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Vol. 5 – No. 18
September 23, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

Economic Development Initiative: If you have not attended one of the recent meetings where former Congressmen Wes Watkins and Dr. Mike Woods spoke about the “Rural Economic Development Initiative” (REDI), we want to take this opportunity to alert you to this emerging initiative. The initiative will provide an opportunity for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension System to work jointly with Rural Enterprises, Incorporated (REI) and former Congressman Wes Watkins on a rural economic development effort. Further information on this initiative will be forthcoming in the near future through several meetings, video presentations, written guidelines, etc., but for now we want to alert you to the basic nature of the initiative and the potential it has.

The intent of REDI is to contact existing businesses, entrepreneurs, and business start-ups to identify needed assistance that may enhance profitability and business success. OCES will participate by distributing a very brief action questionnaire (two pages). The questionnaire was developed by Congressmen Watkins with assistance provided by Dr. Mike Woods (OSU State Rural Development Extension Specialist). It is titled or described as an “action” questionnaire because it will not only provide data to analyze the economic development needs of rural Oklahoma, but it will also identify current needs that can be responded to. OSU and REDI will jointly follow-up on requests for assistance made in these surveys.

Our effective and timely assistance in implementing this initiative will certainly be good for rural Oklahoma. In addition, it will provide a timely and strategic piece of evidence to use in making our case for enhanced future support of OCES. 

                                                                                    Bob Whitson, Vice President, Dean, and Director

                                                                                    Jim Trapp, Interim Associate Director

Become a  TEAMOSU Member:  In the near future you will receive an email inviting you to become a member of TEAMOSU. In brief, TEAMOSU is currently comprised of a select group of teachers in the secondary schools throughout Oklahoma and parts of Texas. Their mission is to identify and refer promising student to” The Office of Undergraduate Admissions Prospective Student Services” at OSU.  This office wants to invite at least one Extension Educator in each county to join TEAMOSU. They (and I) believe you can provide OSU with many good contacts in general, and in specific, for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Watch your email for future information providing further details and a web address to go on-line and register to become a TEAMOSU member!

                                                                                                                         Jim Trapp

  CURRENT EVENTS

Clover Classic Golf Tournament: Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond is the location for the annual 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament on October 10. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the shotgun start will be at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds from the Clover Classic will support the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program. More information is available at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

No More Spam: OSU recently installed a new software program that helps eliminate Spam in your email mailbox. All OSU students, faculty, and staff who receive email addressed to an @okstate.edu address now have Spam filtering in place. The program filters Spam so that it is not delivered to your inbox, but rather held in a Spam container. You will receive two digests per day listing the sender and subject of all messages the Spam filter has blocked. Any or all messages held in this Spam container can be released to your mailbox. Mail that is not retrieved from your Spam container within 10 days will be automatically deleted. Additional information about this Spam blocker, including instructions to modify your profile so the Spam blocker catches more Spam messages, is at http://www.dasnr.okstate.edu/support/faq.htm.

 Healthy Families Renews Contracts: Contracts have been renewed for three Healthy Families programs provided through Cooperative Extension in Canadian, Delaware, and Texas counties. Funding for the programs are state appropriations through the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Child Abuse Prevention Fund. Contracts for the three sites total $313,161 for FY 2006.  In addition, Texas County Cooperative Extension will implement the Parents as Teachers program through a subcontract with the Guymon Public Schools and a consortium of six other Texas County public school districts.  A $21,000 grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education was awarded to provide the program for FY 2006. The Healthy Families and Parents as Teachers programs provide family support, parent education, and child development information through home-based and center-based group services, and public awareness activities. Program goals are to assess family strengths and needs, enhance family functioning, promote positive parent-child interaction, and promote healthy childhood growth and development. Families may enroll during pregnancy or around the time of a baby’s birth, and may continue until the child is age three to five.  In FY 2005, 92 families with 107 children were provided 1,661 home visits and 174 parent education, support groups, and family activity sessions. Also, 125 child development screenings were provided.  Principal Investigator for the four contracts is Debbie Richardson, Child Development Assistant Extension Specialist.

  Congratulations to: Brad Bain, McCurtain County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and his wife, Stacey, on the birth of their daughter. Averie Michelle was born September 14, weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 ½ inches long. She was welcomed home by her brother, Baler, 3.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Richardson Receives Award: Debbie Richardson, Child Development Assistant Extension Specialist, received the 2005 “Outstanding New Professional Award” by the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations. She is also serving as President of the organization this year.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Mark C. Boyles, Assistant Extension Specialist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 9-1-05

Michelle L. Buchanan, Area Pest Management Specialist, Northeast District, effective 9-6-05

R. Britt Hicks, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, Northwest District, effective 9-13-05

Jessica D. Nickels, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Northwest District, effective 9-19-05

Title Changes/Transfers

Jonathan V. Edelson, Professor/Head, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 10-1-05 (was: Professor/Interim Head)

Separations

Keri R. Boone, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cherokee County, effective 9-2-05

COMING EVENTS

September 24: NAEFCS Annual Meeting (Pennsylvania)

September 26: 4-H Release Day at the Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 27: 4-H Judging Day at the Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 29-October 9: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

October 5: FEWB Basic CORE Training: Module 2 – Risk Management, Saving, and Investing (Weatherford)

October 6: FEWB Basic CORE Training: Module 2 – Risk Management, Saving, and Investing (Okmulgee)

October 6-9: Southern Region Volunteer Leader Forum (Eatonton, Georgia)

October 10: 4-H Release Day – Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

October 12: OHCE Leadership Training (McAlester)

October 14: FCS Ambassadors Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

October 18: OHCE Leadership Training (Clinton)

October 19: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

October 21: Southwest District 4-H Youth Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 24: Southern Region Water Quality Conference (Lexington, Kentucky)

October 24: Farm Management Tools and Program In-Service (Oklahoma City)

October 26: Farm Management Tools and Program In-Service (Oklahoma City)

October 26: Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference (Chandler)

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