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Volume 11, No. 12
June 17, 2011

CURRENT EVENTS

New Entrance Officially Opens: The new entrance off State Highway 51 to The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University officially opens to the public June 18. This special occasion will take place during the 11th Annual GardenFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the garden located west of Stillwater. This year's keynote speaker is Tres Fromme, a landscape architect with the Dallas-based firm Studio Outside. He brings a vast knowledge of horticulture, garden precedents, aesthetics and design to his projects and is known for choreographing relationships among people, spaces, communities and plants. Other activities that day include a children's gardening activity station, cooking/canning demonstrations, information booths and much more. For more information, please contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404.

OAEAA to Host Golf Tournament: Members of OAEAA would like to invite those who are interested to play in a golf tournament to start this year's state OAEAA meeting at Beaver's Bend State Park in Broken Bow. The tournament will take place July 6 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Golf Course. Known for its pine-rimmed fairways, Cedar Creek Golf Course in Beavers Bend State Park is one of the most beautiful courses in the state. The course features 18 holes at par 72, Bermuda grass greens, tees and fairways. The cost is $35 per player, payable that morning. Five dollars of each entry fee will be returned to players in the form of gifts and prizes. Mulligans may be purchased for $5 each with a limit of two per player. For more information, please contact Leland McDaniel via email at leland.mcdaniel@okstate.edu.
ANNOUNCEMENTS

OAE4-HA Members Elect Officers: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents met recently for the group's annual state meeting. While convened, the group elected the 2011-2012 officers. New officers are, President, Cindy Conner, Garfield County; President-Elect, Tomas Manske, Canadian County; Past President, Kevin Allen, State 4-H Office; Vice President, Jim Rexwinkle, Creek County; Secretary, Brenda Hill, Cleveland County; Treasurer, Nancy Arnett, Adair County; Northeast District Director, Jennifer Tresslar, Wagoner County; Northwest District Director, Jennifer Matthews, Kingfisher County; Southeast District Director, Cathleen Taylor, McCurtain County; and Southwest District Director, Julie Starr Staiger, Harmon County.

AWARDS

OAE4-HA Members Recognized: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents recognized many of their own during a special awards banquet that took place during the group's annual state meeting. Those winning awards include:

Cathleen Taylor - Clover Award

Nancy Arnett and Jim Rexwinkle - Achievement in Service Award

Melanie Lynes-Matt, Kevin Allen, and Steve Beck - Distinguished Service Award

Cathy Allen - Meritorious Service Award

Pontotoc County - Outstanding County Award

Daniel Neely - Diversity Award

Tracy Lane - Educational Technology Award

Samantha Ephgrave - Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award

Jennifer Tresslar and Darla Heller - Excellence in Teamwork Award

Kevin Allen, Nancy Arnett, Justin McConaghy, Tommy Puffinbarger, and Keegan Varner, Excellence in Camping Award

Carl Oblander - Excellence in Natural Resources Award

Emily Prichard and Casey Sharber - Excellence in Natural Resources Team Award

Jim Rexwinkle - World Citizenship in 4-H Youth Development Award

Becky Walker - Excellence in Teen Programming Award

Kimberlee Arnold, Charlotte Richert, and Kayla Swanson, Excellence in Teen Programing Team Award

April Adams, Josh Davis, LaDonna Dunlop, Gale Goodner, Lisa Hamblin, Tomas Manske, Justin McConaghy, Susan Murray, Emily Prichard, Jordan Slagell, Sarah Weeks, Jessica Welch, and Kyle Worthington - Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award

Samantha Ephgrave - Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award

Becky Walker - Educational Piece Award

Cathy Allen, Kevin Allen, Keegan Varner, and Lindsey Varner - Educational Piece Team Award
Kimberly Arnold, Kathy Enyart, Tracy Lane, and Charlotte Richert - Educational Exhibit Team Award

