In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence celebration and luncheon

Outreach and engagement is an essential element of OSU’s land grant mission. Learn about 15 award-winning projects involving nine colleges and six campus units; many project teams include OSU students. The event is April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Lunch is $20. Register now.

2017 4-H Spring Conference Awardees

At the 2017 4-H Spring Conference, Faculty and staff were recognized for their dedication to Oregon 4-H.

Communicator Awards
Educational Package (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Andy Hoffman, Jim Sloan – Oregon Entomology Project
Educational Piece (Individual): Jamie Davis – Presentation Ninja
Periodical Publication (Team): Emily McDonal-Williams, Emily Anderson – Jr. Master Naturalist Newsletter
Personal Column: Laurie Michaels
Promotional Package (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons, Candy Bothum, Kelly Noack, Jamie Davis, Pati Craven, Claire Sponseller, Margie House – Marketing Templates
Promotional Piece (Individual): Claire Sponseller – Hold for Inspection flyer
Promotional Piece (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Roberta Lundeburg – State Fair Banner
Published Photo: Shana Withee
Video Program: Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Lindsay Walker, Katy Joyce – Camp Tumbleweed Video
Featured Story: Robin Galloway & Michael Jensen – ACA Camping Magazine: “Don’t Let your Camp go to Pot”

Specialty Awards
Educational Technology Award (Individual): Karissa Dishon – Did You Know Video Series
Educational Technology Award: Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Emily McDonald Williams and Andy Hoffmann – Jr.Master Naturalist Website
Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award: Reaza Mansur – Expressive Arts Learning Series: To Dye For and Framed
Excellence in Teamwork Award: Patrick Willis, Stacey Sowders, Beth Stamand, Allice Phillips, Janet Nagele, Virginia Bourdeau, Margie House, Emily Andreson, Emily McDonald-Williams, Jody Einerson, Maggie Livesay, Todd Williver, Lindsay Walker, Lu Seapy, Amber Anderson, Joel Riese, Elli Vanderzanden, Beth Ann Beamer, Liana Harden, Shanna Northway, Shanna Withee, Barb Brody – STEM Beyond School
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Individual): Samara Rufner – Ag. In the Classroom
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Robin Galloway, Andy Hoffmann and Todd Williver – Florida Study
Search For Excellence in Teen Programming Award: Teresa Middleton – Douglas County 4-H Teen Leaders
Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award: Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Katy Joyce, Lindsay Walker, Jill Eveland, Beth Ann Beamer Reservation 4-H – Camp Tumbleweed
Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award: Karissa Dishon, Diana Stevens, Reaza Mansur , Matt Yeager, Candi Bothum, Todd Williver – Deschutes County 4-H Urban Outreach
Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award: Claire Sponseller – “Hold for Inspection!” A Livestock Quality Assurance Program
Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts Award (Individual): Mike Knutz – Learn by Doing: Building Teen’s Communication Skills
Excellence in Healthy Living Programming Award: Carole Smith, David Melville, Jamie Cox -SNACZ

Service Awards
Achievement in Service Award: Karissa Dishon
Achievement in Service Award: Emily Anderson
Distinguished Service Award: Barbara Brody
Distinguished Service Award: Elissa Wells
Meritious Service Award: Maggie Livesay

Congratulations to all the winners.  Thank you for all that you do!

Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards

OSU Extension Service employs educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program areas. EPAs are non-clerical, classified employees under the direction of Extension faculty who assist in coordination, promotion and evaluation of program elements.

The College of Public Health & Human Sciences EPA service awards were started in 2015 with the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance provided by EPAs in 4-H, Family and Community Health (FCH), EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas.

These awards are designed for those in the position of EPA1 or EPA2 who work in 4-H Youth Development, FCH, EFNEP or SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas in the state of Oregon.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards for 4-H, FCH, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
2017 EPA Award Winners:

Newer EPA

  • Emily McDonald-Williams, Lane County, 4-H
  • Kathy Bates, Douglas County, SNAP-Ed

Experienced EPA

  • Lu Seapy, Wasco County, 4-H
  • Anne Gross, Josephine County, EFNEP
  • Ann Bloom, Wallowa County, SNAP-Ed
  • Lucy Lores, Multnomah County, SNAP-Ed

Congratulations to these winners. OSU Extension is honored to have you as part of our team!

