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:

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Each summer the Provost requests that all colleges and divisions submit academic reports that highlight the most noteworthy achievements from the past year. I find that the process of compiling this report offers an excellent opportunity to reflect back on all that we have accomplished together.

A few highlights from our division’s 2011-12 report:

  • Ecampus introduced four new online credit programs and was ranked eighth in the nation by SuperScholar.org for the quality and strength of its distance education program.
  • 352 distance students received their diplomas through Ecampus, including students located in 35 states and six countries.
  • Professional and Noncredit Education added four programs, with the expectation of launching upwards of 20 more in 2012-13.
  • OSU Extension’s Ask an Expert program is now among the top four most active of its kind in the country. Since its launch in March 2011, our Ask an Expert program has resolved over 4,000 questions.

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Maggie Livesay

Name: Maggie Livesay

Position: 4-H Youth Development Faculty/County Leader, Benton

Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado

# of years at OSU: 15 years

Best part of your job: The best part of my job is working with people – as no one is like another. I enjoy helping people of all ages discover their skills and develop as people. I also enjoy building strong community partnerships to maximize educational efforts, especially in the field of natural resource education for youth.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I was an exploration geologist who was privileged to work all over the lower forty-eight and in Alaska. My favorite ride to work – a helicopter.

Favorite book/movie/album: I enjoy reading a variety of genre, watching any movie except the scary ones and my new favorite album is Grievous Angel by Graham Parsons.

Tyler Hansen

Name: Tyler Hansen

Position: Marketing writer/public information representative, OSU Extended Campus

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

# of years at OSU: 1 year 3 months

Best part of your job: I get to work with countless interesting people across campus and around the world. My role puts me in touch with OSU distance students who often endure a great deal in order to earn an education, and they are a constant source of inspiration. Being able to help share their stories is a privilege.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I taught journalism at Tucson High School before moving to Oregon. On my first day as a teacher, a student came up to me and said, “Aren’t you in my brother’s chemistry class?”

Favorite book/movie/album: My favorite movie is “Good Will Hunting,” probably because it reminds me of my childhood when I was underappreciated for my unparalleled genius. That’s followed closely by “Do the Right Thing,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Fletch.”

Traveling team members (L to R) Tamara Hill-Tanquist, Jennifer Alexander, Claire Cross, Hanna Lounsbury and Dave King

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:

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Karen Zimmerman

Name: Karen Zimmermann

Position: Communications Support Specialist/Digital Asset Manager, EESC

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

# of years at OSU: 8

Best part of your job: One project in particular that I’m enjoying being a part of is EESC’s photo archiving effort. Being a technophile, I love working in a technology-rich environment with creative people.Not only are my department colleagues creatively gifted, but Extension, as a whole, develops such creative solutions to local problems.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: Many people are surprised at some of my former jobs. Some are surprised that I was a state trooper, while others are surprised I was a professional opera singer (comic opera), and some are surprised I did musical comedy WHILE I was a state trooper. (Though, my backgrounds in food science and photography are more helpful in my current job.)

Favorite book/movie/album: How ’bout hobby?: Motorcycling. I love motorcycling in Oregon! Album? No particular album, but I love to blast opera or show tunes while riding my motorcycle. It keeps people from stereotyping and makes them smile.

When Justin Morrill helped craft the ground-breaking legislation that created the land-grant university system in 1860, he hoped that it would change the face of society. During the next 150 years, Morrill’s vision became the land-grant universities’ competitive advantage in the marketplace of knowledge: university-based knowledge could be extended to people beyond the university to help solve problems and improve lives. To stay competitive, the land grant universities addressed questions such as: Do we provide access to information that makes a difference? And are we maintaining our role as a respected source of relevant, objective, science-based information?

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Cycle Oregon Week Ride Route
Cycle Oregon Week Ride Route

Are you interested in exploring Oregon for a week and learning about OSU Extension Service programs throughout the state?

OSU Extension is looking for two energetic, adventurous and social students to assist with an endeavor to provide outreach to 2,200 members of the public during Cycle Oregon the week of Sept. 8-15.

About Cycle Oregon

Every year 2,200 cyclists participate in the weeklong Cycle Oregon ride. This largely urban group of riders takes to the roads and passes through Oregon’s rural communities, riding by woodlands, range, homes, businesses, and farms, often with very little knowledge about the local economies, history, and culture through which they are passing.  OSU Extension is working with Cycle Oregon to provide education, simultaneously showcasing rural communities and the impact OSU Extension has in community vitality.

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Alejandro Gonzales

Name: Alejandro Gonzalez

Position: PROMISE Intern, Linn County Extension Office

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

Best part of your job: I believe that the best part of my job is traveling. This summer one of the projects that I’m working on is VEGNET, a regional pest population monitoring and reporting network for Willamette Valley growers of vegetables for processing. Since most of the insect traps are located in different towns we have drive several hours a week to go check them. Besides that, meeting new people and making connections is another great part of my job.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I’m guessing my background can surprise some of the people that already know me, and it can shock someone that don’t really know me. I never noticed or pay too much attention how dangerous my town was until I moved out of there. It is said that the place where I lived, was and still is the second most dangerous places in Mexico City. I grew up in an atmosphere full of violence, but like I said this never caught my attention until I came here to live in the United States.

Favorite book/movie/album: Movies: Gladiator, Into the Wild; Book: El caballero de la Armadura Oxidada; Album: Torches by Foster the People

No doubt you’ve seen several stories lately in the news about what some people are calling MOOCs–Massive Online Open Classes–with 160,000 or so students in online open courseware classes being offered by Universities such as Stanford, Harvard, MIT, through some commercial spin-off companies. (See below.). The purpose and the business model of the massive courses continue to be unclear. However, the increased profile of these classes and the new enterprises involved in their development raises questions about what it means to Oregon State?

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