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Volume 12, No. 2
January 27, 2012


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 580-338-7300 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 580-480-4736 or dthompson@swtech.edu

Retirement Reception: You are invited to attend a retirement reception for Gerry Smith, Unit Assistant, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. The reception will take place today, Jan. 27, in the Noble Research Center third floor atrium from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Retirement Reception: You are invited to attend a retirement reception for Gerry Smith, Unit Assistant, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. The reception will take place today, Jan. 27, in the Noble Research Center third floor atrium from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


OALP Gearing Up for International Trip: Class XV of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) had its last domestic seminar Jan. 11-13 in Stillwater.  The main focus of this seminar was preparing for their international trip to Scotland and Ireland slated Feb. 15-27. Participant teams shared information with each other on various topics, heard presentations from people who had visited these countries, and learned the art of packing for an international trip.  They also participated in an activity called “Green Revolution,” learned about international trade and animal health issues oversees, and toured SST Software and the OSU Dairy Cattle Center. The community service project was packing food bags for the “Food 4 Kids” project in Stillwater.  Their graduation ceremony will take place April 14 in Stillwater.

ESP Elects New Officers: Members of Epsilon Sigma Phi recently elected its 2012-2014 officers and they were installed at the OCES Biennial Conference that took place last week in Stillwater. New officers are Tracy Lane, president; Recia Garcia, president-elect; Joyce Martin, secretary; Cathy James, treasurer; Greg Owen, Southeast District representative; Donna Patterson, Northeast District representative; Keith Boevers, Northwest District representative; Susan Moffat, Southwest District representative; Charles Cox, campus representative; and Jeff Sallee, past president. Congratulations!

Resource Trunks Available: Seven Solid Waste Management Resource Trunks and over 40 DVD titles are available for loan throughout the state.  Each trunk features a "Close the Loop: Buy Recycled" display and samples of products made from recycled materials, as well as activities and resources about illegal dumping, reduce, reuse, recycle, composting and household hazardous waste.  For more information, download the trunk application  at http://agecon.okstate.edu/wastenew/index.asp and the media resource library application at http://agecon.okstate.edu/wastenew/library.asp?category=media.

Condolences to: Nancy Arnett, Extension Educator,  Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County, on the death of her mother. Evelyn Petree passed away Jan. 23. Funeral services took place today, Jan. 27, at Harts Funeral Home in Stilwell. Cards may be sent to Nancy at Rt. 2, Box 50t, Stilwell, OK  74960. 


Two Field Staff Receive Prestigious Awards: Charlotte Richert, County Extension Director in Tulsa County, and Randy Pirtle, were recognized recently for outstanding contributions and dedication to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Each was presented with the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award during the OCES Biennial Conference. This award is the most prestigious title attainable by a county educator, district program specialist, or area specialist, and is given to a very select few of OCES Employees. Charlotte joined the Extension family in 1979 and has been with the Tulsa County office since 1981. Among her many career highlights, she provided statewide leadership for the Financial Economic Well-being Impact Team, was a charter member of the Northeastern Oklahoma Nutrition Network, advised Oklahoma Home and Community Education members, and coordinated the county Nutrition Education Assistants program. She served as the 4-H Youth Development educator from 1981 to 2004, and as county educator for Family and Consumer Sciences from 2004-2010, before being named County Extension Director. An OSU alumna, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in vocational home economics in 1979 and attained her Master of Science degree in home economics education and community service in 1991.
     Randy joined OCES in 1985 serving as Washington County’s co-coordinator for the 4-H Youth Development program. He became CED in 1986 and provides leadership and mentoring to three fulltime educators, program assistants, and office staff, as well as student interns. His primary focus as an Agriculture Educator is helping residents and local organizations use research-based educational information to solve issues and concerns. He created and has managed the OSU Cattle Conference and Trade Show for 15 years, an event that attracts more than 5,000 beef producers. He also started the county’s Master Gardener Program in 1991. He also publishes the award-winning bimonthly newsletter, “Bullhorn,” which serves more than 800 area producers. Also an OSU alum, Randy earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science in 1985 and 1989, respectively.
     Congratulations to both Charlotte and Randy!

Walker Receives OCES Individual Honor Award: Congratulations to Becky Walker, Pontotoc County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, for receiving the OCES Individual Honor Award. Her program, Safe Use of Social Media Sites and Texting for Youth and Adults; Implications for Use in 4-H Youth Development Program, is relevant due to the number of youth and adults increasingly using social media sites and texting as a major means of communication.  During the course of this program, Becky moved her focus from basic information about joining social media sites to safety issues about social media sites. She brings awareness to teens and adults of liability issues regarding the use of social media as a means of communication within the 4-H program.

OCES Faculty and Field Staff Team Honored: In an effort to help prevent childhood obesity, Deana Hildebrand and Janna Kelly teamed up to pilot the program “All 4 Kids.”  They were presented with the OCES Outstanding Faculty and Field Staff Program Contribution Award. This program consisted of 24, 30-minute lessons and three family events that promoted life-long physical activity by teaching body movements with fun and culturally diverse choreographed dances. There currently are 54 low-income children ages 3 and 4, and their parents, participating in the program. Participation in the pilot project provides Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service with national recognition in its efforts to address childhood obesity prevention.  Congratulations Deana and Janna.

OCES Faculty and Field Staff Group Recognized: The Oklahoma 4-H Program has long been known for teaching leadership skills to its members. The Leadership ROCKS program takes that a step further because it is a true youth/adult partnership and is built around the needs identified across the Northeast District 4-H program. Team leaders Jim Rexwinkle, Donna Patterson, and Jay Parker, along with team members David Adams, Rick Clovis and Rick Rexwinkle, were presented with the OCES Faculty and Field Staff Group Award. Leadership ROCKS has become a high energy, hands-on, edgy youth conference with four focus areas, including leadership development, parliamentary procedure, service learning, and personal development. This program resonates with teens because it is taught by their peers. The leadership team has taken ownership in providing 4-H’ers with great conferences and the skills necessary to become better leaders.  As a result of Leadership ROCKS, there has been a 20 percent increase in youth applying for leadership opportunities at the district and state levels.

ESP Members Recognized: Members of Epsilon Sigma Phi were honored during an awards luncheon that took place during the OCES Biennial Conference. Award winners include:

  • Greg Owen and Cathleen Taylor – Team Award
  • Greg Owen and Mike Carter – County/Program Unit Superior Service Recognition
  • Jean Bailey – Early Career Service
  • Becky Walker – Mid-Career Service
  • Tracy Lane – Professional Development Scholarship
  • Charlotte Richert – Mini-Marketing Grant
  • Southwest Dairy Farmers Association – Friend of Extension
  • Lauren Leven – Outstanding OCES Intern 



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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 9: Kay/Noble County Women in Ag and Small Business Conference (Tonkawa)
February 10: Building Relationships Between FCS Educators and Human Science Faculty (Stillwater)
February 11: Texas County Women in Ag and Small Business Conference (Guymon)
February 16: Retain Trade Development In-service (Chickasha)
February 29: Southwest Oklahoma Women in Ag and Small Business Conference (Altus)
March 7: Home Food Preservation and Canning, Core Training ( (Stillwater)
March 9-19: Oklahoma Youth Expo (Oklahoma City)
March 14-17: Kansas City Global Summit (Kansas City, Mo.)
March 22: Home Food Preservation and Canning, Core Training ( (Stillwater)
March 24-29: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

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