The Network: A newsletter for champions of MU Extension

The Network — October 2017

A message from Marshall Stewart
Vice chancellor for extension and engagement

It’s October — time for the MU Extension Summit. While it provides an opportunity to celebrate the past year’s efforts, most importantly, it sets the stage for the future.

During the past year we deepened our understanding of Missourians and are now reimagining the extension and engagement footprint at the University of Missouri. We are planning strategically to become nimble and responsive to a rapidly changing world. Our funding model, roles and responsibilities reflect decisions made 50 years ago. It is time to reconsider how we serve Missourians.

This Summit marks the beginning of a broadened MU Extension and Engagement vision — one that embraces the entire university and is adaptive and flexible, with a heightened focus on All Things Missouri.

We are striving to build a culture of innovation that moves with greater speed while respecting those we serve through true engagement. Drawing from all involved parties, true engagement has the potential to create something that neither party would have imagined on its own.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas and input. This is an exciting time for us. As always, I appreciate all you do to advance MU Extension and the university it extends from.



News from Extension

Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy tackles food deserts

Millions of Americans have limited access to supermarkets, which means they must rely on fast-food restaurants, gas stations and corner stores to feed themselves and their families. Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy, a joint program of MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is for food retailers and communities interested in developing healthy corner stores or groceries. Founded in 2014, Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy allows communities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods by working with a small food retailer.

4-H dairy judging team places third in national competition

dairy judging team

From left, dairy judging team members Daryin Sharp, Ellie Wantland, Grant Groves and Lora Wright, and coaches Ted Probert and Karla Deaver. Photo by Nicolas Dotson.

Missouri 4-H finished third in a field of 22 teams in the 2017 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Oct. 2 at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The team also placed in the top five in four of five breeds and oral reasons, qualifying them for international competition.

“This team set a goal from the beginning to make it to international competition,” said Karla Deaver, Lawrence County 4-H youth development specialist. “They have been worked extremely hard and came away from this contest with two top 10 judges, two All-Americans, and the best overall finish a Missouri team has had since the 1998 team, which also placed third. Their third-place finish in oral reasons is the best a team from Missouri has ever had.”

The team is coached by Deaver and Wright County dairy specialist Ted Probert.

News for councils

Councils appointing Mizzou Athletics County Ambassadors

MU Extension and Mizzou Athletics have teamed up to recruit Mizzou Athletics Ambassadors in each of the state’s 114 counties.

“This special program is designed to offer a personalized, proactive approach through our Ambassadors to educate and engage Mizzou fans throughout the state about the Tigers’ highly successful 20-sport Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics program,” said Jim Sterk, MU director of athletics.

To date, ambassadors for about 50 counties have been appointed. Extension council members or individuals appointed to represent their councils can serve as ambassadors. Ambassadors enjoy insider perks such as tickets to select athletics events, Mizzou gear, and recognition at an MU football or basketball game.

Counties still needing ambassadors: Barry, Barton, Benton, Bollinger, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carter, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Cole, Crawford, DeKalb, Dunklin, Franklin, Gentry, Grundy, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Iron, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Macon, Marion, McDonald, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, New Madrid, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Polk, Putnam, Ray, Reynolds, Ripley, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, Shannon, St. Clair, Stoddard County, Sullivan, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Worth.

For more information, contact Tracy Feller at or 573-882-4134.

‘Meet Mizzou’ outreach events

MU Extension is also working with the Division of Enrollment Management on a pilot project to boost student recruitment throughout the state. Twenty-four counties—six from each corner of the state—are planning “Meet Mizzou” events or piggybacking on existing events to showcase what MU has to offer, provide information on deadlines and other important dates, and demystify the process of applying for admission and federal student aid.

“We are attempting to ‘move the needle’ in these counties to encourage more high school students to consider Mizzou and to understand their higher education options,” says Tracy Feller, director of partnership and stakeholder development. “We are also working with 4-H and large youth gatherings that come to campus for conferences, camps and other events to showcase MU during their time in Columbia. Many first-generation college students have trouble navigating the admissions process, and our extension faculty throughout the state are perfectly positioned to help in that regard.”

News for retirees

Registration open for 2017 MU Extension Summit

Invitations for retirees have gone out and registration is open for the 2017 MU Extension Summit. If you haven’t registered yet, time is running out. Go to for the agenda, online registration and more information.

