News for employees, Jan. 15, 2009


MU Extension faculty are using a collaborative process, known as a charrette, to design a new extension office in Boonville. Community members were invited to attend a series of meetings over three days to hash out the building's design.

Collaborative spirit

MU Extension faculty are using a collaborative process, known as a charrette, to design a new extension office in Boonville. Community members were invited to attend a series of meetings over three days to hash out the building's design.

Cooperative Media Group intern Sarah Damien reports. Watch the video.
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Nominations open for 2009 Ratchford fellowship

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 makes significant contributions to the land-grant mission through extension, international education or agricultural economics. Award guidelines

 

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Leuci participates in food institute

Mary Leuci, MU associate dean for community development extension, is taking part in the Food Systems Leadership Institute. Individuals from academia, industry and government come together in the two-year program to address food systems in the context of larger societal issues.

Michael Ouart, MU vice provost for extension, and Jo Britt-Rankin, MU associate dean for human environmental sciences-extension, are past participants.

 

University's mileage reimbursement policy changed

The University of Missouri has adopted the state of Missouri’s practice of mileage reimbursement, which is 3 cents less than the IRS standard mileage rate. Following that policy, the rate is 52 cents per mile for business travel after Jan. 1.

The IRS rate is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating a motor vehicle. While fuel prices are a significant factor in the IRS rate, costs fluctuate widely across the country, with typically higher prices on the East and West coasts. The rate used by the state of Missouri is more in line with fuel costs in the Midwest.

The university reimbursement rate for medical or moving purposes is 21 cents per mile.

 

Lapel pins, card holders, coasters among new promo items

Several new promotional items are available for offices to purchase through Extension Publications, including redesigned enamel lapel pins (MUEXT16). Priced at $3 each, the pins have two clutches on the back to ensure stability. The front has the MU Extension logo in white and gold on a black field.

 

New logo products recently added to the catalog:

Just in time for annual meetings are cardboard coasters with the logo on one side and tiger stripes on the other. Coasters (MUEXT24) are $16 for packages of 125. Extension Publications Catalog

 

Save your 2008 health insurance card

Don’t throw away those Coventry insurance cards. Coventry won’t issue new cards for 2009 unless an employee has changed coverage or plans.

Duplicates are available through Coventry’s My Online Services.

Individuals also should review the list of services requiring preauthorization. Lack of preauthorization is one of the most common reasons claims are denied.

Employees asked to curtail spending

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee sent a memo to chancellors and others Jan. 13 directing the campuses to “severely curtail” spending for nonpersonnel expenses.

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton followed up with another memo Jan. 14 to deans and directors outlining specific guidelines for campus units.

President’s memo

Chancellor’s memo

University budget news

Recognizing teamwork

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

Scotland County mailing address

Mail for faculty and staff at the extension office in Scotland County should be sent to 117 S. Market St., Room 105, Memphis, MO 63555.

Resolve to be healthy

The University of Missouri wellness program is open to all uUniversity employees. Check out what the program offers, including the latest newsletter. Healthy for Life

Condolences

Condolences are extended to:

• Linda Drummond, Clinton County office manager, on the death of her father, Vivian VanDyke.

• Cheryl Leggs, Jackson County nutrition program associate, on the death of her sister, Sophia Collins.

• Sandy Sapp, extension administrative assistant, on the death of her father-in-law, Joseph Sapp.

• Judi Swank, Vernon County secretary, on the death of her mother-in-law, Pearl Hanson.

MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of each month for MU Extension faculty and staff. Send comments to Editor, Eileen Yager.