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Vol. 3 – No. 7
April 4, 2003

Current Events

Early Retirement Authorization Received: Authorization to offer an early retirement window for eligible federal civil service appointees has been received. Those interested in retiring under the auspices of the program must do so between June 1 and July 31, 2003. Those OCES employees eligible to participate in the program will receive additional information from Sue Bonner’s office within a few days.

Made in Oklahoma: Governor Brad Henry has proclaimed April as "Made in Oklahoma Month." Food and agricultural processing activities contribute $7.1 billion to Oklahoma's gross state product and contribute to nearly 260,000 jobs. The Food and Agricultural Products Center at OSU is an associate member of the Made In Oklahoma (MIO) Coalition. More information about MIO can be found at http://www.miocoalition.com/. Buy Made In Oklahoma Products - they're good for you and good for Oklahoma!

4-H Roundup Plans Underway: The 82nd State 4-H Roundup will take place May 28-30 on the OSU campus. Information and registration forms for this year’s event have been posted to the 4-H website at http://www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/4he&a/RoundupBOOK/mainindex.htm. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Branch at 405-744-8888. Registration information must be postmarked by April 25th and received by Ag Conferences on or before 5:00 p.m. May 1. No registrations will be accepted after May 2, and those received on that date will be assessed an additional $10 fee per delegate.

Spring Retreat: Extension educators in Murray County are gearing up for a spring retreat on April 29 to make plans for the three-year Initiative for the Future of Rural Oklahoma grant. The retreat will begin as the group boards the train in Pauls Valley and heads south to Gainesville, TX. Speakers will include Dana Herr and Javier Rodriquez, both with the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce; Jack Frye, Area Extension Rural Development Specialist; and Mike Woods, Extension Rural Development Specialist.


Program Planning is Delayed: Due to the uncertainty of the fiscal year budget for 2003-2004 for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and the fact that we will not have a clear idea of the budget until the end of the legislative session in May, administration has made the decision to delay the county program planning process for 2003-2004. The Plan-of-Work annual time line and in-service training enrollment will not be requested until at least June 2003. At this time we anticipate the process for completing your time line, in-service training enrollment, and monthly reporting will be similar to last year. We will keep you posted as to the changes in due dates. However, we will allow adequate time for you to complete this planning process.

Rhyne Earns Certification: Mary Rhyne, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, recently earned the Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences Credential from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. This certification provides assurance to others that Rhyne has the current knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional practice in family and consumer sciences and is recognized nationwide.

Awards Presented at OAFCS Annual Meeting: Several extension educators were honored during the recent Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting. Lanci Vasconcellos, Southeast District Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist, was presented with the Lynda Harriman Extension Leader Award. Edwina (Douglas) Kelly, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Devleopment, Lincoln County, received the OAFCS Public Relations Award. Individuals who received Service Awards included Marilyn Berousek, retired Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, McClain County; Kaye Tipton, retired Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development and CED, Noble County; and Janie Morrow, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County. For more than 90 years, OAFCS and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences have been a uniting force behind professionals who work to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Program Available: The Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Program offers services to rural and agricultural public, agencies, government, and businesses in Oklahoma. Mediation provides a third-party neutral to facilitate disputing parties in a neutral and guided environment. Disputing parties develop their own working agreement. Many rural and agricultural issues such as production and credit problems, watershed and natural resource issues, wetlands determinations and other conservation practices, public policy, and interagency disputes can be addressed by OAMP. Extension educators or district directors with programs, meetings, in-services, or conventions who can accommodate a 20-30 minute presentation or free booth space for OAMP should contact Lori Shipman, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service liaison to OAMP, at 405-744-9833, or email at lship@okstate.edu. More information about OAMP is available on the web site at www.oamp.net.

New E-Mail Address: The new email address for Lisa Hamblin, Oklahoma County Extension
Educator, is lhambln@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Louann Walder, Director of Ag Student Career Services, and her husband, Dan, Extension Dairy Specialist, on the birth of their son, Mason Norman Waldner. He was born March 14, weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long. He joins big sister Morgan.

