In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Introducing the OSU Extension sub-brand Save the date! Everyone in OSU Extension Service is invited to a virtual introduction to OSU Extension’s new sub-brand. Please register for the sub-brand training session on September 19, 2017, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. (your name and email is required for this meeting platform). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Live mic audio is available only to presenters. Please email any questions and observations to Ann Marie Murphy.

Outdoor Summit

Plan to attend a two-day Outdoor Summit at OSU. The event will explore opportunities and challenges of traveling to, living in, and enjoying life in Oregon’s great outdoors. Community leaders, public officials, outdoor enthusiasts, recreation-related businesses, public officials, educators, and students from across Oregon are all invited to participate.

Share the invitation to the Outdoor Summit with community collaborators, outdoor-related businesses, and friends, or anyone who is passionate about the outdoors and wants to learn or add to the conversation. Developing outdoor recreation as a sustainable enterprise doesn’t happen all by itself. With this summit, we hope to work with our partners at Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks to identify needs and opportunities.

For agenda and registration information, go to University Outreach and Engagement’s Outdoor Summit website. The two-day summit costs $10 per day; Monday night’s crop-up dinner is another $25.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta B. Johnston awards. Nominations are due by October 16, 2017, with submission by email to Jackie.Russell@oregonstate.edu. Nomination criteria and instructions are available online.

Alberta Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant.

Alberta Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years in the OSU Extension Service. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialist, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

See Extension Annual Conference site for list of additional opportunities for Awards, Recognition and Scholarship.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources
DACA support and resources from Oregon State University’s Office of the President: Last Tuesday, President Ray wrote to the OSU Community to ensure support for OSU students with DACA, undocumented students and students from mixed-immigration status families, despite the U.S. Department of Justice announcing this week that in six months it will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. He provided the first two resources below. The third is a toolkit shared with us by our colleagues at Linn-Benton Community College.

• Students impacted directly by this announcement are encouraged to contact Janet Nishihara, director of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), at janet.nishihara@oregonstate.edu or by calling (541) 737-3628. EOP is prepared to provide all OSU students with guidance on university resources.

• Faculty, staff and students can learn what more they can do by reviewing the university’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student FAQs.” A recorded informational session “Advising Students on DACA and Undocumented Status Issues” is also a helpful resource.

A Toolkit for DREAMers

TODAY at 3pm (September 11): Learn more about the DACA renewal application process in this FREE webinar. Register here.

OSU building name evaluation process: A website has been created to inform and engage members of the OSU community and stakeholders about the scheduled evaluation process of some of our building names. Community dialogue sessions, where you can learn about and offer input on the evaluation process, will be held on Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. You can view an article by the Gazette Times by following this link.

In the news
Training Extension Agents for the 21st Century (Chronicle)
American colleges and universities have been the foundation of innovation and social change since the establishment of the republic. But what are their primary roles and responsibilities now, at a time when government is dysfunctional, society is fractured, and both domestic and international problems seem increasingly daunting?

Self-identifying as disabled and developing pride in disability aid overall well being (Med Xpress)
Experiencing stigma, the severity of a disability and a person’s age and income level help determine whether someone with an impairment considers themselves to be a person with a disability, and experiencing stigma predicts whether those individuals will ultimately develop disability pride, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Nine proposed action areas to enhance diversity and inclusion in the American Fisheries Society (Journal of Fisheries)
An essay co-written by OSU’s Ivan Aresmendi and Brooke Penaluna.

12th Annual Campeones de Salud (Champions of Health) event (Gazette Times)
On Sunday, August 27, Benton County Health Services partnered with Corvallis Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Health Authority and Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties to put on the 12th annual Campeones de Salud event. This annual event provides low income people with free health and dental screenings from providers who speak English and Spanish. This year, more than 30 organizations with informational booths and free food participated.

