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MU Extension Insider
Dec. 1, 2012


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MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month by the MU Cooperative Media Group. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

Crawford named director of extension donor education

Cynthia Crawford, MU Extension family financial education specialist in Saline County, has been named director of donor education for MU Extension, effective Jan. 1, announces Vice Provost Michael Ouart.

Crawford will provide leadership and coordination of donor relations, stewardship activities, development education and retiree relations, ensuring that positive relationships are created and cultivated with key constituents.  Additionally, she will provide leadership to county extension councils and other key partners in developing campaigns and endowments; coordinate and initiate strategic opportunities to identify and meet with prospective donors; build strong retiree relations; and serve on related committees and boards, including the national online eXtension initiative.  She will work closely with the Mizzou Annual Fund Office and serve as a liaison to the 4-H Foundation and other groups.

“I am delighted that Dr. Crawford has agreed to blaze a new trail in this role for MU Extension,” said Ouart.  “Private giving will be an increasingly important source of support for maintaining and growing extension programs.”

Crawford holds a doctorate in adult education from MU.  She also earned education specialist and M.S. degrees in family and consumer economics from MU.  Her B.S. in education is from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State). She was among the first group to be promoted to extension professional in MU’s non-tenure track promotion system and was a member of the first cohort of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation International Leadership Fellows. 

Crawford has served as a Central Missouri extension specialist since 1982, including the role of county program director and co-CPD in Saline County.  From 2000-2002, she carried out a special assignment, identifying and recruiting prospects for field faculty and system administration employment positions. Her varied educational programs have included financial counseling, estate and retirement planning, agri-tourism and creative decision making.  She also has directed more than $500,000 in grant-funded programs for rural Missouri.   


FY ’13 MU Extension budget information available online

“The FY ’13 MU Extension budgeted revenues and expenditures are now available online,” says Callie Glascock, MU Extension fiscal officer.  “The FY ’13 total budget exceeds $83 million, an increase of more than $1 million from FY ’12. Grants and contracts account for the greatest increase in the budget.”

Appropriated funds have remained relatively constant during the last 10 years and currently account for more than half of the budget. These funds provide a foundation for extension programs. A video explaining the evolving funding model that supports MU Extension’s work across the state has been posted on the fiscal budget website. It also is available on the share drive: S:\UMSystem\Coop Media\Video\Budget_Tree_3D_1min_1280x720.wmv.


“The budget information is available for internal as well as external audiences to share and view,” says Glascock. “A historical view of appropriated funds information is also available on the web at”

If you have any questions, please contact Callie, at


Spirit Spark!

By Lynda Zimmerman, nutrition specialist, Cole County

Several faculty and staff have asked if there will be another Extension S.O.S. contest next year. The answer: YES! Look for information about the 2nd Annual Extension S.O.S. in the Insider, early in 2013. What you can do now—start thinking of changes you might make. Remember, you don’t have to do a major remodel to enter the contest. Simply de-cluttering and reorganizing can make a big difference in our productivity and enjoyment working in the space, as well as visitor’s impression of MU extension.

Taney County was the 2012 winner. Adair, Cole, Oregon and Ripley counties are recognized for their submissions.

The before and after photos of this year’s contestants are available online.


Make your 2012 county annual report work harder

The public value self-directed work team encourages you to really get your time and money’s worth from 2012 county annual reports, according to Cynthia Crawford, family financial education specialist based in Saline County. 

“Meeting the legislative requirement is just a start,” Crawford says.  Use them to recruit council members, new faculty and staff; justify an increase in county funds; raise outside dollars for your work; and answer the question when someone wanders into your office and asks, “So, what do you do here?”

A new Top 10 List has just been published by the team.  These suggestions were gleaned from an in-depth and a first-impressions review by external reviewers of annual reports from five regions in 2011.  Incorporate these ideas and your annual report can work harder for you, Crawford suggests.

Here’s an example from the Top Ten list:

Tip #3. Grammar and punctuation matter, and may save lives.
Which of the following two sentences convey the intended meaning?

