News for employees

MU Extension Insider
June 9, 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

Golfers raise more than $27,000 for 4-H

4-H Clover Classic

Members of Team 21, winner of the Championship Flight, from left: Kory Neisen; Trenton Monnig; retired 4-H youth specialist Ben Gallup; and Steve Ball, state extension fitness specialist.

Golfers competed for charity at the sixth annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Clover Classic Golf Tournament, June 2 at A. L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. “With 21 teams participating in support of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Youth Development program, this year’s tournament raised more than $27,000 for Missouri 4-H programs, the most the tournament has raised to date,” said Cheryl Reams, Missouri 4-H Foundation executive director. Read more.


Strategic Plan update: Goal 2 & 3

This story focuses on two goal teams that share common leadership and similar purposes. Goal 2 is concerned with strengthening MU Extension’s programs by improving how we gather stakeholder input and how specialists develop programs. Goal 3 focuses on measuring and reporting impacts and outcomes.

With the launch of myExtension, faculty around the state now have a more consistent, consolidated resource for reporting program impacts, outcomes and engagements. “myExtension will focus more closely on capturing the essence of programs and their results,” said Mary Leuci, co-leader of the Goal 2 and 3 teams.

By focusing on stakeholder input, program results and outcomes, MU Extension can improve how programs are built, delivered and evaluated. Essentially, better feedback leads to stronger programs. “We will be focusing on how we use the data collected from these processes to inform program development and delivery,” Leuci said.

Data collected through these new programs also inform reports to stakeholders at local, state and national levels who contribute funding that ensures MU Extension can continue to offer relevant, reliable and responsive programs across the state.


Benefits of being mindful

From the Mindful Leadership Team

Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of practicing mindfulness through regular meditation. Each of these benefits helps us as leaders:

• Improved focus, judgment and memory.

• Decreased anxiety, irritability and depression.

• Improved mental and physical stamina.

• Increased ability to manage conflict.

• Improved, more fulfilling relationships.

• Increased resiliency and ability to better manage life stressors.

• Bolstered immune system.

One of the best books for learning more on this topic is “Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman (Rodale, 2012). The book provides strategies to increase your awareness of what is happening in your life and mind, train your mind to stay in the present, and understand how “Thoughts are like rumors in the mind. They might be true, but then again, they might not be.”

The book also looks at the “exhaustion funnel,” which happens when our lives get out of balance as we become busier and busier. It asks us to consider our typical day, what nourishes us and what depletes us, and what we can do to regain balance. There are so many truly important and exciting projects, committees, colleagues and clients to work with in extension, it’s often difficult to be mindful and really consider what we are most passionate about and where we can make the biggest difference.

Creating some space in our lives, with mindful pauses and meditation, can create a healthier, calmer and more fulfilling life. Think you don’t have time to meditate? You can meditate while waiting in the grocery line; “it’s the spirit of the meditation that’s important, not the details.”

For more information about mindful leadership, contact Vera Massey,; Nellie Lamers,; or Linda Rellergert,


MU Extension in Howell County is moving

The extension center in Howell County will reopen June 10 at its new location:

University of Missouri Extension in Howell County
1376 Bill Virdon Blvd.
West Plains, MO 65775

The center’s new fax number is 573-884-5787. The phone number is still 417-256-2391.


New MU Extension gear for sale

From senior marketing coordinator Laura Lindsey

Check out the new promotional items available for purchase:

Water bottle

MUEXT117. Water bottle, 27 ounces, BPA-free, white with two-color MU Extension logo.
$2.75 each

MUEXT4800-4840. MU Extension T-shirt, 4.5-ounce preshrunk soft cotton (65% cotton, 35% polyester), short-sleeve, dark heather.
$9.95 for sizes S-XL.
$11.95 for size 2XL.


To order:

1. Go to

2. Enter your office location

3. Enter your name

4. Go to section titled “Add Items to Shopping Cart.”

5. At “List by item prefix,” choose MUEXT. Click “List.”

6. Scroll to desired pub number, click “Add to cart.”

7. Enter desired quantity, MoCode for billing and click “Submit Order.”


Perks for university employees

A number of money-saving offers and discounts are available for University of Missouri staff. These perks include discounted rates on cellular service from participating providers, and reduced-price admission to Six Flags, Worlds of Fun and several other attractions. The UM Staff Advisory Council has more information at


Dates to remember

Want to win free MU Extension apparel? Look closely at the July 14 edition of MU Extension Insider to find out how. More details coming soon.



Registration open for the women in leadership conference

Register now for the Women in Leadership Conference in Columbia on June 22 and 23. We are pleased to now offer free registration for this event and would love for you to join us!

All are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. For a schedule and registration information, please visit the event website

The University of Missouri System Women in Leadership Conference highlights topics important to women and leadership in academia, and provides opportunities for faculty, staff and graduate students across all university units and departments to share ideas, discuss issues relevant to gender in the workplace and develop leadership skills relevant to professional success.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact the University of Missouri Leadership Development team by phone at (573) 884-1878, or by email 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.


June 22

2-3 p.m.

July 16

10-11 a.m.

Aug. 20 2-3 p.m.
Sept. 16 10-11 a.m.
Oct. 14 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 18 10-11 a.m.

Dec. 17

2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

June 10: ESP Global Connections webinar. Jerry Hitzhusen will share his experiences with international travel. Register for ISE 293 through WebApps.

June 10-12: Cambio de Colores, Kansas City.

June 14-17: FilmFest 4-H, St. Louis.

June 19-20: Council to Campus, Columbia.

June 22-23: Women in Leadership Conference, Columbia.

June 30: Quilt Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat Center, Hamilton.

July 1: Enrollment deadline for MU Extension Grant Incentive Plan.

August 4: “Tips, Questions and Answers: NTT Dossier,” via Adobe Connect, 2 p.m. Register through ISE 232.

Oct. 1: 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.


Coming and Going

Please welcome

Carl Schwartze, Law Enforcement instructor

Rebecca Fuchs, office support, FNP, EC Region

Katy Stoecklein, intern, Social Media, NE Region

Christopher Kempke, community development specialist, Scotland County, NE Region

Rebekah Schnell, office support, SBDC SNAP Program

Leslie Bertsch, nutrition and health education specialist, St. Louis County, Urban Region



Becky Mannigel, FNP program manager, NE Region



Cheryl James, wife of retired Jackson County 4-H youth specialist Frank James, passed away Wednesday, May 27.

Retired human development specialist Arthur Schneider, 71, passed away May 30. Before his career with MU Extension, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, and public information officer for MU. He served in Vietnam and was a sentry dog handler for the military police. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the Humane Society of Central Missouri. An online obituary has more about his life and career.

James "Crawford" Price of Doniphan passed away Sunday, May 31 in Poplar Bluff. 
He was 94. After serving in the Army during World War II, Crawford Price joined MU Extension, working with livestock producers from 1946 until he retired in 1984. Visitation begins 11 a.m. June 12 at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Poplar Bluff, followed by a service at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to the Ripley County Fair Board, 114 Washington St., Doniphan, MO 63935. Read more.

Claude Coberly died June 5 in Springfield. He was the father-in-law of Bev Coberly, MU Extension associate director. Services will be held June 13, at New Hope Baptist Church near Omaha, Ark. Notes of sympathy may be sent to Bev and her husband, Doran, at Rt. 4 Box 142, Ava, MO 65608-9804.


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.