In this week’s issue:

Washington County Extension office closed for move

The Washington County Extension office will be closed June 23 – 28 as they move from the Public Services Building in Hillsboro to the new location in Twin Oaks Technology Center off Cornell Road and 169th in Beaverton.

NEW ADDRESS as of June 27th.
OSU Extension Service Education Center
1815 NW 169th Place, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

Congratulations to Jeff Hino on his retirement

Jeff Hino, Learning Technology Leader, is retiring this summer (June 30) after a 32 year career with OSU, working in the College of Forestry and Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC). Jeff will appreciate your tips on successful retirement sent via email,, or notes and cards (EESC, 422 Kerr Admin. Bldg., Corvallis, OR 97331.)

In Memoriam: Jim Ammon

Our condolences to the family and friends of Jim Ammon who passed away on June 22nd.

Jim was an Ag Extension Agent in Polk & Marion County from 1960 – 1967.

His service will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 7th in Salem.

His obituary is available at:

Upcoming Citizen Science Webinars

Introduction to Citizen Science in Cooperative Extension (30 minutes)
This webinar will talk about the term “citizen science” and the field’s origins, discuss organizations around the world working in this realm, and focus on who in Cooperative Extension is using citizen science and why.
Tuesday, June 28, 1pm EDT (may need FREE eXtension ID to see details)

Citizen Science Tools and Resources for Extension Professionals (30 minutes)
This webinar will cover an assortment of project databases, volunteer management, how-to guides, grant source, and other resources for starting or maintaining involvement in your own or someone else’s citizen science project.
Wednesday, June 29, 4pm EDT (may need FREE eXtension ID to see details)

Registration isn’t required for the webinars but will get you an email reminder!

Extension in the News: Extension service administrator has extensive empire

The Corvallis Gazette-Times interviewed Lindsey Shirley about her role as Oregon State University Division of Outreach and Engagement Associate Provost and Associate Director of Extension. The article can be found here: Extension service administrator has extensive empire.

In this week’s issue:

Oregon Extension Staff Win National ESP Awards

Several of Oregon’s extension faculty I’ve been selected for national recognition by ES P for the following awards:

International Service Award – Shana Withee
Administrative Leadership Award – Barbara Brody
Visionary Leadership Award – Jeff Sherman
Diversity Multicultural Award, Team – Mike Knutz, Healthy Kids Club
Distinguished Team Award – Shanna Northway, Youth Advocates for Health! (YA4-H!) Teens as Teachers Program
Distinguished Service Award – Shana Withee
Continuing Excellence Award – Lyla Houglum

They will be recognized at the national ES P conference in October in Cape May New Jersey

Mario Magana, CPHHS Excellence in Outreach Award

Congratulations to Mario Magana for receiving the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Outreach Award. This was presented on Monday evening at Dean Tammy Bray’s final “Stepping Down” event with CPHHS college faculty. Mario has provided leadership and innovation to developing 4-H programs that meet the need of underserved populations. His Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI) and his 4-H International Camps engage over 1000 young people each year to careers, workforce preparation, leadership skill building and cultural appreciation. Mario has been invited by National 4-H Council and other states to assist in program development efforts to underserved populations and/or to share his programs. Thanks and Kudos also to Marilyn Lesmeister for nominating him for his award. Kudos Mario, and well deserved!

-4-H growing and Thriving

Condolences for the family of Naomi Foster – Wife of former Hood River Extension Agent Lee Foster

Wife of former Hood River Extension Agent Lee Foster (1949-1973) passed away on June 9th.

A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at 11am, Monday, July 18, 2016 at Asbury Our Redeemer Partnership (1140 Tucker Rd., Hood River, Or. 97031).

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that contributions might be made to the Lee & Naomi Foster 4-H Scholarship Fund of Hood River County at The Oregon 4-H Foundation 119 Ballard Hall O.S.U Corvallis, OR 97331-3608 or to the Asbury-Our Redeemer Church 1140 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

Naomi Foster Obituary

Promotional Items – FY16 Billing

If you are in need of any promotional marketing items to be billed to the FY16, please turn in your order form to Denise Ashley,, by noon on Tuesday, June 28th.

Digital Asset Management Learning Center’s Interview with Karen Zimmerman of EESC

Karen Zimmerman was interviewed for the Digital Asset Management Learning Center’s User Stories blog where she discussed how Extension uses digital assets. To read the whole interview with Karen highlighting the talents of EESC and hard work of Extension, visit this link:

In this week’s issue:

New Director for EESC

I’m pleased to announce that Jennifer Alexander will serve as director of Extension & Experiment Station Communications (EESC,) effective July 1. Jennifer has served as interim director of EESC since March 2015.

