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Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the land-grant extension system and developing the extension profession and professional. Membership is open to all University of Missouri Extension faculty and staff members. Please contact Jessica Trussell or any officer (listed below) if you are interested in becoming a member.


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    Missouri hosting 2022 ESP National Conference

    Mark your calendar today to join us September 26-29, 2022 for the National Conference in Branson, Missouri. The conference will be held at the Branson Convention Center and the attached Branson Convention Center Hilton Hotel.

    The conference will be hosted by the Missouri - Alpha Tau Chapter with Todd Lorenz and Sarah Denkler serving as your 2022 Conference Co-Chairs.

    Check the ESP National Conference website throughout the year for additional information.

What ESP is About

The Extension Worker's Creed was adopted in 1927 at the first national Grand Council Meeting, this document has been revised through the years to always be an articulation of the values of Extension professionalism. The first version was prepared by the founder of ESP, W.A. Lloyd.

In 1952 ESP published a book called The Spirit and Philosophy of Extension Work, edited by R.K. Bliss. The entire book is available as an online-only digital book from Pennsylvania State University. You can find the original 1927 version of the creed on page 357.

ESP Officers 2022

Committee Chairs for 2022 are as follows. Members interested in being a part of the committee should contact the following:

  • Membership Recruitment and Retention – Sarah Kenyon
  • Recognition and Awards – Emily Doosing
  • Global Relations – Mary Leuci
  • Public Issues – Jim Meyer
  • Retirees and Life Members – Karma Metzgar
  • Professional Development –