“Let's eat, Grandma.”

“Let's eat Grandma.”

Does the writer intend to dine with or partake of Grandma?

The entire list is found on the public value website along with a webinar “Refresh your memory: Public value statements in annual reports” and an easy template to use to format annual reports:


Receive your 2012 W-2 electronically

A new option will be available in January to access your Form W-2 (W-2) from myHR, according to Diane Dews, MU Extension payroll manager.

“You are already familiar with viewing and printing your pay advice in myHR and now we are taking it one step further by enabling you to view and print your W-2 through myHR,” says Dews. “This new option for W-2s will be convenient and secure.”

The 2012 W-2s will be available in January, but you are encouraged to log in to myHR now to provide consent to receive your W-2 in electronic format. By providing consent before Dec. 31, you will be notified via email as soon as your W-2 is ready for viewing in myHR. Electronic access to your W-2 in myHR will be much quicker than waiting for a hard copy of the tax statement to arrive in your postal mailbox, says Dews.

Act now so you do not miss this important end of the year deadline. Log in to myHR ( and navigate to Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > W-2/W-2c Consent to provide your consent.

If you provide consent, and later wish to receive a paper copy of your W-2, you may withdraw your consent at any time prior to Dec. 31. Paper Form W-2s will be postmarked on or before Jan. 31.

If you have questions, please contact PeopleSoft HR Support.

Phone: 573-884-6996 or toll free: 1-855-524-0002 
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Lamar tops community betterment awards


From left to right: Jan Simon, executive director Missouri Community Betterment, congratulates Lamar for an outstanding presentation of Community Betterment projects.  Adult presenters include Jerod Morey, AOK director; John Davis, LPD; and Leis Blanchard, Barton County Memorial Hospital.  Youth presenters include Hannah Moyer, Tony Morgan, Jackie Neher, Kenna Roland and Tai Thrasher.


The 49th annual Missouri Community Betterment Conference was held at the Lake of the Ozarks Oct. 21-22.  Lamar received the adult and youth awards in Category 5 and the Grand Prize Ambassador Trophy, the Gene Speichinger Community of the Year Award. Thirty-five other communities competed.

The Lamar community was recognized by the MCB for an exemplary job of project completion and by going the next step beyond volunteerism by placing emphasis on encouraging leadership with creative thinking and problem solving. Local adults and youth worked together on projects from planning to project completion.

The Lamar youth projects with an MU Extension connection included the Rick Mammen Memorial Sidewalk Project on Constitution Square, and the Missouri 4-H Home Grown Community Leaders projects of Money Makes Cents at Lamar Head Start and Good Samaritan Food Drive, which collected more than 3,000 nonperishable food items.


Insider communications tip: Be accessible

“Be accessible,” says Kent Faddis, TV news producer. “You want to become a credible and reliable source of information for reporters.  You can't do that if they can never get hold of you.”

When reporters call and leave messages, don't wait till the next day to return their calls.  Be sensitive to deadlines.  Ask reporters what their deadlines are.  If you can't provide the information they want before their deadline, tell them so.


MACEDEP recognize excellence at fall conference

The Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals presented the following awards at MU Extension’s fall meeting in Columbia.


Upcoming events

UM President’s Awards nominations

The UM System Office of Academic Affairs announces a call for nominations for the 2013 President’s Awards. Any benefit-eligible faculty member may be nominated for the following awards:

·     Innovative Teaching
·     Economic Development
·     Excellence (Sustained Excellence and Early Career)
·     University Citizenship (Leadership, Service and Mentoring)
·     Engagement (Cross-Cultural and Community)
·     Inter-Campus Collaboration
·     Thomas Jefferson

Academic affairs also invites nominations for the Student Entrepreneur of the Year.  All nominations are due Feb. 1. 