Congratulations to: Craig Woods, TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, and his wife, Lisa, on the birth of their daughter, Abigail Rose. She was born March 29, weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Condolences to: Youmasu J. Siewe, Extension Health Education and Family Development Specialist, on the death of his mother, Fese Siewe. She passed away March 20 in Kumba, Cameroon. Funeral services were held March 29 in the Village of Ikiliwindi. Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, Soap, Salt and Medicines Fund, 524 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK 74074.

Condolences to:
James Trapp, Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, on the death of his father, Lyle Clifford Trapp. He passed away March 29. Funeral services were held April 1 at Pohlman’s Mortuary in Russell, Kansas. Memorials have been established to the Waldo Senior Center, c/o Pohlman’s Mortuary, 610 N. Maple Street, Russell, KS 67665.

Condolences to: Micah Treadwell, Tillman County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, on the death of her father, Pat Buchanan. He passed away March 31. Funeral services were held April 3 at the Cooperton Community Building. Memorials may be made to the Roosevelt Church of Christ, Roosevelt, OK 73564, or the Springhill Cemetery, Roosevelt, OK 73564. (Roosevelt is a small rural community and mail will arrive at the correct location without a street or post office box number.)

College Corner

Brown Bag Teaching Discussion: Faculty and graduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are invited to attend a Brown Bag Teaching Discussion on April 17 in 102 Ag Hall. The discussion starts at 11:30 a.m. and will feature David Buchanan, Professor, Animal Science, leading a discussion on the Scholarship of Teaching.

Teaching Seminar: The Department of Animal Science invites all interested faculty and graduate students to a teaching seminar on April 18 at 12:30 p.m. in 124 Animal Science. Debra Aaron, Professor, University of Kentucky, will present a seminar entitled “Successful Teaching Techniques for Animal Sciences.” Contact Glen Selk at 405-744-6058 for more information.

Enrollment for Fall 2003:
The final enrollment date for continuing students for the Fall 2003 semester is April 25.

SAM Applications Due Soon: April 18 is the application deadline for students who are interested in serving as a CASNR Student Academic Mentor (SAM) for AG 1011 – Freshman Orientation. Interested students from all CASNR majors are encouraged to apply. Contact Linda Martin at 405-744-5395 for more information.

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Sherrie L. True, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Texas County, effective 4-11-03

Coming Events

April 4: 4-H Livestock Project Leader Development (Stillwater)

April 5: Farm Safety Day Camp (Enid)

April 5: OSU Animal Science Department Banquet (Stillwater)

April 8: Hispanic Culture and Food/Food and Nutrition (Oklahoma City)

April 8: Replenishing the Caregiver (Enid)

April 9: The Role of Extension Educators in Oklahoma Water Controversies (Stillwater)

April 9: Microsoft Outlook Training (Enid)

April 9: Family Resiliency Impact Team (Norman)

April 9-11: OEAFCS State Meeting (Norman)

April 10: Parent University (Mangum)

April 11-12 Southeast District Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

April 12: State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 15: Role and Use of Pasture Legumes in Eastern Oklahoma (Eastern Research Station, Haskell)

April 16: Northwest District 4-H Youth Program In-Service Update (Woodward)

April 17: Southeast District 4-H Speech Contest (McAlester)

April 17: Southeast District “Oklahoma Volunteer Management System Update” and “Introduction of Oklahoma Club Management System” (Ada)

April 18: Master Naturalist – Urban Ecosystems (Tulsa)

April 19: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 22: 4-H Wonderwise (Watonga)

April 22: Southeast District Speech Contest (McAlester)

April 23: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 24: 4-H Wonderwise (Okemah)

April 24: Home Canning Techniques (Watonga)

April 25: Master Naturalist – Urban Ecosystems (Oklahoma City)

April 25-26: 4-H Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 25-26: Shooting Sports Certification Training (Stillwater)

April 26: Animal Science CDE Judging Contest (formerly FFA Interscholastics) (Stillwater)

April 26: State 4-H Meats Judging Contest and ID Contest (Stillwater)

April 26: State Land Judging Contest (Stillwater)

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