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MU Extension Insider
March 22, 2016


In the news

Dates to remember


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In the news

Maltsberger on White House summit panel


Bev Maltsberger, right, at the March 22 White House Water Summit.

Bev Maltsberger, community development specialist, was a panelist for the March 22 White House Water Summit. According to a White House fact sheet, the goal of the summit was “to shine a spotlight on the importance of cross-cutting, creative solutions to solving the water problems of today, as well as to highlight the innovative strategies that will catalyze change in how we use, conserve, protect, and think about water in the years to come.” Maltsberger was invited based on her participation in the national Extension Disaster Education Network and her experience with flooding and drought in northwestern Missouri.

A video recording of the summit is available on YouTube. The segment in which Maltsberger appears begins at 2:01:33.


Committees for Strategic Plan and Program Integration merge

With MU Extension’s core mission and vision clearly in mind, the committees for the MU Extension Strategic Plan and Program Integration have merged. The resulting team will focus on connecting research with program development initiatives that are evaluated for outcomes and broader impacts.

In an era of tight funding, this team, led by Beverly Coberly, will increasingly place an emphasis on identifying where and how MU Extension can make a meaningful difference before moving forward with the development of research-based programs that appropriately draw from one or more disciplines. This new team will be composed of individuals who were previously serving on the MU Extension steering committee as well as the Program Integration committee.


Missouri 4-H website wins ACE award

The reorganization and redesign of the Missouri 4-H website won a silver award in the information technology/website category from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE).

Members of the Communications and Marketing Web Team included DeeAnna Adkins, Kate Akers, Karissa King, Clint McMillen, Joe Vale and Judie Cooper, with integral assistance from ETCS and Missouri 4-H.

The award will be presented in June at the ACE annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn.


New Impact Statement Reporting Course to strengthen skills

From Mark Stillwell, project administrator – operations

Are you looking for options to improve your reporting skills and include in your myVITA professional development plan?

In fall 2015, eXtension added the acclaimed Impact Statement Reporting Course to its professional development portfolio for Cooperative Extension System professionals.

Created by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University in collaboration with a nationwide team of extension educators and trainers on impact report writing, the content specifically addresses the needs of extension professionals.

The eXtension online course format ensures continuity across trainings, widespread accessibility and ease of use. This course provides a wealth of examples, resources, readings and assessments to support learners in applying the concepts and skills as rapidly as possible. Requiring approximately 80 minutes to complete, all at one time or across modules. The course provides timely instruction or can serve as a refresher as impact statement reporting deadlines approach.

Because MU Extension is an eXtension member institution, this course is free to faculty and staff. The course fee for employees of nonmember institutions is $80.

Learn more about the Impact Statement Reporting Course at

A free sampler of the course is available at


Recordings of retiree insurance forums available

Didn’t get a chance to attend one of the recent forums on proposed changes to retiree insurance benefits? Recordings of the UM System and MU Extension online forums are available.

UM System online seminar: Video (presentation slides with audio) and transcript.

MU Extension Adobe Connect sessions: Links to the three sessions, hosted by Joy Millard, are on the Extension HR home page, listed under “Quick links to useful tools.”


Fiscal training

From Shelly DeJaynes, Extension Fiscal

Budget time for university fiscal year 2016-17 has started. An email will be sent to the unit directors very soon with the budget planning assumptions. For campus units, the Hyperion budget entry system is now open for data entry, with a deadline of April 15. The fiscal contact or delegate for each campus unit should have gone to a Hyperion training or refresher course. If Hyperion one-on-one assistance is needed, please sign up for a campus lab. The total number of seats for each lab caps at seven, so don’t wait too long to register.


Online toolbox for council members

There is a new online resource designed to help county, regional and state extension council members be informed advocates for MU Extension.

The Council Resource Toolbox assists council members and officers by providing timely and accurate information about bylaws, programs, budgets, events, impacts, policies and more.

“Our goal is to arm our network of 2,200-plus council members with the tools they need to carry out the things we ask of them,” says Tracy Feller, director of extension constituent relations.

“We are now working on a new toolbox for elected officials to help them and their aides use MU Extension as a resource for making sound decisions,” she added.

