News for employees, Nov. 15, 2008

Four to interview for youth program director position

Updated Nov. 24, 2008

Interviews with four candidates for the 4-H and youth development program director position begin Nov. 24. Each candidate will complete a series of interviews give a public presentation and meet with regional 4-H staff via conference call. The public presentations will be videotaped and available online for internal viewing following the presentations.

Interview Schedule

Kevin Wright, state 4-H program manager and Operation: Military Kids national training director, Washington State University Extension
   Public presentation: 9:30 a.m., Dec . 3
   Conference call: 3 p.m., Dec. 4

Jeff Howard, associate professor/associate state 4-H program director, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
   Public presentation: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 1, Reynolds Alumni Center, Columns D and E
   Conference call: 3 p.m., Dec. 2

Ina Linville, interim 4-H program director, MU Extension
   Public presentation: 9 a.m., Dec. 10, Reynolds Alumni Center, Columns D and E
    Conference call: 2 p.m., Dec. 11

Dehlia Rae Wilkinson, 4-H extension professor and Navy 4-H project director, Mississippi State University Extension
   Public presentation: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 17, S203 Memorial Union
   Conference call: 3 p.m., Dec. 18

Open Centra conferences with each candidate will be held for regional 4-H faculty and staff. Conference calls are scheduled with the MU Extension State Council, the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and the State 4-H Council and other youth members. Details on these events will be sent directly to each group.

Curriculum vitaes and interview schedules


Michael Hoffmeyer, left, 4-H youth development educator in Farmington, and Nathan Brandt, horticulture specialist in St. Louis, as Mark Stewart, orientation coordinator, talks with new faculty they wrap up their first cohort training in Columbia. Amanda Stapp photo/Cooperative Media Group

Adding value:
New faculty learn the ropes

Michael Hoffmeyer, left, 4-H youth development educator in Farmington, and Nathan Brandt, horticulture specialist in St. Louis, listen as Mark Stewart, orientation coordinator, talks with new faculty they wrap up their first cohort training in Columbia. Amanda Stapp photo/Cooperative Media Group


Group to tackle marketing challenges, build on success

A new group is charged with identifying strategic communication priorities for MU Extension’s future and building on the branding progress made over the past five years.

MU Vice Provost Michael Ouart appointed a 24-member work group composed of faculty, staff, a State Council member and marketing professionals from the MU community to discuss marketing tools and training needs. The group is co-chaired by Dolores Shearon, Extension Marketing, and Frank Fillo, Cooperative Media Group director.

“We invited staff from University Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics staff because those groups are involved with marketing the University statewide and can provide their perspectives on reaching some of the same audiences that they target.”

Shearon said two audiences being targeted by MU Extension are young adults in the state’s metropolitan areas and the business community.

In September, the marketing group began a broad discussion that will continue when they meet again, Nov. 19, Shearon said.

“We’re going to talk more specifically about what marketing tools are needed to empower staff for success in the field,” Shearon said. “This time around, we will be narrowing down options with the idea of getting some solid recommendations to put down on paper.”

Fillo added, “The goals include getting better tools into the hands of CPDs and field faculty that help them tell our story.”

Committee members include Jo Britt-Rankin, associate dean for human environmental sciences extension; Soneeta Grogan, NE Region director; Cindy Zluticky, Jackson County program director; Gordon Carriker, SW ag business specialist; Todd Lorenz, CM horticulture/agronomy specialist; Bradd Anderson, state 4-H youth specialist; Becky Gants, WC information specialist; Wendy Brumbaugh, NE human environmental sciences specialist; Mary Sobba, CM ag business specialist; Ray Walden, Salem TCRC coordinator; Jerry Baker, NW community development specialist; Vivian Mason, Mexico TCRC coordinator; Sandy Stegall, constituent relations coordinator; Wayne Prewitt, WC ag business specialist; Shirley Farrah, nursing continuing education and outreach director; Wendy Harrington, state business development specialist; Tammy Roberts, SW nutrition and health education specialist; Bev Maltsberger, NW community development specialist; Donna Taake, SE 4-H youth specialist; Jody Squires, EC urban youth specialist and St. Louis city program director; George Laur, extension publications coordinator; Sheldon Toepke, state extension council member; Ana Compain-Romero, MU University Affairs director; and Andrew Grinch, MU Athletics marketing and promotions director.


