News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Oct. 13, 2015


In the news

Dates to remember

Coming and going


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In the news

2015 MU Extension Summit

The MU Extension Summit is an opportunity for faculty and staff engaged in extension programming to network with peers, welcome new staff, recognize accomplishments, work on core competencies during breakout sessions and become inspired by keynote speakers in the general sessions.

For agenda and online registration, go to


MEAFCS hosts 1-mile run/walk at The Summit

If you are attending the MU Extension Summit, the Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences would like to invite you to participate in the 1-mile run/walk the organization is sponsoring on Oct. 28.

Registration is $20. You can download and mail a registration form or register online via Google Docs at


Pre-order Fitbits for pickup at 2015 Extension Summit

If you’re participating in the 2016 UM Wellness Incentive’s Million Step Pedometer Program, you can order a rebate-eligible Fitbit device and pick it up at the 2015 Extension Summit later this month, says Tamra Robbins, MU Extension retirement and benefits coordinator.

Pre-order Fitbits by midnight Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Be sure to enter “Fall Conference” under “Order Notes.” Fitbits will be available to pick up at the hotel on the morning of Oct. 29.

For more information about the 2016 Wellness Incentive, go to


Annual enrollment starts next week

This year’s annual enrollment period for active employees is Oct. 19-30.

As with last year, you must select and submit your choice of medical plan or waive coverage. If you don’t, you and your enrolled family members will be defaulted to the Healthy Savings Plan for 2016 and pay taxes on the premiums.

There’s still time to register for an informational town hall forum or one-on-one session on the Columbia campus. See

A recording of one of last week's Adobe Connect seminars for benefits-eligible MU Extension employees is available at


MU Extension's 4-H LIFE to be replicated nationally

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $9.8 million to the National 4-H Council to replicate three successful 4-H mentoring programs, including MU Extension’s 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (4-H LIFE), a youth development program created to address the needs of children with incarcerated parents.

The grant award will be used to replicate 4-H LIFE and the other two model programs at sites throughout the U.S.

Read more.


Dave Baker returns to MU Extension to work with Broader Impacts Network

David Baker

David Baker, who at the end of August retired as assistant dean and program director of agriculture and natural resources extension, has rejoined MU Extension on a part-time, temporary basis to strengthen the connection between research and extension by working with MU’s Broader Impacts Network.

Strengthening that connection is focus of Goal 1 of the MU Extension Strategic Plan: “Enhance MU Extension’s integration with research to ensure reliable and trusted educational solutions.”

The Broader Impacts Network at MU formed in 2012 in response to new National Science Foundation guidelines related to grant funding. NSF evaluates projects for funding based on intellectual merit and broader impact. The new guidelines place a stronger emphasis on integration of research and education, including educational outreach.

Baker says his job over the next year will be to assist researchers throughout MU and the UM System to better understand the advantage of linking with MU Extension on programming, research and outreach.

“I’m going to continue to build on what we’ve been building in Strategic Goal 1,” he says. “I want to take the lessons I’ve learned in my years in extension and help put a system in place to meet the needs of the land-grant university.”

“The Broader Impacts Network has been very successful partnering campus researchers—specifically the Columbia and Rolla campuses—with extension resources,” says Marcia Shannon, leader of the Goal 1 committee. “Having a designated point of contacted in MU Extension will grow our role in research proposals.”


Extension HR reports 100% of performance evaluations received

Extension Human Resources and Joy Millard, MU assistant vice provost for extension, would like to thank supervisors for submitting 675 performance evaluations for benefits-eligible MU Extension employees. This represents 100 percent of extension faculty and staff, excluding county clerical employees and faculty who have extension appointments but are based in other units.

“This is the first time this has ever happened in the eight years I have been tracking them,” says Kathy Pritchett, extension human resources assistant.

Though unprecedented in recent years, Millard says she hopes this becomes a regular occurrence.


Insider reader contest


Allen Waldo, SW Region  PTAC specialist, was the winner of last issue’s reader contest. His prize was a black and gold MU Extension polo.

For this issue’s contest, the winner may choose either a Port Authority women’s cardigan in black or charcoal, or a Harriton men’s short-sleeve, two-button collar micropique polo in white, black or gold.

Interested? Read this issue, fill out a crossword puzzle with questions based on this issue, and submit the completed crossword for a chance to win MU Extension apparel.

contest prizes

Rules, instructions and link to puzzle


Corn maze celebrates 100 years of MU Extension, Missouri Farm Bureau


Photo courtesy Andy Jackson, Jackson Country Connection

A giant corn maze in La Plata celebrates the 100th anniversaries of MU Extension and the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Jackson Country Connection, an outdoor agricultural entertainment center about 12 miles south of Kirksville, provides family and group activities each September, October and November. The farm has featured a themed corn maze each year since 2008. This year’s maze is actually made of Sudan grass.


Free flu shots for eligible employees, dependents, retirees

From UM System myTotal Rewards

The flu season is coming, and Healthy for Life – the wellness program for university faculty and staff – is offering flu shots to keep our community healthy. Flu shots are covered 100 percent for MU Extension faculty, staff, dependents (12 years and older, accompanied by an adult) and retirees enrolled in a University of Missouri medical plan. Make sure to bring your insurance card with you. If you are not enrolled in a UM medical plan, flu shots are $20.

