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Vol. 6 – No. 17
August 25, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR 

New Logo Approved: As of July 1, 2006, Oklahoma State University officially changed its logo from the letters “OSU” with a triangle inside the “O” to an orange and black “O-State” symbol, i.e. a large orange “O” with the word “STATE” written across it.  All units in the OSU system must now use this new logo, or a combination of the new logo and their own unit logo (for which DASNR has received special permission to use).  The staff in the Agricultural Communications Services Unit has designed a logo that incorporates the OSU logo into a unique DASNR logo (see logo displayed below).  Discussions I had with extension educators, faculty, administration, etc., indicated a strong desire to retain a “triangle” in the Division’s logo.  I communicated that sentiment to the staff in Ag Communications.  This design was repeatedly selected over a number of alternatives considered. 

            A Web site will be available in the near future directing you on procedures to order new business cards and letterhead displaying the new logo.  Use of the current logo can continue to be used where it is already in existence (i.e. on signs, vehicles, etc.) and/or until supplies of materials (i.e. letterhead, brochures, business cards, etc.) are exhausted.  

            Another consideration in ordering new business cards and letterhead is that a recommendation is being developed to change our “official” name from “Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service” (OCES) to Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service” (OSU/CES).  This change, if implemented, will require Regents approval and may take several months to implement.  Hence, you may want to hold off on purchasing any (or at least large supplies of) new business cards and/or letterhead.  

            I would also like to draw your attention to the new Oklahoma State University seal which is also displayed below.  I think you will agree with me that this is a very meaningful seal to us.  This seal was initially designed for use only by the President’s office.  However DASNR requested, and has been authorized, to also use the seal.  This request was made because of the seal's unique symbolic representation of our mission.  The OSU University Marketing office has provided the following description of the seals symbolic interpretation. 

             "Redesigned in 2006, the Oklahoma State University System seal visually represents OSU’s dedication to the land-grant university mission.  The seal’s focal point is the land-grant triangle, which represents the three primary components:  research, instruction, and extension.  Seventy-seven rays emanate from the triangle, representing the extension offices in every Oklahoma county.  A rope-patterned circle at the outer edge of the rays commemorates the institution’s western heritage.  The “1890” marks the year OSU was established.  The five pointed stars and five bands encircling the seal represent the five campuses that make up the OSU system."    

            The next time you are campus please note that Dr. Whitson has the seal etched in the glass entrance windows of his new office located in 102 Ag Hall.

 

 

 Search and Screening Committee Named for Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development: Claude Bess will chair the Search and Screening Committee for the position of Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development.  In alphabetical order the committee consists of the following individuals:  Tracy Branch, Jered Davidson, Shannon Ferrell, Dave Freeman, Kevin Hackett, Janna Kelley, Jim Key, Karla Knoepfli, Susan Meitle, Glenn Muske, Terry Nelson, Charlotte Richert, Sheila Stevenson, and Sarah Weeks.  Sue Bonner will also serve as an ex-officio member.

            The committee will have its first organizational meeting on September 15th.  Please give this committee your support in recruiting a strong set of candidates for this key position.       

 Initiative Team Planning and Coordination Conference: If you are interested in participating in, or are already participating in, one of the Initiative Teams listed below, please hold Tuesday, October 10, open for an Initiative Team Planning and Coordination (ITPC) day in Stillwater. 

  • Animal Host-Pathogen Interactions and Emerging/Re-emerging Diseases
  • Bio-Based Products
  • Cattle and Forages
  • Cattle Receiving and Feeding
  • Commercial Horticulture
  • Community Resources and Economic Development
  • Consumer Horticulture
  • Crop Management
  • Ecosystem Management Conservation and Restoration
  • Environmental Quality and Waste Management
  • Farm and Agribusiness Management
  • Food Processing
  • Food Safety
  • Function and Regulation of Genetic Processes
  • Homeland Security/Agricultural Biosecurity
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Oklahoma Mesonet
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Plant Stresses – Abiotic and Biotic
  • Sensor-Based Technologies for Agricultural and Biological Systems
  • Stored Products
  • Structure and Function of Macromolecules
  • Turfgrass Development and Management
  • Wheat – Multiple Uses

             You will note that the teams listed above focus on agriculture, natural resources, and rural development programs and do not contain the 4-H and FCS Impact Teams.  These teams will continue to interact and plan as they have in the past.  However, this is not meant to imply that members of 4-H and FCS Impact Teams should not, or cannot, participate in the initiative teams listed above.  Anyone with an interest in any of the above teams is encouraged to participate.

            Tentative plans are to start the program in the morning (probably with coffee and sweet rolls at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m.).  The first portion of the program will consist of several successful teams presenting a summary of their activities.  It is our hope that others can gain from their examples of how they built a team across disciplines and between research and extension.  In the later part of the morning, and in the afternoon, we plan to have three sessions lasting about and hour and a half each where all initiative teams will be scheduled to meet.  With three sessions, we are hopeful that many of you who are involved, or may want to be involved, in more than one Initiative Team can get to all of your team meetings.  The objectives of these meetings will be to:  a) increase communications within the teams; b) review and perhaps revise and expand the priorities set last year; c) discuss your team’s plan of work and future data collection;  and d) identify potential topics for a second round of Team Initiative Proposals (TIPs).

