In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference Registration to go live SOON

The registration site for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference will go live SOON! Check your email frequently for the link, or visit ConnEXTions for more updates.

OSU Extension web upgrade project: Strategy and next steps

The Extension web upgrade project is entering the development phase!

For an update on what’s happened recently, what’s next, and how you can learn more, see the new project blog. Going forward, this blog will be the best place get more detailed information and ongoing updates. It includes:
Strategies at a glance
Timeline/milestones
FAQs
• A way to sign up to get notified of updates via email
• And more…

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the project team. We want to hear from you. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

OSU’s Joyce Loper named to Ag Research Service’s Hall of Fame

By Gail Wells

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Joyce Loper, Oregon State University professor of plant pathology, was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame this month.

The prize is a significant honor conferred on ARS scientists who have made major impacts on agricultural research, are recognized by peers for their significant accomplishments and serve as exemplary role models for younger scientists.

Loper has been a research plant pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Corvallis and joined OSU as a courtesy assistant professor in 1987. She became associate dean of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences this year.

Her work, which focuses on plant-associated bacteria in agricultural soils, has led to breakthrough discoveries on the biological control of plant diseases. Loper uses a combination of genomics, chemistry and molecular approaches to identify new antibiotics produced by certain soil-dwelling bacteria. She was among the first to probe the molecular ecology of bacteria in the genus Pseudomonas, which are common in agricultural soils and which lend themselves to biological control of a host of disease-causing microorganisms.

“Dr. Loper’s status as a world scientific leader is evidenced by her impressive number of peer-reviewed publications, invited book chapters and review articles, the visiting scientists she’s hosted in her lab, and many, many other accomplishments,” said Lynda Ciuffetti, head of OSU’s botany and plant pathology department, Loper’s academic home. “The word ‘impressive’ doesn’t begin to describe Joyce’s efforts and achievements.”

“I am very honored to join the outstanding scientists in the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame,” Loper said. “I have been so lucky to work with exceptional people in the ARS and at OSU who have mentored me, inspired me, swapped ideas, worked side-by-side on projects and supported the research in a myriad of ways, from maintaining facilities to making sure the bills get paid. It is a great time in history to be a scientist, and I’ve loved being a plant pathologist.”

Loper is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Phytopathological Society. She has received numerous honors and awards.

She joins 100 other Hall of Fame inductees and is one of only nine women. Three other ARS scientists were also inducted this year: hydrologist Thomas J. Jackson, microbiologist Cletus P. Kurtzman, and hydrologist M. Susan Moran.

USDA-ARS is one of the world’s premier agricultural scientific organizations, with nearly 2,000 scientists located across the nation.

Joyce Loper
Joyce Loper was inducted into the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Science Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., in September. She is a plant pathologist and associate dean at the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

Social Justice Education Initiative launches at OSU

The Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI) for faculty and staff has launched! The SJEI is a professional development program for all Oregon State faculty and staff aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies.

SJEI consists of an interactive, workshop-based curriculum that invites all OSU faculty and staff members (including GTAs and GRAs) to begin, or continue, their social justice and equity journey. This program is an important component of Oregon State’s ongoing institutional mission to infuse equity and inclusion into every aspect of the university’s work.

The SJEI curriculum is organized into two four-hour live workshops:

  • Session One addresses the historical and current social context, connecting the two, and why social justice matters. This session focuses on locating each of our individual identities within this broader social context.
  • Session Two is aimed at developing awareness and building skills. Topics covered include zones of safety, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and cross-cultural communication.

Sessions One and Two are sequential but should not be taken on the same day. Both sessions will be offered several times a week at no cost and include breakfast or lunch. Currently September workshops are open for registration, with many more opening soon.

Registration for SJEI workshops is now open and available via the Oregon State professional Development registration system: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

Faculty and staff who complete the SJEI program will receive a certificate of participation. Additionally, SJEI meets the continuing education requirement for active Search Advocates.

College, Department, Unit and other work group leaders may also arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum to all or some staff. These sessions can be customized and modified for added relevancy and to fit specific needs and schedules of the participants.

In the near future there will be additional workshops beyond the two-session SJEI curriculum that will offer participants a deeper exploration of specific equity and social justice topics.

For more information or to arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum, please contact Jane Waite directly.

WALKTOBER EVENTS – Get in on the fun, O&E!

