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Volume 11, No. 23
November 18, 2011



Retirement Reception: Following an Extension career that spans more than 30 years, Bill Burton, Area Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, Northeast District, is set to retire at the end of the year. A retirement reception will take place Dec. 2 at the Northeast District Extension Office, 3007 Azalea Park Dr., Muskogee. Please RSVP by Nov. 23 to rachel.allen@okstate.edu, or call 918-686-7800.


OALP Tours Northeastern Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program held its 11th seminar in northeastern Oklahoma Nov. 9-11. Class XV participants toured the Tallgrass Prairie, Hughes Ranch, J-M Farms, Coleman Theatre, EPA Superfund Site, DNA Genetics, Brashear Concrete Feed Bunks and Water Tanks, Hibbard Farms, and Port of Catoosa. They also heard a presentation about the role of small banks in a challenging economy from Welch State Bank personnel. Crossing the border into Arkansas, they heard several presentations from Walmart personnel and toured the Walmart Express in Gravette. The community service projects involved moving tables, chairs, pews, lumber, a piano, a pool table, benches, and other equipment at the GAP – God and People, and hanging used clothes at The Main Place, both in Miami.  The class will have its final regular seminar on Jan. 11-13 before embarking on their international trip to Scotland and Ireland in February.


Sensory Garden Honored: The Sensory Garden, which is part of The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, has been honored as a finalist in the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Statewide Environmental Excellence Competition. The award was presented to Mike Schnelle, Michael Holmes, Dale Maronek, Karen Williams, Mike Shuttic, and Laura Payne.


Plant and Soil Sciences Students Honored at International Meeting: Twelve Oklahoma State University students were recognized for excellence and achievement at the 2011 International Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. Those honored include:

Austin Terhune - Golden Opportunity Scholarship
Andrew Whitaker - Golden Opportunity Scholar recipients
Jared Crain - 2011 International Plant Nutrition Institute Scholar Award
Samantha Ambrose - Frank D. Keim Graduate Fellowship
Meagan Morris - Cross-Cultural Experience Scholarship
Romulo Lollato – 3rd place, CSSA Division C3 Master of Science Poster Competition
Tyler Grimes – 3rd place, Undergraduate Research Symposium
Ethan Wyatt and Austin Terhune – 5th place, Club Poster Contest
Cameron McAnally – Named incoming corresponding secretary for the Students of Agronomy,
Soils and Environmental Sciences organization
Cody Claflin and Elke Grether – recognized as outgoing SASES officers
Kristen Hansen – recognized as an outgoing SASES committee chair



None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Janice Cranor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, effective 12-8-11 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Osage County)


Laura Brooks, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 10-06-11

Christopher B. Hargis, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cotton County, effective 11-10-11

Ronald S. Kensinger, Professor/Department Head, Animal Science, effective 12-31-11

William E. Burton, Area Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, Northeast District, effective 12-31-11 (retirement)

Susan Gray-Melaugh, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H, Tulsa County, effective 12-31-11 (retirement)

Kent Orrell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Kiowa County, effective 12-31-11 (retirement)

Micah Treadwell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Tillman County, effective 12-31-11 (retirement)


November 25-29: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)
November 29-December 1: FCS Statewide In-Service (TBA)
December 2: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies (TBA)
December 5-7: New Educators Orientation (Stillwater)
December 9: Cooperative Conversations: Buying a Computer (Online)
December 13-14: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)
December 31: Everyone Ready (Online)
January 4-8: Denver Western Roundup (Denver)
January 14: Northwest District 4-H Day at Oakwood Mall (Enid)
January 17-19: OCES Biennial Conference (Stillwater)
January 25: Northwest District Junior Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)
January 28: Northwest District 4-H Share the Fun (Fairview)

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