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Extension Honorary Organization Presents Awards

Chris Boerboom Chris Boerboom
Michael Miller Michael Miller
Kendall Nichols Kendall Nichols
Cindy Entze Cindy Entze
Jan Hanson Jan Hanson
Andrew Friskop Andrew Friskop
Carrie Knutson Carrie Knutson
Dean Aakre Dean Aakre
Vanessa Hoines Vanessa Hoines
Jim Gray Jim Gray
Individuals were honored for their support of and service to NDSU Extension.

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP), the Extension Service honorary organization, presented awards during the North Dakota State University Extension/Research Extension Center fall conference held Oct. 22-25 in Bismarck, N.D.

Honored were:

Friends of Extension

  • Chris Boerboom, NDSU Extension director from 2012 to 2018 - He was attracted to NDSU Extension because of its county-based system, which supports local needs in addition to state needs extremely well. He also values the impacts 4-H has on North Dakota’s youth and families’ strong support for 4-H.
  • Michael Miller, director and bibliographer for the NDSU Libraries and Germans from Russia Heritage Collection - He uses Extension resources in much of his work. He also facilitates relationships between organizations and individuals, such as the North Dakota Heritage Center and Prairie Public Television, and NDSU Extension.
  • Kendall Nichols, director of research for the North Dakota Soybean Council - He strongly supports soybean research and educational programs for NDSU Extension and the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. One program was an in-service training tour to Nebraska for Extension agents and specialists to learn about Palmer amaranth identification and management.

Meritorious Support Service Award

  • Cindy Entze, administrative assistant, Mercer County
  • Jan Hanson, administrative assistant, McLean County

Other Awards

  • Early Career Service - Andrew Friskop, plant pathologist
  • Mid-Career Service - Carrie Knutson, Extension agent, horticulture, Grand Forks County
  • Distinguished Service - Dean Aakre, 4-H youth development specialist
  • Visionary Leadership - Vanessa Hoines, Extension agent, family and community wellness, Morton County
  • Administrative Leadership - Jim Gray, west district director

Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer and ESP president, presented the awards.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Oct. 29, 2018

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