CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University Extension Association recognized several Extension educators with awards at an annual conference held recently on the OSU campus.

Ginny Goblirsch, a Lincoln County Extension Sea Grant agent, and Flaxen Conway, Extension Community Outreach specialist, received the 1997 Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education. Both were cited for the excellence of their work with the Fishing Families Project, in which Extension educators provide fishing families with practical information on ways to deal with the economic and social stresses created by the cyclical nature of the commercial fishing industry.

Bruce DeYoung, Sea Grant specialist, received the Oscar Hagg Communication Award for his innovative use of computer technology, e-mail, electronic mail groups and the Internet in Extension Sea Grant staff operations and educational programs.

Roxann Emmons, a 4-H Youth Program assistant in the Lane County Extension office, received the Professional Educational Program Assistant Award for developing school enrichment programs and delivering educational natural resources programs to grade school children.

Derek Godwin, Edward Hellman and Katy Kavanagh, all OSU Extension Service agents, received Newer Faculty Awards, given to Extension agents and specialists who demonstrate high standards of excellence in program content, scholarship and community service.

Godwin, a watershed management agent serving Coos and Curry County for the past three years, was cited for his ability to build coalitions and trust among the many groups working towards watershed improvement on Oregon's southern coast.

Hellman, an agriculture agent specializing in berry and grape crops at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, was cited for serving clientele via workshops, newsletters and other educational programs, and developing the Northwest Berry and Grape Infonet, an educational program and information service for growers.

Kavanagh, a forestry agent at the Clatsop County Extension office in Astoria, was recognized for developing educational forestry programs for youth, improving educational outreach activities for small woodland owners, and applied research activities. Her work with Swiss needle cast helped highlight the importance of the disease to both small woodland owners and the commercial forestry industry.

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Jim Hermes, 541-737-2254