In this week’s issue:

Save the Date: Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation, 8/19/16

The Third Quarterly Conversation for 2016 will be held on Friday, August 19 from 9:00am until 10:30am.

Please join us in 202 Kidder Hall on campus or via the live video stream at

Beaver Decals available for purchase

Small (4″ x 2.25″) Beaver Decals are available for purchase through the Extension Promotional Item Order Form for $0.10 each.

When ordering promotional items from Extension Administration, please be certain that you are using the most up to date Order Form as items and pricing are updated frequently.

Kudos to 4-H Faculty and Staff

From 4-H…Growing and Thriving, By Pamela Rose, State 4-H Program Leader

Kudos to our 4-H members! We know we have amazing young people in our 4-H program. This story from the Benton County Democrat Herald just shows another great example of young people making a difference in the lives of others. Thanks Carolyn Ashton, for sharing this news story with us!

Speaking of terrific 4-H members, yesterday in Deschutes County, a 4-H member did something that has been done in Oregon in 11 years. A 4-H member received the 10-step Dad Potter award! If you are not familiar, this is the most elite 4-H Horse Award we recognize – it’s quite a feat, takes significant teamwork and dedication, and it’s pretty darn awesome! Kudos to Lauren Walley, Deschutes County 4-H member for this terrific accomplishment! Kudos also to her 4-H leader, Heather Zumwalt, and Karissa Dishon also shared with me that another Kudos goes to Candi Bothum who was the 4-H club leader who taught Heather how to ride. Kudos all around!

Kudos to the Engineering and Science Camp held in Ontario at the Four Rivers Community School (SMILE School) last week. Kudos to Barbara Brody for sharing this story with us that posted in the Malheur County Argus Observer. Thanks to your leadership in bringing all of these partners together for this event.

9 Reasons Why Being In 4-H Makes You A Better Person

News articles on the web have been quite depressing lately. Running across a positive news article reminds us of the great things happening in the world that we can be proud to know we’ve had a hand in creating.

A big thank you to Extension and 4-H Faculty and Staff for continuing to teach the future leaders to be better people.

9 Reasons Why Being In 4-H Makes You A Better Person

To add to the list of reasons why being in 4-H makes you a better person, please share it in the comments below.

In this week’s issue:

F. Javier Nieto named dean of the College of Public Health & Human Sciences

From Ron Adams, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President:

I am pleased to inform you that with the full concurrence of President Ed Ray, and enthusiastic support from the campus community, I have appointed Dr. F. Javier Nieto as Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS). His appointment will become effective on October 31, 2016.

As you are aware, Dr. Nieto currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. He also holds the title of Helfaer Professor of Public Health, and affiliate appointments at the Departments of Family Medicine & Community Health as well as at the UW Center for Demography & Ecology. Prior to joining the UW, he served as a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

I would like to again acknowledge Dr. Tammy Bray for her service as Dean of CPPHS and as Executive Dean of the Division of Health Sciences. Please join me in thanking Tammy for her leadership and welcoming Javier to Oregon State.

Ask an Expert Facts and Figures

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Since its launch in 2011, Oregon Ask an Expert has answered over 18,000 questions.

Follow-up surveys are automatically sent to Oregon Ask an Expert customers two weeks after their question is answered.

Here’s what they are saying:
77% identified their question as very important or critically important to them.
78% said the answer very much or completely answered their question.
77% found the answer “just right” in level of rigor, when rated from “too complex” to “too simplistic.”
61% identified their question as having average to significant economic concern to them.
$340,000 – is the estimated average economic benefit of answers received
65% changed their behavior as a result of the answer to their question.

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50% of Ask an Expert users had never used Extension before.

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Western Extension & Research Directors – State Recognized Program – OSU WOWNet

Congratulation to the OSU WOWNet (Women Owning Woodlands Network) as State Recognized Program at the Western Region Joint Summer Meeting. Members of the WOWNet team are Tiffany Fegel and Nicole Strong.

Abstract: Oregon’s Women Owning Woodlands network is empowering women to grow from silent observers to active learners and inquirers, to mentors and teachers through its collaborative, peer-to-peer network. WOWNet’s innovative approaches have attracted professionals from around the nation who have mimicked the program in their regions. In collaboration with these and other nationwide stakeholders, Oregon WOWNet influenced and helped in the formation of a national network of women who own and manage forest properties. The impacts of this program are evident in WOWNets 10-year success in its home state as well as in emulation nationwide.

National ESP Distinguished Service Awards

By Pamela Rose, 4-H…Growing and Thriving

There are more Congratulations to extend to our colleagues who will be honored at the upcoming National Recognition Dinner at the ESP National Conference in Cape May, New Jersey. Our own Patricia Dawson, ESP National President who will presenting these awards:

• Congratulations to Shana Withee who has been selected to receive the National ESP Distinguished Service Award for the Western Region.

• Congratulations to Lyla Houglum who has been selected to receive the National ESP Continuing Excellence Award for the Western Region.

• Congratulations to Shana Withee who has been selected to receive the National ESP International Service Award for the Western Region.

• Congratulations to Jeff Sherman who has been selected to receive the National ESP Visionary Leadership Award for the Western Region.

