Sharon Tubbs With UT Extension in Madison County Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award

Picture of Sharon Tubbs 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.”

Sharon Tubbs with UT Extension in Madison 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. Whitney Danhof from Bedford County is the winner for family and consumer sciences agents, and Gregg Upchurch from Cumberland County is the winner for agriculture.

“It is an honor to be nominated for and receive the Charles and Julie Wharton Award at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture,” Tubbs say. “To be recognized from our institution is humbling and exciting at the same time. I am very proud of the of the work that is being done in the 4-H programs, as well as guiding youth to being concerned citizens of today and leaders of tomorrow. To say I have been in the 4-H program is an honor as well as a step forward on the road to learning life skills that will take you to the next phase of life – adulting!”

Tubbs is in her 32
nd year of service to UT Extension, and leads a huge 4-H enrollment in the Jackson area – more than 4,000 youth and 150 clubs. She coordinates programs such as “LifeSmarts,” where youth learn consumer knowledge, and “Leaps and Bounds,” and afterschool curriculum where kids get exercise, help with homework and supervision, all in a safe environment. She also helps with the “Chicken Shack” at the Madison County Fair every year. Here 4-Hers sell delicious meals to help pay for trips to camp – and youth learn cooking and business skills at the same time. Tubbs also recently took a group of 4-Hers to Roundup on the UT campus in Knoxville, and several of her students won state awards in project competitions.

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Contacts: 

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

Sharon Tubbs, UT Extension Madison County, 731-668-8543,
stubbs1@utk.edu