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Volume 13, Number 20

October 4, 2013



OCES Centennial Celebration Is Coming:  Some of you may have heard the rumors and buzz words about a “big celebration” coming for Extension.  They are for real!  The year 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which created the Cooperative Extension Service. Several committees have been formed and are hard at work making plans for the Centennial year to celebrate our Extension heritage, to show our impacts, and to chart our future.
     May 8, 1914, marks the actual signing of the Smith-Lever Act.  Agricultural Communications Services has been working with OETA and have reached an agreement for OETA to air a one-hour documentary about the history of Extension along with some of our own personalized stories of Extension in Oklahoma on that same day, May 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  I encourage you to mark your calendars and to spread the word among your clientele to let them know about the airing of this documentary.
     During our Extension Conference in January, you will hear a great deal more about statewide plans and opportunities as we kick off our year of celebration with a “100th Birthday Party” and yes, cake will be served!  Each county will take home a “Birthday Party Kit” and we encourage every county to consider conducting some type of event that will help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Extension.  Invite your legislators, county commissioners, your advisory council members, 4-H youth groups and family, constituents, retirees, etc., to engage your community in this one-time event in your county.
     I would like to thank Recia Garcia and Charles Cox for agreeing to co-chair the Centennial Celebration effort as a whole and coordinating all of the committees.  The entire Agricultural Communications Services staff is supporting all of the committees and their support has been fundamental to our progress to date.  The committee groups that have been diligently working are:

Media & History Development, co-chaired by Craig Woods and Cindy Conner

Members: Nathan Anderson, Charles Cox, Dave Deken, Sean Hubbard, Jan Maples, Leilana McKindra, Brenda Sheik, Don Stotts, Lyndall Stout

Major Events, co-chaired by Joyce Martin and Charlotte Richert

Members:  Nathan Anderson, Tiera Eller, Jane Fuhlendorf, Zack Meyer, Lynette Nelson, Cheryl Newberry, Jandra Pricer, Gary Sherrer, Lyndall Stout, Jim Trapp

Displays, Emblems, & Social Media, co-chaired by Mike Davis and Nathan Anderson

Members:  Cindy Conner, Tierra Eller, Vince Giannotti, Joyce Martin, Zach Meyer, Brenda Sheik, Lyndall Stout, Becky Walker 

Educator Projects, co-chaired by Charles Cox and Recia Garcia

Members:  Jorge Atiles, Barbara Brown, Jeff Edwards, Ross Love, Jan

Maples, Becky Walker, Debbie Wells

Faculty/Department Projects, co-chaired by Don Stotts and Jeff Edwards

            Members:  Barbara Brown, Gayle Hiner, Jim Trapp

County Events, co-chaired by Charles Cox and Becky Walker

            Members:  Cheryl Newberry, Charlotte Richert


     You may be called upon by committee members to get involved in sub-committees to assist with the planning of these events well before January.  If you see an event listed that you know you can help gather information on, please contact one of the co-chairs and/or committee members and let them know.  One area in particular would be if any of you have contacts with family members (grandchildren, great-grandchildren) who might have a lot of early history of Extension whether it be photos, stories, old newsletter/newspaper articles, record books, etc., those pieces would be most helpful in putting together the documentary.  With several of the events that will be taking place, we need to identify local Extension families who can share stories of the impact OCES has had on their family.  One place to start would be the list of Oklahoma Centennial Farms and Ranches.  Chances are relatively good that many of these families may be consumers of OCES resources. Follow this link to see the list of registered Centennial Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma:  http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/frrecips.htm.  Once there, look at the list for your county and see if those families are still involved.  As you plan local events, they would be logical families to include.  They may also be individuals who we would want to consider for the oral history piece or the documentary that is being produced.
     Other areas of interest being worked on is the re-enactment of the first Extension activities in Oklahoma where Extension specialists were given free train passes to ride the train and disperse improved seed varieties and hold educational meetings.  Details of an actual train ride from Oklahoma City to Wellston to Stroud and back are in the works.  If this develops, we will need a lot of county eductors/volunteers to help organize the demonstrations and activities that might go on at the stop near Wellston.  Other ideas in the works are a quilt block challenge, a Centennial cookbook, possible time capsule on campus, a statue depicting an early Extension pioneer, proclamations declaring May 8 Extension Day in Oklahoma, tie in this theme with DASNR Day at the Capitol, special PSA’s – Reba McEntire has already agreed to do one for us and others are in the works, speakers bureau, possibility of submitting names for a new wheat variety, Extension recognition on the big screen at the 2014 OSU versus Texas football game and a national TV ad during the televising of the game are possibilities.  As you can see there are a lot of ideas that have come about and the committees have started the wheels rolling but they are going to need involvement from many of you to keep things moving forward.    
     Agricultural Communications Services has developed a toolbox with many resources you can use to bring attention to the OCES Centennial.  Several banners may not be rolled out until January, but I encourage you to begin using the Centennial emblem now on correspondence, newsletters, meeting flyers you develop, etc.  The toolbox is located at: http://www.toolbox.okstate.edu/

