Faculty Members Receive Awards From Professional Association

Mary Virginia Boutwell, Coolman, Denise

News Release Distributed 4/28/05

LSU AgCenter and Southern University AgCenter faculty were honored last week (April 21) during the Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference in Vicksburg, Miss.

The group’s top awards, its Distinguished Service Awards, went to Joan Almond, an LSU AgCenter agent in Webster Parish, and Dr. Floyda Jan Hicks, a project coordinator for the AgCenter in Northeast Louisiana.

Continued Excellence Awards went to Sally Soileau, an LSU AgCenter agent in East Baton Rouge Parish, and Dr. Diane Sasser of the AgCenter’s School of Human Ecology. This award recognizes members of the association who have been actively involved in professional improvement programs, the promotion of professional development of others and leadership.

In two awards that are given in memory of former LSU AgCenter faculty members who posted exemplary careers serving the people of Louisiana, AgCenter agent Dianne Glasgow of Caddo Parish received the Betty Jane Fairchild Award and Terri Crawford of Concordia Parish received the Maxine Reeves Memorial Award. Crawford also was given the Community Partnership Award.

Other awards presented recognized LSU AgCenter and Southern University AgCenter agents and specialists for their work in various program areas.

In the Communications Division, Deniese Zeringue of St. Charles Parish and Dianne Glasgow of Caddo Parish won in the Written News category. Glasgow, along with Terry Toombs of the Orleans Urban Center, also won in the Educational Technology category. The team of Margaret Burlew of Terrebonne Parish and Cynthia Richard of Calcasieu Parish won in the Education Publication Team category.

Also in the Communications Division, a team of faculty led by LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames won for its Education Curriculum Package. Members of the team were AgCenter agents Alexis Navarro of the Jefferson Urban Center, Berteal Rogers of Madison Parish, Sally Soileau of East Baton Rouge Parish, Terri Crawford of Concordia Parish, Bertina McGhee of the Orleans Urban Center, De’Shoin Friendship of the Southern University AgCenter, Ramona Gentry of Plaquemines Parish and Sheila Haynes of West Carroll Parish. Other AgCenter faculty members recognized as part of the team were Alfred Trappey and David Bankston, both of the AgCenter’s Food Sciences Department.

Continuing the awards to LSU AgCenter agents, Carolyn Leperi of St. Bernard Parish, Margaret Burlew of Terrebonne Parish and Deniese Zeringue of St. Charles Parish received the Marketing Package Team Award. The Early Childhood Child Care Training Team Award went to Kimberly Evans of LaSalle Parish and Esther Coco Vanderlick of Rapides Parish. And Sally Soileau of East Baton Rouge Parish received the Food Safety Award,

Sarah Sims, an LSU AgCenter nutrition aide in Madison Parish, received the Para-Professional Award, and AgCenter agent Terry Toombs of the Orleans Urban Center received the group’s New Professional Award.

Recent retirees who were members of the association and were recognized for their years of service to the people of Louisiana through the LSU AgCenter were Joan McCrory, an AgCenter 4-H specialist, and Patricia Staggs, who worked as an agent in Jackson Parish.

New LEAFCS officers are Sharman Charles, president; Melissa Cater, vice president of professional development; Debbie Melvin, vice president of awards and recognition; Adrianne Vidrine, vice president of member resources; Jan Hicks, vice president of public affairs; Danna Gillett, secretary; Cindy Richard, treasurer; Ann Wegenhoft, parliamentarian; and Terri Crawford, immediate past president and historian.

New regional directors for the association are Cathy Judd, Mandy Armentor and Iris Webb.

For information on related topics about the LSU AgCenter’s work in family and consumer sciences, including child care, housing, nutrition and much more, visit www.lsuagcenter.com. For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.


Contact: Ginger Boutwell at (318) 435-7551 or mboutwell@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: A. Denise Coolman at (318) 547-0921 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

4/30/2005 3:18:38 AM
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