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Vol. 10 – No. 8
April 23, 2010


Introducing a New Feature of Extension News: The officers of the four Oklahoma Professional Extension Educators Associations (Ag, FCS, 4-H, and ESP) and the DASNR Administration held their annual meeting several months ago. During that meeting it was suggested by the officers present that a method be developed to provide a system wide introduction of new faculty members to Extension Educators. With the help of Agricultural Communications Services, I am pleased to announce that this suggestion is being implemented. The method chosen was to make a brief video of each new faculty member and provide a link to that video in Extension News. The first of these videos is contained in this newsletter under the heading “In Their Own Words” and features Dr. Joe Armstrong, Extension Weed Science Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr. Armstrong is not “real” new as he has been with us about a year. However, I suspect that many of you have not had the opportunity to meet Dr. Armstrong.
     We have several more new faculty member videos planned for release in the coming weeks to introduce all of the faculty (and administrators) who have joined us in the past year or so. It would have been good to have had this system in places two to three years ago when we were actively hiring, but I am confident that the budget will improve and in the future we will have new faculty members joining us. Having established this mechanism, we will strive to get them introduced to you within a short period after their arrival. 

                                                                                                Jim Trapp

Current Events

‘Day in the Garden’ to Take Place Tomorrow: The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University will host its first “Day in the Garden” tomorrow, April 24. The public is invited to come and get their hands dirty while learning more about gardening. “Day in the Garden takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This year, the Botanic Garden will showcase an Echinacea (Coneflower) Garden; Birds, Bees, and Butterfly Garden, Patio Garden featuring Miniature Plants, Painters Pallet Garden, Sensory Garden, Herb Garden; Small Fruits Garden; Sun and Shade Perennials Garden; Native Splendor Garden; and Rock Garden.  The Children’s Garden has been relocated and is being completely redesigned. In keeping with the theme “Pirates of the Caribbean,” there will be a huge pirate ship on display later this season. There is a wide array of specialty gardens to pique the interest of local gardening enthusiasts. For more information about “Day in the Garden,” please contact Laura Payne, OSU Volunteer Coordinator, at 405-744-4531, or e-mail at laura.payne@okstate.edu.

OAE4-HA Gears Up for State Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents will gather in Guthrie May 25-27. The group will take part in a number of educational breakout sessions, as well as visit several interesting and historical sites in Guthrie. Registration of $70 must be postmarked by May 7 and includes registration fee, snacks, speaker, picnic entertainment, lunch, and banquet. Mail registration forms to Ranel Lasley, Caddo County Extension Office, 201 W. Oklahoma, Anadarko, OK  73005-3430.

Lane to Celebrate 25th Anniversary Field Day: The Lane Agriculture Center 25th Anniversary Field Day is set for June 12. Scientists and staff of the OSU Wes Watkins Research and Extension Center and the USDA’s South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory cordially invite you to attend the 2010 Field Day and the celebration of the completion of 25 years of progress with horticultural and agronomic research, development , and outreach activities at Lane. Please take a moment to mark your calendar and plan to join us for a day of celebration, education, reminiscing and last, but not least, the enjoyment of a complimentary meal of delicious local cuisine. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a blend of activities and events that are sure to include something for everyone. Research and demonstration projects currently underway at the center will be featured in field tours and poster presentations. All who attend are certain to enjoy the local entertainment, antique tractor exhibits, firefighter demonstrations, and equipment displays that will be featured during the course of the day.  Also planned is the demonstration of small-scale vegetable production equipment and techniques, including drip irrigation systems. A special feature this year will be the OSU Entomology Department’s Insect Adventure, a living exhibit featuring many fascinating and unique insects and related animals (see http://insectadventure.okstate.edu/ for details).  Additional events to round out the day will include chuckwagon cooking and draft horse demonstrations, fire ant presentations, and a petting zoo. We sincerely hope you can join us!  For further information call 580-513-5544.


Please meet Dr. Joe Armstrong, Extension Weed Science Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. http://quicksilver.okstate.edu/documents/extension_news/index.html


OALP’s Class XV Now Accepting Applications: Oklahoma men and women between the ages of 25 and 45 who are engaged in production agriculture or a related agricultural business and are looking for an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills should consider applying to the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program. OALP is an intensive two-year program consisting of 11 three-day seminars and study tours within Oklahoma, a week-long seminar to Washington, D.C., and a two-week international experience at the end of the program. Applications for OALP’s Class XV are available online at http://oalp.okstate.edu. The deadline for submitting an application and letters of reference is May 18. The class size is limited to 30 participants. OALP has been recognized as one of Oklahoma’s top leadership programs for emerging agricultural leaders. For more information about OALP, please call Edmond Bonjour, OALP Director, at 405-744-8134, e-mail him at edmond.bonjour@okstate.edu, or visit the OALP Web site at http://oalp.okstate.edu.

