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Dean's Column (Nov. 2018)

Dear Extension retirees,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you this summer during our annual retiree luncheons.

In October, I did one of my favorite duties as dean, honoring our employees and friends with the Distinguished Dean’s Awards at the annual Program Conference. It is an honor to recognize the work, dedication and impact of our colleagues and friends.

Please join me in congratulating the award winners! You can learn more about the 2018 award winners on the Extension intranet.

Campus-based faculty: Jenifer McGuire, associate professor and Extension specialist, family social science

Field-based faculty: Antonio Alba Meraz, Extension educator, family resiliency

Diversity and inclusion: Eriks Dunens, statewide Extension educator, leadership and civic engagement, and Fernando Burga, assistant professor, urban and regional planning

Outstanding leadership: Tim Kenny, state director, Master Gardener Volunteer Program, director of education, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Team: Extension Biosecurity Education Team, Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; team members: Carol Cardona, Erin Cortus, Sharon Davis, Diane DeWitte, Kevin Janni, H. Wayne Martin, Abby Neu, Sally Noll, Joseph Rand, Sarah Schieck

Friend of Extension: Karen Hanson, executive vice president, and provost at the University of Minnesota

Bev Durgan

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