News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Aug. 12, 2014


In the news

Dates to Remember

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month by the MU Cooperative Media Group. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

New video offers updates on diversity issues in extension

Michael Ouart, MU Extension vice provost, and Julie Middleton, extension’s director of organizational development, discuss recent developments regarding extension diversity issues in a new 15-minute video.


Ouart and Middleton cover three important areas related to diversity: internal compliance reviews, including the three-year cycle of regional reviews; the importance of reporting in relation to the affirmative action plan; and efforts to engage audiences with limited English proficiency. They also address the roles and responsibilities of regional and program directors, regional and state faculty, and staff.

“It is really a team effort,” says Middleton. “Everybody has to work together to get this done.”


New associate director appointed for Missouri SBTDC

Greg Tucker, associate director, SBTDCGreg Tucker, MU Extension business development specialist in the east Urban Region, has been named associate director of the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers. The 14-year veteran of MU Extension’s Business Development Program will be based in Columbia.

Tucker will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of 11 SBTDC contract centers located on most of Missouri’s public university campuses and for 12 business development specialists in MU Extension county offices, according to Steve Devlin, director of the Business Development Program, which administratively oversees Missouri SBTDC.

Read more about Tucker's new job.


New per diem rates explained

Assistant administrative manager Tiffany Hughes offers some guidance on the new out-of-state per diem rates:

The new out-of-state per diem rates went into effect last month, and the T&E system was updated to automatically populate a traveler’s per diem for the day based on that day’s final destination. If your travel takes you out of state, please remember to update your per diem location to reflect your final destination of the day.

Please consider the following sample trip, in which our traveler (“Professor Extension”) flies from Columbia through Memphis to Washington, D.C., the final destination for his trip:

  • On Day One, Professor Extension flies from Columbia to Memphis and on to Washington, where he will spend the rest of the day. In this example, Washington would be the location used for that day’s per diem.
  • On his return home, Professor Extension flies from Washington to Memphis, where his connecting flight is cancelled due to weather. He will have to stay overnight in Memphis before catching a flight home the following day. In this example, Memphis would be the location used for that day’s per diem.
  • When Professor Extension flies from Memphis to Columbia the next morning, Columbia would be the location used for that day’s per diem.

If you have questions regarding per diem rates or any other T&E issues, please contact your regional fiscal contact, campus fiscal contact or AMT-Fiscal.


Do it with style

By DeeAnna Adkins, Web coordinator, MU Extension communications and marketing

Larry Boehm do it with style

On our website and in publications, you might wonder why you sometimes see the word Missouri spelled out and sometimes abbreviated in different ways. Following MU Extension (and AP) style, you would spell out “Missouri” when it is used alone, abbreviate it as “MO” only when it is used as part of a full address that includes a ZIP code, and abbreviate it as “Mo.” when it is used in conjunction with the name of a town or city. See the “state names” entry in our style guide for the abbreviations for other states.


She went all over Missouri talking about ticks and how to avoid them.
She gave her tick presentation in Eldon, Mo., last week.
She can be reached at 302A Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65202.

Along with office addresses, contact information usually includes telephone or fax numbers. A few years ago, AP changed the style for these numbers. We no longer use parentheses to set off an area code. Now, we use hyphens in both telephone and fax numbers, including toll-free numbers.

Examples: 573-882-8199; 1-800-555-5555

Find the style guide at To find it through the website navigation, go to the “For faculty and staff” pages and look in the “Communications and marketing” section under “DIY communications” for the “Style and usage guide.”


Dates to remember

Nominations for Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge due Sept. 12

The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge introduces exceptional women leaders across Missouri to the complex issues facing our communities, state and nation.  Participants meet for four three-day sessions combining continuing education in leadership development, discussion of state policy issues, and exposure to the philosophies and thoughts of the state’s business, cultural, educational and political leaders.

The University of Missouri will select one participant for the 2015 cohort and UM/MU will fund the cost of the program. The participant agrees to attend the four sessions and provide MU with a follow-up on the value of the program to the individual and campus.

