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Vol. 5 – No. 17
September 9, 2005


Hurricane Katrina – Her Impact on Our Extension Colleagues: The devastation, needs, and relief efforts underway for Katrina have been the focal point of almost every news story this past week.  Among those in need that you may not have stopped to think about are your fellow Extension Service employees in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Approximately 200 of them have suffered extensive property damage, total loss of their homes, or perhaps loss of their life.  As of this writing 5 Louisiana and 3 Mississippi Extension employees are still unaccounted for.  It is difficult for me to imagine 3 to 5 of our colleagues missing for nearly 2 weeks and many more without homes.  What is clear is that many of our colleagues in these three states are in need of our help.  

A nation-wide effort to help Extension employees and their families in devastated areas has been initiated by the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).  A special relief fund has been set up by NASULGC to receive donations to be dispersed through the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama State Extension offices to staff in need as a result of Katrina.  It is our hope that this fund will provide mechanism for Extension and Land Grant University employees across the nation to help their colleagues in these states.  Donations can be sent to the following address:

            National Association of State Universities and Land Colleges (NASULGC)

            Department 0545

            Washington, DC 20073-0545

Please make your check payable to the “NASULGC – Katrina Extension Disaster Fund.”  These contributions are tax deductible and receipts will be issued for those contributions above $250.  Otherwise, your check will serve as your receipt.

If you have questions regarding making a contribution, please call or e-mail James C. Wade, 202-478-6029 or jwade@nasulgc.org 

Additional information may be forthcoming regarding the need for temporary support from selected Extension employees with specific skills.  It is my understanding that communication between the Extension staffs in North Carolina and Florida and the staffs in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are already in progress.  A few selected personnel from North Carolina and Florida with hurricane disaster relief experience and expertise are now in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama assisting those programs.  For now, however, what is most needed are our prayers and financial support. 

                                                                                                                                    Jim Trapp


Clover Classic Golf Tournament: Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond is the location for the annual 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament on October 10. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds from the Clover Classic will support the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program. Everyone is invited to register to play, volunteer to help, or to send contributions and prizes for the event. Please go to the 4-H Web page at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/ for complete details, or contact Gloria Baum at the State 4-H Office, 405-744-5390.


Oklahoma County 4-H’ers Help Hurricane Victims: Oklahoma County 4-H’ers took time out of their Labor Day weekend to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The 4-Hers called and gained permission at a local Albertsons to voluntarily wash windows and pump gas for free, but took donations to give to the American Red Cross to help the hurricane victims. This event raised $560.42 in four hours.

 Royer Receives Grant: Tom Royer, Extension Entomologist, was awarded a grant for $28,000 for two years from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to study the occurrence, seasonal history, and species composition of Phyllophaga grubs in Oklahoma golf courses. The grant required matching funds which were provided by the Oklahoma Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Oklahoma Turf Research Foundation. Royer’s co-investigators are Nathan Walker, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Gregory Bell, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Jake Doskocil, graduate student.

Royer Takes on New Office:  Tom Royer, Extension Entomologist, was elected President of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists. The Society, which numbers more than 300 members from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, publishes the journal The Southwestern Entomologist.

 OAE4-HA Elects Officers: The Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents recently elected officers for the 2005-2006 year. The new officers are: David Sorrell, Marshall County, Past President; Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County, President; Kyle Worthington, Oklahoma County, President-Elect; Tracy Branch, State 4-H Office, Vice President; Gloria King, Beckham County; Secretary; Becky Walker, Pontotoc County, Treasurer; Mike Carter, Pittsburg County, Southeast District Director; Dena Powers, Okfuskee County, Northeast District Director; Brenda Hill, Cleveland County, Southwest District Director; and Heather Turner, Kingfisher County, Northwest District Director.

 Kimball, Doeksen Serve as Co-PIs on New Grant: Sarah Kimball, Assistant Extension Specialist, Rural Development, and Gerald Doeksen, Regents Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, are co-principle investigators on a new USDA grant. The grant is for the program “Rural Partners – Working Together to Solve Illegal Dumping and Other Waste Management Problems to Protect Water Resources.” Collaborators and partners are Mike Smolen, Professor and Extension Water Quality Specialist; La Donna McCowan , Assistant Extension Specialist; The Solid Waste Institute of North East Oklahoma; and the Intertribal Environmental Council with the Cherokee Nation as Lead Agency. The group will conduct three or four workshops during the year. One will address illegal dumping prevention and environmental law enforcement training; another will deal with local waste management programs; and one will target tribal and under-represented communities' waste management issues.



OAE4-HA Members Receive Awards: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents recently were recognized with a variety of awards during the group’s state meeting. Award winners and their awards include:

  • Achievement in Service - State and National - Cathy James and Tracy Branch
  • Distinguished Service Award -  State and National - Greg Owen and Karla Knoepfli
  • 25 year- State and National - Charles Cox
  • Clover Award- State - Jean Bailey
  • Continued Excellence Award - State- Kristy Spalding
  • Outstanding County or Unit Award -  State- Washita County (Kristy Spalding and Mary Peck) and Custer County (Radonna Sawatzky)
  • Outstanding Program Assistant - State- Debbie Gaines
  • Specialty Award - Educational Technology – National - Mary Peck, Kristy Spalding, and Radonna Sawatsky (also NAE4-HA Southern Region Winner)
  • Specialty Award - Excellence in Camping – National - Barbara Elkins
  • Specialty Award - Excellence in Teen Program - Team- National - Greg Owen and Mike Carter (also NAE4-HA Southern Region Winner)
  • News Media Clover Award – State - Debbie Gaines
  • Communicator Award - Educational Piece - Individual-National - Grant James
  • Promotion and Visibility Award – State - Becky Walker
  • Communicator Award- Media Presentation – National - Becky Walker
  • Communicator Award - Periodical Publication – Individual - National- Becky Walker
  • Communicator Award - Periodical Publication – Team – National - Tracy Lane and Charlotte Richert
  • Communicator Award - Personal Column – National - Sarah Weeks
  • Communicator Award - Promotional Package - Team – National - Susan Meitl, Lori Lee Clawson, Tomas Manske, and Sherri Lopp



Jeremiah R. Butler, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pawnee County, effective 8-31-05

 Rachael L. Houchin, Assistant Extension Specialist, Forestry, effective 8-31-05

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

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

September 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 24: NAEFCS Annual Meeting (Pennsylvania)

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)

October 5: FEWB Basic CORE Training: Module 2 – Risk Management, Saving, and Investing (Weatherford)

October 6: FEWB Basic CORE Training: Module 2 – Risk Management, Saving, and Investing (Okmulgee)

October 6-9: Southern Region Volunteer Leader Forum (Eatonton, Georgia)

October 10: 4-H Release Day – Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

October 12: OHCE Leadership Training (McAlester)

October 14: FCS Ambassadors Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

October 18: OHCE Leadership Training (Clinton)

October 19: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

October 21: Southwest District 4-H Youth Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 24: Southern Region Water Quality Conference (Lexington, Kentucky)

October 24: Farm Management Tools and Program In-Service (Oklahoma City)

October 26: Farm Management Tools and Program In-Service (Oklahoma City)

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