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Vol. 3 – No. 24
December 5, 2003

Current Events

House and Senate Interim Study of Cooperative Extension: The interim study of Cooperative Extension was held on Thursday morning, December 4, at the State Capitol. Good representation from both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees were present, along with other interested legislators and a number of guests. Dean Curl shared details regarding the Extension budget, the impact of the two retirement incentive programs, and the Extension portion of the DASNR reorganization. The presentation was well received and did a lot to create better understanding about the issues that have resulted from the budget shortfall. The PowerPoint presentation Dean Curl used will be shared with the Extension staff as an email attachment.

 Cucurbit Production and Marketing Meeting: The 6th Oklahoma Statewide Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting will take place December 11 at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. Specific program contents can be viewed at www.lane-ag.org. Persons who are interested may request a copy of the program by calling 580-889-7343.

 Horticulture Industries Show: The 23rd Annual Oklahoma/Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show will be held January 9 and 10, 2004, at Tulsa Community College northeast campus in Tulsa. The show involves two days of Educational programs and trade show activities for people with horticultural interests in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and surrounding states. This year’s theme is “Growing a Horticulture Business.” Advance registration is $45 and is due by December 20. A registration fee of $20 will be charged for a spouse or additional adults from the same farm or business. The registration fee covers the conference and the conference proceedings. Registration after December 20 is $55. For more information about the Horticulture Industries Show, call Donna Dollins at 405-744-6460, or Ray Campbell at 405-377-8948 or email at raycam@dasnr.okstate.edu.  Registration information and a meeting schedule are available at http://home.okstate.edu/Okstate/dasnr/hort/hortlahome.nsf/toc/HIS.


Taliaferro Honored: The Turfgrass Breeders Association has announced Charles Taliaferro, Regents Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has won the first Breeder’s Cup Award for his cultivar, ‘Riviera’ bermuda grass. The Breeder’s Cup Award honors the breeder and the cultivar that together exemplify originality in the development of a turfgrass variety.  Riviera is a breakthrough cultivar with cold tolerance, quality, and good seed yield. 

 Applications Available: Applications for the Lois Demond Fellowship, Lucille Clark Scholarship, Marilyn Burns Endowment Fund for Home-Based and Micro Business Program Development Award, the Irma Manning Professional Development Fund, and the Grace Spivey Professional Development Fund are available on the Family and Consumer Sciences web site at www.fcs.okstate.edu.  Applications are due February 15, 2004, and should be returned to Lynda Harriman, 104 HES, Stillwater, OK  74078.

 Soils Lab Will Be Closed for the Holiday: The OSU Soil, Water, and Forage Analytical Laboratory will be closed December 24-January 4. Please plan accordingly. Samples may still be mailed to the lab. They will be held at University Mailing until January 5th.  Thank you for your patronage.

 Fax and Phone Numbers: Please make note of the correct telephone and fax numbers for the Woodward County Extension Office. The phone number is 580-254-3391, and the fax number is 580-254-3392.

 Epsilon Sigma Phi Seeking "New" and "Renewed" Members:  OCES staff with five years of service are invited and encouraged to join Epsilon Sigma Phi. Membership dues for first time members are $35, and $30.00 for renewals.  Membership fees are due by January 1, 2004, to the State ESP Treasurer, Loveta Hammond, 930 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK  73107-6120.  A lifetime membership for recent retirees is $150.00.

 Spring Fee Waivers: Fee waivers for the 2004 Spring Semester should be submitted to 245 Ag Hall no later than January 5, five working days prior to the first day of class on January 12. 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. PLEASE NOTE NEW POLICY:  if you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions.  No letters of explanation will be accepted.  Both the Fee Waiver and Study and Education Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services and you can request them by calling 405-744-5823.

Also, as a reminder, Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form.  If you have questions, please contact your County Extension Director as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waiver and Study and Education Request Forms.

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.

 Technology Service and Support: To maintain a computing environment that is reliable and secure it is important to keep the following three steps in mind:

  1. Machines that are currently operating in the Windows XP environment can take advantage of the built-in firewall and perimeter security components such as an actual firewall built to prevent fire from spreading between adjoining buildings, computer firewalls prevent the spread of unauthorized communication between an individual computer or group of networked computers and the Internet.
  2. All machines, no matter whether they are operating in the Apple Macintosh or the Microsoft Windows environment, should be updated with patches provided free of charge. Applying updates mitigates the risk of attacks that can exploit security vulnerabilities in your environment. Windows users can self-manage software installation and computer maintenance using Windows Update, Office Update, and activating Automatic Updates that will keep Windows and Office current on security updates.
  3. While the Internet enables us to communicate and collaborate more effectively, the technology makes it easier for malicious virus writers to create viruses and worms that spread faster and further. Installing, configuring, and maintaining antivirus protection is absolutely essential.

These three strategies combine to support an efficient, secure, and reliable system. For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/, or contact your Extension Technology Specialist or departmental support specialist.

