In this week’s issue:


Recording Available: ATLAS: A New Age of Extension

The video of the Oct. 23 Penn State Extension presentation “ATLAS: A New Age for Extension” is available at

This link is also posted at under “O&E Leadership Presentations.”


Pamela Rose Update on the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland

The 2015 NAE4-HA Conference is now in the record books! And what a great conference it was! The Oregon 4-H staff did a phenomenal job in putting on this conference. Throughout the week and especially on the last days, participants shared with us comments like: “This has been such a great conference”, “The Oregon 4-H Team has done an amazing job”, and “I had so much fun here in Portland”. They appreciated the high quality information received during the 8 seminar sessions (20 sessions offered each time), 3 super seminars, 2 poster sessions and 1 exhibit hall full of resources. They were inspired to action through our Keynote session on Poverty, our Capnote session on Ocean Conversation, and to give to 2 community service projects – the Children’s Book Bank and Alzheimer’s Research. They loved our evening activities that featured Oregon products and sights such as OMSI, Oregon product Craft and Draft, and our Awards Program. They appreciated the humor provided by Ranger Gandy, the NAE4-HA app where they could share photos and highlights, and the 4-H Hydro flasks which really reminded them of our “Empowered by Green” theme.

There were 4 moments when the conference participants providing a standing ovation: 1) to thank our outgoing President Kim Gressley for her outstanding leadership this past year, 2) in appreciation of the inspiring message provided by Andrew Nantz at our Awards program – Andrew was an Oregon 4-H member who has overcome the obstacle of blindness by “making the choice” to remain positive and keep a sense of humor in life & to set and achieve goals such as winning the overall 4-H Master Showman Award and earning his Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Wine Marketing, 3) in appreciation of the cap note message and work done by Sean Russell in his endeavors and leadership to make a difference for the health of our oceans not only as a young person in 4-H but on into adulthood as he engages young people in these efforts nationwide, and finally 4) to thank the Oregon 4-H Conference Planning team for putting on an amazing conference. These were some of the special highlights of this conference that I will remember for a lifetime. For a complete list of all of conference planning team members and all of the wonderful ways they helped to make this conference a success, please see the attachment.

A special Kudos goes out to our volunteer photographers for helping to capture the memories of this conference: David Cowan and Steven Kershaw. To enjoy some of the moments captured and posted (….so quickly I might add – thank you Andy Hoffman), see the conference photos at:

I want to congratulate all of our award winners at the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference: Jon Gandy, Achievement in Service Award; Roberta Lundeberg, Distinguished Service Award; Mike Knutz, Distinguished Service Award; Janice Cowan, Meritorious Service Award; Doug Hart, 25 Year Award; Janice Cowan, 25 Year Award; and Lynette Black, Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award. Congratulations on your achievements!

I also want to recognize our Oregon 4-H colleagues who are now stepping on to serve in leadership roles on the NAE4-HA Board of Trustees: Jamie Davis, Regional Director for the Western Region and Mary Arnold, Chair for Research and Evaluation Committee. Thank you both for sharing your leadership in these very important roles for the association membership!


Condolences: Ashley Aguilar, Warm Springs

Extension extends heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Ashley Aguilar, former secretary at the Warm Springs office, who tragically passed away on Friday ,October 24.



In this week’s issue:


Register for Extension Conference by November 13th!

You are invited to the 2015 Extension Conference
December 7-10, 2015
Information on the conference and keynote speaker, Mark Platten, can all be found on Extension’s Conferences & Events page.

The cost of this year’s conference is only $30, which includes attendance at all sessions and tours, daily coffee breaks, 4 lunches and one breakfast. There are additional charges for the All-Extension BBQ, hosted by OSEUA and ESP ($26) the OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension Banquet ($39), the Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night ($5 to eat and $7 to bowl), and the OSUEA Awards Breakfast ($13).

Please make an effort to attend the 2015 Extension Annual Conference, and the many special events that bring us together to network, learn and celebrate the successes and support of our colleagues and friends. We’ve made a sincere effort to include sessions that are of interest to a broad cross-section of Extension faculty and staff. We hope you can find the time to come together and join us!

How to Register

Registration is open now through November 13, 2015. Registration is through Ideal Logic, hosted by the PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) office. This is the same registration system we used for the 2014 conference, but if you do not already have an Ideal Logic account, you will need to answer a few questions to set one up. We suggest using Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox as your web browser for the registration system. Other internet browsers can be used but they may slow down the registration process. You can see what sessions are available before logging into Ideal Logic here. More in depth descriptions will be displayed in the Ideal Logic registration system.

