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Kate Walker, Extension specialist in Youth Development, and co-authors published an article that calls for research on the expertise of youth development practitioners. It presents a framework focusing on the challenges practitioners face and the strategies they use to address them, and offers case studies in three areas (designing programs, youth's motivation and ethical dilemmas).

Congratulations to the 11 Family Development educators and staff who won an award from the Minnesota affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science (NEAFCS) last week. Winners move next to regional and national reviews.

This week, three Extension staff were honored during the 2015 staff conference for excellence in performing the work of Extension:

Amy De Groot was recognized as Distinguished Extension Support Staff. She is an executive office and administrative specialist in the Brainerd Regional Office. Amy has supported the 4-H program for her entire 17 years in Extension, expanding her role in the past two years to include 4-H horse program finances and website management.

Mary Krentz was recognized as Distinguished Nutrition Educator. She now works as a SNAP-Ed educator regionally and has also worked in Sibley County for more than 20 years. Mary has approached the new nutrition education model with creativity, confidence and success, quickly embracing the opportunity to work with partners and volunteers.

Tracy Ignaszewski was recognized as Distinguished 4-H Program Coordinator. Tracy impacts the lives of Minnesota youth through her responsibilities in Steele County, strengthening traditional programming, growing 4-H on Wheels to reach new youth in need of opportunities and taking on new leadership roles.

Please join me in congratulating these award winners.

Bev Durgan
Dean

Extension staff gain grant to study winter rye

Associate Extension professor Jochum Wiersma of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center is collaborating in a three-year, $188,495 grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture received by the owners of Far North Spirits. Wiersma will evaluate the agronomic and yield performances of U.S., Canadian, and European rye varieties and hybrids across Minnesota in collaboration with Extension agronomist Scotty Wells, Extension educator Doug Holen and Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics professor Craig Sheaffer.

Parents Forever research article published

The Parents Forever team recently published an article in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Parents Forever: Evaluation of an Online Divorce Education Program. The study's main findings were that six to 10 months after taking the course, participants reported a significant improvement in:


  • Their ability to control their angry or negative responses when communicating with their co-parent

  • The level of conflict with their other co-parent that their child observed

  • How well they thought they were doing compared to others in the divorce process

  • Their own ability to cope with the divorce


Emily H. Becher
Research Fellow, Family Development

Community Vitality award winners

The National Association for Community Development Extension Professional recently announced award winners, several from Minnesota. Awards will be presented at a conference in Little Rock, Ark., this month.

Ryan Pesch, Joint Council of Extension Professionals--NACDEP's professional of the year, recognizing NACDEP members who are actively engaged in Extension community development programs.

Michael Darger, NACDEP Distinguished National Service Award, awarded to a NACDEP member who is actively involved in service to NACDEP and contributed significantly to the organization.

Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch, Rani Bhattacharyya, John Bennett, Adeel Ahmed, Liz Templin, Neil Linscheid, Brigid Tuck, Matt Kane and Joyce Hoelting for "Room for More: A study of Minnesota retail and service businesses that open or expand after the opening of Walmart Supercenters," first place in regional awards and second place for outstanding materials that educate through credible, accurate, concise information.

Jody Horntvedt and Tobias Spanier, diversity award (second place regional and second place national) for Building Cultural Intelligence. The award recognizes outstanding effort or program that ensures meaningful diversity and inclusiveness.

Brigid Tuck, Liz Templin, Neil Linscheid, Rani Bhattacharyya and Adeel Ahmed, Excellence in Teamwork award (second place regional, honors award nationally) for " EIA Futures Workshop" program, recognizing outstanding Extension programming or projects that demonstrate effective performance and significant results impact at the community, region, state or multi-state level.

Jody Horntvedt, Lisa Hinz, Eriks Dunens and Lori Rothstein, educational technology award for "Questioning Skills: Flipped Program," in recognition of expanded use of technology in community development and problem-solving techniques.

Kent Olson
Interim Associate Dean, Community Vitality


2015 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference

Extension was well represented at the annual Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference, April 12-15 in Washington, D.C. This year's conference theme was "Imagining Extension--Eyes on the Future."

