COLUMBIA, Mo. – “It’s a crucial time to invest in the University of Missouri,” said UM President Tim Wolfe as he addressed approximately 400 people during the 39th annual University of Missouri Alumni Alliance Legislative Day on April 3 at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Wolfe said that there is an “indelible link between our university and Missouri’s economy.”
Wolfe urged extension faculty, staff and council members to talk with legislators about extension’s work and the importance of HB 202 and SB9, which would authorize extension councils to form districts made up of cooperating counties to fund extension programming.
The event, sponsored by the UM Alumni Alliance and MU Extension, is held to thank legislators for their support of the university and MU Extension and to share examples of how extension improves the quality of life, creates jobs and contributes to Missouri communities. Legislators had an opportunity to visit display booths that showed many of the university and extension’s activities.
During an in-service education session, 103 attendees learned about the value of creating extension county business plans as a tool for building community support. The Extension State Council also held a meeting for all council members in conjunction with the event.
The Alliance of Alumni Associations and Extension is made up of 40 members from the four University of Missouri campuses and extension. The UM Board of Curators created the group to foster cooperation and communication among the system campuses and to help the university speak with one voice when delivering messages to legislators, community leaders and the public. Extension was added to the Alliance in 1994.