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MU Extension Insider
Oct. 1, 2013


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month by the MU Cooperative Media Group. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

Stars of Galaxy IV

MU Extension staff returned from the Galaxy IV conference, Sept. 16-20 in Pittsburgh, with an impressive array of awards and honors from partner organizations. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to Kathy Dothage, who was vice-chair for the conference.

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)

Mark Stillwell, Mary Leuci accepts award

Mary Simon Leuci, International Service Award, North Central Region.
Mark Stillwell was recognized for his service as ESP president.

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP)

Bev Maltsburger, Meridith Berry receive award

Beverly Maltsberger, Meridith Berry, David Burton, Frank Wideman and Kent Faddis, National Educational Technology Team Award for Extension Response to Catastrophic Flooding on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Pictured are Meridith Berry (left) and Beverly Maltsberger.

Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP)

Lee Ann Woolery, Mark Porth and Mary Simon Leuci, Green Award for the poster “Building Successful Collaborations Using the Arts.”

National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)

Karen Elliot, Lala Kumar, Rachael McGinnis-Millsap, Molly Fusselman and Cindy Zluticky, second place, national and Central Region, Communications-Educational Curriculum.

Kandace Fisher, first place, Central Region, Community Partnerships.

Karen Elliot, Continued Excellence.

Melissa Bess, third place, Central Region, Communications-Television/Video.

Nina Chen and team (Marsha Alexander, Saralee Bury Jamieson, Shatomi Luster, Susan Mills-Gray, Diana Milne, Tammy Roberts, Karen Sherbondy, Lisa Wallace, Lynda Johnson, Glenda Kinder, Carole Bozworth and Kris Jenkins), second place, Central Region, Communications-Newsletter.

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA)

Beth Rasa Edwards, Donna Garcia and Leon Moon, Search for Excellence in Teen Programming.

Melissa Scheer and Shaun Murphy, Achievement in Service Awards.

Karla Deaver and Bob McNary, Distinguished Service Awards.

National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA)

Randa Doty, Achievement Award.

Kent Shannon, Distinguished Service Award.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know!


College Colors Day winners

Thanks to the 11 counties and the Human Environmental Sciences team at University Place for submitting pictures capturing College Colors Day festivities.  The judges had a difficult time selecting from the black and gold events. College Colors Day is a good reminder to emphasize how MU Extension centers connect residents to the resources of the University of Missouri.

First place: Oregon County

College Colors winner Oregan County office

Oregon County office winner Pictured, from left, Barbara Simpson, Charles Trantham (Oregon County Extension Council chair) and Brandi Sutherland.

Oregon County staff hosted a tailgate party and held a drawing for a door prize among those who dressed in Mizzou attire.

Second place: Johnson County

2nd place college colors day winner Johnson County

Pictured, from left: Georgia Stuart-Simmons, Amanda Tempel, Kim Hall, Lisa Christy and Megan Anderson.

Johnson County extension staff report that they proudly display Mizzou colors year-round. They recently updated their office with new signs, fresh paint and vintage photos of historic structures on campus.

Third place: Holt County

3rd place college colors day winner Holt County

Holt County extension staff welcomed visitors with lemonade and Mizzou-themed cookies.

Honorable mention: Clark County

Pictured are Kelsi Clifford, (back left); Katie Hogan, (back right); Wendy Ray, (front left); Debby Whiston (front right) and Henry, Kelsi’s 11-week-old baby.

Honorable mention: Ripley County

Honorable mention College Colors day Ripley County

Pictured: Jennifer Paes, left, and Rose Orr.

Honorable mention: Wayne County

Honorable mention College Colors day winner Wayne County

Pictured: Laura Barks, left, and Dana Yount.

HES staff at University Place

HES staff at new place

The competition was only open to county extension centers, but the HES team at University Place on campus showed real Tiger spirit by submitting anyway.

Pictured, from left: Donna Mehrle, Cindy DeBlauw, Jo Britt-Rankin, Alejandra Gudino, Becky Mott, Candy Gabel, Stacy Colley and Sarah March.


Register now for fall conference to save on lodging

Fall Conference logo

Don’t delay registering and booking lodging for the fall Program Conference. The discount rate for the room block at the Holiday Inn Executive Center ends Friday, Oct. 4.

For agenda, online registration and other information, go to


MU Extension shirts for sale

Picture of MU Extension shirt

Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals (MAEP) is taking orders for MU Extension shirts. A variety of styles are available, and there is even a vest. Deadline is Oct. 8.  Orders should be in by the fall Program Conference and will be distributed there.  Plan ahead and order gifts. Details are at


NCR-SARE seeks proposals for 2014 youth educator sustainable ag grants

The 2014 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Youth Educator Grant Call for Proposals is now available.

Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable and socially responsible).  Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities and their quality of life; and good for the environment in the long term. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program.

Proposals are due by Friday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. CDT. For more information, go to  


Moodle training on Adobe Connect

The Moodle training courses held via Adobe Connect in September were a great success, with more than 60 participants!  All three sessions were recorded and are available on the ETCS website at MoodleDevelopment/MoodleDevIndex.htm.  There are also other documents available on the S: drive can provide helpful information.  These documents can be found at S:\MUCampus\ETCS\Moodle.

