News for employees, Nov. 1, 2009

MU Extension employees should educate themselves on H1NI

Guidelines address extension operational concerns

University of Missouri Extension has developed guidelines to help employees address operational issues in the event of an HINI virus outbreak. These guidelines expand on the information distributed by UM Human Resources and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.

The additional guidance deals with issues unique to MU Extension, including travel, programming, fees and office closures, said Eric Evans, community emergency management specialist.

Image of H1N1 influenza virus taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory

Evans said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that H1N1 flu could affect up to 50 percent of the population, and extension employees should be educated on the virus and prepared for its impact.

“We want the entirety of extension engaged in this on a personal level,” Evans said. “We want them to know the hazards and risks, and what they can do minimize them.”

Employees also should review “EMW1020: The Facts on H1N1 Flu,” which provides basic information on the disease.

“We want extension employees to be role models, give correct information -- not add to the panic -- and be in support of the state and local health departments,” Evans said. “We want to be a full partner in educating the public about this illness.”

MU Extension’s operating guidelines are drawn from recommendations by the CDC and comply with university policies.

Evans worked with Molly Vetter-Smith, state health education specialist; Shirley Farrah, assistant dean of nursing; Melinda Adams, human resources manager; administrators and faculty to develop the documents.

MU Extension faculty to gather at Missouri Galaxy

People still have a few days to register for the Missouri Galaxy, Nov. 10 and 11, which will feature awards, a guest speaker, workshops, association meetings and an organizational update.

At the opening session, Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of extension, will report on a variety of subjects, including the budget, stakeholder relations, fee standardization and the career ladder.

Professional development topics include using technology effectively, capturing impact data, investing, retirement planning and listening skills. Susan Brown, University of Nebraska professor emeritus, will give the keynote address, “The Importance of Laughter in the Workplace.”

The galaxy is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension Association in cooperation with other extension professional associations and receives financial support from MU Extension.

MU Extension’s support allows the conference to be free of charge to participants, but individuals will need to register by Oct. 30. Individuals are responsible for lodging costs and arrangements.

Kudos: Honors, presentations and publications

Linville selected for National 4-H Council

Ina Linville

Ina Linville, director of MU Extension's 4-H Center for Youth Development, has been chosen to serve on the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees. Linville is stepping in to complete the final year of a three-year term left vacant by the retirement of Roger Ryles, Georgia 4-H director.

The council provides direction on national programs, leadership in marketing and opportunities for donors to invest in the organization.

Linville also has been selected to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the MU College of Education’s Alumni Board. The award will be presented in April 2010.

Shearon honored by MU, community colleges

Dolores Shearon

Dolores Shearon, extension marketing director, was one of 30 alumni recognized by MU and the Missouri Community College Association during a luncheon at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Community college presidents and chancellors selected outstanding graduates like Shearon who later chose to attend and graduate from MU.

Shearon graduated from Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff before attending MU, where she earned a bachelor of journalism and a master’s in public administration.

Hedrick serves on national board

Dave Hedrick

Dave Hedrick, director of the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute, has been elected vice president of the North American Fire Training Directors, which represents U.S. and Canadian fire training systems.


Carroll presents at MOREnet conference

Leslie Carroll, Nevada TeleCenter IT specialist, presented “Empowering Students Using Technology on a Tight Budget” at the 2009 MOREnet Instructional Technology Conference. The presentation showcased the TeleCenter’s work with Nevada Middle School to use interactive technology in the classroom.

4-H LIFE recognized by national group

The 4-H LIFE program for incarcerated parents and their children was listed as one of seven promising practices in “Children of Incarcerated Parents: An Action Plan for Federal Policymakers,” released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

compact flourescent lightbulb

Pollution prevention program pairs students with businesses

Businesses, government entities and institutions looking to increase conservation and cut energy costs can get help from MU engineering students in summer 2010.

The MU Environmental Assistance Center, part of MU Extension's business development program, is seeking applications for the Pollution Prevention Internship program. Interns are upper-level students who can help companies improve environmental performance, said Marie Steinwachs, EAC director.

Applications are due Jan. 29, 2010.

Fee standardization sessions continue

Information sessions on fee standardization and revenue generation are continuing. Sessions via Abode Connect are open to all MU Extension employees.

Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.
Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.
Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.
Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

E-mail Jeanne Miner to register.

Time-reporting workshops wind down

Faculty and staff still have time to participate in the Time and Labor reporting workshops, either in person or via Adobe Connect (register).

Biweekly: Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Supervisor: Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.and Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Monthly: Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Recognize teamwork

Nominations for the Quarterly Teamwork Award are due Dec. 1.

The award recognizes group efforts that yield results for MU Extension and the people we serve.

MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of each month for MU Extension faculty and staff. Send comments to Editor, Eileen Yager.