MU Extension

Michael Goldschmidt, extension housing and environmental design specialist and teaching assistant professor in architectural studies, has been appointed national program director of the Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP), a national initiative to reduce health and safety hazards in American homes.

HHP, which is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, began in 2000. Goldschmidt’s job will be to coordinate curriculum and training throughout the Unites States and coordinate states receiving HHP grants for outreach, education and research. Read more.

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Lane named 2014 Missouri Livestock Person of the Year

Bruce LaneBruce Lane (courtesy Toni Moore photography)

Bruce Lane, retired extension regional livestock specialist, will be honored as the 2014 Missouri Livestock Person of the Year at the Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6 in Kirksville.

Lane’s contributions to the industry include serving as a vo-ag instructor, farm adviser, livestock producer, livestock judge and consultant. Over his career he has conducted or assisted in numerous applied research projects. For 25 years, Lane trained agriculture specialists and leaders from 23 countries for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Read more.

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Funkenbusch, Geist recognized for AgrAbility

Funkenbusch, Cunningham, Volkmann

From left, Karen Funkenbusch, Brain Injury Association of Missouri executive director Maureen Cunningham and Zane Volkmann.

Geist, CunninghamLinda Geist, left, with Maureen Cunningham.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri recognized Karen Funkenbusch, MU Extension state health and safety specialist and director of the Missouri AgrAbility Project, and MU Extension writer Linda Geist at the organization’s recent annual conference in St. Charles.

Funkenbusch and Geist received the Service Excellence Award for public relations. They were recognized for promoting Missouri AgrAbility services through two stories on brain injury survivors. Major newspapers, farm and trade magazines and online publications throughout the country published the stories.

Zane Volkmann, a brain injury survivor and AgrAbility client featured in one of the stories, received the Courage Award. Volkmann, who attends Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, developed a farriering and horse training business with the help of AgrAbility. He also promoted helmet safety for horse riders through presentations at the Missouri State Fair and to Gov. Jay Nixon this summer.

Linda Geist’s AgrAbility articles:

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Missouri AgrAbility funded for four more years

The USDA has awarded the Missouri AgrAbility Project a grant to continue its services for another four years, according to extension state health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch, who serves as director of the program. The Missouri AgrAbility Project supports projects between the state cooperative extension system and private nonprofit disability organizations that work in partnership. Read more.

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Dates to remember

Missouri mules documentary exhibit extended through Nov. 14

You still have a few days to catch “Missouri Mules and Men,” an exhibit featuring photography by Duane Dailey, MU Extension writer and professor emeritus of extension education. The exhibit has been extended through Nov. 14 at the McDougall Center Gallery in Lee Hills Hall on the MU campus.

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MU Holiday Open House, Dec. 2

MU Marketing and Communications asked us to share this invitation:

Holiday Open House with Chancellor Bowen Loftin and Karin Loftin, 4-6 p.m. (program at 5:15 p.m.), Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center.

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Register now for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course

Offered in Columbia and St. Louis for Winter 2015, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course can earn eligible employees 100 points toward the newly expanded 2015 Wellness Incentive.

Columbia
Orientation: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 28-March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Retreat: Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees. Includes classes, a manual, DVD and CD; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes. Spouses or partners can join with you free of charge if they use the same materials.
Register: https://www.regonline.com/mbsrwinter2015
Contact: Lynn Rossy, instructor for the course, at rossyl@umsystem.edu.

St. Louis
Orientation: Thursday, Jan. 22, 5:15 p.m.
Classes: Thursdays, Jan. 29 – Mar. 19, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Retreat: TBA
Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees. Includes all classes, a manual, DVD and CD; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes; $180 for community members (limited availability). Spouses or partners can join with you free of charge if they use the same materials.
Register: https://www.regonline.com/mbsrwinter2015umsl
Contact: Bridget Rolens, instructor for the course, at bridget@pathwaystomindfulness.com.

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Fee-generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee-generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE up to one week before the workshop. Sessions that do not have at least four registrants will be canceled and registrants will be asked to choose an alternative date.

2014  
Nov. 19 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 18 2-3 p.m.
2015  
Jan. 22 2-3 p.m.
Feb. 19 2-3 p.m.
March 18 10-11 a.m.
April 16 2-3 p.m.
May 20 10-11 a.m.
June 18 2-3 p.m.
July 16 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 20 2-3 p.m.

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Other dates to remember

Nov. 12, noon - 12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections Webinar. Sharon Gulick,Exploring Global Community Economic Development Opportunities– Linking with University of Edinburgh.” To attend, register in WebApps.

Dec. 2: Holiday Open House with Chancellor Bowen Loftin and Karin Loftin, 4-6 p.m. (program at 5:15 p.m.), Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center, MU campus.

Dec. 3-4Administrative Support Conference for all extension administrative support staff at the campus and field level, MU campus.

Dec. 5-6: Missouri Livestock Symposium, Kirksville.

Dec. 9-11: 2014 NAEPSDP annual conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Dec. 10, noon-12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections Webinar. Patrick Byers, “International Volunteer Experiences: What’s in it for Me?” To attend, register in WebApps.

Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m.: HES Extension holiday gathering, University Place, MU campus.

Dec. 31: Deadline for completing UM information security training. Visit http://makeitsafe.missouri.edu/ to access the online training modules.

Jan. 12-16, 2015: Youth Development Academy: Raising the Potential of Professionals, Columbia.

Jan 14, 2015, noon-12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections Webinar. Jackie Rasmussen, “So Kiwis Can Fly? Insights into New Zealand and NELD Experience in Mexico.” To attend, register in WebApps.

January-April 2015: Eat for Life in-person and online classes. For additional information, watch informational videos or find more details online.

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Coming and going

Please welcome

Erin Larimore, livestock specialist, Cape Girardeau County, SE Region

Kelsey Jeter, nutrition specialist, Jackson County, Urban Region

Diane Temmen, extension office support, State Youth Office

Samantha O'Riley, youth program associate, Atchison County, NW Region

Mary Cook, nutrition program associate, Wayne County, SE Region

Robin Musgrove, system support analyst, ETCS

Dedra Thomas, family financial education specialist, Johnson County, WC Region

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Retiring

Doris Lyons, office support assistant III

William Stephens, extension assistant professor, LETI

Maude Kelly, human development specialist/CPD, Washington County, EC Region

Terry Hackney, extension associate, Community Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development

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Condolences

John G. Gross Sr., retired professor of extension education at MU and former extension agent and Harrison County director, passed away July 29 in Pensacola, Florida, at the age of 93.

Jerry Hicks, brother of MU Extension film and TV producer Michael Hicks, died Oct. 28 in Blytheville, Arkansas, at the age of 69.

Theresa “Teddi” Owsley, mother of Camden County FNEP nutrition program associate Mallie Gunter, passed away Nov. 4. Cards may be sent to Mallie at Route 7, Box 1907, Wheatland, MO 65779.

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If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey, Curt Wohleber or Phil Leslie in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Dennis Gagnon, director, MU Extension Communications and Marketing.

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