The Network: A newsletter for champions of MU Extension

The Network — Nov. 15, 2016

A message from Marshall Stewart
Vice chancellor for extension and engagement

Welcome to the first issue of The Network, your new e-news source for information, tailored for people who champion MU Extension.

As I have crisscrossed our state, I have heard you saying you wanted more frequent communication, so we have created The Network to be your link to MU Extension — both on campus and across the state! It is our hope you will look forward to receiving it each month by email, and that it will better enable you as retirees, council members, friends of extension and donors, to be informed, engaged and effective in your advocacy for extension. This is your newsletter — so let us know what you think, and what you would like to see in future issues. We want to hear about your milestones too, so make sure we have your latest email — and submit your news to us.

Each month we will shine a spotlight on campus, give you the latest news from extension, report milestones of people you know, and keep you informed about upcoming events. And each month we will provide ways you can participate and engage with us through a call to action.

For more than 100 years, extension has been the front porch to higher education, distributing knowledge through programming and services that impacts lives. I thank each of you for the role you play, the faith you have in what we do, and your continued engagement with us. I’m glad to be here and to have joined the MU Extension family. Yours is a history steeped in tradition. I marvel in the vision of folks who came before me here like Brice Ratchford, who had the vision that created the structure we have today. As I travel on my Listen and Learn Tour I am getting a feel for my new home state and its needs. I’m meeting our faculty and staff and hearing about their successes and our challenges, and meeting many of you donors, retirees and council members. You enable us to carry out the great work we do. You advocate for us, you give of your time and energy, and you keep your fingers on the pulse of your respective communities to help us know where to put our resources. And for that we are deeply grateful.

As we continue my Listen and Learn Tour and plan for our next phase of Community Conversations, I look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts. We are on this journey of Building Our Future Together, and I couldn’t be happier forging this path with you.



News from extension

Stewart emphasizes collaboration, transparency at MU Extension Summit

At the opening lunch of the 2016 MU Extension Summit, Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart said that the theme of this year’s summit — “Building our Future Together” — is also how he views his mission as MU Extension’s new leader. “It’s not about me and what I bring. It’s about what we can do together.”

Upon assuming his duties Aug. 15, Stewart took the first step toward creating a collaborative vision by embarking on a Listen and Learn Tour throughout the state, meeting faculty and staff, extension council members, elected officials, partners, community representatives, and other stakeholders to hear about their ideas, goals and concerns.

The next step, Stewart said, will be a comprehensive assessment of the state to identify needs and MU Extension’s capacity to meet those needs. Stewart outlined three components of this process:

1. A quantitative needs assessment that will be conducted by a team led by Shelly Bush Rowe and Ina Linville.

2. On the qualitative side, there will be a series of 25 to 30 community conversations across the state, facilitated by a team under the direction of Mark Stewart and Mary Leuci.

3. A third-party independent review will engage a consulting firm to take a broad-based look at MU Extension and its impact, and identify strengths, opportunities and areas for improvement. Jay Chism and Jewell Coffman are leading the team that will commission and the third-party review.

Stewart said the process will enable MU Extension to articulate “who we are and what we aspire to be.” He emphasized that he intends the process to be transparent, participation-driven and inclusive. “I need you to get involved with this.”

The assessment process, expected to wind up around April 2017, will be followed by the reporting of findings and the start of a strategic development process. Plans call for a brief draft report to be distributed widely next August, and for implementation to be underway in time for the 2017 MU Extension Summit.

Listen and Learn Tour update

Photo: Marshall Stewart smiling as he shakes hands with an attendee of a Listen and Learn Tour meeting.

A recording is available of Marshall Stewart’s Oct. 18 talk in Hamilton, Mo., presented via Adobe Connect. Stewart shares his initial impressions as he tours Missouri, then answers questions from in-person and online attendees. (Skip to 06:04 for the beginning of the presentation.)


Mark Stewart, Matt Herring assume interim roles

headshot of Mark StewartVice Chancellor Marshall Stewart has appointed Mark Stewart interim associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement, effective Sept. 12. As Mark Stewart temporarily vacates his current position as East Central regional director, Matt Herring will step in as interim East Central regional director, beginning Sept. 19. The appointments follow the retirement of Beverly Coberly.