Fellow Master Naturalist Ken Cobleigh writes article for Portland Parks Foundation

The Oregon Master Naturalists are getting noticed in the Metro area thanks to the leadership and guidance of Jason O’Brien and Brandy Saffell. Fellow Master Naturalist, Ken Cobleigh wrote a blog post for the Portland Parks Foundation that can be found here.

In this week’s issue:

Using Story Maps to share your story, co hosted by Brooke Edmunds

Wednesday, July 20 at 3:00 pm EDT


Story Maps can help you tell stories, with or without maps
Telling stories can be a effective way to communicate information, particularly when those stories feature compelling narrative and striking visuals. While many Cooperative Extension professionals have experience telling stories in person, they may be uncertain how to have the same effect as they increasing work online to reach on their target audience.

Esri Story Maps provide an online platform for story telling which is fairly inexpensive (or free) for academia, simple to use (no coding required) and interactive (you can use images, maps, audio, and video). In spite of the fact that Story Maps were originally designed to display and share maps, you can tell any story you would like, even those without a single map (really!).

Getting up and running with Story Maps
This webinar will introduce the idea behind Story Maps and will provide specific examples of how they may be used in outreach and engagement activities. We will also cover the basic “how-to’s” involved in creating and sharing Story Maps and will provide resources for further professional development in this topic.

Although we don’t assume that attendees have any experience with this tool, the webinar will easier to follow if you have previously used ArcGIS Online or have viewed this webinar on ArcGIS Online.

Pre-registration is required:
Click here to register for the webinar

For questions about the content of this webinar, please email

This webinar is brought to you by UNH Cooperative Extension, Oregon State University Extension, Map@Syst, and the eXtension mapping Innovation Hub.

A recording of this webinar will be made available after the webinar.


Brooke Edmunds and Shane Brandt

Condolences: Norbert “Van” Vandehey

With great sadness we share that Norbert “Van” Vandehey, who was a 4-H agent in Lane County, passed away Wednesday, July 6th.

He was surrounded by many members of his large family, including his wife Peggy to whom he was happily married for 68 years. Van was an inspiration to all who met him and leaves a legacy of
joy, love and family. Please join us at the internment and/or funeral (information below)

Love to Ted & Annie Vandehey.

Full military internment on Thursday/July 14th @ 2:30PM at Willamette National Cemetery …
11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland, OR 97086

Funeral on Friday/July 15th @ 11AM at St James Church …
1145 SE 1st St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Followed by Reception @ 1PM at Golden Valley Brewery …
980 NE 4th St, McMinnville, OR, 97128

Save the date: 2016 Extension Annual Conference

OSUEA Board President, Marilyn Lesmeister, in collaboration with Associate Director of Extension Service, Lindsey Shirley
Invite all Extension faculty and staff to mark their calendars for the
Extension Annual Conference
November 14-17, 2016
At the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus

Faculty and staff are invited to contact Marilyn Lesmeister ( 541-737-2794 to request a workshop topic or recommend a keynote speaker for our Annual Extension Conference.

A form to submit a workshop proposal will be available soon.

OSU Recipients of National ESP Awards

Congratulations to our colleagues who will be honored at the upcoming National Recognition Dinner at the ESP National Conference in Cape May, New Jersey. Also kudos to our own Patricia Dawson, ESP National President for sharing these results and who will presenting these awards:

  • Congratulations to Mike Knutz who has been selected to receive the National ESP Diversity Multicultural Team Award for the Western Region.
  • Congratulations to Barbara Brody who has been selected to receive the National ESP Administrative Leadership Award for the Western Region.
  • Congratulations to Shanna Northway who has been selected to receive the National ESP Distinguished Team Award for the Western Region.

(Source: 4-H…Growing and Thriving, by Pamela Rose, State 4-H Program Leader.)

In this week’s issue:

Journal of Extension: June 2016 Issue

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Extension is available to view online at Oregon State is proudly represented in this issue:

Gail Langelotto, Urban and Community Horticulture Specialist and Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, has collaborated with a colleague at the Univ. of Georgia on a Tools of the Trade article about an online resource site for Extension Master Gardener coordinators.

Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist in Horticulture, has written a Research in Brief article with Dionne Uzes, former graduate student in Horticulture, on strategies to increase yield management of pinot noir vineyards while maintaining wine quality.

Marc Braverman’s article on Multivariate Data Analysis provides useful ways to analyze data in multiple ways. The quantitative data junkies won’t be the only ones excited about this article.

Congratulations to our OSU Extension authors.

Oregon 4-H Archery Team places 5th in the Country

The 4-H Archery Team placed 5th in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships (June 28-July 1) held in Grand Island Nebraska. The team was made up of:

Tanner Bernhardt-Dudley, Douglas County
Cody Tilgner, Polk County
Ben Pihl, Umatilla County
Brenden Newberg, Deschutes County
Coach Bill Dudley, Douglas County

Brenden Newberg ranked placed 4th overall out of 136 archers.

Oregon 4-H Archery Team
The 4-H Archery Team placed 5th in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships

Benny at County Fair Promo Videos

To promote Benny at your county fair, our favorite beaver was gracious enough to record a promo spot with Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley.  The recordings are the same, but the banner with OSU Day info is customized for each county.

Below are links to the promos that are ready to distribute amongst your online networks:

Marion County

Linn County

Columbia County

Hood River County

Jefferson County

Coos County

Washington County

More promos to come next week…