July 15, 2010

State honor surprises Ken Vaughn

At a recent Iredell County Commissioners meeting, Ken Vaughn showed up to discuss an agenda item related to a proposed refurbishment project at the county fairgrounds.

That whole thing was a ruse to get Vaughn to the meeting, however, because he walked out of the commissioners' chambers carrying one of the most prestigious awards offered by the state of North Carolina.

Vaughn, who has been at the helm of the Iredell Cooperative Extension for three and a half decades, won the Old North State Award for his nearly half century of working for different Tar Heel counties.
Read more in the Statesville Landmark and Record

Posted by Dave at 04:13 PM

May 24, 2010

Miller named Friend of Conservation

Matthew "Matt" Miller, retiring in July after working 33 years as the Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service agent for livestock producers, received the Wilkes Soil and Water Conservation District's Friend of Conservation Award.

Read more in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot

Posted by Dave at 02:25 PM

April 07, 2010

Christine Smith recognized by N.C. Medical Journal

Christine Smith

Christine Smith, family and consumer sciences agent with Cooperative Extension in Wayne County, has been recognized by the N.C. Medical Journal’s “Tarheel Footprints in Health Care” for her nutrition and wellness efforts for the people of Wayne County. She was featured in an article in the January/February journal issue.

The article states, "As a family and consumer sciences agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County, Smith is committed to excellence in programming and to helping citizens improve their health and well-being. She develops and implements programs in nutrition, wellness, food preservation and family resource management. She is very visible and active in the community providing educational opportunities,both informal and formal, for citizens to learn about incorporating healthy foods and physical activity into their daily lifestyle."

Read more from the N.C. Medical Journal

Posted by Natalie at 02:16 PM

March 30, 2010

N.C. 4-H honors Sen. Dan Blue and Larry Stogner

The North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 6, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, N.C. The annual fundraising event will honor the lifetime achievements of former 4-H members, families and supporters. Media are invited.

North Carolina Sen. Dan Blue and ABC-11 senior anchor Larry Stogner will receive 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards. Dr. Chester Black, former state 4-H program leader, will be honored for his recent induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled to honor Senator Blue, Larry Stogner and Chester Black at the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards event,” said Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H program leader. “These gentlemen epitomize the very best of North Carolina 4-H and set a tremendous example for our young people to follow.”

The event also will include a “Showcase of Excellence,” with 4-H’ers from across the state demonstrating 4-H science and technology, community service and leadership projects. Their interactive exhibits will feature topics such as technology, the environment, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

“We’re very proud of our young people,” Stewart said. “This event highlights the wonderful work they’re doing in their communities and demonstrates the power of 4-H in their lives.”

The cost of the event is $100 per person, while corporate sponsorships are available for $500 to $25,000. Event support helps provide a strong foundation for 4-H, a program that helps young people become future community and business leaders. Ticket or sponsorship information is available from Dr. Michael Martin, executive director, N.C. 4-H Development Fund, at 919.513.8254 or mjmartin@ncsu.edu. In 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Awards event raised $182,815 to support the program.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. It took root as corn and tomato clubs in Ahoskie, N.C., in 1909, and soon evolved from a rural youth program into a statewide organization with more than 241,000 active members and 21,000 volunteers and youth development professionals.

For more information about or to register for the North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration, please visit: www.nc4h.org/donors/nc4h-lifetime-achievement.html.

-S. Stanard

Posted by Natalie at 10:46 AM

December 10, 2009

Strnad honored for service

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina recently honored Renee Strnad, environmental educator for Extension Forestry, for outstanding service. Strnad was recognized for her efforts to support the group’s annual conference, assisting with conference logistics and providing professional development opportunities.

In addition to being the state coordinator for Project Learning Tree (a multidisciplinary environmental education program for educators and Pre-K to 12 students), Strnad supports 4-H natural resource programs statewide. She is also a liaison between the College of Natural Resources and environmental educators. She works with Wiley Elementary School in Raleigh, where students in grades 3-5 measure trees in classes facilitated by N.C. State forestry students.

Posted by Natalie at 10:13 AM

October 29, 2009

Secretaries Association names winners

A number of Cooperative Extension secretaries received awards at the annual meeting of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Secretaries Association, held Sept. 18 in Greensboro. The awards, recipients and their respective districts are:
NCCESA Professional Improvement Scholarship: Tracy Brown, Campus Chapter
NCCESA Executive Board Award: Janet Mabry, Stanly County, South Central District
NCCESA Sue Mills Lighthouse Award: Janice Dotson, West District Director's Office

Secretary Awards for Excellence:
Jean Carter, Campus Chapter
Rebecca Castello, Northeast District
Joan Hobbes, Southeast District
Jane McDaniel, West District
Judy Moore, West Central District
State Winner: Jean Carter, Campus Chapter

Posted by Natalie at 11:01 AM

October 08, 2009

Communication Services' writer is State Fair's Deep Fried Ambassador


Extension Online News is proud that the first Deep Fried Ambassador for the State Fair is Communication Services' very own Suzanne, author of pretty*swell blog. Follow her posts on the State Fair's Deep Fried Ambassador page.

Posted by Natalie at 09:34 AM

August 26, 2009

Pikeville wheelchair hockey star receives award

Jon Greeson

Jonathan Greeson, a 4-H budget analyst in the Cooperative Extension Wayne County center, has received the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2009 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for North Carolina.

Read more at WRAL.com

Posted by Dave at 08:31 AM

May 15, 2009

Burleson honored by 4-H for Lifetime Achievement

Tommy Burleson
N.C. State basketball legend David Thompson, left, was on hand as his friend and teammate Tommy Burleson received the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H leader, and Caleb Black, right, state 4-H president.

The North Carolina Centennial 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration took place April 23 in Concord, where the annual fundraising event honored the lifetime achievements of former 4-H members, families and supporters. N. C. State University basketball legend Tommy Burleson received the 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award, and Family Legacy Awards were presented to the Teeter and Vanderbilt/Cecil families for their support of North Carolina 4-H.

“This event provides an outstanding venue to highlight today’s 4-H youth development program and the excellent job it does helping young people become competent, caring and contributing members of society,” said Dr. Marshall Stewart, state 4-H program leader. “We’re especially glad to honor Tommy Burleson, the Teeter family and the Vanderbilt/Cecil family. Their generosity and dedication have helped propel 4-H through its first 100 years and, without a doubt, will continue to strengthen our organization in the next century.”

Read more from Perspectives Latest News

Posted by Natalie at 03:54 PM

May 05, 2009

Richardson honored at retirement

John Richardson
John Richardson, left, receives the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Dr. Jim Flowers.

More than 140 friends, family members and N.C. State University colleagues gathered April 24 to recognize the career and achievements of Dr. John Richardson. Richardson is retiring as Agricultural Programs Accountability Manager and Extension Leader in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

During the reception at the at the JC Raulston Arboretum’s McSwain Education Center, Richardson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the State of North Carolina. Dr. James L. Flowers, AEE Department head and host of the event, presented the award in recognition of Richardson’s 40-year career of service to the state and to N.C. State University.

Read more from Perspectives Latest News

Posted by Natalie at 03:44 PM

February 18, 2009

Extension director's kindness will be missed

To many of the employees at the Davidson County Cooperative Extension Service, Robert Lopp was more than a boss - he was a friend who will be greatly missed after he retires Feb. 26.
Read more in The (Davidson County) Dispatch

Posted by Dave at 04:19 PM

January 30, 2009

Rufty leads sustainability effort

Dr. Tom Rufty has been named the first Bayer CropScience Professor of Sustainable Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, announced Jan. 22. The position is made possible by a $1 million endowment created by Bayer CropScience.

Rufty is co-director of the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education and a professor of environmental plant physiology in the Department of Crop Science. His research focuses on resource acquisition by plants and plant communities, and plant responses to environmental stress.

Posted by Natalie at 10:12 AM

Grabow leads study on irrigation technologies

The Town of Cary has partnered with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for a study on the effectiveness of new irrigation technologies. Dr. Garry Grabow, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering, will lead the study. Grabow hopes to solicit help from 24 Cary residents, who would be divided into four groups for the study, which is expected to last 18 months.

Posted by Natalie at 10:10 AM

September 23, 2008

Secretaries association presents 2008 awards

Awards were presented at the recent meeting of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Secretaries Association in Wilmington. The awards are listed, below, along with recipients by district. State winners are listed in each category as well. Congratulations to all these winners.

Secretary Award for Excellence, Technology Utilization and Implementation:
Campus - Donna Stewart
Northeast District - Risha Foreman
Southeast District - Debra West
West District - Ivy Olson
North Central District - Kay Evans
South Central District - Devona Beard
West Central District - Brenda Bowman
State Winner - Debra West

Secretary Award for Excellence, Special Leadership
Campus - Vicky Merritt
Northeast District - Teresa Story
Southeast District - Pamela Brylowe
West District - Cheryl Mitchell
South Central District - Susan Johnson
West Central District - Joyce Dorsey
State Winner - Vicky Merritt

Executive Board Award - Peggy Elliott
Sue Mills Lighthouse Award - Nancy Miller
Dr. Jon and Mrs. Debbie Ort Scholarship Award for Outstanding Cooperative Extension Personnel - Elizabeth Wilson
NCCESA Professional Improvement Scholarship - Anita Wright

Posted by Natalie at 02:55 PM

September 15, 2008

Liles inducted into Hall of Fame

Richard Liles

Dr. Richard T. Liles, retired from the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, is among seven exemplary educators recognized with one of the most coveted awards in the adult and continuing education field, induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. This special induction ceremony for the Class of 2008 was held Sept. 8 in the Hall’s institutional home at the University of Oklahoma.

Educational scholars and practitioners whose contributions provide the foundation for continuing education and adult learning are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

During his 36-year career at NC State University, Liles served with distinction in a variety of significant leadership roles. His contributions to the body of knowledge and practice of non-formal adult education were derived from his position as a practitioner, leader and scholar in the roles of county 4-H extension educator, state 4-H extension specialist, state extension training leader, state director of Cooperative Extension’s Personal and Organizational Development System, associate head and interim head of the Agricultural and Extension Education Department and associate professor.

The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame Symposium. The symposium’s guest speaker was Dr. Bobby Moser, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee. Moser oversees one of the largest adult, continuing education and extension programs in the nation as vice president for Agricultural Administration and University Outreach at Ohio State University. He is also the founding leader of the American Distance Education Consortium.

