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Vol. 5 – No. 13
July 15, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR                                                                                                            

NW District Extension Director Position: The NW District Extension Director position has been advertised and we are now in the process of accepting applications.  Review of those applications will begin August 1.  Those serving on the search and screening committee are:

            Steve Smith, SW District Director (Chair)

Ross Love, Assistant Director of OCES

Recia Garcia, NW District FCS Program Specialist

Roger Gribble, Area Agronomy Specialist, Enid

Karen Armbruster, FCS County Educator & CED, Woods County

Scott Price, Agriculture County Educator & CED, Grant County

Rick Nelson, Agriculture County Educator & CED, Beaver County

Cindy Conner, 4-H County Educator, Garfield County

Melanie Matt, 4-H Country Educator, Woodward County

David Lalman, Associate Professor, Animal Science Department

Let me take this opportunity to thank those serving on the search and screening committee for their willingness to serve in this capacity.  For those of you who will be involved in the interview process, please hold the dates September 6 and 7 for interviews.  You will receive further information as details are finalized.  Please note a copy of the position announcement is attached at the end of this newsletter.  It is also posted on the website at http://intranet.okstate.edu/Ag_HR/ then click on OCES Career Opportunities on the left hand side.  We look forward to receiving an excellent pool of candidates to interview for this important position.  If you know someone you think would be a good candidate, please contact them and encourage them to apply and/or contact one of the search and screening committee members so they can contact the individual.

                                                                                                                                                        Jim Trapp



Condolences to: Barbara Hatfield, retired Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Custer County, on the death of her mother, Willy Wrede. She passed away July 7. Funeral Services were held July 10 at the First United Methodist Church in Geary. 


Reception Slated to Welcome Students: CASNR is hosting a "College Welcome Reception" (in conjunction with ALPHA) for all new freshman and transfer students in CASNR during the afternoon of August 19.  CASNR faculty who are present will be introduced and will have the opportunity to interact with students. This event provides a way to welcome students to the College, and strong faculty participation helps to send the message that students are valued.


CASNR Faculty Bring Home Teaching-Related Awards: Several CASNR faculty members were honored with awards during the recent North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture meeting. Those receiving awards include:

             Jeff Hattey, Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, received the NACTA Southern Region Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and teaching-related activities.

            Janet Cole, Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; Steve Damron, Professor, Department of Animal Science; and Tom Kuzmic, Professor, Department of Forestry, all received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award.

            Justin Moss, graduate student, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, and Danna Kelemen, graduate student, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and 4-H Youth Development, both received the NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award.

 Team Cowboy Motorsports Wins…Again: Team Cowboy Motorsports, composed of students in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, recently defeated 23 teams from the United States and Canada to win the annual ASAE Quarter-Scale Tractor Competition. This was the second year in a row for the BAE students to win the highly competitive national championship.  However, this year was a bit different than 2004 because this year the students placed first in only one of the judging categories (Safety).  What carried Cowboy Motorsports to victory was overall consistency, with relatively high finishes in virtually every category (written design report, oral presentation, tractor pull, maneuverability, serviceability, etc.). The 1/4 Scale Tractor Competition is a year-long extracurricular activity and labor of love. The students organize, manage, and execute the work themselves. They not only performed exceptionally well in terms of design, fabrication, and tractor performance, but they also conducted themselves very well at the competition in East Moline, Ill.  Congratulations are in order for Ryan Haar (Director), Curtis Johnson (Co-Director), Kristin Stephens (Secretary-Treasurer), and all their Cowboy Motorsports teammates.  John Solie (faculty advisor) and Wayne Kiner (BAE Laboratory Manager) also are to be recognized for their efforts in support of the tractor team.

 FAPC Plays a Role in Space Muffins: The OSU Food Science Club won first place in the 2005 NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center Product Development Center. The team, advised by Food Science Assistant Professor Margaret Hinds, developed the winning entry, Nutraffin, with the help of the Food and Agricultural Products Center. Nutraffin is a bit-sized carrot muffin snack made from fresh carrots, peanut flour, wheat flour, sugar, low-sodium baking power, cinnamon, cardamom, and soymilk. The objective of the competition was for students to make a nutritional, beneficial food with only crops that grow in space. The team will present their product and research to NASA scientists and officials at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tex., in August.



