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MU Extension Insider
Nov. 24, 2015


In the news

Dates to remember

Coming and going


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In the news

Extension specialist offers turkey tips

Cooking Turkey. "Extension on the Go" podcast by Debbie Johnson.

Have you started thawing your turkey yet? Extension nutrition specialist Tammy Roberts shares turkey tips with writer and radio producer Debbie Johnson. Read story.


Does the university owe you a reimbursement?

Your AMT Fiscal Management Team

Going into the holiday season, any money comes in handy.  Make sure that you are not forgetting about a reimbursement to be paid to you from university funds!  The reimbursement, whether for travel or other expenses, goes through the T&E system.  To look at your expense report history, whether paid or unpaid, go to the Main Menu Employee Self Service Travel and Expenses Review Expense History.  The list will automatically bring up any expense reports you have entered and saved at least once in the last 12 months.  The status column tells you whether the ER (expense report) has been “paid” or is in the approval process.  The other statuses that you may see:

  • Pending = the ER is waiting for an action from you, such as resubmission.
  • Submitted = the ER is submitted and awaiting approval.
  • In Process = ER is submitted and has gotten at least one approval, but more approvals are required.
  • Staged = ER’s last submission was 60 days after the travel date and is awaiting the next payroll date to be paid, less taxes.

If you found an expense report that hasn’t been paid and you aren’t sure what to do about it, please contact your fiscal contact or regional director’s office. 


Call for presentations: Cambio de Colores 2016 conference

Organizers of the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) conference seek proposals for presentations, posters, workshops and papers for the 15th annual conference, “Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity,” June 8-10, 2016, in Columbia. Submission deadline is Feb. 1.

Since 2002, the conference has annually brought together community leaders and policymakers, those who provide services to newcomers in changing communities, researchers, and other professionals to discuss the issues resulting from dramatic demographic changes in the last three decades.

Details on submitting proposals are available at


Geographic tools to support your community-based work

From Jamie Kleinsorge, Community Commons project director

While many of you may be familiar with the map room on Community Commons, we’ve discovered that some of our mapping tools remain a mystery. A recent feature in the Community Commons blog highlights how and when to use the following tools:

Reference maps – These include base layers that help you orient the viewers of your map. Some examples include highways, state and county boundaries, USGS topographic maps, satellite views, and metropolitan statistical areas.

Location options – The location options application allows you to define specific areas of interest – like school districts, state senate and house districts, and U.S. congressional districts. Ever use the Missouri Map Room? We’ve migrated it to Community Commons and the township/section/range tool can be found in our location options application.

Measure tools – These include geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude), measure path (how far is it from a housing development to the farmers market?), and measurement of a defined area (how many acres are in that field by your office?).

Data geography – Data is becoming available at more granular geographies every day. Our data geography tool filters all available layers in our database. Looking for block group level information? How about layers available at the school district level? Using the data geography filter can help you find what you’re looking for quicker than ever.

Learn more about these tools here at


Staff now eligible for 1 year of complimentary UMEA membership

Extension staff as well as faculty are now eligible for one year of complimentary membership in the University of Missouri Extension Association.

In a Nov. 20 message to staff, UMEA President Sarah Denkler wrote, “It has been customary in the past to provide new extension faculty members a complimentary one year UMEA membership beginning on their hire date. Because of the new changes to the organization we would like to offer this complimentary membership to all full-time extension staff who have not previously taken advantage of membership in UMEA.”

Full-time faculty and staff with at least a 50 percent extension appointment with the University of Missouri are eligible for membership.

To learn more about UMEA, go to


Diversity highlight

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.

Dec. 6-14: Hanukkah/Chanukah (Jewish), the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown and lasts for eight days, commemorating the Jewish struggle for religious freedom.

Dec. 20-Jan. 1, 2016: Winter solstice/Yule/Alban Arthan (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) marks longest night of the year, followed by the sun’s “rebirth” and lengthening of days.

Dec. 25: Christmas (Roman Catholic, Protestant) commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jan. 1, 2016: Gantan-sai (Shinto) is the annual New Year festival of the Shinto religion.

Jan. 7, 2016: Christmas (Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Feb. 1-2, 2016: Imbolc/Candlemas (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the coming of spring.

Feb. 3, 2016: Setsubum-sai (Shinto) marks the beginning of spring and is known as the “bean-throwing festival.”

Feb. 8, 2016: Chinese New Year (Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist) is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

Feb. 10, 2016: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic, Protestant) is the first day of Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter.

For more information, go to


No reader contest this issue

The MU Extension Insider reader contest is off this week to spend time with its family.


Burton recognized by Missouri Writers Guild

David Burton, civic communication specialist and Greene County CPD, won second place in the Missouri Writers Guild’s short fiction contest for his 1,400-word story, “The Church Critic.”


Dates to remember

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.

Dec. 17 2-3 p.m.
Jan. 20 10-11 a.m.
Feb. 18 2-3 p.m.
March 16 10-11 a.m.
April 21 2-3 p.m.
May 18 10-11 a.m.
June 16 2-3 p.m.
July 20 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 18 2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

[Note: The Chancellor's Residence Open House originally scheduled for Dec. 1 has been canceled.]

Jan. 1, 2016: Deadline for extension fellowship nominations.

Feb. 26, 2016 (noon): Deadline for Provost's Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty submissions.

Feb. 26, 2016 (noon): Deadline for The Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education submissions.

June 8-10, 2016: Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): Latinos in the Heartland, 15th annual conference, Columbia.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Aeriel Davis, office support staff, Douglas County, SW Region.

Shannon Kiley, nutrition program associate, Randolph County, NE Region.

Carisa O'Dell, youth program associate, Carroll County, NW Region.



Michael Blocker, son of EC Region housing and environmental design specialist Rebecca Blocker, died Oct. 2 at the age of 31.

Evelyn Overas, 91, mother of Barton County business development specialist Kathy Macomber, died Nov. 3. Cards may be sent to Jeff and Kathy Macomber, 3517 Northview Drive, Joplin, MO 64801.

Our thoughts are with EC Region administrative associate Dawn Bax, whose grandmother Lucille Selsor, 94, died Nov. 3, and father, Jerome Selsor, 65, passed away Nov. 9.

Paul Goodman, 84, father of St. Francois County office manager Jane Epstein, passed away Nov. 4.


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