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Vol. 11 – No. 8
April 22, 2011



DASNR Day at the Capitol:  This coming Wednesday, April 27, DASNR will be showcasing a limited number of teaching, research and extension programs at the state capitol.  We opted this year to have our displays in a location that was more central to the flow of traffic by legislators.  In doing so, we gave up considerable space and had to limit the number of exhibits to about a dozen (see the listing below).  As you will see from the listing, I believe Extension is well represented.  Likewise, we are limiting the number of people attending and our personal contacts with, and invitations to, legislators.  Hopefully, this will save time and travel.  Instead of using personal contacts and invitations to draw legislators to our exhibits, we are relying on our location to bring legislators in contact with us.  This is somewhat of an experiment, but we hope it will save time and travel during a tight budget, but still give us good exposure.  Our main objective this year is to make our presence known and to educate the newly elected legislators of the breadth and depth of knowledge DASNR has to offer. 

Exhibits include the following: 

  • Scott Frazier, Energy
  • Chad Penn, Water
  • Roy Escoubas, Value Added
  • Conservation and Wildlife, Blayr Beougher, Dwayne Elmore
  • 4-H Robotics, Jeff Sallee
  • Canola, Chad Godsey
  • Wheat Improvement Team, Jeff Edwards
  • Urban Programming Exhibit, Oklahoma County, Ladonna Dunlop and Deana Hildebrand
  • Urban Programming Exhibit, Tulsa County, Charlotte Richert
  • Cattle, David Lalman
  • Farm to You, Monica Wilhoite


New Officers Elected: Members of the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recently elected the group’s 2011-2012 officers at the 2011 State OEAFCS meeting in Oklahoma City. Those taking on leadership roles include:

  • President, Ginny McCarthick
  • President-elect, Susan Routh
  • Vice President for Awards and Recognition, Jean Bailey
  • Vice President for Professional Development, Charlotte Richert
  • Vice President for Member Resources, Danette Russell
  • Vice President for Public Affairs, Debbie Sharp
  • Secretary, Jan Maples
  • Treasurer, Brenda Medlock
  • Treasurer-elect, Brenda Miller
  • Northwest District Director, Liz McBee
  • Southwest District Director, Brenda Gancy
  • Northeast District Director, Gale Mills
  • Southeast District Director, Tommie James
  • Historian, Lynne Beam
  • Chaplain, Jessica Riggin
  • Parliamentarian/Immediate Past President, Recia Garcia

New Address: The Beckham County OSU Extension Office has a new address. Please make the change in your personnel directories. 102 S. 3rd, Suite 3, Sayre, OK  73662.

Condolences to: Gary Sherrer, Assistant Vice President for External Affairs, on the death of his wife. Judith Sherrer passed away April 11. A memorial service took place April 14 at Countryside Baptist Church in Stillwater. Funeral services took place April 16 at the First Baptist Church in Atoka. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK  74074. Cards may be sent to Gary at 3228 Saddle Rock Lane, Stillwater, OK  74074.


New Extension Education Option to be Offered: A new Extension Education option has been approved to begin this fall at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and Leadership. The Agricultural Leadership Unit is excited about the opportunity to better serve students interested in Extension careers. Students will take agricultural science coursework in animal science, entomology, food science, plant science, horticulture, and soil science.  Students also will take leadership coursework that focuses on personal development, diversity, leadership theory, Extension education, change theory and diffusion of innovation, and leadership facilitation and workshop development. Additional coursework will include critical issues in agriculture, human nutrition, educating exceptional learners, child and adolescent development, rural community development, and 10 hours of directed electives. For more information, contact Penny Pennington Weeks at 405-744-4748, or e-mail at penny.weeks@okstate.edu.

Landscape Architecture Students Recognized: A number of OSU landscape architecture students were very successful in this year’s ASLA scholarship competition, design competition and student honor competition. Those recognized include:

Oklahoma ASLA Scholarship Winners: Lexi Crothers and Steve Eilers

Oklahoma ASLA Chapter Awards: Design Competition - Monty Marcum and Meredith Matthews

ASLA Student Awards: National Recognition – Monty Marcum, Chase Lee, and Steve Eilers

ASLA Olmsted Scholarship – John Schroeder

ASLA Central States Merit Award – Mont Marcum and Meredith Matthews


OEAFCS Members Honored: A special awards luncheon to recognize award winners was held during the annual OEAFCS state meeting recently. Award recipients were:

  • The OCES Foundation Grace Spivey Award - Casey Campbell, Sue Hamilton, Tommie James, Julie Staiger
  • The OCES Foundation Marilyn Burns Endowment Fund - Liz Gardener-McBee
  • The OHCE Norma Brumbaugh Awards - Diana Romano, Joy Rhodes, and Liz Gardener-McBee
  • OEAFCS Cleo Bryan Award – Debbie Sharp
  • Barbara Tricinella Family Resiliency Award – Marlene Buck
  • OEAFCS Scholarship – Jessica Riggin
  • OEAFCS Friend of Extension – Mid America Technology Center Dusty Ricks and Ida Fryhover
  • OEAFCS Past President’s Award – Jessica Riggin and Diana Romano
  • Research and Informal Study Award – Gale Mills
  • 2010 Extension Educator of the Year – Phillis Cothren
  • 2010 Continued Excellence – Arleen James and Karen Armbruster
  • 2010 Distinguished Service – Lani Vasconcellos and Debra Garrard-Foster
  • 2011 New Professional Award – Diana Romano and Jessica Riggin
  • 2011 Para-Professional Award – Sandra Smith, CNEP Nutrition Education Assistant

NEAFCS Program Awards

  • Florence Hall Award – Marlene Buck
  • ACI Clean Homes and Healthy Families Award – Gale Mills
  • Environmental Education Award – Cathy James

NEAFCS Communication Awards

  • Educational Curriculum Package – Janice Cranor
  • Educational Publication – Kristy Spalding, Radonna Schwasky, and Ranel Lasley
  • Educational Technology – Janna Kelley and Sue Hamilton
  • Newsletter – Susan Routh
  • Radio Spot – Gale Mills
  • Television Spot – Casey Campbell
  • Written Press Release – Gale Mills

NEAFCS Public Relations Award

  • Community Partnership – Julie York
  • Marketing Package - Janna Kelley and Sue Hamilton



Lesleigh Myers, Extension Program Assistant, Creek County, effective 4-4-11

Title Changes

Virginia Stanley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Muskogee County, effective 4-1-11 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


None to report


April 23: EOSC Meats and Livestock Evaluation Contest (Claremore)
April 25: Web Presence Strategies for Small Communities and Local Governments (TBA)
April 26: News Educator Orientation (Stillwater)
April 27: How to Grow Teff in Oklahoma: Tips and Tricks (Webinar)
April 27: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 27: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
April 28: Winter Canola Field Tour (Lahoma)
April 29-30: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 30: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest – Air Rifle/Archery (McAlester)
May 2: Soil Acidity: Impact on Plant Growth and Herbicide Effectivity (Centra)
May 2: State 4-H Record Books Due (Stillwater)
May 3: Multimedia Communications Training (Muskogee)
May 3: Demonstration of Renewable Energy Trailer (Muskogee)
May 4: Preventing Childhood Obesity: Age Appropriate Physical Activity Infancy Through Adolescence (Centra)
May 5: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G. You’re It (TBA)
May 7: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)
May 10: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
May 11: Building Entrepreneurial Communities, Part I: What are They? (Centra)
May 12: 4-H Sportfishing (Stillwater)
May 13: Cooperative Conversations: Microsoft Security Essentials (Online)
May 14, Northwest District 4-H Trap Shoot Contest (Enid)
May 17-18: Southeast District Extension Conference (TBA)
May 19: County Extension Directors’ Training (Stillwater)
May 21-21: Discover Unlimited (Stillwater)
May 25: Building Entrepreneurial Communities, Part II: How Do You Build It? (Centra)
June 1: 4-H STEM Institute (Stillwater)
June 1: Demonstration of Renewable Energy Trailer (Enid)
June 3-4: Southwest District Horse Show (Duncan)
June 4: Northwest District Horse Show (TBA)
June 6-7: Southeast District Horse Show (Ardmore)
June 7: Multimedia Communications Training (Ada)
June 7: Basic Home Canning (Stillwater)
June 7: Using a SmartBoard for Classes and Presentations (Online)
June 7-9: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)
June 9: Switchgrass Production and Management (Stillwater)
June 10: Cooperative Conversations: Budget Savers – Simple Free Tools (Online)
June 10: Youth Entrepreneurship: Building a Pipeline (Centra)
June 11: Land Agriculture Center Annual Field Day (Lane)
June 13: State 4-H Record Book Interviews (Stillwater)
June 16-18: State 4-H Horse Show (Shawnee)
June 16-26: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)
June 18: GardenFest – Grand Opening of The Botanic Garden at OSU (Stillwater)
June 21: Community Snapshots – Answering Questions Using Web-based Data (Norman)
June 23: Southeast District Parent Volunteer Leader Conference (Ada)
June 28: Southeast District Animal Science Field Day (Tishomingo)
June 30: Southeast District FCS Skills Day (Tishomingo)



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