The 2015 Extension delegates included Carolyn Dingfelder, Winona County 4-H program coordinator; Lori Hendrickson, family resiliency educator; Kelly Kunkel, health and nutrition educator; Barb Radke, leadership and civic engagement educator; Shahram Missaghi, water resource management and policy educator; and Nathan Winter, agriculture production systems educator. All serve as presidents of their statewide Extension professional organizations. Other delegates were Brent Hales, senior associate dean; Kent Olson, interim associate dean, Center for Community Vitality; Sarah Greening, chief of staff and Gwen Gmeinder, government relations associate.

An added benefit this year was having four 4-H Minnesota youth and Judith Conway, youth development educator, join our legislative visits. Youth members were Anna Brekke (Scott County), Ryan Donkers (Rice County), Hannah Hasbargen (Traverse County) and Heather Weller (East Otter Tail County). They visited the offices of U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, and U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison, Tom Emmer, John Kline, Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, Collin Peterson and Tim Walz.


Sarah Greening and Gwen Gmeinder
Extension Government Relations Unit

Extension faculty recipients of CFANS College Awards

Congratulations are in order for two Extension specialists who recently received 2014-2015 CFANS College Awards. Terry Hurley, an Extension economist, received the Distinguished Teaching Award: Graduate Faculty for his work in the Department of Applied Economics. Dean Malvick received the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Award for his work as an Extension plant pathologist and his contributions to the Department of Plant Pathology.

Mike Schmitt
Associate Dean, AFNR

Andy Robinson, Extension potato agronomist, was recognized by the National Potato Council's Spudman Emerging Leader of 2015 on Jan. 9. The award recognizes exceptional leadership and contributions to the potato-growing community. Robinson has a shared position with Extension at the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University.

Eli Sagor, program manager and Extension specialist, sustainable forests education, was selected as a recipient of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in doctoral research. His dissertation is "Personal networks and private forestry: Exploring Extension's role in landowner education.

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NEA4-HA) awards:

More than 125 members of the Minnesota Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals recently hosted their youth development colleagues in Minneapolis for the 2014 NAE4-HA conference, held October 26-30. In addition to the conference planning, MN youth development professionals presented 15 seminars, a Super Seminar, and celebrated the accomplishments of the following individuals:

  • Rebecca Harrington, Extension educator, youth development, Excellence in 4-H Volunteerism (Individual; National)
  • Anna Gilbertson, 4-H program coordinator, Stiles Memorial Scholarship (National)
  • Juanita Reed-Boniface (retired), NAE4-HA life member award
  • Anna Gilbertson, 4-H program coordinator, Excellence in Club Support (Individual; Regional)
  • Donna Leff, Excellence in Camping (Individual; Regional)
  • Layne Tralle, 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program coordinator, Regional Communicator, Exhibit Display
  • Amy Nelson, 4-H program coordinator, Educational Piece (Individual)
  • Recognition given to Amber Greeley, state 4-H programs manager, Mark Haugen, Extension educator, youth development, Rebecca Meyer, Extension educator, youth development, and Melissa Persing, 4-H program director, NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award
  • Marcia Woeste, Extension educator, youth development, Meritorious Service Award
William Angell recently received the Jack Bartholomew Award for dedication to presenting outstanding radon professional education from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists at the 28th Annual International Radon Symposium in Charleston, SC.

Extension educators in family resource management, Sara CroymansLori Hendrickson, and Becky Hagen Jokela recently received an honorable mention for the2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards (category: Survivor Empowerment and Integration) for their work in helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

The Extension Business Retention and Expansion Team Menahga, comprised of Extension community economics educators Adeel Ahmed and Ryan Pesch, economic impact analyst Brigid TuckMaxine Norman, and Extension community economics specialist Michael Darger, along with community partners, won the "Outstanding Single Community with a Population under 20,000" Business Retention and Expansion International Award of Excellence.

Cathy Jordan, Extension specialist and associate professor of pediatrics, will be inducted as an inaugural fellow into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship, a new society that is modeled on the national academies idea. This honorific designation involves a life-long organizational commitment to be a thought leader and to promote the advancement of community-engaged scholarship.

