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MU Extension Insider
Oct. 28, 2014


In the news

Program Conference award winners

Dates to remember

Coming and going


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In the news

2014 Program Conference: Celebrating the Past, Building for the Future


Anita Hampton, chair of the University of Missouri Extension State Council, spoke of the role MU Extension has played in her family and community at her keynote address last week during the 2014 MU Extension Program Conference.

One of the main features of the annual program conference is the opportunity to recognize the achievements of the faculty, staff and supporters of MU Extension. See below for the complete list. If we missed anyone, please let us know and we will update accordingly.

High-resolution photos of award winners, speakers and conference events are available on the share drive at The Digital Library>Digital Images>2014 Program Conference.


Baker earns Illinois State Hall of Fame Award

David Baker, assistant dean of agriculture and natural resources extension at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, was elected to the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is bestowed on graduates and friends of the college. The Hall of Fame profiles the achievements of prominent graduates and friends to inspire students, alumni, faculty and staff of the college and the academic community of Illinois State University.

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Kallenbach to receive national Excellence in Extension award

Robert Kallenbach, state extension forage specialist, will receive the 2014 Excellence in Extension Award at the 127th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 2-4.

The Excellence in Extension Award is given annually to one cooperative extension professional who excels at programming, provides visionary leadership and makes a positive impact on constituents served. The award is sponsored by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension system.

Kallenbach’s educational programs help forage-livestock producers optimize pasture management. His efforts have led to more than $100 million in new investments in pasture-based dairy operations in Missouri, which in turn generate $40 million in annual milk sales and support 1,110 new jobs. In addition, Kallenbach’s winter-feeding systems program for beef cattle has helped almost 22,000 producers reduce annual costs by up to 30 percent.


Conference auction raises more than $4,000

The 2014 Program Conference auction raised $4,110, reports Kathy Macomber. Those who donated auction items could direct portions of the auction proceeds to their professional organization. Here are the results:



BDP’s SBTDC infused $670 million into state’s economy over 4 years

The Missouri Small Business Technology & Development Centers (MO SBTDC) pumped more than $670 million into Missouri’s economy from fiscal years 2010 through 2013, according to a recent report from the U.S. Small Business Administration. MO SBTDC is part of MU Extension’s Business Development Program.

Read more.


Do it with style

One word, two words or hyphenated? Send us terms to add.

By DeeAnna Adkins, Web coordinator, MU Extension communications and marketing

Did you see Larry Boehm in his flashy shirt at the program conference last week? Check the Insider regularly for future glimpses.

In our MU Extension house style, you’ll find entries such as “cellphone,” “horse fly,” “email,” “groundcover,” “leaf spot,” “nontoxic,” “postharvest,” “top-dressing” and “record keeping.” While they seem unrelated, they all have one thing in common — the entries exist to indicate how the term should be spelled. Should it be one word, two words or hyphenated? We try only to include commonly discussed or debated terms.

Of course I want to emphasize that style (as opposed to grammar and punctuation) is more about consistency and efficiency than about right and wrong. You might see any of the terms above used differently somewhere else. In fact, the Associated Press just changed from “e-mail” to “email” a couple of years ago. We set the style for a term based on many things, including how it is used in industry, how our most-trusted references list it, and trends in usage.

MU Extension covers a wide breadth of topics. We have added terms to our style guide over the years as they have come up in publications and news releases. However, we know you have other terms you aren’t sure about or some whose misuse makes you cringe.

Please send us terms you would like us to consider adding to the style guide and your preferred way of spelling them. Also include any definitive sources that say how the term should be spelled. Any terms that you aren’t sure about that come up often in your field? Send those, too.

Send terms to DeeAnna Adkins, Web communications coordinator, at, through Lync or by phone at 573-882-8199.

Find the MU Extension style and usage guide at To find it through the website navigation, go to the “For faculty and staff” pages and look in the “Communications and marketing” section under “DIY communications” for the “Style and usage guide.”


American Council on Education renews college credit recommendations for 23 FRTI courses

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated and recommended college credit renewal for 23 courses taught by MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI).

“The ACE credit recommendations will continue to provide the institute’s students opportunity to seek to apply their training courses for college credit toward fire science degrees,” said David Hedrick, director of MU FRTI.

ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions. ACE credit recommendations help adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE credit recommendations when determining the applicability of coursework and exam results to their academic programs. Fifty-eight percent of participants in MU FRTI courses either have attended college or have college degrees, Hedrick says.

A complete listing of MU FRTI courses with ACE credit recommendations is available on the ACE website.


Program Conference award winners

Rep. Reiboldt receives Warren Land-Grant University Award

Rep. Reiboldt, left, with Michael Ouart, MU vice provost and director of extension.

