News for employees, Feb. 15, 2009

Deaton, Ouart issue statements on extension funding

In response to Gov. Jay Nixon's action to provide funds for MU Extension programs, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton issued the following statement:

“We are very pleased that Gov. Nixon has identified funds to enable MU Extension to be part of the solution to Missouri’s economic crisis. Extension’s ability to stimulate economic development, create jobs, train the work force, educate Missourians about nutrition and preventive health care and provide pathways for our youth to contribute to Missouri’s economic success is being recognized and we are grateful. We know the millions of citizens across Missouri who have benefitted from extension celebrate this news.” 

Michael Ouart, MU vice provost for extension, expressed similar sentiments:

“I echo Chancellor Deaton’s message of gratitude to the Governor and our appreciation to the supporters and customers of extension for their commitment.

"As the legislative budget process moves forward, we will continue to emphasize that MU Extension is an integral part of higher education in the state."

MU Extension budget information for faculty and staff

Long-running program offers history lesson for young workers

Sheet-metal apprentice workers listen to a presentation on labor history and the responsibilities of unions and employers during a presentation by MU Extension's Labor Education Program.Sheet-metal apprentice workers listen to a presentation on labor history and the responsibilities of unions and employers during a presentation by MU Extension's Labor Education Program.
“If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” ― author James Baldwin

For more than a decade, MU Extension’s Labor Education Program has been teaching young people entering a skilled trade career about the history of the American labor movement and its significance in contemporary times.

“The joint apprentice labor studies program has grown to include more than 20 classes a year and continues to increase each year,” said Sam White, assistant professor and labor education specialist.

Classes are part of the apprenticeship programs established by building trade unions and employer associations in those trades. More than 2,000 apprentices in the plumbing, sheet metal, sprinkler fitting and electrical trades have taken part in the four-hour classes.

First-year apprentices learn about the history, structure, goals and strategies of the labor movement.

Dan Andrews, training coordinator for Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 JATC, said the history lesson is an eye-opener for the apprentices. Most of them, Andrews said, “have no idea how unions were formed. It gives them a sense of ownership to be a member of the union.”

The second class, presented to fourth-year apprentices, covers the current environment, including the structure of the trades, labor market trends and collective bargaining.

White said, “Both classes emphasize the importance of the apprentice system in ensuring the future of the trades, and the mutual responsibilities and benefits of the organized building trades for union members and their employers.”

Feb. 17 inservice looks at extension’s public value

An inservice, “Building Extension’s Public Value,” will explore how extension programs impact society and how to communicate those benefits. Morning and afternoon sessions, Feb. 17, will be delivered over ITV.

Public value, according to facilitator Laura Kalambokidis, a University of Minnesota extension economist, is the value of a program to people who are not direct beneficaries.

9 to 11:30 a.m. locations

1 to 3:30 p.m. locations

Following the ITV session, MU Extension program teams will work together to create public value statements for some named programs.

Trainers’ session set for early March

Laura Kalambokidis, University of Minnesota Extension economist, will lead a train-the-trainer session for building extension’s public value on March 3 and 5. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Individuals may register in Webapps through Feb. 25. The program will be conducted through Minnesota’s online system. Participants will receive an e-mail March 2 that contains access information.

Policy expert to discuss parental incarceration research

Joyce Arditti, associate professor of human development at Virginia Tech, will present her research on parental incarceration and the impact on children and other family members at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 20, 22 Tate Hall. The presentation, “Increasing Our Knowledge about Parental Incarceration,” will be recorded and made available online for regional extension faculty at a later date.

Arditti’s research looks at the cumulative impact of incarceration on parents, relationships and family members. More than half of Missouri's prison population reports having more than 44,000 dependents.

Get moving

Following on the success of the MyActivity Pyramid for kids, MU Extension has developed another of these handy guides for adults. In this report, Steve Ball, fitness specialist, explains how physical activity can be incorporated in our lives.

Learn how to blog

Blogging is the topic for the first technology training session in 2009, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 24.

Leslie Carroll, Nevada TCRC, is a veteran blogger who knows the ins and outs of this unique communication tool. Carroll will walk participants through the etiquette of blogging as well as the opportunities for delivering education and networking with other professionals.

There is no charge for the class, though $10 will be assessed to an individual’s office for failing to cancel 24 hours in advance. The deadline to register is Feb. 17. Contact the individual ITV site to register:

Jefferson City
Park Hills
Poplar Bluff
Reeds Spring
St Joseph/Albany

Recognize your team

Nominations for the Quarterly Teamwork Award are due March 1. The award recognizes group efforts that yield results for MU Extension and the people we serve. Guidelines and form

Ratchford nominations due March 2

Nominations for the 2009 C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship can be submitted through March 2. The award is presented to a University of Missouri faculty member who contributes to the land-grant mission through extension, international education or ag economics. Award guidelines


Condolences are extended to:

• Becky Marler, SE Region administrative assistant, on the Jan. 31 death of her mother.

• Ted Fry, SC agronomy specialist, on the Jan. 20 death of his son, Sean Fry.

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