Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Student Essay / Video Contest

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Tired of shrinking budgets limiting your professional development and that of your students? The Irrigation Foundation is proud to present an opportunity where you won't need a school grant to attend...

Your student - and YOU - could be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2011 Irrigation Show with a winning essay or video.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Irrigation Foundation is sponsoring an essay/video contest for college and technical school students interested in the green industry.

Encourage your students to craft a 1,500-1,800 word essay or a three- to five-minute video on this topic: How will irrigation careers be affected by limited water supplies in the future. Winners receive a trip valued at over $2,500 and an invaluable opportunity.

If your student is selected as a winner, you'll both receive a free trip to the show, Nov. 6-8 in San Diego. The Foundation will cover the costs of airfare, airport transfers, housing, educational classes, exposition registration and even a meals stipend.

The Irrigation Show is a unique event where you and your student will:

  • Network with industry leaders

  • Gain access to information and technologies not available in your local community.

  • Discuss the field with industry professionals.

  • Compare educational experiences with other instructors.

  • Earn bragging rights for your educational institution.

Click here for details, application and submission link.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Irrigation Foundation created this contest to educate students on potential careers in the irrigation industry.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Golf Course Superintendent Openning in Alva, OK

Alva Golf & Country Club is a semi-private 9 hole golf course with approximately 175 dues paying members. Resources are somewhat limited so this position is a full time working position. There have been in the past, 2 part-time employees to assist the course manager. This is a hands on type of job.

Alva is a great community of approximately 5,000 people. We have a regional university, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a newly remodeled and expanded health care facility, Share Medical Center and a great public school system. Like a lot of smaller Oklahoma towns, Alva does not have all the amenities of the larger cities but is a great place to live and to raise a family. I have lived in this area my entire life.

Should you or anyone have any questions, please feel free to contact Terry Ross at 580-327-5500. Applications or resumes may be sent to PO Box 42, Alva, OK 73717. For a more complete job description go to:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rainwater Harvesting

Announcing a new training opportunity! The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and OSU-OKC are offering a training event on Rainwater Harvesting on Monday, March 8 from 10:30-2:30 at the Oklahoma County Extension Center at 930 N. Portland by the campus of OSU-Oklahoma City.

The training will include a live ASCE Web/Teleconference Seminar “Engineered Rainwater Collection and Case Studies for Sustainable Water Management” and a tour of the new rainfall harvesting system at OSU-OKC.

There is a site fee of $299 for the webinar, so we will be charging a nominal fee for this training which will be dependent on the number of people who attend. Previously I had sent out an announcement and 23 people indicated that they would be interested in attending. If 23 people attended, the fee would be $299/23=$13. Additionally, since the training will be going over lunch, we will plan to purchase sub sandwiches and soda for everyone in attendance and pass the hat to pay for that (max of $5 per person). As indicated below, you can earn 1.5 professional development hours for attending the ASCE webinar. Payment for the training will be accepted by check the day of the event.

The preliminary schedule for this training will be as follows:

10:30-11:00 Registration

11:00-12:30 ASCE webinar “Engineered Rainwater Collection and Case Studies for Sustainable Water Management”

12:30-1:15 Lunch, with presentations by OSU Extension Engineer Sharla Lovern, PE, and Dr. Jeff Sallee, OSU 4-H Youth Development about the rainwater harvesting system at Skyline Elementary in Stillwater, rain barrel construction, and the statewide 4-H Rainfall Harvesting Program

1:15-2:00 Tour of the rainfall harvesting system at OSU-OKC by Dave Edwards, OSU-OKC Horticulture Department

2:00-2:30 Wrap-up discussion

Feedback and additions to this schedule are encouraged if there is something additional regarding rainwater harvesting you would like see on the agenda.

To confirm your participation in this event, please respond to Jason Vogel ( by March 1, 2010. If you decide to attend after March 1 we will not turn you away, but that will give us an idea for planning purposes of the number of people that will be attending.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Job Opening at AMC Industries

AMC Industries in Oklahoma City has two positions open.

