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Volume 15, Number 3
February 6, 2015


Improving Your School Yard Habitat: The Oklahoma Green Schools Program and Oklahoma Project Learning Tree are teaming up to present “Improving Your Schoolyard Habitat,” a School Site Workshop. The event will take place Feb. 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University. The workshop will cover preparation for doing the PLT Green Schools! School Site evaluation at your school; mapping your school site; pervious and impervious surfaces, soil health, schoolyard habitats such as food, air, water, and shelter; native, non-native, and invasive plants; and trees that are good for schoolyards. The curriculum will include lessons from both the Junior Master Gardener program and Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom. To register, please go  to http://www.forestry.ok.gov/workshop-schedule. For more information, contact Jeri Irby at jeri.irby@ag.ok.gov, or call 405-522-6160.

Specialty Crops Workshop: A Specialty Crops Workshop will take place Feb. 24 at the Leach Baptist Church, 5804 US Highway 412, Alt. E, in Rose. Participants will gain information on developing a food safety plan for fresh produce operations and an on-farm safety assessment checklist to decrease the risk of pre- and post-harvest food safety issues. Speakers from OSU include Lynn Brandenberger, William McGlynn, and Rao Kakarla. The program is free with lunch and refreshments provided. RSVP is required for lunch count and materials. For more information, please contact Sara Siems at 405-744-9826, or via email at sara.siems@okstate.edu.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshops:  Two workshops are slated to provide information about the spotted wing drosophila. The first workshop will take place March 16 in Tulsa at the Tulsa County Extension Office, 4116 E. 15th St., from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The second workshop is slated March 18 in Norman at the Cleveland County Extension Office, 601 E. Robinson from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The spotted wing drosophila is an invasive species that has been found across the state. This insect can cause major economic losses in many different fruit crops. The goal of the workshop is to provide educational programming to update Oklahoma stakeholders on the detection and management of the spotted wing drosophila. The event is free to attend and includes a monitoring kit for Extension Educators and growers. Those who are interested in attending may register at http://entoplp.okstate.edu/forms/spotted-wing-drosophila. For more information, please contact Jackie Lee at jackie.lee@okstate.edu, or Eric Rebek at eric.rebek@okstate.edu.


Sutherland’s Blog Now Online: To help you and your county clientele learn more about weather's impact on agriculture and weather tools available, the Weather and Agriculture: A Plains Perspective blog is online. This blog is written by Al Sutherland and posted on the Oklahoma Mesonet website. You can sign up to get email notices when a new article is posted to the Weather and Agriculture blog. You can access the blog directly with the web address agblog.mesonet.org or by navigating to AgBlog within the Agriculture section of the Mesonet.org website. The blog is formatted for easy reading on mobile devices.

OSU is America’s Healthiest Campus®: This year, as we LIVE America’s Healthiest Campus®, all departments within the OSU family are encouraged to celebrate their successes as healthy departments and become certified. Wellness is beyond what we do, but who we are. It is the harmony of our physical, emotional, social, professional and spiritual health. To demonstrate this, this fifth year, the criteria have been slightly updated, to align with other national scorecards. Also, this year, we are asking for manager’s review and signature, to respect the importance of leadership support in a true culture of wellness. Apply here: http://healthycampus.okstate.edu/node/376/.
     AHC Innovators AHC Innovators enhance living America’s Healthiest Campus® by communicating, engaging, and collaborating within their departments. Encouraging healthy lifestyles while at work - where we spend most of our time - benefits OSU’s employees, students, and communities. Through an innovator network, AHC Innovators provide the tools, resources, and peer support necessary to facilitate healthy lifestyle choices with their colleagues. Eighty eight participated in the January training – including several from OCES. Apply here for the next training April 30. https://healthycampus.okstate.edu/ahc-innovators.
     The website www.americashealthiestcampus.com is to be a clearinghouse of all things wellness within our OSU system. The goal is for anyone to find the resources, programs, services, research, honors and recognition, policies, and community research around all the dimensions of wellness, within the OSU system. It is also a tool to market and celebrate our accomplishments. To find out more, visit americashealthiestcampus.com. To add your information directly, you can go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11opw_QijPcGhViNbAjAJKNX2N3sVt3mmUiQONchiBlM/viewform

Host Families Needed: Sixteen Agriculture students from Monterrey Tech in Querétaro, México, will be participating in a non-OSU-credit summer program that will be offered through the Division of International Studies & Outreach. This program consists of a set of seminars based on agricultural leadership, entrepreneurship, cultural competence and complemented by the two-week homestay learning experience with our Extension Educators/Specialists. The main objective of this experience is to learn about the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Hosting one or more students is a great opportunity to interact with students from another culture and show them about Extension at OSU and the Oklahoma lifestyle. The hosting responsibility is for 12 days, June 7-19. Lupita Fabregas, Multicultural and Community Engagement Specialist, is assisting with this opportunity.
Participating students will be carefully selected to match host’s preferences and expectations. The student will be selected from the Junior and Senior college years with the expectation that they will have the necessary skills to aid in as many OCES activities and responsibilities as possible.
     If you feel you could give of your time to share with Monterrey Tech students, are interested in getting involved with this extraordinary International Cooperative Extension Exchange Program, or have any questions, please contact Lupita via email at lupita.fabregas@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Chrissy Whitten, Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, and her husband, Michael, on the birth of their daughter. Daphne Mae Whitten was born Jan. 6, weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 ¾ inches long.

Condolences to: The family of Donna Elliott, LeFlore County OHCE President and former NEA in the Kiamichi Unit. She passed away Jan. 29. Funeral services took place Feb. 2 at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Chapel, Olathe, Kansas. Cards may be sent to her husband, Gary, at 20058 Knot Hole Rd., Cameron, OK  74932.



Bobbie Farrington, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Cimarron County, effective 12-29-14

April Cole, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Sequoyah County, effective 1-5-15

Ashley Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County, effective 1-5-15

Title Changes/Transfers

Tracy Lane, CED, Tulsa County, effective 1-23-15 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Tulsa County)


Tierra Eller, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 2-6-15

Kim Toscano Holmes, Assistant Extension Specialist, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 3-9-15


February 7: 4-H Horse Communication Contest/4-H Horse Quiz Bowl (Stillwater)
February 9: Southeast District 4-H Briefing (webinar)
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 21: Improving Your Schoolyard Habitat: A School Site Workshop (Stillwater)
February 24: Specialty Crops Workshop (Rose)
February 27-28: Organic Oklahoma 2015 (Oklahoma City)
March 7: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
March 7: Oklahoma 4-H State Hunting and Wildlife Contest (Enid)
March 13: Cooperative Conversations – Editing PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro (Adobe Connect)
March 16: Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop (Tulsa)
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 4-H Public Speaking Contest (McAlester)
March 27: 4-H Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
March 31: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Chickasha)















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