News for employees, Oct. 15, 2009

Green elected treasurer of national ag association;
Stewart leads regional group

Parman Green
Parman Green
Mark Stewart
Mark Stewart

Parman Green, CM ag business specialist, is serving as treasurer of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. This the first time in years that an MU Extension faculty member has held a national NACAA office.

Green, headquartered in Carroll County, has worked for MU Extension since 1992.

Mark Stewart, interim CM Region director, has been elected director of the NACAA North Central Region, which represents 12 states.

Stewart and Green were among the 21 Missouri faculty who attended the annual meeting in Portland, Ore. The NACAA has more than 3,300 active members and fosters professional improvement, communication and cooperation among extension educators.

Legislators learn about NE Region extension programs

Three state legislators and an aide to a U.S. congressman learned about MU Extension programs Oct. 12 during the NE Region program showcase at North Shelby School, Shelby County.

Macon business owner Kevin Nichols, left, and extension specialists Charles Holland and Chris Shoemaker, discuss business development programming in the NE Region. Curt Wohleber photo

Guests included state Reps. Brian Munzlinger and Tom Shively; state Sen. Wes Shoemyer; Tanner Smith on behalf of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer; NE Region county commissioners and members of the NE Region  extension council.

At the North Shelby School gymnasium, guests rotated among 11 stations for mini-presentations and informal discussions with almost two dozen faculty members.

Some stations included extension “customers” such as Kevin Nichols of Macon. After losing his job twice due to outsourcing, Nichols took advantage of MU Extension’s business development services and now runs his own company, which recently expanded from seven to nine employees.

“The showcase was even more successful than I expected,” said Kenny Lovelace, NE regional council chairman. “Council members and elected officials from almost every county in the region attended. I’ve never seen people sitting around tables more interested in what they were learning.”

MU Extension faculty to gather at Missouri Galaxy

The Missouri Galaxy, Nov. 10 and 11, will open with an administrative update from Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension, and Beverly Coberly, off-campus operations director.

“The administrative update is always of interest, so we hope that people will join us at this annual event,” said Marsha Alexander, UMEA president.

MU Extension performance awards also will be presented during the opening session. Breakout sessions, professional association meetings and awards, a silent auction and plenty of time for networking round out the agenda.

There is no fee due to MU Extension’s support for conference costs; however, individuals must register by Oct. 30 and are responsible for lodging arrangements and expenses.

Extension energy news

Reduce energy use to keep money in your pocket

The eXtension housing energy community of practice will host a chat, “Investing in Your Home: More Comfort and More Money,” Oct. 29, starting at 10 a.m.

Michael Goldschmidt, MU assistant professor of architectural studies, will join faculty from across the nation in a panel discussion on putting more money in your pocket by reducing home energy consumption. The panel will discuss energy conservation, renewable energy and indoor air quality.

Extension faculty are encouraged to tune in for their personal enrichment and invite families, partners and program participants to attend and ask questions.

The chat session is text only. To be notified when the transcript is available, contact Michael Gutter.

Manage your volunteers effectively

Everyone Ready, a volunteer management training program, is available to all MU Extension faculty at no cost.

“Volunteers allow extension staff to expand the capacity of programming and to develop the social capital of our communities,” said Mary Jo Williams, state 4-H youth development specialist. “They have been vital to our success in the past and will become even more important in the years to come.”

Each month will feature a new topic, either as an online seminar or self-study guide. New topics are introduced on the third Monday of the month and will be archived for three years.

The National 4-H Council received a grant from Monsanto Co. to make Everyone Ready available to all extension employees regardless of title or program area.

Missouri hosts first eXtension conference

MU Extension will host the first National eXtension Conference: Your Gateway to the Future of Cooperative Extension!, Oct. 20-23, in St. Louis. Extension educators from across the nation will learn about trends that affect extension programming and about the behaviors and needs of online audiences.

eXtension: more mind reach

MU Vice Provost Michael Ouart, who chairs the eXtension finance committee, will take part in a panel on Cultivating Partnerships and Resource Development, and several MU Extension faculty members will present at the conference. They include Tish Johnson, EC community development specialist; Rebecca Travnichek, NW family financial education specialist; Sharon Gulick, exCEED director; Mary Leuci, community development program director; Shannon White, state geospatial specialist; Rob Weaber, state animal science specialist; and Share Bane, UMKC gerontology specialist.

The MU Conference Office handled arrangements for the national meeting.

New MU Extension employees

Center for Distance and Independent Study: Brandon Gunthner, office support I; Kari Jo Jennings, office support III; Brennan Ransdell, extension instructor; Johnathan Shoff, editorial assistant II
• Franci Chrisman, office support IV, MU Direct
• Jessica Spinder, office support II, KBIA
• Rhonda Wilson, business development specialist, MU
• Patricia Carpenter, WC nutrition program assistant
• Charlene Cowan, SW nutrition program assistant
• Sandra Dorsey, SC 4-H youth development program assistant
• Angelia Ham, SW 4-H specialist
• April Miller, CM nutrition program assistant
• Renee Hambelton, SC nutrition program associate
• Tonya Wogoman, SW nutrition program assistant

Sessions offer details on fee standardization

Information sessions on fee standardization and revenue generation are continuing. Sessions via Abode Connect are open to all MU Extension employees.

Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.
Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.
Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.
Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

E-mail Jeanne Miner to register.

Workshops explain time reporting system

Starting Nov. 29, University of Missouri employees will use PeopleSoft to report time and absences. MU Extension is offering training in person and through Adobe Connect. Individuals participating through Adobe Connect should register in WebApps. Campus sessions do not require registration.

Monthly employees may choose to review the Time and Labor process online. Supervisors only need to attend one session.

Oct. 16 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 23 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 at 10:15 a.m.
Oct. 20 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.
Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 at 10:15 a.m.
Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.
Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 at 10:15 a.m.
Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Recognize 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.

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.