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MU Extension Insider
July 26, 2016


In the news

Dates to remember

Coming and going


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In the news

Another video greeting from Marshall Stewart

Marshall Stewart, MU’s new vice chancellor for extension and engagement, starts work Aug. 15. In this brief video message, Stewart talks about how we will spend his first day on the job and outlines his plans for the next few months as he gets to know more about the people, places and programs that make up MU Extension.


MU Extension funds seed-capital grants

To ensure that field faculty are bringing trusted, research-based solutions for improving lives and communities, MU Extension is working to strengthen ties between campus researchers and extension field faculty.

A strong research and extension partnership also benefits researchers. By harnessing the statewide network of extension field faculty, researchers can fulfill the National Science Foundation’s grant requirements to demonstrate broader impact in the community.

To accomplish this goal, MU Extension is offering seed-capital funding to MU researchers who have projects that

  • Align with MU Extension’s strategic goal to enhance integration with research to ensure reliable and trusted educational solutions.
  • Help build collaborations and partnerships with MU Extension.
  • Have potential to lead to externally funded grants.

Individual faculty members or teams may submit proposals. At least one investigator on the team should be a campus or regional faculty member with an MU Extension appointment. Applicants may request up to $25,000 through the seed-capital program. Projects should be one year in duration.

For more information on the program and directions for applying for grants, go to


MU Extension 2114 update

Members of MU Extension 2114 gathered July 11-12 for a two-day work group session as part of an effort to review and clarify MU Extension’s program development process.

As part of the activities, which were led by Georgia Stuart-Simmons, the work group compared program development models from other land-grant universities and considered what concepts might be adaptable to create a Missouri-specific model. The work group’s efforts will create documents to guide the program development process from needs assessment through program outcome evaluation.

MU Extension 2114 is a committee comprising extension faculty and staff from across the organization who were previously assigned to strategic planning and program integration initiatives, which were consolidated into a single initiative.


Gillespie leads effort to 'raise the bar' for volunteer training


MU Extension has tapped Tammy Gillespie, interim 4-H volunteer systems coordinator, to lead a three-year initiative, “Raise the Bar on Volunteer Systems to Reduce our Risk.”

The initiative will initially focus on extension faculty and staff who engage and supervise volunteers who work with youth. Plans call for development of systems and resources for selecting, screening and orienting volunteers, as well as training and ongoing professional development for extension employees.

“MU Extension engages with thousands of volunteers throughout the state. Historically, there has been no systemwide background screening for volunteer applicants who work with youth,” says Gillespie. “Implementing a consistent process supports our commitment to provide a safe environment for youth participants. In addition, the volunteer system provides clear policies and standards that support and protect volunteers and the extension staff members who supervise them.”

Providing all volunteers with a standardized orientation to MU Extension’s vision, mission, history and structure will better prepare them to carry out extension programs effectively, she adds.

Gillespie’s first objective is to recruit an interdisciplinary work group to guide and advise on the project. She will report to both Ina Linville, 4-H Center for Youth Development, and Joy Millard, assistant vice provost.

“Tammy is uniquely prepared and highly motivated to support our faculty and staff as they manage a broad array of volunteers who work with children from diverse backgrounds,” said Interim Vice Provost Jo Turner. “This is an important step for MU Extension as we strive to provide high-quality, safe and impactful programs for youth and adults.”


Maltsberger recognized by NACDEP for teamwork

A multistate team led by Beverly Maltsberger, extension professional and community development specialist, received the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals’ Teamwork Award at the organization’s annual conference in June.

Under Maltsberger’s leadership, extension professionals Carrie McKillip, University of Illinois; Ashley Mueller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Mike Gaffney of Washington State University developed COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) in their respective states and Idaho.

COADs are partnerships of nonprofit, volunteer, governmental and faith-based organizations as well as businesses that collaborate to prepare a coordinated response to community disasters.

The project was also featured in a poster session at the NACDEP conference and received one of the conference’s Sustainable Program Awards.

The team previously received a North Central Region NACDEP Teamwork Award.


Beating the heat


Interim Vice Provost Jo Turner invited everyone in Whitten Hall to mark the unseasonably hot weather last Friday by dressing with a tropical theme. Extension administrators, faculty and staff clad in sandals, Hawaiian shirts, muumuus and more gathered in room 108 for Popsicles. We have the photos here to prove it.

If you have photos of fun events or activities from your office that you’d like to share with other Insider readers, we’d love to see them. Send photos to or


Open for business


Pat Curry, left, associate extension professional and ExCEED project manager, leads students in a jewelry business simulation on the first day of the ninth annual Build-a-Business youth entrepreneurship camp. The camp, which ran July 17-21 on the MU campus, is part of MU Extension’s Summers@Mizzou program, which brings youth ages 12-18 for science- and career-related camps. Teams of students formed companies, developed prototypes, made production decisions and learned how to read financial statements during the opening activity.


Early deadline for next Insider

From Curt Wohleber, editor, MU Extension Insider

I will be on vacation on the next Insider publication day, so please send any information for the Aug. 9 issue to me at by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.


Update on news releases

While our news staff has been greatly reduced in the wake of budget reductions, we are still developing and distributing news releases. A formal process for requesting news releases is in the testing stage. Meanwhile, if you have news or information you are interested in sharing with a statewide audience, don’t hesitate to contact Curt Wohleber at or 573-882-5409.


Dates to remember

Supervisor training for myPerformance evaluation tool

MU requires that all nonacademic employees and anyone who supervises nonacademic employees use the myPerformance online performance management tool beginning FY17.