Plan a one-time or recurring walking group in your county to celebrate Walktober! Publicize your event through OregonWalks Walktober site: http://walktoberpdx.org Let’s represent the ENTIRE state of Oregon (we don’t want Portland to have all the fun!) by hosting walks in the month of October. Nothing fancy, no theme, just add a date, time and location to the walktober calendar and get the word out in your community.

On-campus in Corvallis? Get excited for Mondays – because we’ll be walking from Ballard to the Bridge and Back every Monday in October at 12:15pm. Join us!

Monthly County Leader/Regional Administrator Webinar Recordings

Scott Reed has asked to share the County Leader/Regional Administrator monthly webinar recordings statewide.

The Friday, September 23rd recording is available.

All County Leader/Regional Administrator webinar recordings are available online.

In this week’s issue:

Valuing Diversity

Jeff Sherman is heading the search committee for a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator. This is a critical position to enhance our ability to serve Oregonians and it benefits the entire university through the institution’s work in community engagement. We look forward to having an individual in this critical position to help continue the work of the Diversity Catalyst Team and Civil Rights compliance.

In addition, the Division has a Civil Rights training module to help bring awareness to our organization’s goal of expanding our capacity to effectively serve new and historically underrepresented learners. With the new Canvas Learning system replacing the Blackboard Learning system, we took the opportunity to work with key OSU partners (OSU Extended Campus, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access) to update the Civil Rights training module that had been in place since 2009. All Division faculty and staff are required to complete the on-line civil rights training:

  • Campus based faculty and staff should complete the new training by December 31, 2016; and take a refresher every five years.
  • The USDA Food & Nutrition Service requires SNAP-Ed and SNAP-outreach contractors, including EFNEP, to complete civil rights training once a year. Therefore, all SNAP-Ed individuals, including the Family & Community Health individuals who have a joint assignment in SNAP-Ed or EFNEP, must take the course yearly (by December 31st of each year).
  • Since faculty and staff in the off-campus Extension County Offices have an internal Civil Rights review approximately every five years, the individuals in those offices will need to complete the course each time their office has an internal review. Therefore, off-campus Extension faculty and staff, other than the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP, should follow their usual five-year rotation schedule.

Innovation: September First Monday Update

After watching Scott Reed’s First Monday update to the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, people all over the Division are sharing how they are being innovative in their work. Become a part of the conversation here: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/engage/2016/09/02/outreach-engagement-innovation/

All those who comment will be entered into a drawing to win a book by either Clayton Christensen or William Bridges. Both authors were mentioned in the video update. Winners will be announced during the October First Monday Update.

Columbia Gorge Region & Extension Recognized for Culture of Health Prize

From Roberta Riportella

It is with pride and humility that I share with you the thrilling news that one of our Oregon communities, with significant FCH involvement, has been awarded the coveted RWJ Culture of Health award. Over 300 communities applied and only seven were awarded. This means the Columbia Gorge Region is leading the nation, setting the standards, for how to engage communities toward the goal of creating healthy communities and opportunities for health for their residents. (The humility is that I’d not been involved with this effort though I intend to promote its successful strategies statewide as we move forward.)

So please join me in congratulating Lauren Kraemer and her colleagues.

Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Award

Mark Coomer from Northwest Farm Credit Services in Baker City stopped by the Union County Extension Service Office today to award us with $3,000 from their Rural Community Grant Program to expand the grow season in three Union County school gardens: North Powder, Cove, and Elgin. Each garden will receive $1,000 of grow lights to help them grown fresh and local produce that will soon be available in the small town stores in each of their respective communities!

Thank Northwest Farm Credit Services for their support of our local food system, young farmers, and supporting our efforts to expand access to healthy food choices!

Mark is joined in the picture by Carole Smith, Extension Regional Administrator - East Region and David Melville, 4-H SNACZ Program Coordinator and G2S Program Coordinator.
Mark Coomer (center) is joined in the picture by Carole Smith, Extension Regional Administrator – East Region and David Melville, 4-H SNACZ Program Coordinator and G2S Program Coordinator.

Save the Date: Visit the New Extension Service Education Center in Washington County

SAVE THE DATE for our Open House!
Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
* Win Prizes * Food Tastings * and more…

Now located in the Twin Oaks Technology Ctr:
OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County
1815 NW 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

SPARK – the Year of Arts+Science @ OSU

SPARK – the Year of Arts+Science @ OSU has begun, and the Division/Extension is proud to be a core partner in this effort to highlight the power for innovation, creativity, and problem solving that lies at the intersections of what we think of as the arts and science.

