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Volume 16, Number 1
January 22, 2016



DHM Institute Slated June 27-30: FCS and 4-H Extension Educators, 4-H Youth who are 13 years old or older, and adult volunteers/project leaders are invited to participate in the Design, Housing, and Merchandising Design Institute June 27-30 at OSU. The institute will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. During these event-filled days, you will learn about the usefulness of sewing skills, understand clothing quality, and gain skill development for apparel design and production. In addition to learning about careers in the dynamic field of fashion, participants will obtain valuable life skills and enhance performance on 4-H textiles and sewing projects. We hope to initiate an Apparel Design Ambassador program, where participants will share their experience with others in their district and home county. The cost is $125 per person and the registration deadline is April 29. For additional information, please contact Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, state Extension Clothing Specialist and Assistant Professor in Design, Housing, and Merchandising, at 405-744-5035, and via email at mary.ruppert-stroescu@okstate.edu.


America’s Healthiest Campus Update: Online Certified Healthy Department applications are now open. Certifications are renewed each year, and AHC Innovators are encouraged to guide the process utilizing the resources in your department. As a reminder, new for 2016 is the Healthy Department Grant Application. As part of America’s Healthiest Campus®, the Chief Wellness Office is funding grants designed to support innovative departments in their efforts to provide fun and creative wellness initiatives in their area. The Chief Wellness Office will award a limited number of $250 grants. If your department has an inspiring idea to enhance a culture of health and well-being within your area, please apply. Certified Healthy Department application link. Let’s strive for OCES 100% participation in this application process this year.
     Nine Extension Educators were trained Jan. 11 and became AHC Department Innovators in their respective counties. Congratulations to Michelle Bonicelli, Tommie James, Brandi Krittenbrink, Lindsey Miner, Kelsey Ratcliff, Nancy Self, Julie Star Staiger, Mamie Thompson and Lauren Wren, and thanks for your help in maintaining Oklahoma State University’s status as America’s Healthiest Campus!

Still Time to Join Epsilon Sigma Phi: All Extension staff at the county, district, area and state levels, who have completed five years or more of service, are invited to join Epsilon Sigma Phi. ESP is a national organization with no promotion of any agenda or gain. In the words of its founder William A. Lloyd, “We stand to work not for self, but for the good of the whole Extension organization.  Our creed expresses our articles of faith, our obligation, a personal pledge of fine toleration, helpfulness, sympathy and a never dying, always enduring optimism.”
     Annual dues for renewing members are $45.00, and for new members $50.00.  This includes state and national membership.  Membership is due by Jan. 25. For more information, please contact Mickey Simpson at 405-527-2174, or email at mickey.simpson@okstate.edu

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:

  • BAE-1112 Preparing Grain Bins and Flat Storages Prior to Harvest or Incoming Product Storage
  • PSS-2168 Maturity Classification of Wheat Varieties
  • EPP-7306 Ornamental and Lawn Pest Control for Homeowners
  • HLA-6720 High Tunnels
  • AGEC-241 Wheat Grazeout versus Harvest for Grain
  • PSS-2278 Using the GreenSeeker Handheld Sensor and Sensor-Based Nitrogen Rate Calculator  

Updated publications include:

  • HLA-6215 Blackberry and Raspberry Culture for the Home Garden
  • HLA-6246 Growing Grapes in the Home Garden
  • EPP-7313 Home Vegetable Garden Insect Pest Control
  • HLA-6245 Training Pecan Trees


Extension Pair Receive Highest Honor: Janna Kelley and Doug Maxey were awarded the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s most prestigious field staff honor during the statewide Extension conference Jan. 13, the Distinguished Educator Award. “The Distinguished Educator Award was designed to truly honor excellence in our profession,” said Jim Trapp, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension associate director. “We expect fewer than 4 percent of our educators and specialists in the field will win this award during their career.”
     Kelley, a 28-year member of Extension, serves as director of the Pontotoc County Extension Office as well as its family and consumer sciences educator. She is also active in 4-H Youth Development programming. She was the first county educator to initiate a County Government Youth Internship program, recognizing how Extension’s cooperative working relationship with county government could help educate youth as well and securing a leadership grant to provide needed funding. Among her many accomplishments, Kelley is recognized statewide for her work with the Oklahoma Home and Community Education organization and with county fair boards as a member of the Oklahoma Fairs and Festivals Board.
Maxey, Okmulgee County Extension director and agricultural educator with 4-H responsibilities, has spent his entire 31-year Extension career serving the county and surrounding region. He has been among the most successful of county based educators when it comes to pursuing grant funding to create, maintain or expand county Extension programs, acquiring approximately $2.1 million over the course of his career. This funding has helped to provide a 4-H educator to the Muscogee Creek Nation, personnel to deliver school enrichment programs across the eight-county area of the tribal nation, free public internet access to Muskogee area residents during the infancy of online connectivity through the Muskogee County Electronic Village grant, expanded local after-school care and facility improvements at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds, among others.

Payne County 4-H’ers Take Top Honors at Denver: A trio of 4-H’ers from Payne County brought home top honors from the 2016 Denver Western National 4-H Roundup Skill-a-thon. In addition, the club members also were the top three placing individuals in the competition. The team was comprised of Susan Weckler, Karen Weckler and Claire Ringer. The FCS Skill-a-thon is part of the Western National FCS Classic. Teams compete in Identification (sewing/clothing, interior design/housing, food/cooking), a Food Nutrition Judging Class and a Team Life Skill Assessment. The Payne County team qualified to participate in Denver at the State 4-H FCS Skill-a-thon Contest that took place in 2015.



Connie Wollenberg, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Garvin County, effective 12-1-15

Title Changes/Transfers

Danielle Venable, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 1-4-16 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Custer County)


Jessica Welch, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 12-23-15

 Mark Gregory, Southwest Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, effective 12-31-15 (retirement)

Robyn Jones, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Hughes County, effective 12-31-15

Jeff Parmley, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Ottawa County, effective 1-19-16


OSU Campus

Assistant/Associate Professor, Small Grains Specialist

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

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

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


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


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

4-H Youth Development

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek County

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

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washita County


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

Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Jefferson 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 Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southwest District (Duncan)

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

Internal Applicants Only

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

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


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)
February 3: Southeast District 4-H Online In-Service (Ada)
February 8: Pickens Legacy Scholarship Applications Due (Stillwater)
February 12: Cooperative Conversation: Overview of Microsoft Office 2016 (Adobe Connect)
February 13: State 4-H Air Rifle/Pistol Contest (Shawnee)
February 13: Southeast District Share the Fun, Famous Person and Clover Bowl Contests (Kiowa)
February 13: State 4-H Council Meeting (TBA)
February 16: Southeast District Common Measures Evaluation In-Service (McAlester)
February 26: 4-H Century III – Chapter 2 (Adobe Connect)
February 28: 4-H Ambassador Spring Training (Stillwater)
February 28: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Stillwater)
March 1: 4-H Ambassador Applications Due (Stillwater)
March 4: Basic Sewing Techniques I (Stillwater)
March 8: Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Woodward)
March 8: Southeast District OHCE Annual Meeting (Sulphur)
March 24: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Woodward)
March 25: 4-H Century III, Chapter 3 (Adobe Connect)
March 25: 4-H Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
March 26: Oklahoma 4-H Archery FUN Shoot (Stillwater)
March 29: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Muskogee)
March 31: Southeast District Public Speaking Contest (Muskogee)
















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