The 2014 recipient of the Gordon Warren University Extension Land-Grant Award was state Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, for his ongoing work to use the resources of the land-grant university to benefit the state. Rep. Reiboldt, chairman of the state House Agriculture Policy Committee, was a sponsor and key supporter of legislation giving county extension councils the option to work with one or more other county councils to form extension districts.


MU Extension Faculty Performance Awards


The Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a University of Missouri Extension faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating one extension educational activity conducted in a given year.

This year’s recipient is Shirley Farrah, assistant dean for Nursing Outreach and associate teaching professor. Her work focuses on the MU Enhanced Leadership Development Academy for registered nurses and nursing home administrators in long-term care. A needs assessment of the target audience throughout Missouri revealed that most individuals in the leadership roles in nursing homes had little or no formal preparation for the role. Many of the RNs were promoted to the role because they were very good clinical nurses, yet when they transitioned to the leadership roles they became overwhelmed by state and federal regulations and were hampered by a lack of leadership training. The resulting program focused on helping the registered nurses and nursing home administrators to partner effectively to improve outcomes of care and quality of life for long-term care residents.

Teng Lim, left, with Ronald J. Turner.

The Ronald J. Turner Global Education Award, to support international professional development experiences, went to Teng Lim, extension assistant professor of agriculture systems management working in the Commercial Ag Program.

Lim’s professional development opportunity is to visit University of Costa Rica, Earth University and CATIE University of Costa Rica. He is collaborating on a project that enhances the knowledge of exchange platforms between the University of Missouri and the University of Costa Rica for education and research capacity on bioanalytical chemistry research. While in Costa Rica, Lim will be able to expand his international extension programs and bring his current research programs on anaerobic digestion, odor setback, emission models and biofilters to various potential collaborators and regions.

The Pat and Tom Buchanan Professional Development Award is given each year to a University of Missouri Extension faculty member to support professional development opportunities.

The 2014 winner is Melissa Bess, nutrition and health education specialist in Camden County. Bess will use the $500 from this award to help fund her attendance at the 2015 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Health and Fitness Summit in Phoenix.

The Vice Provost’s Award for Outstanding Achievement honoring off-campus faculty is presented to a University of Missouri or Lincoln University campus or regional faculty or a professional staff member in a multiyear outreach program.

This year’s award went to Georgia Stuart-Simmons, a 31-year veteran of MU Extension. She is a community development specialist headquartered in Johnson County and serves six counties in the West Central Region. Stuart-Simmons’ programming is focused on nonprofit organizational development, leadership development, community economic development and community decision-making. Some of her multiyear programming includes Project Community Connection, which provides a day of services to individuals and families who are homeless or living in poverty. In 2014, this effort brought together 626 volunteers to provide 640 families with food, clothing, birth certificates, photo IDs, haircuts, medical screenings and other services. With another program, she conducted a needs assessment in 2012 and 2013 for the Johnson County Board of Services, which provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Vice Provost’s Award for Outstanding Achievement honoring on-campus faculty recognizes excellent performance by a University of Missouri or Lincoln University campus faculty or a professional staff member in a multiyear outreach program.

This year’s honor goes to David Patterson, a professor in the Division of Animal Sciences. Patterson has become one of the most prolific researchers in the extension system. He initiated the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program and Quality Beef by the Numbers, which are two of the premier extension programs in Missouri. Economic activity on farms and in rural communities is stimulated through multiple venues as a result of Show-Me-Select. Economic impact of the overall program exceeds $3.5 million annually, and is now projected to have contributed more than $75 million to Missouri’s economy.

The County Program Director Excellence Award recognizes distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a county program director. This award has a $1,000 monetary stipend.

The 2014 award went to Phyllis Flanigan in Butler County. “I have worked with Phyllis for 35-plus years, as a coworker and now as her regional director,” says Janet Kline, Southeast Region RD. “Phyllis is very deserving of this award due to her effort to improve the quality and quantity of MU Extension programming in Butler County.” Flanigan has served for 28 years as CPD in her headquartered county. For the past few years she has spent time serving as CPD not only in Butler County but also in other surrounding counties. She is currently serving as the interim CPD in Wayne County.

From left, Wesley Tucker, Michael Ouart, Craig Roberts, Justin Sexten, Eldon Cole, David Davis, Stacey Hamilton and Will McClain.

The Extension Teamwork Award recognizes faculty who have collaborated on an interdisciplinary or cross-campus team to develop, implement and evaluate a specific educational response to a specific need. The team receives $5,000 to be used in support of the recognized program.

