Brady Deaton has announced that Associate Vice Provost for Extension Management Services Rhonda Gibler will succeed Tim Rooney as MU’s director of budget, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Rooney announced in August that he will retire at the end of 2012.
“Rhonda has been with Mizzou for more than 19 years and has served on various system- and campus-wide committees dealing with budget issues as diverse as benefits, travel policy, grants implementation, fiscal planning and retirement plans,” Deaton said. “We are very fortunate that she possesses not only the budgetary and management skills, but that she also brings vast institutional knowledge that is invaluable for this position. We’re looking forward to working with her in this new capacity.”
As chief budget officer, Gibler will be responsible for overall planning of MU’s budget. She will work across MU’s departments and colleges/schools as well as coordinate with UM System administration to further the goals of appropriate budget management and fiscal responsibility. She will advise the chancellor and provost on resource allocations and provide assistance in long-term planning, resource allocations, and campus budget conditions and trends.
“Mizzou is an amazing place to work, and it’s great to follow someone like Tim Rooney who has done an admirable job with our budget through some very difficult years,” Gibler said. “The landscape of higher education is shifting in terms of funding. I will be working with the schools, colleges and administrative departments to understand their business models and how we can help make them financially successful. The financial strength of the university as a whole influences the individual units’ abilities to be strong. This means we need to understand their demands and adjust accordingly to benefit the entire university.”
As associate vice provost for Extension management, Gibler has been responsible for the overall administrative, financial, communications, computing and human resource functions. Recently, Gibler led a committee that reviewed revenue generation policy and created a three-year plan to investigate fee generation as a way to augment the Extension budget. Prior to her current appointment, Gibler also served as assistant vice provost and director of administrative management for MU Extension, a research analyst for the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan, and a customer service manager.
“I’m very honored and excited about this wonderful opportunity,” Gibler said. “I have been a member of the university community for a long time; this is an opportunity for me to give back to that community and hopefully make a difference on a broader level.”
Gibler was raised on a rural Missouri farm with six siblings. She and her husband, Kevin, have three children, Kelsie, Haylie and Kendall.
From left, H.C. Russell, Henry Warren and Michael Ouart.
The 2012 recipient of the Gordon Warren University of Missouri Extension Land-Grant award is H.C. Russell, chair of the MU Extension State Council. The award honors a Missouri citizen who uses the resources of the land-grant university to benefit the state.
H.C. has served on the University of Missouri Extension State Council since 2005 and as its chair since 2009. Under his leadership, the members from across the state have become a cohesive advocacy group, which has been successful in communicating about the value of MU Extension for Missouri citizens with legislators, county commissioners, and the governor’s office. Thanks to the council’s efforts, MU Extension’s appropriated funds have been well protected.
As a result, more than a million citizens each year benefit directly from Extension programs, and many more benefit indirectly through an improved economy and quality of life. The State Council has developed targeted, creative means for communicating internally with MU and System administration and the Board of Curators. Those efforts also have helped protect MU Extension’s budget and therefore made it possible to provide programs that assist businesses, local governments, 4-H youth, community leaders and families make a profit, survive droughts and other disasters, prepare for the work force, sort nutritional fact from fiction, and more.
Concurrent with service on the Extension State Council, H.C. represented Extension on the University of Missouri Alumni Alliance – a group that advocates for the entire University under the direction of the System’s president. He has been very active in advocacy and educative efforts on the Alliance’s Legislative Day, and he currently is on the Alliance’s executive committee as chairman of the planning and intrasystems committee. He also is a member of the Mizzou Flagship Council and is active with the Mizzou Legislative Network.
The Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a University of Missouri Extension faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating one extension educational activity conducted in a given year. David Burton, civic communication specialist in the Southwest Region took a disaster and turned it into a golden opportunity to provide resources and get MU Extension resources in front of thousands of Missourians.
May 22 was a typical day in Joplin until the tornado devastated the town. David had his work laptop at home that night and he began sorting through some media releases he had written in the previous five years, looking for information useful to families and a community impacted by a tornado.