What did Dr. King mean by love? (Marin Scope)
An essay by José-Antonio Orosco, an associate professor of philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and director of the Oregon State University Peace Studies Program.

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Ad in fall 2017 Oregon Stater alumni magazine showcases Juntos and encourages donations

OSU Extension is trying something new: To raise awareness about Extension programs and encourage donations to fund growth, a full-page ad featuring the Juntos program and Open Campus Coordinator José Garcia is appearing in the fall issue of Oregon Stater. A heartwarming video and donation website landing page was created to support the advertising. Take a look and share it with friends, family, and Open Campus/Juntos partners.

Recording of Aug. 18 Quarterly Conversation

The August 18, 2017, Quarterly Conversation recording is now available. PROMISE interns demonstrate the OSU Extension Story Map; learn why you should attend the first-ever Outdoor Summit (co-sponsored by Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks); and hear about the Divisions new executive team and other administrative activities. Note: the 2017 Roads Scholar Tour has been cancelled.

Extension in the News

What it means to be “4-H Grown”
Tillamook County Pioneer, September 8, 2017
Features Jessica D. Linnell, Family and Community Health, and Amy Schmid, administrative program specialist, Tillamook County

Year of wellness: Doing the can-can at home with salmon
Tillamook Headlight Herald, September 6, 2017
Features Jessica D. Linnell, Family and Community Health, Tillamook County

Saving seeds also saves money and plant history
Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, September 5, 2017
Features Weston Miller, horticulturalist, Clackamas County and Portland Metro area

Since you asked: You’re still hearing crickets on those smoky nights
Mail Tribune, September 2, 2017
Featuring Extension Service entomologist Rick Hilton

Tomatoes into the fall season
Lancaster Farming, September 1, 2017
Featuring Barb Fick, horticulturalist

Port partners for growth and innovation
Oregon Business
Featuring Brian Tuck, Mid-Columbia regional administrator

In this week’s issue:

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

 

Events and resources

Technical Assistance in Grant Writing for Diverse Communities: September 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Oregon State University, College of Public Health and Human Services, Waldo Hall 400, Corvallis, OR 97331. This event is being brought to you by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Region X Office of Regional Operations in partnership with The Oregon Primary Care Association, The Oregon Public Health Association, The Oregon State Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Familias en Acción as part of their commitment to improving access to health care and building community capacity to address these issues. Through presentations and facilitated discussions, participants will explore the basics of responding to HRSA grants, become familiar with relevant resources to use in practice, and identify strategies for building sustainable partnerships among and between community and health partners. Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 15.

Basic Rights Oregon Statewide Leadership Summit 2017: October 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene (1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402). This all-day event will be your opportunity to meet with hundreds of LGBTQ and ally Oregonians from around the state, attend organizing workshops, and get the skills you need to become a leader in your community. For more information or to register or volunteer, follow this link.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Sept. 6 and Oct. 6.

FYI – Restroom Signage Changes: Recently, around 60 restroom signs were changed all over the Corvallis campus to increase the number of restrooms accessible to all genders. These signs are labeled “Single-User Restroom” and can be used by anyone. This campus map will be updated to reflect these changes, in total around 200 public restrooms are now non-gendered. This sign will become a campus standard for single-user restrooms moving forward. Contact Gabriel Merrell in Equal Opportunity and Access with questions, Capital Planning and Development as well as Facilities Services have been helping to address issues such as fixing damage caused by removing the old signs

Expert on civic engagement will give University Day keynote (LIFE@OSU): An expert on civic engagement and democracy will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s University Day celebration on Sept. 18. Harry Boyte, senior scholar in public work philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, will speak at 10:30 a.m. in The La Sells Stewart Center.

In the news

VOLUNTEER FORCE- for all abilities project receives an Innovation Award from The Division of University Outreach & Engagement. This project will help mobilize trained and dedicated Extension volunteers to reach and include Oregon’s citizens who experience a disability.

