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ESP receives Chapter of Merit – Platinum Award

Congratulations to our Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Michigan Alpha Psi Chapter who received the highest award – Chapter of Merit – Platinum Award – at the ESP National Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina, which took place October 9–12.

The Chapter of Merit recognition program was developed by the National Board to provide recognition for those chapters who have put forth an exemplary effort to forward the cause of the Extension system and to provide professional development opportunities for their members. Award efforts are scored on several criteria and each chapter receives an award category, Platinum being the highest. The Michigan Chapter received the highest award in the North Central region and nationally.

“There was a variety of criteria in which we were scored,” Shari Spoelman, Michigan State University Extension District 6 coordinator and ESP president-elect, said. “The ones that stand out for our chapter include Organization/Leadership, Awards and Recognition, Member Recruitment and Retention, and Professional Development.”

Shari stopped by yesterday and brought the award so that we can display it proudly in our office.

ESP Award Plaque Sits next to a poinsetta on a shelf in the Director's Office.

Please join me in congratulating the ESP board members on the recognition of their outstanding efforts:

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Award nominations deadlines approaching

It’s that time of year to recognize colleagues or friends of Michigan State University Extension who make our organization great. We can honor them by nominating them for various awards including the following awards from the MSUE Director: Meritorious Service, Educator; Meritorious Service, Program Instructor/Associate/Assistant; Meritorious Service, Specialist/Program Leader; and Meritorious Service, Support Staff. In addition, the I-Team (MSUE eXtension Institutional Team) gives the Ask an Expert, Community of Practice (CoP) and Technology in Programs Awards. Access the nomination form for these awards here.

The Key Partner award is designed to recognize individuals, organizations, media, special MSU programs and government officials who have made significant contributions to creating, improving or promoting MSU Extension programs. It is granted by the MSUE Director and is determined based on nominations from staff, faculty, retirees and volunteers. Access the nomination form for the Key Partner award here. MSU Extension employees should notify their institute directors of their nominations.

Submit all nominations for the above awards to Megghan Honke at honkemeg@msu.edu by July 31. The information will be combined and submitted to the administrative team for decisions by Aug. 31.

The John Hannah Award from the Michigan Council of Extension Associations is considered the most prestigious of the Extension awards as it recognizes superior Extension programs. All board-appointed Extension staff members are eligible. You may nominate programs conducted by a co-worker or yourself. Send nominations for the John Hannah award by July 15 to the current Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) president-elect Brenda Reau at reau@msu.edu. For additional information on the award and a list of previous winners, go to http://www.esp.msue.msu.edu/esp/john_hannah.

The State Friend of Extension Award from the Michigan Chapter of ESP recognizes individuals who truly have been friends of Extension. Their efforts may have been to help promote programs, represent us as lay leaders, serve as key program development persons, act as program collaborators or support MSU-Extension in other ways. Past recipients have come from organizations, media, MSU, local government and private business. To submit a nomination, follow directions here. Nominations must be received by July 15.

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Honor your colleagues with an Extension award

Please welcome Joe Lessard, our guest blogger for the week. Joe retired earlier this year, but he’s still serving MSU Extension and Epsilon Sigma Phi in an important role.

Meritorious Service, John Hannah, State Friend of Extension and ESP award nominations are due by July 15, 2009.
by Joe Lessard

Award winners were all smiles at the 2008 Fall Extension Conference.

Award winners were all smiles at the 2008 Fall Extension Conference.

One of the highest compliments one can pay a colleague or community partner is to recognize him or her publicly. The awards listed below provide the perfect opportunity to nominate those who offer outstanding service to MSU Extension. Please take a few minutes to honor individuals who have earned recognition through excellent programming and leadership.

The nomination format is the same for all the awards listed. Log on to the portal and visit the call for nominations page to download the criteria and view the nomination format.

The following nominations are due to me via email by July 15, 2009.

MSUE Director Selected Awards

  • Meritorious Service – Educator
  • Meritorious Service – Program Associate
  • Meritorious Service – Specialist/Program Leader
  • Meritorious Service – Support Staff
  • State Friend of Extension

MCEA Award

  • John Hannah Award

ESP Awards
The following awards are offered through the MSU Extension Alpha Psi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP). Details on these awards and past recipients are available here. Candidates (except for those being considered for the Meritorious Program Support Award) must be current ESP members.

  • Administrative Leadership Recognition
  • Continued Excellence Recognition
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Diversity Recognition
  • Early Career Service Award
  • International Service Award
  • Meritorious Program Support Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Retiree Service Award
  • State Team Award
  • Visionary Leadership Award

Association Awards
In addition to the awards listed above, I encourage you to visit respective MSUE professional association Web sites to review other awards for which nominations are being sought at this time. These, of course, may have different due dates and prescribed application procedures. I encourage you make the nomination of outstanding colleagues and community partners an element of your professional ethos.

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