MU Extension celebrates 100th anniversary

May 1, 2014

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin discusses the importance of the MU Extension program at a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the program at the MU campus on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
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At a celebration on the Carnahan Quad at MU Thursday, representatives from most of the 114 counties in the state as well as university administrators and state legislators celebrated the 100th anniversary of MU extension.  The Extension program focuses on getting research and practical advice out for the use of all people, from youth groups to seniors.  MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was on hand to help celebrate. 

"The mission of MU extension is to serve Missouri and its residents as they strive to improve and transform their lives," Loftin said. "Extension is essential in translating the results of our research here at the University of Missouri into practical activities everyone can benefit from."

One of those activities will be a change in Mizzou Alternative Breaks. In the past, most trips ran out of state aiming to help those in need around the country. Brian Goers, advisor to Mizzou Alternative Breaks announced an enhanced partnership with the extension program. 

"I'm really excited to announce as a joint effort between the MU extension office and Mizzou Alternative Breaks," Goers said. "Over the next 5 years we plan on sending one trip to every county in Missouri."

MU extension plans to announce more new programs as they year goes on as well as celebrating in Washington, D.C., next week on the exact 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever act.  The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established extension programs promoting practical education for all citizens in the United States.