Mohamed Khan, sugarbeet specialist for both the U of M and NDSU, has received the Excellence in Extension Award from the American Phytopathological Society. The award recognizes individuals who have made contributions to Extension plant pathology programs and have shown significant leadership in the field.

Sally Noll, Extension poultry specialist and professor in the Department of Animal Science, has been named a fellow of the Poultry Science Association for her lifetime of contributions to the field of poultry science. The fellow title is the highest honor awarded for professional distinction and contributions to the field by the Poultry Science Association.

Bob CravenKevin Klair and Dale Nordquist, Extension economist and farm financial management program leader, and Jeff Reisdorfer of the Center for Farm Financial Management were awarded the Extension Outstanding Electronic Media Education Award for AgPlan at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. More than 35,000 business plans have been developed using AgPlan.

Jerry Shurson, Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Animal Science, was awarded the American Feed Industry Association Award in Non-ruminant Nutrition Research at the American Society of Animal Science Meeting. The award was sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association.

Community economics educator, John Bennett, is the co-author (with Dr. Adam Pine of the University of Minnesota Duluth) of an article now published by the Journal of the Community Development Society.  The article is entitled, "Food access and food deserts: the diverse methods that residents of a neighborhood in Duluth, Minnesota use to provision themselves."

Scott Chazdon, evaluation specialist in the Extension Center for Community Vitality, along with Nathan Paine, a Humphrey School graduate student, published an article in the most recent copy of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, entitled: "Evaluating for Public Value:  Clarifying the Relationship Between Public Value and Program Evaluation." 

Michael Darger, business retention and expansion specialist in the Extension Center for Community Vitality, published an article about evaluating the BR&E program in the April 2014 edition of the Journal of Extension: "Capturing the Ripples from Community-Driven Business Retention and Expansion Programs."
 

At the 2014 conference of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals held June 22-25, staff in the Extension Center for Community Vitality won regional and national awards:

Jody Horntvedt, Extension leadership and civic engagement educator: Individual Winner, Educational Package; Introduction to Meaningful Involvement

Brigid Tuck, economic impact analyst, and Extension community economics educators John Bennett and Neil Linscheid: Honorable Mention, Team; Economic Emergency Program; International Falls Plant Shutdown

Bruce Schwartau, Extension community economics educator: Individual Winner, Educational Piece; How Minnesota's Retail Economy Changed During the Recession

Tobias Spanier and Jody Horntvedt, Extension leadership and civic engagement educators: Team Runner-Up, Educational Piece; Neld Participant Guide (Session 2)

Eriks Dunens, alumni program and cohort coordinator and Extension leadership and civic engagement educators, Lori Rothstein, Denise Stromme, Jody Horntvedt, Catherine Rasmussen and Mike Liepold: Runner-up, Excellence in Teamwork Award; 2013 Leadership Alumni Series

Michael Darger, business retention and expansion specialist, Brigid Tuck, economic impact analyst, John Bennett, Extension community economics educator, Mary Vitcenda, senior editor, and Kathi Schaff: Excellence in Community Development Work, Team; Business Retention and Expansion in Your Community

Congratulations to our Extension educators who were honored by Extension professional organizations, including Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP), Minnesota Association of Extension Agricultural Professionals (MAEAP), National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), and National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS).

The award recipients include:

David Bau
, Extension educator in agricultural business management: MAEAP/NACAA, first place - state and regional finalist, learning module/notebook, "2013 What is a Fair and Profitable Rental Agreement Master Handbook;" second place, state, publication, "2014 Farm Resource Guide'" third place, state, computer-generated graphics presentation with script, "2014 Winter Crops Days: Outlook for Corn, Soybeans and Rent"


Debra Botzek Linn, Extension educator in food science: NEAFCS, Second place, central region and third place, national winner: Community Partnership Award / Continued Excellence honor

Kathy Brandt, Suzanne Driessen, Extension educators in food science: NEAFCS food safety award, first place, central region and second place, national (along with Suzanne Driessen and Katherine Waters)

Angela Gupta, Extension educator in natural resource management and utilization: ANREP, Early Career Leadership Award

Emily Wilmes, Extension educator in agricultural production systems: MAEAP/NACAA, first place, state, audio recordings, "Fly Management for Dairy Cows"

