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Vol. 9 – No. 8
April 17, 2009



DASNR Day at the Capitol:  Wednesday, April 29 is an important day for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and we are taking on a new format this year for our DASNR Day at the Capitol. This will be our first time to host the event by setting up displays to showcase significant state-wide teaching, research, and extension programs that have made a recognizable impact on our state. This is a great opportunity to display the integration of all components of DASNR from development/discovery by the researcher to disseminating information through extension to the citizens of Oklahoma. DASNR staff and clientele who are familiar with the particular programs on display will be available to visit with legislators throughout the day and to answer any questions they might have about our programs. Hopefully, all of you have made contact with your legislators and have invited them to join us for this event. If you have not, I encourage you to do so now. We especially want to make sure the new legislative members are invited to the second floor rotunda to view our displays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Cinnamon rolls and coffee will be available at 10:00 a.m. and pie and ice cream at 1:00 p.m. We look forward to a great turnout and a very productive day!

Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD):  Those making the trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the upcoming PILD Conference, April 27-29, are Kathy Enyart, Kristy Spalding, and Al Sutherland.  They will be on campus, Tuesday, April 21, for an orientation session with administration in preparation for their trip and “Day on the Hill” to carry forth our FY2010 Federal Initiatives as they visit with the Oklahoma Congressional delegation.

                                                                                                                                                                        Jim Trapp

 Current Events

 OPGA Gears Up for State Convention: Members of the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association will gather in Oklahoma City for the group’s 79th Annual Convention June 1-3. Registration is $60 for OPGA members and $70 for non-members and includes all educational programs and one published proceedings. Registration is due by May 8. Registration at the conference is an additional $15. In addition to the educational aspect of the conference there also will be commercial exhibits and a pecan food show. For more information about the conference, contact Eric Stafne at 405-744-5409.

Master Gardeners Prepare for State Conference: The 2009 Oklahoma State Master Gardener Conference will take place June 5 in Bartlesville. Registration is $40 and is due by May 5. Alan Stevens, Director, Kansas State Horticulture Research Center, will be the keynote speaker. The event also will feature a community ornamental garden tour at the Bartlesville Public Library and Price Tower. For more information contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404 or stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu.  


Carter County Appreciates Support: Carter County was very appreciates of the help given to the tornado victims earlier this year. Supplies were donated from the Southeast District office, as well as Pontotoc, Haskell, Marshall, Pittsburg, Murray, Hughes, LeFlore, and Pottawatomie counties.

Extension Educators Working on Grant Projects: The 2009 CE-FCS Ambassador Grant Recipients are busy working on their projects for the year. Below is a list of current projects that have been funded:

Blackwell Legacy Award:

  • Financial Literacy Kit – Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County; Rachel Lockwood; Wagoner County; Mickey Simpson, McClain County; Sandy Lackey, Carter County; Susan Routh, Grady County; and Sissy Osteen, OSU

Blackwell Supplemental Award:

  • Lunch and Learn – Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County

Fitch Fellowship Award:

  • Slow Food Study – Sissy Osteen and Barbara Brown, OSU

OHCE Grants: 

  • Outreach Project – Jolly Workers, Ottawa County
  • Reading Rainbows – Sassy Rainbows, Haskell County
  • Heart Smart-Heart Disease – Oklahoma County
  • HUGS for New Mommies – Johnston County

County Grants:

  • Healthy Oklahoma “COACHing” – Susan Lovelace, Creek County
  • Kid Cuisine Camp – Jessica Nickels, Northwest CNEP Unit
  • Infant Care Parenting Program – Tommie James, Bryan County
  • Youth Cooking School – Julie York, Noble County

Multi-County Grants: 

  • We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This – Recia Garcia, Northwest District
  • Disaster Preparedness – Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County; Tari Lee, Craig County; Barbara Denney, Delaware County; and Belinda Pfeiffer, Mayes County
  • Establishing Healthy Dental – Recia Garcia, Northwest District
  • Money Munchkins – Chellee Burson, Haskell County; LaDell Emmons, Pittsburg County; Sandy Lackey, Carter County; Rachel Lockwood, Wagoner County; and Brenda Miller, Northeast District
  • Healthy Oklahoma – Ginny McCarthick, Healthy Oklahoma Impact Team

Outstanding Field Staff Group Award:

  • Building Financial Strengths – LaDell Emmons, Pittsburg County; Chellee Burson, Haskell County; Rachel Lockwood, Wagoner County; Sandy Lackey, Carter County; and Brenda Miller, Northeast District

Condolences to:  Judy Elliott, Sr. Secretary, Atoka County, on the death of her mother. Esther Mezger passed away March 25. Funeral services took place March 30 in Hutchinson, Kan. Cards may be sent to Judy at Atoka County Extension Office, PO Box 1080, Atoka, OK  74525.

