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Volume 16, Number 7
April 15, 2016


Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
It’s somebody’s birthday…
Guess who, Guess who?

Yes, yes, it is for sure true!
It is somebody who has had quite a few…
Quite a few successes that is,
As your boss and mine
Just couldn’t let this one pass by
Without giving him a hard time!

Sorry to have stacked your entire day so full
Just carry on and know your day won’t be dull.
When there’s work to be done, there’s not much I can do,

Happy Birthday Dr. Trapp! We hope you have a wonderful day!                                                                                    


Nature Walk With Words: Come out to The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University April 23 and take part in Nature Walk with Words. Slated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., this free event features family activities, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, story puzzles and more. A writing workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Take advantage of this great opportunity to explore the gardens with science, writing and creativity. For more information, contact the OSU Writing Center at 405-744-6671, or Laura Payne at 405-744-4531.

Applications Due May 1 for OALP: Applications are now available for Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class XVIII at oalp.okstate.edu. The deadline for submitting an application and letters of reference is May 1. The class size is limited to 30 participants ages 25 and up who are actively engaged in agriculture or a related agricultural business.
     The 20-month program consists of 10 three-day seminars and study tours within Oklahoma, one three-day seminar in northern Oklahoma and Kansas, a seven-day to eight-day seminar in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and a two-week international experience near the end of the program. The first seminar for OALP Class XVIII will take place August 2016. For more information about OALP, please call Bonjour at 405-744-8134, email at edmond.bonjour@okstate.edu or visit the OALP website. .


Southwest District OHCE Members Donate Thousands of Pillowcases: The Southwest District OHCE groups held their annual meeting March 31 in Elk City at the United Methodist Church with 245 OHCE members registered. The theme of the meeting was In Denim or Diamonds OHCE Shines, and shine they did. For a community service project, the 20 Southwest County OHCE groups were challenged to make pillowcases to be donated to critically ill children as part of the Ryan’s Case for Smiles project. This organization normally donates 300-350 pillowcases per month to Oklahoma. The gracious ladies in the Southwest District donated 5,216 pillowcases! Caddo County was the top producer as they constructed 13.5 pillowcases per each of their 62 members. Jackson, McClain and Stephens counties followed with nearly nine cases per member in each of those counties. The project equaled more than 7,800 volunteer hours and the estimated value of the donations across the district was about $50,000. Ruth Treat and Susan Florer from the Edmond Chapter of Case for Smiles attended the meeting to collect the pillowcases. They were hoping for at least a month’s worth of pillowcases!  It took three vehicles to load the pillowcases to take them back to Oklahoma City where they will be stored by the chapter until needed. The ladies from Case for Smiles were quite surprised at the size of the donation and the generosity of the groups. Southwest is the Best!

America’s Healthiest Campus ® (AHC) Update:  AHC OCES Innovators who attended the March 30, 2016 rally and brown bag lunch on campus include Donna Jung, Jan Maples, Susan Routh, Nancy Self, Mamie Thompson and Lani Vasconcellos.  These folks did an outstanding job of getting the ball rolling for the role OCES is going to play over the next several months to participate in AHC with all OSU campuses across the state.
     The challenge OCES AHC innovators have for county and district offices for the month of April is “Implement the Walk and Talk method of conducting meetings with co-worker(s).”  When possible instead of sitting at a desk or conference table, walk around the Agri-plex or the block to discuss your business with each other.  Also remember that April 29, 2016 is “wear your sneakers to work day.”  Bring dress shoes to change into if needed for important meetings.  For additional activities/challenges to address the Professional/Social Wellness Dimensions for the month of April, visit  https://americashealthiestcampus.okstate.edu/april-challenge-resources .  Here you will find weekly challenges that you can utilize to motivate the adoption of a “culture of wellness” within your office among your co-workers.  Each month a new tool kit will be provided.  Look for the May tool kit on the same web page toward the end of April.
     Finally, your AHC OCES innovators will be issuing an Extension office wellness challenge each month.  The challenge for May will be published in the next Director’s newsletter.  When possible, please post pictures and comments about your successes in meeting any of the wellness challenges on AHC Facebook page.  Will your office be up to the next challenge?!

Pirtle Joins Mesonet Team: We are pleased to announce Aspen Pirtle as the new OSU Mesonet Extension Assistant. Her position is within the OSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, while working day-to-day as a part of the Oklahoma Mesonet. She will be working with Al Sutherland and J.D. Carlson to help with Extension activities and education in the arenas of weather and climate in agriculture and natural resources. Aspen will take the lead in coordinating weather and climate educational materials for the OCES 4-H program. Aspen is a native Oklahoman from the Bartlesville area. You can reach her via email at aspen.pirtle@okstate.edu, or by phone at 405-325-3126.

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 and revised publications include:

    • T-4422 using Pesticides? Be Safe and Clean – Maintain Your Personal Protective Equipment and Clothes
    • AGEC-268 Screening Potential Tenants for Agricultural Land
    • AGEC-1060 Energy Development and Its Impact on Farms and Farm Households

    Revised publications include:

    • T-4150 Getting Your Records in Order: Organizing Household Records
    • CR-205 Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Custom Rates, 2015-2016

      None to report

      Title Changes/Transfers

      None to report


      Tim Bailey, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Major County, effective 3-31-16

      Kay Lynn Johnson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, effective 4-8-16

      Andrew Roewe, System Administrator, DASNR, effective 6-30-16


      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, Canadian County

      Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma 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, Grady County

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

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

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

      Area Positions

      Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District, (Ada)

      Area Agriculture Economics Specialist, Southwest District, (Duncan)

      Extension Business Development Coordinator (2 positions), Location TBD

      Internal Applicants Only

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


      April 15: 4-H Oklahoma Shakedown (Stillwater)
      April 16: McClain County 4-H Sporting Clays Shoot (McLoud)
      April 20: 2016 OEAFCS Statewide In-service (Oklahoma City)
      April 20: IFMAPS In-Service (Stillwater)
      April 21-22 OEAFCS Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)
      April 23: 4-H Dog Show (Muskogee)
      April 23: Oklahoma County 4-H Skeet Shoot (Arcadia)
      April 23: Southeast District 4-H Archery and Air Rifle Contest (McAlester)
      April 25: 4-H Record Books/Scholarship Applications Due (Stillwater)
      May 7: Duncan Trap Shoot (Duncan)
      May 10: 4-H Record Book and Scholarship Judging (Stillwater)
      May 16: Ambassador Selection Day (Stillwater)
      May 20: Southeast District 4-H Skeet and Trap Contest (Ada)
      May 24: Southeast District Food Showdown (Ada)
















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