Bertsch Honored with CES Working Differently Award

Bob Bertsch (r) receives the Working Differently in Extension Award from Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension.
Bob Bertsch (r) receives the Working Differently in Extension Award from Dennis Calvin, chair, eXtension Governing Committee and Director, Penn State University Extension.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bob Bertsch, Web technology specialist in North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication was recognized by eXtension with a 2014 Working Differently in Extension award. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

The Working Differently in Extension Award recognizes an individual for his engagement with clientele, co-workers, and others in new and different ways. It lauds the demonstrable impacts made, both quantitatively and qualitatively as he does his work. And, the award provides an opportunity to show how this individual works online and within a learning network.

“Bob Bertsch epitomizes the concept of working differently in Extension. He not only practices the ideas himself, but he also shares them with many other people through both organized trainings and his personal learning network. He believes in and carries out the concept of “working differently” so much that he has created various tools under the umbrella of that name,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing Leader quoting nominating documents.

Bob is a leader in the NDSU eXtension Institutional Team and a North Dakotat State Ask an Expert question wrangler. In just five years, he has developed strong relationships with colleagues across the country that have similar goals to help Extension faculty and staff better use online technologies to reach, educate and engage with clients.

“Bob is a leader in the eXtension Military Families Learning Network Network Literacy Community of Practice, even devoting 20 percent of his time to the national effort. NDSU administrators agreed to this arrangement since they realized his work would benefit NDSU in addition to the national efforts,” noted Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

Bob’s Working Differently in Extension podcasts have a national and international following. In each 30-minute podcast, he interviews an Extension professional who is truly working differently. His interviewees are from all across the country.