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Volume 12, No. 7
April 6, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS

Brown Bag Lunch Series Kicks Off April 12: David Hillock, OSU Cooperative Extension Consumer Horticulturist, will kick off the Brown Bag Lunch Series Thursday, April 12, with his presentation, “Designing with Annuals, using the Tall Grass Prairie Concept.”  The event will take place in the Educational Building at The Botanic Garden at OSU from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a 50-minute educational program presented during the lunch hour with topics on gardening, irrigation, water harvesting, and herbs. Members of the botanic garden may attend at no cost. Non-members may attend for $5.

Purple Up for Military Kids: While most people associate the color green with the Oklahoma 4-H program, the color purple will be the focus Friday, April 13. April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” and April 13 has been designated as “Purple Up! For Military Kids” day. This is a great time for all extension programs and departments to honor youth in Oklahoma who are impacted by military deployment.
     OMK (Operation:  Military Kids), which was initiated in 2005, is part of the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program.  OMK is joining forces with all other Operation: Military Kids programs across the country to raise awareness and show support for these children and their families and let them know how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make when their family members are deployed.
     Groups, organizations and individuals all across Oklahoma are encouraged to wear purple as a visible way to support and thank military families. A sea of purple in every Oklahoma community would provide a wonderful visual for the thousands of military families.  Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military and combines Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.
     Community organizations, including 4-H clubs, can host events in their communities that focus on military youth.  Please email photos and a short story of your “Purple Up” activities to Carol Vandiver at carol.vandiver@okstate.edu.

Plant Sale Slated April 14: The Annual OSU Plant Sale will take place Saturday, April 14 at the OSU Teaching Greenhouses from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., or until sold out. Six-inch containers of geraniums, asclepias, enchinacea, euphorbia, gaillardia, rubbeckia, sedum, heuchera, basil, oregano, rosemary, salvia, and verbena will be available for $5. Beautiful petunia hanging baskets in various colors are $15. Tomatoes and peppers also will be available in 2.5-inch containers for $1, along with ornamental grasses in 1-gallon containers for $10. Two-gallon patio tomato plants may be purchased for $15.

Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD): Individuals making the trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the upcoming PILD Conference, April 14-18, are Cindy Conner, Tracy Lane, Susan Routh, and Mike Weber.  They were on campus yesterday for their orientation session with administration in preparation for their trip and “Day on the Hill” as they make visits to the Oklahoma Congressional delegation

 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camp TURF Has a Few Spots Left: Camp TURF (Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future) is in its third summer, and still has a few openings for 2012!  Camp dates are June 17-29, and the camp is free to any Oklahoma students who will be entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall 2012. More information and an application are available at www.hortla.okstate.edu.  Contact Shelley Mitchell at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu or 405-744-5755 for more details.

New Current Reports Available: PODS has a couple of new current reports available. CR-6718: Management of Insects and Mites in Greenhouse Floral Crops, and CR-7195: Commercial Management of Turfgrass Insects and Mites, have been updated and are available at http://osufacts.okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Liz Gardner-McBee, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Beaver County, and her husband, Darrell McBee, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Harper County, on the marriage of their daughter. Dana McBee married Jeremy Ashcraft March 9. 

Congratulations to: Nicole Neilson, CNEP Coordinator, Comanche County, and her husband, Tommy, on the birth of their daughter. Addison Grace was born March 28, weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother, Cooper.

Condolences to: To the family of Bill Luce, retired State Livestock Specialist. He passed away April 3. Funeral services will take place today, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 400 W. 7th St., Stillwater.  His long Extension career began in March 1968 and continued until his retirement in June 1998. Cards may be mailed to his wife, Nancy, at 2817 W. 17th St., Stillwater, OK  74074.

AWARDS

Oklahoma County 4-H Team Wins Regional Competition: The Oklahoma County 4-H Robotics team took first place at the Oklahoma FIRST Robotic Regional competition. The Ninja Munkees were part of a three-team alliance, including “The Flaming Chickens” from Portland, Ore., and “Up Next,” a team from St. Louis, Mo. The alliance remained undefeated through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals. In addition, the team was the recipient of the 2012 Oklahoma Regional Judges’ Award. The judges felt the team was deserving of recognition enough that they created a category to recognize a team at each regional competition that does not fit into any of their other award categories. Congratulations to the Ninja Munkees

 

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

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 Coming EVENTS


April 9-14: Southern National Holstein and Jersey Show (Stillwater)
April 11: Sprayer Calibration and Drift Management (Webinar)
April 12: Specialty Crops Hands-On Workshop/Conference Day 1 (Lane)
April 12-13: OEAFCS State Meeting (Oklahoma City)
April 14: Managing Risk with Composting and Rainwater Harvesting (Taloga)
April 16-17: Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners (Stillwater)
April 17: Southeast District 4-H ATV Safety Leader’s Guide Training (Shawnee)
April 17: Evaluating Risks and Benefits of Renewable Energy Systems for Business and Home (Oklahoma City)
April 17: Pretty in Pink, Women in Ag Conference (Wagoner)
April 18: Master Volunteer Conference (Oklahoma City)
April 18: Northeast District Ag In-Service (Kellyville)
April 19: 2012 4-H Curriculum In-Service (Stillwater)
April 21: State 4-H Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 23: Strategic Doing: Taking Control of the Community’s Future One Step at a Time (TBD)
April 23-24: OSU Cow/Calf Boot Camp (Kellyville)
April 24: Retirement Ready (Oklahoma City)
April 25: Succeeding in Your Business and Community – Putting Your Best Food Forward (Muskogee)
April 26: Succeeding in Your Business and Community – Putting Your Best Food Forward (TBA)
April 26: Co-Parenting Through Divorce (TBA)
April 27: Core Content Overview: Money and Credit Management (Stillwater)
April 28: Managing Risk with Composting and Rainwater Harvesting (Okeene)April 30: 4-H Record Books Due (Stillwater)
May 2: Southeast District First Aid/CPR Training (Ada)
May 5: 4-H Sporting Dog Demonstration Day (Stillwater)
May 8: 4-H Record Book Judging (Stillwater)
May 8: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
May 8: Family Caregiving Across the Life Course (Oklahoma City)
May 11: Cooperative Conversation – The Threat Within (Centra)
May 12: Managing Risk with Composting and Rainwater Harvesting (Woodward)
May 15: Web Presence Strategies for Small Communities and Local Governments (TBA)
May 15: All the Buzz About Entomology Collections (Norman)
May 16: IPM for the Landscape Professional (Stillwater)
May 16: Nutrition Basics: The Adolescent Years (Centra)
May 17: Within My Reach Teach Back (TBA)
May 22: Educator Field Tour in Sustainable Agriculture (Leave from Oklahoma City – various locations)
May 24: Wild Game Food Safety – Fish In-Service (Edmond)
May 29: Educator Field Tour in Sustainable Agriculture (Leave from Tulsa – various locations)
May 30: Entrepreneur Communities Series: Niche Marketing  (Online)
May 31: Specialty Crops Hands-On Workshop/Conference Day 2 (Lane)

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