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Vol. 2 —  No. 15
July 29, 2002

Current Events

Training Schedule Finalized for Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions: By now, you have received information regarding the upcoming Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions which will be held in every county in Oklahoma beginning in September and running through the first half of December. I appreciate your support and involvement in these listening sessions. In order to prepare you for the listening sessions, orientation/facilitator training sessions have been scheduled in each of the four districts, and dates and locations are listed below. The orientation session will begin at 10 a.m. to acquaint you with the purpose for these sessions, while the facilitator training will be held in the afternoon to set guidelines and establish ground rules for how the listening sessions will be conducted. Both sessions would be beneficial to you as an Extension professional. If you have a conflict with the date scheduled for your district, please select one of the other district sessions and make plans to attend.

The listening sessions will require a large number of facilitators, and while we are soliciting participants from a mix of community leaders and citizens, we will need your help! If you would like to serve as a facilitator, please contact your District Director today. I would like to thank you in advance for your commitment and support of this endeavor. If you have questions, please contact your District Extension Director.

Thursday, August 15th
Southwest District
Grady County Fairgrounds
Chickasha, OK
Facilitator Training Conducted by Sue Williams

Monday, August 19th
Northwest District
Hoover Building
Garfield County Fairgrounds
Enid, OK
Facilitator Training Conducted by Sue Tate

Wednesday, August 21st
Southeast District
Pontotoc County Career Tech
Ada, OK
Facilitator Training Conducted by Sue Tate

Thursday, August 22nd
Northeast District
Tulsa County Extension Center
Tulsa, OK
Facilitator Training Conducted by Renee Daugherty


OAE4-HA State Meeting: Members of OAE4-HA will take part in the group’s state meeting July 31-August 2 in Oklahoma City. Detailed conference information was printed in the spring issue of Perspective. For more information, contact Tom Manske at 405-262-0155.

Wheatland Stocker Conference Set for August: Cattle producers will have the opportunity to learn how new technology will impact the beef industry at the Annual Wheatland Stocker Conference. The event will take place August 14 at the High Plains Vo-Tech Center in Woodward, and August 15 at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center in Enid. There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is required by August 12. In addition to new technology, topics to be covered during each of the conferences will include vaccine strategies, antibiotic use, nutritional requirements of stressed calves, updates of stocker cattle research, and a review of the beef quality assurance audit. For more information, contact Greg Highfill at 580-237-7677.

Announcements

Hamblin Wins National Award: Lisa Hamblin, Oklahoma County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, was recognized by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Association with a national first place honor for her personal news column. She will receive the award during the Association’s national meeting in October. Hamblin’s column, “Youth Today,” appears in the Daily Oklahoman.

Fee Waivers Due: Fee waivers for the 2002 Fall Semester must be submitted by August 9, five working days prior to the first day of class on August 19, to 245 Ag Hall. The green Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Extension Director, District Extension Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator. Allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW POLICY: if you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions. No letters of explanation will be accepted. The Fee Waiver and Study and Education Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services, and you can request them by calling 405-744-5823.
Also, as a reminder – Distance Education Courses have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form. If you have questions, contact your County Extension Director as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waiver and Study and Education Request Forms.
If your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and education form, call 405-744-6550 so that your records can be updated. Be sure to check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver. You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions.


Help Sought for Historical Display: Oklahoma 4-H is putting together a historical display and help is needed from club members from the 1950s through the 1980s. Once completed, the historical display will be housed in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Help is needed from 4-H alumni in compiling photos from state events during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Please send your photos and memorabilia for consideration for the display to: Gina Schutte, Coordinator, Special Programs & Promotions, Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Stillwater, OK 74078. Be sure to include a caption or explanation of historical significance. Also include your name, daytime phone number or email address and mailing address so that we may contact you and/or return your items.

New Officers Elected at OAEAA Annual Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents met recently in Oklahoma City. While at the meeting, members of the group elected the 2002-2003 officers. The new officers are: Immediate Past President - Bob LeValley; President - Bob Woods; President Elect - Ron Vick; Vice President - Jody House; Secretary Treasurer - Joe Benton; Secretary Treasurer Elect - Wes Lee; Northwest District Sr. Director - Dave Williams; Northwest Jr. Director - Mike Weber; Southwest Sr. Director - Brad Tipton; Southwest Jr. Director - Max Gallaway; State Specialist Sr. Director - Hailin Zhang; State Specialist Jr. Director - Pat Bolin; Southeast Sr. Director - Myrl Redman; Southeast Jr. Director - Justin McDaniel; Northeast Sr. Director - Mick Jones; and Northeast Jr. Director - Dee Cooper.
Other awards that were presented include: Distinguished Service Award - Don Britton and Joe Benton; Achievement Award - Jeff Baumann; Friend of Extension Recipients - Steve and Sherry Bieberich, Custer County, and Dr. Sam Strahm, Osage County; National Communications Award Winner - Tom Royer; and State Communication Award Winners - Phil Pratt and Dirk Webb

Condolences to: Bob LeValley, Southwest District Livestock Specialist, and his wife, Bea, on the death of her mother, Ella Robertson. She passed away July 11. Funeral services were held July 15 in Waynoka, OK.

Condolences to: Guy Harlow, retired Southwest District 4-H Program Specialist, on the death of his brother, Dale Harlow. He passed away July 17. Funeral services were held July 19 at the Jackson Funeral Home in Frederick, OK.


Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Vicki D. Corbin, Coordinator, Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, effective 7-1-02

Rachael M. Kircher, Coordinator, Oklahoma AgriAbility, Biosysystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 7-22-02

TITLE CHANGES

Melody E. Durant, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County, effective 7-8-02 (Was: Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, Hughes County)

SEPARATION

Paul N. Lee, Managing Editor, Agricultural Communication Services, effective 7-19-02

Coming Events

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

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

July 26: Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Cattlemen’s College (Oklahoma City)

July 27: Shooting Sports Air Rifle, Pistol, Archery Contest (Watonga)

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)

August 1-4: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships (Memphis, TN)

August 3-4: Shooting Sports Training (Woodward)

August 6: Eastern Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (Tulsa)

August 7-8: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (Broken Bow)

August 7: County Fair/Livestock Show Management (Stillwater)

August 8: Eastern Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (McAlester)

August 9-10: Shooting Sports Training (Ada)

August 12-13: OHCE Planning Meeting (Oklahoma City)

August 12: Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 13: Western Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (Enid)

August 14: Modern Method for Termite Control (Stillwater)

August 14: Poultry Waste Management Video Training (Poteau)

August 14: Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 15: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Southwest District (TBA)

August 19: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Northwest District (TBA)

August 20: Northwest District Wheat Production Issues, Cow-Calf and Stocker Management, and Wheat Merchandising (Woodward)

August 21: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Southeast District (TBA)

August 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

August 21: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network and Cooperative Marketing Efforts in the Beef Industry (Oklahoma City)

August 22: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Northeast District (TBA)

August 29: Improving Fertilizer-N Management and Potential Farmer Profit Using N-Rich Field Strips (Stillwater)

August 31: 4-H Dog Show (Nowata)

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