News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Aug. 11, 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

MU Nursing Outreach helps RNs learn leadership skills


Experienced nurses at long-term care facilities are increasingly expected to take on leadership roles. Facilities often lose talented RNs because nursing school programs don’t prepare graduates for the challenges they will face as leaders. MU Nursing Outreach, a partnership of the Sinclair School of Nursing and MU Extension, helps fill that gap through its Enhanced Leadership Development Academy. Read more.


Contest week 3

The winner of the Insider contest for week 2 is Carol Shoemaker from Scotland County.

The prize for week 3 are brand new polo shirts that we just received.

mens/womens polo shirts

Rules, instructions and link to puzzle


Steve Ball wins Outstanding Engagement Award

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Board on Human Sciences this week awarded Steve Ball the 2015 Outstanding Engagement Award. This award honors exceptional creativity and scholarship in campus, state and national-level extension and public service programs. Ball is an extension specialist in nutrition and exercise physiology.


Strategic Plan update: Goal 7

The Goal 7 team has been working to build a more interconnected MU Extension by promoting a culture that encourages all of us to work with one purpose. This culture supports collaboration, personal and organizational excellence, and accountability to one another as we realize the mission and vision of MU Extension.

The team’s efforts have been aided by an ongoing collaboration between Goal 7 and the other goal teams. These collaborations lead to new ideas on how to promote and build a more cohesive organization. Collaboration has been a natural result of embedding members of Goal 7 in other goal team efforts. The results are visible in efforts to connect MU Extension with researchers, improve the employee orientation process and enhance internal communications.

For FY 2016, Goal 7 will continue to seek opportunities to advance a culture of collaboration.


NACAA awards and recognition

MU Extension was well represented during the 2015 National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., this July. Missouri brought 66 attendees, including specialists, retirees and family members.

Communication award winners

Publication: Patrick Byers, regional winner and national finalist.

Learning module: James Quinn, regional winner and national finalist.

Website: Robert Schultheis, state winner.

Poster award winners

Extension education: Donna Aufdenberg, state winner.

Applied research: Wayne Flanary, state winner and regional finalist.

Others who presented posters in extension education included Tim Baker, Max Glover, Kendra Graham, Kate Kammler, Ted Probert, Tim Schnakenberg and James Quinn.

Other award winners

Achievement Award, Missouri: Joni Harper

Distinguished Service Award, Missouri: Wayne Flanary


Extension resources available from Community Commons


Learn how Community Commons is helping leaders make healthy changes in their communities.

Community Commons is a place for exploring data, maps, needs assessments, and finding tools to support community case-making. Community Commons is a great place to go for inspiration and to learn from other community-focused professionals. The Community Commons blog highlights how communities across the nation are engaging constituents, citizens, organizations, and businesses in local and regional change efforts.

Community Commons is provided by a partnership between MU’s Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) and the Institute for People, Place and Possibility (IP3).

Individuals can access Community Commons at In addition, MU Extension faculty and staff can access a broader array of tools and opportunities by joining the MU Extension Hub.

To access the MU Extension Hub, create an account on Community Commons. Make sure you use your full name. Once logged in, go to the MU Extension Hub at and click on the “Request Membership” tab, located next to the “Home” tab at the top of the page.

If you are a member, let us know how the MU data support tools are helping you help others! Contact Mary Leuci at with your suggestions and ideas. If you want to know more about Community Commons tools and how we can increase our extension functionality, join the 19-minute webinar, An Introduction to Hubs on Community Commons, at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 20, and share feedback and ideas with Mary.

I love Community Commons video contest


For existing Community Commons users, the Commons wants to hear from you! Use your phone, tablet or computer to create a short video, or send a written submission, sharing how you use Community Commons data to support your work. Enter by Sept. 30. Winners will receive great prizes, including a one-year subscription to Community Commons data upload services! For more information, visit


Telling our story one photo at a time


On August 3, we launched a social media campaign called MU Extension 101. The purpose is to expand our online audience by showing the diverse ways we affect people’s lives. Every Monday and Thursday, we will post a new picture on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Visit to learn more.

Ways you can get involved:

  1. Help us spread the message by sharing, retweeting, pinning and liking the posts on the extension accounts on your personal pages.
  2. If you have an engaging picture that helps tell the extension story (and you have the proper photo release signed), please send it to along with a brief description and how the picture connects to an extension program, service or publication. Photos should be high-resolution.


eEVR is coming

The semiannual electronic Effort Verification Report (eEVR) process is quickly approaching, says Amy Rosson, MU Extension grants and contracts coordinator.

