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Vol. 8 – No. 18
September 5, 2008

Current Events

Statewide Invitational Hippology Contest: McClain and Caddo counties will be hosting a Statewide Invitational Hippology Contest on Oct. 25 at the Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, Okla. The four components of the contest are written test, identification, judging, and applied technical skills. All Oklahoma 4-H members are eligible to participate. Juniors are 4-H members who were 9 to 13 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2008, and seniors are 4-H members who were 14 to 19 years old as of Jan.1, 2008. Contestants may register as individuals or teams. There is a $10 registration fee that includes lunch and a $5 per person fee for non-participants’ lunch. The registration deadline is Oct. 20 and should be sent to OSU Extension, 201 West Oklahoma, Anadarko, Okla.  73005. For more information contact Kevina Green at 405-247-3376 or Samantha Ephgrave at 405-527-2174. Information may also be found   at http://oces.okstate.edu/mcclain/hippology.

Best Management Practices Workshop: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is teaming up with the Oklahoma Forestry Services (A division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry )  and the Oklahoma Woodland Owners Association to host the Best Management Practices Workshop for Forest Landowners. The event will take place Oct. 2 at the Pittsburg County Extension Center, 707 W. Electric Ave., in McAlester.  Workshop topics include Best Management Practices (BMPs) and your Management Plan, Water Quality and BMPs, Forest Management and BMPs, Examples of BMPs in Oklahoma, Streamside Management Zones, Road Construction, and BMPs in Harvesting and Landings. There is no registration fee, but interested participants are asked to register by Sept. 26. Class size is limited to 20 participants. For more information contact Craig McKinley at 405-744-8065, or e-mail at craig.mckinley@okstate.edu.

Announcements

Wu Receives Funding: Yanqi Wu and the Turfgrass Team were recently awarded three-year funding ($90,000) from the U.S. Golf Association for their proposal “Development of turf bermudagrass varieties improved in quality and stress tolerance.”

Condolences to: Carolynn MacAllister, Extension veterinarian, on the death of her mother. Tressie Taylor passed away Sept. 3. Funeral services will take place today in Lake Jackson, Tex. A graveside service will be held later next week in Bochito, Okla.

Condolences to: The family of Paul Czarniecki, a retired employee of Extension. Paul began his Extension career in Oklahoma County in September 1970 before moving to Payne County in July 1974. Beginning in February 1975 he held various positions in the Ag Ed Department and the State 4-H Office, from which he retired in February 1992. Paul passed away Sept. 1. Funeral Services were held this morning at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home in Plover, Wisc. His obituary may be found at http://www.wisinfo.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008809040487.

College Corner

Weeds Team Dominates at Contest: The Oklahoma State University Weeds Team dominated the undergraduate weeds contest at the 2008 Southern Weed Science Society annual meeting in Gainesville, Fla. Josh Bushong, a senior Plant and Soil Sciences major from Weatherford, took first place; Amber Brewe, a junior Plant and Soil Sciences major from Marthasville, Mo. took second place; and Brian Hauser, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Business from Kingfisher, placed third. Brad Ferguson, a senior Agricultural Business major from Coffeyville, Kan., also participated in the competition. The students demonstrated their skills in weed identification, identification of herbicide symptomology, calibrating a sprayer used for small-plot research, and solving problems in various crop production scenarios. The Southern Weed Science Society Weeds contest took place Aug. 6 at the University of Florida Agriculture and Turf Research Farm in Citra, Fla.  There were more than 35 students participating in the contest this year.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Mickey R. Hoeltzel, Computer Support Specialist, DASNR Technology Services and Support, effective 8-22-08

J. Clinton Griffiths, Sr. TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 8-25-08

Katherine A. Shelton, TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 8-25-08

Austin R. Moore, TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 8-29-08

Andrew P. Roewe, Computer Support Specialist, DASNR Technology Services and Support, effective 8-29-08

Cathleen Taylor, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County, effective 9-8-08

Suzette D. Barta, Extension Educator, Economic/Community Development, Payne County, effective 10-1-08

Title Changes

Carl D. Wallace, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and CED, Cherokee County, effective 10-1-08 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County)

Heather Winn, Extension Educator/Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development, Cherokee County, effective 10-1-08 (was: Extension Educator/Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development and CED, Cherokee County)

Separations

Jennifer Adsit, Communication Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 8-29-08

COMING EVENTS

September 10: Oklahoma State Fair Entry and Judging Day (Oklahoma City)

September 11-21: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 22: Oklahoma State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)

September 23: The Wilderness of Grief, Finding Your Way (Tonkawa)

September 23: Tulsa State Fair Exhibit Entries and Judging Day (Tulsa)

September 24: “Living in the Shadows of the Ghosts” of Grief – Recognizing Symptoms of “Carried Grief” and Creating Interventions to Support “Catch Up” Mourning (Tonkawa)

September 25-October 5: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 27: 4-H Football Game Day (Stillwater)

October 2: Best Management Practices Workshop for Forest Landowners (McAlester)

October 2-5: Southern Region Volunteer Forum (Rock Eagle, Ga.)

October 4: 4-H Centennial Road Trip (TBD by District)

October 5: Tulsa State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Tulsa)

October 9: 4-H Century III in-Service Training (Oklahoma City)

October 10: CE-FCS Ambassadors Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 10: 4-H Club Management Systems In-Service (Oklahoma City)

October 14-15: Enhancing the Adoption of Organic Gardening (Oklahoma City)

October 15-17: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Conference (TBA)

October 15-17: Southwest District 4-H Youth in Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 15-17: Northeast District Youth in Action Conference (Gore)

October 22-23: OCES Secretaries Conference (Stillwater)

October 27-29: Southeast District Conference (TBA)

October 30: Southwest District 4-H In-Service (Lawton)

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