In this week’s issue:

New Promotional Items

Please visit the new promotional items order form featuring items with the new logo and items with the old logo that are on clearance.

Pens, folders, and pencils with the new logo are in stock. Aprons and metal water bottles are on their way.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the OSU students who graduated over the weekend.

Please leave a comment to wish graduates (OSU, High School, other university, or even preschool) good luck on their next chapter in their lives.

Deadline for Innovation grants is coming up

To encourage and support innovation throughout our organization, we are launching an Innovation Award Program for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement.

We hope you will find this an opportunity to try something!

Here’s how it works:

  • Form your team. Teams must include a partner from outside of the OSU Extension Service or Open Campus
  • Innovation Award pitches are due July 1
  • Submit pitches as a two-minute video link
  • Address the criteria mentioned in the award program video announcement
  • Send the video, or link to video, to Jeff Sherman (
  • Videos can be made from phones, cameras, the built-in camera on your computer, screen capture, drones—whatever works for you! Creativity is encouraged
  • Pitches will be evaluated by the O&E executive team, the O&E Collaborative, and our Extension iTeam, according to Innovation Indicators (attached)

Innovation Awards are:

Innovation Awards are NOT to:

  • Fund current Extension FTE.
  • Expand upon current programming.

For more information, please check out the award program video announcement. Questions? Please contact Jeff or leave a comment on the YouTube page

OSU Trivia

To gear up for the 150 Celebration, University Events is looking for OSU Trivia to include in a game they are creating. If you have a bit of OSU Extension Trivia that you think she be a part of the game, please send your trivia question to

If you would be interested in hosting the OSU 150 Trivia game at your county fair this year when Benny comes to visit, please let Jill Wells know.

In this week’s issue:

Creating a Diversity Champion Team

In the June First Monday Update, the new Assistant director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ana Lu Fonseca, put a call out to Extension to serve as Diversity Champions for University Outreach and Engagement.

If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a Diversity Champion, visit the link to her blogpost.

Before you send that email to the OES State email group!

ConnEXTions was created to be where OSU Extension related news is collected in one area for easy reference. It was also created to cut down on the amount of email we receive on a daily basis.

If your news can wait until the Monday ConnEXTions, send it to instead and she will include it in the upcoming issue.

Civil Dialogue and Race Relations webinar on June 30th

From Ana Lu Fonseca: eXtension is hosting a Civil Dialogue and Race Relations webinar on June 30th. Visit the Civil Dialogue webpage: to find useful resources.

Save the date! New Employee Welcome Breakfast: Sept 18

OSU’s 9th annual New Employee Welcome Breakfast will be held on University Day*, Monday, September 18, 2017 at 830 am in the Club Level of Reser Stadium.

New employees with a hire date on or after September 15, 2016 will be hosted by Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser and joined by President Ed Ray, and others. The Welcome Breakfast is a great way for new employees to meet colleagues and learn about the university community and to kick off University Day festivities.

Abbreviated schedule:

745-830 am – Photos with Benny the Beaver – optional

800 am – We encourage you to arrive early so that you have time to check in, get your name badge and be seated

830 am – Breakfast begins

900 am – Program begins

1000 am – Breakfast ends; proceed to University Day events – view link at the end of this email for more information

Seating is limited and registration by September 1 is required:

We will send reminders regarding this event over the summer, prior to the September 1 deadline. Please help us to reach new colleagues who may not arrive on campus or have an OSU email account before the registration deadline. Questions regarding the New Employee Welcome Breakfast may be directed to Jen Eaton.



  • Kendall Griffith, a swine 4-H youth in Klamath County, was crowned Klamath’s Miss City of Sunshine. She will go on to compete in the Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen competition.
  • Nellie Van Calcar Oehler, a long-time 4-H volunteer, is one of 16 individuals who will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Friday, October 6. Nellie was selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame because of her significant contribution to 4-H. She has been a volunteer for 53 years! Nellie has been involved with Extension in many ways, including as a 4-H youth and as an Extension agent in Linn and Benton Counties for 10 years.
  • Our 4-H marketing materials were chosen as the NAE4-HA Western Region Promotional Package Award winner. It will now go on to the national competition.

