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Vol. 4 – No. 20
October 8, 2004

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

New Extension Educator Orientation:  Next week newly hired Extension Educators will be on campus for an orientation session.  I look forward to talking with this group about Extension and DASNR.  Additionally, a full agenda is planned to help them become better prepared for their activities as an Extension Educator.  This is an exciting time as we welcome a wonderful group of new colleagues.

CURRENT EVENTS

FAPC Hosting ‘Real World’ Marketing Workshop: The Food and Agricultural Product Center is hosting the 2nd Annual “Real World” Marketing Workshop on November 4. The event will take place from 9: a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 201 of the FAPC. The workshop is designed to help participants address marketing issues such as market identification, market research, and market planning. The keynote speaker will be Vince Orza, Eateries Inc. chair and CEO. Registration is $95 and registration deadline is October 25. Online registration is available at www.fapc.okstate.edu, or contact Lindsay Allen at 405-744-6071 or laallen@okstate.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OSU Faculty Group Heading to Israel: A group of OSU faculty members from the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is heading to Israel. Jim Stiegler, Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and lead scientist on the mission, says the group was invited by the Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE), in conjunction with the United Jewish Communities. OKIE was created by Gov. David Walters in 1994, to foster cooperation between Israel and Oklahoma in culture, the arts, education, agriculture, energy, commerce, and economic development. Stiegler said the group hopes to establish contacts with agriculture scientists in Israel, find common grounds for collaborative research, and establish student exchange and post-doctoral opportunities. The OSU group includes Tim Bowser, Ray Huhnke, Bjorn Martin, Tom Phillips, and Siobhan Reilly.  

Daugherty, Williams Present Workshop: Renee Daugherty, Leadership and Educational Methods Specialist, and Sue Williams, Family Policy and Leadership Development Specialist, were invited by the Southern Rural Development Center to present a workshop, “Reaching Common Ground: Public Decision Making through Deliberative Forums,” during the Expanding the Voices:  Building Stronger Communities Together Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, September 13-17. In addition, Daugherty and Williams were recently recognized as team leaders for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Outstanding Team Award.

 Healthy Families Grants Renewed: Three contracts for Healthy Families parent education family support programs were renewed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Service. FY' 05 funding is $313,161 for the programs in Canadian, Delaware, and Texas counties. Last year, 132 families with 139 children were provided 1,616 home visits and over 100 parent education and support group sessions.  Deborah Richardson, Child Development Assistant Specialist, serves as the Principal Investigator. The staff in Canadian County is Carole Garner, Kay Bokker, Marilyn Howard, and Wendy Hatcher. The Delaware County staff is Kathie Bergmann, Patty Wiese, and Melissa Cooper.  Dian Noyes, Amber Adams, and Bertha Watts provide the program in Texas County.

Richardson to Facilitate Program: Deborah Richardson, Assistant Extension Specialist, Child Development, renewed a $32,000 contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Service, to facilitate “Child Abuse Prevention Statewide Network Coordination.”  The purpose is to assess and provide technical assistance for 17 District Child Abuse Prevention Task Forces, convene a state Home Visitation Leadership Coalition, assist with provision of Healthy Families America training, and develop public awareness and education. She also is serving as President-elect of the Oklahoma Council of Family Relations.

Williams Takes Part in Academy: Sue Williams, Family Policy and Leadership Development Specialist, has been selected to participate in the Educators' Leadership Academy for Outstanding Professors. A total of 30 academics from across the state are selected to participate.  Five individuals from OSU were selected and supported by their departments/units and Provost Marlene Strathe.

COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Andrea Buck, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Okmulgee County, effective 9-20-04

 Bradley J. Cummins, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Harmon County, effective 9-30-04 

Rebecca J. Anderson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Roger Mills County, effective 10-4-04 

Nicole K. Neilson, Extension Educator, CNEP Coordinator, Comanche County, effective 10-8-04

 Brian C. Pugh, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Haskell County, effective   10-11-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Craig R. McKinley, Professor/State Extension Forestry Specialist, Forestry, effective 10-1-04 (was:  Professor/Head, Forestry)

 David P. Sorrell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Marshall County, effective 10-1-04  (was:  Assistant Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development)

 Tommie M. James, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Choctaw County, effective 10-11-04  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Atoka County)

Separations

Jared Kellenberger, Computer Specialist, DASNR Technology Services and Support, effective 10-29-04

COMING EVENTS

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

October 11: 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament (Edmond)

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: Northwest District Leadership Conference (Woodward)

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)

November 1: 4-H and FCS Statewide In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 6-11: Future Farms 2004: Digging Deeper (Oklahoma City)

November 10: Understanding Wheat Quality: Oklahoma Clients (Stillwater)

November 13: National 4-H Congress Orientation (Oklahoma City)

November 15-16: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Elk City)

November 16: Oklahoma Volunteer Management System Update and Introduction of Oklahoma Club Management System In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 16: Understanding Wheat Quality: Oklahoma Clients (Oklahoma City)

November 17: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

November 17: Weather Decision Support Tools (McAlester)

November 18: Weather Decision Support Tools (Stillwater)

November 18: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Stillwater)

November 19: Weather Decision Support Tools (Weatherford)

November 22-23: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (McAlester)

November 26-30: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)

November 29: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Duncan)

 

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