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Purdue Extension Annual Conference Awards


Bill Horan of Wells County received the Agricultural and Natural Resources Career Award. Horan has been a leader in the Wells County Corn Plot Program for 15 years and helped to raise $1.2 million for the Wells County Community Center building.

Susan Plassmeier of Vanderburgh County was presented with the Consumer and Family Sciences Career Award. Plassmeier has led the Vanderburgh County Extension Team as county Extension director for 13 years and has served as a committee member for the IEEA association for the past 26 years.

Kendall Martin of Dubois County was presented with the 4-H Youth Development Individual Award for his organization and delivery of four training opportunities for adult 4-H club leaders.

Cathy Boerste of Gibson County received the Bob Amick Award for her work with Reality Store, which provides students with an understanding of the cost of living and what they need to do to obtain their desired standard of living.

Adrienne Held of Warrick County received the Agricultural and Natural Resources Individual Award for her work in organizing a farmer's market to provide a source of local produce to residents of the county.

Mary Lou Elbert of Warrick County received the Consumer and Family Science Individual Award. Elbert has helped more than 200 families in transition through her Parenting Apart education program.

Tom Springstun of Floyd County was presented with the Economic Community Development Individual Award. Springstun offered a series of free workshops to help improve the productivity of local companies.

Teresa Witkoske and Pandora Woodward of Wabash County were presented with the Diversity Award for their work with the Passport Adventure curriculum that helps young people embrace cultural diversity and prepare for globalization.

Adrienne Held of Warrick County; Maria Restrepo of Pike County; Bill Horan of Wells County; Jeremy Weber of Franklin County; Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, director of Purdue’s International Programs in Agriculture; Jim Murren of Purdue Extension and IPIA;  and Larry Murdock, a professor of entomology, were awarded the International Award for their work in Nigeria. They conducted sessions with local Extension agents to teach them new methods to store cowpeas without insect damage. 

Randall Dickson of Marshall County, Joan Grott of Porter County, Corinne Powell of Lake County and Hugh Tonagel of LaPorte County received the Cooperative Extension Service Team Award for presenting wild turkey field-to-table workshops. The program helped participants increase appreciation of outdoors, improve turkey-hunting techniques, safely introduce young people to hunting and better use harvested wild turkey.

The 4-H Youth Development Award was presented to Jeff Jones of Marion County and Tony Carrell of Boone County for their work in developing the Fun with Science program that reinforces classroom science education standards and teaches students that science is a part of their everyday lives. The program has been presented to nearly 10,000 elementary school students in Boone and Marion counties.

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Award went to Dave Redman of Lawrence County and Bill Field, Extension safety specialist in agricultural and biological engineering. They created the Farm Rescue Training for First Responders program, which offered critical training that equipped emergency personnel to respond to farm-related incidents, including machinery rescue, animal incidents, anhydrous ammonia exposure and pesticide exposure and spills.

Alice Alderson of Parke County, Lori Bouslog of Sullivan County and Deanna Franklin of Vigo County were presented the Consumer and Family Sciences team award for their work in basic food preservation. In collaboration with Clabber Girl, the team presented food preservation classes that helped participants learn food safety and safe guidelines for food preservation techniques, and offered practice in preservation methods.

The Indiana Extension Educators Association saluted 15 Purdue Extension educators with tenure awards for 25 or 15 years of service.

The honorees for 25 years are:

Randy Brown of Vanderburgh County. Brown has received the 4-H Distinguished Service Award and developed a Junior Leader program.

Edie Sutton, consumer and family sciences educator in St. Joseph County. Sutton worked as a 4-H youth educator in Starke and Tippecanoe counties before moving to New York, where she was a family resource management educator in Genesee and Orleans counties. She then returned to Indiana.

Lynn Korniak of Cass County. Korniak has been a 4-H youth development section winner and received the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award. She also has received the Paul B. Crooks Award and was a National Extension Leadership Development participant.

Mark Kepler, Extension educator for agriculture and natural resources and Extension director in Fulton County. He received the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Search for Excellence Award for starting the Lake County Herb Society and Lake County Tree ReLeaf and for developing a tree program while he was in that county. He is the lead instructor of the Leadership Academy of Fulton County and served for 10 years as the president of the county Plan Commission. He is a member of the Purdue Beef Team and Small Farms Team. He recently presented a paper at the National Small Farms Conference.

Lori Bouslog, Sullivan County Extension director, and consumer and family sciences and 4-H youth development educator. She is president of the Indiana Extension Educators Association and is a past president of the Indiana affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has received the Bob Amick Award, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award and several IEEA and Epsilon Sigma Phi awards.   

The honorees for 15 years are:

Gonzalee Martin, Extension educator  for Allen County, where he delivers agriculture and natural resources programs. He was in the Uganda East Africa and South Africa Farmer-to-Farmer International Extension Programs. He has served as Area 11 educator chairperson.

Steve Engleking, Extension agriculture educator for LaGrange County. He also serves as state small farm coordinator and co-chairs the Purdue Small Farms and Sustainable Agriculture Team.  

Rebecca Holbert, who works on numerous programs in Vermillion County.

Laurie Sula, 4-H youth development Extension educator for Elkhart County. She previously was the consumer and family sciences Extension educator in Gibson County and was a visiting Extension assistant at the University of Illinois.

Denise Schroeder, who works in consumer and family sciences in White County, specializing in family resource management. She had worked in split consumer and family sciences positions between White and Benton counties and Jasper and White counties before going to White County full-time. She has been treasurer for the IEEA and is currently treasurer of Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Darlene Decker of Pike County. She received the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Distinguished Service Award this year and has been section chair for the group's Indiana affiliate. She has been an IEEA 4-H Youth Section Successful Program Award recipient.

