North Dakota State University, Ohio State University and Oregon State University were honored with the 2012 Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Awards at the National eXtension Conference in Oklahoma City on October 2.
The North Dakota State University Institutional Team includes:
According to 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 they’re answering nearly twice as many questions from outside North Dakota as those in the state.
The Ohio State Institutional Team includes:
According to nominators: “This team is diverse in its makeup…administration, specialists, agents, support staff all have a say in how the team works. This team has successfully launched Ask an Expert in Ohio. They work hard to plan events in Ohio to help their colleagues understand eXtension and how to work differently using it and other technology tools. Ohio State experts are answering 97 percent of the questions they’re asked and more than 149 Ohio State eXtension members are part of 47 of eXtension’s 71 Communities of Practice. Probably one of this team’s greatest accomplishments is the relationship it has with Ohio State Extension Director Keith Smith. With every communique from eXtension, Dr. Smith turns to his team for reaction and action. It is obvious he respects and values their work!”
The Oregon State University Institutional Team:
Mark Anderson-Wilk (posthumous)
From the nominators: This team has faced some overwhelming odds this year…Team chair Mark Anderson-Wilk died tragically in January and co-chair Steve Dodrill is successfully recuperating from a brain tumor. Despite those challenges, this Oregon State University team has done great things! And, the bottom line at Oregon State: This team gets great press!!! Over the past year, Oregon State Extension has implemented Ask an Expert throughout their state. They’ve done training and people are using the system well…so well that more than 3,000 questions are being asked and answered in Oregon alone…and almost 95 percent of those are questions coming from Oregon! That’s outstanding. A big part of that Ask an Expert popularity is their press…numerous articles statewide that feature Ask an Expert that have brought the public into Cooperative Extension. It’s an outstanding effort by an outstanding team.
The Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Awards recognize teams that demonstrate the planning, creativity, and commitment to making eXtension a “fit” for a state and/or institution as well as helping eXtension know just what that same state and/or institution brings to eXtension.