News for employees, July 1, 2009

Letter from Vice Provost Ouart

Gov. Nixon signs off on 2010 university appropriations


Good news! Yesterday, Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 3, the appropriations bill for higher education, including the University of Missouri System and University of Missouri Extension.  There was NO veto language that affects MU Extension. 

I want to congratulate all of you – MU Extension faculty, staff, council members and other volunteers – for the tremendous job you did in carrying educational messages about the impact of Extension programs on the lives and livelihood of individuals, families, farms, firms and communities across the state.  The public and private value of MU Extension programs has been recognized.

Thank you also for the great way you carried on the business of delivering high-quality educational programs for Missourians while budget negotiations were under way.  You exhibited the marks of true professionalism.  Please share this message with local partners and friends who may be known only to you.

Now, MU Extension will continue to contribute to the quality of life and the economic health of Missouri residents and the state.

 Michael D. Ouart
Vice Provost and Director

Statement from UM System President Gary Forsee on governor's budget actions


MU Extension signs partnership agreement with U.S. Census

Statewide reach to help educate Missourians

A lot will be riding on numbers from the U.S, Census in 2010 ― everything from congressional representation for Missouri to funding for state agencies, as well as MU Extension.

MU Extension is one of many partners that will help the U.S. Census Bureau ensure Missouri’s population is accurately counted. Partnership invitations also have been extended to individual county offices, and a number have signed on already, said Julie Middleton, organizational development director.

Middleton said counties can sign on at any time. Those completing the form by Monday, June 29, will be eligible to receive funding for promotional activities.

The most significant impact of undercounting would be losing one of Missouri’s nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. State demographer Matt Hesser said only an additional 60,000 people need to complete the census questionnaire to keep that seat.

Hispanics, historically, undercounted, Middleton said, because those in the country illegally fear deportation. Middleton said MU Extension faculty and staff can play a key role in educating Hispanics about the confidentiality of census information.

An ISE on the census partnership is scheduled for July 16 via Adobe Connect. Brett Bender, census partnership specialist, will answer questions about the partnership and share ideas for promoting participation. There is no deadline to enroll.

In addition to representation, census figures are used to apportion $300 billion in federal funds to Missouri. Census officials estimate that for every 100 poeple not counted Missouri could lose $1 million in federal funding over the next decade.

Census figures also impact MU Extension programming. Those numbers are used to ensure programs reach all Missourians, Middleton said.

To become a partner, contact Middleton.

ISE enrollment


Faculty, staff reminded of precautions in extreme temperatures

This summer extreme heat hit early, before everybody was acclimated to being outdoors.  For the summer events yet to come, use common sense to keep the kids and adults who are engaged in our programs safe and healthy. As fairs approach, keep the welfare of the animals in mind, too.

If, in your professional judgment, it is in the best interest of our clients to cancel or postpone an outdoor event due to high temperatures, then do so. Also, keep in mind indoor activities where air-conditioning is unavailable and audiences, such as the elderly, who are more susceptible to heat-related illness.

If you cancel an activity, be sure to communicate the change to all participants and determine how to handle those who did not hear about the change. In addition, communicate your cancellation decisions to regional directors and, if necessary, to program directors.

All MU Extension employees should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, preventive measures and immediate steps to take should someone become ill.

Excessive heat information

Missouri Bobwhite Quail

We’ve Got Quail

An MU Extension project is introducing quail back into Missouri’s ecosystem by encouraging farmers and landowners to adopt habitat management strategies that encourage wildlife.Learn how in this multimedia story.

Roots of teenage depression start in grade school

How a child performs in first grade can have a profound effect on how they feel about themselves as teenagers. That’s the finding of a study conducted by a University of Missouri Professor of Education. Keith Herman discusses his research in this audio feature story.

Kids with Class

4-H members gets hands-on lesson in healthy cooking for heart, head. Watch extension specialists teach kids how to prepare tasty, nutritious alternatives to fast food.

Gatewood retires
with 35 years

Human Environmental Sciences Extension will honor Terry Gatewood at an open house July 10. Gatewood is retiring after 35 years with University of Missouri Extension

People are invited to stop by 162 Stanley Hall between 12:30 and 4 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, cake and punch. Remarks are planned for 2 p.m.

Nodaway County office

The Nodaway County extension center will relocate to the new Nodaway County Administration Center, 403 N. Market, Room 308. The phone number will remain the same.

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