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Vol. 3 – No. 16
August 8, 2003

Current Events

Information Available for Marketing Peanuts: The Farm Service Agency, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and The Anadarko Bank and Trust Company are sponsoring a peanut program that all peanut growers in Oklahoma should make plans to attend. The Peanut Loan and LDP Program “What You Need to Know Before You Market Your Peanuts!” will cover the new process for selling/marketing peanuts under the new Farm Bill. Kim Anderson, Extension Grain Marketing Specialist, also will discuss marketing strategies. This is a must for all peanut producers and buying points. The program will take place on August 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb. Lunch is provided courtesy of Anadarko Bank and Trust Company. For more information contact David Nowlin, Caddo County Extension Educator, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, and CED, at 405-247-3376.

 Horse Symposium: Horse owners in Oklahoma will meet in Stillwater on September 27 for the first annual Horse Owner’s Symposium. Topics to be covered include joint supplements, West Nile Virus prevention, vaccination strategies, colic, and managing growing horses. The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at McElroy Hall Auditorium located at McFarland and Farm Road. A pre-registration fee of $30 is due by September 15. For more information, contact Carolyn MacAllister, Extension Veterinarian, at 405-744-8465, or David Freeman, Extension Equine Specialist, at 405-744-6058.

Announcements

Grant Recipient: Donna Stangl, Canadian County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, received one of five $1,000 grants from Dairy MAX®. Her project is titled "MOO-licious and Nutritious." The project targets school age students to improve their nutrition behaviors for a healthier life.

 Support for Professional Development Travel:  In response to requests from our Extension partners the following policy will be placed in effect immediately.  “County educators may accept up to $250.00 per educator/per fiscal year from local program partners, i.e., the local Home and Community Educators Association, the county Cattlemen’s Association, or the local 4-H Foundation, etc., to be applied toward deferring the cost of travel to out-of-state professional development meeting(s).

 New Assignments for Extension Technology Specialists: George Thomas has accepted a Vice-Principal position in the El Paso school district in Texas.  Prior to his accepting this position, he provided technical support to the SW District and part of the NW District.  His responsibilities have been split between Jared Kellenberger and Nancy Michael as follows:

            Jared Kellenberger (405-744-7847) will continue to support the NE District but will also support Alfalfa, Blaine, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, and Noble counties in the NW District along with Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Tillman, and Washita counties in the SW District.

            Nancy Michael (405-744-4390) will continue to support the SE District along with Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Woods, and Woodward counties in the NW District as well as Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, McClain, Oklahoma, and Stephens counties in the SW District.  Additional information and email addresses for Jared and Nancy may be found on the Extension support website at http://www.dasnr.okstate.edu/support/

            We appreciate their dedication and willingness to take on these extra assignments during this time. 

 Alumni Drive Set for Oklahoma 4-H Month: Oklahoma 4-H Month will take place during October. This year’s focus will be on reconnecting with our 4-H heritage. One of the goals of the State 4-H Ambassadors is to increase awareness about the Oklahoma 4-H Alumni Association. They will be giving leadership to our statewide 4-H alumni recruitment drive, and every county is encouraged to conduct a 4-H Alumni Drive during Oklahoma 4-H Month.

            Youth 4-H members will be asked to participate in the 4-H Alumni Drive.  By recruiting alumni members, 4-H’ers can have dollars designated to cover the cost of their 4-H activities at the county, district, state, or national level. 

            The Alumni Association is structured so that 60 percent of the annual $20 membership fee goes to a youth  4-H member of their choice. The annual fee for a couple is $35. A lifetime fee of $200 also is available. These funds go into a personal account at the state office for the designated 4-H member. The money in the account can be applied to 4-H trips, camps, and scholarships. 

            Many 4-H youth, volunteers and alumni are not aware of this opportunity.  Help get the word out as we prepare for the first annual Oklahoma 4-H Alumni Drive to be held in October in conjunction with Oklahoma 4-H Month.

New Appointment: Sissy Osteen, Extension Resource Management Specialist, has been appointed to the Finance and Properties Committee for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

 ASAE Members Return with Honors: Members of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers returned from the International ASAE Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. OSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering student Candice Johnson was elected as the 2003-2004 President of the ASAE National Pre-professionals Council. This is the highest elected student office in the Society. In addition, the BAE senior design team of Mary Crawford, Scott Schneider, and Matt Simpson placed second in the AGCO Student Design Competition. Their project was entitled "Designing an Island Habitat for the Interior Least Tern."  Judging was based on a written report and an oral presentation.  Paul Weckler, Assistant Professor, BAE, served as the senior design instructor and advisor for the team’s entry in the competition. Also, the OSU "Fountain Wars" team placed third in the national competition.  Fountain Wars is a project involving the design, on-site construction, and testing of a water fountain to achieve specific design goals. OSU's team was led by Steven Fowler.  Mike Kizer, Associate Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer, served as advisor to the team. Glenn Brown, Professor, BAE, and Becky Ostermann, Lecturer, BAE, played a major role in inaugurating this competition on behalf of ASAE.

 Congratulations to: Cheryl Sue Helm, Sr. Extension Clerk, Lincoln County, and William Davidson. They were married on August 1.

 
College Corner

Teaching Effectiveness Workshop: Dr. Kirby Barrick, Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, will present a teaching effectiveness workshop at OSU on August 14. The workshop, “Peer Observation for Teaching Assessment,” will be held in 201 Ag Hall, and will begin at 8:15 a.m. Those who are interested in attending should contact Mary Ellen Beyl at 405-744-5395 to pre-register.

 Teaching Enhancement Symposium: The University of Florida will host the 2003 Southern Region Teaching Enhancement Symposium September 27-29 in Gainesville. The early registration deadline is August 29. This year’s theme will be “Reaching Out to New Student Audiences.” The symposium will feature sessions on teaching students at a distance; reaching students with new and revised academic programs; reaching pre-professional students; and reaching students using minors and certificates. The conference website is http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/srts/index.html. All those interested in attending should contact the Academic Programs office at 405-744-5395.

 Fall Break Schedule: Fall Break for OSU students will be Monday and Tuesday, September 29-30. Monday classes will meet on Wednesday, October 1. Note that this is a change from the tentative dates of October 6-7 in the projected 2003-2004 Academic Calendar published in the 2002-2003 OSU Catalog.

 Welcome for New CASNR Students: In conjunction with ALPHA, CASNR is hosting a “College Welcome Reception” for all new freshman and transfer students in CASNR on August 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 123 Animal Science Building. Faculty will be introduced and will have the opportunity to interact with students.

Academic Team Competes: The Aggie-X Academic Team recently competed against 325 university teams from across the country and Canada at the American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting in Montreal. OSU’s team placed second, which is the highest placing OSU has achieved to date. Derrell Peel serves as the team’s coach and advisor of Aggie-X.

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Coming Events

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

September 4: Annual Equine Sports medicine Min-Conference (Stillwater)

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 27: 1st Annual Horse Owner’s Symposium (Stillwater)

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

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