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Volume 14, Number 9

May 16, 2014



Centennial Celebration Update:  Last week was another great week for Extension as we continue our year-long Centennial Celebration. Our first two great events this year was our Biennial Conference in January kicking off the celebration and the Centennial Whistle Stop event in April. We generated great PR from the Whistle Stop event -- major TV station coverage, Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World, and many more articles through local newspapers that you work with are still getting media exposure.

      Last week we had four wins. The first being the on-campus premier of the Centennial Documentary, “One Hundred Years of Oklahoma Extension” which was held in conjunction with the recognition of this year’s three DASNR Champions (Bob Funk, David Howard, and Rodd Moesel). We had a good group of faculty, staff, and some Educators on hand plus President Hargis was in attendance. The second was DASNR Day at the Capitol was a great success thanks to your help. During the morning, we (Educators and their guests) delivered a Centennial coffee cup to every legislator and had many of them come down and share a cup of coffee with us. My thanks to each of you who were in attendance and to your guests for the support they showed for Extension. It was gratifying to see the enthusiasm they brought with them. In the afternoon, resolutions were passed by both the Senate and House declaring May 8th as Oklahoma Extension’s Centennial Anniversary Day. Third, OETA aired our Oklahoma Centennial Documentary on Thursday, May 8th. Craig Woods and the numerous people in the Ag Communications unit who supported him are to be congratulated on a job well done. The fourth Centennial event was the planting of flowers and foliage which displays our Centennial logo at the corner of Hester and Athletics Street. Our thanks to Steve Dobbs, past Oklahoma Gardening Host, and now Manager of OSU Grounds and Landscaping, for his expertise in designing the logo.  Photos will be taken to document the different growing stages.  A photo of the logo planting in the beginning stage may be seen at http://toolbox.okstate.edu/.

      In addition, many of you have had or are having anniversary/birthday events in your own counties. I regret that my schedule has only allowed me to attend a few of these. However, the important people who need to be attending are the citizens of your county, both those who are solid supporters and those who need to learn more about what Extension does.

      Looking into the future, Recia Garcia is well into conducting a Centennial Quilt Block Challenge. Seventeen different fabrics in orange, black, and white prints and solids have been pre-selected to create quilt block kits for participants to use. These kits may be obtained from OCES for a $15 entry fee for each quilt block entry. All contest entry fees go toward the “Advanced FCS 4-H Scholarship” account or its endowment. The contest is open to all interested persons and all entries should be postmarked by July 1st. Rosettes and additional awards will be presented in several different categories. All quilt blocks become the property of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.  Selected blocks will be used in the making of the Centennial Quilt which will be a historical momentum that will be displayed in various locations for years to come. Winning contest blocks and awards will be displayed at the State OHCE meeting, July 13-15 in Norman. We have had a great response so far with over 85 kits having been purchased. If anyone is interested in purchasing a kit to participate in this Quilt Block Challenge, the guidelines and registration form may be found at http://toolbox.okstate.edu/ by clicking on “100 Years of Extension.” On this site, you will also find the Extension Proclamation, a Centennial Crossword Puzzle which can be adapted for your use, Public Service Announcements, along with other promotional items which you can use to promote the Extension Centennial.

      All the things I have discussed are ideas that came out of the Centennial Planning Committee last year and have now been implemented through Charles Cox and Recia Garcia’s leadership as co-chairs of the committee.  The Committee has done a great job and I know there are many more exciting things planned for this fall, such as a Centennial tailgate prior to one of the football games, halftime activities, the dedication of a time capsule on campus, among other things. Stay tuned for information about all the Centennial activities that are going on. A good place to stay connected is http://oces.okstate.edu.






Final Spring Concerts in the Garden Series Tonight: The final spring Concerts in the Garden Series concert will take place tonight with a performance by The Red Dirt Rangers. The concert will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Grab your lawn chairs or blankets, bring a picnic supper, and head out to TBG at OSU for an evening filled with music.


