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UW Extension Honors Educators, Specialist for Exemplary Performance

November 12, 2012
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Karla Case, a Natrona County nutrition and food safety educator, received the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award.

A Natrona County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received extension’s most prestigious award, and two others received newer employee and creative excellence honors.

Karla Case, a nutrition and food safety educator, was presented the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award during Extension’s recent annual training conference.

The award, honoring the retired extension administrator, is given to those who demonstrate a high level of professional performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

Nominations noted Case’s ability to work well with others, collaboration in creative efforts and providing innovative and inspiring contributions. Case also is the Cent$ible Nutrition Program coordinator for the county. A registered dietician, Case joined UW Extension in 2006.

Vision, finesse and confidence helped Jennifer Jacobsen receive the organization’s Newer Employee Recognition Award. Jacobsen, a nutrition and food safety educator based in Jackson, serves Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties.

“She is an example of an outstanding educator and exemplifies enthusiasm, professionalism, creativity and a strong work ethic,” wrote one nominator.

“She continuously looks for new ways to serve and educate in the western area, and provides successful programming in and outside of Teton County,” said another.

Jacobsen began her position in 2009.

Creating and enhancing client websites, and delivering creative and impressive projects has earned website designer and developer Ann Tanaka the Creative Excellence Recognition Award.

Tanaka, in the Office of Communications and Technology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was recognized for her commitment to improving extension’s Web presence.

“In a very short time, Ann has transformed extension’s Web presence from static pages to an interactive experience,” wrote a nominator.

Another wrote, “Ann approaches each project with a curiosity to learn something new, persistence to make the current better and determination to deliver a product that reflects the desires of her clientele. Her ideas and creativity in building and improving websites always exceed my expectations.”

Tanaka joined UW Extension in 2011.


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