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4-H Meat Donation Program Helps Fight Hunger
USU Extension Professionals Receive National Awards
Just Right
4-H Clover to Top 150 MPH
Tech Tips: Grading Your Writing
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October 2009
4-H Meat Donation Program Helps Fight Hunger

       Food banks and charitable organizations are usually successful in collecting cans and boxes of food, but donated meat is harder to come by.  A group of Utah State University Extension 4-H youth and leaders are working to change this with the 4-H Meat Donation program.
         On Saturday, Sept. 26, 120 4-H youth worked at the Utah Food Bank warehouse in Salt Lake City sorting meat into small boxes that will be shipped throughout Utah to feed hungry families.
       Approximately 120,000 pounds of meat were donated through the program. According to Utah Food Bank statistics, the 4-H Meat Donation Program accounts for about five percent of the annual donated meat.
         "This amount of meat is something we wouldn't normally get at the Food Bank - high quality beef, pork and lamb," said Jim Pugh, executive director of the Utah Food Bank. "This donation will make a huge difference in what we can offer needy families."
USU Extension Professionals Receive National Awards

       Utah State University Extension professionals recently received national awards for outstanding performance at the 2009 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Awards of Excellence annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.            
       The awards program provides recognition for members in areas of professional development, communications, program development and public relations.
       "It is an honor for our employees to have received awards on the national level," said Chuck Gay, associate vice president and associate director for USU Extension. "This shows the caliber of professionals we have working with our Utah publics."  
       Award winners include Marilyn Albertson, USU Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Salt Lake County, who received first place, western region winner and national winner in newsletters. This award was the result of a Salt Lake County team entry, including Sara Oldroyd, Sarah Petersen, Elizabeth Garn, Maruja Luis, Stephanie Young and Mary Gedge.  Joanne Roueche, USU Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Davis County, was selected as National Distinguished Service Award winner.
       Ann House, USU Extension bankruptcy area agent in Salt Lake County, received the first place regional and national Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award, along with her team of Utah family and consumer science agents. The award was given for curriculum developed and taught statewide to help those in low-income households learn financial management skills. Team winners for the award include Teresa Hunsaker, Weber County; Carolyn Washburn, Washington County; Jana Darrington and Dean Miner, Utah County; Ronda Olsen, Uintah County; Marilyn Albertson, Salt Lake County; Darlene Christensen, Tooele County; Ann Parkinson, Sevier County; Susan Haws, Summit County; Margaret Hopkin, Morgan County; Margie Memmott, Juab County; Kathleen Riggs, Iron County; Michael Johnson, Grand County; Christine Jensen, Emery County; Joanne Roueche, Davis County; Ellen Serfustini, Carbon County; Adrie Roberts, Cache County; Ann Henderson, Box Elder County; Clint Albrecht, Beaver County; Anita Raddatz, Sanptete County; SuzAnne Jorgensen, Garfield County; Lou Mueller, San Juan County; and Jenna Innis, Salt Lake County.
Just Right
       According to the results for our recent Marketing and Communications survey, this newsletter is about the right length and frequency. 
        If you would like to review all the results of the survey, go to this link:
      More than 90 percent of respondents said that the newsletter's length was "about right" while only two people thought it was too long and nobody thought it was too short.  About 80 percent responded that monthly was the preferred frequency with only 21 percent preferring bi-monthly or quarterly.  Nearly 70 percent of those who responded said they watched the webcasts live and another 17 percent watched the recorded versions.
4-H Clover to Top 150 MPH

       Utah State University Extension 4-H members anxiously awaited seeing the 4-H
clover prominently displayed on NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon's car during the kickoff for National 4-H Week, Oct. 4-10.
       The 4-H emblem made its debut appearance in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race where the 4-H emblem was featured on the 'TV panel' of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet driven by Gordon at Kansas Speedway Oct. 4. The placement of the 4-H clover was made possible through a donation by DuPont, sponsor of both the No. 24 team and of 4-H.     
       USU Extension Director of 4-H and Youth Programs Kevin Kesler anticipated the race and was anxious to see the 4-H emblem.
       "What better way to show the world that 4-H is alive and well than to have our clover seen on national television by millions of NASCAR fans," he said. "This is a landmark opportunity for 4-H, and it is great that the 4-H emblem will be so widely seen. We are grateful for DuPont's generous support, and we are sure that the combination of DuPont, Jeff Gordon and 4-H will be a winning team as we launch into National 4-H Week."
Tech Tips: Grading Your Writing
From Dennis Hinkamp, USU Extension Communications
       Are your verbose missives tantamount to being obsequious? Or do you write simply? One way to check is to use a simple word analyzer such as the one available at  Simply cut and paste in some of your text and click "check." This will give you both a grade level and readability score. You may suspect that 8th graders don't read, but grade 8 to 10  is about the level you should shoot for in popular publications.
       As a bench mark, I plugged in a typical New York Times news story and it rated at Grade: 8  and  Readability: 43 (the higher number, the more readable). I also pasted in the transcript from President Obama's most recent health care speech. It rated Grade: 10 with a Readability: 47.
       If you would like a more in-depth (free) text analysis tool that calculates word and phrase frequencies, I highly recommend this one

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