Specialty Crops Workshop: A Specialty Crops Workshop is slated May 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Otoe-Missouria Garden, 7500 HWY 177, near Red Rock. The workshop will include information on risk management for specialty crops, cover crops and pest management, no-till for vegetables, managing drop irrigation, and good agricultural practices. A canning workshop will take place in the afternoon. The workshop is free and complimentary lunch and refreshments are provided. For more information and to register, please contact Sara Siems at 405-744-9826, or via email at sara.siems@okstate.edu, or Frankie Reid at 580-723-4466, ext. 120, or via email at freid@omtribe.org.


Space Available for International 4-H Trip: There are still a few spots available to Oklahoma 4-H’ers who are interested in traveling to France July 1-9, 2015. The travel company has extended the $100 voucher through the end of May. More information is available online at http://oces.okstate.edu/sedistrict/4-h/2015-international-trip-berlin-prague-munich-vienna or by contacting Cheryl Newberry at 580-332-4100, or via email at cheryl.newberry@okstate.edu.


Voices of Extension Centennial Project: We need your help! The Voices of Extension Centennial Project is moving forward and gathering extension stories via oral histories. As of May 16,  there have been 64 individuals from  26 counties suggested to interview with 13 oral histories completed. Click here  to view a list of those suggested for interviews, as well as who suggested them and who has volunteered to conduct the oral history. The shaded names indicate the oral histories are complete. If you would be willing to interview one of the names listed, please type your name in the “Interviewer” column. If you would like to conduct an interview, but are not sure where to start, contact brenda.sheik@okstate.edu or jean.bailey@okstate.edu. Details and materials relating to the project are posted on  http://www.toolbox.okstate.edu/. Start by reading the Oral History Cheat Sheet developed to make the process user-friendly. Arrangements are being made to possibly conduct oral histories at the OAE4-HA, OHCE, and OAEAA AMPIC meetings. Special thanks to all who have conducted oral histories, scheduled interviews or are helping make arrangements for future interviews.  They include Carol Toole, Wes Lee, Jim Rhodes, Jean Bailey, Stan Fimple, Radonna Sawatzky, Kristy Spalding, Ladell Emmons, Mike Carter, Steve Beck, Steven Barringer, Ruth Ballard, and other members of the 4-H Leadership Council. 




Centennial Documentary Available Online: In case you missed the original airing on OETA May 8, the centennial documentary “100 Years of Oklahoma Extension” is available on the OkStateDASNR YouTube channel located here.


93rd State 4-H Roundup: Plans are underway for the 93rd State 4-H Roundup. It will be held on the OSU campus July 23-25, 2014, with an optional “County Night Out” on July 22. The 4-H State Council has chosen the theme “4-H Making Superstars”.  Registration materials have been posted to the State 4-H website located here


Below is some basic information:    

* Youth must be 13 years of age and/or have completed the 7th grade to attend Roundup.

* Every youth and adult attending Roundup must be registered.  There are no partial registrations.  The exception are guests attending the Thursday Night Honor Assembly.

* Counties may choose to stay in either Kerr Drummond or the Village Suites again this year. Registration cost will be based upon that choice ($111 for Kerr Drummond and $125 for Village Suites). Counties must choose only one housing location (i.e., cannot split group). Note: Res Life will do housing assignments for the Villages. Therefore, we cannot guarantee location, which counties are next to each other, etc.

o There are a couple of changes with Residential Life this year:
* Only 400 persons will be housed in the Suites. Assignment to the Suites will be made as complete county registration materials are received in Ag Conferences.    
* Reservations and payment for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup Registration.  It will need to be chosen on the fee transmittal form .

The cost per person for Tuesday Night Out is $21 for Kerr Drummond and $29.50 for the Village Suites. This does not include the partial linen service mentioned below..

* Beds in the suites are full size. Beds in Kerr Drummond are XL twin.

* There is a Partial Linen Service option offered for $6 per person per night. This charge must be paid with your Roundup registration.

If this option is chosen, it must be for the ENTIRE county group. Partial Linen Service means that Residential Life will provide linen packets at the end of each bed, and the delegates make up their own beds. Linens included are sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and a bar of soap for the duration of the camp.

* Pizza orders will NOT be taken during Roundup. All orders must be sent in with Roundup registration on the Pre-Order Form located on the Roundup website.


* The deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m., June 20. Because of delayed campus mail delivery, registration that is mailed must be postmarked by June 16. Counties whose registration fails to meet this deadline may not be accepted. If they are accepted, they will be assessed an additional $10 fee per delegate. This is a VERY FIRM deadline!