The official home for the Hall of Fame is the University Outreach Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE), Thurman J. White Forum Building, Norman, OK. The late Thurman J. White, founder of OCCE, envisioned a hall of fame to honor and document contributions of the past to better build the future. White worked with the University Continuing Education Association, American Society for Training and
Development, American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, ECOP/National Association of State University and Land Grant Colleges, to establish the Hall of Fame in 1995.

For more information about the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and for a gallery of past inductees see www.halloffame.outreach.ou.edu.

Other inductees for the 2008 Induction were:
• Hazel Benn, posthumous, Colonel and creator of the voluntary education program within the United States Marine Corps
• Paulo Freire, posthumous, Brazilian philosopher, social activist and adult educator
• Paula Harbecke, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs, Regis College
• Mortimer Neufville, Ph.D., executive vice president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
• Michael Omolewa, professor, ambassador of the Permanent Delegation of Nigeria to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
• Thomas Sork, Ph.D., professor of educational studies, University of British Columbia

Posted by Natalie at 03:10 PM

September 12, 2008

Ag agents group presents awards

North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents has announced its 2008 award winners, listed below:

Della King, Sampson County Extension horticultural agent, received the NCACAA Young Agent Scholarship Award.
Kim Woods, Extension livestock agent in Person County received a NCACAA Achievement Award.
Amy Andrews, Extension area livestock agent based in Craven County, received Achievement Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Keith Walters, Hoke County Extension director and agricultural agent, received Achievement Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Silas Brown, Clay County Extension Agricultural Agent, received Achievement Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Charles Young, area agriculture agent based in Onslow County, received Distinguished Service Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Diana Rashash, area Extension environmental education agent based in Onslow County, received Distinguished Service Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Jeff Carpenter, area Extension livestock agent based in Catawba County, received Distinguished Service Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Nelson Brownlee, Extension area farm management agent based in Robeson County, received Distinguished Service Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Ron Hughes, Johnston County Extension livestock agent, received Distinguished Service Awards from NCACAA and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Posted by Natalie at 02:57 PM

Sue Counts endowment fund established

Sue Counts is stepping down as director of the Watauga County center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, but her name will live on as a contributor to local educational and community-development programs. An endowment fund is being established that will support local programs in the years ahead, and Counts has asked that people contribute to the fund instead of commemorating her retirement with gifts. A retirement event is scheduled for Oct. 12 that will also raise money for the endowment.

Read more in The Mountain Times

Posted by Dave at 01:33 PM

August 19, 2008

Hunt wins prestigious agricultural engineering award

The American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) recently named Dr. Bill Hunt winner of one of its most prestigious honors, the Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award.

Hunt, a professional engineer and an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, was recognized for exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions as a researcher, educator and extension specialist.

The award, presented at the July ASABE annual international meeting in Providence, R.I., honors an individual under age 40 who has demonstrated outstanding success in motivating others to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to improve agricultural operations, according to an ASABE press release.

An 11-year ASABE member, Hunt is highly respected for his innovative urban stormwater management program, one of the largest stormwater applied research programs in the U.S.

The work he and his colleagues conduct has changed the way stormwater practices are designed and used. Working with Bill Lord, a North Carolina Cooperative Extension agent, he pioneered the first certification program worldwide for landscape industry professionals on stormwater practice inspection and maintenance.

Hunt has established effective partnerships with state agencies, local governments and the private sector, and has provided leadership in attracting more than $4 million in external support for his research programs.

His active program has helped elevate a valuable agricultural and biological engineering presence in a field previously dominated by civil engineers. He provides maintenance of stormwater management devices expertise and has specifically targeted the engineering community and the landscape industry.

Hunt co-chaired and co-organized the 2004 Southeastern Stormwater Conference, and chaired and organized the 2nd National Conference on Low Impact Development in 2007. He has conducted more than 120 workshops, training sessions and field tours within North Carolina and across 19 states.

He has authored or co-authored more than 85 peer-reviewed extension publications, media articles, electronic materials, refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, an educational video and book chapters, and delivered more than 120 presentations at conferences and meetings.

Hunt holds three N.C. State degrees: civil engineering (B.S., 1994); economics (B.S., 1995) and biological and agricultural engineering (M.S., 1997); and a 2003 doctorate in agricultural and biological engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

ASABE, founded in 1907, is a 10,000-member international professional and technical organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, agricultural and food systems.

-- A. Latham

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August 14, 2008

Emeritus professor takes international honor in biometry

Dr. Larry Nelson, professor emeritus of statistics and forestry at North Carolina State University, recently was awarded the Rob Kempton Award for Outstanding
Contribution to the Development of Biometry in the Developing World.

Nelson received the award in July at the 24th Biennial Conference of the International Biometric Society (IBS) at the University College Dublin, Ireland.

Professor Rob Kempton, the prominent Scottish statistician for whom the award is named, was president-elect of the IBS at the time of his early death in 2003. He had actively trained those in developing countries on the proper use of biometrical procedures and in promoting the profession in those countries.

Nelson, who served six years as assistant dean for international programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State before his 2007 retirement, is the award’s second recipient.

He created IBS’s Central American and Caribbean Region, which serves Central America, the Caribbean islands, Colombia and Venezuela. The region provides networking for biometricians who otherwise might be isolated.

Nelson served 10 years as IBS business manager and treasurer in the late 1960s and early 1970s and chaired its awards committee in the late 1980s. He has also collaborated with young statisticians throughout the developing world, often by presenting intensive short courses in experimental design.

He received his bachelor of science degree at Iowa State University, his master’s of science degree at Texas A. and M. University and his Ph. D. at N.C. State. He was on the University of Hawaii faculty three years before joining the N.C. State faculty in 1964.

Nelson is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Sigma Iota Rho. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

-- A. Latham

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August 07, 2008

Ronald Hughes honored with Distinguished Service Awards

Ronald Hughes, Extension livestock agent, received Distinguished Service Awards from the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Distinguished Service Awards are the most prestigious awards presented by both associations. Winners are selected based on their support and involvement in professional development associations as well as programming excellence.

Read more in the Dunn Daily Record

Posted by Dave at 11:01 AM

July 11, 2008

Horticulture students win design scholarships

horticulture students
From left: Dr. Pat Lindsey and some of her horticulture class -- Chris Reid, Erica Pineiro, Chase Erwin -- at the Wakefield 'Renaissance' site.

Christopher Reid and Chase Erwin, recent North Carolina State University graduates, this spring were each awarded a $1,500 Wakefield Development Co. scholarship for a drought-tolerant landscape design for a public village green at Renaissance Park community near Raleigh.

Reid’s and Erwin’s winning design, “Olio Trace,” which combines elements of historic Tryon Palace architecture and an appeal to Generation X lifestyles, includes drought-tolerant ornamental grasses, trees and perennials, as well as open-space pockets.

On-site work began on implementing the design in mid-June, Erwin said.

Reed, Erwin and other students in Dr. Pat Lindsey’s principles in plant design course (HS 416) in the College’s Horticultural Science Department created and presented drought-tolerant design plans. The class visited the site early in the semester.

In the first project of this kind in the department, Lindsey asked the class to incorporate both low-maintenance “hardscapes,” which include structural elements and produce a strong sense of design; and “softscapes,” which include a plant and grass selection attractive to birds and butterflies. They also had to include an educational component for homeowners.

”This project was huge,” said Erwin. “It took two months and probably a couple hundred hours collectively between us to complete. But the opportunity was too great not to put everything into it.

“Money is always motivation for a college student,” he said, “but for us, the idea of seeing a real design come into fruition was the ultimate push. We do countless designs in school that never get implemented so the appeal starts to wear off towards your senior year. You find yourself saying, ‘Oh, just another design that vanishes into thin air.’ So when we were selected, the excitement and relief were immeasurable. It was the icing on the cake for our senior year.”

The winning team was chosen by a panel of industry experts, with input from Renaissance Park residents.

“We were thrilled with the professional quality of work we received from the students,” said John Myers, Wakefield Development Co. president, in a press release. “All three projects were outstanding, and made our decision difficult. With ‘Olio Trace,’ specifically, there is a true sense of human scale and intimacy. We look forward to implementing this design into the community.”
-A. Latham

Posted by Art at 02:15 PM

June 02, 2008

Three receive award for river video

New River graphic.jpg

Diana Rashash of North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Onslow County, Ken Ellzey of Communication Services, and Ed Jones, associate director and state program leader for ANR/CRD, have been recognized for the creation of a video about the New River in Onslow County. The three received an award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals at its meeting in Madison, Wis., in May. Rashash was executive producer, while Ellzey shot and edited the video. Ed Jones provided funding for this project.

The video, titled “Caring for a River . . . Onslow County's New River,” is a 32-minute program that explores ways a variety of groups -- government and volunteer -- work to take care of the New River in Onslow County. This is the largest river in the state that starts and ends in the same county.

The ANREP Awards Program fosters high standards among its members and helps expand the use of high-quality, innovative materials and programs by honoring the outstanding members and partners as well as the educational materials and programs they have developed. For more information, visit: http://anrep.org/awards

Posted by Natalie at 03:27 PM

May 29, 2008

Ranney wins top gardener award

Tom Ranney, horticultural professor based at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Fletcher, has received one of the American Horticultural Society's 2008 Great American Gardener Awards, the H. Marc Cathey Award.

Individuals, organizations and businesses receiving these awards represent the best in American gardening. Each has contributed significantly to fields such as plant research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening teaching and conservation. Recipients will be honored June 6 at the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet in Alexandria, Va.

Posted by Natalie at 02:54 PM

May 13, 2008

Specialists' association grants awards

The North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists presented awards at its recent May meeting.

Dr. David Tarpy, Extension apiculture specialist, received the award for outstanding individual Extension program. Tarpy was nominated by Dr. Jack Bacheler, department Extension leader for entomology.

Dr. Matt Poore, livestock specialist, received NCACES's first Special Specialist Award for his work assisting agents and livestock owners during the 2007-08 drought. He was nominated by Charles Young of Ashe County; Gerda Rhodes of Washington County; Jeff Carpenter, area specialized agent based in Catawba County; Amy Andrews of Craven County on behalf of the Southeast District agents; and Becky Spearman of Bladen County, on behalf of the South Central District agents.

