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Vol. 7 – No. 6
March 23, 2007

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR  

 CURRENT EVENTS

OBI Conference Slated: The Oklahoma Beef Industry Conference will be held April 19-20 on the OSU Stillwater campus. The OBIC is a revision and updating of the long running Advanced Master Cattleman Seminar. More information can be found at http://agecon.okstate.edu/beefconference/.

In-Service to Focus on Home and Garden Pests: The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is conducting an in-service training at Watonga for Extension Educators on April 23. Registration deadline is April 10. The focus of the in-service will be home and garden pest problems. There is a $10 reimbursable registration fee. For more registration information go to http://intranet.okstate.edu and click on ‘staff development.’

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Impact Team Awarded $25,000: The Oklahoma Leadership and Community Development Impact Team, under the direction of co-team leaders Kevin Hackett, Northwest District 4-H Youth Development Specialist, and Karla Knoepfli, Assistant Extension Specialist, Volunteer and Leadership Development, has been awarded $25,000 in funding under the Rural Youth Development Program Engaging Youth, Serving Community for year 5 (EYSC5). The team received funding  last year in the same amount for five counties, including Caddo, Creek, Bryan, Pittsburg, and Pottawatomie, to train youth and adult teams to determine a need in their respective county/community, research it, and hold a public forum on the topic.

            This year’s proposal will give the same counties some seed money to address their identified problem through a Community Development Plan they put together. The training that youth and adults from the core counties received last year will be expanded to the remainder of the 14 counties on the impact team and to Oklahoma 4-H and District Leadership Team members. The grant is funded by USDA through the National 4-H Council.

 Interns Selected for Summer 2007: This summer OCES is offering 12 paid internships for upper classmen and graduate students in county offices. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to seek permanent employment with OCES following graduation. There were 29 applicants for the 12 positions. The written applications were screened and the top candidates interviewed for the positions. The students will work 8-12 weeks in a county office and will not only shadow the staff to learn more about OCES, but will also develop and teach some educational programs. Students will also submit reports of their experience and an outstanding intern will be selected at the end of the experience. The 12 hosting counties and the students interns include:

 

Intern

County

Major

Alton Carter

Logan

Sociology

Dana Cox

Cleveland / Pottawatomie

Horticulture

Emily Gregory

Bryan

Ag Leadership

Gayle Buellesfeld

Lincoln

Ag Leadership

Jerri Imgarten

Washita

Ag Communications

Kelli Armbruster

Pittsburg

Ag Ed (MS)

Megan Maxson

Blaine

Human Dev. & Family Sci.

Micah Turner

Haskell / LeFlore

Ag Leadership

Michael “Shane” Martin

Kay

Ag Ed (MS)

Natalie Kayne

Canadian

An Sci./ Ag Econ

Rachael Perryman

Oklahoma

Nutritional Sciences

Rebekah Cox

Marshall

Ag Communications / An Sci

 Web Site Focuses on Animal Identification: In cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, OSU Animal Science Extension has launched a Web site focusing on the National Animal Identification Systems, as well as opportunities for increasing value of cattle through the use of the Agricultural Marketing Services Quality System Assessment (QSAs) and Program Verification Programs (PVPs). The link for the site is www.OKAnimalID.com.

Johnston County Extension Office Has New Address: The new address for the Johnston County Extension Office is 1002 Dormitory Road, Room 1, Tishomingo, OK  73460. The telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Congratulations to: Shea Pilgreen, Applications Engineer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, on the birth of her granddaughter. Brighton Rose Pilgreen was born March 15, weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Condolences to: Connie Walker, Administrative Assistant, Animal Science, and Becky Walker, Pontotoc County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, on the death of their mother-in-law and grandmother. Juanita E. Walker passed away March 16.  Funeral services took place March 20 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel, Stillwater.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Graduate Student Receives Award: Brenda Tubana, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, was one of the recipients of the 2007 Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science. The award recognizes top-notch graduate students who are pursing advanced degrees in crop science. Recipients receive a certificate and the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the Crop Science Society of America.

Faculty, Students Win Awards: OSU faculty and staff in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology came home with numerous awards from the Entomological Society of America – Southwestern Branch Meeting that took place in February. Individuals winning awards include:

  • Tom Royer, Associate Professor, Field Crops – Southwestern Branch – Extension Achievement Award (he moves forward as the Branch nominee for the national award)
  • Mukti Ghimire, Southwestern Branch – Student Poster Competition, 1st place

Departmental graduate students were named the Linnean Games Competition winner. The team will compete in the annual national competition in December 2007.  Team members include:

  • Andrew Puckett
  • Mukti Ghimire
  • Kishan Sambaraju
  • Greg Broussard

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

Beth E. Crumpler, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Beaver County, effective 4-13-07

COMING EVENTS

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 5: In-Service: Developing Effective Community Leaders (Stillwater)

April 11: Family Resiliency/Growing Strong Families Impact Team (Norman)

April 11-13: OEAFCS Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 14: Northwest District Meats Contest and Educational Day (Enid)

April 17: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Madill)

April 18-20: Real Colors Facilitator Training (Oklahoma City)

April 19: National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (Junction City, Kansas)

April 19: Oklahoma Beef Ambassador Talk Contest (Oklahoma City)

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

April 26: The High School Financial Planning Program (Stillwater)

May 4-5: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 9-11: Forestry on the Grow Conference (Tahlequah)

May 23-25: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

May 30: Co-Parenting Program In-Service (Stillwater)

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