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NMSU Extension home economist honored during national conference

Four New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences faculty members received honors and three NMSU Extension programs received regional recognition during the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference held in Albuquerque the last week of September.

Glenda Belcher, Curry County Extension home economist and 4-H agent, received the NEAFCS Continued Excellence award. This award recognizes NEAFCS members who have been actively involved in professional improvement programs, the promotion of professional development of others and leadership.

Owida Franz, Union County Extension home economist, was recognized for serving as the Western Region representative on the national board from 2010 to 2012.

Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Extension program director, and Linda Wells, NMSU coordinator of the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition program, were recognized and given an engraved tray for serving as the host affiliate co-liaisons to the national board. The New Mexico Affiliate hosted the national conference for the first time this year.

The Western Region Program Excellence Through Research award was presented to the "Keep Moving, Keep Healthy with Diabetes" program team of Carol Turner, Extension food and nutrition specialist; Lourdes Olivas, Extension associate; Cindy Davies, Bernalillo County Extension home economist; Judy O'Loughlin, Grant County Extension home economist; Barbara Brokaw, Luna County Extension home economist; Brenda Bishop, Quay County Extension program director; Belcher and Moyers.

The award recognizes NEAFCS members as both researchers and users of research, emphasizing the use of research to improve existing programs or to develop new programs.

Kari Bachman, Extension nutrition program coordinator, received first place in the Western Region Communication in Television award category for her training video for the "Cooking With Kids" tasting curriculum.

This award recognizes excellence in an educational or promotional feature in a regular broadcast or a special program.

Shannon Wooton, Chavez County Extension home economist, received first place in the Western Region Community Partnership award category for her "Strong Women, Strong Bones" program partnership.

This award recognizes NEAFCS members for outstanding community partnership efforts in meeting the needs of families through collaboration with groups, agencies and consumers.

NEAFCS members are Cooperative Extension Service professionals in the field of family and consumer science, commonly known as home economists, including program coordinators, specialists and retirees. More than 800 members and guests from 45 states attended the conference.