The Network: A newsletter for champions of MU Extension

The Network — September 2017

A message from Marshall Stewart
Vice chancellor for extension and engagement

A quick glance at the news page on the MU Extension website reveals that the past month was a busy one for MU Extension. Amidst stories about agriculture, Hurricane Harvey and 46 new 4-H Hall of Famers, you will find an exciting announcement about a partnership between MU Extension and the MU Office of Research.

This partnership in the Broader Impacts Network is a great example of MU Extension’s renewed focus on All Things Missouri, which just happens to be a point of emphasis for extension over the next year.

The partnership will enhance extension’s ability to tap into the research capabilities of the University of Missouri to benefit all Missourians. It is one more example of how the University of Missouri is committed to being the university for Missouri.

I routinely ask advocates of MU Extension to take time to understand the value of the entire university. The Broader Impacts Network is one of those important value points to understand. It not only fosters greater engagement and extension activities throughout the university, it also positions the university at the crossroads of innovation and impact on a national scale.

As always, I appreciate all you do to advance the interests of MU Extension and the greater university. To be clear, they are one and the same with a strong commitment to bettering the lives of Missourians.



News from Extension

New partnership at Mizzou to advance Broader Impacts

MU Extension and the MU Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development announced that they are partners in the Broader Impacts Network. Susan Renoe, director of the Broader Impacts Network, now has a joint appointment with MU Extension and the Office of Research. Renoe had previously reported to the Office of Economic Development.

The Broader Impacts Network was established in 2012 in response to the National Science Foundation’s emphasis on the integration of education and outreach into research projects.

Read more.

Extension staffing proposal

MU Extension administration has released a discussion draft proposing a new staffing plan for extension faculty. It is based on needs and priorities identified in the Building Our Future Together assessment.

Over the coming months, there will be many opportunities to provide feedback and suggest improvements. These listening sessions will be open to all faculty, staff, council members, and other stakeholders. Some are already scheduled, more conversations will take place at the MU Extension Summit in October, and more meetings (physical and virtual) will be scheduled. A Qualtrics survey, which can be completed anonymously, has been set up for people to provide their thoughts.

Opportunities to provide input:

MU FRTI staff member deploys to Hurricane Harvey

MU FRTI curriculum specialist Erin McGruder during her deployment with Missouri Task Force 1 in response to Hurricane Harvey.

MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) curriculum specialist Erin McGruder does more than just write about disaster response. McGruder, a member of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1), deployed to Texas as a technical information specialist in response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating August landfall.

McGruder traveled with MO-TF1 to San Antonio, Robstown, Corpus Christi and Rockport before driving through the eye of Harvey, which by then was a tropical storm, to Katy. Staging in Katy and serving the greater Houston area for the remainder of the deployment, MO-TF1 was credited with more than 360 evacuations of residents from water-inundated homes.

Read more.

News for councils

NE Region hosts 'Campus to Council' event

For more than a decade, the annual Council to Campus meeting has given extension council members an opportunity to connect with the MU campus, extension leadership, state specialists and council members from other counties. But for many council members, driving to Columbia for a two-day meeting wasn’t always practical. Last month, the NE Region hosted the first “Campus to Council” event, bringing extension leaders and state specialists to Moberly to share important news and information. Extension administration envisions holding similar events in other regions over the next year.

The Aug. 26 event was streamed live and video recordings of the sessions are available on YouTube:

News for donors

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Cat Comley Adams
Senior director of advancement

It’s always a good time to give: Donors make a difference year-round

Mizzou students have returned to campus for the fall semester, but the university didn’t sleep during the summertime. The generosity of Mizzou’s donors inspires students’ creativity, scholarship and research regardless of the academic calendar.

Read more.

News for retirees

Extension Summit begins Oct. 24

The MU Extension Summit is fast approaching. We welcome MU Extension retirees to join us Oct. 24, the first day of the Summit. Activities include the keynote session, an informational meeting for extension retirees, and time for networking opportunities with past and current extension colleagues. There is no charge for you to participate in the Summit on Oct. 24, but preregistration is needed. Please email if you would like to receive the registration link when registration opens.

