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Vol. 8 – No. 21
October 17, 2008

Current Events

Community Recycling Seminar Slated: “How to Make it Happen in Oklahoma” will take place Oct. 30 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th St., in Oklahoma City. The full day seminar, hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Oklahoma Recycling Association, will feature informative sessions regarding the costs and benefits of recycling programs for municipalities, available markets, and ideas for education and promotion. For more information and to register visit www.recycleok.org/recycling-seminar.php or contact susie.shields@deq.ok.gov.

Biofuels Conference Slated Nov. 12-13: The Governor of Oklahoma will host the third annual “GROW: The Oklahoma Biofuels Conference,” Nov.12-13 in Oklahoma City at the Skirvin Hotel conference center. Ray Huhnke, director of DASNR’s Biobased Products and Energy Center, said this particular conference is tailored to a wide mix of audiences, from potential producers of biofuels to public and private organizations seeking information about how they might best benefit from or be called upon to address the coming biobased economy.
     "From a Division perspective, the conference is a way for faculty and staff to become more aware about feedstock development and conversion technologies at both the state and federal levels, as well as seeing firsthand demonstrations supported by the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and our own Biobased Products and Energy Center,” he said.
     Huhnke, DASNR Biosystems Engineer Dani Bellmer and OSU Plant and Soil Sciences Department Head Dave Porter will be featured speakers/panelists at the conference.
     Registration is $60.  For more information about the wide range of topics that will be covered, a complete list of speakers, or registration visit www.GrowOK.com or call 1-800-203-5494.

Announcements

Retiree Moves to Assisted Living: Myra Whitehead, retired Northeast District Home Economist, has moved to an assisted living center in Sapulpa. She retired in March 1981. Her contact information is Myra Whitehead, The Gardens, 1165 S. Brenner Road, Sapulpa, OK  74066. Her telephone number is 918-227-9699.

AWARDS

Zhang Honored by ASA: Hailin Zhang, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Nutrient Management Specialist, has been elected to the position of Fellow by the American Society of Agronomy, which is considered to be the national organization’s most prestigious honor. ASA has been electing outstanding members to the position of Fellow since 1925, based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3 percent of the society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

OEAFCS Members Honored: A number of OEAFCS members attended the recent Galaxy Conference in Indianapolis. Those attending include Nancy Arnett, Cindy Clampet, LaDonna Dunlop, Kathy Enyart, Sandy Lackey, Ranel Lasley, Carol Laverty, Ginny McCarthic, Brenda Miller, Charlotte Richert, Susan Routh, Radonna Sawatzky, Kristy Spalding and Lani Vanconcellos. Those receiving awards include:

  • LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County, Communication Award, Television,  2nd place
  • Recia Garcia, Northwest District Program Specialist, Distinguished Service Award
  • Susan Moffat, Cleveland County, Continued Excellence Award
  • Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County, Distinguished Service Award and one of three National Living Well Awards
  • Maretta Tolar, Comanche County, Continued Excellence Award

PRIDE Program Recognized: The PRIDE program reached new heights this week as a record number of Oklahoma’s tourism professionals gathered to honor fellow tourism industry leaders with Redbud Awards at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.  Lt. Governor Jari Askins and Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Executive Director Hardy Watkins were on hand to announce the winners during a special gala that took place Oct. 13 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. At that ceremony two special awards were presented. The first award announced was the PRIDE Certified Community Award.  Lt. Governor Jari Askins presented a statement about the PRIDE program and the importance of the program to the tourism industry in Oklahoma. Askins introduced Stan Ralstin, Area Extension ru ral Development Specialist, NW District, to present the PRIDE Certified Community Award to the Murray County PRIDE Program Team. On hand to accept the award were Angela Heath, Executive Director, Davis Chamber of Commerce; Shelly Sawatsky, Executive Director, Sulphur Chamber of Commerce; Kim Little, Executive Director, Arbuckle Country Marketing Association and Director of Murray County Industrial Authority; and Debbie Sharp, Murray County Extension Director.
     The PRIDE program has been offered across the state for more than 14 years and is one of the most recognized programs in OCES.  For the last three years Ralstin has been chairing a PRIDE Certification Team to develop criteria for a certification program for this popular customer service program.  The team is comprised of Jack Frye, Suzette Barta, Joe Williams, Dea Rash, Alvin Woodruff, Debbie Sharp, and Stan Ralstin. all of OCES. Partners on the certification team include Barbie Elder, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department; Stacey Cramer, Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Abby Cash, Oklahoma Director of Agritourism; and Pauline Fahle, Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance. While convened at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, attendees spent two days learning about the latest travel trends, media technology, agritourism and the PRIDE program. Williams, Frye, and Ralstin presented a session on the PRIDE program.

Collaboration Efforts Garner Awards: Along with Oklahoma Resource Conservation and Development (ORC&D) areas and others, members of the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department collaborate in planning and hosting of the annual Forestry on the Grow Conference.  As a result of this collaboration and other OCES efforts, two awards were recently received.  The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service received the Ouachita Mountains RC&D “2008 Sponsor of the Year Award” recently, and in August received the Oklahoma RC&D “Outstanding Supporting Organization Award for 2008.”

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Suzette Barta, Extension Educator, Economic and Community Development, Payne County, effective 10-1-08

Title Changes

Craig A. Woods, Sr. TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 10-1-08 (Was: TV Producer/Director)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

October 20: Family Economic Well-Being (FEWB) Impact Team (Oklahoma City)

October 20: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Chandler)

October 21: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Miami)

October 22-23: OCES Secretaries Conference (Stillwater)

October 23: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Tulsa)

October 27-29: Southeast District Conference (TBA)

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

October 30: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Lawton)

November 3: Infant Toddler Development Part 1: Theories and Principles In-Service (Centra)

November 4: Infant Toddler Development Part 2: The First 6 Months In-Service (Centra)

November 5: Greenhouse IPM Workshop (Stillwater)

November 6: 4-H Volunteer Management System In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 7: Risk Management Core 4-H Requirement (Centra)

November 11: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Pawhuska)

November 11-13: 2008 Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show (Stillwater)

November 12: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Fairview)

November 13: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Jay)

November 13: Infant Toddler Development Part 3: 6 to 18 Months In-Service (Centra)

November 18: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Tahlequah)

November 18: November 13: Infant Toddler Development Part 4: 18 to 36 Months In-Service (Centra)

November 20: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (McAlester)

November 20: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Kellyville)

November 20: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Claremore)

November 25: Infant Toddler Development Part 5: Brain Development, Learning In-Service (Centra)

November 28-Dec. 2: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Ga.)

 

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