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MU Extension Insider
Aug. 26, 2014


In the news

Dates to Remember

Coming and going


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In the news

New budget information available online

A message from Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of extension

Dear Colleagues,

I invite you to look at the fiscal year 2015 budget information now available at

We expect basic Smith-Lever funding to remain flat whether Congress passes a new budget this year or, perhaps more likely, passes a continuing resolution to maintain funding at 2014 levels until after the new Congress convenes in January.

Our nutrition education program took a significant cut last year, but that funding has been restored for FY 2015. MU Extension’s strength in applied research and engagement continues to place us in an excellent position for competitive federal grants through the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is slated for a 2.7 percent increase in the current budget legislation.

We also expect the state appropriation to remain flat. The Missouri General Assembly had budgeted about $1 million in targeted business development funds, but those funds were vetoed by the governor and we believe that money is lost.

We gained in fees and gifts in FY 2014, and we believe that nonappropriated funding or self-generated revenue will increase in FY 2015 as well. This demonstrates our progress on Goal 4 of the MU Extension Strategic Plan: “Develop a model for sustainable resource generation to deliver superior programs and services relative to our mission.” While I am optimistic that we may see more stability in appropriated funding in coming years, we need to maintain our commitment to diversifying funding sources and building a culture of sustainable resource development and entrepreneurship.

As extension embarks on its second century of service, I am encouraged by the efforts of our leaders, specialists and staff, who have risen to the challenges and opportunities we face and are keeping University of Missouri Extension vital and relevant.


Michael D. Ouart
Vice Provost and Director
University of Missouri Extension


11 extension faculty to receive non-tenure track promotions

The following 11 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

  • Joseph Koenen, agriculture business specialist, Northeast Region.
  • Ina Linville, 4-H youth development program director.
  • Lisa Wallace, human development and family studies specialist, West Central Region.

Associate Extension Professional

  • Donna Aufdenberg, horticulture specialist, Southeast Region.
  • Steve Henness, extension associate, 4-H youth development.
  • Vivian Mason, family financial education specialist, East Central Region.
  • Robert McNary, 4-H youth development specialist, Southwest Region.
  • James Quinn, horticulture specialist, East Central Region.
  • Amie Schleicher, livestock specialist, Northwest Region.
  • Lee Ann Woolery, community arts specialist, Community Development Program.
  • Jim Wirth, human development specialist, Southwest Region.

The next round of applications for non-tenure track promotion is due to supervisors by Nov. 1, reports Robbins.

“For those who elect to participate, the NTT promotion system provides a mechanism for recognizing scholarship and professional growth,” says Robbins. 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: Johanna Reed Adams, Steve Ball, Kathy Bondy, Kathy Dothage, Bev Maltsberger, Mary Sobba and Chris Thompson.


Chancellor hears west side stories from MU Extension clients

Chancellor Loftin, Joe Wilson

MU Chancellor Bowen Loftin visited extension-related activities in several western Missouri counties Aug. 14-15. Included on the tour was a visit to Four Rivers Pecans farm (above) owned and operated by Kevin Hines and Joe Wilson. They produce pecans and elderberries in Vernon County. Loftin also visited a pecan processing facility (below) in Nevada, Mo.—Missouri Northern Pecans Plant—managed and co-owned by Drew Kimmell. MU Extension director Michael Ouart and associate director Bev Coberly were among several extension personnel who accompanied the chancellor on the two-day swing through western Missouri.

Chancellor Loftin


2014 MU Extension county clerical staff award winners announced

Winners of the 2014 MU Extension county clerical staff recognition awards have been selected, according to Carol Heffner, executive staff assistant in Columbia. Honorees were selected by a committee of county office staff members from around the state.

“The honorees reflect the high quality and dedication of all the members of the county clerical staff throughout MU Extension,” said Heffner.

Honorees received recognition in the following categories:

Rookie of the Year

Winner: Amy Buchanan , Urban Region, St. Louis County.

Junior Clerical Award

1st: Crystal Lutgen:, Urban Region, Jackson County.

2nd: Tina Brownsberger: Southwest Region, Dade County.

3rd: Cary Terrill, East Central Region, Dent County.

Senior Clerical Award

1st: Marsha Parsons, East Central Region, Warren County.

2nd: Judy Elling, Northwest Region, Lafayette County.

3rd: Lesa Morrison, Southeast Region, Stoddard County.

Technology Award

Winner: Vanessa Miller, Northeast Region, Adair County.


New BDP specialist joins Northeast Region

Sandra Marin

Sandra Marin has joined MU Extension’s Business Development Program as a BDP specialist in the Northeast Region, announces Steve Devlin, BDP director. She is based in a downtown Columbia office the BDP shares with the local Regional Economic Development Inc. at 500 E. Walnut.

Marin will assist high-growth-potential Missouri businesses through education, technical service and collaboration, with an emphasis on technology commercialization. She received a master’s degree from MU’s Truman School of Public Affairs and has experience in sales, international business and nonprofit management with organizations in her native Colombia.


Global food systems theme team reports progress

The Global Food Systems theme team presented an update to the program integration committee earlier this month via Adobe Connect, according to Crystal Weber, team facilitator and Urban Region community development specialist based in Clay County.

