Rutgers Cooperative Extension Employees Receive Awards for Excellence

CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Cumberland County employees Cheryl McCormick and Tammy Commander were recognized December 7th with awards for excellence by Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE).
The awards are presented annually to one individual within the state. Cheryl McCormick, 4-H Program Assistant, received the Award for Excellence for Program Assistant and Agricultural Secretary Tammy Commander was recognized with the Excellence Award for Administrative Staff.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
McCormick and Commander were both rewarded during the event for their achievements which significantly enhanced RCE and for demonstrating outstanding performance and creativity above and beyond their position descriptions. McCormick was nominated by County 4-H Agent, Julie Karavan while Commander was nominated by Agricultural Agent, Jim Johnson.
Both recipients were honored during the month that celebrates the Extensions 100 years of service. The honorees received a certificate and congratulations from Rutgers Cooperative Extension Director Larry Katz, as well as a $250 award toward professional development from Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
“Tammy is the quintessential Cooperative Extension secretary," said Jim Johnson, Agricultural Agent. “She fully understands and is invested in the Cooperative Extension philosophy, is outgoing, completes an amazing amount of work, and supports all agricultural Extension efforts.”
The university’s land-grant mission and functions are carried out by the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station and it is mandated by the state to pursue research and outreach that generate and deliver practical science-based solutions for the viability, health, and sustainability of industries and communities related to agriculture, the environment, natural resources, food, and human and community development.
“Cheryl has calmly navigated her role as liaison to many of our affiliated groups and clubs, recruited colleagues and volunteers to assist with her programs in the wake of new youth protection policies, and expanded 4-H public speaking to include innovative school-based delivery,” said Julie Karavan, 4-H Agent.
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