News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Sept. 8, 2015


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

Kallenbach named new ANR program leader, assistant dean for CAFNR


The MU Extension community congratulates Rob Kallenbach on his new role, effective Sept. 1, as assistant dean for Agriculture and National Resources (ANR) in Extension in CAFNR and ANR program leader within MU Extension. He has also taken on the role of director of the Commercial Agriculture Program. He fills the vacancy created by Dave Baker, who retired August 31 after 40 years of outstanding service to CAFNR and MU Extension.

Read more.


Administrative support functions realigned

In response to efforts to realign administrative support functions, Tracy Feller, manager of constituent relations, will be assuming new responsibilities for MU Extension, announced Tom Henderson, interim vice provost and director of extension.

In addition to her current assignments, she will be involved in coordinating the following activities: PILD/CARET; Missouri State Fair; Annual county program input; County council training; Commissioner’s annual retreat; Legislative Day; Council to Campus; County program directors training; Stakeholder relations; and State Council.

Tracy will be reporting to Tom Henderson while maintaining a strong functional working relationship with Dennis Gagnon, director of extension communications and marketing.


Crawford to lead pre-retirement program

Cynthia Crawford, director of donor education, will join HES Extension faculty in the Department of Personal Financial Planning starting Nov. 1 to develop a pre-retirement program (face-to-face and online) for UM System employees as well as citizens across the state.


Annual enrollment is coming; action required

This year’s annual enrollment period for active employees is Oct. 19-30.

As with last year, you must select and submit your choice of medical plan or waive coverage. If you don’t, you and your enrolled family members will be defaulted to the Healthy Savings Plan for 2016 and pay taxes on the premiums.

Take action to ensure your coverage for 2016 is the right fit for you! Go to for details.


Insider reader contest continues

Amy Vance

The winner of last issue’s reader contest was Amy Vance, nutrition and health education specialist in the Urban West region. She won an MU Extension polo shirt, which you can see her modeling in the photo at right.

Because cooler weather is on the way—it may not feel that way, but it is—the prize for this issue’s crossword puzzle is an MU Extension jacket. This black waterproof jacket from Port Authority has a fleece lining and two-color embroidered MU Extension logo.

Enter your completed crossword by noon Friday, Sept. 11, for a chance to win.

Rules, instructions and link to puzzle.


Gulick wins international community development award

Gulick award

From left, Craig Talmadge and Katie Ellis of the CDS awards committee; Sharon Gulick; and David Lamie, CDS president.

Sharon Gulick, director of MU Extension’s Community, Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program, received the 2015 Community Development Achievement Award at the recent Community Development Society (CDS) international conference. The award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of outstanding contributions to community development through teaching, research, programming and administration.


NELD participants selected for 2016 class

Natural resource engineering specialist James Crawford and nutrition specialist Tammy Roberts will represent MU Extension in the 2016 North Central National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) program.

The program is designed to build leaders in cooperative extension at all levels and provide them with vision, courage and tools to lead in a changing world. NELD programming consists of four sessions throughout 2016, including one international cultural immersion experience. For more information about NELD, go to


Data for community development

From Jamie Kleinsorge, Community Commons project director

Community Commons is proud to be a free resource for gathering and analyzing community development related data, including the County Health Rankings that make these informed actions possible. Commons data sets include:

To learn more about how community development professionals are using Community Commons to support their work, check out this recent article on the site:

Join an upcoming webinar to learn more about Community Commons:


Latest issue of Friends of Extension online

The fall 2015 issue of the Friends of Extension newsletter is now online.


Dates to remember

Finish Tier 2 of the Wellness Incentive by Sept. 30.

From UM System Total Rewards

Continue your journey to health and wellness. Complete Tier 2 of the 2015 Wellness Incentive by Sept. 30 to earn $300* in your final October paycheck. You must have completed Tier 1 in order to participate in Tier 2.

Since the deadline for Tier 2 is approaching, here are a few ideas for earning the 300 points it takes to complete this part of the Wellness Incentive:
• Did you get your flu shot last year? If so, you’ve already earned 50 points.
• Join the Million Step Pedometer Program to earn 100 points for every million steps you walk (up to 200 points).
• Practice mindfulness meditations or listen to yoga recordings right at your desk for 10 points each and a nice sense of calm.
• Remain tobacco-free or complete a tobacco cessation program for an immediate 100 points.

For a full list of activities that will earn you points, access the Wellness Incentives Tier 2 Activities Guide.

*Like your regular pay, taxes and voluntary retirement elections are deducted from your incentive earnings.


