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Vol. 2 – No. 23
November 15, 2002

Current Events

A Look Into the Future: Dr. Ron Brown, Executive Director, Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, will be on campus Wednesday, December 4, to speak at the annual 4-H and FCS in-service on campus at noon. In order to allow others not involved in that in-service the opportunity to hear Dr. Brown speak, we have scheduled a separate seminar from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Kerr Auditorium, Food and Agricultural Products Center. Dr. Brown’s seminar entitled " Tomorrow's Extension Service” will focus on the national e–Extension Initiative and the Southern Region Extension Curriculum Project. Anyone interested in hearing Dr. Brown’s seminar is invited to attend.

4-H Display Dedication: Make plans to attend the 4-H Display Dedication Ceremony on December 6 to commemorate the unveiling of the much-anticipated Oklahoma 4-H display in Gallagher-Iba Arena. You can become part of 4-H history as the new display case honoring a century of 4-H club work makes its debut. The ceremony will take place in the East Lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena at 6:30 p.m. There will be birthday cake to make this a dual celebration and wrap up the yearlong centennial birthday of 4-H in America. Extension faculty and staff are invited to be a part of this special event. You must RSVP by December 1 by calling the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation at 405-744-5390.

OBI Bull Testing Delivery Schedule: Oklahoma Beef Inc., has announced its upcoming bull testing delivery schedule. Angus Test 24 (calves born in March and April 2002) is December 6 and 7. All other breeds Test 23 (March and May 2002 calves) is slated for December 13 and 14. For more information, contact John Evans, Extension Animal Breeding Specialist, at 405-744-6060, or jle@okstate.edu . The OBI web page is located at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/OBI .

OQBN Sale Dates: The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network will host two more sales before the end of the year. One sale will take place on December 4 at OKC West in El Reno. The other sale will be held at Winter Livestock in Enid on December 10. OQBN is owned and operated by beef producers for the benefit of beef producers, as well as beef consumers. More information can be found on OQBN’s web page at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/oqbn .


Holiday Schedule for Extension News: With the holiday season just around the corner, the regular schedule for Extension News will be altered. Following this issue, the next issue will not be posted until December 6. That issue will be the last one in 2002. We will kick off the new year with an issue of Extension News on January 10, 2003.

Email Service To Be Interrupted: The DASNR email service will be unavailable on Saturday, November 16 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. An electrical outage scheduled for Ag Hall during that time will force the email system to be unavailable. In addition, DASNR’s website, including the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions homepage and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s home page, will be unavailable during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Dwayne Hunter, Technology Services and Support Manager, at 405-744-5536.

It’s Not Too Late: There is still time to submit an Integrated Pest Management proposal for funding. The OSU IPM Program grant proposals are due on November 25 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit the IPM website at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/minigrants.html , or contact Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420.

Meats Judging Team Brings Home Honors: The Garfield County Meat Judging Team represented Oklahoma at the 2002 National Meat Judging Contest in Kansas City. Oklahoma placed 2nd overall by a mere four points. The team also placed 1st in both total judging and beef judging; 2nd in pork judging; and 3rd in reasons, retail judging, and meat identification. There were 15 state teams and 59 individuals who took part in the competition.

Television Stars: Extension Educators from Atoka and Coal counties have been participating in a Partnership for Change program sponsored by USDA-FNS Southwest Region. The partnership was formed to include groups with different missions that come together to develop alternative solutions to nutrition program accessibility issues. During November and December one of the partners, Choctaw Nation WIC, is sponsoring TV commercials promoting nutrition service agencies. Atoka and Coal County Extension programs will be featured. The commercials will air on KTEN during the morning and evening news broadcasts.

Christmas Break Closing: In addition to the regular scheduled Christmas Break, the Stillwater campus has announced plans to be closed on December 23, January 2, and January 3. Campus-based Extension employees who accumulate annual leave will be assessed 24 hours of annual leave for these three days. OFF-CAMPUS Extension personnel will not be affected by this change. Off-campus Extension personnel are expected to adhere to the Christmas Break schedule appropriate to their duty station. Lave requests for off-campus Extension personnel should be routed through normal channels.

Caring for Planet Earth a Big Success at the Tulsa State Fair:
A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Caring for Planet Earth Exhibit at the 2002 Tulsa State Fair a success. This exhibit provides outstanding visibility to 4-H, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and OSU. This exhibit is a major undertaking that is only possible because of the many people who work together and devote endless hours to developing, installing, and staffing the exhibit. A big thank you to the staff, faculty, students, and spouses who devoted their time to staffing the exhibit throughout the fair. In addition, 144 youth and adult volunteers also devoted time and energy to staffing the exhibit.

