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Vol. 6 – No. 15
July 28, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

 CURRENT EVENTS

Wheatland Stocker Conference: The 20th Annual Wheatland Stocker conference will take place August 18 in Enid. Rep. Frank Lucas will be on hand to discuss the upcoming farm bill legislation. In addition, leaders in the beef industry will provide a panel discussion on future changes the industry faces and how these changes will impact the stocker segment of the industry. Stocker cattle health issues, price outlooks, food safety, farm bio-security, and management practices also are on the agenda. Registration is free and the conference includes a large trade show and complimentary lunch. To register for lunch, please contact Greg Highfill at 580-237-7677, or call the local county Extension office.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Toler Receives Grant for Comanche County: Maretta Toler, Comanche County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, has received a $1,000 grant from Consumer Action/American Express to target Hispanics and provide bilingual information in financial literacy classes. Lawton is expecting more than 10,000 servicemen and families due to the realignment of the air defense artillery units to Ft. Sill.

Fall Semester Fee Waivers Due August 11: Fee waivers for the 2006 fall semester should be submitted no later than August 11, five working days prior to the first day of class on August 21, 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. If you are a full-time faculty or staff member taking classes, you may request a partial fee waiver. The Faculty/Staff Fee Waiver Form has recently been changed. The revised form is available for download from the Office of the Registrar’s website, http://www.okstate.edu/registrar/FormsOnline/FormsOnline.htm.  Scroll down to Faculty/Staff Fee Waiver Form. Please use your social security number on this form, NOT your campus-wide identification number. You can also pick up a blank form from the Office of the Registrar, 322 Student Union. If you have a supply of the old forms, please discard them.

            NOTE: The Educational Leave Requests are now available on-line at the Staff Development intranet site at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff­_development.

            Also, as a reminder – 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.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Ag Educators Recognized: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents recently held their annual state meeting. A variety of individual and group awards were presented, including:

 Individual Awards

  • Stan Fimple, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Ottawa County, Distinguished Service Award and Communications Award.
  • Marty New, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, Achievement Award.
  • Phil Pratt, CED, Tulsa County, Hall of Fame
  • Brian Jervis, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, New Agent Award.
  • Josh Payne, Area Animal Waste Management Specialist, Communications Award
  • Jim Loftin, Cherokee County, and Larry E. Adair, Adair County, Friend of Extension Award

Group Awards

Search for Excellence in Remote Sensing and Precision Agriculture

  • Jeremiah Butler, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pawnee County; Rodney King, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Muskogee County; Bruce Peverly, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Nowata County, Mike Rose, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Mayes County; Stan Fimple, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Ottawa County; Doug Maxey, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Okmulgee County; Phil Pratt, CED, Tulsa County; Bob Woods, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist; and Tony Yates, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Sequoyah County.

Search for Young, Beginning, or Small Farmers/Ranchers

  • Bill Burton, Area Extension Agricultural Economics Specialist, Muskogee; Roy Ball, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Craig County; Kent Barnes, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, Okmulgee; Jason Hollenback, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Delaware County; Bob Woods, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Muskogee; Mike Rose, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Mayes County; Glenn Selk, Extension Animal Reproduction Specialist, Department of Animal Science; Stan Fimple, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Ottawa; and Vernon Scogin, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Rogers County.

 Newsletter Team Award

  • J.J. Jones, Area Agriculture Economics Specialist, Ada; Josh Payne, Area Waste Management Specialist, Muskogee; Chris Rice, Area Agronomy Specialist, Ada; Jim Shrefler, Area Horticulture Specialist, Lane; Jack Wallace, Area Livestock Specialist, Ada; and Michelle Buchanan, Area Pest Management Specialist, Muskogee.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

William A. Meyers, Support Specialist, DASNR, Technology Services and Support, effective 7-27-06

 Title Changes

Barbara A. Denney, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Delaware County, effective 7-17-06.  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

Aarika Holt, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Nowata County, effective 7-17-06.  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

J. Chad Webb, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 8-1-06  (was: Sr. Agriculturist, Plant and Soil Sciences)

Separations

Amanda L. Burke, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 7-12-06

Jason P. Hollenback, Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Delaware County, effective 7-12-06

Bruce L. Peverley, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Nowata County, effective 7-12-06. 

Andrea G. Mitchell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County, effective 7-13-06

COMING EVENTS

July 26-30: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships (Raleigh, NC)

August 2: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal – Northwest District (TBA)

August 2: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G.  You’re It In-Service – Northwest District (TBA)

August 2: “Building Leaders for Tomorrow” – Northwest District (TBA)

August 7-8: Northwest District and Southwest District Agriculture In-Service (Roman Nose State Park)

August 9: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal – Southeast (TBA)

August 9: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G.  You’re It In-Service – Southeast District (Beavers Bend)

August 9: “Building Leaders for Tomorrow” Southeast District (Beavers Bend)

August 9-10: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (Beavers Bend)

August 10: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal – Southwest (TBA)

August 10: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G.  You’re It In-Service – Southwest District (TBA)

August 10: “Building Leaders for Tomorrow” – Southwest District (TBA)

August 10-11: Master Cattleman Summit (Stillwater)

August 18: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)

September 13: Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Entry and Judging Day (Oklahoma City)

September 14-24: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 25: Oklahoma State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)

September 28-October 8: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

 

 

 

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