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Vol. 6 – No. 1
January 6, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

There will be no articles from Dr. Trapp this time.

 CURRENT EVENTS

Registration Due Today for FAPC Trans Free Fat Workshop: The FAPC is offering a Trans Free Fat Workshop on January 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the center. Registration fee is $100 and the deadline is today, January 6. Participants will learn how food manufacturers can comply with FDA regulations. Speakers include Gary List and Kathleen Warner, USDA; Michael Peterman, Archer Daniel Midland; and Nurhan Dunford, FAPC. To register for the workshop, call 744-6071 or e-mail jerri.beth.strickland@okstate.edu, or register online at www.fapc.biz/pages/transfreefat.

 Agriculture Conference Slated: New ideas for farm and ranch management will be up for discussion at the Grady County Agriculture Conference. The event will take place January 19 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Experienced no-till producers will be on hand to share their expertise. Other topics include range burning for cedar control, alternative fuels for Oklahoma, the legislative outlook, and a cattle market report. For more information contact Michael Pettijohn, Grady County Extension Educator, at 405-224-2216, or e-mail at Michael.pettijohn@okstate.edu.

 Green Pastures and Open Spaces: The “Green Pastures and Open Spaces” Small Landowner Series is back by popular demand. A new series of educational meetings will be offered in Cleveland County January 19, 26, and February 2. Discussion topics include land analysis, long-range plans, land zoning and financing, financial management, taxes and exemptions considerations, legal considerations with land purchases, infrastructure of an agriculture enterprise, equipment, hay and forages, applicator spraying license, water well and septic considerations, and agricultural services. The meeting will take place at the Frye Auditorium at the Cleveland County Extension Office, 601 E. Robinson, Norman. For more information, contact Justin Rogers at 405-321-4774.

 4-H’ers to Experience Crime Scene Science: Oklahoma 4-H’ers, volunteers, and families from across the state will have the opportunity to learn about science by camping in at the Oklahoma City Omniplex February 3-4. Club members can explore the spectacular science exhibits, see stunning scientific demonstrations, travel to the planets and beyond in planetarium shows, and sleep in unimaginable places, like under a dinosaur, in a giant mouth, or next to a tornado. The 2006 theme is Crime Scene Science. Pull out your tweezers and magnifying glass and enjoy a fun filled forensics night. We will spend the night uncovering the truth about fingerprints, shoe and lip prints, hair and blood analysis, DNA, and more. The registration fee for youth (any age) is $27.50, and $15 for adults, and is due January 25. Contact your local County Extension Office for more information.

 Deadline Nearing for Science Technology Workshop: The deadline to register for the Science Leadership Conference hosted by the State 4-H Office is January 20. The conference will take place February 11 at OSU and is geared toward club members and adult volunteer leaders who are interested in starting a science project club in their local counties. The conference will feature three workshops, including biotechnology, precision agriculture, and geology. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and materials. For more information, contact Jeff Sallee at 405-744-8885.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Invitation Extended to Present Proposals: The State 4-H Volunteer Board extends an invitation to participate in the 2006 State 4-H Leadership Development Conference scheduled July 22 at OSU. This year’s theme is “4-H – A Bag of Tricks in 2006.” The objective of the conference is to share tips, tricks of the trade, and/or helpful hints for being a volunteer or working with 4-H youth.  The board invites you to share your talents and experiences with others from across the state.  A workshop proposal can be found at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/volun/eduopp.htmProposals are due back by January 16. Three tracks of programs are being offered.

            Track 1 - Project Related Workshops (these sessions are intended to help develop project work in areas such as horse, public speaking, fabric and fashion, animal science, etc.) Saturday morning, July 22, 9:30 a.m. to10:30 a.m.

            Track 2 – Project Planning and Life Skills Development Workshops (Youth/Adult Partnerships, Community Service, Teen Leaders, Leadership Development, Club Meetings, Record Keeping, etc.)  We want to offer these workshops in the a.m. and p.m.  Please indicate on the proposal if you are willing to present twice. Saturday afternoon, July 22, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

            Track 3 - Funshops (Hands on workshops in the areas of recreation, educational crafts, food science, model rockets, etc.)  Saturday afternoon, July 22, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm

  COLLEGE CORNER

Career Fair Slated: The Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Natural Sciences Career Fair will take place January 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center. Some outstanding organizations are beginning to register to recruit our students for full-time, internship, and continuing education opportunities on that day. Additional information about participants may be found online at http://dasnr5.dasnr.okstate.edu/Fair/recruitment_listing2.php?event=281. Students should be advised that many employers will be scheduling spring semester on-campus interviews for both internships and full-time job opportunities prior to the career fair through OSU’s 7 of 10 System, in addition to interview scheduling that will occur during the fair.

 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award Deadline: The deadline to submit nominations for the 2005 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award is February 24. All departmental nomination portfolios should be submitted to 136 Ag Hall. The CASNR Committee on Effective Teaching will review the materials and make a recommendation for forwarding up to three names to the Office of Academic Affairs by the March 13, 2006 deadline.

AWARDS

Solie Named Outstanding Advisor: John Solie, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, for receiving the Outstanding Advisor Award in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Solie was recognized for his great work with the Cowboy Motorsports 1/4 Scale Tractor Team, as well as his academic advising role with undergraduate and graduate students. Congratulations for this well deserved recognition!

 

Blue Ribbon Winner: Mike Schnelle has been selected as a Blue Ribbon Winner by the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science for his CD entitled “Landscaping with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines in Oklahoma.” The award is presented in recognition of outstanding contribution to the understanding of horticultural subjects in written, video, audio, and electronic form. Others who also were involved in the project include David Hillock, Jennifer Adsit, Gayle Hiner, Katie Reim, and Trisha Gedon.

  PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Gene Parker, Area Food-Animal Quality and Health Specialist, Southwest District, effective 12-30-05

Title Changes/Transfers

Clement E. Ward, Professor, Agricultural Economics, effective 1-1-06 (was:  Professor/Acting Department Head, Agricultural Economics))

 Raymond Joe Schatzer, Professor/Acting Department Head, Agricultural Economics, effective 1-1-06 (was: Professor, Agricultural Economics)

 Gregory L. Hartman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Beckham County, effective 1-2-06  (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

January 11-12: 6th Annual Oklahoma/Arkansas Turfgrass Short Course (Stillwater)

January 12-13: Southeast District FCS/4-H Retreat (Sulphur)

January 14: Northeast District 4-H Winter Conference (Jenks)

January 19-20: Southeast District FCS/4-H Retreat Snow Date (Sulphur)

January 24-26: OCES Conference (Stillwater)

February 1: 4-H for Century III In-Service (Oklahoma City)

February 4: Northeast District Share-the-Fun (Miami)

February 4: State Archery, Air Rifle, and Air Pistol Contest (Edmond)

February 11: OSU Horse Judging School (Stillwater)

February 16: Managing Challenging Situations and People (Stillwater)

February 18: State 4-H Horse Leader’s Conference (Stillwater)

February 18: Better Kids, Better Horses, Better Experiences Through the 4-H Horse Project (Stillwater)

February 21: 4-H Teen Action and Growth In-Service (Oklahoma City)

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