Have you ever suffered at work because of your appearance? Share your stories (Guardian) – A university in the US has introduced a course entitled ‘Fat Studies’, where students can “examine body weight, shape and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.” Prof Patti Lou Watkins, who teaches the course at Oregon State University, said that “weight-based bias and discrimination” has increased as the “war on obesity has escalated”.

Branding Update

Introducing OSU Extension Brand

Save the date! Everyone in OSU Extension Service are invited to a virtual introduction to OSU Extension’s new brand. Presented by Ologie, with introduction by Scott Reed, on September 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dial-in information details to come.

Finding Extension and AES Logos

Are you looking for logos? They can be found in the “For Employees” section of the Extension website (same place they have always been!).

  • On the Extension homepage, select “For Employees” from the top menu and then “Employee Resources” in the dropdown menu.
  • Next click on “Marketing Tools” and then “Logos” in the right navigation bar. There, you will see the link to companion logos. Clicking this link opens the “Extension and AES” Box.

o The “Extension and AES” Box is the one-stop-shop for brand assets specific to University Outreach & Engagement, OSU Extension, and Ag Experiment Station.

o In this Box, there are four “pages” of unit folders. You can sort by name, and also use the pager arrows (upper right next to the Download button) to move to the next page.

o Each folder has logos in .png and .eps formats. Open the .eps logo folder and the logo art sheet to view logo color options and file names.

Tip: You can also use the “favorites” feature in Box for quick access to your commonly used files and folders. Here’s a short video from our friends at URM.

Please review the OSU brand guidelines before using the logo.

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541-737-1327.

Free Virtual Conference on “Learning Through Change”

Is your state experiencing change?  Change is hard!  Do you feel change accelerating in your professional or personal life? Do you thrive on workplace change? Join the Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges.  Cooperative Extension professionals will find lots of great information to help navigate change at work and with their clientele. The virtual conference is September 26-29. Register free here: https://militaryfamilies.extension.org/2017virtualconference/. View the Save-the-Date video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSdOAyWEyl4&feature=youtu.be

Extension in the News

BY EXTENSION: Driven by personal experience, Juntos coordinator helped Latino families find pathways to college
Tillamook County Pioneer
August 24, 2017
Featuring Maydra Valencia, Open Campus

10 flowers that will keep a garden colorful into the fall
FoxNews.com
August 23, 2017
Featuring Neil Bell, OSU Extension Community Horticulturalist, Marion County

Unique Approach to Creating and Implementing a Social Media Strategic Plan
Journal of Extension
August 2017
Featuring Jamie Davis and Karissa Dishon, 4-H Lake and Deschutes Counties, respectively

Effective Chaperone Selection and Training for Enhanced Youth Experiences
Journal of Extension
August 2017
Featuring Emily Anderson, 4-H in Lane County, in collaboration with colleagues from Wyoming and Utah

A wise word about water-wise gardening
The Bulletin
August 22, 2017
Featuring Amy Jo Deitweiler, OSU Extension Horticulturalist, Deschutes County

Clatskanie Grows: The spider talk
The Chief
August 20, 2017
Featuring Chip Bubl, OSU Extension in Columbia County

Pelican Elementary playground gets touched up
Herald and News
August 20, 2017
Featuring Karen Hottman, SNAP-Ed in Klamath County

Childhood obesity in county exceeds national rate
Columbia County Spotlight
August 18, 2017
Featuring Kathy Gunter, physical activity specialist, Family and Community Health Extension

 

In this week’s issue:

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.

Topics:
OSU 150, special guest, Shelly Signs
Branding Discussion

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.

Branding

The suite of Extension Service logos will be available this week. Keep an eye out for an email explaining how to access the logo for your county. Please read the Brand Guide before using the new logos. For example, it is important to have space around the logo that is the width of the crest. And to ensure legibility, the logo should not appear smaller than 1.375 inches wide in printed materials. If you have questions contact Ann Marie Murphy, communication and marketing manager for University Outreach and Engagement and OSU Extension Service.