What began as routine work turned into a social media extravaganza as David became the co-administrator for the Joplin Tornado Info site, using Facebook as a platform to disseminate information.
The beginning efforts with social media expanded to other opportunities to eventually write a guide about social media, the disaster and recovery stages. This guide has been downloaded more than 2,000 times from the Greene County website.
The guide and social media curriculum have lead David to many venues to present and share the successes and challenges of the Joplin Tornado Info site. As David teaches others about his experiences and shares the guide and social media curriculum, he acknowledges that not all people can be reached through social media but when it is used with other types of communication, it can maximize the reach within a community.
The Ronald J. Turner Global Education Award went to Crystal Weber, community development specialist in the West Central Region.
Crystal’s professional development opportunity is incorporated in the next Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow class, to begin in January. The program includes a two-week international experience, which will assist her in creating critical networks to help her continue work in food systems and provide insights and learning. Crystal has used her previous international experience with the A LOT program to bring knowledge home to Missouri to benefit local needs.
The Pat and Tom Buchanan Professional Development Award is given each year to a University of Missouri Extension faculty member to support professional development opportunities.
The 2012 recipient is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist in the East Central Region. Kandace will use the $500 award to attend the Environmental Design and Research Association in Rhode Island in May. This international association strives to advance environmental design research, and helps create and improve environments responsive to human needs. Kandace will gain insight from the conference to help her in local programming related to Aging in Place, Energy Management and Healthy Homes.
The Vice Provost’s Award for Outstanding Achievement honoring off campus faculty is presented to a regional faculty member who has planned, conducted and evaluated a multi-year extension program.
This year’s winner is Beverly Maltsberger, a community development specialist in the Northwest Region who has been with Extension more than 36 years. She has a reputation for finding the money for programming and, through her career she has garnered more than $1.8 million to support local, high-priority programming.
During and following the 1993 flood, she established herself as a recognized expert and leader related to residential and community disaster-based recovery, mitigation and preparedness. She is recognized statewide, regionally and nationally by EDEN and eXtension for that expertise and leadership related to community-based emergency management programming.
More recently, she has worked on a special assignment as the stand-in for the State Emergency Management Specialist. This special assignment is a compliment to Beverly’s adaptability to process quickly when handling emergency response situations.
The Vice Provost’s Award for Outstanding Achievement honoring on campus faculty is presented to a regional faculty member who has planned, conducted and evaluated a multi-year extension program.The 2012 winner of is Sharon Gulick, director of the Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program since 2006.
Sharon recently conducted an evaluation of the five pilot ExCEED projects. The findings showed that the engagement had a significant impact on the community and region, that growth was occurring in the local economy and, most importantly, that the youth and adults in the community had a new sense of their future. Community members also clearly related how they now valued the University and MU Extension for “thinking outside the box” and bringing new ideas and engagement to their communities.
The County Program Director Excellence Award recognizes distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a County Program Director.
This award went to Rebecca Travnichek, CPD in Andrew County. A CPD since 2001, Rebecca’s was honored for her positive interaction with the Andrew County commissioners and the Andrew County Extension Council. She has been instrumental in the continued growth of the Andrew County Extension Council budget, which has grown more than 40 percent in 12 years.
Rebecca also has served as interim CPD for DeKalb and Holt counties, for periods of two-three years in each county. These two counties were experiencing extreme difficulties with budgets, faculty, staff, community members and supporters. She was instrumental in helping the extension councils, commissioners and staff in both counties develop sound budgets and visions for the future.
Extension Teamwork Award winners: Front row: Jim Quinn, Pat Miller, Sanjun Gu, Darla Campbell, Jennifer Schutter, Tim Baker; back row: Patrick Byers, Tom Fowler, David Trinklein, Joni Ross Harper, Travis Harper, Bob Schultheis. Heather Benedict not pictured.
