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Volume 15, Number 20
October 9, 2015



OKRA Conference: Those interested in learning more about recycling can do so at the 2015 Oklahoma Recycling Conference. The conference, hosted by the Oklahoma Recycling Association, will take place Oct. 20 at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Schusterman Center. This one-day conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature Scott Cassel, chief executive officer and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute, as the keynote speaker. Other industry specialists will be sharing their knowledge on topics such as recycling in schools, recycling organic materials and recycling challenges faced by rural communities. The theme for this year’s conference is Taking It Back: Making Recycling Work for Oklahoma.
     The conference is geared toward all Oklahoma residents, including Extension educators, municipal and county officials, recycling professionals, rural community members, K-12 and college educators and students interested in recycling or improving local programs.
     Participants may register online here. Early registration is $60 until Oct.13. After that date it is $75. OKRA members may register early for $40 or $55 after Oct. 13. The student early registration rate is $15, or $20 after Oct. 13. Registration includes all local foods for the continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. Parking is free. For more information about the conference, please visit here.
     This conference counts as an in-service for Extension Educators. It is number 72284. Up to seven Continuing Education Credits will be offered to members of the Solid Waste Association of North America certification who attend the conference. For more information, contact Lynn Malley at lynn.malley@okstate or info@recycleok.org.

 Tree Care Conference: OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is hosting a Tree Care Issues workshop Oct. 29 to convey information regarding proper tree care. Agenda topics include trees that require low pesticide inputs, diseases of the landscape, maintaining mature trees, exotic bark scale of crapemyrtle and current/foreseeable challenges for the tree care professional.
     The workshop will take place at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater and run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration of $80 is due by Oct. 23 and includes lunch. OSU Cooperative Extension Educators, Master Gardeners and Linnaeus Gardeners may register for $60. Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged. No late or on-site registration will be accepted. For more information about the conference and registration, contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404 or email at stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu. Participants may register online here. Click on Horticulture/Landscape.


2016 Summer Internship Program: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will offer a summer internship program in 2016 for students interested in careers in Extension. If you are currently working with undergraduate or graduate students, or you know students who would benefit from a summer internship, please share this information.
     This program provides opportunities for students to experience Extension work first hand. They will work directly with an Extension Educator in all four program areas including agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and rural development. At the same time, county Extension offices gain the benefits of an extra employee for some of the busiest summer months.
     This program is designed for college students, with a classification of junior, senior or graduate student as of Fall 2016, to spend 8-10 weeks working in a county Extension office. Interns will be paid $10 an hour for 40 hours a week.
     Interns may come from any major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University or other in-state or out-of-state universities. Interns also may come from other colleges such as Education or Social Sciences, but students with majors relevant to Extension work are preferred.
     For more information about the internship program, please go to the Staff and Program Development website at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff_development/internships.
     All intern applications should be sent to Joyce Sherrer at joyce.sherrer@okstate.edu and will be due in the OCES Staff & Program Development Office (255 Ag Hall, Oklahoma State University) on or before Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.   

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:

  • L-458 Water-wise Landscape Principles



            Dustin Harris, Extension Assistant, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 8-31-15

            Title Changes/Transfers

            Earl Ward, Area Livestock Specialist, Northeast District, and Interim CED, Washington County, effective 8-5-15 (was: Area Livestock Specialist, Northeast District)


            Karen Leimbach, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 9-4-15

            Glenn Detweiler, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Washita County, effective 11-2-15 (retirement)

            Bob Leadford, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Garvin County, effective 11-30-15 (retirement)

            Larry Klumpp, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and CED, Kay County, effective 12-31-15 (retirement)


            OSU Campus

            Assistant Director for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Economic Development
            Professor/Director, National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity
            Assistant/Associate Professor, Small Grains Specialist
            Professor and Head, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

            Family and Consumer Sciences

            Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garvin County
            Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Mayes County
            Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County
            Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Nowata County


            Area Coordinator, Community Nutrition Education Program, Pittsburg County

            4-H Youth Development

            Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Mayes County
            Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County
            Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Texas County (3/4 time)


            Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County
            Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Washington County
            Area Extension Agriculture Economics Specialist, Southwest District (Duncan)
            Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Northwest District (Enid)
            Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District (Ada)

            Internal Applicants Only

            Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County
            Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washita County

            COMING EVENTS

            October 9: Cooperative Conversations: Cybersecurity Topic (Adobe Connect)
            October 10: Northwest District 4-H Trapp Shoot (Enid)
            October 11: Tulsa State Fair Indoor Exhibit Release (Tulsa)
            October 17: Shotgun Trap (El Reno)
            October 17: Horseback Heroes (Oklahoma City)
            October 18: Fall Ambassador Meeting (Stillwater)
            October 19: 4-H Clover Classic (Stillwater)
            October 19: 4-H Volunteer Management System (TBA)
            October 20: Oklahoma Recycling Conference (Tulsa)
            October 21: America’s Healthiest Campus Innovator Training (Stillwater)
            October 21: Hunter and Health Issue Teams Meeting (TBA)
            October 21: NBCEC Brown Bagger Webinar Series Week 3 (Online)
            October 22: 4-H Volunteer Management Review (Webinar)
            October 28: NBCEC Brown Bagger Webinar Series Week 4 (Online)
            October 29: Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference (Enid)
            October 29: Tree Care Conference (Stillwater)
            October 30: Rural Economic Outlook Conference (Stillwater)
            October 31: Archery (Stillwater)
            November 4: Monthly Home Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
            November 5: Healthy Home Solutions Grab ‘n’ Go Toolkit: Lesson 11 Household Products (TBA)
            November 7: Southeast District Parent/Volunteer Conference (TBA)
            November 9: Southeast District 4-H Briefing (TBA)
            November 13: Personal Purchases: How to Buy a Computer (Adobe Connect)
            November 13: 4-H Volunteer U: Multi-state Conference on Volunteerism (Little Rock, Arkansas)
            November 17: Southeast District FCS In-service (TBA)
            November 17: Northeast District FCS In-service (TBA)
            November 20: Southwest District FCS In-Service (TBA)
            November 24: Southwest District Timeline In-service (TBA)
            November 27-December 1: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)
















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