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Glenn Muske, NDSU Extension rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist, receives the Distinguished Service Award from National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals' President Alison Davis. Glenn Muske, NDSU Extension rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist, receives the Distinguished Service Award from National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals' President Alison Davis.
Kathy Tweeten, director of the NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality; and Extension agents Jodi Bruns and Helen Volk-Schill are members of a tri-state team that received the first-place award in the Excellence in Teamwork category at the National Association of Community Development Extension Profesionals' conference. Picutred are (back row, from left): Charlotte Narjes of Nebraska, Dave Olson of South Dakota, Bruns and Kenneth Sherin of South Dakota; (center row): Peggy Schlechter of South Dakota, Rebecca Vogt of Nebraska, Kari O’Neill of South Dakota and Tweeten; (seated): Connie Hancock of Nebraska and Becky Bowan, former economic development director in Underwood. Kathy Tweeten, director of the NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality; and Extension agents Jodi Bruns and Helen Volk-Schill are members of a tri-state team that received the first-place award in the Excellence in Teamwork category at the National Association of Community Development Extension Profesionals' conference. Picutred are (back row, from left): Charlotte Narjes of Nebraska, Dave Olson of South Dakota, Bruns and Kenneth Sherin of South Dakota; (center row): Peggy Schlechter of South Dakota, Rebecca Vogt of Nebraska, Kari O’Neill of South Dakota and Tweeten; (seated): Connie Hancock of Nebraska and Becky Bowan, former economic development director in Underwood.
The Extension specialists and agents are honored for their community development work.

Four North Dakota State University Extension Service educators have received honors from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.

Glenn Muske, rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award for his service to the organization and community development as a profession.

Kathy Tweeten, a community economic development specialist and director of the Center for Community Vitality; Jodi Bruns, an Extension agent in Dickey County and Center for Community Vitality community coach; and Helen Volk-Schill, an Extension agent in Pembina County, are part of a three-state team that received the first-place award in the Excellence in Teamwork category for the Marketing Hometown America program.

Muske, who joined NDSU Extension in 2010, helps small businesses, especially those in rural areas, develop and grow. He provides education and support in a number of ways, including one-on-one education on getting a business started and how to keep it operating successfully, support material in online magazine forms he helped develop, speaking at meetings, writing blogs and news releases, and developing online chats that feature business owners sharing their experiences and tips for making small businesses successful.

Bruns, Tweeten and Volk-Schill have worked on the Marketing Hometown America program for three years with Extension colleagues in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Marketing Hometown America promotes dialogue among residents to help communities create a vision to grow and move toward action. For example, under this program, Edmore is making plans to reopen a community cafe and Ellendale is working with a college to engage its students in community life and business.

The four received their awards at the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals’ recent annual conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.


NDSU Agriculture Communication - June 30. 2014

Source:Glenn Muske, (701) 328-9718, glenn.muske@ndsu.edu
Source:Kathy Tweeten, (701) 328-9718, kathleen.tweetem@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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