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Andony Melathopoulos, pollinator health Extension specialist, joins Scott Reed to talk about the statewide Oregon Bee Project initiative. The diversity of the Pacific Northwest’s pollinator species may be unrivaled in the U.S. Led by OSU Extension, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Forestry, the initiative takes a comprehensive look at the state’s bee population.

As Scott points out, pollinator health is the responsibility of all of us. Tell us what you are doing for pollinator health by commenting on the blog.
Note: The defective “Captcha” security feature has been removed from the blog, so it is much easier to comment/reply!

Scott Reed introduces Becca Gose, general counsel for OSU, in this month’s First Monday Update. “It’s not ‘who you gonna call,’ but ‘when are you gonna call,’” as Scott points out. The Office of General Counsel was essential to the process of bringing Outdoor School on board. The team is a resource to provide you with the legal advice to do your job. Becca shares scenarios where a call to her office is essential.

Do you have questions about how, or when, to use the General Counsel team? Start a conversation in the comment (reply) section.

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Scott Reed reflects on the exceptional commitment Extension staff and faculty make to our communities and looks ahead to three 2018 initiatives.

Change will continue at a fast pace, but what won’t change is our passion for connecting people with information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help Oregon’s people, communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive.

Best wishes for an incredible new year! Share your 2018 resolution or plans to bring joy to your life in the comment section.

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Extension has a vital role to play in student success by offering experiential learning opportunities: community engagement—volunteering and service learning—and job shadowing, co-ops and internships. This month, Scott talks with Sam Angima, assistant dean for Outreach and Engagement in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension program leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Download this pdf to learn more about the benefits of experiential learning, including how it increases graduation rates. Sam challenges Extension to include student experiential learning in 2018 program plans.

Use the comment section of the blog to share how your Extension office and program can create experiential learning opportunities for students—in real time and/or virtually.

Economic impact is one of many ways to communicate the value and relevance of OSU Extension’s work in and with communities. Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist, joined Vice Provost Scott Reed to share highlights from a recent study on the economic impact of local food producers in Central Oregon. They also mention the importance of working with community partners and across programs to build on and broaden this and similar work in the future.

Please post a comment on the blog to let us know how you measure or interpret the economic impact of your Extension work.

To learn more about the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, or our cross-program Community Food Systems community of practice, please contact Lauren Gwin.

Ask an Expert is a vital entry point for thousands of people to learn about OSU Extension. Kym Pokorny, Ask an Expert coordinator for Oregon, and Chrissy Lucas, an OSU Extension question wrangler, joined Vice Provost Scott Reed to reveal best practices for answering questions. More experts are needed. To join the ranks of Ask an Expert experts, please get in touch with Kym online, or at 541-737-3380.

Tell us the most unusual Ask an Expert question you’ve had to answer by posting a comment on the blog.


Jim Johnson, senior associate dean and program leader for Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension, joins Scott Reed for the September Monday Update. Scott learns FNR’s secret for using time and FTE to effectively tackle statewide challenges.

How can we reserve FTE to address challenges that are beyond one person to solve and how can we work in teams to accomplish things that we can’t do individually. Share your thoughts by commenting on the blog.

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Fall 2017 will see the launch of new state-funded outdoor schools administered by OSU Extension Service. Susan Sahnow, interim Outdoor School director, shares with Vice Provost Scott Reed what it means for OSU Extension Service.

Share a memorable outdoor school experience—or a profound experience you’ve had in the great outdoors—in the comment section below. 

One of the greatest natural cosmic coincidences likely to happen in the Pacific Northwest in our lifetimes occurs on August 21: the total eclipse of the sun. It is an experience that will be shared by millions. Visit for information about how to view the eclipse safely and much more. Learn about the events OSU has planned for the phenomenon.

For information about the eclipse in Spanish, click here.

The University Outreach and Engagement blog is reinstating People Profiles. This month, learn something about one of your colleagues: Tracy Crews. “Stop by” and say hello!

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Family Community Health Extension Program Leader Roberta Riportella is taking the public health discussion upstream into the policy realm. All Extension programs have opportunities to collaborate and think in terms of health impacts. Learn more about her plans to tackle wicked public health concerns in this month’s First Monday Update.

Speaking of well-being, Vice Provost Scott Reed encourages you to describe what you are doing to take care of yourself and reenergize this summer. Share your plans in the comment section below.

The University Outreach and Engagement blog is reinstating People Profiles. This month, learn something about four of your colleagues: Amanda Gladics, Lynn Long, Charles Robinson and Michelle Sager. “Stop by” and say hello!

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Scott welcomes Ana Lu Fonseca, University Outreach and Engagement’s assistant director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the newest member of the Division’s five-person executive team. She has energy, enthusiasm and ideas, including creating a team of Diversity Champions.

Post your suggestions and ideasbelow about what the team of Diversity Champions should consider to deepen our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.