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Vol. 9 – No. 25
December 18, 2009

 

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Best Wishes for the New Year: This issue of our newsletter brings 2009 to a close and I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a wonderful Holiday Season with your family and loved ones. Take time to reflect upon the accomplishments you have made this past year and I look forward to what we can do in the new year! Although economic times are providing challenges, I know we all believe in the Extension mission and the service it provides to the citizens of Oklahoma. Thank you for your dedication and the endless efforts you put forth to provide clientele with the outstanding programming they have become accustomed to receiving.  Enjoy your break and I look forward to seeing you at the Extension Biennial Conference in January.  Merry Christmas!

                                                                                                                                                            Jim Trapp

Current Events

Oklahoma Environmental Law Enforcement Training: On Feb. 9, 2010, training will be provided in Tulsa to environmental law enforcement officers, peace officers, sheriffs, environmental managers, community decision makers, and anyone interested in gaining expertise in environmental crimes investigations involving solid and hazardous waste, open burning, illegal dumping,  and air and water pollution.  Michael Freeman, senior criminal investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, will conduct the free, CLEET accredited, one-day seminar, which is hosted by OSU Agricultural Economics Extension Solid Waste Management Programs. Funding was provided by the USDA Rural Development. Registration is required. For more information or to down load a registration form, visit http://agecon.okstate.edu/wastenew, or contact Ilda Hershey at 405-744-9806 or via e-mail at ilda.hershey@okstate.edu.

Announcements

Retirement Reception Slated for Nancy Dunlap: Nancy Dunlap, Southeast District 4-H Program Specialist, will be recognized with a retirement reception to honor her 31 years of service to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. The reception will take place Jan. 13, 2010, at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur beginning with a noon luncheon. The luncheon cost is $10, due by January 5.  Checks should be made payable to Murray County OSU Extension Service. For more information, contact Debbie Sharp at 580-622-3016.

Greensburg Trip Big Success: Thirty-four Extension Educators, state specialists, and OHCE President, Javonna Earsom, toured the city of Greensburg, Kan., Dec.10. The city of Greensburg was leveled by a tornado May 4, 2007, and leaders of that community are rebuilding the city “green.”  Pamela Muntza, Kiowa County (Kansas) Extension Educator, and Greensburg City Mayor, Bob Dixson, served as hosts for the day. Several LEED Platinum buildings were toured during the day including the John Deere Dealership, the restored Kiowa County Courthouse, the 5-4-7 Arts Center, and Greensburg City Hall.  Other places of interest on the tour include a “silo home” built to withstand 250+ mph winds, the Big Red Fair Barn that was rebuilt by volunteers including firefighters from New York City, the business incubator partially funded by a gift from Leonardo DeCaprio, and the newly built Methodist Church fellowship hall and day care facilities. Those who served as presenters and tour guides for the day included Pamela Muntz, Kiowa County Extension Educator; Bob Dixson, Greensburg City Mayor; Brad Estes and Mike Estes, John Deere Dealership owners; Travis Barnes, Kiowa County Recovery Team; Matt Christenson, Emergency Management Team; Stacy Barnes, Director of 5-4-7 Arts Center;  Steve Hewitt, Greensburg City Manager; Mary Merhoff, Director of the Methodist Church Day Care; and the staff of Greensburg Greentown project. The Discovery Channel was in town for the day and Gerri Ballard and Megan Logan were interviewed regarding the group’s reasons for touring the city for a program that will air in May, 2010. Two Prairie Fire Crab Apple Trees were given to the Kiowa County Extension Arboretum as a thank you to Pamela and the city for hosting the event. The trees were provided by TLC Nurseries in Oklahoma City and donated in memory of Jack Robinson and Wilbur Robinson.
    The group learned about sustainable building practices, disaster recovery plans, disaster preparedness, and community planning, among many other things. Those attending the tour/in-service include Lynne Beam, Tommie James, Sandy Lackey, Gerri Ballard, Tracey Watts, Marty Montague, Lana Stidham, Rachel Lockwood, Robyn Jones, Ginny McCarthick, Danette Russell, Jill Ward, Cindy Clampet, Sara West, Lindsay Ensley, Debbie Sharp, LaDell Emmons, Debbie Walters, Janna Kelley, Becky Walker, Sonya McDaniel, Nancy Tucker, Laverda Johnson, Megan Logan, Dr. Robert Scott Frazier, Brenda Miller, Joy Rhodes, Karen Armbruster, Julie York, Javonna Earsom, Sue Hamilton, Nancy Dunlap, and Lani Vasconcellos.  The tour was planned and conducted by LaDell Emmons, Debbie Walters, Sara West, Megan Logan, Tracey Watts, and Lani Vasconcellos. The event  was funded by an OSU FCS Irma Manning Professional Development grant and a CE-FCS Ambassadors Dorothy Blackwell Legacy Award grant. 

New Fact Sheet Now Available: A new Fact Sheet, HLA-6608 – Managing turfgrass in the shade in Oklahoma, is now posted at http://osufacts.okstate.edu.              

Congratulations to:
Lynda Latta, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Ellis County, on the birth of her granddaughter. Riah Jo Latta was born Dec. 10, weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Parents are Riley and Joni Latta.

Condolences to: Tony Johnson, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Latimer County, on the death of his father. Jack Johnson passed away Dec. 11. Funeral services took place Dec. 14. Cards may be sent to Tony at P.O. Box 266, Wilburton, OK. 

Condolences to: J C. Hobbs, Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, on the death of his father. Clinton Hobbs passed away Dec. 15. The family will hold a private funeral service. Cards may be sent to J.C. and his wife, Sally, at 4523 Sunshine Circle, Enid, OK 73703.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Julie S. Staiger, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Harmon County, effective 12-29-09

Jordan E. Slagell, Extension Educator, 4 -H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 12-31-09

Title Changes/Transfers

Robert D. Bourne, Extension Educator, 4 -H Youth Development and Interim CED, Bryan County, effective 1-1-10 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development)

Dixie L. Ferrell, District Extension 4-H Program Specialist/Interim District Director, Northeast District, effective 1-1-10  (was:  District Extension 4-H Program Specialist)

Separations

Rachel M. Hayes, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Beaver County, effective 12-28-09

Bill R. Stacey, District Director, Northeast District, effective 12-31-09 (retirement)

COMING EVENTS

January 6-10, 2010: Denver Western Roundup (Denver, CO)

January 20-21, 2010: Extension Biennial Conference (Stillwater)

February 8-9, 2010: No-till Oklahoma Conference (Norman)

February 27: Southeast District Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

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