The registration system will allow you to choose all four days of the conference or select certain dates that you want to attend. Once you select a session the box will turn green to note the selection. If it does not turn green, then the session has not been processed. Please make sure the box is green before you continue on your registration.

Please Note: Before you submit your registration, please make sure to review the sessions on the “Review” tab to make sure the sessions that you wish to attend have been selected.

Once you have submitted your registration and payment option, a registration confirmation will be emailed to you.

After you have submitted your registration, if you would like to make any adjustments to your registration such as switching sessions or changing your food options after your initial registration, please email Pam Hoene ( or Kim Tarrant ( directly.

A few things to remember:

  • Make lodging reservation and be sure to mention you need the OSU or government rate.
  • Extension Admin will cover round trip mileage for one vehicle per county for the event (not per day).
  • Please wear your orange Extension name badge. Order name badges through your office manager if needed.

Information on parking
As some of you may be aware, OSU has moved to a zonal parking system. Information on the zonal parking and how to purchase permits (can be done ahead of time online!) can be found here and general information about parking can be found here.


Internships with the OSU Extension Service – Summary

Roger Rennekamp shared a summary of the number of students from around the world who held internships for which an Extension faculty member from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences served as the preceptor. In all, Extension faculty from PHHS (4-H and FCH) hosted 78 students during the last academic year. Here is a breakdown of students by institution they attend.

31 Oregon State University
25 Oregon Health and Science University/Oregon Institute of Technology
3 Portland State University
2 Eastern Oregon University
2 Pacific University
2 Western Washington University
2 High School
1 Klamath Community College
1 Hillsdale University
1 Marywood College
1 East Stroudsburg University
1 Eastern Michigan University
1 Abilene Christian University
1 Linfield College
1 Bastyr University
1 University of Moscow
1 University Episcopal Haiti

A breakdown by major is as follows.

24 Nursing
19 Public Health/Community Health
19 Nutrition/Dietetics
2 Human Development and Family Sciences
2 Biology
1 Chemical Engineering
1 Culinary Arts
1 Education
1 Psychology
1 Agronomy
1 Environmental Sciences
1 Agricultural Marketing
5 N/A


Portland hosts 1150 4-H professionals

Kudos to the Oregon 4-H staff who are about to embark on hosting the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland this weekend! Many of our staff have worked countless hours to make this event a very special, educational, and memorable experience for the 1150 conference attendees. I would also like to thank and recognize the Regional Administrators, work colleagues, support staff, significant others, and families who have given of their time, support and patience so our 4-H staff could meet their obligations for this event. Kudos and thank you to all of you! I am extremely proud of all of our staff and we haven’t even started our event!

A special Kudos goes to Virginia Bourdeau who has been critical to the operations of this event! Her attention to detail and experience in understanding the needs of the NAE4-HA association and membership has been key to our success. Thank you, Virginia!

-Pamela Rose


Reminder: PACE Accepting Enrollment Forms for online enrollment system

A reminder to all County Extension Offices that we are currently accepting your Enrollment Form for your workshops or events that you would like to test through OSU Professional and Continuing Education’s (PACE) online enrollment system. Each county can submit one event or workshop for this first testing period.

Please click the following link for the Enrollment form.

We will then follow up with you within five to seven business days to confirm the information with you and start working on it. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Dredge at PACE: 541-737-4197.


Happy Halloween – Could Extension Employees Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

It’s that time of year for ghouls, goblins, monsters and ZOMBIES! If you’re a fan of zombie shows and movies you’ll know how difficult it is for characters to not only survive hordes of flesh-eating undead, but also surviving living without modern amenities.

However, if you think about all of the programs that OSU Extension offers Oregonians, there is a wealth of information to help anyone survive…as long as a zombie doesn’t snack on their brains.

What valuable Extension skill should we all know to strengthen the odds of surviving? What classes do you provide in your region that would aid in basic survival skills? What Extension Catalog item should we own to reference when we can no longer google what we need to know?

Please leave a comment about how your program can help us humans survive the zombie apocalypse.  Also, what would be your zombie brain-bashing weapon of choice? Bonus points if it’s program related.

(Entertainment purposes only. Extension does not condone violence.)


