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MU Extension Insider
Feb. 24, 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

4-H partnership and movie send anti-bullying message

Marshall the Miracle Dog

A family movie opens soon in Missouri as part of 4-H’s partnership with Cyndi Willenbrock, author and producer of “Marshall the Miracle Dog” and founder of the Marshall Mentor program.

The movie features strong anti-bullying and animal rescue themes, said Amanda Meek, University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth specialist.

The movie, adapted from Willenbrock’s award-winning children’s book, is based on the true story of a Labrador retriever and the bullied boy who rescues him. “The movie carries Marshall’s messages about not giving up five minutes before the miracle,” Meek said.

The Marshall Mentor program, through a yearlong MU Extension 4-H after-school program, gives older 4-H youth opportunities to use leadership and public speaking skills, Meek said. Younger kids are exposed to positive role models and learn how to deal with bullying.

There will be a pre-release screening of the movie March 7 at select theaters in Missouri. 4-H will receive 10 percent of the ticket sales on opening day and the Missouri 4-H Foundation Challenge will match that through its 4-H Youth Futures program.

For more information, go to

Watch a trailer for the movie at


Eldon Cole named one of ‘50 Missourians You Should Know’ by Ingram’s

Eldon Cole

Kansas City business publication Ingram’s recently released a list of 50 Missourians You Should Know. Many in MU Extension know at least one of those Missourians: livestock specialist Eldon Cole.

Citing his contributions to the Missouri beef industry, Ingram’s notes that Cole “straddles the nexus of university animal research and hands-on applications of it in the field for an industry that generates nearly $2 billion in cash receipts in the state.”

Cole, an MU graduate and native of Potosi, has been with MU Extension since 1964. Since 1968 he has been based in Lawrence County, which recognized Cole’s half-century of service last year. In 2006 he was the first inductee into the Missouri Agriculture Extension Professionals Hall of Fame.

Cole’s extension programs include beef and forage production and utilization, Missouri Steer Feedout, the Show-Me-Select Heifer Replacement Program, bull breeding soundness clinics, bull sales, grazing schools, beef cattle performance evaluation, and understanding and application of expected progeny differences (EPDs).


St. Louis FNEP honored by Monsanto YMCA

The Monsanto Family YMCA in St. Louis honored the St. Louis-area FNEP with the Healthy Living Award for the Kids in the Kitchen program, which gives young people hands-on cooking experiences and healthy living and lifestyle information. FNEP educators Terressa Clary and Jessica Brown accepted the award on behalf of the program at Monsanto Family YMCA’s Tuxedo & Tennis Gala on Feb. 21.


Balsam named one of 250 Notable Women in the history of St. Louis

Nina BalsamThe St. Louis branch of the American Association of University Women recognized St. Louis County CPD Nina Balsam as one of 250 Notable Women who have contributed to the city over the past 250 years.

Balsam has been a longtime advocate for domestic violence victims and at the forefront of new legislation and programs that better protect victims of domestic violence and more effectively address offenders. As an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, she encourages future innovators to improve the justice system. She is also a consultant on domestic violence, restorative justice, and nonprofit management and law for the court system and nonprofit agencies.

The St. Louis AAUW developed the Notable Women project with partners at St. Louis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis Community College and Washington University to honor “trailblazers, freedom fighters, suffragists and other empowered women” who have contributed to St. Louis over the city’s 250-year history.


New Master Gardener promotional materials available

MG Brochure

From Extension Publications

Brochure (UED1126 and UED1126ADD)

This colorful 5½-by-8½-inch brochure is a great tool for educating prospective Master Gardeners on the program. Concise messaging and interesting photos offer a professional look that adds credibility to the program.

The best part? They can be customized with your extension center’s address!

We can print the contact information for you for a small fee, or you can print it yourself with an easy-to-use template. Note: You will receive the full-color brochure. All you will print is your center’s street address, phone number and Web address.

Reasons to use this new brochure

  • Professional printing provides clear images and vibrant colors on high-quality paper.
  • You don’t have to design or update marketing materials.
  • When you factor in the cost of paper, toner cartridges and work hours, the cost is comparable to creating your own materials.


You print information (UED1126) $0.24 each (5 or more copies)
We print information (UED1126ADD) $0.28 each (50 or more copies)
$0.35 each (1-49 copies)

Rack cards (UED1128)

These 4-by-9-inch cards fit perfectly in brochure display racks and give a brief description of the Missouri Master Gardener program. Extension centers are encouraged to add their contact information by adhering a label to the back of the card. These rack cards are free to all MU Extension centers.

Order these materials at


JCEP takes on new association

The National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals will be the newest member of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP), says Julie Middleton, MU Extension director of organizational development and a founding member of NAEPSDP.

Talks with JCEP began in 2013, when Middleton was serving as NAEPSDP president.

NAEPSDP formed in 2006 to provide an organized forum for extension professionals engaged in program and staff development. It is open to extension program designers, developers, implementers or evaluators, as well as extension human resources professionals, information technologists, instructional designers, graphic artists, system administrators, programmers, directors, administrators and managers.

Middleton says the organization’s quarterly professional development webinars are engaging and informative.

