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MU Extension Insider
July 28, 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

Extension launches weather challenges website

Weather Challenges banner

An MU Extension task force has developed a website with information for farmers, ranchers, fruit and vegetable growers, gardeners, landowners and others affected by the wet weather. Topics include row crops, forages, cover crops, livestock impacts, horticulture, crop insurance, nutrient management, trees and turfgrass, and monitoring and control of pests, diseases and weeds.

The website, at, will be updated as new information becomes available.


Bridging the gap between science and art

Cameron Christensen listens to the dulcet vibrations produced by a bug on a plant during the Summers @ Mizzou camp "The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication." (Caleb O'Brien, MU Bond Life Sciences Center)

Emily Fulcher came face-to-face with science while dissecting a hackberry gall: “Ewww,” she exclaimed, “it’s peeking out a little bit!”

Fulcher and 12 other high school students were observing plant galls as part of a Summers @ Mizzou camp exploring “The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication.”

The camp, July 12-16, was facilitated by three interdisciplinary scholars and artists: Milbre Burch, an award-winning storyteller, poet and artist; Lee Ann Woolery, leader of the MU Extension Community Arts Program; and Suzanne Burgoyne, director of MU’s Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research.

Read more.


Insider reader contest continues

Erin SiscoCongratulations to Erin Sisco for winning the first Insider reader contest! Erin works in the Northwest Region and received an awesome black MU Extension polo for submitting her answers to the crossword puzzle in the July 14 issue.

Don’t be sad if you didn’t win. You have another opportunity this week. We’re giving away two MU Extension T-shirts—one for you and one for a friend! Same rules as before. Entries must be received by noon on Friday, July 31. Good luck!


Rules, instructions and link to puzzle.


2015 County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards

MU Extension County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards honor support staff who exhibit outstanding performance with the University of Missouri, MU Extension and County Extension Councils.

There were 26 nominations from across the state this year. The winners are:

Rookie of the Year

  • Alesha Bardot, East Central Region/Franklin County
  • Cristine Danielle Douglas, West Central Region/Johnson County

Junior County Clerical Award

  • Fay Miller, Northeast Region/Pike County
  • Donna Backues, East Central Region/Maries County
  • Kittye Hall, Southeast Region/Butler County

Senior County Clerical Award

  • Christine Coy, Northeast Region/Lewis County
  • Brenda Doody, West Central Region/Bates County
  • Lynda LaRocque, Southwest Region/Taney County

Use of Technology

  • Annette Valentine, Northeast Region/Putnam County
  • Maryann Garvey, Southeast Region/Cape County
  • Judy Elling, Northwest Region/Lafayette County


Strategic Plan update: Goal 4

The Goal 4 team is tasked with helping change the culture of MU Extension to develop sustainable resource generation systems and diversify MU Extension’s revenue base with grants, contracts, fees, endowments and gifts in the face of declining campus and federal funding levels.

Federal capacity funds remain flat, and MU Extension faces a 2 percent campuswide budget cut — a total of $2.2 million through FY 2018.

Facing such a shortfall, the Goal 4 team has led extension’s efforts to seek new, more sustainable sources of funding to ensure MU Extension can continue to offer relevant, reliable and responsive programs and services across the state. From the start, the task has been a challenge, as it requires that the organization question and revise business models, programs and program delivery systems when appropriate.

While changing a culture can be difficult and requires persistence, the Goal 4 team is seeing progress. Through a combination of short- and long-term funding sources — from grants and fees, and development funds, respectively — MU Extension is on pace to surpass the level of funding from government appropriations by FY 2017.

In addition to the long-term benefits of those efforts, MU Extension is also seeing progress in expanding the contributions from program fees, gifts and endowments, grants and contracts, and county income.


New tabletop displays for events

Are you hosting an event for researchers, state or regional council members, legislators, or other constituents? If so, you need to reserve one of our new tabletop displays.

One display speaks directly to researchers and communicates the opportunities MU Extension has to collaborate with them on getting their research to the people of Missouri:

Research display

The other display is designed for events attended by constituents such as donors, legislators and council members. It communicates how MU Extension affects lives, businesses and communities across the state with specific examples of successes and available programming:

The three-panel displays are 64 inches wide and 32 inches tall and will fit perfectly on a 6-foot or an 8-foot table. Each display weighs 19 pounds and can be set up in minutes. Displays include a handle and shoulder strap for convenient transport.

