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MSU Extension agents, employees and supporters receive awards

November 1, 2013 -- MSU News Service

Bobbie Roos, at center, the MSU Extension agent in Daniels County, received the 2013 Silver Buffalo Award in recognition of 19 years of exceptional service. Roos is pictured here with Sheila Friedrich, Extension agent for Sheridan County, and Katelyn Andersen, Extension agent for Ravalli County. Courtesy photo.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- Montana State University Extension recently honored a host of agents, staff and supporters from across Montana during the annual MSU Extension conference in Bozeman and at the national Extension conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bobbie Roos, MSU Extension agent in Daniels County, received the 2013 Silver Buffalo Award in recognition of 19 years of exceptional service. The award, given by Montana's Joint Council of Extension Professionals, or JCEP, is the organization's highest honor.

Roos also spent three years as an agent in Ravalli County.

“Bobbie received the award because she has run an outstanding, well-rounded Extension program in two counties that couldn’t have been any more different from each other,” said colleague Shiela Friedrich, MSU Extension agent in Sheridan County. “She adjusted, persevered, and she left footprints that will stay in the places she has been forever.”

Roos offers programming in agronomy, weed and pest control, horticulture and livestock, and she oversees a thriving 4-H program. She has also initiated several health-related programs including Strong Women and Steps to a New You.

Mary Anne Keyes, MSU Extension agent in Park County, received Montana’s JCEP Anne Wiprud Memorial Award, which recognizes an MSU Extension agent with less than 10 years of experience who has developed outstanding special programs.

In his nomination letter, colleague Dan Lucas, MSU Extension agent in Granite County, noted that Keyes is recognized among her peers “as a go-to person for advice on program development and implementation.”

Montana’s JCEP recognized Miles City Motor Supply and owner Miles Gaub with the 2013 Arrowhead Award for support of MSU Extension programming. For more than 25 years, Gaub has supported market livestock projects and local county fairs in southeastern Montana. A regular volume-buyer in Prairie, Powder River and Custer Counties, Gaub was lauded for his strong sense of fairness and generous contributions to youth.

Dan Picard, MSU Extension agent in Pondera County, received the Distinguished Service Award of the Montana chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national fraternity of Extension educators. Picard is widely recognized for his contributions mentoring new agents, coordinating efforts with the Western Triangle Ag Research Center and dealing with agronomy issues in Montana’s wheat producing region, the Golden Triangle.

The Montana chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi presented: The Early Career award to Meghan Phillippi, MSU Extension agent in Sanders County; the Mid-Career Service award to Marc King, MSU Extension agent in Sweet Grass County; the Retiree Service award to Charles Rust, former MSU Extension economist and former interim dean and director of Extension.

Epsilon Sigma Phi also presented the 2013 Friend of Extension Award to the Anaconda Local Development Corporation (ALDC). The ALDC is MSU Extension’s partner in a new U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative to develop the capacity of private, non-profit community foundations. The ALDC also played a key role in the design and implementation of the Horizons community development program in the Anaconda area.

The Montana Association of Extension 4-H Agents awarded: Achievement in Service awards to Alice Burchak, Toole County agent, and Allison Kosto, 4-H associate specialist for the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development; the Meritorious Service award to Sheila Friedrich, Sheridan County agent; the Distinguished Service awards to Rene Kittle, Flathead Reservation agent, and Marc King, Sweet Grass County agent.

Lisa Terry, Extension 4-H agent in Stillwater County, received a State Communicator award for a promotional piece and the individual State Specialty award in camping.   Sharla Sackman, Prairie County agent, and Byron Hould, Rosebud/Treasure Counties agent received the Team Specialty award in camping. The Regional Specialty Award in Excellence in 4-H Club support went to Cody Stone, interim director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development, and his team from the western region. 

The Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals awarded Green Awards to the following: Barb Andreozzi, Deer Lodge County agent, for her poster titled, “Ready Community: Fostering Resiliency in Rural Places”; and Jeff Mosley, range management specialist, and Tracy Mosley, Park County agent, for a poster they co-authored titled, “The Next 100 Years of Rangeland-Pasture-based Livestock Production—Opportunities and Responsibilities for Extension Educators.”

The Montana Association of County Agricultural Agents awarded the following:

Distinguished Service, John Pfister, MSU Extension interim Central Region Department Head; Achievement, Wendy Becker, MSU Extension agent, Fort Peck Reservation.  Tracy Mosley, Park County agent, received a National Association of County Agricultural Agents scholarship to attend the Society for Range Management annual meeting.

The National ExtensionAssociation of Family and Consumer Sciences awarded the Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award to Montana’s Solid Finances team consisting of MSU Extension faculty: Joel Schumacher, Marsha Goetting, Keri Hayes, Julie Riley, Roubie Younkin, Nico Cantalupo, Mary Anne Andersen, Damon Bunting, Judy Johnson and Jennifer Wells. The award also went to: Janet Simon and Ruth French from MSU-Billings Human Resources: Kathy Jaynes, MSU-Northern; Ann Guiditta, University of Montana; and Mary Kay Bonilla and Lisa Albert, MSU-Great Falls. 

Members of the Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals were recognized with the following awards: Barb Andreozzi, MSU Extension agent in Deer Lodge County, received the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, or NACDEP, Distinguished Career Award; Dan Clark and Janelle Booth, educators at the MSU Local Government Center, received the NACDEP Educational Package - Team Award for the western region for their work on the Montana Policy Review, Fall 2012 issue titled, “Community Responses to Energy Development.” 

Contact: Jodie DeLay (406) 994-2502 or