News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Sept. 23, 2014


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

Register for fall Program Conference by Sept. 30

The MU Extension Program Conference is Oct. 21-23 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Conference planners ask that all participants register as soon as possible. Timely registration helps planners determine session room sizes, meal attendance and other key factors contributing to a successful conference.

The conference website has details on registration, program sessions and hotel reservations, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.


Examining the future of MU Extension

On Sept. 18 at MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute, “Extension: Taking the Long View” offered brief presentations and a panel discussion on the future of University of Missouri Extension. Read more.


Action required: Annual benefits enrollment is Oct. 20-31

Annual enrollment is Oct. 20-31. To make sure you understand plan changes and enrollment options for 2015, consider attending one of the informational sessions available over the coming weeks.

Important: For 2015, active faculty and staff must either select a plan or waive coverage. Those who do not make a selection will be automatically enrolled in the Healthy Savings Plan (formerly known as the myOptions Health Plan), which may or may not be the best choice for you and your family.

Schedule of informational meetings in Columbia

One-on-one consultations are also available in the Columbia area.

For more information, visit the 2015 Annual Enrollment website at


Voluntary buyout program for eligible tenured faculty

MU has announced a voluntary buyout program for tenured faculty who are at least 62 years old and retirement-eligible. Ten of the 261 eligible faculty members are employed by MU Extension. This strategic decision is designed to provide flexibility for funding new positions and appropriate salary increases. Eligible faculty should watch for an information packet in early October.

Read more: MU Announces Voluntary Separation Program for Tenured Faculty (MU News Bureau).


Mules documentary project features work of Duane Dailey

“Too few people understand the Missouri Mule, a beast of burden in peace and war.”

The opening line of the documentary project “Missouri Mules and Men” tells of the hardworking animal that “never shed a reputation for stubbornness, even cantankerousness.”

Award-winning photojournalist, MU Extension writer and professor emeritus of extension education in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Duane Dailey showcases stunning black-and-white photographs of Missouri mules and their owners at the McDougall Center Gallery, Lee Hills Hall, at the Missouri School of Journalism through Oct. 31.

A video tells of Dailey’s love of the animal that dutifully served American farm families and U.S. soldiers on foreign soil:

Some of Dailey’s photography is featured on the MIZZOU magazine website.


Cellular service discounts available to employees

Shelly DeJaynes of fiscal administrative management highlights a valuable employee perk you might not know about:

The university offers various benefits to employees, including a discount on your personal cellphone if you use one of the following vendors:

  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • T-Mobile
  • U.S. Cellular
  • Verizon

If you are interested (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t like to save some money!), check out the Cellular Services page on the MU Division of IT website.


ExCEED program featured in MIZZOU magazine

MIZZOU magazine recently featured the MU Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program. ExCEED partners with rural communities, building on their strengths and assets to identify new strategies for economic development.

Read more: Real-world Rural Work (MIZZOU magazine).


Free flu shots available at fall conference and on campus

The flu season is coming, and Healthy for Life – the wellness program for university faculty and staff – is offering flu shots to keep our community healthy. Flu shots are free for MU Extension faculty, staff, dependents (12 years and older, accompanied by an adult) and retirees enrolled in a University of Missouri medical plan. Make sure to bring your insurance card with you. If you are not enrolled in a UM medical plan, flu shots are $20.

Attendees at the fall Program Conference can receive free flu shots 7-11 a.m. on Oct. 23 at the conference site. Extension employees from outside Columbia also are encouraged to sign up to have a free health screening during the conference. Starting Oct. 1 you can schedule an appointment by going to

Find a clinic near you, download the consent form and get more details at

Eligible employees can earn 50 points toward Tier 2 of the Wellness Incentive for getting a flu shot. The Wellness Incentive rewards you with up to $450 for taking steps toward a healthier life. Please visit for more details.

Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or


Dates to remember

Audio tour of historic Lexington debuts Sept. 27

Lee Ann Woolery, extension community arts specialist, has an update about the MU Extension Community Arts Program and the Lexington Community Arts Pilot Project, which collaborated on an audio walking and driving tour highlighting the town’s rich Civil War history:

If you are interested in seeing the outcome of this new collaborative extension initiative and experiencing Lexington's audio tour firsthand, you might want to to attend the Apples, Arts and Antiques Festival in Lexington, Missouri, where the audio tour will be debuted on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

For more information about the festival, go to

News release and video: MU collaborates with community on audio tour of historic Lexington (MU Extension News).


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. 16 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 19 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 18 2-3 p.m.
Jan. 22 2-3 p.m.
Feb. 19 2-3 p.m.
March 18 10-11 a.m.
April 16 2-3 p.m.
May 20 10-11 a.m.
June 18 2-3 p.m.
July 16 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 20 2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

Sept. 22-Nov. 19 (dates vary by location): Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. Columbia,; Kansas City,; Rolla,

Sept. 24-Dec. 10: Eat for Life course. For additional information, watch informational videos or find more details online.

Oct. 2-28: Retiree meetings.

Oct. 7: Moodle workshop. To register, go to

Oct. 20-31: Annual enrollment.

Oct. 21-23: MU Extension Program Conference, Columbia.

Dec. 3-4: Administrative Support Conference for all extension administrative support staff at the campus and field level, on the MU campus in Columbia.

Dec. 9-11: 2014 NAEPSDP annual conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Dec. 31: Deadline for completing UM information security training. Visit to access the online training modules.

Jan. 12-16, 2015: Youth Development Academy: Raising the Potential of Professionals, Columbia.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Stephanie Wofford, nutrition program associate, Dent County, EC Region.

Patricia Barrett, ag business specialist, Miller County, EC Region.

Kathi Mecham, horticulture specialist, Phelps County, EC Region.

Sherrie Crossfield, office support, FNP, Stoddard County, SE Region.

Allen Waldo, PTAC specialist, Extension Small Business Development Center.

Janice Emery, 4-H youth specialist, Texas County, SW Region.

Amanda Werner, youth program assistant, Newton County, SW Region.

Courtney Brown, 4-H extension associate, Urban East Region.

Cory Creed, horticulture specialist, Platte County, Urban West Region.

Jeff Samborski, business development specialist, Jackson County, Urban West Region.

Stephanie Mosbrucker, nutrition program associate, Vernon County, WC Region.

Amanda Wolf, nutrition program associate, Bates County, WC Region.

Justen McCarter, youth program assistant, St. Clair County, WC Region.

Diane Temmen, extension office support, State Youth Office.



Benjamin Gallup, state 4-H youth specialist.


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 Dennis Gagnon, director, MU Extension Communications and Marketing.