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CSU Extension honors Deb Alpe, Tony Koski

January 5, 2012

Distinguished Service Award winner Deb Alpe is joined by her son Jared (left), husband Mike, and son Aaron (far right) at the recent Extension Forum.Two CSU Extension employees recently were honored for their contributions. The Alton Scofield Distinguished Service Award, CSU Extension’s highest honor awarded to field staff, was presented to Jackson County Extension Director Deb Alpe at the annual Extension Forum and banquet in Fort Collins. Alpe was nominated by the Colorado 4-H Agents association and the Jackson County commissioners.

“Deb’s work in Jackson County and before that in Routt County has been exemplary in every way,” said CJ Mucklow, Western Regional Extension director. “She has a great disposition that’s conducive for bringing people together and making things happen.”

 “It’s a reflection of her high standard of locally based programming, but the Alton Scofield Award isn’t the first that Alpe can hang on her wall,” said CSU Extension Director Lou Swanson. In the 15 years that she’s served her communities, Alpe has received 13 other awards or recognitions.

Tony Koski, recipient of the F.A. Anderson Award.   Tony Koski, turfgrass specialist and professor in CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, received the F.A. Anderson Award, which recognizes Extension professionals for outstanding performance during their careers.

Koski has developed a research and outreach program that is respected not only regionally but nationally. He has been supportive of, and collaborative with, Extension field staff in many ways. Koski served as an associate director of CSU Extension while also performing his teaching, research and Extension duties.

He currently serves as environmental horticulture work team leader. Koski collaborates with the Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program, teaching the basic turfgrass curriculum every year.

CSU Extension provides reliable, research-based information, research capabilities and resources to Coloradans from all walks of life. Extension, which is available to residents in 60 Colorado counties, is dedicated to serving current and future needs of Coloradans by providing the information and programs that safeguard health, increase livelihood and enhance well being.