Deadline Reminders

In this week’s issue:


Reminder: ATLAS: A New Age for Extension

A reminder of this Friday’s special presentation by Penn State Extension.

ATLAS: A New Age for Extension, Oct. 23, 2015, 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestream with live chat

Refreshments available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Live/streaming presentation: 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Discussion: 9:45-10:15

The presentation will be recorded, and the link shared.

About ATLAS:
Extension’s future success will be determined by the quality and relevance of our educational products and services, in all their forms. With this in mind, Penn State Extension—in close partnership with their Agricultural Communications unit—is launching a comprehensive strategy (called ATLAS) to modernize and redefine how Extension operates in an incredibly competitive, new age of communications and education.

Please join us on Oct. 23 to learn more about the vision, goals, and strategy for the ATLAS project, as well as challenges and lessons learned.


Top Honors in Extension Excellence

The Excellence in Extension Award is a national award given annually to one Cooperative Extension professional in recognition of their visionary leadership, excellence in programming, and positive impact on their community. In addition to the national recognition, one Extension educator from each of the five Cooperative Extension regions (northeast, north central, south, west, and 1890 universities), will be recognized for excellence at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 15-17, 2015.

The 2015 Western Region Excellence in Extension recipient is our own Dana Martin, OSU Regional Administrator! Congratulations, Dana!!


OSUEA Search for Excellence and Western Extension Directors Award of Excellence DEADLINE EXTENDED

Both awards, OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) Search for Excellence and the Western Extension Directors Award (WEDA) for Excellence, recognize outstanding accomplishments in Extension Education. Two awards with one application process; your time has arrived. Don’t be bashful.

Details regarding each are listed below. The deadline OSUEA Search for Excellence and WEDA is October 23, 2015. For WEDA, the applicants will be considered for the 2016 nomination.

For details, see:

Submit applications to Weston Miller at the contact information below:


Deadline Reminders

In this Week’s Issue:


OSU Open Campus and NEDA Innovative Showcase

OSU Open Campus was selected to be part of an Innovation Showcase at the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Meeting at the Embassy Suites-Downtown in St. Louis on October 13. The nine innovative ideas to be showcased were selected from a field of 151 entries and is an ECOP project to develop a Cooperative Extension Innovation Inventory. That inventory is the basis for the 2015 NEDA meeting and is designed to show how Cooperative Extension is positioned for excellence in its second 100 years. Jeff Sherman will be presenting at the NEDA meeting.


OSU Extension in the Spotlight at ESP National Conference

OSU Extension faculty members had a major educational role in last week’s ESP National Conference, “Unlocking the Treasures of Your Future” in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Twenty posters presentations were selected through a blind review process and OSU earned four of those slots. In addition, all four of OSU’s posters were selected for the Top Ten Posters Award, with each faculty member receiving a $100 stipend toward their conference expenses. Congratulations to Susan Busler (Creating Extension Tax Districts – A New Era for Extension), Glenda Hyde (High Speed Hand Washing Helps Build Healthy Habits), Judi Peters (Get Them Doing Science!), and Joy Jones (Garden to Grub – 4-H Embraces the Local Food Movement).

OSU Extension faculty also were selected through a blind review selection process for one of the conference’s 24 seminar presentations. Congratulations to Shana Withee and Susan Busler (The 100 Best Travel Tips), Mike Knutz and Barbara Brody (Improving Your Team Performance with Emotional Intelligence), and Patricia Dawson (Attitudes for Success – Hispanic Outreach Program).

OSU also provided two of the conference’s featured speakers, including Dr. Kay Sagmiller, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning (Being the Best Educator Possible) and Dr. Larry Roper, Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society (Leadership and You . . . A Priceless Combination).

It was good to be a Beaver in Coeur d’Alene!!


Center for Teaching and Learning 2015 Fall Transformative Learning Symposium

Join your colleagues at CTLs Transformative Learning Symposium on Wed., Oct. 21. Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 am in the MU Horizon Room 49. Sessions throughout the day will cover a broad variety of topics, including transforming cooperative and learning environments, student study skills, innovative course design, work life balance and CANVAS. Learn more and register at


 PACE Accepting Enrollment Forms for online enrollment system

A reminder to all County Extension Offices that we are currently accepting your Enrollment Form for your workshops or events that you would like to test through OSU Professional and Continuing Education’s (PACE) online enrollment system. Each county can submit one event or workshop for this first testing period.

