Awards and achievements for CAHNR

EFNEP Provost Award
EFNEP team with the Provost at the award event (Front row, from left to right) Juliana Restrepo Marin, Heather Peracchio, Erica Benvenuti, Lindsey Brush, Zoraida Velazquez (Back row, left to right) Toni Ellis, Michael Puglisi, Provost Craig Kennedy, Sherry Gray, Umekia Taylor (Cameron Faustman/CAHNR photo)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) was selected as a recipient of the Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship in the team category. The EFNEP program, which focuses on low-income families and diverse populations, was honored on December 5.

According to the Office of the Provost awards webpage, nominees for the award must meet some or all of the following criteria in performing public engagement activities:

  • Disseminated evidence of scholarship/research.
  • Sustained leadership in working with the public and/or with external organizations.
  • Innovative ways of working for the well-being of citizens and communities.
  • Documented excellence in extending University or community knowledge.
  • Evidence of the impact on a target audience.

Team members with a CAHNR Department of Extension or Department of Nutritional Sciences affiliation include: Program Assistant Erica Benvenuti, Program Assistant Educational Outreach Lindsey Brush, Program Assistant Educational Outreach Angela Caldera, Secretary Lorraine Downing, Extension Program Education Liaison Toni Ellis, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Sharon Gray, Secretary Marlene Kennedy, Visiting Assistant Extension Educator Heather Peracchio, Program Assistant Heather Pease, Assistant Extension Professor Michael Puglisi, Program Aide Juliana Restrepo Marin, Associate Cooperative Extension Educator Umekia Taylor, Program Assistant Educational Outreach Dianisi Torres and Extension Program Education Liaison Zoraida Velazquez. Linda Drake was the program director before her retirement.

By Patsy Evans