University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator serves southeast Wyoming

Callie Kettner

Callie Kettner

Callie Kettner begins June 8 as the nutrition and food safety educator in the Carbon County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Based in Rawlins, she will also serve Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties.

Kettner has worked three years with the University of Idaho Extension delivering nutrition education to youths in the after-school, summer lunch and 4-H program.

She received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Idaho State University and completed her master’s degree in health sciences with a nutrition emphasis and a dietetic internship this May from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

Powell Research and Extension Center hosting ‘Plant Adventures’ for youths

                 Hands-on youth activities in plant sciences and insects are planned for “Plant Adventures” Saturday, June 13, at the Powell Research and Extension Center, 747 Road 9.

            Activities are 9-11:30 a.m., said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

            “This is a fun family event providing hands-on activities in plant sciences, good bugs/bad bugs, soil and water, bees and honey and planting, focusing on children ages 7-10,” said Vardiman. “We will be covering basic plant parts and functions, insect parts and life cycles, soil types and the value of water, honey bees and their importance along with a hands-on planting exercise.” 

            RSVP with Rachel Olsen by emailing rolsen7@uwyo.edu or calling 307-754-8836. For more information, contact Vardiman in Powell at 307-754-8836 or jvardima@uwyo.edu.

4-H educator begins May 18 in Johnson County

James Dawson

James Dawson

James Dawson will join the Johnson County office of the University of Wyoming Extension Monday, May 18, as the 4-H educator.
“He brings strong experience in education, volunteer recruitment and training and management to this position,” said Susan James, federal relations and staff development coordinator with the University of Wyoming Extension.

Since 2006, Dawson worked at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as the hunter education and outdoor skills coordinator in Cheyenne and Casper.

Dawson received a bachelor’s degree in biological science education from the University of Wyoming in 1978. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a master’s degree in agriculture, extension education. He taught biological science for over 19 years at Buffalo High School.

Dawson also spent one year working as the Wyoming 4-H State natural resource/shooting sports state coordinator while obtaining his master’s degree.

Animal science student, rescued racehorse took trail to greener pastures

Lindsay Zacco and Buck

Lindsay Zacco and Buck

Buckdeer faced a career change.

He was, by all measurements, a failure.

A name change and career switch later, he’s back in the saddle again. At least, his owner, University of Wyoming junior Lindsay Zacco, is.

The thoroughbred that finished dead last in his only race gave her the courage to pursue her dreams, said Zacco, an animal science major who has an equine science option.

Buck was sold at age 3 to a trainer at the same Pennsylvania horse barn Zacco used. Buck was to be trained as a hunter-jumper horse after his failed race career. Zacco said Buck wasn’t working out with his new owner.

“He and I just always got along,” said Zacco, who began riding at age 8. “With everyone else, he was a little crazy. When I rode him, he was always very good. The woman just decided to give him to me.”

She bought him for $1 two years later, and a few years after that, Buck was in a horse trailer bound for college in Wyoming with his owner.

Buck got a name change and would major as a hunter-jumper with a minor in western trail.

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Fremont County hosts retirement reception for long-time extension educator

Ron Cunningham is retiring  after 38 years with the University of Wyoming Extension.

Ron Cunningham is retiring after 38 years with University of Wyoming Extension.

A retirement reception for 38-year University of Wyoming Extension educator Ron Cunningham is 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the commissioners chambers at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander.

Cunningham joined extension after receiving an associate’s degree from Casper College in 1968 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1970. Cunningham serves Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties and the Wind River Reservation.

“He has distinguished himself as a creative and skilled teacher and educator, and a dedicated servant to the people of his communities throughout his 38-year career,” said Glen Whipple, extension director and associate dean in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

He was an early recipient of the college’s Outstanding Educator Award and has received awards from the Fremont County Recreation Board, National County Agents Association and the Wyoming County Agents Association. Memberships include the Wyoming and national county agricultural agents associations, the Fremont County Cattleman Association, Wyoming Wool Growers Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association and he is a member and state representative for the National Extension Disaster Education Network.