In this week’s issue:

Condolences: Alice Lois Redman

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development faculty, Alice Lois Redman. The obituary can be viewed here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, 116 Umberger Hall, 1612 Claflin Rd, Manhattan, KS 66506-3417 for the A. Lois Redman Scholarship in Leisure Studies or to the First Baptist Church, 2121 Blue Hills Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502, for the Lois Redman Camp Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations Benton County!

With an overwhelming 77% of the votes in favor, Benton County has passed the new OSU Extension tax district. Congratulations to Derek Godwin and the faculty and staff in Benton County!

OSU Branding

The Outreach & Engagement, Extension, and branch experiment station companion logos are available to download from Box. Please read the Brand Guide, especially the logo guidelines, before using the new logos. You can request the OSU logo from the Oregon State Brand Guide website. If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (, 541-737-1327).

Links to companion logos and other resources are available on the Extension marketing tools resource page. See the FAQs for additional information.

OSU 150

Planning for OSU’s 150th anniversary kicks off in August 2017 with a Space Grant Festival and the total eclipse of the sun.

There are opportunities for Extension to participate in a variety of ways. Check out the calendar of events for starters. Other opportunities for Extension include:

  • Utilize one of three mini traveling exhibits (4×4’ footprint): display it in the OSU office, encourage regional museums to host the exhibit, and it may travel with Benny to some of the state fairs. Shelly Signs is managing the exhibit calendar.
  • Co-brand a regularly planned Extension event with OSU 150.
  • Promote the festivals for space, sea, sun and land grants to your community, including to OSU alumni.
  • Encourage use of the OSU 150 phone app (more information to come).
  • Make a tile that will become part of a commemorative wall (more information to come).
  • Promote events on social media (#OSU150), including the fun facts 150 things you didn’t know about OSU.
  • Host an event at the Oregon Historical Society during the OSU 150 exhibit (February 9 through September 9, 2018)

For more information, contact Shelly Signs at or by calling 541-737-0724.

NAE4HA Western Regional Award Winners

Congratulations to the following NAE4HA Western Regional Award Winners! They will be recognized at the regional breakfast at the NAE4-HA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN November 12-17, 2017. Their entry will now be considered for national level recognition.

Communicator Awards
Robin Galloway and Michael Jensen – Featured Story
Emily McDonald-Williams, Emily Anderson – Periodical Publication Team

Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons, Candy Bothum, Kelly Noack, Jamie Davis, Pati Craven, Claire Sponseller, Margie House – Promotional Package Team

Claire Sponseller – Promotional Piece
Shana Withee – Published Photo

Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Lindsay Walker, Katy Joyce – Video Program

Specialty Awards
Karissa Dishon – Educational Technology
Reaza Mansur –Excellence in Club Support
Claire Sponseller – Excellence in Animal Science Programming

Mike Knutz – Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts Programming

Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Robin Galloway, Andy Hoffmann and Todd Williver – Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Ed

Forest to Ocean (F2O)

Forest to Ocean is a summer program designed to inspire educators to take their passion of exploring forests and marine environments and use it to teach others about science, mathematics, social science and the language arts. Two courses are offered in this program (Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences and Forest as Classroom). Participants can register for one or both courses, which begin June 26. Register today!

Time, Talent, Energy

For those of you interested in the book Lindsey Shirley mentioned during the Quarterly Conversations on May 19th, the name of the book is Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power  by Michael C. Mankins.

Check back with ConnEXTions for the recording of that session.

Extension in the News

Extension Service gets taxing district
The Register Guard
May 2, 2017
Featuring Benton County

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