Jennifer joined Oregon State University and EESC in 2010, serving first as a publishing manager and then as interim director since March 2015. She previously worked in research communications for Pioneer Hi-Bred in Iowa and as a technical editor for Kansas State University Research and Extension. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and journalism and mass communications and a master’s degree in agricultural education, both from Iowa State University.

As director, Jennifer will continue to provide strategic leadership and management for EESC, a team that serves the strategic communication needs of the OSU Extension Service and Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station through educational publishing; news, public issues, and impact/accountability communications; visual design and multimedia; and innovative, effective web and educational technology efforts. EESC also provides communications advice, consultation, and training for OSU Extension and AES faculty.

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer.

Dave King

Congratulations Class of 2016

Congratulations Beaver Nation!

Oregon State University’s Class of 2016 ‐ the University’s 147th class:
6,406 graduates.
6,723 degrees
5,278 baccalaureate degrees
295 received two degrees
11 received three degrees
1,047 Masters Degrees.
247 Doctor of Philosophy degrees
92 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees
59 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.
692 distance education degrees in 32 different degree programs.
136 of the graduating class are veterans.
All 36 of Oregon’s counties are represented.
All 50 states are represented
3 US territories
3 from US Minor Outlying Islands
8 overseas US military addresses
6 from our nation’s capital
Internationally, 63 countries are represented.
The average age of the class is 25.
The oldest member is 73
Youngest is 19.
In attendance at the weekend’s ceremony were 3,974 candidates.
They joined the ranks of 236,296 alums in the 147 year history.

Our best wishes to you, and CONGRATULATIONS

Check out some creative beaver mortar boards here:

OSU Extension Website Upgrade

The Extension Website Upgrade project has entered the strategy phase, and we need your input to help us to create a next-generation OSU Extension web presence that is user-focused, easier to manage, and truly awesome.

We invite you to take the OSU Extension Website Upgrade: Employee Survey by Friday, June 17. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on our current web presence, information on web content management, and input on priorities for the upgrade. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

You’ll remember from the project Discovery Report that this employee survey complements our external, user-focused research.

Questions? Please let us know.

Thank you!

—Your Web Steering Committee
Jeff Hino, Tamara Hill-Tanquist, Brooke Edmunds, Ann Marie Murphy, Alisha Atha, Patrick Proden and Victor Villegas

Benny the Beaver County Fair SWAG update

Thank you to everyone helping with the Benny the Beaver visits to the county fairs. A page has been created that lists the type of Swag Benny will bring with him. Every county will get what is listed unless you tell me that a particular item is not needed for your county. University Events is covering the initial order of promotional items for your county, but any additional items would be charged to the county. The prices are listed on the website.

If you would like to order extra product, please notify Shelly Signs at University Events: There’s a small window to order, as she will need to know by June 15th.

Keep an eye on the main County Fair site ( for more updates.

I asked if U.E. could give me a rough estimate to help you better plan for Benny’s visit. Below is an estimate of what she anticipates being the maximum amount they will be able to offer each county:

60 aviator sunglass (not listed on site, cannot take additional orders as it was a one time, limited offer)
150 two tone glasses
150 water bottles
75 coolers
150 footballs
500 decals
70 lip balms/sun sticks
200 window clings
80 benny posters

In this week’s issue:

Welcome Dr. Lindsey Shirley

Dr. Lindsey Shirley has joined Oregon State University as the Associate Provost and Associate Director of OSU Extension Service. She officially started on June 1st, and has been busy meeting with Extension personnel across all program areas. We are delighted to have Dr. Shirley as part of the OSU Extension community and look forward to new endeavors.

Capital Press Article: Oregon State Extension hires Utah State professor as associate director

Oregon State University 2016 Commencement

Campus is quieting down for the summer as the spring term comes to an end. The class of 2016 will take their last set of final exams this week as they prepare for the next stage in their lives.

Commencement will be held on the main campus in Corvallis at Reser Stadium on Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am.  The OSU Cascades Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th at noon at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR.

If you are unable to attend the graduation, it will be shown live online or broadcasted live on OPB.

Congratulations Class of 2016!!!

Please share in the comments below any special well wishes for a graduate in your life. All commencement congratulations are welcome: College, High School, Middle School, Preschool and even graduates of the University of Oregon.

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.