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Vol. 3 – No. 15
July 25, 2003

Current Events

Customer Appreciation Day: The 2003 Oklahoma Beef Inc. Customer Appreciation Day will take place on July 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the OBI sale facility located eight miles west of Stillwater on State Highway 51. Discussion topics will include bull health, bull care and nutrition, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, and country of origin labeling.  More information is available on the Internet at www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/obi, or contact John Evans, Extension Animal Breeding Specialist, at 405-744-6060.

Announcements

Champion Ewe: A ewe in the flock of sheep at the OSU Sheep Barn was selected as the Supreme Champion Ewe over all breeds at the 2003 Midwest Stud Ram and Ewe Sale. The Dorset Yearling Ewe sold for $13,000, which breaks the previous record for a Dorset Ewe by more than $5,000. Bill Crutcher is the Herd Manager at the OSU Sheep Barn, which is part of the Department of Animal Science in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Buchanan Honored: Dave Buchanan, Professor, was honored with the 2003 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teacher Fellow Award at the group’s recent convention in California.

 Gill Named Fellow: The American Society of Animal Science honored Don Gill with the 2003 Fellow Award for Extension. Gill is a Regents Professor and Extension Livestock Nutrition Specialist.

 Article Published: Barbara Brown, Extension Food Safety Specialist, and Janice Hermann, Extension Nutrition Specialist, were co-authors of an article that was published in the 2003 Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The article was titled “Impact of a Physical Activity Program Emphasizing Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscle Strength, and Flexibility Among Middle-Aged Women.”

Fee Waivers Due August 8: Fee waivers for the 2003 Fall Semester should be submitted no later than August 8, five working days prior to the first day of class on August 18, to 245 Ag Hall. The 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, and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing. Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline. PLEASE NOTE POLICY:  if you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions.  No letters of explanation will be accepted.  Both 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 do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form. If you have questions, please 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. Also, 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.

 Show Your Support for 4-H: The Oklahoma 4-H license plate is a great way to promote and show support for the Oklahoma 4-H Program. Go to http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/4hfound02/licensepl.htm to download an application form. Many of your local tag agents are already carrying this specialty license plate; but if yours doesn’t, please emphasize the popularity and scope of the 4-H program and courage them to offer this tag through their local office.

 OAEAA Elects Officers, Board of Directors: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents elected new officers and Board of Directors during the group’s annual state meeting that took place July 9-11 in Oklahoma City. The 2003-2004 officers are Ron Vick, president; Jody House, president-elect; Stan Fimple, vice president; Wes Lee, secretary/treasurer; Max Gallaway, secretary/treasurer-elect; and Bob Woods, past president. Board of Directors from the Northeast District include Dee Cooper, Sr. Director; and Mike Rose, Jr. Director; Southeast Directors are Justin McDaniel, Sr. Director; and Mike Steele, Jr. Director; Northwest Directors are Mike Weber, Sr. Director; and Marty New, Jr. Director; and those elected from the Southwest District include Ron Wright, Sr. Director; and Dan Cook, Jr. Director. Pat Bolin was elected as the Sr. State Specialist.

            In addition to officer elections, several awards also were presented. Walter Bruce Bigger was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. David Nowlin was presented with the Farm and Ranch Financial Management Programs Award. Hailin Zhang was presented the Achievement Award. Two Friend of Extension Awards were presented, the first going to the staff of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, and the second going to Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. The Professional Improvement Council Horticulture/Turfgrass Study Tour Award went to Phil Pratt. David Nowlin was presented with the Direct Mail Piece and the Newsletter by Individual Award. Justin McDaniel was honored with the New Agent Award.


College Corner

Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

None to report

TITLE CHANGES

None to report

SEPARATIONS

Frances A. Jackson, Extension Educator, Special Projects - 50%FTE, Jefferson County, effective 7-1-03

George C. Thomas, Computer Specialist, Agricultural Computer Services, effective 7-25-03

Coming Events

July 26: State 4-H Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Archery Shoot (Watonga)

July 29: Southeast District Leaders Conference (Atoka)

July 30-August 3: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship (Perry, Georgia)

July 30-August 1: OAE4-HA Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

August 15-16: Northwest District Science and Arts Camp-In (Enid)

September 10: 4-H Exhibit Entry and Judging Day, Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 12-28: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 15: State 4-H/FFA Wheat Show Recognition Banquet (Oklahoma City)

September 21-25: Galaxy Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah)

September 23: 4-H Exhibit Entry and Judging Day, Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 25-October 5: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 29: 4-H Exhibit Release, Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

 

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