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         2005 NATIONAL
          AND REGIONAL
            AWARDS




      NATIONAL EXTENSION ASSOCIATION
      OF FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
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                                  Dear Friends and Colleagues,

                                  It is my pleasure to congratulate the 2005 NEAFCS
                                  award and fellowship winners. Extension Family and
                                  Consumer Science Agents and Staff work diligently
                                  each day to educate and assist consumers in their efforts
                                  of “Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, and
                                  Living Well”.

                                  Annual Session is a wonderful time to celebrate the con-
   tributions that our members make to the profession and to society. Our national win-
   ners represent our brightest and best in Extension Family and Consumer Sciences
   around the country. At the affiliate level, 564 award applications were submitted, with
   446 of those applications judged in regional and national competition.

   A special moment in this year’s annual session will be the awarding to Senator Charles
   E. Grassley (Iowa) the first ever “Friend of NEAFCS Award.” This will be a time to
   give special thanks to the Senator for his personal efforts in re-introducing the
   NEAFCS Living Well Week bill as a Senate resolution that was passed on February 28,
   2005. Senator Grassley personally asked his colleagues to support the bill and got the
   necessary co-sponsors to move the effort forward.

   Our award winners are truly “Forging Our Future” through the great educational pro-
   grams and opportunities that they provide. Again, congratulations and thank you for
   all that you do!




   Marilyn Y. Gore
   2004-2005 NEAFCS National President




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                             Table of Contents

   President’s Message . . . . . . . . . .2                        COMMUNICATION AWARDS
   Catagories & Sponsors . . . . . . .4                              Newsletters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
                                                                     Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
   National Awards                                                   Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
                                                                     Written News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
   FELLOWSHIPS                                                       Educational Technology . . . . . . . . . .26
     Greenwood Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . .7                   Educational Curriculum Package . . .27
                                                                     Educational Publications . . . . . . . . . .27
                                                                     Internet Education Technology . . . .28
   PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
     Distinguished Service . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
     Continued Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . .13
                                                                   PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARDS
     Extension Educator of the Year . . . .18                        Marketing Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
     Florence Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19           Community Partnership . . . . . . . . . .29
     New Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
     Para-Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
                                                                   Regional Awards
   PROGRAM AWARDS
     Dean Don Felker Financial                                     CENTRAL REGION . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
       Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
     Mary W. Wells Diversity . . . . . . . . . . .20               EASTERN REGION . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
     Program Excellence Through
       Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21        SOUTHERN REGION . . . . . . . . . . . .45
     Environmental Education . . . . . . . . .21
     Extension Housing Outreach . . . . . .22                      WESTERN REGION . . . . . . . . . . . .55
     Early Childhood/Child Care
       Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
     Food Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22         Awards & Recognition
     Clean Homes Healthy Families . . . . .23                      Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
     4-H Excellence in Afterschool
       Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
     Healthy Lifestyles Education Grant .24




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      Award Categories & Sponsors

   T     he Educational Awards Fund of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sci-
         ences, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. The association contributes 16 percent of every members’
   dues to the Awards Fund to support many of the awards given each year. In addition, NEAFCS relies on
   the generous contributions of organizations, local affiliates and individuals for the continued success of the
   awards program.

   Fellowships                                              Continued Excellence Award
                                                            PLAQUES PROVIDED BY: A&T
   Greenwood Fellowship
                                                            INDUSTRIES
   SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
                                                            The award recognizes members who
   This fellowship gives members an oppor-
                                                            have previously received the Distin-
   tunity to pursue professional improve-
                                                            guished Service Award and continue to
   ment through graduate study in the area
                                                            be actively involved in professional
   of their own choosing.
                                                            improvement programs and promoting
   Grace Frysinger Fellowship                               professional development and leadership.
   SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
                                                            Extension Educator of the Year
   This fellowship provides an opportunity
                                                            SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
   for members to study and observe family
                                                            This award is to recognize a professional
   and consumer sciences education in
                                                            Extension Family and Consumer Sci-
   other states or countries.
                                                            ences Educator who is conducting out-
                                                            standing educational programs that
   Professional Development                                 demonstrate impact on families.

   Awards                                                   Florence Hall Award
   Distinguished Service Award                              SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
   PLAQUES PROVIDED BY: A&T                                 The Florence Hall Award is presented for
   INDUSTRIES                                               an outstanding program conducted by
     Wendell Garnhart                                       one or more NEAFCS members who
     1602 16th Street, Barron, WI 54812                     have been alert in recognizing new con-
   The Distinguished Service Award is the                   cerns and interests of families and have
   highest award presented by NEAFCS.                       involved people in planning and imple-
   The award recognizes members for lead-                   menting programs that benefit families.
   ership, educational program efforts and
                                                            New Professional Award
   professional development.
                                                            SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS PAST
                                                            NATIONAL PRESIDENTS
                                                              Jean Clarkson-Frisbie (Chair)

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                                                  2005 NEAFCS NATIONAL AWARDS

     Kansas State Univ. Coop. Extension           issues, including nutrition, fitness, and
     824 W 1st St., Pratt, KS 67124-2020          healthy lifestyle education.
   This award is presented to an outstand-
   ing new professional, but must be used         Program Excellence Through
   to help defray the cost of attending the       Research Award
   recipient's first NEAFCS Annual Session.       SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
                                                  This award emphasizes the use of
   Para-Professional Award                        research results to improve existing pro-
   SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS                   grams or to develop new programs.
   This award recognizes outstanding serv-
   ice to special audiences through the use       Environmental Education Award
   of para-professionals working with or          SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
   supervised by Extension Family and             This award recognizes NEAFCS mem-
   Consumer Sciences Educators.                   bers for outstanding educational pro-
                                                  grams conducted for families and/or
                                                  communities on various environmental
   Program Awards                                 issues/concerns.
   Dean Don Felker Financial
                                                  Extension Housing Outreach Award
   Management Award
                                                  SPONSORED BY: MONTANA STATE UNIV.
   SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
                                                     Michael Vogel, FCS Program Leader
   This award recognized the development
                                                     Housing & Environmental Quality
   of financial management programs
                                                     Bozeman, MT 59717
   which help individuals and families make
                                                  Recognizes outstanding housing educa-
   decisions and plans for their present and
                                                  tional programs conducted for families
   future needs.
                                                  and/or communities.
   Mary W. Wells Diversity Award
                                                  Early Childhood Child Care Training
   SPONSORED BY: STATE AFFILIATES &
                                                  SPONSORED BY: KEYSTONE UNIVERSITY
   INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS
                                                  RESEARCH CORPORATION
   This award recognizes outstanding
                                                    Joyce Iutcovich, Ph.D., President
   efforts and accomplishments of individu-
                                                    3823 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505-3301
   als and/or teams in diversity and plural-
                                                  This award recognizes outstanding child-
   ism for any Extension Family and Con-
                                                  care professional training that addresses
   sumer Sciences program or activity,
                                                  the needs of young children, birth to
   including staff development, advisory
                                                  eight years of age.
   councils, programs, etc.

   Healthy Lifestyles Education Grant
   SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
   Awarded to individual(s) with goals to
   create educational programs and public
   awareness emphasizing current health
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   CATEGORIES & SPONSORS                         enrichment to ongoing programs through
   continued from page 5                         curriculum and/or training for staff.

   Food Safety Award
   SPONSORED BY: UNIVERSITY OF                   Communications Awards
   NEBRASKA-LINCOLN EXTENSION                    SPONSORED BY: AMERICAN INCOME
     Elbert Dickey, Dean and Director            LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
     211 Agricultural Hall                          William Viar, Special Risk Division
     Lincoln, NE 68583-0703                         P.O. Box 50158
   This award recognizes NEAFCS mem-                Indianapolis, IN 46250
   bers for outstanding educational pro-         Established in 1972 to encourage excel-
   grams conducted for families, school          lence in communications. Awards are
   nutrition workers, food industry employ-      given for the following categories:
   ees or managers, church workers prepar-       Newsletters, Radio, Television, Written
   ing meals, home care providers, and           News, Overhead Transparancies, Educa-
   other groups/individuals preparing            tional Technology, Educational Curricu-
   and/or serving food.                          lum Package, and Educational Publica-
                                                 tions.
   Clean Homes…Healthy Families
   Program Award
   SPONSORED BY: SOAP & DETERGENT                Public Relations Awards
   ASSOCIATION                                   Marketing Package Award
     Nancy Bock                                  SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
     1500 K Street, NW, Suite 300                Recognizes NEAFCS members for out-
     Washington, DC 20005                        standing marketing efforts addressing
   Recognizes NEAFCS members for their           concerns and needs of children, families
   innovative educational programs that          or communities.
   help families and individuals understand
   the link between clean homes and good         Community Partnership Award
   health.                                       SPONSORED BY: NEAFCS MEMBERS
                                                 Recognizes NEAFCS members for out-
   4-H Excellence in Afterschool                 standing community partnership efforts
   Programming Award                             in meeting the needs of families through
   SPONSORED BY: JCPENNEY                        collaboration with group, agencies and
   AFTERSCHOOL FUND                              consumers.
     Edward W. Solczak
     Executive Vice President
     P.O. Box 10001
     Dallas, TX 75301-8101
   This award recognizes excellence in
   development and implementation of
   after-school programming or providing

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                        National Awards

          FELLOWSHIPS                             was another accomplishment to bring
                                                  nutrition & food prep skills to kids.

   Greenwood Fellowship                           Zelda Felix-Mottley (Michigan)
                                                  My leadership has afforded me the ability
   Ana H. Marty Alicea (Puerto Rico)              to secure funding for new and existing
   Ana is a doctoral candidate at FSU in          programs and allowed our educational
   Human Sciences, Child Development              services to be well recognized and
   emphasis. Her dissertation will examine        respected in the community. Through
   child attachment and its correlates            strategically planned training and organi-
   emphasizing in ethnic differences and the      zation, I have been able to serve our
   role of non-parental caregivers. Implica-      clients, community and employees well.
   tions for parenting education, training,
   and policy will be derived. Her research       Jessye A. Goertz (Nebraska)
   will be relevant for Extension Educators.      Funded by a three year $25,000 renew-
                                                  able grant, Jessye co-developed the Nutri-
                                                  tion Mission curriculum and co-present-

        PROFESSIONAL                              ed the program to 215 5th graders in
                                                  nine counties in central Nebraska during

        DEVELOPMENT                               the first year. Students received three
                                                  one-hour nutrition education lessons
                                                  about healthy snacks, the food label and
          AWARDS                                  beverages.

                                                  Rebecca Haynes-Bordas (Indiana)
   Distinguished Service                          Rebecca educates individuals and families
   Award                                          to become financially stable. She leads
                                                  the 17 member Indianapolis Get Check-
   CENTRAL REGION                                 ing™ Collaboration, was the co-develop-
   Karen J. Elliott (Missouri)                    er of Making Your Money Work and also
   Karen, EFNEP/FSNE coordinator for              recruits, trains, and manages Volunteer
   eleven counties surrounding Kansas City,       Money Mentors with Purdue Extension-
   has been adapting our adult curriculum         Marion County. She is recognized in
   to include PowerPoint presentations,           Indianapolis as a leader in financial edu-
   modifying handouts, and developing             cation.
   recipe cards for incentives plus coordi-
   nating the Spanish translation. Develop-
   ment of Kids in the Kitchen curriculum
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   DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD                       community research projects, which laid
   continued from page 7                             the groundwork for strategic planning
                                                     and program efforts by county agencies
   Dorothy D. Keeton (Indiana)                       serving individuals and families.
   Dotty Keeton has been a member for 21
   years. She taught parenting programs to           Deborah D. Simmons-Gray (Illinois)
   incarcerated individuals during the past 6        Deborah D. Simmons-Gray, Extension
   years. She taught ServSafe during the past        Educator, University of Illinois Exten-
   5 years. She participated in the Money            sion has served the residents of southern
   2000+ design team and wrote several               Illinois for 30 years. She has implemented
   news articles and education pieces, i.e.,         programs in character education, life
   Money Traps.                                      skills for youth and adults, and leader-
                                                     ship. Deborah has helped the people of
   Rose Fisher Merkowitz (Ohio)                      southern Illinois to improve their way of
   Rose has served the clientele of Ohio             living
   State University Extension for 18 years.
   Her areas of specializations are leader-          Karen L. Slunecka (South Dakota)
   ship and child development. She has               Karen Slunecka has networked within the
   developed numerous curricula, fact                four–county community in an effort to
   sheets and projects to support her pro-           extend awareness of “Protecting Yourself
   gramming as well as to share her expert-          from Fraud”. Educational efforts on
   ise at the local, state and national levels.      Fraud and Identity theft have made many
                                                     people aware that even, in a small rural
   Kathleen M. Metzenbauer                           community you need to minimize your
   (Wisconsin)                                       risk of theft.
   Financial security is the goal for many
   Americans. However, with plant closings           Elaine H. Smillie (Illinois)
   and job layoffs, a family’s day-to-day            Elaine Smillee worked over a decade with
   money management is greatly affected.             Heartline, an agency assisting individu-
   In response to this need, the Family Liv-         als/families not being assisted by govern-
   ing Program of Juneau County UW-                  ment programs. Extension provided edu-
   Extension has collaborated with other             cational resources. Periodic evaluations
   agencies to focus on Family Finance               showed: improved diets, adoption of
   Education.                                        conflict resolution techniques, and
                                                     improved money management practices.
   Marilyn A. Sachs (Ohio)                           Elaine also worked with local groups to
   Marilyn helps people help themselves              address community and economic devel-
   through her specializations in managing           opment issues.
   multiple roles, strengthening relationships
   and managing resources. She provided              Jenell M. Smith (Kansas)
   leadership in survey development, data            Jenell coordinates Sedgwick County’s
   collection and data analysis for three            Senior Health Insurance Counseling for

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   Kansas (SHICK) program. She trained              EASTERN REGION
   over 60 volunteers to educate Medicare           Cassandra S. Corridon (Maryland)
   beneficiaries through educational pro-           Fulfilling a childhood goal of becoming
   grams, health fairs, one-on-one counsel-         an Extension Agent, Sandy started her
   ing, and State SHICK hotline, sharing the        career in 4-H. As an FCS educator serv-
   latest Medicare information. Jenell and          ing her home county with family pro-
   her volunteers have saved Sedgwick               grams: nutrition education, food safety
   County seniors $1,363,921 this past year.        and others, has been her passion. Team-
   LaDonna A. Werth (Nebraska)                      ing with her colleagues to bring programs
   The programs done by LaDonna Werth               to Maryland has been her joy.
   are in collaboration with local agencies         Tarasha L. Darden-McKoy (New
   and business focused on areas of critical        York)
   needs of the community and are geared            Tarasha Darden-McKoy has served ten
   toward learned outcomes. Examples of             years as a Family and Consumer Science
   programs include, First Time Home Buy-           Resource Educator. She has served as
   ers, Women Health Conference, Asset              NY-Affiliate President, V.P. for Awards
   Development.                                     and Recognition. In addition, she has
   Denise M. Wyland (Iowa)                          served on various National Committees.
   Denise believes in making a difference           Tarasha also won a State Award for her
   each day. She is known among clients and         work with Fathers at her local county jail.
   peers for high-quality creative work, a          Mary A. Gettings (Pennsylvania)
   visionary drive, leadership and network-         Mary Alice provides leadership in the
   ing skills. Her focus on nutrition and           areas of nutrition and food safety educa-
   healthy lifestyle education, women’s             tion. At the local, state, and national lev-
   health issues, and safe food handling has        els, she has been instrumental in educat-
   resulted in healthier individuals, families      ing people in the safe use of herbal sup-
   and communities.                                 plements. Recently, her food safety
   Lori A. Zierl (Wisconsin)                        expertise was utilized during the largest
   Lori Zierl’s programs primarily in parent-       Hepatitis A outbreak in U.S. history.
   ing education, food security and housing.        Diane E. Mincher (Vermont)
   She co-chairs the state housing team and         Diane has been proactive in developing
   coordinates the Pierce County Nutrition          very successful nutrition and literacy pro-
   Education Program. Lori, a skilled grant         grams including nationally-recognized
   writer, works with numerous initiatives          Food, Fun, and Reading plus Growing
   that support family strengthening. Recent        Connections, a garden-enhanced nutri-
   curriculum development includes Bully            tion program for Child Care Providers.
   Prevention, Overindulgence and Raising
   Your Spirited Child.
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   DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD                      State Nutrition Team Member for
   continued from page 9                            Louisiana; Parish Chair for 2 parishes.