Team members discussed the role and goals of the GFS group, changes experienced in the past several months, ongoing and recently submitted proposals, and the research being conducted with campus faculty to align both the team and faculty with extension.

To learn more, explore details of the presentation.


Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inducts 54 members

4-H Hall of Fame inductees

“Making the best better” for generations of 4-H’ers, 54 people joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Inductees from 41 counties brought with them a total of 1,566 years of volunteer service to the hall of fame. More than 300 family members and friends attended the eighth annual event for which citizens nominated 4-H’ers for outstanding volunteer work in local 4-H programs.

“This celebration acknowledges the contributions of distinguished 4-H leaders — both past and present,” says Trent Ludwig, State 4-H Council president. The Missouri 4-H Foundation honors individuals with a legacy of service to 4-H with induction into the hall.

Read more about the story and a complete list of inductees.


Lifelong learning options expand for seniors across Missouri

The golden years just got a bit more golden for seniors 50 and older in outstate Missouri. University of Missouri Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is extending learning opportunities from the Mizzou campus to five rural regions this fall.

“Osher at Mizzou offers noncredit learning opportunities for seasoned adults,” said Lucille Salerno, director of the outstate program. Classes cover subjects ranging from literature to travel to technology encouraging lifelong critical thinking and reasoning skills and socialization.

Beginning Sept. 9, two eight-week classes begin in Trenton, Kahoka, Hermitage, Galena and Poplar Bluff. Numerous classes are also available at Osher’s new location at the Moss Building, 1907 Hillcrest Drive in southeastern Columbia.

Read more about Osher classes for seniors around the state.


Use P-card when possible for university-related expenses

Getting ready to go on a university-paid business trip? 

Extension can help by paying for registration, airfare, and rental cars directly with a university purchasing card, according to Shelly DeJaynes, in MU Extension’s fiscal administrative management office. Hotel expenses are not eligible. 

“Generally, the university prefers to pay for expenses directly when feasible,” says DeJaynes. “This includes non-travel expenses also.” 

For assistance in making your purchase, please contact your regional fiscal contact, campus fiscal contact or AMT-Fiscal.


Dates to remember

Sport your college colors Aug. 29

A nationally organized promotion of individual college spirit flourishes this Friday with College Colors Day. Wear campus colors, decorate your office and show the colorful spirit that coincides with the start of a new academic year and the beginning of intercollegiate athletic competition. For contest details and more information, go to the College Colors Day website.


Moodle workshop

Extension Technology and Computer Services (ETCS) is conducting half-day face-to-face Moodle course-development workshops.

Date and time for the balance of the year:

  • Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register, go to


Health systems theme team to make presentation Sept. 4

Faculty and staff interested in MU Extension’s program integration efforts can hear the health systems theme team report on its activities at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4, reports Max Summers, extension transition team leader. The team will discuss its latest work and the status of current projects, followed by a question-and-answer session. The session will be recorded for later review.

“We hope you will find time to join this important effort as it is one of the strategies developed from MU Extension’s strategic plan to position us for a sustainable future,” says Summers. To join the meeting, please click on this Adobe Connect link.


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. 17 10-11 a.m.
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

Now-Sept. 19: Show-Me Market Showdown, online grain marketing game.

Aug. 29: Statewide extension award nominations due.

Aug. 29: College Colors Day

Aug. 31: UMEA awards nomination deadline.

Sept. 4: Health Systems theme team presentation, 4:30 p.m. on Adobe Connect.

Sept. 12: Nominations due for the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge.

Sept. 22-26: Community Development Academy, Excelsior Springs. Registration deadline is Sept. 5.

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

Oct. 1-Dec. 10: Eat for Life course. For additional information, watch informational videos or find more details online.

Oct. 2-28: Retiree meetings.

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, Columbia


Coming and going

Please welcome

Bart Hunter, educational program associate I, Harrison County, NE Region.

Jamimah Shonekan, nutrition program associate, Chariton County, NE Region.



Jane Hunter,human development specialist, NE Region.

Eric Bempah, research associate, OSEDA.



Robert Kallenbach, MU Extension state specialist in plant sciences, will receive the 2014 National Excellence in Extension award Nov. 2 in Orlando, Florida, at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He was selected for the honor for his “leadership, scholarship and innovative programming in livestock and forage systems,” according to Fred Schlutt, chair of the personnel subcommittee for the national Extension Committee on Organization and; Policy.

Dave Baker, MU Extension agriculture program director, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Illinois State University’s College of Applied Science and Technology on Oct. 24. Baker, an Illinois native and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, received a B.S. in 1970 and an M.S. in 1974 from ISU in Normal, Illinois.



Gail W. King, 86, died Aug. 12 in Jackson, Mo. He was a 32-year veteran of MU Extension who retired in 1985 after serving in several posts around the state, including area director of four counties in the Kansas City area and agronomy specialist based in Cape Girardeau County. Services were held Aug. 15 near Puxico. He is survived by his widow, Gale A. King. Notes of sympathy may be sent to her at 408 Donna Drive, Jackson MO 63755.


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