Mark Stewart, who began his extension career as a livestock specialist, has served MU Extension for more than 30 years. In addition to his previous role as East Central regional director, Stewart has served as interim regional director, county program director, new regional faculty cohort coordinator and annual program review co-coordinator. He has also had leadership roles with the Water Quality Focus Team, Program Integration Development Team, the Missouri Extension Leadership Development (MELD) and National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) programs, and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents board of directors.

Stewart received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences and a master’s degree in public administration from MU.

headshot of Matthew HerringMatt Herring’s MU Extension career began in 1991. Since then, he has served as an agronomy/natural resources specialist in the East Central Region. He has also served as a county program director for Warren and Franklin counties. His extension leadership roles include serving as the ag category chair in the East Central Region for more than 20 years and secretary of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for three years. Herring has also served on the training team for MELD.

Herring holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from MU and a master’s degree in agronomy from Purdue University.

BDP celebrates 50 years of helping Missouri businesses

This year marks the 50th anniversary of MU Extension’s Business Development Program (BDP). On the BDP website, communications specialist Neal Fandek chronicles BDP’s history, from its Cold War-era origins to the present. Over the last five decades, BDP has come to play a key role in helping new and established business in Missouri stay competitive and reach new markets.


Dewey Thompson named permanent MTI director

headshot of Dewey Thompson, director of Missouri Training InstituteDewey Thompson is the new director of the Missouri Training Institute. He assumed his duties on Oct. 10, after serving for several months as interim director of MTI.

For more than 20 years, Thompson has trained tens of thousands of people in private business and public organizations all across the country. His work at MTI centers on making organizations more effective and helping staffs realize their full potential in the workplace. Prior to joining MTI, he worked as a training coordinator in the banking industry, where he provided employee education and training and coached staff on strategic organizational initiatives.

Jo Turner awarded 4-H Bridge Builder Award

Photo: Linda "Jo" Turner holding her award, with Linda Tricky at the left of her and Lorene Tricky on the right.

Lorene Trickey, right, wife of former Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee Nelson Trickey, and daughter Linda Trickey, left, present the Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award to Jo Turner.

Linda “Jo” Turner was recently honored by the Missouri 4-H Foundation with the Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award.

Turner has had a lifelong career in extension and 4-H, working to extend the reach of the program and strengthen opportunities for young people throughout Missouri and beyond.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Award,” said Turner. “In my career, Nelson was a role model, adviser, coach and friend who exemplified the best of Missouri 4-H. This award, created in his honor, exemplifies his lifelong commitment to ‘hands to larger service.’ My goal is to live up to his legacy.”  Read more.

Associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement search update

A search committee has been formed to fill the position of associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement (PDF), with the goal of filling the position in early 2017.

Search committee members:

  • Raymond Massey, extension professor, agricultural and applied economics (chair)
  • Beverly Schenkel, state extension council, NW Region
  • Sarah Denkler, UMEA president, horticulture specialist and CPD, SE Region
  • Wayne Prewitt, regional director, WC Region
  • Cynthia Zluticky, regional director, Urban Region
  • Steve Devlin, BDP director
  • Alison Copeland, state 4-H youth assistant director and specialist
  • Dewey Thompson, director, Missouri Training Institute
  • Callie Glascock, budget director, MU Extension
  • Emily Crowe, nutrition specialist, St. Charles County

Joy Millard, assistant vice chancellor for extension and engagement, is serving as the lead staff person for this search. A review of applications began Nov. 1 and continue until the position is filled.

News for retirees

headshot of Cat Comley AdamsCat’s Corner

Cat Comley Adams, senior director of advancement

Dear MU Extension retirees:

I hope each of you that were able to attend the 2016 Extension Summit Oct. 25-27 in Columbia to meet our new vice chancellor for extension and engagement found the retiree session informative.

During the morning registration hours, representatives of the MU Retirees Association were available at a table near the registration area to greet and welcome our retirees back home. The Summit is a wonderful chance to catch up with former friends and colleagues and to learn more about the work of your retiree association.

After the luncheon and remarks, an afternoon program was held that was designed specifically for you. It included Tamra Robbins, an MU Extension HR representative, who addressed key elements of the new retiree medical and health benefits plan that will begin in January 2017.

