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Volume 12, Number 17

August 24, 2012



Southwest District Extension Director Interviews Scheduled:  Information regarding the three candidates, itineraries, resumes, seminars, etc., can be found at https://stillwater.sharepoint.okstate.edu/dasnrvp/ Interviews begin this Monday, Aug. 27 and will end on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Caddo County Extension Office in Anadarko located at 1202 E. Central Boulevard.  Those interviewing are Gloria King, Bob LeValley, and Lani Vasconcellos.  Seminars will be presented both on-campus and off-campus so please make plans to attend the one that is the most convenient location and/or the best fit for your schedule.  For those who may have a conflict with any of the seminar times, the on-campus seminar will be videotaped allowing access to view them online after all three candidates have completed the interview process.  I would like to thank you in advance for your participation in these interviews and for your valuable input as we move forward to fill this important position.

                                                                                                            Jim Trapp


4-H Foundation Celebrating 50th Birthday: The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation will be celebrating its 50th birthday Sept. 22. All past and present 4-H’ers are invited back to Oklahoma State University to enjoy a fun-filled celebration, which will include a barbecue lunch, time to reminisce with friends, and a tour of the new OSU athletics facilities. Festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Wes Watkins Center. Lunch will served at noon, and tours will start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and attendees are asked to preregister online at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/Foundation, or by calling the 4-H Foundation office at 405-744-5390.
     When the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation was founded in 1962, it listed less than $14,000 in assets. Today, the Foundation has more than $6 million to devote to promoting 4-H, sending 4-H’ers and volunteers to conferences, and giving awards and scholarships to deserving members and alumni. Each year the Foundation gives $50,000 in college scholarships alone.


Article Published: The article “Preparing Communities for Disaster Recovery and Green Rebuilding” by Eileen St. Pierre, State Finance Assistant Specialist; Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District FCS Program Specialist; Pamela Muntz, Kiowa County Extension, Kansas State University; and Gina Peek, State Housing Extension Specialist, will be published in the next issue of Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences.  The article highlights the Disaster Preparedness In-Service and Building Back Green Tour of Greensburg, Kan., held in December 2009.

Food Showdown Team Competes Nationally: The Ellis County 4-H Food Showdown team was one of six teams from across the country that competed recently in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off that took place in New Orleans. The Ellis County team members include Randi Hoskins, Molly Landers, and Laura Givens. Other states competing included Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, and two teams from Louisiana. The Oklahoma team placed third with their delicious recipe of grilled shrimp with smoky grilled corn grits and melon salad in lime dressing. Along with preparing and presenting individual dishes for the four judges within the 60-minute time frame, the members also had 15 minutes to share educational facts about the recipe, other foods included, and preparation before the judges and a live audience. This was a time for the team to showcase the Oklahoma agricultural commodities that had been brought to cook with.  Being from a landlocked state, the team did not have as much experience cooking with seafood as their competitors, but this did not intimidate these 4-H’ers. Congratulations!

Congratulations to: Brad and Arleen James, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas County, who are the proud parents of two daughters who have recently received their doctoral degrees. Sharla James Bohi graduated in May from the College of Veterinary Sciences at OSU, and their daughter-in-law, Molly James, graduated in August from Baylor University with a doctoral degree in physical therapy with the U.S. Army. Sharla is practicing in Edmond at the White Oaks Vet Clinic and Molly will begin her work at FT. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tex. 

Congratulations to: Kourtney Coats, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Logan County, and his wife, Sarah, on the birth of their son. Wesley David was born Aug. 12, weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Congratulations to: Robin Tiner, Sr. Secretary, Creek County, and her husband, Dustin, on the birth of their son. Brody Andrew was born Aug. 17, weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 ¾ inches long.

Congratulations to: Tierra Eller, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, and her husband, Kyle, on the birth of their son. Trigg Layton was born Aug. 23, weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21 ½ inches long. Trigg is welcomed home by big sister Kinley.

Condolences to: Melody Ennis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Okmulgee County, on the death of her father. Don Jones passed away Aug. 11. Funeral services took place Aug. 14. Cards may be sent to Melody at 3160 Highway 56, Okmulgee, OK  74447.