The link opens to “Home” which gives you a good feel for the many items that will be available to help you promote the Centennial.  The second link “100 Years of Extension” provides you with numerous versions of the Centennial emblem, slide templates you can adapt, print ads, banner art, social media facebook header, etc.  I believe you will be pleased with the amount of props that have been designed for you to use throughout the Centennial year.
     As you conduct events plan to share highlights on the National Social media outlet on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Extension100Years as well as the DASNR page: https://www.facebook.com/OSUDASNR.
     Now you know a little bit more about the buzz words of the “big celebration” so please feel free to share any contacts, ideas, etc., you may have with any of the committee chairs and/or members.  More information will be coming from the committees in the future.  Please support their requests and efforts, as this will take all of us working together to make this year-long celebration a successful one.
     We hope this article excites you as much as it has all of us about getting to share our Extension story and to be in a celebratory mode for the next full year in sharing our passion for Extension with others!


                           Jim Trapp and the OCES Centennial Celebration Committee



Concert Series Continues Tonight: The Autumn Nights Concert Series continues TONIGHT at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, 3300 W. 6th St.  Tonight’s jazz music will be performed by The Fifth Addition. Two more concerts will take place Oct. 11 and Oct. 25, each from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of music with their family. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Educational Building.


Oklahoma Recycling Conference Slated: The Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA) is hosting the Oklahoma Recycling Conference Oct. 17 at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center on the OSU campus. The theme of the day-long conference is Recycling Trends: Past, Present and Future. Jerry Powell, owner and publisher of “Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update” and “E-Scrap News,” will serve as the keynote speaker and will discuss municipal recycling trends in the United States. Other topics to be discussed include curbside recycling, hospitality industry recycling, materials recovery facilities, rural challenges to recycling, and construction and demolition debris. A full program and registration information is available at www.recycleok.org/events-activities.php. Registration is $50 if paid by Oct.  10, or $75 thereafter. Students receive a discounted registration fee of $15 if registered by Oct. 10. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch, refreshment breaks, and parking are included in the registration. For more information contact Lynn Malley, Assistant State Extension Specialist, Solid Waste Management, at 405-744-9806.




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:

  • FAPC-181 Dehydrator Exhaust Recirculation for Energy Savings

Revised publications include:

  • E-726 Estate Planning — A Simplified Guide for Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Families
  • CR-7195 Commercial Management of Turfgrass Insects and Mites
  • CR-2135 Protein Content of Winter Wheat Varieties in Oklahoma 2013
  • E-1014 Habitat Evaluation Guide for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken
  • AGEC-572 Stocker Lease Agreements

Congratulations to: Mary Ann McCarley, Area Administrative Support Specialist, and her husband David, on the birth of their grandson. Kade Manton McCarley was born Sept. 16, weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. His parents are Clay and Kelsie McCarley.




OEAFCS Members Recognized at National Meeting: Twenty-two Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (OEAFCS) members traveled to GALAXY IV, the group’s national meeting, which took place Sept. 16-20 in Pittsburg, Pa. Members included  Cindy Clampet, LaDonna Dunlop, Melody Ennis, Liz Gardner-McBee, Debra Garrard-Foster, Brenda Hill, Amanda Horn, Donna Jung, Penny King, Sonya McDaniel, Brenda Miller, Susan Moffat, Joy Rhodes, Charlotte Richert, Diana Romano, Susan Routh, Barbara Tricinella, Lani Vasconcellos, Marcy Wichert, Ginny McCarthick, and Jorge Atiles.  Dorothy Wilson, Langston University State Program Leader, also attended.
     Several OEAFCS members were recognized during the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Southern Region meeting, including:


  • Ginny McCarthick – 2nd Place Southern Region Winner in Family Health and Wellness
  • Jean Bailey and Team – 1st Place Southern Region Winner in Human Development/Family Relationships
  • Melody Ennis – 1st Place Southern Region Winner in Communications – Newsletters
  • Diana Romano – 3rd Place Southern Region Winner in Communications – Newsletter (Team award with Ines Beltran, Georgia, and others)
  • Gale Mills – 2nd Place Southern Region Winner in Communications – Radio/Podcast
  • Brenda Miller – Elected to the National Nominating Committee


OEAFCS members who were recognized during the NEAFCS Awards Banquet held Thursday evening at the Omni William Penn Hotel Ballroom include:

  • Ginny McCarthick – 3rd place National Winner in Family Health and Wellness
  • Jean Bailey and Team – 1st Place National Winner in Human Development/Family Relationships
  • Melody Ennis – 1st Place National Winner in Communications – Newsletters
  • Diana Romano – 3rd place National Winner in Communications – Newsletter (Team Award with Ines Beltran, Georgia, and others)
  • Donna Jung – Distinguished Service Award
  • Joy Rhodes – Continued Excellence Award
  • Charlotte Richert – Continued Excellence Award

Susan Moffat presented a poster entitled “Connecting Public Issues To Public Policy” which is a multi-state four-part curriculum with North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Marcy Wichert presented a poster entitled “Baby Think It Over” which concentrated on the team’s project which received Southern Region and National awards.
     Several members represented Oklahoma in volunteer positions during the conference. Brenda Hill (Credentials Committee), Melody Ennis (Parliamentarian), Penny King (Minutes Reviewer), and Donna Jung (Awards Committee) volunteered for the Southern Regional Meeting.  Brenda Miler and Lani Vasconcellos volunteered for the GALAXY IV Education Program Committee and LaDonna Dunlop was a Silent Auction volunteer.
     Brenda Miller is serving on the NEAFCS Awards Ceremony Committee and was appointed as Apprentice for that committee.
     OEAFCS members enjoyed State’s Night Out with the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents and the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents members who attended GALAXY IV.  Mike Weber, OAEAA Past President, made dinner reservations for the group.  Thanks to Mike for his organization of this time for these association members.



None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

John Holman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Murray County, effective 10-1-13 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Murray County)


None to report


October 5: Northwest District 4-H Trap Shoot (Enid)
October 6: 4-H Tulsa State Fair Dog Show (Tulsa)
October 8: Pushmataha Forest Research and Demonstration Field Day (Clayton)
October 9: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 2 (Online)
October 9-10: Southeast District Secretaries’ Conference (Sulphur)
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 14: 4-H Foundation Clover Classic Golf Tournament (Stillwater)
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 16-18: Southeast District Leadership Conference (Ardmore)
October 16-18: Northeast District 4-H Youth-In-Action Conference (Gore)
October 17: October Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
October 17: Oklahoma Recycling Conference (Stillwater)
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 26: State 4-H Trap Shoot (Ada and Enid)
October 29: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 30: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 30: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Series Week 5 (Online)
November 1: 4-H Risk Management (Centra)
November 2: 4-H Dog Show Clinic and Show (Kellyville)
November 2: State 4-H Smallbore Contest (Oklahoma City)
November 6: Northeast District 4-H Update (TBA)
November 6: Steps to a Healthier Weight (Centra)
November6: Monthly Home Energy Info (Adobe Connect)
November 8: Cooperative Conversations: Social Media in OCES: Who’s Doing What? (Online)
November 8: 4-H Foundation Board Meeting (Stillwater)
November 9: State 4-H Council 2nd Quarter Meeting (TBA)
November 12: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
November 12: Risky Behavior/Family Breakdown Issue Team In-Service (Norman)
November 13: Northwest District 4-H Fall Update (Fairview)
November 13: Hunger Team Update (Adobe Connect)
November 14: November Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
November 14: 4-H for Century III – A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (TBA)
November 15: 4-H Volunteer Management System (TBA)
November 19-20: Northeast/Southeast District FCS In-Service (TBA)
November 21-22: Northwest District In-Service – Tia Chi Certification/OSDH (Enid)
November 22: Southwest District FCS In-Service (TBA)
November 29-December 3: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta)


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