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Vol. 9 – No. 12
June 12, 2009

 Current Events

Lane Ag Center Annual Field Day is Tomorrow: This is a reminder that the 2009 Lane Ag Center Annual Field Day will take place tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The come and go event offers educational tours and displays of research and demonstration projects addressing vegetable production, herbs and alternative fuels crops. A meal featuring great local cooking and ice cold watermelon will be provided free of charge. The event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. The Lane Ag Center is located 10 miles east of Atoka on Highway 3.  Additional information has been posted at www.lane-ag.org. For questions, call 580-889-7343 or email jim.shrefler@okstate.edu.

Retirement Reception for Wayne Smith: Wayne Smith, Extension IPM Educator, will be honored with a retirement reception on June 15 at the Bryan County Extension Office in Durant. He retires after 24 years of service to OCES. The come and go event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wayne’s expertise in fire ant management and integrated pest management will be missed by all Oklahomans. Please stop by and help us wish him well!


OMK Hosts Successful Event: Operation: Military Kids would like to report to extension our recent success in reaching 1,000 military family members at our Frontier City Military Kid Appreciation day. We also are planning to celebrate military kids in the Tulsa area Aug. 8 at the Tulsa Zoo as 400 will get free parking, admission, and a meal...all free!

Congratulations to: Samantha Snyder, Oklahoma County Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, and her husband, John, on the birth of their daughter. Laurel Faith was born May 13, weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Condolences to: The family of O’Neil Teague, retired Extension Educator, who passed away May 27. He worked in McIntosh County as the 4-H Educator, Seminole County as the 4-H Educator and Special Farm Agent, and Haskell County as a 4-H Educator and CED. He spent his last 15 years in Extension as the CED in Grady County. He retired in 1981. Memorials may be made in his name to the Craig County 4-H Foundation.

Condolences to: Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist, on the death of her sister. Kathy Harmon passed away May 28. Funeral services took place June 3 at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Cards may be sent to Lani at P.O. Box 1378, 314 S. Broadway, Suite 101, Ada, OK  74821-1378.

Condolences to: The family of Julia Bond, Craig County Extension secretary, who passed away May 31. Funeral services took place June 4 in Vinita. She has been with the Craig County Extension Office for more than 15 years. Due to health reasons, she had been away from the office since September. Memorials may be made in her name to the Craig County 4-H Foundation.

Condolences to: The family of John Ellis Freeny, former OCES employee, who passed away June 2. Funeral services took place June 6 at the Crossings Community Church, 14600 North Portland Ave., Oklahoma City. Freeny was an Agricultural Educator in Pontotoc, Marshall, Latimer, and Hughes counties between 1950 and 1967. Memorials may be made to the Crossings Community Church School Fund or a charity of your choice.

Condolences to: The family of Susan Meitl, longtime Canadian County 4-H Educator. She passed away June 3. Funeral services took place June 6 at the Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang. Susan joined Extension 26 years ago. She was a member of OAE4-HA and NAE4-HA. A scholarship memorial fund has been established. Donations may be made to either Canadian County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 519, El Reno, OK  73036-0519, or The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Inc., 205 4-H Youth Development, Stillwater, OK  74078, Memo: Susan Meitl Memorial. Condolences may be sent to Canadian County OSU Extension Office, ATTN: Susan Meitl Family, P.O. Box 519, El Reno OK  73036-0519

College Corner

PaSS Student Receives Fellowship: Plant and Soil Sciences graduate student Silvano Abreu received notification that he was awarded a Graduate College Research Fellowship for 2009. Graduate College summer fellowships ($2,000 each) are available for continuing graduate students who are actively involved in their thesis or dissertation research. These awards are made possible by the generous support of the Robberson and Murray Case Sells Foundations. 


Congratulations to: Craig McKinley, Extension Forestry Specialist, was presented with the Forest Landowners Association Award for “Extension Forester of the Year” at the FLA Annual Meeting on May 28 in Amelia Island, Fla.

 OEAFCS Members Recognized for Achievements: Members of the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences gathered recently in Oklahoma City for the group’s annual state meeting. Many were recognized for their achievements at a special luncheon. Award winners include:

