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Vol. 9 – No. 11
May 29, 2009

 Current Events

Lane Organic Workshop and Field Day: An educational workshop and field tour on organic farming will take place the afternoon and evening of July 14 at the Lane Agriculture Center. Organically grown herbs, tomatoes, sweet potato, and cucurbits are some of the featured crops to be seen. The event is open to anyone interested in learning about sustainable and organic gardening and farming practices. There will be ample opportunity to learn about experience gained in southeast Oklahoma with certified organic vegetable production.  Activities will begin with an afternoon workshop on the use of manure for soil fertility and food safety concerns of organic farming. The field tour will address a variety of organic vegetable research and demonstration projects. An evening dinner will be provided and donations will be gladly accepted to help defray meal costs. For more information contact Jim Shrefler at 580-889-7343, or email jim.shrefler@okstate.edu. The Lane Agriculture Center is located on State Highway 3, 10 miles east of Atoka.

Fire Field Day: The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management will host a Summer Fire Field Day July 28. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and will take place at the OSU Research Range located 8 miles west of Stillwater on State Highway 51, and 2.5 miles south on Coyle Road. Participants will tour season of burn plots and growing season burn sites. Weather permitting, the fire crew will conduct a burn for everyone to observe. For more information contact John Weir at 405-744-5442.

Announcements

Condolences to: Sandy Lackey, Carter County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the death of her grandmother. Aline Larman passed away May 25. Funeral services took place May 28 at the Gailey Baptist Church in Ada. Cards may be sent to Sandy at 107 1st Ave. SW, Courthouse Annex, Ardmore, OK  73401-6405.

Condolences to: Andrea Ballard, Cotton County Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4-H Youth Development, on the death of her grandmother. Loretta Ballard passed away May 26. Funeral services took place May 28. Cards may be sent to Andrea at 301 N. Broadway, Walters, OK  73572.

College Corner

PaSS Students Receive Fellowships: Three Plant and Soil Sciences graduate students, Emily Rutto, Yumiko Kanke, and Tanka Kandel, received notification that they were awarded Graduate College Research Fellowships for 2009. Graduate College summer fellowships ($2,000 each) are available for continuing graduate students who are actively involved in their thesis or dissertation research. These awards are made possible by the generous support of the Robberson and Murray Case Sells Foundations.   

AWARDS 

Schnelle Receives Award: Mike Schnelle, Extension Ornamental Floriculture Specialist, recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2009 as a result of teaching horticultural short courses in Turkmenistan and Nepal in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Schnelle was nominated by officials representing Winrock International. The award was established in 2003 by President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

OAE4-HA Members Honored: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents met recently in Tulsa for the group’s annual state meeting. Many members were recognized for their work over the past year during a special awards dinner. Those honored were:

  • Chrissy Whitten, Tulsa County - Clover Service Award
  • Sara West, Marshall County - Achievement in Service Award
  • Sarah Weeks, Pottawatomie County - Achievement in Service Award
  • Mickey Simpson, McClain County - Distinguished Service Award
  • Ranel Lasley, Caddo County - Distinguished Service Award
  • Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County - Meritorious Service Award
  • Susan Meitl, Canadian County - 25 Years of Service Award
  • Steve Smith, Southwest District Director - 25 Years of Service Award
  • Dena Powers, Okmulgee County - Outstanding Mid-Career Program Assistant
  • Lindsey Hix and Sarah Weeks, Pottawatomie County - Outstanding County Award
  • Brenda Hill-Alta, Cleveland County - Promotion & Visibility Award
  • Cherokee Messenger and Republican - News Media Clover Award
  • Gary Strickland and Mitzi Pate, Jackson County - Excellence in 4-H Club Support
  • Kristy Spalding, Washita County; Radonna Sawatzky, Custer County; Ranel Lasley, Caddo County; Brenda Medlock of Kiowa County; Greg Hartman, Beckham County; Jennifer Southers, Harmon County; and Trena Medlock, Greer County - Excellence in Teamwork-Farm Safety Day
  • Mary Peck, Washita County - Excellence in Camping Individual Award
  • Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County; Scott Price, Grant County; and Pam Varner and Andrea Ballard, Cotton County - Excellence in Camping Team Award-Family Horse Camp
  • Kyle Worthington, Oklahoma County - Excellence in Natural Resources and Environmental Education Individual Award
  • Kevina Green, Caddo County; and Alan VanDeventer, Commanche County - Excellence in Natural Resources and Environmental Education Team Award
  • Brenda Hill-Alta, Cleveland County - Power of Youth Award
  • Greg Owen, Pittsburg County - World Citizenship in Youth Development Award
  • Brenda Medlock, Kiowa County - Excellence in Teen Programming Individual Award
  • Sara West and David Sorrell, Marshall County - Excellence in Teen Programming Team Award
  • Lisa Hamblin, LaDonna Dunlop, Christie Evans, Shelia Jones, Secreta Holder, Margaret Stansfried & Elanor Laskey, Oklahoma County - Excellence in Urban Programming - Dairy Food Cooking School
  • Cathy James, Logan County - Educational Package Individual Award
  • Kristy Spalding, Washita County; Ranel Lasley, Caddo County; and Radonna Sawatzky, Custer County - Educational Package Team Award
  • Susan Murray, Southwest District 4-H Program Specialist - Educational Piece Individual Award
  • Nancy Dunlap, Southeast District 4-H Program Specialist; Liz Taylor, 4-H Volunteer; and Courtney Matlock, Southeast District Intern - Educational Piece Team Award
  • Steve Smith, Southwest District Director; Brenda Hill-Alta, Cleveland County; Justin McConaghy, Cleveland County; and Jessica Stewart, State 4-H Office - Exhibit Award - 4-H Display in Gallagher-Iba Arena
  • Susan Murray, Southwest District 4-H Program Specialist - Media Presentation Award
  • Kevina Green, Caddo County - Periodical Publication Individual Award
  • Becky Walker and Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County; Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County; Debbie Sharp, Murray County; Megan Logan, Seminole County; and Robyn Jones, Hughes County - Periodical Publication Team Award-Cyber Savy Newsletter
  • Greg Owen, Pittsburg County - Personal Column Award
  • Casey Sharber, Canadian County - Promotional Package Award
  • Susan Meitl, Canadian County - Promotional Piece Individual Award
  • Charlotte Richert, Tracy Lane, and Chrissy Whitten, Tulsa County - Promotional Piece Team Award
  • Gary Strickland, Jackson County - Radio Program Award
  • Tracy Lane,  Tulsa County; and Lindsey Hix, Pottawatomie County - Edna Sams Scholarship
  • Kyle Worthington, Oklahoma County; and Tom Manske, Canadian County - NAE4-HA Scholarship
  • Kristy Spalding, Washita County - Past President’s Scholarship
  • Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County - Joe Hughes Professional Development Scholarship
  • Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County - Stiles Memorial Scholarship Nominee
  • Casey Sharber, Canadian County - 1st Time NAE4-HA Scholarship Nominee
  • April Adams, Oklahoma County; Amy Berg, Washington County; Amanda Beshear. LeFlore County; Rachel Hayes, Beaver County; Robyn Jones, Hughes County; Megan Logan, Seminole County; Megan Maxson, Nowata County; Daniel Neely, Okfuskee County; Jessica Stewart, State 4-H Office; Cathleen Taylor, McCurtain County; and Tracey Watts, Choctaw County - New Member Recognition Pins

