Whitney Danhof With UT Extension in Bedford County Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award


Picture of Whitney Danhof with UTIA Leaders

The Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements Award recognizes UTIA achievements in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee. Pictured from left to right (front row): Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; Sharon Tubbs, UT Extension Madison County; Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Bedford County; Gregg Upchurch, UT Extension Cumberland County; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Also shown on the back row, from left to right, Charles and Lori Wharton, UT donors. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIADownload image​


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Whitney Danhof with UT Extension in Bedford County is one of three winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. The award recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee. Danhof is being recognized as the winner for family and consumer sciences. Sharon Tubbs of Madison County wins for 4-H agents, and Gregg Upchurch from Cumberland County is the winner for agriculture.

“I am so honored to be receiving the Charles and Julie Wharton Award,” Danhof says. “I have loved helping the people of Bedford County improve their quality of life through family and consumer sciences education and programs. I am thankful to all of the volunteers and my co-workers who work so hard for the families, farmers and youth of our county. It is a joy to see people develop and improve their life skills each day.”

Reaching across cultures to deliver a message. Danhof has developed programs with the Latino community in Shelbyville, where the Hispanic population has grown by a large amount in recent years. Danhof brings American and Latino groups together to learn about nutrition, and to share information, food and fellowship. Programs include Spanish language immersion training for health care workers and the 4-H Conquistadores – a youth group learning about foods from other counties.

Danhof also leads a tai chi for diabetes class and has developed programs to encourage people to buy local and eat healthful foods.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.
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Contacts: 

Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058,
cmdenney@utk.edu

Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Bedford County, 931-684-5971,
wdanhof1@utk.edu