Yesterday, I joined 500 people in Portland to hear President Ed Ray deliver his State of the University address. In it, he called out several dimensions of our collective work in outreach and engagement. He affirmed that the state is our campus with OSU faculty engaged across the state and working from facilities in all 36 counties. He emphasized the work of Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program that “…bridges the gap between K-12 education and life skills.”
This September over 40 Oregon State faculty members (many brand new to the OSU community) participated in the first Roads Scholar Tour. The tour, sponsored by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, College of Agricultural Sciences and the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement, made five stops between Corvallis and Portland, and in between an engaging conversation was led by our tour hosts Barbara Holland and Judith Ramaley, both internationally renowned leaders in the area of community engagement.
by Nicole Strong, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension
Every year over 2,200 cyclists embark on a 400+ mile adventure, riding through different regions of Oregon, exploring seldom traveled roads, passing by towering trees, alpine lakes and staying in small towns. For the past couple years, I have joined up with Cycle Oregon to give our Extension perspective to these journeys. It has been a wonderful experience, I have met people from near and far, including OSU Extension volunteers, faculty, clients new and old, as well as Cycle Oregon participants who stopped by the tent, or with whom I rode with during freezing mornings, up grueling gravel roads, or working together battling nasty head winds.
If you’ve participated in Cycle Oregon before, either as a participant or volunteer, what was the most memorable part for you? (share below by leaving a comment)
Earlier this week several faculty members from Oregon State University attended the National Outreach Scholarship Conference at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The conference theme for this year’s conference was Partner. Inspire. Change.
Oregon State presentations and posters included:
- Imagine a Truly 21st Century Public University (PDF) presentation by Dave King
- Communities Driving Education: Get on the Bus (PDF) poster by Jennifer Oppenlander
- Doing As: Outreach and Engagement in Capacity Building (PDF) poster by Molly Engle
- Crook County Mobile Classroom and Computer Lab (PDF) poster by Jeff Papke
Recently members of the Educational Outreach team headed out on a three-day visit to OSU sites around the state. The traveling team included me, Tamara Hill-Tanquist (EESC), Jennifer Alexander (EESC), Claire Cross (Summer Session) and Hanna Lounsbury (PNE).
Educational Outreach refers to three units within University Outreach and Engagement:
- Extended Campus (Ecampus and Summer Session)
- Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE)
- Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC)
Check out the rest of the photos on my Facebook page.