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Vol. 3 – No. 21
October 17, 2003

Current Events

Extension to Participate in One-Time Salary Supplement Program: David Schmidly, OSU System CEO and OSU President, announced that he will ask the OSU/A&M Board of Regents at their upcoming October 24 board meeting to approve a one-time $500 salary supplement.  If the Board approves the supplement, all employees within the OSU System who have an OSU continuous employment date prior to July 1, 2003, an active pay assignment on November 17, 2003, and have not received a merit raise in the last two years will be eligible.

 An active pay assignment excludes individuals on leave of absence without pay, including personal leaves of absence, layoff, workers compensation, etc.  Employees located off the main campuses and paid from a contract or grant that provided a merit salary program to employees within the past two fiscal years are ineligible for the one-time salary supplement.  Employees paid from these contracts or grants who are located on the main campuses and were not eligible for merit salary programs are eligible. 

 The one-time salary supplement is to be paid on a separate payroll between Monday, November 24, and Wednesday, November 26, 2003.  The payment will be subject to mandatory withholdings such as taxes, Social Security, and Medicare.  Part-time continuous employees will receive a payment based on the percentage of their work assignment (for example, a .5 FTE employee would receive a payment of .5 times $500 or $250).  Temporary employees, students, and graduate students are not eligible for the one-time supplement.

OQBN Sets Sales Dates for Remainder of 2003: The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network has scheduled sale dates for the remainder of 2003. Sales will take place on the following dates: OKC West, El Reno, November 5; Tulsa, November 10; Woodward, November 11; Welch, November 13; Enid, November 18; OKC West, El Reno, December 3; and Welch, December 4 and 18. The OQBN is owned and operated by beef producers for the benefit of beef producers and consumers. Development of this network is a joint effort of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, contact David Lalman at 405-744-6060, or dlalman@okstate.edu, or see the OQBN Web site at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/oqbn/.

 Governor’s Water Conference: The 2003 Governor’s Water Conference, “All Things Water,” will take place November 4-5 at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The event includes a half-day seminar on November 4 that will deal with issues surrounding use of water resources from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer region in south central Oklahoma. The primary conference program will be presented November 5. Registration is $45 and the Water Quality Program will pay registration and travel costs for two county or district staff. For more information call Pat Bridger at 405-744-5653.

 Satellite Downlink Public Meeting: October 28 is the date for a satellite downlink public meeting regarding the final regulations implementing two sections in Title III of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.  The purpose of the satellite downlink public meeting is to provide information on the rules to the public and to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions for clarification. The public meeting will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. central standard time in room 201 of the Food and Agricultural Products Center. Any questions from the public must be received no later than October 24. Questions should be submitted to Cecilia Brewer by phone, 405-744-6277, fax, 405-744-6313, regular mail, 148 FAPC, Stillwater, OK  74075, or by email at richc@okstate.edu. For more information, contact Jason Young, Quality Management Specialist, at 405-744-2375.

Announcements

Anella Recognized for Work: Lou Anella, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, was presented with the Downtown Stillwater Main Street Volunteer of the Year 2003 award. Anella volunteered his expertise in beautifying the corners at the intersection of 8th Street and Main Street. Downtown Stillwater provided the funding and Anella ordered the plants, coordinated volunteers, rigged up an irrigation system, and maintained the beds all summer long.

 Montgomery Elected to Board of Directors: Doug Montgomery, Extension Specialist, Turf Research, has been elected treasurer on the Board of Directors of the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association. NRVMA was established to bring together personnel interested and involved in integrated roadside vegetation management through employment, research, education, regulation, contracting, or manufacturing.

 In-Service Has Been Cancelled: The In-Service Training “Pesticide Web Site” has been cancelled due to low enrollment. If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, please call Charles Luper, OSU Pesticide Education Program, at 405-744-5808.

 OSU Represented at IR-4 Food Use Workshop:  Charles Luper, OSU Pesticide Education Program and Oklahoma IR-4 liaison, along with Lynn Brandenberger, Extension Food Crops Specialist, and Jonathan Edelson, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Integrated Pest Management, Fruit Crops, attended an IR-4 Food Use Workshop in Portland, Ore. IR-4 helps in securing new pest control products for minor use crops. The IR-4 Food Use Workshop sets the upcoming year research priorities for minor use crops. This three-day meeting devotes a day each for weed, insect, and plant disease control research priorities. Luper and Edelson also represented Oklahoma at the IR-4 Southern Region meeting October 8 in Key Largo, Fla. Information was given on new products for minor use crops. Regional research priorities also were set at the Key Largo meeting for the upcoming year. Information about the IR-4 program can be obtained from Luper or at the Pesticide Safety Education Program website at http://pested.okstate.edu.

College Corner

Transfer Day: November 14 is the day when transfer students can first enroll for the Spring 2004 semester.

 Career Fair: The 2003 Career Fair will take place on October 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development. Employers from around the United States will be on campus seeking students with backgrounds in the areas of chemistry, biology, food science, animal science, horticulture, fisheries and wildlife, nutritional sciences, agronomy, agribusiness, agricultural economics, communications, and agricultural education. Contact Amy Gazaway at 405-744-5395 for more information.

 PIZZA! PIZZA!:  The advising pizza party for the Freshmen in Transition (FIT) program will take place on October 29 on the third floor of Zink Hall. The event, which runs from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., is an opportunity for advising coordinators from each department to give a brief overview of the advising/enrollment process and will help students better understand their respective degree sheets.

Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

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TITLE CHANGES

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SEPARATIONS

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Coming Events

October 21: Ag in the Classroom Update (McAlester)

October 21: Oklahoma Forest Industry, Woodland Wildlife, and Pond Management (Idabel)

October 21: Rotational Grazing Without Fences for Livestock and Wildlife Management (Stillwater)

October 22: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (Enid)

October 23: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (Chickasha)

October 25: National Congress Orientation (Oklahoma City)

October 25: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

October 29: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (Tulsa)

October 30: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (McAlester)

October 30: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III – A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (Chickasha)

November 1: State 4-H Trap/Skeet Shoot (El Reno)

November 5: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (El Reno)

November 6: Adopting Healthy Behaviors (Tulsa)

November 6: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III – A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (TBA)

November 6: Stream Hydrology Trailer (Lawton)

November 7: Public Policy Institute (Ardmore)

November 10: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Tulsa)

November 11: Oklahoma Forest Industry, Woodland Wildlife, and Pond Management (Sallisaw)

November 11: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Woodward)

November 13: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

November 13: Dual-Purpose Wheat, Aphids, and Nitrogen Management (El Reno)

November 18: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Enid)

November 22: 4-H Robotics Training (Stillwater)

November 23-December 2: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)

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