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Volume 11, No. 24
December 2, 2011



OK-FIRE Workshop Slated: A full-day OK-FIRE computer training workshop will take place Dec. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 210 Ag Hall on the OSU campus. J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Director, will provide the training. Registration deadline is Dec. 15. To register, contact Melissa Moore via e-mail at melissa.s.moore@okstate.edu, or by calling 405-744-8427, and providing your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Wildfire, as well as prescribed fire, applications will be covered, as will new products, features, and the structure of the revised website (http://okfire.mesonet.org), which debuted in October.  In addition to covering the major sections of the website (Weather, Fire, and Smoke), other sections such as Satellite and Radar will also be discussed, along with topics such as fire detection by radar and satellite and the relationship of drought to fire danger.

Retirement Reception: A farewell open house for Sue Gray-Melaugh, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, will take place Dec. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tulsa County Extension Office, 4116 E. 15th Street in Tulsa. Everyone is invited to come celebrate with Sue.


ESP Awards: Epsilon Sigma Phi is the Extension Service Professionals Association. This is your opportunity for recognition by your peers for your exceptional work training and educating the public. If you were asked which educational program are you the most proud of, what would it be? Which program makes the greatest difference to your clientele? Something FCS, something 4-H, something agricultural? No matter which program area you choose, there is an opportunity for you to tell us about the impact you make and your accomplishments. Take a few minutes and go to http://okalhoma4h.okstate.edu/edu/esp.htm and fill out an application. Even better, NOMINATE someone for an award. Award applications are due Dec. 14. ESP dues must be paid by Jan. 18, 2012, during the Biennial Conference.

Congratulations to: Sandra Stevenson, Oklahoma AgrAbility Case Manager, recently became nationally certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Congratulations to: Stephanie McSparrin Ezzell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Beckham County. She and Dennis Ezzell were married Oct. 21.

Condolences to: Carl Hamby, Software Specialist, State 4-H Office, on the death of his father. Larry Hamby passed away Nov. 23. A memorial service took place Nov. 30 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pawhuska. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Cards may be sent to Carl and his wife, Kathleen, c/o State 4-H Office, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Stillwater, OK 74078.

Condolences to: Jim Trapp, Associate Director, OCES, and his wife, Carol, on the death of his mother. Evelyn Trapp passed away Nov. 27. Funeral services took place Nov. 30 at Lohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell, Kan. Cards may be sent to 1523 W. Liberty Ave., Stillwater, OK  74075.


AgrAbility Recognized: The Oklahoma AgrAbility Project won an award at the National AgrAbility Training Workshop Nov. 8-10 for highest attendance. Six Oklahoma staff were pleased to escort two farm families from Oklahoma, along with 13 Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Service partners, to the workshop in Indianapolis. In addition, Linda Jaco, Project Co-Director and Director of Sponsored Programs at the OSU Seretean Wellness Center, received “The Breaking New Ground Achievement Award” for major contributions to the lives of Oklahoma farm families with disabling conditions.


Landscape Architecture Students Compete Internationally: Four landscape architecture students from Oklahoma State University have proven they can compete on an international level alongside industry professionals, as well as other design students from around the country. OSU’s students were four of the nine who received student honors in the international design competition for the Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Five professional firms, including two located in England, also were named finalists. OSU’s students who were recognized are Forrest Hunt, Keller, Texas; Brandon Burlingame, Richardson, Texas; Cameron Rouze, Colleyville, Texas; and Clark Bockhahn, Stillwater, Okla.



Suzanne E. Simpson, Marketing Coordinator, State 4-H Youth Development, effective 11-28-11

Title Changes/Transfers

Stan Fimple, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pawnee County, effective 12-1-11 (was: Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Payne County)

Jay Parker, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County, effective 12-1-11 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County)

Gerald Horn, Professor/Interim Department Head, Department of Animal Science, effective 1-3-12 (was: Professor, Department of Animal Science)


None to report


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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