News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Aug. 25, 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

myExtension release delayed

While the planning section of myExtension is live, the release of the event scheduling and reporting sections has been delayed.

“We had planned for most of the remaining modules of myExtension to go live on Sept. 15,” said Mark Stillwell, extension project administrator. “However, we want to release additional modules only after they have been reviewed and tested to ensure a quality product.”

WebApps will continue to be available until myExtension is ready. All faculty and staff should continue to schedule and report from their approved plan in WebApps until further notice. All program planning data entered into myExtension will be available in WebApps for scheduling and reporting, and data entered in WebApps will be available in myExtension when it is released.

The settings and event scheduling sections are in the final programming stage, and usability testing will begin soon. Sections that will include success stories and program impacts are in the early programming stages.

“Don’t forget that all reporting for FY 2015 should be complete by midnight on Sept. 14,” reminds Paula Hudson, ETCS database programmer/analyst. “At that time, WebApps will be locked down to ensure consistent demographic data in future reports. You cannot schedule or report on FY 2015 events once WebApps is locked down.”


Osher helps Columbia earn spot on Kiplinger’s best retirement cities list

Kiplinger’s magazine recently named Columbia one of the top 10 retirement cities in the U.S. The magazine lists Osher at Mizzou among the features that make Columbia an enticing place for retirement living.


Leuci named to engagement scholarship academy

Mary Simon Leuci, director of MU Extension’s Community Development Program and assistant dean in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has been named a member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship.

Founded in 2012, ACES seeks to “serve the public good by recognizing and contributing to high quality scholarship that—in active collaboration with participating community partners—has a positive impact on complex societal needs and issues.”

Leuci will be officially inducted to the academy Sept. 30 at Pennsylvania State University during the annual conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.


8 extension faculty to receive non-tenure track promotions

The following MU Extension faculty members will be promoted, effective Sept. 1, through the extension non-tenure track promotion system, according to Tamra Robbins, MU Extension benefits coordinator.

Extension Professional

  • Patricia Fisher, 4-H youth specialist, Northeast Region.
  • Jacqueline Rasmussen, business development specialist, West Central Region.

Associate Extension Professional

  • Melissa M. Bess, regional nutrition/health specialist and program integration facilitator, West Central Region.
  • Alison Copeland, state 4-H youth assistant director and specialist.
  • Sarah Hultine Massengale, community development specialist and co-county program director, East Central Region.
  • Shaun Murphy, 4-H youth specialist and county program director, Northwest Region.
  • Willis Mushrush, business development specialist and county program director, Southwest Region.

Assistant Extension Professional

  • Kathryn Macomber, community development specialist and county program director, Southwest Region.

The next round of applications for non-tenure track promotion is due to supervisors by midnight, Sept. 30, reports Robbins.

“For those who elect to participate, the NTT promotion system provides a mechanism for recognizing scholarship and professional growth,” says Julie Middleton, director of organizational development. This process applies to full-time regional faculty members who are in academic positions and to campus faculty members in an academic unit that does not have an NTT process.

Extension faculty members may apply for one of three ranked designations: assistant extension professional, associate extension professional or extension professional. Faculty applying for promotion should contact Robbins to reserve a place on SharePoint for uploading dossiers and supporting materials.

More information, including a timeline, may be found at Anyone with questions should contact a member of the promotion committee.


Contest week 4

DeeAnna Adkins

The winner of week three of the Insider reader contest was DeeAnna Adkins, Web coordinator for communications and marketing. She won an MU Extension polo shirt.

Polo shirts

The prize for this week’s crossword puzzle is a different MU Extension polo shirt: women’s, top, or men’s, bottom, from Tri-Mountain. 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.


Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inducts 46 members

2015 Missouri Hall of Fame inductees

“Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H Club members, 46 4-H luminaries joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 15 at the State Fair Community College campus. Read more.


Dates to remember

College Colors Day is Sept. 4

Staff Advisory Council invites you show us your team spirit by wearing black and gold Sept. 4 for College Colors Day.