10th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum

The 10th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum is just two weeks away, and it has a little bit of everything for you and hundreds of your Oregon State colleagues.

  • 15 interactive sessions about online teaching innovation
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • A lunchtime address by OSU President Edward J. Ray
  • A hands-on workshop on research design projects
  • Free food (breakfast and lunch)

If you haven’t done so, please check the agenda and register now to secure your place at one of Oregon State’s best professional development events of the year.

When: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 9
Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Register TODAY!

The Faculty Forum brings more than 200 Oregon State faculty and staff together for thought-provoking discussions that showcase OSU’s excellence in online education.

During lunch, OSU President Edward J. Ray will give an address on the university’s excellence and the role Ecampus plays in it. Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs, will also recognize distinguished faculty members.

In the afternoon, register for an optional, hands-on workshop titled “Research Design for Teaching, Learning and Technology Projects” led by Dr. Katie Linder and Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto of the OSU Ecampus Research Unit. More details will follow once you register for the forum.

Reserve your spot today, and we’ll see you soon.

Analyst Programmer (Web Developer) Recruitment

Please share the following recruitment information with qualified and interested individuals.

Analyst Programmer (Web Developer)

Oregon State University’s Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) unit is looking for a new member for our Web and Content Strategy team.

This team focuses on developing educational, user-focused online experiences. As an analyst programmer (web developer) on the team, your role will be to collaboratively design, develop, test, and maintain web and Drupal content management systems for the OSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). This is a full-time position located in Corvallis, Oregon.

· You will work on a new OSU Extension web presence, the OSU Extension Catalog, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine, and other special web projects.
· These websites and systems increase the public’s access to and engagement with educational resources and information.
· This work helps build positive change for youth, families, communities, and businesses throughout Oregon in the areas of sustainable ecosystems, human health and wellness, and economic development.

EESC’s mission is to support the critical communication needs of OSU Extension and AES through educational publishing, public issues and impact communication (including news and media relations), and web and content strategy. EESC is a creative and highly collaborative team. We embrace change and diversity and support professional development and employee well-being.

If you are committed to web development best practices, enjoy working collaboratively, and share our goal of enabling effective online engagement, then we want you on our team.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/42531
Closing date: 5/29/17

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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

University Events has again posted a job 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/42666

Student Outreach Assistant (Benny Assistant) position closes on May 16th. 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.

Extension in the News

Farmers warned to prepare for new produce safety rule
Capital Press
May 2, 2017
Featuring, Stuart Reitz

Screen Free Week encourages families to turn off the TV
East Oregonian
May 4, 2017
Featuring Angie Treadwell, Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Field Day Fun
The Argus Observer
May 7, 2017
Featuring Barbara Brody,

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:

Extension Annual Conference Registration to go live SOON

The registration site for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference will go live SOON! Check your email frequently for the link, or visit ConnEXTions for more updates.

OSU Extension web upgrade project: Strategy and next steps

The Extension web upgrade project is entering the development phase!

For an update on what’s happened recently, what’s next, and how you can learn more, see the new project blog. Going forward, this blog will be the best place get more detailed information and ongoing updates. It includes:
Strategies at a glance
Timeline/milestones
FAQs
• A way to sign up to get notified of updates via email
• And more…

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the project team. We want to hear from you. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

OSU’s Joyce Loper named to Ag Research Service’s Hall of Fame

By Gail Wells

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Joyce Loper, Oregon State University professor of plant pathology, was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame this month.

The prize is a significant honor conferred on ARS scientists who have made major impacts on agricultural research, are recognized by peers for their significant accomplishments and serve as exemplary role models for younger scientists.

Loper has been a research plant pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Corvallis and joined OSU as a courtesy assistant professor in 1987. She became associate dean of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences this year.