Nominations are due to, by noon on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

2015 schedule:

  1. Columbia/Jefferson City, March 3-5.
  2. Kansas City, June 3-5.
  3. Kirksville, Sept. 16-18.
  4. St. Louis, Nov. 4-6.

For more information, go to


Moodle workshop

Extension Technology and Computer Services (ETCS) is conducting half-day face-to-face Moodle course-development workshops.

Date and time for the balance of the year:

  • Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register, go to


Register now for Eat for Life course

Classes in Eat for Life—an innovative approach to weight management—run weekly Oct. 1-Dec. 10 in Columbia. Online classes also are available.

For additional information, watch informational videos or find more details online.

The course can earn eligible employees 100 points toward the newly expanded 2015 Wellness Incentive—which will pay you up to $450 for taking steps to live a healthier life. Information on the Wellness Incentive is forthcoming on the 2015 Annual Enrollment Web page at


Tame stress with 8-week course

Learn new ways of responding to the stresses of life with skill and creativity through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This eight-week program provides information about relating to stress, effective communication and wellness tips, as well as instruction in mindfulness (sitting meditation, body scan, yoga and walking meditation). Fall semester classes are available in Columbia, Kansas City and Rolla.

For details and registration:

For more information, visit

As with Eat for Life, this course can earn eligible employees 100 points toward the newly expanded 2015 Wellness Incentive—which will pay you up to $450 for taking steps to live a healthier life. Information on the Wellness Incentive is forthcoming on the 2015 Annual Enrollment Web page 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.

Aug. 21 2-3 p.m.
Sept. 17 10-11 a.m.
Oct. 16 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 19 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 18 2-3 p.m.
Jan. 22 2-3 p.m.
Feb. 19 2-3 p.m.
March 18 10-11 a.m.
April 16 2-3 p.m.
May 20 10-11 a.m.
June 18 2-3 p.m.
July 16 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 20 2-3 p.m.



Other dates to remember

Now-Sept. 19: Show-Me Market Showdown, online grain marketing game.

Aug. 13-14: Soils workshop, Bradford  Research Center, Columbia.

Aug. 29: Statewide extension award nominations due.

Aug. 31: UMEA awards nomination deadline.

Sept. 22-26: Community Development Academy, Excelsior Springs. Registration deadline is Sept. 5.

Oct. 2-28: Retiree meetings.

Oct. 21-23: MU Extension Program Conference, Columbia.

Dec. 3-4: Administrative Support Conference for all extension administrative support staff at the campus and field level, on the MU campus in Columbia.

Dec. 9-11: 2014 NAEPSDP annual conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Dec. 31: Deadline for completing UM information security training. Visit to access the online training modules.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Leanne Elliott, office support assistant III.



John Stecker, office support assistant IV.

Morris Hudson, state specialist associate.


New arrival

Sarah Massengale, MU Extension community development specialist based in Dent County, and her husband David are the parents of Zane Pierce Massengale, born Aug. 1.


WC office relocation

The West Central Region office, which houses both the regional extension and regional FNP operations, has moved, says WC regional director Wayne Prewitt. New address: 908 N. Second St., Clinton, MO 64735. New phone number: 660-383-1633.

“Things are still chaos but at least we have everything in one spot, and it feels good,” says Prewitt.



Wanda Maud Stewart, 84, died Aug. 1 in Joplin. She was the mother of Becky Wogoman, secretary at the MU Extension Center in Barry County. Services were held Aug. 5 in Purdy, Missouri.

Pauline Lindsey passed away Friday, Aug. 8.  She retired as an MU Extension HES specialist in the SW Region.   Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Montgomery-Viets Chapel in Buffalo.  Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Read her online obituary.

Larry Neal, husband of NW Region housing and environmental design specialist Connie Neal, passed away on Aug. 12 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Please keep the family in your thoughts as they plan the memorial service, which likely will be early next week.  Cards can be sent to Connie and her family at:
31345 Skyline Drive, Maryville, MO 64468.


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