Announcing the 2016 ESP Award Recipients.

Thanks and congratulations to the nearly 200 members who were nominated for the awards that will be
presented to the national and regional award recipients at the Recognition Banquet that will be held on
Tuesday October, 25, 2016 during the ESP National Conference at Cape May, New Jersey.  Again,
congratulations to those that were nominated as well as to those who were chosen for national and
regional awards. 

2016 ESP Regional and National Recognition Awards

National Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Ruby Award Dr. Pennie Crinion – Illinois /Alpha Nu
Friend of Extension Cliff and Judy Bracher, Extension Volunteer/Lay Leader, OR
Friend of Extension Terry England, Elected Official, GA
Friend of Extension Ann Turkos, Extension Volunteer/Lay Leader MD
Northeast Region Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award Karol Dyson – Maryland / Tau
Continuing Excellence Award Susan K. Morris – Maryland / Tau
Mid Career Award Robert C. Goodling, Jr  - Pennsylvania / Alpha Omicron
Early Career Award - Tie Amanda Marie Wahle – Maryland / Tau
Early Career Award - Tie Michelle F. Brill – New Jersey / Alpha Xi
Administrative Leadership Award – Tie Marilyn Corbin – Pennsylvania / Alpha Omicron
Administrative Leadership Award – Tie Mary Jane Willis – New Jersey / Alpha Xi
Visionary Leadership Award Christopher C. Obropta – New Jersey / Alpha Xi
Diversity Multicultural Award – Indiv. Jeffrey D. Myers – Maryland / Tau
Diversity Multicultural Award – Team Karol Dyson – Maryland / Tau
Distinguished Team Award Meredith Melendez - Preparing for Later Life Farming: Helping Farmers Pan and Develop Estate and Farm Transition Plans – New Jersey / Alpha Xi
Southern Region Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award Charles Overstreet – Louisiana / Alpha Alpha
Continuing Excellence Award Diane Sasser – Louisiana / Alpha Alpha 
Mid Career Award Lisa Hagman – Kentucky / Alpha Kappa
Early Career Award Karen Franck – Tennessee / Omega
International Service Award Brent Broaddus – Florida / Alpha Delta
Administrative Leadership Award Allen Malone – Texas / Alpha Zeta
Visionary Leadership Award Janet Johnson – Kentucky / Alpha Kappa
Diversity Multicultural Award – Indiv. Rhea Bentley – Georgia / Alpha Beta
Diversity Multicultural Award – Team -Tie Jennifer Abel – 4H, Finance and Nutrition Programs Foster Success for Foreign-born Youth and Adults – Virginia / Alpha Gamma
Diversity Multicultural Award – Team - Tie Nancy Moores- Differently Abled Youth – Florida / Alpha Delta
Distinguished Team Award Crystal Osborne – Owsley County School Health & Wellness Committee – Kentucky / Alpha Kappa
North Central Region Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award Trudy Rice – Kansas / Alpha Rho
Continuing Excellence Award Julie A Chapin – Michigan / Alpha Psi
Mid Career Award – Tie Meridith Berry – Missouri / Alpha Tau
Mid Career Award – Tie Patricia Brinkman – Ohio / Alpha Eta
Early Career Award Mark Light – Ohio / Alpha Eta
International Service Award James Hoorman – Ohio / Alpha Eta
Administrative Leadership Award Greg Hadley – Kansas / Alpha Rho
Visionary Leadership Award Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins – Ohio / Alpha Eta
Diversity Multicultural Award – Indiv.

Emily Proctor – Michigan / Alpha Psi
Diversity Multicultural Award – Team Suzanne Mills-Wasniak – “Vacant to Vibrant” Dayton, Ohio Urban Agriculture Project – Ohio / Alpha Eta
Distinguished Team Award Carol Smathers – Water First For Thirst – Ohio / Alpha Eta
Western Region Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award Shana Withee – Oregon / Gamma
Continuing Excellence Award Lyla Houglum – Oregon / Gamma
Mid Career Award Justen Smith – Utah / Iota
Early Career Award Melanie Jewkes – Utah / Iota
International Service Award Shana Withee – Oregon / Gamma
Administrative Leadership Award Barbara Brody – Oregon / Gamma
Visionary Leadership Award Jeff Sherman – Oregon / Gamma
Diversity Multicultural Award – Indiv. Jim Ekins – Idaho / Theta
Diversity Multicultural Award – Team Mike Knutz – Healthy Kids Club – Oregon / Gamma
Distinguished Team Award Shanna Northway - Youth Advocates for Health! (YA4-H!) Teens as Teachers Program – Oregon / Gamma

New Overtime Final Rule Issued
To our NIFA Partners:  As many of you may be aware, on May 18,  the Department of Labor issued the Fair Labor Standard Act’s"  Overtime Final Rule, which is intended to ensure overtime protections for executive, administrative, and professional employees (“white collar”).  The implementation of the final overtime rule is Dec. 1.

