NFL Field Converted to New OSU Turf Release
Washington Redskins FedEx field to be resodded in early June to our 'Latitude 36' bermudagrass. This will be the first NFL field converted to our new OSU release. Sod will be from Oakwood Sod Farms of Delmar, MD. ESPN article or Oklahoma Farm Report article
Rising High, alumna designs her way up
Lexi Tucker is far from a funky chic designer or a lawn-mowing grounds keeper. A 2011 graduate of Oklahoma State University's landscape architecture program, Tucker is a promising young professional, rising to the top of skyscrapers and occasions alike. Tucker began her OSU journey . . .
The Cross Timbers in Winter Exhibit
Cheryl Mihalko’s Planting Design classes explore the ecology and the artistry of the Cross Timbers landscape in winter through photography. To understand the massing, form, species diversity and quantity, as well as the aesthetic qualities unique to this four season landscape ecology each student create photographs that transcend the common to capture to show spirit of place in their work. Students were asked to use the camera as an extension of their mind and allow the viewer to learn--and experience--the Cross Timbers as a winter landscape.
The exhibit The Cross Timbers in Winter will hang in Gallery North until April 1st. If you are unable to visit the exhibit, please view The Cross Timbers in Winter on-line.
Pallez makes the most of her horticulture career
We have all heard the saying to “Bloom where you are planted,” and the same is true for a girl whose career took root in Oklahoma.
Growing up in Metz, France, Laurence Pallez, had no idea that one day she would set foot in Oklahoma to work on her Master’s program. Pallez attended the University of Strasbourg in France to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. Knowing she didn’t want to spend all her time in the lab, she ventured to New York City and . . .
Food Safety Modernization Act, It's Meaning for Farmers
People in the United States have recognized for over a century that food safety is a serious issue affected people's health throughout history. Legislation to help ensure the production of safe and wholesome foods was first passed in 1906 as the Pure Food and Drugs Act; this was later replaced by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011 and is the first legislation to address the issues of food safety in fresh produce in a specific and . . .
Peruvian Students to Spend Time at OSU
Oklahoma State Landscape Architecture students will be collaborating with 13 Peruvian Architecture exchange students throughout the month of February on a design for an Eco-Tourism development for Monte Sierpe, a former winery that had deteriorated from the 2007 earthquake near Tambo Colorado, Peru. We would like to extend a warm welcome to the students as they come to visit Stillwater, Oklahoma. Here is a link to see the progress and communication of the students through their classes.
New Pecan and Grape Management Courses
Brochures are now available detailing the 2013 Pecan and Grape Management Courses. Both courses offer an opportunity for potential new or veteran growers to learn or refresh their basic management skills needed to successfully grow each crop. The classes meet one afternoon a month beginning in February and continuing for the growing season. Having the classes through the season gives participants the chance to see what management requirements are necessary at specific times. Students learn in both the classroom and in the vineyard or orchard setting. The classes meet at the Cimarron Valley Research Station near Perkins. Classes also travel to a couple of established orchards or vineyards/wineries to learn from other growers.
The cost for enrollment in either course is $250 per student. Pecan course members are also eligible to use the online pecan management course for no charge. Registration for the pecan course is due by February 13 and the grape course by February 15. For registration information, visit http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/events/index.htm.
Student's Design Coming to Life
OSU landscape architecture student Dan Mesenbrink’s community garden design for the Jewish Federation of Tulsa is currently under construction. Federation members recently talked about the project on a Tulsa television station. Click here for video.
Mesenbrink, a senior from Yukon, listened to the client to transform ideas into a successful and responsive design. OSU landscape architecture alumni Carl Szafranski of the office of Szfranski and Pugh transferred Dan’s plan into construction documents.
The Jewish Federation plans to donate the vegetables grown from the garden to local food banks. (April 2012)
Schnelle Lectures to Cairo Greenhouse Growers
|Mike Schnelle worked in Cairo, Egypt and surrounding villages in late January-mid February 2012. While working with Winrock International, Schnelle lectured and consulted with nursery and greenhouse growers in the region. Mike also interacted with faculty at Cairo University.|
|Egyptian growers are major exporters of geranium cuttings, gerbera daisy, chrysanthemum, cut roses, anthurium, landscape woody plants and a myriad of other crops. Mike’s main role was to discuss American plant materials that could be grown more in the area. This work was a continuation in part of efforts Schnelle made in Libya, Africa in 2007.|
5th year Landscape Architecture Student to Travel to Washington DC
Congratulations go out to Corbin Francis, 5th year Landscape Architecture student for winning a scholarship to ASLA Advocacy Day. The scholarship covers Corbin’s expenses for a 3 day trip (May 9th – 11th) to Washington DC where he will join professionals from across the country in a series of meeting with congressional representatives . Corbin will work directly with local professional Jeff Pugh (Tulsa, OK-ASLA President) and Scott Howard (OKC, OK-ASLA Trustee) advocating for issues relevant to the Landscape Architecture profession. Corbin is one of five Landscape Architecture students across the U.S. to be awarded this honor.
Two New Hybrid Turf Bermudagrasses
NorthBridge™ and Latitude 36™ hybrid bermudagrasses are the two newest releases in the OSU line of improved turf bermudagrasses. Both bermudagrasses are vegetatively propagated (no commercial seed), fine textured and have excellent winter hardiness along with outstanding turfgrass color, quality, density and divot recovery rate. Both grasses performed exceptionally well in the 2007-2012 NTEP National Bermudagrass Trial conducted in multiple states where bermudagrass is adapted. Development of NorthBridge™ and Latitude 36™ was conducted with support from the United State Golf Association (USGA), OSU - Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and the Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF). Learn more . . .
Students take Collegiate Contest at SR-ASHS
|OSU Horticulture Student Judging Team came away with an overall 1st place at the Southern Regions - American Society for Horticultural Science 72nd Annual Meeting, February 4-6, 2012 in Birmingham, AL.Class placings of 1st in the greenhouse floral and foliage, 3rd in vegetable crops and 3rd in fruit and nuts raised the OSU team to the top|
for the overall winner of the competion. Sunny Evans, Horticultural Science major placed 2nd overall in the individual rankings. Individual placings in the greenhouse floral and foliage class was Kristen Willis 1st and Kenny White 2nd place. Willis is a horticultural business major and White is a public horticulture major in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department. Courtney DeKalb, was elected as the New ACB Treasurer. Other team members included Yuki Roberts and Alexis Franzmann. Team members were coached by Dr. Janet Cole and Dr. Brian Kahn.
LA/Civil Design Charrette
In early February, the senior landscape architecture design studio and the senior civil engineering students sat down to the design the future. Specifically, they were looking at the potential of the a new entry road to the Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University as part of the Integrated Environmental
Research and Education Site, also known as IERES. Students explored a variety of innovative environmentally sustainable solutions that would facilitate research and serve as demonstrations of what the potential of a road could be. Solutions addressed storm water management, kinetic energy production, and pervious materials to name a few. The students especially enjoyed the interdisciplinary collaboration that gave them a taste of the professional world to come.
Students recognized in international competition
The Oklahoma State University students who were named finalists in the “Parkitecture” design competition include, from left, Brandon Burlingame, Forrest Hunt, Clark Bockhahn and Cameron Rouze. More . . .