Due to the weight, the display cannot be shipped so it must be picked up in Columbia. Contact Laura Lindsey at to reserve.


New marketing items available for purchase


MU Extension 5.5" x 8.5" spiral notebook

Remind Missourians what MU Extension does for them with this handy 50-page notebook. The front cover features Truman the Tiger, the inside front and back covers highlight many of the ways MU Extension serves Missourians, and the center insert lists phone numbers for all the MU Extension centers across the state. $3.25 each. Item #UED1129.


Grocery bags

Reusable and recyclable, black with gold and white MU Extension logo and tagline “Your Source for Practical Education on Almost Anything.” Measures a roomy 12.25 inches wide and 13 inches tall with nice wide 8-inch gussets and reinforced bottom. $2.35 each. Item #MUEXT112.


Updated PowerPoint templates

Want to refresh an existing presentation or need to create something new? We are excited to offer new templates that conform to University of Missouri Extension’s graphic standards. Designs include bold colors, including the newly approved MU secondary colors, stripes and swirls! Check them out at


Dates to remember

Wiebold to talk about drone tech August 29 at University Club

On August 29 the University Club’s Evening With a Scholar program will feature guest speaker Bill Wiebold, extension specialist and MU professor of agronomy, who will talk about drone technology.

Wiebold has been studying and speaking on potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the University Club in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. If you plan to attend, call 573-882-2586 for reservations.

Food and beverages will be optionally available in the University Club Tiger Bistro beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Matthew Smith, UClub service manager, at or 831-917-9141.


ESP award nominations due Sept. 18

Epsilon Sigma Phi has many awards to recognize individuals and teams for their excellent work with MU Extension. Descriptions of the awards, eligibility requirements, online nomination forms and past award recipients are available at The list of active ESP members is at

Awards recognize Outstanding Regional Extension Faculty (woman and man), Outstanding State Extension Faculty, Early Career, Mid-Career and Distinguished Service Award, Continued Excellence Award, Administrative Leadership Award, Visionary Leadership Award, International Service Award, Diversity Multicultural Award (individual and team) and Distinguished Team Award.

For individual awards, the nominee must be an Epsilon Sigma Phi member. Team awards require that at least half of the team members who are eligible for ESP membership be ESP members. There are three awards for extension staff, retirees and volunteers:

  • Meritorious Support Service Award
  • Retiree Service Award
  • Friend of Extension Award

Both individual and team award nomination forms may be saved as a completed PDF file and emailed to Amy Patillo at

Please consider nominating someone for an ESP award. The nomination deadline is Sept. 18.

If you have questions, contact any of awards committee members: Amy Patillo, Kate Akers, Johanna Reed-Adams, Van Ayers, Pam Duitsman, Damaris Karanja, Janet LaFon, Tamara Roberts, Rebecca Travnichek, Lynda Zimmerman.


Community development training this September with CDA!

Join Community Development Academy Sept. 28-Oct. 2. From MU Extension’s Community Development Program, these intensive, hands-on, five-day courses enhance your ability to work effectively with a wide array of community issues. Take for professional development (CEUs), 3 hours undergraduate credit, graduate credit, or noncredit. Graduate students can work toward a Certificate in Community Process.

CDA Course 1: Building Communities from the Grassroots (7341/4341) & Course 3: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (7343/4343) held at the Mercy Center in St. Louis. Register at


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.

Aug. 20 2-3 p.m.
Sept. 16 10-11 a.m.
Oct. 14 2-3 p.m.
Nov. 18 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 17 2-3 p.m.


Other dates to remember

July 31: Deadline for NELD applications.

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

August 19: Retirement reception for Jerry Hitzhusen, associate professor in parks, recreation and tourism, 2 p.m. at the Reichmann Indoor Pavilion, 2300 E. Walnut St., Columbia. RSVP to Tanya Anderson at 573-882-7086. BYOB.

August 19: Face-to-face Title IX training, 9-11 a.m.

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

Kyle White, temporary professional, Chariton County, NE Region.

Bailey Lutz, 4-H youth STEM educator, St. Louis County, Urban 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.