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Vol. 4 – No. 8
April 23, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS

Pour It On…Timing is Crucial: Your help is needed and the time is now! Please continue to make contacts with stakeholders encouraging them to contact their legislators to respectfully request that the legislature fund the full $3.35 million requested by Extension for the restoration of funding for OCES Field Staff. This can be done by simply placing a phone call or sending an e-mail to their legislators. This is not a time consuming task but is one of great value and importance to all Extension staff and Extension supporters across the state of Oklahoma. Continued contacts with legislators are crucial and the time to make those contacts is now! Please do all that you can do to ensure that these contacts are made. Thank you!

 4-H Day at the Capitol: Oklahoma 4-H’ers will gather in Oklahoma City for the 8th Annual 4-H Day at the Capitol on April 28. This event is an innovative way for state leaders to get a first-hand appreciation of the positive effects of 4-H in Oklahoma. In addition, 4-H youth will have the opportunity to learn about lawmakers, legislation, and how laws are made.

 Musk Thistle Weevil Roundup: It is time to “Roundup Musk Thistle Weevils!” Roundups for musk thistle weevils will occur during the first three weeks of May. Roundups currently are being planned for May 6 in Grant County, May 12 in Craig County, May 13 in Garfield County, and May 17 in Kay County.  For details on these and other roundups, visit the Integrated Pest Management Web site at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/weeds/muskthistle.html or contact Pat Bolin 405-744-9420, or via e-mail at bolinp@okstate.edu.

 Deadline Approaching for OALP Applications: May 21 is the deadline to submit applications for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Class XII. Applications for OALP’s Class XII are available online at http://oklahomaagleadership.org/. Applications also are available at each Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service county office. The class is limited to 30 participants, ideally between the ages of 25 and 45. Applicants must be actively engaged in production agriculture or in a related agribusiness occupation. For more information, contact Joe Williams, OALP Director, at 405-744-5132.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fee Waiver Deadline: Fee waivers for the 2004 Summer Semester should be submitted no later than May 28th, five working days prior to the first day of class on June 7, to 245 Ag Hall. The Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Extension Director, District Extension Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator, and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing. Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline.  PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO POLICY: if you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions.  No letters of explanation will be accepted.  Both the Fee Waiver and Study and Education Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services and you can request them by calling 405-744-5823.

    Also, as a reminder – Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form.  If you have questions, please contact your County Extension Director as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waiver and Study and Education Request Forms.

    If your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and education form, call 405-744-6550 so that your records can be updated.  Also, check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver.  You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions.

 Williams Elected: Sue Williams, Family Policy and Energy Specialist, was recently elected to a two-year term as Vice President for Planning for the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences. She will be installed as an officer during the AAFCS Annual meeting in San Diego in June.

 Osteen Honored: Sissy R. Osteen, Resource Management Specialist, was recently presented with the 2003 Friends of Oklahoma Community Action Outstanding Individual of the Year Award by the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies, Inc.

 Kraft Foods Provides Grant: Radonna Sawatzky, Custer County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development; Kristy Spalding, Washita County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development; and Mary Peck, Washita County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, have been awarded the Healthy Lifestyles Grant from Kraft Foods and Cargill. The $7,497 grant will go toward implementing “Healthy Kids-Healthy Futures” in Washita and Custer counties.

 NEA Honored: Rebecca Smith, Nutrition Education Assistant from the Pontotoc Unit was awarded the Para-Professional Award at the recent Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting. Smith, a Hispanic graduate of the Community Nutrition Education Program, has been empowering program participants to choose better nutrition for themselves and their families for eight years. She fosters volunteerism from the racially diverse graduates in Pontotoc County. The Chickasaw Nation began "Gleaning" based on her teaching reputation.

 Condolences to: Glenn Muske, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Home-Based and Micro Business Specialist, on the death of his father, Herman H. Muske. He passed away April 5. Funeral services were held April 10 in Grand Rapids, North Dakota. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.

COLLEGE CORNER

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Sandeep Yeri, Research Engineer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 4-9-04

 Holly R. Compton, Extension Assistant, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 4-12-04

Faye A. Watson, Extension Educator, CNEP Coordinator, Northwest District Office, effective 4-30-04

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

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)

May 1: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 4: State 4-H Recordbook Judging (Stillwater)

May 5-6: New and Prospective CED In-Service Training (Stillwater)

May 7-8: Northeast District 4-H Horse Show (Claremore)

May 11: Turfgrass Management Short Course (Enid)

May 12: Turfgrass Management Short Course (Tulsa)

May 13: Beef Cattle Genetic Selection Update (Stillwater)

May 13: Beef Nutrition resources Update (Stillwater)

May 13: Nitrate Toxicity of Cattle: Understanding the Management of the Problem and Testing Procedures Used to Help Producers Make Appropriate Decisions (Stillwater)

May 15: State WHEP Contest (Stillwater)

May 15: State 4-H Trap/Skeet Shoot (El Reno)

May 19: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

May 20: Communication Nutrition to Diverse Audiences (Okmulgee)

May 20: Coping with Stressors in the Family (Okmulgee)

May 20: Entrepreneurship: Starting My Own Business (Okmulgee)

May 20: Turf and Ornamental Field Day and Tour (Stillwater)

May 25: State 4-H Interviews (Stillwater)

May 26-28: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

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