In this week’s issue:

OSU New Brand Identity

Today, OSU launches a new brand identity and logo! You will see a new logo and companion logos, new fonts, new photographic and visual style, and new tone of voice for how we talk about OSU. Refer to the FAQ, look for brand information in upcoming ConnEXTions, and tune in to the May 19 University Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation to learn more about how the new OSU brand impacts you and Extension. Please contact Ann Marie Murphy with any additional questions (Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1327)

April 2017 Journal of Extension

The April 2017 issue of Journal of Extension is now available online on the JOE website at www.joe.org.

Congratulations to Kathy Gunter, Patrick Abi Nader, Amanda Armington, John Hicks, and Deborah John for their Feature article describing the evaluation of the BEPA (Balanced Energy Physical Activity) Toolkit, which is used to promote physical activity and obesity prevention in SNAP-Ed settings. Their evaluation found that children’s regular exposure to the toolkit (as measured by teachers’ reports) was associated with greater levels of children’s physical activity (as measured objectively using pedometers). – As reported by Marc Braverman.

Extension in the News

Nesting boxes invite birds to hatch babies in home gardens
April 5, 2017
USA Today
by Kym Pokorny
Featuring Dana Sanchez and Nicole Strong

Note from Kym Pokorny: This story about bird nesting boxes with Dana Sanchez and Nicole Strong as sources was picked up by USA Today. That’s the first time a gardening story has shown up in such a high-profile national newspaper. Congratulations to Dana and Nicole for providing such compelling information.

 

In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence-Livestream

Watch the University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence LIVE today starting at 11:30am.

Top 10 Project presentations will being at 12:15pm.

live.oregonstate.edu

Also, follow University Outreach and Engagement today on Twitter: #OSUEngage

Open invitation: Visit EESC!

Colleagues:

Our Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) team appreciates the hospitality you show us when we have the opportunity to visit you at our offices and events around the state. We hope you have the same warm welcome when your work brings you to the Corvallis campus.

Next time you are in town, please know that you are welcome to stop by EESC as your schedule permits. We will be happy to give you a quick tour, meet and greet our team, and share what we’re currently working on. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your communities and programs.

Where to find us:
422 Kerr Administration Building (corner of 15th and Jefferson; see map)
541-737-3311

No need to call ahead. Just stop by! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jennifer Alexander, Director
For the EESC team

Spots still available for Innovate Extension

Have great ideas for Extension that are ‘outside of the box’? Interested in strengthening your creativity and innovation skills? Want to connect with like-minded peers? Want to receive coaching from innovation experts? Want a chance to win funding?

Plan to attend the INNOVATE Extension event: May 23rd in Corvallis.

The event is free, open to all Extension faculty/staff (and includes great swag), but space is limited to 100 participants.

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE! Deadline to sign up is 4/10.

Want to know more about Innovate Extension? Check out the FAQ for all the details or visit the event website: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/innovate/innovate-extension-event-details/

In this week’s issue:

Office of Research Integrity Forum: For Cascades and Extension

SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: Presentations and discussion from 9am-1pm; one-on-one consultations from 1pm-5pm
Catering: Lunch will be provided by the Research Office
Location: OSU Cascades Campus, Bend OR
Intended Audience: Cascades and Extension faculty, staff, and students involved in research
Content: Presenters from the Office of Research Integrity will provide updates related to:

  1. Upcoming transition to an electronic research administration system
  2. Export Controls
  3. Use of Drones
  4. Animal Care and Use
  5. Conflicts of Interest
  6. Research with Human Subjects

Presentations will be followed by an afternoon reserved for one-on-one or small group meetings to discuss your research projects and disclosures; training; student advising; or any other needs that faculty, staff, and students may have while we are on campus!

More details to follow later in the Spring.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Registration Now Open!

This is Engagement:

Best Practices in community-engaged scholarship

Pre-Conference: September 24-25, 2017

Conference: September 26-27

Hosted by Auburn University

Registration is now open for the 2017 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference to be held in Birmingham, Alabama this fall. We invite you to join us on September 24-25 for pre-conference activities and workshops and September 26-27 for the 2017 ESC Conference.

This year’s conference is centered on the theme This is Engagement: Best Practices in Community-Engaged Scholarship.

