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Vol. 6 – No. 3
February 3, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

OCES Extension Conference: The first OCES Extension Conference since 2000 is now over. From observation and interaction with many of you, my instinctive reaction is that the conference went very well. I certainly enjoyed it and the chance to see all of you together! Your numbers and enthusiasm were impressive. We will be reviewing and summarizing your evaluation comments to get a better analysis of how the conference went and what can be done to improve it. Once again, I want to thank the 20-member Conference Planning Team for all the work they did to make the conference a success.

 Scholarship Opportunity: Each county office will soon be receiving a poster and letter from your District Director. The poster and letter promote $500,000 worth of scholarships being given to “rural Oklahomans” by Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Because these scholarships focus on rural Oklahomans they should fit with our youth programs well and also should likely go to youth who will have natural interest in the College of Agriculture.  Please be looking for posters and making plans to display them as well as thinking of ways to inform youth in your area of the opportunity. Students interested in applying should contact Michal Ward (the Scholarship Coordinator at the OSU Foundation) at 405-385-5147.

                                                                                                                                     Jim Trap

 CURRENT EVENTS

‘Green Acres’ is the Place to Be: Tulsa County is hosting the “Green Acres” class for Oklahomans who are new landowners or those who want to move to rural property. The three-part class will run three consecutive Thursday evenings beginning February 9 and concluding February 23. The classes will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. a the Tulsa County Extension Center, 4116 E. 15th St. Topics of discussion include planning for rural living, managing rural land, cattle, goats, pasture management, small animals, pond management, horticulture crops, and farmers’ markets. Registration is $25 per person or $30 per couple and enrollment deadline is February 8. To enroll, send a check to Attn: Green Acres, Tulsa County Extension Center, 4116 E. 15th St., Tulsa, OK  74112-6198. For more information call 918-746-3707.

Research Symposium Slated: The Food and Agricultural Products Center and the Institute of Food Technologists-Oklahoma Section are hosting a research symposium February 22 in room 201 of the FAPC from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. John Park, Director of Texas Center for Cooperative Development, Texas Cooperative Extension, will present “Consumer Paradox: Understanding America’s Health-Conscious Obese.” An IFT-OK dinner will follow the symposium at the Stillwater Country Club and will feature Bob Noyes, Distinguished IFT Lecturer and professor in the Food Science and Nutrition Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. His presentation is titled “A Logical Approach to Wine and Food.” There is no charge for the day’s events; however, the dinner meeting cost is $25 per person or $10 for students. Register by completing the online form at www.fapc.biz/pages/researchsymposium.htm or calling 405-744-6071. The deadline to register is February 10.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Heartfelt Thanks: Once again our hearts have been blessed by the generosity of the Extension family. With the January 27 dedication ceremony in front of Thatcher Hall of the Memorial Bench in honor of our son Luke, we are reminded again how fortunate we are to have the support and love that each one of you have given to us in the past two years. Your desire to see that the sacrifice made by Luke and his family be recognized is so very much appreciated. Thank you to each who gave a donation toward this project.

                                                                                                            The James Family, Brad, Arleen, Kirby, Sharla, Molly and Bradley

 OALP Members Prepare for Trip to Brazil: Members of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Class XII will travel to Brazil on February 4 to learn more about the country’s agricultural practices. In addition, OALP members will learn about Brazilian industry and culture, as well as broaden their knowledge of global trade during the 12-day trip. OALP is an intensive two-year program geared toward the development of leaders in the agricultural and agribusiness world. For more information about OALP, contact Joe Williams, OALP Director, at 405-744-5132. Applications currently are being accepted for Class XIII. Application forms are available on the Web at www.oklahomaagleadership.org.  Applications and references are due by May 17.

 KOMA Cattle Conference and Trade Show Successful: The KOMA (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas) Cattle Conference and Trade Show took place January 18 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey. There were 151 cattle producers in attendance with evaluations on the conference reflecting a very positive event. Randy Pirtle, Washington County Agricultural Educator and CED, would like to thank the Agricultural Educators and Specialists in northeast Oklahoma for their help and support with the program.

 OEAFCS Helps Affiliate Members: The Oklahoma Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences issued a challenge to each state association to match its donation to help FCS Extension Educators and their families in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. A total of $7,556.16 was contributed to this effort.

 Condolences to: Phillis Cothren, Garvin County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the death of her grandmother, Bernice McKiddy. She passed away January 27. Funeral services were held January 31 in Noble. Cards may be sent to the Cothren family at Rt. 1, Box 134, Stratford, OK  74872.

 Condolences to: Sandra Jones, retired Stephens County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the death of her mother, Mary Thompson. She passed away January 27. Funeral services were held January 30. Cards may be sent to the Thompson family at P.O. Box 476, Duncan, OK  73534.

  COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Martin Named Distinguished Alum: The Ohio State University Alumni Society has named Linda Martin as a recipient of its 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award. Martin is Assistant Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The Society noted Martin’s dedication to students and quality education, as well as her active involvement with teaching improvement efforts at the regional and national levels. She will be honored during a luncheon on February 23 on the Ohio State University campus. Previously, Martin was the first woman to be inducted into Ohio State University’s Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Fame.

Epsilon Sigma Phi Presents Awards: Several members of Epsilon Sigma Phi were honored at a luncheon that took place during the recent Extension Conference at OSU. Award winners include:

            Susan Murray, Southwest District Program Specialist, Distinguished Service Award

            Brenda Sheik, Extension Educator, Special Projects (CNEP), Mid-Career Award

            Nancy Dunlap, Southeast District 4-H Program Specialist, Superior Service Award for Area, District, and State Staff

            Pottawatomie County (Joe Benton, CED; Misty Henson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development; Sarah Weeks, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development; and Sonya McDaniel, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences), County/Program Unit Superior Service Award

            Jana Kelley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, and CED, Pontotoc County; and Sonya McDaniel, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Pottawatomie County, Specialized Team Award

            Kathy Cannon, 4-H Para-Professional, Comanche County, Para-Professional Award

  PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Pamela S. Hartman, Extension Associate, Agricultural Economics, effective 1-23-06

Title Changes/Transfers

Jacob L. Nelson, Specialist, Meat Processing, FAPC, effective 2-1-06 (was: Coordinator, FAPC)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

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)

February 28-March 6: Enid Northwest District Junior Livestock Show (Enid)

March 3-4: OAEFCS Annual Meeting (Ada)

March 8-11: 4-H Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City, MO)

March 14: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Anadarko)

March 16: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Coalgate)

March 21: 4-H Ambassador Application Postmark Date (Stillwater)

March 21: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Woodward)

March 28: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Dewar)

March 30: Poultry Disease Conference: Preparing for Avian Influenza (Tulsa)

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