   Diane’s varied programming efforts have          Carol J. Brandon (Tennessee)
   improved the quality of life for Vermon-         Carol believes collaboration with com-
   ters.                                            munity agencies is the key to strong pro-
                                                    grams for families in Claiborne County.
   Carl A. Townsend (West Virginia)                 As an educator with Extension, she has
   Carl Townsend has contributed signifi-           worked with many organizations to deliv-
   cantly to the quality of Family Child Care       er Family & Consumer Sciences pro-
   in West Virginia through a tax and busi-         grams for youth and adult audiences in
   ness workshop that he authored. He               the areas of leadership, parenting, and
   organized the first family child care asso-      nutrition.
   ciation in the state and was instrumental
   in placing five providers on state com-          Kimberly Burgess (Alabama)
   mittees involved with regulating their           Kimberly Burgess, Extension Specialist,
   business.                                        administers the Expanded Food & Nutri-
                                                    tion Education Program (EFNEP) in a
                                                    ten county region. Highlights of her
   SOUTHERN REGION                                  eleven year career include: state and
   Jane M. Allen (Florida)                          national presentations and development
   Jane’s Extension career has spanned 16           of EFNEP program materials. Kimberly
   years and three Florida counties. Her            Burgess’ desire for excellence and profes-
   programs have received local, state, and         sionalism serves as the catalyst for her
   national recognition. Leading-edge               Extension success.
   efforts have included USDA funding for
   Food Irradiation programs, outside fund-         Susan E. Cosgrove (Mississippi)
   ing for EFNEP expansion, and commu-              Susan E. Cosgrove, committed to raising
   nity-wide preschool hand washing pro-            consumer awareness to combat fraud,
   grams. Jane is currently a county exten-         gives consumers tools to prevent identity
   sion director and FCS Agent.                     theft through seminars, radio, television,
                                                    newsletters and newspapers. One feature
   Joan Prince Almond (Louisiana)                   story in a local newspaper was awarded
   With 22 years as Extension agent,                first place in National Written News cate-
   LEAFCS Member, 12 years, Outstanding             gory in 2003.
   Young 4-H Agent, LAE4-HA, 1982;
   LCAAA 4-H Team Award,1996; Epsilon               Sue Counts (North Carolina)
   Sigma Phi State Award-Portions-2001;             As County Extension Director with
   NEAFCS Florence Hall Award-2002;                 Community Development responsibili-
   Major accomplishments: Participation in          ties, Sue has been innovative in her
   development of Portions curriculum;              approach to programming—creating edu-
                                                    cational programs that meet the needs of

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   diverse populations. Sue’s focus has been        She was formerly the Director of the
   on educational programs for the Hispan-          School of Human Sciences at Mississippi
   ic community, cancer education and sus-          State University and is a past president of
   tainable energy.                                 AAFCS.

   Pamela J. Dooley (Kentucky)                      Floyda J. Hicks (Louisiana)
   Having grown up in a rural area, Pam             Dr. Floyda Jan Hicks has worked as a
   Dooley relates to the clients she serves.        parish agent and a district administrator.
   She recognized the unique artistic talents       She currently serves FCS agents as a field
   of the residents, and has been instrumen-        program leader. Her successful programs
   tal in developing marketing avenues. Her         include coordinating a 5-parish family lit-
   efforts have helped to increase incomes          eracy program in the Delta, writing a
   in an area with a limited job market.            nutrition education book, and conducting
                                                    multivariate research in parenting educa-
   Dianne S. Gatewood (North Carolina)              tion.
   Dianne Gatewood’s major program focus
   is on building healthy families is based on      Georgia Upton Kight (North
   client centered needs. Youth and adults          Carolina)
   have been empowered to adopt healthy             A major emphasis was delivery of a vari-
   lifestyles. Programming efforts are              ety of educational programs in Nutrition,
   extended through agency collaborations.          Health and Wellness reaching about 3000
   Nutrition education opportunities include        individuals including senior adults,
   Dining with Diabetes, Color Me Healthy           employees, child care providers and
   Training, Meal Creations, nutrition camp,        youth. Another emphasis was providing
   and Fight BAC.                                   state-mandated training for 184 child care
                                                    providers and parent educational ses-
   Cecelia K. Hall (Kentucky)                       sions.
   Kay is dedicated to improving the health
   of Hancock County citizens through               Sheila K. Lewis (Texas)
   nutrition education and physical activity        Shelia Lewis has made an impact on the
   programs. The Get Moving Kentucky                residents of Smith County by implement-
   program has been used by 112 people              ing the Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes
   who tracked their walking with a                 program. Participants learn how to better
   pedometer daily. Benefits of the program         manage their disease through educational
   include lower blood pressure, weight loss,       lessons on making wise food choices,
   and more energy.                                 monitoring their blood sugar, exercise
                                                    and daily self-care.
   Shirley W. Hastings (Tennessee)
   Shirley Hastings is Professor and Associ-
   ate Dean of UT Extension and The Col-
   lege of Education, Health and Human
   Sciences at The University of Tennessee.
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   DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD                      minor aged children with the Co-Parent-
   continued from page 11                           ing Apart program. Beverly, along with
                                                    her 4-H Co-Workers, develops and
   Betty M. Miller (Florida)                        implements an after-school nutrition edu-
   Betty Miller’s ability and willingness to        cation program for limited income chil-
   network with a myriad of community               dren.
   agencies and organizations have been
   instrumental in expanding the Extension          Mandel Johnson Smith (Georgia)
   Family and Consumer Sciences program             Mandel Smith has been with The Univer-
   in Leon County, Florida. Community col-          sity of Georgia Cooperative Extension
   laborations serving at-risk youth and            Service for over 12 years. Currently she
   families have augmented traditional              serves as the county FACS Agent and
   Extension both programmatically and              County Coordinator. Educating families
   financially (over $1,600,000).                   and individuals about the importance of
                                                    maintaining and developing healthy
   Susan K. Pearson (Oklahoma)                      lifestyles is a key focus of her extension
   Susan has been a member of NEAFCS                work.
   14 years. She is OEAFCS Vice-President
   for Awards & Recognition, serves on              Dana L. Tarter (Texas)
   NEAFCS awards & recognition commit-              Dana Tarter provides nutrition and
   tee, received recognition for program-           health education to the residents of Tar-
   ming efforts in Childcare & Nutrition            rant County. She feels it is important to
   education, received Level I & II on the          find creative ways to engage the audience
   NEAFCS Challenge and stays active in             in learning activities and to provide them
   grant seeking opportunities.                     with tools that will help them incorporate
                                                    healthy eating and daily physical activity
   Susan J. Pickle (Arkansas)                       into their busy lives.
   Susan’s goal was to increase the physical
   activity and improve the health of county        Pamela C. York (Kentucky)
   residents. Over 300 individuals participat-      Pam is a dedicated professional who
   ed in the Walk Across Arkansas-Johnson           maintains a high level of excellence as an
   County program. Susan also provided              educator. She conducts high quality pro-
   information at a health fair and on week-        grams through effective use of volun-
   ly radio programs. She has worked for            teers, strong committee/task force struc-
   Extension 23 years in Missouri and               ture, and a variety of educational activi-
   Arkansas.                                        ties. Her main goal is to improve the
                                                    quality of life of county residents.
   Beverly A. Shelby (Tennessee)
   Human Development and Nutrition and
   Health programming have been Beverly’s
   areas of focus. Since January 2001, she
   has reached 700 divorcing parents of

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   WESTERN REGION                                    sewing conferences, after school pro-
   Patricia J. Aaron (New Mexico)                    grams, Food Safety Managers Certifica-
   Serving residents of Albuquerque, New             tion, financial management courses,
   Mexico’s largest and most economically            nutrition education, 4-H summer day-
   diverse population, Patricia has devel-           camps, and numerous other 4-H work-
   oped programs on financial management,            shops/activities.
   nutrition education and food safety. A
   highly motivated educator, she has long-
   term, successful relationships with the
                                                     Continued Excellence
   community and media, and continues                Award
   professional development through partic-          CENTRAL REGION
   ipation in local, state and national organi-
                                                     Sandra R. Aamlid (South Dakota)
   zations.
                                                     Community nutrition outreach shapes
   Lana M. Thomas Cruse (Washington)                 much of Sandra’s educational program-
   Lana Thomas Cruse, Kittitas County                ming. Her roles in this endeavor include
   Extension Educator for Family Living              educator, supervisor, preceptor and inter-
   and 4-H, has maximized community                  ventionist in the largest city in South
   impacts by networking with other agen-            Dakota. Sandra has served on and
   cies and training/empowering volunteers.          chaired the national exhibits committee,
   Two recent programs of note are Care              presented concurrent sessions at two
   Provider Workshops and Día de los                 national meetings, and is currently her
   Niños, a celebration of                           Association’s historian.
   youth/diversity/literacy.
                                                     Janet R. Burnett (Illinois)
   Rhea K. Lanting (Idaho)                           During 21 years of Janet Burnett’s
   My program accomplishments have been              Extension career, she thrives on the
   in the area of curricula development, (co-        diversity of her urban and rural counties
   author on three curricula), Diabetes Edu-         with a population of 760,000. Growth of
   cation and the Food Stamp Nutrition               the programming has been possible
   Program, of which I am a District                 through extensive collaboration with
   Administrator. My collaborations with             agencies, grant writing, and recruitment
   agencies in the community have made               of volunteers reaching beyond the tradi-
   the Healthy Diabetes Plate classes and            tional Extension volunteer role.
   other programs successful.
                                                     Barbara J. Clements (Ohio)
   Ronda Harris Olsen (Utah)                         Jean Clements, FCS Educator in Greene
   Employed twenty three years as the Fam-           County Ohio, specializes in financial
   ily Consumer Sciences/4-H Agent in                management, with particular interest in
   Uintah County, Ronda Olsen also pro-              low-income families. She has attended
   vides Extension support to Daggett
   County residents. Ronda offers annual                                      Continued on page 14

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   CONTINUED EXCELLENCE                           Katherine E. Hale (Michigan)
   continued from page 13                         In her 20+ years of Extension work,
                                                  Katherine has delivered programs in par-
   over 26 in-services in the past 3 years        enting education, food safety and nutri-
   and has assisted with planning and/or          tion. Her in-home parenting program for
   presenting at 18 professional develop-         teen parents and first-time moms utilizes
   ment in-services for others. She received      para-professional staff, an RN, and a
   her DSA in 2000.                               social worker. As county extension direc-
                                                  tor, land use education has become her
   Mary J. Crooks (Iowa)                          primary focus.
   Mary Crooks has demonstrated an ongo-
   ing commitment to professional develop-        Leanne M. Manning (Nebraska)
   ment during her 28 year career with Iowa       Leanne Manning’s work focuses on per-
   State University Extension. She is Presi-      sonal financial management. She has
   dent-elect of the Iowa NEAFCS associa-         taught over 1000 second-grade youth log-
   tion. Mary has led study trips to Mexico       ging over 280 hours of direct contact
   and provides statewide leadership to pro-      using the 4-H school enrichment project
   grams that improve the quality of child        she authored. She teaches high school
   care in Iowa.                                  seniors credit management and coordi-
                                                  nates a biennial Money Sense Day Camp
   Peggy A. Ehlers (Indiana)                      for 9-12 year olds.
   Peggy Ehlers is a CFS Extension Educa-
   tor in Dearborn County, Indiana. This          Nancy K. Recker (Ohio)
   applicant has been a member of                 As an Extension professional for 27
   NEAFCS for 14 years. During her career         years, Nancy is recognized for her educa-
   as an educator, she has participated in        tional programming for stepfamilies. She
   PILD during 2003, 2004 and received the        is committed to professional develop-
   Monhaut Zmola award 2003.                      ment of herself and others on current
                                                  issues relating to divorce, remarriage and
   Beth E. Green (Indiana)                        healthy marriages. She actively partici-
   Beth Green has been a member of                pates in professional development oppor-
   NEAFCS since 1991. During that time            tunities to incorporate new knowledge
   she has received the Distinguished Ser-        into program efforts.
   vice Award, attended PILD twice and
   participated in a Rural Development            Cynthia R. Strasheim (Nebraska)
   Study Tour of Ireland. As County Exten-        Cindy Strasheim exhibits Continued
   sion Director, Beth has designed devel-        Excellence in Programming by develop-
   opment opportunities for her local and         ing grant-funded programs such as Kids
   area staff.                                    Talk About Divorce, Youth Leadership
                                                  Academy, 4-H After School Zone, and
                                                  Bullying Prevention. Each program is
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   ing. Indicators of success include               Dawn M. Olson (Pennsylvania)
   increased leadership and self-confidence         Dawn Olson strives to grow profession-
   in youth.                                        ally through continuous study and partici-
                                                    pation in opportunities that will enhance
                                                    programming. Her program efforts con-
   EASTERN REGION                                   centrate in food safety, health and well-
   Constance Mauro Barnett (Maryland)               ness, child care provider training, and
   In her 27-year Extension career, Connie          office and grant administration. She has
   Barnett continues to develop innovative          contributed significantly to the profes-
   programming, such as Food, Fun & Fit-            sional growth of others during her exten-
   ness, Active Play and obesity prevention         sion career.
   programs. She has secured Food Stamp
   Nutrition Education Program grants to            Karen A. Thomas (Pennsylvania)
   extend her educational outreach. Connie          An extension educator for 19 years,
   has served NEAFCS-MD Affiliate as                Karen is committed to the extension mis-
   state secretary and public relations chair.      sion and FCS profession. She is actively
                                                    involved in professional development and
   Ann Belisle Hamilton (New                        leadership activities at the state and
   Hampshire)                                       national level. She values these experi-
   Ann has demonstrated strong educational          ences and recognizes their importance in
   leadership in family financial manage-           keeping educators current in family and
   ment and food safety, and is a County            consumer sciences issues.
   Office Administrator. She’s a member of
   the Achieving Financial Security and
   Family Resource Management Advisory              SOUTHERN REGION
   teams, and past member of the food               Denise J. Brandon (Tennessee)
   safety team. She was a founding member           Denise Brandon is committed to profes-
   of NH Jump$tart Coalition.                       sional development because it allows her
                                                    to keep up with the latest research, teach-
   Carolyn J. Kleffner (Maine)                      ing innovations, and new tools for pro-
   Carolyn Joyce Kleffner is a county educa-        fessionals and families. She plans to
   tor with the University of Maine Cooper-         explore alternatives to in-person instruc-
   ative Extension. Her program leadership          tion that will allow Extension agents to
   and creativity fosters healthy lifestyle         receive training at their convenience with
   changes and successful collaborations.           less expense.
   Joyce’s work within a new business-assis-
   tance network has expanded and coordi-           Candace Carrié (Arkansas)
   nated learning opportunities for small           During her 15-year career, Candace has
   and home-based businesses in the region.         developed and implemented numerous
                                                    programs in resource management, lead-

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   CONTINUED EXCELLENCE                            Donna M. Fryman (Kentucky)
   continued from page 15                          Over the last 23 years, this Family and
                                                   Consumer Sciences Agent for the Uni-
   ership development and health and well-         versity of Kentucky Cooperative Exten-
   ness. She believes that professional            sion Service has worked diligently on
   growth is an ongoing process throughout         Professional and Leadership Develop-
   one’s life, and when you recognize and          ment programs that have impacted the
   embrace that concept, it keeps you chal-        lives of clients in the county, district and
   lenged and excited about your life’s work.      state she serves.
   Cindy M. Duren (Tennessee)                      Doris Heath (Virginia)
   Cindy Duren believes that leadership,           A Family and Consumer Sciences profes-
   learning and teaching are the key words         sional for 25 years, I have a commitment
   that depict her continuous professional         to the profession. I have been an Exten-
   development. Her county programs                sion Agent for 17 years and have recruit-
   focus on nutrition education, financial         ed and trained many fellow professionals,
   management, and family issues that meet         served on local and state level commit-
   the needs of a wide variety of audiences.       tees, boards and served in management
   She gives support and leadership to many        level positions throughout my career.
   programs in her county.
                                                   Sandra C. Henson (Texas)
   Alma Mancillas Fonseca (Texas)                  Sandra Henson believes professional
   Alma Fonseca improves the well-being of         development is the key to her successful
   type 2 diabetics in Brazos County               Extension career. She believes member-
   through education using the Do Well, Be         ship in district, state and national associa-
   Well with Diabetes and Cooking Well             tions is required. She values continued
   with Diabetes curricula. Her 18-member          education and the reading of profession-
   Diabetes Coalition has impacted the pro-        al journals. Sandra’s and her peers devel-
   gram with positive results in teaching          opment is evidenced by her work on dis-
   people how to control their blood sugar         trict, state and past national committees.
   levels.
                                                   Shirlye G. Hopkins (Arkansas)
   Shenile Ford (North Carolina)                   For 28 years, I have been committed to
   Improving the lives of families has been        providing research-based information
   the program focus for Shenile Rothwell-         through non-formal education to help
   Ford’s 12 year career. Outstanding results      Arkansans improve their economic well
   reflect the work of this FCS agent in           being and their quality of life. Emphasis
   areas of nutrition education, child devel-      in nutrition education has allowed me to
   opment, health and home environment.            have a positive influence on the people in
   Shenile has served in leadership roles at       Columbia County’s healthy lifestyle
   the district, local and state levels.           options.