Andrea Lorek Strauss, Extension educator, fish, wildlife and conservation education: ANREP, honorable mention, "Engaging Natural Resource Volunteers: From Education to Action" poster

Julie Miedtke, Extension educator in natural resource management and utilization: ANREP, Long Publication Silver Award, "Minnesota Harvester Handbook," with David Wilsey

David Nicolai, Extension educator in crops: MAEAP/NACAA: first place, state and regional finalist, video recording, "Herbicide Spray Drift"

Jill Sackett, Extension educator in crop production systems: MAEAP/NACAA, first place, state and regional finalist, program promotional piece, "Fall Cover Crop Field Day Flyer;" first place, state and regional finalist, fact sheet, "Prevented Plant Cover Crop Options"

Eli Sagor, program manager and Extension specialist, sustainable forests education coop: ANREP Long Publication Bronze Award for the "Growing your Peer Learning Network: Tools and Tips for the Women Owning Woodlands Network" (with four colleagues from other states)

Chuck Schwartau, regional director, southeast: MAEAP/NACAA, first place, state plus regional and national finalist, "How Healthy is the Employment Situation on Your Farm?" feature story; second place, state, computer-generated graphics presentation with script, "Would You Work for Yourself;" second place, state, program promotional piece, "Dairy Systems That Work - Summer Field Day;" first place, state and regional finalist, personal column, "It's Still Up To You To Get It Done" and "What Keeps Employees"

Liz Stahl, Extension educator in crops: MAEAP/NACAA, first place, state plus regional and national finalist, computer-generated graphics presentation with script, "Pesticide Resistance in Crop Production;" first place, state and regional finalist, publication, "Control Volunteer Corn for Yield Protection and Corn Rootworm Management"

CSBU recognition at Eastcliff: On Tuesday, June 17, the University honored 443 University of Minnesota civil service and bargaining unit employees from all campuses who celebrate milestone work anniversaries (of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years).

Extension staff recognized at this event include: 

  • Dianne Davis, SNAP-Ed educator, Stearns County, 20 years
  • Betty Wistrom, SNAP-Ed educator, St. Louis County, 25 years
  • Rhonda Dragan, executive office & administrative specialist, Family Development, 30 years
  • Patrice Johnson, registration coordinator, resource development unit, 20 years
  • Fay McLain, EFNEP program coordinator, Hennepin County, 25 years
  • Susan Potratz, 4-H Foundation database manager, 20 years
  • Michele Tlougan, executive secretary and office manager, Extension Regional Office, Rochester, 20 years

Association of Natural Resource Extension Professional (ANREP) awards: 

  • Angela Gupta, Extension educator, natural resource management & utilization, Early Career Leadership Award
  • Eli Sagor, Extension educator, natural resource management & utilization, with four colleagues from other states, Long Publication Bronze Award for the Growing your Peer Learning Network: Tools and Tips for the Women Owning Woodlands Network
  • Andrea Lorek Strauss, Extension educator, fish, wildlife & conservation education, Honorable Mention for her poster Engaging Natural Resource Volunteers: From Education to Action
  • David Wilsey and Julie Miedtke, Extension educator, natural resource management & utilization, Long Publication Silver Award for the Minnesota Harvester Handbook

Mark Seeley, Extension climatologist, was awarded the prestigious Siehl Prize in Agriculture on Thursday, May 22. Since 1978, Seeley has been the go-to source for information about Minnesota's weather and climate. As Extension climatologist/meteorologist and professor in the University's Department of Soil, Water and Climate, he has led numerous research projects, mentored and advised students, and is perhaps best known for his Extension and agricultural outreach work. Other honorees are Richard Magnusson (production agriculture) and Tom Rosen (agribusiness).

Stephen Kells,
Extension entomologist, has been named to the the Pest Control Technology magazine and Syngenta Professional Pest Management Crown Leadership Awards Class of 2014. Now in its 26th year, the Crown Leadership Award annually honors professionals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the pest control industry, as well as to their local communities. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected after a thorough review of their personal and professional accomplishments.

2013-2014 U of M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Awards:
Pat Huelman, associate Extension professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, won the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Award for his contributions to outreach education. Cindy Tong, Extension post-harvest horticulturalist and associate professor, received the Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work in the Department of Horticultural Science.