* FYI.....Roundup registration forms are worked in the order they are received! To make sure your delegates get the workshops they want, please send early!

* Wednesday lunch will be on your own. No meal will be provided in the Dining Hall.

* Registration times will be Tues., July 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Wed., July 23, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

* Counties will be REQUIRED to bring a corresponding chaperone for each gender of youth they bring. If the county has male delegates, it must bring a male chaperone. If a county has female delegates, it must bring a female chaperone.

For more information, watch for updates on the State 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at tracy.beck@okstate.edu or 405-744-8891.


New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new and updated publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:


* CR-6611 Spring 2014 US Creeping Bentgrass Sod Source Directory

* EPP-7332 Choosing a Pest Management Professional for Bed Bug Control

* T-4419 Help! I Think I Have Bed Bugs

* T-4420 Preventing Bed Bugs

* CR-2274 Oklahoma Agricultural Soil Test Summary 2009-2013

* L-446 Basic Lighting for Rural Facilities


Revised publications include:


* HLA-6019 Commercial Production of Fresh Market Tomatoes

* AGEC-615 Extent of Alternative Marketing Arrangements for Fed Cattle and Hogs, 2001-2013

* AGEC-616 Price Comparison of Alternative Marketing Arrangements for Fed Cattle, 2001-2013

* AGED-617 Price Comparison of Alternative Marketing Arrangements for Hogs, 2001-2013

* HLA-6021 Sweet Corn Production

* BAE-1511 Drip Irrigation Systems

* PSS-2117 Forage Quality Interpretations


Condolences to: Jerry Fitch, Extension Sheep Specialist, on the death of his mother. Fran Trout passed away April 29. Funeral services took place May 5 at Sonora, California. Cards may be sent to Jerry and his family at 8313 E. McElroy Rd., Stillwater, OK  74075.


Condolences to: Trisha Gedon, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, and her husband Carl, on the death of her father-in-law. Jerry Gedon passed away April 30. A memorial service took place May 9 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Cards may be sent to Trisha and Carl at 623 N. Manning St., Stillwater, OK  74075.




Congratulations to: Donna Dollins, Graphic Designer, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, for being selected as the 4-H National Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year winner for 2014. Donna has been a 4-H volunteer leader for 10 years and in 2013 was named the State Volunteer Leader of the Year and the Northeast District Volunteer Leader of the Year. She is co-leader of the Perkins 4-H Club. Congratulations Donna!


OEAFCS Members Recognized: Numerous scholarships and awards were presented at the annual OEAFCS Awards Luncheon.  Many of the state awards have been submitted for Regional and National competition. Winners include:




Distinguished Service Award - Donna Jung

Continued Excellence Award - Charlotte Richert and Joy Rhodes

 Extension Educator of the Year - Susan Moffat

 Cleo Bryan Award - Susan Routh

 OEAFCS Friend of Extension Award - Metropolitan Library System nominated by Amanda Horn

 OEAFCS Scholarship - Sonya McDaniel

 OEAFCS Past President’s Professional Development Award - Sonya McDaniel

 Para-professional Award - Delois Crone


Community Partnership Award - Jean Bailey with Dewey County OHCE and Seiling Library

 Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award - Jean Bailey

 Early Childhood Child Care Training Award - Team:  Elizabeth Gardner-McBee, Carol Laverty, Deana Hildebrand, Terrie Dally, Dianne Juhnke, and Pauline Hodges

 Family Health and Wellness Award - Lindsay Grace

 New Professional Award - Lisa A Taylor; Honorable Mention - Lindsay Grace

 Communication Awards:

 Internet Educational Technology Award - Ginny McCarthick

 Newsletter Award - Elizabeth Gardner-McBee

 Photography Award - Gale Mills

 Radio / Podcast Award - Gale Mills

Television / Video Award - Gale Mills

 Written Press Release - Gale Mills; Honorable Mention -- Melody Ennis

 Social Networking Award - Amanda Horn; Honorable Mention -- Lindsey Grace


 Gladys T. Logue Leadership Endowment Award - Lupita Fabregas and Sonya McDaniel

 Irma Manning Professional Development Awards - Janice Hermann and Barbara Brown; Janice Hermann, Brenda Sheik, and Debra Garrard; Julie Staiger; and Laura Hubbs-Tait

