2 celebrated as Friends of Purdue Extension

October 15, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - June Neyhouse of Gibson County and Janell Brubaker of Huntington County have been chosen as the 2015 Friends of Purdue Extension for their commitment to supporting and promoting programs nationally and locally.

The Indiana Extension Educators Association awards were given Thursday (Oct. 15) during a luncheon at Purdue Extension’s annual conference.

Neyhouse, who has served two three-year terms on the Gibson County Extension Board, is also a former 4-H leader of 15 years and currently is a county 4-H judge. Because she was a grade school teacher for 39 years, she continues to work with youth through Gibson County’s seventh-grade Science Sensation program.

As a member of the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching, Neyhouse contacts local, state and national legislators to inform them about Extension’s work. She has also been an Extension Homemaker for 10 years and a Gibson County Extension master gardener since 1999.

“June is the kind of volunteer that every organization wants,” said Hans Schmitz, a Gibson County Extension educator who nominated Neyhouse for the award. “We know if June is involved in a project it will be done and done right.”

Brubaker, who was a 10-year 4-H member in her youth, served as a 4-H leader for 12 years in Huntington County and was a member of the county’s 4-H Fair Board Association for eight years. She also served on the Huntington County Extension Board for six years as a treasurer.

Brubaker is currently a member of the Huntington Swine Boosters club and an Extension master gardener. She donates many of her plants to local Extension fundraisers. Brubaker has also been a member of two Extension homemaker clubs, where she held various office positions.

“Janell has been in almost all aspects of Huntington County Extension for most of her life,” said Karen Hinshaw, a Huntington County Extension educator who nominated Brubaker. “Through her love and dedication to the people of the county, she has demonstrated leadership and been an asset to our local Extension program.” 

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402, hopkine@purdue.edu 

Source: Jason Henderson, associate dean of Purdue Agriculture and director of Purdue Extension, 765-494-8489, jhenderson@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Photos of award recipients will be posted at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/awards/ when they become available. 

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