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   Barbara Hughes (Florida)                          Kathleen A. Roesel-Byrnes
   Barbara Hughes has been an FCS Agent              (Kentucky)
   for 25 years. For the past thirteen years         Kathy Roesel-Byrnes has served as a
   she has also served as the County Exten-          Kentucky Family and Consumer Sciences
   sion Director. She has been President of          Agent for 19 years. Working in both a
   FEAFCS and her main emphasis is in                small rural and large urban county has
   family economic stability, administrative         given her unique perspective for success-
   leadership, and international program-            ful Extension Programming. Program
   ming.                                             strengths include working with communi-
                                                     ty collaborations and developing innova-
   Mary L. Jordan (Alabama)                          tive lessons.
   Mary Lucile has worked in Etowah
   County for 27 years. She works with 4-H,          Diane D. Sasser (Louisiana)
   Family programs, CRD and is the County            Diane Sasser’s goals have included pro-
   Extension Coordinator. She is involved            viding resources for families and youth
   in all aspects of extension. She is active        through information available through
   in several professional associations. Mary        the LSU AgCenter. The fruits of these
   Lucile has provided leadership at the dis-        labors resulted through relationships nur-
   trict, state, and regional levels.                tured with other agencies. These efforts
                                                     have translated into funding for the LSU
   Brenda K. Miller (Oklahoma)                       AgCenter and increased capacity to reach
   During her 14-year career with the Okla-          families and children.
   homa Cooperative Extension Service,
   Brenda served Okmulgee County resi-               Jo Shuford-Law (Florida)
   dents in Family & Consumer Science and            During the 14 year collaboration of
   4-H Youth Development. She now                    UF/IFAS–Leon County Extension with
   focuses her attention on supporting the           dietetic internships, 102 interns have each
   21 FCS educators in the Northeast Dis-            spent 80 hours working with EFNEP
   trict as FCS Program Specialist.                  and FNP audiences. The partnership has
                                                     resulted in high quality nutrition learning
   Rebecca Burris Nash (Kentucky)                    opportunities for limited resource youth
   Becky Nash enjoys the opportunities for           and future nutrition professionals eager
   personal growth and education through             to continue their Extension partnership.
   Extension. She takes advantage of in-
   services, association connections, grant          Sally M. Soileau (Louisiana)
   challenges, collaborations, and non-tradi-        Sally Soileau, PhD, MS, MEd, BS,
   tional venues to better serve her clientele.      Louisiana. Twenty-five year member with
   By exploring and addressing cutting-edge          DSA-1990 focuses programs on nutri-
   issues, she stays excited about her job of        tion, food safety, character education, and
   helping people help themselves.                   environmental education. Statewide food

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   CONTINUED EXCELLENCE                              aging. Winner of communication, finance
   continued from page 17                            and gerontology awards. Extension
                                                     Agent for 21 years. Received the DSA
   safety trainings provided for dietitians,         Award in 1998.
   physicians, Extension educators, con-
   sumers, and restaurant industry. Leader-          Betty J. Meloy (Washington)
   ship: Six annual NEAFCS meetings, ESP             Betty J. Meloy, family and consumer sci-
   State/National office, JCEP PILD, and             ences educator for 14 years, has worked
   JCEP Regional workshops.                          to improve the lives of families through
                                                     better nutrition knowledge, food safety
   Dena Kirby Wise (Tennessee)                       practices and using good family financial
   Dena Wise’s career spans five states and          procedures. Encouraging leadership and
   includes Extension positions as a state           professional development to clients
   specialist, county coordinator, FCS and           through these programs is an on-going
   4-H agent in addition to university teach-        process.
   ing. Her thorough insight into both the
   academic and applied components of                Patricia A. Merk (Arizona)
   Extension has resulted in a nationally rec-       Patricia Merk demonstrates her leader-
   ognized program that engages agents at            ship ability as co-chair for several
   all levels.                                       statewide working groups. Her profes-
                                                     sional development interests include early
                                                     brain development and grandparents rais-
   WESTERN REGION                                    ing grandchildren. She completed a Ph.D.
   Mary L. Blackburn (California)                    in Family and Consumer Sciences with a
   Dr. Blackburn is recognized for her com-          major in Family Studies and Human
   mitment to professional excellence,               Development in May, 2005, at University
   award- winning research and extension             of Arizona.
   education for at-risk families, seniors, and
   grandparents. She served on NEAFCS                Kathleen Riggs (Utah)
   Professional Development and Nominat-             Kathy Riggs has been an educator for
   ing Committees, as Peer Reviewer, and             Utah State University for 24 years. She
   holds state office. She is on AAFCS               began the Youth and Families with
   National Nominating Committee and is              Promise mentoring program in Iron
   Chair-Ca-AFCS Extension Section.                  County. The program has expanded to a
                                                     state-wide nationally known initiative.
   Donna J. Liess (Colorado)                         Kathy was instrumental in obtaining 1.5
   Community development, grandparents               million dollars for Utah YFP.
   raising grandchildren, elder care, money
   management for youth and nutrition/fit-
   ness lifestyle training are her key program
   areas. Provides in-service training on top-
   ics of evaluation, family relations and

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   Extension Educator of the                      Washington, Idaho, West Virginia, Flori-
                                                  da, Hawaii, and Alabama. The Germ City
   Year Award                                     walk-through interactive exhibit and edu-
   Fay B. Strickler (Pennsylvania)                cation program has facilitated positive
   Creative programming, active committee         changes in hand washing behaviors at
   involvement and collaboration with mul-        fairs, community events, and in schools.
   tiple community partners led to success-
   ful foods, nutrition and food safety pro-      Karen M. Ensle (New Jersey)
   grams that impacted diverse clientele in       Supersize America: Ending the Obesity
   Berks County. Strickler maintained high        Epidemic PowerPoint program describes
   quality educational programs while par-        the obesity epidemic. Participants engage
   ticipating in professional development         in a series of quizzes to test their knowl-
   opportunities, international experiences       edge of food calories against calories
   and serving in state and national leader-      burned through exercise. Over 1000 NJ
   ship roles.                                    professionals/consumers understand
                                                  how to cut portion sizes and add physical
                                                  activity for improved health.
   Florence Hall Award                            Marilyn S. Fox, Becky Lamphiear,
   Deilee N. Calvert-Minor, June
                                                  Carol Thayer, Celeste Heaivilin,
   Hanrahan, Martin Broccoli, Michael
                                                  Cheryl Fisher, Debbie Kuenning,
   Romano, Pamela Mandryck, Patricia
                                                  Janet Clark, Jennifer Mayfield,
   Hudak, Rose Ann Convertino, Steven
                                                  Maurine Roller, Nancy Frecks,
   Miller (New York)
                                                  Sondra Germer, Tonya Ingram,
   To improve seniors’ access to fresh pro-
                                                  Wanda Koszewski (Nebraska)
   duce, County Legislators, Office for the
                                                  Rural welfare families face major obsta-
   Aging and Cooperative Extension part-
                                                  cles to employment. To address this,
   nered to create the Senior Mobile
                                                  Nebraska Health & Human Services col-
   Farmer’s Market. Local farmers set up
                                                  laborated with Cooperative Extension to
   their farm stand at senior public housing
                                                  teach family management/life skills to
   sites each week. Nutrition classes and
                                                  help folks maintain their families while
   information about food stamps were also
                                                  moving to work. Building Nebraska Fam-
   available.
                                                  ilies provides intensive, individualized
   B. Susie Craig (Washington), Allison           education to help families successfully
   Nichols, Guendoline Brown (West                hurdle those obstacles.
   Virginia), Lynn Nakamura-Tengan
                                                  Susan Gail Richey, Dana Tarter
   (Hawaii), Sandra McCurdy (Idaho),
                                                  (Texas)
   Donnie L. Cook (Alabama A&M)
                                                  Wellness in the City is a joint educational
   Germ City is a USDA funded Extension,
                                                  initiative between Dallas and Tarrant
   education and research project that
   reached 400,000 children and adults in
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   FLORENCE HALL AWARD
   continued from page 19                           PROGRAM AWARDS
   Counties. The goal of the program is to         Dean Don Felker Financial
   provide urban residents with the knowl-
   edge, skills, and motivation they need to       Management Award
   make healthy lifestyle choices in a fast-       Susan K. Morris, Donna V. Brinsfield,
   paced, urban society.                           Jinhee Kim, Joanne B. Hamilton,
                                                   Judith A. Stuart, Lynn F. Little,
                                                   Madeleine Greene (Maryland)
   New Professional Award                          “Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals”
   Laura Royer (Florida)                           The Personal Finance Seminar for Pro-
   Laura Royer joined the Florida Extension        fessionals is an efficient and effective
   Service in September 2002, specializing         means of increasing the capacity of pro-
   in housing and financial management. A          fessionals to improve the financial well-
   graduate from the University of Florida,        being of families. Over 1,875 financial
   she is working towards a master’s degree        professionals, who work locally with
   in Financial Planning. Laura has devel-         thousands of individuals and families,
   oped successful programs in home-buy-           have been trained in the seminar’s fifteen-
   ing, financial management and consumer          year history.
   fraud for teens and adults.
                                                   Barbara M. O’Neill, Connie Kratzer,
                                                   Geraldine Walsh, Irene Leech, Jane
   Para-Professional Award                         Schuchardt, Linda Kirk Fox, Nancy
   B. Kaye Stiltner (Virginia)                     Porter, Patricia Q. Brennan (New
   Kaye Stiltner demonstrates outstanding          Jersey)
   work in her position as a program assis-        “Investing For Your Future”
   tant for the Smart Choices Nutrition            Investing For Your Future is a basic
   Education Program. She is meeting the           investing program developed for use by
   needs of her clients in five diverse coun-      Cooperative Extension Educators nation-
   ties through Super Pantry programs and          wide. It consists of an 11-unit home
   making a positive impact on their food          study course, available in print and online
   safety and nutrition habits.                    at www.investing.rutgers. edu, and a cur-
                                                   riculum for a 6-session class series.
                                                   Investment messages are added to the
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   Mary W. Wells Diversity                            (Hawaii), Sandra McCurdy (Idaho),
                                                      Donnie L. Cook (Alabama A&M)
   Award                                              “Germ City: Clean Hands, Healthy People
   Belinda J. Riddle, Dr. Bobbi Clarke,               Program”
   Whitney Danhof (Tennessee)                         Germ City, a USDA funded Extension,
   “Improving Health Access for Latinos in Rural      education and research project reached
   Tennessee”                                         400,000 children and adults in Washing-
   The Tennessee Latino Health Coalition              ton, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, and
   has improved health care access for Lati-          Alabama facilitating changes in hand-
   nos in Coffee and Bedford Counties.                washing at fairs, community events, and
   Over 200 health professionals developed            schools. Observational studies and intent-
   Spanish language and cultural competen-            to-change research conducted with ele-
   cy through the Spanish Survival Semi-              mentary and middle-school students and
   nars, Cultural Reality Workshop and                during fairs will be highlighted.
   other simulations. Over 3,500 families
   have benefited from the Latino Health
   Yellow Pages directory.                            Environmental Education
                                                      Award
   Program Excellence                                 Nancy E. Grotevant, Debra
                                                      Brodhecker, Nilda M. Sessler
   Through Research Award                             (Pennsylvania)
   Elaine Courtney, Linda B. Bobroff,                 “Clean Air for Children “
   Nancy J. Gal (Florida)                             Children don’t have options when regu-
   “Take Charge of your Diabetes Research             lating their exposure to secondhand
   Project”                                           smoke so adults must be educated on
   Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a 9 ses-           associated health risks. During this
   sion program tested in 2003 and 2005.              month-long campaign, sponsored by the
   Participant’s Hemoglobin A1C, blood                Pike County Pennsylvania Tobacco Free
   lipids, weight and blood pressure were             Coalition, adults who smoked were
   measured pre, post and 3 months follow-            encouraged to Take It Outside and pro-
   up. Changes were significant and likely            tect children from secondhand smoke.
   due to healthy lifestyles taught during the
   course.                                            Joan Vinette, James D. Isleib, Janice
                                                      Nicklas, Rachel Lindquist, Ronald
   B. Susie Craig (Washington), Allison               Kinnunen, (Michigan)
   Nichols, Guendoline Brown (West                    “Life of Lake Superior Youth Program”
   Virginia), Lynn Nakamura-Tengan                    This summer outdoor education program
                                                      provides interactive learning opportuni-
                                                      ties focused on natural features, culture,

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   ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD                    Rebecca L. Versch, Shirley M.
   continued from page 21                           Niemeyer (Nebraska)
                                                    “Healthy Homes for Healthy Nebraskans: A
   science, and heritage of the local Lake          Radon Awareness and Testing Campaign”
   Superior region. Community natural               Healthy Homes for Healthy Nebraskans
   resource professionals partnered with            is helping local citizens take steps to
   MSU Extension to deliver diverse work-           lower radon levels in their homes! Since
   shops teaching youth and their parents to        1999, over 1600 free test kits have been
   appreciate natural resources that abound         distributed, 200 homeowners have
   in Alger County.                                 attended sessions to learn about radon
                                                    and at least 20 reports having mitigated
                                                    their homes as a result.
   Extension Housing
   Outreach Award                                   Early Childhood Child Care
   Marcy Krumbine (Florida)
   “There’s No Place Like Home”                     Training Award
   The Home Loan Program provides a                 Sherry Lynn Rocha (Illinois)
   unique opportunity for low and moder-            “Nurturing Creativity in Children”
   ate-income families to assess their readi-       Nurturing young children’s creative
   ness for homeownership and take the              potential is not a frill. It stands at the
   steps needed to achieve their dreams.            center of preparing children for life. Cre-
   Educational programs include work-               ativity is extremely important while edu-
   shops, individual counseling and exhibits.       cating children who will become scien-
   Partnering with local banks, Extension           tists, inventors, artists, musicians, innova-
   assisted 118 families in becoming home-          tors, problem solvers, and CEO’s of the
   owners since 2003.                               future. This training models activities for
                                                    implementation of creativity skills.
   Pamela D. Lincoln, Gussie
   McConnell, Linda Baxter (Texas)
   “Your Home is Your Castle”                       Food Safety Award
   Well-built, affordable housing is indispen-      Suzanne Marie Driessen, Carol Ann
   sable for keeping rural communities              Burtness, Connie Schwartau, Deb
   vibrant. Extension and USDA Rural                Botzek-Linn, Glenyce Peterson
   Development reached 1245 residents               Vangness, Jean Pitt, Joellen Feirtag,
   through workshops to inform families of          Kathy Brandt, LouAnn Jopp, Roselyn
   assistance available to repair, purchase or      Biermaier, (Minnesota)
   buld a home and steps needed to qualify.         “Serve It Up Safely Renewal Course: Online &
   As a result, $666,456 was loaned or              Classroom Options”
   granted to participants.                         Serve It Up Safely: Certified Food
                                                    Manger Renewal Course has trained over
                                                    800 Minnesota food service managers.
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   This interactive course emphasizes risky        4-H Excellence in
   food handling practices and introduces
   emerging trends in food preparation. The        Afterschool Programming
   online course and numerous classes held
   statewide provide certified food man-
                                                   Award
                                                   Sheryl A. Nolen, Lilly Dorney, Linda
   agers with a choice of training options.
                                                   Mock, Michelle Warren, Mike
                                                   Heimer, Tom LeRoy, (Texas)
   Clean Homes Healthy                             “YMCA After-Care and 4-H Partners for
                                                   Youth Programs”
   Families Award                                  Conroe YMCA partnered with a team of
   Johanna S. Hicks (Texas)                        Texas Cooperative Extension staff to
   “Hopkins County Gets A on Hygiene Report        improve the quality of after-school pro-
   Card”                                           grams and increase opportunities for
   School absenteeism due to illness has           youth to experience 4-H. Four-H Project
   been a problem in Hopkins County,               Day reached 300 youth weekly with sup-
   Texas. Through the clean hands, clean           port activities and staff training to
   surfaces campaign, individuals were             become a model for the Greater Hous-
   taught the importance of proper washing         ton Area YMCA.
   of hands and surfaces using newspaper
   columns, UV Disclosure Center, colorful         Mary A. Klinger Oyler, Karen S.
   hand-outs, hands-on activities, and color-      Hack, Roxanne F. Price, Stacey L.
   ing sheets.                                     Goetz (Pennsylvania)
                                                   “4-H Afterschool Programming, Summer
   Carrie L. Schneider-Miller, John Fech,          Science & Kids”
   Sharon Skipton, Trenton Erickson,               Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H
   Vernon Waldren (Nebraska)                       educators collaborated to plan and imple-
   “Living Safely With Lead”                       ment 4-H Afterschool trainings for
   No education focusing on managing lead          providers of school age children. 98
   had occurred in the high-risk area, and it      agency and child care staff attended
   was needed to prevent lead poisoning in         Train the Trainer sessions introducing 4-
   children. A multi-disciplinary team             H project materials. More than 1,200
   approach was used to develop a program          youth across the Capital Region benefited
   to teach residents how to reduce the risk       from these partnerships.
   for lead poisoning in their homes and
   yards.