After that was a meet and greet with Marshall Stewart, our new vice chancellor for extension and engagement. Andrew Mark Zumwalt, an MU faculty member in Human Environmental Sciences, followed to speak on the newest scams and frauds that confront today’s seniors in our digital society.

The newsletter you are reading, which we have named The Network, replaces the former mailed Friends of Extension newsletter for retirees. As Marshall has traveled, it became evident that we had to expand our network to include our donors and council members that are 2,400 strong. We hope you will enjoy The Network and use it to help stay connected to MU Extension. Send us your milestones and we will share them in this newsletter.

News for donors

MU Extension's distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies that enhance access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri. For the past 100 years, we have fulfilled that mission in countless ways.

When you give to MU Extension, you help improve lives, communities and economies throughout the state. For more information on the impact of MU Extension on the lives of Missourians, see our annual report.

Please consider University of Missouri Extension when determining where to direct your charitable dollars. Your donation can help ensure the next 100 years of MU Extension's success.

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Direct your donation
Your dollars can be used to strengthen a specific MU Extension program, to benefit your county short- or long-term, or to support MU Extension's area of greatest need. Get more information at

For more information, contact the MU Extension Advancement office at 573-884-8570 or

Endowed fund for ag student journalists honors Duane Dailey

headshot of Duane DaileyColleagues and friends of MU Extension writer and Professor Emeritus Duane Dailey have established a permanently endowed fund at MU in his honor.

The F. Duane Dailey Student Enrichment Fund will provide travel expenses for a student to attend the North American Agricultural Journalists annual meeting and a national professional society meeting of selected agricultural disciplines. Awards go to MU students enrolled in agricultural journalism, with a preference for students interested in production agriculture and/or agriculture policy. Read more.


Beverly Coberly establishes 4-H Youth Futures Scholarship

headshot of Bev CoberlyBeverly Coberly, who retired recently after 36 years of leadership and service to University of Missouri Extension, has established the Beverly Coberly 4-H Youth Futures Scholarship in order to help deserving young people pursue their dream of a college education.

The 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach Program is a partnership of MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, which promotes college as an attainable goal for underserved high school youth such as first-generation college students.

To contribute to the scholarship, visit the scholarship webpage on Mizzou Give Direct at

News for councils

Your state extension council

Tony DeLong, statewide councils coordinator

Many of you only have interaction with your MU Extension State Council members at regional council meetings, at the annual Council to Campus event each June, or when they visit your county council meeting. However, you should know they are out there advocating for you!

One thing that they do is to stay informed and represent your local needs in the bigger picture of MU Extension. This year MU Extension's program conference, the MU Extension Summit, was held Oct. 25-27. The state council traditionally gathers for its monthly meeting around this event just so they can connect with the regional specialists, along with hearing updates directly from extension administration and MU leaders including Vice Chancellor Stewart's "Building Our Future Together" vision. They regularly report to extension leadership and share with each other, the needs, challenges, and successes of your area. 

Did you know that your state council puts in an average of 600 hours of time fulfilling their duties every year? They also present local information to the entire council group at their monthly state council meetings to help all of us understand your successes — and your needs.

County council Sunshine Law policies

Tony DeLong, statewide councils coordinator

Does your MU Extension Council have a Sunshine Law policy? Are you as versed on what the law says as you need to be? Small things are imperative, like making sure your agenda is posted correctly, in a timely fashion, and in the correct location spelled out by the law. Being well-versed in the law will help you when you, for instance, get a request for council minutes and other materials under the Sunshine Law.

The Sunshine Law also requires you to have an adopted written policy. Don't get caught in the situation one county council was in when they didn't know how much to charge for the work of finding, sorting and copying a year's worth of county council minutes someone requested. If you need more information on Sunshine Law policy, visit the Attorney General's webpage at

Council resources

Tracy Feller, director of constituent relations

Today, when a number of priorities vie for county dollars, extension especially needs strong advocates to share our story, and educate people on our value. And the best way to advocate is by being informed and engaged. We listened to your feedback during the Annual County Program Input process (ACPI) and have responded with numerous tools and resources that you asked for.

Visit the county council overview webpage at

There, you will find resource materials to help in fulfilling your role on your council. Our Council resource toolbox is designed to put what you need at your fingertips! We have made it easy to find too... just look on the right-hand side of the page for the Council resources toolbox. You can also access it from a link from each county and regional council webpage under “toolbox.”

