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Vol. 3 – No. 8
April 18, 2003

Current Events

SWANA Offering Free Symposium: The Solid Waste Association of North America, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, will host a symposium on April 30 in Oklahoma City. The symposium will focus on ways for communities to reduce waste and increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of their waste management programs. The event will take place at the ACCO Building, 429 NE 50th Street. For more information contact Sarah Kimball, Extension Assistant Waste Management Specialist at 405-744-9827, or on the Web at www.agecon.okstate.edu/waste .

Biosecurity of Food: The Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center at OSU is hosting a Food Safety Symposium on May 22 and will be geared toward the biosecurity of food from the farm to the table. Global events have increased the need for biosecurity awareness in the food industry. The symposium will take place at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. To register for the symposium, log on to www.fapc.okstate.edu , or send your name, company, title, address, and $20 registration fee to FAPC, Room 148, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-6055. Registration deadline is May 12. For more information contact Stanley Gilliland at 405-744-6071 or seg@okstate.edu .


OSU Strategic Planning Steering Committee Announced: President Schmidly has named a 25-member Strategic Planning Steering Committee that will guide OSU’s effort to become a premiere land-grant institution. The 14 committee members representing OSU–Stillwater include, Drs. Jerry Warmann (Cooperative Extension), D.C. Coston (Agricultural Experiment Station), and David Buchanan (Animal Science). Dr. Buchanan and Dr. Raj Basu (OSU-Tulsa) will co-chair the committee. Congratulations to all on this significant appointment.

Regular Budget Updates: Beginning with this bi-weekly issue, Extension News will include a regular budget update. This practice will continue until the FY04 budget is set and we have made the necessary adjustments to operate within that budget. Should more frequent updates become necessary, I will correspond with you via e-mail.

Budget Uncertainty Eases Somewhat: Both the Senate and House have named the subcommittees that will draft versions of the package for higher education. It now appears that the Senate bill will call for a further reduction of 2.75 percent for higher education. The House committee is considering an additional cut of 5 to 6 percent. Many observers feel that the final figure will be closer to the Senate figure than to that of the House. Based on these predictions and assuming that at least some relief will be forthcoming in the form of a tuition offset, we are hopeful that we can honor our stated intention to offer a base contract of two educators and one secretary in every county.

Teaching Awards: Shelly Sitton, Assistant Professor, and Bill Weeks, Professor, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development, have been selected to receive the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award. Both faculty members were nominated by the College and developed an extensive portfolio to support their nomination. The Teacher Fellow Award will be presented during the NACTA Conference in San Luis Obispo, CA, June 2003.

Winning Web Page: The Community Nutrition Education Programs web site has ranked by Tufts University for the second time as one of the best sites for nutrition information. CNEP enrolls limited-resource families in a personalized, long-term education experience. The goal of the program is for every enrolled family to consume a diet that promotes good health and to acquire an adequate amount of nutrient-dense foods every day. Stephany Parker, Assistant Extension Specialist, CNAP Nutritionist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, manages the site.You may view the site at http://www.fcs.okstate.edu/cnep/.

Outstanding Club: The Collegiate 4-H Club was presented with the Outstanding Student Club Award during the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natoural Resources' student banquet.

New Email Address: Please note than Edwina (Douglas) Kelly, Lincoln County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, has a new email address. The new address is edwinak@okstate.edu .

Musk Thistle Weevil Roundup: Musk thistle weevil roundups are happening soon. For more information visit the Integrated Pest Management Web site at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/weeds/muskthistle.html , or contact Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420.

A Big Thank You: Dear Friends, thanks for the cards, gift certificate, and retirement reception. It was a pleasure to work for OCES. OCES people are the best!! Sincerely, Arletta Webster.

Congratulations to: Carol Laverty, Harper County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, on the birth of two grandchildren. Houston Vernor Bockelman was born March 22, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. His parents are Jeremy and Rebekah Bockelman. He is welcomed home by big sisters Haleigh and Hannah. Caden Michael Laverty was born April 3, weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long. His parents are Shaddon and Anjanette Laverty. Caden is welcomed home by big brother Caleb.

Congratulations to: Ross Sestak, Lincoln County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and his wife, Krista, on the birth of their daughter Lilyana Hope. She was born April 4, and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Big brothers Jarrod and Jacob welcome home their new sister.

College Corner

Personnel Actions


Karen Whitworth, Grants & Contracts Officer, Ag Sponsored Programs Administration, effective 4-7-03


Gayle A. Hiner, Sr. Communication Specialist (was Graphic Designer), Agricultural Communication Services, effective 4-1-03

Patricia K. Speaker, Administrative Assistant (was Sr. Unit Assistant), DASNR, effective 4-1-03


None to report

Coming Events

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)

May 1: Fun Water Camp Activities (Stillwater)

May 3: Southeast District Shooting Sports (Ada)

May 3: Northeast District Public Speaking Event (Keys)

May 6: Master Naturalist – Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystems (Tulsa)

May 7: 4-H Judging 101 (Muskogee County Fairgrounds)

May 9: Master Naturalist – Riparian and Aquatic Ecosystems (Oklahoma City)

May 9: National Land and Range Judging Contest (Oklahoma City)

May 9-10: Northeast District Horse Show (Claremore)

May 10: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 14: Microsoft PowerPoint Training (Enid)

May 15: Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning 2003 (TBA)

May 15: Microsoft PowerPoint Training (Woodward)

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 (TBA)

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)

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