By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Oklahoma County invites the public to the grand opening of the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Conference Center and the Oklahoma County Extension Office on Thursday, December 8.
The event will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. at 2500 NE 63rd Street in Oklahoma City. Guests will be welcomed with a short presentation at 3 p.m.
“OSU Extension has been serving Oklahoma for more than a century and these wonderful new facilities will allow us to better serve the people and the needs of Oklahoma County,” said Burns Hargis, OSU president. “We are better equipped than ever to offer the knowledge and expertise that will improve lives and the metro area.”
The grand opening will feature several demonstrations, including “Proper Poinsettia Care,” by Annie Napier, Oklahoma County Extension horticulture educator as well as a cooking demonstration.
“This grand opening will be great for everyone in the county to get a taste of what Extension can bring to the table,” said LaDonna Hines, Oklahoma County Extension Director. “The demonstrations will highlight some of the more popular Extension programs in our area and really provide the public with an excellent idea of how we can help make their lives a little easier.”
The two new buildings will now be able to combine efforts in aiding the Oklahoma County Extension to continue to provide the best service possible to its constituents.
“We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of our new conference center and office complex with the citizens of Oklahoma County,” said Thomas G. Coon, vice president, dean and director of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
“The new buildings are more centrally located in Oklahoma County, bringing the expertise of our Extension educators closer to residents in Jones, Edmond and Midwest City as well as providing a great location for the people of the city and its suburbs.”
Hines says she is excited for the opportunity to showcase the new facilities to the general public and is thrilled the conference center is already booked for workshops and programs through the end of the year.
“I hope everyone can come out and join us on December 8,” Hines said. “Whether you are new to Extension or have been taking advantage of our services for years, it should be a good time.”
James Trapp, OCES associate director said, “The new Conference Center is next to our Oklahoma County Extension office and is a great addition. It provides us with a state-of-the-art facility unlike any that we have ever had before.
“It has excellent multipurpose meeting space, a reception area, a great demonstration kitchen and teaching unit, and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment. In addition to serving Oklahoma County, the facility provides us with a central location, large enough to host statewide training sessions for our educators.”
OCES programs include Horticulture, Master Gardener, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Youth workshops such as sewing, job readiness, cooking, gardening, photography, and babysitting.
Regular office hours for the new Extension Center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 405-713-1125 or visit oces.okstate.edu/Oklahoma.