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NCEA is the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association. We are a professional organization for faculty and staff who work in University of Nebraska Extension 

NCEA serves as the umbrella organization for the different professional sections. The sections underneath the NCEA umbrella are:

  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA)
  • National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)
  • National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP)
  • Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals/National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (ANREP/NACDEP)
  • Association for Communication Excellence in Agricultural and Natural Resources (ACE)
  • National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP)
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)

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Nebraska’s Communicator and Specialty State Award winners and the Regional North Central NAE4-HYDP Award Winners

Nebraska winners will be celebrated this fall at the 2023 NCEA Conference. The Regional winners will be recognized at the Regional breakfast at the National NAE4-HYDP in Pittsburg, PA.

Congratulations to all!

Nebraska Award Winners

Communicator Awards:

  • Educational Package Individual – Angela Abts with Butterflies
  • Educational Piece Individual – Laura Narjes with Pre-Fair Newsletter
  • Exhibit – Jill Goedeken & Tayler Wickham with 4-H Thriving Model: Live!
  • Feature Story – Laura Narjes with Celebrating 4-H
  • News Story – Megan Hanefeldt with Youth Participate in 4-H National Youth Science Day Project
  • Promotional Piece – Individual – Sarah Polacek with 4-H School Enrichment in Madison County
  • Promotional Piece – Team – D’Ette Scholtz, Megan Knuth, LaDonna Obermiller, Crystal Beissenherz, and Joyce Krolikowski with Kids College Promotional Flyer
  • Publish Photo – Megan Hanefeldt with ‘Pumpkins…a Little Fun, a Little Funky’
  • Social Media Piece- Individual – Laura Narjes with Shooting Sports Instructor Training
  • Social Media Package / Campaign – Individual – Tessa Reese with 4-H Maker Day
  • Radio/Audio Program – Michelle Garwood with Cheery Co 4-H Weekly Report – Bovee Fire Edition

Specialty Awards:

  • Citizenship in 4-H Youth Development Award – D’Ette Scholtz, Kerry Elsen, Elizabeth Janning, Megan Knuth, LaDonna Obermiller, Jordan Wilber and Julie Ochsner with Project Kindness
  • Excellence in Camping Award – Melissa Mracek, Tessa Reece, Ashley Fenning, Marie and Nelson with Wilderness Wonders Camp
  • Excellence in Healthy Living Programming – D’Ette Scholtz, Kerry Elsen, Elizabeth Janning, Megan Knuth, LaDonna Obermiller, Jordan Wilber and Julie Ochsner with ‘Stop the Pass’ Simulation
  • Excellence in Natural Resources / Environmental Education Award – Brett Kreifels with Nature Night Walk
  • Excellence in Peer Professional Development Award – Jill Goedeken, Tayler Wickham, and Maria Walker with 4-H Thrive Week
  • Jim Kahler Excellence in STEM Award – Sarah Polacek, Kim Bearnes, Jayd Roberts, Deb Weitzenkamp, and Julie Boyle with Imagine Now, STEAM and Nebraska Extension

Regional Award Winners from Nebraska:

  • Educational Piece Individual – Laura Narjes with Pre-Fair Newsletter
  • Promotional Piece – Team – D’Ette Scholtz, Megan Knuth, LaDonna Obermiller, Crystal Beissenherz, and Joyce Krolikowski with Kids College Promotional Flyer
  • Publish Photo – Megan Hanefeldt with ‘Pumpkins…a Little Fun, a Little Funky’
  • Social Media Piece- Individual – Laura Narjes with Shooting Sports Instructor Training
  • Excellence in Camping Award – Melissa Mracek, Tessa Reece, Ashley Fenning, Marie and Nelson with Wilderness Wonders Camp

National Award Winners from Nebraska:

To Be Announced

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NCEA 2023 Conference Happenings!

2023 NCEA Fall Conference Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 15

1:15 p.m.        NCEA Conference Check In (Lobby), NCEA New Member Orientation (Ruby 5), ESP Section meeting (Ruby 6), NE Extension Swag Shop (Lobby) 

2:15 p.m.  Conference Kick Off – Keynote Speaker – Dan Meers (Crystal 4)

3:15-3:30 p.m.  Networking & Refreshment Break

3:30-5:30 p.m. NCEA Section Meetings (4-H (Crystal 3), NACDEP & ANREP (Ruby 7)), Breakout [UNL Benefits/Wellness] (Ruby 6) or Roundtable Sessions [Funding Themes/Technology Themes] (Crystal 2)

6:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner (Crystal 4)

7:00-10:00 p.m.  Social Par-Tee Event– Birdies & Brews 

Thursday, November 16

7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own, Past Presidents Breakfast

8:00-8:30 a.m. Committee Meetings [Advocacy (Ruby 1), Audit & Budget (Ruby 7), Diversity (Ruby 5), Member Services (Ruby 6), Policy (Ruby 4), Professional Improvement (Crystal 3), Recognition & Awards (Ruby 3), Technology (Ruby 2)]

8:30-10:30 a.m. NCEA Sections Meetings (Ag (Ruby 7), FCS (Ruby 5), Specialist (Ruby 4)), Breakout [UNL Benefits/Wellness] (Crystal 3) or Roundtable Sessions [Going from Survive to Thrive] (Crystal 2)

10:30-10:45 a.m.  Networking & Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. NCEA Business Meeting (Crystal 4)

12:15-1:30 p.m.  Lunch Buffet, NCEA Past Presidents Panel – Send Off (Crystal 4)

1:30 p.m. Safe Travels

Social Par-Tee Nov. 15 , 2023 – Birdies & Brews, 5915 2nd Avenue, Kearney

https://www.birdiesnbrewskrny.com/

  • Join us for an evening of relaxation, drinks, and golf simulator fun with your colleagues. Birdies & Brews has over 70 courses to practice your swing. Not into golf? No problem! Come enjoy a cash bar and friendly conversation. RSVP for this event during the registration process. 


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