Employee Recognition Week 2010

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission marked Public Service Employees Recognition Week with a number of activities. (More)

Kelly Mockabee and Stacey Day test the water at the zoo.

The week began with OCC’s monthly Commission meeting held at the Oklahoma City Zoo rather than its usual meeting place in the state Agriculture Building. A luncheon for Commissioners and agency staff followed along with an OCC Full Staff Meeting. During the staff meeting Tashina Kirk, OCC/WQ project coordinator, was named Employee of the Quarter and Brooks Tramell, OCC/WQ monitoring coordinator, was named Employee of the Year. After that, OCC employees were treated to a guided tour of the Oklahoma Trails exhibit at the zoo.

On Tuesday OCC staff members were transported to the official practice site for the National Land and Range Judging Contest, which ran May 4-7. Greg Scott, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service state soil scientist for Oklahoma, explained to OCC staff members how the contest functions and how the contestants determine soil properties appropriate for different land uses.

Ed Crall tests the slide.

For OCC water quality employees who work in northeast Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Scenic River Commission (ORSC) hosted an Illinois River streambank cleanup event on Wednesday using canoes donated for the day by a local vendor. Ed Fite, OSRC administrator, accompanied the group and gave a history lesson on OSRC along with a lesson on the hydrology and geomorphology of the river, and provided lunch for the group.

On Thursday, OCC staff enjoyed an ice cream social with homemade ice cream at the Agriculture Building OCC office.

From left are OCC Awards and Recognition Committee Co-Chairs Stacey Day and Candace Cunningham, Employee of the Quarter Tashina Kirk, and Executive Director Mike Thralls.
Brooks Tramell, OCC/WQ monitoring coordinator, third from left, was named Employee of the Year.
Greg Scott, NRCS state soil scientist (center) provides an overview of the Land Judging Contest to OCC staff members (from left) Candace Cunningham, Stacey Day, Jim Leach, Brooks Tramell, Greg Kloxin and Mike Thralls.
The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and Ed Fite, OSRC administrator (far right), hosted OCC staff at the Illinois River. OCC staff (from left) were Daniel Franke, Jerry Starkey, Trampas Tripp, Bullit Farris, Jill Ashbrener, Ashley Rhea and Tashina Kirk.
Jana Chicoine ladles a bowl of ice cream, followed by Ron Cardwell. Jim Leach, standing at right, is enjoying his ice cream and Karen Potts is seated at left.
Chris DuBois serves himself a bowl of ice cream as Jason Ramming waits his turn.