 Condolences to: The family of James White, Professor, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development. He passed away November 16. A funeral service was held November 21 at the First Baptist Church in Stillwater. A second service took place November 22 at the Erin Springs Baptist Church near Lindsay, Okla. Cards may be mailed to Carol White, 1302 N. Benjamin, Stillwater, OK  74075.

College Corner

Congratulations to:  Louann Waldner, Director of Student Career Services for CASNR, recently received the Honorary American Farmer Degree during the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The Oklahoma FFA Association nominated her for her efforts in coordinating the annual State FFA Interscholastic Contests held at OSU each year. Congratulations to Louann on receiving this honor.


Agriculture Legislative Intern Selected: Caleb Winsett, an Agricultural Economics major from Shawnee, will serve as the 2004 Ag Legislative Intern for the College. Caleb will work with the chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees in the Oklahoma State Legislature. He will be located at the State Capital this spring, and may be contacted through Senator Bruce Price's office.

Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus Award: Recipients of the Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus Award have been selected. Awards will be presented at Convocation on December 13 to Donald L. Peters (B.S.; Soils; 1951), and R. Larry Watkins (B.S.; Agricultural Education; 1969).

Fall Convocation Schedule: The Graduate College Hooding ceremony will take place December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Gallagher/Iba Arena. The graduation ceremony for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will take place December 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Gallagher/Iba Arena. 

On-Line Scholarship Application: The CASNR on-line scholarship application for the 2004-2005 academic year will be available on the CASNR website beginning December 7. Current CASNR undergraduates, prospective, and incoming transfer students will be able to access the application at www.casnr.com  (click on the link "CASNR Scholarships and Awards"). The deadline for application is Monday, January 26, 2004, for current CASNR students; the deadline for prospective/incoming transfers is Monday, February 2, 2004.

Outstanding Seniors: Applications are available for OSU Outstanding Seniors 2003-2004. Please encourage qualified students to apply. Faculty can send nominations with e-mail addresses to Anne Scott, Director of Student Alumni Programs, then she will e-mail applications to those nominated. The final application deadline is February 26, 2004. Candidates may be December 2003, May 2004, or July 2004 graduates.  

Personnel Actions


None to report


Martha L. Albright, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Cimarron County, effective 12-1-03  (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED)

 Heather M. Turner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, effective 11-1-03 (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


Frederick K Ray, Animal Science, Professor, effective 9-30-03

 Gina B. Schutte, Coordinator, Special Programs and Promotions, 4-H Youth Development, effective   11-25-03

 Jennifer Sterling, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 12-1-03

 Carolyn Ukpaka, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Comanche County, effective 12-3-03

 Sam L Harp, Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 12-31-03

 Donald Gill, Regents Professor, Animal Science, effective 12-31-03

 Linda K Humphries, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/CED, Delaware County, effective 12-31-03

 Joe G. Berry, Professor, Animal Science, effective 12-31-03

 David E. Foster, Professor/Associate Director, OCES, Division of Agriculture, effective 12-31-03

 Gordon V. Johnson, Regents Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 12-31-03

 Janice M. Cranor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Osage County, effective 1-2-04

 Kenneth E. Jackson, Assistant Extension Specialist, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 1-5-04

 Ronald T. Noyes, Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 1-5-04

 Eugene G. Krenzer, Jr., Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 1-5-04

 Phillip Norton, Area Extension Specialist, Southeast District, effective 1-5-04

Coming Events

December 6: Northwest District Share-The-Fun (Fairview)

December 6: Southwest District Share-The-Fun (Lawton)

December 10: Junior Master Gardener Program (Southwest District)

December 11: Beef Production: Risk and Rewards (Stillwater)

December 13: Shooting Sports Certification Training (Okemah)

December 16: Oklahoma Forest Industry, Woodland, Wildlife, and Pond Management (Broken Bow)

December 17: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Units 1, 2, 3 (Stillwater)

December 18: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

December 20: Blaine County Shooting Sports Contest (Watonga)

January 5: Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Web-Based)

January 5-7: Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association Conference (Oklahoma City)

January 7: Basic and Advanced Training in Soil and Water Management, Nutrient Management, Crop Management, and Pest Management (Stillwater)

January 7-12: Denver Western 4-H Roundup (Denver, Colo.)

January 8: 4-H After School (On-line)

January 9-10: Shooting Sports Certification Training (Sulphur)

January 10: 4-H Day at Oakwood Mall (Enid)

January 10: Northeast District 4-H Volunteer Leadership Development Conference (Jenks)

January 12: Using Prescribe Fire (Stillwater)

January 17: Major County Shooting Sports Contest (Fairview)

January 22: Storm Water Phase II In-Service Training (Chandler)

January 24: Southwest District 4-H Volunteers Conference (Lawton)

January 24: Southwest District 4-H Speech Contest (Lawton)

January 24: Harper County Shooting Sports Contest (Buffalo)

January 31: Southeast District Share-the-Fun (McAlester)

January 31: Dewey County Shooting Sports Contest (Taloga)

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