Extension in the News

Hospitals doubling antivenom for eclipse
The Bend Bulletin
Jume 7. 2017
Featuring Nicole Strong

Delayed planting in Treasure Valley could reduce crop yields
Capital Press
June 8, 2017
Featuring Stuart Reitz, Malheur County

Food Hero Program encourages kids to eat more fruits and vegetables
The News Review
June 9, 2017
Featuring Mandy Hatfield and Sara Runkel, Douglas County

Solving family arguments for over 100 years: Oregon State University Extension Service
Tillamook County Pioneer
June 12, 2017
Featuring Amy Schmid and Jessica D. Linnell, Tillamook County

In this week’s issue:

National ESP Award winners and Ruby Ruby award Winner

Congratulations to Oregon’s national ESP winners from the western region!

Ruby award winner, Scott Reed

Dr. Reed is the 2017 recipient of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s highest recognition the Distinguished Service Ruby. As the Ruby Recipient Dr. Reed will make the prestigious Ruby Lecture at the Ruby Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 during the conference.

  • Continued Service Award – John Williams
  • Mid Career Service Award – Lynette Ranney Black
  • Early Career Service Award – Jamie Davis
  • Visionary Leadership Award – Pamela Rose
  • International Service Award – Ross Penhallegon
  • Distinguished Team – Carole Smith, David Melville – SNACZ (Students Now Advocating to Create (healthy snacking) Zones

Innovate Extension 2017 Wrap Up

Innovate Extension was a wonderful success. Teams were able to let creativity fly to build solutions in a collaborative environment.

Updated timeline and milestones for Extension Web Upgrade Project

To view the latest updates to the OSU Web Upgrade Project, visit:

Project team contact information is available, but it’s possible the answer to your question is amongst the FAQ’s. Be sure to check that first.

Branding update: Logos, letterheads and fonts


For information and download links, refer to the logo resource webpage (Extension website > Employee Resources > Marketing tools > Logos). This page provides a link to download companion logos from OSU Box.

  • There are subfolders for Extension, O&E, Open Campus, Outdoor School, and each Extension and branch experiment station location.
  • There is also a subfolder for the 4-H emblem. Please note this folder includes a document with guidelines for use of the 4-H name and emblem.
  • Within OSU Box, you can “save link” to any Box folder or subfolder. These links will then appear as shortcuts/bookmarks from your OSU Box homepage.
  • Logos are saved in two formats: .png (for digital and Microsoft Office use) and .eps (for use in professional printing, large projects like banners, and Adobe Creative Suite software).
    Please read the logo use guidelines in the Brand Guide before using the logo.


  • The three brand fonts will be purchased for every workstation in the Division.
  • We anticipate fonts will be automatically uploaded to workstations the week of June 19 or June 26.
  • According to the licensing agreement, the fonts only can be distributed within our organization. If you use outside vendors or freelancers, those businesses will be responsible for purchasing the fonts. Purchase information can be obtained by emailing


  • Letterhead for units within University Outreach and Engagement can be found in Box. For more information about letterhead, please review the information on the employee resources web page.

Please review the Branding FAQs or contact Ann Marie Murphy (, 541-737-1327).

May Quarterly Conversation available

The May 19 Outreach and Engagement quarterly conversation included discussion of the new OSU brand and OSU150. If you missed it, check out the recording. Mark your calendars for the next Quarterly Conversation on August 18, 2017.

2017 Extension Annual Conference Planning Survey

Each year the Oregon State University Extension Association (OSUEA) helps plan the Extension Annual Conference. This year the conference will take place December 4th to 7th in Corvallis. We need your help to determine the professional development workshops and breakout sessions that will be offered for faculty and staff during the week. Please take a few moments to complete the survey below. It should take about 10 minutes of your time. We appreciate your valuable input.

If you have any questions about the Extension Annual Conference, please feel free to contact us.

Many thanks!

Jenny Rudolph
2017 OSUEA President

Wendy Hein
2017 OSUEA President-Elect

Extension in the News

Project helps preserve native plants
Featuring, Columbia County Extension

In this week’s issue:

Condolences: Alice Lois Redman

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development faculty, Alice Lois Redman. The obituary can be viewed here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, 116 Umberger Hall, 1612 Claflin Rd, Manhattan, KS 66506-3417 for the A. Lois Redman Scholarship in Leisure Studies or to the First Baptist Church, 2121 Blue Hills Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502, for the Lois Redman Camp Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations Benton County!