Conference to explore economy and working families

MU Extension Labor Education is hosting a one-day conference, Dec. 5, to examine the economic issues confronting working families. The Economic Crisis and Working Families Conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia.

“Conference sessions will address the economic landscape in Missouri, and programs and initiatives designed to address workers’ needs,” said Sam White, labor education specialist.

Mike English, president of the Missouri Council on Economic Education, will open the conference with a presentation on the causes and consequences of the economic crisis.

Following lunch, a roundtable will be devoted to economic sectors, including manufacturing, building and construction, utilities and public employment. Invited panelists include: David Zimmerman, Sheet Metal Workers International Association; John Wiseman, United Steel Workers; Don Giljum, Operating Engineers; and Judy Morgan, American Federation of Teachers.

The conference will close with presentations by Cheryl Thruston, Missouri AFL-CIO dislocated workers program director, and Randy Kiser, Midwest Region AFL-CIO senior field representative.

The cost is $75, which includes lunch and materials. For information, contact White.

Flyer and registration form


Learn to create a podcast in November

Podcasts are digital media files distributed over the Internet and played back on a portable media player or computer. Learn how create an audio file for your radio broadcast, add sound to your blog or teach from your Web site during the Nov. 25 training.

Leslie Carroll-Bartlett, Nevada TeleCenter IT extension associate, will demonstrate how to use the software, microphone and speakers with your computer to create a podcast.

The class runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is no charge for the class, but a $10 fee will be assessed for registrants who do not attend.

Sign up by Nov. 19 by contacting a participating ITV site:


MU opens veterans support center

MU recently opened a veterans support center to help veterans enrolling at the university with admissions, registration and financial aid.

MU Veterans Center

“Making the transition from the military to academia can be a stressful and anxious time for incoming veterans,” said Carol Fleisher, interim director of the MU Veterans Center. “The new Veterans Center will make this experience a seamless and positive effort for them.”

The MU Veterans Center is among the first of its kind in providing support, sharing information and advocating for members of the armed forces.

The center’s staff will work with campus departments, including the Student Health Center and Counseling Center, on how best to support students, faculty and staff as they transition into and out of military service. The MU Veterans Center also will work to recruit veterans to campus.


Dates selected for urban extension initiative

The unique issues of urban areas and extension programming opportunities will be explored during an inservice scheduled for Jan. 21 and 22 in Columbia.

Targeted to faculty and administrators with an interest in, or responsibility for, urban programming, the ISE will explore the ways to develop programs and resources; engage audiences, constituents and partners; and design business and staffing models.

Urban extension programming was one of the topics covered during MU Extension’s annual conference. Presenter Bonnie McGee of Texas A&M University and MU Vice Provost Michael Ouart both spoke about the need for extension programs in urban areas.

The ISE is a follow up to the 2007 Urban Extension Conference, which MU hosted with Kansas State University, to assess what has been learned, what can be applied and chart a course for urban programming across the state.

One goal of the meeting is to form a core faculty group to guide future training and make recommendations on the urban program agenda.

Look for details in upcoming issues of MU Extension Insider.



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The University of Missouri Extension Community Resource Development Association held its annual awards program during the annual conference. This year’s recipients include Tom Keohan, retired business development specialist, for Distinguished Service in Business and Industry; and Tish Johnson, SE community development specialist, for Distinguished Service in Community Development. Friend of UECRDA awards were given to Thomas Marrero , MU  professor of chemical engineering, and Thomas Mawhinney, MU associate professor of biochemistry.

Joe Koenen, NE ag business specialist, received the Poly Award from the Missouri TeleCenter Network. The award recognizes Koenan’s use of ITV to deliver educational programs on Missouri fence laws and estate planning.

