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MU Extension Insider
May 26, 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

The noise, noise, noise, noise

Periodical cicadas emerge in parts of Missouri.

Adult periodical cicadas. Photo courtesy Bruce Barrett.

This could be a noisy summer for southeastern and western Missouri, notes MU Extension entomologist Bruce Barrett. A brood of 17-year periodical cicadas is emerging in northwestern Missouri while a brood of 13-year periodical cicadas will surface in southeastern Missouri. Wingless nymphs will come out of the ground, break out of their exoskeletons to emerge as winged adults, take to the trees, and sing, sing, sing, sing.

Read more.


Strategic Plan update: Goal 1

This is the first in a series of stories highlighting the progress of the seven goal teams working to advance the MU Extension Strategic Plan.

The seven goal teams focus on different aspects of an overall plan to improve the culture and ensure the continued success of MU Extension. Goal 1 is about helping researchers and MU Extension forge lasting, beneficial partnerships.

The Goal 1 team invited researchers of all disciplines to meet-and-greet events such as Let’s Talk and ConnExt to learn about what extension has to offer and how to work those benefits into their research.

“These events helped researchers across campus understand the who, what and where of MU Extension and how it can benefit their grant proposals through translational research,” said Marcia Shannon, a leader of the Goal 1 team.

In just the past year, more than $4.8 million has been awarded to nine research proposals that represent partnerships between researchers and MU Extension. Another 14 research proposals included extension in the translational research portions of their grants.

The Goal 1 team includes extension faculty and administrators, as well as Susan Renoe, head of the MU Broader Impacts Network. “Working with extension has given our researchers the ability to connect with stakeholders across the state and the nation in unique and innovative ways,” Renoe said.


Upgrades to myHR

myHR screen shot

MyHR has been updated with better security and a slightly different look and feel to make access easier. Users can now update their direct deposit information online.

New security

When logging in to myHR for the first time since the update, you will be prompted to answer three security questions. When you go to Direct Deposit thereafter, you will have to answer one of your questions to edit the direct deposit information.

If an employee forgets the answer to his or her security question, there are specific steps required to reset the answers. Contact the Payroll Line at 573-882-4030 or the PS HR Support Desk at 855-524-0002 to begin the process.

New look

  • Breadcrumb navigation continues to be available across the top.
  • Similar to the T&L Work Centers that have been introduced in HR Production, myHR has Work Centers for quick navigation.
    • Click on the topic of interest to see the available menu options.

The PS HR Support desk ( can assist users if they experience any difficulty.


Free event flier templates available

Event flier samples
Sample event flier templates.

Do you need an engaging, professional flier to promote an event, but graphic design isn’t one of your best skills? Good news! New event flier templates are now available for you to use FREE! All you pay for is the cost of printing.

Go to to view the options and detailed instructions. All templates follow University of Missouri Extension’s graphic standards and are 8 ½ by 11.

Check back often for more template designs. If you need an event flier template not currently available, please contact Laura Lindsey at


Rasmussen wins international trade education award


Jackie Rasmussen, international trade specialist with MU Extension’s Business Development Program in Camdenton, has received the first-ever Presidents Award for Outstanding Service from the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE).

“This is a huge honor for Jackie and the entire BDP program,” said Steve Devlin, BDP director. “That NASBITE chose to bestow this award on Jackie is not a surprise, frankly, because I know how talented and how hardworking she is.”

Two years ago, NASBITE recruited Rasmussen to lead a team that managed an extensive update of the association’s rigorous Certified Global Business Professional exam.

Read more.


MU online Master Gardener course is NACAA award finalist

MU Extension’s Master Gardener online training was a national finalist in the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 2015 Communications Awards. The training was one of three runners-up in the competition’s learning module category.

Horticulture specialists Jim Quinn and David Trinklein developed the online training for people whose location or schedule makes it difficult to attend the in-person Master Gardener classes.

Using the Moodle online learning platform, classes are delivered as a series of scripted and narrated PowerPoint presentations.

Like those enrolled in the traditional program, participants must complete 30 hours of volunteer service for Master Gardener certification.

Six trainees participated in a fall 2013 test run of the learning module. Enrollment has grown steadily, with more than 60 people signing up for the most recent 14-week session.

In addition to Quinn and Trinklein, members of the development team include horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler and ETCS instructional designers Steve Giesel and Paula DeBates.

The team will receive a plaque and $250 at NACAA’s annual meeting and conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., in July.


New members join NTT promotion committee

Van Ayers, Ray Massey and Don Nicholson will be the newest members of the NTT promotion committee, says Julie Middleton, director of organizational development and the administrative liaison to the committee.

They have been elected to serve three-year terms that begin in September.