Condolences to: The family of Joe Hughes, retired Extension 4-H Youth Livestock Specialist. He passed away April 13. Funeral services will take place today, Friday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Stillwater. Burial will follow at the Fort Sill National Military Cemetery in Elgin at 2:00 p.m. Joe came to OSU in February 1971 and was the first person to hold the position of Extension 4-H Youth Livestock Specialist. He dedicated his career to youth and was a leader in strengthening ethics in livestock shows in Oklahoma and the nation. He retired in March 1999. Memorials may be made to the Joe and Lynn Hughes Animal Science Endowed Scholarship, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK  74076-1749, or the First Baptist Church, 701 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK  74074. Cards may be sent to Lynn Hughes at 34 Yellowbrick Road, Stillwater, OK  74074.

 Condolences to: Jim Stiegler, retired Department Head, Plant and Soil Sciences, on the death of his father. Harold Louis Stiegler passed away April 14. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on April 20 First United Methodist Church in Hondo, Tex. Memorials be made to either the First United Methodist Church or the Medina Health Care Fund. Cards may be mailed to Dr. and Mrs. Jim Stiegler, 1005 S. Shumard Dr., Stillwater, OK  74074.


CASNR Personnel Honored at Banquet: Three members of the CASNR family were honored recently at the College’s annual Scholarships and Awards Banquet. Honored this year were:

  • Jon Ramsey, Agricultural Education – Outstanding Advisor
  • Mary Ellen Beyl, Academic Programs – Outstanding Professional Staff
  • Shannon Ferrell, Agricultural Economics – Outstanding Teaching Award



 Janice M. Cranor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Osage County, effective 3-30-09

Kendra Piasecki, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, effective 3-30-09

Suzanne G. Spears, Local Government Specialist, Ag Economics, effective 4-29-09

Emily A. Gregory, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Grady County, effective 5-18-09

Title Changes/Transfers

Samantha J. Ephgrave, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 5-4-09 (was in: McClain County)


Julie A. Milligan, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 2-6-09


April 17-22: The Woodward Lesser-Prairie Chicken Festival (Woodward)

April 18: State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 23: 2009 4-H Curriculum Training (TBA)

April 24-25: Farm Transitions Conference (Alva)

April 29: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 29: Camping: Getting Back to the Basics (Stillwater)

April 30: Food Preparation in Challenging Times (Stillwater)

April 30: Healthy Communities 201 and Beyond (Oklahoma City)

May 2: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (McAlester)

May 2: Southern Oklahoma 4-H Spring Trap Shoot (Duncan)

May 6: Aging in Family Context: Informal Systems of Caregiving (Clinton)

May 6-7: Southeast District Agriculture In-Service (Hugo)

May 7: Birding 101 (Stillwater)

May 9: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest – Shotgun (Ada)

May 12: Agricultural Economics – Current Issues (Centra)

May 12: Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #13 (Clinton)

May 14: Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #13 (McAlester)

May 14-15: Basic Water Science Seminar (Oklahoma City)

May 15: Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #13 (Okmulgee)

May 22: Water Workshop Facilitation Training, Part 2 (Oklahoma City)

May 27: Aging In Family Context: Informal Systems of Caregiving (Okemah)

May 29-30: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 30: Operation: Military Kids Frontier City (Oklahoma City)

June 1-2: Southeast District Horse Show (Ardmore)

June 1-3: Oklahoma Pecan Growers Annual Convention (Oklahoma City)

June 4-6: Southwest District Horse Show (Duncan)

June 5: Master Gardeners State Conference (Bartlesville)

June 6: Northwest District Horse Show (Cherokee)

June 8-10: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 10: CNEP and Parent Child Connections In-Service (Stillwater)

June 11-12: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Ada)

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 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)

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