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   AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING AWARD                   Rick Callies, Sarah Jacobson, Suzi
   continued from page 23                          Young, (Colorado)
                                                   “Train the Trainer”
   Maisielin Ross, Diane Coon, Kim                 How can a coalition impact local work-
   Coldicott (Florida)                             sites? Our coalition will train 10-12
   “Babysitting Curriculum Teacher Training        instructors in TaiChi to take their skill to
   Program for After-School Teachers”              respective employers. Twelve Chew-Chat-
   In response to middle schools’ requests,        Chi lunch meetings will then be available
   4-H and FCS agents began teaching               for employees. Health Posters and
   Babysitting Basics to students in their         Brochures will be created to distribute to
   after-school programs and FCS classes.          address various health awareness needs.
   So as to have a greater impact, the agents
   developed a Babysitter’s Manual which is
   used to train after-school teachers who
   work through the Safe Schools Program.                 COMMUNICATION
   Juanita O. Waits, Dan McDonald, Jan
   Gibby, Patty Merk, Sherry Betts
                                                             AWARDS
   (Arizona)
   “Project SOAR: 4-H Mentoring Program”           Newsletters
   Project SOAR: 4-H Mentoring Program             Deborah Ann McClellan, Pat
   is an intensive mentoring program which         Hildebrand—1st Place (Illinois)
   targets at-risk youth and families by           “Parenting Partners”
   matching mentees with college students.         Parenting Partners is a series of 12
   Project SOAR’s goal is to encourage stu-        newsletters created to assist married or
   dents to focus their efforts on education-      unmarried couples during the transition
   al and personal values through extensive        to parenthood. This newsletter interven-
   mentoring, academic support, and posi-          tion focuses on helping couples identify
   tive community involvement.                     and manage stress, increase positive com-
                                                   munication, and invest in their commit-
                                                   ment to their relationship.
   Healthy Lifestyles
                                                   Ann Vail, Esther L. Devall—2nd Place
   Education Grant                                 (New Mexico)
   Wendy Rice, Janie Fontecchio-                   “Family Times: Bilingual Parenting Newsletter”
   Spradling, Karla Davis, Liza                    Family Times is a bilingual newsletter
   Tregillius, Marcy Jung, Marge Borst,            about parenting, couple relationships, life
   Marjorie Brinton, Matt Kelly, Missy             skills, and nutrition. This quarterly publi-
   Rodri, Nancy Folsom, Pam Kircher,               cation is inserted into 400,000 newspa-
                                                   pers and distributed to Extension, WIC,
                                                   and Income Support offices throughout
                                                   New Mexico. Recent issues focused on

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   the Power of Praise, Family Communica-           Phyllis B. Lewis—3rd Place
   tion, Preparing for Disaster, and Positive       (Wyoming)
   Discipline.                                      “Food Safety P.S.A.s”
                                                    Chris Pasley and Phyllis Lewis created a
   Marian Ross—3rd Place (Texas)                    packaged monthly food safety program
   “Money 2020 Newsletters”                         encompassing television, radio, and news-
   The Money 2020 monthly newsletter is             paper P.S.A.s. In February, Phyllis’ mes-
   an educational tool used to bring finan-         sage was aired 168 times over one sta-
   cial literacy to individuals. Providing          tion’s airwaves, reaching an estimated
   timely financial information, gives people       2,688,000 listeners. The P.S.A. was linked
   the opportunity to pursue their own per-         to stations across the state. Numbers
   sonal wealth building and build their con-       reached: Thousands!
   sumer knowledge. The newsletter is a
   workshop in your own home.
                                                    Television
                                                    Lisa Leslie, Billie Lofland—1st Place
   Radio                                            (Florida)
   Pamela Carol York —1st Place                     “Building Energy Efficiency into Your New
   (Kentucky)                                       Home”
   “Extension Minute Radio Program”                 The video, Building Energy Efficiency
   Extension Minute is sixty second radio           into Your New Home, describes cost
   spots recorded monthly and played six            effective features that homebuyers can
   times a day on six radio stations on Clear       add to a new home to increase energy
   Channel’s First Radio. The six stations          efficiency and protect indoor air quality.
   have a combined audience of over                 The piece played 16 times on Hillsbor-
   200,000 listeners in south central Ken-          ough County Government Television and
   tucky. A variety of timely and relevant          was also distributed to libraries and local
   topics are shared with listeners.                building professionals.
   Beth D. Gaydos, Mike Partin—2nd                  Pauline Williams—2nd Place (Utah)
   Place (Ohio)                                     “Tip of the Week television segment”
   “Identity Theft”                                 Tip of the Week is a weekly television
   This late morning interview broadcast is         segment featuring Utah State University
   aired four times weekly on four sister sta-      Extension Agent, Pauline Williams. The
   tions. It reaches 90,000 listeners in a          weekly tips, originating from station
   multi-county area of southeastern Ohio.          KSL-5 in Salt Lake City, cover the gamut
   Topics apply to a general audience and           of Family and Consumer Science areas.
   include practical tips or program                Each two to three minute segment airs
   announcements. This interview featured           live during the morning news.
   suggestions for preventing and dealing
   with a stolen identity.
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   TELEVISION AWARD                                  Kathleen Hetzel—3rd Place
   continued from page 25                            (Wisconsin)
                                                     “Piecing Together the Child Care Puzzle”
   Kim H. Edmonds—3rd Place                          Selecting child care is one of the greatest
   (Virginia)                                        decisions families make to protect the
   “Empowering Your Family”                          health, safety and potential growth of
   Empowering Your Family was designed               their children. Piecing together the puzzle
   to inform Henrico County citizens of the          includes looking at quality, affordability
   educational resources available through           and accessibility issues. Pieces were
   Virginia Cooperative Extension. The pro-          examined for families in Dodge County,
   gram was broadcast to cable subscribers           Wisconsin to bring understanding to the
   in Henrico County, VA. Highlights of the          puzzle.
   program include interviews with Exten-
   sion administration, specialists and
   footage of Kim Edmonds conducting an              Educational Technology
   educational workshop.                             Nancy K. Recker, Lois Clark—1st
                                                     Place (Ohio)
                                                     “Discipline That Works”
   Written News                                      Child care providers in a two county
   Christopher Thomas Sneed—1st                      region in Ohio identified discipline as
   Place (Tennessee)                                 their number one training need. As a
   “Teaching Your Kids to Play It SAFE”              result, Extension Educators developed
   According to the US Consumer Product              Discipline That Works Training to assist
   Safety Commission, a child is injured on          providers with appropriate discipline
   playground equipment every 2 ½ min-               techniques, understanding roadblocks to
   utes. This news article was published to          good discipline, normal child develop-
   increase awareness of playground safety           ment, and reasons why children behave.
   as well as to introduce the SAFE pro-
   gram developed by the National Program            Terry Ann Egan, Karen Elliott—2nd
   for Playground Safety.                            Place (Missouri)
                                                     “Building a Healthy Diet”
   Carrie T. Brazeal—2nd Place (Texas)               PowerPoint presentations are an effective
   The recent tsunami provided parents an            media to convey nutrition messages to
   excellent opportunity to talk with chil-          participants in the Family Nutrition Edu-
   dren about difficult situations. Many par-        cation Program. Adult audiences are seen
   ents feel challenged when faced with this         primarily in group settings. Accompany-
   opportunity. This column suggested that           ing scripts provide activities, handouts,
   parents take some time, determine what            and recipes for food demonstrations. The
   they want to say and then talk. Several           EFNEP Reporting System is used for
   suggestions for talking about difficult sit-      evaluation data.
   uations were given.

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   Eileen M. Krumbach, Cynthia                     Sally M. Soileau, Sara Katherine
   Strasheim, Deanna Peterson, Dianne              Waggoner, Sheila H. Haynes, Terri R.
   Swanson, Mary Ann Holland, Sandy                Crawford—2nd Place (Louisiana)
   Preston—3rd Place (Nebraska)                    “Serving Food Safely”
   “Guardianship Training”                         The goal was to develop and implement
   Guardianship Training is a quarterly two        an effective food handler training pro-
   and one-half hour court-mandated edu-           gram for preventing foodborne illness
   cational program for individuals that           and improving nutrition in vulnerable
   have been court appointed as a guardian         populations in the Lower Mississippi
   of a Ward. The program focuses on               Delta who utilize services of food recov-
   understanding what a Guardian is, the           ery programs. Another goal was to
   responsibilities to the court and Ward,         enhance and reinforce the food safety
   implementing good decision making and           efforts of food recovery agencies.
   identifying financial responsibilities.
                                                   Denise Elaine Smith, Erin Smith,
                                                   Gretchen Gasvoda-Kelso, Helen
   Educational Curriculum                          Gregario, Jamie Detterer, Linda
                                                   Melcher, Lori Jones, Lyndi Preator,
   Package                                         Lynn Collins, Marilou Vaughn, Patti
   Debra Minar Driscoll, Andrea                    Griffith, Rick Ewing, Ruth Peterson,
   Dailey—1st Place (Oregon)                       Shirley Huizenga, Twila Ortiz,
   “Diabetes Bingo: A Bilingual, Low Literacy      Virginia Romero-Caron —3rd Place
   Tool”                                           (Wyoming)
   Latino families have a high risk of devel-      “Eating Your Way Through Wyoming History”
   oping type 2 diabetes, and are at greater       The curriculum follows five distinct
   risk of experiencing complications. The         groups of people (American Indians,
   Diabetes Bingo game curriculum incor-           mountain men, pioneers, cowboys and
   porates 28 simple messages about dia-           railroad workers) who made significant
   betes types, symptoms, affects on the           contributions to the history and settle-
   body, and prevention and management             ment of Wyoming. Students will under-
   tips in an easy-to-play game that doesn’t       stand the connection between food
   require reading skills.                         choices, physical activity and health by
                                                   comparing past cultures of Wyoming to
   Elizabeth Snider Reames, Alexis O.
                                                   today’s practices.
   Navarro, Alfred Trappey, Berteal E.
   Rogers, Bertina M. McGhee, Craig
   Gautreaux, De’Shoin Y. Friendship,
   Easter H. Tucker, Elizabeth Neely, J.
   David Bankston, Kenneth W.
   McMillin, Melissa P. Mixon, Michael
   J. Keenan, Michael W. Moody,
   Ramona S. Gentry, Robert Soileau,                                        Continued on page 28

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   EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM                           Internet Education
   continued from page 27
                                                    Technology
   Educational Publications                         Kimberly A. Greder, Anthony
   Jovita Jones Lewis, Kimberly Burgess             Santiago, Beverly Berna, David
   —1st Place (Alabama)                             Seilstad, Donna Andrusyk, Donna
   “ABCs of Dietary Counseling”                     Donald, Elizabeth Fleming, Eugenia
   Designed to encourage open communi-              Hanlon, Glen Palm, Karen DeBord,
   cation between Para-professionals and            Karla Embleton, Kimberly Greder,
   professionals who discuss food and nutri-        Kristi Cooper, Lesia Oesterreich,
   tion reports with limited-resource clients,      Mary Crooks, Mary Hughes, Pat
   the ABCs of Dietary Counseling can               Swanson, Patricia Anderson, Rhonda
   help to facilitate healthier eating. Exten-      Rosenboom, Sharon Mays—1st Place
   sion Specialists Kimberly Burgess and            (Iowa)
   Jovita Lewis discuss twenty-six nutrition        “Partnering with Parents”
   education strategies for dietary counsel-        Partnering with Parents is an educational
   ing in this timely educational publication.      outreach Academy promoting recom-
                                                    mended practices for parent-professional
   Carmen Joy Long, Buffy J. Scott,                 collaboration. It consists of eleven train-
   Catherine M. Waddell—2nd Place                   ing modules designed to strengthen the
   (North Carolina)                                 core competencies of parenting educa-
   “Dairylicious Recipes”                           tors and is based on the National Exten-
   Child friendly recipes make eating calci-        sion Parent Education Model and the
   um rich foods more fun. June Dairy               National Extension Parenting Educators’
   month cooking classes gave youth hands-          Framework.
   on opportunities to make and eat Dairyli-
   cious recipe treats. Participants savored        Cheryle Jones Syracuse, Barbara H.
   their creations and post contacts show           James, Christine B. Taylor, Cora
   they enjoy preparing the foods for their         French-Robinson, Eleanor Ames, Joy
   families at home.                                Ann Fischer—2nd Place (Ohio)
                                                    “Quick Meals from the Internet/Quick Meals
   Carla Michelle Haley—3rd Place                   Cooking Course”
   (Arkansas)                                       Learning to cook nutritious meals can be
   “Back To School with Lunch Box Treats”           as simple as getting on the Internet. This
   Parents hear that packing a safe school          on-line Quick Meals cooking course
   lunch for their children is important for        includes six lessons that teach basic
   their health, but many times aren’t given        cooking techniques, nutrition, food safe-
   any guidance. This fact sheet gives practi-      ty, meal planning, and food shopping.
   cal tips for preparing lunches safely to         Each lesson includes a planned meal,
   avoid the chance of coming down with a           shopping list, recipes and detailed
   food borne illness.                              instructions.

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   Jennifer Lynn Abel, Heather J.                    Marsha Ann Lockard, Audrey Liddil,
   Greenwood—3rd Place (Virginia)                    Barbara Petty, Becky Dahl, Beverly
   “Family and Consumer Sciences Resource Site”      Healy, Carol Hampton, Julia Welch,
   The Family and Consumer Sciences                  Kathee Tifft, Marilyn Bischoff,
   Resource Site at Virginia Cooperative             Sharlene Woffinden (Idaho)
   Extension allows agents to share educa-           “Increasing the Financial Security of Idaho’s
   tional tools they have developed. This            Medicare Recipients”
   clearinghouse provides lesson plans,              Ten University of Idaho Extension Edu-
   handouts, PowerPoints, activities, articles,      cators developed a state-wide marketing
   useful web sites, and other resources on          campaign to increase awareness and pub-
   many FCS topics, including financial edu-         licize enrollment activities for the
   cation, nutrition, parenting, childcare,          Medicare-approved Drug Discount cards
   micro-business, housing, and others.              available for Medicare and Medicaid
                                                     recipients. The campaign used a variety
                                                     of marketing techniques; including radio

     PUBLIC RELATIONS                                and televisions PSA’s, newspaper ads,arti-
                                                     cles, and flyers.

         AWARDS                                      Community Partnership
   Marketing Package Award                           Award
   Darcy L. Dixon, Becki Hester, Carol               Nadine B. Reimer (Maine)
   Willis, Evelyn Whitmer, Jolie Ogg                 “Parent Education and Family Services”
   Graybill, Lynne Durrant, Marta Elva               Parent Education and Family Services,
   Stuart, Patty Merk (Arizona)                      committed to building a nurturing com-
   “Marketing the Mind Matters Training              munity for families, offers free informa-
   Program”                                          tion and support to interested first-time
   Marketing for the Mind Matters Training           parents in Knox County Maine. Our goal
   for Child Care Professionals included             is to educate parents in how to give their
   development of a logo, brochures, note-           child the best possible start in life, make
   books, totebags, brain stressball, cup and        parenting easier and more satisfying.
   pens. More than 4,000 brochures were
   mailed to child care facilities throughout
   the state. The Mind Matters logo is now
   synonymous with early brain develop-
   ment training in Arizona.




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              Central Region Finalists

   Professional Development                          Eileen M. Krumbach, Cynthia
                                                     Strasheim, Deanna Peterson, Dianne
   Awards                                            Swanson, Mary Ann Holland, Sandy
   EXTENSION EDUCATOR OF                             Preston (Nebraska)
                                                     Guardianship Training is a quarterly two
   THE YEAR AWARD
                                                     and one-half hour court-mandated edu-
   Eileen M. Krumbach (Nebraska)                     cational program for individuals that
   Reaching new audiences and collabora-             have been court appointed as a guardian
   tion are the strengths of Eileen Krum-            of a Ward. The program focuses on
   bach. Working with 40 groups has led to           understanding what a Guardian is, the
   the development of the York County                responsibilities to the court and Ward,
   Community Health Coalition, Inc. Ser-             implementing good decision making and
   vices have been expanded especially for           identifying financial responsibilities.
   high risk families as a result of the health
   coalition making the community a health-          Marjorie E. Wolford, Barry Bennett,
   ier place.                                        Bea Dorman, Debbie Hoffman,
                                                     (Ohio)
                                                     Pickaway County Youth Asset Builders
   FLORENCE HALL AWARD                               with Ohio State University Extension as
   Marilyn S. Fox, Becky Lamphiear,                  a team cooperator have united technical
   Carol Thayer, Celeste Heaivilin,                  and financial resources to increase aware-
   Cheryl Fisher, Debbie Kuenning,                   ness of the Developmental Assets, to
   Janet Clark, Jennifer Mayfield,                   provide asset education and encourage
   Maurine Roller, Nancy Frecks,                     asset adoption through trainings, youth
   Sondra Germer, Tonya Ingram,                      and family events, state recognition and
   Wanda Koszewski (Nebraska)                        the hiring of an asset coordinator.
   Rural welfare families face major obsta-
   cles to employment. To address this,              Lori Ann Zierl (Wisconsin)
   Nebraska Health & Human Services col-             Bullying, a serious problem for school-
   laborated with Cooperative Extension to           age children, has devastating effects on a
   teach family management/life skills to            child’s emotional adjustment and ability
   help folks maintain their families while          to focus on academics at school. This
   moving to work. Building Nebraska Fam-            program teaches adults to respond to
   ilies provides intensive, individualized          bullies, victims and bystanders in helpful
   education to help families successfully           ways by offering strategies to decrease
   hurdle those obstacles.                           bullying at the individual, peer, and
                                                     school-wide levels.

