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Vol. 5 – No. 19
October 7, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

Watch for Information on the Team Initiative Program (TIP): You will soon be receiving information from your District Director inviting grant applications for the FY06 Team Initiative Program (TIP). Initiative Teams were formed in the spring of 2004 and this program is intended to provide support and incentive for these teams to begin to function.

The Team Initiative Program was designed to be both multidisciplinary and integrated across extension and research with both on-campus and off-campus professionals included on many of the teams. A number of county and district/area educators were named to the Initiative Teams in 2004. Others can be added to these teams as they become involved with activities of any of the teams.

 Field staff  are encouraged to work with on-campus faculty/staff members who would be a good fit in putting together a funding proposal and likewise, on-campus faculty/staff are encouraged to collaborate with field staff in writing a proposal addressing the Second Century priority issues. More detailed information will be provided when you receive the TIP packet from your District Director. Proposals will be due no later than 5:00 p.m., November 30, 2005, so begin thinking about programs that would qualify and make plans now to work with your team members to submit a proposal.

                                                                                                 Jim Trapp

  CURRENT EVENTS

Goat Field Day: The Pawnee County Extension Office is hosting a Goat Field Day on October 15 at the Pawnee County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is due by October 13 and is $7 for adults and $4 for 4-H and FFA members. Registration is $10 on the day of the event. Sign in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. Session topics include nutrition, showmanship and selection, livestock guardian dogs, clipping and grooming, veterinary care, parasites, and brush control. Attendees may select three sessions to attend. For more information, contact Jeremiah Butler, Extension Agricultural Educator, Pawnee County, at 918-762-2735.

 Cattle Conference Slated: The Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference will take place October 26 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Chandler. The conference will provide cattle producers the opportunity to learn about issues the industry is facing, along with an update on the current cattle market and market predictions for the future. For more information contact Mick Jones at the Lincoln County Extension Office at 405-258-0560.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Knoepfli and Bolay Return From Conference: Karla Knoepfli, Assistant Extension Specialist, Volunteer and Leadership Development, and Kathryn Bolay, state 4-H officer and National 4-H Youth Directions Council member, recently attended a National 4-H Youth Directions Council four-day workshop in Washington, D.C. The workshop focused on the benefits of embracing and utilizing Youth in Governance and Youth-Adult Partnerships at all levels of Extension programming. Bolay will be involved in staff and volunteer training offered at the district and state levels, as well as facilitating discussions in identifying where youth could be more actively involved in the representing, planning, and conducting of 4-H events and programs.

 Tulsa County 4-H Members Staying Busy: 4-H members in Tulsa County have been staying busy in an effort to promote National 4-H Week. They were on News Channel 8 on Thursday and spoke about the 4-H program and the various project areas available to members. They will be participating in the Tulsa Zoo Run on October 8. In addition, the Tulsa County 4-H officers and Ambassadors will be hosting an Open House on October 11 at the county office, 4116 E. 15th St., to help celebration Oklahoma 4-H Month.  The group also took first place honors in the float category in the Tulsa State Fair parade.

Congratulations to: Heather Turner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, on the birth of her son. Cy Cooper was born September 29, weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AG ALUMNI BBQ: The Ag Alumni BBQ will be held in conjunction with OSU Homecoming on October 29, 2005 in the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development. Alumni enjoy having the opportunity to visit with faculty during this event; 50-year, 25-year, and 10-year graduates will be recognized. The BBQ will be held immediately following the game if the kickoff is 12:00 p.m. or earlier; if the kickoff is after noon, the BBQ will begin two hours prior to kickoff. Tickets can be purchased in the Office of Academic Programs, 136 Ag Hall; adult tickets are $10.00; children (6-10 years old) are $5.00; children under 6 years eat free. Checks should be made payable to the Ag Alumni Association. The deadline to purchase advance tickets is Friday, October 21, 2005.

AWARDS

Payne Receives Award: Laura Payne, Extension Associate, Studio Garden Manager for Oklahoma Gardening, was presented the Outstanding Staff Award during the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture’s recent 30th Annual Awards Program that took place at the OSU Botanical Garden.

Healthy Families Recognized with Award: The Healthy Families program in Texas County was selected as the 2005 Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Fund Program. The award was presented at the 13th Oklahoma Child Abuse and Neglect and Healthy Families Oklahoma 2005 Conference in Norman on September 29. It is given by the State Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Task Force to recognize an exceptional community program funded through the Oklahoma State Department Health Child Abuse Prevention Fund.  Criteria for the award included comprehensiveness of the program, innovative program design, flexibility of program services, and successful working relationships within the community. Healthy Families Texas County was initiated in 1999 and provides home-based and center-based family support and parent education for expectant parents and those who have infants and young children. Congratulations to program staff Arleen James, Texas County CED; Dian Noyes, Program Coordinator; Brenda Prichard, Family Support Worker; Bertha Watts, past Family Support Worker; and Janet Truelock, county secretary.

Gragg and Owens Receive Award: Kevin Gragg, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, and Steve Owens, Assistant Extension Specialist and host of Oklahoma Gardening, recently were presented with the Garden Writers Association Media Award in the TV Cinematography category. The awards presentation took place at Vancouver, Canada. On October 8 and 9, Oklahoma Gardening will base the entire show around the Pacific Northwest with segments from Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Amy Brothers, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 9-26-05

 Christopher J. Richards, Assistant Professor, Animal Science, effective 10-17-05

Title Changes/Transfers

Donald Stotts, Communications Specialist/Interim Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 10-1-05 (was: Communications Specialist/Acting Director, Agricultural Communications Services)

 Dee E. Cooper, District Director, Northwest District, effective 11-1-05 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Osage County)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

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 15: Goat Field Day (Pawnee)

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 21: Southeast District 4-H Youth Action Conference (Ada)

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)

November 1-2: Northwest District and Southwest District Secretarial In-Service Training (El Reno)

November 4: NAE4-HA Conference (Seattle, Washington)

November 9-10: Northeast District and Southeast District Ag In-Service Training (Wilburton)

November 14: 4-H Volunteer Management System In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 15-17: New County Extension Educators Orientation (Stillwater)

November 16: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

November 16-17: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Oklahoma City vicinity)

November 16-18: 60th Annual Oklahoma Turf Conference and Trade Show (Stillwater)

November 17-20: Southern Region Collegiate 4-H Conference (Stillwater)

November 25-29: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)

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