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Volume 11, No. 17
August 26, 2011


Promote Recycling: Oklahoma high school students are invited to create a public service announcement video to promote awareness about recycling. “Recycle for Your Future” is the theme of this year’s contest, hosted by the Oklahoma Recycling Association to recognize America Recycles Day. High school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit entries. Submissions must be 30 or 60 seconds long and should emphasize how recycling saves natural resources and energy and reduces pollution. Cash prizes will be awarded to all entries with larger amounts given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  The deadline for entry is October 21 and winning videos will be announced on America Recycles Day, slated Nov. 15. Rules and entry forms may be found here:  http://recycleok.org/psa-contest.php


OSU Receives Cotton Research Grant: The Oklahoma Cotton Council has given Oklahoma State University a three-year, $60,000 grant for cotton research. Divided into three parcels of $20,000 each per year, the grant will be used by Randy Boman, OSU Cotton Research Program Director. Research activities will be centered at the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center south of Altus. Oklahoma's Cotton Council serves the state's cotton industry by working closely with cotton producers, ginners, and warehousemen.

James to Present Workshop: Tommie M. James, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Bryan County, will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September to present a concurrent session titled “Oklahoma Native American Cooking” at the National Family and Consumer Association Conference. “Oklahoma Native American Cooking” health and cultural awareness program encourages traditional eating, cooking, and physical activity to be strong and healthy, and features Oklahoma’s Five Civilized Tribes traditional foods and dishes. The cultural awareness and health promotional lesson was developed by James. She has taught this program to 117 adults and 49 J.O.M. students. James is a proud tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

New Fact Sheet Available: A new OSU Fact Sheet from the Turfgrass program in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture provides consumers with the basics of an irrigation system checkup. HLA-6610 - Simple Irrigation Audit for Home Lawns in Oklahoma is designed to aid the homeowner in measuring of irrigation output when watering lawns during the growing season. Training classes were held in fall 2010 that taught Master Gardener volunteers about irrigation usage, issues with measuring, and how lawn sprinklers or sprinkler systems were performing. Performance was covered in terms of both quantity (output of irrigation water in inches per hour) and the quality (whether their sprinklers and sprinkler systems are distributing the irrigation water correctly) in the areas they tested. This fact sheet will eventually be a companion tool alongside the SIP (Simple Irrigation Plan) that homeowners and the public can access through the Oklahoma Mesonet website. Coauthors are Justin Q. Moss, Turfgrass Research and Extension; John E. Haase, Extension Horticulturist, Rogers County; Dennis L. Martin, Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Jason R. Vogel, Extension Stormwater Specialist; and Tracy A. Boyer, Agricultural Economist.


Condolences to: Brett Morris, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Payne County, and his wife, Nita, on the death of their son. Spc. Jordan Morris passed away Aug. 11 while honorably serving his country in Afghanistan. Funeral services took place at the Stillwater High School Performing Arts Center Aug. 20. A Jordan Morris Memorial Fund has been established for those who wish to donate. Go to your local BancFirst location and make your check payable to the Jordan Morris Memorial Fund, or mail contributions to BancFirst, Attn: Mindi Shoalmire, P.O. Box 1, Stillwater, OK  74076. Cards may be sent to the family at 12609 E. Dalton Ave., Stillwater, OK  74074

Condolences to: Joyce Martin, Director, Staff and Program Development, on the death of her father. Lloyd Dean Thomas passed away Aug. 15. Funeral services took place Aug. 20 at the Copan United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association. Cards may be sent to Joyce at 5901 Woodlake Drive, Stillwater, OK  74074.



OAE4-HA Members Honored: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents met recently for the group’s annual state meeting. In addition to networking opportunities and educational workshops, the group also recognized some of its members for their outstanding achievements over the past year. Award winners include:

Cathleen Taylor – Clover Award

Nancy Arnett – Achievement in Service Award

Jim Rexwinkle – Achievement in Service Award

Melanie Lynes-Matt – Distinguished Service Award

Kevin Allen – Distinguished Service Award

Steve Beck – Distinguished Service Award

Cathy Allen – Meritorious Service Award

Pontotoc County (YES Program) – Outstanding County Award

Daniel Neely – Diversity Award

Tracy Lane - Educational Technology Award

Samantha Ephgrave – Excellence in 4-H Club Support

Jenifer Tresslar and Darla Heller – Excellent in Teamwork Award

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

Carl Oblander – Excellence in Natural Resources and Environmental Stewardship Award (Individual)

Emily Prichard and Casey Sharber - Excellence in Natural Resources and Environmental Stewardship Award (Team)

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

Becky Walker – Excellence in Teen Programming Award (Individual)

Kimberlee Arnold, Charlotte Richert, and Kayla Swanson – Excellence in Teen Programming Award (Team)

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

Samantha Ephgrave – Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award

Becky Walker – Educational Piece (Individual)

Cathy Allen, Lindsey Varner, Keegan Varner, and Kevin Allen – Educational Piece (Team)

Tracy Lane, Charlotte Richert, Kimberlee Arnold, and Kathy Enyart – Educational Exhibit Award

Samantha Ephgrave – Media Presentation Award

Becky Walker – Periodical Publication Award (Individual)

Jordan Slagell and Tom Manske – Periodical Publication Award (Team)

Justin McConaghy – Promotional Package Award

Donna Patterson – Promotional Piece Award

Daniel Neely – Published Photo Award

Carl Oblander – Video Program Award

Becky Walker – Southern Region NAE4-HA Educational Piece Award

Becky Walker – Southern Region NAE4-HA 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

Tom Manske – NAE4-HA Conference Scholarship

Becky Walker – Joe Hughes Professional Development Fellowship

Cindy Conner – Past Presidents Scholarship

Jordan Slagell – NAE4-HA Scholarship




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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 27: Dewey County Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Taloga)
September 29: Green Holidays (Centra)
October 7: Cooperative Conversations: Computer Security (Online)
October 9: Tulsa State Fair Release Day (Tulsa)
October 11: Forest Restorations and Management for Cattle, Wildlife, and Wood Products (Clayton)
October 27: Choctaw County Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Hugo)


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