Other Special Specialist nominees were:

* Bill Cline, blueberry and grape production specialist from Castle Hayne, nominated by Wayne Batten of Pender County
* Liz Driscoll, 4-H specialist with responsibilities in horticulture, crop science and soil science, nominated by April Bowman of Forsyth County
* Jim Dunphy, crop science specialist, nominated by Tim Hambrick of Forsyth and Stokes County
* Greg Jennings, biological and agricultural engineering specialist, nominated by Allen Caldwell of Caldwell County
* Anthony LeBude, horticulture specialist, nominated by Cliff Ruth of Henderson County
* Mike Parker, horticulture specialist, nominated by Roger Galloway of Montgomery County
* Ben Silliman, 4-H specialist, nominated by Barbara Dunn Swanson of Randolph County
* Jim Turner, livestock specialist based in Waynesville, nominated by Randy Collins of Graham County, and
* Mike Waldvogel, urban entomology specialist, nominated by Linda Blue and Nancy Ostergaard of Buncombe County.
-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 02:49 PM

May 09, 2008

Retiree Rogister receives Rotary's highest award

Bill Rogister, left, of Northampton County receives the Service Above Self Award from Barry Rassin, director of Rotary International. (Photo courtesy of Bill Rogister)

Bill Rogister, retired Northampton County Extension director and a member of Rotary Club of Northampton County, has earned Rotary International's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award. The award was presented recently by Barry Rassin, director of Rotary International, at the annual conference of Rotary District 7720 in Kitty Hawk. The award recognizes exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others on a continuing basis.

Among Rogister's Rotary service activities, he initiated and led eight area membership development workshops for two years, served as a group Study Exchange (GSE) Team Leader to Philippines, coordinated GSE to Philippines, Mexico and England, and hosted GSE Team Members. He helped start the Family to Family Project, matching Rotarian families with disadvantaged families for mentoring and encouragement.

He presented three papers at Rotary World Community Service Summit on Sustainable Development in Cairo and served as Zone 33 Coordinator for the Rotary Action Group on Population and Development. Rogister initiated the Rotary Club Award of Excellence to recognize local citizens for community service and started the Rotary Club Career Intern Program for local students to learn about trades and professions. As Governor of District 7720, he led 46 clubs to conduct special Rotary Centennial community service projects.

Among Rogister's non-Rotary service activities, he served as a volunteer in Paraguay, 2005, developing cooperatives and policies for 10 technicians to teach 6,000 small-scale farmers. In 2003, he was a volunteer to Yardimli Farmers Union, Azerbaijan, consulting on conservation tillage. He also was a volunteer consultant on cotton production and marketing, Uganda, 2001; Fergana Valley of Kyrgyzstan, 2003; and Akshola-Sarai Farmers Association, Kyrgyzstan, 2000. To enhance peanut production and marketing, he partnered with Peace Corps in Suriname, 2001; served as ACDI/VOCA volunteer in Bolivia both in 2000 and 1999, increasing yields by 30 percent. In Azerbaijan, he helped internally displaced persons from war with Armenia start small-scale peanut production for family income.

At home, he served on North Carolina Agro-Medicine Board, Woodland Planning Board, helped initiated Woodland Family Celebration, Christmas for Kids, raised funds for 4-H Youth Camp, helped start a 4-H Club and established a 4-H entrepreneur project for youth. He also volunteered for the Hurricane Mitch recovery effort in Honduras.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.

Posted by Natalie at 07:57 AM

March 06, 2008

Bearon named Gerontology and Geriatics Fellow

Dr. Lucille B. Bearon, adult development/aging specialist and associate professor in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences is among seven 2007-2008 Fellows in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, named by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). The group was honored in February during the 34th annual AGHE meeting in Baltimore, Md.

AGHE confers Fellowship status in recognition of outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatrics education by established scholars and educators. Fellowship status is open to individuals with well-established careers of achievement in gerontology/geriatrics education who are employed by an AGHE member institution.

Qualifications include outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship and research on educational issues, influential research publications or theoretical contributions used in gerontology/geriatric education and training, or leadership in administration and funding of gerontology/geriatrics educational programs, including development of new programs.

Posted by Natalie at 11:14 AM

January 22, 2008

Agents chosen for county Extension directors training

The Leadership Institute for New and Aspiring County Extension Directors is a training experience designed to develop leaders among the field faculty of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Developed and delivered as a partnership between Personal and Organizational Development and the County Operations Team, the institute is focused on organizationally identified leadership competencies in an effort to strengthen the leadership potential of each participant.

The 2008 Institute will be delivered during four retreats, each lasting three-day/two nights, over the course of this year. The nominations for the Institute were completed late last year, and after a review by a panel of NCCE leaders from both campus and the field, the following individuals were accepted into the class of 2008:

Arthur Bradley, Edgecombe County
Jeffrey Bradley, Buncombe County
Patricia Cahoon, Carteret County
Susan Chase, Beaufort County
Roger Cobb, Alamance County
Anne Edwards, Carteret County
Shari Farless, Chowan County
Jennifer Grable, Person County
Rod Gurganus, Beaufort County
Michael Hylton, Stokes County
Julie Jones, Davidson County
Donna Mull, Catawba County
Joan Reid, Granville County
Mark Seitz, Jones County
Debbie Stroud, Johnston County
Jewel Winslow, Perquimans County

Posted by Natalie at 11:44 AM

December 05, 2007

ESP's Xi Chapter gives awards

The Xi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi professional development organization presented awards at its recent annual meeting in Greensboro. Awards, recipients and their counties or departments are listed below.

For more information on the recipients, Cooperative Extension employees can visit the ESP Awards page on Intranet site.

Bernadette Watts ESP Professional Improvement Scholarship, Natalie Hampton, Communication Services
Early Career Service Award, Eve Honeycutt, Lenoir and Greene counties
Mid-Career Service Award, Debbie Bost, Cabarrus County
Diversity/Multicultural Award - Team, Randolph County staff
Diversity Award - Individual, Mark Blevins, Gaston County
Visionary Leadership Award, Christine Barrier, Cabarrus County
State Friend of Extension Award, UNC-TV
International Award, Pete Anderson, Pamlico County
State Meritorious Support Award, Carol Horne, Rutherford County
Distinguished Service Award, Lanny Hass, Personal and Organizational Development group
Administrative Leadership Award, Wanda Sykes, Northeast District director
Retiree Service Award, Billy Caldwell
Team Award, Northeast Ag Expo team: Tommy Grandy, Currituck; Paul Smith, Gates; Lewis Smith, Perquimans; Mark Powell, Camden; Dr. Carl Crozier, N.C. State; Dr. Ron Heiniger, N.C. State; and Al Wood, Pasquotank

County Performance Awards (by district)
Southwest District, Lincoln County
Southeast District, Wayne County
Northeast District, Perquimans County
Northwest District, Forsyth County
South Central District, Stanly County

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November 20, 2007

Roos named CFSA 'Agent of the Year'

Debbie Roos, Chatham County agricultural agent, received the Agent of the Year Award for North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Programs from Carolina Farm Stewardship. Roos is recognized nationally for her work promoting small farms and healthy farm ecosystems and for her award-winning Web site, "Growing Small Farms." Carolina Farm Stewardship Association serves both North and South Carolina in its efforts to promote sustainable agriculture practices.

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October 26, 2007

Ort, Esbenshade elected to national board

Two administrators in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been elected to the Policy Board of Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), a unit of the Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources (CFERR) of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Dr. Jon Ort, N.C. State University assistant vice chancellor for extension, engagement and economic development, director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of the College, was re-elected Cooperative Extension Director for the policy board.

Dr. Ken Esbenshade, associate dean and director of academic programs for the College, was elected Academic Programs Director for the board.

The election of Ort and Esbenshade gives the College representation in two of only nine positions on this national board.

The Cooperative Extension Section represents the directors and administrators of member Extension organizations within NASULGC member institutions. As part of CFERR, this section partners with federal agencies, other public and private institutions and county governments around the nation to bring research-based educational programs to U.S. citizens.

The mission of the Academic Programs Section is to assure that the development of human capital in agriculture, food, natural resources and related areas is a preeminent concern of the land-grant and state university system and its federal partners.

NASULGC’s Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources focuses on cross-cutting issues related to agriculture, forestry, human sciences, natural resources, ecological sciences, oceans and atmosphere, and veterinary medicine in the functional areas of research, extension, and academic programs. The commission seeks to formulate and implement an integrated federal-relations program and formulate Congressional budget recommendations in these high-priority areas of national concern, and to forge partnerships with government agencies whose mission areas are congruent with the commission’s activities.

Posted by Natalie at 08:43 AM

October 23, 2007

Cope to lead conservation society

Dr. Gregory Cope, associate professor and department Extension leader in the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department at North Carolina State University, has been elected president-elect of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) for 2007-2008. He joined the FMCS Executive Committee in 2007 as president-elect and will assume leadership of the society in 2009 for a two-year term.

With about 375 members from throughout North America and the world, the FMCS is dedicated to the conservation of freshwater mollusks, North America's most imperiled animals, through research, education, and outreach. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks and who supports the mission of the society, including advocating for conservation of freshwater molluscan resources, serving as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks, promoting science-based management of freshwater mollusks, and promoting and facilitating education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems.

Cope joined NC State as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Toxicology, in 1997. Prior to his appointment at NC State, Cope was a research fisheries biologist and aquatic toxicologist with the United States Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wis., for six years.

Cope earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, master’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and doctorate in toxicology and fisheries biology from Iowa State University.

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October 19, 2007

Moyer receives research and education award

Jim Moyer receives award
Dr. Jim Moyer, right, head of N.C. State's Department of Plant Pathology, receives the 2007 Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education from the Society of American Florists (Photo courtesy of SAF)

Dr. James W. Moyer, head of North Carolina State University’s Department of Plant Pathology, received the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) 2007 Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education on Sept. 27 at the annual Industry Awards Dinner during SAF’s 123rd Annual Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Alex Laurie Award, established in 1948, is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to research and education in the floriculture industry. The award is named for Alex Laurie who, throughout a career that spanned more than 60 years, laid the groundwork for research that revolutionized the floriculture industry and who left a lineage of students, teachers and researchers continuing to provide the information necessary to ensure the industry’s future.

Active in both teaching and research on viruses affecting floral and vegetable crops, Moyer’s expertise is recognized and relied upon worldwide. In the 1980s, Moyer discovered the existence of a new virus, the impatiens necrotic tospovirus (INSV), which others had assumed to be merely a strain of the tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV).

The INSV became extraordinarily important to the floriculture industry because it is spread by the difficult-to-manage Western flower thrips.

“Dr. Moyer has improved our industry by developing critical knowledge of viruses and genetic engineering,” says Margery Daughtrey, senior extension associate with Cornell University’s Department of Plant Pathology. “Of equal importance, he has always been available to the flower industry, offering his considerable expertise and good counsel.”

