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Vol. 5 – No. 9
May 6, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Second Century Initiative Day at the Capitol:  THANK YOU to all of you who participated in the Second Century Initiative Day at the Capitol on April 27. YOUR presence made quite an impressive visit and that is exactly the mission we hoped to accomplish! I do appreciate each and every one of you who worked so hard to get stakeholders involved and brought them along with you to participate in the day’s activities. As the legislative session moves on, please take every opportunity you have to continue to impress upon legislators exactly how important this initiative is to the citizens of Oklahoma! Also, keep encouraging stakeholders to make contacts. 

                                                                                                                     D. C. Coston

CURRENT EVENTS

IPM Workshop Slated: Oklahoma State University is hosting an “Integrated Pest Management for the Landscape Professional” workshop on May 25 in the Food and Agricultural Products Center. The workshop is geared toward professional landscapers, nursery growers and gardeners and will address the many facets of a landscape IPM program. Registration is $45 and due by May 17. For more information, contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404.

 Onion Production Field Meeting: McClure Farms, The Kerr Center, and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service are sponsoring an onion production meeting on May 26. The event will take place in Calvin, Okla. The event will offer an opportunity to see production of short and intermediate onion cultivars, and trialing of locally-grown transplants. Go to www.lane-ag.org or call 580-889-7343 for details.  RSVP requested.

Lane Ag Field Day: June 11 is the day for the Lane Agriculture Center Field Day. The event will feature tours of conventional and organic vegetable production research, forage and turf trials, and horticultural pest management projects. Another highlight will be presentations on Fire Ant control.  Live Southern Oklahoma-style entertainment, antique tractors, fried catfish, and cold watermelon will round out the day. For additional information go to www.lane-ag.org, or call 580-889-7343.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Musk Thistle Weevils: It is musk thistle weevil round-up time again. Planning is still underway, so keep your eye on the musk thistle Web page at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/Weeds/muskthistle.html for details, or contact Pat Bolin, bolinp@okstate.edu, 405-744-9420.

Fee Waivers Due May 27: Fee waivers for the 2005 Summer Semester should be submitted no later than May 27th, five working days prior to the first day of class on June 6, 2005, to 245 Ag Hall.  The Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Extension Director, District Extension Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator, and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing.  Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline.  If you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions.  No letters of explanation will be accepted.  Fee Waiver Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services and you can request them by calling 405-744-5823.  NOTE:  The Educational Leave Requests are now available on-line at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff­_development.

    In addition, Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form.  If you have questions, please contact your immediate supervisor as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waiver and Study and Education Request Forms.

    If your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and education form, call 405-744-6550 so that your records can be updated.  Also, check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver. You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Smolen Honored at Banquet: Mike Smolen, Extension Water Quality Specialist, was honored at the recent Environmental Science awards banquet. He was presented with the Sterling L. (Bud) Burks Award for Outstanding Faculty Environmental Research. Smolen was recognized for his outstanding work in watershed assessment, planning, and education. 

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

C. Danette Russell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Latimer County, effective 4-25-05

 Thomas W. Smith, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pushmataha County, effective 4-27-05

 John A. Keesee, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Hughes County, effective 4-29-05

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

Jody R. House, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Johnston County, effective  5-6-05

COMING EVENTS

May 7: Southeast District Shotgun Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 7: Northwest District Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 11: Turfgrass Management Short Course (Stillwater)

May 17: Living With Diabetes (Oklahoma City)

May 17: Eastern Research Station Field Tour (Muskogee)

May 18: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

May 25: IPM for the Landscape Professional Workshop (Stillwater)

May 25-27: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

May 26: Onion Production Field Meeting (Calvin)

June 4: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Oklahoma City)

June 6-11: Oklahoma Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp (Beavers Bend State Park)

June 8: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Stillwater)

June 10: State Master Gardener Continued Training Conference (Clinton)

June 11: Lane Ag Center Annual Field Day (Lane)

June 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

June 15-17: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 23-24: CNEP and Healthy Families Annual In-Service (Stillwater)

June 23-25: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 23-July 3: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

June 30: Psychosocial, Cultural and Behavioral Aspects of Health: Focus on Obesity (Stillwater)

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