Also on the website is an Overview of Constituent Relations: who we are, what each of us does and how we can help you in your council roles, as well as an Overview of MU Extension. Both are great references to familiarize yourself with.

We are also available to speak to councils and help instruct on the tools mentioned above. We’ve recently gotten feedback on several forms and processes and streamlined them to help make everyone’s tasks easier.

Is there something you think would better facilitate your advocacy? Let us know. We are here to help you be successful.

The Constituent Relations team

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Tracy Feller

headshot of Tony Delong

Tony DeLong

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Linda Runnebaum


Campus spotlight

The University of Missouri is a great university, and we have great stories to tell. But we need your help in spreading the good news. Each month we will shine a spotlight on a handful of the stories coming from campus. We are certain you will be amazed by the world-class research, the dedicated faculty and the inspiring students we profile.

UM System taps new president

Mun Y. Choi, PhD, has been tapped as the president-designate of the University of Missouri System. President-designate Choi was formally announced at a press conference held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Jefferson City.

Dr. Choi will join us from his most recent position at the University of Connecticut where he served with distinction for four years as the provost and executive vice president. He made important contributions at the University of Connecticut, including working in collaboration with the university's trustees and the Connecticut state government to develop the framework and garner support for a $1.5 billion program called "Next Generation Connecticut." President-designate Choi will take up his position March 1, 2017. In the intervening months, he will visit each campus and the health system to gain understanding of each institution's unique needs. You can visit as a source for information and future events leading up to the president's installation.

Mizzou Alumni Association showcases student stories

For a shot of Tiger pride anyone can now review the online gallery of alumni scholars who have shared their reasons for choosing Mizzou. Through the eyes of these incoming freshmen, we can see what today's students value in a college experience, and why Mizzou stood out as their final destination.

A look at Mizzou enrollment

This story ran in the Associated Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star and many other state and local news outlets.

Official enrollment figures for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Missouri show that overall, MU’s official fall enrollment is 33,266. However, MU’s retention rate, a measure of how many freshman students came back to campus as sophomores, was 85.7 percent — the third highest in history. Additionally, the average ACT score, an indicator of the freshman class, remained at 26.0, tying a university record. In addition, summer enrollment this past summer set records.

MU professors receive U.S. patent for cancer diagnostic and treatment tools

Jeff Sossamon,

In the fight against cancer, nuclear medicine may be one of the best tools in a physician’s arsenal. Silvia Jurisson, a researcher at the University of Missouri, continues to develop breakthrough nuclear materials and methods used in the detection and treatment of cancer. She and her interdisciplinary team recently received a U.S. patent for a new delivery method that uses nuclear isotopes to help target, diagnose and treat cancer. The patented method, highlighting Jurisson’s more than 30 years of research work, could prove invaluable in battling prostate, pancreatic, breast and small-cell cancers in the body.

“In nuclear medicine, radiotracers are isotopes that, in extremely low concentrations, can be used to image and treat cancer,” said Jurisson, professor of chemistry and radiology in the College of Arts and Science and a research investigator with MU Research Reactor (MURR). “They provide the delivery vehicles necessary to get treatments into the nooks and crannies of the body where cancer cells usually hide.”

When the isotope complex is injected, it effectively “seeks out” and binds with cancer cells, delivering the proper medicine. The early-stage results of this research are promising. If additional studies, including in vivo studies in mice, are successful within the next several years, then working with physicians at MU will be warranted.

Jurisson’s work also highlights the collaborations that are possible at the university. Working with medical and veterinary scientists at MU, as well as scientists at MURR, the team is helping to develop the next generation of nuclear doctoral and graduate students.

With more than 300 degree programs, Mizzou has something for everyone

Did you know that Mizzou offers more than 300 different degree programs? And draws students from literally every county in Missouri? At MU Extension, we are looking to help get the word out about the great academic offering Mizzou has through our network of MU Extension county offices located across our state. New admissions information and literature are available and we hope to partner with enrollment management to offer some additional help to first generation students looking at going to college, understandable information on FAFSA that families need, and deadlines for enrollment, applying for scholarships and more.

