Romona Thieme of Manila was honored Feb. 2 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas and was granted emeritus status in recognition of her dedicated service to the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service.
Mrs. Thieme retired with 32 years of service. She served the last 30 years as an extension agent in Mississippi County. She was a full time 4-H agent when she started and then the department went to Family Consumer Sciences.
The resolution acknowledged her for her help in developing educational programs in family and consumer sciences; earning Distinguished Service Awards from the Arkansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
During her years of service she served as president, president elect, vice president, secretary and district director of the Arkansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
She received the Excellence Award, the Educator of the Year Award, and the Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award from the Arkansas affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences as well as the Excellence in Teamwork Award from the Arkansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
Mrs. Thieme enjoyed her years with the University of Arkansas and appreciates being granted the emeritus status.
She retired in June 2011. She and her husband, Jim Thieme, a retired agriculture teacher from Gosnell High School, live in Manila. Mr. Thieme farms and has cattle. They retired from their long-time careers but both stay busy.
Their daughter Rachel is a senior at Arkansas State University. She is majoring in graphic design/studio arts with a minor degree in film.