Community development training this September with CDA

Join Community Development Academy Sept. 28-Oct. 2. 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 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343) will be held at the Mercy Center in St. Louis. Register at The fall registration deadline is Sept. 11.


Mizzou United Way campaign kicks off Sept. 11

The 2015 Mizzou United Way campaign kickoff celebration is set for Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Traditions Plaza on the MU campus. Remarks from  Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and United Way agencies begin at 11:45 a.m. There will be on-site enrollment stations, and refreshments for sale from Kona Ice and Grill-A-Brothers, with a portion of proceeds donated to  the Mizzou campaign.


Fall retiree meetings

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

Oct. 1 — Gallatin

Oct. 7 — Nevada

Oct. 8 — Ozark

Oct. 16 — Sedalia

Oct. 23 — Jackson (date updated from original electronic newsletter)

Oct. 27 — Columbia, first day of MU Extension Summit (annual program conference)

Nov. 12 — Online retiree meeting


Feel good about your body; register for Eat for Life

From UM System Total Rewards

Have a history of chronic dieting, or eating when stressed, bored or unhappy? Enroll in Eat for Life now. Create a healthier relationship to your food, mind and body.

In-person classes start Sept. 15. Register at

Online course starts Sept. 18. Register at

Cost: $50 for faculty/staff/family ($25 rebate with full participation), $180 for community.

More info:

Eligible first-time participants earn 100 points toward the 2016 Wellness Incentive, which pays up to $450 (


Missouri Farm to School Conference set for Oct. 20

MU Extension is hosting a statewide Farm to School conference Oct. 20 at MU Bradford Farm, Columbia. This one-day conference will feature an exciting array of speakers who will discuss how schools and producers can work together to increase the amount of local products served in school meal programs. The conference will include time for school food service staff and local producers to meet and network. Local farmers, processors, distributors, school personnel and others interested in the use of local foods in schools should attend.

The $30 registration fee includes lunch. For more information, including the conference agenda and online registration, go to


Use mindfulness to reduce stress

MBSR classes offered in Rolla.

From UM System Total Rewards

Three decades of research show the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is effective in helping people cope with medical problems, job- or family-related stress, anxiety, and depression. Join this eight-week program to get tools for using formal mindfulness techniques (meditation, yoga, body scan) to respond to stress.

Location: Rolla

Orientation: Sept. 22.

Classes: Sept. 29-Nov. 17.

Retreat: Oct. 31.

Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees, which can cover you and your spouse/partner; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes).


More info:

Earn 100 points toward the 2016 Wellness Incentive, which will pay you up to $450 for taking steps to live a healthier life.


2015 Extension Summit set for Oct. 27-29

Make plans to attend the 2015 Extension Summit, Oct. 27-29 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, to gain useful tips on how to enhance core competencies and collaboration.


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.

Sept. 16 10-11 a.m.
Oct. 14 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 18 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 17 2-3 p.m.


HRS Training Conference set for Nov. 4-5

The 2015 HRS Training Conference will offer more than 40 sessions for your professional and personal development at the Memorial Union on the MU campus. For more information, go to


Other dates to remember

Sept. 18: Deadline for ESP award nominations. For more information, contact Amy Patillo at

Sept. 26: South Farm Showcase.

Sept. 28-Oct. 2: Community Development Academy, Course 1: Building Communities From the Grassroots (7341/4341) and Course 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343), Mercy Center, St. Louis.

Sept. 30: Due date for next round of non-tenure-track promotion applications. Recordings of past workshops, PowerPoint presentations and all guidelines and submission information are available on the Non-Tenure Track Promotion System page.

Oct. 7: Historian David McCullough will give a free talk on “The History You Don’t Know: Lessons From the American Founders,” 7 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia. The free talk is part of a public lecture series from the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy.

Oct. 19-30: Annual enrollment.

Oct. 20: Missouri Farm to School Conference, MU Bradford Research Center.

Oct. 27-29: 2015 Extension Summit (also known as the fall conference). Registration information coming soon.

Nov. 4-5: HRS Training Conference, Memorial Union, MU campus.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Geneva Knecht, temporary clerical.

Christal Jones, 4-H youth educator, Osage County, EC Region.



Agronomy specialist and Chariton County program director Wayne Crook has retired after more than 15 years of service to MU Extension. Last week the Marshall Democrat-News marked his retirement with a detailed profile.

Wayne Bailey, associate professor, entomology.

David Baker, assistant dean, Agriculture Extension.

Joseph Henggeler, associate professor, Extension.


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.