The Extension Teamwork Award recognizes faculty who have collaborated on an interdisciplinary or cross-campus team to develop, implement and evaluate a specific educational response to a specific need. The team receives $5,000 to be used in support of the recognized program.
The 2012 winners are the member of the Reaching Amish and Mennonite Producers with Specialized Programming team. They include regional specialists James Quinn, horticulture; Tim Baker, horticulture; Heather Benedict, agronomy; Patrick Byers, horticulture; Darla Campbell, agriculture business; Thomas Fowler, horticulture; Joni Ross Harper, agronomy; Travis Harper, agronomy; Patricia Miller, agronomy; Robert Schultheis, natural resource engineer; Jennifer Schutter, horticulture; state specialists Sanjun Gu, vegetable; Jamie Pinero, IPM; and David Trinklein, associate professor of horticulture.
Their nearly statewide effort focuses on three areas: integrated pest management, general vegetable production issues, and safe production and handling practices of vegetables.
The program began in 2008 with an EPA grant of nearly $50,000. Additional dollars were received with Iowa State University in 2010 to continue programming and offer pest review sessions at multiple locations in Iowa and Missouri. Farm tours, farm visits, workshops and newsletters were held to discuss the in-season topics.
In-season activities emphasized safe production and handling practices of vegetables and off-season sessions included honeybee and vegetable production workshops. The target audience was Amish and Mennonite vegetable producers serving produce auctions in Missouri. At the beginning of the grant, there were four produce auctions. Today more than 350 vegetable growers sell at produce auctions and traditional wholesale vegetable distribution points.
The Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award went to Jim Gann, a BDP specialist based in Columbia and director of technology business development for MO SBTDC. For the past six years he has assisted an estimated 585 clients increase sales by more than $94 million, gain financing in excess of $84 million, and create or retain nearly 500 jobs.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Extension Business Award recipient is Kathy Macomber, BDP specialist in the Southwest Region.
Kathy was instrumental in Joplin’s tornado disaster recovery. She worked closely with area businesses affected by the tornado and worked side-by-side with Small Business Administration loan officers and other counselors from the SBTDC at Missouri Southern State University. She also adapted a disaster recovery guide from Alabama for Missouri businesses.
She and other counselors provided business owners assistance reconstructing financial records, locating new office space and facing the myriad other challenges of re-establishing their businesses.
A new award, the Vice Provost’s Diversity Award, recognizes individuals or groups providing leadership to diversity initiatives. It went to Alejandra Guino and the Family Nutrition Education Programs Diversity Initiative for developing, adopting and implementing a formal diversity education plan entitled, Tools for Critical Self-Reflection and Dialogue about Diversity.
This program trains nutrition paraprofessionals and faculty to work effectively across the many dimensions of diversity. The goal is to develop their personal communication skills and behavior to be an effective communicator and to feel comfortable delivering programs to diverse audiences.
This program has been very successful. Since implementation of the plan, the percentage of African American participants has increased from 19 percent to 26 percent.
The FNEP Diversity Initiative has trained more than 198 paraprofessionals. As a result, paraprofessionals indicate they are more comfortable reaching new, more diverse audiences. Because of the impact seen with the EFNEP and SNAP Ed paraprofessionals, this diversity training has been incorporated into the Extension statewide orientation for new faculty.
Outstanding Program Award: 1st Place Old North St. Louis, Kara Lubischer.
Kara Lubischer (pictured at left with Amie Schleicher), East Central community development specialist has been involved with the Old North St. Louis Restoration project since she began her career with MU Extension in 2006. While this has certainly been a team effort involving a tremendous number of community and St. Louis city leaders, Kara has been the key driving force behind bringing the partnership together.
Established in 1816 as the Village of North St. Louis, the area now known as Old North St. Louis has seen many changes in the past couple of centuries. With assistance from University of Missouri Extension, the Old North Restoration Group has facilitated thousands of hours of volunteer service for neighborhood clean-ups and vacant building board-ups, hosted street festivals, sponsored annual house tours, coordinated crime prevention initiatives, and built the group’s office into a “neighborhood marketing center.”
