Feb 3, 2020
Awards given at Rutgers Cooperative Extension conference

During the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference on Jan. 13 a presentation of awards for excellent work was made by Extension director Brian Schilling, associate director of administration and personnel Kathleen Howell and administrative coordinator Rhonda Breen-Simone.

Best of the Best Team Award

For a program effort to be selected for this recognition, it must have documented evidence of the impact of the program. The level of impact must be measurable and should include social, economic and/or environmental impact. It must be a team approach involving RCE multi-departmental personnel. It must have demonstrated evidence of leverage of base dollar support for the program. (i.e.: external funding or significant in kind support) Nominations will be evaluated on the extent to which they meet the following criteria:

  • Address a specific current issue
  • Demonstrate measurable impact that has already been documented through structured evaluation
  • Reach out to a diverse audience
  • Exhibit potential for others to adapt and use the program
  • Provide resource materials for others to use
  • Demonstrate consistency with NJAES/RCE Mission with written Plan of Work and/or lesson plan
  • Involve a broad-based, multi-departmental team
  • Document program results in scholarly work
    Rutgers Cooperative Extension Director Brian Schilling with the Best of the Best Award recipients.


Nominator: Hemant Gohil

“These individuals comprise an interdepartmental team which is dedicated to a highly impactful Extension program: Supporting New Jersey’s winegrape industry. Their work provides research-based knowledge to the winegrape industry of New Jersey, supporting economic and environmentally sustainable production.”

Photo at top: Best of the Best Award Recipients, from left, Hemant Gohil, Gary Paulis, Megan Muehlbauer, Dean Polk, George Hamilton and Dave Schmitt.

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