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   NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD                             nesota Extension Service for teachers
   Donna S. Stegeman (South Dakota)                   and credit union professionals utilizing
   Donna Stegeman’s primary focus is fami-            the NEFE (National Endowment for
   ly financial management. By teaching               Financial Education) High School Finan-
   short courses on topics including budget-          cial Planning curriculum. The team devel-
   ing, credit, debt management, saving for           oped CD supplemented the credit and
   the future, and estate planning for farm           budgeting units.
   families, Stegeman has helped many                 Sandra D. Preston, Myrna DuBois
   South Dakota families save thousands of            (Nebraska)
   dollars, increase net worth, and commu-            “Real World - Money”
   nicate more effectively about financial            The interactive financial program,
   issues.                                            designed to help 7th or 8th grade youth
                                                      become better prepared to make financial
   PARA-PROFESSIONAL AWARD                            decisions as young adults. Based on a
   Melissa McKarus (Missouri)                         couple of other Money Simulations, this
   Melissa McKarus has worked as a Nutri-             simulation went a step further to make
   tion Program Associate in Missouri for             the simulation more visual for the young
   seven years. Creatively presenting nutri-          people.
   tion information with hands-on activities,
   Melissa makes an impact with her clients.          MARY W. WELLS DIVERSITY
   She was instrumental in establishing a
   teen program, preparing teens to teach
                                                      AWARD
   nutrition to younger children in an after-         Shirley J. Anderson-Porisch, Gabriela
   school setting.                                    Burk, Jean Bauer, Patricia Olson,
                                                      Phyllis Onstad, Susan Tulashie
                                                      (Minnesota)
   Program Awards                                     “Learning the Language of Money”
                                                      This collaborative program (Extension,
   DEAN DON FELKER
                                                      Department of Employment & Eco-
   FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT                               nomic Development) assists service
   AWARD                                              providers with financial literacy tools to
   Rebecca Ann Hagen Jokela, Lori                     help clients representing new cultures
   Hendrickson, Sara Croymans, Sharon                 overcome employment barriers and
   Danes (Minnesota)                                  become economically stable. Evaluations
   “Financial Literacy: What’s New in Credit and      indicate over 50% of participants
   Debt? Update: Statewide Teacher/Credit             increased knowledge for assessing how
   Union Training”                                    culture affects money management, and
   A statewide teacher training, Financial            how families handle money.
   Literacy: What’s New in Credit and Debt,
   was provided by the University of Min-
                                                                                Continued on page 32

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   PROGRAM EXCELLENCE                              plinary team approach was used to devel-
                                                   op a program to teach residents how to
   THROUGH RESEARCH AWARD                          reduce the risk for lead poisoning in their
   Cynthia Rae Shuster (Ohio)                      homes and yards.
   “Helping Children Cope with Divorce”
   Helping Children Cope with Divorce is a         Rebecca L. Versch, Shirley M.
   monthly, two and one-half hour, court-          Niemeyer (Nebraska)
   mandated parenting education program            “Healthy Homes for Healthy Nebraskans: A
   for couples going through a divorce or          Radon Awareness and Testing Campaign”
   dissolution who have children 18 years of       Healthy Homes for Healthy Nebraskans
   age and younger.                                is helping local citizens take steps to
                                                   lower radon levels in their homes! Since
                                                   1999, over 1600 free test kits have been
   ENVIRONMENTAL                                   distributed, 200 homeowners have
   EDUCATION AWARD                                 attended sessions to learn about radon
   Joan Vinette, James D. Isleib, Janice           and at least 20 reports having mitigated
   Nicklas, Rachel Lindquist, Ronald               their homes as a result.
   Kinnunen, (Michigan)
   “Life of Lake Superior Youth Program”
   This summer outdoor education program
                                                   EARLY CHILDHOOD CHILD
   provides interactive learning opportuni-        CARE TRAINING AWARD
   ties focused on natural features, culture,      Sherry L. Rocha (Illinois)
   science, and heritage of the local Lake         “Nurturing Creativity in Children”
   Superior region. Community natural              Nurturing young children’s creative
   resource professionals partnered with           potential is not a frill. It stands at the
   MSU Extension to deliver diverse work-          center of preparing children for life. Cre-
   shops teaching youth and their parents to       ativity is extremely important while edu-
   appreciate natural resources that abound        cating children who will become scien-
   in Alger County.                                tists, inventors, artists, musicians, innova-
                                                   tors, problem solvers, and CEO’s of the
                                                   future. This training models activities for
   EXTENSION HOUSING                               implementation of creativity skills.
   OUTREACH AWARD
   Carrie L. Schneider-Miller, John Fech,
   Sharon Skipton, Trenton Erickson,
                                                   FOOD SAFETY AWARD
   Vernon Waldren (Nebraska)                       Suzanne M. Driessen, Carol Ann
   “Living Safely With Lead”                       Burtness, Connie Schwartau, Deb
   Education with a focus on managing lead         Botzek-Linn, Glenyce Peterson
   had not occurred in the high-risk area,         Vangness, Jean Pitt, Joellen Feirtag,
   and education was needed to prevent
   lead poisoning in children. A multi-disci-

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                                                     2005 NEAFCS REGIONAL AWARDS

   Kathy Brandt, LouAnn Jopp, Roselyn                and manage stress, increase positive com-
   Biermaier, (Minnesota)                            munication, and invest in their commit-
   “Serve It Up Safely Renewal Course: Online &      ment to their relationship.
   Classroom Options”
   Serve It Up Safely: Certified Food                Marilyn K. Kooiker—2nd Place
   Manger Renewal Course has trained over            (Wisconsin)
   800 Minnesota food service managers.              “Home & Community Education Newsletter”
   This interactive course emphasizes risky          Burnett County, Wisconsin, Home and
   food handling practices and introduces            Community Education (HCE) members
   emerging trends in food preparation. The          receive bi-monthly newsletters that share
   online course and numerous classes held           information, and update members on
   statewide provide certified food man-             upcoming local and state activities and
   agers with a choice of training options.          programs. As the age of the membership
                                                     increases, this newsletter, produced and
                                                     edited by Marilyn Kooiker, helps mem-
   CLEAN HOMES HEALTHY                               bers remain active within the organiza-
   FAMILIES AWARD                                    tion.
   Carrie L. Schneider-Miller, John Fech,            Jessye A. Goertz, Darlene Pohlman,
   Sharon Skipton, Trenton Erickson,                 Kayla Hinrichs—3rd Place
   Vernon Waldren (Nebraska)                         (Nebraska)
   “Living Safely With Lead”                         “Nutrition Mission”
   Education with a focus on managing lead           Nutrition Mission is a three-year nutri-
   had not occurred in the high-risk area,           tion education program for fifth graders.
   and education was needed to prevent               Students receive a take-home newsletter
   lead poisoning in children. A multi-disci-        to share with family members after each
   plinary team approach was used to devel-          classroom lesson. During the first year
   op a program to teach residents how to            215 students in fourteen classrooms were
   reduce the risk for lead poisoning in their       reached through three 45-minute presen-
   homes and yards.                                  tations on healthy snacks, the food label
                                                     and beverages.
   Communication Awards
   NEWSLETTERS                                       RADIO
   Deborah A. McClellan, Pat                         Beth D. Gaydos, Mike Partin—1st
   Hildebrand—1st Place (Illinois)                   Place (Ohio)
   “Parenting Partners”                              “Identity Theft”
   Parenting Partners is a series of 12              This late morning interview broadcast is
   newsletters created to assist married or          aired four times weekly on four sister sta-
   unmarried couples during the transition           tions. It reaches 90,000 listeners in a
   to parenthood. This newsletter interven-
   tion focuses on helping couples identify                                    Continued on page 34

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   RADIO                                         WRITTEN NEWS
   continued from page 33                        Kathleen Hetzel—1st Place
                                                 (Wisconsin)
   multi-county area of southeastern Ohio.       “Piecing Together the Child Care Puzzle”
   Topics apply to a general audience and        Selecting child care is one of the greatest
   include practical tips or program             decisions families make to protect the
   announcements. This interview featured        health, safety and potential growth of
   suggestions for preventing and dealing        their children. Piecing together the puzzle
   with a stolen identity.                       includes looking at quality, affordability
   Donna R. Martinson—2nd Place                  and accessibility issues. Pieces were
   (Kansas)                                      examined for families in Dodge County,
   “Small Changes Yield Big Results”             Wisconsin to bring understanding to the
   Excess weight and excessive spending          puzzle.
   both begin as small problems that             Lea R. Stueve—2nd Place (Kansas)
   become bigger over time. Successfully         “Weed Pulling Days”
   addressing these problems begins by           This article was written by Lea Stueve, K-
   making small changes that eventually          State Research and Extension-Butler
   result in bigger changes. Changing the        county, to address the critical subject of
   environment is one small change that          obesity in local children. It was designed
   yields big results in both categories.        to be a user-friendly article with research-
                                                 based recommendations for parents who
   TELEVISION                                    are concerned about their children’s
   Jinnifer P. Gibbs, Gail Ringelberg,           health.
   Vince Deur—1st Place (Michigan)               Donna R. Martinson—3rd Place
   “Nutrition for the Young at Heart.”           (Kansas)
   In a collaborative effort between MSU         “Why Good Health Matters”
   Extension, the North Ottawa County            Many people put off adopting good
   Council on Aging and TV5 in Grand             health habits until tomorrow. The goal of
   Haven, an educational program was pro-        this news column was to help readers
   vided during the monthly broadcast,           identify and compile their own list of
   Older Americans Today. This particular        reasons good health matters, then use
   program focused on Senior Nutrition           that list to help them make healthful
   and was provided to a potential audience      decisions every day.
   of 25,000 households.




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   EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY                         EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM
   Nancy K. Recker, Lois Clark—1st                PACKAGE
   Place (Ohio)                                   Eileen M. Krumbach, Cynthia
   “Discipline That Works”                        Strasheim, Deanna Peterson, Dianne
   Child care providers in a two county           Swanson, Mary Ann Holland, Sandy
   region in Ohio identified discipline as        Preston—1st Place (Nebraska)
   their number one training need. As a           “Guardianship Training”
   result, Extension Educators developed          Guardianship Training is a quarterly two
   Discipline That Works Training to assist       and one-half hour court-mandated edu-
   providers with appropriate discipline          cational program for individuals that
   techniques, understanding roadblocks to        have been court appointed as a guardian
   good discipline, normal child develop-         of a Ward. The program focuses on
   ment, and reasons why children behave.         understanding what a Guardian is, the
   Terry Ann Egan, Karen Elliott—2nd              responsibilities to the court and Ward,
   Place (Missouri)                               implementing good decision making and
   “Building a Healthy Diet”                      identifying financial responsibilities.
   PowerPoint presentations are an effective      Carroll L. Welte, Allan Vyhnalek,
   media to convey nutrition messages to          Anne Byers, Charlotte Narjes, Connie
   participants in the Family Nutrition Edu-      Hancock, Dennis Kahl, Dewey Teel,
   cation Program. Adult audiences are seen       Jennifer Nixon, Leslie Crandall, Linda
   primarily in group settings. Accompany-        Tesch, Phyllis Schoenholz, Verne
   ing scripts provide activities, handouts,      (Tony) Anderson—2nd Place
   and recipes for food demonstrations. The       (Nebraska)
   EFNEP Reporting System is used for             “Master Navigator Information Technology
   evaluation data.                               Training”
   Eileen M. Krumbach, Cynthia                    Since 1997, Extension Educators in
   Strasheim, Deanna Peterson, Dianne             Nebraska have been conducting an infor-
   Swanson, Mary Ann Holland, Sandy               mation technology training program for
   Preston—3rd Place (Nebraska)                   rural citizens called Master Navigator.
   “Guardianship Training”                        More than 1500 people have participated
   Guardianship Training is a quarterly two       in this hands-on computer training pro-
   and one-half hour court-mandated edu-          gram. Master Navigator participants learn
   cational program for individuals that          how to use computers to manage,
   have been court appointed as a guardian        retrieve and communicate information
   of a Ward. The program focuses on              via the Internet.
   understanding what a Guardian is, the
   responsibilities to the court and Ward,
   implementing good decision making and
   identifying financial responsibilities.
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   EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM                          The need for physical activity to
   continued from page 35                          strengthen bones is also discussed. Calci-
                                                   um rich foods are Bingo prizes.
   Karen J. Elliott, Barbara Willenberg,
   Christine Dewberry, Karen Nissen—               Donna R. Martinson—3rd Place
   3rd Place (Missouri)                            (Kansas)
   “Kids in the Kitchen”                           “Why An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor
   Kids in the Kitchen, a hands-on nutrition       Away”
   education and food preparation program,         Why An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor
   encourages children to eat healthier meals      Away supports a 10-minute program I
   and snacks. Youth learn preparation of          was asked to give to a church group. Cur-
   healthy foods, exercise, use and care of        rent reputable research supports each of
   kitchen equipment, appliances, cooking          the listed health benefits. Tests done only
   terms, measuring, and food safety prac-         on men, with rats, or in vitro are listed as
   tices. Complements Kansas’ Kids ‘a              such.
   Cookin videos. Three levels.
                                                   INTERNET EDUCATION
   EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS                        TECHNOLOGY
   Kendra L. Freeman—1st Place                     Kimberly A. Greder, Anthony
   (Indiana)                                       Santiago, Beverly Berna, David
   “Hand in Hand to Keep Homemakers Heart          Seilstad, Donna Andrusyk, Donna
   Healthy”                                        Donald, Elizabeth Fleming, Eugenia
   This one day program, offered to unin-          Hanlon, Glen Palm, Karen DeBord,
   sured senior women and extension                Karla Embleton, Kristi Cooper, Lesia
   homemakers, was a collaborative effort          Oesterreich, Mary Crooks, Mary
   between Extension and County Health             Hughes, Pat Swanson, Patricia
   Department. Focusing on weight man-             Anderson, Rhonda Rosenboom,
   agement, physical activity, and nutrition,      Sharon Mays—1st Place (Iowa)
   individuals participated in screenings for      “Partnering with Parents “
   lipid profiles, blood sugar, body fat, and      Partnering with Parents is an educational
   osteoporosis. Awareness made through            outreach Academy promoting recom-
   media and newsletter notifications.             mended practices for parent-professional
                                                   collaboration. It consists of eleven train-
   Jeanne C. Murray—2nd Place                      ing modules designed to strengthen the
   (Nebraska)                                      core competencies of parenting educa-
   “Osteoporosis & Calcium Fact Sheet”             tors and is based on the National Exten-
   Older citizens play the game Calcium            sion Parent Education Model and the
   Bingo which reminds them of their daily         National Extension Parenting Educators’
   need for calcium to help prevent osteo-         Framework.
   porosis. Calcium food sources are
   reviewed. Supplements are discussed.
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   Cheryle Jones Syracuse, Barbara H.               gram series including monthly fact sheets,
   James, Christine B. Taylor, Cora                 recipes, tips and news releases.
   French-Robinson, Eleanor Ames, Joy
   Ann Fischer—2nd Place (Ohio)
   “Quick Meals from the Internet/Quick Meals       Public Relations Awards
   Cooking Course”                                  COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
   Learning to cook nutritious meals can be
   as simple as getting on the Internet. This
                                                    AWARD
   on-line Quick Meals cooking course               Marilyn S. Fox, Becky Lamphiear,
   includes six lessons that teach basic            Carol Thayer, Celeste Heaivilin,
   cooking techniques, nutrition, food safe-        Cheryl Fisher, Debbie Kuenning,
   ty, meal planning, and food shopping.            Janet Clark, Jennifer Mayfield,
   Each lesson includes a planned meal,             Maurine Roller, Nancy Frecks,
   shopping list, recipes and detailed              Sondra Germer, Tonya Ingram,
   instructions.                                    Wanda Koszewski (Nebraska)
                                                    “Building Nebraska Families”
   Jennifer L. Hunt, Amy Griswold,                  Rural welfare families face major obsta-
   Brenda Derrick, Jananne Finck,                   cles to employment. To address this,
   Jennifer Fishburn, Judy Schumacher,              Nebraska Health & Human Services col-
   Judy Taylor, Kelly Pool, Kyla Kruse,             laborated with Cooperative Extension to
   Linda Smith, Marjorie LaFont, Patti              teach family management/life skills to
   Faughn, Paula Robinson, Phyllis                  help folks maintain their families while
   Herring, Ruby Lingle, Sherry Merry,              moving to work. Building Nebraska Fam-
   Shirley Camp, Tessa Hobbs-Curley—                ilies has used a community network
   3rd Place (Illinois)                             model to expand those partnerships.
   “Healthy Lifestyles: Less Is More Website”
   University of Illinois Extension’s Less is
   More website provides research-based
   education to address the issue of obesity.
   The Less Is More website’s goal is to
   help families with children build good
   health habits for a lifetime through a pro-




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             Eastern Region Finalists

   Professional Development                        Karen M. Ensle (New Jersey)
                                                   Supersize America: Ending the Obesity
   Awards                                          Epidemic PowerPoint program describes
   EXTENSION EDUCATOR OF                           the obesity epidemic. Participants engage
                                                   in a series of quizzes to test their knowl-
   THE YEAR AWARD
                                                   edge of food calories against calories
   Fay B. Strickler (Pennsylvania)                 burned through exercise. Over 1000 NJ
   Creative programming, active committee          professionals/consumers understand
   involvement and collaboration with mul-         how to cut portion sizes and add physical
   tiple community partners led to success-        activity for improved health.
   ful foods, nutrition and food safety pro-
   grams that impacted diverse clientele in        Lynn Elaine James (Pennsylvania)
   Berks County. Strickler maintained high         A systems approach to child overweight
   quality educational programs while par-         prevention impacting thousands of ele-
   ticipating in professional development          mentary students, teachers, administra-
   opportunities, international experiences        tion, school food service and parents
   and serving in state and national leader-       showed significant improvement increas-
   ship roles.                                     ing nutrition education, fruits, vegetables,
                                                   minutes of physical activity and school
                                                   health policy goals. Major goals were
   FLORENCE HALL AWARD                             found to be sustainable the following
   Deilee N. Calvert-Minor, June                   school year.
   Hanrahan, Martin Broccoli, Michael
   Romano, Pamela Mandryck, Patricia
   Hudak, Rose Ann Convertino, Steven              NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD
   Miller (New York)                               Jean F. Austin (Maryland)
   To improve seniors’ access to fresh pro-        As the FCS Educator in two rural coun-
   duce, County Legislators, Office for the        ties she provides programming to a vari-
   Aging and Cooperative Extension part-           ety of audiences including young fami-
   nered to create the Senior Mobile               lies, child care providers and older adults.
   Farmer’s Market. Local farmers set up           Original programs she has developed
   their farm stands at senior public housing      include Nutrition and Learning, Children
   sites each week. Nutrition classes and          and Dangerous Plants and Trash or Trea-
   information about food stamps were also         sures.
   available.




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   PARA-PROFESSIONAL AWARD                           Porter, Patricia Q. Brennan (New
   Christine Lynch Parshall (New                     Jersey)
   Hampshire)                                        “Investing For Your Future”
   As a nutrition paraprofessional in rural          Investing For Your Future is a basic
   Cheshire County, Christine teaches nutri-         investing program developed for use by
   tion lessons in individual homes, small           Cooperative Extension Educators nation-
   community groups and schools. She also            wide. It consists of an 11-unit home
   addresses nutrition education needs               study course, available in print and online
   through effective community collabora-            at www.investing.rutgers.edu, and a cur-
   tions such as the In SHAPE program, a             riculum for a 6-session class series.
   nationally recognized wellness effort for         Investment messages are added to the
   individuals with severe mental illnesses.         Web site monthly.