Extension equine specialist
Krishona Martinson was awarded the 2014 British Equine Veterinary Association's Richard Hartley Clinical Award along with U of M colleagues Stephanie Valberg, Adrian Hegeman and Jeff Bender. They were awarded for their Equine Veterinary Journal piece "Seasonal Pasture Myopathy/Atypical Myopathy in North America Associated with Ingestion of Hypoglycin A within Seeds of the Box Elder Tree." A grant from the Rapid Response Fund was used to conduct the research.

Dianne Davis-Kenning was presented the 2014 Partners in Hope Award from Heartland Community Action Agency. Dianne received the award for her dedication to the individuals and families that she works with in providing direct education to children and parents through the Simply Good Eating curriculum and community meetings and classes.
Karen Oberhauser, professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Extension specialist, received a 2014 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award in the communities in conservation category. For more than 20 years, Karen and the graduate students and staff members at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab have served to link academic research with community outreach programs associated with monarch conservation. The migration is being threatened by habitat loss throughout the butterfly's range.

Extension Youth Development Educators Kari Robideau and Eric Vogel were recently published in the Journal of Extension with a feature article outlining their work on a team approach to the intentional instructional design process for online 4-H volunteer training modules.  The article outlines the design process in which staff with expertise in a content area create the goals and learning objectives, content development, and framework for the module before it is taken to the development process. Kari and Eric are implementing this process with a team of content experts from the 12 North Central Region States to design and develop an online course on managing volunteers for Extension staff.

2013 Lead21 participants

Each year the Dean's Leadership Council chooses Extension staff to participate in Leadership for the 21st Century (Lead21), a professional development program with the goal of enhancing the work of Extension and staff leadership skills.

2013 Lead21 participants include: Jennifer Skuza, assistant dean, youth development, and Joyce Hoelting, assistant director, community vitality. The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and Extension in order to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or as they aspire to other positions.

Bev Durgan
Dean

Ingrid Schneider, director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, received a "Friend of Tourism" award for significant contributions to the Minnesota travel and tourism industry. Her research and programming efforts have included work on sustainable tourism, traveler profiles, economic impact studies, invasive species and customer service.

Jill Sackett, Extension educator in ag production systems, published an article in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents titled, "An NCR-SARE Cover Crop Project: Farmer-Cooperator Motivation and Agronomic Process."

Brent Hales, associate dean for the Center for Community Vitality, was accepted for the Fall 2013 Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. The FSLI is a two-year program that prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs, and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations.

Congratulations to Bill Lazarus, Extension economist, for his role in the master's thesis of veterinary medicine student Carmen Alonso, who was named the recipient of the U of M's 2013 Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Bill served on Carmen's thesis committee, and worked with her on economic analysis. The thesis, "Epidemiological and Economic Implications of Air Filtration Systems to Prevent Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) in Large Sow Herds" will go on to compete for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. He is also listed as a co-author on one of the journal articles from the thesis.

Marla Spivak, Extension entomologist, presented a TED Talk in June: Why bees are disappearing, which explores four reasons why bee colonies have started dying in recent years.

The Minnesota Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (MN ANREP) is pleased to announce the following three awards for 2013 given during its annual fall meeting at the Extension Program Summit.  

  • Angie Gupta, Extension educator in natural resource management & utilization, received the Individual Leadership award for her superior efforts related to leading components of the Extension Forestry Program including the Forest Pest First Detector Program.

  • Extension educators in natural resource management & utilization, Eli Sagor and Angie Gupta, along with Jana Albers (MN DNR) and the team received the Scholarship and Educational Materials award for the Forest Health and Resilience webinar series.

  • The 2013 Excellence in Programming: Innovation in Evaluation went to John Bilotta, Extension educator in water resource management & policy, Jenny Winkelman (Mississippi Water Management Organization), and Karlyn Eckman (UMN Researcher) for the MN NEMO Program: A View from the Big River.

  • MN ANREP also awarded financial scholarships to Angie Gupta, and Diomy Zamora, Extension educators in natural resource management & utilization, and Eleanor Burkett, Extension educator in water resource management & policy, to attend the 2013 National ANREP Conference in May in California.

