Sue Theiss, University Ombuds, joins Scott Reed this month for the First Monday Update. The video shares when it is appropriate to work with the Ombuds office. With its focus on conflict resolution, the University Ombuds office is a resource for faculty, staff, learners and volunteers.


This year’s fair season has come and gone. Thank you for all your efforts to engage youth and the public in Extension activities. Tell us about your favorite fair experience by commenting below.


When people think of Oregon, they typically don’t think of olive trees and olive oil production; that’s been the purview of the Mediterranean and our neighbor to the south, California. Javier Fernandez-Salvador, assistant professor of practice at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, believes Oregon’s growing environment produces exceptional olive oil and he is embarking on research to expand the nascent industry.

Javier is Scott Reed’s guest for this month’s First Monday Update. Learn more about how Javier is responding to and working with the emerging industry. To learn more about the Oregon olive industry visit Olive Growers of Oregon.

Since we’re on the topic of olives, tell us how you use olives in your life by posting a comment on the blog. It might be a garnish for a favorite beverage, an ingredient in a favorite salad, or . . . ?


OSU received the coveted Community Engagement Classification in 2010 from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, in recognition of our campus-wide community engagement. OSU is reapplying for the voluntary classification, a multi-year endeavor. Co-chairs of the Carnegie reapplication working committee, Lynn Dierking and Julie Greenwood, joined Vice Provost Scott Reed for this month’s update. Click on the video to learn more.

What are your plans for the 4th of July and the rest of the summer? Share your comments below.


You heard it here first! OSU Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences are presenting an event titled “Communities, Food, Resilience” in Portland, Oregon, on September 5, 2018.

Scott Reed’s guests, Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, and Jennifer Alexander, director, Extension and Experiment Station Communications, talk about the important conversations that will take place at the event. Extension offices and Branch Experiment Stations will be encouraged to invite members of their communities to participate in the event via livestream at their locations. Look for more event details in upcoming email communications, the weekly ConnEXTion newsletter, and on the event website: Communities, Food, Resilience.

Comment below and share what your community gathering might look like and who you might invite to have a conversation about community food resiliency and the role of the land grant university.

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Community-engaged work versus community-based work and research is the topic of this month’s video. Joining Scott is Susana Rivera-Mills, vice provost for Academic Programs and Learning Innovation. Susana share’s her aha moment when she began to truly understand what community engagement really means and how that deeper understanding influences her leadership.

Doing research in communities is different from engaging communities in research. Please use the comment section of blog to tell us how your work has improved through the important concept of engagement.

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Co-creation and partnerships are tenets of outreach and engagement work. Tillamook County took co-creation and partnerships to a new level by participating in the Partners for Rural Innovation. Hayden Bush, Open Campus coordinator and Scott Reed’s guest in this month’s update, explains the difference the approach is making in the county.

Tell us about your partnerships and the gaps you are filling in your communities by commenting on this post.

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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.