News for employees, Dec. 1, 2009

Recipe Days bring residents to extension office

Recipe Days bring residents to the Madison County extension office. From the beginning of November through Thanksgiving nearly 400 people stopped in the MU Extension office in Fredericktown for recipes, coupons, and of course, extension publications on food, home and family. Celeste Vanderbrugen, SE community development specialist, said the well-publicized event provides great visibility, brings in new customers and makes MU Extension the centerpiece for community activity during November.
From the beginning of November through Thanksgiving, nearly 400 people stopped by MU Extension in Fredericktown for recipes, coupons, and of course, extension publications on food, home and family. Celeste Vanderbrugen, SE community development specialist, said the well-publicized event provided great visibility, brought in new customers and made MU Extension the centerpiece for community activity during November.


Forum to discuss economic stability and the University

University of Missouri President Gary Forsee and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton will host a town hall meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 9 at Monsanto Auditorium. The forum also can be heard via live Web cast and streamed on KBIA 2.

Forsee and Deaton will discuss the current economic climate, its effects on the university, and actions being taken to assure the future stability and success of MU and the UM System. Audience participation will be welcome. Employees listening via the Web will be able to submit any questions via e-mail.

In a campus-wide e-mail, Deaton encouraged supervisors to allow staff to attend or listen to the forum.

MU Speakers Bureau has traveling experts

Looking for an interesting speaker at the annual council meeting? What about an expert who can provide insight at your next conference or seminar?

The MU Speakers Bureau has faculty members who are willing to travel around the state. Faculty representing every MU college and school, can talk about a range of topics from public policy to education to health care.

“We’re constantly recruiting new speakers,” said LeAnn Stroupe, director of visitor relations. New categories this year include art and antiquities, engineering and chemistry.

“There is no cost to have the speaker,” Stroupe said. Travel expenses are covered by the speakers bureau. Contact Stroupe at least four weeks in advance to make speaker arrangements.

Healthy Lifestyle Initiative invites new communities

Letters of interest for new Healthy Lifestyle Initiative projects are due Dec. 18. Twelve new communities will be added to the initiative, a multidisciplinary approach to health and wellness. Regional extension specialists and community leaders provide overall leadership in developing local action plans. Selected communities will receive $4,000 to support a 12- to 18-month planning process as well as funds to cover some travel expenses.

Letters of interest should indicate support from extension extension colleagues, the regional director, community organizations and individuals, as well as existing partnerships and potential funding to sustain the project. Letters should be sent to Jo Britt-Rankin, associate dean-HES extension.

Kudos: Honors, presentations and publications

Ellen Schuster

Ellen Schuster, FNEP curriculum and staff training coordinator, is incoming chair of the NIFA Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance. The committee provides national program leaders with support for evaluation, curriculum, policies and programs, professional training, and communication and resources. During the past year, Schuster chaired the communication subcommittee.

Cynthia Crawford

Cynthia Crawford, CM family financial education specialist, was the guest of Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan. Crawford and Kathy Borgman, executive director of the Friends of Arrow Rock, discussed rural development and tourism with government officials and spoke at two conferences about MU Extension’s Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership. Crawford also met with workers cleaning up after a typhoon that hit the country in August. She described Missouri’s flood recovery work in 1993 and 1995.


Welcome to the following new faculty and staff members:

• Teng Teeh Lim, extension assistant professor of food science and nutrition, MU
• Roger Meissen, senior information specialist, Cooperative Media Group
• Kimberly Penton, nutrition program assistant, Randolph County
• Sarah Kenyon, agronomy specialist, SC Region
• Pam Duitsman, nutrition specialist, SW Region

Online payroll reporting begins

The switch to online reporting for hours worked and time off is official. MU Extension employees began using the Time and Labor module Nov. 29. Tutorials and details

Fee standardization sessions wind down

MU Extension faculty and staff have two more opportunities to learn about fee standardization and revenue generation before the Jan. 1 implementation.

Sessions will be at 10 a.m., Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

E-mail Jeanne Miner to register.

Adobe Connect training scheduled

Learn how to use Adobe Connect, the online meeting tool that replaced Centra, at one of nine sessions scheduled for the next two weeks.

No sign-up is required. Just logon at the scheduled time.

Participant sessions are set for Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.

Training for presenters and meeting hosts will be Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 4 at 1 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.

Additional resources

MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of each month for MU Extension faculty and staff. Send comments to Editor, Eileen Yager.