Her work, which focuses on plant-associated bacteria in agricultural soils, has led to breakthrough discoveries on the biological control of plant diseases. Loper uses a combination of genomics, chemistry and molecular approaches to identify new antibiotics produced by certain soil-dwelling bacteria. She was among the first to probe the molecular ecology of bacteria in the genus Pseudomonas, which are common in agricultural soils and which lend themselves to biological control of a host of disease-causing microorganisms.

“Dr. Loper’s status as a world scientific leader is evidenced by her impressive number of peer-reviewed publications, invited book chapters and review articles, the visiting scientists she’s hosted in her lab, and many, many other accomplishments,” said Lynda Ciuffetti, head of OSU’s botany and plant pathology department, Loper’s academic home. “The word ‘impressive’ doesn’t begin to describe Joyce’s efforts and achievements.”

“I am very honored to join the outstanding scientists in the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame,” Loper said. “I have been so lucky to work with exceptional people in the ARS and at OSU who have mentored me, inspired me, swapped ideas, worked side-by-side on projects and supported the research in a myriad of ways, from maintaining facilities to making sure the bills get paid. It is a great time in history to be a scientist, and I’ve loved being a plant pathologist.”

Loper is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Phytopathological Society. She has received numerous honors and awards.

She joins 100 other Hall of Fame inductees and is one of only nine women. Three other ARS scientists were also inducted this year: hydrologist Thomas J. Jackson, microbiologist Cletus P. Kurtzman, and hydrologist M. Susan Moran.

USDA-ARS is one of the world’s premier agricultural scientific organizations, with nearly 2,000 scientists located across the nation.

Joyce Loper
Joyce Loper was inducted into the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Science Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., in September. She is a plant pathologist and associate dean at the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

Social Justice Education Initiative launches at OSU

The Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI) for faculty and staff has launched! The SJEI is a professional development program for all Oregon State faculty and staff aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies.

SJEI consists of an interactive, workshop-based curriculum that invites all OSU faculty and staff members (including GTAs and GRAs) to begin, or continue, their social justice and equity journey. This program is an important component of Oregon State’s ongoing institutional mission to infuse equity and inclusion into every aspect of the university’s work.

The SJEI curriculum is organized into two four-hour live workshops:

  • Session One addresses the historical and current social context, connecting the two, and why social justice matters. This session focuses on locating each of our individual identities within this broader social context.
  • Session Two is aimed at developing awareness and building skills. Topics covered include zones of safety, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and cross-cultural communication.

Sessions One and Two are sequential but should not be taken on the same day. Both sessions will be offered several times a week at no cost and include breakfast or lunch. Currently September workshops are open for registration, with many more opening soon.

Registration for SJEI workshops is now open and available via the Oregon State professional Development registration system: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

Faculty and staff who complete the SJEI program will receive a certificate of participation. Additionally, SJEI meets the continuing education requirement for active Search Advocates.

College, Department, Unit and other work group leaders may also arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum to all or some staff. These sessions can be customized and modified for added relevancy and to fit specific needs and schedules of the participants.

In the near future there will be additional workshops beyond the two-session SJEI curriculum that will offer participants a deeper exploration of specific equity and social justice topics.

For more information or to arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum, please contact Jane Waite directly.

WALKTOBER EVENTS – Get in on the fun, O&E!

Plan a one-time or recurring walking group in your county to celebrate Walktober! Publicize your event through OregonWalks Walktober site: http://walktoberpdx.org Let’s represent the ENTIRE state of Oregon (we don’t want Portland to have all the fun!) by hosting walks in the month of October. Nothing fancy, no theme, just add a date, time and location to the walktober calendar and get the word out in your community.

On-campus in Corvallis? Get excited for Mondays – because we’ll be walking from Ballard to the Bridge and Back every Monday in October at 12:15pm. Join us!

Monthly County Leader/Regional Administrator Webinar Recordings

Scott Reed has asked to share the County Leader/Regional Administrator monthly webinar recordings statewide.

