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2012 District and State VCE Programming Excellence Award winners

The 2012 District and State VCE Programming Excellence Award winners are listed below. Congratulations to all!

The state winners were announced at the 2013 VESA meeting at Virginia State University. District and state award winners were presented their certificates and plaques by Ed Jones at the VESA meeting. Winners also receive monetary awards to be used for program support and/or professional development activities in the amount of $500 for district winners and $1,000 for state winners.

Abstracts of the state winning entries will be posted soon on this page. Thanks to the judges for the state awards: Martha Walker, Melissa Chase, Tonya Taylor, Theresa J. Nartea, Jason Fisher, Hermon Maclin, Linda Cole. Continue reading

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2012 VCE Program Excellence Awards nominations due Feb. 4

VCE Administration is pleased to announce the details of the 2012 VCE Program Excellence Awards. These awards recognize Extension field faculty, staff, and volunteers for exemplary major educational programming efforts.

There are five award categories: program marketing, program evaluation, program impact, interdisciplinary program, and new initiatives.

VCE Director Ed Jones has approved a significant increase in the cash awards provided to winners. District winners in each category will now receive $500 (up from $250) which can be used for program support and/or professional development activities.  State winners will now receive $1,000 (up from $500) for use in the same manner.

For more details including descriptions of award categories, award criteria, and judging process, go to the VCE Program Excellence Awards link found below on the Program Support page of the VCE Intranet. Last year’s district and state winners are also listed there with  links to the state winner’s entries.

Award nominations are due to District Directors by 8 a.m., Feb. 4, 2013 ,as a MS-Word e-mail attachment. State winners will be announced at the VESA meeting in May.

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VESA Annual Conference: May 13-15

The VESA Annual Conference will be held at Virginia State University on either May 14 or 15 2012. In addition we are considering the idea of holding a professional development event on the day prior to the VESA annual meeting. The idea being discussed is to have a showcase of all VSU Extension programs and will likely take place at the Randolph Farm (which is the VSU Teaching/Research/Extension Farm).

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Ten reasons to support VESA

The Member Services Committee of VESA developed “Ten Reasons to Support VESA”. We want all agents to be involved with this association!  Please pass it along and discuss with new agents.

Nancy Stegon, M.P.H., R.D.
VESA member services chairperson, FCS Extension agent
VCE Prince William County Office
8033 Ashton Avenue, Suite 105
Manassas, VA  20109-4630
Phone: 703-792-4764
nstegon@vt.edu

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Congratulations to the 2012 VESA Conference award recipients

On May 22, the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi hosted a luncheon during the VESA Conference in Lynchburg to honor the work of Extension agents and administrative assistants throughout the state.

Kathleen Jamison, Mid-Career Award

Kathleen Jamison, 4-H specialist, receives the VESA Mid-Career Award.

As a 4-H specialist, Kathleen Jamison has expanded the capacity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming in Virginia and has shown impact at the local, state, and national levels. At the national level, Kathleen contributed to the development of a conceptual framework for STEM curriculum development and is currently piloting it as part of a new national peer review system. Continue reading

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Save the Date

May 8: Pratt Undergraduate Research Presentations
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 1810 Litton-Reaves
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Susan Sumner (summers@vt.edu | 540-231-5290)
Undergraduate students funded by the Pratt funds will present 15-minute presentations on their research (sponsored by the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Programs)

May 9: Montgomery County 4-H Junior Master Gardener Program
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Cost: $10 per youth/semester
Contact: Michelle Dickerson (adickerson@vt.edu | 540-382-5790)
The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is for students in grades 3 – 5 who are interested in learning more about horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes in the spring and fall (no summer classes). The spring classes will begin Feb. 22, and be held every Wednesday until May 30. For more information or to register, visit
https://sites.google.com/site/montgomerycnty4h/newsletters

May 11: Registration due for VESA Conference
Mail registration form to:

Brian Hairston
P.O. Box 7
Collinsville, VA 24078
Contact: Mandy Simons (aarthur@vt.edu | 540-665-5699)

May 12: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Commencement
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Cassell Coliseum
Cost: Free
Contact: www.vt.edu/commencement/index.html
More information (PDF)

May 12: Historic Smithfield Plant Sale
Time: All Day
Location: Historic Smithfield Plantation
Cost: Free entrance onto grounds
Contact: Susanna Kibler (swkibler@aol.com | 540-951-4504)
An annual sale featuring a wide variety of healthy, locally grown herbs, vegetables, annuals and perennials from Crow’s Nest Greenhouses, as well as a selection of plants from the Smithfield garden and gardeners. Knowlegeable volunteers will be available all day to answer your questions and assist you with plant selection and care. This is the perfect opportunity to get a gorgeous Mother’s Day gift that keeps on flowering. Botanically themed books and heritage seed packets will be on sale in Smithfield’s Museum Store. Smithfield house will be open for guided tours throughout the day at regular admission prices. Visitors are invited to explore the Smithfield garden, orchard, annd outbuildings at their leisure at no charge.

