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MU Extension Insider
Feb. 9, 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

Update on 2016 professional development events

Professional development opportunities benefit participants and MU Extension as they help us carry out the extension mission. While recognizing this value to the organization, funding resources are increasingly limited.

The MU Extension cabinet—Interim Vice Provost for Extension Tom Henderson, Associate Vice Provost Bev Coberly and Assistant Vice Provost Joy Millard—consulted with regional, program and continuing education directors to examine options for maintaining professional development opportunities while keeping an eye on costs.

Among other alternatives, the cabinet considered holding the MU Extension Summit every other year rather than annually. Ultimately, it was realized that the professional development and networking opportunities of the Summit are of great value for certain groups of extension faculty. At the same time, the cabinet, with input from the respective program directors, became convinced that the professional development needs of NPAs and YPAs were best served by the FNEP annual conference and the MAE4-HYW retreat, respectively.

The Summit, therefore, will take place this fall, Oct. 25-27, but on a smaller scale. This will result in considerable savings while allowing the Summit to continue to provide learning and networking opportunities for those who benefit most from the event.


Don’t forget to register for Legislative Day

UM System Legislative Day, March 2, is an opportunity for faculty, staff, retirees, volunteers and extension councils from across the state to thank legislators for past support and encourage their continued support by sharing examples of how the UM System, its campuses and MU Extension improve the lives of Missouri’s citizens.

Legislative Day also presents an opportunity for faculty and staff to share rides with county stakeholders, commissioners and volunteers as they head into our state capital to advocate for the university and MU Extension. It’s a great chance to not only save costs by sharing rides, but also to have the time to share with them about extension and our programming. And while they are busy at the Capitol, we have you covered at an in-service education (ISE) planned for MU employees. You can register this year on the same site as the Legislative Day registration instead of going through WebApps.

When registering, extension faculty and staff should enter “MU Extension,” not “University of Missouri,” as their organization.

Questions? Contact Tracy Feller, director of extension constituent relations, at 573-882-4134 or


Electronic Effort Verification Reports to be distributed Feb. 10-12

The semiannual electronic Effort Verification Report (eEVR) process is quickly approaching, says Dustin Oehl, MU Extension Fiscal Administrative Management.

EVRs are certifications used by the university to document effort for employees paid directly by a grant, have salary committed as cost share on a grant, or are paid from federal appropriation funds. EVR forms for July 1-Dec. 31, 2015, will be emailed to employees Feb. 10-12.

“At this time, we anticipate the completed eEVRs will need to be certified within 14 days of receiving the email notification,” says Oehl. “The actual deadline will be communicated when the eEVR email is distributed.”

Your efforts to get these reports certified promptly are appreciated. Questions about eEVR certifications can be sent to the Administrative Management Office.


Administrative duties reassigned

Following her retirement, Julie Middleton’s many duties have been reassigned. (Scroll down to Dates to Remember for information about the Feb. 26 reception in honor of Dr. Middleton.)

Here are the people you should contact if you have a question in a specific area:

  • Awards: Mark Stillwell
  • Affirmative action/EEO, Title IX: Ellen Eardley
  • Affirmative action/EEO with volunteers: Makele Ndessokia
  • Internal and external compliance reviews: Makele Ndessokia
  • NTT: Chris Thompson, Joy Millard or Tamra Robbins
  • ADA and workplace accommodation: Makele Ndessokia
  • Wellness: Janice Perkins
  • Core ISE approvals: Megan Martin
  • eXtension, Innovation Team: Mark Stillwell
  • Professional development: Megan Martin
  • All other questions: Linda Shives or Joy Millard


UM retiree insurance developments

The UM Total  Rewards Advisory Committee (TRAC) has proposed changes to future retiree insurance benefits for faculty and staff. You can learn more about these recommendations, which haven’t yet been approved by the UM Board of Curators, at

MU Extension HR will be holding three Adobe Connect sessions with representatives from campus HR, MU Finance and TRAC to discuss the proposed changes: Feb. 26, 8-9:30 a.m., Feb. 29, 2:30-4 p.m. and March 15, 2-4 p.m. To access the sessions, go to

In-person open forums have been scheduled for all four UM System campuses. Visit for a schedule of forums.


Additional changes in Extension Fiscal

From Callie Glascock, MU Extension budget director

As we determine our appropriate staffing needs, we have shifted some responsibilities. Please join me in congratulating Karin Burgess and Carol Heffner in their new roles, effective Feb. 1.

Karin Burgess has taken on the additional responsibility of being my assistant and will be handling all my calendaring requests. She has moved to 212 Whitten Hall in the space outside of my office. She can be reached at or 573-884-0615. Karin will continue with her current fiscal responsibilities as well as taking on this expanded role.

Carol Heffner will continue with her current reporting responsibilities as well as taking over as point of contact for revenue generation and assisting as we prepare to revamp our e-commerce processes. Carol will also serve as the main point of contact for contracts, leases and MOUs, and extension fiscal liaison for insurance questions and claim reporting. Carol has moved to 212D Whitten Hall and can be reached at or 573-882-7756.


Insider reader contest

Randee LarkinRandee Larkin, HES Extension, won last issue’s reader prize and is now the proud owner of a long-sleeve polo from Tri-Mountain.

This issue’s prize is a black Port Authority waterproof jacket with fleece lining. Complete this issue’s puzzle and submit your entry by noon on Friday, Feb. 12, for a chance to win.


