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MU Extension Insider
Jan. 1, 2011


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


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In the news

New labels illuminate light bulb choices

Putting in a light bulb isn't hard. Choosing the right one can be a different story. Kent Faddis reports.

See related news release from Roger Meissen.


Budget task force meets

The extension budget task force met on Dec. 22.

The goal of the budget task force is to advise Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of extension, on how to administer a reduction of up to 10 percent in state appropriations. Ouart announced the creation of the task force during a Nov. 9 teleconference with MU Extension faculty and staff on program realignments in extension.

Task force members are:

“All aspects of the extension budget are on the table for discussion,” said Ouart. “Anyone with suggestions is encouraged to contact a task force member.”


 Annual report template available

At this year’s Galaxy Conference, Cynthia Crawford, family financial education specialist and CPD, shared the template for the Saline County annual report to showcase the public value of MU Extension programs. Since that time, many colleagues have asked for her template for use with their reports. “The template offers a great model for displaying MU Extension program impacts, particularly the value of programs for the entire community and the state, as well as individual participants,” says Sandy Stegall, director, constituent relations.

Please note that this template is simply an option, not a requirement, for producing county annual reports. Both Michael Ouart and Bev Coberly have approved use of this template.

Saline County’s report adds a list of county commissioners, county council members and MU Extension people on the back page. It includes a financial summary in the reports presented to the commissioners but not in reports used with others. Some counties may choose to include the financial report in all their copies.

“The Public Values Team would appreciate your feedback about this template, especially feedback that you and your CPDs receive from key stakeholders, as the template is put to use,” adds Stegall.

Download a copy of the Saline County report at

Download the template at


Femrite earns Master's

FemriteCongratulations to Stephanie Femrite(pictured at right with her husband, Andy), Boone County 4-H youth development educator, who graduated on Dec. 17 with a Master's of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in youth development.


Mizzou's online commencement

“More than 300 summer and fall 2010 graduates of Mizzou’s online degree programs were able to participate in a virtual commencement,” said Linda Cupp, director of MU Direct. December’s ceremony featured speeches from Chancellor Brady Deaton, Graduate School Dean George Justice and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Todd McCubbin, in addition to a greeting from Cupp.

The site’s features include an interactive guest book where faculty, family and friends can leave congratulatory messages.

“By studying nontraditionally while balancing family, work and other activities, these graduates have demonstrated great determination in completing their degrees,” Cupp said.  “We hope that you will acknowledge and share your appreciation of their achievements and welcome them into the large family of Mizzou alumni worldwide.”


Go green with electronic pay stubs

“We’d like to remind you of the option to go green!” said Diane Dews, extension payroll and benefits manager. Employees can elect to stop receiving paper pay stubs, also known as pay advices, and instead access them online.

To choose online access, log in at From the left-hand menu, select Self Service, Payroll and Compensation, View Paycheck. Click on the “Set Pay Advice Delivery Method” then choose the “ePay” checkbox.

Be sure to click “Save” at the bottom of the page.

To print your own advices, select the “Print My Pay Advice” link.  Sign in again, click on the pay period for which you would like your advice, and print.


Mileage reimbursement rate goes up

Effective Jan. 1, the university’s reimbursement rate for business miles driven has increased to 48 cents per mile.

MU follows the state of Missouri’s practice of reimbursing business transportation expenses at three cents per mile less than the IRS standard mileage rate, which increased by one cent to 51 cents per mile on Jan. 1. The IRS rate is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.


Upcoming events

Legislative Day reminder

The annual MU Alumni Alliance Legislative Day will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Jefferson City. UMEA is proud to partner with the State Extension Council to coordinate MU Extension’s participation in the event. Extension has set a goal of 500 participants for this year’s event, so start visiting with extension council members and supporters to arrange their attendance.  Everyone may register at

An ISE, “The State Budget Picture and MU Extension’s Focus on Jobs,” will be held for faculty and staff.  ISE registration is through WebApps. If you have questions, please contact Bob McNary, UMEA’s Legislative Day chair, at


Coming and going

Please welcome

Katie Hamilton, office manager for Carroll County.


Our sympathy goes to:

Renette Wardlow, SW Region human development specialist and Christian County co-CPD, whose father, Eldon Conrad, passed away on Christmas Day.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey or Curt Wohleber in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Mark Stillwell, CMG interim director.