The Friday, September 23rd recording is available.

All County Leader/Regional Administrator webinar recordings are available online.

In this week’s issue:

Division of Outreach and Engagements Strategic Plan Kits 

The second five-year strategic plan for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement is complete and is entering the implementation phase. To familiarize all Division employees with the plan and its impact on university outreach and engagement work, a kit containing the following will arrive the week of August 8 at each Division location:

  1. Poster (11×17”) – Vision, Mission, Values, Goals – to be displayed in each office
  2. Overview brochure – to be distributed to each employee and to stakeholders as appropriate
  3. Wallet cards – Vision, Goals – to be distributed to each employee and to stakeholders as appropriate
  4. Detailed plan – Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, Strategies – in a binder for easy office access (one per location)

Additionally, a smaller version of the poster (8.5 x 11”) can be downloaded. The flyer is appropriate for individual work spaces. All strategic plan materials, including the detailed plan, are available on the O&E website.

Please contact Jill Wells (jill.wells@oregonstate.edu) for additional copies of these materials. Note: Once measurements of progress and success are identified, a more in-depth strategic report will be published for limited distribution to key stakeholders and peers. When complete, it, too, will be available online. Your thoughts are welcome about what measures are appropriate to evaluate the success of our strategic plan.

The mission of the Division did not change with the realignment of Ecampus and PACE. Extension is the nucleus of the Division, and we continue to provide leadership for the outreach and engagement mission across the university.

The first step in the implementation stage is to build a team for each of our five goals. The teams will prioritize strategies and resources, develop tactics and identify how we will measure progress and define success. If you, or anyone in your office, would like to participate in a team, please contact Jeff Sherman (jeff.sherman@oregonstate.edu). He described this approach in the August First Monday Video.

The August 19 Quarterly Conversation, starting at 9 a.m. in Kidder 202 and live-streamed, will discuss the new strategic plan. Please encourage everyone in your office to tune in and ask questions. Comments about the plan, materials and distribution process also can be posted in the comment section of the O&E blog.

These materials will be shared across the university and with ECAN members.

Strategic Plan Flyer

Strategic Plan brochure

OSUEA Award Nominations

The OSUEA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for awards through September 15, 2016. There are categories available for all positions as well as team efforts.

Please submit via electronic copy to: Carole Smith with a subject line titles OSUEA AWARDS (and the name of the award). You will receive a confirmation email from Carole Smith. Announcement of the awards will be at Extension Annual Conference in November

Detailed criteria and instructions for submission: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/awards

Don’t hesitate to contact Carole Smith if you have questions!

Categories:

OSUEA Newer Faculty Award – The newer faculty award recognizes superior achievement for faculty w/less than 7 years of Extension experience. Awardees will receive a plaque and $200 stipend, sponsored by Dale & Alice Hoecker. Up to 5 awards are given annually.

OSUEA Experienced Faculty Award – The experienced faculty award recognizes superior achievement for faculty w/more than 7 years of Extension experience. Awardees receive a plaque and a $200 stipend, sponsored by Dale & Alice Hoecker. Up to 5 awards are given annually.

OSCAR HAGG Extension Communication Award – To recognize superior and distinguished achievement by Extension personnel–individuals,
groups, and teams–who have helped Oregonians resolve difficult problems through Extension education programs by effectively
utilizing planned, innovative and creative communications skills, techniques, and vehicles and technology . The recipient will receive $1,000. One-half of the amount will be used by the recipient(s) in their current or prospective Extension communication program; the other half will be used by the recipient(s) at their discretion to fund activities that will enhance their professional effectiveness (e.g., travel to professional meetings, additional training, purchase of books or subscriptions to journals).

OSUEA Team Award – The award recognizes efforts on the part of a team of Extension Faculty, staff or both in responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program or effort within the OSU Extension Service.

