News for employees, Sept. 15, 2009


Strong showing

Emerson gets hands-on lesson on extension work

U.S. Rep. JoAnn Emerson, right, takes part in a Stay Strong Stay Healthy exercise class led by MU Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist Linda Morgan in Caruthersville. Steve Morse photo/Cooperative Media GroupU.S. Rep. JoAnn Emerson, right, takes part in a Stay Strong Stay Healthy exercise class led by MU Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist Linda Morgan in Caruthersville. Steve Morse photo/Cooperative Media Group

MU Extension responds to questions on fee standards

Online, face-to-face meetings continue

The newly introduced revenue-generation and fee-standardization initiative is a starting point for exploring potential new revenue streams that sustain extension programming, said Rhonda Gibler, MU assistant vice provost for extension management.

Fee generation training

  • Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sept. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Contact Jeanne Miner to register

“This is a three-year process to develop the best overall strategy to assist the whole organization,” Gibler said.

Gibler likened the process to advice extension faculty would give to entrepreneurs starting a new business. “We would tell them to look at any potential source of revenue and look at how they can make it work for theiroverall mission without damaging existing revenue streams,” she said.

Jackie Rasmussen, SC business development specialist, served as an off-campus representative on the committee that developed the fee plan. “For many staff, these new policy guidelines aren’t really new,” Rasmussen said. “Many of us have been collecting fees for training events and programs, developing budgets, etc., for years.

“What is new is the standardization of this process across the MU Extension system and the distribution process, whereby a portion of net fees generated will go back to MU Extension,” Rasmussen said.

Gibler said the distribution of funds has generated a number of questions. She said it was important for everyone to understand the full costs of delivering a program. However, she said that does not mean that there will be fees for all programs. MU Extension, Gibler said, will likely have a mix of free, subsidized and full-cost programs, depending on the audience and the topic.

“We need to be knowledgeable of what our costs are, so we can make better decisions and be able to ask the right questions,” she said.

Rasmussen said, “Staff and county councils concerned about the fee-distribution process can rest assured that out-of-pocket local expenses incurred by a county office will be covered first, before other distribution calculations are made.”

The current economy, Gibler said, has some people asking if this is the right time to look at fees and revenue generation, and what impact it may have on appropriations. “I can’t think of a better time,” she said, adding that it is not likely to damage the potential for increased appropriations.

In fact, Gibler said, developing other revenue streams could be seen as a positive move by funders because of budget limitations at the state and county levels.

Rasmussen said concerns were not unexpected. “Adoption of a new initiative always presents challenges,” she said. “I would encourage faculty, staff and councils to be open-minded about these new policies, to try out the tools, and provide constructive feedback when opportunities for improvement are identified.”

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn more about fee generation and revenue generation in the coming months. Gibler will meet with EC Region faculty this month. NW Region is tentatively scheduled for October. Adobe Connect sessions are open to all and are scheduled through December.

Fee Standardization and Revenue Generation resources, FAQ and training dates

Workshops set for new time reporting system

Biweekly (one hour)

  • Sept.29 at 9 a.m.
  • Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 8 at 9 a.m.
  • Oct. 16 at 9 a.m.

Supervisor

  • Oct. 9 from 10:15 a.m. to noon

Monthly (half-hour)

  • Oct. 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.
  • Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 16 at 10:15 a.m.

University of Missouri faculty and staff can learn about the PeopleSoft Time and Labor module during one of the 26 training sessions scheduled through early November. The online system will replace paper reporting beginning Nov. 29 for biweekly employees and Dec. 1 for monthly employees.

The Time and Labor module, which is integrated with other PeopleSoft applications, will replace the current payroll system, WebTime. Employees paid biweekly will use the T&L module to report hours worked. Monthly employees will report absences through the system.

Training sessions are planned for biweekly staff, monthly employees and supervisors. Each session will be offered in person or through Adobe Connect. Campus sessions will be in 2025 Brady Commons, Chambers Room, and do not require registration. For those using Adobe Connect, register via the ISE system in WebApps.

Monthly employees also may choose to review the process online. Supervisors only need to attend one session.

Time and Labor transition details and training dates

Extension energy news

Thoughts differ on energy and environmental policy

There are many differing thoughts on U.S. energy and environmental policy. Some say we cannot correct what has already been done to damage our environment, so no matter what we try, it won’t make a difference. Others say we need to begin now to make changes. I think that reality lies somewhere in the middle.