The 2014 winner of the Extension Teamwork Award is the Alliance for Grassland Renewal. Members include:

  • Craig Roberts, professor and state forage specialist.
  • Justin Sexten, assistant professor and state beef specialist.
  • Eldon Cole, livestock specialist.
  • David Davis, superintendent of the Forage Systems Research Center.
  • Stacey Hamilton, dairy specialist.
  • Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist.
  • Will McClain, agronomy specialist.

Fescue toxicosis, caused by a fungus that lives inside the fescue plant, costs the state beef economy $200 million annually. The cure includes planting novel endophytes, which have been available for several years, yet have not been readily adopted by producers. In 2012, MU Extension launched the formation of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to overcome the obstacles to using novel endophytes. Spearheaded by MU Extension, the Alliance included partners from the seed industry, farmers, nonprofit groups, government and related agribusiness. This group developed objectives to stimulate the adoption of novel endophytes, first in Missouri, next in surrounding states, and eventually in the international community. In the past two years the Alliance has provided educational events through classroom discussions, laboratory exercises and field demonstrations. It has developed quality control standards for seed purity, animal safety and field persistence.

Steve Devlin, left, and Larry Dill.

Larry Dill, winner of the 2014 Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award, joined MU Extension’s Business Development Program three years ago to develop and grow the program’s capacity to deliver international trade assistance to Missouri businesses. Guided by the National Export Initiative and the goal to double the volume of U.S. exports by 2015, MU Extension – with Dill providing leadership – stepped forward to become the lead entity tasked with providing assistance to “new-to-export” companies in Missouri. Dill has been instrumental in creating a statewide assistance network within MO BDP/MO SBTDC that seamlessly integrates with all of the key international trade providers in the state. He and his team of international trade counselors have created economic impact of more than $2.4 million in new export sales; more than $6.1 million in other new sales; and 459 jobs created or retained.

This year’s Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award went to Ken Scheve, project manager for MU Extension BDP’s Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, which helps companies affected by foreign competition. Scheve’s assistance has resulted in millions of dollars of production improvements, marketing enhancements and increased sales. He has been able to obtain funding for $7 million in new TAAC projects. Scheve’s clients and colleagues have praised his dogged determination, innate problem-solving abilities and talent for making an admittedly complex program understandable and accessible for Missouri firms.

From left, Alejandra Gudino, Alison Copeland, Jody Squires, Amanda Meek, Michael Ouart, Terry Olishile, Donna Garcia and Stephanie Milner.

The Vice Provost’s Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals or groups providing leadership to diversity initiatives, went to the 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach leadership team.

Team leaders include:

  • Alison Copeland – state 4-H youth assistant director.
  • Jody Squires – Urban Region associate regional director.
  • Amanda Meek – 4-H youth development specialist.
  • Terry Olishile – program associate.
  • Donna Garcia – Youth Futures grant.

Team members include:

  • Melissa Scheer – 4-H youth development specialist.
  • Stephanie Milner – 4-H youth development specialist.
  • Alejandra Gudino – extension associate.
  • Kaycee Nail – student assistant.
  • Patrice Dollar – Lincoln University.
  • Rosie Davis – Lincoln University.
  • Keverick Wilson – Lincoln University.
  • Derrick Willis – UMKC.
  • Camille Stiegler – DeLaSalle Education Center, Kansas City.
  • Robert Barrientos – Latinos of Tomorrow
  • Gus Robinson – Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis

University of Missouri Extension/4-H Center for Youth Development and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension developed the Youth Futures: College Within Reach program to promote college as an obtainable goal for high school youth who are not typically encouraged to attend college. Youth Futures: College Within Reach is an extensive college orientation program that includes ongoing local mentoring and a college orientation conference on the University of Missouri and Lincoln University campuses. Since 2002, almost 500 youth have participated in the program. Of the participants who have graduated from high school, 65 percent have graduated from college or are currently enrolled. The on-site campus experiences, coupled with caring adults, motivate youth and help them navigate the many steps of achieving success in college.


Missouri Farm Bureau awards

Farm Bureau Agriculture Award: Todd Lorenz, horticulture/agronomy specialist and Cooper County CPD.

Farm Bureau 4-H Award: Rhonda Shafer, 4-H youth development specialist, Lincoln County, EC Region.

Farm Bureau Outstanding HES specialist: Pat Snodgrass, housing and environmental design specialist and Crawford County CPD.


Epsilon Sigma Phi awards

Outstanding Regional Extension Faculty (Woman)
Maude Harris, nutrition and health education specialist, SE Region.

Outstanding Regional Extension Faculty (Man)
Richard Proffer, business development specialist, SE Region.

Outstanding State Extension Faculty
Karen Funkenbusch, rural safety and health specialist, HES.

