News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Jan. 13, 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

Learn about Missouri Banner Outcomes

Not sure what Missouri Banner Outcomes are and why they are important? If so, you might start with the video above.

Missouri Banner Outcomes provide criteria for evaluating extension programs to continually improve outcomes and document impacts. They also provide measures of delivering results in several areas of the MU Strategic Plan.

New information about Missouri Banner Outcomes is available on the MU Extension website at A downloadable PDF provides an overview and in-depth look at each of the six categories of Banner Outcomes and their associated measurements.


Program integration website updated

The program integration website has been updated with new information, including a video introduction to program integration (see above), a handbook and a directory of thematic teams. You’ll find it at


FRTI receives grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance

FRTI grant

Erin Vosbrink of Fireman’s Fund Insurance, center, presents a check for $8,000 to MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute to support basic firefighter training. Accepting on behalf of the institute are MU FRTI Director David Hedrick, left, and Associate Vice Provost for Extension Beverly Coberly, right.

MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute recently received a grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. through its Heritage Program to support a firefighter training initiative in Missouri.

The partnership between MU FRTI and Fireman’s Fund will provide the institute’s Basic Firefighter course at no cost to four selected fire departments in Missouri: Lincoln County Fire Protection District No. 1 in Troy; Cherokee Pass Volunteer Fire Department in Fredericktown; Chadwick Rural Fire Protection District in Chadwick; and King City Fire Department in King City.

“This training initiative supported by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Heritage Program provides essential training that will enable safer firefighters, safer citizens and safer communities in Missouri,” said David Hedrick, director of MU FRTI.


Jan. 5 Environmental Concerns team meeting available online

Facilitator Paul Bateson and Hank Stelzer of the Environmental Concerns team presented an update to the Program Integration Committee on Monday, Jan. 5. The team discussed its current and ongoing projects, which include Cover Crops Training, the EETP program and the Healthy Yards/Clear Streams project recently presented to the Program Integration Committee as a proposal.

To access a recording of the meeting, go to


MELD VI is 'in the books'

MELD logo

From Bed Reber, MELD VI training team

Since its inception in the late 1990s, the Missouri Extension Leadership Development (MELD) program has been a truly life-changing experience for more than 100 extension faculty members.

Some 18 months ago, after a hiatus of several years, we began the process of resurrecting the MELD experience. MELD VI has just wrapped up, adding another 20 extension faculty to the ranks of those having gone through MELD.

The MU Extension Strategic Plan helped guide the effort, particularly with regard to the expected Change Projects that are one of the opportunities of MELD VI.

To learn more about MELD, go to For more information about the MELD VI participants and their Change Projects, visit

MU Extension administration has stated that they are committed to continuing to support the MELD experience and hope to be able to fund MELD VII in early 2016.


BDP exceeds $2 billion economic impact during past three years

MU Extension’s business development program reports its statewide program achieved more than $2 billion of economic impact across the state in the three years ending Sept. 30, 2014.

The information, released recently by BDP Director Steve Devlin, indicated the program helped its business clients across the state create or retain 27,170 jobs; increase sales by $643 million; acquire investments of $661 million; and successfully apply for government contracts totaling $809 million.

Efforts contributing to the BDP’s statewide economic impact include the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC), the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) and the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC).


NELD participants selected for 2015 class

Community development specialists Kara Lubischer and Kathy Macomber will represent MU Extension in the 2015 North Central National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) program.

The program is designed to build leaders in cooperative extension at all levels and provide them with vision, courage and tools to lead in a changing world. NELD programming consists of four sessions throughout 2015, including one international cultural immersion experience. For more information about NELD, go to


Change in mileage reimbursement rate

From Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance Paul Toler:

The University of Missouri follows the State of Missouri’s practice of reimbursement for business transportation expenses at a mileage rate that is 3 cents less than the IRS standard mileage rate. The IRS rate is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The IRS announced on Dec. 10, 2014, that the standard mileage rates for business miles driven will be 57.5 cents per mile and for moving expenses will be 23.0 cents per mile effective Jan. 1, 2015, an increase of 1.5 cents for the business miles rate and a decrease of 0.5 cent for moving expense miles compared to the rates in effect during 2014.