We invite you to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering now. Special pricing includes an ESC member rate and a group discount for those attending with five or more colleagues from one institution. A conference attendee room rate has been secured at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

EESC Express Survey

It went fast but the EESC Express has come into the station after the last show of the season. Now, we’d like to hear from you. Please take our survey – it takes less than five minutes. The window for taking it is until April 14, but why procrastinate? Take it now whether you watched or not. Your answers are anonymous. Just clink on this link: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pyKMxkMSCNvKAZ

When you take the survey, let us know if you’d like to see us pull out of the station for another season.

To watch any of our eight shows, check out the recordings at our website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/eesc-express

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence celebration and luncheon

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!  Outreach and engagement is an essential element of OSU’s land grant mission. Learn about 15 award-winning projects involving nine colleges and six campus units; many project teams include OSU students. The event is April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Lunch is $20. Register now.

Save the Date: Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversations, May 19, 2017

Plan to attend the next O&E Quarterly Conversation on May 19, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestreamed. This is your opportunity to ask questions of O&E leadership and to learn about O&E and Extension initiatives.

Join us in Kidder 202, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., or join via livestream http://live.oregonstate.edu/ and ask your questions online.

OSU to host events celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture April 14-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host The Co., a two-day event celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture, April 14-15 on the Corvallis campus.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Furman Hall. The fourth-annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The CO. event offers the OSU community and the public an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create. The event also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” is a new event this year, hosted by the College of Education in conjunction with The CO. and SPARK, OSU’s year-long celebration of the arts and science. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. to noon: Activities for K-12 students including a Muddy Creek project demonstration; SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences);StreamWebs; Art at Sea; and Storytime with Judy Li. Furman Hall.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Brownwyn Bevan of the University of Washington College of Education, who will deliver an interactive keynote presentation on makerspace research in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100.
  • 2-5 p.m.: Activities for the OSU community, including an earthquake/tsunami activity station; an “interpret your research” competition for graduate students to demonstrate their dissertation or capstone projects through music, dance, painting or other art forms; and happy hour with Bevan. Furman Hall.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Activities for families and the community, including a COSIA activity station. Furman Hall.

Other activities include an arts and science geocaching quest throughout the OSU campus; panels to inspire women and girls to enter STEM fields, presented by the campus groups Women in Science and Women in Engineering; and a show focused on arts and science presented by the Corvallis Public Library. A full schedule of events is available online: http://www.corvallismakerfair.org/the-co-2017/sea-through-the-eyes-of-an-artist/.

At Saturday’s Maker Fair, attendees can talk to experts in the arts, crafts, technology, and sciences and leave with unique souvenirs such as Michael Boonstra’s laser-etched cedar selfies. Visitors can also tie flies with OSU Fly Fishing, experience virtual reality gaming with Solid Fuel Studios, help build a Mars lander based on the actual Viking design plans with the Viking Mars Mission Preservation and Education Team, learn basic programming concepts with the OSU Open Source Lab, find out about the process of creating pigments with the Mobile Color Lab and more
.
The CO. is organized by a team of OSU faculty, staff, and students and professionals from the Corvallis area. Sponsors and partners for the 2017 event include HP, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, OSU College of Education, OSU College of Forestry, OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, OSU College of Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries and Press, and SPARK.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the events are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

In this week’s issue:

Passing of Janet Starkey

With sadness we share the news that Janet Starkey, former 4-H state staff member, passed away from Parkinson’s disease at her Corvallis home on Saturday March 25, 2017. Janet managed the 4-H area of Oregon State Fair and other statewide 4-H events. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to:
Ed Starkey and family
825 SE Goodnight Ave
Corvallis, OR 97333

Student Job Posting: Benny the Beaver Handlers at the County Fairs

University Events is looking for OSU Students to assist Benny while he’s on his Oregon County Fair tour this summer. If you know an OSU Student who is looking for a fun job this summer, have them apply at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/40070

Student Outreach Assistant (Benny Assistant) position was posted 03/14/2017 and will close 04/14/2017. Stipulations are that they must be enrolled at Oregon State University and able to leave from, and return to Corvallis for each county fair trip.