Get to know the UM System with the new 'At a Glance' video series

UM System University Relations

video screenshots from the video series, featuring graphics explaining "Our Structure," "Our Budget," "Governance" and "History."

Learn more about how the UM System connects faculty, staff and students to every corner of the state, every day. The “UM System at a Glance” video series will help you get to know the mission, structure, governance and history of the system, as well as illuminate how shared services keep education affordable in Missouri. Videos on many topics are available to help you familiarize yourself with the multifaceted nature of the system, no matter your prior knowledge. To learn more or view the series, visit

Call to action

In each issue, Marshall will feature a different, relevant “call to action.” These are ways you can advocate or get involved that will help extension “get the word out” or maximize our message to decision makers.

With the election just past, the challenge to educate newly elected officials looms on our horizon. Your efforts to reach out to elected officials you know who have supported extension, both statewide and at the local level, and thank them for their support can make a real difference. In addition, it is never too early to educate new officials about extension, and sharing your personal stories of how it impacts lives is especially timely. Many officials will be coming home to their districts soon, giving us additional opportunities to showcase our programming and services that impact the lives of their constituents. Newly elected county commissioners are also important to get in front of and educate about the value extension brings to their counties. You can help by making sure we have your county commissioners' emails and contact information.


Nov. 21–22 — Certified Crop Advisor Program

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fisher Delta Research Center, 147 State Hwy T, Portageville, MO

The Fisher Delta Research Center will host a Certified Crop Advisor Program from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Registration is $50 per session or $180 for all four sessions. Topics will include integrated pest management (Monday morning), crop management (Monday afternoon), soil and fertility (Tuesday morning) and soil and water (Tuesday afternoon).

Cost: $50 per session, $180 for all four sessions
Contact: Tina Clark, 573-379-5431,

Nov. 29–30 — Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorial Student Union, University of Missouri campus

The 2016 Green Lands Blue Waters conference brings a market-based focus to complement innovative, science-based approaches to conservation of soil and water quality. Landowners react positively when their “bottom-line” is enhanced. Proven, market-based options, including cover crops and perennial-based practices (i.e., agroforestry, perennial grains, biomass, forages, and winter annuals) support the deployment of “continuous living cover,” and speak directly to the bottom line. Farmer-to-farmer strategies are required to scale up conservation for large scale impacts on soil and water quality. The event is hosted by the MU Center for Agroforestry. All events hosted in Stotler Lounge of Memorial Union, unless otherwise noted. 

Full schedule and details:
Cost: $180 for both days, $130 for just Tuesday
Contact: Mike Gold, 573-884-1448,

Dec. 2 — Missouri 4-H Quiz Night

Doors open at 6 p.m.; trivia contest begins at 7 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall, Columbia

Cost: $200 per table (up to eight participants) or $25 per individual.
More information:

Dec. 15–16 — 2016 Crop Management Conference

Begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, concludes 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO  65203

The 2016 Missouri Crop Management Conference features a range of topics including: managing SDS in soybean, new corn diseases, a recap of dicamba injury, updates on the cover crop strip trials, new farm-weather tools, pasture management and more. Professional advisors can earn continuing education credits. Farmers not seeking CECs will have reduced registration fee. Conference registration allows free entry to the MO AG trade show held at the same hotel.

Full schedule and details:
Contact: Kevin Bradley, 573-882-4039,

Dec. 17 — Calving Clinic

21262 Genoa Road, Linneus MO (map)

This consists of a one-day seminar with topics including how to identify dystocia, winter feeding and nutrition during gestation, economic importance of fall and spring calving, and more. This will include lunch.

Registration: Early registration will be $5 less than registration at the event
Cost: $25
Facilitator: Anita Snell,, MU Extension in Sullivan County, 660-265-4541

Jan. 17–18 — Northwest Missouri Crop Advisor Conference

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. to Wednesday, Jan. 18, 4:45 p.m.
Missouri Western State University Fulkerson Center, 4525 Downs Drive, Saint Joseph, MO (map)

Registration:  Contact the Buchanan County Extension Center for registration information, 816-279-1691. 
Cost: Free
Facilitator: Wayne Flanary,, MU Extension in Holt County, 660-446-3724


New brochures for council recruitment and engagement after service

Constituent Relations has two new brochures available for council use. One is for recruiting new council members and the other has suggestions for engaging council members and officers after their terms of service. To have them sent to you, contact Linda Runnebaum in Constituent Relations at You can also see them on line through the links above.