   Program Awards                                    MARY W. WELLS DIVERSITY
   DEAN DON FELKER                                   AWARD
                                                     Kathleen A. Savoie, Anne Russell,
   FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT                              Brenda Bracy, Julie Prevost-Lucci,
   AWARD                                             Marion Browning, Shirley Simpson
   Susan K. Morris, Donna V. Brinsfield,             (Maine)
   Jinhee Kim, Joanne B. Hamilton,                   “Growing Good Nutrition: Eat Well Improves
   Judith A. Stuart, Lynn F. Little,                 Dietary Behavior through Gardening”
   Madeleine Greene (Maryland)                       The Eat Well Garden Project is a multi-
   “Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals”      disciplinary educational project conduct-
   The Personal Finance Seminar for Pro-             ed in culturally diverse housing sites in
   fessionals is an efficient and effective          Portland, Maine focused on improving
   means of increasing the capacity of pro-          nutrition, enhancing communities,
   fessionals to improve the financial well-         improving self-esteem and self-sufficien-
   being of families. Over 1,875 financial           cy skills. Providing translated educational
   professionals, who work locally with              materials and culturally appropriate seeds
   thousands of individuals and families,            and seedlings have led to the continued
   have been trained in the seminar’s fifteen-       success of this project.
   year history.

   Barbara M. O’Neill, Connie Kratzer,
   Geraldine Walsh, Irene Leech, Jane
   Schuchardt, Linda Kirk Fox, Nancy




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   PROGRAM EXCELLENCE                              Susan K. Morris to affordable housing
                                                   challenges for limited-income first-time
   THROUGH RESEARCH AWARD                          home buyers. Last year HCI served 1,292
   Barbara M. O’Neill, Jing J. Xiao                households in home buyer education
   (New Jersey)                                    classes - 36% bought a home within 6
   “Identity Theft Risk Assessment Quiz”           months and 14% are now buying a
   An online Identity Theft Risk Assess-           home.
   ment Quiz was developed by Rutgers
   Cooperative Extension to provide feed-
   back to users about personal identity           EARLY CHILDHOOD CHILD
   theft risk exposures and collect data for       CARE TRAINING AWARD
   research about identity theft risks. Find-
                                                   Margaret Williams Miltenberger,
   ings about identity theft risks were used
                                                   Gerri L. Mason, Gina Raschella (West
   to inform subsequent educational pro-
                                                   Virginia)
   grams and published in professional jour-
                                                   “Collaborative Child Care Education
   nals.
                                                   Addresses Unmet Training Need”
                                                   Collaborative child-care education cours-
   ENVIRONMENTAL                                   es are coordinated by Margaret Mil-
                                                   tenberger and Gerri Mason. Previously
   EDUCATION AWARD                                 underserved center and family child care
   Nancy E. Grotevant, Debra                       providers receive the most current early
   Brodhecker, Nilda M. Sessler                    childhood development information.
   (Pennsylvania)                                  Fourteen, two-hour courses are offered
   “Clean Air for Children”                        throughout the year. Post evaluations
   Children don’t have options when regu-          show providers used the information
   lating their exposure to secondhand             with the children.
   smoke so adults must be educated on
   associated health risks. During this
   month-long campaign, sponsored by the           FOOD SAFETY AWARD
   Pike County Pennsylvania Tobacco Free           Nancy R. Wiker, Dana McElroy,
   Coalition, adults who smoked were               Diane Groff, Jane Landis, Marcia
   encouraged to Take It Outside and pro-          Weber, Marg Malehorn, Mary Ann
   tect children from secondhand smoke.            Oyler, Nancy Ellen Kiernan, Nina
                                                   Redding, Sandra Hall (Pennsylvania)
                                                   “Food Thermometer Exhibit”
   EXTENSION HOUSING                               Family Living Educators worked as a
   OUTREACH AWARD                                  team to develop a food safety exhibit,
   Susan Kathleen Morris (Maryland)                informational brochure and follow-up
   “Home Buyer Education Programs”                 postcard evaluation that helped con-
   Serving on the Housing & Community              sumers to increase their awareness of the
   Initiatives Board of Directors introduced       need to take internal food temperatures.

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   A majority of the consumers increased          Communication Awards
   their likelihood of using thermometers to
   take internal food temperatures                NEWSLETTERS
                                                  Daryl L. Minch, Brian Parish, Marilou
                                                  Rochford, Sharon Blase—1st Place
   4-H EXCELLENCE IN                              (New Jersey)
   AFTERSCHOOL                                    “Visions”
                                                  “Visions” is the statewide newsletter of
   PROGRAMMING AWARD
                                                  the Family and Community Health Sci-
   Mary Ann Klinger Oyler, Karen S.
                                                  ences Department in New Jersey.
   Hack, Roxanne F. Price, Stacey L.
                                                  Newsletter articles focus on nutrition, fit-
   Goetz (Pennsylvania)
                                                  ness and lifestyle; food safety; and envi-
   “4-H Afterschool Programming, Summer
                                                  ronmental health. The newsletter serves
   Science & Kids”
                                                  as an educational outreach method and a
   Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H
                                                  marketing tool. FCHS publishes 3 issues
   educators collaborated to plan and imple-
                                                  and distributes 15,000 copies.
   ment 4-H Afterschool trainings for
   providers of school age children. 98           Rebecca Sue Riggs—2nd Place (West
   agency and child care staff attended           Virginia)
   Train the Trainer sessions introducing 4-      “Senior Moments Newsletter”
   H project materials. More than 1,200           Marshall County WVU Extension Agent
   youth across the Capital Region benefited      Sue Riggs produces a monthly newsletter
   from these partnerships.                       titled Senior Moments for West Virginia
                                                  senior citizens. The objective is to
                                                  increase the capacities of senior families
   HEALTHY LIFESTYLES                             to make wise decisions relevant to ensur-
   EDUCATION GRANT                                ing a healthier, happier and economical
   Elaine P. Bowen, Cathy Cleland,                secure life. Layout is done by volunteer
   Emily Murphy, Gina Sharps, Richard             Shirley Yoho.
   Meckstroth (West Virginia)
   “4-H Family Health Program”                    Karen Roberts Mort, Bonnie-Jo
   The West Virginia 4-H Family Health            Westendorf, Linda B. Conway, Martha
   Program will improve families’ dental          Skelton-Borsh, Theresa Mayhew—3rd
   health knowledge and practices. Families       Place (New York)
   of 4-H participants will have a 4-H            “Around the Kitchen Table”
   Health Planner and take home informa-          This eye-catching monthly newsletter is
   tion from club meetings. Approximately         chock full of ideas for better living.
   1,200 4-H youth participants and their         Upcoming local nutrition events are high-
   families and 100 volunteers will be            lighted. Simple, seasonal, healthy recipes
   involved in the pilot phase.                   are featured. Useful consumer tips help

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   NEWSLETTERS                                     Diane E. Mincher, Gary Deziel, Keith
   continued from page 41                          Silva, Will Mikell—2nd Place
                                                   (Vermont)
   improve food shopping and budgeting             “Vermont Cranberries from Farm to Table”
   skills. Parenting and child development         Vermont Cranberries from Farm to
   strategies are offered. FSNE participants       Table was produced by UVM Extension
   put the information to use with success.        and aired on Extension’s daily television
                                                   show, Across the Fence. The program
                                                   explained the nutritional value of cran-
   RADIO                                           berries, methods to incorporate cranber-
   Nancy Eileen Routch—1st Place                   ries in your diet, and a visit to Vermont
   (Pennsylvania)                                  Cranberry Company to hear how cran-
   “Preventing Weight Gain”                        berries are grown.
   WGET AM Radio aired this program for
   the Extension Feature Program. This is a
   weekly program provided by Penn State           WRITTEN NEWS
   Cooperative Extension in Adams County.          Mary Alice Gettings, Cynthia Javor—
   The topic for the program was on how            1st Place (Pennsylvania)
   to prevent weight gain and included sug-        “The Power of Cinnamon”
   gestions that could be easily incorporated      The Power of Cinnamon appeared in the
   into daily routines.                            Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Nutrition Q
                                                   and A and reached over 350,000 readers
                                                   throughout the Pittsburgh area. The arti-
   TELEVISION                                      cle explains the concept of insulin resist-
   Madeleine Greene, Steve Hannan,                 ance in Type 2 diabetes and how active
   Susan Ellerbee—1st Place (Maryland)             ingredients in cinnamon can potentially
   “The Fine Print”                                diminish this resistance and improve dia-
   The Fine Print focuses on consumer              betes control.
   issues of local and national interest
   through invited guest interviews. The 28        Theresa C. Mayhew—2nd Place
   minute content and format are decided           (New York)
   by the co-hosts and producer and include        “Garage Sale Cleans More Than Closets”
   original dialogues by the co-hosts. Each        Two of Theresa’s main program areas—
   program is broadcast 28 times that              solid waste management and financial
   month to an audience of 60,000 house-           education/resource management—come
   holds.                                          together in this article that describes
                                                   garage sales as enterprises that enable
                                                   sellers to reap monetary benefits from no
                                                   longer needed items by selling them to
                                                   people that do, thereby preserving natural
                                                   resources and saving landfill space.


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   Barbara M. O’Neill—3rd Place (New                  contains a PowerPoint presentation,
   Jersey)                                            script, evaluation, exhibit, resource note-
   “Feature News Article: Financial Fitness Tips      book, and DVD, concentrates on side
   For 2004”                                          effects, risk factors and reducing one’s
   This full page feature article was written         risk of diabetes, the symptoms of dia-
   to teach readers recommended financial             betes, and evaluating blood sugar test
   planning strategies such as investment             results.
   diversification and saving in tax-deferred
   retirement plans. It includes interviews
   with financial professionals and a Finan-          EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
   cial Fitness Quiz. About 60,000 people             Jan F. Scholl, Patreese Ingram—1st
   read the article, which was published to           Place (Pennsylvania)
   coincide with New Year’s resolutions.              “Breads Around the World Publication”
                                                      Developed to help 4-H audiences learn
                                                      advanced baking and cultural aspects of
   EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY                             bread, the publication, Breads Around
   Barbara M. O’Neill, Phil Wisneski—                 the World, resulted from several years of
   1st Place (New Jersey)                             research, design and recipe testing. Thir-
   “Rutgers Cooperative Extension Money and           ty-four photographs and graphics illus-
   Investing Web Site”                                trate fourteen recipes and the text. The
   The objective of the Rutgers Cooperative           record folds over the front cover to ease
   Extension Money and Investing Web site             judging.
   is to provide high-quality general person-
   al finance information to users. Compo-            Marilou Rochford—2nd Place (New
   nents include downloadable fact sheets             Jersey)
   and worksheets, online assessment tools,           “Tackling Bullying”
   online PowerPoint presentations, confer-           The Tackling the Bullying Issue fact sheet
   ence summaries, tax bracket tables, Inter-         is part of an outreach effort to educate
   net links, and a financial planning and            parents and school professionals
   investing glossary.                                throughout NJ on the impact of bullying
                                                      on children’s lives. This fact sheet
                                                      informs parents and school professionals
   EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM                             on how to identify and prevent bullying.
   PACKAGE                                            Patricia R. Gruber—3rd Place (West
   Mary A. Gettings, Barbara Bartley,                 Virginia)
   Marilyn Corbin, Nancy Ellen                        “Fairness - Leading With Character”
   Kiernan—1st Place (Pennsylvania)                   A person of character is fair. A great
   “Preventing Diabetes: You have The Power”          leader is fair. Open communication is a
   Nine-hundred citizens in Pennsylvania              key to creating fairness in your environ-
   have attended Preventing Diabetes: You
   Have The Power. The curriculum, which
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   EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
   continued from page 43

   ment. Talking with others and listening
   are both imperative to fairness. The key
   to teaching others about fairness is to
   model fair decisions and choices in your
   daily life.


   Public Relations Awards
   COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
   AWARD
   Nadine B. Reimer (Maine)
   “Parent Education and Family Services”
   Parent Education and Family Services,
   committed to building a nurturing com-
   munity for families, offers free informa-
   tion and support to interested first-time
   parents in Knox County Maine. Our goal
   is to educate parents to give their child
   the best possible start in life, make par-
   enting easier and more satisfying.




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           Southern Region Finalists

   Fellowships                                      Drug Awareness Programming initiated
                                                    by the extension service. With the collab-
   GREENWOOD FELLOWSHIP                             oration of twelve community groups,
   Ana H. Marty Alicea (Puerto Rico)                programming was made available to
   Ana is a doctoral candidate at FSU in            teens, elementary students, parents, land
   Human Sciences with emphasis on Child            owners and concerned citizens. Over
   Development. Her dissertation will               2500 people were reached through the
   examine child attachment and how it cor-         programming.
   relates, with emphasis on ethnic differ-
   ences; and also examine the role of non-         Lisa Tucker Gilmore (Arkansas)
   parental caregivers. Implications for par-       The newfound expertise of volunteer
   enting education, training, and policy will      leaders, gained through intensive training,
   be derived. Her research will be relevant        empowers them to continue both their
   for Extension Educators.                         own strength training routine and contin-
                                                    ued group meetings. The vigor with
                                                    which assistant leaders have undertaken
   Professional Development                         the Strong Women program is both
   Awards                                           inspiring and motivating, and is vital to
                                                    the success of the local program.
   EXTENSION EDUCATOR OF
                                                    JoLynn Jennings, Allison Finley,
   THE YEAR AWARD
                                                    Bonnie McGee, Clemogene Wilson,
   E. Edwina Kelly (Oklahoma)
                                                    Elizabeth Trejo, Jan Herklotz, Jo
   The applicant is the FCS/4-H Extension
                                                    Lynn Jennings, Scott Swanson (Texas)
   Educator in Lincoln County. Her 18
                                                    The Inmate Re-entry Life Skills Program
   years in this career have held various job
                                                    is a collaborative effort of Texas Cooper-
   descriptions. Major educational emphasis
                                                    ative Extension, Texas Department of
   is Family Economic Well-Being including
                                                    Criminal Justice and Rotary of Houston
   Homebuyer Education, Credit Card Cool
                                                    which empowers incarcerated women
   and FDIC Money Smart. Helping people
                                                    with knowledge and improved skills in
   and youth is the driving force in her
                                                    decision-making to increase their capabil-
   career.
                                                    ities in handling daily challenges in a pos-
                                                    itive and productive manner.
   FLORENCE HALL AWARD
   V. Jean Bailey (Oklahoma)
   The concerns about the growing drug
   use and drug lab problems prompted
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   FLORENCE HALL AWARD                              PARA-PROFESSIONAL AWARD
   continued from page 45                           B. Kaye Stiltner (Virginia)
                                                    Kaye Stiltner demonstrates outstanding
   Susan Gail Richey, Dana Tarter                   work in her position as a program assis-
   (Texas)                                          tant for the Smart Choices Nutrition
   Wellness in the City is a joint educational      Education Program. She is meeting the
   initiative between Dallas and Tarrant            needs of her clients in five diverse coun-
   Counties. The goal of the program is to          ties through Super Pantry programs and
   provide urban residents with the knowl-          making a positive impact on their food
   edge, skills, and motivation they need to        safety and nutrition habits.
   make healthy lifestyle choices in a fast-
   paced, urban society.

   Barbara J. Struempler, Sondra M.
                                                    Program Awards
   Parmer (Alabama)                                 DEAN DON FELKER
   Nutrition knowledge and behavior                 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
   changes in 468 teenagers were assessed
   using a game methodology. Significant
                                                    AWARD
   increases in both nutrition knowledge            Brooke Jenkins (Kentucky)
   and behavior scores were found follow-           “Money Cents: Financial Education for
   ing six weeks of Extension education.            Limited Resource Families”
   Common problems among this popula-               The Money Cents curriculum is a series
   tion were inactivity, weight management,         of four lessons tailored to limited
   and low intakes of calcium-rich foods,           resource individuals. The goal of the pro-
   fruits and vegetables.                           gram is to teach families to be more
                                                    aware of their finances and develop
                                                    budgeting skills that will allow them to
   NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD                           adequately provide for family needs and
   Laura Royer (Florida)                            set realistic financial goals.
   Laura Royer joined the Florida Extension
   Service in September 2002, specializing          Nancy M. Porter, Carolynn Sanchez,
   in housing and financial management. A           Claudette Smith, Gail Gordon, Jane
   graduate from the University of Florida,         Schuchardt, Janet Bechman, Jeanette
   she is working towards a master’s degree         Tucker, Jinhee Kim, John R. Baker,
   in Financial Planning. Laura has devel-          Marilyn Bischoff, Marlene Stum,
   oped successful programs in home-buy-            Nancy Granovsky, Richard Poling,
   ing, financial management and consumer           Sharon DeVaney, Suzann E. Knight
   fraud for teens and adults.                      (South Carolina)
                                                    “Financial Security in Later Life National
                                                    Initiative Management Team”
                                                    The National Initiative Management
                                                    Team for Financial Security in Later Life

