LSU AgCenter faculty receive awards

Johnny Morgan  |  11/22/2016 2:51:57 PM

(11/21/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two professors from the LSU AgCenter were recognized as regional award winners at the annual meeting of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national organization for extension professionals, on Oct. 25.

LSU AgCenter nematologist Charles Overstreet and AgCenter family life educator Diane Sasser received the awards in Cape May, New Jersey. Overstreet was selected for Distinguished Service Award and Sasser received the Continued Excellence Award.

Overstreet has been an Epsilon Sigma Phi member for 25 years. He helped create professional development opportunities for chapter members by bringing in guest speakers for state meetings.

Overstreet is often cited for his outstanding research in applied nematology — in particular the management of the reniform and other nematodes in crops grown in Louisiana – and for his service to Latin American agriculture.

He has conducted producer meetings, workshops and field days and written news articles that have contributed to the understanding and implementation of management strategies to nematode problems that would otherwise cost the livelihood of many farmers.

Sasser has been an Epsilon Sigma Phi member for 30 years and has served in various offices for the state chapter. She began working with the Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H agent and later became a family and child development specialist.

In 2012, she became state leader of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Sasser has led a successful nutrition education social marketing campaign, promoted the use of iPads for teaching nutrition education to youth and initiated a nutrition education texting service for parents of school-aged children.

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LSU AgCenter family life educator Diane Sasser and AgCenter nematologist Charles Overstreet were recognized at the annual meeting of Epsilon Sigma Phi National Organization for Extension Professionals on Oct. 25 in Cape May, New Jersey. Ann Berry, past president of the organization and former LSU AgCenter employee, was on hand to congratulate her former coworkers. (Photo by Billy Warrick, Texas Agrilife Extension)

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