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Vol. 4 – No. 14
July 16, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS

An Exciting Opportunity Is On Its Way: This past Wednesday at our Extension Administrative Group Meeting we met with Don Pitchford, Interim Director of High School and College Relations, to discuss ways Extension can assist in recruiting as we work with the young people throughout the state of Oklahoma. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions (formerly known as High School and College Relations) will provide recruitment materials for our offices to have on hand to share with youth who express an interest in attending Oklahoma State University. In the near future, additional correspondence and training will be provided to educators and secretaries to further communicate how we can assist the staff of Undergraduate Admissions by inviting them to make presentations at our scheduled programs. Educators in turn will be invited to participate in their local Alumni Honor Banquets, High School Spring Award Assemblies, Community College Fairs, etc. I believe you will be excited about this opportunity and more information will be forthcoming soon.

 Vacant Educator Position Update: Thanks again for your efforts to secure additional funding for OCES this legislative session. We hope to begin filling vacant educator positions soon. Internal recruiting has begun for 26 of the 27 jobs with application materials due by August 2. The Agriculture HR Office has posted current vacancy announcements at http://dasnr4.dasnr.okstate.edu/jobs/vac_ann.htm.  On Thursday, July 15, Sue Bonner sent a message to all field staff with further information.

 PARS Reporting:  Extension Educators, Area Specialists, State Specialists, and others reporting through the OCES PARS on-line reporting system have until the end of July to enter activity data for January 2004 through June 2004.  The PARS FY2004 on-line reporting will remain open through July 30th.  Please finish entering activity data by that date.  It is very important that we fully report our activities and outcomes through this system.  If you have questions, please call Dwayne Hunter, Lee Freeman or Ross Love.

PARS FY2005 on-line reporting will be available beginning August 2, 2004.  This is for the 12-month period beginning July 1, 2004.  We are in the process of entering your annual plan timelines as they are received from District Directors and Department Heads.  This information will then be available for you to report against.   If you have any questions on the FY2005 PARS, please call Dwayne Hunter, Lee Freeman, or Ross Love.

 FAPC Hosting Financial Management Workshop: The Food and Agricultural Products Center is hosting a workshop to discuss “Do Your Dollars Make Sense?  How to Forecast and Analyze Your Financial Statements.” The workshop will take place Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the FAPC. The interactive workshop will help participants address business issues through financial management assistance, discussion of better accounting systems and strategies, and examples of proper accounting techniques and record keeping. The workshop also will include an interactive CD-ROM for home reference, a featured luncheon speaker, and discussions with FAPC faculty and staff. The early bird registration fee is $75 and is due July 30.  After July 30, registration is $95. To register, call Cecilia Brewer at (405) 744-6071 or register online at www.fapc.okstate.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Paper Accepted: Renee Daugherty, Leadership and Educational Methods Specialist, and Sue Williams, Family Policy and Leadership Development Specialist, had a refereed paper accepted at the Association of Leadership Educators Annual Meeting that took place recently in Memphis, Tenn. The title of the paper was “Leaders and Public Deliberation:  A Study in Citizen Involvement.” In addition, Daugherty and Williams are contributing authors to a newly released book. Family and Community Policy:  Strategies for Civic Engagement was published by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

 Williams Takes on Officer Role: Sue Williams, Family Policy and Leadership Development Specialist, was installed June 29 as the Vice President for Planning for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences during the group’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. AAFCS is a 10,000 member association devoted to teaching, research and outreach efforts related to the well being of individuals, families and communities.  

 Educators Receive Awards: Several members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents were honored at the group’s annual meeting that took place recently in Stillwater. Award winners include: Distinguished Service Award, Ron Vick, Okfuskee County, and Keith Boevers, Kingfisher County; Achievement Award, Bart Cardwell, Garfield County; Friend of Extension Award, Tulsa County Master Gardeners; and New Agent Award, Aaron Henson, Tillman County.

COLLEGE CORNER

Reception Slated: CASNR is hosting a "College Welcome Reception" (in conjunction with ALPHA), for all new freshman and transfer students in CASNR on Friday, August 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 123 Animal Science Building. All faculty are invited to attend this informal reception; those present will be introduced and will have the opportunity to interact with students. This event provides a way to welcome students to our College; strong faculty participation helps to send the message that students are valued.

 Breakfast is Served: The Annual Faculty Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, August 24, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Food and Agricultural Products Center's second-floor atrium area. The annual "come and go" breakfast will be served by the Dean and the Associate and Assistant Deans and Directors. We hope that you will plan to attend.

 Faculty Honored:  Harry Field, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and Dan Tilley, Agricultural Economics, received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) for excellence in teaching and teaching-related activities. Chris Morgan, a new faculty member in Agricultural Education, Communications and 4-H Youth Development, received the NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award.

 Rodeo Team Finishes on Top: The OSU Cowgirl Rodeo Team recently returned as National Champions from the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. Congratulations to team members Audra Magee, Gretchen Benbenek and Brenna Herrington. 

 Distance Education Conference Scheduled: The 20th Annual Conference on Distance Education and Learning will take place Aug. 3-6 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. More information is available on the conference Web site at www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/home.html.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Justin D. Rogers, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 6-30-04

 Shannon R. Webb, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Caddo County, effective 7-1-04 

Michael B. Pettijohn, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Grady County, effective 7-8-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Bart E. Cardwell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED,  Garfield County, effective 7-1-04  (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

Cindy S. Conner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Garfield County, effective 7-1-04  (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development  and Interim CED)

 Larry A. Klumpp, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Kay County, effective 7-1-04 (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development) 

Karin L. Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Creek County, effective 7-1-04  (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Okmulgee County)

Separations

Lynn A. Null, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Jackson County, effective 8-2-04

 Sheila R. Jimison, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Nowata County, effective 8-6-04

COMING EVENTS

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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