Condolences to: Laura Payne, Volunteer Coordinator, The Botanic Garden at OSU, on the death of her father. Gerald (Jerry) Payne passed away Aug. 18. Funeral services took place Aug. 22 in Stillwater. Memorials may be made in Jerry’s name to Mobile Meals of Stillwater in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK  74075. Cards may be sent to Laura at P.O. Box 2693, Stillwater, OK  74076.

Condolences to: The family of Wallace (Wally) Smith, retired State 4-H Program Leader. He passed away Aug. 22. His Extension career spanned 32 years, beginning in 1957. He worked in Grady and Beckham Counties, as well as the Tulsa and Central District 4-H Offices. He served as Northeast District Extension Director from 1977 to 1981 before coming to the State 4-H Office. He retired in 1989 as the State 4-H Program Leader. Funeral services will take place Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church, 323 South Knoblock. A graveside service will follow immediately at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater. Memorials may be made to one of the following: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123; Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK  74076; University Heights Baptist Church Foundation, 323 S. Knoblock, Stillwater, OK  74074; or the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Stillwater, OK  74078. Cards may be sent to his wife, Peggy, at 4711 Village Ct., Stillwater, OK  74074.


OAE4-HA Recognize Members: Members of OAE4-HA met recently in Norman for the group’s annual state meeting. A special recognition banquet took place where group members recognized the achievements of their members. Award winners include:

Greg Owen – Outstanding County and Specialty Award for Excellence in Urban 4-H

Tomas Manske – Communicator Award for Media Presentation, Meritorious Service Award, and NEA4-HA Scholarship

Cathleen Taylor – Communication Award for Education Package, Individual

Donna Patterson – Communicator Award for Periodical Publication, Individual; World Citizenship in 4-H Youth Development Award; and Distinguished Service Award

Daniel Neely – Communicator Award for Published Photo, Diversity Award, Clover Awards, and Specialty Award for Excellence in Animal Science Programming

Samantha Ephgrave – Communicator Award for Educational Piece, Individual; Educational Piece, Team; Educational Technology, Individual; Denise Miller 4-H Innovator Award; Promotion and Visibility; Natural Resources and Environmental Education Award; and Excellence in Geospatial Programs.

Leslie Lewis – Communicator Award for Periodical Publication, Team; and Joe Hughes Fellowship

Casey Sharber – Natural Resources and Environmental Education, Team; Achievement in Service Award

Becky Walker – Video Program Award

Steve Beck, Kyle Worthington, Kevin Allen, Charles Cox, Brenda Hill, Tomas Manske, Samantha Ephgrave, Cheryl Newberry, Gerry Ballard, Jeff Sallee, and Greg Owen – Excellence in Volunteerism

In addition to recognition of members’ accomplishments, the group also elected new officers. Serving in those leadership positions include: President, Tom Manske; President-Elect, Cathy Allen; Vice President, Becky Walker; Secretary, Cathleen Taylor; Treasurer, Nancy Arnett; Northwest District Director, Jenny Mathews; Southwest District Director, Julie Staiger; Northeast District Director, Daniel Neely; and Southeast District Director, Lindsey Long.



Title Changes/Transfers

Virginia Stanley, CNEP Coordinator, Okmulgee County, effective 9-1-12 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Muskogee County)

Greg Highfill, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Woods County, effective 9-1-12 (was: Area Livestock Specialist, Northwest District)


Craig Evans, Extension Associate, Turf Research Center, effective 8-8-12

Christina Richards, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McIntosh County, effective 8-10-12

Steve Smith, District Director, Southwest District, effective 9-28-12 (retirement)



August 24: CNEP Area Coordinator Meeting (Oklahoma City)
August 28: Ornamental Plant Materials Conference (Stillwater)
August 28:  White-tailed Deer Management (Stillwater)
August 29: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)
August 31: OK-FIRE Training Workshop, National Weather Center (Norman)
September 11: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
September 12: Oklahoma State Fair Indoor Exhibits Entry/Judging Day (Oklahoma City)
September 12: OSU Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day (Stillwater)
September 14: Cooperative Conversation – Windows 8 (Centra)
September 17-18: OSU Goat AI School (Porum)
September 19: September Horticulture Update (Online)
September 19: Community Snapshots – Answering Questions Using Web-based Data (TBD)
September 24: Oklahoma State Fair Indoor Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)
September 25: Tulsa State Fair Indoor Exhibits Entry/Judging Day (Tulsa)


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