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MU Extension Insider
Jan. 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

Strategic Plan and Program Integration updates

As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen MU Extension, steering committees for the MU Extension Strategic Plan and Program Integration have assessed progress and possible changes. These efforts have led to new perspectives for the MU Extension Strategic Plan and Program Integration.

You can learn more at the links below.

As a strong program development component exists in both committees’ efforts, a merger of these committees is a possibility in the future.


Registration open for Legislative Day 2016

UM System Legislative Day, March 2, is an opportunity for faculty, staff, retirees, volunteers and extension councils from across the state to thank legislators for past support and encourage their continued support by sharing examples of how the UM System, its campuses and MU Extension improve the lives of Missouri’s citizens.

Legislative Day also presents an opportunity for faculty and staff to share rides with county stakeholders, commissioners and volunteers as they head into our state capitol to advocate for the university and MU Extension. It’s a golden opportunity to not only save costs by sharing rides, but also to have the time to share with them about extension and our programming. And while they are busy at the Capitol, we have you covered at an in-service education (ISE) planned for MU employees. You can register this year on the same site as the Legislative Day registration instead of going through WebApps.

When registering, extension faculty and staff should enter “MU Extension,” not “University of Missouri,” as their organization.

Questions? Contact Tracy Feller, director of extension constituent relations, at 573-882-4134 or


Search for new MU Extension leader enters opening phase

The formal search for a permanent head of MU Extension is in its opening phase, according to Steve Ball, chair of the search committee. The 14-member group currently seeks candidates for the post of Vice Chancellor of Extension and Engagement  and Director of Cooperative Extension.

Nominations and applications will be accepted through Feb. 12, says Ball, state extension specialist and associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. When selected, the new extension leader will report directly to interim Chancellor Hank Foley.

“Our goal is to identify and present a qualified list of finalists to Chancellor Foley,” says Ball.

After the application deadline, committee members will review the files of all candidates and narrow the field to a workable number for preliminary interviews at a location to be determined. After that, the group will develop a list of three to five finalists to bring to campus for formal interviews. It is expected all finalists will make public presentations as part of their interviews in Columbia, says Ball.

“Members of the search committee are representative of the broad professional and academic spectrum of MU Extension and its stakeholders,” he says.

The committee is working with the assistance of Baker & Associates LLC, a Georgia-based executive search firm that serves clients from the academic, health science and nonprofit sectors. Nominations and applications should be sent to Martin M. Baker, Senior Vice President, Baker and Associates LLC, Suite 202, 4799 Olde Towne Parkway, Marietta, GA 30068, or


Recordings of myVITA ‘Overview and Profile’ training available; myVITA ‘Activities’ ISE set for Feb. 11

From Mark Stillwell, project administrator - operations

Almost 30 regional faculty participated in the Jan. 21 myVITA “Overview and Profile” training.

For those who were unable to attend, there are recordings of the 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. trainings:

We wish to correct an oversight in our training: We discovered that there is an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) option in the degrees input form.

MyVITA is the new reporting system for all University of Missouri faculty. MyVITA and myExtension are complementary in that myVITA focuses on individual faculty accomplishments and professional development activities while myExtension focuses on extension programs.

MyVITA “Profile” and “Activities” are both live and currently available online at

Training for myVITA “Activities” is set for Feb. 11 via Adobe Connect. Register for ISE 278. At least one of the four sessions will be recorded.

Regional and program directors have set the minimum expectations for regional faculty, who are to complete the “Profile” and “Activities” for the period April 1, 2015, through April 1, 2016, for current information, and through April 1, 2017, for planned activities. The following information should be completed by April 10, 2016:

myVITA: Profiles

  • Check prepopulated.
  • Honors and awards.
  • Professional memberships.

myVITA: Activities

  • Other activities related to teaching.
  • Scholarly contributions and creative activities.
  • Any local grants for which you are PI.
  • Service to profession.
  • University committees.
  • Professional development and continuing education.
  • Future goals and plans.
  • Consulting and other outside employment.

A myVITA Web page for MU Extension with more information and FAQs will be available soon.

We look forward to introducing you to myVITA!


ePro: Not just for office supplies!

From Shelly DeJaynes, Fiscal Administrative Management

ePro is the one-stop shopping online portal to order from university-contracted suppliers. It should be your first stop if you need things like cameras, gift cards, lab supplies, electrical items, custom apparel, tools and, yes, office supplies. There are 35 contracted suppliers in all. Benefits of ePro include:

  • Discounted prices.
  • Free shipping.
  • No traveling to a store — definitely a plus in snowy weather!
  • No credit card needed (pays from a MoCode).
  • Order is electronically approved by fiscal signer before order is placed, so no surprises when the bill comes.
  • County offices are eligible to use ePro also!

Any items that are available through ePro should be purchased there.  At times you may find a great deal elsewhere, but MU Extension requires items available through ePro to be purchased via this system unless the savings are very significant.

Although IT-related items are available through ePro, the purchase should be done in conjunction with your IT person/team.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly DeJaynes or your fiscal contact.


New county office identification files available for download

One of our strategic goals is to strengthen the awareness of MU Extension as the division that carries out the university’s land-grant mission — bringing practical, research-based information to Missourians. With that in mind, always refer to the university when you are referring to your office, and remember that MU Extension is primary and location is secondary.

