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Volume 14, Number 12

June 27, 2014



Coon and Allen Join Administrative Team: Please join me in welcoming Dr. Thomas Coon and Dr. Kevin Allen as they join our administrative team as the Vice President, Dean and Director, DASNR, and Assistant Director, State 4-H Program Leader, respectfully. They both will officially begin their new duties July 1.
     Tom comes to OSU from Michigan State University where he served as Director of Extension, as well as a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. During his time at Michigan State he has directed more than 600 staff and faculty on campus and in Michigan’s 83 counties. He earned a B.A. in Biology from Luther College, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California-Davis. He has served on the board of trustees for the National 4-H Council and the Michigan 4-H Foundation, and in 2013 he received the Gary L. Davis Award for leadership in 4-H.
     Kevin previously served as an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, as well as State 4-H Extension Specialist, with responsibility as the State Coordinator of the Oklahoma 4-H Shooting Sports Program. He has developed and conducted in-service opportunities to Extension educators related to youth programs in environmental and natural resources. He also was instrumental in bringing back the 4-H High Adventure Program. Kevin also has taught numerous workshops on topics ranging from birding, team building to forestry and using fire as a management tool. Prior to coming to OSU in 2006, he served as Community Development Specialist and County Program Director with the University of Missouri Extension.
     Welcome, we look forward to working with you in the days ahead. 





Rural and Community Development In-service: A Rural and Community Development In-service is slated Aug. 13 at the Wagoner County Extension Office in Coweta. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $15 and includes lunch. This one-day in-service will provide an overview of current rural and community development programming. Much of the afternoon time will be devoted to a “round table” discussion of current trends and needs in rural areas. Extension Educators interested in attending may register through the in-service website, or contact Lara Brooks at 405-744-9827, or via email at lara.brooks@okstate.edu.


Retirement Party Today: A retirement come-and-go party for Brad Tipton, Agriculture/County Extension Director, and Veda Harper, Administrative Secretary, both in Canadian County, will take place today, June 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Canadian County Fair Grounds, 220 N. Country Club Road, El Reno. The party will take place in the Educational Building. Please come help celebrate Brad’s and Veda’s Extension careers.




OALP is On the Move: The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program has a new place to call home. Edmond Bonjour, OALP Director, is now housed in 225 M in the Noble Research Center on the OSU campus. Kelly Vierling, OALP Administrative Assistant, is in room 225 P NRC. The mailing address for OALP is 127 Noble Research Center, Stillwater, OK  74078-3033. Phone numbers remain the same.

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:


* L-447 Phosphorus Removal Structures

* AGEC-803 Duties and Responsibilities of Non-Elected County Officials


Revised publications include:


* VTMD-3925 Prevention of West Nile Virus Infection in Horses

* HLA-6201 Pecan Varieties for Oklahoma

* HLA-6232 Fertilizing Pecan and Fruit Trees

* VTMD-9114 Equine Purchase Examinations

* HLA-6402 Children’s Gardens in Which to Learn and Grow

* HLA-6029 Southern Pea Production




Mitchell Honored: Congratulations to Shelley Mitchell, Extension Associate, 4-H Youth Development, and Camp TURF director, for receiving the 2014 Jane L. Taylor Award from the American Horticultural Society. She received this award earlier in June in Washington, D.C. This honor is awarded to an individual, organization or program inspiring and nurturing future horticulturists through efforts in children’s and youth gardening. Congratulations Shelley!






Thomas Coon, Vice President, Dean and Director, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, effective 7-1-14


Title Changes/Transfers


Kevin Allen, State 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Director, OCES, effective 7-1-14 (was: Associate Professor, NREM, and State 4-H Extension Specialist)


Damona Doye, Regents Professor/Sarkey’s Dist. Professor/Extension Farm Management Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 7-1-14 (was: Interim Department Head, Agricultural Economics)


Mike Woods, Department Head, Agricultural Economics, effective 7-1-14 (was: Interim Vice President, Dean and Director, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources)


Garey Fox, Interim Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Center, effective 7-1-14 (was: Professor, Hydrology, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering)


Dave Engle, Regents Professor, Rangeland Ecology and Management, effective 7-1-14 (was: Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Center)



None to report




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

July 8: North American Manure Expo Pre-Expo Tour (Southwest Missouri)

July 8: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Online)

July 9-11: OAEAA AMPIC Meeting (Midwest City)

July 9: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)

July 11: Cooperative Conversations: Presentation Technology (Adobe Connect)

July 13-15: OHCE State Conference (Norman)

July 15-17: OSU Big 3 Field Days (Stillwater)

July 16: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBD)

July 17: Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)

July 23-25: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

July 31: Canola Caterpillars: Identification and Management (Web-based)

August 1: Choosing a Wheat Variety (Web-based)

August 5: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (TBD)

August 6: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)

August 7: Cotton 101 – Cotton Production and Management (Altus)

August 7-8: Oklahoma Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Oklahoma City)

August 8: Cooperative Conversations: How to use YouTube for Education (Adobe Connect)

August 12-14: New Extension Educator Orientation (Stillwater)

August 13: OCES Rural Development: Programs and Services (Coweta)

August 14: Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)

August 14: E3A In-Service, Part 4 (Adobe Connect

August 19: 2014 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Fort Cobb)








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