Sneakers at the Summit

As you register for the 2017 MU Extension Summit, do not forget to send in your registration for the MEAFCS (Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) 1-mile run/walk on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 25. Register online at more information, contact the Sneakers at the Summit chair, Sarah Traub, at 660-882-5661 or

UMEA Silent Auction at the Summit

The Silent Auction at the Summit is a great fundraising opportunity for all of the Missouri extension professional associations. This is frequently one of the top fundraisers for our state associations. How does it work? Individual donors decide how to allocate the money earned on their items. UMEA receives 10 percent of all of the auction items and the remaining 90 percent is divided based on the donor preferences. For example, suppose Sarah has an item that she wants to donate and she decides that UMEA will get 20 percent, MEAFCS will get 40 percent and ESP will get 40 percent. If her item brings $100, the associations will receive $20, $40 and $40, respectively. More information.

Regional retiree meetings

Regional retiree meetings are a great place to reconnect with former co-workers and friends while also learning from a speaker of interest and enjoying a good meal. MU Extension’s Office of Advancement invites you to the following gatherings in a community near you. Each meeting includes Dutch-treat lunch, an educational program, and ample time for networking and reconnecting with colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!

Oct. 20 – Sedalia

  • 11:30 a.m. at Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.
  • “225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights” presentation by Marvin Overby, professor of political science.
  • RSVP to Don Utlaut at or 660-826-8829.

Oct. 27 – Jackson

  • 10 a.m. coffee and doughnuts at the MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County, 684 W. Jackson Trail.
  • “Amish/Mennonites in Missouri” presentation by Carol Brock, professor of applied social sciences. Presentation followed by lunch at Delmonico’s Restaurant, 2961 Old Orchard Road.
  • RSVP to or 573-884-8570.

Campus spotlight

Mizzou Principles of Community

Mizzou Athletics has produced a video featuring a variety of university leaders, including Vice Chancellor Marshall Stewart, voicing the Mizzou Principles of Community, an aspirational statement affirming the University of Missouri’s ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. You can read the principles at

Update from the chancellor

University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright shares his observations on his first two months at Mizzou and the life experiences that ultimately led him here. He asks the university community to tell about their experiences in choosing Mizzou and how it has made a difference their lives.

$21.6M alumni gift will establish leadership institute at MU School of Journalism

David and Wendy Novak have committed $21.6 million to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to establish the Novak Leadership Institute. The gift will support the institute named for David Novak, an advertising and marketing executive, renowned expert on leadership, and co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands. Read more.


Oct. 20-22: Mizzou Homecoming.

Oct. 24-26: MU Extension Summit, Columbia.

Through Oct. 27, various times and locations: Regional retiree meetings.

Through Oct. 28: Faculty and student exhibition celebrating the establishment of the MU School of Visual Studies, Sager Braudis Gallery, 1025 E. Walnut St., Columbia. There will be reception 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the gallery.

Nov. 3-4: Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture, Fulton and Columbia.


MU Extension 101

For more than 100 years, MU Extension has provided practical education to Missourians based on the research and resources of the University of Missouri. Over the decades, pictures that demonstrate how extension improves lives and communities have been collected. We've assembled photos from then and now to tell the story of what we do, so you can learn our history, understand the present and plan for the future. Visit the #MUEXT101 Web page to take a look.

Audio of Oct. 9 administrative leadership meeting

Audio recordings of Vice Chancellor Stewart’s monthly administrative leadership meetings are available at While the meetings are intended to help RDs, PDs, CEDs and vice chancellor team members stay informed on a range of issues, all are welcome to listen to the recordings.

We are always looking for new ways and tools to support your advocacy role. If you have ideas, let us know! Contact Tracy Feller at or 573-882-4134.


Please welcome

Levi Sherman, graphic designer, campus HES.

Sarah Geist, NPA, Monroe County, NE Region.

Kimberly Shettlesworth, office support, extension HR.

Virginia Vanderford, NPA, Urban West.

Monica Miller, NPA, Urban West.

Robin Daves-Huey, extension associate, campus HES.

James Sappington, 4-H shooting sports state coordinator.

Alejandra Cortez, NPA, St. Louis City, Urban Region.


Inge Patricia Carner, nutrition program associate, Jackson County, Urban West.


Don Goeman, stepfather of agronomy specialist and Stone County CPD Tim Schnakenberg, passed away Sept. 27 in Joplin, Mo., at the age of 77. Cards may be sent to Tim and D’anne Schnakenberg at 316 Pierce Road, Billings, MO 65610-9724. Obituary.

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