OSUEA Professional Faculty (administrative support) – Professional (administrative support) faculty includes non-classified positions that provide support to program, administrative, or serve operational functions of the OSU Extension Service. The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service to the organization by professional faculty (administrative support) members within the OSU Extension Service.

OSUEA Educational Program Assistant Recognition – The OSU Extension Service employs educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program areas. Educational Program Assistants are non-clerical, classified employees under the direction of Extension faculty who assist in coordination, promotion, and evaluation of program elements. Part-time and full-time EPAs who have been on staff for at least one year are eligible for this award. They do not need to be a member of OSUEA to be eligible.

OSUEA Classified Staff Award – This award is to recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service by classified and management employees within the Oregon State University Extension Service. The recipient will receive a plaque.

OSUEA Search for Excellence Award – The OSUEA Search for Excellence program recognizes outstanding Extension education effort, innovation and impact. Only current members of the OSU Extension Association are eligible to enter. For team projects to be considered, at least one project leader must be a member of OSUEA. Applications for both teams and individuals in a wide range and scale of deserving programs from county to multi-state efforts are considered. Programs/projects completed within the past 2 years are eligible. http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/osuea-search-excellence

Both awards, OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) Search for Excellence and the Western Extension Directors Award (WEDA) for Excellence, recognize outstanding accomplishments in Extension Education. Two awards with one application process… Your time has arrived. Don’t be bashful.

The deadline OSUEA Search for Excellence and WEDA is September 15, 2016. For WEDA, the applicants will be considered for the 2017 nomination.

Submit your nomination to weston.miller@oregonstate.edu

OSUEA Cooperator Award – Each year, OSUEA honors individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to Extension programs. It is through these cooperators that Extension is able to accomplish so much. Awards are given in the following categories:
A. Individuals with 10 years or more of service
B. Individuals with fewer than 10 years of service
C. Businesses or organizations (no time limit)

ESP Award Nominations 

ESP Friend of Extension Award is the highest recognition presented by an Epsilon Sigma Phi chapter to a non-Extension (lay) person, company, organization or elected official and is designed to recognize truly outstanding support and personal involvement in Extension efforts. The Friend of Extension Award, sponsored by ESP, is open to any non-Extension person, company or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support and involvement in Extension efforts. Past Cooperator Award Winners who have continued to serve and contribute are eligible to be nominated as well. The winner of this award will be nominated for the National ESP Friend of Extension Award.

Take time now with your staff to nominate someone. (OSU Employees are not eligible for this award). The recognition and honor of being named a “2016 OSU Extension Service Cooperator” is a small reward for the time, energy, and dedication a volunteer gives. Every program area in every county, and statewide, has several individuals and businesses who are “you can count on” Cooperators. Now is the time to nominate them for this recognition.
Nomination procedures
1. Administrators, specialists, agents, and support staff discusses potential nominees for one or more categories.
2. Prepare a nomination. (see application attachment)
3. Send in the nomination by September 15. Send nominations electronically to: John.Williams.1@oregonstate.edu.
4. Continuing this year is the award participation fee (see attached policy) additional financial help from the nominators
If you have questions, please feel free to contact John Williams (541-426-3143) or Darrin Walenta (541-963-1010), co-chairs of the OSUEA Cooperator program or Mike Knutz ESP Awards Committee Chair. 503-434-8913.

The nomination form, criteria and previous Cooperator winners can also be found on the OSUEA website: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/cooperator-awards

Hoecker Innovative Grants Program Applications 

The Dale and Alice Hoecker family established the Extension Innovative Grants Program in 2001 to encourage creative Extension programming. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage and support Extension faculty in developing/replicating and delivering programs that address a high priority need of an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches. This grants program is only for new projects or programs (funding existing programs is not allowed). The project may be a replication program or of new design but must be “new” for the respective applicant. Each grant award grant will be for a maximum of $4,000. The number of grants and/or amount of the grant may vary based on funds available, but it is anticipated that up to 4 grants may be awarded annually. Funds may be used to support program development, marketing, delivery, evaluation, and/or equipment related to the innovative/replication project.

