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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

July 21, 2017

Vice-Chancellor of Extension and Engagement Presenting
"Building Our Future Together" in Mt. Vernon Aug. 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Dr. Marshall Stewart, vice-chancellor of extension and engagement at the University of Missouri, will summarize the new direction of MU Extension during a presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Southwest Research Center, 14548 Hwy H, Mt. Vernon.

For meal planning purposes, please register your attendance for the meeting by contacting Sarah Grubaugh by email at or by calling (417) 865-0707.

Dr. Stewart will be discussing his initiative, "Building Our Future Together."

Over the last several months, MU Extension has been gathering information as part of a needs assessment process to help map out the future of the organization. Dr. Stewart will discuss some of the preliminary results of the information that have been collected.

The MU Extension needs assessment this year has been a three-pronged approach.

Community conversations were one of the first activities of the process held in 2017. Meetings were organized around the state (four in the Southwest Missouri: West Plains, Neosho, Ozark and Branson) to help understand the needs of Missourians.

While the community conversations were taking place another group of researchers on campus was diving into data to see what types of statistical information was available to help define the needs of Missourians.

The final piece of the needs assessment was a third party review done by people from outside the University system looking at MU Extension's organizational structure and programming.

This meeting is an ideal time for interested residents to get feedback about the needs assessment and to hear Dr. Stewart describe the "Building Our Future Together" initiative.

"I think you will find that Dr. Stewart is a very motivating speaker with a clear understanding of the importance of higher education in our state. His message of working collaboratively throughout Missouri for the betterment of our citizens is something that resonates with constituents across the state," said Jay Chism, director, MU Extension in the Southwest Region.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians to improve lives, communities, and economies by providing relevant, responsive and reliable educational solutions. MU Extension programs are open to all. More information on this topic is available online at

Source: Jay Chism,(417) 865-0707

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