Moyer’s work on the biology of INSV supplied research that was the basis for developing test kits industry members use to diagnose INSV. He has continued to investigate both INSV and TSWV, conducting research to help solve growers’ problems, and is currently investigating ways that viruses are able to adapt to new hosts and to overcome resistance in plants.

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October 05, 2007

4-H camping program receives award

Sertoma 4-H camp
A camper enjoys horseback riding at North Carolina's Sertoma 4-H Educational Center in Westfield.

North Carolina 4-H Camps and Conference Centers have been awarded the Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence. The award was presented by Tony Oyenarte, president-elect of the Southeastern Section of the American Camp Association. The presentation was made during the Section’s Fall Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. The American Camp Association has 263 accredited camps in the Southeast.

The Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence is given in recognition of existing programs of exceptional nature occurring at a camp or retreat center in the Southeast. Nominations are judged on uniqueness, creativity and imaginative programming; relevance to the needs of participants; involvement of target participants in planning or implementation; adaptability and potential for program replication; cooperative efforts with other organizations, agencies, or camps, and the ability of the program to meet its stated objectives.

Larry Hancock, Extension specialist for the North Carolina 4-H Camps & Conference Centers, said that the award was a pleasant surprise reflective of the efforts of many. He noted the partnerships that the 4-H camps have with N.C. State University campus departments, civic clubs, state associations and the military that provide unique programming for the state’s youth.

The American Camp Association noted that the North Carolina 4-H Camps and Centers have a rich tradition that dates back to 1927. The Association pointed out the relevance of current programming as evidenced by the NC Legislature providing $7.5 million in funding for improvements of the NC 4-H Camps.

Posted by Natalie at 08:50 AM

October 04, 2007

4-H professionals receive awards

The following 4-H professionals recently received awards:

TC Blalock Awards (1-3 years): Morgan Maness, Patricia Cahoon
TC Blalock Awards (4-6 years): Julie Jones, Jennifer Brewer
Dalton Proctor Award: Juanita Bailey
Michael A. Davis Award: Katherine Williams
Program Assistant Award (1-3 years): Kelly James
Program Assistant Award (4-6 years): Joyce Bailey
Program Assistant Award (more than 7 years): Linda Blackburn
Achievement Service Awards: Lori McBryde, Angela Shaver, Kyleen Burgess, Julie Jones
Distinguished Service Awards: April Dillon, Katherine Williams, Ellen Owens, Sandy Hall
Meritorious Award: Juanita Bailey
25-Year Service Awards: Ed Emory, Reba Green-Holley
Diversity Award: Sandy Hall

Communicator Awards
Excellence in Teamwork: Morgan Maness, Barb Swanson, Kevin Moore, Peggie Lewis
Excellence in Camping Team: Angela Shaver, Sandra Kelly, Stacie Kinlaw, Carol Strickland, Willie Kay McDuffie, Kathy Cooper
4-H After-school Award of Excellence: Reba Green-Holley
Power of Youth: Spring Williams
Excellence in Teen Program Individual: Angela Shaver
Educational Package Individual: Morgan Maness
Educational Package Team: Laura Byrd, Karen McNight, Union Co. Public School Vocational Agriculture Education Program
Educational Piece Exhibit: Laura Byrd
Feature Story: Teri Bost
Media Presentation: Judy West
News Story: Judy West
Periodic Publication, Individual: Melody Sikes
Periodic Publication, Team: Angela Shaver, Devona Beard, Sandra Kelly, Kent Wooten, Becky Spearman, Ryan Harrelson
Promotional Piece, Individual: Beth Davis
Promotional Piece, Team: Sean Higgins, Brynn Dutcher
Published Photo: Sean Higgins
Radio: Rebecca Liverman
Personal Column: Sean Higgins
Promotional Package Individual: Ginger Morlock
Promotional Package Team: Laura Byrd, Anthony Proctor, Laura Grier
Interactive Website: Laura Byrd
Educational Piece, Individual: Morgan Maness

Regional and National Awards:
Excellence in 4-H Afterschool Programming - National Winners:
Reba Green-Holley, Shevon Riddick, Lovie Roscoe, Gates County
Interactive Website - National Winners: Laura Byrd and Anthony Proctor, Union County
Communicator Award, Exhibit - Southern Region Winners: Laura Byrd, Anthony Proctor and Laura Grier, Union County
Communicator Award, Personal Column: Sean Higgins, Granville County

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September 07, 2007

Miller to lead national ag agents association

Fred Miller, Extension director for Catawba County, was elected president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at its annual meeting held recently in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Read more from The Charlotte Observer

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September 05, 2007

Emeritus crop science professor receives honorary degree

Charles A. Brim, a noted agronomist, University of Nebraska alumnus, and Spalding, Neb., native, received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the university's summer commencement exercises held in August. Brim is professor emeritus of crop science at North Carolina State University.

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August 16, 2007

Two Extension programs receive Star Awards

Leigh Guth
Leigh Guth, right, talks with a symposium participant about Foothills Fresh, which received an award from the N.C. Fruits and Veggies Nutrition (Photo courtesy of Leah Chester-Davis)

The North Carolina Fruits and Veggies Nutrition (formerly 5 A Day) Coalition recognized two North Carolina Cooperative Extension programs for their outstanding efforts in promoting better health for all North Carolinians by increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption.

At its annual symposium on Aug. 8 at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, the coalition presented a Gold Star Award to Foothills Fresh, a local food initiative that helps farmers in a four-county area market their fresh produce, farm products and agricultural tourism.

A Silver Star Award was presented to Ann Simmons, Iredell County, for her community outreach events to encourage participants to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Accepting the award for Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties, were Leigh Guth, family and consumer sciences agent, Lincoln; Melinda Houser, family and consumer sciences agent, Lincoln; and Linda Minges, family and consumer sciences agent, Gaston. Guth is the coordinator of Foothills Fresh.

The effort is an example of integrated programming, with team contributions from agriculture, horticulture, 4-H and family and consumer sciences and communication services Extension personnel. In addition, farmers, agricultural tourism providers and county public information and chamber of commerce representatives provide input as part of the Foothills Fresh Advisory Committee.

In her presentation of the awards, Zoe McKay-Tucker of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, cited Foothills Fresh for its campaign to encourage people to increase their daily intake of fruits and vegetables, to buy from local farmers and to visit local farms. The leadership team in the four-county region educates people about what is grown locally, where to find it and why it’s best to buy locally. The leadership team also promotes farm tours and keeps the public informed about offerings at the local farmers’ market.

Foothills Fresh has garnered attention in the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Parent Magazine, Lake Norman Magazine and numerous other dailies and weeklies in the greater Charlotte region. Participation in Foothills Fresh grew by 35 percent in a 12-month period, from 30 to 46 farms.

Guth, who was one of the featured speakers at the day-long symposium, sings the praises of local foods. “Local fruits and vegetables are picked ripe. The food in the grocery store has been picked at least 14 days before it arrives in a store and it has traveled 1,400 miles. Which do you think tastes better?” asks Guth.

When news media reports feature food safety scares and concerns regarding food shipped from China and elsewhere, the uncertainty of where the food comes from is removed when you buy locally, she said. Guth mentioned many other benefits of local foods, including health, environmental, genetic diversity, economic and community.

She provided examples for each such as the work Foothills Fresh is doing by connecting local farmers with local schools to provide produce; farm tours and markets that encourage people to get to know local farmers; and farms that provide produce that is reminiscent of what our grandparents might have grown, with delicious flavors that simply aren’t available in produce that is bred to survive early picking times and travel for two weeks.

Guth cited a University of Maine study that said that for every 1 percent of your food dollar spent locally, you increase a farmer’s income by 5 percent, which often goes into the local economy. “That’s tasty economic development,” she said.

The Cooperative Extension leadership team that coordinates Foothills Fresh has developed numerous promotional items including brochures and a Web site. Visit www.foothillsfresh.com. The team is currently working with its membership to gear up for fall festivals and other events that will draw people from the Charlotte region.

Ann Simmons
Ann Simmons, right, shares tips with Diane Ronan on how to select tomatoes for canning. (Photo courtesy of Ann Simmons)

Simmons, family and consumer sciences agent, was recognized for events she holds throughout Iredell County where she demonstrates creative and delicious ways to prepare fruits and vegetables. She says that “simple, quick recipes that taste good make the difference.”

Simmons’s work is also an example of integrated programming. She partners with her Extension colleagues in Iredell and with a number of local organizations to reach community college employees, children in summer programs, childcare providers, parents, diabetic patients, senior citizens and others.

Simmons works with Nelson McCaskill, 4-H youth development agent, to offer classes throughout the year. Through Families Eating Smart, Moving More, Dining with Diabetes and the Curious Cooks 4-H Club, Ann incorporates lessons on how to prepare fruits and vegetables. She also works with one of the local farmers’ markets to demonstrate how to use what’s available at the market.

Simmons teams with Don Breedlove, horticulture agent, by using the Iredell Center’s demonstration garden for her classes. Participants tour the garden to learn about vegetable varieties and how they can grow them in a small space. She uses produce and herbs from the garden for some of her cooking classes.

Simmons says that many people simply don’t know how to prepare produce. Class attendees often say they don’t like vegetables but end up enjoying ones that Simmons prepares. She says parents are always surprised when their children attend cooking classes and then eat the dishes they have helped prepare.

“My goal has been to make it easy for people to eat more fruits and veggies by showing them how to use fresh, frozen, or canned items and taking advantage of what is in season,” she said. During the last year, she has provided valuable cooking lessons and demonstrations to more than 1,000 participants.
-L. Chester-Davis

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August 13, 2007

Agricultural agents present awards

North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents recognized agents who have provided outstanding programs during the association’s annual meeting June 20 in Southern Pines.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to five agricultural agents who have demonstrated outstanding service in their counties or area. Nominees for this award must have at least 10 years of service and be members of the agents’ association. Each winner receives a plaque and financial support to attend our national meeting and professional improvement conference held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in July.

Those receiving the Distinguished Service Award include:
· Marjorie L. Rayburn, area agent for Gates, Chowan, and Perquimans counties, received the Distinguished Service Award. She has served as an agricultural Extension agent since January 1991.
· Linda Blue of Rowan County, who has served as an agricultural Extension agent for 20 years.
· Ralph Blalock Jr. of Edgecombe County, who has been an Extension agent for more than 28 years.
· Dalton Dockery of Columbus County (soon to be Bladen County's Extension director) has led the horticulture, forestry, and pesticide education Extension programming efforts for more than 11 years in North Carolina.
· Allan Thornton of Sampson County has worked for North Carolina Cooperative Extension for 14 years.

