Recognizing our colleagues for their excellent contributions is a valued part of Extension's culture. One of the ways we do this is through our annual Extension Dean's Distinguished Awards.
We are currently seeking nominations for the 2015 awards for civil service and bargaining unit staff, which includes campus and field support staff, program staff and nutrition staff (community nutrition educators and SNAP-Ed educators).
I invite all of you to consider the important impact of the staff you work with and take time to nominate your colleagues. This is a great opportunity to highlight outstanding efforts for the entire Extension community to see. Given the high quality of our staff, I hope to see nominations from all Extension centers, regions and units!
Nominations simply require a letter of nomination (two-page maximum), a current position description for the nominee, and a supervisor's letter of support. Please submit nominations by Friday, April 10. More information and award criteria are available on the intranet.
The awards ceremony will take place at the 2015 Staff Conference on May 5 in St. Paul. Extension's annual staff conference brings together more than 200 Extension civil service and bargaining unit staff to learn new skills and interact with colleagues from across the state. I encourage all of the following staff groups to attend this important event: clerical/technical, civil service, nutrition educators, 4-H program coordinators, Master Gardener coordinators, community program specialists, community program assistants and county support staff.