The County Resources Toolbox is at

If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the toolbox, contact Feller at


Insider reader contest

Molly Tuggle, nutrition program associate in the West Central Region, won a new polo short in last issue’s Insider reader contest.

This week’s prize is a men’s or women’s Tri-Mountain polo shirt, black with gold-accented contrast panels along shoulders and sides, with two-color logo. UltraCool and antimicrobial technology, 100 percent polyester.

For a chance to win, complete this issue’s crossword puzzle by noon Friday, March 25.



Marketing materials available

From Laura Lindsey, senior marketing coordinator

The busy event season is coming up. Make sure you’re prepared to make a great impression with professional marketing brochures and rack cards. These colorful materials speak directly to a general audience about the available services and programs extension offers. View samples at the online store by searching for prefix “UED.” Rack card samples begin at UED1161. Extension brochure is UED 1120.


UM ethics hotline available

The University of Missouri Ethics and Compliance Hotline provides employees with an anonymous avenue for reporting suspected incidences of ethics or compliance abuses, including fraud and fiscal misconduct, and medical, human resources, research, athletics, and environmental, health and safety issues. The reporting system is both Web- and telephone-based and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The hotline is not meant to replace or supersede any current reporting methods (e.g., communicating with a supervisor), but rather serves as an additional reporting method for individuals to report their concerns. If you are reporting your allegation or concern in good faith, please be assured that you will not be subjected to retaliation or punishment.

To access this confidential reporting hotline, you can call, toll-free, 1-866-447-9821, or go to

Each extension unit and county office must have this information posted in a common place, such as a hallway. If you need this poster, please contact Callie Glascock at


Dates to remember

Fee-generation workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee-generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE up to one week before the workshop. Sessions that do not have at least four registrants will be canceled and registrants will be asked to choose an alternative date.

April 21 2-3 p.m.
May 18 10-11 a.m.
June 16 2-3 p.m.
July 20 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 18 2-3 p.m.


Spring retiree meetings

Active faculty and staff are also welcome at retiree meetings. See the latest issue of Friends of Extension for meeting details.

April 6 — Gallatin.

April 12 — Nevada.

April 13 — Ozark.

April 15 – Sedalia.

April 22 — Jackson.

April 26 — Columbia.


Religious holidays

The communities we serve are home to individuals from a variety of cultural and religious traditions. The following is a list of religious holidays that individuals in your community may observe in the coming weeks.

March 23-24: Purim (Jewish) commemorates the time when the Jews were living in Persia and saved by a woman named Esther.

March 25: Good Friday (Roman Catholic, Protestant) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

March 27: Easter (Roman Catholic, Protestant) is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 13: Vaisakhi (Sikh) is the Sikh new year and harvest festival.

April 22-30: Passover (Jewish) is the weeklong observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II.

April 24: Palm Sunday (Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

April 29: Good Friday (Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

May 1: Easter (Eastern Orthodox Christian) is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

May 1: Beltane (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

May 4-5: Yom HaSho’ah (Jewish), which begins at sundown, is a day to remember the lives and names of Jewish victims and activists of the Holocaust.

May 14: Buddha Day/Visakha Puja (Buddhist) is the major Buddhist festival, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.

May 29: Ascension of the Baha’ullah (Baha’i) commemorates the death of the founder of the Baha’i faith, who died May 29, 1892.

June 5-July 5 (begins at sundown): Ramadan (Islamic) is an occasion to focus on faith through fasting and prayer, and is one of the most important Muslim holidays.

June 11-13 (begins at sundown): Shavuot (Jewish), a holiday with significant work restrictions, commemorates receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

June 21: Litha/Midsomer/Alban Hefin/Summer Solstice (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

For more information, go to


Other dates to remember

March 28-April 1: Community Development Academy, St. Louis.

May 21: 4-H Day with the Cardinals. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 11.

June 8-10: Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): Latinos in the Heartland, 15th annual conference, Columbia.

Oct. 25-27: MU Extension Summit.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey, Curt Wohleber or Phil Leslie in MU Extension Communications and Marketing. If you have questions, contact Dennis Gagnon, director.