The Achievement Award is given to agents from across the state for the purpose of recognizing those Agents who have less than ten years of experience and who are doing an exceptionally good job. Winners are:
· Diane Turner of Henderson County.
· Debbie Roos of Chatham County.
· Kevin Johnson of Wayne County.
· Kelly Groves of Vance and Warren counties.

The association’s Young Agent Scholarship Award was presented to Tiffanee Conrad-Acuna for providing outstanding programs as a member of this Cooperative Extension professional association. This recognition supported her attendance of the national meeting of this professional association in Grand Rapids, Mich., recently.

Conrad-Acuna is a livestock agent in Richmond County, who started work Cooperative Extension in 2003 as an area livestock agent serving Robeson, Scotland and Hoke counties.

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July 31, 2007

Development, county program staff earn awards

Development and county program staff for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences received several national awards during the National Agricultural and Alumni Development Association's Annual Conference in June at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The awards the group received, along with the events or projects recognized are:
· First place, Development Event Program: 2007 Making Magic Motorsports Expo
· Second place, Print Media 4-Color Newsletter: Swannanoa 4-H Center Fall Program Update
· Second place, Print Media Solicitation Materials: NC Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation brochure
· Third place, Print Media Solicitation Materials: NC Citizenship Focus: A Capital Experience

The association members represent all land-grant universities across the country, and there were more than 200 entries in the awards competition this year.

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May 07, 2007

Four Extension faculty honored

North Carolina State University faculty and EPA staff members received Outstanding Extension Service Awards at the Fifth Annual Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development "Celebrating the Engaged University" Awards Dinner. The ceremony was April 23 at the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, North Carolina State University. The evening included award presentations and the induction of the newest members of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.

William Hunt III, Extension specialist in biological and agricultural engineering, and David Jordan, Extension specialist in crop science, were inducted into the university's Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension. The academy induction recognizes and promotes the collaborative and interdisciplinary contributions of faculty working in extension activities universitywide.

Hunt and Jordan were also received Outstanding Extension Awards, along with Rett Davis, Alamance County Extension director, and Kenneth Reeves, Buncombe County Extension director. These awards recognize outstanding faculty and EPA employees of N.C. State University who are engaged in meaningful and beneficial collaboration between the University and external partners and communities. Faculty and EPA staff have a unique and fundamental role within land-grant universities.

They assess needs, develop appropriate programs to address those needs, and often work outside the traditional classroom. Their objectives are to provide education and assistance that will help people make decisions and solve problems. Faculty members team with professional peers to see that relevant knowledge and technology are brought to bear on clients' problems.

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April 16, 2007

Extension Service highlights work

Help for a teen mother, an intergenerational garden, guidance for farmers and a television show on senior nutrition are a few of the outreach programs offered through the Cooperative Extension Service. The Extension Service annually makes a report to the Moore County Board of Commissioners at a luncheon meeting.

Extension Director Craven Hudson tried something new this year. Instead of statistical reports by staff members, the report took the form of what he called "a snapshot of what we do."

Read more from the Southern Pines Pilot.

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April 13, 2007

Guilford County program wins statewide award

Summer Salsa Sizzle
A lucky salsa contest winner celebrates at Guilford County's Summer Salsa Sizzle held in August.

An educational initiative to help Guilford’s growing Latino population has earned the county a statewide award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. "Summer Salsa Sizzle" was one of nine county programs from around the state to win a 2006 Outstanding County Program Award from the NCACC.

Latinos make up the fastest-growing segment of the population in Guilford County. More than 5 percent of all county citizens are Latino in origin, and county Cooperative Extension Center officials saw a need to reach out to these citizens to build a base of trust and allow other citizens to learn more diversity about Latino culture.

The result was an event called “Summer Salsa Sizzle,” a one-night event in August 2006. Roughly 250 individuals attended, including 112 Latinos. Activities were offered free of charge, with expenses paid by Cooperative Extension.

Activities included a salsa cooking contest, and a free salsa tasting kicked off the evening. Mini-sessions that boasted topics such as ethnic vegetable gardening and Spanish 101 followed, and volunteers from the 4-H Club and Americorps Youth provided games and activities for children. At the event finale, participants learned to Salsa
Dance while listening to a host of local Latino bands.

Organizers attribute the event’s success to the partnership between Cooperative Extension and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Center for New North Carolinians. The center provided translators for the event, aided in marketing efforts, and secured Latino vendors and entertainment. The center’s staff continues to refer clients to Cooperative Extension and has helped translate several of the service’s publications to Spanish.

"The purpose of this awards program is to highlight some of the outstanding work that is going on in North Carolina counties," said NCACC Executive Director David F. Thompson. "As the demands being placed on county governments become more complex, counties are forced to find new solutions to old problems. This awards program is a way to bring attention to excellent programs that other counties might want to emulate."

For more information, contact County Extension Director Brenda Morris at 336.375.5876 or brenda_morris@ncsu.edu.

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January 30, 2007

North Carolina soybean growers present service awards

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association presented annual Meritorious Service Awards at the groups annual meeting to Steve Koenning of North Carolina State University and to James Fletcher of Elizabeth City.

Read more from Southeast Farm Press

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January 17, 2007

Birdsell is one of four national Farm Bureau winners

Callie Birdsell

Callie Birdsell, agricultural agent with Cooperative Extension in Watauga County, was of four top winners in the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet held at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Birdsell was one of three runners-up in the competition, which simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic.

The three runners-up, including Charlene Espenshade of Pennsylvania and Bona Heinsohn of Illinois, each received a $6,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a Farm Boss chainsaw, courtesy of Stihl Outdoor Power Equipment.

Read more from Farm Bureau

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December 07, 2006

Watauga agent takes top Farm Bureau honors

Callie Birdsell receives award
North Carolina Farm Bureau (NCFB) Vice President J.M. Wright Jr. (left) and Young Farmer and Rancher Chairman Brandon Moore (right) present Callie Birdsell (center) the Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet Award. (Farm Bureau photo)

Callie Birdsell, assistant Extension agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Watauga County, took first place recently in the N.C. Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet.

Read more from the Farm Bureau's news release

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November 13, 2006

Blalock inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Blalock award presentation
Dr. Carlton Blalock holds the plaque, announcing his induction into the 4-H Hall of Fame. With him are, from left, Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4-H Council; Dr. Cathann Kress, National Director of 4-H Youth Development; and Clyde Jackson, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA).

More luster was added to Dr. T. Carlton Blalock’s illustrious career of agricultural leadership recently, when he was inducted as a 2006 National 4-H Hall of Fame laureate. Blalock was honored Oct. 6 – coincidentally, his 82nd birthday -- in ceremonies at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md., during National 4-H Week. He was nominated by the 4-H program in North Carolina.

Blalock, who retired as director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service after serving from 1978 to 1981, was North Carolina’s State 4-H Leader from 1964 to 1970. He has also served as president of the 4-H Development Fund and the Cooperative Extension Service Fund, and as executive vice president of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina.

A Wilson County native, Blalock grew up in a Master Farm Family in Lucama. There he participated in 4-H as a youth, serving as president on the local and county levels. A World War II veteran, he holds N.C. State University bachelor’s (1948) and master’s (1952) degrees in animal husbandry, as well as a doctorate (1963) in extension administration from the University of Wisconsin. He began working as an Extension dairy specialist in 1951.

His many career honors and accolades include 1990 Man of the Year in Service to North Carolina and Virginia Agriculture, the 1981 Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award and the 1979 USDA Superior Service Award. The latter award recognized his early-1970s pioneering activities in North Carolina’s insect pest management education programs.

“This year’s National 4-H Hall of Fame laureates have impacted millions of 4-H youth, leading by example with their passion, dedication and creativity and helping to build strong leaders and citizens,” said National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) President Lisa Lauxman. “We are proud to celebrate their contributions by welcoming these inspirational people into the 4-H Hall of Fame.”

American Income Life Insurance Company partnered with National 4-H Council to support the ceremony. The National 4-H Hall of Fame is sponsored online by NAE4-HA at www.nae4ha.org/hof.

4-H is the youth development program of Cooperative Extension. Youth develop personal life skills and acquire knowledge by participating in a variety of 4-H projects that are grounded in the research base of the program’s land-grant university partners. Each year, more than 6.5 million 4-H members and more than 500,000 youth and adult volunteers celebrate National 4-H Week during the first full week in October.

–T. Leith

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October 26, 2006

Parenting program recognized by specialists association

Dr. Jean Baldwin, family and human development specialist for The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T State University, has been honored with an award from the N.C. Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists (NCACES) for the "Parenting Matters" curriculum.

"Parenting Matters" is an eight-session program that Cooperative Extension field staff are using to help parents better understand child development, and to learn communications, stress management and other strategies for improving parent-child relations. The curriculum has been especially effective in meeting the needs for parents mandated by the courts, or referred by the Department of Social Services or other agencies.

Read more news in ag e-dispatch

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October 03, 2006

Ag agents association announces awards

Awards were presented at this summer's meeting of the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Agents. Winners are listed below:

Distinguished Service Award
Kathy Bunton, Iredell County
Mac Gibbs, Hyde County
Kathryn Holmes, Rockingham County

Achievement Award
Eileen Coite, Wayne County
Tyrone Fisher, Harnett County
Tommy Grandy, Currituck County

Young Agent Scholarship
Eve Honeycutt

Service to Agriculture
Deborah Johnson, Executive Director, North Carolina Pork Council

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October 02, 2006

FCS association presents awards

The following individuals were honored at the state meeting of the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences:

New Professional: Yvonne Mullen, Pasquotank County

Food Safety: Margaret Allsbrook, Halifax County

Mary W. Wells Diversity:

Susan Morgan (team), Brunswick County
Maria Veselinovich
Pat Burgess (non-members)

Newsletters: Candy Underwood, Cumberland County

Community Partnership:
Carolyn Shepherd (team), Ashe County
Vicki Moore, Ashe County; Bobby Reed, Darrell Hamilton, Max Yates, Teresa Spencer, Yadkin Valley Bank, Alan Cockerham, Brad Lovin, Marty Gambill, Mike Burgess
Scott Eggers (non-members)
Sarah Kirby, 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences Department

Distingished Service:
Geissler Baker, Guilford County
Cheryl Beck, Jackson County
Marsha Smith, Sampson County

Florence Hall:
Carmen Long (team), Surry County
Judy West, Wilkes County and Marilyn Wells, Yadkin County (members)

Paraprofessional: Carolyn Warner, CMAST, Morehead City

Educational Publications: Marsha Smith, Sampson County

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September 21, 2006

Award winners announced by secretaries association

Award winners were announced at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Secretaries Association, held Sept. 14-15 in Southern Pines.

