Dave_LandkamerName: Dave Landkamer

Position: Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension Specialist

Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minnesota

# of years at OSU: 3 Years, Master’s Degree in Aquaculture; 1 Year, current position

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is walking out on the mudflats at low tide to work with oysters, clams, and the hardworking shellfish farmers who collaborate with nature to supply us with delicious seafoods. Aquaculture is such a diverse topic, and I like the variety of projects that come to me; everything from farming mussels, koi, shrimp, trout, and aquarium fish to salmon enhancement and aquaponics.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you:  In another fork of my professional career, I was a National Park Service interpretive ranger, working at Anasazi archaeological sites in the southwest, and studying the meanings that people make from their experiences at those sites.

Favorite book/movie/album:

My favorite albums today: Ronn McFarlan, The Scottish Lute; Jethro Tull,The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull

My favorite books today: J. R. R. Tolkein, Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Christina Eisenberg, The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity.


Scott Reed, Vice Provost, University Outreach and Engagement
Scott Reed, Vice Provost, University Outreach and Engagement

Recently OSU passed the billion-dollar mark on our first-ever capital campaign, with the 4-H Foundation raising over $16 million – strengthening 4-H today and for years to come. Plans are now underway for a post-campaign fundraising initiative, and there is an opportunity for our division to play a significant role. As a first step, we have been asked to identify distinctive qualities that would inspire financial support for outreach and engagement programs.

I’d appreciate your thoughts on the following:

  1. What makes outreach and engagement at OSU distinct from similar units at other institutions?
  2. What are our emerging areas of strength deserving of additional investment and why?
  3. What can the division provide to students so they are best prepared to become leaders?

Please contribute by commenting below. Your answers will be shared with our OSU Foundation team as they work on shaping this new campaign initiative.


In March, the OSU Board of Trustees approved a biennial request for the Statewide Public Services that adds $16 million of new funds in addition to a 5.8 percent continuing service level adjustment. Download the “Proposed 2015-17 Legislative Funding Request to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission” document (2.9MB) to read the details of this request, including the five areas of focus put forth by Extension. This information can be found on pages 30-33.

In May, we will begin accepting applications for the division’s new Leadership Development Program for Executives. Curious and want to learn more? Join us on April 25 at the O&E Quarterly Update when Deb Maddy will share additional details about this exciting opportunity.

The spring issue of O&E Magazine is now available in print and online. This issue features stories about STEM-related outreach and engagement activities from across the university. Check out the stories on the new website.

In an effort to advance the division’s diversity goals, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Learn more about the division’s key diversity goals, as well as details of the MOU.


O&E Colloquium
Wednesday, April 16, 2-5pm (reception to follow)
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Event website

Ecampus Faculty Forum
Over lunch, Eduventures’ President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Nemec will present a national market update on online education based on a 2014 study published by this Boston-based market research firm.
Thursday, April 17, 8am-4:15pm
CH2M Hill Alumni Center

O&E Division Quarterly Update
Friday, April 25, 9-10am
Kidder 202 and streaming online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/



EdFuture 2014: Global Collaboration for Online Higher Education, presented by the American Distance Education Consortium

This conference, to be held May 13-15 in Orlando, convenes today’s top education thought leaders and practitioners to share their vision of tomorrow’s online education ecosystem and provides a roadmap of how to collectively reach it. Dave King will be presenting on the international projects and the bilingual learning modules being produced by our Open Educational Resources unit. Check out Dianna Fisher’s guest post on her recent trip to China to learn more about work in this area.


Q: What is OSU doing to support faculty success?

A: I serve on a Provost’s Council work group that is designing a prioritized approach to helping our faculty be successful. In February, we sponsored a faculty forum to collect input about possibilities. Some of the ideas included:

  • The importance of meaningful start-up funds for new faculty, grant support, help in achieving work-life balance, and controlling cumbersome bureaucracy (early career).
  • The mixed value of mentoring and need to focus on items that simplify the conflicting demands of serving on the faculty—such as facilities support and ordering equipment. (mid-career)
  • Work elements that enhance satisfying relationships, the importance of physical spaces, administrative support. (late career)

Several division faculty members participated in this exercise, and the Provost’s Council will soon consider initiating a systematic program.



By: Dianna Fisher, Director, Open Educational Resources & Emerging Technologies

I recently traveled to China to train faculty at the Central Agricultural Broadcasting and Television School (CABTS) on Articulate Storyline – a software solution that enables the creation of learning modules using a friendly interface. The training was sponsored by Oregon State University and the American Distance Educational Consortium.

I flew to Beijing on March 21st and was picked up at the airport and taken to dinner before settling into my hotel to rest after a long flight and losing a day.  I have to mention that this meal was the first of many that the beginning topic of conversation has something to do with my skill with chopsticks.  Really! I had different dinner companions at almost every meal and they were all impressed. I didn’t realize this was such an admired ability, but several commented that I was better with them than they were.

