Sue’s Promotion, Award and Layoff: Summer 2013 Master Gardener Newsletter

Sue receiving the Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award from NDEP’s Colleen Cripps and Dave Gaskin. Photo by Mary Kay Wagner.
Sue receiving the Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award from NDEP’s Colleen Cripps and Dave Gaskin. Photo by Mary Kay Wagner.

This spring, our very own Sue Donaldson was promoted to the rank of full professor by the University’s president, Marc Johnson! She also received the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award.

Sue, a UNR doctorate alumnus, has led numerous water quality education programs in Nevada since she joined UNCE in 1994. “Dr. Donaldson’s water quality education efforts have greatly informed the public. She is directly responsible for helping stakeholders apply their knowledge and skills to solve community environmental challenges,” said Colleen Cripps, administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

However, due to budget cuts, Donaldson’s long and distinguished career with UNCE has been terminated. She will be laid off effective June 30, 2013 as a result of the 72% budget cut that will fully impact Cooperative Extension on July 1, 2013. Congratulations and condolences cards may be sent to Sue at UNCE (4955 Energy Way in Reno or donaldsons@unce.unr.edu) until May 3rd.