Therefore, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the university’s mileage reimbursement rate for business miles driven in 2015 will be 54.5 cents per mile. In addition, the university will reimburse moving expenses at 20.0 cents per mile.


Dates to remember

Educational attainment team to present update

Faculty and staff interested in MU Extension’s program integration efforts can hear the Educational Attainment thematic team report on current activities and focus via Adobe Connect at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2. Team members will discuss their work and the status of projects in process followed by a question and answer session. If you are unable to attend the live session it will be recorded for later review at your convenience.

We hope you will find time to join this important effort, one of the strategies developed from extension’s strategic plan to position us for a sustainable future. To join this meeting, go to


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.

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.


Use mindfulness techniques to reduce stress: Enroll in classes now!

Learn new ways of responding to the stresses of life with skill and creativity in this eight-week program. Classes provide information about relating to stress, effective communication and wellness tips, as well as instruction in mindfulness (sitting meditation, body scan, yoga and walking meditation). Mindfulness-based stress reduction complements the medical management of a wide variety of mental and physical health challenges.

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.

Classes are still available in the following areas for the spring semester:

St. Louis
Orientation: Thursday, Jan. 22, 5:15 p.m.
Classes: Thursdays, Jan. 29 – March 19, 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Retreat: TBA
Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees. Includes all classes, a manual, DVD and CD; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes. Spouses or partners can join you free of charge if they use the same materials. $180 for community members (limited availability).
Contact: Bridget Rolens, the instructor for the course,

Orientation: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m.
Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 28 - March 18, 5-7 p.m.
Retreat: TBA
Cost:  $40 for faculty, staff and retirees. Includes all classes, a manual, DVD and CD; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes. Spouses or partners can join you free of charge if they use the same materials. $180 for community members (limited availability).
Contact: Maureen Hall,


Other dates to remember

Jan. 12-16: Youth Development Academy: Raising the Potential of Professionals, Columbia.

Jan. 14, noon-12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections Webinar. Jackie Rasmussen, “So Kiwis Can Fly? Insights into New Zealand and NELD Experience in Mexico.” To attend, register in WebApps.

Jan. 21, noon-1:30 p.m.: Winter 2015 AgMarketing Outlook Conference via Adobe Connect. To register or for more information, contact Joyce White at 573-882-6533 or

January-April: Eat for Life in-person and online classes. For additional information, watch informational videos or find more details online.

Jan. 30: Deadline for completing mandatory online trainings Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It and Mandated Reporter Training. If you have any issues accessing or viewing either of the courses, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at 573-884-6996 (or toll-free at 855-524-0002) or email

Jan. 31, 9 a.m.: Cabin Fever Clays Shoot at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, Columbia. Sponsored by Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports. Open to parents, youths, friends, and neighbors. Fifty targets and lunch for $35. For more information, go to


Coming and going

Please welcome

Travis Witt, instructor, Law Enforcement Training Institute

Michelle Daubendiek, youth program associate, Buchanan County, NW Region

April Meighen, 4-H youth program associate, Mercer County, NW Region

Richard DeLoughery, agronomy specialist and CPD, Mississippi County, SE Region

Joel Tatum, livestock specialist and CPD, Wayne County, SE Region

Rachel McDonald, youth program assistant, Oregon County, SE Region

Anita Collins, nutrition program associate, Texas County, SW Region

Angela Langston, nutrition program associate, Stone County, SW Region

Eden Stewart, nutrition program associate, McDonald County, SW Region

Robert Balek, horticulture specialist, Jasper County, SW Region

Kate Donaldson, Shop Healthy Grant Manager

Lisa Overholser, community arts specialist, UE Region

Douglas Scotten, family financial education specialist, Vernon County, WC 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.