PATRIOT AWARD FOR SUPPORT OF MILITARY GUARD, RESERVE
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program manager Bev Kellner was recently presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award for her support of the military by way of passenger safety programming.
Established in 1972, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense program to promote understanding between reserve members and their civilian employers. “This prestigious certificate is awarded to those employers who not only make arrangements to allow guard and reserve members to serve, but also put in the extra effort to support military veterans,” said SSgt. Mike Guidry, 147th Security Forces Squadron, Texas Air National Guard. Guidry, an AgriLife Extension program assistant for passenger safety, presented the award with Dr. Steven Green, assistant agency director for family development and resource management, College Station.
Guidry said without Kellner’s support, he and others in the agency whose responsibilities focus on passenger safety would not be able to bring their programs to guard and reserve members and their families. “These include demonstrating our rollover convincer to show the importance of seatbelt use and our distracted driver simulator to show the importance of paying attention while driving, as well as holding child passenger safety events to show the proper use of child safety seats,” he said.
Kellner said it is not only important to reach out to the military but also to remember the commitment military servicemen and women have made and, whenever possible, try to provide them employment opportunities.
2015 EXTENSION IN THE CITY AWARD
Urban programs are a key component in the impact that Extension education makes on the well-being and prosperity of Texas residents. This award honors elected leaders whose support of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has significantly contributed to the success of our growing, vibrant outreach to urban audiences.
The Honorable Alan B. Sadler, Montgomery County Judge of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court
Through the decades, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court has steadfastly supported AgriLife Extension and facilitated development of one of our most outstanding Extension learning centers. For 24 years, Judge Sadler was a leader in the Court’s support, so it was our privilege to express appreciation and announce this award at the Court’s December meeting, the last regular meeting at which Judge Sadler presided before his retirement this week. When Judge Sadler took office in 1990, he brought with him a degree in finance from the University of Texas and many years of experience in banking and economic development. He has been director of the Montgomery County Juvenile Board since 1991 and serves on the Chancellor Advisory Board for the Lone Star College System, among other civic activities. It’s safe to say that Judge Sadler knows how to ask tough questions, knows a good investment when he sees one, and truly knows the value of youth development and education for our society. Judge Sadler not only personally participates in Extension programs, but also encourages county employees and others to participate, particularly in the Walk Across Texas fitness program.
2015 EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS
Established in 1999, the Extension Partnership Awards recognize vital alliances with agencies, organizations, and others beyond The Texas A&M University System. We honor those partners whose dedicated collaboration and support have significantly enhanced the outreach and impact of AgriLife Extension programs for the people of Texas.
When the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports program began in the 1970s, the Texas State Rifle Association was its first major donor and continues to provide key support, both financially and programmatically. Shooting sports promote valuable family time for participating youth and their parents, through various competitive and non-competitive activities. Thanks to the TSRA and its members, shooting sports are more affordable and well supported by trained volunteer instructors. Many association members have undergone intensive instructor training and invest personally in the lives of 4-H’ers to teach safe, responsible shooting and hunting skills.
In Extension livestock programs and 4-H education, Extension relies on partners who have extensive knowledge and experience in animal care. The Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a consummate example of one such partner. In fact, Extension specialists, veterinary practitioners and livestock producers can hardly remember a time when the TVMA was not a force working for their welfare. Among other projects, TVMA partners with AgriLife Extension to offer specialized programming to students, not only helping students learn how to raise their animals but also preparing students to pursue an animal care career. In a collaborative effort with Extension and the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, TVMA sponsors the Veterinary Science Certificate Program for 4-H youth and high schools students across the state. This program provides a platform for students who want to pursue an associate, undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree in the veterinary science field.