News for employees, Aug. 15, 2009


Staying in touch

MU Extension gathers input during Missouri State Fair


Twins Abby, left, and Alison Bertz, 10, use the touch screen to complete a survey MU Extension designed for the Missouri State Fair. The Bertz' family of Mayview, including (from back left) Greg, Kim and older sister Jillian, visited the fair Aug. 14. The Bertz girls are members of the 40-Ville 4-H Club and are swine and 4-H exhibitors at the fair. Amanda Stapp photo/Cooperative Media GroupTwins Abby, left, and Alison Bertz, 10, use the touch-screen to complete a survey MU Extension designed for the Missouri State Fair. The Bertz family of Mayview, including (from back left) Greg, Kim and older sister Jillian, visited the fair Aug. 14. The Bertz girls are members of the 40-Ville 4-H Club and are exhbiting at the fair. Amanda Stapp photo/Cooperative Media Group

Online meetings to address fee plan questions

MU Extension faculty and staff can learn more about implementing program fees during training sessions that will be held throughout the fall. The first session is from 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 24, via Adobe Connect.

Fee standardization and revenue generation will be implemented over three years. The new plan is designed to address shortfalls in traditional extension funding by developing new revenue streams.

The fee calculator tool has by far generated the most questions, according to Rhonda Gibler, assistant vice provost-management. Gibler, MU Vice Provost Michael Ouart and Off-Campus Operations Director Beverly Coberly will meet with SE Region faculty and staff Aug. 18. A meeting with EC faculty is set for September.

“I expect to travel to most regions over the next six months,” Gibler said. “Meetings with campus-based faculty are likely to take place later in the fall.”

In the meantime, faculty and staff are invited to register for one of the online training sessions. In addition to Aug. 24 Adobe Connect sessions will be:

To register, e-mail Jeanne Miner

Applications for extension performance awards due Aug. 28

There is still time to gather materials for the 10 performance and professional development awards to be presented at the Missouri Galaxy Conference this fall. MU Extension awards recognize the commitment and dedication of extension employees in carrying out the extension mission.

Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by Aug. 28.

Questions should be directed to Lisa Wallace, Extension Awards, Loan and Fellowship Committee chair.

Muscle aging can be prevented, reversed

New treasurer explains office role, importance in economic downturn

John Miller, who was appointed treasurer in July, takes a few moments to explain more about his responsibilities in the latest UM system podcast.

UM General Counsel launches new Web site

The University of Missouri General Counsel has a new Web site, which explains the office’s services, areas of practice, answers to common questions and a list of other resources.

UMEA seeks award nominations

UMEA has an opportunity for you to recognize your coworkers' hard work in the past years. The organization is seeking award nominations for Meritorious Service, Innovator and Rookie of the Year. Nominations are due Sept. 4.

Learn FrontPage basics

Microsoft FrontPage is the topic of the next IT training, from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 25. Topics include a discussion of MU and extension Web policies; adding local information to current pages; creating web pages, and using tables, graphics, search engines and forms. To register, contact a participating TCRC:

  • • Cape Girardeau, 573-243-3581
  • • Kirksville, 660-785-2530
  • • Mexico, 573-581-4874
  • • Nevada, 417-448-1212
  • • Park Hills, 573-518-2324
  • • Poplar Bluff, 573-840-9450
  • • Portageville, 573-379-5609
  • • Reeds Spring, 417-272-8707
  • • St. Joseph/ Albany 816-279-1691
  • • Salem, 573-729-8163
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