The next phase includes more in-depth instruction from Steve Giesel during face-to-face training on Oct. 3 and Oct. 16.  There is still space available, so please contact Rhonda Clayton at if you have online course content ready to work with and would like to be a part of one of these sessions.

If you can't make one of the October sessions, there are additional sessions scheduled for Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, both from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please contact Rhonda Clayton above for information about travel money.


eXtension issues call for proposals for NeXC2014

eXtension is calling for proposals for its national conference. The conference theme is “Innovating and Networking Our Way to a More Engaged Future.” Proposals are due Nov. 15, 2013.

The National eXtension Conference will be held jointly with the National Extension Directors and Administrators meeting, March 24-28, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Please consider attending the conference and presenting some of the excellent work that you are doing in Missouri!

Details on submitting proposals are on the eXtension website.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Middleton, coordinator of the University of Missouri Extension Institutional Team,  at


Free flu shots

Free flu shots are once again available to UM faculty, staff, dependents and retirees enrolled in both the myChoice Health Plan and myOptions Health Plans. Flu shots are sponsored by UM myTotal Rewards,  Healthy for Life and UM Faculty and Staff Benefits. Visit to learn more and view the schedule of events.


Upcoming events

Upcoming learning opportunities from eXtension offers a large and varied lineup of Adobe Connect webinars. By participating, you can extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at You may sign in with your eXtension ID to get notifications and plan to attend. Recordings of past events also are available.

Upcoming topics include:

Oct. 4: Friday Online--Program Development for Online Learning
Oct. 7: Economic Benchmarks for Dairies: Eight Rules You Cannot Break
Oct. 7: Be My Friend: Utilizing Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to Engage and Interact with your Audience
Oct. 8: Risk Management for Pesticides and Honey Bees
Oct. 9: Getting S.M.A.R.T. about Goal Setting and Spending - My Money and Me! (Part 3 of 4)
Oct. 9: Farm 2 School Webinar #2: Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School
Oct. 10: Military Caregivers: Commonalities & Differences Shed Light on Individuality
Oct. 16: Understanding Cultural Competency and its Role in Volunteer Administration
Oct. 17: NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative and Organic Dairy Farms
Oct. 17: Parasite control in small poultry flocks
Oct. 18: Friday Online--Platforms for Delivery Online
Oct. 21: Out in the sun: How to plan and put on an engaging, informative and successful field day

For more information and a complete list of webinars, go to


Fee-generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE up to one week before the workshop. Sessions that do not have at least four registrants will be canceled and registrants will be asked to choose an alternate date.

2013 workshops

Oct. 17

2-3 p.m.

Nov. 20

10-11 a.m.

Dec. 19

2-3 p.m.

2014 workshops

Jan. 15

10-11 a.m.

Feb. 20

2-3 p.m.

March 19

10-11 a.m.

April 17

2-3 p.m.

May 21

10-11 a.m.

June 19

2-3 p.m.

July 16

10-11 a.m.

Aug. 21

2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

Oct. 4: Retirement reception for Rex Ricketts, 2 p.m., Reynolds Alumni Center.

Oct. 28-30: Extension Fall Conference, Columbia.

Nov. 21:  Webinar on “Keeping yourself sharp as a professional, and keeping your bucket full,” 9 a.m. at


Coming and going

Please welcome

Amy Dove, office support assistant, SBTDC state office

Jana Groner-Skopec, trainer, Missouri Training Institute

Patricia Wehmeyer, administrative associate, Missouri Training Institute

Sonya Carney, assistant director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Ashley Guillemette, extension associate, HES

Jena Constant-Eskew, 4-H youth program assistant, Livingston County

Nacaela Greeley, 4-H youth program assistant, Holt County

Kyla Payne, 4-H youth program assistant, Harrison County

Charles Leverett, programmer analyst/specialist, ETCS

Diana Finlay, nutrition program associate, St. Louis Urban Region

Dionne Fowler, nutrition program associate, St. Louis Urban Region

Linda Nguyen, nutrition program associate, St. Louis Urban Region

Jana Spencer, nutrition program associate, St. Louis Urban Region

Cary Creach, project director, FNEP Henry County

Sammy Lower, 4-H specialist, Laclede County



Glenda Williams, administrative assistant, LETI

John Hagar, research associate, OSEDA

Donna Taake, extension professional associate, SE Youth

Rowena Kimball, nutrition program associate, SW FNEP

Dennis Minzes, community development specialist, Urban West Community Development

Lavina Wilson, nutrition program associate, EC FNEP

Evelyln Ragsdale, nutrition program associate, SW FNEP



To the family of Frank Graham, 93, who passed away Sept. 20. Frank spent 33 years in MU Extension, the last 17 as director of the Missouri 4-H Youth Development Program, and he retired from Extension in 1975. He was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004. Read more about Graham at

To the family of John Tucker, who died Sept. 22. He was a former MU Extension small farms education assistant and father of agriculture business specialist Wesley Tucker. Condolences may be sent to Wesley at 187 Lindley Road, Buffalo, MO  65622.


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