New county office identification files are available for each county to ensure your office signage meets the correct identification standards. Use these files when ordering new office signage, for event advertising, etc.:


New promotional giveaway available

Can wrapMUEXT103: Coolie soda can wraps, black with white MU Extension logo and gold with black MU Extension logo. Quantity of 12, with six of each color, for $13.

Order at pubs/order1.aspx. Type “MUEXT103” to search for this item or use “MUEXT” for a list of all available promotional items.


USDA unveils new Disaster Resource Center

The USDA’s new Disaster Resource Center website at provides information and links on a variety of subjects related to emergencies and disasters. MU Extension specialists Beverly Maltsberger and Sherry Nelson contributed to the website’s section on drought in their capacity as members of the Extension Disaster Education Network’s Drought NEIL (National EDEN Issues Leadership) team.


Nominations open for Outstanding Staff Awards

From the MU Staff Advisory Council

The MU Staff Advisory Council is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Staff Awards through Feb. 5. These awards recognize those who best reflect honor upon the university. During the annual Staff Recognition Week, a special awards ceremony is held to recognize the recipients.

Nominees must be full-time (75 percent or above FTE) permanent University of Missouri-Columbia, non-academic and non-hospital staff members who have completed six months of continuous employment with the university by the Feb. 5 nomination deadline.

Any staff member (except Staff Advisory Council members), faculty member or student at the university may submit nominations. To nominate a staff member, please submit using one of the online forms below.

Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award: One award will be given to a staff member in each of four job categories.

  • Administrative/Professional
  • Clerical/Office
  • • Crafts/Maintenance
  • • Technical/Paraprofessional

Barbara S. Uehling Award for Administrative Excellence:

Mizzou Alumni Association Award for Alumni Relations Excellence:

Mick Deaver Memorial Award for Student Relations Excellence:

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 5.

For questions or more information about the MU Staff Advisory Council, please contact our office at 573-882-4269 or, or visit the council’s Web, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


Reader contest marches on

Williams-CobleighShe didn’t win the Powerball, but Tiffany Williams-Cobleigh, community development specialist in Ste. Genevieve, did win a new MU Extension polo in last issue’s Insider reader contest!

This week’s prize is a long-sleeve polo from Tri-Mountain. Features two-color embroidered logo with three-button collar, 8.2 ounces, 60 percent cotton/40 percent polyester. Choice of black, khaki or heather gray. Complete this issue’s puzzle and submit by noon on Friday, Jan. 29, for a chance to win.


Dates to remember

Jan. 27 eXtension webinar: ‘How to Maximize Your eXtension Resources’


Macintosh HD:Users:curtwohleber:Desktop:learn_logo_small-7f74d23a91c834ce078774b5a7a31c94.pngThe NEW eXtension is focusing on expanding extension professionals’ opportunities to innovate, advance their professional growth and increase their impact in their local work. Join eXtension CEO Chris Geith on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. CST for a 30-minute webinar, “New Opportunities for Extension Professionals: How to Maximize Your eXtension Resources.” Dr. Geith will present an overview of eXtension's new vision and opportunities, answer your questions, and learn your suggestions for providing the tools and resources you need. Go to to register for the Zoom Webinar.


Universities Fighting World Hunger summit, Feb. 26-27 at MU

The Universities Fighting World Hunger annual summit is a student-led forum for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from many disciplines to explore practical solutions to end extreme poverty in developing countries and food insecurity globally and domestically. The 2016 summit, “From Poverty to Promise,” is hosted by the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.

For more information, go to


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.

Feb. 18 2-3 p.m.
March 16 10-11 a.m.
April 21 2-3 p.m.
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.

Feb. 1-2: Imbolc/Candlemas (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) celebrates the coming of spring.

Feb. 3: Setsubum-sai (Shinto) marks the beginning of spring and is known as the “bean-throwing festival.”

Feb. 8: Chinese New Year (Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist) is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic, Protestant) is the first day of Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter.

Feb. 22: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist) commemorates the day when 1,250 disciples traveled to join the Buddha.

March 20: Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox Christian) commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

March 23-24: Purim (Jewish) commemorates the time when the Jews were living in Persia and saved by a woman named Esther.

March 27: Easter (Roman Catholic, Protestant) is the annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 13: Vaisakhi (Sikh) is the Sikh new year and harvest festival.

April 22-30: Passover (Jewish) is the weeklong observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II.

For more information, go to


Other dates to remember

Jan. 27: State of the University Address by Hank Foley, interim MU chancellor; introduction by Mike Middleton, interim UM System president. MU campus, Stotler Lounge, 103 Memorial Union North, 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 11: MyVITA “Activities” training via Adobe Connect. Register for ISE 278.

Feb. 26-27: Universities Fighting World Hunger 2016 Summit, MU campus.

Feb. 26 (noon): Deadline for Provost’s Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty submissions.

Feb. 26 (noon): Deadline for The Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education submissions.

March 1 (noon): Deadline for C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship nominations.

March 2: Legislative Day.

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


Coming and going

Please welcome

Walker Perkins, facilities and registration support, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Phyllis Behrens, associate extension professional and business development specialist, PTAC, Jasper County, SW Region.

Nan Hutcheson, youth program associate, Pettis County, WC Region.


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.