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MU Extension Insider
Nov. 25, 2014


In the news

Dates to Remember

Coming and going


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In the news

Seed money available for program proposals

Do you have a great idea for a program but lack the resources to determine if it’s workable? MU Extension has set aside $100,000 for seed funding of up to $10,000 each to support the development of program concepts into full-fledged proposals.

“The purpose of the funding is to enable testing, piloting or research necessary to demonstrate that an idea for a new program is scalable, sustainable and aligns with the mission, values and core capabilities of MU Extension,” says Max Summers, extension transition team leader for program integration and banner outcomes.

MU Extension’s program integration steering committee will review applications for seed funding monthly. Applications received by the end of each month will be considered by the committee during the following month.

To obtain an application form, contact the thematic team facilitator that most closely aligns to your program idea. The facilitator will assign a member of the thematic team to work with you or your team.

Thematic teams and facilitators are:


4-H Foundation announces $250,000 matching gift challenge

The Missouri 4-H Foundation board of trustees has announced a $250,000 matching gift challenge to support 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach, a successful long-term mentoring program that prepares underserved youths to succeed in college.

The goal is to secure permanent support for the Youth Futures program by establishing a $2 million endowment, which will provide the $100,000 in annual program funding needed to sustain the program. To help meet this goal, the Missouri 4-H Foundation will match funds raised to support Youth Futures dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000.

Read more.


Chancellor tours NW Missouri

Chancellor Loftin in Chillicothe

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin visited northwestern Missouri Nov. 18 to learn more about extension’s role in the region and to meet with area students, community leaders and others. Above: During the tour, Loftin met with some 200 members of FFA and 4-H at the Litton Agri-Science Center in Chillicothe. Below: Farmer Kenton Schwarz, left, Loftin and extension livestock specialist Jim Humphrey try some chocolate milk from the Shatto Milk Co. of Osborn, Missouri. Loftin also visited master gardeners whose test plots help feed the hungry through the Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph.

Loftin in Chillicothe


Do it with style: Make a good impression with your date

By DeeAnna Adkins, Web Coordinator, and Joe Vale, Editorial Coordinator, MU Extension Communications and Marketing

When you need a date on your materials, keep these styles in mind. In the United States, we order dates by month day year (e.g., Nov. 25, 2014).

Always capitalize the names of months. When a month is used with a specific day or range of days, abbreviate Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Never abbreviate March, April, May, June and July. Spell out the month when it is used alone or with a year alone (e.g., November 2014).

For the day, we always use Arabic numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3); don’t add st, nd, rd or th.

For years, use figures without commas (e.g., 1975). To indicate spans of decades or centuries, use an “s” without an apostrophe (e.g., the 1890s, the 1800s, the 80s). Do not abbreviate a year with an apostrophe (i.e., use 2014 rather than ’14, the 80s rather than the ’80s).

When a phrase refers to a month, day and year, set off the year with a comma (e.g., Feb. 14, 2016, is the target date.)

If you need to add day of the week to your description, do not abbreviate the name of the day (e.g., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014).

Only style the date using slashes or hyphens with all numerals if you need to save space in tabular material (e.g., 11-25-14 or 11/25/14).

See the “dates,” “months” and “years” entries in the Style and usage guide for more information on this topic.

Find the MU Extension Style and usage guide at To find it through the website navigation, go to the “For faculty and staff” pages and look in the “Communications and marketing” section under “DIY communications” for the “Style and usage guide.” Question? Contact DeeAnna Adkins at, through Lync or by phone at 573-882-8199.


MAEP honors Missouri ag leaders


From left, Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist from Greene County; Anson Elliott; and Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist from Stone County.

Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals (MAEP) recently honored Anson Elliott of Springfield and Jules and Alice Willott of Mexico for contributions for Missouri agriculture and MU Extension programs.

Elliott is department head of the Darr School of Agriculture at Missouri State University. He has fostered collaborative agricultural efforts between Missouri State and MU Extension, and supported programs such as the Missouri Blueberry School and the Spring Forage Conference. Since 2009 Jules and Alice Willott have made several acres of their farm available for on-farm research and demonstration plots for the study of cover crops in rotation. They have hosted multiple field days on their farm, drawing visitors from a 10-county area.


From left, Alice and Jules Willott with Charles Ellis, natural resources engineering specialist from Lincoln County.


Mandatory trainings to be completed by Jan. 30

All university employees are required to complete two online training courses, Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It and Mandated Reporter Training, by Jan. 30, 2015.

If you completed the Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It module on Aug. 1 or later, then you have satisfied this training requirement and only need to complete the Mandated Reporter Training.

