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and in the spotlight students 8 Students play their hands at Oklahoma State farms by stephanie mitchell, wakita, okla. 10 Cowboys study across the nation by candace hoggatt glover, morrison, okla. 12 Connecting to the future of agriculture by deborah solie, stillwater, okla. industry 15 Get ready for a change by rachel k. bobbin, lamont, okla. 18 Small-town ideas become technology by kyla hollister, lenapah, okla. 22 The new kid in Oklahoma by laura kathleen mckay, wichita, kan. 24 Bringing family traditions home by megan m. mitchener, edmond, okla.

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Renovated Colvin offers fun, fitness by luann ulrich Walking into the building brings a sense of awe and amazement. Sun streams in from the windows, casting light in the open atrium. The smell of fresh paint and new equipment lingers in the air. Running, swimming, lifting - bodies are pushed to the limit. Everyone has different reasons to be here: get in better shape, relieve stress or just have fun. Whatever the reason, the newly renovated Colvin Recreation Center at Oklahoma State Universiry has something for everyone. The Colvin Recreation Center was reopened in July 2004 afrer nearly two years of renovations. The $23-million project was the result of students' desires for a better recreational faciliry. On Aug. 23, the first day of classes since the renovations, more than 5,000 students visited the Colvin. ''I'm really excited," said Kent Bunker, Colvin Recreation Center director. "Ir's all and more than we thought it would be." Students started the campaign for an update to the faciliry in 1998. The 29-yearold building named afrer Valerie Colvin, a pioneer of physical education in Oklahoma, was in need of repair. In fall 1999, students agreed to raise fees to pay for the renovations. However, an Oklahoma law capped the ceiling on the amount of fees a student could pay. With

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letters to state legislators and lobbying on Capitol Hill, State Bill 1305 was passed on April 11, 2000, to raise the cap on fees. "Students got this done," said OSU President David Schmidly at the grand opening of the Colvin Center Sept. 9, 2004. "It was their dream, vision, commitment and voice chat made chis a realiry." Once the fees were raised, the students

were surveyed to find out what they wanted in a recreational faciliry. The administration was responsible for designing a building to meet students' needs, said Bunker. Moody/Nolan Architects of Columbus, Ohio, and Allen Brown Architects of Oklahoma Ciry were selected to complete the project. Planning began in August 2001 , and construction started a year later. The result is a state-of-the-art faciliry with nearly everything one could want for physical recreation. The students' needs were met by having more weight and fitness equipment, more gyms, a golf area and an outdoor pool, said Bunker. "I can't think of anything they didn't offer," said Andrea Curry, agricultural economics and accounting freshman. Mindi Luce, agriculcural education senior, agreed. "It doesn't leave anybody out," said Luce. "It's for everybody." While the building was closed for construction, students used the Colvin Annex for physical recreation.


David Brown, landscape architecture senior and a student manager at the Colvin, said he was extremely happy when the renovations were done. He said it was gratifying to see it go from the facility it was through the Annex phase to what it is now. Since the opening of the renovated Colvin, the Annex has been used as an overflow facility when needed, and it is rented to groups for various activities, said Bunker. Agricultural students appreciate the new equipment and open atmosphere in the renovated Colvin. The increased amount of equipment makes it easier for more students to work out at the same time. Clint Racke, plant and soil sciences senior, said he likes chat there is more room and chat he does not have to wait 30 minutes to an hour just to run or play basketball. Lindsey Anderson, animal science prevet senior, said she enjoys the new weight machines and rowing machine. She said it is nice to have a wider variety of equipment. "It's really impressive," said Anderson. "It motivates you to stay fie." Luce said she did not work out at the Annex because it was inconvenient and she had to wait for equipment. She said it is easier to go to the renovated Colvin. "It's there, so why not take advantage ofic?" said Luce. Students have taken advantage of the facility, averaging about 3,000 to 4,000 students per day. With all the Colvin has to

offer, it does not appear these numbers will decline any time soon. "I chink it's wonderful," said Curry. "It gives students a nice place to work out." Anderson said she likes chat the facility is more open and yo u feel like you have more space. "They paid attention to detail on everything," said Luce. Racke said he likes chat there is more equipment and basketball courts. He said he also appreciates the air conditioning. The benefits of the Colvin are numerous. Aside from health and fitness, the facility is also a social place for students to relax and have fun. Bunker said it helps relieve stress, and physic.J exercise has been proven to increase mental retention. "It really enhances the university environment," said Bunker. Brown said the facility adds to students' quality oflife and gives students something constructive and healthy to do. The newly renovated Colvin Recreation Center has impacted students and staff in a positive way. The response from students has been overwhelming and exciting, said Bunker. Brown said people usually have a jawdropping reaction when they see it for the first time. "Everyone we take through is amazed chat chis is our facility," said Brown. The renovations have made the

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1/10 mile four-lane crack Indoor pool and outdoor pool Three dance studios with high-performance wooden floors for aerobics Three multipurpose rooms for activities such as kickboxing, yoga and pilates Outdoor Adventure area for equipment rental and trip registrations 35-foot climbing wall Lounge equipped with a 60-inch TV More than 17,000 square feet of cardio/ficness equipment with seven plasma TVs More than 12,000 square feet of free weights and plate-loaded machines Golf center with three driving-range practice nets, a practice putting green and two golf simulators 10 basketball courts 12 racquetball courts Multipurpose activity court gym for indoor soccer and floor hockey Free day lockers Complete locker room and towel service Equipment checkout services Vending area Five classrooms and one computer lab

Colvin an amazing facility for OSU, but how does it compare with other schools' recreational buildings? "I would not trade chis facility for any in the country," said Bunker. Even when the newness of the facility fades, the impact of the renovated Colvin Recreation Center will be felt for years to come. "It's a good thing, " said Luce. "It took a long time, but it's worth it for future students." Cj The Colvin Recreation Center is open ftom 6 a. m. to 12 a. m. Monday through Friday and 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. on Saturday and Sunday during the fall and spring semesters. Holiday and summer schedules may vary. For information, call the Campus Recreation office at (405) 744-5510.

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by stephanie mitchell What do a royal flush and the Oklahoma State University animal science farms have in common? It's simple. Both are considered the best you can get. The OSU Department of Animal Science offers limitless educational experiences through the student-staffed farms. The department has five main facilities that focus on teaching and research where students can be actively involved. "Our farms are good to train students," said Stephen Damron, animal science professor. He said this training experience prepares students to meet the needs of the industry. During rheir first animal science course, students have the opportunity to see quality livestock produced at OSU. Through class tours, they see what each farm does. These tours become more detailed as students make their way through the curriculum and take production classes of individual species. Damron takes his ANSI 1124 Introduction to Animal Science class to tour each facility during the fall semester. This allows Damron to see the students evolve. "S tudents are changing, and they shall continue to change," said Damron. "It is the nature of the beast. " Bill Crutcher, sheep farm herd manager, has seen the industry change tremendously in his 38 years of working for the sheep facility and said keeping up with current standards is important for students to receive maximum benefit from the program. "You can't teach students about quality livestock unless you show them quality livestock, " said Crutcher. Students can get involved with the farms through coursework. For some students, waiting to be upperclassmen and focusing directly on the species of choice is not an option. Working directly with the farm outside of class is the route they take. "It is a working ranch where animal science students can come out and experience what a normal ranch will 8 cowboy journal

do," said Ben Fox, beef cattle center herd manager. Although students who work on an animal science farm only earn minimum wage for their services, the experience gained and contacts made can supersede the monetary issues. "We gain a lot of experience, and that's what counts," said Sara Damron, an animal science junior and swine farm employee. "It's the people you meet, work with and get to know who are more important than the pay. " During the fall semester, 47 students worked as paid employees among the animal science farms. Due to limits on the number of paid employees each facility can have at any one time, students can volunteer their time and services to the facility. "I have two students who are volunteering to just be here and get some hands-on experience with the horses," said Tim Cash, equine farm herd manager. "They also learn a little more about the barns and about the facilities." If students decide volunteering is not for them, they may have the opportunity to earn college credit for their time. Working at the farms is not just about making money or earning college credit. It is about getting to know others in the same major, learning proper safety, and performing day-to-day feeding and handling techniques. It also teaches students responsibility, said Cash. "Getting up in the morning is not always easy," said Jeff Bollman, an animal science junior who works at the OSU dairy farm. "Milking at 4 a.m. is hard to get used to, but it just has to be done. " In addition to responsibility, working at an animal science facility teaches students dedication and time management. The farms work with student schedules, but students must be dedicated ro their job on the weekends, as well as school days , said Crutcher.

Kim Brock, swme herd manager, said rhe students' work experience prepares them for a successful career. "I t teaches them how to manage their time and put school first, but still come to work," he said. Living arrangements are available at the dairy farm and the swine farm, making getting to work no problem for the students who live there. The new swine facility, which went into operation in December 2003, houses up to four students. The previous swine facility, which had been in operation since the 1930s, had only two beds available for students. Brock said students have lived on the swine farm for the majority of the 25 years he has been farm manager. Two employees live and work at the dairy farm. These students each have an apartment in the loft of one of the barns. Heather Gold, an animal science senior, has lived in these apartments her entire college career. "Living out at the dairy and making minimum wage balances itself," said Gold. "It's nice because I don't have to pay rent, water or electric."


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Even graduate students have the opportunity to work on the unit and live there. Gold, who recently applied to graduate school, is planning on taking advantage of th is opportunity if accepted. Furthermore, animal science graduate students have the opportunity to conduct research at the facilities . Undergraduates also can get involved and aid in the studies. In many research scenarios, the graduate st u dent is doing tests on numerous animals; thus, the help of undergraduates to maintain the animal and its environment is key, said Brock. After graduation, student workers can be assured they have the best training from working on the farm, and job placement in the working industry is made easier, said Brock.

Fox said tremendous job placement comes from working at the beef farm, which is highly regarded throughout the state and nation as a purebred beef center. "If students come here to work and do a good job, then it is fairly noticeable to people in the industry who come by here to look at cattle," said Fox. ''And they, in turn, receive good recommendations to go work other places." There is reason to be proud when you attend a school that is well-known for its animal science farms and research, said Bollman. That's why he chose OSU. Both graduate and undergraduate students have been choosing OSU as their collegiate home for years because of its reputation. Animal science students continue to take part in the farms and play their hand at OSU because the odds are always in their favor. Cj

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Cowboys study across t/ie, nation by candace hoggatt glover

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The busy hum of a student union, crowded sidewalks as students walk from one class to the next, a hushed silence in the library ... these things remain constant on campuses throughout the nation. It is the people, curriculum and campus traditions that make each campus unique. The opportunity to experience the uniqueness of a campus different than your own and the chance to broaden your educational and cultural experiences are possible through the National Student Exchange. "The NSE program is an opportunity to exchange with other United States and Canadian universities," said Gerry Auel, Oklahoma State University Study Abroad coordinator. Participation in the NSE program allows students to expand their educational and personal experiences through life-changing situations while studying at another university. "There are so many different cultures in the United States, and it can be just as much of a cultural experience to exchange within the U.S. as going abroad," said Auel. "NSE is a door that opens students up to more possibilities. Some of our students participate in the exchange for geographical reasons, family ties, cultural experiences or certain curriculums not offered at OSU."

