West Virginia University
15 Jan

Debbie McDonald is recuperating from hip surgery she had last week. Cards may be sent to her at this address: 17 Dartmouth Drive, Greensburg PA 15601. While Debbie is out of the office, direct questions about 4-H youth development programs to Bill Beckley (304-293-7996; or bill.beckley@mail.wvu.edu).

Following hip replacement surgery last week, Ed Smolder is recuperating at home. You may send well-wishes to him at Rt. 1 Box 287, Ripley WV 25271.

Lisa Summers and her husband, Jayson, became parents again on Jan. 4. Ezra Crow Summers weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces. He has a 3-year-old brother, Silas. Cards may be sent to Lisa and Jayson at RR2 Box 176A, Nixon Ridge, Moundsville WV 26041.

If you or your team completed a program narrative for your file, please send a copy to Allison Nichols. The program impact information is used in many ways to report on and to promote our WVU Extension’s successes.

The President’s Office for Social Justice is seeking nominations for the annual Neil S. Bucklew Award, which recognizes faculty, staff, and administrators who have been or are involved in promoting social justice. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. The award carries a $2,500 stipend. Nominations and applications should include a cover sheet with the names, titles and addresses of the nominee and the person nominating the individual, and a statement of 250 words or less summarizing why the individual should receive the award. For more information, contact the Office of Social Justice in Room B1 Stewart Hall, PO Box 6202, Morgantown WV 26506-6202.

WVU has established a Web site to provide access to the 2010 Census information and much more. In April, thousands of census takers will be combing the nation. The Web site (www.be.wvu.edu/demographics/census.htm) provides links to a sample census questionnaire, details from previous censuses, information on how to get a census job, and state demographic data. Census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to households in February and March. National Census Day is April 1, the day considered the official day when everyone is counted. The every-10-year census started in 1790.

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