Keegan F. Varner, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Johnston County, effective 6-30-05

 David W. Drake, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective     7-5-05

 Samantha Wagner, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 7-15-05

 Randal K. Taylor, Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 7-31-05

 James A. Rutledge, Assistant Extension Specialist/Executive Director, 4-H Youth Development, effective 8-1-05

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


Faye A. Watson, Northwest Area CNEP Coordinator, Northwest District, effective 7-18-05

 Leah Wall, Extension Educator, Community Development, Cleveland County, effective 7-22-05


July 19-21: OSU Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 22: Summer Canola Meeting (Enid)

July 23: 4-H Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 24-28: National 4-H Forestry Judging Contest (West Virginia)

July 26-28: OAE4-HA Annual Conference (Catoosa)

August 2-6: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships (Alabama)

August 17: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 1: Basic Extension Teaching Methods (Oklahoma City)

September 3: 4-H Day at the Cowboy Football Game (Stillwater)

September 13-16: Oklahoma Homebuyers Education (Oklahoma City)

September 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 24” NAEFCS Annual Meeting (Pennsylvania)

September 15-25: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 26: 4-H Release Day at the Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 27: 4-H Judging Day at the Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 29-October 9: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)


NW District Extension Director Vacancy Announcement

 Position Title

District Extension Director

Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Oklahoma State University

Northwest District

Enid, Oklahoma

Date Available

This position is available on or after September 15, 2005.


Commensurate with education and experience.

 Description and Responsibilities

  • The district extension director is responsible for providing administrative leadership for 17 counties which comprise the Northwest District.  These duties include personnel and fiscal management, budget development, civil rights and affirmative action, and public relations/marketing.

 The district extension director will:

·                    Provide progressive leadership for the members of the district team, area specialists, and county educators.

·                    Work closely with state administrators regarding personnel and fiscal matters.

·                    Assure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in employment and program delivery.

·                    Work closely with the assistant directors and the Agriculture Human Resources office staff to provide career, professional, and personal development opportunities for employees.

·                    Serve as facilitator with extension educators and county budget decision-makers to secure funding for extension programs.

·                    Support close working relationships with advisory committees, county commissioners, commodity groups, and other users of Extension programs.

·                    Other duties as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications

·                    A master’s degree with at least one degree in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, or in an area related to Extension education.

·                    Seven or more years of successful progressively responsible professional work experience with a minimum of five years of Cooperative Extension work.

·                    Prior successful work experiences utilizing personnel and fiscal management, and supervision is required. Leadership roles and interaction with governmental and public agency officials is desirable.

·                    Excellent oral and written communication skills; good organizational development and management skills; knowledge and effective use of electronic communications and computer technology skills for communication and program management.

·                    Visionary team leadership skills are essential.

·                    Willingness to work within a flexible time frame which may include evenings and weekends and be willing to travel throughout the district, state, and occasionally out of state.

·                    The person selected for this position is expected to establish and maintain residence in the northwest district.

 Employment Conditions

This is a full-time (12-month) appointment. Salary commensurate with education and experience. The incumbent is administratively accountable to the Vice President, Dean and Director, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, through the Associate Director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

 How to Apply

·                    Both nominations and direct applications are welcome.  Nominations should include the complete name and address of the nominee.

·                    Individuals wishing to apply should submit a letter of application that includes qualifications, previous professional responsibilities and achievements, administrative philosophy, and how these relate to the district director’s position. A professional resume’ should be included.

·                    Applicants should provide the name, address, telephone number, and electronic mail address of five references the committee can contact for additional information. The references should be knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualities that make him or her well suited for the responsibilities described in the announcement.

·                    Review of applications will begin August 1, 2005, and will continue until a suitable applicant is identified.

·                    Nominations, applications, and questions may be directed to:

Agriculture Human Resources

Room 235 Agricultural Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078-0466

Telephone (405) 744-5524

Fax (405) 744-8863

E-mail: sue.bonner@okstate.edu

Information about the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources may be accessed on the internet at:

www.dasnr.okstate.edu Information about Cooperative Extension professional positions may be accessed on the internet at: www.oces.okstate.edu/jobs

 Equal Employment Opportunity: Applicants will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran. Oklahoma State University is committed to multicultural diversity.


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