In this week’s issue:

OSU New Brand Identity

Today, OSU launches a new brand identity and logo! You will see a new logo and companion logos, new fonts, new photographic and visual style, and new tone of voice for how we talk about OSU. Refer to the FAQ, look for brand information in upcoming ConnEXTions, and tune in to the May 19 University Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation to learn more about how the new OSU brand impacts you and Extension. Please contact Ann Marie Murphy with any additional questions (Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1327)

April 2017 Journal of Extension

The April 2017 issue of Journal of Extension is now available online on the JOE website at www.joe.org.

Congratulations to Kathy Gunter, Patrick Abi Nader, Amanda Armington, John Hicks, and Deborah John for their Feature article describing the evaluation of the BEPA (Balanced Energy Physical Activity) Toolkit, which is used to promote physical activity and obesity prevention in SNAP-Ed settings. Their evaluation found that children’s regular exposure to the toolkit (as measured by teachers’ reports) was associated with greater levels of children’s physical activity (as measured objectively using pedometers). – As reported by Marc Braverman.

Extension in the News

Nesting boxes invite birds to hatch babies in home gardens
April 5, 2017
USA Today
by Kym Pokorny
Featuring Dana Sanchez and Nicole Strong

Note from Kym Pokorny: This story about bird nesting boxes with Dana Sanchez and Nicole Strong as sources was picked up by USA Today. That’s the first time a gardening story has shown up in such a high-profile national newspaper. Congratulations to Dana and Nicole for providing such compelling information.

 

In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence-Livestream

Watch the University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence LIVE today starting at 11:30am.

Top 10 Project presentations will being at 12:15pm.

live.oregonstate.edu

Also, follow University Outreach and Engagement today on Twitter: #OSUEngage

Open invitation: Visit EESC!

Colleagues:

Our Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) team appreciates the hospitality you show us when we have the opportunity to visit you at our offices and events around the state. We hope you have the same warm welcome when your work brings you to the Corvallis campus.

Next time you are in town, please know that you are welcome to stop by EESC as your schedule permits. We will be happy to give you a quick tour, meet and greet our team, and share what we’re currently working on. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your communities and programs.

Where to find us:
422 Kerr Administration Building (corner of 15th and Jefferson; see map)
541-737-3311

No need to call ahead. Just stop by! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jennifer Alexander, Director
For the EESC team

Spots still available 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.

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE! 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: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/innovate/innovate-extension-event-details/

In this week’s issue:

Office of Research Integrity Forum: For Cascades and Extension

SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Time: Presentations and discussion from 9am-1pm; one-on-one consultations from 1pm-5pm
Catering: Lunch will be provided by the Research Office
Location: OSU Cascades Campus, Bend OR
Intended Audience: Cascades and Extension faculty, staff, and students involved in research
Content: Presenters from the Office of Research Integrity will provide updates related to:

  1. Upcoming transition to an electronic research administration system
  2. Export Controls
  3. Use of Drones
  4. Animal Care and Use
  5. Conflicts of Interest
  6. Research with Human Subjects

Presentations will be followed by an afternoon reserved for one-on-one or small group meetings to discuss your research projects and disclosures; training; student advising; or any other needs that faculty, staff, and students may have while we are on campus!

More details to follow later in the Spring.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Registration Now Open!

This is Engagement:

Best Practices in community-engaged scholarship

Pre-Conference: September 24-25, 2017

Conference: September 26-27

Hosted by Auburn University

Registration is now open for the 2017 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference to be held in Birmingham, Alabama this fall. We invite you to join us on September 24-25 for pre-conference activities and workshops and September 26-27 for the 2017 ESC Conference.

This year’s conference is centered on the theme This is Engagement: Best Practices in Community-Engaged Scholarship.

We invite you to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering now. Special pricing includes an ESC member rate and a group discount for those attending with five or more colleagues from one institution. A conference attendee room rate has been secured at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

EESC Express Survey

It went fast but the EESC Express has come into the station after the last show of the season. Now, we’d like to hear from you. Please take our survey – it takes less than five minutes. The window for taking it is until April 14, but why procrastinate? Take it now whether you watched or not. Your answers are anonymous. Just clink on this link: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pyKMxkMSCNvKAZ

When you take the survey, let us know if you’d like to see us pull out of the station for another season.

To watch any of our eight shows, check out the recordings at our website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/eesc-express

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

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!  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.

Save the Date: Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversations, May 19, 2017

Plan to attend the next O&E Quarterly Conversation on May 19, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestreamed. This is your opportunity to ask questions of O&E leadership and to learn about O&E and Extension initiatives.

Join us in Kidder 202, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., or join via livestream http://live.oregonstate.edu/ and ask your questions online.

OSU to host events celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture April 14-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host The Co., a two-day event celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture, April 14-15 on the Corvallis campus.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Furman Hall. The fourth-annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The CO. event offers the OSU community and the public an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create. The event also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” is a new event this year, hosted by the College of Education in conjunction with The CO. and SPARK, OSU’s year-long celebration of the arts and science. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. to noon: Activities for K-12 students including a Muddy Creek project demonstration; SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences);StreamWebs; Art at Sea; and Storytime with Judy Li. Furman Hall.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Brownwyn Bevan of the University of Washington College of Education, who will deliver an interactive keynote presentation on makerspace research in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100.
  • 2-5 p.m.: Activities for the OSU community, including an earthquake/tsunami activity station; an “interpret your research” competition for graduate students to demonstrate their dissertation or capstone projects through music, dance, painting or other art forms; and happy hour with Bevan. Furman Hall.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Activities for families and the community, including a COSIA activity station. Furman Hall.

