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Extension centennial documentary to premiere on OETA,  By Leilana McKindra 

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) is marking its 100th anniversary with a special hour-long documentary premiering at 7 p.m., May 8 on OETA-TV.

 “One Hundred Years of Oklahoma Extension” will chronicle OCES’s remarkable century of service to the state and explore the organization’s present and future directions.

 “The documentary will certainly offer insight into Extension’s proud roots, as well as showcase all the ways modern Extension continues to fulfill its original mission of helping all Oklahomans live the best lives possible, even if they never step one foot inside a county office,” said James Trapp, associate director of OCES.

The film blends the voices of OCES clients with those of county, state and district agents and specialists as well as dignitaries such as Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, and National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy to reflect on Extension’s history and ongoing impact on the lives of the people of Oklahoma.

Though Extension is probably most well known throughout Oklahoma for its agriculture research and expertise, the organization has a much broader reach.

 “Whether you’re an agricultural producer trying to keep up with the latest technology and the markets, or a resident who needs help identifying a plant in your yard, setting up a household budget or eating a healthier diet, Extension can assist with all that and much, much more, and you’ll see that through the documentary,” Trapp said. “Even if you’re familiar with Extension, tune in. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you learn.”

 The documentary will re-air on OETA-TV at 6 a.m., May 10 and on OETA-OKLA at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., May 14.

The Smith-Lever Act formally established the national Cooperative Extension Service May 8, 1914. The legislation created a unique partnership between county, state and federal governments, and provides funding through land-grant schools to expand vocational, agricultural, and home and family programs beyond the university.

OSU and Langston University engage in Extension outreach activities in Oklahoma.

The documentary is part of a series of local and statewide events celebrating OCES’s centennial anniversary. Check with your county Extension office for a schedule of local events.


Dr. Andrine Shufran received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Sciences at New Mexico State University on October 25 at the Homecoming Recognition Breakfast. She was recognized for her efforts in entomology education and especially for the Insect Expo during the Southwestern Branch Entomological Society of America annual meeting in Las Cruces this past February where 1200 children attended the event.


Three students received awards for their posters at the National Entomological Society of America meeting in Austin, Texas. Sandipa Gautam received second place for her Ph.D. poster, Nisha Bajracharya received first place for her M.S. poster, and Shane McMurry received second place for his M.S. poster.


Dr. Justin Talley was elected as the 2014 Secretary/Treasurer of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.


Mackenzie Jochim was recently named a CASNR Senior of Distinction.  Each Senior of Distinction award recipient was presented a personalized DASNR triangle representing the three branches of the land-grant mission – teaching, research and extension – and an engraved plaque from the college.  Mackenzie was also honored as a 2012-2013 CASNR Dean’s Award of Excellence recipient.  Congratulations Mackenzie!


Rebecca Pace has been named the winner of the 2013 OSU Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship.  The Fellowship comes with a $5,000 award and the student and project will be highlighted on the OSU Graduate College websites.


Sunny Evans was the winner of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2013.




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