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MU Extension Insider
August 1, 2010


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In the news

Getting a head start on college

The MU 4-H Youth Futures program helps aspiring first-generation college students learn to overcome personal and financial barriers to higher education.


Exercising in the heat

When temperatures soar and the heat index climbs, working or playing outdoors can put you at risk for heat-related illness. Stephen Ball, state extension fitness specialist and MU associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, provides tips on keeping cool during a hot workout in this podcast.


Self-Directed Extension Teams launch

Nearly 75 past class members of MELD, Egret, NELD and other advanced leadership experiences recently completed a three-day workshop built around beginning a self-directed team approach to creating new initiatives and overall program improvement in extension.

Cutting across all categories and levels within MU Extension, the participants worked together to identify significant themes and priorities in extension through a process led by consultant Susan Halbert.

Participants chose the priority areas in which they have the most interest and passion for moving extension forward.

On the surface, a self-directed team looks much like other committees or groups in extension. There are a couple of important differences, however:

-Self-directed team members hold themselves mutually accountable for both results and performance.

-Self-directed teams are responsible for their own outcomes. As long as self-directed teams operate within the Boundary Conditions for MU Extension Self-Directed Teams, they are encouraged to “do whatever it takes” to succeed.

Self-Directed Extension Teams (SD E-Teams) are open to all extension faculty and staff. A list of currently identified self-directed teams and team contacts can be found at

“There is too much important work to be accomplished in extension to await the leadership of a few administrators, RDs or program leaders,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of extension. “Not only that, we have strong leadership throughout extension. Self-directed teams provide a means to engage in creating and guiding programs and creating an even stronger extension. A self-directed team simply proceeds with doing what needs to be done.”

To learn more about the SD E-Team approach, see


Counties to begin accepting credit cards Aug. 3

Counties that have completed the necessary steps will be able to begin accepting credit cards on Aug. 3, says Callie Glascock, administrative manager.

County councils were offered two options for accepting credit cards: an MU application developed by ETCS or QuickBooks Merchant, an add-on application of the accounting software. Thirty-six councils selected the MU application and three selected QuickBooks Merchant during the initial phase.

In order to access the credit card applications, faculty and staff completed security training, signed a technology agreement and participated in Adobe Connect training sessions in July.

“It’s not too late for other county councils to sign up,” Glascock said. “Both options will continue to be available for councils that did not initially select an option and are continuing the evaluation and discussion. All they need to do is contact me and go through the training.”

For more information, see

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Glascock at 573-882-4522 or, or John Myers at 573-882-2096 or


Sharon Gulick elected to CDS leadership post

Sharon Gulick, community development specialist, has been elected vice president-operations of the Community Development Society (CDS). Gulick assumed this position during the society’s annual conference, July 25 - 28 in New Orleans. The position is a progressive office, so next year she will be vice president-program and the following year she will assume the office of president of CDS.

At the Missouri Economic Development Council annual meeting in June, Gulick was selected by the MEDC board of directors to serve a six-year term as a counselor. The role of counselor is to mentor and assist new economic developers and provide education and assistance.


Leadership Northwest Missouri honors Bev Maltsberger

Bev Maltsberger, community development specialist, received the 2010 Citizenship Award by Leadership Northwest Missouri, a training and networking program for community leaders interested in regional growth.

Each year the organization recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to northwestern Missouri. Maltsberger has served on the organization’s board for the past eight years.  Under her leadership as board president, the program became an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. 

Leadership Northwest Missouri has an alumni base of more than 200 graduates and sponsors Great Northwest Day, the largest regional legislative event conducted in Jefferson City.


Topics added to Step Up to Leadership curriculum

Faculty from MU Extension and University of Illinois Extension  have developed additional discussion topics to the facilitator’s guide for Step Up to Leadership, a curriculum for developing community leaders.

The new topics were developed by Johanna Reed Adams and Stephen Jeanetta of MU Extension, and Laurie Assell, Laura Hyde, Jeri Marxman and Anne Silvis of University of Illinois Extension.

The discussion topics can be downloaded from


2010 NACAA in Tulsa

“University of Missouri Extension was well represented at the 2010 National Association of County Agricultural Agents in Tulsa,” said Dan Downing, extension water quality associate and chair of the NACAA Agricultural Issues and Public Relations Committee. “My best count is that 42 extension specialists, family and friends attended the annual meeting.”

Wayne Prewitt, WC Region interim director, received the NACAA Distinguished Service Award and Jennifer Schutter, NE Region horticulture specialist and NACAA North Central Region vice chair of horticulture and turfgrass, received the Achievement Service Award.

