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MU Extension Insider
April 26, 2016


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

Feedback sought on extension vice chancellor candidates

If you were able to view or attend the presentations by the finalists for vice chancellor for extension and engagement, or had the opportunity to meet the candidates at one of the on-campus meetings, please take a few moments to share your observations by noon on Friday, April 29.

Links to CVs, recorded open forum presentations and feedback forms are available below.

Your input is confidential and greatly appreciated.

Marshall Stewart, Ed.D.


Stewart currently serves as special assistant to the dean and director of college leadership and strategy in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. He has previously served as director of the state 4-H program in North Carolina, associate director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and director of strategic planning in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from NC State.

Stewart’s curriculum vitae (PDF).

Stewart’s April 22 open forum and presentation.

Feedback form for Stewart.

Mary Holz-Clause, Ph.D.


Holz-Clause currently serves as dean of the College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. She has previously served as vice president for economic development at the University of Connecticut, and associate vice president of extension and outreach and director of the Value Added Agricultural Program at Iowa State University. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State.

Holz-Clause’s curriculum vitae (PDF).

Holz-Clause’s April 25 open forum and presentation.

Feedback form for Holz-Clause.


MU FRTI receives grant from MFA Charitable Foundation

FRTI grain bin simulator

Pictured, from left: Jo Turner, interim vice provost and director of extension; Dave Hedrick, FRTI director; Craig Childs, senior vice president of MFA Agri Services Division; Erin Teeple, MFA corporate services and human resources supervisor; Kevin Zumwalt, FRTI associate director; Gail Hagans-Reynolds, FRTI field specialist; Erin McGruder, FRTI curriculum specialist; Tim Hartz, FRTI instructional support assistant. (Photo by Linda Geist)

MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute has received a grant from the MFA Inc. Charitable Foundation to support specialized training for Missouri emergency responders to grain entrapment and engulfment emergencies. Through this training, first responders will learn about the hazards and issues associated with grain entrapment/engulfment emergencies, and the basic techniques to safely conduct initial rescue operations. MU FRTI’s mobile grain bin simulator lets students apply selected rescue techniques to safely retrieve patients from grain entrapments.


Improve your financial wellness with the help of university resources

From UM System Internal Communications

Cultivating financial wellness can be as easy as completing a few steps annually. Check out the financial wellness webpage, your one-stop shop for educational information, tools and events designed to help you become and stay financially well.

Cost: All resources are free to university faculty and staff.

More info:


Marketing tips

What’s in it for me? (That’s all your customer really wants to know.)

From Laura Lindsey, senior marketing coordinator

In the last issue of the Insider, I shared three questions you need to ask yourself to determine the main selling point of your program.

  1. How does my program fulfill a specific need or solve a problem?
  2. Who will benefit MOST from this information?
  3. What makes my program different and unique?

By now you should have determined your selling point and therefore identified your target audience. Your audience is the group of people who have the problem you can solve.

Now what?

Marketing consultant Peter Drucker says, “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well that the product or service fits him and sells itself.”

He’s right.

Marketing your program successfully isn’t about listing what your program is about, who all the sponsors are or your credentials. Marketing isn’t about you.

To get attention, you need to gain a deep understanding of your customers’ needs first and then communicate to them how you will meet those needs.

Customers want to know, “How will I benefit from this program?”

So take some time to think about this from your customers’ point of view.

  • What is the purpose of your program?
  • What will my participants learn, and why is that important to them?

Figure that out and make that selling point the first thing on all your marketing materials. Make it short and make it clear.

Next time, we’ll talk specifics!

In the meantime, if you have any marketing questions, contact me at 573-884-2394 or


Insider reader contest

Victoria Knapp

Victoria Knapp, senior editor for communications and marketing, won last issue’s reader contest and received a Tri-Mountain long-sleeve polo.

This week’s prize is two short-sleeve Gildan T-shirts, made of preshrunk soft cotton in dark heather with Truman the Tiger! Get one for yourself and one for a friend, or keep the second as a spare.

There are only a few weeks left for the contest, so keep your entries coming! 

For a chance to win, complete this issue’s crossword puzzle by noon Friday, April 29.



Dates to remember

PeopleSoft update this weekend

Starting Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m., PeopleSoft will be down until 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1. During that time, PeopleSoft will be undergoing a minor update. This affects various PeopleSoft modules, including T&E, ePro/Show Me Shop and voucher suppliers. To learn more, please look under the Extension Fiscal Announcements.


Register by May 1 for Youth Development Academy

The spring edition of the MU Extension’s Youth Development Academy will run May 16-20 in Columbia. Sessions will take place at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on the MU campus.

The semi-annual YDA offers a full week of workshops, classes and activities designed for youth development professionals from around the state and nation, says state 4-H youth specialist Steve Henness, who coordinates the professional development program with colleague Allison Copeland. Attendees from previous YDA sessions lead youth development programs in public, private and civic settings.

Registration deadline is May 1. For more information, registration form and a personality profile (PDF) of an out-of-state professional who attended YDA in January, go to


Finish Tier 1 of the Wellness Incentive by April 30

From UM Total Rewards

Complete Tier 1 of the 2016 Wellness Incentive by April 30 to earn $100 in your final May paycheck and help define what wellness means to you. Go to for details.


