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Volume 17, Number 17
October 27, 2017


Retirement Reception for Dr. Jim Trapp – If you are planning to write a letter of congratulations for Dr. Trapp’s retirement book, your time is quickly passing. Please take the time this week to write your letter and get it sent in the mail, or email to lynette.nelson@okstate.edu. Cards are welcome as well.

We have a “surprise gift” in mind that I believe he will truly treasure and appreciate ~ if you wish to be a part of this gift contribution, please send your donation by Wed., Nov. 1 to Lynette Nelson, 139 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK  74078-6019. Please make checks payable to Lynette Nelson with Jim Trapp Retirement in the memo line.

We hope many of you are planning to join us for the afternoon reception to honor Dr. Trapp for his 41 years of service! 

                                                                                    Lynette Nelson



Retirement Reception for Dr. Jim Trapp

Monday, November 20, 2017 – 2:00-4:00 p.m.

OSU Edmon Low Library – Second Floor – SE Corner

Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room



Training Workshops for the New OK-FIRE Announced: A series of workshops are planned this fall to help people use and understand the new OK-FIRE website. The new OK-FIRE is more user-friendly, but substantially different in terms of layout and content, so training, even for current users, will be important. Training dates/locations include: Woodward, Nov. 2; Altus, Nov. 16; Ardmore, Nov. 30; El Reno, Dec. 13; and Stillwater, Dec. 18. These workshops consist of 6 hours of training and all will be directed by Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering fire meteorologist J. D. Carson, who serves as program manager.
     Workshops are free but registration is required.  Since, in most cases, space is limited to about 15-25 participants for these workshops, only those who work directly with wildland fire (wildfire and/or prescribed fire) or advise those who do should attend. Registration information is available here.

Operational since 2006, OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision-support system for wildland fire management. OK-FIRE uses the Oklahoma Mesonet for current/recent conditions and an 84-hour forecast to predict weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion conditions out to three days in the future. Users include multiple federal and state agencies as well as local fire departments, emergency managers, cooperative extension educators, and private landowners.
     With respect to wildfire, benefits of using OK-FIRE include better anticipation of high fire danger conditions, guidance for optimal staffing levels, and tracking existing and forecast weather and fire danger conditions during the wildfire itself, leading to more effective suppression strategies. With respect to prescribed fire, OK-FIRE can help in the planning and conducting of prescribed burns, as well as providing guidance for smoke management.


Fact Sheets Now Available On the Go: In today’s world of technology, having information available at the drop of a hat is vital. The OSU Cooperative Extension is helping ensure that information is available no matter where you are. More than 71 percent of online time in the U.S. is via a mobile device. Now, DASNR and OCES clients will be able to access more than 1,250 fact sheets on their smart phone through this website. The mobile-friendly fact sheets are a great example of taking science-based information and literally putting it into people’s hands. This new service will be a great resource for everyone from hobbyist gardeners to beef producers who need accurate information delivered to them in the timeliest manner possible.

OCES Biennial Conference: Registration for the OCES Biennial Conference is now open. The event will take place Jan. 9-11, 2018 in the OSU Student Union. More information, including lodging details, is available on the Staff and Program Development website. The registration deadline is December 8, 2017. Please register here.

OCES Honor Awards: Applications for the 2017 OCES Honor Awards are now being accepted. Awards are given to recognize outstanding achievement and programs from the past year in the following categories: Individual, Group (2-5 people), and Team (more than 5 people). Applications can be found on the Staff and Program Development website or by emailing eileend@okstate.edu. Please submit your application to the Staff and Program Development office by 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

2018 In-Service Proposals: The Staff and Program Development office is now accepting proposals for in-service education offerings to be conducted in 2018. The proposal submission site can be found here. All proposals should be submitted by Nov. 3.

Shop Amazon and Help 4-H: If you shop online at Amazon, you now have the opportunity to help the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, and it will not cost you anything extra. Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, Inc., as your nonprofit organization. Amazon will give .5 percent of your purchase to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. It works with all Amazon accounts and is easy to use. For more information about Amazonsmile, as well as other Oklahoma 4-H Foundation activities, please contact Blayne Arthur at blayne.arthur@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Susan Wood, Administrative Assistant, McIntosh County, on the birth of her granddaughter. Olivia Grace was born Sept. 12, weighed 10 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 ¾ inches long. Proud parents are Chris and Summer Wood. Congratulations!

Congratulations to: Melanie Taylor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, McIntosh County, on the birth of her granddaughter. Adleigh Jo was born Sept. 20, weighed 9 pounds, 4.7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Elizabeth and Gary Jones. Congratulations!

Congratulations to: Courtney Keck, Extension Educator, Horticulture, Canadian County, and her husband, Davis, on the birth of their daughter. Opal Autumn was born Oct. 15, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother, Leif. Congratulations!

Condolences to: Tony Yates, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Sequoyah County, on the death of his mother. Alice Helen Yates passed away Oct. 20. Funeral services took place Oct. 23 in Sallisaw. Condolences may be sent to Tony c/o Sequoyah County Extension Office, 120 E. Chickasaw, Suite 107, Sallisaw, OK  74955.

