News for employees

MU Extension Insider
Jan. 27, 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

New extension specialist to lead St. Louis Storytelling Festival

OverholserA former folklorist for the New York Folklore Society is the new director of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival as it enters its 36th year.

Extension community arts specialist Lisa Overholser will lead the festival, which is set for April 30-May 2. MU Extension recently announced a partnership with the free, three-day storytelling festival.

In addition to directing the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Overholser will work with urban communities to promote and foster art-based community and economic development. Read more.


Have you registered for Legislative Day 2015?

From Tony DeLong, council coordinator, and Ed Mobley, state extension council member and Legislative Day committee liaison:

Legislative Day 2015 is just around the corner! We hope you have Feb. 25 marked on your calendars, and that you are planning to be with us in Jefferson City to participate in the in-service training (ISE) at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Legislative Day, for those new to extension, is a way to showcase MU Extension through our booth displays and to thank our elected officials for taking the time to get to know us. You then adjourn for our ISE down the street.

Legislative Day also presents an opportunity for you to share rides with county stakeholders, commissioners and volunteers as they head into our State Capitol to advocate for the university and MU Extension. What 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.

Extension employees can register through WebApps at


BDP, other agencies help Ferguson rebuild

In the wake of the events in Ferguson and adjacent communities since last August, counselors with MU Extension’s Business Development Program have assisted affected businesses with marketing, access to capital and business planning.  Following an economic disaster declaration by the U.S. Small Business Administration, BDP has worked with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the St. Louis Minority Business Accelerator program and others to provide counseling, educational programming and other assistance. Full story at


MU Extension Title IX reporter training dates and registration

Many of you have already completed the two required online training courses, “Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It” and “Mandated Reporter Training.”

Over the next few months, MU Extension will also be conducting face-to-face training on reporting Title IX incidents to assist personnel in reporting incidents of sexual harassment or misconduct. This training is required because MU Extension conducts education in a variety of locations with diverse populations and participates in a wide range of activities. We also encourage volunteers, council members and those with courtesy appointments to attend these sessions.

Register at

Campus trainings

People in the units below can attend training on either March 12 or March 16. Both trainings are 1-3 p.m. in the Mark Twain Ballroom in the Memorial Union.

Continuing Education: Labor Education; MU Conference Office; Law Enforcement Training; Fire & Rescue Training; Nursing; Medical; Osher; Missouri Training Institute, Veterinary Medicine.

Program Areas: Human Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Development, Business & Industry, 4-H.

Support Units: Human Resources; ETCS; Endowment, Gifts and Donor Education; Fiscal; Communications; Grant Writing; Organizational Development; other support units and staff.

Regional trainings

All trainings are 10 a.m.-noon.

Feb. 17

East Central: Hermannhof, Hermann.
Northeast: Crossroads Christian Church, Macon.

March 17

West Central: Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton.
Southwest: Greene County Botanical Center, Springfield.

April 21

Northwest: Hamilton United Methodist Church, Hamilton.
Southeast: Holiday Inn, Poplar Bluff.

May 19

Urban East: St. Charles County Extension Center, St. Peters.
Urban West: Jackson County Extension Center, Kansas City.

Follow-up Q&A sessions via Adobe Connect will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. on March 3, April 6, May 14 and May 27.


Travel meal reimbursement: per diem option

From Shelly DeJaynes, fiscal administrative management:

One meal reimbursement option for travel paid with university funds is a “meal per diem.”  A few specifics with this option are:

  • Overnight travel only.
  • Based on length of time in travel status:
    • Less than 8 hours—not eligible.
    • 8 to 12 hours—50% of the day total, which is $21 in Missouri.
    • 12+ hours—100% of the day total, which is $42 in Missouri.
  • If there are meals that the university provided some other way, such as breakfast included in the hotel cost, it can be reduced from the day eligible amount (from above). Below are the percentages by which the day amount would be reduced. If using the university’s T&E system, the amounts are calculated for you.
    • Breakfast—25% of day eligible amount.
    • Lunch—25% of the day eligible amount.
    • Supper—50% of the day eligible amount.
  • Per diem amounts can vary based on the final destination of the day per the federal government rates (CONUS).  Good news if traveling to a place where the costs are higher than in Missouri!

For some T&E instructions to help with entering the times, go to the quick reference guide

Happy traveling!


NCCEA calls for innovative concepts for building vital communities

From the North Central Cooperative Extension Association:

The North Central Extension Directors are pleased to announce a call for new and emerging innovative program concepts in Community Vitality.  These concepts will be used to shape the agenda of an upcoming Community Vitality Symposium, tentatively planned for June 2015.