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Jennifer Walker, an animal science senior, exchanged from Oregon State University to OSU for the 2002-03 school year. "I found out about the NSE program in my freshman orientation," said Walker. "I wanted to go to a good ag school and be in ag country. "I narrowed down my top three schools, and then I spoke with Gerry Auel. She put me in touch with the animal science department," said Walker. "After the door was opened, everything fell into place." During her exchange, Walker entered the animal science department with an interest in beef and equine, and she became involved in campus organizations. "I was 2,000 miles away from home I was nervous," said Walker. "I was very apprehensive and didn't know how it would turn our. "It's a completely different world. I learned about blister beetles here; I didn't even know there were blister beetles!" The NSE has 177 member campuses and places nearly 4,500 students for exchange annually. Most NSE members are state-supported colleges, bur also included are several private campuses, as well as Canadian institutes. Only two universities in Oklahoma belong to the NSE program. One is East Central University in Ada, and the other isOSU. Aaron Perkins, a.n OSU plane and soil sciences senior, exchanged to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, through

the NSE program. Perkins learned of the program through a friend from North Carolina who was at OSU participating in the exchange. Perkins said he liked the idea ofexperiencing another part of the United States while continuing to work on his degree. He wanted to attend a university with a strong rangeland and ecology management program. "I realized that diverse experiences and the willingness to travel are always an advantage in the eyes of potential employers, especially in my field ofstudy," said Perkins. He said he chose UI because of how its range program is structured. Its Agricultural and Life Sciences and Natural Resources College appealed to him because of its strong individual departments in rangeland ecology, wildlife management, forestry, and resource recreation and tourism. "I also chose Idaho because I had never been there, and I wanted to experience range management from more of a public lands viewpoint as compared to the predominately private influence here," said Perkins. "There were other issues in range management that were of concern to that region that I didn't know very much about. I basically wanted to broaden my way of thinking and understanding by seeing them firsthand." While at UI, Perkins was able to experience hands-on applications in his range classes. He was able to work with two ranches in Idaho and gained a better understanding of range ecology through his classes. "I got a chance to see what range professionals in the western states encounter


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V~in their careers," said Perkins. ''Additionally, I encountered ecosystems and landscapes that I may not have ever gotten a chance to see." Students participate in the NSE program for various reasons. Whatever the motivation, the chance to become involved lies within OSU's study abroad office. 'The NSE program is an incrediblywellorganized and affordable program," said Auel. "We typically send out 20 to 25 students a year and take in about eight to 15." OSU began participating in the NSE program in the early 1990s, intending to get students involved in international studies. In fact, the NSE program came before study abroad, and it paved the way for international exchanges. Participants in NSE must be full-time students at their home campus and also be in good standing financially, socially and academically. A minimum grade point average of2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required. Students must comply with any additional requirements or regulations specified by the host campus. Each NSE member campus determines its payment plan. "Students either pay Oklahoma State University's tuition or the host school's instate tuition," said Auel. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus. In addition, fees assessed as a condition of enrollment, e.g., laboratory uses,

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are always paid to the host campus. Financial aid is available to students but is applied for and awarded by the campus at which the student pays tuition and fees. Through NSE, students can attend a university for either a semester or a full year, but sometimes the experience has such an impact that it may lead students down a different path. After completing the NSE exchange, Walker made the decision to transfer to Oklahoma State. There were many opportunities for her, and she said the relationships with her professors opened a lot of doors. Since transferring to OSU, she has become involved in organizations such as Ag Ambassadors, Mortar Board, Cowboys for Christ and Horseman's Association. She was also a CASNR Student Academic Mentor. "The people were a big factor in my decision to transfer to Oklahoma State,"

said Walker. "The investment in my education and the experiences I've had outweigh any sacrifices I've made." If you are seeking independence, a new curriculum or the opportunity to experience a different region, NSE could be the option for you. cj For more information on the National Student Exchange, visit the OS U Study Abroad office in 060G Student Union or the NSE Web site at http://www. nse. org.

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Connectin by deborah solie

Pharmaceutical representatives. Lawyers. Graphic artists. Animal geneticists. These and other Oklahoma State University College ofAgricultural Sciences and Natural Resources alumni are waiting to talk to students like you. Helping others learn about the various careers and opportunities in agriculture has been the mission of CASNR Career Services for more than 20 years. The career services office offers a variety of job preparation tools, including on-campus interviews, a career fair and more, but their newest tool promises to give students a glimpse of a dayin-the-life of agricultural professionals. The new service, CASNR Career Connections, is a Web-searchable database for prospective and current students, which provides self-written profiles by alumni and professionals in the agricultural industry. 'The most frequently asked question by prospective and current students during my 15-year career is, 'What do I do with a major and degree in agriculture?"' said Louann Waldner, CASNR director of student career services. "The answer is 'You can do anything with your degree,' and that is what this database shows." CASNR alumni are located throughout the United States and the world. CASNR graduates have pursued varying career paths, and each has a unique story to cell. Their experiences could help students discover their own major or future career, said Waldner. "This database will help students figure out what they want to do with their lives," said Allison Hayes, an agricultural education junior. "By seeing the success of alumni, students may realize they can succeed, too." Besides reading alumni profiles, students will get the opportunity to contact some alumni via e-mail or telephone. Once alumni have given permission, students may request their contact information from career services. However, Waldner said contact information will never be accessible to the public via the Internet; rather, it will be held by career services until a student's request is made. Also, alumni can limit the number of students who receive the information. "It is important to protect the alums'


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student benefits CASNR Career Connections is a cool students can use throughout their college career as they face difficult questions like "What do I major in?" and "Is chis career something I'm really interested in?" All students face challenges when determining their future careers and chis will be a cool that will help clarify the possibilities available in any degree field, said Waldner. 'Tm excited about getting to hear about jobs firsthand from industry professionals," said Andrea Curry, an agricultural economics and accounting freshman . "With my major, I know there are many job possibilities that I haven't even thought of, and I'm also excited about learning the possibilities in other majors, too." Alumni provide career information for students about their chosen fields and also suggest skills needed to ensure success in chose areas. These profiles can help students focus on their education, enabling chem to become proficient in the areas needed to succeed in their chosen profession. CASNR Career Connections also offers students the opportunity to network with industry professionals. These contacts could lead to internships and even job opportunities, said Waldner. "I view this Web site as a definite networking cool, and you can never have coo many contacts in the industry," said Hayes. Career development is important, said Waldner, and the newest tool offered by career services is another positive partnership between the college and the agricultural industry.

alumni benefits CASNR has been home co thousands of students during their college careers at Oklahoma State University. The extensive education students have received has helped chem become successful in their chosen fields. Now, alumni have the opportunity to help current and prospective students better understand the agricultural industry. "We have fewer people coming from agricultural backgrounds. If we want to keep recruiting people co our industry, agriculture,

natural resources and related fields, we will about the various areas of agriculture. Waldner have to be proactive at letting people know said she expects the database to the opportunities available," said Waldner. become fully populated and used by students By participating in CASNR Career within a year of publication co the Web. Connections, alumni and industry profes"We would like to see this used in the sionals get a chance co contribute by moti- freshman- and sophomore-level courses for vating students to investigate all of the op- student exploration," said Waldner, "to intenportunities available. tionally make students think about what "A great university and an exceptional they want to do with their degree and college invested a tremendous amount of their life. " effort and resources in equipping us to make CASNR Career Connections would not meaningful contributions to agriculture, and be possible wichour the students themselves. we owe a return on chat investment," said This Web site was created with career services Shannon fees paid by Ferrell, agriOSU students. This money alcultural economics lowed CASNR alumnus to hire the staff and envinecessary to ronmental create a techGo to www.casnr.com lawyer with nology-sup McKinney Click on CASNR Career Connections ported dataand Stringer. base chat could "One of the best ways to achieve that is to handle the demands of students and accuserve as a link between the industry and the mulate alumni information. students who hope to join it." "We have tried to do chis project at This is also a way to develop a relation- some level for about eight years," said Waldner. ship with a student who has the initiative "Until now, we did not have the money co contact someone in the industry. By or the technology chat was necessary mentoring a motivated student, profession- to create chis new Web site and the als could be training a future intern or searchable database." employee for their company. The firsthand The fee money, student interest and experiences students gain from alumni alumni participation have made the are invaluable. Web searchable database the newest Waldner said ocher industry profession- service available from the CASNR Career als are passionate about educating students Services office. of opportunities in the industry. They want Soon current and prospective students co share their experiences with the students will connect with their future in the agriculwho soon will be in the job market. tural industry. Doctors. Bankers. Forest rangers. Crop consultants. Broadcast journalises. future benefits Just a beginning of the many opportunities The career services staff members for graduates of the College of Agricultural anticipate CASNR Career Connections will Sciences and Natural Resources. Cj become an integral service for students and the college. As the database becomes more populated with alumni profiles, they hope For students interested in accessing the to begin using the Web site in the class- database and alumni interested in writing a room. Faculty could use the site in fresh- profile, go to www.casnr.com and click on man-level courses to teach students abour the CASNR Career Connections Link. The the various opportunities available in chat Web site has step-by-step instructions to guide particular field. both students and alumni through the Student academic advisers can use the registration process. database co answer students' questions about careers and become more knowledgeable

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t's a sizzling June day in the heart of rural Oklahoma farmland. As the hot, dry wind rustles through the field of ripe crop, a farmer stands quietly at the edge of his land looking at the product of a year of hard work. A common sight in Oklahoma, right? Actually, it's not as common as you might think; this farmer is gazing at his canola field. Today's Oklahoma grain producers rely upon a few traditional crops such as wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans. Although these commodities enjoy success in the heartland, farmers are getting ready for a change. Canola is a promising alternative crop, offering producers several benefits. "Canola can potentially improve yield and qualiry of winter wheat planted after a canola rotation," said Mark Boyles, canola project specialist at Oklahoma State University. "Several current canola-growing areas have shown improved wheat yields when planting wheat after canola." The new crop offers farmers an opportunity to help control soil erosion, produce a high-qualiry winter oilseed crop and diversify cropping operations. Additionally, canola and other alternative crops can help reduce the income risk associated with market fluctuations or weather and pest production losses affecting the state's primary crops.

Canola is excellent for double-cropping and is potentially more profitable than wheat, Boyles said. Canola also spreads labor needs, provides a cash flow in June or July and requires no extra production equipment, he added. "Canola can be planted with any typical equipment used to plant wheat. This includes alfalfa seeders," said Boyles. The most logical place for canola in a crop rotation is as a replacement for winter wheat. But since canola must be planted by early to mid-September, producers may find it difficult to plant following full-season summer gram crops. Canola can follow winter wheat as part of a crop rotation, or it can be planted after corn, grain sorghum or soybeans. These types of crop rotations work if earlier maturing varieties of those crops are planted or if they are taken off as silage. Soybeans can be double-cropped after canola in a similar fashion to double-cropping after wheat, said Boyles. Gary Schuerman of Blackwell, Okla., is just one of the many farmers turning to canola as an alternative to his winter wheat. Schuerman added canola to his operation last year when he needed a crop to help clean up his fields.

"By using canola as a winter crop, I was able to break the disease and weed cycle in my fields," Schuerman said. When these cycles are broken, producers can deliver a higher-quality wheat crop with less dockage to their grain dealer. In addition, since canola is an oilseed, chis production would give Oklahoma wheat growers the opportunity to produce a commodity that is tied to a market other than the grain market. "Growing canola is really a part of my risk-management program," said Schuerman. The Blackwell wheat farmer was pleased with the results he saw and is optimistic about the future of canola in Oklahoma. The crop offers farmers the opportunity to grow a superior-quality oilseed with a high market value. Although canola yields a little less than wheat and has a lower test weight, the crop has a higher market price. In recent years, canola has benefitted from the same price subsidies as other commodity crops, strengthening its profit potential. The research being conducted on canola production and marketing will prove to other farmers that canola can be successful in Oklahoma, said Schuerman. A primary limitation to canola in Oklahoma is the current lack of in-state markets,

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but that, too, is changing rapidly. The marketing system for canola is still relatively young, but many steps have been taken to put the necessary infrastructure into place. "In production agriculture, you want to be able to grow any crop. But to be successful, you have to have a market that is dose," said Mason Mungle, Oklahoma Farmers Union director of government relations. Oklahoma Farmers Union, in conjunction with researchers at Oklahoma State University, is working to develop that infrastructure. OFU recently received a U .S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Value-Added Development grant to conduct a feasibility study to establish an oilseed processing facility in western Oklahoma. "This plant will bring oilseed markets to Oklahoma, boosting our rural economy," said Mungle. Canola's usefulness as a healthy cooking oil for humans and a protein supplement for livestock feed makes the crop a perfect fit with the goals of the group working on the project. "Canola looks like it would be the main oilseed processed in the facility, " Mungle said, also mentioning that sunflower seeds, peanuts and cottonseeds also could be processed at the plant. The first goal of the production facility is to produce high-quality oil for human consumption. Demand for canola oil is increasing at a tremendous rate in the United States, according to a study sponsored by the National Canola Research Program of the USDA. The study attributed the increase to the

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fact canola is considered healthful for human nutrition. This is due to its low content of saturated fatty acids and moderate content of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These pol y-unsa tu rated fatty acids are essential in human diets and help prevent heart disease and arthritis. The oilseed processing plant being promoted by OFU additionally aims to produce canola meal. Canola meal, the part of the seed left after the oil is extracted, is of value to the livestock industry. The meal is sold as mash or pellets that contain berween 32 percent and 38 percent protein. Feeding trials suggest canola meal can be substituted into animal feeds with comparable feed value to soybean meal. Additionally, the oil may some day be used in biofuel production. Canola is not used now for specific industrial purposes. Advancements in technology, however,

could develop new uses for canola oil, as has happened for soybeans and other oilseed crops. As with most new crops, a few problems exist largely because of lack of experience with the broadleaf plant. These problems can be overcome, and some projections predict up to 5 million acres of canola could be grown annually in the United States by the end of this decade. More and more Oklahomans are joining Schuerman and other farmers in making the change to canola. These farmers will soon stand at the edges of their fields knowing the crop before them is part of a bright new future in Oklahoma agriculture. Cj For more information on canola production, call or visit your local agricultural extension agent.