Most recently, the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group was recognized for the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. ONSL cites the following factors as contributing to Old North’s selection:
While Kara did not do all of this she did help bring people together, facilitate discussion and enhance collaboration so that these outcomes could happen! This was a true community development program effort.
Outstanding Program Award: 2nd Place Head Start Garden,Patrick Byers
The Head Start Garden project was conducted in 2008-2010 with three Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Head Start facilities in Greene County.
Patrick Byers was contacted in 2008 by the directors of three Head Start facilities, who expressed interest in developing gardening experiences that could be used with children and teachers. The facilities constructed three raised bed gardens, funded by a grant from the Lowes Heroes program. Patrick arranged for further donations of seed, transplants, growing structures, and fertilizer over the course of the project.
In coordination with teachers, Patrick developed curriculum appropriate for this age group for a season-long series of biweekly gardening experiences to teach children the basics of vegetable production and to reinforce other learning areas.
Teachers took the project to the next level, providing opportunities for the children to prepare and consume the vegetables. Over the course of the project 10 lessons were delivered each growing season. More than 2100 contacts were made with the children and teachers during the two year project. In the two years following the project the gardens were planted and used by teachers at two of the Head Start facilities.
Outstanding Program Award: 3rd Place Joplin Tornado, Kathy Macomber & Janet LaFon
Janet LaFon and Kathy Macomber (pictured at left with Amie Schleicher) coordinated the educational and informational efforts of specialists from across the state, worked collaboratively with other agencies, and continued their own work during the recovery of the Joplin area after it was devastated by an EF-5 tornado, on May 22, 2011. The Extension specialists quickly began working to provide educational resources for those affected.
This team worked on the response through a variety of approaches.
An information booth provided to assist Joplin-area residents as part of the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) – a one-stop for those affected by the tornado. The booth was manned daily May 29-June 12 by 40 faculty and staff members from the Southwest, West Central and South Central Extension regions. A total of 499 local residents were served.
MU Extension, the SBA, Missouri Southern State University SBTDC, and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce aided business recovery byopening a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in downtown Joplin the week following the devastating tornado. More than 800 businesses visited the site.
State and regional extension specialists were on-site assisting with assessing the damage to structures and the impact on trees and other vegetation. Janet LaFon and another regional specialist meet regularly with the long-term recovery committee, and Janet is working with the unmet needs case management committee.
A special tornado recovery website quickly became operational. It included news articles, publications and other helpful information for those affected by the tornado.
Through this program MU Extension and these specialists learned a tremendous amount about providing actionable information in a form that disaster survivors can use.
Meritorious Award: Melissa Bess
Melissa Bess, nutrition and health education specialist, provides nutrition and physical activity trainings to Nutrition Program Associates in the South Central region during monthly in-services and provides subject matter training with new Nutrition Program Associates as part of their orientation. Some of Melissa’s programs include: Stay Strong, Stay Healthy; Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy; Missouri on the Move walking program; Technology; and Food Preservation.
Melissa has served on a team, with campus HES Extension faculty who developed the Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program for use statewide with other MU Extension faculty and volunteers. Since 2005, Melissa has offered the ten-week Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program more than 25 times in five counties. Melissa has also served as an instructional leader in the 2011 Stay Strong, Stay Healthy DVD, which is sold to participants as a tool to increase physical activity at home.
In September 2011, Melissa presented Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy at the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual session with other faculty. She also presented a poster on Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy with one other faculty member at the International Council on Active Aging in November 2012.
Melissa maintains the South Central regional wellness blog, which is updated weekly with timely nutrition, health, physical activity, and wellness topics. She has also written monthly newspaper articles for three local newspapers since 2005.
Meritorious Award: Todd Lorenz
Todd Lorenz, CM Region horticulture/agronomy specialist, has worked on several projects that have had major accomplishments, including: forage research and education; Master Gardeners in Correction; Responsible Home Gardening; and Education Resource Innovation Center.
