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Volume 15, Number 2
January 23, 2015

 

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Centennial Time Capsule Ceremony: Wrapping up of our Centennial Celebration took place this week as we concluded with the Centennial Time Capsule Ceremony at the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium. Thank you to all who participated in the ceremonial photo opportunities in order to share this event with local newspapers for visibility of Extension. If you have not emailed your letter to place in the time capsule, please continue to complete those. Write your letter, print on letterhead, sign, scan, and email the final version to Lynette Nelson at lynette.nelson@okstate.edu for printing on acid-free paper for placing in the time capsule. 

If you still have items you wish to contribute for consideration for the time capsule, please deliver those to Lynette in 139 Ag Hall or Don Stotts in Ag Communications as soon as possible. The Time Capsule Committee will review the articles submitted to decide which ones go in what capsule (25 year or 100 year capsule). They will strive to include as much as possible but must avoid objects that would deteriorate and particularly those that would deteriorate and cause damage to the other items in the capsule. 

A location for the capsule has not been determined. However, we plan for it to be inside of a building (probably Ag Hall) and displayed in a way that it can be moved. We anticipate that it is very likely that the current Ag Hall will not be here in 100 years (maybe even in 25 years). Thus, we plan to display the capsule in a manner that will allow us to move one or both of the capsules to a new building. 

The Centennial Quilt project will be in continuous motion for another year or two, as it goes on a “Traveling Quilt Tour.” Recia Garcia has developed a calendar through the year 2017 in which educators can schedule to have the quilt on display at a meeting. A power point presentation that tells the history behind the blocks and the story of the quilt will also be available. Recia has indicated that she would be willing to attend meetings and be a “storyteller” to bring the history and quilt presentation to life. All of this would be booked through her by contacting her at recia.garcia@okstate.edu

The quilt will be checked out and housed in 139 Ag Hall.  Quilt cards are also being developed that will travel with the quilt. We are looking at the possibility of selling the cards for a donation that will be used to support the 4-H/FCS Scholarship Fund. Several ideas are still in the works on the use of these cards. 

To summarize my feelings about the success of our Centennial year, I still stand by the fact that we all worked together and showcased the Extension Centennial better than any other state in the nation. We covered many facets of what Extension is all about including:  portraying the beginning portal of how Extension program delivery began with agents traveling by train from town to town; we developed and aired on OETA a documentary on the history of Extension in Oklahoma; individual birthday parties were held within each county; we manned booths at the Oklahoma City and Tulsa State Fairs; we had a float in the OSU Homecoming parade that featured he Centennial Quilt; Extension was recognized at the half-time of an OSU football game by the band marching in a formation that depicted the land grant triangle and the number 100;  the Centennial Quilt project attracted quilters from the ages of 11 to 94 and used facebook, twitter, instagram, and e-mail to spread the word about the project itself, thus using our newest communication technology to draw attention to our history and historic ways of communicating.  All of this and more was done with the objective of bringing greater awareness of Extension and what we do. I believe our celebration truly showed that Extension in Oklahoma performs the Centennial motto of “Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives.” 

Thank you for your many efforts, not only throughout this Centennial year, but every day that you work as an Extension professional. My hat is off to you, you well exceeded my every expectation for this Centennial year! Thank you for a job well done!    

                                                                                                            Jim Trapp

CURRENT EVENTS

Organic Oklahoma 2015: Those interested in sustainable and organic production should make plans now to attend Organic Oklahoma 2015 Feb. 27-28 at OSU/OKC. Topics on the agenda include hands-on growing techniques, season extension, varietal selections, and farm management practices. Participants also will have an opportunity to tour a farmers market, green houses, and high tunnel facilities, as well as network with product suppliers, educational exhibitors, and industry related vendors. Featured speakers will include national and state specialists and experienced local growers. Registration is $50 and covers facilities, food, and educational materials. For more information, please contact Cross Timbers RC&D at 918-623-0658, or via email at crosstimbersrcd@gmail.com.