Amy Nierman, who is Washington County's Extension director and works in the youth position. She previously served as the 4-H youth educator in Clark County. She has been an IEEA 4-H Youth Section Successful Program Award recipient and received Diversity Team recognition with a National Extension Leadership Development team. She also received the NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award.

James Luzarf, who has been employed with Putnam, Montgomery and Vigo counties in positions as Extension educator and director and now is in an educator position partnering with Ivy Tech Community College.

Janice Dougan, who has worked with Extension programs in Daviess and Warrick counties in Indiana and in two counties in Kentucky Her work in Kentucky included building community partnerships that resulted in an expansion of educational facilities.

Ricky Kemery, who serves as the horticulture educator in Allen County.

Five Purdue Extension specialists have been recognized by the professional organization Epsilon Sigma Phi with special awards for their work:

A Distinguished Service Award went to Cindy Barnett, who has served five counties in youth and consumer and family sciences programs for the past 30 years. She has held leadership positions in community groups such as the Council on Aging, Chamber of Commerce and adult leadership programs. A member of Epsilon Sigma Phi for 20 years, Barnett has served on several committees and twice as committee chair. She is currently the county Extension director and the consumer and family sciences, 4-H youth development and family nutrition program supervisor in Whitley County.

A Distinguished Service Award also was presented to Carl Broady, who worked as an Extension specialist providing support to the Indiana 4-H youth development program for 22 years. Broady coordinates state and national trips and awards, including 4-H Roundup and the National 4-H Congress and Conference. He also coordinates non-animal judging at the Indiana State Fair and has taken up residence in the 4-H Exhibit Hall each August since 1988 to help more than 100 4-H members who serve as Exhibit Hall workers. 

The Lynn Busse Administrative Leadership Recognition Award recipient was Rick Chase, who has been the Central District director since 2000. He has helped with North Central National Extension Leadership Development classes. He is a member of the Purdue Leadership Team and worked to develop "Leadership U," designed to create increased leadership capacity within Indiana. Chase works with Central District staff to provide programming at the county level.

The Meritorious Support Award was given to business assistant Barbara Wireman. She helps Extension specialists in the Purdue Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture with Purdue's financial system. She assists with tasks such as formatting the budget for grant proposals, facilitating financial management for Extension programs and accepting donations from supporters.

The Retiree Service Recognition Award went to Alan Ader, who retired from Parke County Extension in 2003. Since then, he has served on the ESP Retirees Committee, including as chairman, providing leadership in planning events such as the annual Spring Fling and Fall Fling. He also has assisted with the State Fair Extension Family Picnic each year. Ader has served as part-time executive director of the Parke County Chamber of Commerce for three years. 

Roberto Lopez, assistant professor of horticulture, who received the Early Career Award. He created a nationally recognized research and Extension program to address important issues in the floriculture industry and built a coalition of Extension specialists and industry representatives. His research into cool-season poinsettia production will aid the industry in reducing energy costs. Similarly, his research into consumer attitudes can help the industry adjust production to better meet consumer demands. 

Natalie Carroll, professor of Extension education, who received the Mid-career Award. A leader in Extension programming, Carroll provides 4-H program support in 10 project areas and has extensively revised the curricula, successfully implementing learning exercises to enhance their impact on young people. Carroll also teaches in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and manages a research program that has attracted more than $15 million in support.

Rick Foster, professor of pest management of vegetable and fruit crops and Extension coordinator, who received the Career Award. Foster's Extension program combines his passion for entomology with a desire to help the state's fruit and vegetable industry. His efforts have led to improvements in pest management and the ability to reduce pesticide use without sacrificing product quality. He also has held leadership positions throughout his tenure at Purdue.

The Managing Moldy Corn Team, which received the Team Award. Team members are Bruce Erickson, Mike Schutz, Steve Leer and the Agricultural Communication staff, Corinne Alexander, Todd Applegate, Allen Bridges, Matt Claeys, Tom Creswell, Bill Field, Chris Hurt, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Ron Lemenager, Jim Mintert, Tamilee Nennich, Mike Neary, Bob Nielsen, George Patrick, Brian Richert, Gail Ruhl, Matt Roberts, Mark Russell, Richard Stroshine, Robert Waltz, Kiersten Wise and Chuck Woloshuk. In response to an above-normal incidence of corn ear molds in 2009, Purdue responded by forming a multidisciplinary team to assess current knowledge about moldy corn and its potential consequences and develop management recommendations for producers and allied industries. As a result, those affected by moldy corn were better prepared to deal with challenges associated with the issue.

Jim Kirkham, who received the Special Award. He was recognized for his dedication and support of Indiana's 4-H Horse and Pony Program. Kirkham spent 40 years as ringmaster of the State of Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony Show. He helped to bring the Equestrian events of the Pan American Games and the Indiana 4-H Horsemanship Camp to the Hoosier Horse Park. He has served Indiana's equine-related organizations and helped to bring 4-H Horse and Pony events to the Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo.

Weed management scientist Bill Johnson was named Purdue Extension's outstanding specialist for 2010.

Tony Carrell of Boone County and Jonathan Ferris of Fayette County were honored as Indiana 4-H Foundation Perfect Partners for their roles in helping to establish a 4-H youth development endowment.

D. Scott Gabbard, Shelby County Extension educator for agriculture and natural resources who developed new farm safety programs and revitalized a committee that spurred economic development, received Extension's Paul B. Crooks Award.

The Indiana 4-H Foundation and President Bob Grimm received the 2010 Director's Award.




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