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Vol. 3 – No. 9
May 2, 2003

Current Events

Pecan Grafting Demonstration: Mike Smith, Regents Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, will be the special guest at a Pecan Grafting Demonstration that will take place May 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Claremore. Participants will learn about grafting, as well as have the opportunity to network with other pecan growers and enthusiasts. The event is sponsored by the Rogers County Extension Office. For more information call 918-341-2736.

 Musk Thistle Weevil Roundup: Make plans now to attend the Musk Thistle Weevil Roundup in Craig County on May 9 and in Kay County on May 12. Directions and additional information can be found at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/weeds/muskthistle.html, or by calling Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420.

 Farm and Home Safety Conference: Extension educators from the Cleveland County Extension Office will conduct a Farm and Home Safety Conference on May 12. The conference is free and is geared toward agricultural producers and homeowners. Four sessions are planned, and those attending the conference will be able to take part in two sessions. The sessions include Triad Personal Safety; Horse, Cattle, and other Livestock Safety Issues; Emergency Preparedness; and Pesticide and Fertilization Safety. The conference will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Frye Auditorium at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Registration deadline is May 9. For more information, contact the Cleveland County Extension Office at 405-321-4774.

State 4-H Roundup: The OSU campus will turn 4-H green as club members from around the state gather on the OSU campus May 28-30 for the 82nd State 4-H Roundup. This year’s theme is “4-H to the Xtreme.” Highlights of the event will be state and district officer elections, recognition of record book winners, and the announcement of Hall of Fame winners.


Budget Update:  Although the funding bill for common education has been agreed upon for several weeks, it is still tied up in the House. Most observers believe that the bill funding higher education will move fairly quickly once the common education bill has passed. I will share the Extension budget figures with you as soon as they become known.  

    The most widely held scenario on how the higher education funding bill will come out hasn’t changed over the past two weeks. Most observers still think that higher education will sustain an additional cut of 2.75%.  That would likely make a total cut for Extension of 10% this year and 11% overall. 

    What about the tuition offset?  We are maintaining contact with the office of the Chancellor for Higher Education and remain confident that we will receive a tuition offset. With no new money coming from the legislature, anything we get by way of a tuition offset will have to come from higher education’s already reduced budget. We are fortunate that Chancellor Paul Risser came from the land-grant university system and worked for a similar tuition offset during his days as President at Oregon State. We need to give his office time to work on our behalf. Ms. Montgomery will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and I will update you as needed.

    The early and optional retirement sign up period has closed. In all, 34 individuals have signed up to retire under the plan. We are thankful for the added flexibility that the salary savings will afford us as we deal with the budget reductions.

    The State Advisory Council is scheduled to spend May 6 at the capitol working in our behalf. Council members will call on a number of key legislators to report on our programs, thank them for their continued support, and to talk about our goal to make the best of a bad situation.

    On May 1 we spent a full and productive day discussing our fiscal situation with the Dean's Advisory Committee. We had a frank and open exchange of information and views that will prove helpful as we deal with the budget shortfall.

Receives Certification: Debbie Richardson, Extension Child Development Assistant Specialist, has completed all requirements and received certification from Prevent Child Abuse America as a Healthy Families America trainer. This enables Richardson to provide core training for Family Assessment Workers and other staff with Healthy Families America home visitation programs in Oklahoma and across the country.

 New Officer: Glenn Muske, Extension Home-Based and Micro Business Specialist, has been asked to serve as Board Secretary for the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education.

 Condolences to: Robert Westerman, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, on the death of his father. He passed away April 29. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 3 at the Mountain Park Cemetery in Mountain Park, OK.

College Corner

NationalConference: The 2003 Annual Conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) will take place June 18-21 in San Luis Obispo, CA. The theme for this year’s conference is “Developing Leadership for a Changing World.” The early registration deadline is May 20. A conference Web page has been established at http://ss.calpoly.edu/nacta/.

 Commencement Schedule: Graduation ceremonies for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 10 in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The CASNR Graduation Reception will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Noble Research Center.

Golden Torch: David Buchanan, Professor, Animal Science, received the 2003 Mortar Board Golden Torch Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member from each college who has made significant contributions toward the success of OSU students.

 Teacher of the Week: Shelly Sitton, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development, was selected by OSU students as the OSU Teacher of the Week for the week of March 31-April 4.

Personnel Actions


None to report


Guadalupe Davilla De El Rassi, Coordinator, FAPC, effective 4-1-03 (was Post Doc Fellow)


None to report


 Mandy H. Gross, Communications Specialist, FAPC, effective 4-1-03 (formerly of Agricultural Communications Services)

Coming Events

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 (Okmulgee)
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 (El Reno)
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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