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Vol. 5 – No. 12
June 17, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Greetings From the Interim Associate Director:  I am pleased to have this opportunity to say hello and to express the honor and awe that I feel having been given the opportunity to temporarily step into this position at this time. Extension (and for that matter all of the Division of Agriculture) has, in my observation, weathered a tough period of time. But I see signs of progress and believe we are moving forward. As I write this, Dr. Whitson has officially been on the job as the Vice President/Dean and Director for two weeks and I have been in the Interim Associate Director position for three days. Dr. Whitson’s intent to move Extension forward is clear and is reflected in the fact that his first personnel action was to appointment me as Interim Associate Director. I am pleased to be working with Dr. Whitson and also pleased to tell you that in just three days we have already implemented the search process for a Northwest District Extension Director and Associate Director of Extension. Search and Screening Committee nominees have been selected and draft position descriptions have been written. I anticipate that ads for the two positions and a listing of the Search and Screening Committees for each position will be forthcoming in the very near future. 

            I suspect many of you do not know me and I certainly don’t know all of you. It may be some time before I get the opportunity to meet each of you and personally change that situation, so let me take a moment to tell you a little about myself. I have been at OSU for 29 years in the Department of Agricultural Economics. For the past five of those 29 years I have been Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. I spent my first 24 years focused on livestock production and marketing research and teaching and rose to the rank of Regents Professor. I grew up on a cattle and wheat farm in central Kansas and still have joint ownership interest in that farm. As a youth, I was quite active in 4-H. I received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State and an M.A degree in Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.

            Let me close by saying again, I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to work with all of you and the DASNR administration at this critical point in time. I feel the ship has been righted, the wind is blowing our way, and we are in the process of hoisting our sails. My objective is to turn over a ship under full sail to an outstanding new Associate Director as soon as possible.   

                                                                                                                         James Trapp

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

Extension News Going on Vacation: Extension News will be taking a short vacation this summer. Publication will resume July 15.

 New Video Tapes Available: Several new educational video tapes are now available through the OSU Cooperative Extension video tape library. To check out a video, please call 405-744-6875. The titles now available are:

             DV 1106 – Eastern Redcedar: Invasion of the Creeping Menace

            DV 1107 – Swine Center Dedication 2004

            VT 1108 – After School and Summer Programs: Helping Kids  Get Smart and Stay Safe

            VT 1109 – Back to Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Reducing the Risk

            VT 1110 – Begin with Love: The First Three Months: Connecting with Your Child

            VT 1111 – Bonding with Baby: Book Sharing for a Happy Baby

            VT 1112 – Giving You the Best That I Got

            VT 1113 – Grandparenting: Enriching Lives (An essential guide for today’s grandparents)

            VT 1114 – The Happiest Baby on the Block

            VT 1115 – I Am Your Child: The First Years Last Forever

            VT 1116 – Kin Keeping: The Generation Connection

            VT 1117 – Impact of Entertainment Media Violence on Children  and Families

            VT 1118 – Links to Learning: Supporting Learning in Out-of-School Time Programs

            VT 1119 – Preparing for Parenthood

            VT 1120 – Shaking, Hitting, Spanking: What to Do Instead

            VT 1121 – Shaking, Hitting, Spanking: What to Do Instead (Spanish Version)

            VT 1122 – Ten Things Every Child Needs

            VT 1123 – Yelling, Threatening, and Putting Down: What to Do Instead

            VT 1124 – Youth Gangs in America

 Condolences to: The family of Bill Strom, past State 4-H Youth Development Specialist, who passed away June 8. He served the Oklahoma 4-H Staff for many years and retired in the mid-1970s. Funeral services were held June 11 at the Stillwater Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, 205 4-H Building, Stillwater, OK  74075. Cards acknowledging all gifts will be forwarded to the family.

 COLLEGE CORNER

Dates Set for Camp Cowboy: Camp Cowboy has set aside the July 8-10, 2005 session for incoming freshmen in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Camp Cowboy is a summer orientation experience that includes small group activities, a ropes course, and numerous other opportunities designed to help ease the transition from high school to college. This program provides freshmen with an opportunity to meet fellow CASNR students and faculty and to learn more about OSU. Out-of-state students have found this experience to be particularly valuable. Please encourage incoming CASNR freshmen to participate. More information about Camp Cowboy is available on the Web site at http://osunet.okstate.edu/campcowboy/.

AWARDS

County 4-H Team Takes State Title: The Comanche County WHEP team recently won the state contest. The group will compete in the national competition in August in Little Rock, Ark. The Comanche County team has outscored any other team from Oklahoma in the state competition.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Nancy L. Arnett, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development /Community Education, Adair County, effective 5-24-05

 Robert E. Whitson, Vice President, Agricultural Programs/Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, effective 5-26-05

Cassandra S. Smith, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Atoka County, effective 6-6-05

Chrissy L. Whitten, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 6-13-05

Monte C. Womack, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Coal County, effective  6-16-05

Title Changes/Transfers

Sue Bonner, Human Resources Specialist/Interim HR Director, Dean's Office, effective 2-1-05 (was: Human Resources Specialist)

 Trinity Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Pawnee County, effective 5-20-05  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

 Danny P. Cook, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Roger Mills County, effective 6-1-05  (was: Interim CED) 

Stephanie D. McSparrin, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Noble County, effective 6-1-05 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

 James N. Trapp, Professor/Head and Interim Associate Director, OCES, Dean's Office, effective 6-13-05 (was: Professor /Head, Department of Agricultural Economics)

 Clement E. Ward, Professor/Acting Department Head, Agricultural Economics, effective 6-13-05 (was: Professor)

 Douglas B. Enns, Sr. Applications Engineer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 7-1-05  (was:  Applications Engineer)

Separations

D. C. Coston, Professor/Associate Director, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and Interim Associate Director, OCES, Dean's Office, effective 6-30-05

COMING EVENTS

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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