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AACES encourages the recognition of peers by providing members the opportunity to
honor their co-workers annually with the following awards. Recipients are recognized
with the award at the annual Galaxy Awards Banquet.
Would you like to nominate a peer for a job well done? Nominate someone today!
Who is eligible?
This award recognizes one appointed Extension employee for innovation in programming
or use of technology to further the mission of Extension within the last three years
and is available to one appointed Extension employee.
The award was created and named in memory of Dr. Brett Barham, who was an Associate
Professor of Animal Science and was elected President of AACES in 2011. Throughout
his short 7 year career, Dr. Barham was a leader in introducing innovative technologies
that delivered timely information specializing in beef cattle breeding and genetics
to cattle producers. He freely shared ideas with his colleagues which led to the adoption of these technologies
by other Extension programs. Brett was committed to his profession and the betterment
of the beef industry.
This award recognizes one appointed Extension employee for outstanding performance
in a single, difficult assignment within the last three years. A nominee must have
a minimum 50% Extension appointment and be a member of AACES.
This award is available to one appointed Extension Program Associate or Program Technician
who has demonstrated commitment, character, accomplishment and professionalism within
the last three years..
Dr. Gary Burke was an Assistant Specialist (Program Associate) in the Agronomy and
Animal Science departments from 1989 to 1996. A complete professional, Dr. Burke was
meticulous with the implementation of demonstrations and collection and analysis of
data. He was committed to assisting Arkansas producers with improved sustainability
and profitability. Dr. Burke’s dedication to his profession was admired by all who
This award recognizes one classified appointed Extension employee whose efforts have
exemplified professionalism in the performance of all job responsibilities within
the last three years.
Jane Osborne started to work on 4/26/56 as a Secretary-Stenographer, with a 27 year
career with the Cooperative Extension Service.
This award recognizes an Extension faculty member for superior service in the performance
of all job responsibilities within the last three years and is available to one appointed
Extension faculty member with a minimum 50% Extension appointment. The employee must
be a member of AACES.
Jeannette Roberts was elected as the very first Vice-President of AACES when the organization
was established on September 17, 1977. She was elected AACES President in 1979 and
the organization grew under her leadership. She began her career with Extension as
a County Extension Agent - Home Economics and 4-H in Benton county and later became
a Clothing Specialist in the State Office. She was very loyal and dedicated to her
work, and she remained in that position until her passing in 1992.
This award recognizes one appointed Extension support specialist** for superior service
in the performance of all job responsibilities within the last three years. A nominee
must be a member of AACES.
This award, created in 2015, is named in memory of Linda Meeks, who was employed by
the Cooperative Extension Service for 15 years. Linda served in a support role as
the Assistant Director for Financial Services. She was a long-time member and supporter
of AACES, where she served as Treasurer for many years. She was also a member of
the Audit Committee.
Who is eligible?
This award recognizes one County Extension Agent for outstanding service in the performance
of all job responsibilities within the last three years and is available to one county
This award recognizes a researcher or research team whose efforts have made an important
contribution to their field of study within the last three years. This award is open
to any non-classified appointed employee within the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
This award recognizes unselfish service and dedication to the University of Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service or to the Land-Grant System. This award should be considered
a rare and coveted award and is available to any individual or organization.
The Outstanding AACES Member Award (founded 2020) recognizes one non-classified Extension
employee for overall superior performance in all job duties in the past three years
and whose efforts have furthered the Extension’s mission and vision. Nominee must
be a current AACES member.
(**Note: Support specialists include project/program specialists, managers, directors,
and senior directors.)
Master List of past award winners Updated 9-14-21