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Vol. 5 – No. 14
July 29, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR                                                                                                            


Landscape Contractor Day: The Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) is sponsoring a Landscape Contractor Day on August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Community College Northeast. Pre-registration is $10 by August 1. Registration can be mailed to Oklahoma Nursery & Landscape Association, P.O. Box 75146, Oklahoma City, OK  73147. Registration is $15 at the door the day of the event. For more information call the ONLA at 405-942-5276, or email at OklahomaONLAOGGA@aol.com.


Fall Semester Fee Waivers Due August 12: Fee waivers for the 2005 Fall Semester should be submitted no later than August 12, five working days prior to the first day of class on August 22, to 245 Ag Hall.  The Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Ext. Director, District Ext. Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing. Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline. If you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions. No letters of explanation will be accepted. Fee Waiver Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services and you can request them by calling 405-744-5823. NOTE:  The Educational Leave Requests are now available on-line at the Staff Development intranet site at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff­_development.

            Also, as a reminder – Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form. If you have questions, please contact your immediate supervisor as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waivers and Study and Education Request Forms.

            If your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and education form, call 405-744-6550 so that your records can be updated. Also, check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver. You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions.

 New Grant in Oklahoma and Canadian Counties: LaDonna Dunlop, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Oklahoma County, and Donna Stangl, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Canadian County, have received a $5,000 national grant from the "3-A-Day of Dairy Nutrition Education" program. Dunlop and Stangl will be working with the "Schools for Healthy Lifestyles" programs in both Oklahoma and Canadian counties to help administer the grant by teaching school-aged children about the importance of getting three servings of dairy products every day for a healthy diet.

 James Earns Master’s Degree: Tommie M. James, Choctaw County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, and 4-H Youth Development, recently completed her Master’s of Science degree in Human Resources: Administration, from East Central University in Ada. She would like thank the following people for their support and encouragement: Judy Elliott, Joyce Martin, Claude Bess, Lani Vasconcellos, and her co-workers in Choctaw County.

 Organic Production Specialist Hired At Lane: The Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center has recently added Dr. William Kazokas as a post-doctoral fellow to assist in organic production and marketing research and Extension. Kazokas earned his Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Florida.  His dissertation focused on pollination and fruit development in southern highbush blueberry. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University where he received his B.S. in horticulture in 1984. Kazokas brings to the Center more than 10 years of industry experience developing and managing organic horticulture operations in Florida, Mexico, and Australia. He is an accredited organic farm and process inspector, and co-hosts a weekly radio program on organic gardening. He sees tremendous potential in the state for integrated organic farming enterprises supplying local and regional markets. Kazokas welcomes collaboration with research, teaching and Extension personnel.  He can be reached at 580-889-7343, or william.kazokas@okstate.edu.

 Paper Accepted: Renee Daugherty, Extension Leadership Development and Educational Methods Specialist, and Sue Williams, Extension Leadership Development and Family Policy Specialist, have had a paper accepted at the 2005 International Leadership Association Annual Conference to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in November.  The title of the paper is “Leadership and Public Deliberation:  A Public Decision-Making Model for Global Communities.”

 Congratulations to: Charles Luper, Extension Associate, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and his wife, Christy, on the birth of their daughter. Calyssa McClain Luper was born July 15, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother Caden.

Congratulations to: Sarah Kimball, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, on the birth of her grandson. Kael Lukan Busteed was born July 16, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.

 Condolences to: Ronnie George, retired District Director, Northeast District and his family, on the death of Ronnie’s father, Marvin George. He passed away July 23. Funeral services were July 26 in the chapel at Bradley Funeral Home in Muskogee. Graveside services were held later in the day in Vinita at the Fairview Cemetery. Cards may be sent to Ronnie and his family at 401 S. 13th St., Muskogee, OK  74401.



BAE Students Bring Home Awards: The annual international conference of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers was held last week in Tampa, Fla.  About 15 Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering students attended, many of whom were competing with other pre-professionals on engineering challenges and poster presentations. The Society's student branch also meets in conjunction with the professional group at which time they hold their officer elections. OSU’s students placed as follows:

            * 1st place in the overall Fountain Wars competition (see http://biosystems.okstate.edu/Gunlogson/fountains20051.htm for information on this contest)

            * Meagan Armstrong and Laura Christianson, 3rd place, preprofessional poster contest

            * 3rd place in AEM (Assn of Equipment Manufacturers) report for Student Branch activities (Group "A" -- large branches).  AEM annually recognizes outstanding achievement by student branches across the United States.

            * Three OSU students elected to the officer team for our ASAE region (David Bevill - President; Elizabeth Casey - 2nd Vice-President; and Rachel Cancienne - Parliamentarian)

            * Ryan Woolbright elected national secretary of the preprofessionals

 FAPC Wins First in PR Competition: The Food and Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University received first place in the special publications category in the annual competition of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association. The FAPC received the award for the 2004 Annual Report designed by Mandy Gross, FAPC Communications Specialist. This is not the first time the FAPC has received this award. The center won first place for the 2002 Annual Report in 2003, which was also designed by Gross.



Betty Rothermel, Administrative Assistant, Food and Agricultural Products Center, effective 7-5-05

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

 Joshua B. Payne, Area Animal Waste Management Specialist, Eastern Oklahoma, Northeast District Office, effective 7-22-05

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


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

 James C. Stiegler, Extension Educator, Horticulture, Payne County, effective 7-29-05


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

August 11: Landscape Contractor Day (Tulsa)

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)


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