News for employees

MU Extension Insider
July 14, 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 honored

Ouart reception

Former Vice Provost and Director of MU Extension Michael Ouart, left, is applauded at a July 9 reception in Columbia.

Former Vice Provost and Director of MU Extension Michael Ouart was presented with a framed copy of a resolution from state Sen. David Pearce honoring his years of service to cooperative extension and the state of Missouri. The resolution was presented at a July 9 reception for Ouart in Columbia. Speakers included state Rep. Bill Reiboldt; former MU Provost Brian Foster; and Anita Hampton, chair of the MU Extension State Council.

Ouart, who became director of MU Extension in 2006, stepped down in May to assume new responsibilities as outreach and engagement coordinator for MU, working with CAFNR and the Office of the Provost.


Insider reader contest begins today


Complete the crossword puzzle based on the content of this issue of the Insider for a chance to win an MU Extension polo. The short-sleeved Sport-Tek textured polo includes the two-color MU Extension embroidered logo. It is 100 percent cationic polyester mesh. Choose men’s or women’s style, and color (black, gold or white).

All completed puzzles will be entered into a drawing. One winning entry will be drawn.

Official rules

  • One entry per week per Insider reader.
  • Entry must be received by noon on Friday, July 17.
  • Winners will be contacted by email for size and shipping information.
  • Insider readers may only win one apparel item during the contest period.
  • Winners will receive the featured item of the week. No substitutions allowed.

Complete instructions and link to puzzle


Batter up! Healthier foods on deck at parks this summer


Health communicator Amy Dunaway of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, center, shows Dawn Johnson, left, and her daughter, Shakyra Sargent, right, how to use iPads to record their food preferences at a recent food-sampling event at Moberly's Howard Hils Athletic Complex.

For visitors to parks and pools, summertime can mean a steady diet of hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and soda. MU Extension’s Eat Smart in Parks program is working with parks and recreation staff statewide to provide patrons with healthy choices.

Read more.


New marketing items available

From Laura Lindsey, senior marketing coordinator

New MU Extension brochures and rack cards have arrived. These materials are designed for audiences who don’t know about all of extension’s programming and services.

The new brochure gives an overall view of extension program areas. The rack cards are based on the program integration themes, with special cards that focus on agriculture and 4-H.

By using these professionally designed, colorful materials, you create credibility with your audience and excitement about your events and programming.

To order these items, go to

  1. Start new order
  2. Select “List by item prefix,” choose UED and click on “List” for all items.
  3. Scroll down to see all items available to you.

MU football schedules available

People are always asking for football schedules at various events. Instead of telling people we don’t have them, we decided to embrace the success of Mizzou’s football team and create schedules that also include extension messaging.

These are available to you to order for events for free. Find them in the publications store. Item #UED1154. 


Deaton room dedication

Deaton Room
Former MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, left, and wife, Anne, at the dedication of the Brady J. Deaton Multipurpose Room at 1110 S. College Ave. in Columbia. The room hosts a variety of MU Extension activities, including Fire & Rescue Training Institute classes and 4-H programs. Deaton has said that his membership in 4-H instilled values that shaped his 30-year career in higher education.


Avoid heat-related illness

It’s really hot in much of Missouri. With heat comes the risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, potentially serious but avoidable conditions, notes nutrition and health education specialist Tammy Roberts. “Shade and water are your friends,” she says.

Read more.


Kristin Millikan is new director of Osher at Mizzou

Kristin Millikan became the new director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Mizzou on July 1.

Millikan’s experience with lifelong learning and continuing education includes her recent position as program and communications coordinator for Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.

Millikan said she was drawn by Osher’s “energizing, stimulating and relevant programming,” including a recent discussion series on issues related to last year’s events in Ferguson (which are now available as podcasts).

The Columbia area’s growing and vibrant over-50 population and the community’s considerable educational resources leave Osher well-positioned for continued growth, she says.

Millikan has an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Northwestern and a B.A. in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Don Nicholson, who has served as interim Osher director, will be returning full-time to his role as transition leader.


Coffman named permanent director of MU Conference Office

Jewel Coffman was appointed director of the MU Conference Office, effective July 1. She has served as interim director since 2013.

Part of MU Extension’s Continuing Education program, the MU Conference Office provides comprehensive planning and management services for meetings, workshops and other events.

