News for employees, Jan. 5, 2010

Gibler, Baker discuss fee implementation process, progress

Rhonda Gibler, assistant vice provost, and Dave Baker, ag and natural resources program director, discuss the implementation of MU Extension's fee standards and revenue generation policy.

In this video update, Rhonda Gibler, assistant vice provost-management, and Dave Baker, agriculture and natural resources program director, discuss progress and input on MU Extension's new fee standardization and revenue generation policy. Gibler also discusses the next steps, including creation of an online credit-card payment system for county extension offices. Click to view.

MU Extension begins testing the waters on program fees

The new year marks a new era for funding MU Extension programs. New policies on standardized fees and revenue generation have moved into the implementation phase.

Fee generation training

  • Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.
  • Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.

Contact Jeanne Miner to register.

The fee standardization and revenue generation plan, introduced in August, is designed to develop new revenue streams to supplement traditional funding sources. Implementation will take place over the next three years.

During this first stage, faculty, staff and administrators will gather and analyze data to assess the potential of fee-based programming, and through the process, raise awareness of the true costs of program development and delivery, said Rhonda Gibler, assistant vice provost-management.

“At this time, the plan is focused on information and understanding, not collecting money,” Gibler said. “We are encouraging faculty, staff, council members and other stakeholders to build an understanding of the costs compared to outcomes for a program and to review the recommended return to the university level of extension in future years as they plan.”

A list of talking points, developed in collaboration with several county program directors and others, is on the fee generation Web site to help explain the goals of this process, Gibler said.

New additions to the Web site include average compensation rates for employees and a sample county expense list to assist faculty in completing the fee generation worksheet and online tool. Additions to the frequently asked questions, including revenue goals, will be added in the near future, Gibler said.

Summers named interim business development program director

Max Summers

Max Summers, Small Business Technology and Development Centers director, has been appointed interim director of the MU Extension business development program, effective Jan. 1. Summers assumed the role vacated by Steve Wyatt, who became vice provost for economic development for the Columbia campus Jan. 1.

“Steve’s dedication to University of Missouri Extension for more than 20 years has been greatly appreciated. We look forward to collaborating with him in his new capacity,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director.

Summers also has more than 20 years’ experience in providing programmatic and administrative leadership with MU Extension. “Summers’ familiarity with the program offerings and his proven abilities to work well with multiple partners were key considerations in selecting him to serve in this interim role,” Ouart said.

A search for a permanent director will take place in the coming months.

2010 Legislative Day registration is open

UMEA and the State Extension Council are coordinating the participation of citizens representing MU Extension at the University of Missouri Alumni Alliance Legislative Day, March 2, in Jefferson City.

“We have set a goal of 500 participants for this year’s event, so start visiting with extension council members and supporters to arrange their attendance,” said Susan Mills-Gray, UMEA Legislative Day chair.

The annual event provides an opportunity for university alumni and supporters to visit with legislators and share information on the university’s impact throughout Missouri.

A banquet honoring citizens for outstanding service to the university will be March 1. MU Extension’s recipient is Jim Snider, retired assistant vice president, who was extension’s liaison in governmental relations for many years.

An inservice for faculty and staff is scheduled for the morning of March 2, and all participants representing MU Extension will meet in the afternoon.

For questions, contact Mills-Gray.

Registration and details for all participants

Ratchford nominations being solicited

It is time once again to nominate worthy faculty members for the C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship. Nominations are due March 2.

The $5,000 award is given annually at a meeting of the UM Board of Curators to a university faculty member who makes significant contributions to the land-grant mission in extension, international education or agricultural economics programming.


University adjusts mileage rate for 2010

The reimbursement rate for university business is 47 cents per mile for travel after Jan. 1. The change is in keeping with university policy to set rates at three cents less than the IRS rate.

University’s rental vehicle insurance policies clarified

When renting a vehicle for university business, rental vehicle insurance, under most circumstances, should be declined.

Employees are sufficiently covered by the university’s self-insurance program, said Callie Glascock, extension administrative manager.

Insurance only will be reimbursed in situations where collision/limited-damage waiver coverage is necessary:

• Vehicles driven outside of U.S. or Canada

• Drivers who are not a U.S. or Canadian resident

• Vehicless with a passenger capacity greater than eight

• Trucks or similar vehicles rented for the primary purpose of transporting cargo or property

• Sports or utility vehicles that are to be used off of maintained roads.

"For employees who have them, we recommend that you use your university travel card when renting a car as it may provide physical damage coverage at no cost to the university," Glascock said.

For additional details or questions, contact Glascock or see UM Risk and Insurance Management.

Adobe Connect training continues

Due to continued requests for Adobe Connect Pro training, Extension Technology and Computer Services has added additional dates:

• Jan. 7 at 3 p.m.

• Jan. 8 and 11 at 1 p.m.

• Jan. 13 and 15 at 10 a.m.

No registration is required; just login.

Additional resources

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