The future of extension is the topic of a Sept. 18 panel discussion at MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Panelists will be Ronald J. Turner, UM executive vice president emeritus; Michael L. Cook, MU professor and Robert D. Partridge Chair in Cooperative Leadership; and Robert L. Kallenbach, MU professor and state extension specialist. Vice Provost and Director of Extension Michael Ouart will moderate the discussion, which will examine the value of higher education to Missourians, extension’s land-grant role as a provider of relevant content for citizens and how future content will evolve to meet society's changing needs.
For those unable to attend the panel discussion, it will be videotaped for later viewing.
The agenda is set for the 2014 MU Extension fall Program Conference, says Janet Lafon, conference chair and family financial education specialist in the Southwest Region.
The three-day session opens at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Go to the conference website for a welcome letter from Vice Provost for Extension Michael Ouart. The website also has details on program sessions, conference registration, hotel reservation information and answers to frequently asked questions.
Conference planners ask that all participants register as soon as possible. Timely registration helps planners determine session room sizes, meal attendance and other key factors contributing to a successful conference.
“Members of the conference planning committee have worked hard to meet your professional development needs,” says Lafon. “We look forward to seeing you at our annual gathering.”
A new business development specialist, Jeff Samborski, has joined the MU Extension faculty in the west Urban Region, announces Steve Devlin, business development program director. Samborski is based in the Jackson County MU Extension center at Blue Springs.
Samborski comes to the BDP with 25 years of experience as economic development manager for North Kansas City. He has bachelor’s degrees in communications arts and business, and a master’s degree in government-business relations from Park University.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute held an open house and dedication ceremony Aug. 28 at its new facility in southeast Columbia. Flanking MU Extension Associate Vice Provost Bev Coberly, center, are Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid, right, and Hank Waters, left, publisher emeritus of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Ceremony attendees, including Columbia Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, joined the trio at the Hillcrest Community Center and Moss Building.
By DeeAnna Adkins, Web coordinator, MU Extension communications and marketing
Extension employees might rank just below federal government employees on the number of acronyms heard on the job each day. However, employees need to remember that what has become second nature to them might not be familiar to the public. On our website and in publications, we avoid abbreviations and acronyms when possible. Sometimes, however, it is not possible, such as when the name of an organization is mentioned multiple times in one piece.
In general, spell out MU Extension program names. If the name will be mentioned multiple times on the page, then spell out the program or organization name on first reference then put the acronym in parentheses after the spelled-out version. On subsequent references, use the acronym to refer to the program or organization. This is no longer AP style, but we still follow this rule.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced a new icon for healthy eating called MyPlate. This icon will replace the USDA food pyramid as a reminder of what foods constitute a healthy meal.
The University of Missouri, through its Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program, partners with rural communities to identify and implement new strategies for community economic development. ExCEED currently works with Missouri citizens in 11 regional projects to identify challenges in today's economy and reach goals set by the community.
This and other helpful styles can be found in MU Extension’s style and usage guide. Find the style guide at http://extension.missouri.edu/staff/communications/style.aspx. To find it through the website navigation, go to the “For faculty and staff” pages and look in the “Communications and marketing” section under “DIY communications” for the “Style and usage guide.”
For answers to questions or to suggest additions to our ever-evolving style guide, contact DeeAnna Adkins, Web communications coordinator, at email@example.com, through Lync or by phone at 573-882-8199.
Results of a recent survey conducted by a San Francisco-based professional services firm rated the small business climate in the state of Missouri only average. Among the deficiencies cited in the survey was lack of training available to business owners in the state.
In response, Steve Devlin, the director of MU Extension’s business development program, wrote an op-ed article rebutting the findings. It appeared in the Sept. 6 edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Read Devlin’s article, which ran under the headline “MU Extension program is state's best-kept economic development secret.”
Lists of 2014-15 award nominations schedules and faculty development opportunities from a variety of sources are available, according to Patricia Okker, MU interim deputy provost. Specific nomination and application deadlines are noted with each respective announcement.
Because of the similarity of some awards, questions regarding the most appropriate award for a particular nominee may arise, says Okker. Nominating individuals for a second award is permissible, though Okker suggests each nomination be tailored for each specific award.
Contact Marla Applebaum for answers to any questions about nomination and application processes.
The Health Systems theme team presented an update to the program integration committee Sept. 4.
The team discussed current and ongoing projects, including health care, aging, mental health first aid and work site wellness. Team members also updated the program steering committee on current plans and activities for expanding the Osher Institute program outstate.
The slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem, a reflective orange triangle bordered with red, is the cheapest safety device in the farm store. But it’s also one of the best ways to remind drivers to share the road with farmers during the upcoming harvest season, says Todd Lorenz, MU Extension agronomy specialist.
And National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 21-27, is a good time to talk about driving safety on Missouri’s rural roads, Lorenz said.
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.
|Sept. 17||10-11 a.m.|
|Oct. 16||2-3 p.m.|
|Nov. 19||10-11 a.m.|
|Dec. 18||2-3 p.m.|
|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.|
Now-Sept. 19: Show-Me Market Showdown, online grain marketing game.
Sept. 12: Nominations due for the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge.
Sept. 12: MU’s United Way campaign kicks off, 8 a.m., Carnahan Quad.
Sept. 22-Nov. 19 (dates vary by location): Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. Columbia, https://www.regonline.com/mbsrfall2014; Kansas City, https://www.regonline.com/mbsrfall2014umkc; Rolla, https://www.regonline.com/mbsrfall2014rolla
Oct. 2-28: Retiree meetings.
Oct. 7: Moodle workshop. To register, go to https://extensionapps.missouri.edu/webapps/ISE.aspx.
Oct. 20-31: Annual enrollment.
Oct. 21-23: MU Extension Program Conference, Columbia.
Dec. 3-4: Administrative Support Conference for all extension administrative support staff at the campus and field level, on the MU campus in Columbia.
Dec. 9-11: 2014 NAEPSDP annual conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Jan. 12-16, 2015: Youth Development Academy, Columbia
Cat Comley, MU Extension director of development, married Jonathan Adams Aug. 23, in Fulton.
The latest issue of Mizzou magazine ran an article about a couple of students who have worked with the MU Extension’s ExCEED program, directed by Sharon Gulick.
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.