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Vol. 8 – No. 1
January 11, 2008

Current Events

Dear Santa: At first I was disappointed that you forgot to bring me the little red wagon I have always wanted, but the gift card for the 2008 DASNR/OCES Conference on Jan. 22-24 (cleverly packaged as an approved travel request) more than makes up for it. I am so looking forward to networking with co-workers I don’t see often enough, people just like me who might have an innovative concept or two to share, ideas that might make my job more fulfilling and less demanding. Then there are the professional development and training sessions, some specific, others geared to day-to-day general operations, all of them affecting some aspect of what I do. And the speakers: Steve Van Wie, a nationally renowned expert in surviving bio-disasters; John Luthy, also nationally renowned and a futurist who knows how to get people and organizations on track to tackle an ever-changing world; and Jim Halligan, former OSU president and one of the nation’s foremost advocates of the land-grant mission made real. Also, OSU President Designate Burns Hargis will be speaking at the opening session of the DASNR Conference at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23. All I need to do is remember to pack my professional business attire – yes, there is a dress code – and bring my parking permit and name tag. Thanks, Santa, for the conference is a gift that will keep on giving throughout the year, both professionally and personally.

                                                                                                                         Sincerely,

 Pistol Pete

PS -  Thanks for the heads-up that tickets might be available for the OSU Men’s Basketball game against the Texas Longhorns on Monday, Jan. 21, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. I understand they go on sale one week prior to the game on a first-come, first-serve basis. My friends and I may just have to contact the OSU Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-255-4678 or 405-744-5745. Go Pokes! 

No-till Oklahoma Conference Slated: February 11-12 are the dates for the upcoming No-till Oklahoma Conference. The goal of the conference is to bring the latest developments in No-till cropping systems to interested farmers and ranchers from Oklahoma and surrounding states. The program will feature innovative speakers that will provide maximum interaction among agriculture professionals ranging from producers to industry experts. The event will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Oklahoma City. Registration is $75 and is due by Jan. 21. There are some SARE funds available to coverer a limited number of registrations. For more information, contact Chad Godsey, assistant professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, at 405-744-3389.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auction to Support OAEAA: The Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents (OAE4-HA) and the Oklahoma Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (OEAFCS) have joined together to sponsor an auction to support the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents (OAEAA) in hosting the NACAA 2010 Conference in Tulsa.  All funds generated through this auction will be donated to OAEAA. Donated items will be received at a “2010 Auction” table near registration for the 2008 OCES/DASNR Conference (Jan. 22, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) Pre-registration of donated items is encouraged. A few of the donated items will be set aside for a live auction to be held during the dinner on the evening of Jan. 23. Wayne Shearhart and Curtis Richardson will be our auctioneers. The silent auction will start early on Jan. 23, and the last bids will be accepted until the dinner starts that evening.  All auction items will be released following the completion of the night’s activities on Jan. 23.

Payments of cash, check or MasterCard and VISA will be accepted.   

For more information or a form to pre-register auction items please contact:

                         Alan VanDeventer                           Brenda Sheik                                               

OAE4-HA President                        OEAFCS President

alan.vandeventer@okstate.edu        brenda.sheik@okstate.edu

580.355.1045                                   580.822.3478

 Congratulations to: Susan Pearson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Creek County, on her recent marriage. Susan married Phil Lovelace on Dec. 15, 2007. He is the son of Edwina Kelly, retired FCS Educator, Lincoln County.

Condolences to: Jim Trapp, Director, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services, and his wife, Carol, on the death of his mother-in-law. Louise Dreher Newacheck passed away Dec. 14, 2007. Funeral services took place Dec. 18, 2007, at St. Mary, Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell, Kan.

Condolences to: Recia Garcia, Northwest District Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, and her husband, Michael, on the death of her grandfather-in-law. Manuel “Moon” Luna passed away Dec. 18, 2007. Funeral services took place Dec. 21, 2007, at the First Assembly of God Church in Bowlegs, Okla.

AWARDS

Mills honored as 2007 Distinguished Community Leader: Gale Mills, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Washington County, was recently honored as the 2007 Distinguished Community Leader at the 2nd Annual Fit Kids Coalition Awards Luncheon in December 2007. The luncheon took place during the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition Conference on the UCO campus. Fit Kids honored those who were making positive and significant contributions to improving the health of Oklahoma children and youth. One of Mills’ contributions includes receiving a grant from the American Heart Association which she used to teach monthly nutrition and physical activity classes to fifth grade students at Dewey Elementary School. She also organized a community Walk this Weigh event in Dewey with participants walking, running, or riding a bicycle on a Saturday morning in April 2007. The mission of the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition is to improve the health and well-being of Oklahoma youth and families by reducing childhood obesity.  Stan Hupfeld, President and CEO of Baptist Integris and Board President of the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition, presented the awards.

Specialists Write Award-Winning Fact Sheet: The publication E-995: “Oklahoman’s Guide to Growing Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables," has been selected to receive an American Society for Horticultural Science – Southern Region Blue Ribbon Communication Award for 2008. The award will be conferred at the ASHS-SR meeting in Dallas in February. Authors on the project are Lynn Brandenberger, John Damicone, Jonathan Edelson, Brian Kahn, William McGlynn, Warren Roberts, Jim Shrefler, Eric Stafne, and Merritt Taylor.


PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Catherine A. Shuffield, Executive Director, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation/Assistant Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, effective 1-2-08

Tracey L. Payton, Extension Educator, Horticulture./4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 1-3-08.

Lacy L. Whisenhunt, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McIntosh County, effective 1-8-08

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations/Retirements

None to report

COMING EVENTS

January 9-13: Denver Western Roundup (Denver, Colo.)

January 12: 4-H Mall Day (Enid)

January 19: North Central 4-H Parent Volunteers Conference (Ponca City)

January 22-24: OCES Conference (Stillwater)

January 23: DASNR Conference (Stillwater)

January 30: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

February 2: Southwest District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference (Lawton)

February 2: Southeast District Share-the-Fun (Konawa)

February 18: 4-H Teen Action and Growth (TAG) Training (Oklahoma City)

February 22: Southeast District Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

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