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Volume 16, Number 8
April 29, 2016



We Are Oklahoma: In preparation for DASNR Day at the Capitol slated May 4, several We Are Oklahoma testimonial videos from individuals throughout the state who have benefitted from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will be posted on social media. The first of these videos is now live on both Facebook and Twitter. Please take a moment and follow DASNR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. New videos will be posted over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to share/retweet these videos on your social media platforms.

Concerts in the Garden: Since 2013, The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University has opened its doors to the public for a series of concerts in the spring and fall. This new concert series begins May 6 with contemporary rock music of Patrice Pike. All concerts will take place from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Other concert series dates to put on the calendar include Tyrel Draper on June 3, OSU Jazz Band on Sept. 9 and Tyler Siems on Oct. 7. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, a picnic supper and head out to The Botanic Garden at OSU for a great evening of music. The Botanic Garden at OSU is located west of Stillwater on the north side of highway 51. For more information, please visit http://botanicgarden.okstate.edu/. In addition, check out the garden’s Facebook page for more information on other upcoming events. Changes due to weather conditions will be posted on the website and Facebook by 1 p.m. on the day of the event. In the event of rain, all of the concerts will take place at the Sheer Cultural and Heritage Center, located at 702 S. Duck St., in Stillwater.

Still Time to Apply for OALP: The deadline to submit applications for Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class XVIII is May 1. Applications and additional information are available at oalp.okstate.edu.
     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 Edmond Bonjour at 405-744-8134, email at edmond.bonjour@okstate.edu or visit the OALP website.


America’s Healthiest Campus® Recognition: Congratulations to the counties and America’s Healthiest Campus® (AHC) innovators who received the designation of 2016 Certified Healthy Departments! Certificates were distributed at the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference April 21 by Mary Talley, Assistant Director of Employee Wellness; Jorge Atiles, and Lani Vasconcellos. This year 44 county and district offices received the designation, and the OCES campus received as many designations as OSU Stillwater campus received!
     County offices receiving certificates include Alfalfa submitted by Marcy Wichert, Atoka submitted by Barbara Elkins, Blaine submitted by Joy Rhodes, Bryan submitted by Tommie James, Caddo submitted by Ranel Lasley, Canadian submitted by Donna Jung, Cherokee submitted by Heather Winn, Choctaw submitted by Lauren Wren, Cleveland submitted by Susan Moffat, Cotton submitted by Pam Varner, Creek submitted by Nancy Self, Delaware submitted by Amy OBryan, Garfield submitted by Jessica Nickels, Grady submitted by Susan Routh, Jackson submitted by Jennifer Dollins, Johnston submitted by Keegan Varner, Kay submitted by Lindsay Grace, Lincoln submitted by Jessica Riggin, Major submitted by Dana Baldwin, Marshall submitted by Sara Randolph, McClain submitted by Mickey Simpson, McCurtain submitted by Lauren Wren, McIntosh submitted by Melanie Taylor, Muskogee submitted by Tristin Dean, Noble submitted by Lindsey Miner, NE District submitted by Brenda Miller, NW District submitted by Cindy Conner, Okfuskee submitted by Jan Maples, Oklahoma submitted by Amanda Ford, Osage submitted by Donna Robbins, Pawnee submitted by Trinity Brown, Payne submitted by Suzette Barta, Pittsburg submitted by Greg Owen, Pontotoc submitted by Becky Walker, Pottawatomie submitted by Beth Beshears, Rogers submitted by Donna Patterson, Seminole submitted by Megan Anderson, Sequoyah submitted by April Cole, SE District submitted by Mamie Thompson, Texas submitted by Arleen James, Tulsa submitted by Michelle Bonicelli, and Washington submitted by Gale Mills.
     Special congratulations are in order to Tulsa and Washington Counties. They each received $250 in grant funds from the Chief Wellness Office. They were commended in their letter of congratulations for “…evaluating the environment and identifying barriers that led to initiative and engagement. This signifies the commitment the staff has in improving their health and well-being.”
     Today is “Wear Your Sneakers Day,” so hopefully most of you have on comfortable walking shoes. President Burns Hargis and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis will be wearing their sneakers and are encouraging all OSU employees and students to get in as many steps as possible. If you are visiting campus, you are invited to join them at noon at the Student Union plaza to celebrate “Wear Your Sneakers Day” today.
     Coming soon to the AHC website is the May wellness challenge tool kit. Watch for it and take advantage of the opportunities and suggestions it will provide to address enhancing a culture of wellness in your office!

