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Volume 12, No. 1
January 13, 2012


Welcome Back and Happy New Year:  The year is off to a good start with the Cowboys getting that win in the Fiesta Bowl! How about those Pokes! The bedlam series hit 8-0 this week when the men’s basketball team posted a win, and we will hope this continues when the Cowgirl basketball team meets bedlam this Saturday here at Gallagher-Iba. We have gained a little moisture over the past couple of months and will be returning to mild temperatures over the weekend, so all in all, a pretty good winter so far.  Some of our biggest challenges still come to us in the form of budget. As we seek to find ways to meet these challenges, I ask that you continue to use all avenues possible to showcase our accomplishments, to speak positively about the many things Extension is accomplishing. You are working hard to provide programs that make a difference in the lives of Oklahoman’s and we need to let others know what we are all about – exploit Extension, market Extension…do all you can do to make Extension a household name! Next week will be our OCES Biennial Conference on campus and I look forward to everyone coming together for a time of professional development, sharing, and fellowship as we begin the new year. I look forward to the impacts we will see as we continue to strive to make improvements in the lives of those we come in contact with in the days and year ahead!  Here’s to a great year in 2012! 



                                                                                                                 Jim Trapp


Risk Management Sessions Slated: The Oklahoma Women in Ag & Small Business Conferences, supported by USDA’s Risk Management Agency, offer a variety of sessions that assist women and producers to manage risk successfully for the family, farm, and/or business. Participants can choose from sessions, approximately 30 minutes to one hour in length, ranging from alternative enterprises to personal stress to business planning. Check the Oklahoma Women in Agriculture and Small Business Page for a complete list of events at http://www.okwomeninagandsmallbusiness.com. Oklahoma Women in Ag also can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OKWomenInAg. Upcoming opportunities for women to network and become more informed of risk management topics include:

  • February 9, 2012 – Kay-Noble County Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference. Time/Location: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Renfro Center – Northern Oklahoma Campus, Tonkawa, OK. Contact Susan Henning, Kay County Conservation District at 580-363-2438 ext. 115.  Susan.Henning@ok.nacdnet.net, or Jolene Sparks, Noble County Conservation District at 580-336-2003. 
  • February 11, 2012 – Texas County Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference. Time/Location: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Victory United Methodist Church Enrichment Center; Guymon, OK. Contact Arleen James at 580-338-730 or arleen.james@okstate.edu.
  • February 29, 2012 – Southwest Oklahoma Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference. Time/Location: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Southwest Technology Center; Altus, OK. Contact Dianna Thompson at 580-338-730 or dthompson@swtech.edu



Camp TURF Returns to OSU This Summer: Camp TURF 3 returns to Oklahoma State University June 17-29. Camp TURF (Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future) is a two-week, residential camp for any Oklahoma student going into the 9th or 10th grade in the fall of 2012. The camp exposes students to career fields in horticulture and landscape architecture with hands-on activities alongside professors and professionals in the field. Thanks to sponsorship by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the camp is free to the students. Applications will be available in March, with selection of students in mid- to late-April. Contact Shelley Mitchell at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu for more information.

New Facebook Page Created: A Facebook page for Oklahoma School Garden Network has been created for anyone in Oklahoma interested in or involved with school gardens. Anyone can post pictures of their school gardens. In addition, links of interest (grant opportunities, lesson plans, workshops, etc.) are periodically posted as well. This page will create a place for all Oklahoma school garden advocates to exchange ideas and resources to benefit all Oklahoma students.

Condolences to: The family of Cindy Melichar, a long-time 4-H volunteer and supporter in Tulsa County. She passed away Dec. 16. A memorial service is being planned to take place in Tulsa on April 18. All three of Cindy’s children were active 4-H’ers and she designated Tulsa County 4-H as a recipient for contributions. Donations may be made through the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, 205 4-H Building, Stillwater, OK  74078. Please be sure to include Cindy Melichar’s name with the donation.

Condolences to: Fran Ridenhour, Senior Secretary, Cherokee County, on the death of her father. Ray Moss passed away Dec. 24. Funeral services took place Dec. 28 at Green Country Funeral Home in Tahlequah. Cards may be sent to 8961 W. 710 Rd., Hulbert, OK  74441.

Condolences to: Carolynn MacAllister, Extension Veterinarian, on the death of her father. Otis Clinton Taylor passed away Dec. 30. Funeral services took place Jan. 3 in Durant. Cards may be sent to 6216 S. Country Club Road, Stillwater, OK  74074.

Condolences to: Marty Green, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Adair County, on the death of his grandmother. Grace Lee Grinstead passed away Dec. 31. Funeral services took place Jan. 3 at Ocker Funeral Home, Van Buren, Ark. Cards may be sent to 472623 E. 1070 Rd., Muldrow, OK  74948.

Condolences to: Susan Lovelace, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Creek County, on the death of her father. Melvin Simpson passed away Jan. 1. Funeral services took place Jan. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Okemah. Cards may be sent to 7325 E. 118th St. So., Bixby, OK  74008.

Condolences to: Phil Mulder, Department Head, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and his wife, Lori, on the death of their daughter. Elizabeth (Libby) Ives passed away Jan. 2. A memorial service took place Jan. 10 at Countryside Baptist Church in Stillwater. A memorial fund in honor of Libby has been established at Oklahoma State Bank, P.O. Box 70, Buffalo, OK 73834. Cards may be sent to 3116 Saddle Rock Road, Stillwater, OK  74074.

Condolences to: Sue Hamilton, CNEP Area Coordinator, Southeast District, on the death of her father. Charles Marvin “Charlie” Floyd Jr. passed away Jan. 6.  Funeral services took place Jan. 10 at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Latta Partners in Excellence Foundation, P.O. Box 1572, Ada, OK, 74821.



Congratulations to: The Pontotoc County FCS Skill-a-Thon team.  They placed 2nd overall in the National Western Contest that took place last week in Denver.  Alicia Daniel was named high point individual and Blake Harber was the 4th high point individual.  Other team members include Adam Daniel and Kayla Thomas. The Skill-a-Thon team is coached by Janna Kelley and Becky Walker.

Congratulations to: The Washington County Livestock Judging team on representing Oklahoma at the National Western Contest in Denver. They placed High Team in the Meat Goat Division, 3rd place in the sheep division, 2nd team in placings, and 4th high team overall. The Washington County 4-H livestock judging team members are Tylen Layton, Copan; Sidney Higbee, Dewey; Michaela Burns, Caney Valley; and Austin Eden, Caney Valley.  The team is coached by Randy Pirtle.




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January 14: Northwest District 4-H Day at Oakwood Mall (Enid)
January 17-19: OCES Biennial Conference (Stillwater)
January 21: State 4-H Animal Project Leader Conference (Stillwater)
January 25: Northwest District Junior Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)
January 28: Northwest District 4-H Share the Fun (Fairview)
January 31: Tax Credit Outreach Training (Oklahoma City)
February 4: State 4-H Hose Topic Oral Communication Contest (Stillwater)
February 10: Building Relationships Between FCS Educators and Human Science Faculty (Stillwater)
February 16: Retain Trade Development In-service (Chickasha)

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