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Vol. 4 – No. 18
September 10, 2004

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Faculty and Field Staff Program Honor Awards: Earlier this week you should have received via e-mail the nomination/application forms for our OCES Awards. Remember these nominations are also used in the selection of OCES nominations for the USDA Secretary's Honor Award. We have many excellent programs worthy of recognition so please take the time to submit nominations and/or applications by the October 8 deadline. If you have questions or need further information, contact Linda Turner at 405-744-6550.

CURRENT EVENTS

Horse Owner’s Symposium: Oklahoma State University’s 2nd Annual Horse Owner’s Symposium will take place September 25 at McElroy Hall Auditorium. Lecture topics will include managing dietary energy sources, management of the growing horse, healthy foaling, colic, and management of foals with crooked legs. Registration is $30, and includes lunch if registered by next Wednesday, September 15. For more information, call 405-744-7672. 

Reminder:  The Oklahoma Beef Incorporated Fall 2004 Bull and Heifer Sale will take place at noon on October 21. More information is available by calling 405-744-6060, or 405-624-1181. Information also is available on the OBI Web site at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu.exten/OBI/.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OQBN Impacts Health of Calves: In an effort to document the impact of the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, Extension personnel collected data from producers during the fall and winter of 2003/2004 by tracking health and performance of 1,700 head of OQBN certified cattle that represented 45 different sale lots. Health data was recorded on the OQBN certified cattle and on similar non-certified calves purchased at the same time. Through the first 90 days after the sale, approximately 24 percent of non-certified cattle were treated for sickness; compared to just 4.5 percent of the OQBN certified cattle. Data also showed the death loss of non-certified cattle was around 3 percent, whereas OQBN certified cattle had a less than 1 percent death loss rate.

 Journal Article Published: Renee Daugherty, Leadership and Educational Methods Specialist, and Sue Williams, Family Policy and Leadership Development Specialist, recently had a journal article published in the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. The article was titled “Oklahoma Partnership Engages Citizens.”

COLLEGE CORNER

Homecoming BBQ: The Ag Alumni BBQ will be held in conjunction with OSU Homecoming on October 16 in the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development. Alumni enjoy having the opportunity to visit with faculty during this event, and 50-year, 25-year, and 10-year graduates will be recognized. The BBQ will be held immediately following the game if the kickoff is 12:00 PM or earlier. If the kickoff is after noon, the BBQ will begin two hours prior to kickoff. Tickets can be purchased in the Office of Academic Programs, 136 Ag Hall. Adult tickets are $10, children (6-10 years old) $5, and children under 6 years eat free. Checks should be made payable to the Ag Alumni Association. The deadline to purchase advance tickets is Friday, October 8, 2004.

 Mock Interview Day: CASNR Mock Interview Day is Tuesday, October 5. Several employers will be visiting the College to help students improve their interview skills. This activity provides students an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from employers. Students must sign up for a mock interview time in 136 AGH. The deadline to sign up is September 24.

AWARDS

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Sarah E. Weeks, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 8-31-04

 Rita A. Pine, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 9-1-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Bruce L. Peverley, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Nowata County, effective 8-16-04  (was:  Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County)

Brian M. Freking, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development , and CED, LeFlore County, effective 9-1-04  (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

 Christopher K. Rice, Area Specialist, Southeast District, effective 9-1-04  (was:  Area Specialist and Interim CED, LeFlore County)

Separations

Robert K. McClendon, Manager, Agricultural Communication Services, effective 8-27-04

 Dwayla F. Porter, Administrative Associate, Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, effective 8-31-04

 W. Myrl Redman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pushmataha County, effective 8-31-04

COMING EVENTS

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

September 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 22-23: Ornamental Plant Materials Conference (Stillwater)

September 23: 4-H Science Projects for Clubs and Camps (Stillwater)

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

September 25: Horse Owner’s Symposium (Stillwater)

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

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

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

October 5: Public Policy Institute (Oklahoma City)

October 11: Release Day at Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

October 14: Vegetable Production for Home and Market Gardens (Lane)

October 15: Understanding Wheat Quality: Oklahoma Clients (Stillwater)

October 19: Farmland Leasing (Oklahoma City)

October 20: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

October 20-22: Northwest District Leadership Conference (Woodward)

October 21: Understanding Wheat Quality: Oklahoma Clients (Oklahoma City)

October 31-November 4: NAE4-HA Conference (Oklahoma City)

 

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