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Vol. 5 – No. 5
March 11, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Second Century Initiative:  We met with members of the House and Senate Agricultural Committees along with a number of industry leaders to discuss the Second Century Initiative this past Tuesday, March 8, in Oklahoma City.  The meeting was very well attended and our initiative had a great reception.

 Within the past day or so, you should have received copies of materials from Ross Love via e-mail regarding the Second Century Initiative.  This initiative is very important for all of DASNR.  Please do all that you can when visiting with supporters to impress upon them the challenges our communities are facing and how our research and extension programs offer great hope.  Take every opportunity to convey to them how much we need their support of our Second Century Initiative in order to respond effectively to the needs of our clientele.  As you hold meetings with stakeholders, share our Second Century Initiative goals with them and encourage them to express to their elected officials, and other leaders, what positive effects this initiative would have on them and their community.  It will take all of us working together to make this happen!

                                                                                                                                     D. C. Coston

CURRENT EVENTS

Wine Grape Pest Seminar: The Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers’ Association, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, are sponsoring a Wine Grape Pest Control Seminar on March 26. The event will take place at the Oklahoma Fruit Research Station located north of Perkins. A pre-registration fee of $5 is due by March 19. An additional $15 is required for individuals who are seeking pesticide applicator certification. For registration information, send an email to jamesskaggs@prodigy.net.

 Tentative Dates for Governor's Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development:  Two tentative dates to mark on your calendar.  We will forward further information as it is received so you may better inform your local clientele. 

    ·        April 28-29            Governor’s Conference            Clinton.

·        May 5-6                Governor’s Conference            Muskogee

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IPM Professional Achievement Award:  You should have received an e-mail on Tuesday regarding a call for nominations for the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Professional Achievement Award in honor of Dr. Gerrit W. Cuperus and his exemplary work and pioneering effort in IPM at OSU.  The award is intended to recognize OSU DASNR personnel (state, area, district, and county) for their exemplary professional achievements and service to the OCES IPM program.  The award may recognize the professional achievements and service of an individual or a well defined team (not to exceed four individuals).  Nominations may be via self nomination or from a third party or group.  This award includes a one-time monetary stipend.  Nominations should be sent to Ross Love, 245 Ag Hall, by April 29, 2005.

Counties on the Move: The Northwest District Extension Office has moved. The new address is 205 W. Maple, Suite 510 (instead of 610), Enid, OK 73701-4032. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same: phone, (580) 233-5295, and fax, (580) 233-9215. Employees located in this office are Kevin Hackett, Recia Garcia, Faye Watson, Shari Monsees, Becky Buller, and Clay Buford.

The Comanche County Office also has a new address. The new address is 611 SW C Avenue, Lawton, OK  73501. Phone and fax numbers remained the same.

In addition, the new address for the Sequoyah County Office is 120 East Chickasaw, Suite 107, Sallisaw, OK  74955-4655.

Congratulations to: Shae Pilgreen, Applications Engineer, Southeast District, and his wife, Gina, on the birth of their daughter. Bryleigh Rayne was born February 28, weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz, and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by big sister Brooklyn Rhea.

 COLLEGE CORNER

Junior Job Search Jumpstart: To help CASNR juniors start planning for their senior-year job search, CASNR Career Services will host a Junior Job Search Jumpstart event during Ag Week on the evening of Thursday, March 24, 2005. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside 201 FAPC with a résumé critiquing hour, during which CASNR employers will provide students with feedback about how to improve their résumés. At 6:30 p.m. a panel of CASNR employers will speak about successful strategies for interviewing. Pizza and soda will be provided for students in attendance.

 Transfer Days 2005: Transfer Days will take place April 13-15.  This is the earliest opportunity for transfer students entering OSU for the summer and/or fall semesters to enroll. We anticipate a large number of students enrolling during this two-day program. Transfer students will begin the enrollment process in the Student Union in the Office of Admissions between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  They will receive enrollment instructions, a Registration Permit and will be sent to meet with an academic advisor in their indicated major.

 CASNR WEB SITE HAS A NEW LOOK: The CASNR Web site, located at www.casnr.com, has been updated with a new design and capabilities. Features include a CASNR "News Board" to announce upcoming events or special news items and profiles of alums, students, faculty, staff and industry professionals that rotate each time the website is opened. At the bottom of the Web site is a "Career" section which lists job titles of CASNR graduates. Prospective or current students can click on a job title and read about a profile of one of our alums. Coming very soon will be a "Club Calendar" so that your student organizations can put their upcoming events on the Web site.

AWARDS

OSU Range Club Takes Top Honors: The OSU Range Club successfully competed at the recent Annual Society for Range Management meeting in Fort Worth, TX.  The Range Club prepared a display board along with a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Rangelands: Trailing Through Time." OSU placed 1st out of 14 university teams. Congratulations!

 Top Collegiate 4-H Club: Congratulations to the OSU Collegiate 4-H student organization and Charles Cox, club advisor, on awards received at the recent National Collegiate 4-H Conference. The OSU chapter was named the top club in the Southern Region and also won the regional scrapbook honors. 

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Kari L. Nunneley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development., Oklahoma County, effective 2-28-05

Beth Crumpler, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Beaver County, effective 3-7-05

Title Changes/Transfers

S. Renee Allison, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, LeFlore County, effective 3-1-05  (was: Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Latimer Co)

Separations

Karla W. Jodoin, Communications Specialist, Tulsa County, effective 3-30-05

COMING EVENTS

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)

April 2: Enid Area Progressive Farmer Farm and Home Safety Day Camp (Enid)

April 5: Northeast Regional Forestry Judging Contest (Kansas)

April 6: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

April 6: Family Resilience 2006-2009 Impact Team In-Service (Central Oklahoma)

April 7-8: OEAFCS State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 11-14: National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (Little Rock, Ark.)

April 13: Oklahoma Beef Cooking School for Youth (Oklahoma City)

April 15-16: 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training (Clinton)

April 15-16: 4-H Omniplex Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

April 19: State Youth Forestry Judging Contest (Wilburton)

April 20: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

April 21: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Departmental Programs (Stillwater)

April 22-23: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 29: Fun Water Camp Activities (Stillwater)

April 30: Southeast District Air Rifle and Archery Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

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