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Three Friends of Extension awards given by IAMC-EPS

By Staff | Apr 1, 2015

AMES (ISU) – The Iowa Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Iowa State University Extension’s honor society, recognized three Friends of Extension during Epsilon Sigma Phi’s annual awards ceremony March 10 at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus.

Receiving awards from northwest Iowa were MaxYield Cooperative and the Maurice-Orange City-Hospers-Alton Kiwanis Club; plus Lori Hayungs, an ISU Extension family life specialist.

MaxYield Cooperative of north central and northwest Iowa has enabled members to achieve results jointly that they couldn’t have achieved on their own. MaxYield’s philosophy shines through with a strong partnership support for ISU Extension programs in its area. Its commitment to providing current and emerging research-based information to its constituents and the region has been demonstrated in numerous ways.

For more than a decade, MaxYield has supported the 4-H program by providing $10 per member to counties it serves, offsetting the 4-H program development fee. It has supported all agricultural education opportunities for youth and played a major role in Extension’s farm and rural safety days. It also plays a key role in education for all members of the farming community, especially women in agriculture, by funding financial support for counties and clients to participate in the Annie’s Project classes that educate women in agriculture.

The MOCHA Kiwanis Club is small but mighty, having offered excellent support for the ISU Extension Sioux County 4-H and Human Sciences programs over the last several years. The MOCHA Kiwanis generates almost $10,000 annually to distribute to children and families in the small rural communities they serve. Their awards to Extension have been generous in both gift and spirit. Giving of their personal time and organizational dollars makes them true Friends of Extension.

In addition, ESP also honored five ISU Extension staff and faculty members from across the state, rewarding their service. One of these recipients, Lori Hayungs serves families and individuals in northwest Iowa as an ISU Extension Human Sciences family life specialist.

Lori Hayungs received the Early Career award. Hayungs was hired as a human sciences specialist in family life in 2011, and jumped into her extension career with a “let’s find the way” attitude. In just over four years of work with ISU Extension, she finds ways to move barriers and encourages colleagues in meeting Iowa’s constituents where they are and exceeding their expectations.

“How could I get so lucky?” Hayungs asked. “Daily, I am allowed to share with my county constituents the importance of healthy families and teach and train professionals to empower families and children.”

If you stopped by the ISU Extension booth at area home shows, a sampling of Human Sciences programming, blogs and Web sites were presented by Cindy Gannon, marketing coordinator for northwest Iowa. Listening to Gannon earned home show attendees a candy bar playing the “Did You Know?” tree banner game showcasing what Lori Hayungs and the Human Sciences team offer in northwest Iowa and beyond.

ESP said its goals are to maintain high professional standards, foster professional relationships and sustain morale and prestige of Extension service. These individuals and groups did just that while promoting extension work in their communities and across the state as Friends of Extension.

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