News for employees, March 15, 2009


The Tiger Chili Team -- from left, Jenny Flatt, SC 4-H youth development specialist; Marge Slayton, Ozarks Black and Gold Alumni Chapter member; and Brenda Bell, SC human development specialist -- took second place for the culinary efforts in the West Plains Public Library Foundation's third annual chili cook-off. Their Tiger Team recipe included strips of yellow bell peppers and black beans. The team has already begun plans to perfect their recipe for the 2010 cook-off.

Tiger Chili

The Tiger Chili Team — from left, Jenny Flatt, SC 4-H youth development specialist; Marge Slayton, Ozarks Black and Gold Alumni Chapter member; and Brenda Bell, SC human development specialist — took second place for their culinary efforts in the West Plains Public Library Foundation's third annual chili cook-off. Their Tiger Team recipe included strips of yellow bell peppers and black beans.

CEMP issues emergency management guidelines

With the arrival of spring storm season, MU Extension has new emergency management guidance, outlining the responsibilities of faculty and staff during and after a disaster.

The guidance document provides information on the role of each employee during a disaster, as well as prioritizing the work, such as ensuring personal safety and continued office operations.

The guidance supplements the memorandum of understanding among MU Extension, the Governor’s Disaster Recovery Partnership and the State Emergency Management Agency.

“MU Extension has made valuable contributions in past disasters – including recent tornadoes, ice storms, floods and droughts -- as well as the floods of 1993 and 1995,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director.

The recently signed agreement reaffirms MU Extension’s full membership in the partnership. The partnership is responsible for reviewing human services disaster response and coordinating recovery and mitigation.

“MU Extension is a key resource for the public, emergency services and public officials because of the unique relationship it maintains with each community,” said Eric Evans, state community emergency management specialist. “Regardless of size or impact, all disasters are local events, and thus it falls upon the local community and non-governmental organizations to manage events when they occur.”

Ouart said: “I encourage everyone to read the guidance carefully and act upon the guidelines accordingly.”

MU Extension Emergency Management Guidance

Nominate your hard-working county secretary for a 2009 award

Regional faculty and staff members can submit nominations for the county clerical recognition awards through April 16. Awards are presented in four categories ― Rookie of the Year, Junior Clerical, Senior Clerical and Use of Technology.

All county-paid office support staff members are eligible for the awards, which include cash prizes. Nominees will be judged on:

• conduct and courtesy within the extension community
• service to the University of Missouri Extension, the University of Missouri and Lincoln university, exclusive of job responsibility
• pride in work.
• outstanding performance in one or more job-related areas.
• dependability and reliability
• human relations skills.

Clerical Awards

Do you Moodle?

Come to a session on Moodle ― MU Extension’s course management system. Using Moodle, faculty can deliver non-credit programs online via a secure application.  Steve Giesel, ETCS user support specialist. Training runs from 10 a.m. to noon, March 24, at TCRC sites. The class is free to extension employees; however, a $10 fee will be assessed for cancellations less than 24 hours. Register by  March 17 by contacting the local TCRC.

Jefferson City, 573-638-9646
• Kirksville, 660-785-2530
• Mexico, 573-581-4874
• Nevada, 417-448-1212
• Park Hills, 573-518-2266
• Poplar Bluff, 573-840-9450
• Portageville, 573-379-5609
• Reeds Spring, 417-272-8707
• Salem, 573-729-8163
• St. Joseph/Albany, 816-279-1691

Hannah Frew and Maddy

Power of pets

Hannah Frew, 13, knows all too well the benefits of pet therapy after being injured in an accident. She and her dog, Maddy, are now giving back to the community through Platte Pet Power, an MU Extension 4-H project. In this MU Extension video story, learn how pets make a difference for the people in nursing homes, family shelters and hospitals.

Legislative Day

The University of Missouri Alumni Alliance Legislative Day is scheduled for April 22 in Jefferson City. Event information is available from UMEA.

Healthy for Life

Jessica Kovarick offers money-saving, nutrition-boosting tips you can take to the grocery store in the March 2009 Healthy for Life newsletter. Also visit the wellness program and read about Janice Perkins, MU Extension Development, and Million Step Program.

Stay connected

In early 2009, the University of Missouri System established a presence on three top social media sites: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. UM System Social Media

For the latest General Assembly news, read Legislative Update, published each Friday throughout the session. Legislative Update

4-H exchanges need host families

MU Extension 4-H is looking for families to host Japanese students who will visit Missouri for a month in July. Families also are needed for two high school students for a yearlong exchange, beginning in August. Contact Joyce Taylor, extension 4-H global education coordinator, if your family is interested. MU Extension 4-H Global Education

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