Eldon Cole, SW livestock specialist, received the 2008 Researcher-to-Producer Award from the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Institute. Since 2002, Cole has served as a facilitator for Missouri Representative Farms panel, which provides data for FAPRI’s annual agricultural outlooks.

Three regional faculty members received awards from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Renette Wardlow, SW human development specialist, received the Community Partnerships Award; Susan Mills-Gray, WC nutrition and health education specialist, received the Continued Excellence Award; and Rebecca Travnichek, NW family financial education specialist, received the Distinguished Service Award. Mills-Gray and Travnichek also were state award winners.

Recognizing teamwork

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

Guidelines and form


Less is more
for Web pages

Less is more for Web pages

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that less is more when it comes to on-line content. In this report, Debbie Johnson talks with Kevin Wise, MU associate professor of strategic communication.


Bountiful harvest

Bountiful harvest

After a disasterous year in 2007, this year's grape crop provided a bounty abover expectations in this report from MU's Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology.


On the team

The University of Missouri team is growing. Welcome to these new faculty and staff members:

• Deanna Abney, nutrition program associate, Washington County
•; Cynthia Banks, nutrition program associate, St. Louis
• Philip Berger, state extension business specialist, MU
• Becky Boyd-Mills, nutrition program associate, Lawrence County
• Jennifer Christensen, nutrition program assistant, Carter County
• Judy Colligan, nutrition program associate, St. Francois County
• Mallie Gunter, nutrition program associate, Henry County
• Beverly Fahrenbruch, nutrition program associate, Jasper County
• Andrea Hawkins, nutrition program associate, Camden County
• Sarah Henrich, nutrition program associate, St. Louis
• Chi Holder, nutrition program associate, Texas County
• Kat Hughes, assistant editor, MU Extension Publications
• Barbara Kribbs, administrative assistant, MU Direct
• Wilson Majee, community development specialist, Mercer County
• Chris Merritt, nutrition program associate, Warren County
• Leslie Place, nutrition program associate, St. Louis County
• Jean Pollard, business development specialist, St. Louis Enterprise Small Business Development Center
• LeeAnne Portwood, office support staff III, Center For Distance and Independent Study
• Michael Ravenscraft, family financial education specialist, Jefferson County
• Tina Roselle, instructional editor, CDIS
• Darrell St. Clair, state extension business specialist, MU
• Sarah Silvey, office support staff I, CDIS
• Dena Skinner, nutrition program associate, Ray County
• Karen Snipes, administrative associate I, EC Region Director’s Office
• Kari Stock, 4-H youth development program associate, Harrison County
• Kevin Stover, assistant director of consulting service, Small Business Development Center, MU
• Evelyn Villarreal, nutrition program assistant, Newton County
• Carol Williams, 4-H youth development program associate, Andrew County
• Darla Wood, nutrition program associate, Jefferson County

University plan to help navigate the future

University of Missouri President Gary Forsee unveiled the “Strategic Direction for the University System,” with an overview of core initiatives and endeavors facing the university in the coming months. It also contains a comprehensive list of accountability measures the university will routinely monitor to determine its progress. “This strategic direction, which represents all four campuses, Extension and our health care system, calls to attention our work in our mission-critical areas of teaching, research, service and economic development,” Forsee said. Read more in Spectrum.

Healthy for Life!

The November issue of Healthy for Life is available. Regional MU Extension employees may take part in programs on any campus.Healthy for Life

In the news

Betty Reinsch, human development specialist, appeared on Great Day St. Louis, which airs mornings on KMOV Channel 4. In this video clip, Reinsch discusses the Gateway Grandparents/Kinship Network. (The interview starts 2:30 minutes into the clip.)



Condolences are extended to:

 Kim Mehl, WC 4-H youth specialist, on the Oct. 31 death of her grandmother, Ruth Laidig
 Steve Henness, 4-H extension associate, on the Oct. 2 death of his mother, Julie Henness.
 Vivian Mason, Mexico TCRC coordinator, on the death of her brother, Harry Hill.


MU Extension Insider is published on the 1st and 15th of each month for MU Extension faculty and staff. Send comments to Editor, Eileen Yager.