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K-State Today

November 9, 2012

Boyer honored for communication efforts

Submitted by Linda Gilmore

Cheryl Boyer (left) receiving her award from Kris Boone, department head

Cheryl Boyer has been named the 2012 Communicator of the Year by the Kansas chapter of the Association for Communication Excellence and the department of communications and agricultural education. Kris Boone, department head, presented the award Oct. 17 at the K-State Research and Extension annual conference.

Boyer, assistant professor of nursery crops in the department of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, was recognized for her innovative and personal approach to communicating with nursery specialists and horticulture agents.

In her four years at K-State, Boyer has visited every K-State Research and Extension agent with horticulture responsibilities and toured local nurseries. She helped develop the Kansas Healthy Yards and Communities videos and sends regular email updates to publicize training opportunities and events. She has incorporated social media into her communications, including a Facebook page for the Horticulture Program Focus Team. As co-chair of the digital delivery group, Boyer actively investigates new ways to deliver information and programming from K-State Research and Extension.

The annual honor goes to a faculty or staff member outside the department of communications and agricultural education who is nominated by members of the department for excellent and innovative communication efforts and results.