Changes from the initial proposed rule include:

  • Nonexempt employees working over 40 hours per week must be paid overtime pay for work in excess of 40 hours per week. Compensation for these additional hours must be no less than one and a half times their regular hourly rate.
Exemptions can be made for “white collar employees,” including teachers, and certain other categories of workers.
  • For exempt employees, the minimum income threshold is set at $47,476, double the current salary threshold.
No changes were made to the “duties test” and “teaching” exemptions. 

NIFA is closely studying the updated rule and its impact to our land-grant university partners, small business and other grantees. In the coming weeks, we will provide you more information and necessary guidance as it relates to our current and future funding opportunities and reporting procedures.

MRRC Committee Invites You to Attend - 

The ESP Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee invites you to a webinar, “ESP On-line Membership Opportunities”. The webinar is Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm EDT, 1:00-2:00pm CDT, 12:00-1:00pm MDT & 11:00-12:00pm PDT.

Participants will learn more about the membership management software that was piloted by the ESP National Office and 7 chapters in 2015.  Bob Ohlensehlen, ESP Executive Director will discuss the new on-line membership system and Debbie Ross, Maryland Chapter and Daniel Marzu, Wisconsin chapter leaders will share their insights into the challenges and benefits of using the online membership program for new and renewing memberships. 

Come learn more so you can decide if you’d like to be part of the program this fall for the 2016-2017 membership drive.

Missed it?  You can view the Recording (Click the Link).

2015 Bruns KarenRuby Award Recipient
Dr. Karen Bruns
Ohio State University Extension

Dr. Bruns is currently serving as Assistant Director for Family and Consumer
Sciences and Leader, OSU CARES (Community Access to Resources and
Educational Services) with Ohio State University Extension. In the Assistant
Director role, which she has held since February, 2011, she provides
leadership to a program of over 200 faculty/staff who focus on Healthy People,
Healthy Finances and Healthy Relationships.

Since 1996, she has given leadership to OSU CARES, an Extension led initiative she developed.
The program serves to catalyze interdisciplinary teams that partner OSU Extension with colleges
across Ohio State University to expand the outreach and engagement of the university with Ohioans.

From 1996 to 2010 she also served as the leader of The Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement. In that role, she built and gave leadership to the implementation of Ohio State’s vision and plan for redefining the university’s commitment to communities as developed by the 1994-1995 University-wide Ad Hoc Committee on University Outreach. She facilitated and supported this committee of university leaders. From 1982 to 1996 she served as a county Extension educator, having responsibilities as a Family and Consumer Sciences educator,
Community Development Educator and County Director during her tenure.

Dr. Bruns has been a member of the Ohio Alpha Eta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi since 1987, serving as Ohio Chapter President, Past President, President-Elect and Annalist. She has been an active ESP Committee member on the state and national level, including the following Ohio committees: Public Issues, Professional Development, Nominating, and Leadership Fund. She has served on the National ESP Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee and the National ESP Marketing Committee. She has attended six ESP national meetings, two JCEP leadership conferences, two PILD conferences and she presented at four ESP conferences.

Professional Accomplishments and Awards

• Inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES). One of only 14 engagement leaders from across the United States accepted into the inaugural year of this national academy. Members are selected by their engagement peers in recognition of their: excellence of past contributions to theory and practice of community engagement scholarship, successes in collaborative work that resulted in significant improvements for society and a commitment to the goals of ACES.
• Served as a leader of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Council on Engagement and Outreach. Past-Chair, Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. Served as a board member from 2008 through 2014.
• Recognized for her professional leadership in Extension. Received the 2009 ESP Alpha Eta Chapter and then the 2010 North Central Visionary Leadership Recognition award. She is recipient of the Alpha Eta Chapter Administrative Leadership Recognition in 2008, and the North Central Region Administrative Leadership Recognition Award in 2009.

Did You Miss the Webinar on Raising Funds?

If you were unable to tune in to the webinar on raising funds, there is still an opportunity to find out how to raise funds for your non-profit or your chapter.  The webinar was recorded and you can catch the webinar by following the link: