In this week’s issue:

 ECTU has Moved

From ECTU:

The Extension Computing Technology Unit (ECTU – Lisa Gillis, Wayne Jardine and Victor Villegas) has moved from Ballard Hall to room #120 in the basement of the Milne Computing Center.

The reason for this move is to help improve our service to customers. With our reduced crew, it has been a challenge to maintain an adequate level of service, especially for our walk-in clients. Starting December 15, you will be able to drop-off/pick-up your computer equipment at the IS Service Desk in Milne. This will help insure there will be someone to assist you with your drop-off/pick-up needs. The Service Desk’s expanded hours (including weekends) increases the hours of availability and should make it easier to accommodate your schedule.

The IS Service Desk hours are:
Mon.-Fri.: 8am – 7pm
Sat.-Sun.: 3pm-7pm

The Service Desk is located at Milne Computing Center #201.

Information Services has two permit parking spots on the east side of Milne, between Milne and Benton Hall (the music building) that can be used for quick drop-off and pick-ups. There are also meter spots nearby. Please park and run in to borrow the hang tag. You can find current parking map here:

Rest assured you will still have access to ECTU and we encourage you to drop by and visit us in our new location anytime.

If you have any questions, please contact Victor Villegas at 541-737-8255, or

Digital Measures Update

From Linda Brewer:

THANKS to all of you who have begun to work on your year-end reporting. It reduces the rush across my inbox.  Two items:

  1. I notice that as of today we have a new face on the login – and not just for DM. A welcome reminder of warmer times . . .
  2. So that the P&T CV report will ultimately work well for you:

a. Find the “Permanent Data” in the “General Information” section in DM
b. Update your record to indicate your hiring date (year alone is sufficient for this purpose) and Starting Rank
c. Update your advancements through the ranks as appropriate.

P&T report not yet perfectly perfect, but improving.
Find training videos here:
Send in your questions over the weekend. While not glued to the computer, I’ll keep an eye out for Digital Measures support requests.

Extension in the News

How to Read a Forage Test
December 16, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe

No ConnEXTions until January 9

Due to holidays being observed on the next two holidays, there will be no ConnEXTions hitting your mailbox until Monday, January 9th. Campus will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday January 2nd. Please feel free to submit articles to up until Friday, January 6th. Just keep in mind that if your information is time sensitive, it will not be published in ConnEXTions until January 9th.

Thank you, and have a lovely holiday break.

In this week’s issue:

Registration System

All Extension Service on-line event and program registrations should be processed through the Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) registration system, Idea-Logic.

Please contact, 541-737-5759, in PACE to establish your upcoming events and to migrate any current ones.

Extension Template (provided by PACE) for general information needed to begin the registration setup for your program or event. PACE will contact you once the form is submitted.

Marketing Promotional Items

Due to the university being in the midst of rebranding, Extension Admin has decided to not reorder many of our popular promotional items until the new visual branding guidelines have been released. Currently our inventory is low on a few items, but we will reorder as soon as a current logo has been approved for use.

We do not have a launch date for the new branding, but will keep everyone updated as information comes available. We are hopeful to be fully stocked by the time orders need to be filled for our busy seasons.

If you have any further questions, please contact

Extension in the News

Using Google Earth Pro to Monitor Rangeland (Audio)
December 6, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe

Douglas County student’s artwork is the first to win annual state calendar contest
The News Review
December 9, 2016
Featuring Mandy Hatfield and SNAP-Ed

The early jump: Middle school students experience the fun side of science
The Argus Observer
December 9, 2016
Malheur County Extension Office

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations to Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer and her husband, Brian, welcomed Nathan Jay at 4:34pm on Monday, November 21st (on Daddy’s birthday)! He was 8 pounds, 10 oz, and 23 inches long.

4-H and FCH Spring Conference Request For Proposals: DUE 12/16/16

The 2017 4-H and FCH Spring Conference planning is underway, and it is now time to submit proposals for the peer reviewed sessions. Further information:

All submissions MUST include the Proposal Application Document, and a SEPARATE document containing your proposal and WITHOUT presenter identifying information. The proposal document should have no instructor information, and be saved as the name of the presentation.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Submissions Due by 12/16/16

All presenters will be notified of acceptance or decline by 1/13/16

November 18th Quarterly Conversations Recording

The November 18 Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation is now available to view online. The conversation featured an update from Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley (Lindsey shared the results of the What is Extension exercise from the Extension conference), new OSU brand discussion from Steve Clark and Melody Oldfield, and suggestions on how Precollege Programs and Extension can work together by Kyle Cole.

Strategic Plan Spanish Translations

Spanish translations are now available online for the Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan Overview and Flyer.

Website Contacts Identified, Thanks! (OSU Extension Web Upgrade Update)

The project team continues to make good progress on several Phase 1 milestones in the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

Identify/confirm contacts
Site managers and decision makers have been identified for each site. We appreciate your help!

Features & functions
In our last post, you learned we identified and prioritized features for development during Phase 1. We have started development on selected features, starting with the people/locations directory.

Content strategy
On the “Learn with us” page on the project blog, we’ve added additional resources we’ve found useful in exploring, understanding, and applying content strategy. We invite you to learn alongside the project team. Check these out, and let us know your thoughts!

What’s next

  • Continue to develop Phase 1 features.
  • Continue to identify initial user-friendly tags/categories.
  • Continue to audit and prioritize content for main OSU Extension site, Phase 1.

Learn more
Visit the OSU Extension web upgrade project blog for more project details. Please contact the project team with any questions. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair blossoms at EOTEC
Capital Press
December 1, 21016

State scores coup with 2017 International Master Gardener Conference
The News-Review
December 2, 2016