With an overwhelming 77% of the votes in favor, Benton County has passed the new OSU Extension tax district. Congratulations to Derek Godwin and the faculty and staff in Benton County!

OSU Branding

The Outreach & Engagement, Extension, and branch experiment station companion logos are available to download from Box. Please read the Brand Guide, especially the logo guidelines, before using the new logos. You can request the OSU logo from the Oregon State Brand Guide website. If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (, 541-737-1327).

Links to companion logos and other resources are available on the Extension marketing tools resource page. See the FAQs for additional information.

OSU 150

Planning for OSU’s 150th anniversary kicks off in August 2017 with a Space Grant Festival and the total eclipse of the sun.

There are opportunities for Extension to participate in a variety of ways. Check out the calendar of events for starters. Other opportunities for Extension include:

  • Utilize one of three mini traveling exhibits (4×4’ footprint): display it in the OSU office, encourage regional museums to host the exhibit, and it may travel with Benny to some of the state fairs. Shelly Signs is managing the exhibit calendar.
  • Co-brand a regularly planned Extension event with OSU 150.
  • Promote the festivals for space, sea, sun and land grants to your community, including to OSU alumni.
  • Encourage use of the OSU 150 phone app (more information to come).
  • Make a tile that will become part of a commemorative wall (more information to come).
  • Promote events on social media (#OSU150), including the fun facts 150 things you didn’t know about OSU.
  • Host an event at the Oregon Historical Society during the OSU 150 exhibit (February 9 through September 9, 2018)

For more information, contact Shelly Signs at or by calling 541-737-0724.

NAE4HA Western Regional Award Winners

Congratulations to the following NAE4HA Western Regional Award Winners! They will be recognized at the regional breakfast at the NAE4-HA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN November 12-17, 2017. Their entry will now be considered for national level recognition.

Communicator Awards
Robin Galloway and Michael Jensen – Featured Story
Emily McDonald-Williams, Emily Anderson – Periodical Publication Team

Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons, Candy Bothum, Kelly Noack, Jamie Davis, Pati Craven, Claire Sponseller, Margie House – Promotional Package Team

Claire Sponseller – Promotional Piece
Shana Withee – Published Photo

Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Lindsay Walker, Katy Joyce – Video Program

Specialty Awards
Karissa Dishon – Educational Technology
Reaza Mansur –Excellence in Club Support
Claire Sponseller – Excellence in Animal Science Programming

Mike Knutz – Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts Programming

Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Robin Galloway, Andy Hoffmann and Todd Williver – Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Ed

Forest to Ocean (F2O)

Forest to Ocean is a summer program designed to inspire educators to take their passion of exploring forests and marine environments and use it to teach others about science, mathematics, social science and the language arts. Two courses are offered in this program (Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences and Forest as Classroom). Participants can register for one or both courses, which begin June 26. Register today!

Time, Talent, Energy

For those of you interested in the book Lindsey Shirley mentioned during the Quarterly Conversations on May 19th, the name of the book is Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power  by Michael C. Mankins.

Check back with ConnEXTions for the recording of that session.

Extension in the News

Extension Service gets taxing district
The Register Guard
May 2, 2017
Featuring Benton County

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversations: This FRIDAY, May 19

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.

OSU 150, special guest, Shelly Signs
Branding Discussion

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

Nurturing Mason Bees in Your Backyard in Western Oregon is a winning publication

Brooke Edmunds submitted the Extension mason bee publication Nurturing Mason Bees in Your Backyard in Western Oregon (EM 9130) for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents communications contest, and it won! It is the winner for Oregon as well as a National Finalist in the publication category.

Congratulations to the winning team of Brooke Edmunds, Richard Little, Ramesh Sagili (authors), and Ariel Ginsburg (copyediting and design).

Here’s the link to the publication:

Branding Updates

Extension letterhead templates
Letterhead templates with the new OSU logo that have been approved are posted and available for download. Additional templates are added daily as they are approved. For content changes to letterhead, contact Denise Ashley.

New and expanded FAQs
The FAQs have been updated with additional information on logo use, cobranding, and letterhead.

