News for employees

MU Extension Insider
May 12, 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

Michael Ouart will be new MU outreach and engagement coordinator

Tom Henderson to serve as interim director of extension

MU Provost Garnett Stokes announced last week that Michael Ouart will step down from his position as vice provost and director of extension on May 18. He will continue at MU in the position of outreach and engagement coordinator, working with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Office of the Provost. Tom Henderson, a longtime MU Extension employee, will serve as interim director of extension beginning May 19. Full statement from Provost Garnett Stokes.


Health Systems team presents update

Facilitator Linda Morgan and fellow members of the Health Systems thematic team presented an update to the Program Integration Committee on Monday, May 4. Team members discussed current and ongoing projects, which include their success with the Health Insurance Education Initiative, a new faculty proposal known as Missouri Matters, and a conversation with Mannie Hall, Continuing Medical Education director, regarding his project, “Online Education and Mobile Learning Pilot Course.” To access the recording of this meeting, go to


FilmFest 4-H brings imagination to life

Actors, filmmakers, stagehands and film lovers will gather in St. Louis for the fifth national FilmFest 4-H, June 14-17. The event brings youth together with industry professionals who donate their time and expertise.

“FilmFest presenters are all involved in different parts of the film industry,” said Bradd Anderson, 4-H youth specialist. “It’s a chance to meet the professionals, get their insights and learn how to do amazing things on a teenager’s budget.”

Guests will include Los Angeles-based actress Erica Ibsen of “Dexter” and the upcoming “Joe Dirt 2,” actor Bill Chott of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Patrick Voss of VFX Creative Studios, and others. Workshop topics include prop creation, life as a working actor in Hollywood, improvisation techniques, finding success as a producer and more.

For complete information on FilmFest 4-H, go to


Search inside yourself

From the Mindful Leadership Team

In extension, we’re all about helping people solve problems. You might say we want to change our communities, our region and our state. There is an engineer at Google who believes he can help change the world. Chade-Meng Tan developed a program, wrote a book and established a leadership institute with the hope of doing just that. His book and leadership institute are called Search Inside Yourself.

In “Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace),” Tan writes about using mindfulness methods to be more successful in life and at work. He and some colleagues at Google developed a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence curriculum to train fellow employees be more focused, to perform better at their jobs and ultimately make their company and themselves more successful.

With the book and the resources available online, the mindful self-management skills taught in Search Inside Yourself are available to anyone.

They include attention training, self-knowledge and self-mastery, and creating useful mental habits. One of the most valuable skills is the ability to calm the mind so that concentration and creativity improve. These qualities lead to better problem-solving, greater resilience and more self-confidence.

To learn more about Search Inside Yourself and the online resources, go to

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


Web Apps offline May 20-25 for PeopleSoft upgrade

MU Extension Web Apps will be offline starting 5 p.m. May 20 as the UM System upgrades the PeopleSoft financial software over the Memorial Day weekend.

Emails have been sent out by the university directly to most end users, but if you didn’t get the message, a list of overall changes is available.

The look may be a bit different, but the menu and functionality of most processes will be the same, says Shelly DeJaynes, fiscal administrative management. Training manuals for the upgraded system are available online.

Columbia campus training will be held May 20 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in the Memorial Union. Ninety-minute sessions are scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

An open lab is scheduled for June 1 in Room 25 of the General Services Building. Staff will be available 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. to answer questions and provide assistance.

Regional training for T&E users is being set up on Adobe Connect. Training notifications are being sent out.

T&E expense reports and ePro orders will need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and approved by 5 p.m. May 20. If the item doesn’t make it through the approval process, it will need to be re-entered after the system reopens on May 25.

Vouchers and ePro orders will be part of a workflow process (similar to T&E) in the upgraded system, with the approval based on the funding.


New series will look at Strategic Plan progress

Over the coming issues of MU Extension Insider, you’ll find a series of stories highlighting the progress of the seven goal teams working to advance the MU Extension Strategic Plan. These stories will keep you up to date on how the work of each team contributes to the culture of MU Extension and continues our rich tradition of being relevant, reliable and responsive.

This series will explore how each team is making progress toward their goal. The first story will describe how extension is working to deepen its connection with the research community to help researchers broaden their impacts while improving extension programming.


Dates to remember

Ireland topic of May 13 Global Connections webinar

This month’s ESP Global Connections webinar is Wednesday, May 13 at noon. Dean Larkin, community development specialist in Montgomery County, will talk about two working trips to Ireland and Northern Ireland. He will share lessons from work with community groups in both countries and discuss the use of restorative justice principles as part of the ongoing peace process.

Sign up at While you are there, take a look at the other webinars in this series and sign up for those too.

These webinars are brought to you by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national fraternity for extension professionals, paraprofessionals and retirees. For more information on ESP, go to


Women in Leadership Conference set for June 22-23

From UM System Human Resources

Please join us for the Women in Leadership Conference in Columbia on June 22-23 for an event where faculty, staff and graduate students can come together, share ideas and discuss topics relevant to gender and leadership in academia while sharpening leadership skills relevant to success. The event is sponsored by the University of Missouri System Leadership Development team. 

All are welcome to attend. Please visit the event website for more information. If you have questions about the conference, please contact the University of Missouri Leadership Development team at 573-884-1878 or We hope to see you there!


Eat for Life online course starts May 29

Get out of the “clean your plate” club. Register for the Eat for Life online program now!

Eat for Life guides you in making lifestyle changes that help create a healthier relationship with your food, mind and body by using mind-body practices (meditations and yoga), the principles of mindful and intuitive eating, skills training, and group support. Moreover, this 10-week course can earn first-time participants 100 points as part of the 2015 Wellness Incentive, which pays eligible employees up to $450 for taking steps to live a healthier life.

The course starts May 29 and costs $50 for faculty, staff and family ($25 rebate with full participation) and $180 for community members. Learn more and register 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.


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

Through May: In-person Title IX reporter training. For more information, see the schedule of on-campus and regional trainings and the registration form.

May 13: “Key Points: NTT Dossier,” via Adobe Connect, 8:30 a.m. Register through ISE 232.

May 18-22: Youth Development Academy.

May 20-25: PeopleSoft upgrade. MU Extension Web Apps will be offline.

June 5: Nomination deadline for County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards.

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.

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

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

Marilyn Whitacre, youth assistant, Platte County, Urban Region.



Becky Mannigel, FNP program manager, NE Region.

Don Miller, human developmental specialist, DeKalb County, NW Region.

Scott Killpack, agronomy/natural resource specialist, St. Charles County, Urban Region.



Shan Lee DuMond, 38, son of youth program associate Lynda DuMond, died May 6 in Burns, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Believers Faith Fellowship, 12176 Highway 59, Neosho, with visitation to follow. Cards may be sent to Lynda and Shan DuMond, 164 Clay Hollow Road, Rocky Comfort, MO 64861.


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.