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Volume 14, Number 24
December 19, 2014

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Centennial Year Coming to a Close:  As 2014 comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to once again say “thank you” to all of you for the great job you do as an Extension professional.  Thank you for the countless hours and the many learning opportunities you provide throughout the year to individuals across the state.

We have had a very successful year in the celebration of Extension’s 100th Year, which could not have happened without you.  Thank you for celebrating with your constituents in your counties, for being a part of as many of the celebrations here on campus as possible, which brings me to mention our next event, the dedication of the Time Capsule!  This dedication will take place the afternoon of January 21 at the conclusion of the 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences Conference in Stillwater.

We will have two time capsules, the first to be opened in 25 years (the year 2039) and the second one opened in 100 years (the year 2114).  The purpose of these two time capsules is to tell those working in Extension in the year 2039 and the year 2114, what Extension was like in 2014.  I cannot think of a better way to do that than to have each of you write a public letter to place inside the time capsule.  Thus, I would strongly encourage everyone with an Extension appointment to be a part of the time capsule dedication by writing a letter to place in the time capsule.   I think it would have been neat had we opened a 100 year old time capsule during our Centennial Celebration and I was able to read a letter from W. D. Bentley, my counterpart in 1914.  Indeed, I think it would have been neat for all of us to have done this.  I hope you will join me in making it possible for your future counterpart to do this 25 and 100 years from now.

To assure that we can fit all of your letters and the other items we are planning to put into the time capsule, your letter should be a signed, one-page, typed letter (it can be front and back of one page if you wish).  You will have the opportunity to personally place your letter in the 25 year time capsule during the afternoon dedication ceremony on January 21, 2015.  If you cannot be present at the ceremony, please send your letter with someone or email the letter to Lynette Nelson and we will have it placed in the capsule for you.  In fact, I would ask that all of you please send your letter electronically to Lynette Nelson at lynette.nelson@okstate.edu as well.  We will duplicate as many of these letters as space and cost will permit onto special acid free paper for placing in the time capsule.  What you write is your choice, but consider that it will be read by your counterpart (and others) 25 and/or 100 years from now.  I hope some of you may still be working for OCES 25 years from now, but I also hope you retire before 100 years from now.  :) 

I suspect our future peers will be expecting the material in the capsule to tell them a bit about what Extension was doing and was like in 2014.  In so doing, I hope they reflect, as we have done this past year, on how OCES has changed and evolved, but still of the same mission as stated on our Centennial logo -- “Extending Knowledge and Changing Lives.”  Please include your title and position in your letter’s signature.  You may also want to address your letter to the individual holding your position 25 and/or 100 years from now.

Another one of our Centennial projects “The Voices of Extension Centennial Oral History Project” has finished its year-long process of videotaping interviews of OHCE members, Ag producers, 4-H alumni, and retired and current OCES staff.  More than 32 oral histories were gathered and represent each program area and each quadrant of the state.  The full videos will be presented to the Oral History Research Center at the OSU Edmon Low Library to be included in the OCES collection.  In the coming months, short clips from some of the footage will be formatted in order to include in OCES promotional materials, PowerPoints, etc.  Those who were interviewed for the project will receive a DVD copy of their interview during 2015.
 
I would like to thank the Oral History Committee for their excellent work on these stories and in particular, Brenda Sheik, as chair of this committee.  The amount of time and work researching, finding, and connecting with these individuals to get these stories has been a work of art in itself.  Many great stories have been uncovered and I know all of you will be well pleased when you have the opportunity to hear the stories collected for the Voices of Extension Centennial project.  Another job well done which is one more reason Oklahoma is in that “premier category of being the very best in the nation of showcasing Extension” as we celebrated our 100th Year! 

As we look toward 2015, may you reflect on the many accomplishments of the past and look forward to all those that are yet to come.  Reflect on the memories that we have been able to revive during this past year as we presented our Centennial projects, and continue to look forward to the future and think of ways we can make Extension even better in our next 100 years!  Merry Christmas to each of you!  Enjoy your time with family and friends, and best wishes for the New Year! 