Brand launch videos
The videos of the Brand Launch Symposium (April 25) sessions are now available on the Brand Guidelines website. If you were not able to attend the symposium and want to learn more about the OSU master brand, these videos will be helpful. The links are at the bottom of the Brand Positioning, Our Voice and Visual Identity pages in the Brand Guide.

College of Forestry Outstanding Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Tammy Cushing who received the College of Forestry’s Aufderheide Award for Outstanding Teacher. The awardee is selected by the students in the College, and recognizes teaching excellence. Tammy is the Starker Assistant Professor of Private and Family Forestry, and Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy in the FNR Extension Program.

Youth Program Safety Training May 24th and June 12th

Dear Colleagues, Precollege Programs will be offering youth program policy and safety training workshops on Wednesday May 24th 11:00-12:20pm and Monday June 12th 11:00-12:20pm. The workshops support the work of faculty, administrators, and students who lead youth programs, or work with youth. We will cover the policies and guidelines that govern University youth programs, as well as best practices and safety procedures.

Sign up for EITHER date
Wednesday May 24th 11:00-12:20pm in Owen 106
Monday June 12th 11:00-12:20pm in StAg 160.

Register for a workshop at this link:

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

University Events has again posted a job 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:

Student Outreach Assistant (Benny Assistant) position closes TOMORROW, May 16th. 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.

Extension in the News

Researchers concerned about resistant Texas psyllids
Capital Press
May 8, 2017
Featuring Silvia Rondon

In this week’s issue:

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.

OSU 150, special guest, Shelly Signs
Branding Discussion

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


The suite of Extension Service logos will be available this week. Keep an eye out for an email explaining how to access the logo for your county. Please read the Brand Guide before using the new logos. For example, it is important to have space around the logo that is the width of the crest. And to ensure legibility, the logo should not appear smaller than 1.375 inches wide in printed materials. If you have questions contact Ann Marie Murphy, communication and marketing manager for University Outreach and Engagement and OSU Extension Service.

10th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum

The 10th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum is just two weeks away, and it has a little bit of everything for you and hundreds of your Oregon State colleagues.

  • 15 interactive sessions about online teaching innovation
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • A lunchtime address by OSU President Edward J. Ray
  • A hands-on workshop on research design projects
  • Free food (breakfast and lunch)

If you haven’t done so, please check the agenda and register now to secure your place at one of Oregon State’s best professional development events of the year.

When: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 9
Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Register TODAY!

The Faculty Forum brings more than 200 Oregon State faculty and staff together for thought-provoking discussions that showcase OSU’s excellence in online education.

During lunch, OSU President Edward J. Ray will give an address on the university’s excellence and the role Ecampus plays in it. Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs, will also recognize distinguished faculty members.

In the afternoon, register for an optional, hands-on workshop titled “Research Design for Teaching, Learning and Technology Projects” led by Dr. Katie Linder and Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto of the OSU Ecampus Research Unit. More details will follow once you register for the forum.

Reserve your spot today, and we’ll see you soon.

Analyst Programmer (Web Developer) Recruitment

Please share the following recruitment information with qualified and interested individuals.

Analyst Programmer (Web Developer)

Oregon State University’s Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) unit is looking for a new member for our Web and Content Strategy team.

This team focuses on developing educational, user-focused online experiences. As an analyst programmer (web developer) on the team, your role will be to collaboratively design, develop, test, and maintain web and Drupal content management systems for the OSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). This is a full-time position located in Corvallis, Oregon.

· You will work on a new OSU Extension web presence, the OSU Extension Catalog, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine, and other special web projects.
· These websites and systems increase the public’s access to and engagement with educational resources and information.
· This work helps build positive change for youth, families, communities, and businesses throughout Oregon in the areas of sustainable ecosystems, human health and wellness, and economic development.

EESC’s mission is to support the critical communication needs of OSU Extension and AES through educational publishing, public issues and impact communication (including news and media relations), and web and content strategy. EESC is a creative and highly collaborative team. We embrace change and diversity and support professional development and employee well-being.

If you are committed to web development best practices, enjoy working collaboratively, and share our goal of enabling effective online engagement, then we want you on our team.

For more information and to apply, please visit:
Closing date: 5/29/17

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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

University Events has again posted a job 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:

Student Outreach Assistant (Benny Assistant) position closes on May 16th. 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.

