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Vol. 5 – No. 11
June 6, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Second Century Initiative Receives Funding: The Second Century Initiative received $2.5million in recurring base funding from the legislature through the OSRHE which will allow the OAES and OCES to begin the process of filling essential research and extension faculty and support staff. This represents another significant step toward strengthening the Division’s ability to conduct cutting-edge research and transferring that technology through our educational programs leading to a strong economic future for Oklahoma.

I want to first thank each of you for your great efforts on behalf of the Initiative. The turnout, enthusiasm, and effectiveness of the Second Century Day at the Capitol were tremendous, and I know your work went well beyond that event. I also want to thank Ross Love, Steve Smith, Bill Stacey, and Claude Bess for their support, ideas, and ability to communicate the ideals of the Initiative so effectively. Finally, Jan Montgomery and Jami Longacre deserve special thanks for their effective work through a long and very interesting legislative session.

Please make a special effort to thank your legislators for their support and assure them that the $2.5 million will make a significant difference. You should also impress upon them that the remaining $2.9 million will be needed to fully initiate and maintain the programs designed to sustain and promote healthy and viable businesses, families, and communities of vital importance to the future of Oklahomans. We also enjoyed strong and united support for the Initiative from our many stakeholders, and I know that was due in part to your efforts. Please let them know of the importance of their support and how much it is appreciated.

Once again, your grass-roots support was critical to the success of the Initiative. Thanks for the many hours you contributed and your vision toward supporting all levels of the Division’s research and extension programs.

                                                                                                                                                 Ed Miller

CURRENT EVENTS

OAEAA Annual Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents will meet at Lake Murray State Lodge near Ardmore on July 6-8 for the group's AM/PIC meeting. Registration is due by June 20th. For more information contact Stan Fimple at 918-542-1688, or Wes Lee at 580-622-3016.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Muske to Serve on Committee: Glenn Muske, Extension Home-Based and Micro Business Specialist, has been asked to serve on the Southern Rural Development Center’s Entrepreneurship Planning Committee. The SRDC is planning to host a series of entrepreneurship roundtables across the Southern region.  The intent is to help build and facilitate an “entrepreneurial learning community” that will establish and strengthen communications, training, and educational programming efforts within this region of the United States.

 New Wildland Fire Management Grant: A new three-year grant from the federal Joint Fire Science Program in the amount of $320,926 has been awarded to OSU. The project title is "OK-FIRE:  A Weather-Based Decision Support System for Wildland Fire Managers in Oklahoma".  J. D. Carlson, Associate Researcher, Mesonet, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is the principal investigator and Terry Bidwell, Extension Rangeland Ecology and Management Specialist, is the co-principal investigator. Using the Oklahoma Mesonet of automated weather stations as a basis for current and past conditions, the project will have a three-fold emphasis:  (1) an expanded suite of products for fire weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion which incorporate an 84-hour predictive component; (2) a dedicated OK-FIRE wildland fire management Web site to act as the delivery mechanism for the above products; and (3) regional training and customer support activities for the user groups involved.  Programming support and Web site development will be provided by the Oklahoma Climatological Survey in Norman. Collaborators in the project include the following agencies within the wildland fire management community in Oklahoma:  USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Forestry Services Division, and The Nature Conservancy.

 Congratulations to: Holly Compton Han, Turfgrass Assistant Specialist, on her marriage to Zhe Han. They were married May 14 in Stillwater.

 Congratulations to: Craig Woods, Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, and his wife, Lisa, on the birth of their son. Nathan Daniel was born May 10, weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long. He is welcomed home by his big sister, Abby.

 Congratulations to: Udonna Edmonds, Okmulgee County 4-H Program Assistant, and her husband Chris, on the birth of their daughter. Maelonna Anah Edmonds was born May 23, weighed 7 pounds, 10 ½ ounces, and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by her big sister, Maralyssa.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

CASNR Students Receive Scholarships: Kirby Teachey, Agricultural Communications major, and Shea Masquelier, Agricultural Business major, each were presented a $1,000 scholarship. Every year CASNR provides scholarships to State 4-H Officers who are students in the college.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

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COMING EVENTS

June 6-11: Oklahoma Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp (Beavers Bend State Park)

June 8: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Stillwater)

June 10: State Master Gardener Continued Training Conference (Clinton)

June 11: 4th Annual Summer GardenFest (Stillwater)

June 11: Lane Ag Center Annual Field Day (Lane)

June 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

June 15-17: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 19-21: Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Annual Meeting (Stillwater)

June 21: Caddo County No-Till Tour (Eakly)

June 23-24: CNEP and Healthy Families Annual In-Service (Stillwater)

June 23-25: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 23-July 3: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

June 30: Psychosocial, Cultural and Behavioral Aspects of Health: Focus on Obesity (Stillwater)

July 6-7: OAEAA Annual Meeting (Lake Murray State Lodge)

July10-12: OHCE State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 19-21: OSU Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 22: Summer Canola Meeting (Enid)

July 23: 4-H Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 24-28: National 4-H Forestry Judging Contest (West Virginia)

July 26-28: OAE4-HA Annual Conference (Catoosa)

August 2-6: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships (Alabama)

August 17: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

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