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Oklahoma Scace University's New Product Development Center is using research and modern technology to help small businesses and to preserve rural Oklahoma communities. The idea for the NPDC was developed by Larry Hoberock, professor and head of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, and Bill Barfield, regents service professor ofbiosystems and agricultural engineering. After visiting with a small manufacturer in eastern Oklahoma, they realized many small businesses had great ideas but did not have the resources to develop and market chem. "The manufacturer developed a market-cornering product but couldn't produce it," said Barfield. That was the first step coward the creation of the NPDC. After two years oflobbying to the legislature and gaining support from OSU officials, initial product research began in September 2002. The NPDC limits its services to small, rural businesses in Oklahoma. "We target all of our services at existing, small manufacnirers," said Autumn Hood, NPDC program coordinator. "Our clients must be in rural areas and have 500 employees or less." Those wanting to apply for assistance must have their products currently on the market. The NPDC does not give assistance for starting a business, but it does provide research and development support for existing manufacturers.

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"Small businesses come co us because they have a great product idea, but they don't have the technical competencies, time or funding to help turn the concept they have into an actual produc c in production," said Hood. "We help chem over chat initial hurdle." Noc all businesses chat submit an application to the NPDC are accepted. "It's a competitive process because we have limited funding," said Hood. The NPDC is funded by the state legislature, which reviews the center's progress each year. The probabiliry the product will be a success is taken into consideration when applicants are chosen. The product must fie into the manufacturer's current expertise, and there muse be a market for the new product. "We also look for products chat are a good fie for the company and which have market potential," said Hood. The NPDC focuses on helping manufacturers create new and exciting products chat will strengthen the manufacturer's competitiveness. Developing the new product will create new jobs in rural Oklahoma, therefore, achieving one of the goals of the NPDC. Once a product application is selected, a team of researchers goes to work developing an actual product. The research team is

composed of OSU staff and faculty. Engineering students also are involved in the product development process, providing chem valuable, hands-on experience. "We gee the project first and then find people who would be a good fie for the development of the project," said Hood. "We approach chem with the project idea and ask chem if they would be interested in working on the project team." Most projects selected by the NPDC have budgets generally targeted at $50,000 to $150,000. The manufacturer is required to provide a percentage of the developmental costs and is expected to be involved throughout the process. "Our clients need to be committed to the project, and we typically ask chem to contribute financing, materials and labor toward the project," said Hood. "We target completing the project in nine to 18 months," she said. "That is a short turn around, so the people involved have to be really excited." The NPDC has high expectations for the products it develops. "We eventually want the manufacturer co be able co generate a million dollars in new annual revenue from the new produce," said Hood. In addition co product development,


the NPDC offers market assessments and promotional tools to manufacturers. This gives the manufacturer the chance to learn about their market segment by examining market size, potential customers and promotional strategies. Student involvement is an important priority to the NPDC.

NPDC Project Guidelines Established manufacturers Existing facilities Limited resources Unique & different products Economic impact N PDC Process Project application Initial review Detailed investigation Research & development Prototype development

"We are trying to introduce more student interaction," said Hood. "We're trying to use more engineering students in the development and more business, marketing and agricultural communications students on the other end." A number of small, rural businesses from across the state, including Klutts Equipment Inc., have received help from the NPDC in the first three years of its existence. Bill Klutts founded Klutts Equipment Inc. in 1987. Through 17 years of specializing in purchasing and remanufacturing railroad equipment, Klutts gained valuable experience in the railroad industry. When he recognized the need for a new railroad gondola car-top material handler, he contacted a local applications engineer and turned in his application to the NPDC. Klutts' idea was accepted, and a team of OSU researchers went to work to develop the concept into a reality. The new car-top material handler is expected to be a huge

success in the railroad industry. Bermuda King of Kingfisher, Okla., primarily produces Bermuda grass spriggers used to plant grass sprigs as an alternative to using sod or grass seed. Current technology allows the sprigger to vary application rates according to the speed of the vehicle, but rates cannot be changed according to different terrains and pulling conditions. Under the direction of Paul Weckler, assistant professor ofbiosystems and agricultural engineering, a new electronic control system was developed that allows operators ro adjust the sprigging rate from inside the tractor cab. Bermuda King expects to increase revenue and will add 10 new jobs to its company. "We want the NPDC to create highquality, high-paying jobs in rural Oklahoma," said Barfield. "We plan to continue to grow and increase funding to support this program. " cj For information about the NPDC, cal/Autumn Hood at (405) 744-2932 or send an email to hooda@okstate.edu. cowboy journal 19


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aseball would not be the same without hotdogs, and hotdogs would not be the same without those little crinkles at the end. Ever wonder how those got there? The answer might be surprising. Cellulose casings are the culprits of those crinkles. Danielle Bellmer, food process engineer for the Food & Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University, is conducting research on cellulose casings and the idea of recycling them. Currently, the facilities that produce hotdogs and sausages take the casings to landfills. The casings slowly break down and put carbon back into the soil. "The [processing] plants just pile them up and take them to the landfill," said Bellmer. Before getting into the crux of cellulose casings, here's a little background about hotdog making. Hotdogs are a combination of meats mixed into a liquid paste. The paste is put into a plastic sleeve, and the sleeve is tied off into several links, hence, the crinkles at the end ofhotdogs. Once the sleeve is sealed, the hotdogs are smoked and cooked. The sleeve is then peeled off the product. The cooked hotdogs are sent to packaging and readied for shipment to grocery stores. The sleeves, or cellulose casings, are sent to the landfill.

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There are two broadly accepted sources of cellulose for casings. One is derived from wood pulp, and the other is derived from cotton !inters. Both of these sources are converted to regenerated cellulose. "Virtually all cellulose casings in the world market are manufactured from regenerated cellulose," said J. Roy Escoubas, director of FAPC and former vice president ofViskase Corp. Bellmer and her graduate assistant, Hector Cumba, are conducting research on breaking the casings down into glucose. The glucose then could be used for ethanol or a food product. "The main goal is to produce glucose that can be a benefit in other areas," said Cumba, biosystems and agricultural engineering graduate student. Breaking down the cellulose is a fairly simple process involving fungi and enzymes. A company would need to purchase a reactor to house the fungi for the process.

Hotdog plants could skip the fungi and buy the enzymes commercially, but that would be extremely expensive. The fungi route is more cost efficient since the fungi produce the enzymes


needed to convert the casings to glucose, said Cumba. Cumba uses a three-liter reactor for his research. He does not know what the size of an industrial reactor will be yet, but it could be between 5,000 liters and 10,000 liters, or between 14,300 gallons and 28,600 gallons. To start the process of turning casings into glucose, the reactor is filled with a liquid that contains fungi. The fungi produce an enzyme called cellulase, and this breaks down the cellulose into glucose. The carbon in the casings feeds the fungi and allows them to keep reproducing. "Once you have the fungi, you can sustain them forever. You keep feeding them, and they'll keep growing themselves," said Bellmer. "The idea is to create a continuous process." Bellmer and Cumba get their casings from Bar-S Foods Co., which produces hotdogs, sausages and other products. The researchers feed the casings to the reactor, and 12 hours later they have glucose. The industry plants would do the same. As the plant produces hotdogs and pulls off the casing sleeves, the plant would put the casings into the reactor. Once the glucose is produced, the plant has many options. "Once you have glucose, you can make

many different products such as ethanol or chemicals. The plant could send the glucose to their wastewater treatment, " said Cumba. Besides the recycling issue of the casing research, cost also comes into the picture. The economical impact is still unknown. It costs approximately $80 per ton to ship the casings to the landfills. Bar-S Foods Co. has three processing plants in Oklahoma, and the smallest plant produces 5 tons of used casings per day. Do the math, and it is a "ton of money" for just one plant. Estimate the amount of casings the other plants produce, and one realizes thousands of dollars are budgeted for waste management. Bellmer and Cumba are embarking on a new concept for the meat industry. No other institution has researched the cellulose casings area. Therefore, the big question is this: "Is breaking down the cellulose casings economically feasible?" It will be another year or more before Bellmer finishes her research, and it will take some time for the industry to experiment and try this new information. 'There are no operating economic models available to demonstrate

efficacy in the capturing, processing and converting of spent cellulose casings to useful value-added products," said Escoubas. Another aspect that ties in with this research is that landfills will get full. As they start filling, the cost of dumping will increase. Companies will seek an alternative, and this could lead food companies to Bellmer and Cumba's new idea for the casings, said Escoubas. "Whether or not it is cost effective is not the issue just now. Dr. Bellmer wants to demonstrate that a food-processing waste product can be converted to something of value," said Escoubas. "Then she will work to demonstrate that it can be commercially feasible. "She knows that someday soon, food processors will be required to find alternatives to landfills for such wastes as spent cellulose casings. The idea is to develop a strategy now and make the process available to food processors in Oklahoma." Along with the waste cost of the casings, some states have taxes for end use. If a company purchases the casings and uses them, then the company has to get rid of the casings. The landfill is currently the best place for the used casings, and the company is charged with the end use tax and dumping. The tax can be as high as 8 percent. When Bellmer and Cumba have completed their research, hotdog plants and other packaged meat companies will decide which option is best for them: recycling the cellulose casings or dumping into landfills. One thing that will stay the same is the tradition of swinging bats, roaring crowds and hotdog vendors ... and so will those little crinkles at the end ofhotdogs. Cj cowboy journal 21


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he growing popularity of raising goats makes Oklahoma the fourth-largest goat producing state in the nation. Goat numbers in Oklahoma more than doubled from the 1997 census to the 2002 census. Barry Bloyd, director of Oklahoma Agricultural Statistics, said there were about 37,000 goats in Oklahoma in 1997, compared to almost 83,000 goats in 2002. "These numbers are a low estimate because a lot of smaller producers don't 611 out the census," said Bloyd. A variety of goat breeds are raised in Oklahoma, including the Boer breed. This breed is widely known for meat production and enjoys the most popularity in Oklahoma. Goat meat, referred to as cabrito for young goats and chevron for_mature goats, is the No. 1 consumed meat in the world. "The United Scates imports more goat meat than any other country in the world. We are importing about 500,000 carcasses per year," said Bob Patton, Oklahoma State University alumnus and the Oklahoma 22 cowboy journal

Goat Producers Association co-director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture valueadded producer grant. The primary consumers of goat meat are ethnic populations such as Muslims, Latinos and Asians, said Patton. Typically, goat meat must either be purchased in an ethnic marketplace or directly from slaughter facilities as a whole carcass. Dairy goat breeds also enjoy a share in Oklahoma's goat market. Goat milk byproducts include cheese, soap and replacement formula. Jerry Fitch, OSU animal science professor, said goat milk is used as a milk replacement for various species, including humans who are allergic to cow's milk. 'The fat secretion in goat milk is similar to chat in humans. The fat globules in goat milk are smaller," said Tilahun Sahlu, director ofE (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research at Langston University. In addition to meat and dairy goats, fiber goats comprise another segment of Oklahoma's goat industry. Sahlu said the fiber industry is more volatile because the de-

mand fluctuates with changes in the fashion industry. Also, the removal of governmental subsidy programs for wool and mohair during the Clinton administration negatively impacted chis secror of the goat industry, said Sahlu. "The removal of governmental subsidies was not done correctly," said Sahlu. "It has drastically reduced numbers and contributed to the loss of high-quality genetics. The damage has been done." Along with the economic value of raising goats, goat production includes many benefits to producers. Goats offer excellent brush control. As a rule, goats are generally low-maintenance animals chat are relatively easy to raise. Their size is an attribute. Overall, goat production is inexpensive. Fitch said raising goats is fairly simple. The difficulty is in understanding parasites, predators and fencing problems. "Right now, goat production is pretty easy money," said Sahlu. "The price is good, reproduction rates are high and loss is relatively small." However, goat production involves some increased management from the producer. One aspect of raising goats chat requires special attention is fencing. An effective form of fencing for goats is either a hoc-wire fence or a seven-strand barbwire fence. Sahlu said fencing is the No. 1 cause of problems. "Goats are very curious animals. They like to explore and find out about their surroundings," said Sahlu. "They get bored easily and will eat anything, including shrubs and flowers. " Another problem associated with goat production is predator management. Because of their size, goats are particularly vulnerable to becoming prey. "Coyotes, bobcats and foxes are dangerous to goats and especially kids," said Patton. "Predator control is imperative. Ways to protect the animals include bright lights, llamas, donkeys and guard dogs." When goats are intensively grazed and there is a high stocking race, parasites present another obstacle. "Parasitism is one of the major hurdles a goat producer must monitor and overcome," said Fitch.


