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MU Extension Insider
October 15, 2012


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In the news

Search opens for five regional director posts; other vacancies to be filled

Vice Provost Michael Ouart appointed an 11-member search committee last week to identify internal candidates for five regional director vacancies, according to Melinda Adams, manager of MU Extension’s human resources office. The five soon-to-be-realigned regions are Northeast, East Central, West Central, Southwest and Urban, which will combine six counties in the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas. As previously announced, new regional alignments will be effective Jan. 1.

“I am pleased we have the opportunity for current University of Missouri employees, who have demonstrated successful strategic and collaborative leadership and who have a desire to advance the organization within an administrative capacity, to be considered for a regional director position,” said Adams.

Position announcements were posted last week on theExtension HR web site. Office locations for the open RD positions will be determined based on the successful candidates, according to Adams. “Application review will begin after Oct. 29, and will continue until suitable candidates are identified or until positions are filled.”

Bev Coberly, MU Extension associate vice provost for programs, will chair the RD search committee, which includes: Adams; Nina Chen, human development specialist, Jackson County; Janet Kline, Southeast RD; Joe Koenen, ag business specialist and CPD Putnam County; Ina Linville, 4-H youth program director; Vivian Mason, family financial education specialist and co-CPD Callaway County; Karma Metzgar, Northwest RD; Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist, Bates County; H. C. Russell, Extension State Council representative; and Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist and CPD Stone County.

The RD vacancies were created by the retirements of Al Black (West Central), Soneeta Grogan (Northeast) and Rick Sparks (South Central); by the death in 2011 of Rick Mammen (Southwest); and by the voluntary reassignments of Mark Stillwell and Bud Reber. Stillwell, former Central Missouri RD and current interim director of the Cooperative Media Group, and Reber, current East Central RD, have elected to accept assignments to design and implement special high-priority initiatives.

“Start dates and specific assignments will be determined soon for Mark and Bud’s new positions, which will run for a maximum of three years,” said Adams.

In addition, Adams reports several other faculty and staff vacancies have been approved for filling. Posting dates vary for the following positions:

Finally, cost-funded proposals have been approved to fill the following short-term positions:

For additional information contact the MU Extension HR office at 573-882-4721 or visit for details about the vacancies and search processes.

Updates on three administrative position searches:

Efforts to fill three other MU Extension administrative vacancies are in varying stages of progress, according to Adams:


Vice Provost discusses regional realignment in recent video

In a video S:\UMSystem\Coop Media\Video\1210_DrOuart_NERegion.m4v shot for presentation at a recent Northeast Regional Council leadership meeting, Vice Provost Michael Ouart explains details about the regional realignment that takes effect Jan. 1.


Human development specialists attend national meeting

Eight MU Extension HES professionals attended the 2012 annual session of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Sept. 24-28, in Columbus, Ohio. They included human development specialists Kathy Dothage, Osage County; Maude Kelly, Washington County; Diana Milne, Jackson County; Sarah Traub, Pulaski County; Lisa Wallace, Henry County; and Renette Wardlow, Christian County. Also attending were HES Extension administrators Jo Britt-Rankin and Candace Gabel.

Wallace received the NEAFCS distinguished service award and Wardlow won the group’s continued excellence award. Traub presented a workshop on the Focus on Kids Online Program, which she co-wrote with David Schramm, HES associate professor and Extension state specialist, and Graham McCaulley, HES doctoral student. Kelly began the second year of a two-year stint as NEAFCS vice president of awards and recognition. Unable to attend the meeting was Marsha Alexander, Jackson County-based MU Extension housing and environmental design specialist, who had been scheduled to present a workshop on lighting strategies for the home.


Invitation and Registration for MU Extension's Administrative Support Staff Conference – Nov. 8.



University of Missouri Extension invites administrative support staff members to attend the Administrative Support Conference, Making the Connection, Nov. 8.  This virtual administrative support conference will be hosted at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus, and presentations will be broadcast to eight regional off-campus sites:

“This is an opportunity for administrative support staff to network with colleagues in their region, or on campus, and to learn more about how we are continuing to align ourselves with the MU campus and the Missouri communities,” say Megan Martin, MU Extension training development coordinator.

The program includes an Administrative Update on Banner Outcomes, Program Integration, and Re-Alignment presented by Michael Ouart, Bev Coberly and Rhonda Gibler; eXtension presented by Dan Cotton; and Influencing Up, presented by Dewey Thompson.  Lunch will be provided, as well as logo give-a-ways.

“This conference is planned specifically for administrative support staff for MU Extension,” says Martin.  “Your work is important to all that we do and we want to recognize all of our efforts to make MU Extension the success that it is. We look forward to seeing you at the Administrative Support Conference.” 