New Director for MCAREC

Steve Castagnoli has accepted the position as Director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River, Oregon, beginning April 1. Steve is currently an Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture. He joined the department in 1992, and has been an extension faculty member at MCAREC for almost 17 years. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge of tree fruit research, production and pest management to the Director position. Through his extension position in Hood River, he also has an exemplary record of outreach to growers in the Mid-Columbia region.

Broader Impacts Summit

Information on the Broader Impacts Summit at Skamania in SW Washington April 26-28. This is a great opportunity for OSU staff and faculty to learn more about connecting their work to NSF broader impacts requirements – only a short drive. Anyone with questions can contact To register on an OSU index just call conference services, Phone: (541) 737-9300, Toll-Free: (800) 678-6311. More information is here


The three-day conference that will focus on bringing folks together to share the collective passion and vision of the NABI community. Skamania Lodge is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The Conference Planning Committee has been busy developing sessions and networking opportunities that will utilize the casual atmosphere of the lodge and the beauty of the natural setting.

Some early highlights of Summit 2017 Planning:

  • Solar Eclipse Panel celebrating the partnerships created to develop programming for the 2017 solar eclipse;
  • BI Evaluation Workshop due to popular demand, sessions are being organized to discuss best practices in evaluating broader impacts;
  • Summit 2017 T-shirt Contest- for NABI members to participate in and vote on the conference winner;
  • Family Friendly Fun–coordinated excursions for those that wish to explore the many recreational activities at Skamania Lodge.

In this week’s issue:

Registration is now open for Innovate Extension

Have great ideas for Extension that are ‘outside of the box’? Interested in strengthening your creativity and innovation skills? Want to connect with like-minded peers? Want to receive coaching from innovation experts? Want a chance to win funding?

Plan to attend the INNOVATE Extension event: May 23rd in Corvallis.

The event is free, open to all Extension faculty/staff (and includes great swag), but space is limited to 100 participants.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Deadline to sign up is 4/10.

Want to know more about Innovate Extension? Check out the FAQ for all the details or visit the event website:

Save the Date for the Outreach and Engagement Awards Celebration

April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Join colleagues from across OSU as they receive Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence. Ignite-style presentations will feature ten exceptional, award-winning outreach and engagement projects. Five additional projects will receive honorable mention recognition. The outstanding projects were selected from a pool of almost 60 nominations. Registration opens this week for the awards celebration and luncheon.

OSU Agriculture amongst the top in the world

According to Agri Marketing Magazine, Oregon State University is ranked as the 13th Best Agricultural College in the World. Look at their complete list here.

Congratulations OSU College of Agriculture.

Extension in the News

Residents give input to committee
The Argus Observer
March 17, 2017
Featuring Malheur County Extension

In this week’s issue:

Condolences: Jane Capizzi and Amy Peters  

It is with sadness we share the passing of E. Jane Capizzi and Amy Peters.

E. Jane Capizzi, retired 4-H faculty,  passed away on Feb. 25 in Corvallis. Jane was a 4-H agent in Douglas County, and also served as a 4-H leader and later as coordinator for the OSU state 4-H International Foreign Youth Exchange program in Corvallis.

A memorial service was held on March 12 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis.

Amy Peters, Ag Extension Faculty in Coos County, passed away on March 3rd 2017 at her home in Myrtle Point Oregon.

Her service will be held at the Pavilion located at the Myrtle Point Fair grounds on March 25th 2017, at 2pm. Pastor Lloyd Pounds of the First Christian Church, where she regularly attended, will be officiating.

Outdoor Summit Postponed

The Outdoor Summit has been postponed to allow for more planning time. More information to come.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: Save the Date

The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 17 at CH2M Hill on the Oregon State main Campus.

Spring O&E Magazine is now available

The spring 2017 edition of O&E magazine is available in print and online. The publication also will appear in the spring edition of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, which mails in early April. Copies of O&E will be mailed to each Extension office and Agriculture Experiment Stations. Applied research is the publication’s theme and include stories about engaging coastal communities in wave energy development; better-fed honeybees fight off harmful effects of parasite; 30-day lifestyle intervention lowers risk factors for chronic disease; and Cattle spend limited time in streams. Readers are also encouraged to download the Extension free book on “Coping with Caregiving: How to Manage Stress When Caring for the Elderly.

Share the publication with stakeholders, community partners and learners. Contact Jill Wells ( or Ann Marie Murphy ( for copies.

Chick Cam

The Clatsop County Chick Cam is LIVE!

The chicks were expected to hatch today, March 13, but an early bird hatched yesterday and it appears she has been joined by a sibling already.

To watch the rest of chicks hatch, go to 

OSU begins live stream of chick hatching

Extension in the News

Wallowa County’s emerging food movement is apparent at the FEAST gathering
Wallowa County Chieftain
March 8, 2017
Featuring Ann Bloom, Wallowa County Extension

Teens as Teachers 4-H program opportunity
Tillamook Headlight Herald
March 10, 2017
Featuring: Jessica Linnell, Tillamook County Extension

In this week’s issue:

What does it take to enable students to see the planet as one interdependent ecosystem?

This July, youth and their educators from up to 23 countries will meet here in Oregon for the 31st year to share their team science-based projects reflecting the conference theme, “Following Nature’s Design” in one of three categories: Food Systems, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Design.. They will also share their culture and commitments to their communities, learn about and tour Oregon innovations and best practices, and work together to design their sustainable future.

Since 2004, Oregon youth have traveled around the planet, engaged in this annual global conversation and have come away with a life-changing experience and renewed confidence in our ability to resolve our environmental challenges. Most of these youth performed 4-H based service work to raise funds for expensive airfares. This year’s conference is hosted by Caretakers of the Environment International/ USA Branch (CEI USA) in partnership with OSU Extension Service – Marion County. No airfare required.

On March 31st, our final Oregon teams – up to 40 youth – will meet in Salem in a workshop setting to refine their project outcomes, and begin to develop our cultural presentation. They then celebrate their Oregonness the following day, April 1st at Winema Wayside/ Pacific City at the SOLVE beach clean-up. Are there deserving Oregon youth who shouldn’t miss out on what could be their only opportunity for an authentic global experience? We have room for a few more teams who believe that this is a worthwhile effort . Contact Dan Hoynacki at

Journal of Extension, February 2017 issue

Marc Braverman recently shared the February issue of the Journal of Extension and highlighted Oregon State Faculty featured:

Lynette Black, 4-HYD faculty in Wasco County, has co-authored an article on using pop culture – specifically, zombies – to teach life skills to youth. As Lynette says in the article’s introduction: “Creatively repackaging topics through a twist such as a zombie apocalypse theme can attract hordes of adolescents to Extension youth development programs.”

To read Lynette’s article as well as the others in the February issue, please visit

Linn County Japanese Activity Night

Linn County 4-H organized an event to learn about hosting a Japanese student through the 4-H Global Citizenship Program. Participants were able to learn about Japanese culture through activities such as Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting), Origami (Japanese art of folding paper), decorating Koinobori (carp windsocks) and Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth).

Japanese native and 4-H Global Citizenship Program host, Shunske Yamamoto, taught the students how to make inari (seasoned tofu skin stuffed with sushi rice), onigiri (rice balls) and mochi (rice cake). There was also a variety of Japanese crackers and candies for the attendees to enjoy.

This summer, many 4-H members and their families will host students from Japan who will spend their summer vacation learning about our customs and culture. Visitors are paired with 4-H members of the same gender and age and will spend the summer doing the same activities (and chores) as their host siblings. Volunteers such as Shunske have hosted adults chaperoning the students who travel here.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting a student or chaperone, more information about the Global Citizenship Program is available online.

If any county office would like to host a similar evening, you may contact Jill Wells for ideas.


Linn County 4-H and Origami
Linn County 4-H members learning origami.
Linn County 4-H members making Japanese onigiri.
Linn County 4-H members making onigiri.

Extension in the News

Tree School to offer useful tips for woodland owners
The News-Review
March 4, 2017
Featuring Douglas County Extension