Saman tha Ephgrave - Media Presentation Award

Becky Walker - Periodical Publication Award

Tomas Manske and Jordan Slagell - Periodical Publication Team Award

Justin McConaghy - Promotional Package Award

Donna Patterson - Promotional Piece Award

Daniel Neely - Published Photo Award

Carl Oblander - Video Program Award

Becky Walker - NAE4-HA Southern Region  Educational Piece Award

Becky Walker - NAE4-HA Southern Region Periodical Publication Award

Tracy Lane - NAE4-HA Southern Region Educational Technology Award

Becky Walker - Edna Sams Professional Development Scholarship

Kyle Worthington - NAE4-HA Conference Scholarship

Tomas Manske - NAE4-HA Conference Scholarship

Becky Walker - Joe Hughes Professional Development Fellowship

Cindy Conner - Past President's Scholarship

Jordan Slagell - Nominated first time to attend NAE4-HA Conference Scholarship

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments
Bart Frie, OBGA Station Superintendent, FRSU, effective 3-31-11

Paul Kjar, Computer Specialist, Tech Services and Support, effective 5-4-11

Zack Meyer, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County, effective 6-13-11

Title Changes/Transfers
Virginia Stanley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim County Extension Director (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County) effective 4-1-11
 
Kathy Enyart, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and County Extension Director, Ottawa County (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim County Extension Director), effective 5-1-11
 
Jessica Riggin, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and County Extension Director, Lincoln County (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim County Extension Director) effective 5-1-11
 
Tracy Lane, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development (was:  Tulsa County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development) effective 5-23-11

Separations/Retirements
Andrew Tucker, Sr. Station Superintendent, FRSU, effective 4-1-11 - Research Appt. not Extension

Jonathan Kelly, Sr. Agriculturist, Plant & Soil Sciences, effective 4-30-11

Kari Collier, Computer Specialist, Animal Science, effective 5-16-11

Jared Johnson, Agriculturist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 5-23-11

Deborah Wedel, Extension Assistant, Ag Economics, effective 6-14-11

Rosemarie Josue, Sr Research Specialist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 6-29-11

Clay Buford, Applications Engineer, NW District Office, effective 6-30-11

Laverda Johnson, Extension Educator Special Project, Pushmataha County, effective 6-30-11

Leava Major, Extension Educator, Special Project, Canadian County, effective 6-30-11

Mitzi Pate, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Jackson County, effective 6-30-11

Jason Turner, Sr Research Specialist, Plant & Soil Sciences, effective 6-30-11

Wayne Whitmore, Sr Agriculturist, Plant & Soil Sciences, effective 6-30-11 (retirement)

Terry Pitts, Area Extension Specialist, SW District, effective 7-6-11

Cynthia Griffith, Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, effective 7-29-11 (retirement)

COMING EVENTS

June 18: Grand Opening of The Botanic Garden at OSU/GardenFest (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)
July 1: Demonstration of Renewable Energy Trailer (Duncan)
July 6: OAEAA Host Golf Tournament (Broken Bow)
July 6-8: OSU Livestock Judging Camp Session I (Stillwater)
July 7: Lawn Care Pest Management Program (Oklahoma City)
July 8: Cooperative Conversations: Automatic Backups (Online)
July 11-13: OSU Livestock Judging Camp Session II (Stillwater)
July 12: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
July 13: Lawn Care Pest Management Program (Tulsa)
July 14: Understanding Soil Productivity (Centra)
July 15: 2011 OSU Weed Science Summer Crops Field Tour (Perkins)
July 19-21: OSU “Big 3” Field Days (Stillwater)
July 26: Organic Workshop and Field Tour (Lane)
July 27-29: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)
July 29: Cattlemen's College (Midwest City)
August 1: Demonstration of Renewable Energy Trailer (Ada)
August 4: Camping: Getting Back to the Basics (Perry)
August 4: 4-H Century III - Pre-Inservice (Centra)
August 11: Area Coordinator Meeting (Oklahoma City)
August 12: 4-H Volunteer Management System (TBA)
August 23: Stream Hydrology Trailer (Stillwater)
August 23: Wildlife Damage Management (Stillwater)

 

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