Benny the Beaver Fair Advertising

University Events will be providing support for advertising Benny at your County Fair. In order to do so, they have requested that we provide them with:

  1. Allow plenty of time to complete any work and be concise and organized in each request.
  2. What size they need the artwork.  What needs to be said?  See him at the parade?  Any additional information that would be helpful.
  3. There is a web page with guidance, and the design will remain the same for this year.

Please contact Jill Wells if you have any questions.

OSU to host events celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture April 14-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host The Co., a two-day event celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture, April 14-15 on the Corvallis campus.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Furman Hall. The fourth-annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The CO. event offers the OSU community and the public an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create. The event also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” is a new event this year, hosted by the College of Education in conjunction with The CO. and SPARK, OSU’s year-long celebration of the arts and science. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. to noon: Activities for K-12 students including a Muddy Creek project demonstration; SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences);StreamWebs; Art at Sea; and Storytime with Judy Li. Furman Hall.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Brownwyn Bevan of the University of Washington College of Education, who will deliver an interactive keynote presentation on makerspace research in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100.
  • 2-5 p.m.: Activities for the OSU community, including an earthquake/tsunami activity station; an “interpret your research” competition for graduate students to demonstrate their dissertation or capstone projects through music, dance, painting or other art forms; and happy hour with Bevan. Furman Hall.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Activities for families and the community, including a COSIA activity station. Furman Hall.

Other activities include an arts and science geocaching quest throughout the OSU campus; panels to inspire women and girls to enter STEM fields, presented by the campus groups Women in Science and Women in Engineering; and a show focused on arts and science presented by the Corvallis Public Library. A full schedule of events is available online: http://www.corvallismakerfair.org/the-co-2017/sea-through-the-eyes-of-an-artist/.

At Saturday’s Maker Fair, attendees can talk to experts in the arts, crafts, technology, and sciences and leave with unique souvenirs such as Michael Boonstra’s laser-etched cedar selfies. Visitors can also tie flies with OSU Fly Fishing, experience virtual reality gaming with Solid Fuel Studios, help build a Mars lander based on the actual Viking design plans with the Viking Mars Mission Preservation and Education Team, learn basic programming concepts with the OSU Open Source Lab, find out about the process of creating pigments with the Mobile Color Lab and more
.
The CO. is organized by a team of OSU faculty, staff, and students and professionals from the Corvallis area. Sponsors and partners for the 2017 event include HP, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, OSU College of Education, OSU College of Forestry, OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, OSU College of Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries and Press, and SPARK.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the events are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence celebration and luncheon

Outreach and engagement is an essential element of OSU’s land grant mission. Learn about 15 award-winning projects involving nine colleges and six campus units; many project teams include OSU students. The event is April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Lunch is $20. Register now.

Extension Professional Development Fund Applications

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

Extension in the News

Spring break in Salem: 4-H students get close-up view of Capitol
Corvallis Gazette-Times
March 29, 2017
Featuring: Mario Magaña Álvarez as well as Benton and Linn County 4-H

Tree School boasts record numbers this year
The News Review
April 2, 2017
Featuring Alicia Jones, Douglas County Extension

In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence celebration and luncheon

Outreach and engagement is an essential element of OSU’s land grant mission. Learn about 15 award-winning projects involving nine colleges and six campus units; many project teams include OSU students. The event is April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Lunch is $20. Register now.

2017 4-H Spring Conference Awardees

At the 2017 4-H Spring Conference, Faculty and staff were recognized for their dedication to Oregon 4-H.

Communicator Awards
Educational Package (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Andy Hoffman, Jim Sloan – Oregon Entomology Project
Educational Piece (Individual): Jamie Davis – Presentation Ninja
Periodical Publication (Team): Emily McDonal-Williams, Emily Anderson – Jr. Master Naturalist Newsletter
Personal Column: Laurie Michaels
Promotional Package (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons, Candy Bothum, Kelly Noack, Jamie Davis, Pati Craven, Claire Sponseller, Margie House – Marketing Templates
Promotional Piece (Individual): Claire Sponseller – Hold for Inspection flyer
Promotional Piece (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Roberta Lundeburg – State Fair Banner
Published Photo: Shana Withee
Video Program: Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Lindsay Walker, Katy Joyce – Camp Tumbleweed Video
Featured Story: Robin Galloway & Michael Jensen – ACA Camping Magazine: “Don’t Let your Camp go to Pot”

