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Volume 13, Number 18

September 6, 2013



Oklahoma City State Fair Judging Information: The Oklahoma State Fair entry/judging day is Sept. 11. Judging will take place in the west section of the Creative Arts (Formerly Hobbies, Arts & Crafts) Building. It is east and a little south of the Space Needle, the south side of the Arch (miniature of the St. Louis Arch). The schedule is as follows:


7:30 – 11:00 a.m.     4-H exhibits need to arrive and be placed in the proper section and class during this timeframe.  Make sure to plan your arrival in order to allow yourself time to distribute all items prior to 10:30 a.m.  Items not in place by 11:00 a.m. may be disqualified.


10:30 a.m.               Chairperson of Judging Assistants’ Orientation Meeting


11:00 a.m.                Judges’ Orientation Meeting


11:30 a.m.                Judging of 4-H Exhibits Begins


Turf and Landscape Field Day: The 2013 Turf and Landscape Field Day will take place Sept. 18 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University/Turf Center. For those interested in pesticide applicator CEUs, we will submit the educational program shortly for review concerning one CEU in Oklahoma Categories 3a (Outdoor Ornamentals & Turf) and Category 10 (Demonstration & Research). Advanced online pre-registration with a price break of $30 is available now at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20271_ustores/web/index.jsp. Click on Horticulture/Landscape link. No refunds after Sept. 11. Early registration includes a guaranteed lunch and research booklet. On-site registration is $40 and does not guarantee lunch or research booklet. Students may pre-register for $10 and includes lunch and research booklet. On-site registration will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Turf and landscape tours of The Botanic Garden at OSU, Oklahoma Gardening Studio grounds, and the Turfgrass Research Center will begin at 8:40 am and run until noon when lunch will be served (lunch guaranteed only through pre-registration). For more information, please contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404 or email at  stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu.


GardenFest Set for Sept. 21: The 12th Annual GardenFest will take place Sept 21 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Art in the Garden” and will feature a variety of ways to combine art with horticulture. In addition, there will be numerous demonstrations and vendors at this year’s event, including a garden tool sharpening demonstration, glass bead making, bonsai demonstration, and water color painting. Events are free, however, donations are encouraged to help support this educational program. For more information visit The Botanic Garden at OSU website at www.botanicgarden.okstate.edu, or contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404.


Field Tour Slated: The Caddo Research Station Field Tour will take place Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. Peanuts and cotton will be covered. There is no registration fee and a meal will be provided. For more information please contact John Damicone at 405-744-9962, or via email at john.damicone@okstate.edu.


Music in the Great Outdoors: Stillwater area residents will soon have a new music venue for a few weeks. The Autumn Nights Concert Series kicks off Sept. 27 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, 3300 W. 6th St.  Folk artist Monica Taylor will kick off the series Sept. 27. The Fifth Addition will play Oct. 4 and feature jazz music. Oct. 11 will highlight the talents of Miss Blues and the Bluenotes, followed by the indie rock band The Wurly Birds Oct. 25. Each of the concerts will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of music under the stars with their family.




Extension Centennial Planning: Plans are underway to mark the 100th anniversary of OCES in 2014. The celebration kicks off at the biennial conference in January, and special events will take place statewide throughout the year. To help with your future programming ideas, an online toolkit produced by DASNR’s Ag Communications Services will debut later this month featuring centennial logos and media samples. The materials are adapted for Oklahoma from the national Extension centennial campaign. Meantime, help us find historic Extension photos to share that may be tucked away in county and district offices or departmental closets. Be sure to check this newsletter for regular updates as we gear up for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Interested in connecting with our peers across the country? Then you might “like” to follow the Extension 100 Years celebration on Facebook and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/Extension100Years and https://twitter.com/Ext100Years.

It’s also the perfect time to “like” the DASNR Facebook and Twitter sites to share content with your friends and followers: https://www.facebook.com/OSUDASNR and https://twitter.com/okstate_ag.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new and updated publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

  • ANSI-3170, Using Genomics Part II: Risk Management of Genetic Defects
  • L-430 Land Buyers' Septic System Guide for Oklahoma
  • BAE-1405 Energy Saving Scams 

Revised publications include:

  • ANSI-3020 Production and Management of Old World Bluestems 
  • ANSI-3980 Forage for Horses
  • PSS-2583 Choosing, Establishing, and Managing Bermudagrass Varieties in Oklahoma

Congratulations to: Mary Nowlin, Extension Administrative Support Specialist, Dewey County, and her husband, Don, on the birth of their granddaughter. Sydnee Dae Carter was born Aug. 19, weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Sydnee’s parents are Erin Nowlin and Saxon Carter. 

Congratulations to: Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the birth of her granddaughter. Elise Harmony was born Aug. 25, weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her parents are Marcus and Cassandra Vasconcellos. Elise is welcomed home by big sisters Olivia, Sway and Reese.

Condolences to: Clara Green, Extension Senior Secretary, Grady County, and her husband, Gary, on the death of her mother-in-law. Lorene Green File passed away Aug. 30. Graveside services took place Sept. 5 at the Ireton Cemetery north of Alex. Cards may be sent to Clara and Gary in care of the Grady County OSU Extension Office, 828 Choctaw, Chickasha, OK  73018.



Romano to be Featured at Conference: Diana Romano, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, will be one of four registered dietitians to be highlighted at the National Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Houston in October. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be sending a film crew to Oklahoma to interview Diana about her work and personal life. The video will play during the opening session of the conference, as well as on the group’s website. Congratulations Diana!



Summer Riggins, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 8-19-13

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


Dodge Nichols, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 8-23-13


September 10: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
September 11: PREP 7.0 Training (Oklahoma City)
September 11: Oklahoma State Fair Indoor Exhibit Judging Day (Oklahoma City)
September 12: Together for a Better Education Training (Webinar)
September 13: Cooperative Conversations: Tables for Extension – What’s Everyone Doing? (Centra)
September 14: Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Judging Contest (Oklahoma City)
September 18: Turfgrass, Nursery and Landscape Field Day (Stillwater)
September 19: September Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
September 21: GardenFest (Stillwater)
September 24: Caddo Research Station Field Tour (Ft. Cobb)
September 24: Tulsa State Fair Indoor Exhibit Judging Day (Tulsa)September 26: Co-Parenting Through Divorce Curriculum Training (Stillwater)
September 27: Autumn Nights Concert Series (Stillwater)
October 2: Monthly Home Energy Information (Online)
October 2: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 1 (Online)
October 8: Pushmataha Forest Research and Demonstration Field Day (Clayton)
October 9-10: Southeast District Secretaries’ Conference (Sulphur)
October 9: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 2 (Online)
October 10: Native Plant Materials for Oklahoma and Surrounding Environments (Stillwater)
October 10: Northeast District Secretarial Conference (Okmulgee)
October 11: Cooperative Conversations: National Cybersecurity Month (Centra)
October 15: 5th Module TechXcite 4-H Science Engineering Curriculum (Online)
October 16: Community Snapshots: Local Context Edition (Norman)October 16: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 3 (Online)
October 17: October Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
October 22-23: Northwest District Secretary In-Service (Enid)
October 23: Within My Reach (Oklahoma City)
October 23: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 4 (Online)
October 24: Community Assessments (Norman)
October 24: Southwest District Secretarial In-Service (Duncan)
October 25: CE-FCS Ambassador’s Annual Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)
October 29: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 30: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 30: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 5 (Online)


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