University of Wyoming Extension News

Educator based in Casper receives UW Extension’s newer employee honor

Hannah Swanbom

Hannah Swanbom

Creating unique programs that meet community development needs prompted a University of Wyoming Extension educator to receive the organization’s newer employee recognition honor.

Hannah Swanbom, the community development educator based in Natrona County and also serving Converse and Niobrara counties, received the award Nov. 5 during the organization’s annual training in Laramie.

“This is a great honor, and I would like to thank my peers and colleagues who nominated me for this award,” she said.

Swanbom has leveraged her knowledge of rural Wyoming to create community development education programs that address community needs, her nomination information states. “Her vibrant personality and her desire to work with the people within extension shows in her successful educational programming and her respect from clientele and collaborators,” according to her nomination.

Swanbom received her master’s degree in agricultural extension and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Iowa State University. She joined extension in 2012.

Extension has offices in every Wyoming county and the Wind River Reservation.

Traveling exhibit at Casper fair highlights UW Extension’s 100th anniversary

Hannah Swnbom

UW Extension educator Hannah Swanbom

One hundred years of Wyoming residents striving to improve their lives is reflected in a traveling exhibit on display at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo in Casper through July 12.

The University of Wyoming Extension’s interactive exhibit includes touchscreen technology and standing presentation boards showing its engagement with citizens since 1913.

The effects of world wars, the Depression and drought are shown but also those issues with a Wyoming touch – one woman rode a horse 10 miles in a blizzard to get to a hat-making workshop in Cokeville in 1922. One workshop attendee said she had not had a hat in seven years.

“I was amazed at the history of extension and how our roots were in agriculture but we’ve branched out with different types of programming,” said Hannah Swanbom, community development educator with extension for Natrona, Niobrara and Converse counties. She joined extension in 2012. “It’s interesting to see 100 years ago what the programs were and how we’ve grown but stayed true to our roots.”

The exhibit will be displayed at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas this August and in various counties throughout the year.

4-H educator begins May 27 in Natrona County

A 4-H educator is joining the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

Joddee Jacobsen of Casper begins Tuesday, May 27.

She was formerly the program coordinator of the Cowboy Ethics Character Education Program for the Boys & Girls Club of CentralWyoming and Wyoming Youth Initiative.

“We are excited to have Joddee join the UWE team,” said Duane Williams, associate director of UW Extension. “Her experience and networking in Casper will be a great addition to our youth development efforts.”

Jacobsen grew up on a farm in southeast Idaho and participated in the 4-H program. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary history from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

UW Extension hosts preparing for animal, plant, food disasters course

Educator Scott Cotton

Educator Scott Cotton

Preparing for and responding to incidents involving animals, plants and food are the focus of a Department of Homeland Security certified course in Casper Wednesday, May 21.

University of Wyoming Extension is hosting “Preparing Communities for Animal, Plant, and Food Incidents: An Introduction” offered by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

The focus is to train in-state instructors so the course can be duplicated across the state, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator coordinating the class. The UW Extension Disaster Education Team, Wyoming Homeland Security and NCBRT are sponsors.

The extent to which accidental, intentional and naturally occurring incidents can affect daily operations in the food and agricultureindustry is examined, Cotton said. Those attending will learn to recognize food industry threats and vulnerabilities.

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Casper workshop to discuss, improve sage grouse habitat restoration

A sage grouse habitat restoration workshop is Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27, in Casper hosted by the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming.

“This workshop features researchers, practitioners, consultants, wildlife experts, agency folks, and ranchers discussing methods and actions to improve or restore sage grouse habitat in Wyoming,” said Calvin Strom, research scientist in the WRRC at theUniversity of Wyoming.