Specialty Awards
Educational Technology Award (Individual): Karissa Dishon – Did You Know Video Series
Educational Technology Award: Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Emily McDonald Williams and Andy Hoffmann – Jr.Master Naturalist Website
Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award: Reaza Mansur – Expressive Arts Learning Series: To Dye For and Framed
Excellence in Teamwork Award: Patrick Willis, Stacey Sowders, Beth Stamand, Allice Phillips, Janet Nagele, Virginia Bourdeau, Margie House, Emily Andreson, Emily McDonald-Williams, Jody Einerson, Maggie Livesay, Todd Williver, Lindsay Walker, Lu Seapy, Amber Anderson, Joel Riese, Elli Vanderzanden, Beth Ann Beamer, Liana Harden, Shanna Northway, Shanna Withee, Barb Brody – STEM Beyond School
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Individual): Samara Rufner – Ag. In the Classroom
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Robin Galloway, Andy Hoffmann and Todd Williver – Florida Study
Search For Excellence in Teen Programming Award: Teresa Middleton – Douglas County 4-H Teen Leaders
Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award: Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Katy Joyce, Lindsay Walker, Jill Eveland, Beth Ann Beamer Reservation 4-H – Camp Tumbleweed
Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award: Karissa Dishon, Diana Stevens, Reaza Mansur , Matt Yeager, Candi Bothum, Todd Williver – Deschutes County 4-H Urban Outreach
Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award: Claire Sponseller – “Hold for Inspection!” A Livestock Quality Assurance Program
Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts Award (Individual): Mike Knutz – Learn by Doing: Building Teen’s Communication Skills
Excellence in Healthy Living Programming Award: Carole Smith, David Melville, Jamie Cox -SNACZ

Service Awards
Achievement in Service Award: Karissa Dishon
Achievement in Service Award: Emily Anderson
Distinguished Service Award: Barbara Brody
Distinguished Service Award: Elissa Wells
Meritious Service Award: Maggie Livesay

Congratulations to all the winners.  Thank you for all that you do!

Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards

OSU Extension Service employs educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program areas. EPAs are non-clerical, classified employees under the direction of Extension faculty who assist in coordination, promotion and evaluation of program elements.

The College of Public Health & Human Sciences EPA service awards were started in 2015 with the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance provided by EPAs in 4-H, Family and Community Health (FCH), EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas.

These awards are designed for those in the position of EPA1 or EPA2 who work in 4-H Youth Development, FCH, EFNEP or SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas in the state of Oregon.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards for 4-H, FCH, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
2017 EPA Award Winners:

Newer EPA

  • Emily McDonald-Williams, Lane County, 4-H
  • Kathy Bates, Douglas County, SNAP-Ed

Experienced EPA

  • Lu Seapy, Wasco County, 4-H
  • Anne Gross, Josephine County, EFNEP
  • Ann Bloom, Wallowa County, SNAP-Ed
  • Lucy Lores, Multnomah County, SNAP-Ed

Congratulations to these winners. OSU Extension is honored to have you as part of our team!

New Director for MCAREC

Steve Castagnoli has accepted the position as Director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River, Oregon, beginning April 1. Steve is currently an Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture. He joined the department in 1992, and has been an extension faculty member at MCAREC for almost 17 years. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge of tree fruit research, production and pest management to the Director position. Through his extension position in Hood River, he also has an exemplary record of outreach to growers in the Mid-Columbia region.

Broader Impacts Summit

Information on the Broader Impacts Summit at Skamania in SW Washington April 26-28. This is a great opportunity for OSU staff and faculty to learn more about connecting their work to NSF broader impacts requirements – only a short drive. Anyone with questions can contact Julie.Risien@oregonstate.edu. To register on an OSU index just call conference services, Phone: (541) 737-9300, Toll-Free: (800) 678-6311. More information is here https://broaderimpacts.net/summit-2017/

CONFERENCE THEME: POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS

The three-day conference that will focus on bringing folks together to share the collective passion and vision of the NABI community. Skamania Lodge is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The Conference Planning Committee has been busy developing sessions and networking opportunities that will utilize the casual atmosphere of the lodge and the beauty of the natural setting.

