In this week’s issue:

2016 Commencement Ceremony Human Interest Story Submission

Do you know of a Beaver who is graduating this year? President Ray includes 2-3 human interest stories of personal achievement to highlight during the commencement activities. We are always looking of ways to elevate Extension’s presence. If you’re aware of an interesting story, please let Jill Wells know and she will assist you with the nomination process.

Examples of an interesting story happening in your county/region:

  • A graduating senior who was first introduced to Oregon State through 4-H.
  • A Master Gardener or family member graduating this year.
  • Someone who may have found their passion through an Extension program that lead them to pursue that field of study at OSU.

Even if the story is not chosen for Commencement, it is still a story we would like to share. We have a lot to celebrate!

Submissions are due Wednesday, May 11 by 5pm.

The Future of Extension TweetUp Recap: What do you think our future holds?

What does the future hold for Extension? Check out the Storify recap of last week’s #EdTechLN TweetUp to see what your fellow #EdTechLN members answered this important question. It was the most well attended and active TweetUp we have ever hosted!

Please share with your administrators, directors, and other coworkers as this topic deserves even more chatter! Encourage them to add to the conversation on the EdTechLN Facebook page or on Twitter with our #EdTechLN hashtag.

eXtension Webinar on May 4 – New Opportunities

eXtension Webinar To Review Recent Changes and New Opportunities for Extension Professionals on May 4, 2016
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern, the eXtension Foundation will host a webinar for all Extension professionals to review recent changes and new opportunities now available for member institutions. On hand to present will be eXtension CEO Christine Geith and members of the leadership team to answer questions and provide examples of how eXtension’s new tools, services and initiatives can be used by Cooperative Extension Service teams and professionals.

For more information and the option to add this event to your calendar, please visit

Extension is on the move, are you?

Extension is walking the talk – here’s photos from across the state of OSU on the move at work…

Portland Extension Walkers
Portland Extension Office Walkers
Statewide team walkers
Statewide Team Walkers at OSU Campus
Klamath County Extension Walkers
Klamath County Walkers
Walkers in Linn County
Linn County Walkers

Ready for a May Challenge?

We’ve all heard it: Sitting is the New Smoking

Researchers have found we are sitting ourselves to death.

It’s estimated that people spend about 35-50% of their working hours in meetings. Here’s a healthy challenge for you… In the month of May, look at your meetings and try to make just 20% (1 in 5) walking meetings. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk and encourage the colleagues you’re meeting with to do the same.

Need some quick inspiration to take the plunge? Check out this TED talk under 4 minutes.

Going to give it a try? Let know how it’s going. Your story can inspire others or help folks troubleshoot making this practice stick.

Drones in Agriculture Spark Creative Communication

Learn about “DroneSinger” Victor Villegas and his time in Washington D.C. for the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

In this week’s issue:

Register Today — Adaptive Learning Open House May 9 & 10

Leading providers of adaptive and personalized learning platforms have been invited to campus for an Adaptive Learning Open House on May 9 and 10 in the MU Horizon Room. To help organizers plan for catering needs, please register today.

The Adaptive Learning Open House Schedule is now available and includes a Provider Fair (similar to a conference vendor area), individual 30-minute platform demos, and a luncheon panel discussion led by Lois Brooks, Dave King, and Susana Rivera-Mills. Among those on the panel will be OSU’s Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease, of the School of Psychological Science, and Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting.

Attendance in person is strongly encouraged. For those working remotely, the provider demos and luncheon discussion will be streamed live at

What is Adaptive and Personalized Learning?
Basically, adaptive learning providers offer tools that develop personalized learning paths intended to help students learn and master course material. Those pathways are determined based on how students interact with digital courseware and adjust to student needs as they work through the content.

What is the purpose of the Adaptive Learning Open House at OSU?
In short, to learn more about adaptive and personalized learning tools and to explore the possibilities for teaching and learning at OSU. Your feedback is needed as we consider these questions:
• To what extent do adaptive learning platforms improve student success?
• Can adaptive learning platforms help instructors spend less time on rote teaching tasks and more time on higher-impact interactions with students?
• Do we want to use this kind of teaching and learning technology at OSU, and if so, what is the best way to proceed?

