Several faculty and staff from the department of foods and nutrition have been recognized by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the largest organization of Extension professionals.
Elizabeth Andress, professor and Extension specialist and Walter B. Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow at UGA, was awarded the Continued Excellence Award at the national ESP annual conference in October in Wilmington, N.C.
SNAP-Ed program coordinator Edda Z. Cotto-Rivera was awarded the Diversity Multicultural Award in the southern region, and administrative associate Elizabeth Carroll received the ESP Excellence in Support Service at the state level.
ESP is comprised of professionals working in all aspects of the Extension system, including administration, family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources, and 4-H and youth development.
“I have always valued my membership in ESP, and the professional interaction it provides with Extension educators from all program areas in the organization,” Andress said.
Officially organized in 1927 as a national honorary Extension fraternity, ESP works to strengthen the impact of the Extension system’s ability to address needs of individuals and communities through research-based education.
“I have worked in Extension education for 39 years in county, various state, and a national program leader positions,” Andress said. “These roles have allowed me to get to know many professionals nationwide and I truly appreciate this recognition from my peers around the country.”
Andress is also known for her coordination of the popular website, National Center for Home Food Preservation, http://nchfp.uga.edu. She established the multi-disciplinary, multi-state integrated research, Extension and education National Center in 1999, and she has received federal funding to support it for 15 years.
Cotto-Rivera’s recognition brings attention to the work performed in collaboration with the Refugee Women’s Network in DeKalb County. “Receiving this recognition from my professional peers expresses support and encouragement,” she said. “It inspires me to continue seeking ways to improve the services I provide to our priority audiences in an effective manner.”
Carroll has worked in the department for 17 years and has been a UGA employee for 26 years. She assists Andress and FDN faculty members Judy Harrison and Ali Berg and helps support 65 county agents throughout the state. “It was a total surprise and a real honor,” Carroll said of the recognition.
For more information about ESP, visit https://espnational.org/en/.
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