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Vol. 6 – No. 16
August 11, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

 CURRENT EVENTS

OALP Class XIII Begins New Adventure: Members of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program will participate in their first seminar on August 16-18 in Stillwater. OALP Director Joe Williams will be on hand to give program participants an overview of OALP. Graduates of the program also will be on hand to talk about their OALP experiences. The program began 24 years ago and continues to grow and offer participants new and exciting opportunities. It is an intensive two-year program conducted by OCES that focuses on the development of leaders in the agriculture and agri-business community.

 FAPC to Host Deep Fat Frying Workshop: The Food and Agricultural Products Center is hosting a Deep Fat Frying Workshop on September 26-27 in room 120 of the FAPC. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on September 26 and conclude at 2:30 p.m. on September. 27. The objective of the workshop is to train personnel in frying operations and provide basic and practical information that is relevant to frying performance. The registration fee is $150 prior to September15 and $200 after that date. To register for the workshop, contact Jerri Beth Tivis, FAPC workshop coordinator, by telephone at 405-744-6277, by fax at 405-744-6313, or by e-mail at jerri.beth.strickland@okstate.edu. Online registration also is available at www.fapc.biz/pages/deepfatfrying.htm .

OCES Staff Invited to Seminars: OCES staff members are invited to attend two seminars on grief in Ponca City. “Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies” will be the topic on September 28, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “Death, Grief, and Mourning:  Wisdom Teachings for Caregivers” is the topic on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is due by September 15, 2006.  Early registration is encouraged to be assured seating. These seminars could benefit any OCES staff member personally and professionally. More information about the seminars is available at http://countyext.okstate.edu/kay/, including the registration form and lodging discounts. Conducting the seminars will be Alan Wolfelt, a psychologist and grief counselor of international reputation.  He is known throughout the U.S. and Canada for his educational contributions.  He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Larry King Show, the NBC Today Show, and Nick News.  A past recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling's Death Educator Award, Wolfelt is Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition located in Fort Collins, Colorado. For more information about Wolfelt, visit his website at www.centerforloss.com. The Wolfelt seminars are provided by a coalition formed by Kay County’s FCS Program that consists of the Kay County Health Department, Co-Parenting Volunteers, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, funeral home staff, clergy, Kay County Community Crisis Response Team, and Kay County Home and Community Education.

Quail Symposium Slated: Oklahoma State University and the Noble Foundation are partnering with several Texas agencies to host the Red River Quail Symposium October 11-13. The events will take place in Henrietta, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas; and Archer City Texas. Topics on the agenda include innovation in management, grasses and grazing, brush management, economic impacts of hunting, state regulations and bag limits, supplemental feeding, and habitat management practices, to name a few. Pre-registration of $50 is due by September 15. Registration after September 15 is $75. Additional symposium information will soon be available at www.texas-wildlife.org, or by calling 1-800-TEX-WILD (839-9453).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Oklahoma to Host National Meeting: The Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents was successful in its bid to host the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in 2010. The event will take place July 11-15 in Tulsa. During the 2010 conference OAEAA will serve as host to an expected attendance exceeding 1000 members plus a large number of spouses, sons and daughters, and life members. The conference includes planned programs for each of these groups. During the five-day event Oklahoma will provide more than 30 educational and cultural tours, as many as seven sponsored meals, inspirational speakers for general sessions, and plan, coordinate, and choreograph a 4-H talent show using the best acts from the across the southern region and surrounding states. OAEAA is counting on assistance from the entire Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in meeting this exciting challenge. Bob Woods, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, is serving as the 2010 National Meeting Chair. Greg Highfill, Area Extension Livestock Specialist is president of OAEAA.

Royer Takes on New Position: Tom Royer, previously Associate Professor, Field Crops, and State Specialist, has been named as the new Integrated Pest Management Coordinator for DASNR. Royer assumed the responsibilities of the IPM Coordinator duties effective July 2006.  He will retain his Extension responsibilities for small grains and relinquish his previous duties for Extension programs in non-edible horticultural and minor agronomic crops. 

Hartley to Take Part in Leadership Class: Diana Hartley, Community Development Educator, Cleveland County, has been selected for the Oklahoma KIDS COUNT 2006-2007 Leadership Class. She will participate in a series of training classes and workshops to help strengthen the health and well-being of children and youth in Oklahoma. She was awarded a scholarship from the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth to cover the participation cost. As part of her participation in the program, she will be working with a small group to implement a program to improve the fitness and nutrition of pre-school age children.  