In the training module Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It, which takes about 45 minutes to complete, you will learn what constitutes appropriate conduct in both the work and learning environment, and how to respond to misconduct. Visit the following link for instructions on taking the course:

The training module Mandated Reporter Training will take about 20 minutes to complete. This training is designed to inform employees about their duty to report sexual misconduct and other behaviors that fall under Title IX. Visit the following link for instructions on taking the course:

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


Dates to remember

On-campus networking event, Dec. 1

Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese while exploring how your efforts to achieve broader impacts can be enhanced through dialogue and interaction with MU Extension, other campus colleagues and researchers.

ConnExt: Networking for Discovery and Collaboration will present topics of common interest and help you improve connections both internally and externally. Bring your business cards and ideas.

Where: Columns Ballroom C, Reynolds Alumni Center, MU campus.

When: Monday, Dec. 1, 4-5:30 p.m.

RSVP to Vicki Bach at or 573-882-7477 by Wednesday, Nov. 26.


Film photography is alive and well

GieselSteve Giesel, instructional designer/e-learning expert for ETCS, shares his enthusiasm for decidedly nondigital technology in a photography exhibit at the MU Craft Studio gallery, N12 Memorial Union, Nov. 25 through Dec. 12. Giesel’s photos, such as the two shown above, were made with a pinhole camera on traditional silver-based film and hand-printed on fiber-based paper.

Giesel invites fellow extension employees to a reception in the studio Thursday, Dec. 4, 4-6 p.m.


‘Lunch and Learn’ webinar with Global Food Systems thematic team, Dec. 8

Find out about what the Global Food Systems thematic team has been working on, their participation in the recent Borlaug Dialogue and how you can participate in integrated research and educational programming involving agriculture and food. Join the meeting Monday, Dec. 8, noon-12:45 p.m., via Adobe Connect at


National Cooperative Extension webinar, Dec. 17

Vice Provost and Director of Extension Michael Ouart will be among the featured speakers for “Why Cooperative Extension? A New Century for Food and Ag,” a dialogue sponsored by the National Coalition for Food and Ag (NC-FAR), 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17. The purpose is to engage NC-FAR members and others in a discussion about what agriculture producers, commodity groups and other stakeholders expect of Cooperative Extension in its second century. You are invited to join via webinar at

Ouart and Tim Cross, dean of extension at the University of Tennessee, are participating as representatives of the APLU’s Extension Committee on Organization and Policy.


Register now for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course

Offered in Columbia and St. Louis for Winter 2015, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course can earn eligible employees 100 points toward the newly expanded 2015 Wellness Incentive.

Orientation: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 28-March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Retreat: Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees. Includes classes, a manual, DVD and CD; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes. Spouses or partners can join with you free of charge if they use the same materials.
Contact: Lynn Rossy, instructor for the course, at

St. Louis
Orientation: Thursday, Jan. 22, 5:15 p.m.
Classes: Thursdays, Jan. 29 – Mar. 19, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Retreat: TBA
Cost: $40 for faculty, staff and retirees. Includes all classes, a manual, DVD and CD; $20 rebate if you attend seven of eight classes; $180 for community members (limited availability). Spouses or partners can join with you free of charge if they use the same materials.
Contact: Bridget Rolens, instructor for the course, at


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.

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

Dec. 2: Holiday Open House with Chancellor Bowen Loftin and Karin Loftin, 4-6 p.m. (program at 5:15 p.m.), Great Room, Reynolds Alumni Center, MU campus.

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

Dec. 5-6: Missouri Livestock Symposium, Kirksville.

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

Dec. 10, noon-12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections Webinar. Patrick Byers, “International Volunteer Experiences: What’s in it for Me?” To attend, register in WebApps.

Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m.: HES Extension holiday gathering, University Place, MU campus.

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.

Jan 14, 2015, noon-12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections Webinar. Jackie Rasmussen, “So Kiwis Can Fly? Insights into New Zealand and NELD Experience in Mexico.” To attend, register in WebApps.

January-April 2015: Eat for Life in-person and online classes. For additional information, watch informational videos or find more details online.


Coming and going


John D. Hubbard, 93, retired agronomy specialist, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Stockton. During his 40-year career with MU Extension, Hubbard served in a number of counties in southwestern Missouri before his retirement in 1987. Cards may be sent his wife, Vera Hubbard, 1207 S. Scenic Dr., Stockton, MO 65785. His obituary may be seen at

Rev. Lynn Clarke Rainsberger, 92, father of Paul Rainsberger, director of MU Extension’s labor education program, died Nov. 11 in Wilmington, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

Carl N. Scheneman, 91, former director of MU Extension, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the University Medical Center in Columbia. During his 32 years with the University of Missouri, Scheneman served as a county extension agent, farm management specialist, agricultural engineer, director of administrative management and vice president of MU Extension. Upon his retirement, he established the Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given annually to a faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating an extension educational activity conducted during the year. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Carl Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Missouri Extension Development, 109 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, or a charity of the donor’s choice. His complete obituary is available at


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.