Winners of the Secretary Award for Excellence, Special Leadership, by district are:
N.C. State University campus, Vicki Pettit, Extension Administration;
North Central District, Carolyn Bagley, Vance County;
Northeast District, Belinda Belch, Bertie County;
Northwest District, Karen Robertson, Davie County;
South Central District, Annie Freeman, Scotland County;
Southeast District, Joyce Holcomb, Brunswick County;
Southwest District, Linda Lemons, Cleveland County; and
West District, Susanne Winebarger, Watauga County.
Susanne Winebarger is the state winner in this category.

Winners of the Secretary Award for Excellence, Technology Utilization and Implementation, by district are:
N.C. State University campus, Tracy Brown, Extension Administration;
North Central District, Mary Elizabeth Wilson, Johnston County;
Northeast District, Wendy Garner, Pitt County;
Northwest District, Michele Hamm, Alleghany County;
Southeast District, Regina Gardner, Jones County; and
Southwest District, Julie Campbell, Alexander County.
State winner is Michele Hamm.

Special awards went to the following:
Executive Board Award, Susan Brame, Extension Administration
Sue Mills Lighthouse Award, Carol Horne, Rutherford County
Professional Improvement Scholarship, Jamie Davis Moss, Rutherford County

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September 14, 2006

Dearmon named SEANC Member of the Year

Mark Dearmon

Linda Sutton elected president

Mark Dearmon, leader of Communication Services' MultiMedia Team, has been named Member of the Year by the State Employees Association of North Carolina. Dearmon was recognized at the association's annual meeting held recently in Greensboro.

Dearmon has a long history of involvement in SEANC, serving as this year's district policy platform chairman. He is a 30-year state employee at North Carolina State University and has served as district chairman, vice chairman and on the district membership, communications, EMPAC and policy platform committees.

Dearmon is currently serving as vice chairman of the State Employees Political Action Committee and Area 10 EMPAC.

He also has served on the executive committee as treasurer and central region representative. He was instrumental in planning past legislative rallies and is active in member recruitment. He has won the distinguished service and member of the year award from his district.

Linda Rouse Sutton of Kinston was elected president of SEANC. Sutton, who is married to Clyde Sutton of the Cunningham Research Farm, received her leadership training through the Extension Homemakers Assocation in the 1980s.

Sutton has been a state employee for 25 years and is currently a program assistant/general instructor at Dobbs Youth Development Center. An active member of District 70, she has served in many positions, including chairperson of the auditing, scholarship, membership, insurance chairperson, awards, bylaws, EMPAC and policy platform committees.

SEANC, headquartered in Raleigh, is the lobbying organization for the employees and retirees of state government. SEANC — 55,000 members strong — is the largest non-union public employees’ association in the nation.

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August 21, 2006

Baker named Henderson County director

Denise Baker

Denise M. Baker, an area Extension agent for family and consumer sciences in Mitchell and Yancey counties, has been named Henderson County Extension director, effective Sept. 5.

Her appointment, which was approved by county commissioners on July 19, was announced by Dr. Jon Ort, director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and Steve Wyatt, Henderson County manager. She succeeds Joy Staton, who accepted a position in June 2005 working with Cooperative Extension volunteer advisory groups in North Carolina.

In addition, Baker was recently named one of 10 people to receive the state's highest honor for employees: the State Employees' Awards of Excellence. Last spring, Baker was honored as one of five top employees at N.C. State University. Read more from The Bulletin

Baker has worked with North Carolina Cooperative Extension since 1974. She began work as a 4-H and home economics Extension agent in Mitchell County, and was named a family and consumer sciences agent in 1989. She has been an area agent since 2001.

Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Appalachian State University in 1974 and a master’s degree in adult and community college education from North Carolina State University in 1990.

“Denise brings over 30 years of Cooperative Extension knowledge and experience to enhance the existing strong programs of our Henderson County center,” said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Henderson County. “I look forward to working with Denise, the Extension staff and our county government partners in providing resources from N.C. State and N.C. A&T State to Henderson County citizens.”

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at 10:44 AM

August 14, 2006

NRLI graduates announced

NRLI graduates

North Carolinians from across the state and a natural resource professional from Knoxville, Tenn., are the most recent graduates of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Founded by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the NRLI is a nationally recognized leadership development model offered by other states like Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Montana, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Indiana.

Housed within the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University, the NRLI has graduated 300 plus professionals since its inception in 1995. The NRLI is a capacity-building model, designed to build the leadership capability of North Carolinians involved in natural resource management and some of our most contentious environmental issues.

Graduates represent a diverse mixture of experiences, backgrounds, affiliations, and statewide geographic locations. During the 18-month leadership development program, participants engage in exploring the leader within as well as expanding their understanding about the practice and responsiveness of leadership. Since 2002, Progress Energy has provided scholarships, enabling participants to attend who otherwise would not be able to do so.

As part of the applied learning environment, the NRLI Fellows “put knowledge to work” by developing a leadership or practicum project mentored by the institute faculty. The faculty of the NRLI are: Mary Lou Addor, Ed Jones, John Stephens, Toddi Steelman and Steve Smutko.

The 2005 NRLI graduates and their projects are:

Buncombe County
Andrea Leslie, Ecosystem Enhancement Program
Project: Non-Traditional Mitigation Policy Development

Carolyn Wells, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Project: Laying the Foundation for Adaptive Management of the Roan Mountain Massif

Craven County
William Tucker, Weyerhaeuser Inc.
Project: Weyerhaeuser Southern Timberlands: Protecting Natural Areas with Unique Ecological, Historical or Cultural Features

Carrabus County
Dennis Testerman, Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District
Project: Soil and Water Stewardship Week: Involving Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners

Durham County
Sandra Cavalieri, Nature Conservancy
Project: Onslow Bight Conservation Forum: Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses from the Stakeholder’s Perspective

Lenoir County
John Willis, N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Project: Mitigating Wildfires in the Urban Interface Around the Croatan National Forest

Moore County
Jeff Marcus, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Project: Formation of the Greater Uwharries Conservation Partnership

New Hanover County
Kristin Miguez, Ecosystem Enhancement Program
Project: Non-Traditional Mitigation Policy Development

Orange County
Mark Bost, N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Project: Applied Training for the N.C. Division of Forest Resources

Jennifer Maxwell, UNC-Chapel Hill Recycling Center
Project: Expansion of the UNC Green Games Environmental Program Through Stakeholder Input

Surry County
Joanna Radford, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service
Project: Developing Paddle Trails in Surry County with Stakeholder Input

Wake County
Michael Adamson, AMEC, Earth, and Environmental
Project: Procedures Manual for the N.C. Department of Transportation and Partners

Drew Cade, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Project: Public Participation & Education in EPA’s Remedial Study of the Ward Transformer Site

Tom Gerow, N.C. Division of Forest Resources
Project: Facilitating Revisions of the N.C. Forestry Best Management Practices Manual

Russ Hardee, N.C. Division of Forest Resources and Progress Energy
Project: Establishing the Piney Woods Trail System Through Partnerships

Kim Nimmer, N.C. Division of Water Quality
Project: Identification of Non-Point Source Pollution Priorities by Broadening the Role of North Carolina’s Non-Point Source Work Group

Michael Schlegel, KCI Technologies
Project: Stony Creek Watershed: Identification of Barriers to Implementating Stream and Wetland Restoration

Watauga County
Jocelyn Elliott, Ecosystem Enhancement Program
Project: Kraut Creek Enhancement Project: Coordination of Landowner and Community Outreach

Knoxville, Tennessee
William Pridemore, University of Tennessee
Project: Tennessee Natural Resources Leadership Institute: Providing Leadership and Civic Capacity for Tennesseans in the 21st Century

For more information on the Natural Resource Leadership Institute or to learn about the upcoming 2007 Leadership Development Program, contact Mary Lou Addor, 919.515.9602 or Mary_Addor@ncsu.edu, or visit the NRLI Web site, www.ces.ncsu.edu/NRLI.

Posted by Natalie at 09:42 AM

August 10, 2006

Miller is president-elect of national association

Fred Miller

Fred Miller, Catawba County Extension director, has been elected president-elect of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) for 2006-07. His election positions him to serve as president of the organization the following year, making him the first North Carolina agent to serve in that capacity.

He will become president of NACAA during the 2007 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM/PIC) and conclude his one-year term at the 2008 NACAA AM/PIC, which will be held in North Carolina.

Miller has a long history of involvement in the state, regional and national ag agents' associations. He served as secretary of NACAA in 2003-05 and as vice president for 2005-06. He also has received NACCA's Distinguished Service Award, Communications Award and Achievement Award.

He served as Southern Regional Director of NACAA, 2001-03, and as vice director, 1999-2001. In 1996, he was president of the North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Miller earned bachelor's and master's degrees in horticultural science, both from N.C. State University. He began work for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in 1981 as a Forsyth County horticultural agent. In 1989, he became Catawba County Extension director.

-N. Hampton

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July 19, 2006

Carlton Blalock to be inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Dr. Carlton Blalock will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 6. Dr. Blalock served as the second State 4-H Leader in North Carolina and later served as director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. He continues to be a strong advocate for 4-H and youth progams and for Cooperative Extension.

Posted by Natalie at 08:04 AM

July 18, 2006

Livestock booster Upton still going strong

For 50 years, Sampson County Cooperative Extension Director George Upton Jr. has dedicated his life to improving farming in Sampson County.

But, for Upton, who’s in his early 70s, 50 years still isn’t enough.

"He’s still going," said Ronnie Jackson, chairman of the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture. "Being 65 and retiring was not on his mind."

Upton was honored in a ceremony Friday night by colleagues and friends, who have established the George Upton Jr. Livestock Endowment for Sampson County.

Read more from the Fayetteville Observer

Posted by Suzanne at 08:37 AM

June 20, 2006

Cheryl Lloyd, Edgecombe team earn regional ESP recognition

Durham County Extension Director Cheryl Lloyd has received an Epsilon Sigma Phi Visionary Leadership Award for the Southern Region. And a team from Edgecombe County received ESP's Southern Region Team Award. Both Lloyd and the Edgecombe team were state ESP award winners.