 Lois DeMond Extension Educator’s Fellowship Fund - Lindsey Miner

Marilyn Burns Endowment Fund for Home-based and Micro Business Program Development Award - Elizabeth Gardner-McBee


Norma M. Brumbaugh Scholarships - Lindsay Grace, Julie Starr Staiger, and Tommie James

Recognition of Retirees

Cindy Clampet

Barbara Denney

Val Evans

Dixie Ferrell

Recia Garcia

Sue Hamilton






None to report


Title Changes/Transfers


Randy Pirtle, Northeast District Extension Director, effective 6-2-14 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture and CED, Washington County)




John Schroeder, Horticulture/Landscape Architecture Associate, effective 4-14-14 

Brad Tipton, Canadian County Extension Educator, Agriculture, and CED, effective 6-30-14 (retirement)

Greg Bell, Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 7-1-14 (retirement)

Bob Kropp, Professor, Beef Cattle, Animal Science, effective 7-1-14 (retirement)

Tyler Richey, Greer County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, effective 7-1-14




May 20: IFMAPS In-Service (Stillwater)

May 20: Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults (Stillwater)

May 20: Hard Times: Housing and Clothing Items Made from Feed and Flour Sacks (Bartlesville)

May 20-22: OAE4-HA Conference (Enid)

May 21: OCES Rural Development: Programs and Services (Lawton or Woodward)

May 22: Community Assessment Surveys (Online)

May 23: Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Activities (Stillwater)

May 28: National Invitational Judging Coaches Symposium (Stillwater)

May 29: 4-H Leisure Lab (TBD)

May 29: Southeast District 4-H Dutch Oven Showdown (Coalgate)

May 29: Community Assessments: Asset Mapping (Adobe Connect)

May 29-31: Southwest District 4-H Horse Show (Duncan)

May 29: 4-H Leisure Lab (TBA)

May 29: Specialty Crops Workshop (Red Rock)

May 30: Southeast District 4-H Food Showdown (Tishomingo)

June 2: Southeast District 4-H Horse Show (Ardmore)

June 3: State 4-H Council Quarter 4 Meeting (Stillwater)

June 3: Strategies for Increasing Learning Engagement (Stillwater)

June 4: Wardrobe Building with Style: Concept and Clothing Construction (TBD)

June 5: Refresher Soil Science course for Environmental Professionals (Stillwater)

June 7: 4-H PetPALS Training (Purcell)

June 7: Creek/Tulsa County 4-H Dog Workshop and Show (Kellyville)

June 7: Cleveland County Ag Day at the Fairgrounds (Norman)

June 7: Cleveland County Centennial Event (Norman)

June 10: Refresher Soil Science course for Environmental Professionals (Purcell)

June 10: Safety and Environment Issue Teams Meeting (Stillwater)

June 11: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)

June 11: Cooperative Conversations: Presentation Technology In-service ID (Adobe Connect)

June 12: Phosphorus management (Adobe Connect)

June 12: Refresher Soil Science course for Environmental Professionals (Tulsa)

June 12: E3A In-service: Part Three (Adobe Connect)

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

June 13: 4-H Day at OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (Stillwater)

June 13: Cooperative Conversation: Backups for your Computer (Adobe Connect)

June 16: Livestock Judging Camps – Session I (Stillwater)

June 18: OSU CNEP/Langston Annual In-service (Stillwater)

June 19: Livestock Judging Camps – Session II (Stillwater)

June 19: June Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)

June 19: State 4-H Horse Show (Shawnee)

June 21: Nowata/Craig County 4-H Dog Show (Vinita)

June 23: OSU Livestock Judging Camp Session I (Stillwater)

June 23-29: OSU Outdoor Adventure Trip (Buffalo National River)

June 24: Southeast District 4-H Animal Science Field Day (Tishomingo)

June 26: Southeast District 4-H FCS Skills Day (Sulfur)

June 26: OSU Livestock Judging Camp Session II (Stillwater)

June 28: State 4-H Parent Volunteer Conference (Stillwater)






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