AMES, Iowa – Several human sciences staff and faculty members with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach received awards from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The awards were presented during the NEAFCS annual session Sept. 12-15 in Big Sky, Mont.
“These national and regional awards recognize our staff and faculty’s exemplary efforts and their commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities,” said Debra Sellers, director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and an associate dean of ISU College of Human Sciences.
Cindy Baumgartner received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award presented by NEAFCS. The award recognizes NEAFCS members for leadership, outstanding program efforts, and personal and professional development. Baumgartner is a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness serving Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson and Linn counties.
Seven teams of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach staff and faculty received NEAFCS awards.
- Kim Brantner, Sandra McKinnon, Cynthia Thompson, Joy Rouse and Malisa Rader received the Environmental Education Award for their project “Growing Up WILD: Reaching Out to Child Care Professionals and Families.” They were the first place national winner and first place central region winner. The award recognizes NEAFCS members for outstanding educational programs conducted for families and/or communities on various environmental issues concerning water quality, air quality, recycling and natural resource conservation.
- Lori Hayungs and Malisa Rader received the Internet Technology Communications Award, recognizing excellence in web-based programs or webpages. Their project “Online Early Childhood Education Meets ‘Face to Face’ Criteria for Child Care Providers” was the first place national winner and first place central region winner.
- Jill Weber, Gail Forristall, Julie Mayhew and Susan Potwin were first place central region winners of the Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award for their project “Buy Eat Live Healthy Nutrition Education for All.” The award is presented in support of the Cooperative Extension System emphasis on diversity and pluralism, and is named to honor the contributions to diversity for the association and profession by Mary W. Wells, NEAFCS past president.
- “Community Partnerships for Quality Child Care,” which deals with ISU Extension and Outreach’s Environment Rating Scale trainings in partnership with Child Care Resource and Referral, was second place central region winner for the Community Partnership Award. Team members are Lesia Oesterreich, Cynthia Thompson, Kim Brantner, Joy Rouse, Lori Hayungs, Sandra McKinnon, Cheryl Clark, Malisa Rader, Kristi Cooper, Janet Smith, Melissa Wagner and Lori Schonhorst. The Community Partnership Award recognizes NEAFCS members for their efforts in building community partnerships to meet the educational needs and concerns of families.
- “Food Safety Education for All” was second place central region winner of the Food Safety Award, recognizing outstanding educational programs conducted for families, school nutrition workers, food industry employees or managers, church workers preparing meals, home care providers, and other groups/individuals preparing and/or serving food. Team members are Patty Steiner, Jill Weber, Vera Stokes and Cindy Baumgartner.
- The “Words on Wellness” newsletter was third place central region winner of the Newsletter Communication Award. The award recognizes outstanding written communication through three different issues of an educational newsletter for either a special educational effort or regular extension program. Team members are Cindy Baumgartner, Patty Steiner, Vera Stokes, Jill Weber, Nancy Clark, Barbara Fuller, Katherine Knobbe, Mary Krisco, Renee Sweers, Holly VanHeel, Rachel Wall, Sarah Francis, Jody Gatewood and Ruth Litchfield.
- “Human Sciences Specialists Train Childcare Providers Using Team Approach” was third place central region winner of the Early Childhood Child Care Training Award, recognizing outstanding childcare professional training that addresses the needs of young children birth to eight years of age. The project addresses nutrition and wellness child care provider classes, and team members are Jill Weber, Cindy Baumgartner, Patty Steiner, Vera Stokes, Holly VanHeel, Barb Fuller, Renee Sweers, Katherine Knobbe, Nancy Clark, Mary Krisco, and Rachel Wall.
The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences educates and recognizes extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. NEAFCS provides education in areas including food preparation, food safety and nutrition; financial management; healthy lifestyles; home and work environment and safety; and relationship and parenting skills.