Extension’s 100th birthday party

On May 1, MU Extension celebrated its 100th birthday on campus. Extension faculty and staff from across the state shared information with MU students, faculty and staff about how extension programs and services improve the lives of Missourians. The event included lunch, t-shirts and giveaways, demonstrations and 1914-era games. The Mini Mizzou band and Truman the Tiger roused the crowd before the ceremony.

R. Bowen Loftin, chancellor, and Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of MU Extension, spoke about extension’s history and successes over the past 100 years and expressed that extension must continue to look for unique opportunities for the future. One unique opportunity is a new partnership between MU Extension and the student service-learning organization, Alternative Breaks. Starting this fall, this group will place students in all 114 Missouri counties over the next five years to conduct community service projects.

View a video recap for the 100th birthday party: http://youtu.be/F1AkWffmN1M

Below left, faculty and staff from the Northeast Region, along with many other regions and program areas, offer demonstrations and information on how MU Extension helps Missourians.
Below right, MU Extension State Council members Paul Klossner and Walter Carr visit with current staff and MU students at the centennial celebration.

photo: Tent set up at the celebration with information and demonstrations on extension's workphoto: State extension council members greet current staff and students at the celebration

photo: Truman the Tiger plays the high striker game at extension's 100th birthday partyphoto: students jump in a sack race as they participate in 1914-era games at the party

Above left, Truman the Tiger plays the high striker game. Extension’s birthday party included games popular in 1914 like the sack races, washers and a high striker game.
Above right, MU students compete in a sack race at the event.

National celebration

On May 8, Michael Ouart, vice provost and director of MU Extension, attended the national ceremony honoring the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, the legislative basis for the creation of the nationwide cooperative extension system. Joining Ouart in Washington, D.C., were Bev Coberly, associate vice provost; Dave Baker, agriculture and natural resources program director; and H.C. Russell, former head of the state extension advisory council.

View a video recap for the national celebration: http://youtu.be/MDwv5JOVQYU