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MU Extension Insider
July 16, 2012


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month by the MU Cooperative Media Group. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

MU FRTI brings fire to the firefighters

The MU Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute's new mobile fire-cause simulator helps firefighters spot the cause of fires and recognize clues of arson. Kent Faddis reports.


See also: Related news release by Debbie Johnson.


Program integration and MU Extension’s Strategic Plan

“Program integration, a key component of the MU Extension Strategic Plan, is about how we operate,” says Beverly Coberly, associate vice provost-programs. “It is an opportunity to reach beyond traditional extension teams and capitalize on the internal capacities we have within cooperative extension and continuing education as well as an opportunity to capitalize on additional capacities within the University system and beyond.”

Program integration’s goal is to better integrate MU Extension’s efforts, find ways to identify and break down barriers, and create new opportunities for MU Extension to work better as a team. It will create networks to better support working across programmatic lines, Coberly says.

Program integration is important because it:

“Program integration will better position MU Extension for the future.  We will be discussing program integration at our fall program and administrative conferences,” says Coberly.

More information on MU Extension’s strategic plan, banner outcomes and program integration to achieve “One MU Extension” can be viewed in the July 2, 2012 video update: mms:// It's also available on the share drive at S:\UMSystem\Coop Media\2012 One Extension\ 2012 07 01 one extension-SD.m4v.


Technology toolkit from ETCS

By Steve Giesel, Extension Technology and Computer Services:

Team-Q, a self-directed team, is pleased to announce the availability of a technology toolkit for MU Extension users.  Team-Q was formed with the idea of investigating and encouraging the use of current and emerging technologies by extension professionals.  To that end, Team-Q has developed a SharePoint site categorizing and describing various technology tools, most of which are Web-based.

At present, the technology reviews in the toolkit cover blogging, course management, file sharing and collaborating, instant messaging, photo/video sharing, social networking, and software.  The reviews try to provide the following information about a tool:

  1. Name or type of application.
  2. Purpose of application.
  3. List and links of applications performing the same function.
  4. Links to resources about using the application—registering, basic use, advanced functions, etc.
  5. Description of how the application would be used in conjunction with extension program efforts.
  6. Brief description of how you or others have used the program (if available).
  7. Overall review of the program - what works, what doesn’t and things to avoid.

There is also a glossary, a quick reference guide, a policy brief, and a narrative discussing roles, responsibilities and security concerns when using Web-enabled tools in extension work.

This website is available to all MU Extension employees and may be found on the SharePoint server at  You will find a welcome message from Joe Lear along with the reference material, and folders containing Word documents describing the tools themselves.  Additionally, there is a “Links” section to resources of interest and an “Extension Using Social Media” section with links to MU Extension personnel using technology tools in their work.

Team-Q does not see this site as a finished product but as one that will continuously evolve and is open to input and reviews from the field.  Feel free to contact me at if you have questions or wish to add to the toolkit.

As always, keep abreast with us at our ETCS blog, Inner Circuits.  Follow us at Our latest news will always be there for you. 

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Council to Campus impact video available

A video highlighting the impact of 4-H, nutrition, business development and MU FRTI  programs was developed for Council to Campus. It is now available on YouTube and the share drive.  Please feel free to use this and other videos with your extension councils and other extension audiences.


S:\UMSystem\Coop Media\Smart Phone Files\WMV files


Upcoming events

Epsilon Sigma Phi nominations due Sept. 14 

It’s time once again to consider nominating someone for one of the Epsilon Sigma Phi awards.   According to Vera Massey, ESP awards committee chair, ESP has 17 different awards available to recognize an extension colleague or a friend of extension:

“For most awards, the person you nominate must be an Epsilon Sigma Phi member,” Vera said. “The team awards require that at least 50 percent of the team members eligible for ESP membership must be ESP members.”

 However, the Friend of Extension Award and the State Meritorious Support Service Award do not require ESP membership.  The ESP active members list is available online at

Start thinking of all your deserving colleagues and check out the ESP website to find the award descriptions, nomination forms and past award recipients.

“Unfortunately, the past award winners list only goes back to the mid-1990s, so ESP doesn’t have documentation of award winners prior to then. We are probably missing some,” says Vera.  “So please let me know if you have received one of the awards and don’t see your name on this list.”

Please take this opportunity to recognize and honor colleagues and friends of extension. Nominations are due Sept. 14.  Feel free to contact Vera , ESP awards committee chair, with any questions about the awards.


Fee generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functionality and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE for the following workshop dates:

Date Time
8/16/2012 10-11 a.m.
9/18/2012 2-3 p.m.
10/22/2012 10-11 a.m.


Other dates to remember

Aug. 10: Deadline for statewide award applications.

Sept. 15: MU Extension tailgate event prior to the football game with Arizona State.

Sept. 20: NTT dossier workshop: Questions and Answers.  For questions regarding the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or Nicki Eatinger-Sprague (, or visit the NTT website for more information:

Oct. 29-31, 2012 Extension Annual Conference.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Don Lambeth, administrative professional youth specialist, SC Region-Youth.

Michelle Botts, 4-H youth development program assistant, WC Region-Youth.



Judith Tanner, nutrition program assistant, SE Family Nutrition Program.



Our sympathy goes out to:

Willis Mushrush and his family on the passing of his father, Willis C. Mushrush Sr., on July.  Services were July 9 at the Robertson Drago Chapel.


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