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MU Extension Insider
June 23, 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

Kids, cows and camp

Preparing the next generation of farmers and producers.

With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever. Missouri 4-H is working to create that generation through its annual Dairy Cow Camp in Springfield. Read more.


Strategic Plan update: Goal 5

The Goal 5 team is focused on improving how MU Extension increases and promotes the value of its programs and services to a variety of audiences. In short, Goal 5 is about telling the land-grant story from an extension perspective.

Those efforts include ensuring consistent branding across all communication and marketing materials to raise awareness of MU Extension’s value. Extension works with a variety of audiences — whether it’s program participants or key stakeholders — to increase recognition of MU Extension’s offerings and the public value they create.

By increasing recognition of the value MU Extension brings to program participants and key stakeholders, the Goal 5 team helps solidify extension’s reputation as a relevant and reliable source of answers and solutions.

Acknowledging that the vast majority of extension’s organizational communications are conducted by faculty and staff, the Goal 5 team has worked to train faculty and staff on brand concepts and standards. To that end, the extension communications and marketing team has developed initiatives aimed at helping faculty and staff build on existing communication skills and strategies.


Moberly SBTDC director named Missouri State Star


Darrell Hampsten, director of the Moberly Area Community College Small Business & Technology Development Center, has been named the 2015 Missouri State Star by America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), the national association for all SBDC programs throughout the country.

The award is given annually to a small-business development counselor in Missouri who shows a strong commitment to small business and makes a significant contribution to the economic health of the region and state. Hampsten will receive official State Star recognition at the ASBDC national conference in San Francisco this September.

Read more.


Communications and marketing recognized at 2015 ACE conference

Extension communications and marketing received a number of honors at the Association for Communications Excellence (ACE) annual conference, June 8-11 in Charleston, S.C. ACE is a  professional development and networking organization for individuals who extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.

Silver Award, one- to full-color popular publications: Joe Vale, Victoria Knapp, Clint McMillen, Dennis Murphy.

Electronic media/audio
Gold Award, programs and spots: Debbie Johnson.

Electronic media/video
Silver Award, news and features: Kent Faddis.

Bronze Award, news and features: Kent Faddis and Latisha Hickem.

Distance education and instructional design
Gold Award,  educational packages: Joe Vale, Victoria Knapp, DeeAnna Adkins, Clint McMillen, Dennis Murphy, Larry Boehm.

Silver Award, educational packages: DeeAnna Adkins, Joe Vale, Dennis Gagnon, Curt Wohleber, Dennis Murphy, Debbie Johnson, Michael Hicks, Larry Boehm.

Marketing and media relations
Silver Award, single marketing item: Laura Lindsey, Clint McMillen, Joe Vale.


NELD participants sought for 2016 class

MU Extension would like to identify participants for the 2016 North Central NELD (National Extension Leadership Development) program. This program is designed to build leaders in cooperative extension at all levels and provide them with vision, courage and tools to lead in a changing world.

Participants will articulate their personal philosophy of leadership; apply leadership skills to their role in extension; analyze the role of leadership in achieving purposeful change; examine the value of diversity of thought and culture; and create a network of colleagues from across the region to share challenges and experiences.

Session dates, locations and themes for 2016:

  • Session 1: Jan. 25-29, Chicago, Understanding My Role as Leader
  • Session 2: April 15-23, Costa Rica, Entering the Realm of the Other
  • Session 3: July 11-15, Washington, D.C., Leading in a Shared Power World
  • Session 4: Sept. 20-23, St. Paul, Minn., Integrating Leadership for Change

More information can be found at

If you are interested in applying, please submit to your supervisor the application and a letter (no longer than two pages) expressing why you would like to participate in the program. Deadline is July 31.

Once your supervisor receives your application, he or she will write a brief letter of support, sign the application and submit all documentation electronically to Julie Middleton at

“The internal selection process will include a committee recommendation and final selection by our director of extension,” says Middleton. “We will notify applicants by Sept. 1 of the outcome of the process and forward the applications of the selected Missouri participants to the North Central NELD leadership team.”

Contact Middleton if you have questions.


Insider reader contest starts July 14

A yearlong Insider reader contest will begin with the July 14 issue! You will have a chance to win a featured MU Extension apparel item by completing a crossword puzzle based on information in the Insider. Completed puzzles will be entered into a drawing. One winning entry per issue will be drawn.

