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Vol. 10 – No. 1
January 15, 2010

Current Events

Scott Peters to Talk About The People’s College: Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Education at Cornell University, will present “Losing the People’s College:  Risks and Remedies” from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 19 at OSU’s Student Union Little Theatre. A reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. will follow at the Centennial Lounge. There is a lot of interest and talk in colleges and universities about "engagement." Ironically, several trends and forces are combining in ways that threaten the future of American higher education's oldest and most extensive institutional means for engagement: namely, the Cooperative Extension work of the national land-grant system. Drawing from his research about the theory and practice of public engagement in American higher education, Peters will speak to the question of why the future of what has historically been referred to as "the people's colleges" is at risk, why it matters, and what we can and should do about it. This event is sponsored by the Human Development and Family Science Department and the College of Human Environmental Sciences. For those planning to arrive in Stillwater the day before the OCES 2010 Conference, this event promises to be enlightening. For more information, please call Lynda Dillwith at 405-744-6282, or visit http://www.ches.okstate.edu/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,72/extmode,view/extid,28496/.

Conservation Tillage Conference: The 5th Annual Conservation Tillage Conference is slated Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the Expo Center Pavilion in Enid. This conference is designed to give producers in the area enough background information about conservation tillage to help make educated choices for managing their cropping operation. This is especially directed to attendees who are interested in conservation tillage and have no experience with it, as well as to those producers currently in conservation tillage but are wanting to gain more information to help them be more efficient producers. Free lunch is provided. Please RSVP by Jan. 25 by contacting the Garfield County OSU Extension Office at 580-237-1228, or the Garfield County Conservation District at 580-237-7880. 

Keeping up with Changes in Solid Waste Management: The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Oklahoma Indian Nations Chapter, will present its 2010 Symposium Feb. 24-25 in Catoosa. The event will feature technical tours of local facilities and sessions on safety, compressed natural gas, composting, recycling, E-waste, and greenhouse gas reporting. The symposium is co-sponsored by SWANA, USDA Rural Development, and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to assist decision makers in improving and maintaining efficient waste management operations. The primary audience for this symposium is solid waste professionals, facility managers, community leaders, and others who deal with integrated waste management issues. The $100 participant fee covers the symposium, exhibits, two lunches, break refreshments, and bus tour.  For more information or to pre-register, contact Ilda Hershey at 405-744-9806, or ilda.hershey@okstate.edu. The conference brochure may be downloaded from this Web site: http://ok.swanachapters.org/Calendar/tabid/556/Default.aspx.


Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice Video Competition: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring a video contest for filmmakers and students to produce short, creative videos highlighting the "Three Rs" — reduce, reuse, recycle — with awards including cash prizes of up to $2,500. The EPA will be accepting video submissions through Feb. 16, 2010. Details about the contest are available at http://tinyurl.com/epacontest.

Summer Camp Slated: The Department of Horticulture/Landscape Architecture will be hosting a two-week residential summer academy for 25 high school students from across Oklahoma, June 20-July 2. Participants will be experiencing hands-on activities in the career areas of horticulture, landscape contracting, and landscape architecture.  Camp T.U.R.F. (Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future) is a 2-week, residential academy at Oklahoma State University – Stillwater.  Students will interact with professors and explore a variety of careers in horticulture and landscaping, with hands-on activities in botanical gardens, field research stations, a turfgrass research center, and greenhouses, as well as local museums and special OSU facilities such as the Insect Zoo and H. S. Mendenhall Observatory.  Helpful sessions about college admission, financial aid, and study skills will be interspersed throughout the academy.  Evening and recreational activities are also planned.  For more information contact Shelley Mitchell at 405-744-5755, or via email at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Pat Tolson, Pittsburg County Extension Secretary, on the birth of her grandson. Ryan “Cross” Young was born Dec. 21, weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He is welcomed home by his parents, Ryan and Karistin Young, and big sister Annslee, 4.

Condolences to: The family of Frances Henderson, retired Family and Consumer Sciences specialist in Kingfisher. Frances passed away Dec. 31, 2009. Funeral services took place Jan. 5 in Kingfisher. She served as the Extension Home Economist in Kingfisher County for most of her 43-year Extension Career before retiring in 1983. She was the OAEHE president in 1972 and 1973, and was active in Epsilon Sigma Phi. She received the Extension Distinguished Service Award in 1971.



Sonya R. Meier, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 12-21-09

Alexa D. Hayes, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, effective 12-31-09

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


William E. Geer, County Extension Director, Oklahoma County, effective 1-31-10 (retirement)


January 20-21, 2010: Extension Biennial Conference (Stillwater)

January 27: Northwest District 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

February 8-9, 2010: No-till Oklahoma Conference (Norman)

February 27: Southeast District Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

March 4-5: Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Stillwater)

March 16: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Tishomingo)

March 17-20: Kansas City 4-H Global Conference (Kansas City, Mo.)

March 19: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Lawton)

March 26: Northwest District OHCE Meting (Fairview)

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