As illustrated by the high ranking of Oklahoma's goat production, the sale ofgoats has increased. Perkins Livestock Auction in Perkins, Okla., conducts one of the largest goat sales in the state every first and third Saturday of the month. Buel Hoar, owner and operator of Perkins Livestock Auction, said business is booming. "We started the goat auction three years ago with 180 head. Last Saturday [Oct. 2, 2004], we had 880 head," said Hoar. Along with increased sales, more people are traveling to Oklahoma to purchase or sell goats. ''Anymore, we get goats from as far away as North Dakota. We see registered goats from Kansas and Texas. There are goats from Missouri, Arkansas and Colorado ... a long way off," said Hoar. A very important aspect to the industry is goat research and extension. Langston University houses Oklahoma's goat research facility, the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research. This research institute shares a close relationship with Oklahoma State University. "We have several projects with OSU," said Sahlu. "There are international research projects we share. We have some of Oklahoma State's graduate students helping here. "We use the veterinary services of Oklahoma State University. The vet students will come here to gain experience with goats. Also, we share professors with OSU. We have a close relationship because we serve the same state." Langston University and the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research offer several opportunities for producers through extension. The annual goat field day, held the last

Saturday in April, is usually attended by more than 250 producers. "The objectives of the field day are to provide education and training and to provide a setting for communication between producers and Langston University personnel," said Sahlu. In addition to the field day, Langston University conducts workshops on internal parasite control and artificial insemination, as well as a meat buck performance test. Meat buck performance testing evaluates many aspects of the animal, including average daily gain, feed efficiency and muscling. The purpose of the evaluation is to rank each animal in comparison to its contemporaries. "The 2004 Meat Goat Performance Test included 58 young bucks from 16 different ranches," Sahlu said. "This is the largest number of bucks that have ever been enrolled." The demand for goats and goat meat is steadily increasing, yet supply is limited. This has kept goat prices strong. With its profitable market, more producers are expected to transition into goat production. Hoar said producers need to research the industry before becoming involved. "Goat production is a business, just like anything else," said Hoar. "Anybody considering raising goats for the first time needs to focus on self-education in order to be successful.,, cj

The focus ofthis story is the production side ofthe goat industry. The show industry also has experienced dramatic growth in numbers. For information on the show goat industry, call the Oklahoma State Fair at (405) 948-6704.

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Five years ago the aroma of Blessettis pasta sauce filled the kitchen of]im and Judy Scovil. Now it fills the kitchens of families across Oklahoma. Judy said she remembers her friends always enjoying her mother's Italian cooking. Judy's family came to the United States in the early 1900s from the island of Sicily. Since then, good food has become a family tradition. The idea to market Judy's roast beef pasta sauce came after her son and husband were brainstorming business ideas. When this idea was presented to Judy, she laughed and said, "Do I look like I need to wear an apron all day?" Jim and Judy were convinced it would be a good idea to market her pasta sauce when Judy made her sauce for 300 people at an Italian Fest at their church. People were coming back for seconds.

"You can cell a lot by the plates," said Jim. "It is the best way to see if people like it." When everyone was finished eating, the Scovils looked around and plates were clean. Then, people wanted to know if they could buy the leftover pasta sauce. "I always thought people were just being nice when they said how much they really enjoyed it, " said Judy. For the Scovils, this was a great way to test their product before investing money and time into another business because much of Jim and Judy's time was already being used to run their landscaping company. When the Scovils decided to try and make a business out of selling their pasta sauce, they knew they needed to do their research. They began by speaking with a restaurant supplier who cold chem to speak with someone at the county extension office. Someone at the extension office cold chem to contact the Food &Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University. Through chis connection, the Scovils learned about the Basic Training Workshop offered once a month at FAPC. The workshop is offered on the third Thursday of every month and is a basic entrepreneurial training day. The day includes nine or more guest speakers who provide information on the basics, including trademarks, labeling, health regulations and various legal aspects of starting a business. Participants can ask questions and get immediate feedback from experienced professionals in an area. Although Jim and Judy knew a lot about starting a business, FAPC was able to help chem in the food production area, with which they were unfamiliar. The first thing the Scovils needed to do was get the pH of the roast beef pasta sauce to a level low enough that it could sit on the store shelf for any given period of time. For Judy to get the pH lower, she had to experiment with different preservatives and find ones that would not change the taste of the sauce. The Scovils bought their own pH tester,

and Judy began cooking and testing the sauce. For one year Judy cooked about 12 hours a day in her kitchen at home. When she finally reached the desired pH, they returned to FAPC. However, Judy did not know how much of each ingredient was in the sauce. Judy returned to her home in Tulsa and began the tedious process of figuring out how much of each ingredient was in the recipe. First, they tried weighing each ingredient - Judy Scovil before Judy added it ro the sauce. When chis did not work, Jim decided to place a weighed amount of each ingredient into individual pie tins on the counter allowing Judy to cook as normal. When she was finished cooking, they weighed the remaining ingredients in each pie tin and subtracted it from the beginning weight. Judy was able to determine the exact amounts needed for the roast beef pasta sauce. They returned to FAPC to make the first large batch of test sauce. On the first day of cooking, 40 gallons of sauce was thrown away. Jim and Judy looked at each ocher and agreed business is not for the faint of heart. The 40 gallons of sauce had too much of an ingredient in the mix.Judy smiled and pointed to her nose: "I smelled it was wrong." Once the ingredients were finalized in the roast beef pasta sauce, it was time to come up with a name and packaging design. While Judy was cooking and testing the pH, she also was crying to find someone who could design a label chat looked like the one she had pictured in her mind. The Scovils had decided to do something different with the label. They had a photograph taken of the family sitting at the dinner table together and placed it on the label. "I wanted to do something nobody else had done before, " said Judy. Now the picture can be found on every bottle ofBlessettis roast beef pasta sauce and Blessettis vegetarian pasta sauce. During the same year, the Scovils were crying to decide on a name for the sauce. They generated many different names, but none seemed to fie. Then one day it came to Judy: Blessettis. In Italian, blessettis means

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seven blessings. The name seemed to be exactly what the Scovils were looking for. When the sauce was bottled and packaged, it was time for Blessettis to be marketed to the public. Because Blessettis costs more to make than sauces found in local grocery stores, Jim and Judy decided to sell the sauce in high-end restaurants, country clubs and gourmet stores. Judy uses real roast beef in the savory roast beef sauce and only the best ingredients in each bottle, which makes the cost higher for making the sauce. Judy said she wants Blessettis to taste just like it does when she makes it at home. "I want to treat [customers] like they are at my dinner table, " said Judy. The Scovils have big plans for the future ofBlessectis, with four new sauces debuting in 2005. Judy said she hopes to marker the sauce next in Oklahoma Ciry. Gift baskets and frozen and fresh Italian entrees are also possible. Currently, Blessettis roast beef and vegetarian pasta sauce can be found in the Tulsa area and in Rogers, Ark. In the future, Judy

plans to post some recipes on the Blessettis Web sire. She said some people only use che sauce on pasta. She said she hopes that by posting some of her recipes and chose of others, people will try using Blessettis sauce in new ways. cj

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Making strides in work and play by cathy herren Fifty thousand miles - more than twice the distance around the equator - chat's how far Ed Miller has run in the last 24 years . He, like many ocher faculty members in the Division of Agriculrural Sciences and Natural Resources, is making strides as an avid runner. "Running is a great analogy to work," said Miller, DASNR interim dean. "Running teaches you about pace, and I think life is about pace. You want to accomplish a lot and want to do it at a pace that is aggressive. You want to finish the race in style and not burn our early." Miller is anything but burned out. He began as a swimmer, competing as a Division I athlete for Iowa State University for two years as an undergraduate. He started running in 1975 as part of a corporate challenge program while working in Hot Springs, Ark. Now, he runs an average of 40 miles per week, including a long run on Sundays with friends like Phil Kenkel. A professor in the agricultural economics department, Kenkel is also an avid athlete, biking 16 miles ro work and back home, lifting weights and running six to nine miles each day. 26

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Kenkel began running in 1984 after finishing his master's degree at the University of Kentucky and taking a job at Morehead University in northeastern Kentucky. Kenkel's son, Chad, is a dedicated athlete and runner like his father. He competed in his first SK run, slightly more than 3. 1 miles, at the age of 5. Now 9 years old, the fourthgrader runs two ro three races per year with his dad. He is not the only child of a DASNR faculty member who runs. Morgan Waldner also enjoys running with her mom. She is the 4-year-old daughter ofLouann Waldner, director of student career services for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and a docroral student in agricultural education. The pre-kindergartener completed the fun run at Scillwater's Juke Joint Jog in September 2004. The Juke Joint Jog attracted other CASNR runners, including Kenkel, his son and Miller. Morgan Waldner said one of her favorite pares of the event was the finish line. She also had fun in the event, spending time with her mom while learning the value of exercise.

"I like to run with my mom," said the younger Waldner. "Ir's happy to exercise to make you strong and healthy." Exercise is one of the reasons Mary Anne G ularte runs. "Any type of exercise is useful. It is invigorating and healthful," said Gularte, former interim director ofDASNR agricultural comm unications. "Running and exercise help me with my work." Gularte began running in 1975 during her first years of college at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She receives support for her running from Miller. "He helped me quite a bit when I first started running [in Stillwater]," said Gularte. "He's the one who encouraged me co enter my first race." The DASNR faculty members who run encourage each other to sec goals and strive to reach them. "That happens with runners," said Gularte. "We encourage each other. We don't run at the same pace, but we all begin at the same line." In 1999, Gularte traveled to Dallas ro complete the White Rock Marathon, 26.2 miles, her farthest run to date.


"It was a great sense of accomplishment," said G ularte. Kenkel and Miller have trained and completed m arathons as well, and they share Gularte's sense of accomplishment. Although he has yet to run a marathon, D onald Turton, like his fellow faculty members, enjoys the sport. H e has been running since high school track because he enjoys being outside in nature. "[I enjoy] getting outside away from the sterile environment of air conditioned and heated air in the buildings," said Turton, associate professor of fores t hydrology. "Just getting out part of the day is enjoyable, even if it's rammg or snowing." Turton's windowless office is located in the basement ofAgricultural Hall. "It's nice to get outside and see if the sun is still shining," he said. Steven Cooper, assistant professor in equine teaching and research for the animal science department, began running in junior high school along the section lines around cotton fields in rural Texas. "I grew up on a production agriculture farm raising livestock and cotton, and that's all my dad did his whole life, " said Cooper. "My

father didn't need to go run a section with me because that's all he did every day of his life was physical labor." Altho ugh Co op er's d ad is still farming, only one generation later, Cooper finds himself spending more time in an office or classroom than in production agriculture. Running provides him with the physical exercise h e n eed s ro stay healthy. However, it was n o t until Ap ril 2004, after M iller asked him to run in a relay, that Cooper became more serious about the sport. Cooper quickly agreed to run with Miller, only to find out later he had volunteered to run the 13. 1 miles required to complete his part of the two-person relay at the Oklahoma City Memorial M arathon. This was the first time Cooper had run competitively since 1988. In a month, he increased his daily distance from 4 miles, the longest he had ever run at the time, to 13.1 miles.

"For 26 miles, there are people; that's what surprised me the most," said Cooper. "There are people everywhere." T he experience paid off, and both Miller and Cooper enjoyed and excelled in the race. M iller accidentally enrolled the team in the college stud ents' category. T hey came home with first place in the category, beating out men and women years yo unger than _ Ed Miller themselves. Miller surprised Cooper by presenting him with the trophy fo r their running achievemen ts at an animal science department meeting last summer. Cooper has increased his goals this year, planning to run the entire marathon in April 2005. H e said he hopes to fi nish at a time fas t enough to qualify for the Boston M arathon. Many of the lessons Cooper and others have learned from running carry into work. T he skills required to compete in a relay - preparation, teamwork and seeing someone's potential to succeed - are similar to those

Running has become a way of life. It has become a part of the fabric of who I am.