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   has developed an Internet-based Initia-            Laura Royer, Joy Jordan, Mary N.
   tive delivering information, programs,             Harrison (Florida)
   and resources to Educators and Con-                “How Financially Literate Are Today’s Youth?
   sumers, which has increased the number             Their Current Practices and What We Need to
   of people who are financially literate and         Know As Educators”
   empowered to practice effective and suc-           The spending behavior of youth com-
   cessful financial management strategies.           bined with limited understanding of
                                                      money management leads to costly finan-
                                                      cial mistakes. A study was conducted to
   MARY W. WELLS DIVERSITY                            understand where financial habits devel-
   AWARD                                              op. The University of Florida researchers
   Belinda June Riddle, Bobbi Clarke,                 included Laura Royer, Extension Agent,
   Whitney Danhof (Tennessee)                         Joy Jordan, Associate Professor, Youth
   “Improving Health Access for Latinos in Rural      Development and Mary Harrison, Pro-
   Tennessee”                                         fessor, Consumer Education.
   The Tennessee Latino Health Coalition
   has improved health care access for Lati-
   nos in Coffee and Bedford Counties.
                                                      ENVIRONMENTAL
   Over 200 health professionals developed            EDUCATION AWARD
   Spanish language and cultural competen-            Rebecca Burris Nash (Kentucky)
   cy through the Spanish Survival Semi-              “The Homeplace on Green River”
   nars, Cultural Reality Workshop and                Becky Nash facilitated formation of a
   other simulations. Over 3,500 families             non-profit corporation to purchase and
   have benefited from the Latino Health              preserve a historical, working farm. Nat-
   Yellow Pages directory.                            ural resource conservation and education
                                                      are integral to the project, along with his-
                                                      torical and cultural preservation. Water,
   PROGRAM EXCELLENCE                                 soil, trees, plants and wildlife are being
   THROUGH RESEARCH AWARD                             protected by the volunteer efforts of citi-
   Elaine Courtney, Linda B. Bobroff,                 zens of three counties.
   Nancy J. Gal (Florida)
   “Take Charge of your Diabetes Research             Carolyn G. Shepherd, Appalachian
   Project”                                           District Health Department, Ashe
   Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a 9 ses-           County, Ashe County ECA members,
   sion program tested in 2003 and 2005.              Jefferson Water Treatment Plant
   Participant’s Hemoglobin A1C, blood                (North Carolina)
   lipids, weight and blood pressure were             “Water Quality in Ashe County”
   measured pre, post and 3 months follow-            446 water supplies serving over 525 fami-
   up. Changes were significant and likely            lies screened for coli form bacteria and
   due to healthy lifestyles taught during the
   course.
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   ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD                    Bonnie F. Sheeley (Tennessee)
   continued from page 47                           “You Can Own a Home: Money Management
                                                    for First Time Home Owners”
   nitrate by over 60 trained community vol-        Pre-purchase home buyer education pre-
   unteers indicated 45% of samples                 pares future home buyers for home own-
   screened were contaminated. After                ership. Knox County has been teaching a
   receiving research based information,            money management class for first-time
   58% of the families followed one or              homeowners since the early 1990’s. Edu-
   more of the recommendations to                   cation helps the home buyer learn about
   improve their water quality.                     the entire home buying process and then
                                                    make wise money management choices
                                                    when buying a home.
   EXTENSION HOUSING
   OUTREACH AWARD
   Marcy Krumbine (Florida)
                                                    EARLY CHILDHOOD CHILD
   “There’s No Place Like Home”                     CARE TRAINING AWARD
   The Home Loan Program provides a                 Karen Lynn Poff (Virginia)
   unique opportunity for low and moder-            “Child Care Quality Initiative”
   ate-income families to assess their readi-       Between 1998 and 2005, the Child Care
   ness for homeownership and take the              Quality Initiative has generated $545,682
   steps needed to achieve their dreams.            in funding, provided training for hun-
   Educational programs include work-               dreds of providers, and helped to estab-
   shops, individual counseling and exhibits.       lish 74 new child care businesses. This
   Partnering with local banks, Extension           collaborative effort stands as a model of
   assisted 118 families in becoming home-          a comprehensive approach that effective-
   owners since 2003.                               ly impacts child care providers, parents,
                                                    and the community.
   Pamela Denise Lincoln, Gussie
   McConnell, Linda Baxter (Texas)
   “Your Home is Your Castle”                       FOOD SAFETY AWARD
   Well-built, affordable housing is indispen-      Sally Maureen Soileau (Louisiana)
   sable for keeping rural communities              “Oyster Food Safety Vibrio vulnificus
   vibrant. Extension and USDA Rural                Education”
   Development reached 1245 residents               As Louisiana state coordinator of Oyster
   through workshops to inform families of          Food Safety Vibrio vulnificus education
   assistance available to repair, purchase or      program, goal has been increased aware-
   build a home and steps needed to qualify.        ness of this shellfish-borne illness. Tar-
   As a result, $666,456 was loaned or              geted health care audiences have been
   granted to participants.                         reached through Southern Medical Asso-
                                                    ciation, state dietetic and pharmacist
                                                    meetings. At-risk audiences have received

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   information through workshops, booths,           4-H EXCELLENCE IN
   mass media and other means.
                                                    AFTERSCHOOL
                                                    PROGRAMMING AWARD
   CLEAN HOMES HEALTHY                              Sheryl A. Nolen, Lilly Dorney, B,
   FAMILIES AWARD                                   Linda Mock, Michelle Warren, Mike
   Leida R. Colon (Puerto Rico)                     Heimer, Tom LeRoy, (Texas)
   “Safety Products Project”                        “YMCA After-Care and 4-H Partners for
   For years Leida’s (Home Economist,               Youth Programs”
   Cidra, PR) primary work emphasis has             Conroe YMCA partnered with a team of
   been Family Health and Environmental             Texas Cooperative Extension staff to
   issues. Safety Products Project has helped       improve the quality of after-school pro-
   prevent health problems such as asthma,          grams and increase opportunities for
   bronchitis, sinus, allergies and other res-      youth to experience 4-H. Four-H Project
   piratory problems. Over 2,215 families           Day reached 300 youth weekly with sup-
   were impacted by conferences, work-              port activities and staff training to
   shops, trainings, brochures and a TV pro-        become a model for the Greater Hous-
   gram.                                            ton Area YMCA.

   Johanna S. Hicks (Texas)                         Maisielin Ross, Diane Coon, Kim
   “Hopkins County Gets A on Hygiene Report         Coldicott (Florida)
   Card”                                            “Babysitting Curriculum Teacher Training
   School absenteeism due to illness has            Program for After-School Teachers”
   been a problem in Hopkins County,                In response to middle schools’ requests,
   Texas. Through the clean hands, clean            4-H and FCS agents began teaching
   surfaces campaign, individuals were              Babysitting Basics to students in their
   taught the importance of proper washing          after-school programs and FCS classes.
   of hands and surfaces using innovative           So as to have a greater impact, the agents
   teaching methods such as newspaper               developed a Babysitter’s Manual which is
   columns, UV Disclosure Center, colorful          used to train after-school teachers who
   hand-outs, hands-on activities, and color-       work through the Safe Schools Program.
   ing sheets.




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   HEALTHY LIFESTYLES                                mation from the quarterly newsletter has
                                                     been used for weekly newspaper columns
   EDUCATION GRANT                                   and radio programs, with clients, and in
   Emily Brady Ryan, Mandel Smith                    newsletters.
   (Georgia)
   With the incidence of childhood over-             Jane M. Allen, Angela Goodermote,
   weight increasing in America, the UGA             Bridget Milam, Jackie Schrader,
   Extension Service in Albany, GA propos-           Raymond Zerba, Jr.—3rd Place
   es to partner with Youth Becoming                 (Florida)
   Healthy to provide nutrition education            “Clay County Contact”
   and physical activity to middle school            The Clay County Contact is a newsletter
   students. Youth Becoming Healthy will             produced by Extension Agents in Clay
   provide physical activity facilities while        County for all residents and clientele. It is
   Extension will provide nutrition and              published bi-monthly in newspaper style
   health education.                                 and includes articles by Horticulture, 4-H
                                                     and Family and Consumer Science
                                                     Agents. Copies are also sent to the other
   Communication Awards                              66 Florida County Extension offices.
   NEWSLETTERS
   Marian Ross—1st Place (Texas)                     RADIO
   “Money 2020 Newsletters”
                                                     Pamela C. York—1st Place
   The Money 2020 monthly newsletter is
                                                     (Kentucky)
   an educational tool used to bring finan-
                                                     “Extension Minute Radio Program”
   cial literacy to individuals. Providing
                                                     Extension Minute is sixty second radio
   timely financial information, gives people
                                                     spots recorded monthly and played six
   the opportunity to pursue their own per-
                                                     times a day on six radio stations on Clear
   sonal wealth building and build their con-
                                                     Channel’s First Radio. The six stations
   sumer knowledge. The newsletter is a
                                                     have a combined audience of over
   workshop in your own home.
                                                     200,000 listeners in south central Ken-
   Amy Hastings Elizer, Beth Bell, Betty             tucky. A variety of timely and relevant
   Neilson, Brenda VanCleve, Cathy                   topics are shared with listeners.
   Faust, Christene Anderson, Mary
                                                     LaDell Emmons—2nd Place
   DeFoor—2nd Place (Tennessee)
                                                     (Oklahoma)
   “Common Cents”
                                                     “Dietary Guidelines for 2005”
   Tennessee’s Western Region Financial
                                                     With Pittsburg County building a new
   Management team created Common
                                                     wellness center, there has been a renewed
   Cents to provide at-your-fingertips
                                                     interest in being fit and eating healthy. Bi-
   resources for fellow Extension workers.
                                                     monthly radio shows that provide dietary
   Agents print the information or manipu-
                                                     information and updates are requested.
   late it digitally for their purposes. Infor-
                                                     Weight management is addressed on air

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   not by dieting but by healthy food choic-        footage of Kim Edmonds conducting an
   es, being fit, and using moderation.             educational workshop.

   Michelle A. Parrott—3rd Place                    Alma Mancillas Fonseca—3rd Place
   (Tennessee)                                      (Texas)
   “Financial Education”                            “Walk Across Texas”
   Radio broadcasts are an alternative way          Alma Fonseca advises the Walk Across
   to reach clientele throughout the county         Texas Task Force which plans the eight-
   especially those that can not leave the          week physical activity program in Brazos
   home. This session of weekly radio               County each year. Walk Across Texas is a
   broadcasts educates people about finan-          program that motivates people of all ages
   cial management, budgeting, savings and          to increase their physical activity levels to
   holiday expenses.                                improve overall health and reduce the
                                                    risk of diseases.
   TELEVISION
   Lisa Leslie, Billie Lofland—1st Place            WRITTEN NEWS
   (Florida)                                        Christopher Thomas Sneed—1st
   “Building Energy Efficiency into Your New        Place (Tennessee)
   Home”                                            “Teaching Your Kids to Play It SAFE”
   The video, Building Energy Efficiency            According to the US Consumer Product
   into Your New Home, describes cost               Safety Commission, a child is injured on
   effective features that homebuyers can           playground equipment every 2 ½ min-
   add to a new home to increase energy             utes. This news article was published to
   efficiency and protect indoor air quality.       increase awareness of playground safety
   The piece played 16 times on Hillsbor-           as well as to introduce the SAFE pro-
   ough County Government Television and            gram developed by the National Program
   was also distributed to libraries and local      for Playground Safety.
   building professionals.
                                                    Carrie T. Brazeal—2nd Place (Texas)
   Kim H. Edmonds—2nd Place                         The recent tsunami provided parents an
   (Virginia)                                       excellent opportunity to talk with chil-
   “Empowering Your Family”                         dren about difficult situations. Many par-
   Empowering Your Family was designed              ents feel challenged when faced with this
   to inform Henrico County citizens of the         opportunity. This column suggested that
   educational resources available through          parents take some time, determine what
   Virginia Cooperative Extension. The pro-         they want to say and then talk. Several
   gram was broadcast to cable subscribers          suggestions for talking about difficult sit-
   in Henrico County, VA. Highlights of the         uations were given.
   program include interviews with Exten-
   sion administration, specialists and
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   WRITTEN NEWS                                       Maryellen Garrison—3rd Place
   continued from page 51                             (Kentucky)
                                                      “Oh, My Aching Back!”
   Rachel West—3rd Place (Georgia)                    This program was developed for Exten-
   Working in a rural county, there are few           sion Homemaker Leader Trainings. The
   outlets to provide vital information to            program is designed to increase public
   the public. Rachel used the media outlet           awareness of back pain, to promote early
   that would reach the most citizens in her          diagnosis, and to minimize preventable
   area. Her newspaper article provided               pain. The disc contains a PowerPoint
   readers with information on the topics of          presentation, teaching plan, leader’s
   Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill to pre-            guide, handouts, evaluation tool, and
   vent foodborne illness.                            “read me” file, all using Microsoft
                                                      Word/PowerPoint.
   EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
   Danielle A Gordon—1st Place                        EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM
   (Florida)                                          PACKAGE
   “Meal Planning for Young Children in Early         Elizabeth Snider Reames, Alexis O.
   Education and Care”                                Navarro, Alfred Trappey, Berteal E.
   Focusing on key factors for successful             Rogers, Bertina M. McGhee, Craig
   meal planning, Meal Planning for Young             Gautreaux, De’Shoin Y. Friendship,
   Children in Early Education and Care               Easter H. Tucker, Elizabeth Neely,
   was designed to assist child care                  David Bankston, Kenneth W.
   providers. After participating in the pro-         McMillin, Melissa P. Mixon, Michael
   gram, providers planned to schedule spe-           J. Keenan, Michael W. Moody,
   cific time for meal planning and increase          Ramona S. Gentry, Robert Soileau,
   fruits, vegetables and grains offered in           Sally M. Soileau, Sara Katherine
   their menus.                                       Waggoner, Sheila H. Haynes, Terri R.
   Wanda J. Hardison, Alice Thomas,                   Crawford—1st Place (Louisiana)
   Jennifer S. Walker—2nd Place (North                “Serving Food Safely”
   Carolina)                                          The goal was to develop and implement
   “Making A Difference In Quality Child Care”        an effective food handler training pro-
   Creating quality child care in Harnett             gram for preventing food borne illness
   County is the goal of Cooperative Exten-           and improving nutrition in vulnerable
   sion’s Child Care Resource and Referral            populations in the Lower Mississippi
   program. PowerPoint enabled effective              Delta who utilize services of food recov-
   delivery of this educational message to            ery programs. Another goal was to
   Extension Advisory Leaders. Key points             enhance and reinforce the food safety
   were the importance of quality child care          efforts of food recovery agencies.
   and the critical roles leaders played in this
   effort.
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   Maryellen Garrison—2nd Place                     Carmen J. Long, Buffy J. Scott,
   (Kentucky)                                       Catherine M. Waddell—2nd Place
   “Oh, My Aching Back!”                            (North Carolina)
   This program was developed for Exten-            “Dairylicious Recipes”
   sion Homemaker Leader Trainings. The             Child friendly recipes make eating calci-
   program is designed to increase public           um rich foods more fun. June Dairy
   awareness of back pain, to promote early         month cooking classes gave youth hands-
   diagnosis, and to minimize preventable           on opportunities to make and eat Dairyli-
   pain. The disc contains a PowerPoint             cious recipe treats. Participants savored
   presentation, teaching plan, leader’s            their creations and post contacts show
   guide, handouts, evaluation tool, and            they enjoy preparing the foods for their
   “read me” file, all using Microsoft              families at home.
   Word/PowerPoint.
                                                    Carla M. Haley—3rd Place
   Joan P Elmore—3rd Place (Florida)                (Arkansas)
   “U and YOUR Credit”                              “Back To School with Lunch Box Treats”
   U and YOUR Credit is a package pro-              Parents hear that packing a safe school
   gram designed to help the consumer               lunch for their children is important for
   understand the world of credit. It covers        their health, but many times aren’t given
   the new credit law, credit reports, credit       any guidance. This fact sheet gives practi-
   cards, credit files and identity theft.          cal tips for preparing lunches safely to
                                                    avoid the chance of coming down with a
                                                    food borne illness.
   EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
   Jovita Jones Lewis, Kimberly
   Burgess—1st Place (Alabama)                      INTERNET EDUCATION
   “ABCs of Dietary Counseling”                     TECHNOLOGY
   Designed to encourage open communi-              Jennifer L. Abel, Heather J.
   cation between para-professionals and            Greenwood—1st Place (Virginia)
   professionals who discuss food and nutri-        “Family and Consumer Sciences Resource Site”
   tion reports with limited-resource clients,      The Family and Consumer Sciences
   the ABCs of Dietary Counseling can               Resource Site at Virginia Cooperative
   help to facilitate healthier eating. Exten-      Extension allows agents to share educa-
   sion Specialists Kimberly Burgess and            tional tools they have developed. This
   Jovita Lewis discuss twenty-six nutrition        clearinghouse provides lesson plans,
   education strategies for dietary counsel-        handouts, PowerPoints, activities, articles,
   ing in this timely educational publication.      useful web sites, and other resources on
                                                    many FCS topics, including financial edu-



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   INTERNET EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY                   ily and Protective Services’ required
   continued from page 53                          hours. Through marketing this multi-
                                                   county program, participation has
   cation, nutrition, parenting, childcare,        increased over 100% since 1998.
   micro-business, housing, and others.
                                                   Mary L. Rhyne (Oklahoma)
   Belinda J. Riddle, Bobbi Clarke, John           Sweethearts Weekend, a weekend retreat
   Toman, Whitney Danhof—2nd Place                 for couples to learn skills enhancing their
   (Tennessee)                                     relationship, was heavily marketed
   “Website for the Tennessee Latino Health        through mass media. Brochures were
   Coalition”                                      placed at florists, bridal shops, bridal
   The Tennessee Latino Health Coalition           consultants, and merchants providing
   has improved health care access for Lati-       wedding invitations, wedding cakes, and
   nos in Bedford and Coffee Counties. The         catering services. All churches in the
   coalition website is instrumental in pro-       county received information to share
   motion of language and cultural train-          with their congregations.
   ings, coalition development and access to
   bilingual health information for profes-
   sionals and Latinos. Over 3,500 families        COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
   have Latino Health Yellow Pages.                AWARD
                                                   Brooke Jenkins, Edith Lykins, Joanna
                                                   Risner, Madonna Fletcher, Russell
   Public Relations Awards                         Sparks, Ty Back (Kentucky)
   MARKETING PACKAGE AWARD                         “Backpack Program”
   Wendi L. Green, Colleen Longbotham              Child hunger was a great concern in the
   (Texas)                                         local community. Food pantries, local
   “It’s a Kid’s World After All”                  businesses, school administrators and
   The Annual Bi-Stone Child Care Confer-          Extension saw a gap in serving young
   ence addresses timely issues with a spring      children and began a commitment to
   and fall conference. Extension program-         feed these children through the backpack
   ming efforts meet emerging needs by             program. The backpack program pro-
   providing educational training opportuni-       vides food to children in need over the
   ties to satisfy Texas Department of Fam-        weekend break.