Counter Sales Opportunity & Delivery Driver

Monday, February 8, 2010

65th Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show

Please mark your calendar for the 65th Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show which is set for Nov 16 & 17, 2010 at the Watkins Conference Center in Stillwater. Based on attendee feedback at the 2009 conference, OTRF members prefer the new two day conference format on a Tues-Wed sequence.

Free Sports Turf Seminar @ ATT Bricktown Ball Park in OK City on February 24th

Estes and The Andersons are teaming up to sponsor a free Sports Turf Seminar at the ATT Bricktown Ball Park in Oklahoma City on February 24th, 2010 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Featured speakers at the event are Sports Turf Managers Jeff Salmond of the University of Oklahoma, Todd Tribble of Oklahoma State University and Rick Newville of the National Softball Hall of Fame. Topics include facility maintenance overviews as well as specific tactics for field painting, field overseeding, skinned area maintenance and pitching mound construction. The topics are useful regardless of sports field type whether football, baseball, softball or soccer or beyond. Larry Lindsey of Estes and Bob Eichenberg of The Andersons will provide expertise on sports field weed control and fertility programs.

There is no charge for attending and a lunch will be provided as well. Please RSVP to Bob Eichenberg of The Andersons at or phone 405-753-9931.

Location: In the "Cool Zone" at the ATT Bricktown Ball Park, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive Oklahoma City 73014.

Feb 24th Sports Field Seminar Agenda

8:00 AM Registration

8:30 AM Welcome & Introductions

8:40 AM Jeff Salmond - Overview of facilities and responsibilities at OU

8:50 AM Todd Tribble - Overview of facilities and responsibilities at OSU

9:00 AM Rick Newville - Overview of facilities and responsibilities at The Softball HOF

9:10 AM Jeff Salmond - Maintenance fundamentals for a championship football facility

9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM Rick Newville - Turf care equipment for maintenance of athletic fields

10:30 AM Todd Tribble - Fundamentals, tips and tricks of athletic field painting

11:00 AM Larry Lindsey - Weed and insect control for athletic turf

11:30 AM Buffet Lunch

12:15 PM Todd Tribble - Management of overseeded athletic turf

12:45 PM Bob Eichenberg - The essentials of athletic turf fertility

1:15 PM Jeff Salmond - Preparing / protecting your field for a special event

1:45 PM Break

2:00 PM Rick Newville - The real dirt on skin maintenance

2:30 PM Todd Tribble - Pitching mound construction and maintenance

3:00 PM Jeff Salmond - A look forward at trends impacting the sports field manager

3:20 PM Question and answer session with our speakers

4:00 PM Adjourn

Message from Dr. Vogel on Training opportunity

Hello everyone,

John Harrington, director of ACOG's Water Resources Division, recently described recycled water as “the way to go as the City of Norman looks at ways to meet its future water needs” (Norman Transcript, Feb. 5, 2010). Water recycling could also be said to be “the way to go” for much of the rest of Oklahoma. While the article Mr. Harrington was quoted in was discussing treating wastewater for recycling, rainfall runoff from roofs, parking lots, and other impervious areas are also a great opportunity for water recycling for uses such as urban and lawn irrigation and outdoor water features. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is exploring the possibility of hosting a training event on March 8, 2010, on the topic of engineered rainwater collection if there is interest.

The link below describes the potential training opportunity entitled “Engineered Rainwater Collection and Case Studies for Sustainable Water Management”. As you will see, the training has a single site fee for as many folks as we can get to the site. I am interested to know if there is interest in Oklahoma in gathering at a central location, such as OSU-OKC which has an engineering rainfall collection system, to watch this webinar training. The training is put on by ASCE and is good for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDHs). What I would propose is to split the site fee, plus the cost of any food that we could provide, amongst all of the folks who come to the training. The training would also include a discussion of the construction and operation of the rainfall collection system at OSU-OKC.

If you are interested, please email me at by Wednesday, February 17. If enough people respond positively, we will set it up. Feel free to forward this announcement.





Jason R. Vogel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Stormwater Specialist

Department of Biosystems Engineering

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: (405) 744-7532

Cell: (405) 334-6512

Fax: (405) 744-6059