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Vol. 7 – No. 4
February 23, 2007

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR  

Donating Leave is Not an Option: This is the second article responding to questions asked by the Joint Coalition of Extension Educators during our last meeting. The question I am responding to this time was phrased approximately as follows:

  • We need the ability for staff to donate leave (sick and annual) to co-workers. Such a policy would exemplify the spirit of OSU and Cooperative Extension: helping others.

 I am sympathetic to this desire. However, we are bound by University policy on this issue and it does not permit such “donations.” As Faculty Council Chair some years ago, I joined with Staff Advisory Council to develop a similar policy change. We obviously failed. This does not mean, however, that I and others have given up on the idea. The reluctance of OSU administration to make this change, as I recall, was related to complications created by regulations dealing with the way our retirement system works and federal tax laws. There are also departmental budget implications when leave is donated. However, it is my understanding that the complications did not make it impossible to donate sick and/or annual leave, they just made it difficult to administer. I believe this issue is currently being addressed again by the University Fringe Benefits Committee.

Despite the inability to donate leave, I want to emphasize that we will work with any Extension employee who has a legitimate hardship situation that would be aided by additional time away from work. Several options are available for a person to retain their position and take time off beyond what is available through accumulated sick leave and annual leave. This option may also include cases where the illness involves an immediate family member. Unfortunately, these options would lead to a loss of pay. For more information regarding leave with and without pay, a temporary reduction to less than full time employment, FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), or any other question related to leave, contact Sue Bonner in the Agriculture Human Resources Office at 405-744-5524.

 CURRENT EVENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to: Marlene Buck, Garfield County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, on the birth of her grandson. Joel Buck Parker was born February 16, weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18 ½ inches long.

Condolences to: The family of C.D. Ashley, retired Creek County Extension Director. He passed away January 6. Funeral services took place January 12 at the First Assembly of God Church in Bristow.

Condolences to: The family of Geneva Gentry, retired Nutrition Education Assistant, Oklahoma County. She passed away January 28. Funeral services took place February 3 at Victory Temple Church in Oklahoma City.

Condolences to: B.J. Woodfork, retired CNEP Coordinator, Okmulgee County, on the death of her husband. Clarence (Skip) Woodfork passed away January 29. Funeral services took place February 3 in Tulsa.

Condolences to: Mike Rose, Mayes County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, on the death of his father. Jerry Rose passed away January 26. Funeral services took place January 30 at the First Christian Church in Sapulpa. Cards may be sent to Mike and his family at P.O. Box 39, Pryor, OK  74362.

Condolences to: Ray Parker, retired State 4-H Program Leader, on the death of his wife. Berniece Parker passed away February 19. Funeral services took place February 21 at the First Baptist Church in Stillwater. Memorials may be made in her name to the Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK  74076; the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 60 Bay Street, #401, Staten Island, NY  10301; or the First Baptist Church, 701 S. Duncan St., Stillwater, OK  74074.

Condolences to: The family of Gary Schafer, retired Extension Agent, Agriculture, Oklahoma County. He passed away February 19. Funeral services took place today, February 23, at Homestead Church in Homestead.

Condolences to: The family of Mitch Fram, retired Northeast District Water Quality Specialist. He passed away February 20. A memorial service will take place Sunday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Ahaba, 206 S. 7th St., Muskogee. Cards may be sent to his wife, Kay Frank, and their sons at P.O. Box 129, Moodys, OK  74444. The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity. You may use the affiliate Web site www.tahlequahhabitat.org to donate in Mitch’s name on-line. Go to donations page, click donate on-line, and at the bottom mark gift option. If anyone would prefer, they may donate to a different charity in Mitch’s name.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Tucker Honored: Congratulations to Nancy Tucker, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Pushmataha County, for being named Woman of The Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Peeper Receives Extension Award: Tom Peeper, Professor and holder of the Warth Professorship in Plant and Soil Sciences, was presented the Outstanding Extension Award during the 51st Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America in San Antonio, Texas.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. Peeper does not hold an extension appointment, but the society made the award because of the strong producer involvement in the Okanola Project which helped farmers to produce, harvest, and market canola, and to use canola in rotation with wheat to reduce grassy weeds.

Collegiate 4-H Wins Regional, National Awards: Congratulations to the OSU Collegiate 4-H club for winning the regional and national scrapbook award at the recent national meeting in Baton Rouge, La. The award is presented to the club whose book best reflects the work of the club for the past year. A group of 11 from Oklahoma attended the meeting, including Justin McConaghy and Samantha Ephgrave (graduate student members), Mandy Imgarten, Alea Sharp, Becca Lasich, Nicole Kliebert, Rochelle Landwehr, Gayle Buellesfeld, Sarah Edens, Joyce Ambros (undergraduate members), and Tracy Branch, co-advisor. In addition, Sarah Edens was elected as the regional president for the southern region.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Kourtney D. Coats, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Woods County, effective 2-12-07

Lindsey A. Hix, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 2-21-07

Title Changes/Transfers

Jimmy W. Brooks, Associate Extension. Specialist, FAPC, effective 2-1-07 (was: Assistant Extension Specialist)

Roy A. Ball, Extension Educator, Agriculturer/4-H Youth Development, Craig County, effective 3-1-07  (was:  Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED)

Tari L. Lee, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and CED, Craig County, effective 3-1-07 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

Separations

Amy M. Brothers, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 2-9-07

Amanda L. Smith, Coordinator, Cherokee County, effective 2-23-07

Maifan R. Silitonga, Coordinator, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 2-28-07

COMING EVENTS

February 28-March 1: SWANA Spring Symposium (Catoosa)

March 1: Tools to Update and Expand Your Waste Management (Catoosa)

March 6: In-Service “Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #11” (Clinton)

March 7-10: 4-H Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City, MO)

March 8: In-Service “Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #11” (TBA)

March 21: In-Service: Basic Extension Teaching Methods (Stillwater)

March 24: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Alva)

March 24-29: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

March 27: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Stillwater)

March 27-28: 8th Annual Conversations on Community Renewal (Midwest City)

March 31: Enid Area Progressive Agriculture Farm and Home Safety Day (Enid)

April 4: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 25: DASNR Legislative Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

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