Congratulations to Phil Durst, Terry Gibb and Kurt Schindler for winning the MSU Distinguished Academic Staff award for 2015. I was thrilled to hear that three out of four awards will be given to MSU Extension educators this year. What a testament to the work that you do and the impact that you have! I’ve done a little digging, and I found that in the 17 years the university has given this award, MSU Extension has had at least one award winner 15 of those years. Most of those years, two educators have been recognized. In 2010, we even had four winners! It is such an honor for me to come into this organization filled with passionate, dedicated people making a difference in Michigan.
In my February blog, I will post the links to the press releases that highlight the individual efforts of our well-deserving winners.
Please join us to celebrate their awards on Tuesday, February 9, from 11:30-2 p.m. in the Big Ten C Room of Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. The program will begin around 12:15 p.m. and a light lunch/refreshments will be served. Please RSVP using this link: RSVP for Awards Reception, by Sunday, February 7. We hope that many of you will be able to join us to celebrate Phil’s, Terry’s and Kurt’s accomplishments.