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required to excel in a work environment, said Miller. "Runners tend to be introverts. Faculty, as a group, tend to be introverted," he said. "They are goal-oriented, and running is a goaloriented activity. Faculty tend to be self-directed and self-disciplined, both of which are desirable in running." The benefits of running are not only physical, but also mental. Running requires control and self-actualization, said Miller. "I think it's a good rime to refresh mentally," said Kenkel. "It helps your concentration at work and is a good stress relief." Cooper uses running as a similar outlet. "If nothing else, it's just a good opportunity for an hour to do something to relax your mind for a moment," he said. Cooper said he does not chink about his obligations or work while running, but instead chooses to pray, meditate or chink about nothing at all. The mental benefits of running have a calming effect on him. "When I run with people out there, whether it's Phil, or Ed or whoever, we don't talk about school, we don't talk about work," said Cooper. "Ir's just a good mental break." Gularte likes running because of her abil-

Miller. "Ir has become a part of the fabric of who I am." Running is an integral part of their lives. The mental and physical benefits, combined with an appreciation for family and the outdoors, allow these faculty members to continue making strides in their personal and professional lives. cj

icy to fit a break into her schedule. "That's the neat thing about the activity," she said. "You can tailor it to your day, activity and life." Cooper said he realizes individuals who do not run may not understand his enthusiasm for the sport. "They're thinking, 'How could you possibly chink that just going out and running is enjoyable?"' he said. "'How could you look forward to that?' It gets addictive. Ir's almost like a drug; you've just got to have that fix." Miller said he knows other runners can relate to his accomplishments in that area and is thankful his family and career allow rime for his running schedule. After a while, running simply becomes a part of a person's routine. "You get that in your mind, and it just becomes a part of your day," said Cooper. "I don't even have to chink about it anymore. I just know that's what I'm going to do, and that's when I'm going to do it. I cry to not let anything interfere with that because it's become such a routine part of my day." Running is more than just a part of Miller's daily routine. "Running has become a way oflife," said

Photos (pages 26 and 27): Morgan Waldner shows off her blue ribbon with mom, Louann Waldner, after fi nishing her first race, Stillwater's Juke Joint Jog Fun Run, in September 2004. photo by janet herren Ed Miller takes a Saturday afternoon run along the road near his home in Stillwater. Miller can often be seen running along road s near t he OSU ca mpus. photo by cathy herren Steven Cooper enjoys his afternoon run at the Kaye Barrett Droke Track and Field Center on the OSU campus. photo by cathy herren Ph il Kenkel nea rs th e SK fin ish lin e of St illwater's Juke Joint Jog in September 2004. photo by janet herren

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Fletcher helps protect America by tara wright Getting excited about a job is sometimes rare, but Jacqueline Fletcher's passion for plane pathology provides Oklahoma Scace University with a valuable asset in more ways than one. Fletcher, professor of entomology and plane pathology, said she developed her love for planes from her father, Delbert Van Fletcher. She said he was a chemist who loved nature and gardening. Her passion for plane pathology developed while working on her master's degree at the University of Montana with Meyer Chessin, professor of plant pathology, researching and studying plant diseases. "I saw plant pathology as a way to help people while still working with plants," Fletcher said. Known to her friends as Jacque, Fletcher can be found hurrying through the hallways of the Noble Research Center. Her passion for her work is evident through the bounce in her step. Blake Bextine, a 2001 doctoral graduate of Fletcher's, said she was always willing to help. "There were many times that Jacque would take time out of her busy schedule to talk with me about my future plans," said Bextine, who is now working on a post doctorate at the University of California-Riverside. "Even now, I call Jacque on a regular basis for advice."

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Fletcher has been at Oklahoma State University for 21 years. She is well respected among the faculty in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, said Ed Miller, interim dean of the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "She very consistently exceeds expectations," said Miller, "even her own goals and expectations." One of Fletcher's goals is to share her passion with graduate students through the career skills and professionalism class she invested herself wholeheartedly in her stuteaches with a colleague. dents and wanted us to succeed." "The first day of class I ask the students, Inside and outside of the classroom, 'Do you consider yourself a professional now, Fletcher shared her passion with her students, or are you in training?"' Fletcher said. Bextine said. Regardless of the answer, Fletcher said "When I was in her lab, Jacque expected she tries to work with the students as profes- a lot from me, " Bextine said. "She pushed sionals and teach them to be proficient in me to work hard but always worked hard their areas. herself, so you felt like you had a partner and She said she encourages the graduate not a boss. " students in her class to gee involved with a Fletcher has brought significant fundprofessional organization to help them de- ing to the university, Miller said. The grants velop skills and connections within the in- Fletcher has worked toward have benefited dustry. She also promotes public speaking the OSU Department of Entomology and and expresses the importance of these skills. Plant Pathology, DASNR and OSU. Bextine said the most valuable thing Grant writing also is presented to her Fletcher ever taught him was to be an honest students to help them learn the value of prescientist. He said she taught this by constantly paring grant proposals. setting a good example. "Jacque was responsible for showing me "Jacque is a hard working and dedicated how to succeed in this field," Bextine said, scientist," Bextine said. ''As an adviser, she "both by writing grants and successfully completing a research project." Fletcher's editing skills also helped Bextine improve. He said all the papers she edited returned "bleeding red ink, " but Fletcher continued to put positive comments throughout the paper to encourage students to work harder, said Bextine. Miller described Fletcher as a well-organized and modest person who has an outstanding work ethic and is innovative in her chinking. "Even though she doesn't have a primary influence with undergraduates, she is noticed by faculty and administration," said Miller.


sional organization called the American Phytophathological Society. APS has 5,000 plant pathologist members, and it is the largest organization for the discipline. The organization promotes the study of plant diseases and their control through publications, meetings, symposiums, workshops and the World Wide Web. Fletcher has just completed a fouryear presidential sequence. She said Sept. 11, 2001, had a major effect on the organization during her term, and it created a new view of plant pathology. Terrorism became a primary issue in the United States, and APS had the opportunity to research it from a new angle. Fletcher said pathologists throughout the nation research and participate in activities critical to the health and security of U.S. agriculture. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative was to establish a National Plant Diagnostic Network. This divided the United States into six regions, each with a hub laboratory. The OSU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Laboratory sends the disease information it collects to Kansas State University, the hub for this region of the nation. The KSU lab forwards it to a national plant disease database at Purdue University. Bioterrorism research is beginning to in-

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Postdoctoral Associate Plant Pathology, University of Illinois crease internationally. Fletcher said APS is working with the European Union to develop a similar system. Once this network is in place, it will benefit the United States' system by sharing information about plant diseases and pathogens, she said. Fletcher said some discussion of bioterrorism had occurred before the attack on America, but after Sept. 11 , 2001, APS had an audience. The public took an interest in the possibility of a bioterrorist attack. Members of APS have teamed together to research microbial forensics. This is part of the plan to protect America from bioterrorism and to stop the disease if an attack occurred. If a disease emerges in a plant, APS is developing a way to trace the source, uncovering suspicious activity, Fletcher said.

"The purpose of microbial forensics is attribution and bringing the case and criminal into a court oflaw," she said. This research is much more comprehensive since the source of the disease is vital evidence in a case, Fletcher said. She said it has challenged plant pathologists to think about their research as a crime scene, rather than just studying the plant. Fletcher said she hopes this research will help pathologists prevent a bioterrorist attack. 'The kinds of things we are trying to accomplish will be beneficial to agricultural production in the United States," Fletcher said. She said the research fromAPS will help ensure the safety of U.S. agriculture. Fletcher's passion about her job and research for Oklahoma shows through her personality. "We have a real advantage in this state where agriculture is still a major focus, " Fletcher said. "We have strength in our roots." Fletcher said she hopes researchers and agriculturalists in Oklahoma will continue to contribute to the growth and success of the agricultural industry. Through research, teaching and grant writing, Fletcher shares her eagerness for agriculture with students and faculty at cj

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my family's constant backing," said Kinney. a minor in agriculrural =nornics in May 2004. lected as an intern at Oklahoma City's KWTV "No matter how discouraged I get, they are She was recognized as an Outstanding OSU Channel 9. Senior and a Top Five CASNR Senior. always there to pick me up." Despite the time commitment to her job "I am grateful for the opportunities I and campus activities, Kinney kept her goal As a freshman at Oklahoma State University, she made an important decision. Kinney had while a student at OSU," said Kinney. of being Miss Oklahoma 2004 in sight. She She was also a well-known leader on traveled to New York City during Thanksgivchose not to compete in pageants so she could campus. As a two-year Student Alumni ing break to learn a new dance routine, she confulfill her goal of being a state officer in the Board executive, an OSU Homecoming tinued a strenuous workout routine, and she Oklahoma FFAAssociation. She knew this deSteering Committee member and Ag Stu- worked tirelessly promoting and developing her cision would ultimately help her achieve her dent Council secretary, Kinney earned the platform: "Hunger U.SA." dream ofone day being Miss Oklahoma. "I never knew there was much of a hunDuring her time in office, Kinney spoke to respect of faculty and her peers. "I always admired Liz's dedication to ger problem in the United States, let alone more than 10,000 Oklahoma high school students. Each time she improved and grew more everything she was doing," said James Roller, Oklahoma," said Kinney. "After listening to a fellow classmate and state FFA officer. "She speaker at a conference one summer, I decided confident in her speaking ability. In addition to her commitment as a state was always the one who would get there I should use my background in agriculcure to FFAofficer, Kinneywasactiveon theOSU cam- early and stay late, and that attitude has educate Oklahomans about fighting hunger." Kinney worked with the Regional Food pus and within the College ofAgricultural Sci- always been an asset for her." Early in her college career, Kinney Bank in Oklahoma City, coordinated "Teachences and Natural Resources. She served as a freshman repr=ntative onAgriculrural Student developed a passion and a talent for ing Everyone to Eat Nutritionally," an afterCouncil and was a member of the President's broadcasting. She started as an intern at school program in Stillwater, Okla., and deLeadership Council and Chi Omega National "SUNUP," an agricultural news television livered Meals on Wheels to support her fight program produced by the Oklahoma against hunger. Women's Fraternity. After fulfilling her obligations as a state Cooperative Extension Service for the On the evening of June 12, after more FFA officer, Kinney returned to the pageant Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. than eight months of preparation, Kinney's circuit. She brought with her a more mature She eventually became an assistant producer childhood dream was now within reach. She attitude and a clearer vision of how to reach and stand-in anchor. As a senior, she was se- was no longer the lictle girl sitting on her father's her goals. "While serving as a state FFA officer, I had a chance to really improve my public speaking skills," she said. "I also polished my people skills as I worked with students from across the state." Throughout the course of the next rwo years, Kinney competed in about six pageants, qualifying for the Miss Oklahoma pageant both years. She placed in the Top Five in 2002 and in the Top Ten in 2003. "Falling out of the Top Five in 2003 was a real awakening moment," said Kinney. "I realized the crown was not going to be handed to me, and I would have to work harder the next year." In her senior year at OSU, Kinney was crowned Miss Oklahoma State Fair. Although she dedicated herselfto preparing for the Miss Oklahoma 2004 competition, she never neglected h er academic goals. Kinney graduated Summa Cum Laude After being selected a Top Ten finalist in the 2005 Miss America Pageant, Elizabeth Kinney anxiously with a Bachelor of Science in awaits the announcement of the Top Five. • • • • agriculrural communications and

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lap. She was a young woman, and she was as prepared as she had ever been to win the title. After four nights of competition, Kinney's moment had arrived. "I don't remember a lot after they announced my name," she said. "I felt so good because I knew I had done my very best." Kinney wasted no time beginning her job as Miss Oklahoma 2004. After being allowed about 10 minutes to compose herself, Kinney gave her first speech to judges, fellow contestants and sponsors. After only a few hours of sleep, she spoke at her first press conference. Kinney's next responsibiliry as Miss Oklahoma was to prepare for Miss America. She spent the summer learning yet another dance routine, staying informed of current world events, changing the name of her platform to "The Campaign to End Hunger in Oklahoma," and selecting a variety ofoucfics to wear for each of the categories and various ocher events she would attend. "The Miss Oklahoma Organization was fortunate to have vendors from all around Oklahoma chat provided a wardrobe for Elizabeth," said Kay Alexander, executive director of the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. "It was a fun summer traveling across the state with Elizabeth and making decisions about her cloches." After all of her preparations, Kinney left for Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 1. After arriving in New Jersey, all 52 contestants traveled co Washington, D.C., and spent five days attending fundraising events, speaking to their elected officials and visiting the historic sites of the city. For two weeks leading up to the pageant, Kinney learned and rehearsed opening and closing routines for each night ofcompetition. She said there was not much time to see the city, but if the contestants did leave the hotel, they were escorted by police officers at all times. "We were treated very well in Atlantic City," she said. "I couldn't believe it when we didn't have co stop at any stoplights on our way through town." The Miss America 2005 pageant started Monday, Sept. 13. After four rigorous days

