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Vol. 2 —  No. 12
June 14, 2002

Current Events

Lane Ag Center Field Day: The Field Day is slated for Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special recognition will be awarded to Congressman Wes Watkins. The recognition is for Watkins' untiring efforts towards development of Southeastern Oklahoma during his years in public office. The Field Day will include guided tours of research plots. Concessions will be available with all proceeds going to the Atoka FFA Chapter. The Field Day is open to the public. For more information, contact Merritt J. Taylor at 580-889-7343, or email at mtaylor-okstate@lane-ag.org .

Cotton Scouting Workshops: Two workshops are scheduled to help agriculturists learn how to scout fields for cotton insects. The focus will be on how to plant map, a method on which base production decisions are made. The first workshop is scheduled for June 24 at the Southwest Research and Extension Center at Altus. The second workshop will take place on July 9 at the Civic Center at Medford. Both workshops will begin at 8:30 and lunch will be provided. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be given for those who qualify. For more information, contact Miles Karner at 580-482-8880.

State Meeting: The OAEAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference will take place July 10-12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Oklahoma City. Registration is due by July 1. Hotel reservations are due by June 20 to receive the conference rate. Conference information was recently mailed to members. For additional information on the conference or membership, contact Joe Benton, OAEAA Secretary, at 405-321-4774, or Bob LeValley, OAEAA President, at 580-255-0546.

Beef Conference: The 34th Annual Beef Improvement Federation Conference is scheduled for July 10-13 in Omaha, NE. This year’s theme is “Focus on Efficiency.” For more information, contact John Evans at 405-744-6060, or email at jle@okstate.edu . The Beef Improvement web page is located at http://beefimprovement.org/ .

Announcements

Senate and House Pass Resolutions: During the recently completed legislative session, the Senate and House of Representatives passed a resolution authored by Senator Mueggee and Representative Covey, chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, commending the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service for its efforts to improve communities and for undertaking our “Initiative for the Future of Rural Oklahoma.” Extension was encouraged to continue to “help each community realize its fullest potential in the 21st Century.” The full text of the resolution can be seen at http://ifro.okstate.edu. Click on the “What’s New” link.

IFRO Web Site: A web site has been created to share information concerning the “Initiative for the Future of Rural Oklahoma” and to assist those groups and communities who are preparing proposals. The information under the Resource link and the FAQ link should be especially helpful. The web address is http://ifro.okstate.edu.

New Grant: Congratulations to the Jackson County Extension staff. They have just received a $500 Earth Day grant from Wal-Mart to be used by their 4-H Clubs for horticulture projects.

New Address: The Greer County Extension Office is on the move. The new mailing address is Greer County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 2302A North Louis Tittle, Mangum, Oklahoma 73554. All phone numbers and emails remain the same. The office is now housed in the Greer County Conservation District Complex.

In-Service Training is Important: Participation in in-service training opportunities is a very important part of professional development for all county Extension educators. Please remember when you enroll in an in-service training, you are expected to attend. Listed below are the in-service training sessions that have been canceled effective 6-10-02. Please review your enrollment list to see if you had pre-enrolled in any of these canceled sessions. If so, please select other sessions and modify your enrollment. Note that some of the canceled sessions are being offered at other locations. The enrollment process should be completed by Monday, June 24. Your cooperation in the new in-service enrollment process is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Joyce Martin at 405-744-7969.


CANCELED SESSIONS

­ #122 21st Century Community Learning Centers at Oklahoma City on August 29, 2002

­ #106 Riparian Management at Anadarko on November 21, 2002

­ #76 Sprayer Calibration at TBA on August 15, 2002

­ #77 4-H Forestry at Sequoyah State Park on November 7, 2002

­ #150 Fresh Produce Food Safety at Oklahoma City on October 10, 2002

Awards of Excellence: The Southwest District has honored two support staff members. Nominations were taken from co-workers of the support staff. The Sr. Award of Excellence, given to a staff member with more than five years of service, was presented to Angie Hines, Oklahoma County Senior Secretary. She has been on board since August 1985. The Jr. Award of Excellence, given to a staff member with one to five years of service, was presented to Micki Smith, Beckham County Senior Secretary. She has been with OCES since May 2001.