It seems that over the 10 days I ate more food than I normally eat in a month, but it was all good, healthy food. Each meal consisted of 10-15 dishes and each a Beijing specialty.  I ate everything from fungus to grass carp to tripe and some things I am sure I am better off not knowing, but it gave them such pleasure to keep me sampling everything while being asked, “Do you love it?” My answer was usually, “Yes!”  The food was fresh and simple. It’s not the Chinese food we are served here.  They took great delight that I photographed every dish and if I forgot, someone would remind me before a serving was taken. The Peking Duck was fabulous. There is actually a ritual to eating it.

In between training times, I was taken to the Great Wall of China and we walked five miles of it. After training was finished, I had an afternoon of bartering at the market with my friend Zhou Xiao (Kitty) who had previously visited OSU. I spent my last day with Julia (I can’t even begin to transliterate her Chinese name into English letters). We walked over 10 miles that day as we went to the Temple of Heaven, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and of course, short visit to Chairman Mao laying in state in his crystal coffin….

….But, the training….

The workshop participants were faculty members who are responsible for delivering education to the farmers in their provinces.

I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to go to China and work with these faculty members who became my students for the week. They had a wide-range of ages and were from five different provinces.

The group went beyond what they were taught and sought out advanced techniques on their own and found delight in sharing with the others.

I did not know what kind of students I would find in the class. Would I find students who were there because they were told to be? Was this a mandatory training?  I am excited that I found a group of students who were eager to learn, who were very smart and who took the initiative to solve problems and create solutions.

The presentations were the beginnings of what would eventually become learning modules that would be packaged for farmers to access.

The topics were crop rotation, integrated pest management, corn borers, silk worms and the ever present smog. I enjoyed working with them, teaching them, and then watching them work with each other as they created their projects and then presented them on the last day.

The learners exceeded my expectations for their learning and the staff of CABTS exceeded my expectations for hospitality. I look forward to continued collaborations.

LynnLongName: Lynn Long

Position: Wasco County Extension

Hometown: The Dalles now, but I grew up in S.E. Portland.

# of years at OSU: 26

Best part of your job: As part of my job I have had the opportunity to give invited presentations on sweet cherry production in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Italy, Germany, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I am 6’ 4” tall but I own a classic Mini that I take to car shows throughout Central Oregon and Washington.

Favorite book/movie/album: Favorite movie: The Bourne Series, especially the drive through the alps in the classic Mini in Bourne Identity. I would love to take an extended road trip with my classic Mini someday.


DeborahJohnName: Deborah H. John

Position: Assistant Professor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Faculty, OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

# of years at OSU:

1999-2004 OSU Doctoral Student and Instructor
2009 – present Assistant Professor

Best part of your job: My work focuses on participatory research and education with people in the contexts that they live, work, learn, and recreate to mobilize Extension audiences to achieve healthy people and places. The best part of my job is that it is public health – protecting and improving the health of populations and communities through education, promoting healthy lifestyles, and applied research for disease and injury prevention.  I appreciate and enjoy engaging people and groups whose voices and vision are underrepresented, and providing a venue for shaping community health actions, environments, and policies that are holistic, sustainable, and just.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I owned an art gallery in Louisiana and have an extensive art collection. I owned a fitness center in Florida and was a competitive body builder. I dance Zydeco and cook Creole – I like to share both with good friends and family.

Favorite book/movie/album: I’m an avid reader and have many favorite books; no favorite movies; and, without a doubt, Dr. John’s In the Right Place is my favorite album.

Scott Reed, Vice Provost, University Outreach and Engagement
Scott Reed, Vice Provost, University Outreach and Engagement

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.


OSU Extension statewide survey results presentation and discussion
Friday, March 7, 10am-12pm
Kidder 202 / Lived streamed at live.oregonstate.edu

O&E Colloquium
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



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.


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.


DiannaFisherName: Dianna Fisher

Position: Director, Open Educational Resources & Emerging Technologies

Hometown: Somewhere on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

# of years at OSU: 13

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is that it changes, not just every day, but during the course of the day!

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: 

I spent a significant portion of my adult life living in Berlin, Germany doing cryptography for NSA during the Cold War.

I used to be a competitive figure skater.

I am obsessed with bikes – mountain bikes and road bikes.

Favorite book/movie/album:

Movie –Goonies – No question. Best Movie Ever.

Album – I really only listen to music while running. I like silence otherwise.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 8.23.31 PMAt last week’s State of the Division address, Dave, Deb and I shared some of the highlights from 2013, as well as looked forward to the year ahead. We spent the last portion of our time together answering questions from the audience, who attended both in-person as well as many who joined us remotely.

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here: http://media.oregonstate.edu/media/0_ufqglzw1

Download the presentation slides (PDF, 1.5MB)

If there are additional questions or comments I hope that you will share them here or you can contact me directly. We appreciate your input and your interest in the division’s operations and success.


Dave King
Dave King, Associate Provost Outreach and Engagement

Over the years I have collaborated on several projects with Mike Boehlje, agricultural economist at Purdue, including:

Most recently we recorded a podcast with Bob Bertsch from North Dakota State titled Working Differently in Extension, based on a commentary on the future eXtension that was published in the October 2013 Journal of Extension.

Listen to the Working Differently in Extension podcast.

Take look at the latest commentary and the listen to the podcast, and let me know what you think.