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Vol. 3 – No. 2
January 24, 2003

Current Events

Beef Issues Seminar: Gary Smith, Meat Science Specialist and Monfort Endowed Chair from Colorado State University, will be on campus Thursday, January 30 to present a seminar. “Hot Topics and Current Issues in the Beef Industry” will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Food and Agricultural Products Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Hoop Time: All 4-H alumni are invited to the 4-H Day at the Cowgirls Game on Saturday, March 1. Please encourage alumni in your county to attend. The cost for this special 4-H alumni event is $15, and it includes a ticket to the OSU vs OU women’s basketball game, catered lunch, campus mini-tour, alumni group portrait, a Game Day t-shirt, and souvenir program. Activities start at 10:00 a.m. Call Gina Schutte at 405-744-7960 or email her at schuttg@okstate.edu if you know of anyone who would like to attend the Alumni Game Day.

Cooperative Extension Recognized: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has been recognized as the recipient of the Outstanding RC&D Supporter Award by the Ouachita Mountains RC&D. The award is presented for OCES’s assistance and cooperation in planning and implementing the Forest Utilization Conference and the Southeast District Forestry Judging Contest.

News Address: The new mailing address for the Payne County Extension Office is 315 W. 6th Street, Suite 103, Stillwater, OK 74074. All telephone and fax numbers are the same.

New CD Available: Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has a new CD, which includes all of the lessons, an extensive glossary, a recipe section, and many other features. The CDs should be in the mailboxes of all kindergarten through sixth grade teachers in the state sometime this week. Extension Educators will get the CDs at an upcoming in-service. For more information, go to the AITC website at http://www.agclassroom.org/ok .

Biotechnology Conference: The Oklahoma 4-H Biotechnology and the Future Conference will take place on February 21-23. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore will host the conference. Thirty 4-H youth, ages 13 and older, will be able to attend the conference. The 4-H’ers will learn from Noble Foundation researchers about current developments in biotechnology, and how these developments will improve the field of agriculture. In addition, they will get a hands-on session in the lab. Teams will work together to genetically modify plant material. The second educational component will focus on training the youth to teach the National 4-H curriculum “Field of Genes; Making Sense of Biotechnology and Agriculture.” Applications are due February 1. More information is posted on the Oklahoma 4-H website at http://clover.okstate.edu .

4-H Roundup Workshops: The 82nd State 4-H Roundup will take place on the OSU campus on May 28-30. Anyone who is interested in presenting an educational workshop on May 29 should contact Tracy Branch at 405-744-8888. The deadline to volunteer to teach a workshop is February 28. This year’s theme is “4-H to the Xtreme!”

Updated Information Available: The new state 4-H Awards Handbook, along with a PowerPoint presentation on the 2003 changes, are available online at www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/ . Click on 4-H Awards, and then follow the links. Since the handbook and the forms within the handbook have been completely revised, it is suggested that you destroy any printed copies of the Awards Handbook or forms that do not contain a revision date of January 2003. The complete handbook in PDF Format will be available soon. Keep in mind that margins and spacing of Word documents on the Web may shift, depending on your computer's default printer, so view the entire document prior to printing and adjust space as necessary.

Needed: A Few Good Judges: Nominations and applications are still being accepted for individuals to assist with 4-H Record Book Judging (May 8, in Stillwater), and Interviews (May 27, in Stillwater). Record book judges should be familiar with the 4-H awards program. Interview judges need a general understanding of 4-H, plus some subject matter knowledge. To volunteer or send in a nomination, please email Jeff Sallee at salleej@okstate.edu on campus, or the District 4-H Program Specialists: Susan Murray, murrasn@okstate.edu ; Nancy Dunlap nancyd@okstate.edu ; Kevin Hackett, Hackett@okstate.edu , or Dixie Ferrell, fdixie@okstate.edu.

Kicks4Kids Aimed at Good Health: Kicks4Kids is an educational program to curb child obesity and promote good health. The target audience is elementary children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Kicks4Kids was introduced to 4-H teens, volunteers, and Extension Educators at all four Youth Action Conferences in October and again at state 4-H/FCS in-service in December. Kicks4Kids is a youth service learning project with two main goals: 1) To provide an educational curriculum that teaches youth the importance of hygiene, physical fitness, and nutrition; and 2) To create a program where children can receive athletic shoes needed for physical education classes. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will provide the leadership and training for adult and youth volunteers of any youth serving organizations to implement the program. Kicks4Kids will be an ongoing program that will require approximately three years to implement statewide. It can be implemented as an after school program, complement classroom activities, or could be taught as a workshop. This program is ideal for making a significant impact in communities across Oklahoma. The goal is to have a minimum of one program in place in each of the 77 counties by the end of the 2002-2003 school year. For more information, go to http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/k4k.htm , or contact the State 4-H Office. Counties will be asked to submit summaries at the first of May.

Bull Sale Reminder: Mark your calendars for March 31. That is the date of the Oklahoma Beef Inc., bull sale. For more information, contact John Evans, Extension Animal Breeding Specialist, at 405-744-6060, or jle@okstate.edu .