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 Jan. 1-June 30, 2015, will be emailed to employees on the morning of August 11 or 12.

“At this time, we anticipate the completed eEVRs will need to be certified by August 26,” says Rosson. “The actual deadline will be communicated when the eEVR email is distributed.”

Your efforts to get these reports returned promptly are appreciated. Questions about eEVR certifications can be sent to the administrative management office.


Mizzou magnets highlight extension

It’s almost football season! The Mizzou football team is ranked 23rd in the country and people around the state are excited to cheer on the Tigers. These new magnets feature the 2015 season schedule and reiterate how extension can help people live better lives. The extension message will live throughout the entire football season as people put the 4” x 7” magnets on their refrigerators and in other high-traffic areas. Purchase some to hand out at an upcoming event or have them available for people who stop by your office. There is a limited quantity, so order fast. 50 cents. Item #UED1155.


Dates to remember

UMEA seeks award nominations by Aug. 31

The University of Missouri Extension Association awards committee would like to encourage nominations for 2015 awards for the following categories:

  • Rookie
  • Meritorious Service
  • Outstanding Programming

Nominations are due no later than August 31.

Please contact Linda Morgan at or Renette Wardlow at for more information. Application forms are available on the UMEA website at


Nominations for extension performance awards due Aug. 28

It’s time to submit nominations for statewide extension awards. Deadline is August 28.

MU Extension Performance Awards recognize the commitment and dedication of extension employees in carrying out the extension mission—serving the people of Missouri with research-based education that meets their highest priorities.

For more information about the awards, select from the list below or go to


South Farm Showcase is Sept. 26

MU South Farm Research Center once again hosts this educational, family-friendly event. This year’s event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 26, will include activities at South Farm and Jefferson Farm and Garden, including live music; wagon rides; tomato, pepper and salsa tasting; drone exhibition; monarch and pollinators exhibit; putting on the green; parade of foals; corn and straw bale mazes; and much more. South Farm also will have a ribbon cutting for its new Doppler radar, which will improve storm forecasting in mid-Missouri. Admission and parking are free; food and Buck’s ice cream will be available for purchase. See more information at or contact Donna Thomas at 882-4450. Contact Rhonda Turner at 882-7488 for volunteer opportunities.


Change how you think about eating! Enroll in Eat for Life now!

From UM System Total Rewards

Have a history of chronic dieting, or eating when stressed, bored, 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


  • $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—paying up to $450 (


Have chronic illness, pain, anxiety, depression? Register now for stress reduction classes

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 response to stress. 

Orientation: Sept. 23

Classes: Sept. 30-Nov. 18

Retreat: Nov. 14

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.


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.

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

August 19: Retirement reception for Jerry Hitzhusen, associate professor in parks, recreation and tourism,6-8 p.m. at the Reichmann Indoor Pavilion, 2300 E. Walnut St., Columbia. RSVP to Tanya Anderson at 573-882-7086. Drinks will be provided.

August 19: Face-to-face Title IX training, 9-11 a.m.

August 28: Deadline for MU Extension Performance Awards nominations.

August 29: Evening With a Scholar featuring guest speaker Bill Wiebold on drone technology, 7 p.m. at the University Club, Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus. Free but seating is limited. Call 573-882-2586 for reservations.

August 31: Deadline for UMEA award nominations.

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

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

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

Jonetta Shaver, office manager, Laclede County WC Region

Tiffany Williams-Cobleigh, community development specialist, Ste. Genevieve County, EC Region

Lindsey Stevenson, nutrition and health education specialist, Barton County, SW Region

Emily Reiersgaard, youth development specialist, Clay County, Urban Region



Sharen Hunt, youth specialist, Platte County, Urban Region



Angel Tyler, youth program assistant, Butler County, SE Region.



Wayne Garrett, 81, father of SW Region FNEP project director Terri Fossett, died August 4 at the Hospice House in Harrison, AR.  Funeral services were August 8 at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava.  Memorials may be made to the Norwood Children’s Home or Hospice House. Cards may be sent to Sam and Terri Fossett, Route 5, Box 577, Ava, MO 65608. An online obituary is on the funeral home’s website.


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.