Members of the Edgecombe County team are Addie Sugg, Lesa Walton, Ralph Blalock, James Pearce and Michelle Owens. The group was among 30 local groups that collaborated to raise $1.9 million to build the new East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center.

All these winners will be recognized in November at the national ESP conference in Annapolis, MD. More information on the state ESP winners is available at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/assn/esp/awards2005/winners2005.htm .

Posted by Natalie at 11:00 AM

May 24, 2006

Denise Baker among top university honorees

Awards of Excellence winners
Winners of the top University Awards of Excellence pictured with Chancellor James Oblinger are, from left, Linda R. Daniel, Bridget V. Yarborough, Juan Francisco, Oblinger, Denise M. Baker and Krystal R. Pittman. (Becky Kirkland photo)

North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Denise Baker, family and consumer sciences area agent based in Mitchell County, was recognized as one of five top University Awards of Excellence winners for North Carolina State University at a luncheon May 22.

Baker was among seven honorees from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. About 50 honorees from across the university were recognized.

Another College employee, Linda R. Daniel, a research analyst in Poultry Science, also was among the university's top five winners.

The other top five winners were:
* Bridget V. Yarborough, recruiting ,anager, University Career Center
* Juan Francisco, administrator, University Housekeeping
* Krystal R. Pittman, business manager, Student Publications Office

Posted by Natalie at 10:24 AM

May 11, 2006

Linda Gore honored by Moore Advisory Council

Linda Gore

Moore County 4-H agent Linda Gore was honored recently at a recently at a reception hosted by the Moore County Extension Advisory Council. The reception was to honor volunteers across all program areas for their service.

Advisory Council Chairman Mike Thamm thanked Gore for expertly managing a growing 4-H program, while also serving as interim county Extension director last year. The Advisory Council presented Gore with a gift certificate to show appreciation for all she has done for the local Extension program.

Council Vice Chairman Vern Pike served as master of ceremonies and highlighted the different types of volunteer efforts in the county. One Extension and Community Association club contributed 4,010 hours of community service. To achieve such a feat would require one person to work 24 hours a day from January 1 to June 16.

Posted by Natalie at 02:32 PM

May 10, 2006

Hammond wins William L. Turner Award

photo of Leigh Hammond receiving the Turner Award
Celebrating Dr. Leigh Hammond at the April reception were (left to right): Dr. James Zuiches, Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development; Mrs. Marjorie Turner, wife of William L. Turner; and Dr. Denis Jackson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement and Economic Development.

Dr. Leigh H. Hammond, retired N.C. State professor of economics and former assistant vice chancellor for extension and public service, has received the William L. Turner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Extension and Continuing Education. The university honored Hammond in a recent ceremony for demonstrating an exceptional spirit of service for more than four decades.

The Turner Award recognizes an individual whose significant contributions and accomplishments have enhanced and reinforced extension and continuing education as being an integral component of engagement at N.C. State. One award is presented annually.

Hammond has been a faculty member at several universities, including N.C. State, where he was a colleague of Dr. W.L. Turner in the late 1960s. He joined Turner as a key advisor in Governor Robert Scott’s Department of Administration from 1969-1973. He has served on the Coastal Plains Regional Commission and on the N.C. Utilities Commission. For four years, he served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Extension and Public Service at N.C. State. During that same four-year period of time, he was also the Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services as well as the Coordinator for Sea Grant Advisory Services.

Hammond retired from the N.C. Community College System in 1990 after having served as the Vice President for Research and Information for six years. A lifetime of public service pulled him out of retirement in 1991 when he was named Executive Director of the N.C. Retired Governmental Employees’ Association, a position he held until he retired again in 2003.

“Through all of these years of service, Leigh has been a role model for his students, fellow faculty members, administrators and support staff,” said Alice Warren, associate to the assistant vice chancellor for Extension and Engagement, during the award presentation. “His undying loyalty, professionalism and warm and caring personality are attributes for which he is so well respected.”

-S. Stanard

Posted by Suzanne at 02:04 PM

April 17, 2006

Simpson named campus NCCESA Secretary of the Year

photo of Charlotte Simpson receiving award
Charlotte Simpson, right, receives a certificate naming her the campus 2006 Secretary of the Year. (Photo by Mark Dearmon)

Charlotte Simpson, accounting technician in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Communication Services, has been named Secretary of the Year by the campus chapter of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Secretaries’ Association (NCCESA).

The association honored Simpson at a recent campus luncheon, presenting her with a certificate and a $75 award.

“Charlotte has provided invaluable financial guidance and accountability to me and my department head predecessors, through both good and lean budget years – always with a good-natured determination that budget matters be held to the highest accounting standards,” said department head Dee Shore in Simpson’s nomination letter.

An N.C. State employee for 18 years, Simpson has been an active member of the NCCESA since 1991. She has served for the past three years as treasurer and finance chair, and she has held a number of positions on Association committees. In 2004, Simpson won Awards for Excellence at both the college and university levels, and she was a nominee for the State Employees’ Award for Excellence. She also was the 2003 winner of the NCCES Foundation Search for Excellence Award.

Posted by Suzanne at 08:59 AM

March 24, 2006

Two Extension employees among CALS award winners

Two employees with North Carolina Cooperative Extension are among eight University Award of Excellence winners named by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.

Ricky Barbour, print unit supervisor in the Communication Services Department, is a winner in the On-Campus, Technical employees category. Denise Baker, area family and consumer sciences agent in Mitchell County, is the winner in the category of EPA employees.

Other winners for the college are:
On-Campus Supervisory/Administrative
Patricia Bacheler, Department of Entomology
Susan Marschalk, Department of Zoology

On-Campus Secretarial/Clerical
Neko Everett, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

On-Campus Technical
Linda Daniel, Department of Poultry Science

Off-Campus Secretarial/Clerical
Marlu Bolton, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

Off-Campus Technical/Supervisory
Candy Orr, University Field Laboratories

These award winners, along with the college's Pride of the Wolfpack winners, will be recognized at a luncheon April 5 at the University Club in Raleigh. To purchase tickets, contact Helen Crane in the Dean's Office by March 28.

Posted by Natalie at 08:36 AM

March 22, 2006

Dairy producers recognize Vaughn

Ken Vaughn photo

Kenneth Vaughn, Iredell County Extension director, was recognized last month with the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Dairy Producers Association, for "his dedicated service to the dairy industry of North Carolina."

Vaughn has been active in the state's dairy associations and is founder, director and treasurer of the N.C. Dairy Youth Foundation. He received numerous industry awards, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He is also the 2006 winner of Cooperative Extension's Lois Britt Outstanding Extension Agent's Award.

Posted by Natalie at 09:26 AM

February 10, 2006

Cliff Ruth receives horticulture award

Cliff Ruth photo

Cliff Ruth, area-specilized agent in commercial horticulture, has received the Kim Powell Friend of the Industry Award "in recognition for many years of outstanding support, educational planning and implementation; and dedication to the landscape industry and involvement with the Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Association of North Carolina."

The award was named for Powell, who recently retired from his position as horticulture specialist at N.C. State University. Powell worked closely with the state's landscape industry.

Ruth, who is based in Henderson County, has been actively involved in the development of training programs and several industry certifications for the nursery, greenhouse, turf and landscape industries.

He has worked with Henderson County's landscape industry for eight years. Today, the industry is worth more than $140 million in gross revenue and accounts for 2,400 local jobs, making it the county's largest agriculture industry.

Posted by Natalie at 09:24 AM

January 04, 2006

Forestry Extension group receives national recognition

The Forestry Extension and Outreach Program at North Carolina State University was awarded the 2005 Family Farm Education Award from the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs and the National Woodland Owners Association. The prestigious award is given to one university program each year.

"I received many compliments from forestry deans, directors and department heads about the quality of the people and programs at N.C. State," said Barry Goldfarb, professor and head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

Members of the Forestry Extension and Outreach Program include: Rick Hamilton, Robert Bardon, Chris Deperno, John Frampton, Jim Gregory, Dennis Hazel, Mark Megalos, Susan Moore, Chris Moorman, Anne Napier, Jeff Owen, Jean Pittman, Jill Sidebottom, Renee Strnad and Becky Townsend.

Posted by Natalie at 09:00 AM

December 22, 2005

Color Me Healthy wins national award

Color Me Healthy graphic

The "Color Me Healthy" nutrition program has received the 2005 Nemours Vision Award for Excellence in Child Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The award was presented to Dr. Carolyn Dunn, nutrition specialist with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and Cathy Thomas with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, co-authors of Color Me Healthy.

The Nemours Vision Award recognizes the work of one U.S. community organization or government agency from outside of Delaware that have developed visionary and effective programs for children and their families. Debbie Chang, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Nemours Health and Prevention Services presented the award at an awards ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware on December 9, 2005. "Color Me Healthy" received a crystal statue and $5,000 to be used for the program in the coming year.

"Color Me Healthy" is a program developed to reach children ages four and five with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating. It is stimulates all of the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sound, and, of course, taste. Through the use of color, music, and exploration of the senses, Color Me Healthy teaches children that healthy food and physical activity are fun.

To date, more than 6,000 North Carolina child care providers have been trained to use the program. "Color Me Healthy" is being used in 40 states across the nation.

Posted by Natalie at 08:37 AM

December 16, 2005

Durham agent graduates from leadership program

Suzzette Shaw Goldmon

Suzzette Shaw Goldmon of Durham was among 32 university faculty members and administrators who recently graduated from BRIDGES, an intensive professional development program for women in higher education in North Carolina.

Goldmon is a family and consumer education agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Durham County Center.

BRIDGES, started in 1993, is a selective program designed to help faculty members in public and private universities and colleges gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. It is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Those chosen for the program take part in small group discussions, panel sessions, simulations, case studies and formal presentations held over four weekends. Sessions are guided by leading North Carolina university administrators.

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December 12, 2005

Federation honors administrators

During the annual Federation Forum held Dec. 9, the North Carolina Federation of Cooperative Extension Associations honored key college administrators for their roles in securing salary equity funds for extension faculty.

Extension Federation Honors Administrators

Pictured are (from left) Aggie Rogers, 2005 federation president; Dean Johnny Wynne, of N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dr. Jon Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State; Sheilda Sutton, executive assistant to Dr. Ray McKinnie, the administrator for the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University; Dr. Joe Zublena, associate director and director of county operations for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service; and Ray Harris, Carteret County's extension director, who made the presentation.

The federation meeting drew 57 representatives of five extension associations to the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center in Sanford.