OEAFCS Elects Officers and District Directors: Members of the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science elected new officers and District Directors during the group’s annual state meeting that took place April 8-9 in Oklahoma City. The 2010-11 officers are:          

President, Ginny McCarthick
Vice President for Awards and Recognition, Sonya McDaniel
Vice President for Professional Development , Gloria King
Vice President for Member Resources, Danette Russell
Vice President for Public Affairs, Debbie Sharp
Secretary, Susan Routh
Secretary Elect, Jan Maples
Treasurer, Brenda Medlock
NW District Director, Marlene Buck
SW District Director , Donna Jung
District Director, Gayle Mills
SE District Director, Tommie James
Historian, Lynne Beam
Chaplain, Jessica Riggin
Parliamentarian/Immediate Past President, Recia Garcia

Condolences to: Susan Rose, Administrative Secretary, Southeast District Extension Office, on the death of her father. Harold Haines passed away April 19. Funeral services will take place today, April 23, at 11 a.m. at the Union Hill Baptist Church west of Ada. Cards may be sent to Susan at 12145 CR 3410, Ada, OK  74820.


OEAFCS Members Recognized at State Meeting: Congratulations to the 2010 State Award Winners for the Oklahoma Extension Association for Family and Consumer Science (OEAFCS).  Most of these awards will now be judged for Regional and National awards.  Family and Consumer Science Educators have been very busy providing innovative, successful programs for their communities.

·         OEAFCS Professional Development Scholarship – Susan Moffat, Cleveland County

·         Barbara Tricinella Family Resiliency Program Award – Jan Maples, Okfuskee County

·         Friend of Extension – Smart Start Kay County partner with Mary Rhyne FCS Extension Educator

·         Cleo Bryan Award – Recia Garcia, Northwest District Program Specialist & OEAFCS State President

·         OEAFCS Past Presidents’ Award – Susan Moffat, Cleveland County

·         2009 Distinguished Service Award – Debbie Sharp, Murray County

·         2009 Distinguished Service Award – Ranel Lasley, Caddo County

·         2009 Continued Excellence Award – Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County

·         New Professional Award – Megan Maxson, Nowata County

·         Para-Professional Award – Dena Powers, Okmulgee County Program Assistant

·         Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award – Susan Moffat, Mickey Simpson and Phillis Cothren

·         Early Childhood Educational Training Award – Marlene Buck, Garfield County

·         Food Safety Award – Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County

·         Mary M. Wells Diversity Award – Jan Maples and Sonya McDaniel

·         Educational Curriculum Package – Phillis Cothren, Susan Moffat, and Mickey Simpson

·         Educational Publication – Susan Moffat, Mickey Simpson and Phillis Cothren

·         Newsletter Award – Donna Jung, Canadian County 

·         Radio Spot Award – Gale Mills, Washington County

·         Television Spot Award – Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County

·         Written Press Release – LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County

·         Community Partnership Award – Ginny McCarthick, Johnston County

 Congratulations to the winners of OCES Foundation Scholarships 

  • Marilyn Burns Endowment Fund – Elizabeth Gardner-McBee, Beaver County
  • Lucille Clark Scholarship – Trinity Brown, Pawnee County and Dea Rash, Payne County 
  •                                           Gina Peek, Housing State Specialist
    Grace Spivey Professional Development Awards
  •  Sue Hamilton, CNEP Area Coordinator
  •  Deana Hildebrand, Community Nutrition Education State Specialist
  •  Arleen James, Texas County
  •  Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County
  •  Gloria King, Southwest District Program Specialist
  •  Tari Lee, Craig County
  •  Debbie Richardson, Parenting State Specialist

Congratulations to the OHCE Norma Brumbaugh Scholarships

  • Arleen James, Texas County
  • Jessica Riggin, Lincoln County
  • Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County

OEAFCS would like to thank Sidney Sperry of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and the Oklahoma Living Magazine for continued support and sponsorship for OEAFCS awards and Family and Consumer Science programming throughout the state. 



Christie Baldridge, Nutrition Education Assistant, Okmulgee County, effective 4-2-10

April Vaughn, Nutrition Education Assistant, Okmulgee County, effective 4-12-10

Title Changes/Transfers

Randal K. Taylor, Professor and Interim Department Head, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 7-1-10 (was: Professor)


Bobbie C. Donat, Nutrition Education Assistant, Pottawatomie County, effective 1-22-10

Natasha Smith, Nutrition Education Assistant, McCurtain County - effective 3-29-10


April 24: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest – Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery (McAlester)

April 27:  Making Local Government Revenues Less Taxing (Centra)

April 29: Healthy Communities 201 and Beyond (Oklahoma City)

April 30: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy – Part 1 (Norman)

May 4: Marshall Research Station Wheat Field Day (Marshall)

May 7: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy – Part 2 (Norman)

May 7-8: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 11: Long-Term Planning Guide Training (Centra)

May 15: Northwest District 4-H Spring Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 21-22: Oklahoma 4-H: Operation Military Kids Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

May 25-27: OAEAA Annual Meeting (Stillwater)

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