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Cooperative Extension faculty sweep national awards

Posted 5/2/2007

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension faculty members Ed Smith and Susan Donaldson swept the new, top national and regional Awards for Excellence in Extension from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC). The awards were presented at NASULGC's annual conference in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 12, 2006.

Receiving the national award was Ed Smith, Cooperative Extension natural resource specialist, whose award citation read, "The award of excellence is presented to Ed Smith in recognition of his efforts to reduce the threat of wildfire to homeowners in the western United States."

Receiving the Western Area award was Sue Donaldson, Cooperative Extension water quality education specialist, whose award citation said, "Dr. Donaldson's leadership for the Living on the Land - Stewardship for Small Acreages program exemplifies the quality of her work on water quality, watershed management and noxious weed issues.

"The University of Nevada, Reno and Cooperative Extension faculty and staff are proud that two of our colleagues were the first to win these distinguished awards for their educational work," Dean Karen Hinton said. "They exemplify the quality of Cooperative Extension education that is being delivered in Nevada."

The new NASULGC awards are designed to focus national attention on the role of Cooperative Extension as fundamental to the lifelong education and development of residents in communities around the nation. It recognizes a select group of Cooperative Extension System educators who excel at Extension programming, make a positive impact on the constituents they serve and provide visionary leadership for the system.

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