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Jay William Parker, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County, effective 5-28-09

Title Changes

Gregory L. Hartman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Beckham County, effective 6-1-09 (was Interim CED)

Cathy L. James, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Logan County, effective 6-1-09 (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

Title Correction

Megan L. Logan, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Seminole County, effective 2-6-08  (not just 4-H Youth Development)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

May 29-30: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 30: Operation: Military Kids Frontier City (Oklahoma City)

June 1-2: Southeast District Horse Show (Ardmore)

June 1-3: Oklahoma Pecan Growers Annual Convention (Oklahoma City)

June 4-6: Southwest District Horse Show (Duncan)

June 5: Master Gardeners State Conference (Bartlesville)

June 6: Northwest District Horse Show (Cherokee)

June 8-10: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 10: CNEP and Parent Child Connections In-Service (Stillwater)

June 11-12: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Ada)

June 12: Drinking Water Quality Reports, Your Right to Know (Muskogee)

June 12: OMK Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

June 13: Lane Annual Public Field Day (Lane)

June 13: GardenFest (Stillwater)

June 16: Home Food Preservation – Core Training (Stillwater)

June 17: Southeast District Animal Science Field Day (Tishomingo)

June 18-20: State 4-H Horse Show (Shawnee)

June 22-23: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Ada)

June 23: Roundup Registration and Payment Deadline (Stillwater)

June 24: How to Maximize Your Media Presence through Ag Communications Services (Centra)

June 25-July 5: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

June 25: Southeast District Leaders Conference (Ada)

July 11: 4-H Parent Volunteer Conference (Stillwater)

July 14: Agricultural Economics – Current Issues (Centra)

July 14: Organic Agriculture Field Day (Lane)

July 14-16: OSU Animal Science “Big 3” Field Days (Stillwater)

July 15: State Junior Wheat Improvement Show Visual Judging (Stillwater)

July 16: Deliberative Forum on Oklahoma Water Issues (Weatherford)

July 17: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Watonga)

July 20: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Tulsa)

July 22: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Atoka)

July 23: The Crockpot Method for Building a Strong Step-Family (Cordell)

July 23-25: OCA Convention (Midwest City)

July 24: Rural Producers and Energy Efficiency (Lawton)

July 28: Ag Technology Field Day (Fairview)

July 28: Summer Fire Field Day (Stillwater)

July 29-31: 88th State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

August 5: Horticulture Hot Topics 2009 (Stillwater)

August 13: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Introduction to Units 1, 2, 3 (Stillwater)

August 13: Master Cattleman Summit (Stillwater)

August 18: Hazard Communication (Stillwater)

August 19: Summer Crops Field Day (Lahoma)

August 20: The Crockpot Method for Building a Strong Stepfamily (Okmulgee)

August 26: Hazard Communication Training (Stillwater)

August 27: Hazard Communication Training (Stillwater)

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