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Volume 15, Number 24
December 4, 2015



Loss of a Friend and Colleague: It is with a heavy heart I share the news of the death of our friend and former colleague, Dr. Charles B. Browning. He suffered a stroke Nov. 30 and passed away Dec. 1, surrounded by his wife, Magda, and his children and grandchildren.
     Dr. Browning came from the University of Florida to OSU in 1979 as the Dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Under his visionary leadership, Oklahoma State experienced significant increases in private giving, resulting in the establishment of 15 endowed professorships, the $30 million Noble Research Center and the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, a $16 million facility that supports teaching, research and Extension programs. In addition, the OSU Agricultural Alumni Association was established during his tenure and he was nationally recognized for his efforts in support of research and education in biotechnology. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 1997.
     A strong proponent of developing international ties for agriculture, Dr. Browning helped develop agricultural education in Honduras, Morocco, Tunisia and Kenya, Japan, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Dr. Browning’s academic influence and generosity extended beyond the university as well: He and his wife hosted foreign-exchange students for many years and frequently invited students to join them for meals at their home. Some of those students have remained lifelong friends. Following his retirement in 1996, Dr. and Mrs. Browning moved back to Florida to live closer to several of their children, grandchildren, and close friends.
     A funeral service is being held today, Dec. 4, at 4:00 pm at All Saints Anglican Church, 12880 NW 39th Avenue in Gainesville, FL. A reception will be held at 5:00 pm at The Village, 8000 NW 27th Blvd.
     Gifts may also be given online by visiting OSUgiving.com/memorial fund and designating in memory of Charles Browning in the comments. The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Browning. We do not have an address at this time for sending cards, but if you would like to send one, please email lynette.nelson@okstate.edu and once received, that address can be shared with you.

                                                                                                              Jim Trapp


Karen Armbruster Set to Retire: Please join us in celebrating the four-decade career of Karen Armbruster, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Woods County. A retirement reception in Karen’s honor is slated Dec. 7 at the Woods County Courthouse in Alva, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend and would like to send Karen a card, you may do so at Box 203, Burlington, Ok  73722. Karen spent the bulk of her Extension career, 35 years in fact, in Woods County. She also worked in Pottawatomie, Alfalfa, and Tulsa counties. She will retire at the end of December.

Register for the 2016 Kids Helping Kids Campaign: Over the past 29 years, Oklahoma 4-H has raised more than $850,000 through the Kids Helping Kids Campaign, during which 4-H'ers across the state ask for donations in exchange for a coupon to participating McDonald’s restaurants in Oklahoma. Of the funds raised through this campaign, one third remains in each county's 4-H program, one sixth goes to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, and half is given to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, a non-profit that provides a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill or injured children who are receiving medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area. To register, please contact your county Extension office, or Kristin Knight in the State 4-H office, at kristin.knight@okstate.edu. Registration deadline is Dec. 14.

AHC Innovator Training Set in January: An America’s Healthiest Campus® (AHC) Innovator Training has been scheduled in conjunction with Extension Conference and will take place Jan. 11, 2016, the day before Extension Conference is slated to begin. If no one in your office is currently trained as an Innovator for AHC, please visit with your co-workers and designate a person who can attend this training.
     To register for the training, first enroll on the intranet staff development website at http://intranet.okstate.edu/. Next, go to https://americashealthiestcampus.okstate.edu/ahc-innovators and register there.  Deadline to register is Dec. 14. For additional information, please contact Lani Vasconcellos at lani.vasconcellos@okstate.edu, or 580-332-4100.


MOOC Available in January: You know what happens between the grocery store and the fork, but what about the farm and the fork? Thanks to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) taught by a professor in the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics, 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. 11 and enrollment ends Jan. 19. To learn more about the course and to register, visit casnr.okstate.edu/farmtofork.

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. Revised publications include:

  • L-435 Improving Soil Quality

Condolences to: Harold Stephens, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Atoka County, on the death of his father. Thurman Stephens died Nov. 26. Funeral services took place Dec. 3 at the Fitzhugh Baptist Church. Cards may be sent to Harold at 164 S. Forrest Hill Rd., Atoka, OK  74525.

Condolences to: Doris Calvert, Extension Administrative Support Specialist, Roger Mills County, on the death of her father. Cecil McGuire died Nov. 27. Funeral services took place Dec. 1 at the First Christian Church in Arnett. Cards may be sent to Doris c/o Roger Mills County Extension Office, P.O. Box 9, Cheyenne, OK  73628.

Condolences to: Tom Royer, Professor and IPM Coordinator, and his wife, Joleen, on the death of his father-in-law. Lloyd J. Schachtner passed away Nov. 28. A funeral mass took place Dec. 1 at St. Francis Assisi in West Des Moines, Iowa. Cards may be sent to Tom and Joleen at 127 Noble Research Center, Stillwater, OK  74078.

 Condolences to: Joy Rhodes, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Blaine County, and her husband, Jim Rhodes, Northwest District 4-H Program Specialist, on the death of her father. James Harrison Noble passed away Nov. 30. Funeral services took place today at the First Baptist Church, 714 College Ave., Alva. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Alva or the Wounded Warrior Project, with the Marshall Funeral Home, 230 Flynn Street, Alva, OK  73717, serving as custodian of the funds. Cards may be sent to Jim and Joy at Route 1, Box 24A, Fairview, OK  73737.



 None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Donna Robbins, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Osage County, effective 12-1-15 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Osage County)


None to report


OSU Campus

Assistant Director for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Economic Development

Assistant/Associate Professor, Small Grains Specialist

Professor and Head, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Education

Family and Consumer Sciences

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

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

4-H Youth Development

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County

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

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washita County

Area Positions

Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District, (Ada)

Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Northwest District, (Enid)

Area Agriculture Economics Specialist, Southwest District, (Duncan)

Area Coordinator Community Nutrition Education Program (CNEP), Pittsburg County, (McAlester)

Internal Applicants Only

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek County

Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Garvin County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kay County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County

Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Washita County


December 11: Cooperative Conversations – Adobe Photoshop Advanced Editing (Adobe Connect)
December 12: Open and 4-H Show Management and Exhibitor Seminar (Stillwater)
December 12: CASNR Fall Commencement (Stillwater)
December 15-16: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)
December 15: Where Do Contaminants in Household Wastes Go? (Online)
December 17: December Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
December 17: Annie’s Project – Family and Farm Financial Management Workshop Series Targeted to Women in Agriculture (Oklahoma City)
January 6-10: Denver 4-H Western Roundup (Denver, Colorado)
January 8-9: Oklahoma/Arkansas Horticulture Industries Conference (Tulsa)
January 11: America’s Healthiest Campus Innovator Training (Stillwater)
January 12-13: Extension Biennial Conference (Stillwater)
January 15: Pattern Adjustments for Diverse Body Types (Stillwater)
January 22: 4-H Century III – chapter 1 (Adobe Connect)
January 23: Indoor Archery (Cherokee)
January 23: Horse, Livestock, and Dog 4-H Volunteer Conference (Stillwater)
January 26: 4-H Online Enrollment In-service (Ada)
















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