Extension in the News

Farmers warned to prepare for new produce safety rule
Capital Press
May 2, 2017
Featuring, Stuart Reitz

Screen Free Week encourages families to turn off the TV
East Oregonian
May 4, 2017
Featuring Angie Treadwell, Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Field Day Fun
The Argus Observer
May 7, 2017
Featuring Barbara Brody,

In this week’s issue:

What can/should I do right now with the new OSU brand and logo?

Remember, you do not have to change anything immediately! Use existing supplies and transition to the new logo as it makes sense, such as when you reorder items. Before using the new logo, please spend time with the brand guide.

  • Change social media avatars and profile pictures (see guidelines and grey social avatar file).
  • Request OSU logo (Extension and other Division logos will be available soon.)
  • Announce the new logo and brand in your newsletters and on social media. Include links to the logo and brand videos/posts from OSU’s main social accounts.
  • Read the Division branding FAQ and brand guide to get familiar with the new brand.
  • Contact Ann Marie Murphy if you have questions (, 541-737-1327)
  • Be patient! New resources will be made available in the coming weeks. Watch ConnEXTions for updates.

A letterhead template with the new logo is in development. As soon as it is available, Denise Ashley will create new letterhead for each office (we anticipate it will be ready to download the week of May 8).

SPARK Event: Spread the Blue

Panel discussion with Nike, Harvard Pigments Museum, HGTV and others

The College of Science is delighted to invite you to a special event, “The Colorful World of Pigments,” exploring how YInMn blue, the first new pigment in 200 years, has stimulated conversation about the science behind the color and its innumerable applications.

Through this new blue lens, our panel of experts will share their perspectives on how share their perspectives on how an accidental scientific discovery has rippled across industry and disciplines, from art, pop culture, and design to technology.

  • LAB TOURS: See where and how YInMn blue was discovered by chemist Mas Subramanian. Space is limited. 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • ART EXHIBIT: Featuring works by students and professionals using YImMn blue. 9 a.m. – noon.
  • PANEL: Lively discussion about the art and science behind color featuring experts from Harvard Pigments Museum, Nike, The Shepherd Color Company, HGTV Design and OSU. Plus a special guest will make a surprise announcement you won’t want to miss! LeeAnn Garrison, Director of OSU’s School of Arts & Communication will moderate the discussion. 9-10:30 a.m.
  • COMMUNITY WALL MURAL: Express yourself in this creative activity for kids and kids at heart. 10:30-noon.

Join us for coffee and light breakfast from 8 – 9 a.m.

Register today!

Research Office Forum

For Cascades and Extension

Date: Friday, June 9th
Time: 9am-1:30pm – Presentations and discussion; 2pm-5pm – One-on-One or Small Group Consultations
Catering: Lunch will be provided by the Research Office
Location: OSU Cascades Campus, Bend OR
Intended Audience: Cascades and Extension faculty, staff, and students

Content: Representatives from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) will provide updates and field questions. 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!

9:00-9:15 Introductions and updates about electronic research administration (eRA) system Mark Peters
9:15-9:30 Export Controls, International Compliance, Unmanned Systems Mark Peters
9:30-10:00 General Field Safety Policies including Scientific Diving and Small Boat Programs Kevin Buch
10-10:30 Intellectual Property and Commercialization Dave Dickson
10:45-11:15 Animal Care and Use Rebecca Henry
11:15-11:45 Conflict of Interest Nicole Wolf
11:45-12:45 Working lunch
12:15-12:45 Research with Human Subjects Lisa Leventhal
12:45-1:30 Q&A All
2:00-5:00 Consultations by prior appointment All

If you plan to attend, please rsvp by Wednesday, May 31st to as we will need to have an estimated number for catering. If you would like an afternoon appointment, please email and indicate whom you would like to meet with. Feel free to contact the individual presenters with questions before the forum.

Please encourage your students to come and be a part of this event!

Extension in the News

Not Just a Boys’ Club: Women Hooking Into Fishing Industry
Voice of America
April 27, 2017
Featuring Flaxen Conway, Sea Grant

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 (, 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

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.

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

Open invitation: Visit EESC!


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)

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:

In this week’s issue:

Office of Research Integrity Forum: For Cascades and Extension


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:

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:

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 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:

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,