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Volume 17, Number 1
January 13, 2017


OSU’s Policy Regarding Political Activities: Several counties have upcoming elections dealing with county taxes. This revenue directly affects the operation of county Extension offices. As a refresher, here is OSU’s policy regarding political activities:

OSU Policy – Political Activities of Employees

3.01 Employees are permitted to freely engage in lawful political activities of any kind provided such activities are conducted on the individual's own time, do not interfere with official duties and responsibilities, and are not inconsistent with other provisions herein.

Oklahoma Ethics Law (Page 63)

Rule 2.9. Prohibitions on Activities of State Officers and Employees Designed to Influence Elections. No state officer or employee shall engage in activities designed to influence the results of an election for state office or a state question during hours in which the state officer or employee is in official work status or at any time while wearing a uniform or wearing identification that identifies that person as a state officer or employee. This prohibition shall not apply to elected state officers.


                                                                                      Jim Trapp                                                                             


Horses, Heifers, and Hounds: This workshop, slated Jan. 21, is geared toward Oklahoma 4-H educators, volunteers and teen leaders involved in animal projects. Joint morning sessions will include community service, youth development, and resolving interpersonal conflicts. Breakout sessions in the afternoon will cover topics dealing with both canine and equine. The workshop registration is $25 and will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center west of the OSU campus. For more information, contact Kris Hiney at 405-744-9291, or email at khiney@okstate.edu. Participants may register here.

Horse Owner’s Workshop: Make plans now to attend the Horse Owner’s Workshop slated March 4, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center located west of Stillwater. Topics on the agenda include care of an aging horse, respiratory disorders, weed control and selecting appropriate feeds. The event is open to the public, but also is registered as an in-service. Registration is $40 if paid by Feb. 18, and $50 after that. Participants may register here.

AHC Innovator Training:  As a reminder, the America’s Healthiest Campu Innovator application is live at Innovator Application. Please encourage other employees (whether in your area or not) to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 10, and the next training is scheduled March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Seretean Wellness Center in Stillwater. (Note: the training date has changed from March 1, as indicated on the flyer.) If your two-year commitment will expire in January, and you wish to continue as an Innovator, please submit a new application with your supervisor’s approval.  All current Innovators are encouraged – but not required – to attend the training.   

Certified Healthy Department:  Certified Healthy Department applications are now live at CHD Application. If your department is not a Certified Healthy Department, your group is encouraged to complete an application for recognition next year. If your department is currently certified, you will need to re-apply to maintain CHD status.  Applications will be accepted until March 10. 


Save the Date: The 2017 No-till Oklahoma Conference will take place March 7-8, 2017, at The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee. Early registration is $125 and due by Feb. 17. After that date, registration is $150. Registration information is available here.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

  • BAE-1766 Selecting the Proper GPS Guidance System for Your Operation

Revised publications include:

  • EPP-7646 Diseases of Asparagus in Oklahoma
  • EPP-7317 Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Carpenter Bees, and Sweat Bees

Condolences to: Kendal Henderson, Manager, Soil, Water, and Forage Analytical Lab, on the death of her husband. Raymond "Ray" V. Henderson passed away Dec. 26. Funeral services took place Dec. 31 at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, Wounded Warriors Family Support, or Mission 22 charities.

Condolences to: Jan Montgomery, retired Special Assistant to the Dean and Extension Director, on the death of her husband. Roy Montgomery died Dec. 18 Funeral services took place Jan. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hugo. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 38, Hugo, OK  74743. Cards may be sent to Jan at P.O. Box 156, Hugo, OK  74743.

Condolences to: Aubra Wilson, retired County Extension Director, Woodward County, on the death of his wife. Floretta Wilson died Jan. 1. Funeral services took place Jan. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater. Memorials may be made to the Kevin Wilson Memorial Scholarship through the OSU Foundation, or to the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater.



    Lisa Bryant, Extension Business Development Coordinator, effective 12-15-16

    Alan Jennings, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Logan County, effective 12-27-16

    Lindy Hoel, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, effective 12-28-16

    Rebecca Bedwell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, effective 1-3-17

    Ashley Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County, effective 1-3-17

    Title Changes/Transfers

    Justin Moss, Interim Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Center, effective 12-5-16 (was: Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture)


    Julie Starr Staiger, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Pushmataha County, effective 12-6-16

    Cody Yount, Extension Educator, Special Projects (Farm to You), Oklahoma County, effective 12-23-16

    Sue Bonner, Director, DASNR Human Resources, effective 12-31-16 (retirement)

    Stacey Jones, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 1-13-17


    Family and Consumer Sciences

    None at this time

    4-H Youth Development

    None at this time


    None at this time

    Area Positions

    None at this time

    Internal Applicants Only

    None at this time


    January 14: Air Pistol and Rifle FUN Shoot (Stillwater)
    January 17: In-service: Marketing/Communications Tips from Ag Communications Services (Adobe Connect)
    January 19: Canola College (Enid)
    January 21: Horses, Heifers, and Hounds (Stillwater)
    January 21: State 4-H Indoor Archery Contest (Stillwater)
    January 24: Northwest District Ag Educator In-service (Kay/Noble County Area)
    January 27: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Pauls Valley)
    January 31: Career Ladder Training (Adobe Connect)
    February 4: Horse Topic Communication Contest (Stillwater)
    February 16: Basics of Wheat Proteins and Quality (Adobe Connect)
    February 17: 4-H Bright Nights (Oklahoma City)
    January 21: Horses, Heifers, and Hounds (Stillwater)
    February 24: Co-Parenting for Resilience: Helping Parents Help their Children (Purcell)
    March 1: Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Altus)
    March 4: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
    March 7: 2017 No-Till Oklahoma Conference (Shawnee)
    March 21: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Stillwater)
    March 24: Co-Parenting for Resilence (Pauls Valley)
    March 25: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)
















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