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Vol. 10 – No. 18
September 10, 2010


Current Events

Temple Grandin to Speak at OSU: Animal Scientist and autistic expert Temple Grandin will be speaking Sept. 15, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., at Gallagher-Iba Arena, OSU's Stillwater campus. Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is widely recognized as the most accomplished adult with autism in the world. Her life story was made into an Emmy award-winning movie. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Animal Science.

Women in Ag Conference Slated Next Month: OCES is leading, planning, and helping sponsor the upcoming Statewide Conference for Women in Ag and Small Business, Oct. 14-15, at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Michele Payn-Knoper, a nationally known speaker who works to connect farm gate to consumer plate through programs in agricultural advocacy and social media strategy, will kick off the conference. A variety of concurrent sessions also will take place. For more information and registration forms, go to www.OKWomenInAgAndSmallBusiness.com.  Reserve a room now at the conference hotel at 405-601-1200 to ensure that you get the conference rate of $79 plux tax. The block is being held through Sept. 15. More hotel information is available at the conference website at http://www.okwomeninagandsmallbusiness.com/registration.asp?link=hotel. Join the OK Women in Ag and Small Business Conference face group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133722759972415. Invite your friends to join, as well as attend the conference. 

Oklahoma Seminar to Cover Recycling Programs, Processes, Collaborations and Product Stewardship: “Oklahoma Connections: Sharing Local Solutions” will take place Oct. 15 at the OSU Conoco/Phillips Alumni Center in Stillwater. The full-day seminar is designed for city and county government officials, recycling professionals, community and business leaders, educators, students, and Oklahoma residents interested in the business of recycling or expanding local programs. Participants will receive the latest updates on local recycling markets, successful community programs, and tips for businesses, schools, and governments, while also having time to network with experts and peers. The seminar program agenda, registration forms, and exhibitor information can be found at www.recycleok.org/events-activities.php. The seminar is hosted by the Oklahoma Recycling Association and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and is sponsored by the ODEQ, OEMA, Sierra Club - Oklahoma Chapter, and OGE Energy Corp.  Any questions may be directed to info@recycleok.org.



Richardson Completes Requirements: Debbie Richardson, Parenting Assistant Specialist, has completed all of the requirements and has been awarded full certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) by the National Council on Family Relations.

Eckert Now Serving as AgrAbility's Graduate Research Assistant: Paige Eckert is Oklahoma AgrAbility's new Graduate Research Assistant. She will research topics of importance and sources of data collection to improve Oklahoma AgrAbility programming and services. She is a 2010 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science. She is working toward her Master's degree at Oklahoma State in Gerontology in the HDFS department. Please feel free to contact Eckert at paige.eckert@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Kyle Worthington, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, and his wife, Jill, on the birth of their son. Kaden K. Worthington was born Aug. 24, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Congratulations to: Cathy James, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Logan County, and her husband, Larry, on the birth of their grandson. Paxton Lee James was born Aug. 31, weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His parents are Grant and Caedee James.

Condolences to: Kathy Smith, Senior Secretary, Wagoner County, on the death of her husband. Louis Smith passed away Sept. 4. Funeral services took place Sept. 8 at the First Baptist Church in Coweta. Cards may be sent to Kathy at 38810 E. State Hwy 51, Coweta, OK  74429.



Gray-Melaugh Receives Award: Sue Gray-Melaugh, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, was presented with the Distinguished Horticulture Alumna Award at the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture's 35th Annual Awards Reception. The event took place at the Educational Center at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University.

Farm to You Awarded Highest Honor: Farm to You has been named the 2010 Children's Health Champion and recipient of the Dr. Rodney Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award, the highest honor of the Champions of Health awards. Coordinated by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Farm to You is an exemplary demonstration of collaboration between state agencies, commodity, and community partners with the common mission of delivering research-based information and programs to help Oklahoma youth address major health concerns that affect their quality of life. These concerns include increased rates of obesity, limited physical activity, low consumption of fruits and vegetables, high prevalence of tooth decay and a high rate of tobacco use among adolescents and teens. The educational initiative is designed to increase awareness of the relationships between agriculture, food, and health. Partners in the project that has reached more than 34,000 Oklahoma school children in 49 counties include the Nutritional Sciences Department and Community Nutrition Education Programs in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at OSU, Oklahoma Department of Health WIC Service, Oklahoma 4-H Youth Leadership and Development, and Southwest Dairy Farmers.



Casey E. Campbell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 7-1-10

Brenna D. Davis, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Caddo County, effective 7-1-10

Christopher Hargis, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cotton County, effective 7-26-10

Carrie D. Kile, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garvin County, effective 7-30-10

Danielle L. Wells, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Carter County, effective 8-2-10

Elizabeth A. Pike, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pushmataha County, effective 8-6-10

Wesley M. Porter, Extension Associate, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 8-19-10

Jessica D. Welch, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 8-16-10

Title Changes/Transfers

Lindsey A. Hix, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, transfer from Pottawatomie County to Bryan County, effective 8-2-10

Damona Doye, Regents Professor/Sarkey's Professorship , Agricultural Economics, effective 10-1-10 (was Regents Professor)

Derrell S. Peel, Professor/Charles Breedlove Endowed Professor, Agricultural Economics, effective 10-1-10 (was Professor)


Christina S. Evans, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Oklahoma County, effective 9-16-10

Sonya R. Meier, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 7-30-10

Trena Medlock, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Greer County, effective 8-6-10

Belinda K. Pfeiffer, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Mayes County, effective 8-17-10

Robert E. Pickard, Agriculturist, Plant & Soil Sciences, effective 8-31-10



September 10: Leading a Centra Session (Centra)

September 14: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)

September 15: Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Entry and Judging Day (Oklahoma City)

September 15: Temple Grandin Seminar (Stillwater)

September 18: Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Judging Contest Day (Oklahoma City)

September 18: Southwest District Invitational Skeet Shoot (Duncan)

September 28: Tulsa State Fair Judging Day (Tulsa)

September 30: Personal Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts (Centra)

October 6: Nutrition and Health Core Training 1: Weight Management (Centra)

October 7: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III: A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (Oklahoma City)

October 8: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Oklahoma City)

October 8: Choosing a Web Browser (Centra)

October 11: Clover Classic Golf Tournament (Edmond)

October 11: Faithful Extension Workers (FEW) Fall Retreat (El Reno)

October 12: Growing Strong Families Impact Team In-Service (TBA)

October 12: Forest Restoration and Management for Cattle, Wildlife, and Wood Products (Clayton

October 13: Nutrition and Health Core Training 2: Hypertension (Centra)

October 13: Forest Restoration and Management for Cattle, Wildlife, and Wood Products (Tahlequah)

October 14: CPR/First Aid Recertification (Stillwater)

October 14: Forest Regeneration for Private Landowners (Idabel)

October 14-15: Statewide Conference for Women in Ag and Small Business (Oklahoma City)

October 15: 20th Annual CE-FCS Ambassador's Award Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 19: Food Preparation with Less Salt and Sodium (TBA)

October 20: Nutrition and Health Core Training 3: Heart Disease (Centra)

October 21-22: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Conference (Guthrie)

October 20-22: Southeast District 4-H Leadership Conference (Ada)

October 23: Northwest District 4-H Fall Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

October 26: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)

October 27: Nutrition and Health Core Training 4: Diabetes (Centra)

October 27-28: OCES Secretary Conference (Stillwater)

October 29: FEWB Impact Team Fall In-Service (Chickasha)

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