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Awards just keep coming! (6/20/2014)

Jodi Bruns, Dickey County Extension agent, Center for Community Vitality community coach and Extension staff development coordinator; Kathy Tweeten, Center for Community Vitality Director and community economic development specialist; and Helen Volk-Schill, Pembina County Extension agent, are part of a three-state team that is cleaning up with the Marketing Hometown America program. The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals chose the program for the first place award in the Excellence in Teamwork category, and the Community Development Society selected it for the 2014 Innovative Program Award. Jodi, Kathy and Helen have worked on the program the past three years with their peers in Nebraska and South Dakota Extension. The NACDEP awards will be presented June 23 at the annual conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. Glenn Muske, rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist, will be standing proud with them at the event as winner of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations to the four of you!

Sam Markell, plant pathologist in the Department of Plant Pathology, was called to the podium in Madison, Wis. last week at the meeting of the North Central Division of the American Phytopathological Society. Sam was honored with the Early Career Award – one of two faculty awards made by the division. We understand that the competition was especially keen this year. Well done, Sam!

On July 29 Abbey Wick, soil health specialist in the School of Natural Resource Sciences, will stand in the spotlight at the 69th International Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society at Lombard, Ill. The SWCS Board of Directors has named Abbey the 2014 recipient of the Society’s Harold and Kay School Excellence in Conservation Award. Tremendous work and recognition, Abbey!

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

Applause photo

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