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4-H faculty in the spotlight

Two PHHS Extension and Public Health Practice faculty members recently were honored for their efforts to enhance the lives of Oregon’s youth through 4-H.

Octaviano-award24-H Tech Wizards Program Coordinator Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas received the 2014 Frances Dancy Hooks Award during the 32nd annual Peace Breakfast at Oregon State.

The award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work building bridges across cultures, show courage in promoting diversity and who proudly “walk the talk.”

“Congratulations to Octaviano for his passion and commitment to diversity as a student at OSU and with his current work where he continues to build community through his efforts and passion attached to diversity and culture, something that is ever present in the Tech Wizards program at the regional and national level,” says OSU Extension Service Regional Administrator Patrick Proden.

Virginia4-H Science Specialist Virginia Bourdeau received the 2014 Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for her exemplary science teaching skills and service to science education.

The award honors one NSTA member who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education in an informal or nontraditional school setting.

“This is a tremendous recognition for Virginia and great visibility for OSU,” says CPHHS Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement Roger Rennekamp.

Virginia will be presented with the award in April at the NSTA National Conference in Boston.