News for employees, April 15, 2010


Clover Kids assemble Hero Packs

Clover Explorers in Springfield put together hero packs from children who have loved ones deployed in the military. Hero packs including hand-made thank you cards, notebooks, photo albums, disposable cameras, art and writing supplies, puzzles, and small toys and animals. April is the Month of the Military Child. Photo courtesy of Terria Bonella/4-H volunteer

Clover Explorers in Springfield put together hero packs from children who have loved ones deployed in the military. Hero packs including handmade thank-you cards, notebooks, photo albums, disposable cameras, art and writing supplies, puzzles, and small toys and animals. April is the Month of the Military Child. Photo courtesy of Terria Bonella/4-H volunteer


Census partnership receives national attention

A U.S. Commerce Department official visited MU in early April to learn about MU Extension’s partnership with the Census Bureau, as well as the university economic development initiatives around the state.

Lyle Canceko, deputy director of faith based and neighborhood partnerships, met with extension program leaders and faculty, along with former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and other community leaders.

“He was very interested in learning about the partnerships that extension has in rural communities,” said Julie Middleton, organizational development director, who hosted the visit with Adam McMullen, census partnership specialist.

Nominate your support staff for a 2010 clerical award

Regional faculty and staff members can submit nominations for the county clerical recognition awards through May 14. 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:

UM reviewing health care reform impact on benefits

The UM Faculty and Staff Benefits office is reviewing the health care reform law to evaluate its future impact on university benefits. An e-mail was sent to employees and retirees April 14 explaining the university’s efforts.

So that employees can stay apprised of developments as the university reviews the legislation, periodic postings will be available from Faculty and Staff Benefits.

New aquaculture representative

Bob Pierce, state wildlife specialist, recently completed more than 20 years on the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center’s Aquaculture Extension Technical Committee. Charles Hicks, cooperative research/aquaculture specialist at Lincoln University, is representing Missouri.

Catch up with retirees at spring meetings

Current employees are invited to join MU Extension retirees at their upcoming luncheon meetings: April 16 in Sedalia, April 22 in Troy, April 23 in Jackson, May 12 in Gallatin, May 13 in Lamar and May 14 in Springfield.

For details, contact Barb Casady, extension development director.

Editor’s note

After more than 20 years as the editor of MU Extension’s employee newsletter, I will be moving to a new position as an editor in MU Extension’s Publications and Web Publishing unit. Through the years, the newsletter has evolved from print as the "Buff Letter" to "Weekly News" via e-mail to the online MU Extension Insider. I've enjoyed keeping faculty and staff members up to date with what's going on in extension and the university.

If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Mark Stillwell, CMG interim director.

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.