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Vol. 4 – No. 7
April 9, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS

A BIG Thank You:  To all Extension staff who worked so diligently to see that Extension Supporters Day at the Capitol this past Tuesday was a success.  We had approximately 610 in attendance. We greatly appreciate your taking time from your busy schedule to attend and to bring stakeholders and 4-Hers from your county with you. 

As the appropriations process and the state’s budget are finalized, continued contacts with legislators are crucial. Letters were sent yesterday to all who attended Extension Supporters Day at the Capitol asking them to please continue to follow up with their legislator and respectfully request that the legislature fund the full $3.35 million Extension has requested for the restoration of funding for OCES Field Staff. This can be done via phone call or e-mail and the packet of information received this past Tuesday contains both for all legislators.

Timing is crucial!  Please continue to encourage stakeholders, those who were at the Capitol and others, in your county to make contact with their legislators today, tomorrow, and the next day…..  Thank you for your assistance!

Plant Sale: The OSU Horticulture Club is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 18, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The sale will take place at the OSU Teaching Greenhouses located on the west side of the Colvin Center parking lot. Annuals, perennials, herbs, Oklahoma Proven selection, ornamental grasses, vegetables and more will be available. For more information call 405-744-5414.

GLP Workshop Slated: Deb Garvin, West Coast Quality Training Institute, will present a Good Laboratory Practices workshop on May 11 and 12 in 106 Noble Research Center, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and is sponsored by the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Food and Agricultural Products Center. Registration is $50 per person and includes workshop materials and lunch. For more information contact Cecilia Brewer at 405-744-6071, or email at richc@okstate.edu.

 State 4-H Roundup is Just Around the Corner: The 83rd State 4-H Roundup will take place May 26-28 on the OSU campus. More than 1,100 youth, adult leaders and Extension Educators are expected to participate. This year’s theme is “4-H…This is YOUR Life.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Heartfelt Thanks: Words cannot express our gratitude for the prayers, phone calls, flowers, plants, memorials, the tree, and the bench that will be placed near Thatcher Hall on the OSU campus in memory of our son, our brother, my husband and my father. The words and expressions of condolences and every act of kindness that have been offered to our family during the loss of our loved one, 2nd Lt. Luke James, have been especially meaningful. Each act that has helped bring healing into our life has also brought meaning and significance to Luke's life and his service to our country and for that we thank you. We feel blessed to know each of you and thank you for the influence you may have had on Luke's life.

 Arleen and Brad James

Kirby and Sharla James

Molly James

Bradley James

and the family of 2nd Lt. Luke James

Email Changes Are Coming: There are several changes occurring within the OSU System related to email and directory services. The Stillwater campus will be upgrading to a Microsoft solution this summer. Although these changes should be transparent to off campus offices, everyone within the OSU System will be moving to a new email address format. Your new OSU email address will change to a format of firstname.lastname@okstate.edu or nickname.lastname@okstate.edu. For our off campus offices, you will continue to use your existing email address until this fall. More information about the changes within the system will be distributed throughout the next few months.

However, an important note will be sent to you in the next few weeks. You will be receiving a yellow postcard from the Information Technology Division (ITD) with instructions for requesting your new email address. It is important that you complete these instructions as soon as you receive this postcard since the e-mail addresses are issued on first-come, first-served basis. When you choose your new email address you are activating an account, but your email address doesn't change until later this year; you can't receive email at your firstname.lastname@okstate.edu address until that time. Again, you will continue to receive email until later this year at the address which you are currently using.

If you have any questions, please contact Dwayne Hunter, 405-744-5536, or one of our Extension Technology Specialists.

Oklahoma Beef Congress a Big Success: Thanks to all the County Extension Agriculture Educators who helped make the Oklahoma Beef Congress a success. Special thanks to Mick Jones, Lincoln County, and Dave Williams, Logan County, for their efforts. The weather was excellent for the event. We served 110 for lunch.  Thanks also to those on the program, including Derrell Peel, Wayne Shearhart, Don Wagner, Bob LeValley, Fred Ray, and Don Gill.

Outstanding Student: Candice Johnson, a senior Biosystems Engineering major, has been selected as the recipient of the Student Engineer of the Year Scholarship from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.  This award goes to THE outstanding agricultural/biological engineering undergraduate student in the United States or Canada. The basis for judging includes scholarship excellence, outstanding character, personal development, student membership in ASAE, and leadership qualities. The award is a $1,000 cash scholarship. She currently serves as President of the ASAE Preprofessionals Council, the society's highest elected student office. To provide further evidence of the quality of our students at OSU, Laura (Kennedy) Christianson, a senior from Stillwater, placed 2nd in the Student Engineer of the Year competition.

Congratulations To: Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist, on the birth of her first grandchild, Grace Victoria Huckeby. She was born March 21, weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

COLLEGE CORNER

Academic Mentor Applications: April 23 is the deadline to apply to become one of the AG 1011 Student Academic Mentors. Applications are available online at www.casnr.com. Click on “Student Applications.”

Commencement Schedule: Commencement exercises for CASNR students will take place May 8, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at Gallagher/Iba Arena. The CASNR Graduation Reception will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Students will assemble at 9:30 a.m. for the grand march to Gallagher/Iba Arena.

Congratulations To: Jeff Hattey, Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been selected by Alpha Zeta to receive the 2004 Alpha Zeta Outstanding Teaching Award.

Congratulations To: Joe Schatzer, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, has been selected by the CASNR Agricultural Ambassadors as the recipient of the 2004 CASNR Outstanding Advisor.

Congratulations To: Gerry Smith, Senior Secretary, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, has been selected by the CASNR Agricultural Ambassadors as the recipient of the 2004 CASNR Outstanding Support Staff Award.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Karin L. Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Creek/Okmulgee Counties, effective 4-5-04

 Gale Anne Mills, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Osage/Washington Counties, effective 4-5-04

 Kathy L. Enyart, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Delaware/Ottawa Counties, effective 4-12-04 

Mughda R. Jog, CNEP Coordinator, Jackson County, effective 4-26-04

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

Todd Branson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Caddo County, effective 4-16-04

COMING EVENTS

April 10: Northwest District 4-H Meat Science Judging and Educational Day (Enid)

April 10: State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 13: Southeast Regional Forestry Judging Contest (Beaver’s Bend State Park)

April 14: America Saves – Program Update and Planning (Oklahoma City)

April 14: Family Resiliency Impact Team In-Service (Oklahoma City)

April 14: Healthy Living A-Z Impact Team In-Service (Oklahoma City)

April 16-17: 4-H Omniplex Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

April 17: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 17: Western Regional WHEP Contest (Allen, OK)

April 20: Wheat CCA Hands-On Field Training (Lahoma)

April 20: State Forestry Judging Contest (Robbers Cave State Park)

April 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

April 21: Family Resiliency Impact Team FY ’05-FY ’09 Partners Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 23-24: 4-H Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 23-24: 2004 Career Development Contest (Stillwater)

April 24: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

April 24: Eastern Regional WHEP Contest (Okmulgee)

April 24: State 4-H Meats Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 24: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

April 27: Food, Nutrition, and Health Impact Team FY ’05-FY ’09 Partners Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 28: State 4-H Recordbooks Due (Stillwater)

April 28: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 30: Fun Water Camp Activities (Stillwater)

 

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