Spark.oregonstate.edu

Extension in the News

Philomath PD’s chili wins tasting honor while raffle raises most money
Gazette Times
September 12, 2016
Featuring Carolyn Ashton and Benton County 4-H

What’s Up With All The Dead Trees? (audio)
Jefferson Public Radio
September 13, 2016
Featuring Max Bennett, Jackson County

Travel Oregon taps Tillamook County tourism organization for 2017 agritourism program
Tillamook County Pioneer
September 19, 2016
Featuring Tillamook County Extension

If you see Extension mentioned in your local media, please forward that information to jill.wells@oregonstate.edu to share the news with colleagues across the state!

In this week’s issue:

Welcome Amanda Bielenberg, O&E Conference and Event Manage

Extension Administration and University Outreach and Engagement welcomes Amanda Bielenberg, the new O&E Conference and Event Manager. She’ll be officed in Ballard 108, working closely with Jeff Sherman, also providing support for OOC and Strategic Initiatives.

Please make her feel welcomed!

University Day Viewing Announcement

From University Events:

If you can’t come to Corvallis for University Day, we want to bring University Day to you! The event, scheduled for Monday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m., will be live streamed so that you can view the event at your computer. http://live.oregonstate.edu/ The presentation will also be live captioned for easy viewing.

Prizes! If your place of work is outside of Corvallis, we want to give you a chance to win!!! Email RSVP@oregonstate.edu by noon on Friday, September 18, to get your ticket number. You must watch the program to be eligible to win, and if your number is called, you’ll need to respond immediately using the chat function (so don’t forget to log in!)

So what’s happening at the Main Session? We are excited this year’s University Day keynote address is by Carmen Suarez, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Portland State University.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mealoha McFadden. I hope that your schedule will allow for you to join us virtually!

Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night

The Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night at the Memorial Union, is Tuesday, November 15, 2016!!!

The Memorial Union Bowling Room is reserved from 7pm-9:00pm so we will have plenty of time to play and celebrate the winners.

Going outside tradition, this year we will have a healthy alternative rather than pizza. When you email me your team, name, etc. Please let me know of there are any dietary restrictions. I will be ordering platters of Subway sandwiches and providing water and Ice Tea.

The cost will be $15.00 per person and you can pay when you register online through Idealogic.

I will need to collect the trophies from last year’s competition before conference. If you are coming to campus any time before conference, and you can bring your teams trophies, please drop them off with Amanda Bielenberg in Ballard 108.

It will be up to you and your team to WIN THEM BACK!!

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

Fall Term 2016

Classes start at OSU on Wednesday, September 21st, but students are already exploring campus getting ready for the new year. The population of Corvallis will grow exponentially over the coming weekend, so if you were planning to visit campus this would be the week to do it before Corvallis gets too busy.

Central Oregon will also see some new term excitement.  The new OSU -Cascades in Bend will open for classes this fall.

Extension in the News

The Bug Lady helps locals pestered by pests
Mail Tribune
September 7, 2016
Featuring Jackson County Master Gardener, Marsha Waite

In this week’s issue:

Academic Report

The Division of University Outreach Engagement Academic Report for 2015-2016 is available to view online.

Search Advocate Workshops

Search Advocate fall workshops are now scheduled and available for registration at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=45 The first workshop series is 9/15-9/16. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 8.

Continuing education sessions and search advocate community of practice meetings are under development and will be scheduled/announced soon.

Updated Promotional Items

It’s raining in the Willamette Valley and Coast today, so the new promotional item available through Extension Admin would be perfect for those wanting to stay dry.  Just because the sun will be shining in Central and Eastern Oregon this week, doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the new stylish umbrella as it would shield your delicate skin from the sun’s rays.

Visit the OSU Extension Promotional Items webpage to order your OSU Extension Umbrellas today!

OSU Extension Services Umbrella
OSU Extension Services Umbrella

Extension in the News

Armyworms invade Willamette Valley grass seed fields
Capital Press
August 31, 2016
Featuring: Amy Dreves, Crop and Soil Science

Most of Salem smelt it, but who dealt it?
Statesman Journal
September 1, 2016
Featuring: Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Small Farms, Marion County