News for employees, Oct. 1, 2009

True colors

Extension employees show black and gold spirit

MU Extension employees in Carroll County turned on the black and gold to win top honors in the 2009 College Colors Day contest, sponsored by MU Licensing and TrademarksMU Extension employees in Carroll County, from left, Anita Reid, Kasey Pense and Parman Green, turned on the black and gold to win top honors in the 2009 College Colors Day contest, sponsored by MU Licensing and Trademarks

Carroll County put on the black and gold to celebrate College Colors Day, which celebrates Mizzou spirit among University of Missouri employees. The Carroll County team received first place among MU Extension offices that participated.

Kasey Pence, Anita Reid and Parman Green will receive tickets to a Mizzou men’s basketball game to celebrate their team spirit.

Second place went to Wayne County, and Lewis County took third place. Honorable mentions were awarded to Dade, Jackson and Texas counties for their creativity in showing Mizzou spirit.

A record 13 offices participated in the competition. The contest is sponsored by the MU Licensing and Trademarks Office with assistance from MU Extension Marketing.

Check out MU Black and Gold on Facebook for photos from all MU Extension office entries.

And the winners are...

County clerical staff honored for service, commitment

Eleven county clerical staff members received honors for their contributions to the MU Extension mission and service to the communities where they work. The 2009 County Clerical Awards were presented in four categories.

Chris Waite of Butler County received the first-place Senior Clerical Award, which recognizes staff members with eight or more years of service. Second place went to Kathy Nichols of Audrain County and third place to Vanessa Miller of Adair County.

The Junior Clerical Award was given to Marsha Parsons of Warren County with Linda Rimmer of Saline County receiving second place and Lorri Winters of Greene County receiving third. The category recognizes council employees with two to seven years of service.

Rookie of the Year honors were presented to Barb Stillings of Christian County. Nancy Chambers of Greene County received second place, and Lisa Garro of Maries County received third place.

The first-place Technology Award winner was Kathy Maddox of Jefferson County. Vanessa Miller received second place and Annette Valentine of Putnam County received third place.

Individuals are nominated by their colleagues and selected by a committee of their peers for the annual awards.

Missouri Galaxy to bring together extension faculty

Missouri Galaxy, slated for Nov. 10 and 11, will offer time for professional development, networking and association meetings.

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

“Because of budget constraints, Galaxy is the one opportunity this year for our extension organization to meet together, said Marsha Alexander, UMEA president. “This year’s Galaxy conference will be an excellent opportunity to network with extension colleagues statewide. A strong agenda has been planned with interesting breakout sessions that reflect a variety of interests.”

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.”

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.

Missouri Galaxy

MU Extension continues role in state disaster partnership

University of Missouri Extension is continuing its membership in the Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery. Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order creating the partnership in late September.

Since 1993, MU Extension has been a full member of the governor’s partnership, which is responsible for enhancing “Missouri’s ability to plan and prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from disasters.”

MU Extension's unique responsibility is providing the partnership with research-based information on mitigation, preparedness, disaster management and recovery information.

The Community Emergency Management Program, a statewide network of state and regional faculty and staff, works yearround to help communities prepare for disasters by serving on local emergency planning committees, training citizen volunteers, educating the general public and other activities.

During disasters, extension faculty serve key roles in organizing recovery efforts, coordinating the activities of disaster agencies and disseminating research-based information to help people, businesses and communities recover.

In the last five years, Missouri has received 20 presidential disaster declarations, more than any other state.

National extension diversity group to be honored by USDA

The Change Agent States Consortium, which includes MU Extension, will receive CSREES Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts.

Organized 10 years ago, the national project is focused on successful models and systemic-change strategies to support greater diversity and welcoming climates within the Cooperative Extension System.

“I am especially proud of the MU/LU collaborative relationship and accomplishments that have occurred through this initiative,” said Julie Middleton, organizational development director. “I am keenly aware that our Catalyst Team and other Catalyst Teams across the country are responsible for the forward movement of this project and for many of the changes in diversity that have occurred in land-grant institutions.

Middleton will travel to Washington, D.C., to represent MU Extension at the Oct. 6 award ceremony.

CSREES becomes National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Today, Oct. 1, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture replaced USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, as mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill.

NIFA's mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education and extension programs in the land-grant university system and other partner organizations. The new agency is modeled after the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to strengthen agricultural research.

President Barack Obama has appointed Roger Beachy, president of the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, as the first director. Beachy will join the agency Oct. 5.

Mind Games: Workout for Brain Offers Hope for Kids with Autism

Mind Games: Workout for brain offers hope for kids with autism

Researchers from across MU are engaged in more than 30 autism-related research projects, and Guy McCormack’s research on neurofeedback is one the more high-profile investigations into treatment of the disease. His research and preliminary data are featured in Illumination, MU’s research magazine.

Sessions offer details on fee standardization

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

Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
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.

Workshops explain time reporting system

Starting Nov. 29, University of Missouri employees will be using a new PeopleSoft module to report time and absences. MU Extension is offering training sessions for biweekly and monthly employees and supervisors.

 Each session is offered in person and through Adobe Connect. Individuals participating through Adobe Connect should register in WebApps. Campus sessions do not require registration.

Monthly employees may choose to review the Time and Labor process online. Supervisors only need to attend one session.

Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 16 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 23 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 at 10:15 a.m.
Oct. 20 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 at 10:15 a.m.
Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.
Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Time and Labor transition details and training dates

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.

Guidelines and form

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.