I am convinced that we need to have an environment and energy policy and that we need to have it soon. I am not certain all of the predictions are correct. I would assume they are somewhere between the extremes.

When I look at our grandchildren and think about their future, I want them to have a good future and face as few problems resulting from bad decisions we have made in our energy policy as possible. I have to ask: What if the predictions are right? What if we should have made changes and didn’t and the future is really as bleak as was predicted? I don’t want them to look back and say, Why didn’t you do something before it was too late?

I would encourage you to read some books on these issues and study current reports on energy and environmental policy. Some I would suggest:

If you would like to participate in a discussion group on one of these books, please let me know.  We would likely hold the discussion by electronic means.

If you would like to see how much you know about energy, you might want to take the Public Agenda quiz to see how well you stack up against the average American.

MU Extension will host “Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability” Dec. 1 at the Bradford Farm in Columbia. The conference is a cooperative effort with Iowa State University and other North Central states. The conference will be available through Adobe Connect, so let me know if you want to host a local site.

A number of very interesting speakers are on the program, and I think this conference will be of great value to us in Missouri. In Columbia, we are going to have an evening program to discuss issues of local interest.

— Don Day, extension associate for energy programming

According  to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Missouri  has only earned a C+ in preparing students for college, and only gets a C for the number of Missourians enrolled in college by age 19. Knowing  that personal and professional success can greatly depend on education  and training past high school, the University of Missouri is  looking at ways to better prepare students for college. Jennifer  Hollingshead’s guests are the co-chairs of President Gary Forsee'sx P-20 Task Force, Dan Lowry, co-director of the MU  Partnership for Educational Renewal, and Jay Goff, vice provost and  dean of enrollment management at Missouri University of Science and  Technology

P-20 aims to better prepare Missourians for lifetime learning

According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Missouri has only earned a C+ in preparing students for college, and gets a C for the number of Missourians enrolled in college by age 19. Knowing that personal and professional success can greatly depend on education and training past high school, the University of Missouri is looking at ways to better prepare students for college. Jennifer Hollingshead’s guests in this podcast are the co-chairs of President Gary Forsee's P-20 Task Force, Dan Lowry, co-director of the MU Partnership for Educational Renewal, and Jay Goff, vice provost and dean of enrollment management at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Stillwell leads Cooperative Media Group; Fillo retires

After more than 27 years with the University of Missouri, Frank Fillo, director of the Cooperative Media Group, will retire Nov. 12. His last day in the office was Sept. 4.

Michael Ouart, vice provost and director, said: “Frank’s dedication to the university is greatly appreciated, and the positive impact of his work will continue to be realized for years to come. His contributions to the communications function have engendered greater understanding about the value of the university and of extension among our audiences on state, national and international levels.”

Fillo started with the university part-time in the late 1970s; he became a full-time employee in 1982. He has been involved in various components of video production, communications and public relations.

Mark Stillwell, CM Region director, is interim director of the Cooperative Media Group. He has more than 20 years’ experience in programmatic and administrative leadership. “Dr. Stillwell’s proven abilities to work well with multiple partners and to step up to situations where interim leadership is needed were factors in his selection,” Ouart said.  A search for a permanent director will take place in the coming months.

Bev Coberly, director of off-campus operations, announced that Mark Stewart, livestock specialist and Callaway County program director, is serving as interim CM regional director and will oversee day-to-day operations. Stewart will continue to lead faculty orientation. “Mark's leadership efforts and his programmatic experiences in MU Extension were factors used to identify him for this role,” Coberly said.

Additionally, Lynda Zimmerman is the Callaway County program director. “Mark’s and Lynda’s willingness to accept these short-term appointments is greatly appreciated,” Coberly said.

Learn how to use social media

Regional faculty can learn how to create a social media presence during the next IT training, Sept. 22. Nellie Lamers, Tri-Lakes TCRC coordinator, discuss MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and other social networking sites from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information and to register, contact your region’s TCRC.

2010 Legislative Day

The University of Missouri Alumni Alliance will host the 2010 Legislative Day, March 2, at the State Capitol. The annual awards dinner will be the evening of March 1 at the Doubletree Hotel in Jefferson City.

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