Official rules:

  • One entry per week per Insider reader.
  • Entry must be received by noon on the Friday following the issue publication (second and fourth Tuesday of the month).
  • Winners will be contacted by email for size and shipping information.
  • Insider readers may only win one apparel item during the contest period.
  • Winners will receive the featured item of the week. No substitutions allowed.


Be tobacco-free, earn a discount on insurance


In 2016, the University of Missouri System will give a discount on medical insurance premiums to faculty and staff who can certify that they and family members covered under their plans are tobacco-free. You’ll be asked to certify during October’s annual enrollment. Find help at Many free and low-cost options are available, even if you aren’t enrolling in a medical insurance plan.


New guide on grant-allowable costs available

From Amy Rosson, post-award grants and contracts coordinator:

The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration has a new reference tool available that will help determine allowable costs on grants. Reference Guide for Allowable Costs is posted at under “Campus Resources.”

The layout is similar to that of Accounting Services APPO quick reference guide. OSPA has also updated the PI Quick Guide.

After you have had a chance to review it, please contact me at or 573-882-2009 if you have any questions. I believe this will be very useful.


Latest issue of Friends of Extension online

The summer 2015 issue of the Friends of Extension newsletter is online.


Dates to remember

Online fiscal system down June 30-July 3

The end of the university fiscal year is coming up! For end users, this means that the fiscal system (PeopleSoft) will be down from 4 p.m. June 30 through July 3. This includes the T&E system, vouchers payments and ePro system. Purchasing cards and travel cards will not be affected. If you have some funding that expires at the end of the fiscal year, please contact your fiscal person to find out when those expenses have to be in. It could be this week!


CWEB thematic team to present update July 6

From Sherry Howard, administrative assistant for the Extension Transition Team:

Faculty and staff interested in MU Extension’s program integration efforts can hear the Community, Workforce, Economic and Business Development (CWEB) team report on current activities and focus via Adobe Connect at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 6. Team members will discuss their work and the status of projects. A question-and-answer session will follow. If you are unable to attend the live session, it will be recorded for later review at your convenience.

We hope you will find time to join this important effort. Program integration is one of the strategies developed from MU Extension’s strategic plan to position us for a sustainable future.

To join this meeting, go to


Breimyer Seminar, July 13, looks at Missouri dairy industry

Efforts to stop the drop in dairy cow numbers will be the topic at the July 13 Breimyer Seminar on the MU campus. “Revitalizing the Missouri Dairy Industry” is the theme for the event, which builds on talks started during passage of the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2015. Read more.


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.

July 16 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 20 2-3 p.m.
Sept. 16 10-11 a.m.
Oct. 14 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 18 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 17 2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

June 30: Quilt Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat Center, Hamilton.

July 1: Enrollment deadline for MU Extension Grant Incentive Plan.

July 13: Breimyer Seminar, “Revitalizing the Missouri Dairy Industry,” Reynolds Alumni Center, MU campus.

July 31: Deadline for NELD applications.

August 4: “Tips, Questions and Answers: NTT Dossier,” via Adobe Connect, 2 p.m. Register through ISE 232.

Oct. 1: 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.


Coming and Going

Please welcome

Kaycee Nail, temporary professional, youth, Urban Region.

Alexia Adeshakin, temporary professional, HES, Columbia.

Cheyenne Hunt, temporary professional, youth, NE Region.

Katie Ryals, temporary professional, youth, NE Region.

Morgan Schupback, temporary professional, youth, NE Region.

Emma Smith, temporary professional, youth, NE Region.

Hannah Strange, temporary professional, youth, NE Region.

Kalleigh Tharp, temporary professional, youth, NE Region.

Erin Greeley, temporary professional, administration, NW Region.

Gregory Carter, extension professional associate, youth, SW Region.

Pia Broccard, temporary professional, youth,Urban Region.

Katherine Lee, temporary crafts service, youth, Urban Region.

Rebecca Bell, educational program assistant, youth, WC Region.

Krista Chambers, educational program assistant, youth, WC Region.


New beginnings

Congratulations to Karisha Devlin, agriculture business specialist and Knox County CPD, on the June 21 birth of daughter Katherine Elizabeth, who weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.



Lala Anjani Kumar, father of Jackson County horticulture specialist Lala Arun Kumar, passed away May 16 in Patna, India.


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.