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of competition, the contestants participated in a float parade down the Boardwalk on Friday. On Saturday, the 52 contestants lined up on the stage of the Old Convention Hall to hear the announcement of the Top Ten. "I had the biggest knot in my stomach before the announcement of Top Ten," said Kinney. "I just cold myself chat chis is Miss America and anything can happen." Kinney was the third contestant to be named to the Top Ten. She competed in the casual wear and swimsuit portions of the pageant against the other nine finalists. Although Kinney was not named to the Top Five, she said she was thrilled with her performance and relieved to be done. "I felt had done my best the entire week, and I had no regrets because I knew I had given 100 perElizabeth Kinney cenc," she said. "I was ready co gee back to Oklahoma." Alexander said the Miss Oklahoma Pageant directors were proud of Kinney. "The dedication Elizabeth gave co her daily preparation during the summer for Miss America really paid off in Aclantic City when she placed in the Top Ten," said Alexander. As Miss Oklahoma, Kinney will spread her message of making good decisions and setting goals to more than 350 elementary and high

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schools across Oklahoma. She also hopes to inform youth about the importance offighting hunger by starting Students Against Hunger food drives in all parts of the state. Kinney's ocher goals include using her knowledge of agriculture and experience in broadcasting to develop an effective media campaign to educate Oklahomans about the hunger problem in the state. "My agricultural communications education has provided me with a great background co launch an effective campaign," she said. "The people of chis state need to know chat hunger exists all around chem, and they can be part of the solution." Kinney said she is really looking forward to getting back to her roots in rural Oklahoma. She will spend 90 percent of her reign as Miss Oklahoma speaking to students in small communities like her hometown. She said there is no better support than chat from a small town. "I want kids to realize that being from a small town doesn't limit chem," she said. "It can actually work to their advantage by being surrounded with a supportive community." Kinney said she believes everything happens for a reason and looks forward to the road ahead as Miss Oklahoma. "I gee co go around the state meeting people and enjoying the state ofOklahoma," said Kinney. "There's not a better job ever!" Cj


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to Oklahoma State University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for the best educational experiences. Two CASNR alumni made the most of their OSU experiences and are now serving as presidents of major universities in Thailand. Maejo University, or MJU, and Chiang Mai University, CMU, are located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai is the secondlargest city in Thailand. Thep Phongparnich, president ofMJU, is just one of the students who roamed OSU's Agricultural Hall. He earned his doctorate of agricultural education from OSU in 1978. "As an ordinary student, I was so impressed with the OSU students because they all looked like real cowboys," said Phongparnich. "It had become one of my dreams to study at OSU ifI had the chance to go to the USA. " As a student, Phongparnich began his climb up the campus ladder. Becoming president of the Thai Student Association in 1977 was a starting point for him. He also participated in the Horticulture Club and the Collegiate Future Farmers ofAmerica. Robert Terry, agricultural education regents' professor emeritus, served as Phongparnich's adviser. He said Phongparnich was an active member in the college and in the classroom. "Our Thai students were very accom-

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"Phongparnich never spoke out of turn and was very appreciative of any help. These students were a really good exposure for us and our other students." Terry said, at the time, these men did not know the impact they were or would be making on students around the world. MJU is a state university and the oldest agricultural institution in Thailand. MJU's mascot is none other than a cowboy. Phongparnich's time at OSU not only gave him the best educational experience, but also a look at the cowboy way of life. Since his presidency, MJU has become known as the "Home of Cowboys." Their mascot is a Pistol Pete look-alike atop a bucking horse. "I certainly got this concept from OSU," said Phongparnich. "I have been dreaming about chis mascot ever since 1979 when I just came from OSU and started to work at MJU. During that time, no university or college in Thailand had a mascot. MJU was one of the first to have one." He said the cowboy represented men who worked in agriculture, and a cowboy should not be afraid to work under the sun. Since MJU is an agricultural university, Phongparnich chose this mascot. He said cowboys represent hard work, but also remain true gendemen. PongsakAngkasith, president ofCMU,

cation department. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural education from OSU in 1974 and 1976. Angkasith also began his climb up the leadership ladder after serving as the president of the Thai Student Association in 1974. He was named Graduate International Student of the Year by the OSU International Student Association in 1976. In November 2004, Angkasith was inaugurated as president ofCMU. In the same month, OSU President David Schmidly presented him with the OSU Distinguished International Alumni award. James Key, professor emeritus of agricultural education, said Angkasich was an excellent student in his classes. He said he knew both men had high expectations for their futures. "I did not expect in total to become the president of CMU, but during my school career I was trained to be a leader and adminiscrator at both CMU and OSU," said Angkasith. "They supported me to work at chis responsible and accountable position with high honor." Key visited Angkasith in Chiang Mai when Angkasich was the head of the agricultural education and extension department. Since then, Angkasith has made great strides through his administrative accomplishments at CMU. CMU's main campus is spread across 725 acres with Thailand's original forest and main attractions surrounding it. Angkasich said it is the first regional university ofThailand, founded in 1964. "OSU and Stillwater are my second home. I spent three years there and know every corner of the town," said Angkasith. "The two times that I have come back to visit OSU, they have still kept the old way oflife [with a] nice, clean and green campus to make a suitable environment for studying. Stillwater people and our OSU friends are very nice to the international students. I was very happy to be in Stillwater. " Thailand university presidents are appointed by the King of Thailand.

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The king decides if the appointee is fit to hold chis position. For every university graduation, the King or Prince ofThailand is present. Phongparnich and Angkasith spent time together not only while in the classroom, but also by living together. They served as mentors for one another's academic success. Key said Angkasich played an instrumental role in bringing Phongparnich to OSU. Because of the success he was having, Angkasith encouraged Phongparnich to come here and be a part of the program. Terry said the extreme respect these men have for any kind of authority is unique, especially for their teachers. To these students, the professor was always right, and they had hesitancy in asking questions or participating in discussions. Eventually, the faculty helped the Thai students overcome their reluctance in class. "If either of them were to walk into the room right now to shake hands with us, they would take our extended hand and place their other hand over it and bow slightly as a signal of their honor and respect," said Terry. There were challenges when working with international students during chis time. Key and Terry said the department learned to handle language and cultural adjustment difficulties. Terry said breaking these boundaries opened new doors. Once these boundaries were broken, mentoring and working with international students provided a rewarding experience for the entire agricultural education faculty. These mentors meant the world to Phongparnich's andAngkasith's educational experience at OSU. "Many persons made an impact on my life, my career and my success at OSU where I learned to work hard and join with other international students," saidAngkasith. "Dr. Terry and Dr. Key gave us valuable time and knowledge during our time at OSU, which makes us proud of them." Phongparnich said he agrees. "As an ordinary Thai citizen, it is in-

deed an honor to serve your country and your people by being president of a state university. I feel I could serve it honorably and with excellence, particularly with my strong conviction and vision. I know I am a good leader because OSU made me one." These men have devoted their educational experience to making Thailand a better place educationally and economically. David Henneberry, CASNR assistant dean for international programs, said the Thai people feel education is the key to a growing country. "OSU is known globally for its strong educational commitment to international students," said Henneberry. "Our educational objectives and curriculum are being used globally. These alumni are taking what they have learned here and implementing it at colleges overseas." The cowboy spirit has inspired these alumni to excel academically. Terry said he was not sure how much he had to do with Phongparnich and Angkasith's success, but it was one of chose rare privileges where he was on the receiving end of the really meaningful experience of being associated with them. "I am certainly gratified and thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of it and got to know these people and experience for myself some of the things they do," said Terry. "They are very gracious and loving people, and there

is no pretense to their approach," said Terry. "They are truly genuine and show a respect unlike any other." Key and Terry said OSU's enthusiastic cowboy spirit has spread to Thailand through CASNR's graduates. These students have taken back to Thailand a part of Oklahoma's success in education, leadership and culture. It reflects in their actions as presidents of these major universities. No matter your background, culture or beliefs, CASNR can find a place for everyone to become leaders. These alumni went the distance to explore their educational opportunities and to prove there can be a little bit of cowboy culture in everyone. Cj

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Kisling takes the reins as president by ryan steele From getting an agribusiness degree at Oklahoma State University to becoming president of OSU's Agriculture Alumni Association, Brent Kisling is living proof that hard work pays off. Born and raised on a farm in rural northwest Oklahoma, Kisling said he knew early in his life that he wanted to pursue a career in agriculture where he could help others in need. "When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time hauling hay and helping my family grow wheat," said Kisling. "I began to appreciate life in rural Oklahoma at a young age and realized agriculture was the career path I wanted to take." Kisling graduated from Burlington High School in 1990 with a class of 10 students. Shortly afrer, he began attending classes at Oklahoma State University and was in awe of the campus environment. "I come from a town of 156 people, and I would have at least that many in one of

my classes," said Kisling. "I was simply amazed by the Stillwater atmosphere; it was quite an adjustment from northwest Oklahoma." Kisling became highly involved in activities during his time at OSU. He was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity, was selected homecoming king and served as state FFA president. Kisling also participated in a work-study program in Washington, D.C., where he worked with former Sen. David Boren as an agriculture committee liaison. "That was a wonderful opportunity for me, and ifI could give any advice to college students, it would be to get involved in these types of programs, especially internships," said Kisling. "They give you great real-world experience that you'll appreciate as you pursue your career." In 1994, Kisling graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in agribusiness and was named the Outstanding Senior of the College ofAgricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He said, however, his biggest achievement did not come from the classroom. "My greatest reward from attending Oklahoma State was meeting Jennifer, the girl I knew I would marry someday," said Kisling. The two were married in 1995 , and Kisling would become a father just a few years later. His son, Layne Kisling, was born in 1997, and daughter, Bree, blessed the Kisling family in 2001. "There is nothing in the world greater than knee hugs from your children," said Kisling. "I love my family, and I try hard to be the best husband and father I can be." Following graduation from OSU, Kisling went to work in Oklahoma City for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who was

newly elected at the time. The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building occurred shortly after his employment, and Kisling said it was an emotional time for the state. "It made you realize what's really important in life," said Kisling. "We were all devastated by the attack but knew we had to be strong for our families and keep working hard." Kisling moved to Enid to manage Sen. Inhofe's northwest office. He worked as a district field representative until later becoming field director for the state of Oklahoma. "My position as field director helped me to realize my passion for the rural communities," said Kisling. "I strongly believe the strength of small-town Oklahoma is the people who live there." In March 2001, Kisling was appointed by the George W Bush administration to be state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Oklahoma. This agency oversees the rural housing, utilities, business and cooperative programs in the state. Oklahoma Rural Development has 15 offices and 97 employees to administer these programs. As state director, Kisling oversees several financial programs that support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics and emergency service facilities. Another task includes the promotion of economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and communiry-managed lending pools. USDA Rural Development in Oklahoma also offers technical assistance and information to help cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services. With a budget of more than $140 million, Kisling works hard as state director to reach out ro farmers and ranchers in need of financial support. "I am currently the youngest USDA


director in che nacion, and chac's quice an honor," said Kisling. "My career goal has always been co help ochers, and I knew I could make a difference once I took chis posicion." Kisling's career took anocher seep forward when he was elecced as president of che OSU Agriculcure Alumni Associacion in October 2004. He previously served on che associacion's board of directors as a norchwesc discricc representacive for a year. Former associacion presidenc Sean Kouplen said he knew Kisling would continue to lead che associacion in che righc direccion. "le was really a privilege working wich Brent on che board of directors," said Kouplen. "We served on che Agriculcural Scudenc Council togecher wh ile in college, and he's always been an oucscanding leader. "Brenc h as co n cinued co be a hard-working individual and very deserving of all his accomplishments," said Kouplen. "I am chri ll ed chac he will be succeeding me as president." Kisling said filling Kouplen's shoes would be difficulc, buc he is prepared for che challenge. A few of h is res p onsibi licies as presidenc incl ude working wich che current board of directors to recrui c new scudents for che college, building scholarship programs and

promocing agriculcural scudent accivicies. The Agriculcure Alumni Associacion is represenced ac several CASNR evencs chroughouc che year, including Ag Roundup and che associacion's annual barbecue held che same weekend as OSU's homecoming fescivicies . In addicion to sponsoring chese events, che associacion presents scholarships to oucscanding scudents. Along wich che responsibilicies chac come wich being president, Kisling also has several goals for che Agriculcure Alumni Associacion, including increasing awareness abouc che associacion. "Many CASNR scudents and alumni do noc know abouc che benefics of being involved wich cheAgA!umniAssociacion," said Kisling. "We definicely want to increase visibilicy." Some of che benefics chac come wich being a member of che associacion include aucomacically becoming a member of che OSU Alumni Associacion, as well as having achlecic cickec prioricy, discounts co various businesses and subscripcions co Oklahoma Scace publications including Cowboy journal. Kisling said he also wants the Agriculture Alumni Association to connecc wich CASNR scudents on a personal and professional level. "We want co help students any way we

can," said Kisling. "We strive co be innovative. We want co find new ways to ensure chat students are being hired in the workplace." Aside from his roles as USDA direccor and Agriculcure Alumni president, Kisling is involved in the Enid communicy. He serves on che Enid Chamber of Commerce and coowns Maple Place Bed and Breakfast with his wife, Jennifer. Kisling is also a member of the Sixteenth Class of Leadership Oklahoma and a graduace of the OklahomaAgriculcure Leadership Program. During his two-year OALP experience, he studied leadership development, legislacive issues and international agricultural policy in China. Ac 33, Kisling said he is grateful for everything he has been able co achieve at such a young age and is appreciative of che support from his colleagues and family. "My work experience has helped me see the big picture," said Kisling. "It's all abouc giving your best effort and enjoying whac you do. "Cj