The agenda and registration for this event is available at:


Stillwell installed as ESP president

More than 175 extension professionals from across the nation attended the Epsilon Sigma Phi national meeting in Mobile, Ala., last week, where Mark Stillwell, Cooperative Media Group interim director, was installed as the group’s president.

Michael Ouart served as a member of two panels: “Administrators perspective: Does global relations add value to extension?” and “Dialog with administrators.”



Attending the national ESP gathering from MU Extension, left to right: Michael Ouart, vice provost and director, Mark Stillwell, ESP National President, Karma Metzgar, ESP Alpha Tau chapter president, and Julie Middleton, Alpha Tau president elect.


UMEA, ESP conducting membership drives

Two MU Extension-affiliated professional organizations—the University of Missouri Extension Association and the Alpha Tau chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi—are soliciting new members. A UMEA membership costs $30 and runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30. New ESP members pay $65, with membership running Sept.1-Aug. 31. For additional details and membership forms go to each group’s respective web site: for UMEA and for ESP.

As an added benefit of UMEA membership, the MU Campus Recreation Center is offering a specially discounted rate to UMEA members: $20 for 10 visits starting Nov. 15, according to Shaun Murphy, 4-H youth specialist, Livingston County. Regular admission is $10.74 per visit.

“If you are interested in this MU Rec Center offer, please e-mail me by Nov. 1,” says Murphy. “The offer is good from Nov. 15, 2012 until Nov. 14, 2013.”                  


MU sophomore designated as 2012-13 youth liaison to State Extension Council

A MacDonald County native and MU agricultural education sophomore, Emily Paul, has been named the 2012-13 youth liaison to the Missouri State Extension Council, reports Steve Henness, MU state 4-H youth specialist.  Among Paul’s duties will be helping coordinate updated contact information for all youth affiliated with the Extension Council Youth Leadership program.

“Emily is representing the voices of young people and 4-H on the State Extension Council this next year,” said Henness. “She is very eager to connect with youth serving on county extension councils around the state, and to explore youth representation on regional councils.”

Again this year, ECYL will be assisting counties that want to recognize youth who have served on councils for one year or more. To request recognition packets for youth who served during 2012, please see the attached recognition form. Submission deadline is Dec. 1, so acrylic awards and personalized letters from MU Extension leaders can be prepared by February.

Go to for updated ECYL training materials for councils. And has resources on how councils can make youth-adult partnerships work at peak levels.


NTT promotion applications due Nov. 1

“The next round of applications for non-tenure track promotion is due to supervisors by Nov. 1,” says Marcia Shannon, associate professor of animal science, and NTT committee chair. “Twenty-one extension faculty received promotion last year.”

The voluntary NTT promotion policy is for full-time, non-regular faculty members within MU Extension. This process applies to regional faculty members and to campus faculty members in an academic unit that does not have an NTT process. Extension faculty members may apply for one of three ranked designations: assistant extension professional, associate extension professional or extension professional.

“For those faculty members who elect to participate, the NTT promotion system provides a mechanism to recognize extension scholarship and professional growth,” says Shannon.

The NTT committee is available to answer questions and provide training for extension faculty on the NTT process. Contact Shannon or visit the NTT website for more information:

Congratulations to faculty who have been promoted under the new system in 2012:

Extension Professional
Van Ayers, agriculture and rural development specialist, Southeast
Tim Baker, horticulture specialist, Northwest
Kathy Dothage, human development specialist, Central
Don Nicholson, 4-H youth specialist, Northeast
Linda Rellergert, nutrition specialist, East Central
Renette Wardlow, human development specialist, Southwest

Associate Extension Professional
Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, Southwest
Shawn Deering, livestock specialist, Northwest
Sarah Denkler, horticulture specialist, Southeast
Kendra Graham, livestock specialist, Southeast
Lala Kumar, horticulture specialist, West Central
Jim Crawford, natural resource engineer , Northwest
Janet Hackert, nutrition specialist, Northwest
Jim Humphrey, livestock specialist, Northwest
Damaris Karanja, nutrition & health education specialist, East Central
Connie Mefford, community development specialist, Central
Ted Probert, dairy specialist, South Central
Gene Schmitz, livestock specialist, Central
Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist, Southwest
Lynda Zimmerman, nutrition specialist, Central

Assistant Extension Professional
Robert McNary, 4-H youth specialist, Southwest


Labor education professor receives regional conference award

Sam White, assistant professor in the Labor Education Program, received the Conference Award for his presentation titled Entrances are Wide, Exits are Narrow: Reflections on the History and Future of the Organized Building Trades, Oct. 4, at the 36th annual Mid-Western Apprenticeship and Training Coordinators Conference.  The three-day conference, held annually at the Lake of the Ozarks, attracts union leaders, academics, legal experts, and government officials interested in apprentice training in the building trades from a region encompassing 12 mid-western states. 


