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Volume 14, Number 20
October 17, 2014


Centennial Events Continue: I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who signed up to work the Centennial Extension Booth at the State Fairs in Oklahoma City and Tulsa recently. Without your help, showcasing our Centennial Spectacular Display would not have been possible and I appreciate the time you gave to be a part of this event. Another special activity that recently wrapped up for the centennial celebration of the national Cooperative Extension Service is the Quilt Block Challenge. The quilt committee received 152 high-quality entries, and the best 42 blocks were incorporated into the official centennial quilt. The quilt will make its public debut on the DASNR float in the OSU Homecoming Parade Oct. 25 in Stillwater. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Quilt Block Challenge as well. The participation was fantastic and there were many beautiful blocks completed. The On-Line Viewer’s Choice Award garnered a total of 3,188 votes and the site received 23,377 views during the voting period. The first place winners in each of the categories are listed below.

  • On-Line Viewer’s Choice – Janet North, Seminole County
  • On-Site People’s Choice – Kathy Charvat, Logan County
  • Hand Appliqued - Maurice Searcey, Harmon County
  • Machine Appliqued – Claudie Graham, Grady County
  • Hand Pieced – Marie Davis, Washington County
  • Machine Pieced – Linda Rasure, Tulsa County
  • Hand Embroidered – Connie Walker, Payne County
  • Machine Embroidered – Liz Gardener McBee – Harper County
  • Outstanding Originality – Barbara Cook, Noble County
  • Historical Significance – Janice Cranor, Washington County
  • Outstanding Creativity – Dawn Riden, Pontotoc County

The Governor of Oklahoma, along with others within OSU and DASNR leadership, selected their favorite quilt block and in doing so, found it to be a much more difficult task than one would anticipate.  The winners of those awards are as follows: 

  • Governor Mary Fallin – Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County
  • Burns Hargis, OSU President – Barbara Cook, Noble County
  • Ann Hargis, OSU First Cowgirl – Claudia Graham, Grady County
  • Tom Coon, DASNR Vice President, Dean and Director – Penny Bridal, Woodward County
  • Jim Trapp, OCES Associate Director – Penny Bridal, Woodward County
  • Stephan Wilson, Dean, Human Sciences – Marie Hogie, Washington County

We have other centennial activities planned throughout the remainder of the year, including preparations for a time capsule. Celebrating 100 Years of Extension over the past 10 months has brought about great opportunities to showcase the impact OCES has on the state and the people of Oklahoma. Thank you to all of you who have worked so hard to make this Centennial year a success!

                                                                                                                   Jim Trapp



OK-FIRE Fall Workshops Slated:

J.D. Carlson, OSU fire meteorologist and OK-FIRE program manager will direct five one-day workshops throughout the state this fall. Dates and locations include Bartlesville, Oct. 29; Woodward, Nov. 11; Altus, Dec. 10; and Stillwater, Dec. 16. OK-FIRE is an operational weather-based decision support system (http://okfire.mesonet.org) for wildland fire managers throughout Oklahoma.  Users include multiple federal and state agencies as well as local fire departments, emergency managers, and private landowners.

     Registration is required and can be done by contacting Elaina Wright (elaina.wright@okstate.edu; 405-744-5425; 405-744-5431) at OSU and providing her with your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number. Applications will be accepted through the middle of the week prior to each workshop or until space is filled up, whichever occurs sooner. There is no cost for the workshops, aside from travel costs to and from the location. Additional information can be found  here.

2014 Rural Economic Outlook Conference: The 2014 Rural Economic Outlook Conference will take place in Stillwater Oct. 30-31 at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. This conference will focus on trends and expectations regarding the rural economy and agriculture. Michael Swanson, ag economist and senior vice president for Walls Fargo Bank N.A., is the keynote speaker. Pre-registration is $50 if paid by Oct. 24, and $70 at the door, and includes the reception on Oct. 30, breakfast and lunch and Oct. 31, and all breaks. For more information, please call 405-744-9836. To register online, please go here.


Congratulations to: Liz Taylor, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Grady County, on the marriage of her son. Matthew Taylor and Shelby Long were married Sept. 27. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Taylor!


McNally Honored: Congratulations to Pat McNally, retired Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development, for her induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Pat was honored Oct. 10 during a ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Congratulations Pat!



Gus Holland, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Delaware County, effective 9-22-14

Erin Parriott, CNEP, Northwest District, effective 9-23-14

Title Changes/Transfers 

Jordan Slagell, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 11-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)

Kyle Worthington, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Canadian County, effective 11-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County)


Pat McNally, Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development, effective 9-30-14


October 18: 4-H State Trap Contest (El Reno)
October 20: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 21: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Arapaho)
October 21: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 22: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Week 4 (Webinar)
October 22: Southeast District New Educator Boot Camp – Session 3 (Webinar)
October 23: Ambassadors Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)
October 23: Seminole County OSU Centennial and Open House Celebration (Wewoka)
October 27: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Oklahoma City)
October 28: 4-H Volunteer Management System Review (Webinar)
October 28-29: OCES Administrative Assistants Conference (Stillwater)
October 29: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBD)
October 29: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Week 5 (Webinar)
October 30-31: Rural Economic Outlook Conference (Stillwater)
November 4: Companion Animal Photo/Video Contest (Online)
November 5: Northeast District 4-H Update (TBA)
November 5: Southwest District 4-H Educator In-Service (Duncan)
November 5: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
November 6: Global Horticulture Conference (Stillwater)
November 6: Cattle and Climate Workshop (Stillwater)
November 6: The Art of Canning Jelly (Walters)
November 7: Annie’s Project – Family and Farm Financial Management Workshop Series (Online)
November 7: Volunteer U: Multi-State Conference for 4-H Volunteerism (Little Rock, Arkansas)
November 8: Shooting Sports Instructor Training (Enid)
November 11: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Adobe Connect)
November 11: Mesonet and Weather Training: Ag Weather Tools (Norman)
November 13: 4-H Youth Agri-Science Curriculum (Adobe Connect)
November 13: Special Clovers: Working with Youth with Special Needs (TBD)
November 14: Risky Behavior and Family Breakdown Issue Team In-Service (Stillwater)
November 14: Cooperative Conversation: How to Buy a Computer (Adobe Connect)
November 18: Southeast and Northeast District FCS In-Service (Seminole)
November 20: Northwest District FCS In-Service (Guthrie)
November 21: Southwest District FCS In-Service (TBA)
November 24: Northeast District Ag Update (Haskell)














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