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Vol. 3 – No. 23
November 14, 2003

Current Events

Cucurbit Production and Marketing Meeting: The 6th Oklahoma Statewide Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting will take place December 11 at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. The program will include presentations on cucurbit varieties, marketing, nutritional value, irrigation, and insect, weed, and disease control. Specific program contents can be viewed at www.lane-ag.org. Persons who are interested may request a copy of the program by calling 580-889-7343.

Announcements

Tax Information Presentation Available: A synchronized multi-media presentation covering “The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief and Reconciliation Act of 2003” is now available on the Web at http://ra.okstate.edu/agecon/Tax2003. This is an audio/video presentation with accompanying PowerPoint slides. The topics presented include an overview of the 2003 Act and new legislation, and specific provisions for individuals, investors, and businesses. Also included is a discussion concerning income tax management tools for farmers and ranchers, and an income tax planning worksheet.

 Individuals who use the presentation will need to have a copy of RealPlayer installed on his or her computer. If you do not have RealPlayer, there is a link located on the opening screen which will allow you to download it.  In addition, a CD containing this presentation is available. For more information, contact J C. Hobbs at (580) 237-7677, or at hobbsj@okstate.edu.

 Distinguished Service Awards: Congratulations to Barbara McCray, Financial Assistant, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, for receiving the Staff Advisory Council’s Distinguished Service Award on November 6. Congratulations also go out to Todd Johnson, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, for being named a finalist for the Distinguished Service Award.

 Dill Honored: Jeff Dill, Extension Educator, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Greer County, has been awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Greer County Extension Leadership Committee in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life for Greer County citizens.

 Proposals Sought for NAE4-HA: The 2004 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents will have its national meeting in Oklahoma City October 31- November 4, 2004.  NAE4-HA has issued a call for presentations. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2004. As the host state we encourage faculty and staff to submit proposals for seminars, poster sessions, or research and evaluation reports. We would like Oklahoma to be well represented. Membership in OAE4-HA or the national association is not required to submit and present. Subject matter should be of interest and appropriate for educators and specialists who are working in the 4-H Youth Development program area. For more information go to http://nae4ha.okstate.edu.  Click on Call for Proposals for online submissions and a printout of the proposal flyer.  For additional information email Steve Smith smithsc@okstate.edu; Kevin Hackett, hacketk@okstate.edu; or Melody Durant, durantm@okstate.edu.

 NAE4-HA Needs Proposal Reviewers: Proposal reviewers from Oklahoma are needed to help select presenters for the Seminars, Poster Sessions, and Research reports for the 2004 NAE4-HA national meeting. Membership in the association is not required but reviewers must have an interest and background in 4-H Youth Development. Oklahoma reviewers will be placed on teams with reviewers from other states. Individuals who are interested should contact Kevin Hackett, Northwest District Program Specialist with the following information:

            Name:

            Mailing Address:

            City & State:

            Email Address:

            Phone:

            Position in Extension/ Level (State, District, County)

            If they are currently active on the NAE4-HA Professional Development Committee or not.

 Hackett’s mailing address is 205 W. Maple, Suite 612, Enid, OK  73701, or email at hacketk@okstate.edu. The plan is to do reviews and give feedback on-line as much as possible. It is anticipated that each reviewer will be asked to review and score 12 to 15 proposals. For more information, call Hackett at 580-233-3052.

 Meat Judging Team Places Second: The OSU Meat Judging Team finished 2nd in the American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest that took place November 2 in Emporia, Kan. There were 12 teams participating.

 Congratulations to: Melody Durant, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County, on the birth of her grandson. Jace William Frazier was born October 10, weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 ½ inches long.

 Congratulations to: Barbara McCray, Financial Assistant, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and her husband, Randy, on the birth of their son. Jacob Randall was born October 21, weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

 Congratulations to: Brett Morris, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Payne County, and his wife, Nita, on the birth of their son. Jesse Isaac was born November 10, weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 22 ½ inches long. He is welcomed home by two brothers, Jordan and Levi.

 Condolences to: Cindy Thurber, Pawnee County 4-H Program Assistant, on the death of her father, Bob Cavett. He passed away October 30. Funeral services were held November 3, 2003 in Pawnee.

 Condolences to: The family of John D. Netherton, retired Extension Educator, who passed away November 6. He retired from OCES after 30 years of service in Choctaw, Latimer, McCurtain, Pushmataha, and Pontotoc counties. He retired in 1984 as an area agronomist in the Southeast District. Funeral services were held November 9 at the Central Church of Christ in Ada. Cards to the family should be addressed to Charlene Netherton, 900 E. 14th, Ada, OK 74820.

 Condolences to: Shelly Sitton, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development, on the death of her mother, Mildred Peper. She passed away November 10. Funeral services were held today, November 14, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Adair. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mildred’s honor to one of the following charitable organizations: American Cancer Society; American Diabetes Association; Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma; National Association of Down Syndrome; or the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Adair. Sympathy cards may be sent to Ron and Shelly Sitton, 1922 Birchwood Ct., Stillwater, OK  74075.

College Corner

Brown Bag Teaching Discussion: The CASNR Committee on Effective Teaching invites all interested faculty and graduate students to attend a Brown Bag Teaching Discussion on November 25. Drs. Dan Tilley and Marcia Tilley, Agricultural Economics, will lead a discussion on Study Abroad Classes: Design and Implementation. The discussion will begin at 11:30 a.m. in 102 Agricultural Hall.

 New Leadership Course: Beginning in the Spring 2004 semester, the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development will offer a new one-hour leadership course designed specifically for CASNR freshmen. Students who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills and learning more about effective leadership should plan to enroll. The course, AGED 1511 – Introduction to Leadership in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will have four sections, each limited to 20 students.

 New Honors Course: David Buchanan, Professor, is offering a new one-hour honors course. HONR 1000 – The Science Class You Wish You Had, will deal with great scientific discoveries that are made by people and are shaped by the history of time. Often, the people and the history are as interesting as the discoveries.

Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Ellen W. Stevens, Research Scientist, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 10-27-03

TITLE CHANGES

None to report

SEPARATIONS

Siobhan Reilly, Coordinator, Food and Agricultural Products Center, effective 9-30-03

Frida Bonaparte, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications, effective 10-31-03

Coming Events

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)

December 3: FCS/4-H Youth Development Statewide In-Service (Stillwater)

December 3: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (El Reno)

December 4: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

December 6: Northwest District Share-The-Fun (Fairview)

December 6: Southwest District S hare-The-Fun (Lawton)

December 10: Junior Master Gardener Program (Southwest District)

December 11: Beef Production: Risk and Rewards (Stillwater)

December 16: Oklahoma Forest Industry, Woodland, Wildlife, and Pond Management (Broken Bow)

December 17: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Units 1,2,3 (Stillwater)

December 18: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

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