“Missouri continues to provide leadership at the national level, with five specialists holding national offices and 11 others giving posters or session presentations,” said Parman Green, Carroll County agriculture business PD and NACAA treasurer.

In addition to Downing, Green and Schutter, the NACAA leaders from MU Extension are Mark Stewart, director of NACAA’s North Central Region, and Mary Sobba, Professional Improvement Council chair.

Session presenters from MU were Prewitt, Schutter, Tim Baker, Melvin Brees, James Humphrey and Joe Koenen. Showing posters were Baker, James Crawford, Randa Doty, Tom Fowler, Travis Harper and Matt Herring.

Lala Kumar, WC Region horticulture specialist, was a national award finalist in the NACAA Team Newsletter communications category for The Back Fence. Team members include Molly Fusselman, horticulture educator, Jim Braswell, master gardener, Becky Peck, master gardener, and Laurie Chipman, master gardener.

Karisha Devlin, NE Region agriculture business specialist, was the North Central Region finalist in the Learning Module communications category for her Profit Focused Agriculture curriculum.


Traveling to Australia

Going south of the equator, Peter Scharf, nutrient management specialist, will skip a big chunk of Missouri winter. Scharf recently attended a weeklong international congress of soil scientists in Brisbane, Australia, where he presented a paper on his research on nitrogen sensors for applying varying amounts of fertilizer on the move. His tractor-mounted photo sensors measure shades of green in corn to determine how much supplemental nitrogen is needed. He will spend the next seven months on sabbatical leave learning from scientists at research stations across Australia. He’ll share what he learns when he returns next spring.  


Touring Georgia

The Missouri dairy grazing group is touring Georgia this week, imparting and partaking knowledge on cows and grass.


Heat: A major killer

 “Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States,” says Kevin Zumwalt, MU FRTI assistant director. National Weather Service statistics show that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes. Based on the 10-year average from 2000 to 2009, excessive heat claims an average of 162 lives a year. By contrast, hurricanes killed 117; floods, 65; tornadoes, 62; and lightning, 48.

With temperatures and heat indices forecasted to be in triple digits in the coming weeks, it is a good time for emergency responders to review heat-related policies and procedures.

Remember to hydrate!

“Be careful out there and stay cool!” advises Zumwalt.


Upcoming events

Upcoming FRTI training sessions

Check out upcoming training sessions offered by MU FRTI at


Call for volunteers for 2010 Missouri State Fair

Volunteers are still needed for the MU Extension booth at the 2010 Missouri State Fair. To volunteer, please contact Vicki Bach, HES Extension, at 573-882-5117 or


Last chance for extension awards

Just a quick reminder that applications and supporting materials for statewide extension awards must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 6. Send to Janice Perkins, 109F Whitten Hall, Columbia, Mo. 65211. For more information, see


Recognize teamwork

Nominations for the Quarterly Teamwork Award are due Sept. 1.

The award recognizes group efforts that yield results for MU Extension and the people we serve.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Jessica Naudzjunas, KBIA food and fuel reporter.

Mary Von Schoenborn, administrative assistant, Extension/CE Nursing.

Eva Hightaian, student assistant professional, Human Environmental Science Extension.

Logan Wallace, livestock specialist, SC Region, Howell County.



Gerald Bryan, agronomy specialist and Cape Girardeau County PD, is retiring Oct. 15 and will be on leave beginning in August. “It has been great working with you and I hope to continue our friendship,” Bryan said. “I hope I can be active in support of extension for our citizens. Maybe I can influence solutions to our current problems.”

Larry Wilson, MU FRTI specialist emeritus, marked his last day with the Institute on July 10. Wilson was a full-time specialist overseeing industrial and safety training until he retired in 1999. After a short hiatus, he returned part-time to manage the LP gas fire program.

“Larry has been a steadfast instructor and program manager for the Institute and we appreciate his many years of dedicated service,” said Kevin Zumwalt, MU FRTI assistant director. “Larry leaves a LP program that has gained national attention. Thank you, Larry, for enabling better-prepared firefighters and safer citizens.”

Charles St. Clair, Clay County community development specialist, will retire Nov. 1. His last day on the job will be Aug. 23. The Clay County extension council will celebrate St. Clair’s 30 years of service with a reception on Aug. 17, 5-6:30 p.m., at the Clay County Courthouse Annex, 1901 N.E. 48th St., Kansas City.


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