To learn more about NAEPSDP, go to Those who join by August 31 will receive a registration fee reduction. To learn more about JCEP, visit


Save more this America Saves Week

From University of Missouri My Total Rewards

In honor of America Saves Week (Feb. 23-28), try saving 1 percent more of your annual income for your retirement. Saving even just a little more early in your career and throughout it can lead to a better retirement.

This week, Fidelity, UM System’s retirement plan administrator, will be offering online workshops on different aspects of savings, including topics such as debt management and budgeting, preparing your savings for retirement, shifting from saving to spending, and planning for college. Learn more at


Dates to remember

Middleton hosts national eXtension webinar, Feb. 25

Director of organizational development Julie Middleton will host a national eXtension webinar, “How to Facilitate Difficult Conversations,” Wednesday, Feb. 25, 3-4:30 p.m. CST.

With events in the news about racial profiling and discrimination since Ferguson, educators and students alike have asked, “How can I facilitate a difficult conversation on multicultural issues?”

“This webinar seeks to equip you with the skills to do just that,” Middleton says.

Presenters are Noor Azizan-Gardner, assistant deputy chancellor/chief diversity officer at MU; George Okantey, community and talent development educator with Purdue University Extension; and Dionardo Pizaña, diversity and personnel specialist for Michigan State University Extension.

The webinar is presented by eXtension’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice.

If you plan to attend the webinar, register at

For more information about the presenters, go to


AMT-Fiscal presenting brief webinars on T&E, Excel

From Shelly DeJaynes, Fiscal Administrative Management

The Extension AMT-Fiscal group is putting together some quick and informative webinars that employees can register for in the Ext Web Apps ISE system (ISE 237). There are two duplicate trainings per topic, so you can attend one or the other. The Adobe Connect webinars start at 11:30 a.m. and end promptly at noon. We hope this is just the beginning and have ideas for other trainings, but we would like to hear from you on topics you are interested in!

T&E for Travelers

  • Feb. 25
  • March 2

T&E for Approvers

  • Feb. 26
  • March 4

T&E for Fiscal Contacts

  • March 5
  • March 9

T&E: University Travel Policy

  • Feb. 24
  • Feb. 27

Excel Tidbits

  • March 10
  • March 12


Ag outlook/Breimyer seminar set for March 11

The second annual Abner W. Womack Missouri Agriculture Outlook and Breimyer Policy Seminar will be March 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Bradford Research Center’s Technology Transfer Center.

Invited speakers include Rob Johansson, USDA acting chief economist; James Richardson of Texas A&M’s Agricultural and Food Policy Center; and Mike Lafolette of Missouri Farm Service Agency.

Participants will discuss the outlook for the farm economy and present some initial thoughts about the new farm bill and other policy developments.

The event is free, but registration is required to reserve lunch and conference materials. Go to for agenda and registration form.

For questions, contact Lauren Jackson at 573-882-3576 or


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.

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

Feb.-March: UM Human Resources Retiree Listening Tour. Sessions in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield and St. Louis.

Feb.-May: In-person Title IX reporter training. For more information, see the schedule of on-campus and regional trainings and the registration form.

Feb. 25: Legislative Day.

March 1: Nomination deadline for Quarterly Teamwork Award.

March 2: Nomination deadline for Ratchford Memorial Fellowship.

March 11: Womack Missouri Ag Outlook & Breimyer Policy Seminar, Bradford Research Center.

March 23-27: Community Development Academy. Registration deadline is March 16.

March 31: Revised deadline for completing mandatory online trainings Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It and Mandated Reporter Training. If you have any issues accessing or viewing either of the courses, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at 573-884-6996 (or toll-free at 855-524-0002) or email

April 1: Deadline for next round of extension fellowship applications.

May 18-22: Youth Development Academy.


Coming and Going

Please welcome

Tennille Manson, nutrition program associate, Chariton County, NE Region

Randall Wiedmeier, extension professional/livestock specialist, Howell County, SW Region

Willa Williams, youth development specialist, Taney County, SW Region



Julianne Royse, FNEP regional coordinator, NE Region

Nancy Mense, 4-H youth development specialist/co-CPD, Clay County, Urban Region



Vilas E. Young, who advised farmers in northwestern Missouri during his 25-year career with MU Extension, died Feb. 8 at the age of 92. Before joining MU Extension in 1957, Young served in the Marine Corps during World War II and served with the National Guard in Germany during the Korean War. More information about Young is available in an online obituary and in a 2010 profile marking his induction into the Nodaway County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Nelson G. Trickey, retired 4-H youth specialist, passed away Feb. 15 at the age of 90. Trickey was active after retirement as a volunteer fundraiser for the Missouri 4-H Foundation and served almost 20 years on the foundation’s board of trustees. He was inducted into both the state and national 4-H Hall of Fame. Memorials may be given to the Missouri 4-H Foundation Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Fund, 1110 S. College Ave., Columbia, MO 65211. Read more.

Carolyn Crawford, mother of natural resource engineer and Atchison County CPD Jim Crawford, died Feb. 21 in Ottumwa, Iowa. The family will receive visitors Feb. 24, 5-7 p.m., at Reece Funeral Home in Ottumwa. Services are 10 a.m. the following day at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to benefit Alzheimer’s research. An online obituary from the Ottumwa Courier has more information.


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.