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Vol. 11 – No. 2
January 28, 2011


Camp T.U.R.F Slated June 12-24: Camp T.U.R.F. is a two-week, residential academy at OSU-Stillwater for upcoming high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The inaugural camp last summer was very successful and dates for this summer’s camp will be June 12-24. Students will interact with college professors as well as professionals in the field, exploring a variety of careers in horticulture, landscape contracting, and landscape architecture. Interactive, hands-on explorations will occur outdoors at botanical gardens and field research stations, with indoor activities in design studios and greenhouses. Sessions about college admission, financial aid, and study skills will be interspersed throughout the academy. Evening and recreational activities are also planned. Minorities are encouraged to apply. More details are available at www.hortla.okstate.edu.  Contact Shelley Mitchell via e-mail at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu, or by phone at 405-744-5755, for more information.


Congratulations to: Penny King, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Sequoyah County, on the birth of her granddaughter. Alivia Rachael Allgood was born Dec. 3, weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 ¾ inches long.

Congratulations to: Jim Trapp, Associate Director, and his wife Carol, on the birth of their second grandchild. Maggie Ann Murphy was born January 16,  weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Maggie is welcomed home by big brother Bradigan James. Proud parents are Wendy (Trapp) and Ryan Murphy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Condolences to: The family of Ken Nelson, Sr. Agriculturist, Rangeland Ecology & Management. He passed away Jan. 15. Funeral Services took place Jan. 22 at the First Baptist Church in Perkins. He began working at OSU in 1991 in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and then in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management. Memorials may be made to a fund established for his 2-year old granddaughter, Presley Nelson Sullins, c/o Payne County Bank, P.O. Box 579, Perkins, OK  74059. Condolences may be sent to Lynette and family at 5 W. Preston Lane, Stillwater, OK 74075 or by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Condolences to:  Donna Patterson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, on the death of her father. Don Thornton passed away Jan. 22. Funeral services will take place today, Jan. 28, in Maysville, Mo. Condolences may be sent to Donna at 11751 N. 171st East Ave., Collinsville, OK  74021.



Benton Honored with Distinguished Educator Award: Joe Benton, County Extension Director in Pottawatomie County, was honored recently with the 2011 Distinguished Educator Award. This award is the most prestigious title attainable by a county educator, district program specialist, or area specialist and is given to a very select few of OCES employees. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who have made outstanding educational contributions to the people of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Benton’s Extension career spans more than 30 years and includes service in Seminole, Hughes, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie counties. One particular highlight of his career in Hughes County was his work to organize and conduct the first county fair in more than 20 years. He is active in, and held officer positions with, the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents. He is an OSU alumnus, having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science with a business option in 1979, and his Master of Science degree in human resources with a personnel administration option from East Central University in 1995.

Arnett Receives OCES Individual Honor Award: Nancy Arnett, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County, was presented with the OCES Individual Honor Award during the recent FCS/4-H In-Service in Stillwater. Nancy was instrumental in starting a farmers market in April 2008. She wrote grants that helped fund signage for the market. She has partnered with the Cherokee Nation to provide “Veggie Vouchers” to participants in the local WIC program through Cherokee Nation, DHS, the local Angel Food program, and the food pantry. Traffic has steadily increased through the market in the last two years. In addition, Adair County was part of the pilot program for “Farm to You.”

OCES Faculty and Field Staff Team Honored: In an effort to reconnect youth with nature and utilize primitive camp setting as a method to teach natural resource education, a team of OCES faculty and field staff created the 4-H Camping: Getting Back to the Basics program. This program was honored recently as the OCES Outstanding Faculty and Field Staff Program Contribution Team Award winner. The team is comprised of team leader Kevin Allen, State Extension Specialist, and team members Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County; Nancy Arnett, Adair County; Keegan Varner, Johnston County; and Justin McConaghy, Cleveland County. Through participation in this in-service, Extension Educators secured more than $24,000 in private funding to host 24 camp programs that reached more than 800 participants.

Educators Receive Awards at In-Service:  Several Extension Educators were recognized for their hard work and dedication to OCES during the recent  FCS/4-H In-Service that took place in Stillwater. Congratulations to all award winners! Those receiving awards include:

  • Mickey Simpson, McClain County – Epsilon Sigma Phi Mini Marketing Grant; Team Award
  • Greg Owen, Pittsburg County – Visionary Leadership Award; Mid-Career Service Award
  • Sarah Weeks, Pottawatomie County – Visionary Leadership Award
  • Jeff Sallee, State 4-H Office – International Service Award
  • Susan Moffat, Cleveland County – Team Award
  • Carrie Kile, Garvin County – Team Award



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January 29: Southwest District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference (Lawton)
January 29: Southwest District 4-H Speech Contest (Lawton)
January 29: Southwest District 4-H Horse Council Meeting (Lawton)
January 31: Prescribed Fire Training (Stillwater)
February 1: Succeeding in Your Business and Community. Putting Your Best Foot Forward (Ada)
February 1: No-till Oklahoma Annual Meeting (Norman)
February 3: Succeeding in Your Business and Community. Putting Your Best Foot Forward (Enid)
February 4: Turfgrass and Landscape Maintenance Program (Tishomingo)
February 5: Horse Topic Communication Contests (Stillwater)
February 10: Environmental Law Enforcement Training (Stillwater)
February 11: Cooperative Conversations Office Online 2010 (Online)
February 12: Southeast District Share The Fun (Wetumka)
February 14: Tribal Healthy Homes (Ada)
February 16: Parenting Basics (CORE) Part 1: Principles and Theories (Centra)
February 17: Understanding Soil Testing and Plant Analysis (Stillwater)
February 19: OSU Horse Judging School (Stillwater)
February 22: Psychological First Aid for Military Families – Coping With Deployment (Stillwater)
February 23: Parenting Basics (CORE) Part 2: Competencies and Skills (Centra)
February 25: 4-H Leadership Curriculum – Developing Volunteers and Youth (TBA)
February 26: Living in the New Normal – Helping Military Children Thrive in Good and Challenging Times (Stillwater)
March 1: Multimedia Communications Training – Northwest District (Enid)
March 2: Parenting Basics (CORE) Part 3: Styles, Interactions, and Influences (Centra)
March 3: 201 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Oklahoma City)
March 4: WHEP Training (Pawhuska)
March 8: Southeast District OHCE Annual Meeting (Idabel)
March 8: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)March 10: Empowering Older Adults with Assistive Technology to Shop, Cook and Eat (Oklahoma City)
March 11:  Cooperative Conversations: Simple Video Editing (Centra)
March 11: Forest Landowner Education (Idabel)
March 16-19: Kansas City Global Summit (Kansas City, Mo.)
March 23: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
March 25: Retail Trade: Helping Main Street Be Vibrant (Oklahoma City)
March 25-26: Southeast District 4-H Night at the Oklahoma Science Museum (Oklahoma City)
March 26: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Woodward)
March 26: Northwest District Meats Contest (Enid)
March 29: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Miami)
March 30: Household Waste Management Education for Youth (Enid)
March 31: Southeast District Speech Contest (McAlester)
April 19: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 27: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)


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