Condolences to: Lisa Glass, Nutrition Education Assistant, McCurtain County, on the death of her father. Bill Glass passed away Oct. 24. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church, Rattan, Okla. Condolences may be sent to Lisa Glass, P.O. Box 164, Millerton, OK  74750.

Condolences to: Sheba Parker, Administrative Support Specialist, Choctaw County, and her family, on the death of her son. Trey Nabb passed away Oct. 20. Funeral services took place Oct. 26 at the Soper Gymnasium in Soper, Okla. Condolences may be sent to Sheba Parker, P.O. Box 196, Soper, OK  74759.


Gragg Honored: Kevin Gragg, Sr. TV/Producer, Agricultural Communications, was honored recently as the recipient of the George J. Vaclavek Award. This award is presented semi-annually to outstanding members of Oklahoma’s horticultural community. Congratulations Kevin!

OEAFCS Members attend National Meeting: Sixteen OEAFCS members attended the recent NEAFCS annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. Members attending included Dr. Jorge Atiles, Dorothy Wilson, Barbara Tricinella, Cindy Clampet, Cindy Conner, Brenda Miller, Kathy Enyart, Liz Gardner-McBee, Darrel McBee, Donna Jung, Ranel Lasley, Lynda Latta, Susan Routh, Radonna Sawatzky, Kristy Spalding, and Mamie Thompson. Many of the educators attending the meeting served on the National Board, volunteered at the conference, and/or received awards during the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to those who received awards:

 ·       Program Excellence through Research (Co-Parenting) – 1st place Southern Region Winner and 3rd place National Winner – Radonna Sawatzky and team members:

·     Nancy Hylton

·     Ranel Lasley

·     Donna Jung

·     Lynn Null

·     Pam Varner

·     Connie Wollenberg

·     Susan Routh

·     Cheryl Lively

·     Tara Brown

·     Brenda Medlock

·     Mickey Simpson

·     Lisa Hamblin

·     Brenda Gandy

·     Kristy Spalding

·     Randi McCann

·     Danielle Wells

·     Debbie Sharp

·     Sonya McDaniel

·     Megan Anderson

·     Rachel Lockwood

·     Danette Russell

·     Lauren Wren

·     Barbara Elkins

·     Kelsey Ratcliff

·     Tommie James

·     Sara Randolph

·     Liz Gardner-McBee

·     Joy Rhodes

·     Jean Bailey

·     Lesa Rauh

·     Dana Baldwin

·     Lindsey Miner

·     Arleen James

·     Rhonda Devor

·     Susan Holliday

·     Kathy Enyart

·     Tari Lee

·     Gale Mills

·     Donna Robbins

·     Trinity Brown

·     Ashley Davis

·     Michelle Bonicelli

·     Cynthia Klumpp

·     Dea Rash

·     Jessica Riggin

·     Jan Maples

·     Nancy Self

·     Melody Ennis

·     Janis Risley

·     Melanie Taylor

·     April Cole

·     Heather Winn

·     Penny King

·     Amy O’Bryan

  •        Distinguished Service Award – Jean Bailey (Dewey County) and Kathy Enyart (Ottawa County)
  •       Continued Excellence Award – Liz Gardner-McBee (Beaver County) and Ranel Lasley (Caddo County)
  •       Florence Hall Award - 2nd place Southern Region Winner – Lynda Latta (Ellis County)
  •       Susan Routh (Grady County) was elected NEAFCS Vice President of Awards
  •       Liz Gardner-McBee (Beaver County) served as the NEAFCS Silent Auction Chair
  •       Mamie Thompson (CNEP Pontotoc Unit Coordinator), and Donna Jung (Canadian County) served on the NEAFCS   Silent Auction Committee
  •        Brenda Miller, NE DPS, served on the NEAFCS Awards Ceremony Committee



    None to report

    Title Changes/Transfers

    None to report


    Lindsey Davidson, Marketing Coordinator, Social Media, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 10-31-17

    Gary Sherrer, DASNR Assistant Vice President of External Affairs, effective 1-26-18 (retirement)


    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County

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

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

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

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

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Rogers County

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County

    Northeast Area Agriculture Economist, Muskogee County

    Internal Applicants Only

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

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

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

    Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County

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

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County

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


    November 1: Beef Check-Off Vote (Statewide)
    November 3: Herbicide Symptomology Clinic (Stillwater)
    November 8: Annie’s Project In-service and Certification (Stillwater)
    November 9: Online Tools for Grassland management (Duncan)
    November 11: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Kingfisher)
    November 11: Oklahoma 4-H Muzzleloader Contest (Oklahoma City)
    November 24-28: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)
    November 30: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Webinar)
    December 1: 4-H Volunteer Management System (TBD)
    December 1: 4-H Volunteer Management System Review (Webinar)
    December 8: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Pauls Valley)
















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