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Vol. 10 – No. 19
September 25, 2010

 

Current Events

OK-FIRE Training Sessions Announced: A number of OK-FIRE training opportunities will take place this fall. OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision-support system for wildland fire managers in Oklahoma.  OK-FIRE is useful for both wildfires and prescribed fire.  Developed by OSU, in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Mesonet, the benefits of using OK-FIRE include better anticipation of wildfire conditions, guidance for optimal staff levels, and tracking existing and forecast weather and fire danger conditions during the wildfire itself, leading to better suppression strategies. In addition, OK-FIRE can provide guidance to counties in their burn ban decisions. OK-FIRE also is important for those who do prescribed burning as it can help in the planning and monitoring of conditions during the burn. All sessions this fall will be half-day workshops in a computer lab setting in which participants will have hands-on computer experience with the OK-FIRE website. The beginning class is geared toward those who are new to OK-FIRE and will provide a general overview, including weather, fire, and smoke sections of the website and the fire prescription planner. For the first time, an advanced class is available for those who have already attended an OK-FIRE workshop. This class will concentrate on topics related to the fire danger model, including details of its operation, the importance of satellite-measured vegetation greenness, fuel moisture, and the role of fuel models. To register for a workshop, please contact Melissa Moore at 405-744-5431, or by e-mail at melissa.s.moore@okstate.edu. There is no fee to attend, however, workshops will be filled on a first registered, first served basis. Additional information can be found at http://okfire.mesonet.org or by contacting J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Coordinator at 405-744-6353, or e-mail at jdc@okstate.edu. Upcoming sessions this fall will take place:
  • Sept. 24, Norman, beginning class, afternoon
  • Oct. 6, Bartlesville, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Oct. 7, Afton, beginning class, afternoon
  • Oct. 20, Weatherford, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Oct. 27, Altus, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Oct. 29, Sayre, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Nov. 3, Duncan, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Nov. 4, Sulphur, beginning class, afternoon
  • Nov. 5, Sulphur, advanced class, morning
  • Nov. 10, Woodward, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Nov. 11, Alva, beginning class, afternoon
  • Nov. 23, El Reno, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 1, McAlester, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 2, Antlers, beginning class, afternoon
  • Dec. 3, Antlers, advanced class, morning
  • Dec. 8, Jenks, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 9, Sallisaw, beginning class, afternoon
  • Dec. 14, Enid, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 16, Stillwater, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon

Announcements

4-H'ers Make a Big Showing at Oklahoma State Fair: A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in judging and exhibiting the 4-H exhibits last week at the Oklahoma State Fair. There were  4,853 4-H exhibits entered and judged in 522 classes that represented youth from 46 Oklahoma counties. Judging at the Tulsa State Fair will beSept. 28.

St. Pierre Passes Exam: Eileen St. Pierre, Personal Finance State Specialist, passed the July 2010 Certified Financial Planner (CFP) examination.

Congratulations to: Mary Ann McCarley, Senior Secretary, Southwest District Area Office, and her husband, David, on the birth of their granddaughter. Kimber Lea McCarley was born Sept. 3, weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Kimber's parents are Blake and Kristy McCarley.

Congratulations to:  David Sorrell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, and his wife, Regina, on the birth of their granddaughter. Marlee Kaye Sorrell was born Sept. 11, weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18 long.  Her parents are Ryan and Shanna Sorrell. Marlee is welcomed home by her sister, Avery, and brother, Parker.


Awards

OAEFCS Members Win Awards: The Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences would like to congratulate its National Award Winners who were recognized at the NEAFCS Conference in Portland, Maine. 

  • Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist - Distinguished Service Award
  • Debra Garrard-Foster, CNEP State Coordinator - Distinguished Service Award
  • Karen Armbruster, FCS Extension Educator and CED, Woods County - Continued Excellence Award
  • Arleen James, FCS Extension Educator and CED, Texas County - Continued Excellence Award
  • Phillis Cothren, Retired FCS Extension Educator, Garvin County - Extension Educator of the Year

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Jennifer L. Matthews, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, effective 5-3-10

Lorne A. Geisler, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Blaine County,
effective 5-24-10

Jessica D. Welch, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 8-16-10

Brian C. Womack, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Texas County,
effective 9-8-10

Joshua E. Davis, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 9-30-10


 Title Changes/Transfers

Robert D. Bourne, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Bryan County, effective 7-1-10  (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)

Dixie L. Ferrell, District Extension Director, Northeast District, effective 9-15-10  (was: District 4-H Program Specialist/Interim District Extension Director)


Separations

Andrea J. Williams, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Roger Mills County, effective 6-30-10
 
Trena J. Medlock, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Greer County, effective 8-6-10

John Clinton Griffiths, Sr. TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services,
effective 8-27-10
 
Robert E. Pickard, Agriculturist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 8-31-10

Kendra L. Piasecki, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, effective 9-14-10

Christina S. Evans, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Oklahoma County, effective 9-16-10


COMING EVENTS

September 24: OK-FIRE Training (Norman)

September 28: Tulsa State Fair 4-H Entry and Judging Day (Tulsa)

September 30: Personal Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts (Centra)

October 6: Nutrition and Health Core Training 1: Weight Management (Centra)

October 6: OK-FIRE Training (Bartlesville)

October 7: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III: A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (Oklahoma City

October 7: OK-FIRE Training (Afton)

October 8: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Oklahoma City)

October 8: Choosing a Web Browser (Centra)

October 11: Clover Classic Golf Tournament (Edmond)

October 11: Faithful Extension Workers (FEW) Fall Retreat (El Reno)

October 12: Growing Strong Families Impact Team In-Service (TBA)

October 12: Forest Restoration and Management for Cattle, Wildlife, and Wood Products (Clayton)

October 13: Nutrition and Health Core Training 2: Hypertension (Centra)

October 13: Forest Restoration and Management for Cattle, Wildlife, and Wood Products (Tahlequah)

October 14: CPR/First Aid Recertification (Stillwater)

October 14: Forest Regeneration for Private Landowners (Idabel)

October 14-15: Statewide Conference for Women in Ag and Small Business (Oklahoma City)

October 15: 20th Annual CE-FCS Ambassador's Award Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 19: Food Preparation with Less Salt and Sodium (TBA)

October 20: Nutrition and Health Core Training 3: Heart Disease (Centra)

October 20: OK-FIRE Training (Weatherford)

October 20-22: Southeast District 4-H Leadership Conference (Ada)

October 21-22: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Conference (Guthrie)

October 23: Northwest District 4-H Fall Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

October 26: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)

October 27: Nutrition and Health Core Training 4: Diabetes (Centra)

October 27: OK-FIRE Training (Altus)

October 27-28: OCES Secretary Conference (Stillwater)

October 29: FEWB Impact Team Fall In-Service (Chickasha) 

 October 29: OK-FIRE Training (Sayre)

 

 

 

 

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