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Vol. 3 – No. 4
February 21, 2003

Current Events

Start Saturdays with SUNUP: The Division's television program SUNUP will be putting on a new face at a new time as of March 1. The show will move from being a Monday through Friday, 15-minute program to launching OETA's weekend lineup at 7 a.m. every Saturday. The new weekend, 30-minute format will allow the Division to better showcase how rural and urban parts of Oklahoma are important to one another, and how both are vital to building a better Oklahoma. Special emphasis will be placed on how the Division is helping Oklahomans at the community level. Each weekend episode will be rebroadcast six times on the RFD dish network the following week. A fixture on OETA since 1986, SUNUP is moving to the weekend time slot at the request of OETA officials. The request came after the 15-minute program that aired after the daily SUNUP episodes was cancelled, leaving a hole in OETA's programming schedule. OETA officials could not find any attractive 15-minute program to fill the vacated slot. As a result, various options were considered and discussed, with OETA officials eventually telling the Division they wanted SUNUP to kick off their weekend lineup as a once-a-week, 30-minute program that would be rebroadcast on the RFD dish network.

Announcements

Award Winners: Agricultural Communications Services was recognized by the Oklahoma Pork Council for their support of agriculture and Oklahoma's swine industry. The "Media Appreciation Award" was presented at the 2003 Pork Congress. Accepting the award on behalf of Agricultural Communications was Sherry Grussing and Vince Giannotti, both TV Producer/Directors.

Excellent Publication: Oklahoma State University was given the award for "Outstanding Extension Publication" during the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticulture Science in Mobile, Alabama. The title of the publication is "Curcurbit Integrated Crop Management." Authors of the publication include: Patricia Bolin (Entomology and Plant Pathology); Lynn Brandenberger (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); Jim Criswell (Entomology and Plant Pathology); Gerritt Cuperus (Entomology and Plant Pathology); John Damacone (Entomology and Plant Pathology); Jonathan Edelson (Entomology and Plant Pathology); Niels Maness (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); William McGlynn (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); Jim Motes (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); Warren Roberts (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); Joe Schatzer (Agriculture Economics); Al Sutherland (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture); Merritt Taylor (Agriculture Economics); and Penny Perkins-Veazie (USDA/ARS).

Email Address Changed: The Pawnee County Extension Office has a new email address. It is osuext@cowboy.net . Please note this change in your personnel directory.

Hollow Stem Stage: Wheat in dual-purpose systems where grazing has occurred during the winter and grain will be harvest in June has recently reached first hollow stem stage, or will soon. Extension Agriculture Educators in the Northwest or Southwest Districts who were expecting to help monitor the appearance of first hollow stem in wheat field plannted to Jagger should have already reported first hollow stem, or be monitoring very carefully to determine when it will occur. For more information, contact Gene Krenzer, Extension Wheat Specialist, at 405-744-9617, or you Area Agronomist.

New Grant: Tulsa County received an Integrated Pest Management grant from the IPM program of OSU's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Extension Educators Sue Gray and Barbara Tricinella will be teaching food service managers the basics of pest management. This will be part of Barbara Tricinella's ongoing effort to provide bi-lingual food service certification training to restaurant and institutional food managers. The grant will provide teaching and demonstration materials in both English and Spanish. The grant is for $3,938 and will provide 400 trainees with an introductory IPM kit to put to use in their food establishment to begin a pest monitoring program.

Reminder: Monday, March 31 is the date for the Oklahoma Beef Inc., bull sale. For more information, contact John Evans, Extension Animal Breeding Specialist at 405-744-6060, or jle@okstate.edu.

Kraft Grant Provided Food: Pushmataha County received a Kraft "Feeding the Hungry" grant through the National 4-H Council. The grant was for $1,450. The county's 4-H Teen Leader group partnered with Cooperative Extension staff and a variety of other agencies and organizations to provide food and nutrition education to more than 2,000 residents of Pushmataha County. The target audience was individuals over the age of 55 and/or disabled. The grant provided funding to purchase more than 50,000 pounds of food through the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank in Tulsa.

Condolences to: Edwina Douglas, Lincoln County Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, on the death of her mother, Mary Simmons. She passed away February 7. Funeral services were held February 10 at the First Christian Church in Tonkawa. Donations may be made to the Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 486, Tonkawa, OK 74653. Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to Edwina Douglas, 5 Gilpin, Shawnee, OK 74081.

Condolences to: Kent Barnes, Area Livestock Specialist in Northeast District, and his family members, on the death of his mother, Inez Barnes. She passed away February 9. Funeral services were held February 14 at the Methodist Church in Perkins. Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to Kent Barnes, 17473 HW 80, Hulbert, OK 74441.


College Corner


Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Neal R. Foster, Research Scientist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 2-1-03

TITLE CHANGES

None to report

SEPARATIONS

Robert R. Jones, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 2-12-03

Charles J. Bauman, Extension Educator, Agricultural/4-H Youth Development, Cotton County, effective 3-5-03

Coming Events

February 24: Updated Resume by Michelle Overstreet (Woodward)

February 24: Updated Resume by Michelle Overstreet (Enid)

February 25: Women-Specific Health Issues (Altus)

February 25: Oklahoma Forests, Their Value and Management (Idabel)

February 25: Standard Operating Procedures for Submitting Digital Plant Images for Weed Identification and Crop Problem Diagnosis (Stillwater)

February 26: Family Economic Well-Being Basic Training (Weatherford)

February 27: Replenishing the Caregiver (Enid)

February 27: Family Economic Well-Being Basic Training (Okmulgee)

February 28: Snow Date for Updated Resume (Woodward)

February 28: Snow Date for Updated Resume (Enid)

March 6: Parents Handling Stress (Altus)

March 11: Financial Champions (Pawnee)

March 11: Replenishing the Caregiver (Perry)

March 12-15: Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City)

March 12: Microsoft Access Training (Enid)

March 13: Replenishing the Caregiver (Stillwater)

March 13: Microsoft Access Training (Woodward)

March 18: Southeast District OHCE Annual Meeting (Wewoka)

March 19: Master Naturalist – Basic Ecological Processes (Tulsa)

March 20: Southwest District OHCE Annual Meeting (Lawton)

March 20: Women-Specific Health Issues (Lawton)

March 25: Northeast District OHCE Annual Meeting (Afton)

March 27: Northwest District OHCE Annual Meeting (Guthrie)

March 28: Master Naturalist - Basic Ecological Processes (Oklahoma City)

March 29: Northwest District 4-H Meats Contest and Educational Day (Enid)

March 29: State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest (Stillwater)

March 31: Women's Health (Ardmore)

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