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Julie Mumme Smith Alumni Profile

Alumna Julie Mumme Smith awarded 2017 Meritorious Service Award

Julie Smith Texas Tech Alumni2001 Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) alumna Julie Mumme Smith was awarded the 2017 Meritorious Service Award. Julie applied for the award through the Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents (TAE4-HA) and was selected as this year's recipient at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Ceremony.

Recipients of the Meritorious Service Award are selected on the basis that they have served in 4-H programs for 15 or more years, have previously received the NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award, and have remained a consecutive member of the NAE4-HA for 4 years. Julie easily met these requirements, having years of accolades and experience under her belt.

Julie received a bachelor's degree in home economics education with a minor in extension in 1996 before she decided to pursue graduate school at Texas Tech University. Currently, Julie serves in her role as a County Extension Agent in Borden County for Family and Community Health where she provides education and research based information in areas of family and community health, youth, nutrition, family relationships, clothing and textiles, and 4-H.

Her favorite aspect of her job position is the flexibility of conducting meaningful programming in areas that need that positive impact. Julie emphasizes that her passion for family and consumer sciences allows her to make a difference in the lives of others.

"I truly love my job in Borden County, my passion lies in youth programming and 4-H. I have conducted a curriculum enrichment series called Color Me Healthy over the past thirteen years," Julie said. "It began with the kindergarten students and the past three years has evolved to include first and second grade."

Julie's Color Me Healthy initiative has reached 385 students and counting over the past 13 years. These students are taught the importance of nutritious food groups, healthy snack options, aspects of physical fitness, and other healthy lifestyle choices.

"It is extremely rewarding to be given the opportunity to teach the youth about nutrition and health. I love having the opportunity to engage with them on a weekly basis in the classroom."

Julie says that she became interested in the field of family and consumer sciences during her involvement in 4-H growing up.

"I always wanted to work with youth and adult audiences to make a difference. It was a natural fit, as I was able to use my degrees and family and consumer sciences background to meet the needs of clientele."

Thinking back on her time in the College of Human Sciences (COHS), Julie recalls that she was provided with support, every step of the way.

"My experiences at COHS were helpful to me in all aspects of my career. I have used the coursework, personal relationships, and experiences in organizations to help me along the way."

Julie imparts her wisdom to any young alumni or current student who are on their way to making their own careers in family and consumer sciences.

"Follow your heart. If you find a career that fits your personality, utilizes your God-given talents, and makes you happy, that is what is key."