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"What makes it hard is what makes it great. Because if it wasn't hard everyone would do it." - Tom Hanks Though Hanks was not referring to the U.S. Peace Corps, his statement fits. Serving as a Peace Corps volunteer is not always easy. In fact, it can be scary, overwhelming and sometimes even the biggest challenge one has ever faced. But it also can be the most exciting, rewarding and incredible experience possible. "Everyone always says that in the Peace Corps there are really high highs and really low lows," said Willis Kidd, Oklahoma State University alumnus and recent volunteer. "This is the way it was for me." Since its establishment by President

John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps has continued in its effort to "promote world peace and friendship" through three areas: • helping the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women; • helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of those served; • and helping promote a better understanding of other people on the part ofAmericans. According to the government agency, more than 170,000 Americans have joined the efforts to fight poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease in 70 nations around the globe. And though times have undoubtedly changed, the Peace Corps' mission has not.

"What makes it hard is what makes it great ... Volunteer Requirements March President 1961 John F. Kennedy established t he U.S. Peace Corps

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Frustrating and rewarding. These two words were used by OSU agricultural economics alumnus Willis Kidd to describe his recent U.S. Peace Corps service in Putinesti, Moldova. "I know it is hard to be both of these," said the Fredonia, Kan., native, "but it has been. It has been an awesome experience." Kidd began his service in Moldova on June 13, 2002. After an 11-week training program, he began financial management and planning consultations with small farmers through a local extension office in the Northern Moldovan village. Some of the farmers, who only recently received their share of land that had long been privatized in collective farms, lacked the experience and management capacity to

manage these farms effectively, Kidd said. So he fo und a solution. "I saw that these skills were lacking in Moldova," Kidd said , "so I developed a three-day seminar series to teach the very basics of financial management to these small farmers. "Additionally, I worked on a project that developed 110 crop budgets listing the revenues, costs, profit and other data for the major crops in each of the four growing regions of Moldova. The final outcome was a 238-page handbook that was distributed through the national extension service and to other beneficiaries." Like Kizer, Kidd said the best experience was establishing close relationships with the Moldovans.

"I have some very close friends," Kidd said, "and my host family treated me like another member of the family." Though Kidd 's Peace C orps service ended in October 2004, he wasn't ready ro leave Moldova. He accepted a position indefinitely as project manager of the Small Enterprise Development Project administered by the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs. "This is a [U.S. Agency for International Development] project that brings agricultural professionals from the U .S. to work with Moldovan farmers and businesses on a volunteer basis," said Kidd, who will manage a staff that organizes the project and provides ongoing support for the organization after volunteers leave.

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2005-2007 Josh Fuder is not a typical graduate student. In fact, there are only a few in the United States like him. Three days after he received his bachelor's degree in horticulture and landscape architecture, Fuder began working on a degree through the new Master's International Program. Fuder is pursuing a master's degree in international studies focusing on international trade and development, and the MIP allows him to receive six hours of credit for his Peace Corps service. "Each program is different," Fuder said. "Through OSU's School of International Studies, I will take 24 hours at OSU, do [Peace Corps] service and get six hours of credit. 'T he other three hours is the development of a creative component based on work in the Peace Corps. " Though he is getting credit for his commitment, Fuder's service will be no different than the typical volunteer's. Like a number of volunteers, Fuder became interested in the Peace Corps as an undergraduate student. "I had heard about it but didn't know what it was until I got to school," Fuder said. A trip to Honduras with the forestry department during spring break 2002 was the "final straw" in his decision. "That's what sealed the deal and made me realize I could do it," Fuder said. As a result of the trip, Fuder returned to

Honduras during the summer of 2003 to work as an intern on small sustainable development projects with the Honduran Association for Development and SIGMA, a consultant organization working with sustainable development in agriculture and the environment. Fuder said his experiences in Honduras prepared him for service in any country. "I learned what to expect when I'd be working in the Peace Corps," Fuder said, "expectations of what to get done and a little about culture shock. " Fuderwill work as a Non-Governmental Organization Development volunteer to fill the gap between his assigned country's government provision of services and the needs of its citizens. He will serve as an adviser to local NGOs and work with the key decision-makers of those N GOs to develop a strong and effective organization. Fuder said he plans to use the skills he gains as a corps volunteer even after hisservice is complete. ''After the Peace Corps there are lots of things I'd like to do," Fuder said. ''I'd like to work in rural or agricultural development in developing countries or work in a U.S. embassy for a few years and then work with the state of Oklahoma to expand trade with Latin America." Fuder also has goals closer to home. "Maybe one day I'll become president ofOSU," Fuder said.

Each year close to 10,000 U.S. citizens apply for corps service, and of those, 3,500 to 4,000 trainees are sent overseas. Volun tee rs, who serve a total of 27 months, spend three months in language, cross-cultural and technical skills training before beginning their assignments. During their service, they receive stipends to cover basic necessities (food, housing, expenses and transportation). T he corps also pays for transportation to and from the country of service, as well as complete medical and dental care. In addition to the skills and international experience gained as a corps volunteer, each volunteer receives a "readjustment allowance" of$225 (as ofJanuary 2003) for each month of Peace Corps service. Cj

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CJ ¡ Jus-t: -the sear necessi-t:ies ... by kc keffer

One man's passion for Oklahoma's forest has spawned a loveable bear. Quintus Herron, a weathered, private timber farmer from southeastern Oklahoma, created a mascot to relate forestry and its products to the general public. That was the foundation of Tree Bear. "We wanted to make him because you either have trees or you don't, " Herron said, emphasizing the importance of conservation. Herron and his friend Harry Rossoll decided in 1990 they wanted to create an ambassador to support and promote private tree farmers and timber producers. They also wanted to encourage urbanites to respect private landowners. Herron said one-half of southeastern Oklahoma's timber production comes from privately owned land. As illustrator, Rossoll spent three years transforming Tree Bear into a forest steward. Rossoll is known for creating Smokey Bear and more than 1,000 "Smokey Says" cartoons. Herron said he just knew Rossoll could help him with his cause. "When I explained my idea to Harry, he caught it in a snap," Herron said. In early illustrations, the bear looked more like an opposum, Herron said. He had a large head and a non-proportional face, as well as an axe to represent cutting timber. The final version of Tree Bear became a more humanized form to which people can relate. Tree Bear wears a green outfit and carries a tool used to make holes in the soil for trees, referred to as a dibble. Herron said people can relate more easily to this form of Tree Bear. Eco-Motion, based out of Yukon, Okla., is a traveling program that offers environmental learning while bringing education to children. With the help of many volunteers and many hours of work, the program now travels around Oklahoma teaching children the value of protecting the environment. As a result of grant money, Tree Bear has become a part of Eco-Motion. "Tree Bear disarms people of what defiance they have against trees and their lack of knowledge through his cute image," said Gina Lagaly, Eco-Motion program director. "We want them to hear our message and learn about the importance of trees." Tree Bear and the Eco-Motion program

worked with more than 9,000 children in Oklahoma in 2003 and put in more than 13,000 hours of service. In 2004 , they worked with more than 10,700 children. Herron has a vision for his friend . He would like to see Tree Bear go national and into more urbanized areas. "There is still plenty of need to get Tree Bear into schools. Are they teaching that it is bad or evil to cut down trees?" Herron asked, stressing the importance of education in the classroom. In five years, Herron would like to see Tree Bear tagging along with Smokey Bear. When asked if Tree Bear will get to where he envisions him, Herron's eyes light up, his face glows and he chuckles. "I don't know," Herron said. ''Anything can happen." Lagaly has a similar vision for Tree Bear. She wants him to become a familiar part of every child's life. "He would be a constant reminder of the renewable natural resources that are found in practically everything we eat and use in our daily life," she said. Lagaly was paired with Tree Bear through her work with the Oklahoma Forestry Services. She has been telling Tree Bear's story for four years. "We both found that there was a very important message about forestry that was not understood or [being] shared," she said. "Good things come from trees. " Tree Bear has traveled the country representing the forest. In April 2001, nine Oklahoma high school students used Tree Bear in Washington, D.C., ro stress the importance of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources. Their message illustrated the importance of protecting resources. "Being a good steward is simply understanding the facts abour resources and using resources wisely," Lagaly said. In May 2004, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture accepted a proposal ro use Tree Bear ro educate children and promote forest products. One of the projects within the proposal was the "Tree Bear Talks." The talks are presented to children from kindergarten to second grade with Tree Bear as the host. Through these talks, Tree Bear seeks to


inform people of some of the products char come from trees: lipstick, shampoos, ice cream, vitamins, pet food, ere., as reported by the forestry services of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Fiber. The one-hour Tree Bear Talks are classes conducted by a Tree Bear puppet or a life-size mascot and consist of a story about Edison, the Eco-Motion recycled school bus. There is also a tour of Edison and several activities. The activities are designed to encourage the exploration of trees. They are abour tree production, photosynthesis, tree life cycles and tree habitats. The whole program became available to schools statewide in January 2005. In December 2004, Tree Bear visited the Omniplex in Oklahoma City. He presented a talk called "What Would Christmas be Without a Tree?" The performances were played three rimes a day and were an adaptation of the original Tree Bear Talks. Through Herron's vision, dedication, creativiry and friendships, Tree Bear came to life. Herron attended Oklahoma A&M. He began as a law major, but eventually switched to forestry. Herron was a member of the first graduating class in farm forestry and the second class in the forestry department in 1951.

Herron owns a private timber farm that is producing its 61st consecutive crop this year. His business includes thousands of acres of timber where he allows trees to grow to a prescribed size and then harvests them. The smaller trees are left behind to continue growing until they, too, reach the prescribed size, and the cycle continues. Herron is also an active member of his communiry and the forestry industry. He is a member of the Sociery ofAmerican Foresters, Oklahoma Forestry Association, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Museums Association and the Oklahoma Heritage Association. Lagaly said Herron believes in the value of his abiliry to grow and harvest a renewable natural resource. "I can see the twinkle in his eyes when he speaks of trees and his family tree farm," she said. The two main characters of this story are different yet one in the same. They both have glasses, love trees and promote forestry. But one is a bear and one is the man who created the bear. The two make a dynamic duo that will become role models and promoters of forestry across Oklahoma and the country. Cj

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From the Green to the Gold by ryan hale As the sun rises, footsteps break the dew where the men's and women's U.S. Olympic Soccer teams train for the gold. These steps are from Oklahoma native Kyle Waters, director ofspons turf and grounds at the Home Depot Training Center in Carson, Calif. Waters graduated from Oklahoma State University in December 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in turf management. When first attending OSU, Waters didn't know exactly what life was going to offer him. Initially, he decided to pursue a degree in finance. However, he soon turned to his first love: baseball. Waters loved baseball and OSU, so he "walked on" to the OSU baseball team in 1996. He was able to play for Coach Tom Holiday and with longtime friend Josh Holiday. Through the experience, Waters and Holiday developed a close friendship. "Coach Holiday was like a father to me," said Waters. Waters began the 1996 season and played until an unexpected shoulder injury prevented him from playing baseball. But with the desire to be around his favorite sport, Waters realized no one was in charge of taking care of Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. "They had never really had anyone there to take care of the field," said Waters.

