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Vol. 5 – No. 8
April 22, 2005


Second Century Initiative:  Things continue to sound encouraging relating to the Second Century Initiative.  On Tuesday, April 19, 4-H Day at the Capitol was a success.  The 4-H’ers did an excellent job explaining the Initiative as they carried information to legislators.  Thanks to all who helped make that day so successful.  We look forward to having a great turnout at the Capitol next Wednesday, April 27, which will include staff from all over the state, a large contingent from campus, and a number of stakeholders.  We appreciate all that everyone has done so far and encourage you to keep making contacts as you see stakeholders and legislators at home.

                                                                                                             D. C. Coston


Managing Spring Dead Spot of Bermudagrass Workshop Slated: A workshops entitled “Managing Spring Dead Spot of Bermudagrass” is slated April 27 at the Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Turfgrass Center in Stillwater. It is geared toward those who are managing bermudagrass on golf courses, lawns, commercial grounds, parks, athletic fields, and sod farms. Although there is no registration fee, please call Stehanie Larimer at 405-744-5404, or email Stephanie.Larimer@okstate.edu so that an accurate count can be taken for handouts.

Lane Ag Center Field Day: The Lane Ag Center Field Day will take place June 11 at the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The event will offer something for everyone to learn and enjoy, including tours of research and demonstration projects, antique tractor displays and competitions, live southern Oklahoma entertainment, and free food. For more information, check the Lane Ag Center Web site at www.lane-ag.org.


New OEAFCS Officers Elected:  Members of the Oklahoma Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences elected its officers for the 2005-2006 year during the group’s recent statewide meeting. The new officers are, Karen Armbruster, Woods County, president; Brenda Sheik, CNEP, Special Projects, Okeene Unit, president-elect; Renee Allison, Latimer County, vice president for public affairs; Ranel Lasley, Caddo County, vice president for member resources; Pam Varner, Cotton County, vice president for professional development; Susan Pearson, Seminole County, vice president for awards and recognition; Cynthia Griffith, Rogers County, secretary; Jan Maples,  Okfuskee County, past-president and parliamentarian; Shelly Davis, Alfalfa County, Northwest District director; Micah Treadwell, Tillman County, Southwest District director; Lori Dillon, Sequoyah County, Northeast District director; Barbara Elkins, Coal County, Southeast District director; Kristy Spalding, Washita County, treasurer-elect; Ginny McCarthick, Johnston County, treasurer; Liz McBee, Beaver County, chaplain; and Phillis Cothren, Garvin County, historian.

 Congratulations to: Bart Cardwell, Garfield County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, and his wife, Judy, on the birth of their son. Otto James Cardwell was born April 11, weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long.

 Condolences to: The family of Leola Smith, past state president of Oklahoma Home and Community Education, who passed away April 13. She had been an OHCE member for more than 70 years. Funeral services were held April 15 in Bartlesville.



Floriculture Team Competes: The OSU Floricultural Crop Judging and Design Team competed with 10 other teams at the 64th Annual National Intercollegiate Floral Crop Quality Evaluation and Design Competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, April 6-8. The OSU team placed 2nd in the judging competition. OSU’s team members include Matt Quirey, Rachael Ramon, and Ellen Weatherholt. The team is coached by Doug Needham, Professor of Floriculture, and Julia Brotton, horticulture student. Ramon placed as 2nd high individual in both judging cut flowers and judging overall. Weatherholt and Quirey placed 5th and 6th respectively, in judging cut flowers, and Weatherholt placed 5th in judging overall. OSU’s floral design team members include Julia Brotton, Laura McDonald, Megan Moody, and Ellen Weatherholt. McDonald placed 3rd in the European Hand-tied Bouquet category, and Moody placed 3rd in the Door Swag category.

 OEAFCS Members Receive Awards: Members of the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recently held their annual statewide meeting. Several members of the group were recognized during the group’s Friendship Awards Luncheon. Award winners include:

 Norma Brumbaugh Scholarship

            Jean Bailey, Dewey County

            Melanie Clark, McIntosh County

            Gale Mills, Washington County

CE-FCS Ambassadors Grant

            Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County

            Ginny McCarthick, Johnston County

            Susan Pearson, Hughes County

            Faye Watson, CNEP Coordinator, Enid Unit

            Brenda Gandy, Stephens County

            Ranel Lasley, Caddo County

            Donna Stangl, Canadian County

State Specialist Grants

            Debbie Richardson, Oklahoma State University

Grace Spivey Professional Development Fund

            Edwina Kelly, Lincoln County

            Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County

            Debbie Richardson, OSU

Irma Manning Professional Development Fund

            Melanie Clark, McIntosh County

            LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County

            Pam Varner, Cotton County

Lois Demond Fellowship

            Debbie Richardson, OSU

Marilyn Burns Program Development Award

            Liz Gardner-McBee, Beaver County

Lucille Clark Scholarship

            Barbara Brown, OSU

            Trinity Brown, Pawnee County

            Edwina Kelly, Lincoln County

            Joy Rhodes, Blaine County

Barbara Tricinella Award

            Mary Rhyne, Kay County

OEAFCS Scholarship

            Tommie James, Choctaw County

Past President’s Professional Development Award

            Renee Allison, LeFlore County

Friend of Extension Award

            Oklahoma Beef Council

New Professional Award

            Jean Bailey, Dewey County

Para-Professional Award

            Ann Paulette Smith, Nutrition Education Assistant, CNEP, Okmulgee Unit

Educational Publications

            Mary Rhyne, Kay County

Written News

            Gale Mills, Washington County


            Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County

            Donna Stangl, Canadian County


            LaDell Emmons, Pittsburg County


            LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County

Marketing Package Award

            Mary Rhyne, Kay County

Mary W. Wells Diversity Award

            Mary Rhyne, Kay County

Florence Hall Team Award

            Mary Peck, Washita County

            Radonna Sawatzky, Custer County

            Kristy Spalding, Washita County

Florence Hall Individual Award

            Jean Bailey, Dewey County

2005 NEAFCS Continued Excellence Award

            Brenda Miller, Northeast District Program Specialist

2005 NEAFCS Distinguished Service Award

            Susan Pearson, Hughes County

2005 Extension Educator of the Year

            Edwina Kelly, Lincoln County




Thomas W. Smith, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pushmataha County, effective 4-27-05

Title Changes/Transfers

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April 22-23: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 23: State Land Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 27: Oklahoma Beef Cooking School for Youth (Oklahoma City)

April 29: Fun Water Camp Activities (Stillwater)

April 30: Southeast District Air Rifle and Archery Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 3-5: National Land and Range Judging Contest (Oklahoma City)

May 7: Southeast District Shotgun Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 7: Northwest District Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 11: Turfgrass Management Short Course (Stillwater)

May 17: Living With Diabetes (Oklahoma City)

May 17: Eastern Research Station Field Tour (Muskogee)

May 18: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

May 25-27: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

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