2000 State Epsilon Sigma Phi Awards

Alpha Zeta Chapter

Presented January 10, 2001
Agriculture Program Headquarters Staff Conference

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State Meritorious Support Service Award

Norma Condel - Click for a Larger Image Administrative Assistant Norma Condel receives this award for her valuable contributions to the Fort Bend County Extension office. Ms. Condel joined the TAEX family in 1989 and served as Agricultural Secretary from 1989 to 1992, Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences Secretary from 1992 to 1998, and is currently Administrative Assistant for the Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture departments. Mrs. Condel has been described by her agents as a "vital link in our chain of successful program operations. Her knowledge and skills cover work in both Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture.
Clydean Norris - Click for a Larger Image Since 1983, Clydean Norris has been a loyal and dedicated employee of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Clydean is very ‘customer' oriented–both to internal employees as well as to external clientele. In her current office manager position, she effectively oversees the support activities for a large and complex operating unit with over 60 employees. Her goal is to see that all needs are met that ultimately result in superior Extension programs that make a difference.
An official with an important trade association wrote, "She has always upheld the high standards becoming of the University and the Extension Service...she is exceptional!"
Rosemary Rodriguez - Click for a Larger Image Rosemary Rodriguez has ensured the success of the Epsilon Sigma Phi awards during the last 5 years by receiveing and logging nominations, distributing forms, organizing judging materials, and preparing each award certificate. Her ability to organize, coordinate, and attend to details of the ESP awards process has resulted in recognizing Extenions professionals for their outstanding work.
In her role as Senior Sectretary for Extension Information Technology Rosemary contributes significantly to the unit mission by helping order and ship equipment, software, and supplies.

State Early Career Service Award

Amy Ressler - Click for a Larger Image Amy Ressler began her career eight years ago as an assistant agent in Hale County. In 1996 she moved to Stephens County and in 1998 she began work in Bowie County. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech in Human Development and Family Studies. Her Master's degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Texas A&M- Texarkana focused in Counseling, Psychology, and Business Management. Amy says her life's goal is to have a positive influence in lives of the people she meets. She believes Extension has given her the opportunity to work towards that goal through her programs.
Julie Massey - Click for a Larger Image Julie Massey began her Extension career September 1992 in Galveston County as CEA - Marine . This award recognizes Julie's work to reduce non-point source pollution through creative educational programs for boaters and homeowners. Julie's efforts also extends to providing classroom and field experiences that introduce students to the values of the marine environment. Julie assisted in developing the "Gulf of Mexico Repair Kit", which provides coastal residents access to "Bay and Gulf Friendly" home and lawn care tips and the "Mix It Yourself - Non Toxic Household Products" kit which provides homeowners with alternative home cleaning products.
Lawrence Falconer - Click for a Larger Image Lawrence "Larry" Falconer receives the Early Career Award for the development of an innovative Extension Economics program that provides enterprise and firm level risk analysis techniques, tools, and information vital for improved agricultural management/marketing decision making by livestock and row crop producers in Texas. Dr. Falconer has been a leader in incorporating innovative teaching techniques into county programs.
No Photo available for Sue Church
Sue Church was appointed County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Science in Donley county September 1997. She has developed an outstanding extension program based on the needs of the local clentele.

State Mid-Career Service Award

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Mary McMullen began her extension career in Louisana and now serves in Mitchell county. Her program emphasis is on improving health an nutrition meeting demands for factual, current and usable information for consumers. Mary has recieved numerous awards for her work and continues to develop and delivery outstanding educational programs.
Glenn Avriett - Click for a Larger Image Glenn Avriett receives this award for the 19 years he has contributed to Extension programs in agriculture. Glenn began his career in Wharton County in 1981, then served in Chambers and Liberty counties, and is currently serving Fort Bend County as Agriculture Program Leader. Glenn organized the first Southwest Beef & Cattle Symposium in El Campo, which today marks six years of successful educational programming. Fort Bend County's Rice Task Force organized a black bird control program under Glenn's leadership with 3 to 4 sites being baited annually. Glenn has made significant contributions in the areas of crops, Beef and Forage, Coastal Management Zone, and 4-H and Youth during his tenure as CEA - Agriculture.
Dorothy James - Click for a Larger Image Dorothy James is an Assistant Professor and Family Life Specialist with the Family Development and Resource Management Unit. She joined Extension in 1989. She provides statewide leadership for programs that strengthen parenting skills and reduce child abuse. She has developed the Partners for parenting resource library, the Master Parent Volunteer Program, the Parent Education Workshops and programs in Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. She recently received the National Extension 2000 award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for her work in parenting.
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Scott Strawn began his extension career in Denton county, June 1989. He also served in Briscoe county before moving to his current position in Ochiltree county. Scott has developed outstanding demonstrations and educational programs in wheat production, grain sorghum, corn, and soybeans. His other programs include alternative crops, swine production, agricultural finance, water quality and conservation, and 4-H and youth development.

