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Vol. 8 – No. 8
April 18, 2008


 DASNR Day at the Capitol: This coming Tuesday, April 22, is an important day for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.  We will be spending most of the day in Oklahoma City at the State Capitol to thank the Legislative members for their strong support of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources including the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. 

 A brochure entitled “Building Oklahoma’s Future:  The 2nd Century Initiative” will be available at the Capitol which highlights what the Division has been able to accomplish with the recurring appropriations received for Part I of our Second Century Initiative. The $2.5 million funded in 2005 has garnered $13.5 million through externally funded grants and contracts.  This is a return of more than five times the initial investment which is the message we want to carry to the legislators during our visit this year. 

 We will gather at 9:00 a.m. outside of Room 104 at the State Capitol for coffee and donuts.  I hope to see you there.  The program will run as follows:

             9:00 am.                       Registration – coffee and donuts            Room 104

            9:30 a.m.                      Program

            10:30 a.m.                    Visit Legislators

            11:30 a.m.                    Legislative Appreciation Luncheon

            1:30 p.m.                      Visit House and Senate Galleries

Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD): Those making the trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the PILD Conference this year are Nathan Anderson, Recia Garcia, Phil Pratt, and Becky Walker.  They will be on campus Monday for an orientation session with administration in preparation for their trip and “Day on the Hill” to carry forth our FY 2009 Federal Initiatives as they visit with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation.    

Current Events

Entomology and Plant Pathology In-Service: Mark your calendars for May 1-2 for the Entomology and Plant Pathology Agricultural and Household Training and Updates In-service. The event will take place at Eastern Oklahoma State College Higher Education Center in McAlester. The two-day training is designed for educators who desire updates and training in entomology and plant pathology subject matters related to agricultural, horticultural and household related problems. To register, please contact Ag Conference Services at 405-744-6489. The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch each day and all materials. For more information, contact Phil Mulder at 405-744-9413.

Pittsburg County Extension Office to Hold Ribbon Cutting: All Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service employees are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new OSU Pittsburg County Extension Center located at 707 W. Electric Ave., McAlester. In addition, there will be a special presentation honoring Ted Evicks, Pittsburg County CED, for receiving the Distinguished Educator Award, the most prestigious title awarded by OCES. The presentation and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.

Wheat Field Day: The Grady County Wheat Field Day will take place May 5 in Minco. This is a wonderful opportunity for producers to see the newly released wheat varieties. The field day will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Mills Feed Store in Minco.


Fee Waivers for Summer Semester Due by May 5: Fee waivers for the 2008 Summer Semester (Session 1) should be submitted to Linda Turner, 139 Ag Hall, no later than May 5, five working days prior to the first day of class on May 12. Fee waivers for the 2008 Summer Semester (Session 2) should be submitted no later than May 23, five working days prior to the first day of class on June 2. The Educational Leave Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Extension Director, District Extension Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator and then forwarded to 139 Ag Hall for processing. Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline. If you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions. No letters of explanation will be accepted. If you are a full-time faculty or staff member taking classes, you may request a fee waiver. The form is available for download from the Office of the Registrar’s website, http://www.okstate.edu/registrar/FormsOnline/FSFeeWaiverForm.pdf

Please use your campus-wide identification number instead of your social security number. You can also pick up a blank form from the Office of the Registrar, 322 Student Union. If you have a supply of any old forms, please discard them.

NOTE:  The Educational Leave Requests are now available on-line at the Staff Development intranet site at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff_development/. 

           Also, as a reminder – Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form. If you have questions, please contact your immediate supervisor as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waiver and Educational Leave Requests.

            If your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and education form, call Linda Turner at 405-744-5398 so that your records can be updated. Also, check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver. You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions.

Condolences to: Phil Pratt, Tulsa County CED, on the death of his father. Wade Pratt passed away April 10. Funeral services took place April 14 at the First Baptist Church in Burns Flat, Okla. Cards may be sent to Phil and his wife, Mary Carol at 2716 Kingston, Muskogee, OK  74403.

