- Senate Concurrent Resolution Honors the Smith-Lever Act of 1914
- Cynthia Torppa Returns to Extension as Northwest Regional Director
- New CFAES Faculty Council Representatives
- Ohio Wins NEAFCS Awards
Members of the 130th General Assembly of Ohio have commended the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 on its 100th anniversary by passing unanimously SCR 33. Recognition of this prestigious milestone is a tribute to the Act, for it has held an important place in American history. The resolution recognizes that the Cooperative Extension System has benefited Ohio greatly with Extension’s unique program delivery and ability to meet the needs of Ohioans right where they live.
Cynthia B. Torppa graduated from The Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Communication. Her interests and career have addressed both academic and outreach education and research. She has served as an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State University, and most recently as a professor at Marshall University. She also served previously as an Extension county educator and specialist at OSU Extension. Her primarily areas of academic specialization have been interpersonal and organizational communication, and Torppa has authored or co-authored more than 25 journal publications in those and related areas.
Torppa has received numerous awards including: The Ohio State University Department of Communication Walter B. Emery Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Service, the University of Delaware Continuing Education Award for Excellence in Teaching Adults, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Program Excellence through Research Award and Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award, and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Excellence in Community Development Programming Award. Torppa will provide leadership to the Maumee Valley and Erie Basin EERAs. For the latest OSU Extension map, including regional director assignments, click here.
Congratulations to the two newly elected Extension representatives to the CFAES Faculty Council, Curtis Young and Bruce Zimmer. Curtis replaces Christine Leeds as the West region representative and Bruce replaces Mark Mechling as the East region representative. Curtis and Bruce will begin serving their three-year terms on July 1.
The following awards will be presented to our Extension family and consumer sciences professionals involved with the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences at the NEAFCS annual meeting in September.
Florence Hall Award
- First place national winner (and first place Central Region winner) – Kathy Michelich
- Second place Central Region winner – Michelle Treber and team (Lisa Barlage, Pat Brinkman, Carol Chandler, Linnette Goard, Marilyn Rabe, Cindy Shuster, Cheryl Barber Spires, Beth Stefura and Susan Zies)
Family Health and Wellness Award
- First place national winner (and first place Central Region winner) – Cynthia Shuster and team (Lisa Barlage, Pat Brinkman, Carol Chandler, Marilyn Rabe, Cheryl Barber Spires, Beth Stefura, Michelle Treber, Meriden Peters and Susan Zies)
Human Development/Family Relationships Award
- Second place national winner (and first place Central Region winner) – Cynthia Shuster
Program Excellence Through Research Award
- Second place national winner (and first place Central Region winner) – Cynthia Shuster and team (Lisa Barlage, Pat Brinkman, Carol Chandler, Marilyn Rabe, Cheryl Barber Spires, Beth Stefura, Michelle Treber, Meriden Peters, and Susan Zies)
- Second place Central Region winner – Dan Remley and team (Linette Goard, Robin Ralston and Chris Taylor)
Communications Awards: TV/Video
- Second place Central Region winner – Linnette Goard and team (Ken Chamberlain, Chris Dicus, Melanie Forsythe, Mike Jeffers, Mitch Moser, John Rice, and Walter Warkus)
Communications Award: Educational Curriculum Package
- First place Central Region winner – Kathy Michelich and team (Mary Beth Albright, Stephen Brady, Barbara Brahm, Melanie Hart, Joy Sharp and Treva Williams)
Communications Award: Written Press Releases
- Second place Central Region winner – Donna Green
Communications Award: Educational Technology
- First place Central Region winner – Christine Kendle and team (Shari Gallup, Amy Habig, and Kate Schumaker)
Communication Award: Internet Education Technology
- Second place national winner (and second place Central Region winner) – Lisa Barlage and team (Pat Brinkman, Jennifer Driesbach, Kathryn Green, Linnette Goard, Dan Remley, Cheryl Barber Spires, Beth Stefura, Michelle Treber, and Susan Zies)
Distinguished Service Award
- Patricia H. Holmes
- Katharine Shumaker
Continued Excellence Award
- Pat Brinkman
- Lisa Barlage