MU Extension is offering training for supervisors via Adobe Connect on the following dates:

  • July 28, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 4, 2-3 p.m.

Sessions will be listed on the MU Extension ISE list.

NOTE: These training sessions are for supervisors. Look for training sessions for nonsupervisors in September.

For more information on the myPerformance online evaluation tool, go to


NTT dossier training workshop set for Aug. 4

A one-hour non-tenure-track dossier training workshop is set for Aug. 4 at 10 a.m.

“NTT: Dossier Synopsis,” presented via Adobe Connect, is for anyone interested in preparing dossiers or who will be writing evaluation letters for candidates, says Chris Thompson, NTT committee chair.

Individuals planning to submit a dossier for promotion in the fall are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop, Thompson says.

Register through myExtension for ISE 232 (“My Data” > “ISEs” > “Register for ISEs”).

“Learn about the guidelines, general information and tips to improving your dossier,” Thompson adds. “The voluntary NTT promotion policy is for full-time, nonregular faculty members within MU Extension. This process applies to regional faculty members and to campus faculty members in an academic unit that does not have an NTT process.”

Extension faculty members may apply for one of three ranked positions: assistant extension professional, associate extension professional or extension professional. For faculty members who elect to participate, the NTT promotion system provides a mechanism to recognize extension scholarship and professional growth.

Individuals applying for NTT need to submit a hard copy dossier and post the dossier on the NTT SharePoint site. NTT SharePoint access may be requested after Aug. 1 by contacting Tamra Robbins.

The next round of applications is due to supervisors by Oct. 1. Contact Thompson at for questions on the NTT process.


UMEA award applications due Aug. 31

From Ashley Bales, chair, UMEA awards committee

Applications for 2016 University of Missouri Extension Association awards are now available! Recognize extension excellence by making a nomination for any of the following awards:

UMEA Rookie of the Year Award. Recognizes outstanding achievement by a new extension faculty member.

UMEA Outstanding Program Award. Recognizes a single program effort by UMEA members – either an individual or a team.

UMEA Meritorious Service Award. Recognizes a nominee who has been with extension five or more years and has shown excellence in program accomplishments, professional development and contributions to his or her community.

For additional details, go to

Submit awards materials electronically to Ashley Bales ( by Aug. 31. Late applications will not be considered. Thank you in advance for your contribution to the 2016 UMEA awards!


Community development training this September with CDA

Join Community Development Academy, Sept. 26-30. From MU Extension’s Community Development Program, these intensive, hands-on, five-day courses enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Take for professional development (CEUs), 3 hours undergraduate credit, graduate credit or noncredit. Graduate students can work toward a Certificate in Community Process.

CDA Course 1: Building Communities from the Grassroots (7341/4341) and Course 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343) will be at The Elms Resort and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Registration is now available at


Fee-generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to provide instructions for using the Fee-generation Worksheet-Online Tool. The training is intended for those who are new to using the tool or who feel they could benefit from a refresher. Sessions will be conducted via Adobe Connect. Register through WebApps for ISE 271 or send an email with your preferred session to Carol Heffner at Sessions that do not have at least four registrants will be canceled and registrants will be asked to choose an alternative date.


Aug. 18 - canceled

Sept. 21

10-11 a.m.

Oct. 13

2-3 p.m.

Nov. 16

10-11 a.m.

Dec. 15

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.

Aug. 1: Lammas/Lughnasadh (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the beginning of the harvest. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

Aug. 17: Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) falls in the holy month of Shravan; the origin and history of Rakhi can be dated back to the mythological Pouranik times.

Aug. 25: Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu) celebrates the birth of Krishna, a widely worshiped Hindu god.

Sept. 12-13 (begins at sundown): Eid al-Adha (Islamic) is a major festival that celebrates the willingness to make sacrifices in the name of one’s faith.

Sept. 13-14 (begins at sundown): Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) is a day of judgment and remembrance marking the beginning of the Jewish New Year.


Other dates to remember

Aug. 9: Deadline for ESP awards nominations.

Aug. 11-21: Missouri State Fair. If you’re interested in volunteering for the MU Extension booth, email,

Aug. 12: Application deadline for 2017 North Central National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) program. Participants are selected by their administrators. Check with your regional director or campus program director for more information on participating. Application forms for 2017 are due to your supervisor by Aug. 12 and should be forwarded by the supervisor to Megan Martin by Aug. 19.

Sept. 26-30: Community Development Academy, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Oct. 25-27: MU Extension Summit.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Sarah Woodrow, nutrition program associate, Marion County, NE Region.



Kevin Anderson, ag business specialist, Carter County, SE Region.

Stacy Hambelton, ag business specialist and co-CPD, Ozark County, SW Region.

Janmari Gerstlauer, nutrition program associate, Hickory County, WC Region.

Alan St. John, director, Missouri Training Institute.

Lucinda Carr, 4-H youth development program assistant, Jackson County, Urban Region.



Eddie Brillhart, father of Jackson County CPD Matt Brillhart, passed away July 20 in Fort Scott, Kan., at the age of 82. Cards can be sent to Matt’s family at 12000 Mar Bec Trail, Independence, MO 64052.

Tom Keohan, retired SW Region business development specialist based Taney County, passed away July 20 at the age of 85. There will be a visitation at Stumpff Funeral Chapel, Kimberling City, 6-8 p.m. on July 26. The funeral will be June 27 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cove in Kimberling City. An online obituary is available.