State Team Award--"Galveston Bay Yards & Neighbors Program"

Julie Massey & William Johnson - Click for a Larger Image Julie Massey & Dr. William Johnson
This award recognizes the multi-disciplinary teamwork and success of the Galveston Bay Yards & Neighbors Program toward reducing residential non-point source pollution impacting Galveston Bay. Julie Massey & Dr. William Johnson have combined their areas of expertise to address an issue that requires the public to be educated in the areas of horticulture, water quality and the connection between the two! These agents have educated more than 457,500 coastal residents on ways to reduce non-point source pollution, coordinated educational programs, developed educational materials, and designed demonstration landscapes. In a five year period Julie and William have helped reduced the cost of residential load reduction in the Galveston Bay area by an estimated $832,000.

State Retiree Service Award

No Photo available for Alby Peters
Alby Peters has always been the ultimate Extension professional. She has been a role model and leader among her peers in the Panhandle District as well as across the state. After retirement, she has continued to stay closely connected with Extension education serving as a resource person, program presenter, vounteer, and faculitator.

State Distinguished Service Award

Linda Mock - Click for a Larger Image Linda Mock has for 23 years has provided leadership to both 4-H & Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences programs. She effectively worked with volunteers to quadruple the 4-H enrollment from 500 members in 1980 to over 2600 members in 1996. As an advisor to her program committee, Mrs. Mock has motivated members to implement educational programs helping over 12,000 county residents achieve improved family finances, diets, and optimum health. Linda supervises the Better Living For Texans Program and coordinated with Conroe's mayor's office the development of the Conroe Area Youth Commission.
Ed Smith - Click for a Larger Image Ed Smith is know for the development of pro-active and innovative educational programs in marketing, policy, and agribusiness -- with a special emphasis on agricultural cooperatives. His most recent work in the area of strategic planning for cooperatives and agribusiness is making a difference of Agribusiness in Texas and the world. The latest programs build on a 25 year Extension career that began his Extension Career as the Gaines County Assistant Agricultural Agent in 1975.
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Robert Devin is an accomplished, effective, enthusiastic educator. He is continually sought be the media for special programs and routine updates. When a crisis or a prolems arice count stakeholders see Rovert's leadership, wisdon and knowledge. He is the "ultimate team player" with coutny faculty, in multi-county programs, and with specialists and scientists in both TAEX and TAES. He was once described as the "measuring stick," for the highest standard of professionalism and effectiveness.
No Photo available for Linda Lynch
Linda Lynch joined Extension in 1972 as an assistant agent in Hockley county. Linda's twenty-eight year career has impacted many families and Extension agents living on the South Plains. She has served Lubbock Count since 1979. Linda is an innovative visionary who anticipates "need" and then positions herself to provide maximum educational programming to her clientele. She is tremendously talented as evidenced by her many accomplishments and awards.

State Friend of Extension

Morrison Milling, Kelly Heatherington - Click for a Larger Image Morrison Milling Company
Morrison Milling Company of Denton began contributing to the State 4-H Food Show in 1977 with a gift of $1500. In 2000, their donations to the State Food Show totaled almost $7000. Their continuous support for the past 23 year totals approximately $140,000. Currently, Morrison Milling provides four, $1000 scholarships for the State Food Show as well as other State Show expenses. They provide scholarships to each of the state record book winners in the Foods and Nutrition, Food Preservation and Safety, Bread, Fitness Leadership and Dairy Foods categories.
Don Morris, Chairman, served as a member of the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees from 1994-1996.
Accepting the award is Kelly Heatherington, Director of Research and Development.
Bud O'Shieles - Click for a Larger Image R. L. "Bud" O'Shieles
Sunday, December 31, 2000, marked the end of the highly successful career for a major Supporter and Friend of Extension – retired Precinct 1 County Commissioner R. L. "Bud" O'Shieles. Throughout Commissioner O'Shieles' tenure, his visions and recommendations to the Commissioners Court were instrumental in bringing the Fort Bend County Extension Service to new heights in their efforts to offer educational programs. A few of his many accomplishments include the recent construction of the 20,000 square foot One-Stop Agriculture Center which houses the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, USDA offices of Farm Services, Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS - Technical Office, NRCS Soil Survey Office, and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. In 1995 Commissioner O'Shieles provided leadership for the construction of the 8,500 sq. foot. Extension Education Center and 16 lanes Shooting Range. The Fort Bend County Community Center which was rededicated to honor Mr. O'Shieles, December 18, 2000 serves as an additional facility for Extension educational programs.
Texas Department of Health, Jere Brewer - Click for a Larger Image Texas Department of Health
The Texas Department of Health has supported the Partners for Parenting project since 1991 with a total of $1,254,544 over 10 years. Jere Brewer, recieving the awards, works closely with the project to coordinate workshop events for parent educators and provides preventive health and safety information at the workshops. Tammy Sajak, Epidemiologist, provided critical data to support Rural Safe Communities. A total of 13 counties were involved in the project and Tammy played a key role in providing data that pinpointed the level and severity of intentional and unintentional injury in each county. This information was used to enlist community support, increase awareness in the community and was key in program development.

State Visionary Leadership Award

Margaret Hale - Click for a Larger Image Dr. Margaret Hale Dr. Hale began her Extension career as an Extension Agent in McLennan county. Her vision and hard work has propelled her through many Extension leadership roles. She is recognized in the state and nation as a visionary leader who can help Extension succeed in the new century.

Dr. Margaret Hale is the type of leader who, through her inclusive perspective and collaborative leadership style, has expanded Extension‘s programming vision and function to make connection with a 21st Century Texas.

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