Your assignment

1. Decide if you want to enter the contest as an individual or in a group.

2. Decide if you want to enter as Best Dressed or as Best Decorated Office.

3. Decorate your office or yourself in black and gold.

4. Take a picture and post to the College Colors Day page on Facebook with the hashtag #mustaffspirit. Please indicate location, whether it is an individual or group submission, and how many people if it is a group submission.

5. Other places you can tag your picture:, #mizzou, #collegecolors and #mustaffcouncil.

Please remember, you must at least send the picture to #mustaffspirit to be entered into the contest. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The prizes
There will be prizes for first, second and third places for individuals and groups in Best Dressed and Best Decorated Office.

Individual prizes:

First place - Mizzou jacket, polo and T-shirt.

Second place - Mizzou jacket and polo.

Third place - Mizzou jacket.

Group prizes:

First place - Mizzou print and pizza party.

Second place - Mizzou clocks.

Third place - Mizzou spirit bags.


Community development training this September with CDA

Join Community Development Academy Sept. 28-Oct. 2. From MU Extension’s Community Development Program, these intensive, hands-on, five-day courses enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Take for professional development (CEUs), 3 hours undergraduate credit, graduate credit or noncredit. Graduate students can work toward a Certificate in Community Process.

CDA Course 1: Building Communities from the Grassroots (7341/4341) and Course 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343) will be held at the Mercy Center in St. Louis. Register at The fall registration deadline is Sept. 11.


Eat better and feel better! Register for Eat for Life now!

From UM System Total Rewards

Have a history of chronic dieting, or eating when stressed, bored or unhappy? Enroll in Eat for Life now. Create a healthier relationship to your food, mind and body.

In-person classes start Sept. 15. Register at

Online course starts Sept. 18. Register at

Cost: $50 for faculty/staff/family ($25 rebate with full participation), $180 for community.

More info:

Eligible first-time participants earn 100 points toward the 2016 Wellness Incentive, which pays up to $450 (


Be less stressed; get more out of life

Register for stress reduction classes.

From UM System Total Rewards

Three decades of research show the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program is effective in helping people cope with medical problems, job- or family-related stress, anxiety, and depression. Join this eight-week program to get tools for using formal mindfulness techniques (meditation, yoga, body scan) to respond to stress.

Orientation: Sept. 23.

Classes: Sept. 30-Nov. 18.

Retreat: Nov. 14.

Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees, which can cover you and your spouse/partner; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes).


More info:

Earn 100 points toward the 2016 Wellness Incentive, which will pay you up to $450 for taking steps to live a healthier life.


Public lecture with 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, Oct. 7

The Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy announced that world-renowned historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough will give a talk titled “The History You Don’t Know: Lessons From the American Founders,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia. The free talk is part of the Kinder Forum’s public lecture series.

McCullough is the author of a number of popular and acclaimed books, including “The Path Between the Seas,” “The Johnstown Flood,” “The Great Bridge,” “John Adams” and “Truman.” He’s been a familiar presence on public television as host of “Smithsonian World” and “The American Experience” and narrator of documentaries such as Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.”


2015 Extension Summit set for Oct. 27-29

Make plans to attend the 2015 Extension Summit to gain useful tips on how to enhance core competencies and collaboration. Registration information coming soon.


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.

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

August 28: Deadline for MU Extension Performance Awards nominations.

August 29: Evening With a Scholar featuring guest speaker Bill Wiebold on drone technology, 7 p.m. at the University Club, Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus. Free but seating is limited. Call 573-882-2586 for reservations.

August 31: Deadline for UMEA award nominations.

Sept. 18: Deadline for ESP award nominations. For more information, contact Amy Patillo at

Sept. 26: South Farm Showcase.

Sept. 28-Oct. 2: Community Development Academy, Course 1: Building Communities From the Grassroots (7341/4341) and Course 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343), Mercy Center, St. Louis.

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


Coming and going

Please welcome

Michael Coffey, 4-H youth development specialist, Newton County, SW Region.

Bradley Lademann, coordinator, MO After School Network.



Jerry Outersky Jr., father of Jackson County nutrition program associate Pamela Smith, passed away August 6 in Richmond, Mo. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Deaf Ministries at the Richmond First Baptist Church. Obituary.

Retired Oregon County small-farm specialist Russell Dwight Holmes, 83, passed away August 14 at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Ark. Obituary.


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.