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May 21, 1999

UW-RF Agriculture Education Department Recognized

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls agricultural education department was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals for meritorious service.

The department, represented by its chair, Professor Dick Jensen, received the award recently at the annual WAE4-HYPD meeting. The department was nominated for the award by Frank Ginther, Pierce County 4-H youth development agent and a UW-RF alumnus.

The department is comprised of Jensen, Gerald Matteson and Tamia Trulson. Jensen noted, "It was nice for those of us who work with students to receive the award."

The recognition was based on the department's extraordinary efforts in conscientiously and academically promoting the Extension idea and the 4-H Youth Development Profession. The department also has been instrumental in providing a variety of resources for Extension professional and faculty members, and directing UW-RF students in providing assistance to the 4-H movement.

The Meritorious Service Award notes, "The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Agricultural Education Department staff typifies the true meaning of a friend."

Dean Gary Rhode of the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, said, "This is a most deserving award. Dick Jensen, Tamia Trulson, and Gerald Matteson have done an excellent job providing opportunities for our students."

There are many ways that the department has worked with the WAE4-HYPD. The main way has been securing internships for agricultural education students with Cooperative Extension offices throughout Wisconsin.

UW-RF students also work with 4-H leaders from different clubs as facilitators on a business level. Also, students attend camps and work with youngsters. Through their involvement, UW-RF students have created the "Falcon 4-H Club" to work with other clubs in the River Falls area and with the students' home towns.

The department also has local 4-H youth development professionals speak to agricultural communications classes on a regular basis. These lectures include mock interviews, county fair judging workshops, and basic career lectures.

Karen Sipple, 4-H youth development agent for UW-Extension, noted: "This award goes to a group that goes beyond the average and keeps 4-H youth in the area."

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