Horse Owner’s Workshop Slated: OSU’s Department of Animal Science, along with OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, are teaming up to present the Horse Owner’s Workshop. Slated March 7 at the Animal Science Arena, 2720 W. McElroy in Stillwater, the workshop will cover all aspects of horse care, including nutrition, health care, pasture management and fire safety. Industry specialist from OSU and Louisiana State University will be on hand to share their expertise. Registration is $25 per person for the all-day workshop which begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included. For more information, please call 405-744-6060.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

       

      Revision publications include:
      • L-442 Cool-Season Lawn management Calendar

      Congratulations to: Megan Anderson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Seminole County, and her husband, Chris, on the birth of their son. Clifford Greyson was born Jan. 6, weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

      Congratulations to: Mindy McNair, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Texas County, and her husband, Gabe, on the birth of their son. Taos Hayden McNair was born Jan. 17, weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long.

      AWARDS

      Oklahoma 4-H’ers Make a Showing at Denver Western Roundup: Three Pontotoc County 4-H members represented Oklahoma 4-H at the 2015 4-H Denver Western Roundup Jan. 7-11. Andrew Daniel and Jacob Atkins placed 2nd in the FCS presentations and Amanda Daniel placed 4th. They also participated in the Consumer Decision Making contest. Andrew Daniel placed 2nd high individual for the contest and 3rd place individual for judging classes, and the team was 4th place for judging classes. The team was accompanied by Pontotoc County Extension Educators Becky Walker and Janna Kelley. Also preparing the team for competition was Mamie Thompson, Pontotoc County 4-H Volunteer and CNEP Coordinator – Pontotoc Unit. 

      PERSONNEL ACTIONS

      Appointments 

      Lauren Polk, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Choctaw County, effective 12-22-14

      Terry Nelson, Extension Assistant, 4-H Youth Development, OSU campus, effective 1-20-15

      Title Changes/Transfers

      Janelle Maples, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County, effective 1-1-15 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Okfuskee County)

      Janet Cole, Interim Department Head, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 1-5-15 (was: Professor, Ornamental Horticulture, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture)

      Jessica Jantzen, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Osage County, effective 1-6-15 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Osage County)


      Separations/Retirements

      Will Cubbage, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Osage County, effective 1-6-15

      Lisa Taylor, Exhibit Coordinator, Farm to You Program, Oklahoma County, effective 1-30-15

      COMING EVENTS

      January 24: 4-H Day at Cowgirl Basketball (Stillwater)
      January 31: State 4-H Air Rifle and Air Pistol Contest (Kingfisher)
      January 31: 4-H Pet Fun Day (Tulsa)
      February 4: County Extension Director Retreat (Stillwater)
      February 7: 4-H Horse Communication Contest/4-H Horse Quiz Bowl (Stillwater)
      February 12: Annie’s Project – Family and Farm Financial Management Workshop Series (Stillwater)
      February 12: Area Coordinator Training Meeting (Oklahoma City)
      February 13: Publisher 2013 – New Features (Adobe Connect)
      February 14: Horse Judging Clinic (Stillwater)
      February 17: Soils Lab In-Service (Stillwater)
      February 19: Canola College (Enid)
      February 20-21: 4-H Bright Nights Oklahoma Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)
      February 21: 4-H Day at Cowboy Basketball (Stillwater)
      February 21: Southeast District Share the Fun, Clover Bowl, and Famous Persons Contest (Kiowa)
      February 27-28: Organic Oklahoma 2015 (Oklahoma City)
      March 7: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
      March 13: Cooperative Conversations – Editing PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro (Adobe Connect)
      March 17: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Coalgate)
      March 24: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Miami)
      March 25: Native Pecan Management (Perkins)
      March 26: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Fairview)
      March 26: Southeast District Public Speaking Contest (McAlester)March 27-28: 4-H Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
      March 31: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Chickasha)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       


       

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