Two New Videos Added to ACS Video Catalog: Two new food-related videos have been added to the Agricultural Communications video catalog. VT1079 The Healthy Way - developed by Barbara Brown, Food Specialist and Janice Hermann, Nutrition Education Specialist, this DVD helps families cope with the nutrition and health decisions they face daily. This is the first DVD in a series that focuses on fast food meals.  In addition, the DVD also contains an information sheet titled “Fast Food the Healthy Way.” It can serve as part of the adult component for the Healthy Oklahoma program. The second video is VT1083 How to Give a Food Demonstration - Funded by the Oklahoma Beef Council as part of the Oklahoma Beef Cooking Schools project, this DVD is intended to give guidance to youth preparing to give food demonstrations at events such as 4-H Roundup, and county or state fairs. A print piece is included on the DVD that can be localized and used as a handout. A copy of both DVDs will be provided to every county office.

Congratulations to: Ursula O’Hara, Communications Specialist, CNEP, and her husband, C.R., on the birth of their son. Rhett Wesley was born August 8, weighed 8 pounds, 11.5 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. Rhett is welcomed home by big sister Cagney.

Condolences to: Mary Rhyne, Kay County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, on the death of her father-in-law. Gayle Rhyne passed away July 24. A memorial service was held August 5 at the 1st United Methodist Church in Stillwater. Memorials may be given in his name to Hospice of Northern Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union, Ponca City, OK  74601.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

OAE4-HA Members Recognized at State Meeting: Several members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents were honored during the group’s state meeting that took place recently at Enid. Award winners include:

·        Grant James, Cleveland County – Clover Award

·        Canadian County (Susan Meitl, Lori Clawson, and Tom Manske) – Outstanding County or Unit Award

·        Kathryn Cannon, Comanche County – Outstanding Program Assistant

·        Megan Waters, KNED Radio – New media Clover Award

·        Brenda Hill, Cleveland County – Achievement in Service Award

·        Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County – Distinguished Service Award

·        Steve Smith, Southwest District Director - Distinguished Service Award

·        Becky Walker, Pontotoc County - Distinguished Service Award

 Specialty Awards

·        Alan VanDeventer, Comanche County – Excellence in Camping, Individual Award; Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award; and “4-H/Army Youth Development Project” Salute

·        Pittsburg, Hughes, Pushmataha, and Pittsburg counties – Excellence in Camping, Team Award

 Communicator Awards

·        Kevina Bercaw, Caddo County – Educational Piece, Individual Award; and Periodical Publication, Individual Award

·        Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County – Exhibit Award

·        Becky Walker, Pontotoc County – Feature Story, and Promotional Piece, Individual Award

·        Canadian County (Susan Meitl, Tom Manske, and Lori Clawson) – Periodical Publication, Team Award

·        Greg Owen, Pittsburg County – Personal Column

·        Tulsa County (Tracy Lane, Charlotte Richert, and Chrissy Whitten) – Promotional Package, Team Award

 Scholarships

  • Tracy Lane, Tulsa County – Edna Sams Professional Development Scholarship
  • Sarah Weeks - Edna Sams Professional Development Scholarship
  • Kyle Worthington, Oklahoma County – Past Presidents’ Scholarship

 The group also elected its 2006-2007 officers. The new officers are Kyle Worthington, president, Oklahoma County; Alan VanDeventer, president-elect, Comanche County; Brenda Hill, vice president, Cleveland County; Cathy James, secretary, Logan County; Becky Walker, treasurer, Pontotoc County; Kari Nunneley, Southwest District director, Oklahoma County; Stephanie McSparrin, Northwest District director, Noble County; Ross Sestak, Northeast District director, Lincoln County; Mike Carter, Southeast District director, Pittsburg County; and Janna Kelley, immediate past president

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Lucas Pierce, Sr. Agriculturalist, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 8-14-06

 Title Changes

Jane Fuhlendorf, Executive Administrative Associate, Vice President, Dean and Director's Office, effective 8-1-06 (was: Executive Administrative Assistant) 

Thomas E. Puffinbarger, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and, and Interim CED, Alfalfa County, effective 8-1-06 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Alfalfa Co.)

Mickey P. Simpson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 9-1-06 (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McClain Co.)

Separations

Karin L. Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H  Youth Development, Creek County, effective 8-25-06

Shelly S. Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Alfalfa County, effective 9-1-06

COMING EVENTS

August 15: Managing for Success in Oklahoma Agriculture (Stillwater)

August 16-18: OALP Seminar 1 (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 17: Managing Public Conflict and Controversy: Basic Course (Fayetteville, AR)

September 19: Family Resiliency (Centra-System)

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

September 25: Family Resiliency (Centra-System)

September 26: Tulsa State Fair Entry Day (Tulsa)

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

September 30: State 4-H Dairy Qualifying Contest (Tulsa)

October 10: DASNR Initiative Team Planning and Coordination Day (Stillwater)

 

 

 

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