Please register today and be part of the conversation. We look forward to this exploration and discussion!

Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Dave King, Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement
Susana Rivera-Mills, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

EESC Express Recording

“A recording of this month’s EESC Express is now available here. It’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of emerging technology, including 3D printing and scanning, 360-degree photos and Virtual Reality, with hosts Jeff Hino, Stephen Ward and Alan Dennis.”

PACE/Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

In this week’s issue:

O&E Colloquium Wrap up

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Outreach and Engagement. It was a day of learning and celebration.

Videos of the keynote speaker or community engagement presentations, can now be viewed online.

At the Poster Session, different areas of Outreach and Engagement showcased their work.  Their abstracts are available online for you to learn more about their accomplishments.

If you are looking for pictures of the event, please visit the Outreach and Engagement Flickr page for photos taken by Stephen Ward of EESC.

The EESC Express

EESC Express Logo

The next EESC/Express leaves the station Thursday, April 21st from 10– 10:30am

Hop aboard and join us for a short, 30-minute ride with—

  • Stephen Ward, Multimedia & Visual Technology Designer
  • Alan Dennis, Multimedia Tech Designer
  • Jeff Hino, EESC Learning Technology Leader

This week Stephen, Alan, and Jeff will be taking you on a whirlwind tour of emerging technology. We’ll introduce you to the exciting possibilities offered by 3-D printing, 3-D scanning, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and 360-degree photos and video. Some of these technologies are on the horizon, while others are here now as powerful new tools to reach our Extension audiences in ways you may never have imagined!

Get on board the web show HERE The Webex meeting number  is 926 086 112

Brought to you every 3rd Thursday at 10 a.m. by Extension and Experiment Station Communications

Save the Date for the next Lace Up & Go 4.26.16

Save the Date & spread the word…

Save the Date for Lace Up & GO 4 26 16

Faculty and Staff Climate Survey

Oregon State University is committed to improving diversity, inclusion, and creating a welcoming environment. In 2014 OSU initiated a survey of faculty and staff to assess institutional climate, with the intent that we would repeat the survey on a regular basis.

The link below is the 2016 version of the survey. It is similar to the initial survey, although some wording has been revised after reviewing the initial results. For tenured/tenure track faculty, there are additional questions in support of the ADVANCE grant. The survey is anonymous, so there is no unique code linking responses to individuals.

We highly value your opinions; this survey is the only comprehensive source for OSU to gauge the opinions of all faculty and staff. The survey was designed to broadly measure various aspects of the work environment. However, it is only one component of a larger effort to improve campus climate.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. The Office of Institutional Research is administering this survey and securely storing responses. If you have any technical questions related to taking the survey, please contact IR at or 541-737-9600. For general questions on campus climate assessment efforts, please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Thank you. Please click below.

USA Science and Engineering Festival

Siew Sun Wong and Victor Villegas were invited by USDA/NIFA to exhibit at the USA Science and Engineering Festival this past weekend, April, 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C. Siew Sun showcased her health project and Victor talked about drones in agriculture and STEAM education.

To see more photos from the event, check out @USDA_NIFA on Twitter.

Siew Sun Wong at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
Siew Sun Wong USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C, April 16 & 17
Victor Villegas at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
Victor Villegas at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C, April 16 & 17

In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence and Alberta B. Johnston Award Winners

On April 12th the University Division of Outreach and Engagement will recognize a group of outstanding teams and individuals. The event will be livestreamed from the OSU campus in Corvallis. To watch it live, visit

Congratulations to our award winners.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Clive Kaiser— Extension Service, Umatilla County, Department of Horticulture, Oregon Wine Research Institute

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Lyla Houglum—Extension Service Special Initiatives, Executive Director,
Western Extension Directors Association

Vice Provost Awards of Excellence

Program Support
Lindsay Davis— Extension Service, Clatsop County

Mark Farley— Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Sea Grant

Attitudes for Success – Youth Leadership Program
Patricia Dawson— Extension Service, Umatilla County, 4-H Youth Development
Bill Broderick— Extension Service, Morrow County, etired