Service Pins Still Available: The Staff Advisory Council distributed Years of Service pins during Staff Awards Day on November 7. If you were unable to pick up your pin at that time, they are still available in 106 Whitehurst. County staff who will be on campus December 3-5 for the 4-H and FCS Statewide In-Service are encouraged to pick up their pins at that time. If you have any questions, please call Trisha Gedon at 405-744-3625.

Congratulations to: Carol Laverty, Harper County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and her husband, Jerald, on the birth of their eighth grandchild. Catherine Noelle Laverty was born November 1. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Shannon and Natalie Laverty.

Condolences to: Dennis Bailey, McCurtain County Extension Educator and CED, on the death of his father, Everett Bailey. He passed away November 7. Funeral services were held November 9 at the Assembly of God Church near Smithville, OK.

College Corner

Brown Bag Teaching Discussion: The CASNR Committee on Effective Teaching invites all interested faculty and graduate students to attend a Brown Bag Teaching Discussion at 11:30 a.m. on November 21 in 102 Ag Hall. Dr. Jeff Hattey, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, will lead a discussion on Effective Strategies for Evaluating Writing Assignments in Undergraduate Courses. He will discuss a strategy that has allowed him to more clearly define student expectations, improve writing evaluation, and reduce the amount of time spent grading.

Fall Convocation: Fall Convocation will take place on December 14 in Gallagher/Iba Arena. The ceremony for students from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will take place at 8:30 a.m.

Computer Lab Update: Two of the three proposed computer lab locations are now operational. The lab in 126 Animal Science is equipped with 26 new computers and classes and open access hours are scheduled. The lab in 005 Ag Hall has new computers as well. Ag Hall 266 is nearing completion. When it is completed, classes will be shifted from Animal Science 126 so that the installation of new tables can take place. Upgrades in 105 Ag Hall are slated for the semester break. For more information, contact Ed Miller or Linda Martin at 405-744-5395.

Personnel Actions


Nita B. Cranton, Extension Specialist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 11-1-02


Carl D. Wallace, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County, effective 11-1-02 (formerly Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development & CED, Haskell County)


Jeffrey L. Averhoff, Computer Specialist, Technology Services and Support, effective 11-15-02


Coming Events

November 15: 4-H Volunteer Core Competency Training Unit 3 (Ada)

November 15: Jackson County Listening Session (Altus)

November 18: Blaine County Listening Session (Watonga)

November 18: Hughes County Listening Session (Holdenville)

November 18: Johnston County Listening Session (Tishomingo)

November 18: McIntosh County Listening Session (Eufaula)

November 18: Major County Listening Session (Fairview)

November 19: Riparian Management—County Educational Programs (Muskogee)

November 19: Women-Specific Health Issues (Ada)

November 19: Creek County Listening Session (Kellyville)

November 19: Grant County Listening Session (Medford)

November 19: Kingfisher County Listening Session (Kingfisher)

November 19: Logan County Listening Session (Guthrie)

November 19: Okmulgee County Listening Session (Okmulgee)

November 20: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

November 20: Garfield County Listening Session (Enid)

November 21: Northeast District CED Meeting (Muskogee)

November 21: Talking With TJ: Teamwork and Conflict Resolution (Oklahoma City)

November 21: Bryan County Listening Session (Durant)

November 21: Beaver County Listening Session (Beaver)

November 21: Oklahoma County Listening Session (Oklahoma City)

November 22: Northeast District Area Specialist Agent Meeting (Muskogee)

November 22: Delaware County Listening Session (Jay)

November 26: Ottawa County Listening Session (Miami)

November 29-December 3: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)

December 3: Muskogee County Listening Session (Muskogee)

December 3-5: State FCS/4-H In-Service (Stillwater)

December 6: Beef Cow Herd Health (Stillwater)

December 7: Northwest District 4-H Share the Fun (Seiling)

December 7: Southwest District 4-H Share the Fun (Lawton)

December 9: Cherokee County Listening Session (Tahlequah)

December 9: Dewey County Listening Session (Taloga)

December 10: Ag in the Classroom Regional Workshop (Woodward)

December 10: Pittsburg County Listening Session (McAlester)

December 11: Microsoft Publisher Training (Enid)

December 12: Microsoft Publisher Training (Woodward)

December 12: Holiday Cooking In-Service (Oklahoma City)

December 12: Atoka County Listening Session (Atoka)

December 13: Dealing With Difficult Parents and Situations (Weatherford)

December 16: Kay County Listening Session (Ponca City)

December 17: Turning a Sore Thumb Into a Green Thumb: A Short Course in Landscape Management (Enid)

December 18: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

December 18: 4-H Judging Teams (Stillwater)

December 19: Turning a Sore Thumb Into a Green Thumb: A Short Course in Landscape Management (Muskogee)

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