Panel on federal retirement benefits set for May 12

A panel discussion on federal retirement benefits (CSRS and FERS) will take place May 12, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., at 1110 S. College, Room 113.

The panel will include Cari Lyman, UM System Total Rewards; Randy Hallier, Financial Workshops, LLC; Tamra Robbins, extension retirement and benefits coordinator; Interim Vice Provost for Extension Jo Turner, Associate Vice Provost for Extension Beverly Coberly and Assistant Vice Provost for Extension Joy Millard.

Anyone interested in learning more about federal retirement is welcome to attend. It will be conducted via Adobe Connect and recorded for faculty who cannot attend.

The goal of the workshop is for employees with federal retirement benefits (CSRS and FERS) to understand the specific federal benefits, MU benefits and eligibility requirements, and how to best plan to use those benefits, before they retire.

Please reply to Janice Perkins at so lunch arrangements can be made.


NTT workshop set for May 16

A one-hour non-tenure-track dossier training workshop is set for May 16 at 10 a.m.

“NTT: Preparing Your Dossier,” presented via Adobe Connect, is intended for anyone interested in preparing dossiers or who will be writing evaluation letters for candidates, says Chris Thompson, NTT committee chair.

Individuals planning to submit a dossier for promotion in the fall are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop, Thompson says. Register through WebApps for ISE 220.

“Learn about the guidelines, general information and tips to improving your dossier,” Thompson says. “The voluntary NTT promotion policy is for full-time, nonregular faculty members within MU Extension. This process applies to regional faculty members 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 positions: assistant extension professional, associate extension professional or extension professional. For faculty members who elect to participate, the NTT promotion system provides a mechanism to recognize extension scholarship and professional growth. Regional and campus faculty members who plan to apply for the next round should discuss their plans with their supervisors as they build their performance expectations for fiscal 2017.

There is also a late-summer NTT workshop, “NTT: Dossier Synopsis,” via Adobe Connect on Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Register for ISE 232.

The next round of applications is due to supervisors by Oct. 1. Contact Thompson at for answers to questions on the NTT process.


Get a new lease on life! Register now for stress reduction classes

From UM System Internal Communications

Three decades of research show the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program ( is effective in helping you cope with job- or family-related stress, medical problems and anxiety/depression.

Tuesday offering
Orientation: May 31.
Classes: June 6-July 26.
Retreat: July 16.

Wednesday offering
Orientation: June 1.
Classes: June 8-July 27.
Retreat: July 16.

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

Eligible participants earn 100 points for the Wellness Incentive (


Change how you think about eating! Enroll in Eat for Life now

From UM System Internal Communications

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 course starts June 1.

Online course starts June 3.

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

More info:

Earn 100 points toward the 2016 Wellness Incentive, paying up to $450 (

Sponsoring department: Healthy for Life: T.E. Atkins Wellness Program for employees.


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.

May 18 10-11 a.m.
June 16 2-3 p.m.
July 20 10-11 a.m.
Aug. 18 2-3 p.m.


Religious holidays

The communities we serve are home to individuals from a variety of cultural and religious traditions. The following is a list of religious holidays that individuals in your community may observe in the coming weeks.

April 29: Good Friday (Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

May 1: Easter (Eastern Orthodox Christian) is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

May 1: Beltane (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

May 4-5: Yom HaSho’ah (Jewish), which begins at sundown, is a day to remember the lives and names of Jewish victims and activists of the Holocaust.

May 14: Buddha Day/Visakha Puja (Buddhist) is the major Buddhist festival, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha.

May 29: Ascension of the Baha’ullah (Baha’i) commemorates the death of the founder of the Baha’i faith, who died May 29, 1892.

June 5-July 5 (begins at sundown): Ramadan (Islamic) is an occasion to focus on faith through fasting and prayer, and is one of the most important Muslim holidays.

June 11-13 (begins at sundown): Shavuot (Jewish), a holiday with significant work restrictions, commemorates receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

June 21: Litha/Midsomer/Alban Hefin/Summer Solstice (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

July 4-5 (begins at sundown): Eid al-Fitr (Islamic), a holiday with significant work restriction, is the last day of Ramadan, marking the end of a month of fasting.

July 13-14 (begins at sundown): Tisha B’Av (Jewish) commemorates a series of Jewish tragedies, including the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem.

For more information, go to


Other dates to remember

May 4-7: St. Louis Storytelling Festival, St. Louis.

May 16: NTT training workshop via Adobe Connect. Register for ISE 220 through WebApps.

May 16-20: Youth Development Academy, Columbia.

May 21: 4-H Day with the Cardinals.

May 23-27: Staff Recognition Week.

June 8-10: Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): Latinos in the Heartland, 15th annual conference, Columbia.

Oct. 25-27: MU Extension Summit.


Coming and going

Please welcome

Andrew Nicholson, 4-H youth program associate, Urban Region.



Alan Mundey, 4-H youth specialist and co-CPD, Bates County, WC Region.



Lucille Baker, 74, wife of community development specialist and Worth County CPD Jerry Baker, passed away on April 23. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Breit Hawkins Funeral Home, 1010 Highway 71 South, Savannah, Mo. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. the following day.


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.