ISU Extension and Outreach Honors ‘Friends of Extension’

AMES, Iowa – Four individuals, a radio station and a TV station were honored as 2011 Friends of Extension by the Iowa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP), a national honorary extension fraternity. Cathann Kress, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, presented the awards Thursday, Nov. 3, during the organization’s annual conference in Ames.

“We’re pleased to honor these Iowans and businesses that have wholeheartedly supported Iowa State University Extension over the years,” said Kapil Arora, ESP president and ISU Extension agricultural engineering program specialist.

The honorees are listed below.

David and Patricia Fencl, Independence, have taught ISU Extension Master Gardener training courses throughout northeast Iowa for more than 20 years. While serving on the State Master Gardener Advisory Board they helped to compress the instruction time from once a week for 20 weeks into a more manageable twice a week for 10 weeks. This change helped to retain class members and resulted in more Master Gardeners. The Fencls also assist with 4-H and local youth horticultural activities and workshops. They have four adult children and many grandchildren and give much of their time to the Buchanan County Master Gardener program.

[PHOTO] L-R, Cathann Kress, Patricia and David Fencl

Brad Harvey, Akron, has served on the Plymouth County Extension Council for a decade. He makes sure the council addresses local priorities and staffing needs and is an advocate for ISU Extension educational programs throughout the county. He was influential in establishing a relationship with the City of Le Mars, which ultimately led to the Plymouth County Extension Office moving to a state-of-the-art office space and meeting facility at the Le Mars Convention Center. Harvey and his wife, Chris, have four daughters, one who is a current student and another a graduate of Iowa State University.

[PHOTO] L-R, Brad Harvey and Cathann Kress

Rick Killion, Council Bluffs, has been involved throughout his career with community and economic development activities and has served four terms on the West Pottawattamie County Extension Council. He has been a guiding force in the West Pottawattamie County Friends of Extension Committee and has created opportunities for ISU Extension and Outreach programming by engaging his network of friends and associates with program specialists and staff across western Iowa. Killion is an Iowa State University graduate. He and his wife, Jill, have two adult children.

[PHOTO] L-R, Rick Killion and Cathann Kress

KWBG Radio and News Director Jim Turbes, Boone, increase public awareness of ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs and also partner in community involvement. Since 1989 KWBG has provided free airtime with a weekly Extension Report each Saturday morning; extension staff, 4-H youth or volunteers talk on air with Turbes and provide education or promote upcoming events. KWBG also broadcasts live from many ISU Extension and 4-H events, and Turbes has served as the emcee at the Boone County Fair Bucket Calf, Bottle Lamb, and Tractor Pull events. In addition, Turbes and his family have participated in ISU Extension programming.

[PHOTO] L-R, Jim Turbes and Cathann Kress

KCRG TV9, Cedar Rapids has partnered with ISU Extension since 1994 to inform and educate viewers on a wide range of consumer issues including nutrition, food safety, gardening, landscaping, home and personal safety, resource management, youth development, parenting and family life. For more than 16 years, KCRG TV9 has provided free airtime to the ISU Extension nutrition program specialist and to the Linn County Master Gardeners. This partnership has resulted in increased exposure of ISU Extension and Outreach programs. As a result, eastern Iowans have learned to turn to ISU Extension for answers to nutrition concerns, horticulture related issues and more. Ashley Hinson of the KCRG-TV9 Morning News Crew accepted the award.

[PHOTO] L-R, Ashley Hinson and Cathann Kress