News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Sept. 22, 2015


In the news

Dates to remember

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month by MU Extension Communications and Marketing. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

Job training program provides hope

Extension on the Go podcast: “On the Road to a Better Future”

The Missouri Employment Training Program helps food stamp recipients move toward self-sufficiency by providing training for high-demand jobs in Missouri. Read more.


Search committee for new extension director begins work

Stephen Ball, state specialist and associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, is leading the search committee that will identify candidates for the position of MU vice chancellor for extension and director of cooperative extension. The committee will use a search firm to assist with the process.

Other members of the search committee are:

  • Carl Allison, member, State Extension Council.
  • Ronda Elfrink, member, Bollinger County Extension Council and SE Region Extension Council.
  • David Hedrick, director, MU Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute.
  • Blake Hurst, president, Board of Directors, Missouri Farm Bureau.
  • Sara Parker Pauley, director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
  • Marcia Shannon, associate professor of animal science and swine nutrition specialist.
  • State Sen. David Pearce, chair, Missouri Senate Education Committee.
  • Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies.
  • Jody Squires, associate regional director, Urban East.
  • Marla Tobin, chair-elect, Board of Trustees, Missouri 4-H Foundation.
  • William Wiebold, state specialist and professor of agronomy.
  • Steve Wyatt, associate vice chancellor and vice provost for economic development.
  • Lynda Zimmerman, UMEA president and regional nutrition/health specialist, Cole County, EC Region.
  • Liaison to the MU chancellor:  Brian Millner, special assistant to the MU chancellor.


New guidelines for online course development

New guidelines for online course development are available. The new guidelines recognize that faculty interested in online course development benefit from greater support, collaboration and clarity from the beginning of the process through completion. The new guidelines are on the Share drive at \MUCampus\ETCS\Moodle\


Insider reader contest

Have you participated in the Insider reader contest yet? Here’s how it works: Read this issue,  fill out a crossword puzzle with questions based on this issue, and submit the completed crossword for a chance to win some MU  Extension apparel.

For completing last issue’s puzzle, Kate Kammler, horticulture specialist and CPD, Ste. Genevieve, won a waterproof, fleece-lined Port Authority jacket.

This issue’s prize: Your choice of a women’s black or gray Port Authority cardigan with two-color embroidered logo; or a men’s Tri-Mountain polo, black with gold-accented contrast panels along shoulders and sides, two-color embroidered logo, short sleeves, three-button collar, 100 percent polyester.

Rules, instructions and link to puzzle.


MU Extension Summit agenda now online

An initial agenda for the 2015 MU Extension Summit, Oct. 27-29 in Columbia, is online at Additional details and online registration will be coming soon.


Extension earns College Colors Day honors

MU Extension was well represented in the MU Staff Advisory Council’s College Colors Day contest, with awards in several categories.

MU Extension in Jackson County (below), won first place in Best Dressed-Group.

Jackson County

MU Extension in Jackson County (right), placed second in Best Office Decorations-Group.

MU Extension in Johnson County (below), won third place in Best Office Decorations-Group.

Johnson County

Danee Douglas

Danee Douglas (left), county office support staff, WC Region, was second place in Best Office Decorations-Individual.


Free marketing tools available for download

New tools have just been added to the website to help you promote and plan your next program or event.

Templates and kits to promote and support events and programs may be downloaded for use by county, campus and system offices. Templates are available for fliers, signage, handouts and PowerPoints. They are designed in accordance with MU Extension’s graphic standards. Designs can be downloaded as individual pieces or as full sets at

Not sure if you want to use these templates instead of designing your own materials? This handy flowchart can help you decide.


Get ready for Annual Enrollment with your 2016 Benefits Guide

From UM Total Rewards

Start educating yourself so you can make the decisions that are best for you during Annual Enrollment, which runs Oct. 19-30. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff have been mailed their 2016 Benefits Guide. Use the Benefits Guide to understand the benefits available to you, choose the insurance plans that are best for you, and make the most of the benefits you choose. In addition to the guide, many other planning resources are available to help you. Attend a town hall meeting or get help that’s tailored to you when you sign up for a one-on-one in your area. Only you can decide what’s best for you. Take advantage of the learning tools at your disposal in order to make the most of your Total Rewards.

To learn more, visit


Monsanto named 4-H Bridge Builder

Monsanto - 4-H Bridge Builder

From right, Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams and Lorene Trickey, wife of the late Nelson Trickey, present the 2015 Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award to Mark Goth, Channel brand analyst for Monsanto. (Photo by Amanda Stapp)

Monsanto Co. was honored with the 2015 Missouri 4-H Foundation Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations for exceptional service bridging youth and the community.

Full story.


Dates to remember

Fall retiree meetings

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

Oct. 1 — Gallatin

Oct. 7 — Nevada

Oct. 8 — Ozark

Oct. 16 — Sedalia

Oct. 23 — Jackson (date updated from original electronic newsletter)

Oct. 27 — Columbia, first day of MU Extension Summit (annual program conference)

Nov. 12 — Online retiree meeting


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.

Oct. 14 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 18 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 17 2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

Sept. 26: South Farm Showcase.

Sept. 30: Due date for next round of non-tenure-track promotion applications. Recordings of past workshops, PowerPoint presentations and all guidelines and submission information are available on the Non-Tenure Track Promotion System page.

Oct. 7: Historian David McCullough will give a free talk on “The History You Don’t Know: Lessons From the American Founders,” 7 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia. The free talk is part of a public lecture series from the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy.

Oct. 16: CAFNR state specialist meeting, 8:30 a.m., N206 Memorial Union.

Oct. 19-30: Annual enrollment.

Oct. 20: Missouri Farm to School Conference, MU Bradford Research Center.

Oct. 27-29: 2015 Extension Summit (also known as the fall conference). Registration information coming soon.

Nov. 4-5: HRS Training Conference, Memorial Union, MU campus.

Coming and going

Please welcome

Kurt Nagel, agronomy specialist and co-CPD, Ray County, NW Region.

Gregory Callahan, community arts specialist, Lafayette County, NW Region.

Cynthia Wells, assistant extension professional/4-H youth specialist, Buchanan County, NW Region.

Laura Evans, 4-H youth specialist, Platte County, Urban Region.

Jessie Furnish, 4-H youth educator, Jackson County, Urban Region.



Deborah Whiston, family financial education specialist and co-program director, Clark County, NE Region.

Janice Gerke, 4-H youth development program associate, Pettis County, WC Region.



Carolyn Ann Palo, retired ETCS administrative assistant, died Sept. 9 in Venice, Fla., at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Palo, and a daughter, Cindy Kay Seiler Skufca of North Richland Hills, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending donations to your favorite pet shelter or rescue. Condolences may be sent to Full obituary.

Cristina Vidales, mother of Maria Montoya Salazar and grandmother of Maria Montoya De Rivera, died Sept. 13 in Sedalia at the age of 94. Daughter and granddaughter are both nutrition program associates in Pettis County.


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.