Extension and Outreach Personnel to Receive 2016 Iowa State University Awards


September 22, 2016, 2:19 pm | Laura Sternweis

AMES, Iowa – Five Iowa State University Extension and Outreach personnel will receive Iowa State University awards. Denise Schwab, Robert Dodds, Jon Wolseth, Daniel Morrical and Larry Tranel will be recognized during the university’s awards ceremony Monday, Sept. 26 on campus in Ames.

Denise SchwabDenise Schwab, an extension beef program specialist, will receive the ISU Award for Distinguished Service in Extension and Outreach. It is given as a tribute to Marvin A. Anderson, the first Dean of Extension at Iowa State University. It is the top career award in ISU Extension and Outreach, recognizing sustained, distinguished performance and educational contributions to Iowa State and clientele through ISU Extension and Outreach programs.

During her extension career Schwab has served as a county educator, an animal science leader in 4-H and beef specialist serving east central and northeast Iowa. She has been a leader and collaborator on outreach to women in agriculture, 4-H food safety and quality assurance, programming for beginning and established beef producers, and mentoring for new staff. She also has received state and national recognition for her leadership in programming about beef cow records and benchmarking.

Robert DoddsRobert Dodds, assistant vice president for county services, will receive the R.K. Bliss Award. The award recognizes outstanding career achievement by an ISU Extension and Outreach staff member in developing an overall or continuing extension education program.

Dodds is known for innovative programming. He has been involved in co-creating the Rising Stars internship program, initiating a 28E Agreement between ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa Prison Industries on a gardening program for offenders, and initiating the first ISO 9002 certification program for U.S. agricultural producers. He also assisted lower income families by bringing the WIC/Senior Farmers Market program to southeast Iowa. Prior to his current position, Dodds served as a regional director and as Lee County extension education director.

Jon WolsethJon Wolseth, an extension community development specialist, will receive the ISU Award for Early Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice. The award recognizes a faculty, campus staff or field staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in extension or professional practice unusually early in his or her career.

In two years as an extension specialist, Wolseth has touched the lives of nearly 1,000 Iowans in 46 counties, many of whom are members of Latino populations. His areas of expertise include Latino community development, Latino business development and youth engagement. He also has engaged College of Design faculty and students in community outreach. For example, 33 students worked with 14 Marshalltown businesses to develop new and innovative ways to market their products to diverse consumers.

Daniel MorricalDaniel Morrical, a professor of animal science and extension sheep specialist, will receive the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice. The award recognizes a faculty, campus staff or field staff member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in statewide leadership in extension or professional practice and has achieved national recognition for outreach activities.

Morrical is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in sheep nutrition, and has been an innovator in improving livestock production through research-based education. He co-developed the National Sheep Improvement Program, a comprehensive genetic improvement program to increase production efficiency and economic competitiveness of the industry. He also helped develop ration balancing software that uses the latest daily nutrient requirements. The software has been marketed to producers and industry professionals.

Larry TranelLarry Tranel, an extension dairy program specialist, will receive the Professional and Scientific Excellence Award. The award recognizes and honors professional and scientific staff members who have been employed by Iowa State University for more than five years and who have achieved excellence in their respective fields.

Tranel serves 23 counties in eastern Iowa. His areas of expertise include business and financial management; employee management and training; Hispanic resources; grazing/pasture systems; buildings and facilities; milking systems; grazing systems, dairy goats; small/beginning farmers; production records; forage production; feeds, forages, and nutrition; dry and transition cows; lactating cows; calves and heifers; milk quality; humane animal care/euthanasia; dairy beef and dairy sheep.

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