Please note: This new resource will not immediately replace all existing enrollment or event registration processes. Instead, we will work with each county to pilot online registration services for one event or conference taking place January 1 – June 30, 2016. Also note that the RA must approve this event or conference prior to submission, and you will simply note that with a “Yes” on that line on the Enrollment form.

The deadline for submitting the enrollment form to PACE is October 31. This will ensure we have enough time to get your event set up in plenty of time for your community members to register.

This new option for Extension is designed to make registration increasingly accessible for participants, as well as simpler to manage for you and your colleagues across the state. By working with each county on one event during the pilot period, we will help ensure online event registration works well for your office and your participants. Our team looks forward to supporting you every step of the way. We also look forward to working to provide this service to Extension counties more frequently once we complete the pilot process in mid-2016.

Please note that the online registration system is an additional option for you to provide your community members and is not required for you to pursue for your workshops and or conferences.

If your event requires payment from attendees… Please include the OSU account detail code on our setup request form. Detail codes are designed to ensure revenue is accounted for correctly. If new detail codes may be needed or if you are uncertain about which code to use, please contact Tiffany Gillis of the University Administrative Business Center (UABC) at

Please click the following link for the Enrollment form.
We will then follow up with you within five to seven business days to confirm the information with you and start working on it. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Dredge at PACE: 541-737-4197.


Deadline Reminders

In this week’s issue:


DEADLINE EXTENDED: O&E Leadership Development Program for Executives

There are a few slots remaining for the next LDPE cohort. If you missed the deadline, here’s the opportunity to apply. All applications received by October 19, 2015, will be given full consideration.


Cooperator Nominations Due October 15, 2015

Each year, OSUEA and ESP honor individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to Extension programs. It is through these Cooperators that Extension is able to accomplish so much. To eliminate duplication of efforts, OSUEA has partnered with our ESP affiliate. The deadline for nominations this year is October 15, 2015.

OSUEA Cooperator of the year program has three categories:

  • Individuals with fewer than 10 years of service
  • Individuals with 10 years or more of service and
  • Businesses or Organizations (no time limit).

ESP Friend of Extension Award is the highest recognition presented by an Epsilon Sigma Phi chapter to a non-Extension (lay) person, company, organization or elected official and is designed to recognize truly outstanding support and personal involvement in Extension efforts. The Friend of Extension Award, sponsored by ESP, is open to any non-Extension person, company or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support and involvement in Extension efforts. Past Cooperator Award Winners who have continued to serve and contribute are eligible to be nominated as well. The winner of this award will be nominated for the National ESP Friend of Extension Award.

Take time now with your staff to nominate someone. (OSU Employees are not eligible for this award). The recognition and honor of being named a “2015 OSU Extension Service Cooperator” is a small reward for the time, energy, and dedication a volunteer gives. Every program area in every county, and statewide, has several individuals and businesses who are “you can count on” Cooperators. Now is the time to nominate them for this recognition.
Nomination procedures

Administrators, specialists, agents, and support staff discusses potential nominees for one or more categories.

Prepare a nomination. (see application attachment)

Send in the nomination by October 15. Send nominations electronically to:

Continuing this year is the award participation fee (see attached policy)

If you have questions, please feel free to contact John Williams (541-426-3143) or Darrin Walenta (541-963-1010), co-chairs of the OSUEA Cooperator program or Mike Knutz ESP Awards Committee Chair. 503-434-8913.

The nomination form and criteria can also be found on the OSUEA website:


Annual Conference Bowling Night!

The Memorial Union Bowling Room is reserved from 7pm-9:30pm so we will have plenty of time to play and celebrate the winners.

Going with tradition, there will be water, soda and PIZZA! Last year we had Domino’s and they now have a gluten free crust for those that cannot eat wheat. A variety of pizzas will be ordered. Suggestions of pizzas could be sent to

The cost will be $12.00 per person for those bowling and eating, $7.00 those who just want to bowl, and $5.00 for those who want to just eat. Please bring cash or a check with you that evening.

Donita has collected some of the trophies from last year’s competition. If anyone has not relinquished their trophy, please let her know!!! She would like to collect them before conference. As heartbreaking as it may be, it will be up to you and your team to WIN THEM BACK!!

Yogi and Elvira Alvarez, Marion Co Ext, have agreed to help out, but if there is anyone else that would like to help, please let Donita know.

Annual Conference Registration will start sooner than you know! Please RSVP to Donita your team name and players, for an estimate head count ahead of time.