Global Connections webinars

Epsilon Sigma Phi is holding monthly lunchtime webinars to provide Extension faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss their professional global experiences and the resulting impact on their life, career and MU Extension. Sessions are 45 minutes long (12-12:45 p.m.) with interactive presentations and moderated dialog. So pack a lunch and munch while you learn and explore with colleagues.

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Recordings of past webinars

June 10, 2015
Jerry Hitzhusen, presenting on his international experiences and their impact on him personally, his career and Extension.
Adobe Connect recording

May 13, 2015
Dean Larkin, Community Development Specialist in Montgomery County. Dean will speak about two working trips to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dean shares lessons from work with community groups in both countries as well as studying the use of Restorative Justice principles as part of the ongoing peace process.
Adobe Connect recording

April 8, 2015
Amie Schleicher, Livestock Specialist.   She will speak on “Terroir, foie gras, Bordeaux, quotas, horse filets, and MUCH more: learning more about European agriculture than should be possible in two weeks.”  Amie will describe  her experiences as she participated in  the Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) program which included two intense weeks of traveling from southern France to the southern UK to learn about European agricultural production, policy, issues, and trends. Amie will share her perspective on those two weeks and how this experience continues to impact her life and work.
Adobe Connect recording

March 11, 2015
Judy Stallman speaks about her time in the Peace Corps and other international experiences. 
Adobe Connect recording

Wed. Feb. 11, 2015
Crystal Weber
From the Velvet Revolution to the Silk Road: food and agriculture as a tool of international understanding.

Crystal Weber discusses her experiences in university and industry-lead international agriculture education programs.   Learn how her experiences in China, Thailand, the Czech Republic and France have developed her perceptions of a consumer’s role in a globalized food system.
Adobe Connect recording

Wed. Jan 14, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Jackie Rasmussen
, Business Development Specialist
So “Kiwi’s” can fly?? Insights into New Zealand and NELD experience in Mexico
Adobe Connect recording

Wed. Dec.  10, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Patrick Byers
, Assoc Extension Professional & Horticulture Specialist, Greene County
International Volunteer Experiences...Whats In It for Me?
Adobe Connect recording

Wed., Nov. 12, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Sharon Gulick
, State Specialist on Entrepreneurship and Director of Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Program
Exploring Global Community Economic Development Opportunities– Linking with University of Edinburgh
Adobe Connect recording

Wed., Oct 12
Ted Probert, Experiencing New Zealand and its Dariy Industry

Adobe Connect recording

Wed., Sept. 10
Rebecca Travnichek, EGRET III
EGRET: Exploring Global Resources Extension Training, Costa Rica
Adobe Connect recording

Wed. May 14
Pigs have sex all over the world; or do they?
Tim Safranski

Adobe Connect recording

Wed. April 9, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Adventures and Agriculture in Iraq and Egypt, my experiences as  a Livestock Specialist.

Wendy Rapp
Wendy Rapp is not your typical Livestock Specialist. Although she loves the Missouri beef cattle industry, she has always had a penchant for adventure.  Her love of adventure has taken her to Iraq and Egypt, in which she helped women be more empowered and farmers be more productive.  Imagine going on farm visits in Iraq surrounded by 12 to 16 US Army soldiers, wearing body armor and arriving at your destination in an MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicle, how would you react when you got out and were suddenly surrounded by Iraqis wanting to know how you could help them?  Imagine going through Cairo and the Egyptian countryside and talking to farmers not only about their farms, but how worried they are about their country going into civil war? Imagine going to the University of Alexandria and talking to professors who desperately want to get the information they know about production agriculture to the farmers who want to be more productive; however, there is not a good way to get  information to the people that need it the most.  Learn something about the culture and a few of good things Wendy did while in these countries.    

Adobe Connect recording

Wed. March 12, noon - 12:45 p.m.
A 12-Year Journey Into the Unknown 
B.J. Eavy
For a life-long learner, it's never too late to make that decision to step out of your comfort zone and live abroad in a developing country.  It will positively impact and change your perspective on life and the people of the world more than you can possibly imagine. B.J. went to Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps and stayed overseas for 12 years.

Adobe Connect recording

Wed. Feb. 12, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Cynthia Crawford 

As a member of the first class of the Kellogg Leadership International Leadership Fellowship, the world was Cynthia Crawford’s classroom for four years – visiting emerging nations, as a learner, looking for hope. More recently she spent a month in Taiwan as a visiting scholar doing many presentations in central and southern Taiwan on rural tourism development. What are lessons for the U.S. from emerging nations? What are universal challenges for change agents around the world? …and what do you say when you do really dumb things in remote cultures? Oops!

Adobe Connect recording: Part 1 | Part 2
Please note: The recording was interrupted by a microphone glitch, so it's in two parts.

Jan. 8, 2014
Mary Leuci, Community Development Program Director
Adobe Connect recording: MU Extension and the Opportunities to Make a World of Difference
Learn why international experiences are important for your work here in Missouri, and how they can enhance your career and your life.

December 11
Ann Cohen, Instructor Study Abroad Programs and Linda Rellergert, Nutrition and Health Specialist
Adobe Connect recording: Bringing home a taste of the Mediterrenean

November 13
Jo Turner, National 4-H Liaison, will talk about her work developing 4-H programs in Africa.
Adobe Connect recording: My Global Journey -- Confessions of a Late Bloomer

October 9
Sarah Hultine-Massengale, Community Development Specialist, presents "Carry-ins, Croquette Monsieur, Pad Thai: Food Traditions in the U.S. and Abroad.”
Adobe Connect recording: Carry-ins, Croquette Monsieur, Pad Thai: Food Traditions in the U.S. and abroad

August 14
Jeremy Elliott–Engel, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, presented “Lessons for Extension from Around the Globe: Turkey, Costa Rica and Kenya.”
Adobe Connect recording: Global Connections: Lessons for Extension from Around the Globe: Turkey, Costa Rica and Kenya

September 11
Gentrie Shafer, Livestock Specialist, participted in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Brazil earlier this year.
Adobe Connect recording: Global Connections: Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Brazil, 2013

July 10
The University of Missouri has had a fruitful partnership with the University of Western Cape in South Africa for the past 27 years.  In 2009, Extension formally  joined the partnership, with the Community Development Program taking the lead.  In this presentation, Tish Johnson, Community Development Specialist,  describes our shared history, how we’re working together, and our plans for the future. 
Adobe Connect recording: Global Connections: Connecting for Communities (45 mins)

June 12, 2013
Presenter: Melissa Scheer, Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Adobe Connect recording: Global Connections: 4-H — There and Back