Special from Dr. Brenda Robinson, Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Alcorn State University’s Extension Program hosted its Fourth Quarterly Staff Conference on December 11 at the Ray Johnson Auditorium in the Extension and Research Complex on the ASU campus. Recognizing outstanding contributions, awards were presented to employees — Kelvin King, agriculture extension educator; Katrice Felton-Robinson, secretary; and Dr. Emran Ali, horticulture specialist.

“The purpose of the Quarterly Conference is to serve as a professional development event for all extension employees,” said Dr. Franklin Chukwuma, associate director for Extension. “During this assembly, employees have the opportunity to interact with their colleagues, specialists, and other university researchers, fostering meaningful conversations to enrich their career development.”

King earned the Outstanding Extension Educator Award for going above and beyond his job duties. Assigned to Adams, Franklin, and Wilkinson Counties in Southwest Mississippi, King consistently lends his support to programs, events, and activities, regardless of their location—be it in-state, out-of-state, or within the Southwest Regional Counties.

Kelvin King

Felton-Robinson received the Outstanding Support Staff Award for her role in providing clerical support services to Extension staff members in Adams, Claiborne, Jefferson, and Warren County Extension Offices. Her efficiency ensures timely submission of educators’ travel and reimbursements, along with other clerical functions.

Katrice Felton-Robinson

Ali was honored with the Outstanding New Employee Award for his leadership in guiding the Extension’s Agriculture Unit. Demonstrating dedication, creativity, and proactive efforts to showcase the Extension’s impact and accomplishments, Dr. Ali developed, designed, and distributed the Extension Newsletter. His willingness to go beyond his job duties reflects his commitment to the Extension’s success.

Dr. Emran Ali