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Vol. 10 – No. 23
November 19, 2010


Current Events


OK-FIRE Training Sessions Continue: There are several OK-FIRE training opportunities that will take place throughout the remainder of 2010. Additional information can be found at http://okfire.mesonet.org or by contacting J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Coordinator at 405-744-6353, or e-mail at jdc@okstate.edu. Upcoming sessions will take place:

  •  Nov. 23, El Reno, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 1, McAlester, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon

  • Dec. 2, Antlers, beginning class, afternoon

  • Dec. 3, Antlers, advanced class, morning

  • Dec. 8, Jenks, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon

  • Dec. 9, Sallisaw, beginning class, afternoon

  • Dec. 14, Enid, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon

  • Dec. 16, Stillwater, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon

Registration Nearing for 2010 Cucurbit Meeting: Dec. 8 is the deadline to register for the 2010 Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting. Slated Dec. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the meeting will take place at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. This year’s meeting will include topics that should be of interest to all vegetable growers including market gardeners and farmers market growers. Registration is $10 and includes the noon meal. Additional details on the program and registration will soon be available at www.lane-ag.org or contact the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 580-889-7343, or by e-mail at jim.shrefler@okstate.edu


Address Change: Please make note of the new address for the Seminole County OSU Extension Office. The new address is P.O. Box 1473, Wewoka, OK  74884.

Congratulations to: Jay Parker, Muskogee County Extension Educator, and his wife Shelley, on the birth of their daughter. Marley Kate was born Nov. 11, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19.8 inches long. 

Condolences to: Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist,  on the passing of Art’s father, Arthur Vasconcellos, Sr. on November 1, 2010, in Sun City West, AZ.  Services will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 in Sun City West at the Sunland Funeral Home. 

Condolences to: Brad Bain, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, McCurtain County, on the death of his grandmother. Eva Lois Strickland passed away Nov. 6. Funeral services took place Nov. 9 in Idabel. Cards may be sent to Brad and Stacey Bain, Rt. 2, Box 436, Valiant, OK  74764.

Condolences to: Dee Cooper, Northwest District Extension Director, on the death of his grandmother. Jewel Inez Cellan passed away November 2. A memorial service took place Nov. 8 in Fairfax.  Memorials may be made to the Fairfax Senior Citizens or the Fairfax Library, c/o Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, PO. Box 237, Fairfax, OK 74637. Cards may be mailed to Dee and Renee Cooper, Rt. 1, Box 263B, Ringwood, OK 73768.

Condolences to: Jack Dale Wallace, retired Southeast District Area Livestock Specialist, on the death of his mother. Etta Jane Wallace passed away Nov. 14. A celebration of her life will take place Nov. 22 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel located at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, north of Arkansas City, Kan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mrs. Wallace’s memory to the Harry Hines Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS, 67202. Cards may be sent to Jack and Debby Wallace, 312 SE 10th St., Ada, OK  74820.



Damron Honored: Steve Damron, Professor, Animal Science, has been named the 2010 Oklahoma Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He was chosen for official recognition as one of 38 state award recipients, selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States.

Switchgrass Publication Wins Award: Oklahoma State University’s “Switchgrass Production Guide for Oklahoma” has been honored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. The publication was awarded a 2010 Extension Education Materials Program “Certificate of Excellence” at the recent ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings in Long Beach, Calif.




Nickolas O. Risley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cimarron County, effective 11-19-10

Title Changes

None to report


Randy R. True, Extension Assistant, Agricultural Economics, effective 10-29-10

Kevin Bell, Program Coordinator, Oklahoma AgrAbility Project, effective 11-5-10

Jeffrey S. Dill, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED , Greer County, effective 11-12-10



November 19: Southwest District FCS Educators Fall In-Service (Chickasha)
November 26-30: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)
December : Nutrition and Health Core Training 8: Drug-Nutrient Interaction (Centra)
December 1: Healthy Communities 101 in 2010 and Beyond (Oklahoma City)
December 4: Northwest District Share-the-Fun (Fairview)
December 8: Northeast District FCS In-Service (Bartlesville)
December 8: Navigating the OCES-FCS Nutrition Website (Centra)
December 10: Pictures from the Web: Taking and Editing (Centra)
December 10: Southwest District 4-H Update and Holiday In-Service (Lawton)
December 12-14: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)
December 16: Northwest District FCS In-Service (Enid)
December 16: Statewide Cucurbit and Other Vegetable Production and Marketing Meeting (Chickasha)
December 17: Web Soil Survey, Southwest Area (Cordell)
January 5-9: Denver Western Roundup (Denver)
January 8: 4-H Day at Oakwood Mall (Enid)
January 20-21: Statewide 4-H/FCS In-Service (Stillwater)
January 26: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)
January 29: Southwest District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference (Lawton)
January 29: Southwest District 4-H Speech Contest (Lawton)

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