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Epsilon Sigma Phi, Extension announce annual awards

Monday, January 24, 2022

Epsilon Sigma Phi and Oklahoma State University Extension recognized its 2021 award winners Jan. 12 during the Biennial Extension Conference in Stillwater. ESP is a national honorary fraternity for all Extension professionals.



Diversity Team Award
Coming Together for Racial Understanding
Cathleen Taylor, assistant Extension specialist, Leadership and Civic Engagement
Cheryl Newberry, Program and Personnel Development specialist
Michael Stout, associate professor
Mekko Tyner, Dean of Academic Affairs, College of the Muscogee Nation
Sonya Moore-Davis, Media Communications coordinator, Langston University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences


Mid-Career Service Award
Cathleen Taylor, assistant Extension specialist, Leadership and Civic Engagement


Distinguished Service Award
Greg Owen, Pittsburg County 4-H educator


25-Year Tenure Award
Dea Rash, Payne County FCS/4-H educator


Retired Service Award
Jim Rutledge, ESP treasurer and former Oklahoma 4-H Foundation director and adjunct professor



Outstanding Intern
William Walls, agricultural economics student


Gerrit W. Cuperus Integrated Pest Management Professional Achievement Award
Outstanding IPM Leadership
Tom Royer, professor, IPM coordinator and interim head, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology


Excellence in Diversity Award
Recovery Support and Life Skills Educational Series
Susie West, High Obesity Program educator, Muskogee County


Outstanding Field Staff Award
Taking Steps to Curb Obesity: Safe Routes to School
Jessie Collins, High Obesity Program educator, Adair County


Outstanding Team
outstanding team award winnerFreezer Beef Production: Pasture to Plate
Donna Patterson, Rogers County Ag/4-H educator
Earl Ward, Northeast Area Livestock specialist
Scott Clawson, Northeast Area Ag economist


Outstanding Group
Feeding Our Communities During COVID-19
Lacey Williams, High Obesity Program project manager
Jessie Collins, High Obesity Program educator, Adair County
Brenda Miller, Northeast District FCS program specialist
Jennifer Patterson, Adair County Ag/4-H educator
Tammy Perry, Muskogee County FCS/4-H educator
Todd Trennepohl, Muskogee County Ag/4-H educator
Michelle Carter-Brown, CNEP nutrition education assistant
Retha Mitchell, CNEP nutrition education assistant


Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Distinguished Educator
LaDonna Hines, Oklahoma County

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