Extension News — DASNR Intranet

DASNR Intranet

Random Banner Image

DASNR Intranet

Extension News


Vol. 3 – No. 3
February 7, 2003

Current Events

OSU Regents Approve Early Retirement Incentive: The OSU A&M Board of Regents approved an early retirement incentive ($20,000 per person) for those Extension employees eligible for optional early retirement through the federal civil service retirement system. The incentive will be offered to those eligible individuals electing to retire between June 1 and July 31, 2003.

We have applied to USDA for the authority to offer the early retirement. Although we have not yet received approval, we have communicated frequently with our federal contact and anticipate that our request will be approved in the near future.

As soon as federal approval is received, each of you who are eligible for early retirement will be notified by Sue Bonner's office. That letter will ask that you formally indicate your intent to retire under the incentive program on or before April 1, 2003. The early date is necessitated by our need for accurate salary savings information as we make plans to deal with a very tight budget for next year.

Cut Flower Workshop: A workshop geared toward the production of cut flowers will be held Thursday, February 27, at the Holiday Inn in Stillwater. The registration deadline is Friday, February 21. Registration is $45 per person. Extension Educators and Master Gardeners may attend for $30 per person. The morning session will take place at the Holiday Inn, followed by an afternoon tour of Bear Creek Farms, a cut flower farm located in Stillwater. For more information, contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404, or steph@okstate.edu .


Mark Your Calendars: The Fall FCS and 4-H Statewide In-Service will take place December 3-5, 2003, at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU Campus in Stillwater.

Still Time to Sign Up: Applications are still being taken from volunteers who are interested in teaching a workshop during the 82nd State 4-H Roundup. Roundup is schedule for May 28-30, and the workshops will take place on Thursday, May 29. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 28. The forms are available on the 4-H website at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/4he&a/formsappl/index.htm .

Park Receives Grant: Jan Park, Extension Gerontology Specialist, received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma. The grant, in the amount of $6,910, will be used to produce the ALERT publication, which highlights changes in Medicare, addresses commonly asked questions, and gives an overview of basic Medicare coverage. The ALERT and other Medicare information are distributed to all county Cooperative Extension offices in Oklahoma.

Award Winner: Congratulations to Kathleen Kelsey, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development, on receiving the "Outstanding Young Agricultural Educator Award" at the American Association for Agricultural Education Southern Region Conference.

4-H Alumni and Cowgirl Basketball: All 4-H alumni are invited to the "4-H Day at the Cowgirls Game" on Saturday, March 1. County Extension Educators are asked to encourage alumni from their county to attend. The cost of the event is $15 and includes a ticket to the ballgame, a catered lunch, campus mini-tour, alumni group portrait, Game Day t-shirt, and souvenir program. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact Gina Schutte at 405-744-7969. More information also is available on the website at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/rhfound02/gameday.htm .

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

Condolences to: Sue Bonner, Division Personnel Specialist, and her family, on the death of her husband, Jim Netherton. He passed away Sunday, January 26. A memorial service was held Wednesday, January 29 at University Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater. Memorials may be made to the William F. Taggart Scholarship Fund, Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 139 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078. Please make checks payable to the OSU Foundation, and note "Taggart Scholarship in memory of Jim Netherton" in the memo line.

College Corner

Camp CASNR: Sophomores and juniors enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have the opportunity to attend a two-day camp which will provide assistance with setting life and career goals, as well as developing skills in decision-making, exploring career options, and searching for internships. The camp will take place Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 at St. Groves Campground east of Stillwater. Registration deadline is February 14.

Brown Bag Teaching Discussion: Kim Anderson, Extension Grain Marketing Specialist, will lead a discussion on "Experiential Learning in the Classroom" on Thursday, February 13. He will discuss experiences in his Agricultural Product Marketing and Sales class. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in 102 Ag Hall.

Personnel Actions


None to report


None to report


Halldor Sigfusson, Assistant Research Professional, Food and Agricultural Products Center, effective 2-7-03

Coming Events

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)

Document Actions