Some early highlights of Summit 2017 Planning:

  • Solar Eclipse Panel celebrating the partnerships created to develop programming for the 2017 solar eclipse;
  • BI Evaluation Workshop due to popular demand, sessions are being organized to discuss best practices in evaluating broader impacts;
  • Summit 2017 T-shirt Contest- for NABI members to participate in and vote on the conference winner;
  • Family Friendly Fun–coordinated excursions for those that wish to explore the many recreational activities at Skamania Lodge.

In this week’s issue:

Registration is now open for Innovate Extension

Have great ideas for Extension that are ‘outside of the box’? Interested in strengthening your creativity and innovation skills? Want to connect with like-minded peers? Want to receive coaching from innovation experts? Want a chance to win funding?

Plan to attend the INNOVATE Extension event: May 23rd in Corvallis.

The event is free, open to all Extension faculty/staff (and includes great swag), but space is limited to 100 participants.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Deadline to sign up is 4/10.

Want to know more about Innovate Extension? Check out the FAQ for all the details or visit the event website: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/innovate/innovate-extension-event-details/

Save the Date for the Outreach and Engagement Awards Celebration

April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Join colleagues from across OSU as they receive Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence. Ignite-style presentations will feature ten exceptional, award-winning outreach and engagement projects. Five additional projects will receive honorable mention recognition. The outstanding projects were selected from a pool of almost 60 nominations. Registration opens this week for the awards celebration and luncheon.

OSU Agriculture amongst the top in the world

According to Agri Marketing Magazine, Oregon State University is ranked as the 13th Best Agricultural College in the World. Look at their complete list here.

Congratulations OSU College of Agriculture.

Extension in the News

Residents give input to committee
The Argus Observer
March 17, 2017
Featuring Malheur County Extension

In this week’s issue:

Condolences: Jane Capizzi and Amy Peters  

It is with sadness we share the passing of E. Jane Capizzi and Amy Peters.

E. Jane Capizzi, retired 4-H faculty,  passed away on Feb. 25 in Corvallis. Jane was a 4-H agent in Douglas County, and also served as a 4-H leader and later as coordinator for the OSU state 4-H International Foreign Youth Exchange program in Corvallis.

A memorial service was held on March 12 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis.

Amy Peters, Ag Extension Faculty in Coos County, passed away on March 3rd 2017 at her home in Myrtle Point Oregon.

Her service will be held at the Pavilion located at the Myrtle Point Fair grounds on March 25th 2017, at 2pm. Pastor Lloyd Pounds of the First Christian Church, where she regularly attended, will be officiating.

Outdoor Summit Postponed

The Outdoor Summit has been postponed to allow for more planning time. More information to come.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: Save the Date

The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 17 at CH2M Hill on the Oregon State main Campus.

Spring O&E Magazine is now available

The spring 2017 edition of O&E magazine is available in print and online. The publication also will appear in the spring edition of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, which mails in early April. Copies of O&E will be mailed to each Extension office and Agriculture Experiment Stations. Applied research is the publication’s theme and include stories about engaging coastal communities in wave energy development; better-fed honeybees fight off harmful effects of parasite; 30-day lifestyle intervention lowers risk factors for chronic disease; and Cattle spend limited time in streams. Readers are also encouraged to download the Extension free book on “Coping with Caregiving: How to Manage Stress When Caring for the Elderly.

Share the publication with stakeholders, community partners and learners. Contact Jill Wells (jill.wells@oregonstate.edu) or Ann Marie Murphy (annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu) for copies.

Chick Cam

The Clatsop County Chick Cam is LIVE!

The chicks were expected to hatch today, March 13, but an early bird hatched yesterday and it appears she has been joined by a sibling already.

To watch the rest of chicks hatch, go to http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/ 

OSU begins live stream of chick hatching

Extension in the News

Wallowa County’s emerging food movement is apparent at the FEAST gathering
Wallowa County Chieftain
March 8, 2017
Featuring Ann Bloom, Wallowa County Extension

Teens as Teachers 4-H program opportunity
Tillamook Headlight Herald
March 10, 2017
Featuring: Jessica Linnell, Tillamook County Extension

In this week’s issue:

What does it take to enable students to see the planet as one interdependent ecosystem?

