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Vol. 4 – No. 3
February 13, 2004


President Schmidly’s Town Hall Meetings:  As a follow-up to the information you received in the January 30 issue of Extension News, here are the final arrangements for President Schmidly’s Town Hall Meetings. Please continue to publicize these locations and help invite participants. Again, I would ask that you utilize newsletters, newspaper columns, radio interviews, etc., to help publicize these events.   

On Thursday, February 26, President Schmidly’s town hall event will be simultaneously broadcast between 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. from the Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater to fifteen cities across the state. Jennifer Reynolds, an OSU graduate and former News 9 Anchor will serve as moderator for this event. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at this session which will be locally hosted by OSU alumni and a member of the OSU administration. Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend the location nearest you. Additional information may be found at www.okstate.edu click on “Achieving Greatness.”

Altus                            Jackson County Farm Bureau, Suite A (1001 E. Tamarack)

Ardmore                      Hampton Inn (410 Railway Express Road)       

Bartlesville                    Hotel Phillips – Mayfair Room (821 Johnstone)

Elk City                        Holidome (I-40 and Hwy 6, 101 Meadow Ridge)

El Reno                        Comfort Inn (1707 SW 27th Street)

Enid                             AmeriHost Inn (3614 W. Owen K. Garriott Road)

Goodwell                                 OSU Panhandle Research and Extension Center

 (1/2 mile N. of Goodwell on Highway 54)

Hugo                            Choctaw County Extension Office/Agriplex (415 E. Rena)

Lawton                         Country Club (4601 W. Gore)

McAlester                    Pete’s Place (120 SW 8th Street)

Miami                           NEO Faculty Lounge

Muskogee                    Jasper’s Restaurant (1702 W. Okmulgee Street)

Okmulgee                     Public Service of Oklahoma, Lounge

Ponca City                   Holiday Inn (2215 N. 14th Street)

Woodward                   Culture Center (816 Main Street)

For your information, two additional town hall meetings will be held at the following locations should you wish to attend one of these.  These will not be telecast.

Tuesday, February 17               Tulsa                            Renaissance Hotel, Madrid Room         6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, February 23               Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel/NW Expressway           7:00-8:30 p.m.


Judges Needed: Extension Educators and volunteers are needed to serve on either the 4-H Record Book Judging Committee or the Interview Committee. Nomination forms (found in the January 2004 Focus on Youth) must be submitted to your respective district office by March 1. Record Book judging is May 4 in Stillwater. Interviews will take place May 25. Approximately 50 Record Book judges and 25 Interview judges are needed.

Tulsa County 4-H’er Honored: Tiffany Grant, a member of the Sperry 4-H Club in Tulsa County, has been named one of the top four runners-up in the 2004 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Oklahoma.  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are part of a broad initiative created by Prudential to encourage young people to become involved in community service. She is being recognized for her impressive community service activities. Last year she led an effort that raised more than $2,500 to pay for dresses, shoes and beauty sessions for 19 underprivileged girls so that they could attend the high school prom. Her goal this year is to outfit 100 girls.

Condolences to: Arleen James, Texas County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, on the death of her son, Second Lt. Luke James. Lt. James was killed by an improvised explosive device on January 27 near Iskandariyah, Iraq. A memorial service conducted by the OSU ROTC units was held on the OSU campus on February 10 to coincide with the  burial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. A memorial book was held this week in Thatcher Hall for individuals to sign and will be presented to Mrs. Molly James and ultimately to their 6 month old son, Bradley James.  James, a native of Hooker, OK, graduated from OSU with a degree in animal science and a commission into the Army on December 13, 2002.  He was deployed to Iraq on January 14, 2004, as platoon leader with Bravo Company 2nd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  An article published in the February 10, 2004, issue of The Daily O’Collegian may be found at www.ocolly.com .




None to report.

Title Changes/Transfers

Susan L. Moffat, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Cleveland County, effective 2-16-04  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


Travis J. Battles, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, effective 1-31-04


 February 14: OSU Horse Judging School (Stillwater)

February 17: Oklahoma Volunteer Management System Update and Introduction of Oklahoma Club Management System (McAlester)

February 18: Beef Cooking School (McAlester)

February 18: Family Economic Well-Being Basic Training: Module 3 – Taxes, Retirement Planning, and Estate Planning – CORE (McAlester)

February 18: Junior Master Gardener Program (McAlester)

February 24: Annual Caddo County Peanut Meeting (Fort Cobb)

March 5: 1st Annual OSU Horse Show Judges Workshop (Stillwater)

March 6: OSU Youth Trail Class Clinic (Stillwater)

March 15: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Durant)

March 16: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Norman)

March 17-20: Kansas City 4-H Global Conference (Kansas City)

March 18: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Muskogee)

March 25: Pesticide Mode of Action In-Service (Norman)

March 27: Southeast District Zoo Snooze and Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

March 27: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Guymon)

March 27: State 4-H Hippology Contest (Stillwater)

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