UkpakaTakes On New Role in 2003: Effective June 1, 2003, Carolynn Ukpaka, Area Coordinator for Comanche Unit Community Nutrition Education Program, and a Registered Dietitian, has been appointed as Chair of the 2003 National Nutrition Month Campaign for the Oklahoma Dietetic Association.

International Speaker: Mike Schnelle, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Ornamental Floriculture Specialist, was an invited speaker to Tokyo, Japan to address Unites States Plant Material Possibilities for Japan. Schnelle's hosts were the Japanese Agricultural Trade Organization and the Japanese Nurserymen's Association. He was in Japan June 5-11.

Software Licensing: Oklahoma State University and Microsoft have signed an agreement that allows OSU employees to install certain software on their work and home computers. Under the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MCA), staff, faculty, and employees of OSU may, at no cost, install the software covered under the MCA on their office and home computers. Software covered under the MCA includes Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Office XP. Under the terms of the agreement, all other MCA software installed on home (non-University) computers must be removed. For more information, contact your designated Extension Training and Technology Support Specialist.

Congratulations to: Susan Moffat, Cleveland County Extension Educator, FCS, and her husband Jerry, on the birth of their son Conrad Moffat. He was born June 5th, weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Condolences to: Arletta Webster, Senior Financial Coordinator, on the death of her daughter, Jennifer Webster, Ponca City. She passed away June 4. Funeral services were held June 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. Memorials may be made to Edwin Fair Ponca City Transitional Living Center, 1500 N. 6th Street, Ponca City, OK 74601, or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 500 N. Broadway, Suite 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.


Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Mandy H. Fritz, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communication Services, 7-1-02

Jose Sanchez, Assistant Professor/Director, Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center, Goodwell, 7-1-02

Curtis N. Bensch, Assistant State Specialist/Lecturer, Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center, Goodwell, 7-1-02

 

TITLE CHANGE

Danny P. Cook, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development & Interim CED, Roger Mills County, 7-15-02. (Was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development)

SEPARATION

David W. Pace, Assistant Extension Specialist, Animal Science, 5-29-02

D. Lynne Beam, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Stephens County, 6-28-02

Coming Events

June 18: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBA)

June 18: Extension Administrative Group Meeting (Stillwater)

June 19: State Advisory Council Meeting (Stillwater)

June 19: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

June 19: Microsoft PowerPoint Workshop, NW Dist. Ext. Staff (Woodward)

June 20: In-Service—Sugars and Other Sweeteners (Stillwater)

June 20-22: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 22: Lane Ag Field Day (Lane)

June 23-25: Oklahoma Pecan Growers’ Annual Meeting (Shangri La Resort)

June 25: Microsoft PowerPoint Workshop, NW Dist. Ext. Staff (Enid)

June 25-26: Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers’ Conference (OSU-OKC)

June 27: Healthy Cooking—Quick and Easy (Duncan and Lawton)

June 28: In-Service—PowerPay (Watonga)

July 4-15: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

July 8: In-Service—Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Temperament Issues Within Relationships (Stillwater)

July 9: Extension Administrative Group Meeting (Stillwater)

July 10-12: OAEAA Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 16-18: Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 17: Beef Ambassador Illustrated Talk Contest (Stillwater)

July 17: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

July 19-20: 4-H Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 19: Oklahoma Jr. Wheat Improvement Judging (El Reno)

July 21-23: OHCE State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 23-25: OSU Livestock Judging Camp (Stillwater)

July 24-26: State 4-H Club Congress (Oklahoma City)

July 25: Northeast District Extension Directors’ Meeting (Muskogee)

July 26: Northeast District Area Specialist Agents Meeting (Muskogee)

July 30: Southeast District Volunteer Leadership Conference (Atoka)

July 31-Aug. 2: OAE4-HA Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 31-Aug. 2: Ag in the Classroom Summer Teacher Institute (Stillwater)

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