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Vol. 4 – No. 13
July 2, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS

Farewell to the Division Dean and Director: As you are aware, Dr. Sam E. Curl retired as Dean and Director of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources on June 30, 2004.  All of us in Extension owe him a great debt of gratitude for the able leadership that he provided for 7 ½ years to the entire Division.  I know that you join me in wishing Sam and Mary the very best as they move on in the next stages of their lives. 

 Armstrong Retiring: Peggy Armstrong, who has worked in Extension Finance for nearly 16 years, will retire July 6. A reception will take place that day at 2:00 p.m. in 258 Agricultural Hall.

 OHCE State Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group will meet in Oklahoma City July 11-13 for their statewide annual meeting. The group will kick off a new state project called “Can’t Weight to Walk.” This three-year project will focus on the health benefits of walking. Lt. Governor Mary Fallin will be one of the guest speakers. The theme of the annual meeting is “Celebrating Our Diversity.” 

Bull Sale:  The Oklahoma Beef Inc., fall bull and heifer sale will take place October 21 at noon at the OBI facility located west of Stillwater. For more information, contact the OBI office at 405-744-6060, or 405-624-1181.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Agriculture Commodity Referendum Petition: Each county office has received, or should soon receive, information via e-mail concerning a petition the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association is circulating to pursue the creation of the Oklahoma Pecan Commodity Board.  If you have not received this information, or if you have questions concerning the petition, please contact your District Director or Dr. Mike Smith at 405-744-5414.

 4-H Program Will Benefit: The Collegiate 4-H group, along with the Oklahoma 4-H Tech Team, and Jeff Sallee, Assistant Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, partnered together and received a USDA/CSREES grant of ESRI ARCview software, valued at $25,000, for use with GPS-GIS programs. These groups will complete a mapping project, participate in the national 4-H Youth Favorite Places mapping project, and promote Geospactial programs through the Oklahoma 4-H program.

 Condolences to:  Bob Leadford, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, on the death of his father, Rube Franklin Leadford. He passed away June 17. Funeral services took place June 21 in Angleton, Texas. Condolences can be sent to Bob at 1412 Denson, Pauls Valley, OK  73075.

COLLEGE CORNER

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Debra L. Walters, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Pittsburg County, effective 6-30-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Damona G. Doye, Regents Professor, Agricultural Economics, effective 7-1-04 (was Professor)

 Toby S. Osborne, Associate Extension Specialist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 7-1-04 (was Assistant Extension Specialist)

Separations

Satya P. Divi, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 6-18-04

Frances A. Jackson, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Comanche County, effective 6-30-04

COMING EVENTS

July 8: Caddo/Grady County Field Day (Chickasha)

July 11-13: OHCE State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 13-15: OSU Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 16-17: 4-H Volunteer Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

July 21-23: State 4-H Congress (Oklahoma City)

July 25-29: National 4-H Youth Forestry Contest (West Virginia)

July 27-29: OEA4-HA Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 28-August 1: Southern Region 4-H Horse Championship (Louisiana)

July 28-August 1: National WHEP Contest (Virginia)

August 3-4: Secretary In-Service Training (Stillwater)

August 9: Northwest District CED Meeting (Fairview)

August 25: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 14: Judging Day at Oklahoma City Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 25: State 4-H Skeet Shooting Contest (Arcadia)

September 27: Release Day at Oklahoma City Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 28: Judging Day at Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 30: Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum (Georgia)

 

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