News for employees, May 15, 2009

Emergency management teams stay on alert

Golf-ball sized hail fell in Fredricktown May 8,

Golf-ball sized hail that fell May 8 in Ste. Genevieve, pictured, is symbolic of springs storms that have created states of emergencies across northeast and southeast Missouri, killing several people, destroying homes and businesses, and as well as utilities, roads and bridges. MU Extension's Community Emergency Management teams have been working with residents and officials in the aftermath to clean up and rebuild. Tish Johnson photo

General Assembly passes higher education budget

Extension funding left untouched by legislators

The Missouri General Assembly approved the University of Missouri’s FY10 budget, leaving extension funding intact for the coming year. The budget is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The new University budget includes core funding at the FY09 level and $24.2 million in one-time federal stabilization funds. Allocation of the one-time funds must be approved by the Board of Curators.

“The legislature’s support of Gov. Jay Nixon’s recommendation to keep public higher education funding levels flat in the coming fiscal year ― despite a difficult economy and declining tax revenues ― is recognition that higher education is an investment in our state’s future,” said UM President Gary Forsee.

Passage of the FY2010 budget is good news for MU Extension. In the budget bill put forth by the Missouri House, HB3, extension was included as part of the agreement with higher education to maintain level funding in exchange for keeping tuition rates the same.

Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of cooperative extension, said: “The General Assembly’s passage of the budget is an affirmation that our stakeholders view Extension is a vital part of higher education and the University of Missouri. We all are thankful for the efforts of the state council, regional and county councils and other volunteers, who communicated with decision-makers about the importance and value of extension in their lives and their communities.”

Gatewood saying ‘good bye’ to HES

Terry Gatewood

Human Environmental Sciences Extension will honor Terry Gatewood at an open house July 10. Gatewood is retiring after 35 years with University of Missouri Extension

People are invited to stop by 162 Stanley Hall between 12:30 and 4 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, cake and punch. Remarks are planned for 2 p.m.

Letters, pictures and other items for a memory book may be sent to Julie Chatman by June 26. Contributions for a group gift may be sent to Sue Andrews, 110 Gwynn Hall; or Ruth Breedlove, 301 Gwynn Hall, also by June 26.

Recognize teamwork

Nominations for the Quarterly Teamwork Award are due June 1. The award recognizes group efforts that yield results for MU Extension and the people we serve.

Guidelines and form

Biofuel policy advisors

Seth Meyer

For two decades, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute has served as a think-tank for policymakers on agriculture issues. Now the scope of FABPRI's data collection has expanded to include biofuel’s role in agriculture policy. Seth Meyer discusses FAPRI's new role in this University of Missouri podcast.

Dial-up access ends May 31

Toll-free dial-up service for Internet access will be discontinued May 31. Given the high cost, low-quality service and variety of alternatives, the cost of dial-up service outweighs the costs. Questions about the impending change should be sent to Callie Glascock, administrative manager.

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