May 16: Montgomery County 4-H Junior Master Gardener Program
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Cost: $10 per youth/semester
Contact: Michelle Dickerson (adickerson@vt.edu | 540-382-5790)
The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is for students in grades 3 – 5 who are interested in learning more about horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes in the spring and fall (no summer classes). The spring classes will begin Feb. 22, and be held every Wednesday until May 30. For more information or to register, visit
https://sites.google.com/site/montgomerycnty4h/newsletters

May 21: 2012 Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament: Scholarship fundraiser for Dairy Science Department
Time: 11 a.m. registration and lunch; 2:45 p.m. shotgun start; 5:30 p.m. social, awards & auction
Format: Four-person Captain’s Choice; company-sponsored teams encouraged; Individual entries welcome
Location: Blacksburg Country Club
Cost: $175 individual golfer/$600 team sponsor
Contact: Katharine Knowlton (knowlton@vt.edu | 540-231-5287)

May 22: 2012 Annual VESA Conference
Location: Kirkely Hotel and Conference Center, Lynchburg
Cost: $30/$35 (Hotel rooms available for an additional fee)
Contact: Mandy Simons (aarthur@vt.edu | 540-665-5699)

May 23: Montgomery County 4-H Junior Master Gardener Program
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Cost: $10 per youth/semester
Contact: Michelle Dickerson (adickerson@vt.edu | 540-382-5790)
The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is for students in grades 3 – 5 who are interested in learning more about horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes in the spring and fall (no summer classes). The spring classes will begin Feb. 22, and be held every Wednesday until May 30. For more information or to register, visit https://sites.google.com/site/montgomerycnty4h/newsletters

May 30: Montgomery County 4-H Junior Master Gardener Program
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Cost: $10 per youth/semester
Contact: Michelle Dickerson (adickerson@vt.edu | 540-382-5790)
The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is for students in grades 3 – 5 who are interested in learning more about horticultural and environmental science education through creative gardening activities. The program includes 26 classes in the spring and fall (no summer classes). The spring classes will begin Feb. 22, and be held every Wednesday until May 30. For more information or to register, visit
https://sites.google.com/site/montgomerycnty4h/newsletters

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VESA Award Recognition

VCE State Programming Awards

New Initiatives
Virginia Master Cattleman Program Team: Phil Blevins, Washington ANR, and Matthew Miller, Wythe FBM

Program Impact
Five-Year Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program: Matt Lewis, Northumberland ANR

Program Marketing
Marketing Invasive Problems and Solutions: Matt Yancey, Rockingham ANR/Forestry; Adam Downing, Madison ANR/Forestry; and Michelle Prysby, Virginia Master Naturalist Program

Program Evaluation
Fantastic 4-H Fun Days Provides Quality Summer Educational Programming in a Supervised Environment: Ruth Wallace, Buckingham 4-H; Terry Abston, Nottoway 4-H; and Rose Payne, Buckingham UAA

Interdisciplinary Program
Gardens Growing Families—Helps Families Keep Growing: Lisa Sanderson, Karen Carter, Kim Edmonds, Kendra Young, Teddy Martin, Barbara Tompkins, Angela Wrigglesworth, and Caryn Coombs, Henrico County agents and staff, with help from Henrico County Recreation and Parks, Henrico County Public Utilities, and Henrico Master Gardeners


Food and Nutrition Awards From the 2011 Multi-State Nutrition Education Conference

Bronze Award
Karen Henley
, Henrico
Vincent Falzone, Norfolk
Shevonne Newby, Surry and Sussex
Zaria Parks, Smyth

Outstanding Performance
Shirley Brown, Petersburg
Carolyn Yager, King William and King & Queen
Sherry Bazemore, Hampton
Pattie Fields, Grayson
Adam Pearson, Northern District
Kin Russell, Smyth
Haregowoin Tecklu, Arlington
Juliane Thurston, Halifax
Beverly Vaden, Pittsylvania

Outstanding Team Award
Dottie Havlik, Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank; Dorothy Owens, Dickenson; and Helen Rose, Dickenson

Sherry Bazemore
and Christina Paige, Hampton

Joe Logan, Channary Sok, Norma Harris, Amber Morgan, Twandra Lomax-Brown, Barbara Howlett, all of Richmond; Susan Edwards and Mike Likins, Chesterfield; Flo Grigg, Linda Marshall, and Jonah Fogel, Southeast District CV; and Burt Reid, Chris Mullins, and Andy Hankins, VSU

Platinum Award
Elizabeth Hayes, Gloucester

Friend of Family and Nutrition Program
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters
Mt. Rogers Health District WIC Team


Margaret Svoboda Award

Dawn Barnes, Floyd FCS


State Extension Leadership Council Awards

First Place – Scott ELC
Runner-up – Virginia Beach ELC
Runner-up – Lancaster-Northumberland ELC

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Epsilon Sigma Phi Awards and Recognitions

Several Extension faculty members were recognized at the Annual VESA Conference held on May 18 at Sweet Briar College. During the Epsilon Sigma Phi luncheon, awards were presented for state winners in program excellence categories, as well as for Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Outstanding Team Award – Karen Munden, Virginia Beach FCS, and Lindsay Dawley, Virginia Beach 4-H

Friend of Extension – Bill Kreider, Prince George volunteer, nominated by Hermon Maclin, Prince George 4-H

New Life Member – Glenda Snyder, Roanoke 4-H

Less Than 5 Year Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi – Cassie Driskill, Botetourt ANR, and Kim Mayo, Fluvanna 4-H

Early Career Award – Jenny Thompson, Lousia 4-H

Mid-Career Award – Billie Jean Elmer, Surry 4-H

Diversity/Multicultural Award – Carol Nansel, Shenandoah 4-H

Distinguished Service Award – Corey Childs, Loudoun ANR

Outstanding Individual Award – Brad Jarvis, Madison ANR

Southeast District Meritorious Service Award – Mary Mills, New Kent UAA

State Meritorious Support Award – Nancy Lawler, Orange UAA

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