This July, youth and their educators from up to 23 countries will meet here in Oregon for the 31st year to share their team science-based projects reflecting the conference theme, “Following Nature’s Design” in one of three categories: Food Systems, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Design.. They will also share their culture and commitments to their communities, learn about and tour Oregon innovations and best practices, and work together to design their sustainable future.

Since 2004, Oregon youth have traveled around the planet, engaged in this annual global conversation and have come away with a life-changing experience and renewed confidence in our ability to resolve our environmental challenges. Most of these youth performed 4-H based service work to raise funds for expensive airfares. This year’s conference is hosted by Caretakers of the Environment International/ USA Branch (CEI USA) in partnership with OSU Extension Service – Marion County. No airfare required. www.cei2017.org

On March 31st, our final Oregon teams – up to 40 youth – will meet in Salem in a workshop setting to refine their project outcomes, and begin to develop our cultural presentation. They then celebrate their Oregonness the following day, April 1st at Winema Wayside/ Pacific City at the SOLVE beach clean-up. Are there deserving Oregon youth who shouldn’t miss out on what could be their only opportunity for an authentic global experience? We have room for a few more teams who believe that this is a worthwhile effort . Contact Dan Hoynacki at dan.hoynacki@oregonstate.edu.

Journal of Extension, February 2017 issue

Marc Braverman recently shared the February issue of the Journal of Extension and highlighted Oregon State Faculty featured:

Lynette Black, 4-HYD faculty in Wasco County, has co-authored an article on using pop culture – specifically, zombies – to teach life skills to youth. As Lynette says in the article’s introduction: “Creatively repackaging topics through a twist such as a zombie apocalypse theme can attract hordes of adolescents to Extension youth development programs.”

To read Lynette’s article as well as the others in the February issue, please visit www.joe.org.

Linn County Japanese Activity Night

Linn County 4-H organized an event to learn about hosting a Japanese student through the 4-H Global Citizenship Program. Participants were able to learn about Japanese culture through activities such as Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting), Origami (Japanese art of folding paper), decorating Koinobori (carp windsocks) and Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth).

Japanese native and 4-H Global Citizenship Program host, Shunske Yamamoto, taught the students how to make inari (seasoned tofu skin stuffed with sushi rice), onigiri (rice balls) and mochi (rice cake). There was also a variety of Japanese crackers and candies for the attendees to enjoy.

This summer, many 4-H members and their families will host students from Japan who will spend their summer vacation learning about our customs and culture. Visitors are paired with 4-H members of the same gender and age and will spend the summer doing the same activities (and chores) as their host siblings. Volunteers such as Shunske have hosted adults chaperoning the students who travel here.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting a student or chaperone, more information about the Global Citizenship Program is available online.

If any county office would like to host a similar evening, you may contact Jill Wells for ideas.

 

Linn County 4-H and Origami
Linn County 4-H members learning origami.
Linn County 4-H members making Japanese onigiri.
Linn County 4-H members making onigiri.

Extension in the News

Tree School to offer useful tips for woodland owners
The News-Review
March 4, 2017
Featuring Douglas County Extension

In this week’s issue:

OSU & Extension Branding

The new OSU brand and logo will launch April 4, 2017!

At the college/unit level, all print/digital/promotional items eventually will need to incorporate the new logo/design, as well as new branding/messaging. The university doesn’t expect everything to change on April 4 (brand training for OSU communicators is planned for April 5).

If you have print needs, you are encouraged to order only enough to get you through April and then plan to reprint once the new OSU logos are available. If you have large quantities of items with the current logo, please continue to use them throughout the year.

Branding Extension

Extension will begin working with Ologie, the branding firm selected by OSU, on Extension branding in the next few weeks. We will work on an Extension “personality,” key messages, visual look that works within the OSU brand, co-branding, and more.

We are in the process of gathering information for an Extension publication audit. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please share examples of ads, collateral, flyers, instructional materials, banners, etc. that are currently being used by you and your county/program (electronic files are preferred). Please email them to Ann Marie Murphy, communication and marketing manager for Outreach and Engagement (Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu).

