The NDSU eXtension institutional team was recognized with a 2012 Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award at the National eXtension Conference Oct. 2 in Oklahoma City. eXtension is a national initiative of the Cooperative Extension System. A main feature is the collaborative website at www.extension.org.
Team members who accepted the award were Bob Bertsch, ag communication web technology specialist; Debra Pankow, human development and family sciences associate professor/family economics specialist; Becky Koch, ag communication director; and Greg McKee, agribusiness and applied economics associate professor and Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives director. Glenn Muske, rural and agribusiness enterprise development specialist in the Center for Community Vitality, also attended the conference.
Members of the institutional team were Donna Bernhardt, Grand Forks County Extension agent; Lynette Flage, Northeast District director; Dan Folske, Burke County Extension agent; Linda Hauge, 4-H youth development specialist in the Center for 4-H Youth Development; Ken Hellevang, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor; Roxanne Johnson, agricultural and biosystems engineering water quality associate; Dena Kemmet, Mercer County Extension agent; John Nowatzki, agricultural and biosystems engineering ag machinery systems specialist; JW Schroeder, animal sciences dairy specialist; and Charlie Stoltenow, veterinarian and interim assistant director for agriculture and natural resources.
According to the nominators, This team works diligently to keep North Dakota Extension colleagues in on every way eXtension can help them. They regularly promote learn sessions, attend the monthly national institutional team web conferences; and as a result of their work, there are more than 78 North Dakota faculty and staff involved in 40 of the 71 approved Communities of Practice and in several cases those faculty have leadership roles. North Dakota has a 96 percent rate of answering Ask an Expert questions, and theyre answering nearly twice as many questions from outside North Dakota as those in the state.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.