Northwest radio program team receives quarterly honor

The ten-member Northwest Extension Connection Radio Program Team has received the MU Extension Quarterly Teamwork Award, announces Michael Ouart, vice provost for Extension.

“The multidisciplinary team has found an effective way to meet a need by bringing three-minute sound bites of research-based information to the people, some of whom may not have been familiar with Extension,” says Ouart. “Working in cooperation with local radio stations, the Connection Radio Program has found a way to reach more people throughout the region all at one time.”

The team—which includes: Tim Baker, Heather Benedict, Tom Fowler, Janet Hackert, Kevin Hansen, Penny Hopkins, Tom Kelso, Connie Neal, Rebecca Travnichek and Jessica Trussell—covered such topics as tornado safe rooms, nitrates in silage, orderly financial information and sooty blotch in apples.


Joint webinar with South African university to run Oct. 17

A webinar on “Sport and Recreation as a Vehicle for Social Transformation” is set for 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Oct. 17, according to Julie Middleton, MU Extension director of organizational development. The event is a joint effort of MU Extension and the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Consult this flyer for registration and an overview of the webinar.


Paperless option available for pay stubs

In an effort to reduce the cost, effort, and wasted paper, you are encouraged to elect to retrieve your paycheck earnings advice (pay stub) electronically through myHR.  The process is very simple, and saves the University the cost of printing, sorting, stuffing envelopes, and mailing the stubs.  Another advantage isthat there is added security as your check information is only available through your password protected account.

The paycheck information is available as soon as the checks are calculated (usually 2-3 days before the checks are deposited), so you are able to see ahead of time what pay to expect.  If you make this election, the pay stub will always be available to you (even if you no longer work for the University). 

In order to enroll in the electronic delivery, the navigation is below (follow the steps at the top of the box):



"This is a very small step which allows the University to save a considerable amount of money.  Please consider making this election," says Dews.


Sam’s Club update

“In the past, purchasing from the Sam’s Club had been difficult because the University didn’t have a corporate membership with them,” says Shelly DeJaynes, Extension accounting associate. “Purchases made with a personal membership were not tax-exempt, even when purchased with a pcard, and were therefore prohibited.  Since July 2010, MU has negotiated a corporate membership and procurement is working to extend this corporate membership to include Sam’s Clubs outside of Columbia.”

In order to utilize MU’s corporate membership, an employee pcardholder will need to obtain a free business membership card from the Customer Service Center at the Columbia Sam’s Club.  This card will grant access to Sam’s Club and can be used when making a purchase at the checkout counter.  “Only a pcard can be used for the Sam’s Club University purchases.  Personal purchases will need to be made with a personal membership,” says DeJaynes.

For more information contact DeJaynes or the MU Procurement hotline (573) 882-3201.


Upcoming events

Fee-generation workshops set

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

Date Time
10/22/2012 10-11 a.m.
11/19/2012 2-3 p.m.
12/19/2012 10-11 a.m.


Other dates to remember

Oct. 29: Restorative justice team training follow-up meeting. For more information contact Nina Balsam, St. Louis County program director at 314-615-7637 or

Oct. 29-31: Extension Fall Conference, Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia.

Nov. 1:  2012 Leaders Honor Roll deadline. Selections should be sent to your regional director via e-mail. Please submit your selections no later than Nov. 1. Attached are a description and a spreadsheet for recording your selections.  Please call or e-mail Debbie Ricker (573-882-1313) if you have questions.    

Nov. 11-13: Cultural Bricolage is a Mizzou Advantage Conference. This conference is free to MU students, faculty and staff.   Register at .

Dec. 2: 4-H day with the Rams.  You are invited to join other Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, volunteers, family, and friends for 4‑H Day at the Edward Jones Dome at noon Dec. 2, to watch the St. Louis Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers.  Tickets for the game can be purchased over the phone (314-425-0528), or by mail or fax using the 4-H Ticket Order Form on the event flier at You can also order tickets online at using the promo code “4h”.  Credit card orders will be accepted.

Dec. 11-13: NAEPSDP conference: conference registration information and the agenda are available online Contact Julie Middleton, president-elect of NAEPSDP, with questions.

Dec. 23: 4-H day with the Chiefs. Tickets are specially discounted for all 4-H members, families and friends at $25/seat. Tickets are subject to availability. Call Ryan Youngs at 816-920-4830 or e-mail

April 3: MU Extension Legislative Day, Jefferson City.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Jason Sharp, instructor, Law Enforcement Training Institute.



Congratulations to Lynn Heins, Washington County ag business specialist, and her husband Scott on the birth of twin daughters, Julie Anne and Kaylin Jewell, born Oct. 6.



Our sympathy goes out to:

Verlinda Talley, secretary Henry County, and family on the death of her father Albert James, on Sept. 28.  There will be a private family burial at a later date. Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home will forward memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Research; they can be sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 384, Osceola, MO  64776. 


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