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Vol. 4 – No. 9
May 7, 2004


OALP Applications Due May 21:  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. For more information, contact Joe Williams, OALP Director, at 405-744-5132.

 Lane Field Day Slated: The annual Lane Ag Center Field Day will take place June 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The field day will feature tours of research and demonstration projects, opportunities to visit with scientists to discuss current projects, live entertainment, complimentary refreshments (including cold watermelon), and antique tractor displays and competitions.  If you have an antique tractor, call for details on participating in these events. The Lane Ag Center is located in southeast Oklahoma 10 miles east of Atoka on Highway 3. For more information, call 580-889-7343 or check the Lane Ag Center web site at www.lane-ag.org .


Tulsa County Noted for Accomplishments: The Tulsa County Cooperative Extension office won two awards from the Oklahoma School Public Relations Society in their recent publications contest. Tulsa County won an Award of Merit for the video "OCES-Tulsa County," and an Award of Merit for the 2002-2003 annual report "Back to the Basics." Karla Jodoin, Tulsa County Communications Specialist, was the person responsible for both projects. Anyone who is interested in seeing copies of these projects may contact Karla Jodoin at 918-746-3725.

 Extension Educators Win Awards: Several members of the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences were presented awards during the group’s recent state meeting. Award winners include:

Nancy Dunlap and Debra Garrard, Margaret Edsel Fitch Fellowship;

Edwina Kelly, Cleo Bryan Scholarship;

Debra Garrard, Tommie James, and Micah Treadwell, Grace Spivey Professional Development Fund;

Melissa Adair, Charles Cox, and Debra Garrard, Irma Manning Professional Development Fund; Melissa Adair and Debbie Richardson, Lois Demond Fellowship;

Edwin Kelly, Lucille Clark Professional Fund;

Lani Vasconcellos, Marilyn Burns Program Development Award;

Amy Bull, Tommie James, and Mary Rhyne, Norma Brumbaugh Award;

Amy Bull, Barbara Tricinella Award;

Cara Bigger, OEAFCS Scholarship;

Edwina Kelly, Past President’s Professional Development Award;

Amy Bull, New Professional Award;

Rebecca Smith, Para-Professional Award;

Edwina Kelly, Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award;

Susan Pearson, Cara Bigger, Edwina Kelly, Jan Maples, and Sonya Rickman, Early Childhood Child Care Training Award;

Gloria King, Clean Homes/Healthy Families Award;

Mary Rhyne, Educational Publications Award;

Glenn Muske, Kristy Spalding, and Phillis Cothren, Educational Technology Award;

Tommie James, Newsletter Award;

Donna Stangl, Overhead Transparencies Award;

Mary Rhyne, Written News Award;

Pam Varner, Marketing Package Award;

Edwina Kelly, Community Partnership Award;

Mary Rhyne and Kristy Spalding, 2003 NEAFCS Distinguished Service Award; and

Edwina Kelly and Pam Varner, 2003 NEAFCS Continued Excellence Award.

 OEAFCS Elects Officers: The 2004-2005 officers were installed during the recent OEAFCS annual meeting. The new officers are Karen Armbruster, President, Woods County; Renee Allison, Vice President for Public Affairs, Latimer County; Pam Varner, Vice President for Professional Development, Cotton County; Ranell Lasley, Vice President for Member Resources, Caddo County; Mary Rhyne, Secretary, Kay County; Lynn Null, Secretary-Elect, Jackson County; Ginny McCarthic, Treasurer, Johnston County; Gloria King, Southwest District Director, Beckham County; Barbara Elkins, Southeast District Director, Coal County; Lori Dillon, Northeast District Director, Sequoyah County; Dana Baldwin, Northwest District Director, Major County; Liz McBee, Chaplain, Beaver County; and Phillis Cothren, Historian, Garvin County.

 On the Move: Stan Ralstin, Area Extension Rural Development Specialist, has joined the other Area Specialists in Enid at the area office located adjacent to the Garfield County Extension Center. His new office address is 316 E. Oxford, Enid, OK  73701-1335. The telephone number is 580-237-7677, fax number is 405-242-1955, and his e-mail is ralstin@okstate.edu. Stan will continue to provide educational programs and services in Community, Leadership, Resource and Economic Development for the Northwest and Southwest Districts.

 Condolences to: Bob LeValley, Southwest District Area Livestock Specialist, on the death of his mother, Mabel LeValley. She passed away May 2. Funeral services were held May 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Braman, OK. The family has established a memorial the First United Methodist Church, 128 Eaton, Braman, OK 74632. Cards may be mailed to Bob and his family at 3406 Kristin, Duncan, OK  73533.


Teaching Symposium: The University of Georgia will host the 2004 Southern Region Teaching Symposium May 20-22 in Athens, GA. The theme will be “Connecting With Today’s Students – Teaching Techniques That Work.” More information is available on the conference Web site at http://www.peopleware.net/index.cfm?siteID=278&eventDisp=TEACH04&branchExpand=E_TEACH04.

 NACTA Annual Conference: The 2004 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture 2004 Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Florida, Gainesville, will take place June 21-23. This year’s theme is “Teaching Students to Think and Reason.” More information is available on the conference Web site at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/NACTA/.



Maifan R. Silitonga, Coordinator, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 4-15-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Janna L. Kelley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pontotoc County, effective 4-1-04 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)

 Dea Rash, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Payne County, effective 5-1-04 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development)

 Mark Gregory, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southwest District, effective 5-17-04 (was: Area Extension Agronomy Specialist and Interim CED for Grady County)

 Carl Venable, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Grady County, effective 5-17-04 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development)


Gerald Warmann, Northwest District Director, effective 6-1-04


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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