PROMISE Internship Program
Charlene Martinez—Diversity and Cultural Engagement
Gabriel Merrell—Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Binh Le—Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Mayela Delatorre—Diversity and Cultural Engagement
Maira Rodriguez—Human Development and
Family Services
Jonathan Stoll—Corvallis Community Outreach
Reagan Le—Diversity and Cultural Engagement

Online Teaching Innovation: Credit Based
3-D Biology Courses
Andrew Bouwman—Department of Integrative Biology, College of Science
Genevieve Weber—Department of Botany and Plant
Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences

Online Teaching Innovation: Non-Credit
PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Corporate Training Initiative
Melanie Mitchell—PACE
Marian Ladenburg—PACE
Amanda Engel—Extended Campus
John Buzzard—PACE

Open Educational Resources Innovation
OSU Open Access Textbook Initiative
Faye A. Chadwell—OSU Libraries & Press Administration
Dianna Fisher—Open Oregon State
Tom Booth—OSU Libraries & Press Administration

Partnership Innovation
Lynn D. Dierking—College of Education
John H. Falk—College of Education
Nancy L. Staus—College of Education
Jennifer N. Wyld—College of Education

Strategic Impact
George G. Waldbusser—Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Culture of Engagement Award
College of Public Health and Human Sciences


Governor Kate Brown Appoints Ana Gomez to the Council on Educator Advancement

Governor Kate Brown announced her appointments to the Council on Educator Advancement. The Governor’s office received more than 200 nominations for this council and 17 were chosen to be members of the Council.  Ana Gomez of Oregon State University Open Campus and CL@SE was one of those 17 who were selected.

The Council was established by Executive Order to make recommendations to ensure open access to relevant, high quality, and culturally responsive professional development for all Oregon educators.

Congratulations to Ana for being selected to serve Oregon educators in this role.


OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project

What do you believe our Extension website could be?

Over the past few weeks, your Extension web steering committee has been actively engaged in the research phase of the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

As you know, the goal of this project is to make our next generation of OSU Extension websites user-driven and truly awesome. We want OSU Extension’s web presence to become a go-to, trusted resource. And knowing that people often turn online for answers, we want to be sure they find us (even if they don’t know they should be searching for “Extension”).

What does awesome look like?

Hear what the steering committee thinks. What do you believe our website could be? Let us know in the comments, and watch for a brief employee survey this spring where you can provide more feedback.

What can you do to help?

Keep doing good work on your current websites. Respond to the survey. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities. Let us know what questions you have.

What has happened lately?

    • We talked with Extension program leaders and regional administrators. They shared some innovative ideas, and other useful feedback.
    • We’re working with the OSU College of Business’s marketing research team (Close to the Customer, C2C). They’re helping us look outward and inward for ideas on where and how people are getting the kind of information OSU Extension can provide.
    • We’re gathering basic data and analytics on our current websites. And we’re gathering ideas and examples from our peers and competitors.

If you have questions at any time, please contact EESC (or by phone: 541-737-3311), or anyone on the steering committee.


Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.


EESC Welcomes Alan Dennis

From Jennifer Alexander:

I’m happy to announce that Alan Dennis will join the EESC team as a multimedia tech designer on April 4.

As a member of our multimedia and visual design team, he will be creating educational, interactive multimedia and visual objects that support education and outreach projects for statewide OSU Extension programs. He’ll also help us explore ways to use innovative and emerging visual technologies to tell our outreach, engagement, and research stories.

Alan comes to us from OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, where he has extensive experience developing videos, animations, and interactive visualizations that explain CEOAS’s world-class earth sciences work and tell the stories of the scientists behind it. He’s also an active member of OSU’s unmanned systems initiative and has experience in 3D design and printing.

Please help us welcome Alan to EESC and our Division.


See who Walked the Walk last week!

Thanks for joining in the fun!

Save the Date: National Walk at Lunch Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Wear your sneakers to work (don’t forget this time) and plan a walk in your office or join the fun at Ballard around NOON.

