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Kudo: Gregory, Smith Receive Awards

May 11, 2011

Two UNH Cooperative Extension specialists were recipients of recent awards, one from the N.H. Child Development Bureau and the second from the College of Health and Human Sciences at UNH.

Extension specialist/professor Paula Gregory received the N.H. Child Development Bureau’s Afterschool award at the annual celebration of early childhood and afterschool professionals in Concord.

Extension specialist/professor Malcolm Smith and UNH senior Julie Rocco were recipients of the Dean Roger Ritvo award for a faculty/ student collaboration in engaged and community scholarship. They were recognized at the College of Health and Human Services annual award luncheon.

In the presentation of the award, it was noted that Gregory is well known for her high quality work in the area of youth at risk, starting in the 1990’s when she designed and implemented the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Children Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) at Beech Street School in Manchester. This project created an afterschool program that gained national recognition, even receiving a visit from Vice President Al Gore. Gregory’s leadership led to several more CYFAR projects, including the establishment of afterschool programs in Claremont, Boscawen, Hillsboro and Seabrook. Gregory also helps train other Extension staff to successfully work with vulnerable audiences.

The Dean Roger A. Ritvo Award Fund was established in 1997 with gifts from alumni, students, colleagues and friends to honor Dr. Roger A. Ritvo for a decade of distinguished leadership as the dean of the School of Health and Human Services. The fund provides an annual award to a faculty member and student in the school who work collaboratively on a community service or research project outside of the classroom. 

Smith and Rocco, a senior with a dual major in family studies and juvenile justice, designed the first survey of Merrimack County Jail inmates that focused on the inmates' family life needs. It was designed to identify factors that could help make our Extension programming more effective in addressing inmates' family living and parenting skills.

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