The morning session focused on Cooperative Extension updates with Ort, Zublena and Sutton addressing issues and concerns proposed by association members. Following their comments, Sutton and Dr. Karen DeBord, co-chairs for the Change Management and Marketing Initiative, gave an update on the progress of action teams that had recently submitted recommendations to Extension Administration. Plans are to present the recommendations at the district extension meetings scheduled around the state this spring.

During the afternoon session, Harris recognized Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Jon Ort, Dr. Joe Zublena and Dr. Ray McKinnie (represented by Sutton) for their support in securing salary equity funding for field faculty and campus specialist in the 2005-2006 state budget.

A proclamation expressing the Federation's gratitude and signed by all association presidents was read.

Speaking briefly about the challenges faced in securing the funds, Wynne said he felt strongly that the funding was needed and was made possible with the support of N.C. State University Chancellor James L. Oblinger, Extension's administration and the Extension advisory leadership system.

Oblinger was unable to attend the forum and will receive his proclamation later.

The meeting concluded with a brief business session and installation of new officer for 2006. They are:
President, Susan Condlin, Lee County
President-elect, to be filled by NCACES
Secretary, Pamela Brylowe, Jones County
Treasurer, Natalie Rountree, Hertford County
Webmaster, John Dorner, Henderson County
Past President, Aggie Rogers, Robeson County

Posted by deeshore at 08:26 AM

November 29, 2005

ESP presents awards

The Xi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary fraternity presented awards to individuals and county groups at its annual meeting in Sanford recently. The awards and recipients are listed below. To read more about the awards, visit the ESP Web site, http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/assn/esp/

Distinguished Service Award:
N. Fred Miller, Catawba County Extension director

Friend of Extension Award
William Wayne Huddleston, Duke Power
Lee Andrew Willis III, assistant to the chancellor for external affairs, N.C. State University

Administrative Leadership Award
Dr. Joseph Zublena, assistant director and director of county operations, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Diversity Award
Margo Mosley, agent, Alexander County

International Award
Craven Hudson, agent, Gaston County

Visionary Leadership Award
Cheryl Lloyd, Durham County Extension director

Meritorious Support Award
Mary E. Cox, administrative assistant, Northwest District Director's office
Jennie H. Ferrell, secretary, N.C. State's Department of Horticultural Science

Retiree Award
Bill Rogister Jr., retired Northampton County Extension director

Team Award
Edgecombe County staff, for the East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center: Lesa Walton, agent; Michelle Owens, secretary; Addie Sugg, administrative secretary; Ralph Blalock, agent; James Pearce, county Extension director

Bernadette Watts Professional Improvement Scholarship:
Sharon English, associate, Scotland County

County Performance Awards, by district:
West District: Cherokee Reservation
Southwest District: Cabarrus County
Southeast District: Lenoir County
South Central: Hoke County
North Central: Edgecombe County
Northwest: Davie County

Posted by Natalie at 07:45 AM

November 02, 2005

Secretaries association presents awards

The following individuals were honored for their achievements at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Secretaries Association annual meeting at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park, October 31.

Secretary Award for Excellence, Technology Utilization and Implementation Category
Campus - Susan Brame, District Directors
North Central District - Cheryl Tripp, Halifax County
Northeast District - Jean Sigmon, Northampton County
Northwest District - Dorothy Stobbs, Forsyth County
South Central District - Kay Morton, Lee County
Southeast District - Dean Benson, Lenoir County
Southwest District - Chris Austin, Union County
State winner is Kay Morton.

Secretary Award for Excellence, Special Leadership Category
Campus - Jane Dove Long, Plant Pathology
North Central District - Gloria Morning, Edgecombe County
Northeast District - Robbie Bridgers, Northampton County
Northwest District - Marie Bruff, Davidson County
South Central District - Devona Beard, Bladen County
Southeast District - Cathy Harvey, Onslow County
Southwest District - Carol Horne, Rutherford County
West District - Amy Holder, Graham County
State winner is Gloria Morning.

Professional Improvement Scholarship

Juliette Shipley, Durham County
Devona Beard, Bladen County

Sue Mills Lighthouse Award
Jenny Wilson, Alamance County

Executive Board Award
Vicki Pettit, Extension Administration

Posted by Natalie at 01:55 PM

September 27, 2005

Food science employee given statewide Award for Excellence

Karl Hedrick is one of state's top employees. Read more

Posted by Natalie at 03:46 PM

September 22, 2005

Karen DeBord to be interviewed on 'Science Friday'

Dr. Karen DeBord, child development specialist in N.C. State University's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be interviewed on National Public Radio's 'Science Friday' Sept. 23. DeBord will discuss child stress related to Hurricane Katrina. The show airs on NPR stations from 2-4 p.m. For more information, or to listen on the Web, visit sciencefriday.com.

Posted by Natalie at 09:40 AM

August 30, 2005

Extension professionals receive honors

Photo of James Parsons, Steve Troxler
James Parsons, left, receives a “Got to be NC Agriculture” truck from state Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler at the N.C. Poultry Federation's annual meeting.

A number of Cooperative Extension employees have recently received state and national honors.

James Parsons, area specialized poultry agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, received the North Carolina Poultry Federation’s 2005 Distinguished Service Award during the Poultry Federation’s 38th Annual Meeting held in Greensboro.

Parsons was recognized and honored for his dedicated service to North Carolina’s poultry industry and for his work with poultry integrators and producers in the counties he serves -- Duplin, Sampson, Wayne and Onslow. These counties are among the largest poultry-producing counties in North Carolina, with a gross farm income from poultry exceeding $500 million.

Throughout his career, Parsons has been active in working with integrators and growers in the areas of water quality and waste management, and he is also active in keeping integrators and growers informed about current and changing environmental regulations.

National Award Winners
Sue Counts, Watauga County Extension director, received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award winners from North Carolina are Craig Adkins, Caldwell County; Ray Harris, Carteret County; William Little, Wilson County; Richard Rhodes, Bertie County; and David Morrison, Scotland County. National Communication Award winners are Linda Blue, Bumcombe County, in the categories of video and publication; and Karen Neill, Guilford County, in the home page category

Posted by Natalie at 10:07 AM

August 24, 2005

Stewart to receive national FFA honor

Marshall Stewart, program leader and head of the 4-H Youth Development Department at North Carolina State University, has been chosen by the National FFA Organization to receive a special VIP Citation for making significant contributions to agricultural science education. The award, which will be presented in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs.

Stewart, who became head of 4-H July 1, was formerly a faculty member in N.C. State’s Agricultural and Extension Education Department. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing FFA programs in North Carolina. Stewart has served on both the National FFA Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.

Posted by Natalie at 02:07 PM

August 05, 2005

Safety program receives national award

Photo of safety program participants
Two Johnston County farmers, who participated in a 'Be Seen and Be Safe' workshop, look over a program display. (Photo by Becky Kirkland)

Six North Carolina Cooperative Extension agricultural agents and Sgt. Tom Futrell of the State Highway Patrol won national recognition for their “Be Seen and Be Safe” education program to help make farmers on rural roads more visible. The education program was a collaboration between Cooperative Extension and the Highway Patrol.

The group won the national Search for Excellence in Crop Production competition for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Those recognized as part of the team were Norman Harrell, Wilson County; Art Bradley, Edgecombe County; Ken Bateman, Johnston County Extension director; Charlie Tyson, Nash County; Louie Johnson, Greene County; and Mitch Smith, Pitt County Extension director.

The agents developed a training program to help farmers make their equipment more visible to motorists. Farmers who participated received a strobe light and other visibility materials for their farm equipment.

In addition, Fred Miller, Catawba County Extension director, was elected national vice president of the organization at the July meeting in Buffalo, N.Y. He is the first North Carolina agent to ever hold the position.

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June 27, 2005

Ort to be recognized at national Epsilon Sigma Phi meeting

Jon Ort

Dr. Jon F. Ort has been named southern region winner of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Administrative Leadership Award. He will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs in November.

He is director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, associate dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and assistant vice chancellor for extension and engagement.

Epsilon Sigma Phi is a national organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the national extension system and developing the extension profession and professional. Extension is an educational partnership of the nation’s land-grant universities, county governments and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ort was recognized for his success in building teams to plan, implement, promote and support educational programs that are relevant and responsive to high-priority 21st century needs. With the help of 80,000 volunteers, Cooperative Extension’s faculty and staff, serving all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation, make 2.5 million face-to-face educational contacts annually to enhance North Carolina’s economy, environment and quality of life.

Writing in support Ort’s nomination by the North Carolina chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Dr. Ronald A. Brown, the executive director of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, noted, “Not only is Dr. Ort a quality individual and leader, he knows how to be successful. ... He focuses on the goals of the organization rather than himself; he is competent, builds up others, develops good partners and teams, and does not get distracted by unimportant activity. He is articulate, honest, dependable and professional.”

Ort has served as Cooperative Extension director since 1995. He holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s and doctoral degrees in poultry nutrition from The Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of N.C. State University’s Department of Poultry Science in 1979.

-- Dee Shore

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N.C. State faculty members inducted into extension academy

Three faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Science and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service were among eight recently inducted into North Carolina State University’s Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.

Induction into the academy recognizes and promotes the collaborative and interdisciplinary contributions of faculty working in extension activities across the university.

This year’s inductees from the Ag and Life Sciences are:
· Debbie Roos, agricultural agent, Chatham County
· Dr. Dale Safrit, 4-H Youth Development Department
· Dr. Fred Yelverton, Crop Science Department

Other academy inductees and their colleges are:
· Dr. H. John Barnes, College of Veterinary Medicine
· Dr. Mary Louise Bellamy, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
· Dr. Lisa Grable, College of Education
· W. Scott Payne, College of Natural Resources
· Dr. Michael Stoskopf, College of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition, A. Ray Harris, Carteret County Extension director, was among nine others who received Outstanding Extension Awards. The awards recognize outstanding faculty and employees engaged in meaningful and beneficial collaboration between the university and external partners and communities.

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June 17, 2005

Tobacco buyout site wins national award

North Carolina State University's tobacco buyout web site won a first place for web page development from the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). The site is designed to help quota holders, growers, financial and legal advisors, and financial institutions understand the $9.6 billion tobacco buyout and its impact.

The site was developed by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Advancement unit, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Department of Communication Services.

Among the contributors to the site are Steve Watt, the College's director of gift planning; Dana Babbs, graphic designer; and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics faculty members Blake Brown, Mike Walden, Arnie Oltmans, Ted Feitshans and Guido van der Hoeven.

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