The NTT promotion committee comprises one NTT faculty member from each of the MU Extension program areas—ANR, HES, 4-H Youth Development, Community Development and Business Development—as well as a non-tenure track extension faculty member with a rank outside the MU Extension NTT system (through CAFNR or HES, for example), and a tenured or tenure-track extension faculty member.

Ayers will represent the Community Development Program; Nicholson will represent 4-H Youth Development; Massey, an extension professor in the Division of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will be the NTT at-large member.

They will join current committee members Steve Ball (tenure track at-large), Kathy Dothage (HES), Chris Thompson (Business Development), and Mary Sobba (ANR). Leaving the committee at the end of August will be committee chair Johanna Reed Adams (NTT campus representative), Kathy Bondy (4-H Youth Development) and Bev Maltsberger (Community Development). 

“We want to sincerely thank those leaving the committee for all of their hard work, and we welcome the new members who will serve as of Sept. 1,” Middleton said.

For more information about the NTT promotion process and a complete list of current committee members, go to


Enrollment open for Grant Incentive Plan

Enrollment in MU Extension’s Grant Incentive Plan (GIP) for FY 2015 is now open to all extension faculty principal investigators (PIs) and co-PIs. To participate for the upcoming fiscal year, faculty must complete an election form and return it to the administrative management fiscal office before July 1.

MU Extension’s plan has two options: one for faculty who are eligible to receive an incentive payment under an approved GIP in their academic home department, and another for faculty who are not.

The complete plan, eligibility requirements and the election form can be found at

If you have any questions, contact Amy Rosson at


Financial software upgrade

The university financial system, PeopleSoft, underwent a software upgrade over the weekend. Click here to read a list of overall changes. Training manuals for the upgraded system are available online.

A university open lab is scheduled June 1 at the General Services Bldg., Room 25. Regional training for T&E and ePro users is scheduled. Please sign up in the ISE system for ISEs 240 and 241.


MU Extension in Macon County has moved

The MU Extension Center in Macon County has moved to 404 N. Missouri St., Suite B, Macon. The phone number, 660-385-2173, and fax number, 660-385-7251, remain the same.


Dates to remember

ConnExt, June 1, offers networking opportunities

Explore how your efforts to achieve broader impacts can be enhanced through dialogue and interaction with campus colleagues at ConnExt: Networking for Discovery and Collaboration.

This networking event will present topics of common interest and help you improve connections both internally and externally. Bring your business cards and best ideas.

Where: Acuff Gallery, MU School of Medicine.

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

RSVP to Vicki Bach at or 573-882-7477.


Global Connections webinar set for June 10

The June 10 ESP Global Connections webinar will feature Jerry Hitzhusen, associate professor and extension therapeutic recreation specialist. He will discuss international travel—risks, rewards, excitement, cultural diversity, education, 25 international travel tips, top cruise lines and top 25 cities people travel to around the world.

“I will discuss the role of international organizations, universities, and how personal and professional contacts can enhance your international experiences,” he says.

Sign up at While you are there, look at the other webinars in this series and sign up for those too.

Monthly Global Connections webinars provide extension faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss their professional global experiences and the resulting impact on their lives, careers and extension. Sessions are 45 minutes long (noon-12:45 p.m.) with interactive presentations and moderated dialogue. Pack a lunch and munch while you learn and explore with colleagues.

These webinars are brought to you by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national fraternity for extension professionals, paraprofessionals and retirees. For more information on ESP, 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.


June 18

2-3 p.m.

July 16

10-11 a.m.

Aug. 20

2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

June 1: ConnExt: Networking for Discovery and Collaboration, 4-5:30 p.m., Acuff Gallery, School of Medicine. RSVP to or 573-882-7477.

June 5: Nomination deadline for County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards.

June 10-12: Cambio de Colores, Kansas City.

June 14-17: FilmFest 4-H, St. Louis.

June 19-20: Council to Campus, Columbia.

June 22-23: Women in Leadership Conference, Columbia.

June 30: Quilt Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Missouri Star Quilt Company Retreat Center, Hamilton.

July 1: Enrollment deadline for MU Extension Grant Incentive Plan.

August 4: “Tips, Questions and Answers: NTT Dossier,” via Adobe Connect, 2 p.m. Register through ISE 232.

Oct. 1: 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.


Coming and Going

Please welcome

Katherine Lee, youth program assistant, Urban West Region.


New beginnings

Congratulations to Susan Smith, 4-H youth educator in Jackson County and her husband, Robb, on the birth of their daughter, Kynslee Smith, at 8:32 p.m. on May 16. All are doing well.



Vernon Lewis, husband of Janie Lewis, secretary at the MU Extension Center in St. Louis County, passed away May 2. Donations in his name can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or Love and Support for Vernon Lewis. Cards may be sent to Janie Lewis, 10650 Gateway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112.


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.