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Vol. 2 —  No. 8
April 19, 2002

Current Events

Workshop Scheduled: The Integrated Pest management for the Landscape Professional Workshop is scheduled for May 7 at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development in Stillwater. The workshop is geared toward pest control operators, parks and recreation employees, nursery and garden center personnel, arborists, and landscape architects. Mike Schnelle, Extension Horticulturist, is chairing this workshop, which will focus on outdoor training on integrated pest management related issues.


Hayes Leaving OSU: Dr. Kevin Hayes has resigned as Director, Agricultural Communications Services, to take advantage of a new two-year assignment in Washington, D.C., effective May 1. His new employment will be with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he will provide leadership in engaging higher education institutions with USAID for expert exchanges on various development topics. Mary Anne Gularte will serve as the Interim Director of ACS effective April 26.

Fee Waiver And Study Leave Forms: Fee waiver and study leave forms for the 2002 Summer Semester should be submitted to 245 Ag Hall and must be received five business days prior to the first day of class. The green Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be routed to your District Director or Department Head, and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing. If you miss the deadline, the fee waiver will not be honored, no exceptions. Both the Fee Waiver and Study and Education Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services and you can request them by calling Celia Madden at 405-744-5823. As a reminder, Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form. If you have any questions, contact your County Extension Director as they received updated information regarding the policy for Fee Waiver and Study leave Forms in their February CED training.

Also remember, if your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and education form, call 405-744-6550 so that your records can be updated. Also, check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver.  You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions pertaining to your fee waiver and bursar account.

Scholarship Applications Due Soon: The guidelines and application form for the William F. Taggert Scholarship are available on the Intranet at http://intranet.okstate.edu/scholarship/. The Scholarship application can be downloaded into a Microsoft version.  If you do not have access to these items through the Internet, please call Linda Turner at 405-744-6550 and she will send you a copy of both. Applications are due in 245 Ag Hall on or before June 7, for both summer and fall semesters.  Separate applications must be submitted for each semester.

Applicants should forward completed applications to their District Director for approval.  The District Director will then forward applications to 245 Ag Hall for review by the selection committee.

Graduate Course: The Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development will be offering a graduate level course May 13-17 entitled “4-H Organizational Management for Volunteer-Led Programs.” This course is targeted to Extension Educators with less than three years experience, those with several years of service who may be serving in new or expanded roles, or those who feel less than proficient in organizational management. Topics of the class include 4-H in Century III, Core competency Levels I and II, T3, Targeting Life Skills, Volunteer and Club Management, Service Learning, Risk Management, and Non-Traditional Audiences and Diversity. Assignments will be based upon these topics. Those who do not want to enroll for credit should not enroll with the Graduate College, and they should not seek a fee waiver. OCES staff must obtain study leave approval from their District Director. A materials fee will be announced at a later date.

Suminski Honored: Zona Suminski, Comanche United Community Nutrition Education Assistant, was honored April 4 with a retirement reception. She completed 18 years of service with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Registration Deadline: July 3 is the deadline to register for the 4-H Leadership Development Conference. Online registration will be available beginning April 22 on the 4-H website. The address is http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/ldc/. The conference will take place July 19-20 on the OSU campus. For more information, contact Linnea Irving at 405-744-5390.

Congratulations to: Stephany Parker, Assistant Extension Specialist, and her husband, Josh Phelps, on the birth of their first child, Joshua David Parker-Phelps. He was born April 14, weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Congratulations to: Shelly Sitton, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education, Communications and    4-H Youth Development, and her husband, Ron, on the birth of their son Matthew Aaron. He was born April 16, weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Matthew is welcomed home by big brother Jacob.

Condolences to: Jeff Averhoff, Technology Services and Support Specialist, on the death of his brother, William Allan Averhoff, who passed away April 5. Funeral services were held April 8 at the First Baptist Church in Saginaw, TX. Memorials may be made to Saginaw United Method Church Building Fund, 200 S. Bluebonnet, Saginaw, TX  76179.


Personnel Actions


Jana L. Feken, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 5-13-02.

Aaron L. Henson, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Tillman County, effective 5-20-02.

Bradley J. Bain, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County, effective 5-31-02.


Jeffrey A. Sallee, Assistant Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, effective 4-1-02. (Was:  Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County)


Jessica L. Racette, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pontotoc County, effective 4-12-02

Coming Events

April 20: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 20: 4-H Day at the OSU Softball Game (Stillwater)

April 26: State FFA Interscholastic Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 26-27: 4-H Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 27: State 4-H Meat Judging and ID Contest (Stillwater)

April 29: NAEFHA 2004 Conference Chairs Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 30: Extension Supporters’ Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

May 3: State 4-H Record Books Due (State 4-H Office)

May 4: Southeast District Invitational Trap, Skeet, Archery, Air Rifle and Air Pistol Contest (Ada)

May 4: Northeast District Public Speaking Contest (Keys)

May 7: Commercial IPM for the Landscape Professional (Stillwater)

May 7: Oklahoma Broiler Show (Tahlequah)

May 8-10: In-Service—Basic Extension Teaching Methods (Stillwater)

May 8: In-Service—4-H Judging 101 (Clinton)

May 9: State 4-H Record Book Judging (Stillwater)

May 10-11: Northeast District Horse Show (Claremore)

May 11: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 16: Eastern Research Station Field Tour (Haskell)

May 16: CCA In-field Training (Lahoma)

May 17: Lahoma Field Tour (Lahoma)

May 18: State 4-H Trap and Skeet Shoot (El Reno)

May 18: State Hippology Contest (Shawnee)

May 23: OSU Turfgrass and Ornamentals Field Day (OBGA, Stillwater)

May 23: Northeast District CED Meeting (Muskogee)

May 24: Northeast District Area Specialist Agents Meeting (Muskogee)

May 28: In-Service—Core Curriculum: Level Two (Oklahoma City)

May 28: State 4-H Interviews (Stillwater)

May 29-31: State 4-H Roundup

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