Other activities include an arts and science geocaching quest throughout the OSU campus; panels to inspire women and girls to enter STEM fields, presented by the campus groups Women in Science and Women in Engineering; and a show focused on arts and science presented by the Corvallis Public Library. A full schedule of events is available online: http://www.corvallismakerfair.org/the-co-2017/sea-through-the-eyes-of-an-artist/.

At Saturday’s Maker Fair, attendees can talk to experts in the arts, crafts, technology, and sciences and leave with unique souvenirs such as Michael Boonstra’s laser-etched cedar selfies. Visitors can also tie flies with OSU Fly Fishing, experience virtual reality gaming with Solid Fuel Studios, help build a Mars lander based on the actual Viking design plans with the Viking Mars Mission Preservation and Education Team, learn basic programming concepts with the OSU Open Source Lab, find out about the process of creating pigments with the Mobile Color Lab and more
.
The CO. is organized by a team of OSU faculty, staff, and students and professionals from the Corvallis area. Sponsors and partners for the 2017 event include HP, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, OSU College of Education, OSU College of Forestry, OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, OSU College of Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries and Press, and SPARK.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the events are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

In this week’s issue:

Passing of Janet Starkey

With sadness we share the news that Janet Starkey, former 4-H state staff member, passed away from Parkinson’s disease at her Corvallis home on Saturday March 25, 2017. Janet managed the 4-H area of Oregon State Fair and other statewide 4-H events. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to:
Ed Starkey and family
825 SE Goodnight Ave
Corvallis, OR 97333

Student Job Posting: Benny the Beaver Handlers at the County Fairs

University Events is looking for OSU Students to assist Benny while he’s on his Oregon County Fair tour this summer. If you know an OSU Student who is looking for a fun job this summer, have them apply at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/40070

Student Outreach Assistant (Benny Assistant) position was posted 03/14/2017 and will close 04/14/2017. Stipulations are that they must be enrolled at Oregon State University and able to leave from, and return to Corvallis for each county fair trip.

Benny the Beaver Fair Advertising

University Events will be providing support for advertising Benny at your County Fair. In order to do so, they have requested that we provide them with:

  1. Allow plenty of time to complete any work and be concise and organized in each request.
  2. What size they need the artwork.  What needs to be said?  See him at the parade?  Any additional information that would be helpful.
  3. There is a web page with guidance, and the design will remain the same for this year.

Please contact Jill Wells if you have any questions.

OSU to host events celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture April 14-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host The Co., a two-day event celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture, April 14-15 on the Corvallis campus.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Furman Hall. The fourth-annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The CO. event offers the OSU community and the public an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create. The event also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” is a new event this year, hosted by the College of Education in conjunction with The CO. and SPARK, OSU’s year-long celebration of the arts and science. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. to noon: Activities for K-12 students including a Muddy Creek project demonstration; SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences);StreamWebs; Art at Sea; and Storytime with Judy Li. Furman Hall.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Brownwyn Bevan of the University of Washington College of Education, who will deliver an interactive keynote presentation on makerspace research in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100.
  • 2-5 p.m.: Activities for the OSU community, including an earthquake/tsunami activity station; an “interpret your research” competition for graduate students to demonstrate their dissertation or capstone projects through music, dance, painting or other art forms; and happy hour with Bevan. Furman Hall.
  • 5-9 p.m.: Activities for families and the community, including a COSIA activity station. Furman Hall.

Other activities include an arts and science geocaching quest throughout the OSU campus; panels to inspire women and girls to enter STEM fields, presented by the campus groups Women in Science and Women in Engineering; and a show focused on arts and science presented by the Corvallis Public Library. A full schedule of events is available online: http://www.corvallismakerfair.org/the-co-2017/sea-through-the-eyes-of-an-artist/.

At Saturday’s Maker Fair, attendees can talk to experts in the arts, crafts, technology, and sciences and leave with unique souvenirs such as Michael Boonstra’s laser-etched cedar selfies. Visitors can also tie flies with OSU Fly Fishing, experience virtual reality gaming with Solid Fuel Studios, help build a Mars lander based on the actual Viking design plans with the Viking Mars Mission Preservation and Education Team, learn basic programming concepts with the OSU Open Source Lab, find out about the process of creating pigments with the Mobile Color Lab and more
.
The CO. is organized by a team of OSU faculty, staff, and students and professionals from the Corvallis area. Sponsors and partners for the 2017 event include HP, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, OSU College of Education, OSU College of Forestry, OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, OSU College of Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries and Press, and SPARK.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the events are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

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.

Extension Professional Development Fund Applications

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

Extension in the News

Spring break in Salem: 4-H students get close-up view of Capitol
Corvallis Gazette-Times
March 29, 2017
Featuring: Mario Magaña Álvarez as well as Benton and Linn County 4-H

Tree School boasts record numbers this year
The News Review
April 2, 2017
Featuring Alicia Jones, Douglas County Extension