Several faculty and staff from the department of foods and nutrition have been recognized by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the largest organization of Extension professionals. One such faculty member is an online professor, Elizabeth Andress.
Dr. Andress, professor and Extension specialist and Walter B. Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow at UGA, was awarded the Continued Excellence Award at the national ESP annual conference in October in Wilmington, N.C. Andress is an online instructor for the Master in Foods and Nutrition program. Her expertise lies in developing, implementing and evaluating Extension programs in food safety and quality, which include home food preservation.
ESP is comprised of professionals working in all aspects of the Extension system, including administration, family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources, and 4-H and youth development.
“I have always valued my membership in ESP, and the professional interaction it provides with Extension educators from all program areas in the organization,” Andress said.
Officially organized in 1927 as a national honorary Extension fraternity, ESP works to strengthen the impact of the Extension system’s ability to address the needs of individuals and communities through research-based education.
“I have worked in Extension education for 39 years in county, various state, and a national program leader positions,” Andress said. “These roles have allowed me to get to know many professionals nationwide and I truly appreciate this recognition from my peers around the country.”
Andress is also known for her coordination of the popular website, National Center for Home Food Preservation, http://nchfp.uga.edu. She established the multi-disciplinary, multi-state integrated research, Extension and education National Center in 1999, and she has received federal funding to support it for 15 years.