Condolences to: Marilyn Berousek, retired Extension Educator, McClain County, on the death of her father. Otto Berousek passed away April 12. Funeral services took place April 15 at the Guardian West Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.

College Corner

OSU Horticulture Club Plant Sale: Stop by the OSU Horticulture Club Plant Sale tomorrow, April 19, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Select from a variety of plant material available in various sizes. Click on the following link http://home.okstate.edu/Okstate/dasnr/hort/hortlahome.nsf/toc/plantsale for a list of plants or call 405-744-5414 for more information.

Smith Named Udall Scholarship Winner: Oklahoma State University student Savannah Smith, Talihina, has been awarded a Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship for her senior year. Savannah is the sixth OSU student ever to receive this scholarship. Although she is majoring in Environmental Science, Plant and Soil Sciences consider her one of its own. She currently is working in Chad Penn’s environmental soil chemistry lab and is planning to continue with her master’s degree in PaSS.  

Rowland Awarded NSF Fellowship: Sarah (Cook) Rowland, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering senior has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. This is a highly competitive program and we extend hearty congratulations to Sarah!  This is the second year in a row that a BAE student has won a NSF Fellowship.

Students Honored at CASNR Scholarship Banquet: CASNR has a number of outstanding students enrolled and several of them were recognized for their achievements at the 2008 CASNR Scholarship Banquet. Students were presented with a total of $434,100 in scholarships. Those being recognized for special awards include:

  • Lindsey Kuzma, Lodi, Wis. – Paul and Mary Hummer Outstanding Senior Award and The Dean LeCrone Award.
  • Whitney Danker - The Dean LeCrone Award.
  • Travis Jett, Laverne, Okla. - The Dean LeCrone Award.
  • Blake Wilson, Okemah, Okla. - The Dean LeCrone Award.
  • Jillianne Zweiacker, Pawnee, Okla. - The Dean LeCrone Award.
  • Jared Crane, Woodward, Okla. – Charles and Magda Browning Outstanding Freshman Award.


Faculty and Staff Honored at CASNR Scholarship Banquet: In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of students at the annual CASNR Scholarship Banquet, some faculty and staff also were recognized. Those receiving awards include:

  • Kim Anderson Alpha Zeta’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • Patricia Ayoubi – Ag Ambassadors Outstanding Adviser
  • Gerry Smith – Ag Ambassadors Outstanding Professional Staff.


Pushmataha County Secretary is a Music Sensation: Bridget Paxton, a secretary in the Pushmataha County Extension Office, has been showcasing her musical talent on the Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue. She will appear tonight at 8:00 p.m. and viewers should tune into RFD-TV (Dish channel 231, Direct TV channel 379). The show also will air April 20 at 3:00 p.m. and again on April 21 at noon.



None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Kimbreley S. Davis, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Stephens County, effective 4/7/08 (was in Cherokee County)


Aarika D. Holt, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Nowata County, effective 4-18-08


April 22: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City, OK)

April 25: Wheat Pasture Field Day (Marshall, OK)

April 26: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest, Air Rifle and Archery (McAlester)

April 29-May 1: New Extension Educators Orientation (Stillwater)

May 1-2: Entomology In-Service (McAlester)

May 2-3: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 3: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 5: Grady County Wheat Field Day (Minco)

May 6-7: Record Book Award Interviews (Stillwater)

May 16: Lahoma Wheat Tour (Lahoma, OK)

May 17: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Stillwater)

June 2-3: Southeast District Horse Show (TBA)

June 4: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Oklahoma City)

June 5-7: Southwest District 4-H Horse Show (Duncan)

June 7: Norwest District 4-H Horse Show (Cherokee)

June 9-11: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 12-13: CNEP/Parent Child Connections Annual In-service (Oklahoma City)

June 12-22: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

June19-22: State 4-H Horse Show (TBA)

June 21: Land Agriculture Field Day (Lane)

June 23: Roundup Registration Materials Due (Stillwater)

June 26: Southeast District Volunteer Conference (Ada)

June 26: Vegetable Research Station Field Day (Bixby)

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