The purpose of the North Central Region Community Vitality Symposium will be to explore areas of priority or innovation in community vitality work with the intent of building leadership at the community level so that rural places are more vibrant economically, socially and culturally while expanding opportunities for building careers and raising families.  The symposium will focus on community vitality programming across all extension program areas. Therefore, a few concept examples include leadership development of local farmers to enact area BMPs (as an ANR example) and/or a community health initiative (as an FCS example).

This call for innovative concepts should identify how extension can best utilize expertise within states, between states and collectively across the North Central Region.  Individuals or small groups are welcome to submit a concept idea within a one-page proposal, identifying the idea, the intended outcome, new knowledge needed and resources needed to carry out the innovation.

Concept proposals will be reviewed by the symposium planning committee.  Approximately five to eight innovative concepts will be selected and their authors asked to participate in the symposium event.   While the symposium will serve as an incubator of ideas relating to community vitality programming, research or scholarly activity, one outcome of the symposium will be to identify a few specific priorities for expanded pursuit.  Therefore, if an innovative concept is selected for this purpose, the author or group of authors will receive a mini-grant from the North Central Region Center for Rural Development to complete a white paper that would feed into the symposium final report and potential resource support by a state or multi-state collaboration.  

Innovative concept idea proposals should be submitted no later than Feb. 1 by email to Robin Shepard at Please use “Innovative Extension Community Vitality Concept” in the subject line.


Invest in yourself with premium savings

From the UM Total Rewards department:

Take the money you are saving on your lower monthly premiums and invest in your future. Many faculty and staff will be paying lower monthly premiums this year due to the plans they selected during Annual Enrollment. However, many employees have their monthly premiums deducted from their paychecks on a pre-tax basis, meaning their taxable income for 2015 will increase. By redistributing your funds to save for your retirement, you will be able to invest more money into your future while maintaining your current standard of living.

Options for reinvesting your savings from medical insurance premiums include:

The university cannot provide individual tax advice. If you would like expert advice, you can always set up a meeting with a retirement representative to see what options are available to you.


Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Awards call for nominations

Do you know an individual or group who, as part of the Mizzou community, has made an exemplary contribution to any area of diversity on campus? The Chancellor's Diversity Initiative invites you to submit your nomination today for the Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Awards. This is a great opportunity to help us recognize members of the MU community who encourage, embrace and celebrate differences and foster a better campus climate. The submission process is simple to follow online at Winners will receive a $500 award and will be recognized at the Inclusive Excellence Awards reception on March 31. Submit your nomination before the Feb. 13 deadline.


Dates to remember

Educational Attainment team to report Feb. 2 via Adobe Connect

Faculty and staff interested in extension’s program integration efforts can hear the Educational Attainment team report on current activities and focus via Adobe Connect at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2. Team members will discuss their work and the status of projects in process. A question-and-answer session will follow. If you can’t attend the live session, a recording will be available for later review at your convenience.

We hope you will find time to join this important effort. Program integration is one of the strategies developed from MU Extension’s strategic plan to position us for a sustainable future.

To join this meeting, 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. 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

Jan. 30: Deadline for completing mandatory online trainings Harassment: What It Is and How to Stop It and Mandated Reporter Training. 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

Jan. 31, 9 a.m.: Cabin Fever Clays Shoot at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, Columbia. Sponsored by Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports. Open to parents, youths, friends and neighbors. Fifty targets and lunch for $35. For more information, go to

Feb. 11, noon-12:45 p.m.: ESP Global Connections webinar. Crystal Weber, “From the Velvet Revolution to the Silk Road: food and agriculture as a tool of international understanding.” To attend, register in WebApps.

Feb. 25: Legislative Day. Register for Legislative Day ISE through WebApps.

March 1: Nomination deadline for Quarterly Teamwork Award.

April 1: Deadline for next round of extension fellowship applications.


Please welcome

Mannie Hall, director, Continuing Medical Education

Tevin Uthlaut, youth program assistant, Howard County, NE Region

Angel Tyler, youth program assistant, Butler County, SE Region

Rodney Porch, state director, PTAC

Leia Darden, nutritional program associate, Jackson County, WU Region

Rebecca Silcott, youth program assistant, Clay County, WU Region

Ronda Wallace, youth program associate, Jackson County, WU Region

Mary Sebade, nutrition and health education specialist, Dallas County, WC Region

Brandy Dickey, administrative assistant, state youth office



Marie Steinwachs, director, Environmental Assistance Center



Evadine Gibson, mother-in-law of Linda Shives, extension HR support staff, passed away Jan. 19.

Litle A. Rickard, father of retired extension dairy specialist Tony Rickard, passed away Jan. 21 in Kentucky. Cards may be sent to Tony and Carol Rickard, 411 Schultz, Monett, MO 65708.


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.