UD Cooperative Extension presents awards at annual conference

November 6, 2013 under Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension 100th anniversary celebration and awards ceremony held at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth, Delaware.University of Delaware Cooperative Extension kicked off a Centennial Celebration at it annual conference held at Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

At the celebration, UD Cooperative Extension recognized four Director’s Friend of Extension Award recipients as well as the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Leadership Award.

The following were the recipients of the Director’s Friend of Extension Awards:

Nancy A. Cotugna

Nancy A. Cotugna is a professor of behavioral health and nutrition at UD and in 2004-05 she spent her sabbatical with UD Cooperative Extension researching where other states obtained matching funds for the Food Stamp Nutrition Education program (SNAP Ed) and identifying potential sources of funding in Delaware.

Her graduate students have also conducted research to further Extension programming efforts.

Michelle Rodgers, associate dean for Cooperative Extension in the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said Cotugna has been “extremely helpful in assisting with the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension nutrition education programs. When the nutrition department had a coordinated dietetic internship program, Dr. Cotugna was instrumental in placing dietetic interns with Extension. Additionally, she assigns one to three community nutrition students each semester with various staff members to volunteer for Extension.”

Fifer Orchards

Fifer Orchards, a fourth generation family farm that features a farm and a country store in Camden-Wyoming and a local fresh market in Dewey Beach, was presented with the award thanks to its support of 4-H and Cooperative Extension over the years.

4-H youth have been given the opportunity to gain educational knowledge and value from various operation tours provided by Fifer Orchards staff. These youth have been able to develop and showcase their presentation skills as well as their culinary skills through the Front Porch Demonstration program.

Through the program, members of 4-H prepare recipes using fruits and vegetables in harvest and showcase them on the front porch of Fifer Orchards. They also have been allowed to share their knowledge and skills with others through the Animal Showcase program.

Fifer Orchards has also been a donor of funds and products to various 4-H events, including the peach ice cream donation booth at the Middletown Peach Festival that provides $1,100 annually to support the county program.

Fifer Orchards has also allowed Extension to host tours at its site and has provided speakers for various Extension events, all in an effort to promote agriculture and to share knowledge and information with their clientele as well as to the clientele of Cooperative Extension.

Fifer Orchards has been instrumental in providing land and labor to do various vegetable trials. In addition, Fifer family members participate on various Extension committees and boards.

Delaware State Housing Authority

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) is a low-income public housing community with 10 locations throughout Kent and Sussex counties. UD and DSHA have collaborated to provide 4-H Afterschool Programs to youth at seven of those locations.

For the past twenty years, 4-H and DSHA have operated a site at Hickory Tree in Selbyville and the success of that program has convinced the state agency to partner with 4-H to reach all their eligible children.

DSHA provides the community rooms, computer labs at some locations, recreational space, heat/air conditioning, maintenance of facility, water, and monthly pest control at each location at no cost to UD.

The housing manager and social worker at each location assist in identifying children to attend the afterschool programs and serve on the afterschool advisory board.

David Marvel

David Marvel is a grain and vegetable farmer focused on fresh and processing vegetable production. He is the past president and current vice president of the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware (FVGAD).

As an officer and member he continues to serve on a number of boards and committees that connect the issue of healthy living and family farming. Under his leadership, the FVGAD started the first farm to school program in Delaware and continues to lead the way in getting farm fresh food into rural public schools in the state.

Marvel has always been a strong supporter of Delaware Cooperative Extension as evidenced by his involvement with on farm extension demonstrations, his input and overall vegetable science extension and research programs, and current and past membership on the UD and Delaware State University County Extension Advisory Boards.

Marvel is a graduate of the first Delaware LEAD Class organized by Delaware Cooperative Extension and has assisted with recruiting and training with subsequent classes. Marvel also served on the UD CANR advisory committee that provided input in the selection of the dean, Mark Rieger.

Delaware Cooperative Extension Director’s Leadership Award

The Delaware Cooperative Extension Director’s Leadership Award was given to Katy O’Connell, Michele Walfred, Adam Thomas, Christy Mannering and Troy Darden.

Rodgers cited their collective work on the successful rollout of the Cooperative Extension “Ask an Expert” service as the catalyst for the award.

Photos by Evan Krape

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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors seven graduates

October 22, 2012 under CANR News

Seven graduates of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were honored for their professional achievements at the college’s Distinguished Alumni ceremony held on Friday, Oct. 19, as part of UD’s Homecoming festivities.

The CANR Distinguished Alumni Awards are given based on a clear record of outstanding career accomplishments, service and leadership to the profession, and community service, including service to UD.

The 2012 CANR Distinguished Alumni are:

Bruce Cobb, a 1984 graduate, is the founder and owner of ARC Greenhouses in Shiloh, N.J., where he markets microgreens, herbs and lettuce under the Mr. McGregor brand name. In 2002, ARC entered a joint venture with Phytomedics to develop protocols to grow pharmaceutically important plants, which ARC now does at a facility in Florida.

Carol Long, a 1990 graduate, is the associate curator of Gardens at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, where she began as a horticulturalist 18 years ago, overseeing a 60-acre historic garden created by H.F. du Pont. She has served on the boards of the UD Botanic Gardens, Goodstay Gardens, UD Alumni Association, and UD Agricultural Alumni Association.

Daral Jackwood, a 1978 graduate, is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at the Ohio State University. He is an internationally recognized avian virologist for his work on economically important diseases, primarily infectious bursal disease virus.

Mark Jackwood, a 1978 graduate who received a master’s degree in 1982, is a professor and the department head of the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.  His primary area of research is the molecular biology of avian coronaviruses; he is an authority on infectious bronchitis virus.

