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Vol. 3 – No. 10
May 16, 2003

Current Events

State 4-H Roundup: The OSU campus will turn 4-H green as club members from around the state gather on the OSU campus May 28-30 for the 82nd State 4-H Roundup. This year’s theme is “4-H to the Xtreme.” Highlights of the event will be state and district officer elections, recognition of record book winners, and the announcement of Hall of Fame winners.


Budget Update:  The appropriation bill for common education is still tied up in the House.  Although a great deal of committee work on the higher education bill has been done in both houses, that legislation will not be moved forward until both houses finish with the common education bill. At the moment it appears that the Senate bill will call for an additional reduction of 2.25% for higher education.  This is an improvement over the 2.75% that had been widely suggested.  I will continue to update you as we learn more. 

 State Advisory Council:  Members of the state advisory council spent a profitable day at the Capitol on May 6, calling on selected legislators.  While the budget situation was discussed during many of those visits, the main objective was to report on what we’ve done with funding from the Extension Initiative and to thank members for their continuing support of Extension.   A copy of the handout council members used was distributed separately via e-mail to all Extension staff.

 Staff Fee Waivers:  Fee waivers for the 2003 Summer Semester should be submitted no later than Friday, May 30, five working days prior to the first day of class on June 9, to 245 Ag Hall.  The Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Extension Director, District Extension Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing.  Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline

 William F. Taggart Scholarship:  The guidelines and application form for the William F. Taggart Scholarship are now on the intranet.  You can find the website at http://intranet.okstate.edu/scholarship/.  Applications are due in 245 Ag Hall on or before Friday, June 6, for both summer and fall semesters.  If making application for both the summer and fall semester, please note that separate applications must be submitted for each semester.

 Secretarial Guide Available: Following the OCES statewide secretarial in-service training last fall, it was suggested that a secretarial guide be made available for all county secretaries and field staff. Through the leadership of Kelli Barnett, Southwest District Administrative Assistant, that secretarial guide is now available at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff_development. As you utilize this resource guide, please note and share your suggestions for improvement with Joyce Martin at 405-744-7969.

 Retirement Party: Please join the Oklahoma County OSU Extension staff in celebrating the retirement of Extension Educator Claire Powell, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Extension Educator Janie Morrow, 4-H Youth Development. A reception will be held in their honor on June 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Oklahoma County OSU Extension Center Auditorium.

Testing Schedule: Oklahoma Beef Incorporated has announced its new testing schedule. Information can be accessed on the OBI Web page at  http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/OBI/  or contact John Evans at 405-744-6060.

Farm Safety Camp: Three hundred 5th and 6th graders students in Washington County learned how to identify and deal with hazard at home during the Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp that took place on May 6-7 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Community members taught workshops where participants learned how to take responsibility for their own safety, respect parents’ safety rules, and share safety tipes with their family and friends. This year’s event was such a success plans are underway for another Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp next year.

Pesticide Safety Education Program: The Pesticide Safety Education Program recently hosted 22 Region VI EPA, State and Tribal pesticide regulatory representatives. The PSEP led the group in a tour of the Pinkston Education Facility for Structural and Urban Pest management. Kevin Shelton, PEF Facility Coordinator, explained how the facility was designed, built, and the program implemented. The group also toured the Stored Product Research and Education Center. Both PSEP and SPREC are cooperative efforts with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s Plant Industry and Consumer Services Division and the various industries.

 Condolences to: Clay Buford, Applications Engineer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, on the death of his father, Orin James Buford, who passed away on May 9. Funeral services were held on May 13 at 132 Bible Church near Hennessey.  Burial followed at the Hennessey Cemetery under the direction of Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home. Memorials may be made through the funeral home (405-853-2364) to the Ames Fire Department or to the Hennessey Public Library.

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Coming Events

May 17: State 4-H Trap/Skeet Shoot (El Reno)
May 21: Master Naturalist – Communications and Teaching Skills (Tulsa)
May 21: Family Economic Well Being Core Training (Weatherford)
May 22: Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning 2003 (El Reno)
May 22: Family Economic Well Being Core Training (Okmulgee)
May 23: Master Naturalist – Communications and Teaching Skills (Oklahoma City)
May 28-30: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)
May 30: Wheat Production Field Training (Lahoma Field Station)

June 2-3: Southeast District Horse Show (Ardmore)

June 6-8: Southwest District Horse Show (Chickasha)

June 7: Northwest District Horse Show (Guthrie)

June 7: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Oklahoma City)

June 11: Understanding Health Disparities – Core (Stillwater)

June 11: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Stillwater)

June 12: Healthy Families Annual State In-Service (Stillwater)

June 12: CNEP NEAs Annual In-Service (Stillwater)

June 19: Basic Food Preparation Skills: Vegetables and Fruits – Core Training (Stillwater)

June 26: Memory Lesson – “Yes, Older People Can Remember” (Garvin County)

June 26-27: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

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