                                                                                                                               Jim Trapp

 

CURRENT EVENTS


MOOC Available in Spring Semester:
You know what happens between the grocery store and the fork, but what about the farm and the fork? Thanks to a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you can soon find out. Farm to Fork: A Panoramic View of Agriculture is an online journey connecting agricultural science and your food. Go on a virtual tour of a dairy, swine, and beef farm. Study how farm practices impact the environment. Learn how modern livestock techniques impact the well-being of farm animals. Visit the DNA analysis labs that help keep food safe. Tour the soil test laboratories helping farmers apply the optimal amount of fertilizer. Visit a century-old experiment linking fertilizers to crop yields. Think critically about the impact of local food on the local economy. Do all of this and more in one online course to gain a panoramic view of agriculture—from the farm, to the fork. The course is available and open to the public. Participants are able to take the course for free or to enroll for a reasonable online tuition cost to earn OSU credit. The course will begin Jan. 12 and enrollment ends Jan. 20. To learn more about the course and to register, please visit here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sheik Completes Term: Congratulations to Brenda Sheik, evaluator for the Community Nutrition Education Programs, on completing her term as lead of the national Web-Based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System (WebNEERS) Training Team. WebNEERS is the online system designed to capture impacts of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Programs (EFNEP) and is used in over 800 locations throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the six US territories.  The work of the team will conclude with a four-part series of monthly webinars to help EFNEP state coordinators and WebNEERS managers better understand and utilize the system in their state. The monthly webinars will begin January 2015.

Upcoming In-service Opportunities:
Eric Rebek, Associate Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, is encouraging folks to mark their calendars for three upcoming in-service training opportunities. The Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference will take place March 13, 2015, at the National Weather Center in Norman. Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop is slated March 16 at the Tulsa County Extension Office. The third in-service will repeat the Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop at the Cleveland County Extension Office. Registration information should be available in January 2015. For more information, contact Rebek at 405-744-4846, or via email at eric.rebek@okstate.edu.

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:

      • ANSI-3173 Color Patterns in Crossbred Beef Cattle

      Revised publications include:

      • E-726 Estate Planning – A Simplified Guide for Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Families
      • CR-2162 Grain Sorghum Performance Trials in Oklahoma, 2014
      • CR-2143 2014 OSU Small Grains Variety Performance Tests

      Congratulations to:
      Phil Mulder, Professor and Head, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, and his wife, Lori, on the birth of their grandson. Lachlan Erroll Mulder was born Nov. 11, weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. Proud parents are Adam and Tara Mulder. Lachlan is welcomed home by big sister, Adelaide.

      Congratulations to:
      Mary Ann McCarley, Southwest District Area Extension Administrative Support Specialist, and her husband, David, on the birth of their grandson. Cason Martin McCarley was born Dec. 5, weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

      Condolences to:
      Ranel Lasley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Caddo County, on the death of her father. William “Bill” Hamilton passed away Dec. 11. Funeral services took place Dec. 14. Cards may be sent to Ranel at 5100 CR 1150, Hydro, OK  73048.

      PERSONNEL ACTIONS

      Appointments 

      Amber Hughes, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, effective 11-24-14

      Olivia Toothman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Creek County, effective 11-24-14

      Clinton Laflin, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 11-26-14

      Charity Penington, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Harmon County, effective 12-1-14

      Tim Bailey, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Major County, effective 12-15-14

      Meridith Lowry, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washita County, effective 12-30-14

      Karen Leimbach, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 12-31-14


      Title Changes/Transfers 

      Melanie Taylor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, McIntosh County, effective 11-18-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, McIntosh County)

      Alex Magee, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Nowata County, effective 11-25-14 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Nowata County)

      Susan Routh, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Grady County, effective 11-25-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Grady County)

      Liz Taylor, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Grady County, effective 11-25-14 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Grady County)

      Kassie Junghanns, Extension Educator, Agricultural/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Grant County, effective 12-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, Agricultural/4-H Youth Development, Grant County)

      Robyn Rapp, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Grant County, effective 12-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Grant County)

      Amy O’Bryan, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and CED, Delaware County, effective 12-4-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Delaware County)

      Charity Penington, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Harmon County, effective 1-1-15 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Harmon County)

      Mike Major, Herd Manager – South Lake Carl Blackwell, effective 12-15-14 (was: Animal Tech Dairy)

      Wendie Powell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Okfuskee County, effective 1-1-15 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County)

      Separations/Retirements

      Lindsay Ensley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County, effective 12-15-14

      David Porter, Professor/Department Head, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 12-31-14

      Rick Kochenower, Area Specialist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 1-5-15

      Barbara Tricinella, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Tulsa County, effective 1-23-15 (retirement)

      COMING EVENTS

      January 6-8: New Educator Orientation (Stillwater)

      January 7: Quicken for Financial Recordkeeping (Stillwater)

      January 7-11: Denver Western 4-H Roundup (Denver)

      January 9: Adobe Photoshop – Basic Editing (Adobe Connect)

      January 12: Creating Safe Environments – 4-H Risk Management (Online)

      January 17: State 4-H Indoor Archery Contest (Cherokee)

      January 20-21: 4-H/FCS Statewide In-service (Stillwater)

      January 21:  Centennial Time Capsule Dedication (Stillwater)

      January 24: 4-H Day at Cowgirl Basketball (Stillwater)

      January 31: State 4-H Air Rifle and Air Pistol Contest (Kingfisher)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       


       

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