Coffman started with the MU Conference Office in 1995, first as a conference coordinator and later as assistant director.


Strategic Plan update: Goal 6

The Goal 6 team focuses on attracting, retaining and empowering a high-performing workforce committed to MU Extension’s vision, mission and values. In August 2012, the team surveyed new employees statewide about their orientation experiences.

“Many of the survey respondents stated that they had never had an orientation,” said Megan Martin, one of the leaders of the Goal 6 team, adding that some didn’t realize the University of Missouri was their employer.

Since the initial survey, the Goal 6 team has implemented several initiatives to ensure extension’s workforce has as beneficial of an experience as possible, from their first day onward.

“Successful employee development starts at the beginning — even at the interview — and continues through orientation and beyond by way of mentors and development programs,” Martin said.

New extension employees now enjoy greater networking opportunities across programs, regions and disciplines, and establish a connection with the campus and the organization whether they work on campus or out-state. The expanded orientation also includes a discussion of professional development opportunities available to employees over the course of their extension career.

The Goal 6 team has been gathering information on training and development opportunities, along with budget data, to guide future decision-making and tracking of professional growth. Next April, the team will introduce mentor training to improve how current employees guide new hires in how to excel and grow in their jobs. They will also monitor and review various aspects of the work organization to ensure we retain and empower a high-quality, high-performing workforce.


CWEB thematic team presents update

The Community, Workforce, Economic and Business Development (CWEB) team presented an update to the Program Integration Committee on July 6. Team members discussed their current  project on “Resilient Communities” and the great opportunities this project offers for extension in Missouri communities.

A recording of the meeting is available at

The CWEB team is seeking new members to work to help Missouri communities become economically stronger and healthier. For more information, contact team facilitator Sharon Gulick at or 573-884-0669.


New medical insurance ID cards coming from Coventry

From UM Human Resources

MU Extension employees will be receiving new medical insurance cards from Coventry toward the end of July due to a change in group number. Extension employees are currently enrolled in the group number ending in 007 and will be moving to the group number ending in 001.

Group numbers are used for internal reporting purposes only. Claims and deductibles will be unaffected.

After you receive your new card or cards, be sure to shred the old cards. If you have any questions, please contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or


Dates to remember

Face-to-face Title IX training set for August 19

MU Extension employees will have another opportunity to attend mandatory face-to-face Title IX training 9-11 a.m. August 19 at the Hampton Inn, 1225 Fellows Place, Columbia.

The class is open to any extension personnel needing to complete the course. Register at

If you have any questions, contact Joy Millard, assistant vice provost for MU Extension, at or 573-882-9556.


Community development training this September with CDA!

Join Community Development Academy Sept. 28-Oct. 2. From MU Extension’s Community Development Program, these intensive, hands-on, five-day courses enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Take for professional development (CEUs), 3 hours undergraduate credit, graduate credit, or noncredit. Graduate students can work toward a Certificate in Community Process.

CDA Course 1: Building Communities from the Grassroots (7341/4341) Course 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343) held at the Mercy Center in St. Louis. 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.

July 16 10-11 a.m.
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

July 31: Deadline for NELD applications.

August 4: “Tips, Questions and Answers: NTT Dossier,” via Adobe Connect, 2 p.m. Register through ISE 232.

August 19: Retirement reception for Jerry Hitzhusen, associate professor in parks, recreation and tourism, 6-9 p.m. at the Reichmann Indoor Pavilion, 2300 E. Walnut St., Columbia. RSVP to Tanya Anderson at 573-882-7086. BYOB. [Note: Revised to correct the time of the event.]

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

Ryan Rascher, program coordinator, FRTI.

Cody Green, youth program associate, Worth County, NW Region.

Kelly Todd, youth program associate, Holt County, NW Region.

Lindsey Gordon, nutrition and health education specialist, Barton County, SW Region.

Gregory Carter, associate extension professional and 4-H youth development specialist, Howell County, SW Region.

Shayla Faubion, youth program assistant, Newton County, SW Region.

Ashley Jones-Scroggins, youth program assistant, Newton County, SW Region.

Lisa Shimotani, nutrition program associate, Urban Region.

Rachel Dorn, nutrition/youth program associate, Moniteau County, WC Region.

Jeanne Combs, administrative assistant, Christian County, SW Region.



Jeanette Kirchner, administrative assistant, FNP, EC 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.