4-H educator starts Dec. 7 in Converse County

Stacey Fitzgibbons
Stacey Fitzgibbons

A 4-H educator will join the Converse County office of the University of Wyoming Extension Monday, Dec. 7.
Stacey Fitzgibbons earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business concentration from the University of Wyoming in 2014. She most recently worked as the livestock show coordinator for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and had completed an internship with the extension rangeland and livestock programs in Platte County.
Fitzgibbons, who grew up in Meeker, Colo., is a former 4-H’er.
“It is my goal to promote the development of our youth through an organization that shaped me at a very young age,” she said.

BodyWorks in Wyoming program team wins UW Extension creative excellence award

A collaborative team received extension's Creative in Excellence Recognition Award for its Body Works in Wyoming program. From left, Melissa Bardsley, Vicki Hayman, associate director Mary Kay Wardlaw, Mary Louise Wood, Kimberly Fry, associate director Kelly Crane
A collaborative team received extension’s Creative in Excellence Recognition Award for its Body Works in Wyoming program. From left, Melissa Bardsley, Vicki Hayman, associate director Mary Kay Wardlaw, Mary Louise Wood, Kimberly Fry, associate director Kelly Crane

Team members who launched a program that gets youth and parents working together to improve family eating and activity – with one youth earning dinner at the White House – were recognized with the UW Extension Creative Excellence Recognition Award.

BodyWorks in Wyoming program collaborators Melissa Bardsley, Vicki Hayman, Mary Louise Wood and Kimberly Fry received the honor in Riverton Wednesday, Nov. 11, during extension’s annual training.
The team developed the program to teach Wyoming youths and adults strategies to build lifelong healthy habits.

Bardsley is the extension food and nutrition specialist; Wood is the 4-H youth educator in Albany County; Hayman is the nutrition and food safety educator in Weston County; and Fry is a 4-H youth educator in Campbell County.
They have led the BodyWorks program since 2012 in Campbell and Albany counties –with one 12-year-old participant, Dillon Andrews, of Albany County garnering dinner at the White House after his recipe for Indian tacos (http://bit.ly/recipebydillon) was selected in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. His mother related, “Before participating in BodyWorks, he would not have been able to identify the best ingredients to create such a balanced meal.”

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UW Meat Judging team finishes season with reserve national champion honor

Members of the UW Meat Judging team who competed at the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging contest are, from left, Cole Foreman, Eli Lindsey, Erin Hansen, McKenzie Hatch, coach John Lacey, Taryn Chapman, McKenna Brinton, Jessie Gunning, coach Zeb Gray, Beth Lenz, BW Ochsner
Members of the UW Meat Judging team who competed at the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging contest are, from left, Cole Foreman, Eli Lindsey, Erin Hansen, McKenzie Hatch, coach John Lacey, Taryn Chapman, McKenna Brinton, Jessie Gunning, coach Zeb Gray, Beth Lenz, BW Ochsner

University of Wyoming Meat Judging team members broke team records and posted a perfect score in specifications en route to its reserve national champion meat judging team honor to finish the fall season.

The finish came at the International Intercollegiate Meat Judging contest Nov. 15 in Dakota City, Neb.

Wyoming also had three team members selected to the eight-member All-American team, said coach Zeb Gray, who is assisted in coaching by student John Lacey of Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Texas Tech won the competition. The UW team posted the fifth-highest team score ever, which makes the 2015 team hold three of the top five Wyoming team scores, said Gray.

The team lost a tiebreaker to finish second in specifications. UW also earned second in beef judging and placings. The team was third in lamb judging and fourth in pork judging and reasons.

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Community development educator receives UW Extension’s highest honor

Julie Daniels, left, community development educator in Laramie County, received the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award during EPIC in Riverton. Presenting was Uinta County community development educator Kimberly Chapman. The award is the most presigious in UW Extension.
Julie Daniels, left, community development educator in Laramie County, received the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award during EPIC in Riverton. Presenting was Uinta County community development educator Kimberly Chapman. The award is the most prestigious in UW Extension.

An educator recognized for her efforts to provide training to elected and appointed board members and government has received University of Wyoming Extension’s highest honor.

Julie Daniels, Laramie County community development educator, received the Jim DeBree Award in Riverton Nov. 11 during extension’s annual training.

Daniels spearheaded efforts to develop a multi-year training institute for the Wyoming Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers that allows members to obtain the 100-plus hours of training required obtain certification. As institute director, she works closely with the association and its international association (International Institute of Municipal Clerks) to oversee curriculum planning, implementation and recordkeeping.

The institute’s popularity prompted the county treasurers to approach Daniels about spearheading a similar training effort on their behalf.

Daniels has helped train county-appointed board members and assisted leading extension’s community development educators’ efforts to provide online board training to county officials. Her partnership with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office has helped state licensing board members and staff members develop a better understanding of the role of board members for their agencies and state, wrote a nominator.

The Jim DeBree Award is named in honor of the retired extension administrator and given to those who demonstrate a high level of professionalism, performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

Daniels is based in Laramie County and also serves Albany, Carbon, Goshen and Platte counties. She joined UW Extension in 2007.

Turkey preparation, roasting information available from UW Extension

turkey talkUW Extension nutrition and food safety educators offer Turkey 1.0 information for newbies and those who haven’t prepared the Thanksgiving meal for a while.

The 10-page “Turkey Talk” provides buying and thawing information, roasting timetable and instructions, safe handling of turkey dinners to avoid bacterial growth, food storage guides and recipes for leftovers.

The bulletin can be viewed or downloaded free at http://bit.ly/turktalk.