The 2012 Distinguished Young Alumni are:

Jennifer McEntire, a 1999 graduate, is a senior director for food and import safety at Leavitt Partners LLC in Washington, D.C. Upon receiving her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, McEntire has been working to bridge interactions among groups involved in food safety regulations, recently focusing on trace back of product recalls and client responsibilities.

Jennifer Walls, a 2001 graduate, is a principal planner with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Watershed Stewardship, Watershed Assessment and Management Section, where she works on a variety of science-based projects related to sustainability. Walls is also active in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and teaches as an adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical Community College.

In addition, the George M. Worrilow Award will be presented to Ronald Ritter, a 1975 graduate. Ritter is a faculty member at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources where he has a research and extension appointment in the area of weed science.

The award, named for the dean of the college from 1954-65, has been presented by the UD Agricultural Alumni Association annually since 1970. It is awarded to graduates of the college who have exhibited outstanding service to agriculture.

Photos of the event will be available on the CANR Flickr site.

Article by Katy O’Connell


UD Cooperative Extension launches newly redesigned website

October 17, 2012 under Cooperative Extension

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has launched a newly redesigned website.

The launch came on Oct. 3 and the website was formally announced on Wednesday, Oct. 17, as officials met at the state Cooperative Extension conference in Dover.

The new site is designed to better serve the constituents of Delaware in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, lawn and garden, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development.

“We’re really excited to meet the needs of Delawareans with online learning,” says Michele Rodgers, associate dean for extension and outreach in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of UD Cooperative Extension. “We’ve created a user friendly, easily searchable, dynamic website that will lead to increased knowledge of our educational programs and online resources.”

One of the key features of the new site is an online, searchable listing of all fact sheets, bulletins and publications written by UD Extension professionals. These resources are now available 24-7 at the click of a button and will be updated by our professionals immediately as new information becomes available. Printed materials can easily be downloaded from the website.

In addition, improved calendar functions provide a one stop listing for Cooperative Extension programs offered throughout the state.

“Extension is a trustable source of information that Delawareans can use to make fact-based decisions for business, families and communities. This newly designed site will allow us to be the go-to resource of research based information for critical topics in areas like food safety, parenting, health, environmental quality, sustainability, and food security,” says Rodgers.

Article by Katy O’Connell

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UDairy Creamery gets birthday cake, new flavor at Ag Day 2012

May 1, 2012 under CANR News

The unseasonable cold did not stop people from making tracks to Ag Day 2012. This year’s event featured a free flight bird show, a beehive demonstration, a tree climbing exhibition, live bands and a special birthday party for the UDairy Creamery, which celebrated the opening of its doors one year ago at Ag Day 2011.

At the birthday celebration, Robin Morgan, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), welcomed everybody to Ag Day 2012 and thanked those responsible for organizing the event.

Morgan then focused on the UDairy Creamery birthday celebration, saying, “We broke ground two years ago, last year we cut the ribbon and today we’re going to have a birthday cake.”

Katy O’Connell, communications manager for CANR, spoke next, thanking all those in attendance and taking a moment to recognize Morgan, who will be stepping down as dean and returning to the faculty at the end of this academic year.

O’Connell thanked Morgan for everything that she has done for CANR, saying, “She has just been such a wonderful support for Ag Day and the team. And anytime we’ve had a new idea, she’s supported us wholeheartedly.  She’s always here every Ag Day from the minute we open until the last table is taken down. She’s really been great and we wanted to thank her especially at this Ag Day.”

Morgan was then in for a surprise treat as O’Connell handed over the microphone to Melinda Litvinas, UDairy Creamery manager, who informed Morgan that the creamery has created a special flavor in Morgan’s honor.

Litvinas said, “We don’t know if Dean Morgan has noticed this yet, but in honor of her support of the UDairy Creamery in the past years, we’re now selling ‘Robin’s Egg,’ which is vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks and toffee pieces.”  The flavor was inspired by a submission by Mark Barteau, UD senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives, in the fall Blue Hen Signature Flavor Contest.

Litvinas went on to announce that the creamery will now be making and selling their very own ice cream cakes, which will be available in different sizes in the store, and can be ordered on-line at the creamery website.

The birthday cake, made by Leigh Ann Tona, a management major with an entrepreneurial studies minor who works at the creamery, was then unveiled and Jacob Hunt, a senior in CANR and assistant manager of the UDairy Creamery, led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday.

Article by Adam Thomas

Photos by Danielle Quigley

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CANR highlighted in new UD virtual tour

February 17, 2011 under CANR News

The University of Delaware has unveiled a virtual tour of the campus for prospective students and their families, and for anyone else who might be interested in learning more about UD.

The tour is less of a map and more of a tour through UD’s new “pillars” (discovery learning, talent magnet, smart money, east coast classic, idea leadership, citizen university).

Below is a listing of the video segments that highlight CANR faculty and students, so that you can more easily find them.  There are also photos and video shots scattered throughout all of the pieces.

When the page opens, click on Discover the University of Delaware.
Discovery Learning tab: Hands on Experience
Talent Magnet tab: Undergraduate Research
East Coast Classic tab: Access to Internships
Smart Money tab: Career Focus
Citizen University tab: Study Abroad; Go Global; Feeding the world, protecting the planet

Many thanks to the CANR faculty and students who contributed to this project.

For the complete UDaily story about the new tour, click here.

To learn more about video capabilities at UD and to learn how YOU can be involved in projects like this at UD and CANR, please contact Katy O’Connell, CANR Communications Manager, at kvo@udel.edu.