Todd has taught core Master Gardener classes in Cole, Boone, Pettis and Audrain counties. He serves on the state advisory board for the State Master Gardeners and the self directed work team.
Todd worked with Don Day to develop the curriculum – Master Gardeners in Corrections: A MaGIC Experience to teach offenders skills to help them gain employment or to use in feeding their families. The curriculum and concepts of teaching the class in the prison setting has been adopted by many other states.
Todd has been a leader in research and grant writing for projects at the Clifton City research site. The grants totaling more than $50,000 have dealt with environmentally sound forage management to increase livestock profitability. Many field days have shared the research data with the producers.
Rookie of the Year Award: Connie Neal
Connie Neal, Northwest Region housing and environmental design specialist, got her feet wet her first day on the job—literally. The NW Region was preparing for severe flooding in the western counties of Atchison, Holt, Andrew and Buchanan. The regional Community Emergency Management Team (CEMP) recruited her as a team member and asked for information about properly storing household items in preparation for the predicted flooding. She prepared news releases, did radio interviews and provided information to be posted on the “MO FLOOD INFO” Facebook page. She used moisture meters and engaged other extension professionals in the restoration process. Cooperative Media Group featured Connie and one of her clients when documenting MU Extension’s impact in the flood of 2012.
Connie is a great team member focusing on CEMP, A Matter of Balance, energy programming and home buyer education. She provides leadership on “Shades of Green: Sustainability Series” an innovative program that will debut this fall.
Connie’s ability to build relationships and partnerships has enabled her to secure United Way resources and other partners to help with programming in Grundy County and across the region. She assumed the county program director role in March and has done an excellent job of keeping the council engaged and working with multiple partners to host an MU Extension Day in May.
Rookie of the Year Award: Kelli Wilmes
Since beginning her job as a health and nutrition education specialist in January 2011, Kelli Wilmes has done an outstanding job to meet the nutrition and health education needs in Northwest Missouri. She has made nearly 1,200 contacts with participants through “Eat Smart Guidelines Training” for child care providers, Family Nutrition Education Programs, food preservation classes, Eat Well Be Well with Diabetes, and Stay Strong Stay Healthy.
Kelli has worked with HES specialists and the Nutrition Program Associates of the FNEP team in working with families. She has also involved community partners to identify and meet the needs of the people she serves. With others in her offices, the county MU Extension councils, and commissioners she is an active part of the processes of setting and meeting educational goals for her counties.
A “H.I.M.–Health Information for Men” curriculum development team member noted “Kelli created the title for the new program. She brings a fresh take on curriculum development to our team. She has practical experience that has parlayed into working knowledge of how to reach the male audience.”
UMEA honors Extension Technology and Computing Services (ETCS) for its dedication to Extension faculty and staff. When called or emailed, the ETCS staff is patient, understanding and willing to find a solution. They are like crisis counselors, never knowing what the next phone call will bring. ETCS staff is patient with those less tech-savvy faculty and staff, seeking basic solutions that, “we should have known if we had just read the recent email.” They keep their cool when a panicked faculty member calls when the Adobe Connect isn’t working properly and are always willing to investigate a more complex problem.
We want to recognize them and let them know that we appreciate their hard work, their amazing knowledge and, most of all, their positive attitude to help us navigate the changing technology that helps us do our jobs to serve the citizens of Missouri.
Farm Bureau Agriculture Award:Wayne Flanary
For the last several years, Wayne Flanary (left, with Diane Olson, education director for Missouri Farm Bureau) has worked diligently on research at the Graves-Chapple Farm meeting the needs of northwest Missouri farmers. Wayne has been instrumental in organizing the winter crops conferences and the past two years in organizing numerous meetings concerning the floods of 2010 and 2011. He is always helpful and prompt when answering local farmers questions. If he doesn’t have the answer, he will research it from other sources, demonstrating leadership and problem solving.
