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Vol. 10 – No. 25
December 17, 2010

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR 

Season’s Greetings: As this year comes to a close, I would like to thank each of you for your dedication and service to our organization and to the citizens of Oklahoma!  I appreciate the efforts you put forth to provide Extension programming that makes a difference in the lives of so many Oklahomans.  I especially appreciate your continued dedication and outstanding service during the tough economic times of this past year.  To all Extension staff (in all 77 counties, once again, as of November 29th J), I say THANK YOU for your continued professionalism, top-notch service, and the pride you display in being a member of our organization, the Division, and OSU. I wish the very best to you and your families and hope you have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

                                                                                                                                            Jim Trapp

 

CURRENT EVENTS

 

Gardening Enthusiasts Sought for Ambassador Program: Oklahomans who have a love of gardening and volunteering are encouraged to apply for the Ambassador Program at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University. The Ambassador training program is a 40-plus hour course designed to train volunteers interested in gardening, education and enhancing their community. Through this course participants’ knowledge and interest in gardening will be enhanced through a variety of topics such as herbaceous and woody ornamentals, insect and disease control, vegetables and fruits, soil improvement and lawn care. Ambassadors will help staff the Horticulture Resource Center, as well as help with the maintenance of the garden, including planting, designing and rooming. They also will have the opportunity to go out in the public and share their knowledge with the community.

     Training will coincide with the Payne County Master Gardener training and begins Feb. 4, 2011, and will run through April 15, 2011. The class will meet every Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The fee for this course is $125.00 and covers the cost of training materials. The fee is due upon acceptance into the program. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. For more information about the scholarship or about the Ambassador program itself, please contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531 or laura.payne@okstate.edu. Contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404 or stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu for an application. Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2011.

Oklahoma Environmental Law Enforcement Training: Training will be provided Feb. 10, 2011, in Stillwater to environmental law enforcement officers, peace officers, sheriffs, environmental managers, community decision makers, and anyone interested in gaining expertise in environmental crimes investigations involving solid and hazardous waste, open burning, illegal dumping,  and air and water pollution. Michael Freeman, senior criminal investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, will conduct the free, CLEET accredited, one-day seminar, which is hosted by OSU’s Agricultural Economics Extension Solid Waste Management Programs and made possible with funding from USDA Rural Development. You must be registered to attend. For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Ilda Hershey via e-mail at ilda.hershey@okstate.edu, or by phone at 405-744-9806.

 

Announcements

OKC Was Site for Fourth OALP Seminar: The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) held its fourth seminar in Oklahoma City Dec. 8-10. Class XV participants learned about managing challenging situations and people, economics, agricultural organizations, communications and the media, and the upcoming farm bill. OALP alumni hosted a dinner at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and the group had the privilege of hearing comments from incoming Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. The community service project was sorting and packaging food at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The class is looking forward to Seminar 5 in north central Oklahoma and Kansas Feb. 2-4, 2011.

Schnelle Invited to Speak: Mike Schnelle, OSU Cooperative Extension Floriculture Specialist, was invited to lecture for Kansas State University at their Urban Trees Workshop, Dec.2 at El Dorado, Kan. In addition, he was invited to lecture about recent work in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in Shida Henneberry’s International Agriculture Markets class in early December.

Congratulations to: Justin McConaghy, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County. He married Winifred Zajac Dec. 11 in Norman.

Condolences to: Kathy Enyart, Ottawa Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, on the death of her husband. Richard “Rick” Bryan Enyart was pronounced dead Nov. 2. Funeral services took place Nov. 5 at the Wyandotte School Gym in Wyandotte.

Condolences to: The family of Keith McLemore, retired Extension specialist. He passed away Dec. 5. Funeral services took place Dec. 8 in Stillwater. He began his Extension career as an Associate County Agent in Garvin County in August 1955. He moved to Lincoln County in 1962 where he served as County Agent. In 1968 he served as County Extension Director in Muskogee County. He then moved to Tulsa County in 1974 where he served as County Extension Director. In 1982 he became the Southwest District Director, where he remained until his retirement in December 1987. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made in his name to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, FL. 33136.

 

AWARDS 

Carver Named Mr. Wheat: The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association has named Bret Carver “Mr. Wheat” for 2010. The “Mr. Wheat” award honors an individual within the wheat industry who has made a positive impact on the business in the state and has improved the Oklahoma wheat industry because of that impact. Bret is a Regents professor with OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, holds the university’s Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture, and serves as the wheat breeder for the state of Oklahoma.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Leslie M. German, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 12-22-10

Title Changes

None to report

Separations

Dirk N. Webb, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Washita County, effective 12-31-10 (retirement)

Ronald L. Vick, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Okfuskee County, effective 12-31-10 (retirement)

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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)
February 5: Horse Topic Communication Contests (Stillwater)
February 10: Oklahoma Environmental Law Enforcement Training (Stillwater)
February 12: Southeast District Share The Fun (Wetumka)
February 19: OSU Horse Judging School (Stillwater)

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