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Red Valley Landscape & Construction Hosts Successful Let's Eat Charity Event Benefitting Edmond Mobile Meals New Weekend Meal Program

prnewswire.com, Published: June 8, 2017

Red Valley Landscape & Construction, an Oklahoma landscape company, celebrated its grand
opening of its new 80-acre facility featuring extensive Outdoor Display Gardens in Edmond, OK
with a fundraiser benefitting Edmond Mobile Meals.  The event titled, Lets Eat!, is responsible for
the annual funding needed for EMM's new weekend meal program. Over 200 people attended
the first annual event that raised enough money for over 11,000 weekend meals. 

Red Valley Landscape owner Mike Freeman  explained how his company wants to give back to the community that he cares for so deeply, "Red Valley is a family-owned business that lives and breathes because of our community and the people who live in it. We are truly blessed in our tremendous success and honored to sponsor such a worthy cause. EMM is a true charity in every sense of the word and we look forward to many, many years of partnership."

See the full article here .

Current Job Openings with ONLA Members


Irrigation Technician

Urban Lawns & Landscape, Oklahoma City

The irrigation technician will install new and repair or upgrade exisiting irrigaiton systems.  Experience is helpful, but not required.  On-the-job training available.  Continuing education classes are offered and encouraged.  Work is steady and year-round.  40+ hours a week.  Above average wages offered with overtime after 40 hours.  Paid vacation and three paid holidays.  Contact Urban Lawn & Landscape at rebekah@urbanlawnsinc.com or 405-782-0999 for complete information and to set up an interview.

click here to view the job posting for Irrigation Technician

Community Relations Coordinator

City of Oklahoma City Administration Division, Utilities Department

The position is primary responsible for coordinating and performing public education or community outreach in support of various departmental programs and activities. The employee is also responsible for developing and/or generating program ideas, monitoring the quality and effectiveness of existing programs and activities, and recommending and implementing program changes. This position will support the Water Conservation program by expanding outreach and education efforts to schools and restaurants.

Click here to view the job posting online

ONLA Scholarship Recipients

ONLA is thrilled to support Oklahoma's up-and-coming Horticulture and Landscape Architecture stars!
ONLA awards three scholarships annually to students in the horticulture and landscape architecture departments at OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Oklahoma City

OSU-Stillwater students are nominated by faculty members and chosen during the April board of directors meeting.
OSU-OKC students may apply directly to ONLA for the scholarship.  The deadline for application is June 30th, as the recipient is chosen during the July board of directors meeting.  Please complete the application packet, which can be found here .

Congratulations to the The 2016 ONLA Scholarship recipients from OSU-Stillwater, Katy Layman and Cole Landers.
Katy, a graduate of Dewey High School, is a horticulture major.  Cole, a Fort Gibson graduate, is pursuing a degree in Landscape Management.

The 2016 ONLA Scholarship recipeint from OSU-OKC is Victoria Kembel.  Victoria is studying horticulture and landscape management.












2015 recipients:  Allison Phillips (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Cody Landis (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Lisa Hair OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture (Landscape Design)

2014 recipients:  Cole Landers (OSU-Stillwater): Landscape Management
                                      Matthew Murray (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture

2013 recipients:  Garrett Noble (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Architecture
                                      Matthew Bowlan (OSU-Stillwater):  Landscape Contracting

2012 recipients:  Courtney DeKalb (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture Business
                                      Robert Shane McMurry (OSU-Stillwater):  Horticulture Science
                                      Tracy Sharp (OSU-Oklahoma City):  Horticulture Technologies



Crystal Sizemore, ONLA president, with Katy Layman and Cole Landers (left)
Victoria Kemble (right)

2016

Congratulations to Colby Davis, 2015 Tahlequah graduate who plans a Spring of 2019 degree in Nursery Management with a minor in business management.

Colby is shown to the right as he receives his award at the 2016 ONLA Green Industry Celebration during the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  Mary Ellen Sanders, widow of Jim Sanders, is seen to his left.
Seed money for the scholarship was raised by a spur-of-the-moment bid on our auctioneer’s hat in Jim’s name during the annual live auction.  The ONLA Board of Directors shortly thereafter voted to set aside this seed money to start a scholarship in Jim’s name.  The Sanders Family chooses the recipent of the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship.  This honor will be awarded to one (1) undergraduate student enrolled for the Fall Semester of 2016 at Oklahoma State University.  The student must be working toward an undergraduate degree in the area of Horticulture and be currently maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.75.  The student may be classified as a part-time or full-time student.

Applications must be received by August 31 and will be chosen by September 15th and announced at the ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show.  Download the application for the Jim Sanders Memorial Horticulture Scholarship here .

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