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Volume 13, Number 2

January 25, 2013



Lovelace to Retire: A retirement reception honoring Susan Lovelace will take place Jan. 31 at the Creek County Fairgrounds, 17806 W. Highway 66, Kellyville, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please come help Susan celebrate her long Extension career that began in August 1991.

Congratulations to: Ginny McCarthick, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Johnston County, on the birth of her grandson. Logan Robert was born Jan. 7, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Josh and Nicole McCarthick of Fairmont, Minn.

Congratulations to: Brian Pugh, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Haskell County, and his wife, Rachel, on the birth of their son. Kade Christopher was born Jan. 10, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 22 inches long.


Nowlin Receives Highest Extension Honor: David Nowlin, CED, Caddo County, was recognized recently for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service when he was named the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award. This is the most prestigious title attainable by a county educator, district program specialist, or area specialist. David joined the Extension family in 1993. Some of his career highlights include organizing more than 200 cutting-edge educational meetings for county cattle producers; assisting more than 600 producers with no-till cropping issues since 1999; conducting 230 risk management meetings; working with the local Sirloin Club to raise more than $650,000 in support of youth livestock projects; restarting the Caddo County Cattlemen’s Association; and finding ways to help peanut producers reduce fungicide application costs, to name a few. His professional organizations include the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, and the American Society of Agronomy. He is a past president of the Anadarko Rotary Club, active in the First United Methodist Church, and plays an instrumental role in the organization of the Caddo County Junior Livestock Show and the Fall Fair Livestock Show. Congratulations David!

Vogel Honored with Extension Award: Congratulations to Jason Vogel, Assistant Professor, Stormwater Specialist, and Riata Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow, for being named the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty and Field Staff Award. He developed the Stormwater Management Program to address the need for educational assistance to communities and state agencies regarding stormwater rules. The program also conducts research to support Extension activities in Oklahoma. He recently was awarded a 2012 OSU Provost’s Planning Grant to lead a team and develop the “Epicenter for Environmental and Economically Sustainable Development.” Congratulations Jason!

OCES Faculty and Field Staff Group Honored: The School Nutrition Standards Training Team, led by Deana Hildebrand, is comprised of 26 FCS Educators from across the state who partnered with the State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Services. Resources were developed to educate school nutrition personnel and the public on updated regulations. All 558 Oklahoma school districts were trained regarding the new requirements for school nutrition programs, in just three months’ time! Congratulations to the entire team!

OCES Faculty and Field Staff Team Recognized: Janna Kelley, Becky Walker, and Justin McDaniel comprise the team recognized as the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty and Field Staff Program Contributions Team Award. The County Government Youth Internship Program was developed to increase youth’s awareness of county government. During a week-long program, participants spent one-on-one time with county officials, attended the county commissioners’ meeting, and listened to guest speakers. Participants reported gaining knowledge about the function of the county government and officials. Congratulations to the team!

ESP Members Recognized for Achievements: Members of Epsilon Sigma Phi were honored during the recent FCS/4-H Youth Development Statewide In-Service. Award winners include:

Steve Beck – Mid-Career Award and Professional Development Scholarship
Jeff Sallee – Distinguished Service Award and Super Service Award for Area, District, and State Staff
Jan Maples – Continued Excellence Award
Tulsa County OSU Extension Staff – Mini-Marketing Grant
Janna Kelley, Becky Walker, and Justin McDaniel – Team Recognition Award
Lynda Latta and Justin Barr – County and Unit Superior Service Award

Blaine County 4-H’ers Named National Winners: Kristi Burghardt and Kelsi Burghardt, 4-H’ers from Okeene, were chosen at the national Area Winner for the Fuel UP to Play 60 Oatmeal Breakfast Challenge. Their school will be presented with a $5,000 Best Buy Gift Card as a reward for the challenge win. The Best Buy Gift Card will be presented when an NFL player visits the elementary school in February or March.  FUTP60 is funded by DairyMax.  Congratulations




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Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


J. Brett Morris, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Payne County, effective 1-31-1


January 25: Building Rapport with Local Government Officials (Norman)
January 26: Southwest District 4-H Communication Event (Lawton)

January 26: Southwest District Parent Volunteer Conference (Lawton)

January 28: Teaching Methods for Extension Educators: A Focus on Planning, Presenting, and Evaluating a Program – Part 1 (Stillwater)

January 30: Evolving Water Policy in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)

January 31: Issue Team Evaluation (Centra)

January 31: 4-H Inquiry Based Learning and Other Student Centered Teaching Methods (TBA)

February 5: Career Ladder Program (Centra)

February 5-March 14: 4-H Science E-Academy (online)

February 6: Think Local: Hands-On Social Media Opportunities (TBA)

February 6: Retail Trade Development Trends and Strategies (TBA)

February 6: Southeast District Creative Arts In-Service (McAlester)

February 6: Monthly Home Energy Information (Centra)

February 7: Risky Behaviors Issue Team In-Service – Health Rocks/Take a Stand (Norman)

February 7: Recognizing and Critiquing Effective Teaching: A Focus on Successful Coaching Strategies for Mentoring Early Career Educators – Part 1 (Stillwater)

February 8: Cooperative Conversation Outlook 2010 in Detail (Centra)

February 12: Southeast District Digital Media Training (Wilburton)

February 13: February Horticulture Update (Centra)

February 13: Nutrient Deficiency Identification and Water Testing Basics

February 13: Nutrition Basics: Pregnancy (Centra)

February 13: Emergency Energy Strategies – Lessons Learned (Centra)

February 14: Issue Team Evaluation (Centra)

February 15: Feral Hog Workshop (Pawhuska)

February 19: Management in Long-Term Drought – Western Oklahoma (Clinton)

February 19: Think Local: Hands-On Social Media Opportunities (TBA)

February 19-20: No-Till Conference (Norman)

February 20: Active Parenting Now and Active Parenting of Teens (Stillwater)

February 26: Think Local: Hands-On Social Media Opportunities (TBA)

February 27: Eastern Redcedar Management: Issues and Solutions (Oklahoma City)

February 28: Co-Parenting Through Divorce Curriculum Training (TBA)

February 28: Teaching Methods for Extension Educators: Using Tips, Strategies, and Methods Necessary for Effective Teaching – Part 2 (TBA)

February 28: Welcome to the Real World (Tulsa)



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