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. 5 – Ozark

  • 11:30 a.m. at Bric’s Belgian Waffle and Pancake House, 1882 W. James River Road.
  • “MU Extension Update from the Southwest Region” presentation by Jay Chism, SW regional director.
  • RSVP to or 573-884-8570.

Oct. 6 – Nevada

  • 11:30 a.m. at Nevada Senior Center, 301 N. Main St.
  • “225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights” presentation by Marvin Overby, professor of political science.
  • RSVP to or 573-884-8570.

Oct. 12 – Gallatin

  • 11:30 a.m. at Gallatin Lion’s Club Building, 801 W. Grand.
  • “Museums in Missouri” presentation by Michael Yonan, professor of art history and archaeology.
  • RSVP to Bob Teegarden at or 660-425-5613.

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

Land Grant Compact will expand Missourians’ access to higher education

Chancellor Cartwright, third from left, joined other MU leaders for the announcement of the Missouri Land Grant Compact. Photo courtesy MU Enrollment Management Communications.

Last month, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Pelema Morrice signed the Missouri Land Grant Compact, which will expand higher education access and affordability at MU for Missouri residents for generations to come.

As part of the compact, MU will offer the Missouri Land Grant and Missouri Land Grant Honors for Missouri residents. The Missouri Land Grant will cover all tuition and fees for all Pell-eligible Missouri residents who qualify for admission to MU. Missouri Land Grant Honors will meet 100 percent of unmet financial need, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board, for Pell-eligible students enrolled in the Honors College.

The compact means that thousands of Mizzou students will be able to attend the university tuition-free. Based on current enrollment, it is expected that more than 3,500 MU students from Missouri will qualify for the grants annually.

Read more.

MU establishes School of Visual Studies

The MU College of Arts and Science has announced the formation of the School of Visual Studies. The school is a merger of the programs in art, art history, film studies and digital storytelling. The mission is to explore the visual arts in their full complexity through interdisciplinary studies in history, cultural theory and foundations of practice. This dynamic, innovative school situates the University of Missouri at the cutting edge of art, media and theory in the 21st century.

Preliminary figures indicate MU’s retention rate second highest in history

Preliminary enrollment figures indicate that Mizzou students are enjoying a successful collegiate career. MU began classes in August with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students. This includes a freshman class of more than 4,100 students and the second highest retention rate in MU’s history at 86.6 percent. The retention rate measures how many freshmen from the 2016-17 school year are returning to Mizzou. Official figures will be released near the end of September.

Read more.


Sept. 26-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.

Oct. 1-7: National 4-H Week.

Oct. 4-27, various times and locations: Regional retiree meetings.

Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Missouri Chestnut Roast, Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center, New Franklin.

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

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


Training offered for CPDs

CPD training on supervising personnel is scheduled for Nov. 9-10. CPDs who have not previously participated in training on this topic should hold the date on their calendars. Please encourage your CPD to participate.

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

Michelle Chapman, FNP coordinator, Henry County, WC Region.

Jenna Monning, livestock specialist, Mercer County, NW Region.

Caroline Sicht, nutrition outreach coordinator, HES/statewide.

Kevin Lawrence, nutrition program associate, Cole County, EC Region.


Brad Fresenburg, assistant extension professor.

Robert Broz, assistant extension professor.

Rebecca Fay, 4-H program assistant, Dade County, SW Region.

Connie Mefford, community development specialist, Henry County, WC Region.

Ina Metzger Linville, 4-H program director.


James Conrow, father-in-law of livestock specialist and Howard County co-CPD Heather Conrow, passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 77. Cards or notes of sympathy for Heather and Omer Conrow may be sent to MU Extension in Howard County, 600 W. Morrison St., Suite 17, Fayette, MO 65248. Obituary.

Eloise Gulick, mother of community development specialist John Gulick and mother-in-law of ExCEED director and state extension specialist Sharon Gulick, died Aug. 31 at the age of 91. Cards or notes of sympathy may be sent to MU Extension in Pike County, 115 W. Main, Courthouse, Bowling Green, MO 63334. Obituary.

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