Glenda M. Snyder, of Fincastle, an Extension agent at Virginia Tech and 4-H Youth Development leader in Botetourt County, received the 2005 Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Extension Excellence.

The Alumni Association established the Alumni Award for Extension Excellence to recognize the contributions of members of the university's Virginia Cooperative Extension, honoring those members of the university and field faculty who have made outstanding contributions outside the classrooms. Two awards are conferred each year, with one going to an extension specialist and one going to an extension agent. Alumni and extension faculty members make the nominations for the award.

Throughout her 26-year career, Snyder has served as an outstanding leader in 4-H youth development and character education. Snyder strives to identify community needs and build educational programs to address those needs. Among her many accomplishments, Snyder has developed a strong oral-presentation program in partnership with the Botetourt public school system. The Botetourt 4-H program is well respected, offering a wide variety of educational program opportunities for youth, including an outstanding camping program. In addition to planning and conducting programs, Snyder has written and reviewed numerous publications and has been an invited speaker on the state and national levels. Further, as a national trainer for the CHARCTER COUNTS!SM, program, she has traveled to Joinville, in Santa Catarina, Brazil, to provide staff development in character education for school personnel and community volunteers.

A native of Halifax County, Snyder received a B.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods and an M.S. in Career and Technical Education, both from Virginia Tech.

Virginia Cooperative Extension provides the research-based educational resources of the Land-Grant universities--Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University--to individuals, families, groups and organizations, especially in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. It operates through a network of on-campus and local Extension offices and educators who provide leadership for programs designed to help all the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.


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