Wayne has established extremely good relationships with extension councils, county officials, civic groups, farm organizations and the community. As Holt County program director, Wayne sees that the office has up-to-date displays, videos and information on extension programs, and he works effectively with office staff and extension council members.
According to D.E. Ohlensehlen, Holt County Extension council chair: “We here at Holt County feel we are blessed with an exceptional extension staff and Wayne is the most exceptional part of the staff. It is my privilege to know and work with Wayne.”
Farm Bureau 4-H Award:Velynda Cameron
Carl Allison and Greg Whitlock of the Greene County Extension Council agree: “First and foremost, Ms. Cameron is driven by her passion for children, or as she refers to them, “my kids.”
Her leadership has helped grow the 4‐H program to more than 300 members in Greene County, all while losing her only YPA to county budget cuts. Velynda recognized the needs of the underserved urban youth and has successfully developed three strong urban clubs since 2011. The club’s focus of gardening, horticulture and nutrition expose inner city youth to valuable life skills. Her leadership with the urban youth has contributed to the success of the robotics project in Greene County.
Dustin DeVore, Agri Services Manager says he sees the effect Velynda has on the 271 youth in Greene County through her exceptional leadership skills: “The well developed specialized clubs in Greene County indicate that she has helped to deliver high quality diversified educational programs for families as well as youth in the county.”
Greene County has 14 4-H clubs that vary from rural clubs in places like Bois D’Arc to urban clubs within the city of Springfield. Since Velynda became the 4-H youth specialist in 2008, the number of clubs and participants has increased. These increases can be attributed to Velynda’s knowledge of an exceedingly varied county population.
Farm Bureau Outstanding HES Specialist: Jessica Trussell
Jessica has been delivering exceptional programs since 2008. Building Strong Families help families find their strength and learn skills to create stronger ties, improve relationships and increase communications. She has offered the classes in Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy and Livingston counties.
Jessica also delivers Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, Teens Caring for Kids baby-sitting clinic, and Focus on Kids programs. She frequently uses the local radio station to highlight programs and interviews to promote were classes.
One example of her programming and service is her participation in the Obesity Prevention Project and its annual back-to-school bonanza. Jessica was on the original planning team for the event. She continues to be the coordinator for all donations and family registration. In its fourth year, the fair provides backpacks and school supplies to almost 1,000 children and health, safety and wellness information to more than 600 adults in Livingston County. Jessica’s leadership helps assure the success of the event. Brian Eggers, Livingston County Farm Bureau, says: “This is an excellent way that Jessica is working to impact our community all year long.”
Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE for the following workshop dates:
Nov. 11-13: Cultural Bricolage is a Mizzou Advantage Conference. This conference is free to MU students, faculty and staff. Register at http://muconf.missouri.edu/culturalbricolage/eblast.html .
Dec. 2: 4-H day with the Rams. You are invited to join other Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, volunteers, family, and friends for 4‑H Day at the Edward Jones Dome at noon Dec. 2, to watch the St. Louis Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers. Tickets for the game can be purchased over the phone (314-425-0528), or by mail or fax using the 4-H Ticket Order Form on the event flier at www.mo4h.missouri.edu. You can also order tickets online at www.stlouisrams.com/4h using the promo code “4h”. Credit card orders will be accepted.
Dec. 11-13: NAEPSDP conference: conference registration information and the agenda are available online http://naepsdp.tamu.edu/?page_id=32. Contact Julie Middleton, president-elect of NAEPSDP, with questions.
Dec. 23: 4-H day with the Chiefs. Tickets are specially discounted for all 4-H members, families and friends at $25/seat. Tickets are subject to availability. Call Ryan Youngs at 816-920-4830 or e-mail RYoungs@Chiefs.NFL.com.
April 3: MU Alumni Alliance Legislative Day, Jefferson City.
Our sympathy goes out to:
Rebecca Travnichek on the passing of her grandmother, Wilma V. "Bill" Young.
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