Colorado State University Extension, an organization which provides Colorado with educational programs on topics such as family, consumer and health science, agriculture, horticulture and natural resources, as well as hosting 4-H youth programs, recently recognized individuals for their hard work to ensure the best service to Colorado families, agricultural enterprises and communities.
— Alton Scofield Distinguished Service Award
The Alton Scofield Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual who is dedicated to superior service in Extension. C.J. Mucklow, the county director and agricultural agent for Routt County since 1989, has shown that dedication and success in all that he does. Working with Colorado State’s Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Mucklow was the driving force in documenting and communicating the public value of ranchlands. These efforts led directly to informed policy making by residents to balance the interests of tourism and agricultural production. He serves his community by being active in several local organizations for civic and economic development, ranching, and environmental stewardship. Mucklow serves as a mentor and adviser for many within Extension and in the community.
— Extension Team Award
The Extension Team Award recognizes superior service by a group that successfully works on a special initiative or goal. This year, Extension honors the Healthy Colorado Homes team and its successful radon awareness campaign. Through their continued collaborative efforts, this team of individuals and its partners at the state and county levels will be able to reach even more citizens of Colorado in the coming years with the information and tools they need to make homes and families safer.
The leaders of this team are Laura Au-Yeung, Elisa Shackelton, and Ken Tremblay. Team members include Deb Alpe, Sheila Barry, Karen Crumbaker, Rhonda Follman, Doug Hall, Kurt Jones, Donna Liess, Karen Massey, Gale Miller, Jacque Miller, Bill Nobles, Wendy Rice, Jan Sennhenn, Irene Shonle and Ann Zander.
— Extension Diversity Award
The Diversity Award is given in recognition of superior service to the diverse needs of clientele through Colorado State Extension education. Glenda Wentworth is the county Extension director and Family and Consumer Science agent for Eagle County. Wentworth has been outstanding in her efforts to address the needs of Hispanic youth by bringing together Extension, the Eagle River Youth Coalition and the Youth Foundation. This partnership focused on nutrition, fitness and positive body image education and support for Hispanic middle school students in the county. Through Wentworth’s leadership, the after-school program successfully reached over 300 youth. She has shown how innovative thinking and community-wide collaboration can successfully address complex issues of wellness and reach out to diverse groups.
— Colorado State Alumni Association Distinguished Extension Award
The CSU Alumni Association recognized C. J. Mucklow for his outstanding commitment to Colorado State University Extension. Among his many accomplishments, Mucklow has spearheaded successful programs to promote cultural heritage and agritourism in the Yampa Valley, provided leadership for the Little Snake River restoration project, established the Routt County 4-H scholarship fund, and created the "Routt County Guide to Rural Living" for new residents to the area. In addition, Mucklow has represented Extension regionally and nationwide at conferences and in the media.
Colorado State University Extension is your local community connection for university research, information, education, expertise and youth programs. Colorado State University Extension delivers the latest research and local education designed to contribute to the pressing issues facing Coloradans living in both urban and rural communities. These local CSU connections address topics including natural resource management; living well through raising kids, eating right and spending smart; gardening and commercial horticulture; the latest agricultural production technologies and community development. Extension 4-H and youth development programs reach more than 90,000 young people annually, over half in urban communities. Colorado State University’s 59 Extension offices provide a Front Door to university expertise for all Colorado citizens on the job, at home and in their communities. For more information, visit www.ext.colostate.edu.