OSU extension honors outstanding faculty, staff

October 21, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Extension Service and OSU Extension Association recently honored several top Extension educators from throughout the state for outstanding achievement and dedication to serving Oregon communities. The award winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on the OSU campus.

Winners of newer faculty awards included:

  • Pete Schreder, agriculture field faculty in the Lake County Extension office, Lakeview, for design of innovative livestock and water quality programs to meet local needs.

  • Steve Bowers, forestry field faculty in the Lane County Extension office, Eugene, for development of educational workshops for small woodland owners.

  • Maggie Livesay, 4-H outreach faculty in the Benton County Extension office, Corvallis, for her effectiveness as an instructor and volunteer manager in support of the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Wildlife Stewards Program.

Winners of experienced faculty awards are:

  • Virginia Bourdeau, 4-H youth development specialist at the 4-H Conference and Education Center near Salem, for contributions to 4-H youth natural science programs.

  • Terry Palmer, 4-H field faculty in the Marion County Extension office, for innovative leadership of 4-H youth programs in Marion County.

  • Marsha Svendsen, Wallowa County Extension office, Enterprise; and Patty Mann, Lincoln County Extension office, Newport, won classified staff awards for their dedication and organizational skills in support of local Extension educational programs.

  • Pat Patterson, Lane County Extension office, Eugene; and Jordis Yost, North Willamette Research and Extension Center, near Wilsonville, received program assistant awards for their support of the statewide OSU Extension Master Gardener Program. Patterson was acknowledged for her teaching; Yost for her contributions in volunteer management.

  • Rosemary Weidman, Linn County office manager, received the professional faculty award for providing exceptional service and support to Extension faculty and staff in the Linn County Extension office, Albany.

  • Mary Arnold, campus-based OSU 4-H youth development specialist, won the Alberta B. Johnston Excellence in Extension Education Award for her development of nationally recognized Extension educational curriculum design and evaluation training programs.

Two OSU Extension 4-H youth development educators won Hoecker Extension Innovative Grant awards. Virginia Bourdeau received a $2,000 grant to continue development of an international 4-H youth natural science education web site called “4-H Corroboree Across the Seas” that connects 4-Hers in the Willamette Valley with middle school students in Victoria, Australia. Mary Arnold received a $3,000 grant to develop “4-H Career Pathways,” a new 4-H educational curriculum designed to help 4-H program participants explore future career opportunities.

A group of Extension educators and communicators shared the OSUEA team award for development of the “Start Smart Eating and Reading” program. This new educational curriculum is designed to help kindergarten through 2nd-grade students improve their nutritional habits, while encouraging development of reading skills.

Team members include Carolyn Raab, Mary Arnold, Elaine Schrumpf, Evie Engel, and Teresa Welch, Corvallis; Janice Smiley, Maureen Quinn, and Aidee Quezada, Hillsboro; Nancy Kershaw, Tillamook; Dana Baxter, Eugene; Deb Schreiber, Enterprise; Holly Berry, Salem; Lynn Steele and Lucy Lores, Portland; Evelyn Brookhyser, career Extension educator now retired, and Ellen Schuster, former OSU Extension nutrition educator now at the University of Missouri.

Author: Bob Rost
Source: Troy Downing