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Vol. 5 – No. 3
February 11, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

New County Extension Educators Orientation: We are looking forward to next week when new county Extension Educators will be on campus for orientation. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide this training to enable another group to get off to a great start! We welcome each of you to our Extension family.

                                                                                                                        D.C. Coston

CURRENT EVENTS

Scholarship for “E2: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce Training Workshop”:  The Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) is sponsoring an entrepreneurship/e-commerce training workshop from May 16-20, 2005, in Oklahoma City. More detailed information can be found at http://srdc.msstate.edu/e2/index.html. SRDC has set funds aside to award a travel scholarship of $325 for one person per land-grant school in the South to attend this training. Key criteria is the recipient must be actively interested in launching e-commerce related Extension programming of some type in their county, region, or state in the next year. If you are interested in attending, please contact your District Extension Director, Dr. Mike Woods, or Dr. Ross Love.  Names for scholarships must be submitted by February 24. 

 OSU Partners with SWANA: The Solid Waste Association of North America is partnering with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service to host the “Identifying and Solving Local Waste Management Problems” symposium. The event will take place April 26-28 at the Cherokee Nation Casino and Resort in Catoosa. A registration fee of $25 is due by February 15. For more information call 405-744-6489, or visit the Web at www.agecon.okstate.edu/waste.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Richardson Presents Research: Debbie Richardson, Assistant Extension Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, presented a research paper at the 13th Annual Conference on Parent Education. This event was sponsored by the University of North Texas Center for Parent Education. The presentation is entitled “A Comparison of American Indian and Caucasian Parents in a Rural Home Visitation Program” and used data collected from the Healthy Families program in Delaware County. The paper was selected through a peer-review process.

Oklahoma 4-H’ers Honored: Three Oklahoma 4-H’ers were honored by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program that recognizes young people for exemplary acts of volunteerism. They were named Distinguished Finalists. The 4-H’ers who were recognized were:

  • Kenna Baker, 13, Yukon, a member of the Canadian County 4-H in El Reno, and a seventh-grader at Lakeview Middle School in Yukon, sewed and mailed 2,700 “cooling ties” to U.S. soldiers in Iraq to help keep them cool in the intense summer heat.  In addition to making the “ties” herself, she hosted sewing parties for others at her house, and taught members of many local organizations how to make the product.
  • Jered Davidson, 17, Fort Cobb, a senior at Fort Cobb-Broxton High School, built and maintains a recycling station that is providing money for teachers’ salaries at his school during a budget crunch.  He sought corporate support for the station, recruited volunteers from his 4-H club to help build the facility, and plans to expand the project throughout the community.
  • Carrie Highfill, 17, Enid, a junior at Chisholm High School, has initiated numerous volunteer projects relating to children since 2001.  Her efforts have included collecting items for needy children, teaching kids about food safety, and creating a “Child Care Club” within her 4-H group to teach other young people how to care for children.

Each of the Distinguished Finalists will receive an engraved bronze medallion. More than 20,000 high school and middle school students across the country were considered for this year’s awards.

 COLLEGE CORNER

Career Fair Slated: The annual spring Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Natural Sciences Career Fair will take place February 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development. Organizations registered to participate in the event may be viewed on-line under "Career Services" at www.casnr.com. Students of all classifications and majors are encouraged to attend.

Deadline Approaching: The deadline to submit nominations for the 2005 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award is February 25. All departmental nomination portfolios should be returned to 136 Ag Hall by 5:00 p.m. The CASNR Effective Teaching Committee will review the materials and will make a recommendation for forwarding up to three names to the Office of Academic Affairs by March 15.

 CASNR Teaching Enhancement Grant: The Teaching Effectiveness Committee is encouraging faculty to apply for a CASNR Teaching Enhancement Grant. These grants are designed to encourage CASNR faculty to attend and participate in workshops, seminars, symposia, and/or conferences related to teaching, advising and/or instructional excellence. The recipient of the CASNR Teaching Enhancement Grant will receive support toward travel, lodging and conference registration. In return, each recipient will be expected to make a quality presentation in the form of a workshop or Brown Bag Teaching Discussion to CASNR faculty. Application deadline is April 8.

AWARDS

Evicks Honored: Ted Evicks, County Extension Director, Pittsburg County, received the Partner In Agriculture Award from the McAlester Chamber of Commerce recognizing his contribution of agriculture education to the community.  This is the first time this award had been presented.

