Delaware Extension announces conference winners
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9:44 a.m., Oct. 10, 2008----Thirty-four Cooperative Extension employees were honored for their programs, outreach and service at the Delaware Cooperative Extension annual conference, held Oct. 8 in Dover, Del.

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The conference brought together University of Delaware and Delaware State University Cooperative Extension employees for a day of professional development. The keynote speaker was James H. Johnson Jr., a noted demographer from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Johnson spoke about the “graying and browning” of the United States and the globalization of the economy.

Award-winners are listed below.

UD's 2009 Director's Spirit Award was given to James Adkins, Dahlia Jackson-O'Brien, Carrie Murphy and Michele Walfred. The “Positively Outrageous Service--Award for Innovative Marketing of Extension” was given to Gordon Johnson. In the team category, this award was won by Arthur Tucker, Robert Naczi and Susan Yost of the Delaware State University Herbarium.

The Integration of Extension & Research Award was received by: Carrie Murphy, Maggie Moor-Orth, Tracy Wootten, Dot Abbott, Brian Kunkel, Bob Mulrooney, Nancy Gregory, Susan King, Gordon Johnson, Susan Barton, Susan Yost and John Frett.

In the category of Outstanding Program, there were four programs that received kudos. They were “Kick it Up with Nutrition,” developed by Kathleen Splane; the Vegetable Extension & Research Program, led by Tracy Wootten, Cory Whaley, James Adkins, Emmalea Ernest, Gordon Johnson and Anna Stoops; the Overnight Animal Science Science Camping Experiences, developed by Susan Truehart Garey; and the Delaware 4-H program “Engaging Youth--Serving Communities,” whose team members consist of Doug Crouse, Kristin Cook, Rhonda Martell, Mary Argo, Lindsay Gooden, Jill Jackson, Joy Sparks, Mark Manno, Katie Daly, Karen Johnston and Harry Thayer.

Delaware Cooperative Extension connects the public with university knowledge, research and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs. It has been part of the fabric of Delaware life for almost a century. To learn more about Extension programs in agriculture and natural resources; 4-H youth development; and family and consumer sciences, call (302) 831-2501 or visit [].

Article by Margo McDonough