K-State Research and Extension News
May 14, 2013
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Patience Creates a Technological Leader in Kansas 4-H

MANHATTAN, Kan.– Patience helps Russell Feldhausen answer what seems like never-ending questions from Kansas 4-H staff. In his kind and gentle manner, he is able to help with any problem they may have.  

“As a technology support specialist, Russ never considered himself wise or more knowledgeable than the distressed agent or specialist”, said Pam Van Horn, K-State Research and Extension state 4-H specialist and 4-H awards coordinator, “It was as if he could remember when he too, was just a beginner.”

It is because of his patience and humility that the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to announce that Feldhausen, of Manhattan, Kan., is a recipient of the 2013 4-H Distinguished Service Award.  This honor recognizes him for his many years of hard work and dedication to youth and the 4-H program.

“The award, one of three presented in the state this year, will be presented at the Kansas 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet held in Manhattan, Kan., on May 30,” said Van Horn.

To Kansas 4-H, he is described as a “4-H gem” who is always looking to reach new audiences through technology, no matter what the age.

Feldhausen’s innovative ideas have encouraged constructive growth in Kansas 4-H.  He worked with the Kansas Award Portfolio process, introducing new ideas and techniques to streamline, yet maintain confidentiality, with the evaluation process. He advocated changes to simplify the process and provided support as needed.

He has presented workshops and seminars for the Youth Professional Development Team to expand their understanding of available software for everyday professional use.   He also educated K-State Research and Extension agents about the “clicker” system and new ways that technology can be used in extension work.

Feldhausenn organized the “technology petting zoo” hosted at the three State 4-H Program Rallies, where participants were allowed to “touch and feel” new technology.  This method encouraged the advancement of using technology in reaching the diverse extension audiences.

His technical expertise goes beyond the walls of the state 4-H department in Manhattan.  He provided essential equipment recommendations and problem solving ideas during the installation of the Kansas State Fair computing system in 4-H Centennial Hall. 


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Kaitlin Morgan
K-State Research & Extension News

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