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Vol. 6 – No. 8
April21, 2006


Job Well Done:  We want to thank all of you who participated in the Second Century Initiative Legislative Day at the Capitol this past Wednesday.  The turnout and impact was impressive!  We observed many interactions between you, your guests, and legislators that appeared to be good, informative discussions that ended in a supportive mode.  Word has been shared from other OSU faculty and administrators, outside of the Division of Agriculture, who were also at the Capitol that day, stating your presence was felt!  When they approached legislators and introduced themselves as being from OSU the response was “Oh, I just met with some of your Extension program supporters from my district about the Second Century Initiative.”  That brought about the need to explain that they were there on another mission. For us, this is great news as that tells us that you got the message across!  It also demonstrates, once again, the unique effectiveness of Extension “touching” people all across the state and truly taking the University to the people. 

We cannot thank you enough for coming through with a fine, collective turnout and participation.  Once again, THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

                                     Bob Whitson, Vice President, Dean, and Director

                                    Gary Sherrer, Assistant to the Vice President, Dean, and Director

                                    Jim Trapp, Interim Associate Director, OCES

                                    Bob Westerman, Associate Director, OAES

                                    Ed Miller, Associate Dean, CASNR



Fin and Feather Resort is Site for In-Service: A two-day in-service for all Agriculture and Horticulture Educators will take place May 8-9 at the Fin and Feather Resort on Lake Tenkiller. The first day will feature an Integrated Pest Management training course. Educators with less than five years of experience are required to attend. Additional IPM training and a Cooperative Conversations training session will take place in the afternoon. Day two of the in-service is geared toward all educators and topics to be covered include Animal ID, Precision Ag, Poultry Litter Availability and Programs, and Beef Cattle Diseases. Registration is $25. For more information, contact Chris Rice at 580-332-7011, or Michelle Buchanan at 918-686-7800.


New OHCE Group Receives Grant: A new Oklahoma Home and Community Education group in Delaware County called NA OH CE (pronounced nay oh see) is the recipient of a $35,000 grant from the Cherokee Nation, along with 20 acres of prime land in southern Delaware County for a community garden. The project will help educate community members, families, and local school students of the benefits and joys of gardening. Plans have been made with county commissioners and other local agricultural specialists and interested community leaders on how this garden can help supply local school food programs and help-centers with much desired local produce. In addition, the garden can be used for teaching health, agriculture, science, career training, and Farmers market participation. Soil samples have been sent to OSU and plans have been made for clearing the land and preparing it for planting. OSU Extension and the Master Gardeners will help supply education and training. Barbara Denney, Extension Educator in Delaware County, will teach healthy eating and cooking classes.

Counties to Benefit from Grant: Five selected counties that are part of the Leadership and Community Development Impact team will benefit from a $25,000 USDA Engaging Youth, Serving Grant (EYSC4) written by Kevin Hackett, Northwest District 4-H Youth Development Specialist, and Karla Knoepfli, State 4-H Extension Volunteer and Leadership Specialist. The Impact Team co-leaders Jim Rexwinkle, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development;  Jerret Sanders,  4-H member from Caddo County; Alyssa Latty, 4-H Member from Pittsburg County; and Hackett  traveled to the National 4-H Center in mid-February as the Oklahoma EYSC4 Training Team  to receive details and related training. They will train and serve as resource people for the core teams from each of the five selected counties. Each of the five county core teams will double their core team back in the county to develop and hold an Issue Forum involving 75 or more participants on a community need or issue the core team identifies. The following year, if not before, the county core teams will take on addressing the problem. A second round of grants will be made available to help in the implementation process. The EYSC4 grant received  fits right into the major objectives of the Leadership and Community Development Impact team which is promoting Youth – Adult Partnerships, Youth in Governance,  improving  youth leadership in Oklahoma and involving youth in their community to develop a future leadership base and a desire for youth to return to rural communities across Oklahoma.

Condolences to: Mick Jones, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Lincoln County, on the death of his brother. Lynn Jones passed away April 11. Funeral services took place April 13 at the Redinger Funeral Home in Seiling. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the VFW Organization c/o Redinger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 236, Seiling, OK  73663.

Good News

Mills Earns CTM: Gale Mills, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Washington County, recently earned her Certified Toastmasters Member designation. She currently serves the group as vice president of membership/public relations.



Agricultural Communications Students Receive Public Relations Awards: Five Agricultural Communications students were honored recently at the Public Relations Society of American Career Night that took place in Oklahoma City. Students receiving Zenith Awards include:

  • First Place Zenith Award – Ruth Bobbitt and Tierra Layton, Potpourri Entry
  • First Place Zenith Award – Larry Mattox, Electronic Media
  • Award of Merit – Courtney Hentges, Writing
  • Award of Merit – Dustin Mielke, Electronic Media
  • Award of Merit – Cowboy Journal, Publication
  • Zenith Award Honorable Mention – Courtney Hentges, Writing

OSU Floral Judging Team Competes: The OSU Floriculture Crop Judging and Design Team competed in the 65th Annual National Intercollegiate Floral Crop Quality Evaluation and Design Competition April 5-7 at Utah State University. Team members winning awards include:

  • Laura McDonald – 2nd place, Judge of Cut Flowers
  • Laura McDonald – 3rd place, Judge Overall
  • Nate Diekelman – 4th place, Judge of Potted Plants
  • Dana Cox – 5th place, Judge of Potted Plants
  • Laura McDonald – 2nd place, Professional Division, Class 1: Bridal Bouquet



Roger D. Osburn, Research Scientist/Director, Oklahoma Pedigree Seed Services, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 4-1-06

 Traci L. Naile, Coordinator, Agribility, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 4-26-06

 Clarence E. Watson, Professor/Associate Director, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, VP/Dean/Director Office, effective 4-27-06

Title Changes/Transfers

Stephen R. Beck, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, effective 5-1-06 (was:  Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Harper County)

Carol J. Laverty, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Harper County, effective 5-1-06  (was:  Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


Cassie J. Eubanks, Coordinator, Latimer County, effective 3-15-06


April 21: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

April 21-22: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 22: Career Development Dairy Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 26: State 4-H Record Books Due Date (Stillwater)

April 28: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

April 28: 4-H Roundup Registration Information Due (Stillwater)

April 29: Northeast District 4-H Shooting Sports (Muskogee)

April 29: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (McAlester)

May 2: State 4-H Record Book Judging (Stillwater)

Maya 5: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

May 6: Northwest District Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 6: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 12: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

May 13: State 4-H Trap Shoot (El Reno)

May 17: Turfgrass and Nursery Field Day (Stillwater)

May 19: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

May 23: State 4-H Project and Scholarship Interviews (Stillwater)

May 24-26: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

May 26: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

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