MN ANREP 2014 will be led by President Karen Terry, new president-elect Eli Sagor, and Secretary-Treasurer Andrea Lorek Strauss.

The following Extension employees received awards from the 2013 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS):

  • Mark Caskey, Extension educator in health and nutrition, Communications award (Radio/Podcast: Home & Garden Report, 3rd Place Central Region)
  • Deb Botzek-Linn, Extension educator in food science, Communications award (Written Press Release:  Canned Venison: Tasty, Convenient Meals, 1st Place Central Region)
  • Suzanne Driessen, Extension educator in food science, Communications Awards (Internet Education Technology: Food Preservation Online Mini-Modules, 1st Place Central Region & 1st Place National)
  • Sara Croymans, Extension educator in family resource management, Distinguished Service
  • Lori Hendrickson, Extension educator in family resource management, Continued Excellence
  • Mary Caskey, Extension educator in health and nutrition, Trina Barno, program leader in health and nutrition, Suzanne Driessen, Extension educator in food science, and Marla Reicks, Extension nutritionist, School Wellness Award (Keeping Kids from Falling Short: A New Look at Fruits and Vegetables in the School Cafeteria, 1st Place Central Region and 1st Place National)
  • Rebecca Hagen-Jokela and Cindy Petersen, Extension educators in family resource management, Mike Reichenbach, Eli Sagor and Angela Gupta, Extension educators in natural resource management & utilization, and Allison Eklund, Environmental Education Award (Intergenerational Land Transfer Collaborative Education, Central Region)
  • Jill May, Sara Van Offelen and Betsy Johnson, Extension educators in health and nutrition, Florence Hall (Simply Good Cooking, 2nd Place Central Region)

Several Extension staff in community vitality were recognized with National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) awards at the Galaxy IV conference in September:

  • Adeel Ahmed, Extension educator, community economics, NACDEP Diversity award (individual: regional and national winner)
  • Adeel Ahmed, John Bennett, Neil Linsheid, Ryan Pesch, Bruce Schwartau and Liz Templin, Extension educators, community economics; and Michael Darger, Extension specialist, community economics, Excellence in Teamwork award (Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Team: regional winner and national runner-up)
  • Jody Horntvedt and Tobias Spanier, Extension educators, leadership & civic engagement, Educational Package Award
  • Lori Rothstein, Extension educator, leadership & civic engagement, Positive Psychology Educational Package Award (individual)
  • Jody Horntvedt and Tobias Spanier, Extension educators, leadership & civic engagement, (Utilizing Processes, Team: regional and national winner)
  • Ben Winchester, research fellow, community vitality; Joyce Hoelting, assistant director, community vitality; and Betsey Hodson, web production assistant, Educational Piece Award (the Brain Gain Website team: regional and national winner)
  • Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch, Extension educators, community economics; Bill Ryan, University of Wisconsin Extension; and Jill Clark, Ohio State University, Educational Technology Award (Downtown and Business District Market Analysis Toolbox Webinars Team, regional winner and national runner-up)
  • John Bennett, Extension educator, community economics; and Adam Pine, U of M Duluth, Excellence in Community Development Programming (team; Lincoln Park Food Access Project: regional winner)

Heidi Haugen, Extension educator, youth development, received the "Excellence in Volunteerism (Individual)" award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA).

Awards & Accomplishments

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Extension educators in leadership & civic engagement, Mike Liepold and Catie Rasmussen; Kim Boyce, regional director, central; and Denise Trudeau Poskas, Extension specialist, community leadership development, have published an article in the Summer 2013 issue of the Journal of Leadership Education, "Outside the Comfort Zone: Strategies for Developing Emotionally Intelligent Leaders." The article describes how the assessment of emotional intelligence, followed by focused programming, peer coaching and individual action plans, has helped participants in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program develop as emotionally intelligent leaders.

The Extension manure management and air quality website received an Educational Materials Award of Excellence by the 2013 Agronomy Society of America. The team will be recognized at the annual meeting this fall in Tampa. The award acknowledges websites that demonstrate superior quality.