            Objective “d” implies that there will be a second round of TIP proposals and that is indeed our intentions.  Further details regarding the schedule for ITPC day will be forthcoming, but please plan on nearly a full day of activities.  Likewise, further details regarding this year’s TIP program will be forthcoming.

            Finally, I would note that the event will count as training time and OCES will pay reasonable lodging and mileage for Extension Field staff as well as provide a noon meal during the conference. 

                                                                                                                         Jim Trapp

 CURRENT EVENTS

Peanut Field Tours Slated: The Fall 2006 Peanut Field Tours will take place Sept. 14 at Ringwood, Sept. 26 at Erick, and Sept. 28 at Fort Cobb. “Hull blasting” will be available at all locations. Farmers should bring a representative sample of pods from their fields to blast, enabling them to determine maturity and anticipated digging dates. Ringwood will feature a general look at peanut production and peanut variety test plots. Information will be presented on pests, disease, economics, and peanut production practices. At Erick, attendees will view variety test plots and fungicide test plots. The Fort Cobb session will include viewing variety test plots, long-term tillage study, and studies dealing with peanut disease and peanut rotation. For more information, contact Chad Godsey, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, at 405-744-3389.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mesonet Making a Move: New opportunities! New location! New OSU/OU partnership! The OSU Mesonet Agricultural Program is moving to the National Weather Center on the OU campus in Norman. Albert Sutherland and Laura McKay will have an office in the newly constructed National Weather Center at the south end of the OU campus. They will provide a day-to-day OSU presence and also will act as contacts for the many new projects and educational opportunities that will flow through the National Weather Center. Albert and Laura have been located in the Grady County OSU Extension Office in Chickasha. After Sept. 1, 2006, their new address will be OSU Biosystems and Ag Engineering, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2900, Norman, OK 73072-7305. Their phone number will be 405-325-3126. The National Weather Center is located at the corner of Highway 9 and Jenkins Avenue. Make the most of this new level of OSU/OU partnership by stopping in Norman to see how this new National Weather Center benefits all Oklahomans.

Congratulations to: Melanie Matt, Woodward County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and her husband, Vernie, on the birth of their daughter. Macie Makay was born August 14, weighed 7 pounds, 10.5 ounces, and was 20 ¼ inches long.

Condolences to:  Robyn Rapp, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Grant County, on the death of her father-in-law. Bill D. Rapp passed away Aug. 11. Graveside services took place Aug. 15 at the Wakita Cemetery. Memorials may be made through Hills-Ely Funeral Home, P.O. Box 280, Medford, OK  73759, to the Wakita Education Foundation, Wakita Lions Club, or charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences to: Carol Toole, Senior Secretary, Greer County, on the death of her father. Randy Dunham passed away Aug. 16. Funeral services took place Aug. 21. Cards may be sent to Carol Toole, c/o Greer County Extension Office, 108 S. Pennsylvania St., Mangum, OK  73554.

Condolences to: The family of Corrine Deason White, former Alfalfa County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences. She passed away Aug. 16. Funeral services took place Aug. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee. Corinne served Extension from 1945-1952.

Condolences to: Chad Otto, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kay County, on the death of his grandfather. John Otto passed away Aug. 18. Funeral services took place Aug. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ponca City. Memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s School Foundation, P.O. Box 1330, Ponca City, OK  74602. Chad’s home address is 3209 El Camino, Ponca City, OK  74601.

Condolences to: Sandra Blakley, Senior Accounting Clerk, Extension Finance, on the death of her mother. Mildred Thompson passed away Aug. 18. Funeral services took place Aug. 21. Memorials may be made in Mildred’s name to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK  74075, or the American Cancer Society, c/o Karen Ward, 106 E. Marie, Stillwater, OK  74075.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Rochelle D. Burson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Haskell County, effective 8-1-06

 Title Changes

None to report

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

August 31: Family Resiliency Impact Team Meeting (Centra-System)

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 3-6: NEAFCS Conference (Denver, CO)

October 9: Tulsa State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Tulsa)

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

October 11: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Heart Disease In-Service (Centra-System)

October 12: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III “A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program” (TBA)

October 12: Poultry Waste Management In-Service Training (Muskogee)

October 12: Northeast District County Extension Directors’ Meeting (Muskogee)

October 12: Family Resiliency Impact Team Meeting (Centra-System)

October 13: 4-H Club Management System (TBA)

October 13: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Hypertension In-Service (Centra-System)

October 13-14: Oklahoma Meat Goat Conference (Ada)

October 18: Nutrition and Health Promotion – Diabetes In-Service (Centra-System)

October 18-20: Southwest District 4-H Youth Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 18-21: Northeast District Youth In Action Conference (Fin and Feather Resort)

October 19: Northwest District County Extension Directors’ Meeting (Woodward)

October 20: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Conference (Woodward)

October 20: Nutrition and Health Promotion – Osteoporosis In-Service (Centra-System)

October 22-26: NAE4-HA Conference (Milwaukee, WI)

October 24-25: 2006 National Poultry Waste Management Symposium (Springdale, AR)

October 25: Using Fescue in a Forage Production System (TBA)

 

 

 

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