News for employees, Nov. 1, 2008 – Annual Conference Edition


Go Team! Jackson County has Tiger spirit

Faculty and staff in the Jackson County extension office were the 2008 winners in the MU College Colors Day contest, receiving a life-sized cutout of Truman the Tiger.
MU Extension faculty from Jackson County pose with Truman the Tiger—first prize in the 2008 winners in the MU College Colors Day contest. Pictured with the team is Linda Gilbert, left, of the contest sponsor, the MU Trademarks and Licensing Office.

Other winners, who received spirit packs from the MU Trademarks and Licensing Office, were: Pulaski County, Southeast Regional Office/Southern TCRC and Franklin County.Photos are available on the Share Drive

MU Extension recognizes excellence

Some two dozen individuals were recognized for their contributions to MU Extension’s mission and service to the people of Missouri:

Gordon Warren Land-Grant University AwardMU Chancellor Brady Deaton

Vice Provost’s Award for Outstanding Achievement:

Teamwork Award—Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program

Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education―David Patterson, state extension beef specialist

Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching AwardRebecca Travnicheck, NW family financial education specialist

Pat and Tom Buchanan Professional Development AwardGlenda Kinder, WC nutrition and health education specialist

Ronald J. Turner Global Education AwardJoyce Taylor, 4-H global education coordinator

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award—Mick Gilliam, SC business development specialist

Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry AwardKevin Wilson, St. Louis Small Business Technology Center director

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Specialist Awards

Epsilon Sigma Phi Friend of ExtensionCole County Commissioner Mike “Pee Wee” Forck

 

News Briefs

Say it with chocolate

Susan Mills-Gray, WC nutrition and health education specialist, and Paula Hudson, ETCS data base programmer, received “Deserving of Chocolate” awards from the University of Missouri Extension Association. UMEA thanked each of them with pounds of chocolate ― Mills-Gray for her leadership in organizing the annual Legislative Day and Hudson for her patience and persistence in developing and modifying WebApps.

High honors for ambitious project

Steve Wyatt, business development program director, was among those recognized by USDA for their work on eXtension. The team received the Secretary’s Honor Award from Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, Oct. 22. Wyatt was part of the eXtension steering committee and was instrumental in developing the organization’s business plan.

Working on the national 4-H scene

Jo Turner is returning full-time to 4-H as a consultant to the National 4-H Council, leading the organization’s fund raising with foundations. Turner will continue as the Missouri investigator with the National 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development and serving in an advisory role for the Flagship Scholars program. She is located at the 4-H Center for Youth Development.

Tax-exempt cards available

Laminated tax-exempt cards are available from MU Extension Administrative Management. For a card, contact June Gibson, administrative associate I, via e-mail or phone, 573-884-0615.

Condolences

Condolences are extended to:

  • Larry Boehm, extension webist, on the death of mother, Judith Miller.
  • Judy Elling, Lafayette County secretary, on the death of her mother, Laura Frisbie.
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    Sustaining democracy

    MU Chancellor Brady Deaton welcomes faculty and talks about MU Extension's role in sustaining democracy through informed decision making.

    In addressing annual conference participants, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton praised MU Extension's role in sustaining democracy through educational programs that inform decision making for Missourians. Listen to excerpts from his remarks. (MP3, 7:57 minutes)

    Giving back

    MU Provost Brian Foster discusses how the university, especially through extension, gives back to communities across the state. Listen to excerpts.

    MU Provost Brian Foster discusses how the university, especially through extension, gives back to communities across the state. Listen to excerpts.(MP3, 8:20 minutes)

    Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension, celebrates extension's impact on the state and explores the challenges of the future during the closing session of MU Extension annual conference.

    'The Ouart Report'

    Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension, celebrates extension's impact on the state and explores the challenges of the future during the closing session of MU Extension annual conference. Listen to excerpts.(MP3, 8:20 minutes) and view presentation (PDF).

    Forum to explore global food issues

    World food issues is the topic of an upcoming Chancellor’s Forum on Global Issues, Nov. 12, in Columbia. Moderated by Handy Williamson, vice provost for international programs, panel members include Bill McKelvy, MU Extension associate in community food systems; Pat Westhoff, FAPRI director; Bill Folk, biochemistry professor; and Jerry Parker, associate dean of medicine.

    The forum runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium at Memorial Union. The free event is part of the Asian Affairs Center’s 10th anniversary observance.

     

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