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Vol. 5 – No. 2
January 28, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Off to a Great Start in 2005: Some wonderful things have happened since the first of the year. Here are just a few that come to mind:

  • Precision sensing training for area specialists, county educators, and some leading producers
  • Positive vote in Major County to provide ongoing funding for Extension
  • 4-H Day @ OSU Women’s Basketball Game
  • Upcoming new educator orientation

I know there are many others that could be listed as well. You are doing a great job making a difference in the lives of our fellow Oklahomans. Thank you for all you do each and every day. Keep up the good work!!

                                                                                                                        D.C. Coston

CURRENT EVENTS

New Extension Educators Orientation: An important part of new county extension educators' orientation will be coming to campus for orientation training on February 15-17, 2005.  Currently there are 11 new educators with 3 months or less experience planning to attend.  The majority are FCS/4-H educators. An essential part of their training involves learning about the variety of resources you provide as a specialist, therefore, a get acquainted time is scheduled on Wednesday, February 16, from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 pm in Ag Hall 105. You may bring resources of any type including handouts or displays to promote your subject area. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase programs that you have available for our new Extension Educators.  Please contact Joyce Martin by February 1 at 405-744-7969 and let her know if you plan to participate and need a table for a display.  A "Meet the Specialist" form similar to the one used last time will be used to encourage educators to visit with you and become familiar with your programs. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PODS and OSUExtra Go Live February 7: The Print on Demand (POD) and OSUExtra system is being upgraded and combined. These systems will go online and be available February 7. PODS is a system designed for Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources employees to order any of the more than 800 publications, which include fact sheets, brochures and circulars. The new PODS address is pods.dasnr.okstate.edu. Browsers bookmarked with the current address will automatically be forwarded to the new site beginning February 7, but it is recommended the new site be bookmarked.

OSUExtra is geared toward the public whereby they can download and print any of the publications in their own home. The new OSUExtra address is osuextra.okstate.edu. Again, browsers bookmarked with the current address will automatically be forwarded to the new site as of February 7.

In order to access the new PODS, each user must have an assigned password. Each county office, district office, area office, research station and department will need to provide Dwayne Hunter at tdh@okstate.edu with the name of a contact person. He then will provide each contact person with a user ID and password so that they may access the system. Each contact person has the option of sharing the password with co-workers, or be the sole source for ordering publications for his or her area.

The new OSUExtra system will not require a password. OSUExtra mirrors the PODS as far as categories, search capabilities and appearance.

For more information about PODS/OSUExtra, please contact Dwayne Hunter, 405-744-5536 or email tdh@okstate.edu, or Gayle Hiner, 405-744-3659 or e-mail hiner@okstate.edu.

 Certification Program Materials Available:  If you are planning to present a tractor and machinery operator certification program for 14 and 15 year olds for summer employment, information will be forthcoming to you via pouch mail.  Program Leader/Student Packets are available for your use from University Mailing at no charge but please note you will need to allow up to 3 weeks for delivery of materials once you have placed your order.  Watch for information and order forms to arrive in pouch mail soon!  For additional information, you may contact Sue Collington in University Mailing (405-744-9037) or Jean Hite in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (405-744-5425).

 IPM Receives Additional Funding: The OSU IPM Program is proud to announce the recipients of the 2005 IPM Minigrants. Thanks to additional funds from the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, a total of 10 projects will be funded over the coming year. Go to http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/2005_grants.html to read about these projects that will increase the adoption of IPM in Oklahoma.  For more information about OSU IPM, please contact Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420 or email at bolinp@okstate.edu.

 Successful Field Day: More than 125 stocker producers attended the Wheat Pasture Research Station Field Day on January 21. Thanks to all the county Extension Educators who advertised and supported the field day. Special thanks to Keith Boevers, Dave Williams, and Scott Price for preparing the excellent lunch.  Thanks of course to Gerald Horn, Jeff Edwards, and Brett Carver for the quality presentations.  The feedback was outstanding from the stocker cattle producers.

                                                                                                                         Greg Highfill

 Osteen Receives Certification: Sissy Osteen, Resource management Specialist, has completed the Certified Financial Planner ® certification process. She joins other professionals who have voluntarily agreed to abide by high standards of ethical conduct and client service.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Frances A. Jackson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Jefferson County, effective 1-3-05

Title Changes/Transfers

Jamie L. Maxwell, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 1-4-05 (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Okmulgee County)

J. Michael Carter, Jr., Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pittsburg County, effective 2-1-05 (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Hughes County)

Separations

Mary Anne Gularte, Director, Agricultural Human Resources/ Interim Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 1-12-05

Lori E. Johnson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek County, effective 2-4-05

COMING EVENTS

January 29: Southwest District Volunteers Conference (Lawton)

January 31-Feb. 1: Southeast District FCS In-Service (Durant)

February 2: 4-H and Youth Horticulture and Plant Science Projects, Junior Master Gardener Program and AgWeather (Northwest District)

February 3: Strengthening Programs to Reach Diverse Audiences (Oklahoma City)

February 8: Extension Administrative Group (Stillwater)

February 9: Stress and Family Life 2 (Oklahoma City)

February 10: Hands-on Models for Water Quality Education (Muskogee)

February 14: Caddo County Annual Peanut Meeting (Fort Cobb)

February 16: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

February 18: Core Training: Housing and Entrepreneurship (Oklahoma City)

February 22: Stream Hydrology Trailer (Stillwater)

February 22: Using the Heart Health Curriculum (Oklahoma City)

February 22: Hydro Vegetable Meeting (Hydro)

February 23: Issue Framing Workshop (Oklahoma City)

February 23: Show Me the Money – Grants for OCES Programs (Norman)

February 23: Stress and Family Life 2 (Tulsa)

February 24: OSU N-Rich Demonstration (Hinton)

 

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