Kevin Janni, professor and Extension engineer, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, received the the ASABE - 2013 Henry Giese Structures and Environment Award, and was recently honored during the awards program at the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Kansas City, MO on July 24.

Carol Eggerss, Cooking MattersTM volunteer, recently received the 3M retiree volunteer award.  As part of the award receipt, Carol can direct $1000 from the 3M Foundation to the organization of her choice, which of course is Cooking MattersTM Minnesota, a program established through a partnership between Extension and Share Our Strength®.

University of Minnesota Extension was noted in The State of the Birds 2013: Report on Private Lands report that covers the U.S. This is a result of the work Mike Reichenbach, Extension educator in natural resource management & utilization, has done over the past 10 to 12 years with Sugarloaf: the North Shore Stewardship Association. The work at Sugarloaf is one example of work that enhances forest health for all Minnesotans.

Kelly Kunkel, Extension educator, health and nutrition; Brianna Routh, Extension educator, Building Healthy & Strong Families; Ghaffar Hurtado, research fellow; and Ju Ri Joeng and Megan Harrison, research assistants, published an article in the June 2013 Journal of Extension title, "Lessons in a Box Make a Difference for Head Start Youth."

Dawn Newman, Extension educator, American Indian community economics, and Nikki Crowe, program coordinator for the 13 Moons Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, will present their work in developing partnerships with Indian country to develop sustainable agricultural practices at the 2013 Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting in New York City in August. Funding to support their presentation, "An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Resistance and Resiliency in an Age of Retrenchment," has been provided by a diversity travel grant from the Rural Sociological Society, as well as Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.  

Karen Oberhauser, Extension environmental education specialist, was selected as a White House Champion of Change for Citizen Science. She was recognized at an awards ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, June 25 for her "exemplary leadership in engaging the broader, non-expert community in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) research." This is an extremely rare and notable honor.

Michelle Grabowski, Extension educator in horticulture, was awarded the Fred I. Frosheiser Graduate Student Award of Merit by the U of M Department of Plant Pathology for outstanding research and scholarship. The annual E.C. Stakman and Department of Plant Pathology awards were held on May 30 to recognize and celebrate the contributions to the science of plant pathology made by members and friends of the department.

Through an annual congressional appropriation for the National Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded funding to the Extension Center for Youth Development for the CYFAR Urban Youth Movement project for 5 years.The Urban Youth Movement project model was created to ignite youth interest in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and intended to advance urban 4-H Youth Development work. The program targets lower-income, middle-school-aged youth living in Minneapolis and St. Paul who are impacted by educational disparities. This project will be carried out by Jennifer Skuza, principal investigator; Joanna Tzenis and Jessica Russo, Extension educators; Hui Hui Wang, STEM Specialist; Tim Sheldon, evaluation specialist, with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) and community partners.

Kathryn Draeger, statewide director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, was appointed by Governor Dayton and approved by the Minnesota Senate to serve as the state's agricultural representative to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency board. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens' Board considers and makes decisions on varied and complex pollution problems that affect areas of the state. These decisions are intended to achieve a reasonable degree of purity of the water, air and land resources of the state in order to provide for the maximum enjoyment and use of these resources for the welfare of the people.

CSBU Recognition at Eastcliff: On Wednesday, June 19, the University will be honoring 389 University of Minnesota civil service and bargaining unit employees from all campuses who will celebrate milestone work anniversaries (of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years). The recognition event will take place at Eastcliff from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on June 19.  

Extension staff who will be recognized at this event include:

  • Ruth Thunstrom, community nutrition educator, Isanti County
  • Mary Krentz, community nutrition educator, Sibley County
  • Mark Schultz, executive office and administrative specialist, St. Paul Campus
  • Paula Berg, community nutrition educator, Chippewa County
  • Hope Moulton, community nutrition educator, Chisago County
  • Mary Wint, community nutrition educator, Kanabec County
  • Virginia Wilson, community nutrition educator, Yellow Medicine County
  • Nancy Winter, community nutrition educator, Kandiyohi County
  • Chee Yang, community nutrition educator, Ramsey County
  • Nancee Easter, payroll specialist, St. Paul Campus
  • Roger Dahmen, community nutrition educator, Hennepin County
  • Brenda Slaughter, executive administrative specialist, Hennepin County
  • Debra Thomas, community nutrition educator, Anoka County
  • Berit Gerhardson, principal office and administrative specialist, Hennepin County
  • Georgia Dunlevy, accounts supervisor, St. Paul Campus
The University College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Alumni Society and CFANS Student Board awards recognize student, alumni, faculty and staff leaders for their accomplishments. Sarah Dornink, program manager for the Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, received the 2013 CFANS Student Board Award for Outstanding Club/Student Organization Advisor.