 Selk Honored: Glenn Selk, Professor and Extension Animal Reproduction Specialist, was presented the Southern Section American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Extension Award during the group’s annual meeting February 5-9 at Little Rock, Arkansas.  .

 Faculty and Students from Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology Honored: Several faculty members and students within the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology were recognized recently. Those award winners include:

·        Rebecca Pace, entomology undergraduate, has received the local Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. She will continue on to the national competition and receives a trip to England during the summer of 2005. The scholarship, which honors U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater, is the premier undergraduate award in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. It will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum amount of $7,500 per year.

·        Phil Mulder, Jr., Professor and Extension Entomologist, received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension during the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting on November 14, 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented annually, this award recognizes outstanding contributions in Extension entomology. His Extension duties involve pecan, fruit trees, alfalfa, peanuts, grapes, and soybeans, as well as 4-H and honey bees. Mulder has mentored six graduate students, serves on numerous student committees, and teaches Horticultural Insects.  He has made more than 2,000 Extension, media outreach, and research presentations, and has authored or co-authored more than 150 refereed publications, invited book chapters, proceedings, and extension publications, including the first e-Learning short-course on pecans. Mulder maintains a busy research and demonstration program, and has been recognized nationally for his work on the pecan weevil Circle trap and the development of the screen trap for plum curculio in fruit trees.

·        Matthew Rawlings, M.S. candidate working with Kris Giles, Associate Professor, Field Crops, won first place in the Student Competition for the President’s Prize for his poster presentation in Section F, Crop Protection Entomology, at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 16, 2004. His poster was entitled, “Effects of Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominalis Sasaki on Foraged Wheat in Oklahoma.” 

·        Doug Jones, Ph.D. candidate working under the direction of Kris Giles, Assistant Professor, Field Crops, received the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award (Southwestern Branch) in Salt Lake City, Utah during the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting on November 16, 2004. He is a Ph.D. candidate who earned his B.S. degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1983. After completing his undergraduate degree, he operated a nursery business until 1992 when he accepted a position at the University of Arkansas to conduct research on imported fire ants. Returning to school in 1998, he studied small grain aphids and their natural enemies, earning his M.S. degree in Entomology from OSU in 2001.  Jones received a Sitlington Ph.D. fellowship and a graduate student SARE grant that helped fund his dissertation research examining the winter ecology of Lysiphlebus testaceipes.

·        Daniel Otaye, Ph.D. candidate working with Sharon von Broembsen, Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist, was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on November 18, 2004. Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society that draws its members from all academic disciplines within colleges and universities. Election to membership is by invitation only. The Society's mission:  "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Chad M. Otto, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Kay County, effective 1-31-05

 Misty L. Henson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 2-14-05

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

Mary R. Larson, Coordinator, Pittsburg County, effective 1-19-05

James N. Barnes, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics, effective 2-16-05

COMING EVENTS

February 12: OSU Horse Judging Day (Stillwater)

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

February 15-17: News Educators’ Orientation (Stillwater)

February 16: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

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

February 19: Heart of Oklahoma Cattle Conference (Shawnee)

February 19: WHEP Orientation (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)

March 1: Master Naturalist Program Overview (Phone Conference)

March 8: Extension Administrative Group (Stillwater)

March 8: Beckham County Peanut Meeting (Erick)

March 9: Managing Public Controversy in Oklahoma: Basic Training in Public Policy Education and Public Issue Education (Stillwater)

March 9: Using the Heart Health Curriculum (Tulsa)

March 9: South Eastern Oklahoma Sports Turf Management Conference (Krebs)

March 9-12: Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City, MO)

March 17: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Owasso)

March 22: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Fairview)

March 22: Youth Forestry Judging – Training Session (Talahina)

March 23: Building an Entrepreneurial Community (Oklahoma City)

March 26: “Bend’em Don’t Break’em,” 4-H Basic Horsemanship Clinic (Stillwater)

March 29: Southeast Regional Youth Forestry Judging contest (Broken Bow)

March 29: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Altus)

March 30: Family Economic Well-Being CORE Training: Module 1 – Cash Flow Management and Budgeting; Credit and Debt Management (Oklahoma City)

March 30: Managing for Success in Oklahoma Agriculture (Stillwater)

March 31: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Ardmore)

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