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            Western Region Finalists

   Fellowships                                     Darcy L. Dixon, Becki Hester, Carol
                                                   Willis, Evelyn Whitmer, Jolie Ogg
   GREENWOOD FELLOWSHIP                            Graybill, Lynne Durrant, Marta Elva
   Patricia Ann Merk (Arizona)                     Stuart, Patty Merk (Arizona)
   Patricia Merk will complete a Certificate       The Mind Matters Training for Child
   Program in Gerontology at University of         Care Professionals provides intensive
   Arizona. This involves a 240 hour               education on early brain development.
   practicum. The practicum project,               Since July 2003, 13 Institutes were held
   “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:            with 191 participants completing. In a
   The New Diversity Issue” will include           follow-up survey, 60% improved their
   developing a one-day in-service training        interactions with the children and 54%
   for school personnel as well as a training      increased the amount of time spent in
   manual.                                         specific best practices.


   Professional Development                        NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD
   Awards                                          Carolyn Von Washburn (Utah)
                                                   Carolyn Washburn is beginning her sec-
   FLORENCE HALL AWARD                             ond year as a Family Consumer Science
   B. Susie Craig (Washington), Allison            Agent. During her first year she organ-
   Nichols, Guendoline Brown (West                 ized several new programs, including the
   Virginia), Lynn Nakamura-Tengan                 Washington County Marriage Coalition
   (Hawaii), Sandra McCurdy (Idaho),               and received funding for this year when
   Donnie L. Cook (Alabama A&M)                    no new monies were given to any other
   Germ City is a USDA funded Extension,           County programs.
   education and research project that
   reached 400,000 children and adults in
   Washington, Idaho, West Virginia, Flori-        PARA-PROFESSIONAL AWARD
   da, Hawaii, and Alabama. The Germ City          Traci Leigh Armstrong Florian
   walk-through interactive exhibit and edu-       (Arizona)
   cation program has facilitated positive         Traci Armstrong Florian is a Program
   changes in hand washing behaviors at            Coordinator for EFNEP teaching low-
   fairs, community events, and in schools.        income families basic nutrition and the
                                                   prevention of nutrition-related diseases.



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         P
   PARA-PROFESSIONAL AWARD                         Margaret A. Viebrock, Jay Jenkins,
   continued from page 55                          (Washington)
                                                   “Estate Planning for Farm Families”
   She does a terrific job motivating staff,       Many farm families assume they will
   implementing innovative teaching ideas,         transfer the farming operation to their
   and has been selected to be the national        children. The downward spiral of com-
   Student Delegate of the American                modity prices changed this plan and fam-
   Dietetic Association (ADA) House of             ilies are left with no succession plan or
   Delegates.                                      income for retirement. This project
                                                   assisted families to have a detailed written
                                                   plan for transfer of their business assets.
   Program Awards
   DEAN DON FELKER                                 MARY W. WELLS DIVERSITY
   FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT                            AWARD
   AWARD                                           Deborah Ann Alpe (Colorado)
   Marsha A. Goetting, Ardis Oelkers,              “Beyond the Frozen Pizza: Enhancing the Diets
   Barbara Andreozzi, Barbara Hoffman,             of Special Needs Adults”
   Bernie Mason, Bobbie Roos, Claire               A nutrition program was designed to
   Del Guerra, Corinne Cramer, Judy                meet the needs of adults with a wide
   Johnson, July Riley, Shelia Friedrich,          range of developmental disabilities who
   Tara Andrews, Virginia Knerr                    reside in independent living situations.
   (Montana)                                       Participants expanded their food choices,
   “$tarter $aving Kits for Parents”               practiced food preparation and food
   $avings $tarter Kits were provided to 332       safety skills, and experienced the benefits
   parents by Montana State University             of sharing a meal with friends.
   Extension during April-June 2004. The
   kit contained materials to teach the value
   of saving to children (ages four-ten).          PROGRAM EXCELLENCE
   Contents were funded by Extension, the          THROUGH RESEARCH AWARD
   Montana Credit Unions for Community             Claudia C. Collins (Nevada)
   Development and First Interstate Banc-          “Seniors CAN”
   System.                                         Programming implications are derived
                                                   from a study of 539 Nevada older adults
                                                   in the Seniors CAN program. The 16-
                                                   week program is designed to promote
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   for seniors. Participants demonstrated          increased the amount of time spent in
   significant improvements in factors asso-       specific best practices.
   ciated with better health while minority
   and low-income participants demonstrat-
   ed greater improvement.                         FOOD SAFETY AWARD
                                                   B. Susie Craig (Washington), Allison
   B. Susie Craig (Washington), Allison            Nichols, Guendoline Brown (West
   Nichols, Guendoline Brown (West                 Virginia), Lynn Nakamura-Tengan
   Virginia), Lynn Nakamura-Tengan                 (Hawaii), Sandra McCurdy (Idaho),
   (Hawaii), Sandra McCurdy (Idaho),               Donnie L. Cook (Alabama A&M)
   Donnie L. Cook (Alabama A&M)                    “Germ City: Clean Hands, Healthy People”
   “Germ City: Clean Hands, Healthy People         Germ City is a USDA funded Extension,
   Program”                                        education and research project that
   Germ City, a USDA funded Extension,             reached 400,000 children and adults in
   education and research project reached          Washington, Idaho, West Virginia, Flori-
   400,000 children and adults in Washing-         da, Hawaii, and Alabama. The Germ City
   ton, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, and          walk-through interactive exhibit and edu-
   Alabama facilitating changes in hand-           cation program has facilitated positive
   washing at fairs, community events, and         changes in hand washing behaviors at
   schools. Observational studies and intent-      fairs, community events, and in schools.
   to-change research conducted with ele-
   mentary and middle-school students and
   during fairs will be highlighted.               4-H EXCELLENCE IN
                                                   AFTERSCHOOL
   EARLY CHILDHOOD CHILD                           PROGRAMMING AWARD
                                                   Juanita O. Waits, Dan McDonald, Jan
   CARE TRAINING AWARD                             Gibby, Patty Merk, Sherry Betts
   Darcy L. Dixon, Becki Hester, Carol             (Arizona)
   Willis, Evelyn Whitmer, Jolie Ogg               “Project SOAR: 4-H Mentoring Program”
   Graybill, Lynne Durrant, Marta Elva             Project SOAR: 4-H Mentoring Program
   Stuart, Patty Merk (Arizona)                    is an intensive mentoring program which
   “Mind Matters Training for Child Care           targets at-risk youth and families by
   Professionals”                                  matching mentees with college students.
   The Mind Matters Training for Child             Project SOAR’s goal is to encourage stu-
   Care Professionals provides intensive           dents to focus their efforts on education-
   education on early brain development.           al and personal values through extensive
   Since July 2003, 13 Institutes were held        mentoring, academic support, and posi-
   with 191 participants completing. In a          tive community involvement.
   follow-up survey, 60% improved their
   interactions with the children and 54%

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   2005 NEAFCS REGIONAL AWARDS


   HEALTHY LIFESTYLES                                  Lee Ann Joy Kendrick, Mirtha
                                                       Castellano—2nd Place (Nevada)
   EDUCATION GRANT                                     “4-H Leader News”
   Wendy Rice, Janie Fontecchio-                       The 4-H leader newsletter is published
   Spradling, R.N., Karla Davis, Liza                  monthly in order to provide our volun-
   Tregillius, Marcy Jung, Marge Borst,                teers with the most current information
   Marjorie Brinton, Matt Kelly, Missy                 available about the 4-H program. We are
   Rodri, Nancy Folsom, Pam Kircher,                   now publishing the newsletter in Spanish
   M.D., Rick Callies, Sarah Jacobson,                 in order to reach our growing Hispanic
   Suzi Young, (Colorado)                              community.
   “Train the Trainer”
   How can a coalition impact local work-              Sandra J. Garl Brown—3rd Place
   sites? Our community coalition intends              (Washington)
   to train 10-12 instructors in TaiChi to             “The Food Pyramid Parent Newsletter”
   take their skill to respective employers.           The Food Pyramid parent newsletter is a
   Twelve Chew-Chat-Chi lunch meetings                 set of six newsletters that accompany a
   will then be available for employees.               school-age nutrition series. The newslet-
   Health Posters and Brochures will be cre-           ter extends the classroom topics and sug-
   ated to distribute to address various               gests family activities that promote
   health awareness needs.                             healthy eating and physical activity. The
                                                       newsletters are available in three lan-
                                                       guages English, Spanish and Russian.
   Communication Awards
   NEWSLETTERS                                         RADIO
   Ann Vail, Esther L. Devall—1st Place
                                                       Phyllis B. Lewis—1st Place
   (New Mexico)
                                                       (Wyoming)
   “Family Times: Bilingual Parenting Newsletter”
                                                       “Food Safety P.S.A.s”
   Family Times is a bilingual newsletter
                                                       Chris Pasley and Phyllis Lewis created a
   about parenting, couple relationships, life
                                                       packaged monthly food safety program
   skills, and nutrition. This quarterly publi-
                                                       encompassing television, radio, and news-
   cation is inserted into 400,000 newspa-
                                                       paper P.S.A.s. In February, Phyllis’ mes-
   pers and distributed to Extension, WIC,
                                                       sage was aired 168 times over one sta-
   and Income Support offices throughout
                                                       tion’s airwaves, reaching an estimated
   New Mexico. Recent issues focused on
                                                       2,688,000 listeners. The P.S.A. was linked
   the Power of Praise, Family Communica-
                                                       to stations across the state. Numbers
   tion, Preparing for Disaster, and Positive
                                                       reached: Thousands!
   Discipline.




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                                                    2005 NEAFCS REGIONAL AWARDS


   TELEVISION                                       Vicki B. Hayman—3rd Place
   Pauline Williams—1st Place (Utah)                (Wyoming)
   “Tip of the Week television segment”             In a world where obesity is a key nutri-
   Tip of the Week is a weekly television           tion-related problem, nutritionists are
   segment featuring Utah State University          recommending that we reduce our con-
   Extension Agent, Pauline Williams. The           sumption of processed sugar to less than
   weekly tips, originating from station            10% of our diet. According to USDA
   KSL-5 in Salt Lake City, cover the gamut         surveys, the average American consumes
   of Family and Consumer Science areas.            20 teaspoons of added sugar each day.
   Each two to three minute segment airs            This concern was featured in weekly
   live during the morning news.                    columns.


   WRITTEN NEWS                                     EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
   Pearl I. Philipps—1st Place (Utah)               Pearl I. Philipps—1st Place (Utah)
   “Get Your Free Credit Report as of Dec. 1”       “Frozen Assets: Make Ahead Freezer Meals”
   A timely news article on Get Your Free           Frozen Assets: Make Ahead Freezer
   Credit Report as of December 1, was              Meals was an overhead transparency
   written to informed county residents             presentation created to assist the busy
   about the federal guidelines concerning          lifestyles of our county residents. In addi-
   credit reports, why they should obtain           tion this program taught food safety and
   one and how to get a free copy. We               sanitation. Evaluations showed that this
   offered additional information on credit         presentation targeted the needs of pro-
   reports from the Extension service.              gram participants in the county.

   Patricia J. Aaron—2nd Place (New                 Lynne Beam, Roberta Rios—2nd
   Mexico)                                          Place (New Mexico)
   “It’s All a Matter of Altitude”                  “Just Be It, Healthy and Fit”
   New Mexico’s Own, a bimonthly column             The PowerPoint presentation Just Be It,
   written by Patricia since 1994 and pub-          Healthy and Fit was designed to teach
   lished in the Food Section of the Albu-          adults to educate youth about Type 2 dia-
   querque Journal, focuses on food prepa-          betes. It offers strategies through hands
   ration and nutrition information. Both           on activities for developing a healthier
   newcomers to New Mexico and natives              lifestyle that will help youth prevent or
   find cooking at high altitude is a skill to      delay the onset of diabetes and other
   be mastered through education and prac-          chronic diseases.
   tice.




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   2005 NEAFCS REGIONAL AWARDS


   EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM                          Martha A. Raidl, Audrey Liddil, Julia
                                                   Welch, Laura Sant, Marnie Spencer,
   PACKAGE                                         Marsha Lockard, Rhea Lanting,
   Debra Minar Driscoll, Andrea                    Shelly Johnson—3rd Place (Idaho)
   Dailey—1st Place (Oregon)                       “The Healthy Diabetes Plate”
   “Diabetes Bingo: A Bilingual, Low Literacy      The Healthy Diabetes Plate is a four les-
   Tool”                                           son peer-reviewed curriculum that has
   Latino families have a high risk of devel-      been shown to teach most (80-100%)
   oping type 2 diabetes, and are at greater       participants with type 2 diabetes how to
   risk of experiencing complications. The         correctly plan meals and change eating
   Diabetes Bingo game curriculum incor-           habits. Evaluation tools measure changes
   porates 28 simple messages about dia-           in knowledge, behaviors, and diabetes
   betes types, symptoms, affects on the           self-care measures.
   body, and prevention and management
   tips in an easy-to-play game that doesn’t
   require reading skills.                         EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
                                                   Jeanne D. Brandt, Lynn Steele—1st
   Denise E. Smith, Erin Smith,                    Place (Oregon)
   Gretchen Gasvoda-Kelso, Helen                   “Household Mold”
   Gregario, Jamie Detterer, Linda                 Mold in your home can be dangerous to
   Melcher, Lori Jones, Lyndi Preator,             your health. It is destructive to your
   Lynn Collins, Marilou Vaughn, Patti             home and belongings. This single-page,
   Griffith, Rick Ewing, Ruth Peterson,            low literacy fact sheet, available in 4 lan-
   Shirley Huizenga, Twila Ortiz,                  guages, provides basic information about
   Virginia Romero-Caron—2nd Place                 mold and simple directions for address-
   (Wyoming)                                       ing the issue.
   “Eating Your Way Through Wyoming History”
   The curriculum follows five distinct            SuzAnne Annette Jorgensen—2nd
   groups of people (American Indians,             Place (Utah)
   mountain men, pioneers, cowboys and             “Canning Forms”
   railroad workers) who made significant          This is a collection of materials devel-
   contributions to the history and settle-        oped to use with pressure canner testing,
   ment of Wyoming. Students will under-           teaching about altitude adjustments and
   stand the connection between food               fair canning entries. These forms and
   choices, physical activity and health by        handouts have been useful in tracking
   comparing past cultures of Wyoming to           canner gauge testing and in conveying to
   today’s practices.                              the home canner information about
                                                   proper gauge and altitude adjustments.




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   Public Relations Awards                            COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
   MARKETING PACKAGE AWARD                            AWARD
   Darcy L. Dixon, Becki Hester, Carol                Gloria Espinosa-Hall (California)
   Willis, Evelyn Whitmer, Jolie Ogg                  “Addressing Childhood Obesity Through a
   Graybill, Lynne Durrant, Marta Elva                Community Coalition”
   Stuart, Patty Merk (Arizona)                       Since 1999, the Shasta Coalition for
   “Marketing the Mind Matters Training               Activity and Nutrition (Shasta CAN) has
   Program”                                           had the mission of empowering the peo-
   Marketing for the Mind Matters Training            ple of Shasta County (CA) to make posi-
   for Child Care Professionals included              tive food choices and be more physically
   development of a logo, brochures, note-            active. Their diverse activities and pro-
   books, tote bags, brain stress ball, cup           grams keeps nutrition education and
   and pens. More than 4,000 brochures                physical activity in the public eye.
   were mailed to child care facilities
   throughout the state. The Mind Matters
   logo is now synonymous with early brain
   development training in Arizona.

   Marsha A. Lockard, Audrey Liddil,
   Barbara Petty, Becky Dahl, Beverly
   Healy, Carol Hampton, Julia Welch,
   Kathee Tifft, Marilyn Bischoff,
   Sharlene Woffinden (Idaho)
   “Increasing the Financial Security of Idaho’s
   Medicare Recipients”
   Ten University of Idaho Extension Edu-
   cators developed a state-wide marketing
   campaign to increase awareness and pub-
   licize enrollment activities for the
   Medicare-approved Drug Discount cards
   available for Medicare and Medicaid
   recipients. The campaign used a variety
   of marketing techniques; including radio
   and televisions PSA’s, newspaper ads and
   articles, and flyers.




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                  Award & Recognition
                      Committee
   Amy Peterson, Vice President for                Anderson, Lana
   Awards & Recognition                            Sprenger, Cristin
                                                   Morgan, Susan
   Assessment & Sponsorship                        Rogers, Berteal
   Task Force                                    Training Task Force
     Miller, Carol (Chair)
                                                   Baldwin, Kathy (Chair)
     Chandler, Carol (Chair)
                                                   Albertson, Marilyn
     Campbell, Christa
                                                   Purvis, Debbie
     Kelly, Edwina
                                                   Hahn, Johanna
     Pearson, Susan
                                                   Waybright, Linda
     Bogle, Sara
                                                   Wiker, Nancy
     Clark, Lois
     Gibbons, Rosemary
     Gordon, Danielle
     Minch, Daryl
     Moore, Rebecca
     Cameron, Terri
     Davis, Sylvia
     West, Rachel

   Awards Exhibit Task Force
     Graves, Priscilla (Chair)
     Philipps, Pearl

   Ceremony Task Force
     Vidrine, Patricia (Chair)
     Lewis, Phyllis (Chair-Elect)
     Bledsoe, Peggy (Apprentice)




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