We’ll go through several phases during the sub-branding initiative with Ologie:

  • Discovery (approximately 4 to 6 weeks) – Ologie immerses itself in the current situation to build a knowledge base for developing the sub-brand strategy (University Marketing strongly recommends that we do not short change this part of the branding effort)
  • Definition ((approximately 4 weeks) – Ologie builds on the university’s master brand strategy to develop the strategic frameworks for the sub-brand story (outcomes are core value proposition, messaging, personality and tone)
  • Creation (approximately 7 weeks) – Ologie applies the sub-brand strategy elements and the university’s master brand creative platform to a visual and verbal language for the sub-brand (outcome is brand guidelines and visual and verbal language)

We anticipate that the brand work with Ologie will be completed by end of June. Then the work of communicating, training, revising materials, etc. begins in earnest!

If you have questions, please get in touch with Ann Marie Murphy (Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu).

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversations Video

The video for the February 17th Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation is available to view here: https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_9b8fs3fw

Become a Presentation Ninja with Guest Host Jamie Davis

March 2nd @ 2:00pm ET
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In order to move toward better engagement with our audiences, we need to continuously learn new tools and techniques for clientele interaction. Join guest host Jamie Davis and spend the hour sharing and discussing not just presentation best practices, but also ways to move beyond the PowerPoint and the “stage” to encourage actual engagement.

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In this week’s issue:

Save the Date: Oregon Outdoor Summit, April 17 & 18, 2017

Oregon Outdoor Summit:
The Sporting & Recreation Economy

SAVE THE DATE!
April 17 & 18,* 2017
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
Corvallis, Oregon

Keynote Speakers: Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors, and Luis Benitez, Colorado Recreation Industry Office

Should you attend? Are you interested in developing, influencing access to, or building products for the outdoor and recreation economy?

Produced by OSU University Outreach and Engagement

April 17 – Features keynote speaker Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Outdoors; introduction to Oregon’s 10-year vision for outdoor recreation; city and region successes and lessons learned; community engagement modeling; and exceptional OSU community outreach and engagement projects.

*April 18 – Features keynote speaker Luis Benitez, Colorado Recreation Industry Office and regional working groups. Participation in working groups is by invitation only.

For more information and to register: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/initiatives/summit17

Sponsored by Travel Oregon

Oregon Outdoor Summit Save the Date Card

Daniel Leavell and his partners for securing a USDA Joint Chiefs Grant

Congratulations to OSU Extension Faculty Daniel Leavell and his partners for securing a USDA Joint Chiefs Grant for their Lake County Landscape Restoration Project.

From the USDA Website:

North Warner Multi-Ownership Forest Health Project (Freemont-Winema National Forest)

The North Warner Landscape covers 410,000 acres where private landowners and agencies are working across ownership boundaries to promote forest health and fire resiliency. This unique landscape contains extensive stands of old legacy ponderosa pine intermixed with aspen and meadows, with greater sage grouse focal habitat adjacent to the north and east. The landscape is at a severe risk of uncharacteristically intense disturbance due to heavy fuel loading and stand densities which would result in loss of old legacy ponderosa pine and greater sage grouse focal habitat. USDA and its partners will use project funding for forest health treatments through commercial harvest, small tree thinning, and slash treatments on federal and private lands.

Partners Include: Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Lakeview Stewardship Group, Klamath Lake Forest Health Partnership, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, private landowners, Oregon State University Extension, Lake Country Watershed Council, Lake County Commissioners, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Soil and Water Conservation, Collins Pine, Lake County Resources Initiative, Mule Deer Foundation, Ruby Mitigation Funds.

Press Release.

Vice Provost Awards of Excellence: Deadline TODAY at 5pm

The Vice Provost Awards of Excellence encourage and reward efforts to create and nurture healthy communities, healthy planet and a healthy economy through outreach and engagement efforts.

If you have taken part in – or know of – an outreach and engagement project implemented in the past five years that is deserving of special recognition, please submit nominations by 5:00pm TODAY, February 20. To learn more about the award criteria and to upload nomination information, click here. You can self-nominate, nominate others, and/or encourage community partners to submit nominations.