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Vol. 3 – No. 1
January 10, 2003

Current Events

Seminars Slated To Introduce New AgWeather Site: OSU and the Oklahoma Mesonet are proud to announce a completely revised Oklahoma AgWeather site that provides a new approach to Oklahoma Mesonet weather information and products. The new site brings together the best in weather data and products with the latest OSU resources. The site also offers new opportunities for education, research, and extension activities. The new features of Oklahoma AgWeather include: easier weather data and product navigation; crop and pest models organized by commodity; cattle stress index; degree-day calculator; improved data charting capabilities; agricultural market links; OSU programs and publications links; and grower association links. All site data are free with no subscription and no fees. Faculty, staff, and students interested in weather information access are invited to attend an overview of the newly revised Oklahoma AgWeather web site. Three identical seminars are available. Each seminar will last 45 minutes. The seminars are scheduled January 21, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Ag Hall, room 225; January 23, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., in the Animal Science Building, room 124; and January 23, 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., in Ag Hall, room 225. For more information, call Al Sutherland at 405-224-2216, J.D. Carlson at 744-6353, or Leila Hickman at 744-8429.

Environmental Education Expo: The Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education is hosting its annual Environmental Expo on February 15 at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus. The Expo is geared toward teachers, students, and community leaders who are involved with environmental issues. Extension Specialists Mike Smolen, Billie Chambers, and Sarah Kimball will present sessions about Extension’s environmental education programs. Four educational sessions will focus on Oklahoma’s Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity, Community Diversity, and Educating for Diversity. Extension Educators who attend the Expo can receive one graduate/undergraduate credit hour. For information regarding the credit, contact Brenda Solomon at 1-800-765-8933. Representatives of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Department of Forestry, Blue Thumb, and the Water Resources Board will have exhibits at the Expo. Registration is $35 and includes lunch. For more information about the Expo, contact Jeanine Huss at 405-744-7233, or jmhuss@okstate.edu , or visit the website at www.okaee.org .

Announcements

Counties Receive Grants: The House of Representatives Campaign for Oklahoma Kids recently awarded three $2,000 grants to OCES for the Healthy Families programs in Delaware, Texas, Cotton, and Jefferson counties. Judy Benson, wife of House Speaker Emeritus Loyd Benson, and other legislators launched the Campaign for Oklahoma Kids in 1997 as a private, tax-exempt fund to help support child abuse prevention and intervention projects across the state.

Mileage Rate Has Changed: As of January 1, 2003, the allowable mileage rate for travel reimbursement has changed to $0.36 per mile. This is a decrease from the previous rate of $0.365 per mile.

Smolen Elected to Board: Mike Smolen, Extension Water Quality Specialist, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Great Plains Foundation. This is a private organization that addresses water resources issues in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Bull Sale Slated: Oklahoma Beef Inc., will host a bull sale on March 31. For more information, contact John Evans, Extension Animal Breeding Specialist, at 405-744-6060, or jle@okstate.edu .

Application Deadline Nearing: February 15 is the deadline for FCS and 4-H Extension Educators, FCS faculty, and District Program Specialists to submit applications for the various scholarships and fellowships that are available. Applications should be returned to Lynda Harriman, 104 HES, Stillwater, OK 74078, no later than February 15. Application forms are available on the FCS website at www.fcs.okstate.edu . Information packets were sent in pouch mail on January 9. In addition, Ambassador Grants and Margaret E. Fitch Fellowship applications are available on the website. These applications are due on August 1.

Retirement Party: Everyone is invited to attend a retirement party for Marilyn Berousek, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, on January 30. The party will take place in room 111 in the McClain County Courthouse from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. She is retiring from OCES after 30 years of service.

Condolences to: Kent Barnes, Area Livestock Specialist, Northeast District, on the death of his father, Elmo Barnes. He passed away December 26. Funeral services took place December 30 at the Methodist Church in Perkins. Cards may be sent to Kent Barnes and his family at 17473 HW 80, Hulbert, OK 74441.


College Corner

On-Line Scholarship Application: The CASNR on-line scholarship application for the 2003-2004 academic year is available on the college’s website. Students may access the application at www.casnr.com . Click on the “Scholarship Information/CASNR Award Apps” link. Application deadline is January 24 for current CASNR students, and February 1 for prospective/incoming transfer students.

Leadership Opportunity: Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma is launching a Student Board Program to provide opportunities for students to gain leadership skills by participating in an academic/corporate agricultural finance experience. This includes exposure to the function of a board of directors, and the development of decision-making skills relative to the function of an agricultural cooperative. All CASNR students are eligible to apply. Applications are available in 136 Ag Hall. The deadline is February 28. For more information, contact Mrs. Amber Phillips, Marketing Specialist, Farm Credit Services of East Central Oklahoma, at 1-800-972-9134.

Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Sarah C. Trzebiatowski, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 1-6-03

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Coming Events

January 10: Southeast District FCS/4-H In-Service (Sulphur)

January 10-11: Horticulture Industries Show (Springdale, Arkansas)

January 11: Northeast District Volunteer and 4-H Family Winter Conference (Jenks)

January 14: Regional Ag in the Classroom Training (Norman)

January 16: Northeast District “Ready, Set…Volunteer!” 4-H Volunteer Core Competency Training Unit 3 (Tulsa)

January 17: Co-Parenting Through Divorce (Stillwater)

January 25: Southwest District 4-H Volunteers Conference (Lawton)

January 27: Heart Health for Women (Enid)

January 28: Turning a Sore Thumb Into a Green Thumb: A Short Course in Landscape Management (Ada)

January 28: Yearly Diabetes Seminar (LeFlore and Pittsburg counties)

January 28: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

January 30-31: Ag in the Classroom Reunion Workshop (Ardmore)


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