News for employees, March 1, 2010

Couple's estate gift to expand extension programs
for Carroll County residents

Retired extension specialist Jim Heitmeyer recognizes Garnet and Tommy Tweedie for supporting MU Extension. file photo
Retired extension specialist Jim Heitmeyer recognizes Garnet and Tommy Tweedie for supporting MU Extension. file photo

MU Extension will expand educational programs in Carroll County thanks to an estate gift from Tommy and Garnet Tweedie. The gift will provide an income endowment that will double local support for programs.

Jim Heitmeyer, retired extension specialist, was a longtime friend of the Tweedies, who are now deceased. Heitmeyer said the couple’s gift was an example of their support for extension programs and their interest in youth development.

The Tweedies’ estate gift is valued at just over $1 million. Interest income will be used to expand local programs, said county council member Cheri Pfaff. She added that council is setting priorities so it can develop a plan that will have maximum benefit for local residents.

The gift was announced Feb. 27 during the Carroll County extension council’s annual meeting, aptly themed “Celebrating MU Extension’s Past, Present and Future.”

The evening also highlighted the achievements of local 4-H members through demonstrations, displays, a fashion revue and public speaking.

Michael Ouart, vice provost and extension director, was among the guests. He commended faculty, staff, council members and volunteers for the enduring success of MU Extension in Carroll County.

ISE discusses extension role in public issues

Animal care provides real-life example

MU Extension faculty and staff often are called on to help citizens interpret public issues. How employees handle those requests was the subject of an inservice training, March 2, in Jefferson City.

ISE 549: Understanding Complex Public Issues and Extension Roles Using the Animal Care/Livestock/Food Industry as an Example provided participants with background on the national effort to change animal confinement regulations, an overview of how people and communities deal with contentious issues, and guidance on the appropriate responses from MU Extension faculty and staff.

Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension, set the stage for presentations by Mary Leuci, community development program director, and Craig Payne, state vet med specialist.

“All too often this issue, this issue of animal care, is dealt with only with emotion and with faults or sometimes incomplete information,” Ouart said, explaining that reason and science-based information will be essential in helping people understand the issues.

The animal care issue, Ouart said, “crosses all program areas in extension including continuing education. I hope you’ll think about this and where your program area fits.”

In addition to the economic impact of these changes, he said, “It has many, multiple, quality-of-life issues.”

Because of the importance of this issue, additional training opportunities are planned, according Beverly Coberly, off-campus operations director. Those sessions, tentatively planned for April and May, will be held over Adobe Connect.

ISE presentations are available on the MU Extension share drive for employees to review:

Snider honored for service to MU Extension

Jim Snider receives recognition from H.C. Russell, chair of the State Extension Council. file photo
Jim Snider receives recognition from H.C. Russell, chair of the State Extension Council. file photo

Jim Snider was one of six individuals to receive Outstanding Alumni Service awards for his contributions to MU Extension. The awards were presented by the University of Missouri Alumni Association March 1.

Snider was assistant vice president for governmental relations until his retirement in 2009. He served as the liaison between the university’s governmental relations office and MU Extension. In addition to being assistant dean of the MU law school, Snider was a staff attorney for the Committee on Legislative Research.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees at MU.

The awards dinner kicked off the alliance’s annual Legislative Day activities in Jefferson City. University alumni and friends, including 168 extension volunteers, gathered at the state Capitol March 2 to show their support and advocate for the university.

Counties have until April 30
to select option
for credit cards

Additional information is available to help county offices select a credit-card processing option. Selections must be made and submitted to MU Extension by April 30. Counties may choose either QuickBooks Merchant or the MU Off-Campus Credit Card System.

Both options use a virtual zon environment, which means that payment information is entered into an online processing system. This approach was chosen because it has the lowest overall upfront costs, said Callie Glascock, administrative manager.

"There are pros and cons to both options, so counties should take some time to carefully evaluate them," Glascock said. "Ultimately, the choice for each county must be approved by the county council."

Under the QuickBooks Merchant option, credit-card transactions would be handled within the county’s current fiscal process. Counties would have an individual account and merchant ID. Counties would be responsible for the transaction fees. During the first year, MU Extension would cover the monthly fee.

The MU Off-Campus option would use a single merchant ID with monies paid centrally and distributed monthly to county offices.  Counties would be responsible only for the transaction fees.

Glascock said individuals who served on the credit-card committee are available to help counties evaluate the options.

Comparison of credit-card options

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