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Chapter Awards

Award Descriptions:

Distinguished Service Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per 150 chapter members each year. Must be a current ESP member.
  • Criteria: Nominee must have contributed significantly to state extension program planning and delivery for over 20 years.
  • Nomination Process: Nomination must be made by an ESP member. Submit a letter of recommendation no longer than 2 pages and at least 12 pt. font size, highlighting why the candidate merits this award.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting - Presented at the joint session if time permits.
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Ann M. Swinker, 2014
    • Jan Scholl, 2013
    • Martha Gregory, 2012
    • Andrea Bressler, 2011 (NE Region Award)
    • Nancy Kadwill, 2010
    • Claudia Mincemoyer, 2009
    • Mary Jo Depp-Nestlerode, 2008
    • Nancy Stevens, 2007
    • Nancy Wallace, 2005
    • Fay Strickler, 2003 

Friend of Extension Recognition

  • Certificate
  • Up to three recognitions per state each year
  • Criteria: Nominees must have given outstanding public service and support to extension programs
  • Nomination process: Nominations can only be made by an ESP members. Submit a letter of recommendation, no longer than 2 pages and at least 12 pt font size, highlighting why the candidate merits this award.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting - Joint Recognition Event
  • PA Committee Responsible: Extension Relations and Leadership Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, 2014
    • Senator Elder Vogel, 2013
    • US Congressman Glenn Thompson, 2012
    • James (Jim) Davis 2011
    • PA Senator Mike Waugh, 2010
    • Judith Dodd, 2009 - National Award Recipient
    • Bill Roberts, 2007 - National Award Recipient
    • Richard Crouse, 2005
    • Patricia Payne, 2002

Administrative Leadership

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per 150 chapter members each year. Must be a current ESP member.
  • Criteria: Nominee must have shown noteworthy administrative performance during 10 or more years of county, regional, state, program, department or national leadership.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Scholarships and Loan
  • Past Recipients
    • Michelle Rodgers, 2005

Mid-Career Service Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per 150 chapter members each year. Must be a current ESP member.
  • Criteria: Nominee must make significant contribution to extension programs in work area in 10-20 years.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Robert Goodling 2015
    • Peter Wulfhorst, 2011
    • Nancy Wiker, 2010
    • Mary Alice Gettings,  2009
    • Robin Kuleck, 2008
    • M. Annette Kratzer, 2007
    • Christy Bartley, 2006
    • Martha Gregory, 2005
    • Michael Martin 2003

Diversity Recognition

  • Certificates
  • Award up to one team and one ESP member per chapter each year. Team nominations should include all staff that had a primary role in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the initiative. 50% of the team members must be current ESP members. The diversity initiative must have been implemented in the past 3 years.
  • Criteria: This award recognizes outstanding efforts and accomplishments in developing, achieving and sustaining diversity in Extension programs and/or audiences. Diversity is defined as acknowledging, understanding, valuing and celebrating differences among people relateive to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation. (List is not all-inclusive.) Nominations will be evaluated on the following:
  • Program initiative addresses significant diversity issues in relation to current state and national initiatives over multi-year span.
  • Program makes innovative efforts to attract and reach diverse and/or targeted audiences.
  • Demonstrates collaborative efforts.
  • Utilizes creative and unique strategies to market or publicize the program to reach diverse and/or targeted audiences.
  • Makes efforts above and beyond affirmative action program requirements.
  • Demonstrates potential for replication by others.
  • Submit written application. Points will be awarded as follows: Program description using criteria (60 points), Accomplishments/Evaluation (25 points), Future implications (15 points)
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Extension Relations and Leadership Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Suzanne Weltman 2015
    • Mindy Graver, 2012
    • Global Relations Team (Mary Alice Gettings, Roxanne Price, Deanna Behring, Nancy Crago,Nancy Kadwill, Leon Ressler, Robin Rex, Fay Strickler, 2007 - Regional Award Recipient
    • Breads Around the World Team (Jan Scholl, Gretl Collins, Patreese Ingram, Howard Nurenberger), 2006

Early Career Service Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per 150 chapter members each year. Must be a current ESP member.
  • Criteria: Nominee must show ability (less than 10 years) to plan/deliver extension programs in work area.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Jill Cox, 2012
    • Melinda Graver, 2010
    • Robert Goodling, 2009
    • Elise Gurgevich, 2008
    • Nancy Stevens, 2007
    • Dwayne Miller, 2006
    • Richard Stup, 2005
    • Mary Alice Gettings, 2003

International Service Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per 150 chapter members each year. Must be a current ESP member.
  • Criteria: Nominee must have contributed in extension in other countries through state and/or overseas work. Application should highlight the candidates work to enhance, broaden and enrich extension programs in another country.
  • Nomination Process: Submit a letter of recommendation, no longer than 2 pages and at least 12 pt font size, highlighting why the candidate merits this award.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Extension Relations and Leadership Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Ann Swinker, 2012
    • Leon Ressler, 2005
    • Jan Scholl, 1999

