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Videos highlight Key Partner and Friends of Extension awards

If you attended the Michigan State University Extension Key Partner and Staff Awards dinner at Fall Extension Conference Oct. 13 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, you would have seen videos of the Key Partner and Friends of Extension award winners. The videos played as recipients came up to receive their awards. The videos also featured your colleagues who nominated the winners. If you missed the conference, you can still watch the videos.

Click on the embedded links in the award title to watch:


Friends of Extension: Rollie Cramer and Kelly Lucas Strong, Gladwin County Friends of Extension

Key Partner: Don Zimmer, Chef


Key Partner:  Mark, Dawn, Tom and Bob Ebels; Ebels Meat Processing


Key Partner: Scott Graham, Michigan Brewers Guild


Key Partner: Holly Brophy-Herb, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Social Science, MSU


Key Partner: Michigan Lake and Stream Associations

 Dave Ellis, Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications video producer/director, produced the videos.

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Awarding the efforts of friends and employees

During this year’s Fall Extension Conference, we presented the annual Michigan State University Extension and Key Partner Awards at the 2014 Extension Awards Banquet. We present these awards yearly to highlight some of the great contributions that you, your colleagues and your partners have produced to support MSU Extension and the state as a whole.

After we spent a whole day at Fall Extension Conference brainstorming how to reach our clients more effectively and improve our culture, it was particularly inspiring to reflect on some of the amazing work that you all have already done to collaborate with your colleagues and serve Michigan in new and exciting ways.

It was also very exciting to have Gordon Guyer, former MSU Extension director, at the dinner. He presented the Gordon Guyer Cross-Institute Team Award to the Michigan Fresh Team, keeping true to his legacy of encouraging collaboration to meet the needs of our constituents.

For additional information about the recipients of these awards, take a look at the 2014 Extension Awards Banquet Program. Please join me in congratulating them!

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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.

Staff awards given by the MSU Extension director include:

  • Meritorious Service, Educator
  • Meritorious Service, Program Instructor/Associate/Assistant
  • Meritorious Service, Specialist/Program Leader
  • Meritorious Service, Support Staff

Staff awards given by the I-Team (MSUE eXtension Institutional Team) include:

  • Ask an Expert
  • Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Technology in Programs

Access the nomination form for these awards: Click on Complete Staff Award Nomination Information and scroll down.

The Key Partner award recognizes individuals, organizations, media, special MSU programs and government officials who have made significant contributions to creating, improving or promoting MSU Extension programs. The MSU Extension director grants the award. The award is determined based on nominations from staff, faculty, retirees and volunteers. Access the nomination form for the Key Partner award: Key Partner Nomination Form. 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 Aug.16. The information will be combined and submitted to the administrative team for decisions by Sept. 10.

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 Aug. 16 to the current Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) president-elect Matt Shane at shanemat@msu.edu. For additional information on the award and a list of previous winners, go to http://esp.msue.msu.edu/awards/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 Aug. 16.

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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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Congratulations to well-deserving employees and partners

Some exceptional employees and partners received awards at our Michigan State University Fall Extension Conference last week. There are way too many to list in this blog, but you can go to the FEC website and either click on the PDFs or read about each recipient individually by clicking on the name or organization (under “Staff Awards” or “Key Partners”) at http://fec.msue.msu.edu/fec/awards. Go to the comments section and leave a congratulations or thank-you to these worthy recipients. Or drop them an email or a note card to let them know you noticed.

 Congratulations to all of those recognized who enable us to do a stellar job helping people improve their lives.

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Congratulations to our award recipients

Many of our Michigan State University Extension employees and partners were recognized this week at Fall Extension Conference for outstanding work and service. These people honor the mission of Extension by helping people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. Here’s your chance to congratulate them if you were not able to do so in person. Click on our Key Partner, Association and Meritorious Service award winner recognition pages at http://fec.msue.msu.edu/fec/awards. Go to the comments section and leave a congratulations or thank-you to these worthy recipients. And next year, I promise I’ll summarize their accomplishments in shorter, 30-second statements!

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