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Nebraska Digest: Zoubek receives National Hall of Fame Award; Waller receives NAYC's highest honor; NCCEF awards eight scholarships.

July 24, 2017

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NEW ROLE AT PANHANDLE: Jeff Bradshaw, Extension entomologist at the Panhandle REC, was named associate research and Extension director intern. The new model provides a training opportunity for research or Extension professionals who may want to gain administrative experience through an internship.

Jeff Bradshaw, Extension entomologist at the University of Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, has been named associate research and Extension director intern for the Panhandle Center and Panhandle Extension District. His new assignment was announced by Jack Whittier, research and Extension director for the Panhandle.

Bradshaw will have a split appointment, 50% as associate director intern and 50% in his current duties.

The new model provides a training opportunity for research or Extension professionals who may want to gain administrative experience through an internship. The intern will assist the director with administrative duties in the Panhandle District for 12 to 18 months, participate in statewide administrative discussions and retreats, and be responsible for special projects within the Panhandle District. Bradshaw's primary responsibilities will be at the Panhandle Center, allowing Whittier to work more directly at the county level.

 

Gary Zoubek receives National Hall of Fame Award

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43-YEAR CAREER: Recently, Gary Zoubek was awarded the Hall of Fame Award for the North Central Region at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents national meeting. Zoubek demonstrated excellence while serving as an educator, mentor and friend to many over his 43-year Nebraska Extension career in Holt, Antelope and York counties.

At the National Association of County Agricultural Agents’ national meeting in Salt Lake City recently, Gary Zoubek was awarded the Hall of Fame Award for the north-central region. This is the highest honor an Extension agricultural professional can receive from NACAA. Every year one recipient is selected from each of four U.S. regions.

Over his 43-year Extension career in Holt, Antelope and York counties, Zoubek has collaborated in numerous projects, seeking research-based ways to make farmers profitable yet environmentally and economically sustainable. While in retirement, he has helped with Nebraska Extension's "Strengthening Nebraska's Agricultural Economy" effort.

Zoubek is recognized for his teamwork in the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network since 2005.

 

Steve Waller receives NAYC highest honor

The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council presented its highest honor, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute's Award of Merit, to Steve Waller of Lincoln during the annual NAYI banquet July 12 in Lincoln.

Waller is the former dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources (CASNR).

Waller joined UNL's Department of Agronomy in 1978. Through the years, he has held joint administrative appointments with CASNR and the Agricultural Research Division.

In 2002, Waller became the dean of CASNR after serving as interim dean for two years. He is currently the head of the Department of Grassland Studies at UNL.

 

NCCEF awards scholarships

The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation has awarded eight scholarships totaling $19,000 for the 2017-18 academic year to students at UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis.

For the first time, the foundation is awarding one $2,500 scholarship in honor of Robert C. Andersen to an upperclass student at UNL. The recipient is Chris Coulter of Bassett, a junior at UNL majoring in agribusiness.

In addition, six students at UNL received $2,500 scholarships in honor of Michael S. Turner and one student at NCTA received a $1,500 scholarship at:

• Moriah Heerten of Springview is a junior majoring in ag economics.
• Alexander Frerichs of Lodgepole is a senior majoring in ag economics.
• Eric Klitz of West Point is a sophomore majoring in agribusiness.
• Erika Harms of Glenvil is a junior majoring in ag economics.
• Jacob Uhlman of Clatonia is a freshman at majoring in agribusiness.
• Donovan Buss of York is a first-year student at NCTA majoring in ag production systems.

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