Find a clinic near you, download the consent form and get more details at

Eligible employees can earn 50 points towards Tier 2 of the Wellness Incentive for getting a flu shot. The 2016 Wellness Incentive rewards you with up to $450 for taking steps toward a healthier life. Visit for details.

Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or


Video of Oct. 6 staff open forum available

If you missed the MU Staff Advisory Council’s Oct. 6 staff open forum, you can watch a recording of the forum at

Speakers included Garnett Stokes, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs; Gary Ward, vice chancellor of operations and chief operating officer; Jatha Sadowski, interim associate vice chancellor, Human Resource Services; Rhonda Gibler, vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer; and Kelley Stuck, associate vice president, Human Resource Services.


Want to grow as a leader? Apply now for the Administrative Leadership Development Program

From the UM System Office of Talent Management

Administrative leaders uphold and define the University of Missouri System mission and the direction and values of its departments. If you are currently a leader, or if you aspire to hold a leadership position, apply for the Administrative Leadership Development Program, a prestigious program that provides leadership development opportunities and ongoing support to administrative leaders on all university campuses.

All non-academic staff are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted electronically to the Talent Management office at by Nov. 20.

Cost: This professional development opportunity is provided by UM Human Resources with no cost to participants.

More info:


United Way campaign update

The 2015 University of Missouri/UM System United Way campaign is more than halfway to its goal of raising $600,000. Campus-based MU Extension employees who haven’t yet contributed can easily make a secure online donation via payroll deduction at

This year you also have the option to designate your gift to any of more than 30 funded agencies by filling out both a donor choice form and pledge form and sending them to Janice Perkins in Whitten Hall.

Employees who aren’t campus-based may want to consider supporting similar efforts in their own communities.


Nominations open for 2015 Missouri Agriculture Awards

As part of the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, the Missouri Agriculture Awards recognize those who stand out for their commitment to innovation, giving back to their communities, committing to good land stewardship and being a great example for future generations.

Nominations, which can be submitted by any organization, group or individual on behalf of a Missouri farmer, must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Nomination forms can be downloaded at

Award categories include Missouri Farm Innovation, Missouri Agricultural Environmental Steward, Missouri Ag Education Leader, Missouri Food Animal Veterinarian, Missouri Ag Volunteer and Missouri Agriculture Legacy.

Winners are selected by a committee of representatives and will be recognized during the awards banquet at the conference Dec. 18 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Dates to remember

Annual enrollment town halls

To register for an informational town hall or schedule a one-on-one session, go to

Oct. 14

Memorial Union N103A-Stotler I

8-10 a.m.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2-4 p.m.

Oct. 14

Woodrail, Room 220

8-10 a.m.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Oct. 15

South Providence Medical Park -1st floor

8-10 a.m.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2-4 p.m.

Oct. 15

General Services, 194 A&B

8-10 a.m.
1-3 p.m.

Oct. 15

Student Center -Leadership Auditorium

8:30-10:30 a.m.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Oct. 16

Woodrail, Room 220

8:30-10:30 a.m.


Global leadership webinar set for Oct. 14

Explore the northeast of Brazil with Steve Jeanetta by participating in an ISE webinar Oct. 14, noon-1 p.m. Steve has been to Brazil several times, developing educational programs and cultural exchanges through his work with the Partners of Americas, which has sponsored regular education and cultural exchanges between Missouri and the State of Para in northern Brazil almost 50 years. Steve has served as the executive director of the Missouri chapter of the Partners since 1998 and will share his experiences and work in northern Brazil, focusing on how this relationship has helped develop his extension programs and extended his work internationally.

Sign up at


Fall retiree meetings

Active faculty and staff are also welcome at retiree meetings. See the latest issue of Friends of Extension for meeting details.

Oct. 16 — Sedalia

Oct. 23 — Jackson (date updated from original electronic newsletter)

Oct. 27 — Columbia, first day of MU Extension Summit (annual program conference)

Nov. 12 — Online retiree meeting


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.

Oct. 14 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 18 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 17 2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

Oct. 16: CAFNR state specialist meeting, 8:30 a.m., N206 Memorial Union.

Oct. 19-30: Annual enrollment.

Oct. 20: Missouri Farm to School Conference, MU Bradford Research Center.

Oct. 27-29: 2015 Extension Summit (also known as the fall conference).

Nov. 4-5: HRS Training Conference, Memorial Union, MU campus.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Sarah Frederick, youth program assistant, Gasconade Co., EC Region.

Stephanie Johnson, nutrition and health education specialist, Howell Co., SW Region.

Megan Pribish, extension assistant, Urban Region.

Susan Perryman, secretary, McDonald Co., SW Region.



John Baremore, 76, husband of Camden County office manager Cheryl Baremore, passed away Sept. 19. Condolences may be sent to Cheryl at 542 Southern Cherokee Drive, Camdenton, MO 65020.

Elsie Claudine Newton, grandmother of Polk County nutrition program associate Chandra Meyer, passed away Sept. 21.

Dorothy Wagner, 93, retired CM Region FNEP supervisor, died Sept. 24 at University Hospital in Columbia. A 1942 graduate of Southeast Missouri State Teachers College, she worked as a high school home economics teacher and hospital dietitian before joining MU Extension, where she worked for 20 years until her retirement in 1985.


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.