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
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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

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