Wellness update

From UM System Total Rewards

New ergonomic wellness video now available

In order to be healthy at work, you need to know the basics about ergonomic workstations, equipment, safety and the use of appropriate wellness breaks. Listening to this video will get you started on creating a healthy work environment so you can be more productive and energized while your body feels great!

During this course you will learn to evaluate and adjust your workstation, select ergonomic equipment and incorporate mini-breaks and stretches into your workday.

To access this course:

1. From myHR, log into myLearn

2. Select ‘Browse the Library’ and your campus

3. In the left column, select ‘Wellness Incentive 2016’

4. Select ‘Work Healthy’ and find the custom course ‘Ergonomics Wellness Video’

You will earn 50 points for completion of this course.

Wellness Incentive points awarded upon successful completion of course/book. Points are awarded by the 15th day of the month following the month the course was completed. Contact for questions.


Dates to remember

It’s not too late to join Feb. 11 myVITA ‘Activities’ ISE

From Mark Stillwell, project administrator - operations

Almost 40 faculty and regional directors are registered in one of four sessions of ISE 278, myVITA “Activities,” scheduled for Feb. 11 via Adobe Connect.

MyVITA is the new reporting system for all MU faculty that focuses on individual faculty accomplishments and professional development activities, while myExtension focuses on extension programs.

Regional and program directors have set the minimum expectations for regional faculty, who are to complete the “Profile” and “Activities” for the period April 1, 2015, through April 1, 2016, for current information, and through April 1, 2017, for planned activities. The information in myVITA should be completed by April 10, 2016.

More information on myVITA for extension, including Q&A, is available online at

The direct link to myVITA online is

We look forward to introducing you to myVITA!


‘Let’s Talk About Race’ series begins Feb. 23

In this series from the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, participants will learn foundational knowledge related to the concept of race, the challenges of interracial dialogues and systemic racism, enabling them to be better prepared to engage in meaningful dialogues about the issues that we collectively face and to forge pathways to building a stronger, more inclusive campus community and society. For more information, visit


Training for new after-school programs, Feb. 24

From Brad Lademann, Missouri AfterSchool Network Resource Center coordinator

The Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN) is offering a special training opportunity specifically tailored to organizations interested in starting a new after-school program. “Beyond the Bell” is both a guide and comprehensive set of practical tools designed to help program leaders and their staff create and sustain high-quality, effective after-school and expanded learning programs. Those attending the training receive a personal copy of the Beyond the Bell toolkit, access to Beyond the Bell online resources and an in-depth look at how to make the most of the toolkit to start a new after-school program.

Please share this information with those in your county who may benefit from this training opportunity. As 4-H and MU Extension specialists, you know your counties and which school districts or community partners could potentially start a new after-school program.

Register online or contact Bradley Lademann at 573-882-9298 with any questions.

For more information about the training, go to


Reception for Julie Middleton, Feb. 26

There will be a retirement reception for Julie Middleton, former director of organizational development for MU Extension, 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena. Please RSVP by Feb. 19 to Janice Perkins at or 573-882-6114. In lieu of gifts, consider a donation to the Julie Middleton Scholarship in Educational Leadership at the MU College of Education. Go to for more information.


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


4-H Day With the Cardinals is May 21

Extension faculty and staff are invited to join 4-H families from Missouri and Illinois for the 15th annual 4-H Day With the Cardinals, May 21.  The Cardinals will play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 1:15 p.m. game at Busch Stadium.  Tickets are $25 each and include a specially designed T-shirt featuring the 4-H clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front.

All youth and adults who purchase a 4-H Day ticket using the 4-H Day With the Cardinals order form will have an opportunity to participate in the pre-game parade around the Busch Stadium outfield.  Pre-game ceremonies will include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by Missouri and Illinois 4-H members.  As an added bonus, the first 30,000 fans age 16 and older will receive an adult Cardinals pullover.

Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day With the Cardinals order form, available on the Missouri 4-H website at  Orders must be postmarked by April 11.  Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline, so families are encouraged to order early.  County groups or families who would like to be seated together must send their orders in the same envelope.

Families can also participate in the 4-H Day With the Cardinals raffle to win prizes such as throwing out the first pitch, autographed baseballs and tickets to other Cardinals baseball games.  Funds raised through the raffle support Missouri and Illinois 4-H programs.  Complete information about the 4-H Day With the Cardinals raffle is on the ticket order form.  The event has raised more than $35,500 in scholarships to support Missouri 4-H’ers in the first 14 years, and the same amount for Illinois 4-H!


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.

Feb. 18 2-3 p.m.
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.


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.

Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic, Protestant) is the first day of Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter.

Feb. 22: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist) commemorates the day when 1,250 disciples traveled to join the Buddha.

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.

For more information, go to


Other dates to remember

Feb. 11: MyVITA “Activities” training via Adobe Connect. Register for ISE 278.

Feb. 26-27: Universities Fighting World Hunger 2016 Summit, MU campus.

Feb. 26 (noon): Deadline for Provost’s Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty submissions.

Feb. 26 (noon): Deadline for The Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education submissions.

March 1 (noon): Deadline for C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship nominations.

March 2: Legislative Day.

March 1 (5 p.m.): Deadline for J.W. Burch Agricultural Extension Award nominations.

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.


Coming and going

Please welcome

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

Kristi Baker, 4-H youth development specialist, Wayne County, SE Region.

Stephanie Cunningham, family financial education specialist, Jefferson County, Urban Region.



Patricia Wiggins, 4-H youth program assistant, Scotland and Schuyler counties, NE 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.