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!
The occasion of the Extension Centennial seems appropriate for a reminder that we need to recognize those volunteers and decision makers who partner with us to ensure our success in fulfilling our mission. Associate director Steve Lovejoy has moved the nomination process earlier to ensure that the people we honor at our Fall Extension Conference (2014 FEC) have time to plan to attend the ceremony at Michigan State University.
All MSU Extension staff and faculty members are encouraged to think of partners who have helped them succeed in carrying out their Extension work and to nominate them for a Key Partner or a Friend of Extension Award. We also honor colleagues for their outstanding service to MSU Extension and to the people of Michigan.
In order to simplify the process for nominators, we have created a folder on SharePoint titled “Awards and Recognitions.” There you will find a short description of the various awards, previous award winners and nomination forms for both staff awards and for Key Partners. Find those files here: https://share.anr.msu.edu/MSUE/Awards/default.aspx
Please take a few minutes to nominate your colleagues and partners for their outstanding work in furthering the mission of MSU Extension and assisting the individuals, families, businesses and governmental units in achieving their objectives. The deadline for submitting nominations is May 30.
There are a lot of good things to say about Fall Extension Conference (FEC09), but I have to admit that my favorite part is recognizing our own faculty and staff members for their contributions to the organization. If you couldn’t join us for the annual Extension Awards Luncheon, I encourage you to download the booklet and take a look at the some of the accomplishments of your colleagues.
I encourage you to read about some of our supporters in the 2009 Key Partner Awards booklet. Their dedication to MSU Extension is a tribute to the many faculty and staff members that make this organization great.
Those of you that nominated key partners will also note that there is a press release template you can use to send media releases, as well as a link to the ANR Communications flickr site where you can download photos for use by media. Look for them in the right-hand column of the FEC09 portal page.