In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Designing with PowerPoint – If you missed the session at the Extension Annual Conference titled “Bye Bye Publisher: Using PowerPoint for Design,” or if you want to refresh your memory, University Marketing published a training video about this very topic. You can find the link here (the video is 56:44 minutes). You’ll see a demonstration on how to use the design tools in PowerPoint to create branded communication and marketing pieces for your programs. In the process, you’ll learn more about OSU brand elements.

Extension Annual Conference: Leadership Recap

Thank you to faculty and staff from throughout our organization who gathered from across the state to connect, learn, and share with colleagues at last week’s Extension Annual Conference. We appreciate your time and contributions. Your presence is what makes this conference successful.

Ideate!
Our leadership team can still feel the buzz from Tuesday morning’s Administrative Update session, where attendees worked in table groups to brainstorm ideas for Extension work of the future to address emerging trends.

And the winner (with 35 votes from colleagues) is:

Use augmented reality and gamification to teach emergency prep and response. It is difficult to train our brain to respond when we haven’t experienced the event.

Congrats to Jamie Davis, Lauren Grand, Patty Driscoll, Carolyn Ashton, John Baggot, Virginia Bodeau, Lena Hosking, and Lynette Black! Their table team receives paid registrations to the eXtension Designathon One event in Portland in February 2018.

Updates and resources
Members of leadership team also shared brief updates. Here’s a quick list of links to learn more about issues, initiatives, and projects mentioned:

Oh Snap! Get your Geofilter on!

Geofilters are a social media tool, mostly used with Snapchat, to enhance photos. The tool allows Snapchat users to place a graphic overlay on photos before sharing the photo with others. For example, if you are providing a Forestry workshop, you may have an OSU Extension logo geofilter available for participants to share their experience in the workshop. The filter is available to people who are “snapping” in a physical region set by the designer.

OSU Extension-themed geofilters are available to all counties and programs as part of a funded innovation pilot project. Contact Jamie Davis to request a geofilter design for specific programs, county fairs, or other events you are hosting.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: Dec. 14 meeting cancelled due to team members’ availability. No call-in line this week.
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Call for Proposals: 2018 Engagement Scholarship Conference

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its 2018 conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. The conference will be held September 30 through October in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Proposals for presentations are due March 16, 2018. Detailed submission guidelines are on the conference web page.

The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers, as well as presentations and panel discussions on best practices in transforming the nature of higher education though publicly-engaged scholarship, teaching, practices, and policies.

Photos, photos, photos!

There was much discussion at Annual Conference about the emphasis of visual content in our new Web presence, in our learning materials, and in our marketing materials. EESC’s searchable online Photo Archive was mentioned several times as a great resource for EESC-produced photos. All Extension and Experiment Station personnel have access to the Photo Archive and may use photos for OSU purposes with credit to the photographer. The site is password protected. If you don’t know the password, contact your office staff or Digital Asset Manager Karen Zimmermann.

Want to contribute?
We don’t yet have the capacity to add photos taken by other Extension personnel, but are working with other departments on campus on a University-wide Digital Asset Management system that will allow sharing across the University. Stay tuned.

New site for type-ready photos
If you can’t find photos you need, there are plenty of free and low-cost places to search. Now that our brand identity prescribes putting type over photos, there’s a new, free site that might be helpful: https://unsplash.com/search/photos/type-ready.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the News

Why your Christmas tree costs more — again
LA times
Growers in Oregon and North Carolina, which supply most of the nation’s Christmas trees, were betting on an increase in demand shortly before the recession hit in 2007. Sales tanked, causing a severe oversupply of trees. That resulted in sharply lower tree plantings, said Chal Landgren, a professor at Oregon State University Extension Service and a Christmas tree specialist.

New outdoor school funding program has high participation in first year
Corvallis Gazette Times
Kristopher Elliott, who administers the distribution of these funds for the Oregon State University Extension Service, said the goal of extension service staff was to have a 45 percent participation level this year.

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