Dorothy McCargo Freeman, associate director for the Center for Youth Development and state 4-H program leader, has been selected to receive the 2010 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Distinguished Ruby Recognition. The Ruby Recognition is the most prestigious award presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national member organization for Extension professionals that provides development and educational opportunities. Ruby Recognition recipients are honored for outstanding thinking, performance and leadership in Extension and are chosen for making highly significant contributions on the state, regional, national and (when applicable) international Extension scenes in a variety of ways and over their career.
As the national honoree, Dorothy will present the keynote address during the Ruby Recognition luncheon at the ESP National Conference in Jackson, Wyoming, October 12-15.
President, ESP - Pi Chapter
Chair, Awards and Recognition Committee, ESP - Pi Chapter
The Minnesota Agri-Women have selected Shirley Doering, Extension educator for regional 4-H youth development programs, as one of the recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Agricultural Mentor Award. The award was presented on April 7 during the 2010 Women's Agricultural Leadership Conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The award recognizes people in agriculture who have been positive mentors and role models for people in agricultural fields, especially women, and identifies mentors that are an integral part of the development of agricultural leaders.
John Bilotta, Extension educator, water resource management; Cindy Hagley, Extension educator, water resource management and policy; Barb Liukkonen, program leader, Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and Jesse Schomberg, Extension educator, water resource management and policy, as part of the Northland NEMO program, and in partnership with Wendy Strombeck of One.D.Design, received a bronze award in individual graphic design from the Summit Creative Award program for the Northland NEMO Watershed Game. SCA recognizes creative accomplishments of small and medium sized advertising agencies.
Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences staff Jessica Franken, editor; Rebecca Noran, program and communications manager; Sarah Jameson-Jones, web and communications designer; Doug Tiffany, Extension educator, ag business management; John Byrnes, marketing communications director, AES; Dave Hansen, communications specialist; and Honey VanderVenter, constituent relations coordinator, CFANS, received three awards for communications excellence at the recent University of Minnesota Communicators Forum Maroon and Gold Awards: Maroon Award (for instructional writing) for Late Harvest Resources, Green Award (for environmental awareness) for Should I Buy a Hybrid Car?, and Margo Award (for efficient use of resources and collaboration) for Renewable Energy Banner.
Extension Educator in Natural Resource Management and Utilization, Julie Miedtke's work on the Itasca County Chipper Days Program was featured as a success story on the United States Forest Service's website.