Specialist lauded for outstanding outreach
Dr. Misty Blue-Terry, 4-H specialist in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), for The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T, is one of two outstanding Extension specialists in the state for 2016.
Blue-Terry is recognized by the North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists for exceptional work and partnership with county Extension agents. The award, which includes a $100 gift and a plaque, will be formally presented at the Association’s next meeting, May 6, at A&T’s Coltrane Hall, where Blue-Terry and Cooperative Extension at A&T have offices.
An award for top specialist will also be presented to Joanna Lelekacs, a specialist with NC State Extension. The North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists is the professional development organization for specialists at both North Carolina land-grant universities, A&T and NC State.
Blue-Terry was heralded for: “The amazing work you are doing across North Carolina. “This award recognizes truly outstanding individuals working in Extension,” says Susan Jakes, committee chairperson of the Association’s awards committee.
A specialist at A&T since 2010, Blue-Terry’s work focuses on 4-H robotics, 4-H science practices, engineering principles, readying youth for STEM careers, and general STEM education. Terry’s overall goals are to help broaden the reach of 4-H and STEM in underrepresented communities and to target girls for science programs. She is well-known for her outreach in training and guiding agents across the state in 4-H Youth Development.
Blue-Terry has bachelor and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering, and a doctorate in human factors engineering, all from A&T. Previously, she served as assistant professor of industrial and human factors engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.