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Volume 11, No. 15
July 29, 2011



Horticulture Challenges Workshop Slated: Current Challenges in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture will take place Aug. 25 in the auditorium of the Wes Watkins Center on the Oklahoma State University campus. The workshop is open to those who have passion for horticulture and environmental stewardship. Registration is $80 if postmarked by Aug. 15. Extension educators, Master Gardeners, The Botanic Garden at OSU (Formerly OBGA) members, and students with ID may register for $55. All registrations received after Aug. 15 will be $125. For more information, please contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404.

How to Have a Green Christmas: Ideas for an environmentally-friendly holiday season will be presented Sept. 29 by Ilda Hershey, Assistant State Extension Specialist, Solid Waste Management Programs. She will share a PowerPoint presentation that can be used later this year which focuses on creating decorations, gifts, cards, and celebrations that minimize waste, pollution, and energy use. The talk, geared toward FCS and 4-H educators, leaders, and volunteers, will take place on Centra at 10:00 a.m. To register, please visit http://dasnr8.dasnr.okstate.edu:9090/Inservice/inservice/list.action and scroll down to September 29.


$1 Billion Milestone: The Applications Engineer Program is proud to announce that it has reached $1 billion in total value of services and economic impact to rural manufacturers in Oklahoma since the program began in 1997. The Applications Engineer Program is an important way in which OSU and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance provide direct assistance to manufacturers that boosts economic development in rural Oklahoma. Both the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU supply applications engineers for the program, which provides technical assistance to small- and medium-sized rural manufacturers. The engineers work in cooperation with OSU Cooperative Extension educators through the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

OALP Members Learning New Things in 8th Seminar: The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) held its eighth seminar in Stillwater July 14-15. This seminar focused on family relationships and community concerns. It was a special treat to have several spouses of class members attend. During this session the group learned about 2-1-1 Oklahoma, estate planning, communication and stress management, and the power of a positive attitude.  They also visited the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma Horizon TV, and the USDA Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit. The community service project included trimming branches, weeding beds, weed-eating, and cleaning gutters at the Payne County Youth Service Shelter. OALP Class XV is looking forward to the next seminar in northwestern Oklahoma August 24-26.

New Address: The McClain County Extension Office has moved. The new address is 1721 Hardcastle Blvd., Ste. A, Purcell, OK 73080. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

Congratulations to: Jean Bailey, Dewey County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and her husband, Ben, on the birth of their first two grandchildren. Abigail Elizabeth Bailey was born June 24, weighed 8 pounds, and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Jonathon and ConiJo Bailey.  Madison Bailey Morrison was born July 15, weighed 7 pounds, and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Elizabeth and Nathanael Morrison.

Condolences to: The family of Janet Kleeman, retired Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, Mayes County. Janet passed away July 26. Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow, July 30, at the  First Freewill Baptist Church, 107 S. Ora, in Pryor. Visitation will be at the church tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. She worked for Extension from 1984 until 2006. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mayes County 4-H Program by contacting April Hauenstein at 918-825-3241. Cards may be sent to Janet’s husband, Howard, at 4298 E. 460 Rd., Pryor, OK  74361.



Leilana McKindra, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 7-2511

Cheryl Newberry, Northeast/Southeast District Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Specialist, effective 07-25-11

Title Changes/Transfers

Danette Russell, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Leflore County, effective 7-1-11 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Latimer County)


Michael Pettijohn, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Grady County, effective 07-01-11

Jill Ward, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, LeFlore County, effective 07-29-11

Sarah Weeks, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective   07-15-11


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 10: 8 Essential Elements Training for 4-H Educators (Arapaho)
August 11: Area Coordinator Meeting (Oklahoma City)
August 11: 8 Essential Elements Training for 4-H Educators (Muskogee)
August 15: 8 Essential Elements Training for 4-H Educators (Coalgate)
August 23: Stream Hydrology Trailer (Stillwater)
August 23: Wildlife Damage Management (Stillwater)
August 25: Current Challenges in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (Stillwater)
September 9: Cooperative Conversations: Make Your PC Personal (Online)
September 13: Current Issues in Agricultural Education (Centra)
September 14: Oklahoma State Fair Judging Day (Oklahoma City)
September 26: Oklahoma State Fair Release Day (Oklahoma City)
September 27: Tulsa State Fair Judging Day (Tulsa)
September 29: Green Holidays (Centra)


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