Scott Reed, Vice Provost for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, retires at the end of this month: July 2019. In his final First Monday Update video, shot on his sailboat New Wave, he fittingly sprinkles sailing metaphors throughout his parting words of wisdom and look into the future.

Share your own words of wisdom, or well wishes, with Scott using the comment section below.

Scott’s videos first appeared as end of the year messages in December 2012 and 2013. First Monday Updates in text form materialized March 2014. Monthly videos started appearing regularly beginning in July 2014. That’s a five year and 60 video tradition, many of which Scott shot, edited and posted himself. You might enjoy visiting the blog archives to take a walk down memory lane.


The innovative Virtual Park Ranger is this month’s First Monday Update topic. Scott Reed learns more about it with guests Alan Dennis and Stephen Ward, multimedia and visual technology designers from Extension and Experiment Station Communications.

The Virtual Park Ranger will be a way for everyone to learn about and engage with the outdoors in a relatable, customizable and real-time way. Extension experts are anticipated to play a key role in providing information about our natural environment.

The VPR team is partnering with Outdoor School to pilot the project in outdoor school locations. If you work with youth and the outdoors, Alan and Stephen would like to explore how the Virtual Park Ranger can be adapted to generate enthusiasm for outdoor spaces.

Share one or more of your favorite outdoor places in the comment section below. Who knows, your favorite might be considered for a must see list on the Virtual Park Ranger!


OSU recently rolled out guidelines on industrial hemp. Now tools are available to help you engage with the public. Join Scott Reed and guests Sam Angima, assistant dean of outreach and engagement in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Jay Noller, department head of Crop & Soil Science (and hemp expert), as they update us on the hemp discussion tools available to Extension employees. These tools include a phone — or office visit — triage document, that has been shared with Extension and Ag Experiment Station offices, to help us respond to questions from people registered to grow or handle industrial hemp, or those just interested in learning more about the crop.

Where do you think hemp production will rank in Oregon’s agricultural commodities in 2020 (nursery products currently rank #1)? Share your best guess by commenting below.


John Buzzard, acting director of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), joins Vice Provost Scott Reed this month to talk about how PACE is dramatically altering the types of deliverables it offers. The changes are based on a recently completed benchmark study and a re-examination of PACE processes and outreach.

Scott would like to know about the ways you personally like to learn (is it by reading, listening to podcasts, hands-on activities, or some other way?). Comment below.


Jeff Sherman, Assistant Director, OSU Extension Service, Strategic Innovation and OSU Open Campus Program Leader, joined Vice Provost Scott Reed this month to highlight a program based on educational and family partnerships: Juntos. More than 1,400 Juntos families are expected to visit the OSU Corvallis campus on May 11 for Family Day. Volunteers are needed for Family Day! Find out details at http://bit.ly/osufamilyday.

The Carnegie Foundation application for the elective community engagement classification will highlight 15 community partnerships. Share the innovative community partnerships you are most proud of by making a comment below.


Vince Adams, Oregon State University Extension community educator, joins Scott Reed, vice provost for University Outreach and Engagement for this month’s First Monday Update. A collaborative effort between The Ford Family Foundation and OSU Extension’s Rural Communities Explorer, Scott describes Oregon By the Numbers as new, innovative and useful.

Vince writes in the foreword to the report, “that the concept for the report arose out of a question: What are the essential measures that all Oregon decision makers should be able to immediately access for their community?” Oregon By the Numbers provides an overview of the state and snapshots for each county allowing for county comparisons and more.

View the video to find out how you can get your hands on a copy and for a surprise (at least Vince was surprised!).


Happy New Year! This is a time of reflection and new beginnings.

Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley reveal the foundation of outreach and engagement and talk about the year ahead, including accessing faculty, staff and community knowledge in a variety of channels. Innovation has been a prominent theme throughout the division for the past few years. Scott and Lindsey explore possible themes for 2019. Join them by commenting below with the theme you think represents the year ahead for Outreach and Engagement and Extension.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings, joy, and inspiration in the year to come.


Lucas Turpin, director of information technology for University Outreach and Engagement and College of Agricultural Sciences, joined Vice Provost Scott Reed for this month’s First Monday Update. As the year winds down, you should ramp up efforts to protect your personal and work data. Lucas shares the five cyber security actions you should take.

Scott would like to know what piece of technology you’d like to receive for the holidays this year. Please share by commenting on this post.

Happy holidays!

The Office of Youth Safety & Compliance is a new department in the Division of Student Affairs focused on policies for all youth programs affiliated with Oregon State University, which includes the more than 270 youth-centered programs within OSU Extension and about 200 more campus-based youth programs.

Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dan Larson, and Marilyn Lesmeister, Volunteer Development and Risk Management Specialist for OSU Extension Service and interim Co-Director of the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance, join Vice Provost Scott Reed for this month’s First Monday Update.

The new Office of Youth Safety & Compliance will provide easy access to OSU youth safety policies, best practices, resources, and one location for links to OSU safety-related forms. The office will communicate with Extension professionals and visit programs to identify ways to support youth safety effectively. The Office of Youth Safety & Compliance will be a valuable partner to Extension programs involving youth.

Learn more by watching the video. And let Scott know how the programs you intersect and work with inspire youth to continue their education, by commenting on this blog post.

President Ed Ray and Eastern Regional Director Natalie Kinion joined Vice Provost Scott Reed at the Pendleton Roundup to talk about the value of community connections through Extension. Both spoke about connecting with local communities as an essential role of Extension and that of Regional Director, and also Extension’s role as a bridge between communities and Oregon State University.

Join in the discussion by posting in the comments below. Share with colleagues how you create a bridge between communities and the university.