Details and nomination forms are available at For more information contact Chris Weisbrook at 573-882-0001 or


MU FRTI winter fire school set for Feb. 8-10


The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute’s 2013 Winter Fire School will run Feb. 8-10, in Columbia, according to Tracy Gray, FRTI training associate. The Equipment Exposition will be at the Holiday Inn Executive Center Expo Center Feb. 8. Classes will be held on the MU campus Feb. 9-10. Three webcasts will be featured for those who attend both on campus and online: The Incident Commander’s Inheritance: Assuming Command at Established Incidents; Smokey’s Tips for Fire Attack; and Fire Service Management: Corps Business.

A printable Winter Fire School brochure is available online. Visit Winter Fire School for more information. Please share this information with local CEMP teams and the firefighters in your communities.


Don't forget to earn $100

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As part of your 2013 benefits, you are eligible for a wellness incentive, says Melissa Willett, with the UM System Wellness Project. Healthy for Life is an incentive-based wellness program designed to help you earn your incentive and actively manage your health. By completing a personal health assessment, health screening and 240 minutes of physical activity, primary subscribers to the UM health plans will receive $100 in a tax-favored account to use for medical expenses in 2013 Benefit Plan year.

Ready to get started?

  1. Create or return to your Cerner Health account by visiting
  2. Enter your email address and join the program.
  3. If you need help, call Cerner at 877-621-8014.

More information is available online at .


Learn to eat for health and enjoyment

Discover the benefits of this innovative approach to weight management through Healthy for Life’s Eat for Life course.  This 10-week program uses mind-body practices (meditations and yoga), the principles of mindful and intuitive eating, skills training, and group support to guide you in making lifestyle changes that will help you create a healthier relationship to your food, mind, and body. If you have a history of chronic dieting, have rigid “healthy” rules about eating, or find yourself eating when you’re stressed, bored, or unhappy, this may be the program for you. 


Online classes in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis


Lower your stress in just eight weeks

Helping employees manage stress effectively is a key goal of Healthy for Life. The wellness program offers eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes at minimal cost to benefit-eligible employees looking to manage today's busy lifestyles in a healthy way. This is an eight–week class teaching meditation, yoga and other mind-body techniques for managing stress. There is a $40 registration fee, $20 reimbursement if you attend seven of the eight classes. 



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Fee-generation workshops set

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE for the following workshop dates:

Date Time
12/19/2012 10-11 a.m.


Other dates to remember

Dec. 2: 4-H day with the Rams.  You are invited to join other Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, volunteers, family, and friends for 4‑H Day at the Edward Jones Dome at noon Dec. 2, to watch the St. Louis Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers.  Tickets for the game can be purchased over the phone (314-425-0528), or by mail or fax using the 4-H Ticket Order Form on the event flier at You can also order tickets online at using the promo code “4h”.  Credit card orders will be accepted.

Dec. 11-13: NAEPSDP conference: conference registration information and the agenda are available online Contact Julie Middleton, president-elect of NAEPSDP, with questions.

Dec. 23: 4-H day with the Chiefs. Tickets are specially discounted for all 4-H members, families and friends at $25/seat. Tickets are subject to availability. Call Ryan Youngs at 816-920-4830 or e-mail

April 3: UM Almuni Alliance Legislative Day, Jefferson City.


Coming and going


Doty Baby

Randa Doty, agriculture business specialist and CPD, Nodaway County, and husband Philip, on the birth of their daughter Jordann Cate Doty, Nov. 3.



Bill Pabst, state 4-H youth specialist, retired Nov. 20, after 30 years with MU Extension. A retirement party is set at 1 p.m., Dec. 20, on 8th floor Clark Hall on the MU campus.



Our sympathy goes out to:

Billie Winter, secretary, Johnson County, whose mother, Grace Barham, passed away Nov. 14.

Karen Elliott, food and nutrition education specialist, Jackson County, whose mother, Jewell Acker, passed away Nov. 15.

Margaret Mobley and the family of Don Mobley, retired livestock specialist, Atchison County, who passed away Nov. 24.

Vera Massey, food and nutrition education specialist, Boone County, whose mother-in-law, Kay McGeehan, died Nov. 28.  Visitation will be in Jefferson City from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, 3210 North 10 Mile Drive, Jefferson City.


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 Mark Stillwell, CMG interim director.