Vince Fritz, Extension horticulturist and professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, has won the 2013 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Extension Educator award, which recognizes contributions for 10 or more years in horticultural science.

Jeff Gunsolus, crops program leader and professor of agronomy and plant genetics, received the 2012-13 CFANS Distinguished Extension/Outreach Award. This award recognizes significant contributions that link the University to the citizens of Minnesota.

The President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizes exceptional service to the University by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Award recipients have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the University. Congratulations to Emily Hoover, Extension horticulturist and professor and head of & the Department of Horticultural Science.

Abby Gold, Shelley Sherman and Kathleen Lovett, Extension educators in health and nutrition; Trina Barno, program leader in health and nutrition; and G. Ali Hurtado, research fellow, published an article in the April 2013 Journal of Extension titled, "Creating a Minnesota Statewide SNAP-Ed Program Evaluation."

Anne Stevenson, Extension educator in youth development, published an article, "I Wonder...I Wonder Boards as a Springboard for Scientific Investigations" in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Science and Children, 50 (6), 74-79.

Would you like to encourage co-workers who have done excellent work?  Reward their efforts by nominating them for one of the several awards available at the University for bargaining unit employees. The deadline for many of these awards is fast approaching in April and May. Visit the U Awards & Honors website for descriptions, nomination instructions and deadlines for each award.

The Extension Staff Consultative Committee (ESCC) also invites you to submit nominations for the annual Dean's Awards, which will be awarded at the Extension Staff Conference on April 25 (deadline to submit a nomination is April 1). Categories include: campus-based support staff, field-based support staff, program support staff and community nutrition educators. Visit the Extension intranet for nomination instructions and award information.

Elaine Hardy
ESCC Chair & Regional Support Staff, Brainerd

Congratulations to Gary Hachfeld, David Bau, Rob Holcomb, and Bill Craig, Extension educators in agricultural business management, on their February 2013 Journal of Extension article, "Multiple Year Extension Program Outcomes and Impacts Through Evaluation." The article illustrates how starting a program with the end in mind can provide meaningful and measurable outcomes and impacts across years.

Extension Entomologist Kenneth Ostlie has been awarded a research grant from Monsanto to further study corn rootworm, currently one of the most damaging corn pests. This award will fund Ostlie's research in retooling scouting methods and recalibrating action thresholds for trait and insecticide management options.

Call for Nominations: Dean's Distinguished Staff Awards

You are invited to nominate outstanding colleagues for the 2013 Extension Dean's distinguished awards for civil service and bargaining unit staff. The award categories are: distinguished campus and field support staff, program staff and community nutrition educator. All supervisors are encouraged to nominate an individual worthy of an award.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1. Guidelines and more information on how to nominate are available on the Dean's section of the Extension intranet. For questions, contact Shelly Tschida.

Bev Durgan
Dean

Each year the Dean's Leadership Council chooses several Extension staff for the chance to participate in Leadership for the 21st Century (Lead21) and National Extension Leadership Development (NELD)--two professional development programs with the goal of enhancing the work of Extension and staff leadership skills.

2013 Lead21 participants include: Laura Kalambokidis, Extension economist, Cathy Jordan, director, Children, Youth & Family Consortium, and Holli Arp, regional director, southwest. The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics, and Extension in order to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or as they aspire to other positions.

2013 NELD participants include: Amy Baker, chief technology officer, Kia Harries, Extension educator in educational design and development, and Susanne Hinirichs, regional director, northeast. The NELD program goals are to provide the opportunity for current and future Extension leaders and administrators to enhance leadership at all levels and provide vision as well as cutting-edge organizational tools.

Bev Durgan
Dean