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Vol. 7 – No. 16
August 10, 2007


Geospatial Initiative Team: Members of the Geospatial Initiative Team recently participated in the Oklahoma 4-H Geospatial Institute. Extension Educators, along with teachers and youth, took part in the institute. Participants will take the information home and develop a community mapping project which will address a local need. The map will then serve as the base for an educational outreach program that will be developed and taught by the county team members. Teams will partner with local agencies related to the mapping topic they select. Topics may include mapping community storm shelters, centennial trees, historical locations, illegal dumpsites, and health and recreation centers. The institute was funded by a TIP grant.

Congratulations to: Rhonda Ellison, Harmon County Senior Secretary, on the birth of her grandson.  Noah Shane Kendrix was born July 31, weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Condolences to: Marty New, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Comanche County, on the death of his grandfather.  Carl E. Smith passed away July 23.  Funeral services took place July 26.

Condolences to: Nancy Dunlap, Southeast District 4-H Program Specialist, on the death of her father. Robert Lee Thomason. He passed away July 30. Funeral services took place Aug. 6. Cards may be sent to Louis and Nancy Dunlap, 1303 Mocking Bird Lane, Ada, OK  74820.

College Corner

Career Fair Slated: The Fall 2007 Agricultural, Food, Environmental, and Natural Sciences Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2007, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall. Employers interested in participating may contact CASNR Career Services at 405-744-5395, or careerservices@casnr.com for additional information, and they may register for the career fair on-line at http://dasnr5.dasnr.okstate.edu/Fair/employer_event_signup.php.  


Payne Wins Award at NACAA Meeting: Josh Payne, Area Animal Waste Management Specialist, Northeast District, received the National Finalist Communication Award at the recent National Association of County Agriculture Agents meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich.  

OAE4-HA Members Recognized at Annual Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents met recently in Durant for the group’s annual state meeting. In addition to the educational workshops they attended, many members were recognized for their service during the past year. Award winners include:

  • Sarah Weeks, Pottawatomie County - The Clover Award.
  • Tulsa County - Team members are Tracy Lane, Chrissy Whitten, and Charlotte Richert - The Outstanding County or Unit Award 
  • Nancy Mace, Clear Channel Radio, Comanche County - News Media Clover Award
  • Kari Nunneley, Oklahoma County - Promotion and Visibility Award
  • Kathryn Cannon, Comanche County - Outstanding Program Assistant Award and Excellence in Camping Award
  • Gloria King, Southwest District Extension Office - Achievement in Service Award
  • Melanie Lynes-Matt, Woodward County - Achievement in Service Award
  • Ross Sestak, Lincoln County - Distinguished Service Award
  • Kyle Worthington, Oklahoma County - Distinguished Service Award
  • Susan Murray, Southwest District Extension Office - Meritorious Service Award
  • Nancy Dunlap, Southeast District Extension Office - 25 Years of Service Award
  • Recia Garcia, Northwest District Extension Office - 25 Years of Service Award
  • Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County - 25 Years of Service Award
  • Alan Vandeventer, Comanche County - 4-H/Army Youth Development Project Salute Award, Past Presidents’ Scholarship, and Excellence in Camping Award
  • Greg Owen, Pittsburg County - Beyond Youth Leadership Award and Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award
  • Greg Owen and Mike Carter, Pittsburg County; Aubie Keesee, Hughes County; Nancy Tucker, Pushmataha County; and Brian Freking, LeFlore County - Excellence in Teamwork Award
  • Mary Peck, Washita County - Excellence in Natural Resources and Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Alan Vandeventer and Cathy Cannon, Comanche County; Radonna Sawatzky and Ron Wright, Custer County; Kristy Spalding, Washita County; and Kevin Varner, Stephens County - Excellence in Natural Resources & Environmental Stewardship Team Award
  • Brenda Hill, Cleveland County - Power of Youth Award
  • Becky Walker, Pontotoc County – Excellence in Teen Programming Award and Periodical Publication Award
  • Susan Meitl and Tomas Manske, Canadian County; Kyle Worthington and Kari Nunneley, Oklahoma County; and Kevina Green, Caddo County - Excellence in Teen Programming Team Award
  • Tracy Lane, Tulsa County – Educational Package Award
  • Kristy Spalding, Washita County; Radonna Sawatzky, Custer County; Ranel Lasley, Caddo County; and Donna Jung, Canadian County - Educational Package Team Award
  • Tracy Lane and Chrissy Whitten, Tulsa County – Periodical Publication Team Award
  • Tomas Manske, Canadian County - Promotional Piece Award and NAE4-H A Scholarship
  • Rebecca Anderson, Custer County, and Jean Bailey, Dewey County – Edna Sams Professional Development Scholarship
  • David Sorrell, Marshall County – NAE4-HA Scholarship and the Joe Hughes Professional Development Fellowship

Anderson Honored: Kim Anderson, Extension Grain Marketing Specialist, was presented with the Western Agricultural Economics Association “Career” Award for Extension Programs, and the Western Agricultural Economics Association Award for Teaching – More than 10 Years. Having the same person win both of these awards in the same year is exceptional and has not happened before. Congratulations Kim!

Wagner and Wettemann Honored: The American Society of Animal Science has bestowed its highest honor, the title of “Fellow,” on Donald G. Wagner and Bob Wettemann. Essentially a lifetime achievement award, the title is reserved for those recognized for their scientific achievements and service to the nation’s livestock industry over the course of their career. Wagner has served as animal science department head since 1990. Under his leadership, the department became the largest undergraduate major and scholarship program at OSU and developed state-of-the-art beef cattle and swine research facilities. Wettemann, an OSU Regents Professor, has focused his research on endocrine mechanisms that control reproductive processes and methods to improve efficiency of beef cattle. A major effect of his research has been to establish that body condition can be used to evaluate supplemental feeding programs of beef cows. Congratulations!



Damon L. Smith, Assistant Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 8-24-07

Title Changes/Transfers

Marty G. New, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Comanche County, effective 7-25-07 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

Alan R. Vandeventer, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, effective 8-1-07, (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED)


April L. Offolter, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 8-3-07

Kari L. Nunneley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 8-9-07

Lucas Pierce, Sr. Agriculturist, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 8-10-07


August 14: Introduction to 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies Unit 1, 2, 3 (TBA)

August 14: Wheat Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 21: Northwest District Agriterrorism In-Service (Fairview)

August 21: Native American Horticulture Workshop (Stillwater)

August 22: 21st Annual Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)

August 29: IPM for the Landscape Professional (Stillwater)

September 12: OSU Turfgrass, Nursery and Landscape Field Day (Stillwater)

September 17-20: NEAFCS Conference (St. Paul, Minnesota)

October 4: CE-FCS Ambassador Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 4: OEAFCS Board of Directors Meeting (Oklahoma City)

October 11: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III (TBA)

October 12: 4-H Club Management System (TBA)

October 17-19: Southwest District Youth Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 21: NAE4-HA Conference (Atlanta, Georgia)

October 21: Northwest District Agriterrorism/Emergency Preparedness In-Service (Fairview)

October 25: OHCE Leadership Training (Oklahoma City)

October 25: Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference (Chandler)

October 29: Agriterrorism/Emergency Preparedness In-Service Training (Tulsa)

October 30: Agriterrorism/Emergency Preparedness In-Service Training (McAlester)

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