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Vol. 8 – No. 2
January 25, 2008


Statewide Conference a Huge Success: Thanks to each of you for your participation in this year’s OCES Conference! Our goal was to make you feel that the Conference was a worthwhile event. We hope we succeeded and I know in my own personal case, we did! A second goal was to provide an opportunity for individuals to get acquainted with new educators who have joined our Extension family and to put names and faces together with those who may not have had the opportunity to actually meet face to face prior to the Conference. Again, we hope we were successful.

            I encourage you to provide feedback regarding all aspects of the Conference. This Conference is for you, and it is our goal to present a Conference that meets your needs and one you feel is deserving of the time you give to it. Your candid remarks as to whether this Conference met that expectation is truly important to us. Any ideas of sessions you would like to see added, sessions that should be removed, your opinion as to whether or not it was advantageous to have the afternoon and banquet with all of DASNR together, etc., would be greatly appreciated. You may share your ideas with either Joyce Martin or me directly via e-mail, a phone call, or anonymously if you choose. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us this feedback!

I would like to offer a hearty “CONGRATULATIONS” to those of you who received the honor of being recognized as “DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR” at the Conference during the opening session on Tuesday. As you know, this is a brand new award designed to be “the most prestigious title awarded by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.” The competition was indeed strong and the quality of all applicants truly impressive. We made the decision to give a higher number of awards this year since this was the inception of the award and will more than likely reduce the number given in subsequent years. I encourage all of you who meet eligibility requirements to consider making application for the award in future years. Likewise, I want to offer my congratulations to those of you recognized for outstanding achievements and service during the Wednesday noon luncheon awards program.  Each of these awards also distinguished you in the area of specific service and expertise of the award. 

I also want to thank all of the Division employees who attended the DASNR portion of the conference on Wed., January 23. You contributed to making the theme of this year’s conference live, i.e. sustaining and enhancing “Connectivity” between teaching, research, and extension. I’ve heard many positive comments about devoting a portion of the conference to include all of DASNR which again provided Extension professionals the opportunity to mix and mingle with professional staff from the teaching and research entities whom they may not often have occasion to meet with personally.   

As of now, our plan is to maintain the OCES Conference as a biennial event. Feedback from participants seems to be that you feel the biennial gathering is serving the purpose well, so I expect to continue holding the conference every other year as long as budgetary factors will allow.     

I would like to thank the Conference Committee for all their many efforts in planning this event and especially thank Joyce Martin and Tom Royer for co-chairing the Committee. Please check page 7 of your program for a full listing of the Committee.

I trust the Conference provided valuable and useful knowledge to assist you in your daily activities as you continue to provide excellent programming and service to the citizens of Oklahoma. 

                                                                                                                                                                     Jim Trapp     

Current Events

Grady County to Host Agriculture Conference: The Grady County Agriculture Conference will take place Jan. 29 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., and will adjourn at 1:00 p.m. The program will feature grain sorghum opportunities, new sensors for predicting crude protein, an outlook for the cattle market, and application of GPS. In addition, the program will include a trade show of cattle industry vendors, as well as a free lunch. For more information, contact Michael Pettijohn, Grady County Extension Educator, Agriculture, at 405-224-2216.


Condolences to: Arlene Sellers, retired Southwest District Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist, on the death of her mother. Pauline Goulden passed away Jan. 5. Funeral services took place Jan. 9 in Newkirk. A memorial fund has been established to rebuild the Methodist Church in Newkirk. Donations may be sent to Eastman National Bank, Box 468, Newkirk, OK  74647-0468. Cards may be mailed to Arlene and Lonnie Sellers at 2806 Wild Oaks Dr., Duncan, OK  73533.

Condolences to: The family of Anna Lee Rouk, former Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, Mayes County, from 1955-1983. She passed away Jan. 6. Funeral services took place Jan. 11 in Pryor.

Condolences to: Carl Venable, Grady County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED on the death of his grandmother. Vivian Schenk, passed away Jan. 10.  Services took place Jan. 14 at the Methodist Church in Verden. Cards may be sent to Carl at P.O. Box 216, Verden, OK  73092.


Distinguished Educators Named: Four OCES professionals were honored with the Distinguished Educator title during this week’s OCES/DASNR Conference. This is a new award and these Extension professionals are the first recipients. Receiving the Distinguished Educator title were Ted Evicks, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pittsburg County; Susan Murray, Southwest District 4-H Program Specialist; Brad Tipton, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Canadian County;  and Bob Woods, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Northeast District. CONGRATULATIONS!

Extension Professionals Recognized During Conference: A number of other awards were announced during the OCES/DASNR Conference. Awards and winners include:

  • Outstanding Group Awards:

Outstanding Educational Program

            Healthy Families – Team members include Debbie Richardson (team leader), Katherine Bergmann, Carole Garner, Arlene James, Tracey Laymon, Leava Major, Tara Moore, Brenda Prichard, Christy Smith, Mary Solomon, Andrea Weaver, and Christy Youngblood.

            Food Business Basic Training: Team members include Rodney Holcomb (team leader), Jim Brooks, Erin Early, Julie Fitzgerald, Tyler Hicks, Suzanne Holcombe, Glenn Muske, Mike Rockey, and Church Willoughby.

  • Epsilon Sigma Phi Awards:

Jan Maples – Distinguished Service Award

Alan VanDeventer – Mid-Career Award

Recia Garcia – Superior Service Award for Area, District, and State Staff

Sonya McDaniel and Jan Maples – Award for Diversity

Tracy Lane and Chrissy Whitten – Mini Marketing Grant

Recia Garcia – Scholarship

Mary Sue Sanders and Grady County OHCE – Friends of Extension Award

The Specialized Team Award went to Extension Professionals in the Northwest District: Marcy John, Arleen James, Liz McBee, Karen Armbruster, Robyn Rapp, Mary Rhyne, Lynda Latta, Rhonda Richmond, Terry Nelson, Dana Baldwin, Jim Rhodes, Jean Bailey, Joy Rhodes, Cathy James, Cindy Conner, Brenda Sheik, Greg Highfill, Dee Cooper, Kevin Hackett, and Recia Garcia.



None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Jennifer L. Southers, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Harmon County, effective 1-14-08, (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)

Cindy S. Conner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Garfield County, effective 2-1-08, (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)

Carol J. Laverty, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Harper County, effective 2-1-08  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)

Thomas E. Puffinbarger, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Alfalfa County, effective 2-1-08, (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)


None to report


January 30: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

February 1-2: 4-H Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

February 2: Southwest District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference (Lawton)

February 2: Southeast District Share-the-Fun (Konawa)

February 2: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Lawton)

February 4: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (via Centra)

February 20: 4-H Teen Action and Growth (TAG) Training (Oklahoma City)

February 22: Southeast District Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

March 2: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Oklahoma City)

March 12-15: Kansas City 4-H Global Conference (Kansas City, Mo.)

March 17: OSU at OYE (Oklahoma City)

March 18: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (LeFlore County)

March 25: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Tulsa)

March 29: Southeast District Horsemanship Clinic (McAlester)

March 29-April 3: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

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