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Vol. 6 – No. 12
June 16, 2006



Bixby Field Day to Showcase Research Efforts: June 29 is the date for the Bixby Vegetable Field Day. The field tour begins at 6:00 p.m. at the OSU Vegetable Research Station, 13711 S. Mingo Road near Bixby. The event will showcase to the public what OSU is doing in vegetable research and will feature a number of variety trials, including tomatoes and sweet corn. Other crops on the tour include green beans, southern peas, and a display planting of cucurbits, including specialty melons. For more information contact Lynn Brandenberger, Horticulture Food Crops Specialist, at 405-744-5404.

4-H Wheat Show Slated: The annual 4-H Jr. Wheat Show will take place July 19 at the Payne County Expo Center in Heritage Hall. Judging of wheat samples will begin at 9:00 a.m. For a copy of the rules and entry form see http://agecon.okstate.edu/profile/kim.anderson/4H_&_FFA_2006_Rules_Report.pdf.  


Counties Receive Training: Five counties that were selected to be part of the Leadership and Community Development Impact Team recently went through a three-day training in Oklahoma City. The training was funded by part of the $25,000 USDA Engaging Youth, Serving Community grant written by Kevin Hackett, Northwest District 4-H Youth Development Program Specialist, and Karla Knoepfli, State 4-H Extension Volunteer and Leadership Specialist. The Leadership and Community Development Impact Team co-leaders are Jim Rexwinkle, Extension Educator, Creek County 4-H Youth Development; Jerret Sanders, 4-H member from Caddo County; and Alyssa Latty, 4-H member from Pittsburg County. The training included sessions on youth and adult partnerships, meeting facilitation, planning and developing forums, and action plan development. Counties involved include Bryan, Caddo, Creek, Pittsburg, and Pottawatomie.

Retirement Reception for Mitch Fram: A retirement reception honoring Mitch Fram, Northeast Area Water Quality Specialist, will take place June 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Northeast District Office in Muskogee. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Update Your Personnel Directory: The 2006 Personnel Directory was printed before Stephens County moved. The new address is 2002 South 13th St., Duncan, OK, 73533-9021. Please make this change to ensure all correspondence is mailed to the correct address.

OCES Staff Attend Conference: Four OCES staff members recently attended the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in Arlington, Va. The conference is designed to keep Extension professional up-to-date on changing public issues that impact the community and affect Extension programming. OCES staff who attended were Brenda Sheik, Kyle Worthington, Greg Highfill, and Keith Boevers.

Congratulations to: Ron Dahlgren, Sr. TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, and his wife, Jackie, on the birth of their granddaughter. Laura Grace Ullery was born June 2, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by big sister Claire.

Congratulations to: Erica Tahbonemah, Extension Secretary, Kiowa County, and her husband, Ken, on the birth of their daughter. Emma Grace Tahbonemah was born June 9. She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long.  Emma is welcomed home by her two big sisters, Lauren and Aiyanna.

Condolences to: Virginia Stanley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County, on the death of her grandfather. Carlos Knight passed away June 10.   Funeral services took place June 14 at the First Baptist Church in Fort Gibson. 

Good News



OCES Staff Among National Winners: The National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences has just released a listing of national winners. Winners from Oklahoma include:

  • Mary Rhyne, Kay County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, National Winner in the Written News Communication Award!! 
  • Southern Region Winners in Early Childhood Child Care Training

              Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County

              Aarika Holt, Nowata County

              Janet Kleeman, Mayes County

               Barbara Denney, Delaware County

                Tari Lee, Craig County

  • Celinda Bonnell, Tulsa Unit CNEP Nutrition Education Assistant was selected as Southern Region Winner of the Para-Professional Award.



Timothy W. Harland, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Harper County, effective 5-30-06

J. Ann Embree, Trainer, Agricultural Economics, effective 6-1-06

Judy E. Rudin, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 6-1-06

Title Changes/Transfers

Bradley J. Cummins, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Harmon County, effective 7-1-06  (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)


Dian L. Noyes, Coordinator, Texas County, effective 6-16-06


June 22-24: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 22-July 2: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

July 9-11: OHCE State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 12-14: OAEAA Annual Meeting and Professional Development Conference (Wagoner)

July 13: Southeast District FCS In-Service (McAlester)

July 18: Beef Field Day (Stillwater)

July 19: Sheep Field Day (Stillwater)

July 20: Swine Field Day (Stillwater)

July 18-20: OSU Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 21: 4-H Work in Progress Conference (Stillwater)

July 22: State Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 25-27: OSU Youth Livestock Judging Camp (Stillwater)

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

July 26-30: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships (Raleigh, NC)

August 2: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal – Northwest District (TBA)

August 2: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G.  You’re It In-Service – Northwest District (TBA)

August 2: “Building Leaders for Tomorrow” – Northwest District (TBA)

August 9: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal – Southeast (TBA)

August 9: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G.  You’re It In-Service – Southeast District (Beavers Bend)

August 9: “Building Leaders for Tomorrow” Southeast District (Beavers Bend)

August 9-10: Southeast District In-Service (Beavers Bend)

August 10: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal – Southwest (TBA)

August 10: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G.  You’re It In-Service – Southwest District (TBA)

August 10: “Building Leaders for Tomorrow” – Southwest District (TBA)


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