Here are pictures from the folks who walked and sent in photos!

Campus Walkers for National Walking Day
Clatsop County Walkers for National Walking Day
Polk County Walkers for National Walking Day
Sea Lab Walkers for National Walking Day
Tillamook County Walkers for National Walking Day
Marion County Walkers
Marion County Walkers for National Walking Day




In this week’s issue:

Welcome Dr. Lindsey Shirley

From Scott Reed:

Following an extensive national search, it is with pleasure that I announce (pending final approval), Dr. Lindsey Shirley has accepted the position of Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement and Associate Director of the OSU Extension Service. Lindsey’s background emphasizes family and consumer sciences education and extension. She has experience at Utah State University and University of Idaho, and holds degrees from Iowa State University and University of Minnesota. While her formal start date is June 1, 2016, Lindsey plans to join us for the April 12 Outreach and Engagement Colloquium in Corvallis.

Many of you participated in the search process, and I thank you for engaging in this important decision. Please join me in welcoming Lindsey to Oregon State University.


LIVE Chick Cam!

The Clatsop County Extension Chick Cam is LIVE! The baby chicks are expected to hatch April 6th-7th.

Register for the O&E Colloquium

Registration for the O&E Colloquium closes on Wednesday, April 6th.  If you have not already done so, please register today.

Express Stop Recording Available

If you missed the March 17th EESC Express web show about our new EESC Photo Archive, you can view the recording here:

Our next Express is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st at 10am. The Express will be pulling into the station to discuss 3-D printing and other emerging technologies. Guaranteed to be a fun and informative 30 minutes or your money back.

Lace Up & Go this Wednesday, April 6th

To celebrate National Walking Day we’re encouraging each county office to lace up and go for a walk and roll on Wednesday.


  • Plan a lunch hour walk at your office/worksite
  • Make your meetings walking meetings
  • Take a couple 10 minute walking breaks during your work day
  • Walk, bike or take the bus to work
  • Schedule a walk, hike or bike with friends/family after work

Send in your walking group photos to by Thursday, April 7th to get recognized next week! If you’re on campus – join the noon walking group – everyone is welcome!

Helpful Links: Impact Statements and Twitter

Creating Powerful Impact Statements

Writing for Twitter

The CO• Final COunt Down Begins!

The sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and maker season is here. That can only mean one thing—The CO• Inaugural Symposium and Annual Maker Fair are just a few days away!

Kick off the Spring term by joining The CO• at the STEM to STEAM Symposium on Friday, April 8 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100. Join thinkers, makers, doers, and dreamers with local, state, regional, and national perspectives as they unpack the benefits of hands-on learning. This unique symposium provides six experts in making with the opportunity to explore how the arts can, and do, complement a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum. Once this all-star lineup gets your mind reeling from the diversity of perspectives, be sure to head over to the Student Experience Center Plaza for a catered reception to pump these gurus full of follow-up questions.

Then, get your hands dirty at The CO• annual Maker Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 3 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Join makers, hackers, innovators, and artists from Oregon State, Corvallis, Eugene, Albany, Portland, and Seattle as they illustrate what making means to them! Build and test M&M launchers with the professional tinkerers at HP, help build a longboard with Michael Town, a high school Physics and Engineering teacher (sign up for his workshop here), ask Dan Coyle a bunch of questions about his one-of-a-kind wooden bike helmets, or check out fabrication design tools with the OSU Oceanography Fab Shop.

Join us! And please consider encouraging your colleagues, students, friends, and cronies to come too. (We still could use a few good volunteers!)

In Hands-on Learning We Trust,
The CO• Leadership Nerds, er, team: Charles, Andrew, Carol, Christine, Eric, Jesse, Kaitlyn, Margaret, Ray, and Seri

PS. Don’t forget to share your experience with The CO• on social media! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter @TheCoCorvallis, and post your photos from The CO• on Instagram. Use Hashtags: #gototheco #theco2016 #corvallismakerfair #makers so we may regram, retweet, like, and share your stories!