News for employees

MU Extension Insider
March 8, 2016


In the news

Dates to remember

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month by MU Extension Communications and Marketing. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

Legislative Day draws hundreds to the Capitol

Legislative Day

More than 400 people came to Jefferson City on March 2 for University of Missouri System Legislative Day. Display booths from all four campuses and MU Extension provided elected officials, staffers and UM attendees an opportunity for active engagement on the information, programs, degrees and services the UM System has to offer as Missouri’s land-grant university, says Tony DeLong, county council coordinator. Local volunteers visited with every one of the Missouri General Assembly’s 163 state representatives and 34 state senators, sharing the impact MU Extension programs have in each county and the public value we bring to every walk of life.


MELD VII is coming

Through the seventh Missouri Extension Leadership Development class (MELD VII), MU Extension will provide a yearlong leadership development opportunity to 20 participants.

Application deadline is April 29. Applicants must be MU Extension faculty or professional staff, including extension administration and campus and field faculty from MU, UMSL, S&T, UMKC and Lincoln University on academic appointment with 0.75 FTE or greater. Two years of experience is preferred.

For more information, visit

Past participants in MELD will be sharing their experiences in an upcoming edition of MU Extension Insider.


MU Extension offers 4 incentive-eligible classes

The following MU Extension classes are now enrolling. Find one that’s right for you and earn Wellness Incentive points.

  • Stay Strong Stay Healthy.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
  • Taking Care of You.

Specialists who teach these classes on or off campus can also earn wellness points.

If you are interested in earning points toward your Wellness Incentive by enrolling in one or more of these classes, or would like more information, go to


Event templates available

Event templates

From Laura Lindsey, senior marketing coordinator

Have you started using the MU Extension event templates available to you to promote your events? Numerous designs are available.

Each design includes templates for the following items:

  • Flier
  • PowerPoint presentation (widescreen option is now available)
  • Handout
  • Event signage 

Check them out at

Contact Laura Lindsey at with questions.


Insider reader contest

Amy Bartels

Amy Bartels, nutrition program associate in Camden County, was the winner of last issue’s Insider reader contest. She won a women’s Port Authority cardigan with a two-color embroidered MU Extension logo.

This week’s prize is a Sport-Tek Active textured men’s or women’s polo shirt with a two-color embroidered logo (pictured below). Choice of black, white or gold.

For a chance to win, complete this issue’s crossword puzzle by noon Friday, March 11.

polo shirts


Managerial review: What is that?

From Shelly DeJaynes, Extension Fiscal

Per policy, a managerial review is a fiscal review required quarterly (although monthly is highly recommended) to ensure that the processes below are being done correctly.  The importance of the review is to prevent and detect errors or irregularities on a timely basis to deter fraud and ensure your financial reports are accurate.  It should not be done by a person who is handling one of these processes and if it is, the review should get down to a transactional level.  The managerial review should also be looking at segregation of duties, which means one person shouldn’t be handling all parts of the fiscal process.  Optimally, a different person should be handling each one of the processes below.

  • Recording: All of the transactions are recorded in the university fiscal system, PeopleSoft (PS).  Examples include voucher data entry and p-card transaction editing in PaymentNet.
  • Authorization: All transactions must be authorized by the appropriate person and the authorization documented.  This includes transactions outside of the PS electronic approval process, such as p-card statements.
  • Verification: Verifies that the transactions are valid, timely, and the authorization and recording have been done correctly.  This is the monthly account reconciliation/review.

The managerial review is a requirement of every university unit.  If you are a manager of a unit and this review doesn’t ring a bell, please get in touch with Extension Fiscal.  We will help you get this process up and going correctly.  Verification of this review could be asked for at any time by the university or auditors, so best to make sure you are covered before you get the question!


School of Medicine seeks your input

The Patient-Centered Care Learning Center, now under construction on the MU campus, will provide first- and second-year medical students with a new educational home when it opens in 2017. One goal is to use visual elements within the new building to explicitly focus students’ attention on the people they are preparing to serve. To help the School of Medicine determine the messages that will inform this new learning environment, please take a few moments to complete a three-question survey at


Take the Stress Analysis Questionnaire to help the EAP improve services

From UM System Total Rewards

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) works to combat stress by supporting employees experiencing a range of personal or professional concerns. Now the EAP needs your help. Please take the 10-minute Stress Analysis Questionnaire. Information collected from the survey will help the EAP target sources of stress, as well as develop and implement future services based on need.

Complete the questionnaire at

Learn more about the Employee Assistance Program at


Dates to remember

Community development training this spring with CDA

Join the Community Development Academy, March 28-April 1. From MU Extension’s Community Development Program, these intensive, hands-on, five-day courses enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Take for professional development (CEUs), 3 hours undergraduate credit, graduate credit or noncredit. Graduate students can work toward a Certificate in Community Process.

CDA Course 1: Building Communities From the Grassroots (7341/4341) and Course 2: Empowering Communities for the Future (7342/4342) will be held at the Mercy Center in St. Louis during MU spring break. For more information and registration, go to


Retiree insurance forums

MU Extension HR will hold the last of three Adobe Connect sessions on proposed changes to retiree insurance benefits on Tuesday, March 15, 2-4 p.m.

To access the session, go to

There is still time to attend in-person forums on all four UM System campuses. Visit for a schedule.

You can learn more about the recommendations at


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 alternative date.

March 16 10-11 a.m.
April 21 2-3 p.m.
May 18 10-11 a.m.
June 16 2-3 p.m.
July 20 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 18 2-3 p.m.


Spring retiree meetings

Active faculty and staff are also welcome at retiree meetings. See the latest issue of Friends of Extension for meeting details.

April 6 — Gallatin.

April 12 — Nevada.

April 13 — Ozark.

April 15 – Sedalia.

April 22 — Jackson.

April 26 — Columbia.


Religious holidays

The communities we serve are home to individuals from a variety of cultural and religious traditions. The following is a list of religious holidays that individuals in your community may observe in the coming weeks.

March 20: Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic, Protestant) commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

March 23-24: Purim (Jewish) commemorates the time when the Jews were living in Persia and saved by a woman named Esther.

March 25: Good Friday (Roman Catholic, Protestant) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

March 27: Easter (Roman Catholic, Protestant) is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 13: Vaisakhi (Sikh) is the Sikh new year and harvest festival.

April 22-30: Passover (Jewish) is the weeklong observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II.

April 24: Palm Sunday (Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

April 29: Good Friday (Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

May 1: Easter (Eastern Orthodox Christian) is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

May 1: Beltane (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

May 4-5: Yom HaSho’ah (Jewish), which begins at sundown, is a day to remember the lives and names of Jewish victims and activists of the Holocaust.

For more information, go to


Other dates to remember

March 28-April 1: Community Development Academy, St. Louis.

May 21: 4-H Day with the Cardinals. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 11.

June 8-10: Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): Latinos in the Heartland, 15th annual conference, Columbia.

Oct. 25-27: MU Extension Summit.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Brittany Miller, 4-H youth development educator, Phelps County, EC Region.

Katie Buchs, nutrition and health education specialist, Buchanan County, NW Region.

Rahan Gerges, office support, Urban Family Nutrition Program.

Dwayne James, county program director, St. Louis County, Urban Region.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey, Curt Wohleber or Phil Leslie in MU Extension Communications and Marketing. If you have questions, contact Dennis Gagnon, director.