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:

  • PSS-2279 Short- and Long-term Impacts of Application of Water-based Drilling Mud (WBM) on Crop Yields and Soil Properties
  • MP-182 Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) 2015 Summary
  • NREM-9022 How Weather Variables Affect Gamebirds in the Southern Great Plains
  • FAPC-200 Basics of Forest Road Surveying


OEAFCS Members Honored at State Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Extension Associaion of Family and Consumer Sciences met recently in Oklahoma City for the group’s annual statewide meeting. Many of the members were honored during an awards luncheon. Award winners include:

2015 Continued Excellence Award: Radonna Sawatzky

2015 Distinguished Service Award: Gale Mills

2015 Educator of the Year: Janna Kelley

Communications Education Publications - Jessica Riggin

Community Educational Technology: Amy O’Bryan

Communication Internet Education Technology: Jessica Riggin

Communication Newsletter: Jessica Riggin

Communication Photography: Donna Jung

Community Partnership Award: Lynda Latta

Communications Radio/Podcast: Gale Mills

Communications TV/Radio: Amanda Ford

Communication Written Press Releases: Gale Mills

Early Childhood Child Care Training: Amy O’Bryan, Penny King, Kathy Enyart, and Tari Lee (non-member)

Extension Housing Outreach Award: Melody Ennis

Family Health and Wellness: Lynda Latta, Jean Bailey, and Rhonda DeVor (non-member)

Florence Hall Award: Lynda Latta, Jean Bailey, and Rhonda DeVor (non-member)

Food Safety Award: Jean Bailey, Lynda Latta, and Rhonda DeVor (non-member)

Human Development/Family Relationships: Jean Bailey, Lynda Latta and Rhonda DeVor (non-member)

Marketing Package: LaDonna Hines and Amanda Ford

Past Preidents’ New Professional: Donna Robbins

Program Excellence Through Research: Megan Anderson, Jean Bailey, Dana Baldwin, Tara Brown, Trinity Brown, April Cole, Ashley Davis, Rhonda DeVor (non-member), Barbara Elkins, Melody Ennis, Kathy Enyart, Brenda Gandy, Lindsay Grace, Liz Gardner-McBee, Lisa Hamlin (non-member), Arleen James, Donna Jung, Penny King, Cynthia Klumpp, Brandi Krittenbrink, Lynda Latta, Ranel Lasley, Carol Laverty, Cheryl Lively, Rachel Lockwood, Randi McCann, Sonya McDaniel, Nancy McFarlin, Brenda Medlock, Gale Mills, Lindsey Miner, Lynn Null, Amy ’Bryan, Dea Rash, Kelsey Ratcliff (non-member), Lesa Rauh, Joy Rhodes, Jessica Riggin, Donna Robbins, Susan Routh, Radonna Sawatzky, Nancy Self, Mickey Simpson, Kristy Spalding, Julie Staiger, Melanie Taylor, Pam Varner, Danielle Wells, Heather Winn, Lauren Winn, and Connie Wollenberg

Barbara Tricinella Family Resiliency: Jean Bailey, Lynda Latta, and Rhonda DeVor (non-member)

OEAFCS Friend of Extensions: Judge Donna Dirickson and Judge Jill Weedon; Nominated by Radonna Sawatzky

Para-Professional Award: Joyce Richey (NEA from Caddo County); Nominated by Angela Howard and Ranel Lasley

OEAFCS Retirees: Karen Armbruster and Carolyn Clifton

OEAFCS Scholarship: Jean Bailey

OEAFCS Distinguished Educator Special Recognition: Janna Kelley

Research and Informal Study: Gale Mills

Cleo Bryan Award: Sonya McDaniel

OEAFCS Past Presidents’ Professional Development Award: Tommie James and Jean Bailey


Grace Spivey Award – Dana Baldwin, Donna Jung, and Lynn Null

Irma Manning Award – Tommie James and Diana Romano

Gladys T Logue Leadership Endowment Fund Kathy Enyart


OHCE's Norma Brumbaugh Scholarship  – Donna Jung and Amy O’Bryan

Irma Manning Award – Tommie James and Diana Romano

Gladys T Logue Leadership Endowment Fund Kathy Enyart


OHCE's Norma Brumbaugh Scholarship  – Donna Jung and Amy O’Bryan




    Randi Myers, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek County, effective 4-18-16

    Ann Napier, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 4-27-16

    Title Changes/Transfers

    None to report


    None to report


    Family and Consumer Sciences

    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, 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, Texas 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



    May 6: Concert at The Botanic Garden at OSU (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)
    June 2: Southeast District Dutch Oven Showdown (Holdenville)
    June 7: 4-H Ambassador Retreat (TBD)
    June 8: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)
    June 9: State Council Quarter IV Meeting and Roundup Preparedness Workshop (Stillwater)
    June 13: 4-H Record Book Interviews (Stillwater)
    June 16-25: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)
    June 17: Shooting Sports Instructor Training (Tishomingo)
    June 23: State 4-H Horse Show (Guthrie)
    June 25: 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference (Stillwater)
    June 27: 4-H Design Institute (Stillwater)
    June 28: Southeast District Animal Science Field Day (Wilburton)
    June 30: Southeast District FCS Skills Day (Sulphur)
















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