Epsilon sigma phi recognizes exemplary extension work

October 29, 2004

CORVALLIS - The Oregon chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary fraternity of Extension Service professional educators, recognized several members recently for their accomplishments.

All Extension educators working in county Extension Service offices throughout the state are OSU faculty members whose primary function is to extend university research-based educational information to the public, said Nancy Kershaw, field faculty in the Tillamook County office of the OSU Extension Service and ESP awards program coordinator.

Sally Bowman, OSU Extension Service family development specialist and interim program leader, received ESP's Early Career Service award given to Extension educators with less than 10 years experience. Bowman has received more than $500,000 in grants to develop Extension educational programs and has authored or co-authored several educational publications.

The ESP Mid-Career Service award for Extension educators with 10-20 years of service went to Patricia Dawson, 4-H youth development field faculty in Umatilla County. Dawson, known nationally for research on adult volunteer learning styles and training preferences, helped develop a nationally recognized leadership program for Hispanic students in Umatilla and Morrow counties.

The ESP Distinguished Service award went to Tillamook's Kershaw for her work in expanding school enrichment, after-school and day camp educational programming for pre-teen youth.

Duane Johnson received ESP's Continued Service award for his support of ESP. A former 4-H Youth Development program leader and a 40-year veteran of the OSU Extension Service, retiring in 1999, Johnson serves on the ESP national board, where he chairs the national member service committee.

Russ Karow, head of the OSU Crop and Soil Science Department, won an ESP Visionary Leadership award for his administrative leadership and facilitating the development and delivery of educational programs to Extension clients and departmental staff.

Clint Jacks, staff chair of the Jefferson County office of the OSU Extension Service and superintendent of the OSU Central Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, was honored with an Administrative Leadership award for his encouragement in enabling faculty and staff to develop new program directions and expand current educational programs to more effectively serve the needs of clients.

Jim Rutledge, OSU 4-H Youth Development program leader, received the International Service award for his strong support of 4-H youth international exchange programs.

Jackie Russell, office manager in the Tillamook County office of the OSU Extension Service, won a Meritorious Support Service award for her commitment and leadership as office manager providing support to Tillamook County Extension staff.

An ESP Retiree Service award was presented to Judy Burridge, a life member of ESP and 30-year veteran of the OSU Extension Service, who retired in 2000. Burridge was recognized for her energetic and effective volunteer service in support of ESP, the OSU Extension service and the community of Albany.

The Lane County Food Pantry Project team received the ESP Team Recognition award. The group, including Nellie Oehler, Anna Galas, Susan Busler and Dana Baxter, nutrition education field faculty and staff in the Lane County office of the OSU Extension Service, developed an effective nutrition education program focusing on food security issues.

The ESP Diversity Recognition Team award was presented to the Washington County Nutrition Education Program Team, including Janice Smiley and Lynn Steele, Extension nutrition education field faculty, and Maureen Quinn, Marina Boyko, Luz Lores-Lescano, Aidee Quezada and Jenny Ahlers, Extension nutrition education assistants. The group developed a nutrition education program designed to reach out to low-income Anglo, Latino and Russian populations.

Winning the ESP Diversity Recognition Individual award was Debra Driscoll, OSU Extension Service family and community development field faculty in Polk and Yamhill counties. Driscoll developed Extension educational programs in Spanish for local Latino families.

Author: Bob Rost
Source: Nancy Kershaw