Early Career Service Award
Linda Morgan, FNEP project director, nutrition specialist and Pemiscot County CPD.

Mid-Career Service Award
Kate Akers, website programmer/analyst.

Distinguished Service Award
Lisa Wallace, state human development specialist.

Distinguished Team Award
SW Region Health Insurance Education Initiative

  • Nellie Lamers, family financial education specialist, Taney County.
  • Amy Patillo, community development specialist, Howell County.
  • Chrystal Irons, business development specialist, Taney County.
  • Gordon Carriker, ag business specialist, Christian County.
  • Kathy Macomber, community development specialist, Barton County.
  • Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist, Jasper County.
  • Pam Duitsman, nutrition specialist, Greene County.
  • Lydia Kaume, nutrition specialist, Barton County.

International Service
Letitia Johnson, community development specialist, EC Region.

Meritorious Support Service Award
Lisa Bland, business support specialist, SE Region.

Friend of Extension Award
H. C. Russell, MU Extension State Council.


National ESP North Central Region awards

Meritorious Service: Vera Massey.

International Service: Julie Middleton.

National President’s Theme Award: Missouri Alpha Tau Chapter.


University of Missouri Extension Association awards

Rookie of the Year

  • Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist and Dade County CPD.
  • Mark Porth, housing and environmental design specialist, Henry County, WC Region.

Meritorious Service

  • Joe Koenen, ag business specialist and Putnam County CPD.
  • Michelle Klem, youth specialist and Adair County co-CPD.

Outstanding Program – First Place

  • Connie Mefford, community development specialist and Benton County co-CPD.
  • Georgia Stuart-Simmons, community development specialist and Johnson County CPD.
  • Larry Dickerson, extension associate, community development, NE Region.

Outstanding Program – Second Place
Shaun Murphy, 4-H youth specialist, Livingston County, and Mercer County CPD.


Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals (MAEP)

Achievement Award: Patrick Byers.

Distinguished Service Award: Matt Herring.


Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MEAFCS)

Continued Excellence Award: Mary Gosche.


Missouri Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers (MAE4HYW)

Achievement In Service Award: Stephanie Femrite, Jenny Flatt.

Distinguished Service Award: Teresa Bishop, Becky Simpson.

Meritorious Service Award: Gerald Snapp.

25 Year Award: Karen Branstetter, John Nickler.

Friend of MAE4-HYW: Missouri Farm Bureau.

Clover Colleague: Maude Kelly.

Outstanding 4-H Program Assistant: Vickie Troyer.


Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals (MACEDEP)

Education Technology Award: Connie Mefford, Georgia Stuart-Simmons and Larry Dickerson.


Dates to remember

HRS Training Conference is Nov. 5-6

Staff and faculty who work for MU, Extension, System or Hospital are invited to register and attend a free Human Resources Training Conference, Nov. 5-6 at the Memorial Union on the MU campus.

Chancellor Loftin will kick off the festivities with a welcome to all attendees at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 in Stotler Lounge.

More than 40 sessions are available for you to choose from with subjects ranging from benefits and wellness to IT skills and personal finance. New courses this year include campus tours, a panel on retirement and two food-related classes from Campus Dining Services.

You can also take a sneak peek at the new and improved myLEARN launching in January 2015. This session will show you ways to access myLEARN training courses that are beneficial to your professional development.

Agenda and registration information are available on the HRS website.


CWEB thematic team to present update Nov. 3

From Sherry Howard, administrative assistant for the Extension Transition Team:

Faculty and staff who are interested in extension’s program integration efforts can hear the Community, Workforce, Economic and Business Development (CWEB) team report on current activities and focus via Adobe Connect, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.

Team members will discuss their work and the status of projects in process. A question-and-answer session will follow.  If you are unable to attend the live session, it will be recorded 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.

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

Through Oct. 31: Annual enrollment.

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

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

Nov. 7-8: Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture 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. 11, 4-6 p.m.: HES Extension holiday gathering, University Place.

Dec. 31: Deadline for completing UM information security training. Visit to access the online training modules.

Jan. 12-16, 2015: Youth Development Academy: Raising the Potential of Professionals, Columbia.


Coming and going


Guadalupe Hernandez, Jackson County nutrition program associate, passed away Oct. 17.

Nina Faye Cox Reinbott, mother of Bradford Research Center superintendent Tim Reinbott and ag business specialist and Scott County CPD David Reinbott, died Oct. 9 in Sikeston. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charleston Nutrition Center, 205 W. Commercial, Charleston, MO 63834.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey, Curt Wohleber or Phil Leslie. If you have questions, contact Dennis Gagnon, director, MU Extension Communications and Marketing.