Team Recognition

  • Certificates to each team member
  • Awarded to one team per chapter each year
  • Criteria: Team must have contributed significantly to the state's response to national initiatives.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Child Care & Youth Training & Technical Assistance program 2015
    • Penn State Extension Land Use Seminars Team (Peter Wulfhorst, John Turack, Neal Fogle, Jeff Himes), 2014
    • Equine Stewardship Team (Ann Swinker, Donna Foulk, Tom Walker, Nancy Kadwill, Donna Zang, Helene McKernan, Lisa Jones, Dan Kniffen) 2012
    • Strong Women, Growing Stronger Program Team (Nancy Wiker, Andrea Bressler, Marilyn Corbin) 2011
    • Good Decisions for your Financial Future (Jane Landis, Cathy Bowen, Robin Kuleck, Janice Stoudnour, Carolyn Wissenbach, Robert Thee, Sherry Crum) 2010
    • Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow (Debra Gregory, Joann Kowalski, Nancy Crago, Winifred McGee, Michael McDavid, Patty Anderson, Jon Laughner, Don Tanner, Janet Allis and Tim Kelsey), 2007 - Regional Award Recipient
    • Healthy Diabetes Plate (Debra Gregory, Janice Stoudnour, Sharon McDonald, Dotti Bromley, Nancy-Ellen Kiernan) 2006

Continued Excellence Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per 150 chapter members each year. Must be a current ESP member.
  • Criteria: Nominee must show continued leadership initiative and excellence in program or administration on state/regional/national level. Member is eligible for nomination five years after receiving chapter DSA.
  • No deadline. Send names to National Office as recipients are selected.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards

Meritorious Support Service Recognition

  • Certificate
  • Unlimited recognitions per chapter
  • Criteria: For support staff who have demonstrated excellence to support extension programs - not necessarily a member of ESP.
  • No deadline. Send names to National Office as recipients are selected.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Extension Relations and Leadership Awards

Retiree Service Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per chapter per year
  • Submit nomination form to committee chair according to state deadline.
  • Criteria: Each chapter develops their own criteria recognizing retiree's continuing contributions and outstanding service.
  • No deadline. Send names to National Office as recipients are selected.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Recognition on Retirement
  • Past Recipients
    • Fred Davis, 2007;
    • Patricia Powley, 2006 

Tenure Recognition

  • Certificate
  • As many members per state as reach 25 year tenure level
  • Criteria: Nominee recognition is based on actual years of service in Cooperative Extension work.
  • No deadline. Send names to National Office as recipients are selected.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Recognition on Retirement

Visionary Leadership Recognition

  • Certificate
  • One recognition per chapter per year
  • Criteria: Nominee must have provided significant accomplishments resulting in leading extension forward in new directions.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Beth Raney - 2013
    • Peg Shuffstall, 2007 - Regional Award Recipient
    • Fred Davis, 2005
    • Ted Alter, 2003
    • Jan Scholl, 1997

Retirement Recognition

  • Unlimited. Recipients must be current members of ESP
  • Criteria: Given to members to recognize the event of their retirement from extension. Paid-up life membership is encouraged but not required.
  • Deadline. October 1, 2009 for members retiring between November 1, 2008 and October 31, 2009.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Recognition on Retirement

Extension Staff Assistant

  • One recognition per chapter per year
  • Criteria: Nominee must be a full-time staff assistant in a county, regional or state office in Cooperative Extension. Nominations evaluated on:
  • Length of service
  • Initiative, responsibility and quality of work
  • Attitude toward clientele and others who telephone or visit offices
  • Extracurricular activities relating to extension programs above and beyond the call of duty
  • Knowledge of extension's goals, activities and procedures
  • Cooperation with co-workers
  • In-service training for self-improvement
  • Activities that have enhanced extension's goals and objectives
  • Supervisory activities and training of new staff
  • Number of staff assistants or wage payroll positions available to handle work load normally associated with the extension office
  • Nomination Process: Nominations can only be made by an ESP members. Staff assistants who are employed full-time in a county, regional, or state office of Cooperative Extension in Pennsylvania are eligible for consideration. Submit a letter of recommendation no longer than 2 pages at 12 pt font size, highlighting why the staff assistant merits this award.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting - Joint Recognition Event
  • PA Committee Responsible: Extension Relations and Leadership Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Norma Young, 2010
    • Kathy Wise, 2007
    • Linda Kulp, 2005
    • Linda Zubler, 2002

Rookie Award

  • One recognition per chapter per year
  • Criteria: Nominee will not be a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi. This award recognizes an individual with less than two years of service. Any county or state Extension educator who has been employed since July 1 of the previous year is eligible for the award in the current year. Selection is based upon program activities planned and implemented by the individual since joining Cooperative Extension.
  • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
  • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards
  • Past Recipients
    • Debra Griffie 2015
    • Amy Shollenberger, 2014
    • Alicia Spangler, 2013
    • Mary Lou Kiel, 2012
    • Rebecca Villegas, 2009
    • Robert Goodling, 2006
    • Helen Kane, 2005
    • Andrew Frankenfield, 2003
    • Dori Donough, 2002

Keystone Award

    • Inaugural award 2003.
    • Recognizes a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi with 20 or more years of Extension service for Extension accomplishments, program impact and leadership in the state. Data supporting measurable impacts of the candidate's work in meeting needs of clientele will strengthen the nomination.
    • Presented: Annual ESP Meeting
    • PA Committee Responsible: Chapter and Career Awards

  

Revised 10/21/2015