Welcome to my inaugural First Monday Update.
In these monthly posts I’ll share updates on division initiatives, upcoming events, links to news articles and a Q&A (this month I asked for Deb Maddy’s help in responding). That’s the plan to start, but I’m open to changing up the format and content based on what you want to hear about. If you have suggestions on ways to improve these posts, please let me know.
I hope this can be a conversation, not just a way one-way communication. Share your comments and questions and I will do my best to respond to you as soon as I’m able.
So, here we go.
I have been asked to provide testimony to a US Congressional Committee on March 4 about the role and function of Extension’s founding federal legislation, the Smith-Lever Act. I invite you to be one of the first to read my testimony (PDF)
We received a record 31 nominations for the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. I am looking forward to recognizing these efforts at the awards luncheon on April 16.
I am pleased to share that Dr. Lou Swanson, Vice President for Engagement at Colorado State University, will be the keynote speaker at our O&E Colloquium on April 16. His address “Six things universities must do differently in the next five years to engage learners” will be followed by table conversations and a panel discussion including Provost Randhawa. Look for the invitation coming soon.
A planning team is busy preparing for the OSU Extension Reconsidered: Engaging Communities in the Arts, Humanities & Design forum on April 15. OSU is one of a dozen universities hosting day-long exploratory conversations on the topic as a part of the national Extension Reconsidered initiative. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event.
The topline report from the recently conducted OSU Extension Service statewide survey is full of interesting findings and I look forward to digging into the data more in the months ahead. I hope you’ll join us this Friday, either in person or by phone, to hear what we learned and to discuss how it can inform our work.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
OSU Extension statewide survey results presentation and discussion
Friday, March 7, 10am-12pm
Kidder 202 / Lived streamed at live.oregonstate.edu
Wednesday, April 16, 2-5pm (reception to follow)
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Ecampus Faculty Forum
Thursday, April 17, 8am-4:15pm
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
IN THE NEWS
- Local to the core: Cider becomes latest Pacific Northwest-centric locally sourced item (Sustainable Business Oregon)
- Free textbook movement (KEZI)
- Shortage of Computer Science Grads (KEZI)
- UN applauds natural pest controls used by farmers in Mali (Irish Examiner)
- Satellites can spot underwater volcanic eruptions (KMTR)
- Blackberries: The aromatic, flavorful cultivated variety (The Oregonian)
This year’s Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference in Alberta, Canada will explore the theme “Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement.” Proposals are sought for presentations, posters and other forms of communication that will inform or advance research on, and the practice of, engaged scholarship and community-university partnerships. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 17.
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Q: What’s the future of SOARS*?
A: As SOARS approaches the end of its life span, we’ve begun exploring electronic on-line program planning and reporting options. There are some promising alternatives available on the market and we hope to have a replacement for SOARS established by plan of work time 2015. If you have ideas on how to improve the program planning and reporting process, please let me, Cory Parsons or Kim Tarrant know. We will seek input from faculty on a new program planning and reporting system once we’ve narrowed the choices to what appear to be feasible and functional options for OSU Extension.
* For our non-Extension folks, Stories, Outcomes, and Accomplishments Reporting System (SOARS) is the online system used by all Extension educators to prepare their annual Plan of Work and Report of Accomplishment.