  • Jessica Riggin, Lincoln County; Donna Jung, Canadian County; and Sara West, Marshall County  – Norma Brumbaugh Scholarship
  • Brenda Sheik, CNEP – Cleo Bryan Award
  • Elizabeth Gardner-McBee, Beaver County – Marilyn Burns Award and Lucille Clark Scholarship
  • Gale Mills, Washington County – Grace Spivey Professional Development Award
  • Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County – Barbara Tricinella Family Resilience Award
  • Gloria King, Southwest District Program Specialist, Debbie Richardson, State Parenting Assistant Specialist, Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District  Program Specialist, and Sara West, Marshall County - Irma Manning Professional Development Award
  • Gale Mills, Washington County – Informal Research and Study Award
  • Donna Jung, Canadian County – Past President’s Professional Development Award
  • Kay County Health Department – Friend of Extension Award
  • Maretta Toler – Retiree Recognition
  • Susan Moffat, Cleveland County, and Maretta Toler, retired – 2008 NEAFCS Continued Excellence Award
  • Recia Garcia, Northwest District Program Specialist, and Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County – 2008 NEAFCS Distinguished Service Award
  • Nicole Moore, Cleveland  County – New Professional Award
  • Catherine W heeler, Okmulgee County – New Professional Award
  • Marie Gibbs, Creek County NEA – Para Professional Award
  • Gale Mills, Washington County – SDA Clean Homes…Safe and Healthy Families Award
  • Susan Routh, Grady County; Lisa Taylor, Jefferson County; Ranel Lasley, Caddo County; and Brenda Gandy, Stephens County – Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award
  • LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County – Healthy Lifestyles Education Award
  • Debbie Sharp, Murray County; Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County; Phillis Cothren, Garvin County; Sandy Lackey, Carter County; Ginny McCarthick; Johnston County; and Glenn Muske, State Office – Mary W. Wells Memorial Diversity Award
  • Debbie Sharp, Murray County; Gerri Ballard, Carter County; Sandy Lackey, Carter County; Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist; Tommie James, Bryan County; Laverda Johnson, Pushmataha County; Susan Lovelace, Creek County; Danette Russell, Latimer County; Cindy Clampet, Love County; Debbie Walters, Pittsburg County; Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County; Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County; Nancy Tucker, Pushmataha County; Ginny McCarthick, Johnston County; LaDell Emmons, Pittsburg County; and Sue Hamilton, CNEP Area Coordinator – Educational Curriculum Package Award
  • Gale Mills, Washington County – Educational Publications Award
  • LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County; and Donna Jung, Canadian County – Educational Technology
  • Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County – Internet Education Technology
  • Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County; Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County; Debbie Sharp, Murray County; Megan Logan, Seminole County; Robyn Jones, Hughes County; and Becky Walker, Pontotoc County – Newsletter Award
  • Gale Mills, Washington County – Radio Award and Written Press Release Award
  • Susan Moffat, Cleveland County – Community Partnership Award
  • LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County – Marketing Package Award



Carl D. Oblander, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Murray County, effective 5-26-09

Steven M. Batten, Extension Assistant, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 6-15-09

Title Changes

None to report


Susan M. Meitl, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 6-2-09 (Death)

Rochelle D. Burson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Haskell County, effective 8-10-09


June 12: Drinking Water Quality Reports, Your Right to Know (Muskogee)

June 12: OMK Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

June 13: Lane Annual Public Field Day (Lane)

June 13: GardenFest (Stillwater)

June 16: Home Food Preservation – Core Training (Stillwater)

June 17: Southeast District Animal Science Field Day (Tishomingo)

June 18-20: State 4-H Horse Show (Shawnee)

June 22-23: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Ada)

June 23: Roundup Registration and Payment Deadline (Stillwater)

June 24: How to Maximize Your Media Presence through Ag Communications Services (Centra)

June 25-July 5: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

June 25: Southeast District Leaders Conference (Ada)

July 11: 4-H Parent Volunteer Conference (Stillwater)

July 14: Agricultural Economics – Current Issues (Centra)

July 14: Organic Agriculture Field Day (Lane)

July 14-16: OSU Animal Science “Big 3” Field Days (Stillwater)

July 15: State Junior Wheat Improvement Show Visual Judging (Stillwater)

July 16: Deliberative Forum on Oklahoma Water Issues (Weatherford)

July 17: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Watonga)

July 20: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Tulsa)

July 22: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Atoka)

July 23: The Crockpot Method for Building a Strong Step-Family (Cordell)

July 23-25: OCA Convention (Midwest City)

July 24: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Lawton)

July 28: Ag Technology Field Day (Fairview)

July 28: Summer Fire Field Day (Stillwater)

July 29-31: 88th State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

August 5: Horticulture Hot Topics 2009 (Stillwater)

August 13: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Introduction to Units 1, 2, 3 (Stillwater)

August 13: Master Cattleman Summit (Stillwater)

August 18: Hazard Communication (Stillwater)

August 19: Summer Crops Field Day (Lahoma)

August 20: The Crockpot Method for Building a Strong Stepfamily (Okmulgee)

August 26: Hazard Communication Training (Stillwater)

August 27: Hazard Communication Training (Stillwater)

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