Videotape Library Update: The videotape library is being updated. Many of the tapes listed in the catalogs are no longer available, however, new catalogs are not due to be printed at this time. The Agricultural Communications Services website has the most current listing of all tapes available. The address is http://agweb.okstate.edu/pearl/video/ .

In-Service Postponed: The in-service “Oklahoma 4-H Volunteer and Club Management Systems” has been postponed. They were originally scheduled in February and April this year. They have been postponed until the 2003-2004 program year. Please consult your District 4-H Program Specialist regarding this in-service date.

Evaluations Are Due Soon: February 1 is the deadline for the 4-H Core Competency 6-Month Evaluations, including “County Extension Educator’s Observation of Recognizable Changes in Competency Levels,” and “Unit 1 Core Competencies Use.” The evaluations may be accessed at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/staff02/core-competencies.htm . Please be sure to re-read the instructions before completing and submitting your online reports. REMINDER - The number being reported on the "Recognizable Changes" is a percentage. The total for each line being reported must equal 100%. The number being recorded is not the number of volunteers. Examples of completed reports are available at the same web address. UPDATE – Based on county feedback, the volunteer evaluation tool “My 4-H Volunteer Functions and Competencies End of Year Evaluation" has been redesigned. It can now be administered as a pre- and post-form of evaluation. Instructions for using the tool are posted on line. Do not copy and distribute the old version (dated Due August 1, 2002) of the evaluation.

Congratulations to: Carri Chamberlain, Garvin County Extension Secretary, and her husband Steve, on the birth of their daughter Paige Dannielle. She was born January 13, and weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Paige was welcomed home by big brother Chase.

Condolences to: The family of Kathryn Jo Franks, retired Extension Educator, Dewey/Major Unit. She passed away November 19, 2002. Funeral services were held November 21, 2002, at the First Christian Church in Buffalo.

Condolences to: The family of David Michael Ferris, Senior Research Specialist, Department of Forestry. He passed away December 20, 2002. Funeral services were held December 27, 2002, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lawton. Memorials may be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2221 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 131, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Condolences to: Shirley Holder, retired Southwest Research and Extension Center Secretary, on the death of her husband, James. He passed away December 29, 2002. Funeral services were held December 31, 2002.

Condolences to:
The family of Flora Winger, former Home Economist in LeFlore and Pittsburg counties. She passed away January 9. Funeral services were held January 13 at the Calvary Tabernacle in Davis.

Condolences to: Mick Jones, Lincoln County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and his family on the death of his mother, Florence Jones. She passed away January 22. Funeral services will be held January 25 at the Redinger Funeral Home in Seiling. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been set up in her name to the Area Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 236, Seiling, OK 73663. Cards or remembrances may be sent to Mick Jones, P.O. Box 421, Chandler, OK 74834.

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Marilyn K. Berousek, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 2-3-03.

Coming Events

January 25: Southwest District 4-H Volunteers Conference (Lawton)

January 27: Heart Health for Women (Enid)

January 28: Turning a Sore Thumb Into a Green Thumb: A Short Course in Landscape Management (Ada)

January 28: Yearly Diabetes Seminar (LeFlore and Pittsburg counties)

January 28: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

January 30-31: Ag in the Classroom Reunion Workshop (Ardmore)

February 1: Northwest District 4-H Volunteer Leadership Conference (Enid)

February 1: Southeast District Share-The-Fun (TBA)

February 3: Replenishing the Caregiver (Ponca City)

February 4: Women-Specific Health Issues (Oklahoma City)

February 7-8: Southeast District Teen Lock-In (McAlester)

February 8: Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program Training (Stillwater)

February 8: Northwest District 4-H Winter Invitational Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery Shoot (Woodward)

February 11: Southwest District “Ready, Set…Volunteer!” – 4-H Volunteer Core Competency Training Unit 3 (Lawton)

February 12: Managing for Success in Oklahoma Agriculture (Stillwater)

February 12: Microsoft Excel Training (Enid)

February 13: Microsoft Excel Training (Woodward)

February 15: OSU Horse Judging Day (Stillwater)

February 18: An Exploration of Entrepreneurship (Oklahoma City)

February 19: Managing Public Controversy in Oklahoma (Stillwater)

February 20: Identification and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Oklahoma City)

February 20: Estate Planning – Getting Your Household in Order (Pushmataha, Choctaw, Atoka, and Coal counties)

February 24: Updated Resume by Michelle Overstreet (Woodward)

February 24: Updated Resume by Michelle Overstreet (Enid)

February 25: Women-Specific Health Issues (Altus)

February 25: Oklahoma Forests, Their Value and Management (Idabell)

February 25: Standard Operating Procedures for Submitting Digital Plant Images for Weed Identification and Crop Problem Diagnosis (TBA)

February 26: Family Economic Well-Being Basic Training (Weatherford)

February 27: Replenishing the Caregiver (Enid)

February 27: Family Economic Well-Being Basic Training (Okmulgee)

February 28: Snow date for Updated Resume (Woodward)

February 28: Snow date for Updated Resume (Enid)

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