The Association for Communications Excellence in Agriculture , Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) honored two eXtension staff at its annual conference in St. Louis, Mo. Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing Leader received the ACE Professional Award and Anne Adrian, eXtension Military Families Social Media Strategist, received the ACE Pioneer Award for the Southern Region.
The Professional Award is the highest honor the organization presents and recognizes excellence and professionalism as a communicator. It is based on achievements over an extended period of time and on participation in and support of ACE. The Pioneer Award presented annually, honors members in each region who demonstrate exceptional leadership and technical skills and make significant contributions to ACE during their early careers.
Meisenbach joined eXtension in 2005 following work at USDA/CSREES as Communications Director and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as Extension communications specialist. While at USDA he worked nationwide to collaboratively develop a national impact writing and reporting system that has become an integral part of telling the story of agricultural research, extension, and teaching. Since 2005 he’s worked to build interest and engagement in eXtension throughout Cooperative Extension and the land grant university system. He has been ACE president, North Central Regional Director, and held other leadership positions in the organization, including co-founding the ACE Leadership Institute with other past ACE presidents.
Adrian joined eXtension in 2010 and has been instrumental in leading the Cooperative Extension Information Technology community throughout her career. Her recent focus on social media has been instrumental in helping eXtension professionals and her colleagues at Auburn University become aware of the benefits of adopting various software applications, digital imaging and diagnostics, and incorporating social media tools in Extension programming. She is part of a new eXtension initiative focusing on military families.
ACE is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists. It offers professional development and networking for individuals who extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources and life and human sciences.