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Volume 15, Number 9
May 1, 2015



Concerts in the Garden Start TONIGHT: The spring concert series at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University starts tonight with some great music by Beacon Drive. The May 8 concert will feature Stillwater favorite Edgar Cruz. On May 15 come out and enjoy the sounds of Monica Taylor and The Red Dirt Ramblers. All of the concerts will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and chairs or blankets and come out to enjoy a free concert in a tranquil setting. The Botanic Garden at OSU is located west of Stillwater on the north side of highway 51. For more information, please visit www.botanicgarden.okstate.edu.

May Day Festival to Kick off Children’s Programming at TBG
: A May Day Festival will take place TOMORROW, May 2, 10:00 a.m. to noon, and will kick off the Children’s programming for the summer at The Botanic Garden at OSU. Activities include a history of May Day, a May Pole wrap, bird house and rock painting, bird nest bags, creepy critter, face painting, cedar necklaces, handprint flowers as hands-on crafts. Bring the family and join in the fun and enjoy the day at the garden. May Day is free and open to the public. The Children’s Programming coincides with the open houses scheduled at TBG from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information about the Children’s Programming, please contact Laura Payne at laura.payne@okstate.edu.

Environmental Law and Regulation Enforcement Trainings Slated: The OCES Solid Waste Management program is sponsoring three Environmental Law and Regulation Enforcement Trainings in May. These trainings are appropriate for citizens interested in the environmental impacts of illegal dumping, environmental law enforcement officers needing CLEET hours, Tribal environmental officials, county commissioners, municipal planners, Extension Educators, etc. The classes will take place May 5 in Cushing, May 8 in Ada, and May 20 in Lawton.  Registration is $10 for lunch and materials.  Please share this information with your networks.  Contact Lynn Malley at lynn.malley@okstate.edu with questions or to register.

Pet Birds Topic of Next Veterinary Voices Seminar: If you own or are interested in having a pet bird, make plans to attend the next Veterinary Voices Seminar May 5. Joao Brandao will present “Pet birds: How to provide the best environment for your pet bird.” Joao joined the faculty at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 2014. The seminar will take place at 7 p.m. in McElroy Hall, at the corner of McFarland and West Farm Road, on the OSU campus. Veterinary Voices is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be streamed live at www.ostate.tv. For additional information, please call 405-744-7672.

Groundwater In-service Slated June 15: In recent years, there has been more concern in Oklahoma about groundwater quality and quantity. The increased interest has been in part due to drought and in part due to expansion of the oil and gas industry to new areas of the state. In an effort to prepare educators to better address clientele questions about groundwater issues, an in-service training will take place in Stillwater June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information is available online at http://water.okstate.edu/programs/extension/in-service-trainings.


Changes Made to OK-FIRE: For nearly a decade, the OK-FIRE website has utilized the WeatherScope plug-in for creating many of the site’s map products. However, due to changes in technology, smart phones and tablets do not support plug-in technology. As of April 20, the first round of plug-in replacement maps are available on OK-FIRE. Most of the current maps using Weather Scope can be seen on all devices. There is more work to be done and these changes will take place soon. For more information, please contact J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Program Manager, at jdc@okstate.edu.

State 4-H Roundup Celebrates 94 Years: Plans are underway for the 94th State 4-H Roundup slated on the OSU campus July 22-24, with an optional County Night Out July 21. This year’s theme is Building Your 4-H Legacy. Registration materials are available on the State 4-H website at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook.  Here is some basic information:

  • Youth must be 13 years of age and/or have completed the 7th grade in order to attend Roundup.
  • Every youth and adult attending Roundup must be registered. There are NO partial registrations. The exception is guests attending the Thursday Night Honor Assembly.
  • Counties may choose to stay in Kerr Drummond or the Village Suites. Registration cost will be based upon that choice. ($113 for Kerr Drummond and $130 for Village Suites) Counties must choose only one housing option. There will be no splitting up county groups. Note: Res Life will do housing assignments for the Villages. Therefore, we cannot guarantee location, which counties are next to each other, etc.

Please note:

  • Only 400 persons will be housed in the suites. Assignment to the suits will be made as complete county registration materials are received in Ag Conferences.
  • Reservations and payment for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup registration. It will need to be chosen on the fee transmittal form. The cost per person for County Night Out is $21 for Kerr Drummond and $29.50 for the Village Suites. This does not include the partial linen service mentioned below.
  • There is a partial linen service option offered for $6 per person per night. This charge must be paid with your Roundup registration. If this option is chosen, it must be for the ENTIRE county group.
  • Pizza orders will NOT be taken during Roundup. All orders must be sent in with Roundup registration on the Pre-Order Form located on the Roundup website.
  • The State Office deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m. on June 19. Because of delayed campus mail delivery, registration that is mailed MUST be postmarked by June 15. Counties whose registration fails to meet this deadline may not be accepted. If accepted, there will be an additional $10 fee per delegate. THIS IS A VERY FIRM DEADLINE!
  • FYI: Roundup registration forms are worked in the order they are received. To make sure delegates get the workshops they want, please register early.
  • Wednesday lunch will be on your own. No meal will be provided in the dining hall.
  • Registration times will be July 21, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and July 22, 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Counties will be REQUIRED to bring a corresponding chaperone for each gender of youth they bring. If the county has male delegates, it must bring a male chaperone. If a county has female delegates, it must bring a female chaperone.

For more information, check the State 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891 or tracy.beck@okstate.edu.

