University of Georgia Named Outstanding Institutional Team Winner

Dennis Calvin (far left) presents the Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award to (left to right) Janet Hollingsworth, Steve Walker, Faith Peppers, Chris Adcock, Janet Sylvia, Todd Hurt, and Beverly Sparks, Georgia Cooperative Extension Director.
Dennis Calvin (far left) presents the Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award to (left to right) Janet Hollingsworth; Steve Brown, Assistant Dean for Extension; Faith Peppers, Jeff Buckley, Janet Sylvia, Todd Hurt, and Beverly Sparks, Associate Dean for Extension.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The University of Georgia Institutional Team has been honored by eXtension as a 2014 Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional Team Award winner. The award was presented here at the National eXtension Conference/National Extension Directors & Administrators joint meeting, March 26.

“An Outstanding Institutional Team has demonstrated the planning, creativity, and commitment to making eXtension a ‘fit’ for its state and institution. An Outstanding team also helps eXtension know just what its state and institution brings to eXtension,” said Elbert Dickey, eXtension Executive Director.

The University of Georgia team includes Janet Sylvia, Diane Bales, Jeff Buckley, Willie Chance, Keith Fielder, Janet Hollingsworth, Michelle Lewis, Mark Risse, Todd Hurt, Faith Peppers, Amanda Tedrow, Steve Walker and Chris Adcock.

“This Institutional Team has helped Georgia Cooperative Extension grow in new directions during a difficult budget time. Their work has been substantial so that even as better budgets return, this new resource is becoming embedded in a new culture of extension work,” said Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications and Marketing Leader.

The University of Georgia Institutional Team has offered statewide trainings, newsletters and exhibits to showcase the value of eXtension and highlight how others can get involved to collaborate and share knowledge with colleagues across the country and beyond.

Several state Extension specialists who are members of the team have become tremendous mentors to other specialists and agents and have encouraged involvement and leadership of CoPs.

As budget pressures ease and the University of Georgia began to hire more new specialists and agents, the University of Georgia Institutional Team is working with these new employees to understand eXtension and the valuable resources available for training and realize the opportunities for publication.