Councils toolbox providing indexed resources

Tracy Feller, director of constituent relations

If you haven’t already discovered the Councils resource toolbox, we hope you will take time to see what all it has to offer you in your role on an extension council. You can get there by clicking on the gold name above, or from the bottom of the MU Extension home page link that says Extension councils, and then through the Council resource toolbox in the right-hand column.

As an elected or appointed council member and dedicated advocate for MU Extension in our state, we want to arm you with the most accurate and timely information possible. We have designed a resource “toolbox” to help you have at your disposal the educational information, guidelines, by-laws and tools you need to be an advocate for and informed about extension.

The tabbed links are designed to assist council members and council officers to best carry out your duties and serve the constituents you represent. We have tabbed the categories for easy reference and added subheads within the larger categories (in alphabetical order) to help you find what you are looking for in the most expeditious way possible. We hope you’ll bookmark the page and add this new tool to your arsenal of resources.


Please welcome

Corinne Bromfield, assistant extension professor of swine production medicine.


Jane Henderson, Nutrition Program Associate, Pettis County, retired effective Nov. 10.

Maria Montoya Salazar, nutritional Program associate, Pettis County, West Central Region.

Connie Neal, housing and environmental design specialist, Nodaway County, North West  Region.

Dorothy Stringer, administrative associate, Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Virginia Wilson, state specialist, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


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. Congratulations to the 2016 awardees:

Rookie of the Year

  • First place: Maggie Black (SW, Greene County)
  • Second place: Linda Harper (EC, Crawford County)
  • Third place: Jeanne Combs (SW, Christian County)

Junior County Clerical Award

  • First place: Jan Brown (Urban, St. Charles County)
  • Second place: Dana Yount (SE, Wayne County)
  • Third place: Janie Lewis (Urban, St. Louis County)

Senior County Clerical Award

  • First place: Tammy Woodworth (SE, Howell County)
  • Second place: Joan Andrews (EC, Montgomery County)
  • Third place: Annette Valentine (NE, Putnam County)

Use of Technology

  • First place: Janie Lewis (Urban, St. Louis County)


MU Extension retiree Bill Blackwell of Hallsville died Sept. 7 at the age of 84. Blackwell Worked in extension administration in Whitten Hall for 26 years before retiring in 1992. A Korean War Veteran, Blackwell Served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s, then attended MU on the GI Bill.

Former Maries County youth program assistant Sharon Kay Terrill, 66, of Belle, Mo., passed away Sept. 23 in Jefferson City after battling cancer for 27 years.

Robert Miller, retired regional community development specialist, died Sept. 15 at the age of 75. His memorial service was on Sat., Oct. 15, at Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia. Cards may be sent to his wife, Jean Ward-Miller, at 1901 E. Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65201. You can read more about Bob Miller in his online obituary.

Valencia McKinney, daughter of Vincent McKinney, 4-H educator in the MU Extension Center in St. Louis County, passed away Sept. 16.

Rita Ida Staebel, mother of Cape Girardeau County human development specialist Mary Gosche, passed away Sept. 29. Condolences can be sent to 3135 Laurel Lane, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

D. M. Alexander, husband of Marsha Alexander, former housing and environmental design specialist in Jackson County, passed away Oct. 8.

Patricia Girard Stirmlinger, mother of St. Louis Master Gardener educational program coordinator Holly Records, passed away Aug. 6 at the age of 85.

Connect with us

The Constituent Relations group and the Office of Advancement have teamed up to share news items of interest through this e-newsletter, which replaces the printed Friends of Extension newsletter. In this fast-paced world where news happens quickly, an emailed newsletter not only saves resources, but helps us be timelier and better keep you current. We want to be your Network — and another valuable link to MU Extension.

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Have other items you’d like to see? Have comments on what you read? Let us know what you’d like to see from us! If that includes retirements, obituaries and personal news, please continue to send them to us, and let us know if you have changes to your contact information:

Linda Runnebaum
109 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO  65211

For the dedication and support you have shown MU Extension, and for the hours of time you commit to help us serve all Missourians, you have our thanks and appreciation.