In 1997, Waters became the OSU equipment manager for the baseball team and groundskeeper for the stadium. "I wanted to make Allie P. as nice as it could be," said Waters, "you know, as nice as the fields at [Texas) A&M or [the University of Oklahoma) ." Waters built the program at OSU from the ground up. All the maintenance on the field, re-seeding of the outfield and infield, and mowing and irrigation of the grass were important in turning around the stadium. "One of the best parts of being the groundskeeper at OSU was that it was a hands-on experience,"said Waters. Oklahoma has hot summers and cold winters during which Waters fought to keep the field at its maximum potential. Waters maintained Allie P. Reynolds Stadium for four years before he left school to take a job through a connection he had made being the groundskeeper at OSU. Waters be-

gan selling fertilizer for BWI Co. He worked for this company for approximately eight months before he returned to become the turf coordinator for all athletic fields within the athletic department. "I loved working for OSU. I got to be around a sport that I couldn't play anymore," said Waters. "It gave me a lot of goals while I did it." Waters said the work at OSU helped him to better his future and to find a job. "All the work at OSU was trial and error," said Waters. "I was the first to take interest in the field, so I made all my own decisions when it came down to changing something." Waters said he has always loved being in Stillwater, but he wanted to explore other options available to him. In February 2003, Waters took a job as the head groundskeeper at Dunn Tire Park. The field is home of the Buffalo Bison, a Triple-A (3-A) baseball team in Buffalo, N.Y., that is a direct affiliate of the


Cleveland Indians professional baseball team. This was a big step in Waters' career because it pushed him to a higher standard of work, considering the level of competition with which he was now involved. "That was great for me because I was just one step away from the big leagues," said Waters. "I felt like I was part of the team." Waters enjoyed the groundskeeper job in Buffalo, and his efforts in landscaping once again paid off. Waters was offered a job on the other side of the United States with the Anshutz Entertainment Group. AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. It owns numerous sports franchises and entertainment companies, training facilities and a TV station. Some of them include the NOKIA and Kodak Theatre, the HEALTHSOUTH Training Center, the Home Depot Training Center and the

STAPLES Center, which is home to the L.A. Lakers. The Home Depot Training Center is not just any training facility. The $150-million facility provides the largest contribution to amateur athletes. This facility has nearly 125 acres in Carson, Calif., and is designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic training site." The center is home to the L.A. Galaxy (a Los Angeles professional soccer team), the San Diego Chargers training camp and the U.S. Olympic Soccer teams. The facility includes a 27,000-seat soccer stadium, 13,000-seat tennis stadium, and 20,000-seat track and field facility. Not only is Waters in charge of these stadiums, but also he maintains the surrounding area consisting of 12 soccer fields, a 3-mile jogging trail with 12 workout stations and more than 16 acres of geraniums, palm trees and honeysuckles. On a typical day of maintenance, Waters oversees more than 9,000 irrigation heads used to water the stadiums and soccer fields on the grounds. He also must schedule the daily and weekly mowing and painting of all the soccer fields. When trying to grasp an idea of the manpower needed to maintain the facility, one might think this establishment houses many employees, but Waters employs only 13 other workers to maintain the soccer fields and grounds at the center. "We hosted the X-Games on Aug.

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Hard, dusty roads and long days these Cowboys hit the trail with saddlebags full of hope and ambition. Armed with experiences and a drive to succeed, they embraced the work chat lay ahead in the world of political campaigning.

kristi bishop Kristi Bishop, animal science sophomore, was active during the 2004 presidential campaign as a member of the College Republicans. Bishop grew up in Tonganoxie, Kan., where her father and older sister, both Oklahoma State University alumni, influenced her decision to come to OSU and instilled in her the importance of being politically informed. "I come from a family that's strong in their political views," said Bishop. "They taught me early how important it is to make sure your voice is heard."

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served five terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, completing his last term in 2004. Pope was active in college through several student organizations including Student Government Association, Ag Student Council and Ag Ambassadors. With a strong background in agriculture, he appreciates his independence and understands the importance of politics in the role of citizens. "Growing up on a farm, I've always been independent and wanted to control my future," said Pope. "What happens in Congress controls your life." Here's what these Cowboys said ...

cj: How has your agricultural background influenced your values and helped you in politics?

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James McSpadden, agribusiness senior, assisted Sen. Mike Morgan in his campaign for a third term re-election to the Oklahoma State Senate and continued as an active member of Young Democrats. McSpadden's appreciation for politics began in his hometown of Richardson, Texas. "I always tried to be active in high school and wanted to get involved in the political process on campus," said McSpadden.

You learn valuable ethics and build up your confidence.Just like most jobs in agri-

culture, campaigning isn't a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. Ir's something you have to be committed to. That's how you make a difference in anything.

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mcspadden: I have an understanding of an area and a culture that a lot of people don't understand. Being a Democrat in a conservative state, at the end of the day I have a fairly conservative viewpoint because of the family values that have been instilled in me.

jackson: I believe working hard gets you ready for any career. It gives you a solid foundation to achieve what you want to. Personally, it gave me a sense of family that I want to instill in my own family and constituents.

pope: Oklahoma is where my heart has always been. I wouldn't feel right representing a state I didn't grow up in. When you're working for your family and

mike jackson Mike Jackson, from Burlington, Okla., is a 2000 OSU graduate with a degree in agricultural communications and a minor in agricultural economics. He ran in District 40 for Oklahoma House of Representatives during the 2004 election. As a student at OSU, Jackson prepared for his future in politics by being active in President's Leadership Council and Ag Student Council. "I really got a lot of experience at OSU in leadership and working with a budget, things I will use every day," said Jackson.

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friends, it gives you a different perspective and demands a high level of dedication.

cj: The drive to get young adults involved became a national movement before the 2004presidential election with MTV's "Rock the Vote" campaign. What do you think affects voter turnout in this age group, and how can it be improved?

bishop: Too many young people chink their vote doesn't count. They have a misconception that they don't have a say or that it doesn't matter. Having issues relevant to our lives on the ballot in 2004 improved voter turnout.

mcspadden: Young people don't vote if they don't feel connected to the issues. Ir rook a war and a close last race to get people interested. As far as getting involved, it's as simple as watching the news. You can't make an educated decision without knowing the candidates.

bishop: I've learned to articulate ideas and thoughts. Also, you have to make sure you have something to back up your opinions so you don't come across as narrow-minded or uneducated.

know several issues are important so agriculture can continue to have a voice. That's what keeps me interested; it affects me at home and will affect me in my career. Politics are never boring; there is always something to do.

mcspadden:

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You really have to learn how to keep yourself busy and productive, to be a selfmotivator. I have learned how to communicate effectively with a lot of people.

My granddad served in politics. I guess that's driven my interest. The exciting part is getting out there, outside the office, and talking to people.

jackson:

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I want to make sure people know what I stand for. You never know where God's going to rake you, and with my experience, I've learned to take advantage of every opportunity that comes.

I want to change things. Some of the current systems are corrupt and not effective. I really want to take the opportunity to help business owners further their success.

pope: pope:

Politics has gotten a negative reputation that turns young people off to the political game. They have to remember their voices do count. Make your voice heard if you have an issue. They elect us; we _work for them.

I have learned a great deal in my career, bur what some people forget is that you don't have to know everything about everything. Do as much research as necessary and find resources to provide you with information. H ave the wisdom to know when to talk and when to listen. Maintain a sense of history because it tends to parallel itself a lot. Stand by what you say and finish what you start. When everyrhing's said and done, we're all in this together.

pope:

cj:

It's easy to get cynical when crooked politicians are the only ones you see in the news, bur I want young adults to remember that those few you see are the exception, not the rule. You have to realize chat politics won't get better until everyone gets involved.

What is your personal motivation to stay politically active, and what is the most exciting part ofit?

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cj: What skills or lessons have you learned by being a part ofthe politicalprocess?

bishop: H aving a farm and ranch background, I

Knowing that, as citizens of the United States, we have a very precious right to control our futures. Right now I'm excited about being able to farm and raise my kids. I will continue to be active in agricultural organizations at the capitol. Campaigning, voting and supporting each other, these Cowboys put their sweat and tears into making sure their voices are heard. Each day brings challenges and experiences for them to meet, leaving their brand on the policies that shape lives. cj

The resultsftom the elections are asfoHows: Mike Jackson was elected state representative, District 40; Tom Coburn was elected to the US. Senate; Mike Morgan was re-elected to the state senate in District 21; and Clay Pope is enjoying time with his family.


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• Cowboy motorsports team builds winning tractor The Oklahoma State University Cowboy Motorsports Team created a national champion IA-scale tractor using thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours and one unmatched design. Members received the award during the 2004 American Society of Agricultural Engineers IA-scale Tractor National Student Design Competition in Moline, Ill.,June 3-5, 2004. OSU students also placed first in a junior varsity competition chat featured 11 teams of freshmen and sophomores. "The X-Team competition requires the freshmen and sophomores to modify the tractor our team competed with lase year," said Ryan Haar, Cowboy Motorsports co-director. Members of the team have been working

since the 2003 competition to raise money, collect data about the project, develop and test several designs, and build a final project. "The tractor is a year-round project," said Haar. "We work on it about two or three hours a day while we are in school, but we are working 24 hours a day leading up to the contest." The tractor was equipped with a 16horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine and weighed about 800 pounds. The team competed against 29 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada. Performance, serviceability, maneuverability and manufacturability were among the qualities judges looked for at the contest. The team constructed the tractor in the biosyscems and agricultural engineering lab with

Colby Funk (front row left), Curtis lQhnson, Kyle Stein, Jacob Hamburger,

Levi Johnson, Ryan Haar,Joe Biggerstaff, David Crossley, Kristin Stephens, Greg Slaughter, Marvin Stone (back row), E>ustln Holden, Jonathon Nunnally and Ron Elliott. • • • !il•~mtiJJl!liliimllil the help of faculty advisers John Solie and Wayne Kiner.

• Women's rodeo team wins national championship Ride 'em Cowgirls! Three OSU Women's Rodeo Team members did just chat, as they won the Women's Team National Championship and multiple individual honors at the 2004 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Competition in Casper, Wyo.,June 13-19. After competing in the goat eying and breakaway roping competitions, senior team member Audra Magee received the National All-Around Women's title. Magee's horse also earned the Women's Horse of the Year award. Seniors Gretchen Benbenek and Brenna Herrington competed in the barrel racing competition. Benbenek won third place honors at

the national contest. The team's combined placings earned them the championship and $7,000 in scholarships. The three women earned the right to compete in Casper, Wyo., by placing high enough in regional competition during 10 regular seaso n rodeos. Overall, the women's team placed second in the Central Plains Region during the 2003-04 season. Team coaches, Joe and Sally Vielma, said they were proud of the team's accomplishments. 'The girls represented OSU well," said Sally Vielma. "They are truly professional at what they do ."

• Alumni honor faculty who make a difference Reflecting on their college days, graduates of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources realized faculty members had an extraordinary impact on their personal, professional and academic growth. To recognize these individuals, the Agriculture Alumni Association created the CASNR Exemplary Faculty Award. "We looked for faculty members who went beyond being a good teacher or a good club adviser," said Linda Marcin, association executive secretary. "We were looking for those who left a lasting impact on their students." More than 350 alumni who graduated in 1998 or 2002 responded to an OSU Assessment Office survey and named more than 70 faculty members in their responses. 50 cowboy journal

Ten names stood our among the rest: Shelly Sitton, agricultural communications; Robert Oehrtman, Joe Schatzer and Joe Williams, agricultural economics; David Buchanan, Mark Johnson and Bob Kropp, animal science; the lace James White, agricultural education; Thomas Kuzmic, forestry; and JeffHattey, plane and soil sciences. They were honored with surprise individual presentations during one of their classes or a meeting with CASNR alumni present. The selected recipients also were recognized at the Ag Alumni Barbecue 0cc. 16, 2004. "The nicest recognitions are the ones you know come purely from the students," said Buchanan.

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