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Extension Faculty Receive National ESP Award
4-H Volunteer Recognized by Lt. Governor
Save Your Skin from Cancer
4-H Program Shares Success in Washington, D.C.
Extension Caps, Bags, Sweatshirts Available
Tech Tips
Recent Extension Publications
Extension Career Opportunities
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Extension News
July 2009
Extension Faculty Receive National ESP Award
      The team of Linda Skogrand, USU Extension family relations and diversity specialist; Heidi LeBlanc, former San Juan County Extension family and consumer sciences agent; and Lou Mueller, San Juan County Extension family and consumer sciences agent, received the 2009 Diversity/Multicultural Team Award from the National Epsilon Sigma Phi for their research project on Navajo marriages.
       Skogrand, along with her agent team, developed and implemented the "Strong Marriages in Two Navajo Nation Chapters in the Northern Part of the Navajo Nation" research project to identify components of strong Navajo marriages. Funding was secured for a 3.5 year study from the USU Agricultural Experiment Station.
       "This project has provided new information that is helping us provide culturally-appropriate couple education to underserved residents of Utah and surrounding states," Skogrand said.
       The strengths-based study was conducted under the direction of the Navajo Nation Institutional Review Board in a partnership with Navajo people. Twenty-one Navajo couples who had strong marriages were interviewed and then a couples' activity book was designed. This book is available on CD or online at
4-H Volunteer Recognized by Lt. Governor
      Lori Walters received the 2008 Silver Bowl Award for her outstanding volunteer service with Tooele County 4-H.  She accepted the award from Utah Lt. Governor Gary R. Herbert at the 30th Annual Silver Bowl Awards ceremony and luncheon on April 22 in Provo.
       The Utah State Commission on Volunteers and the Utah Volunteer Center Association presents the Silver Bowl Award annually to one outstanding group or individual in each county that has made a significant difference in the community through volunteering. Walters was nominated for the award for her nine years of service to 4-H by Deb Jones, USU Extension 4-H volunteer development specialist, and Darlene Christensen, USU Extension agent in Tooele County.
       "Lori helps the 4-H youth have a positive experience," said Christensen. "That, in turn, creates a positive feeling toward 4-H for the rest of the family. Lori has truly opened the door of 4-H and 'learning by doing' for many youth in Tooele."
Save Your Skin from Cancer

      More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.1 One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime.   Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer.2  Take precautions to protect yourself and your family.  The best way to prevent melanoma is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun and to protect your skin when you are in the sun.  The following are useful skin cancer prevention tips:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.3

1American Cancer Society's 2007 Facts & Figures
2American Melanoma Foundation
3Skin Cancer Foundation

4-H Program Shares Success in Washington, D.C.
       The Utah State University Extension 4-H Youth and Families with Promise Program was asked to share their success story with the Federal Mentoring Council in Washington, D.C., in June.
       The council is creating a National Mentoring Working Group consisting of the leading national mentoring experts and practitioners, including 4-H. The council wanted a better understanding of the Utah YFP Program, which helps promote developmental assets in at-risk youths.
       "The presentation seemed to be right on the mark," said Kevin Kesler, director of 4-H and Youth Programs in Utah. "The goal was to let other agencies know about the success of our program and see if they could improve their own programs by following some of our designs. Based on the number of questions and expressed interest we received, I believe we accomplished the goal."
       For more information about the USU Extension 4-H YFP Program, visit
      Pictured (left to right): Craig Dart, 4-H YFP Program Coordinator; Kesler; Harry Wilson, chair, Federal Mentoring Council; Gail Manza, chair, National Mentoring Working Group.
Extension Caps, Bags, Sweatshirts Available
      New sweatshirts, ball caps and bags with the USU Extension word mark are available.
      The hooded, blue sweatshirts, sized small to extra large, can be purchased for $25. The "blue goes green" bags are $2 and are 12.5" wide, 13.5" tall and 6.5" deep.  And, the one-size fits most ball caps are $5; there are both regular and mess khaki hats.
      To purchase an item, contact Mike Whitesides, USU Extension Marketing Manager, at

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