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Congratulations to MSU Extension distinguished staff

Congratulations to Philip Schwallier, George Silva and Lois Wolfson, who received the 2018 Distinguished Academic Staff Award from Michigan State University. What do they all have in common? They have Extension appointments, and they are making a difference statewide and nationwide. Read more about each person and their work in MSU Today.

The Distinguished Academic Staff Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of those professionals who serve MSU in advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research and teaching. Up to four Distinguished Academic Staff Awards are given annually. These awards provide universitywide recognition and reward to outstanding individuals with careers demonstrating long-term excellence and exceptional contributions to MSU.

On February 6, MSU Extension held a reception to honor Phil, George and Lois at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center where we heard from their nominators, Amy Irish-Brown, Ron Bates and Jo Latimore, respectively. A huge thanks to everyone who attended the reception and who participated in putting it together. Please join me in congratulating Phil, George and Lois.

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MSUE educators receive distinguished staff awards

Two Michigan State University Extension senior educators, Thomas Dudek and Stephen Stewart, received MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Awards at the annual MSU State of the University Convocation. We celebrated with them at a pre-award reception in the Agriculture Hall Atrium Feb. 8.

 The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of academic specialists and MSU Extension academic staff members who serve the university in advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research and teaching.

 Tom Dudek has consistently supported the university’s land-grant mission to advance outreach, engagement and economic development by always looking for research-based opportunities to improve the greenhouse, nursery and vegetable industries. The growth these industries have experienced over the past 30 years is in part due to his ongoing efforts as a talented MSU Extension educator.

 Tom’s commitment to MSU and his profession are evident in the many roles he has played on committees as both a member and leader. He is highly respected by his clientele, peers and industry professionals.

 Steve Stewart works every day to advance the mission of Michigan Sea Grant, a joint effort between MSU and the University of Michigan, and MSU Extension’s mission. He works to understand the issues, needs and opportunities in Michigan’s coastal communities and apply university resources to address those issues. He has continued his professional development, learning new skills and adopting new technologies and developing appropriate, creative processes to help people learn new things that will promote greater stewardship of the Great Lakes and marine resources.

 Steve has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to address Great Lakes issues, broaden their knowledge, develop new skills and improve their lives and communities. Steve is particularly noted for his work in educating youth from urban communities about the tremendous resources we have in the Great Lakes. He teaches and programs at a high-quality level and develops long-lasting relationships with his partners.

 Congratulations to both educators. I’m proud to serve with them as Extension professionals.

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