New Fax Number: The Oklahoma County Extension Office has a new fax number. It is 405-713-2123. Please update your personnel directory.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of revised publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include: 

      • T-3621 Handle with Care: Medication Safety for Older Adults

      Revised publications include:

      • L-442 Cool-Season Lawn Management Calendar

      Congratulations to: Amanda Horn, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, on her marriage to Erik Ford. The couple married April 25. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ford!

      Congratulations to: Hilary Woody, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Jackson County, and her husband, Beau, on the birth of their daughter. Elsie Mae was born April 27, weighed 10 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 22 inches long.

      Condolences to: Carolyn Clifton, Area Coordinator, Pittsburg County, on the death of her father. Leon McClendon passed away April 19. Funeral services took place April 24 in Kiowa. Cards may be sent to Carolyn at 1929 Ashland Hwy, Kiowa, OK  74553.

      Condolences to: The family of W. Thomas (Tom) Hodges, retired Okfuskee County Extension Educator. He passed away April 20. Funeral services took place April 24 in Okemah. Cards may be sent to his wife, Betha, at 800 Abigail Lane, Yukon, OK  73099. His 30-year Extension career took him to McCurtain, McIntosh, McClain, Garvin and Okfuskee counties, before retiring in 1985.


      Payne Honored: Josh Payne, Area Animal Waste Management Specialist, was recently selected as the recipient of the Arkansas State University College of Agriculture and Technology’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for 2015. He received his award at the Annual Honors Banquet in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Congratulations Josh!

      OEAFCS Members Recognized: Members of the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences met last week for the group’s annual statewide meeting. Members’ accomplishments over the past year were recognized during a special awards luncheon. Award winners include:


      Tommie James
      Debra Garrard Foster


      Elizabeth Gardner-McBee


      Kathy Enyart


      Gale Mills


      Donna Jung


      Gale Mills


      Kathy Enyart, Penny King, Amy O'Bryan, Jan Dawson, and Tari Lee


      Lynda Latta
      Liz Gardner-McBee


      Cindy Conner, Karen Armbruster, Recia Garcia, Liz Gardner-McBee, Lindsay Grace, Arleen James, Lynda Latta, Carol Laverty, Gina Peek, Joy Rhodes, Rhonda DeVor, Jean Bailey, Lindsey Miner, Jessica Nickels, Robyn Rapp, and Marcy Wichert


      Tristin Dean


      Radonna Sawatzky

      2015 OEAFCS FLORENCE HALL-Team Award

      Gina Peek, Karen Armbruster, Cindy Conner, Recia Garcia, Liz Gardner-McBee, Lindsay Grace, Arleen James, Lynda Latta, Carol Laverty, Joy Rhodes, Rhonda DeVor, Jean Bailey, Lindsey Miner, Jessica Nickels, Robyn Rapp, and Marcy Wichert.


      Michelle Schroeder, owner of Sooner Quilts
      Nominated by Liz Gardner-McBee


      Patsy Guess
      Nominated by Carolyn Clifton


      Charlotte Richert
      LaDell Emmons
      Ginny McCarthick

      Cathy James
      Janice Cranor

      Barbara Tricinella


      Kathy Enyart


      Susan Murray
      Recia Garcia
      Charlotte Richert

      Susan Moffat
      Jan Maples

      Karen Armbruster


      Kathy Enyart
      Lynn Null


      Grace Spivey Award

      Kathy Enyart
      Mamie Thompson
      Radonna Sawatzky

      Irma Manning Award

      Janice Hermann
      Radonna Sawatzky

      OHCE's Norma Brumbaugh Scholarship

      Lynn Null
      Susan Moffat
      Jessica Riggin



          Lauren Harmon, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Roger Mills County, effective 3-16-15

          Hillary Finck, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 3-23-15

          Cody Yount, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Farm to You, Oklahoma County, effective 3-23-15

          Title Changes/Transfers

          None to report


          None to report


          April 17: OCES Internship Orientation (Stillwater)
          April 18: 4-H Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)
          April 20: CPR/First Aid Training (Stillwater)
          April 22: FCS Statewide In-service (Oklahoma City)
          April 22: Annual OEAFCS Meeting (Oklahoma City)
          April 23: Southeast District Land Judging Contest (Choctaw County)
          April 25: Grant County Invitational Shooting Sports Trap Shoot (Enid)
          April 28: 4-H for Century III – A Model for Oklahoma 4-H Program (Oklahoma City)
          May 1: Spring Concert in the Garden (Stillwater)
          May 2: Grant County Invitational Shooting Sports Trap Shoot (Enid)
          May 2: Southeast District Archery and Air Rifle Contest (McAlester)
          May 4: National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (Portland, Maine)
          May 5: Environmental Law Enforcement Training (Cushing)
          May 8: Cooperative Conversations – What to Buy at the End of FY (Adobe Connect)
          May 8: Spring Concert in the Garden (Stillwater)
          May 8: Environmental Law Enforcement Training (Ada)
          May 11: Southeast District 4-H Briefing (Adobe Connect)
          May 13: Tips and Strategies for Effective Teaching (TBA)
          May 13: Tablet Computer and Clicker In-service (Okmulgee)
          May 15: Southeast District Surface and Clicker In-service (McAlester)
          May 15: Spring Concert in the Garden (Stillwater)
          May 18: Northwest District 4-H Online Enrollment Training (Fairview)
          May 18: Tablet Computer and Clicker In-service (Anadarko)
          May 19: Group Exercise Instructor Workshop (Stillwater)
          May 21: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies (Oklahoma City)
          May 22: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies (Webinar)
          May 27: IFMAPS In-service (Stillwater)
          May 28: CSC Livestock Judging Camp #1 (Warner)
          May 28: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies (Oklahoma City)
















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