To apply, email Carole.smith@oregonstate.edu with a subject line titled Hoecker Grant Application

Purpose: To encourage and support Extension faculty in developing/replicating and delivering programs that address a high priority need of an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches. This grants program is only for new projects or programs (funding existing programs is not allowed). The project may be a replication program or of new design but must be “new” for the respective applicant.

Award: Each award grant will be for a maximum of $4,000. The number of grants and/or amount of the grant may vary based on funds available, but it is anticipated that up to 4 grants may be awarded annually. Funds may be used to support program development, marketing, delivery, evaluation, and/or equipment related to the innovative/replication project.
Awards are announced during O & E Annual Conference.
Eligibility: OSU Extension faculty and staff with at least a .30 FTE Extension appointment are eligible to apply.

Process and Required Criteria:
• Written proposal consisting of a maximum of 2 pages including a budget (no cover letter or appendices).
• Project must address a priority issue with an identified audience.
• Develops or demonstrates an innovative and/or creative program, approach, or delivery method or justification of replication program.
• Achievable outcomes and a process for evaluating impact are identified.
• Show the entire budget even if this application is only for partial funding of a larger proposal.

Recommended Criteria:
• Project will be completed or there is potential for continuation beyond the funding period.
• Results in scholarly accomplishment.

Funding Period: The project must be conducted within the next 12 months following the award. Upon completion the recipient will provide a brief (2-page maximum) electronic written report that includes a discussion of what was learned, outcomes and impacts, and implications for the future.

OSU Extension, in the News

Master Gardener Q&A: Galls feed on kinnikinnick
Statesman Journal
August 2, 2016
Featuring Neil Bell

Garden Plots
St Helens Chronicle
August 1, 2016
Featuring Chip Bubl

2016’s Best-Run Cities in America
WalletHub.com
Featuring Bruce Sorte

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Register Today — Adaptive Learning Open House May 9 & 10

Leading providers of adaptive and personalized learning platforms have been invited to campus for an Adaptive Learning Open House on May 9 and 10 in the MU Horizon Room. To help organizers plan for catering needs, please register today.

The Adaptive Learning Open House Schedule is now available and includes a Provider Fair (similar to a conference vendor area), individual 30-minute platform demos, and a luncheon panel discussion led by Lois Brooks, Dave King, and Susana Rivera-Mills. Among those on the panel will be OSU’s Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease, of the School of Psychological Science, and Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting.

Attendance in person is strongly encouraged. For those working remotely, the provider demos and luncheon discussion will be streamed live at live.oregonstate.edu.

What is Adaptive and Personalized Learning?
Basically, adaptive learning providers offer tools that develop personalized learning paths intended to help students learn and master course material. Those pathways are determined based on how students interact with digital courseware and adjust to student needs as they work through the content.

What is the purpose of the Adaptive Learning Open House at OSU?
In short, to learn more about adaptive and personalized learning tools and to explore the possibilities for teaching and learning at OSU. Your feedback is needed as we consider these questions:
• To what extent do adaptive learning platforms improve student success?
• Can adaptive learning platforms help instructors spend less time on rote teaching tasks and more time on higher-impact interactions with students?
• Do we want to use this kind of teaching and learning technology at OSU, and if so, what is the best way to proceed?

Please register today and be part of the conversation. We look forward to this exploration and discussion!

Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Dave King, Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement
Susana Rivera-Mills, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

EESC Express Recording

“A recording of this month’s EESC Express is now available here. It’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of emerging technology, including 3D printing and scanning, 360-degree photos and Virtual Reality, with hosts Jeff Hino, Stephen Ward and Alan Dennis.”

PACE/Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

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Required Statements (Affirmative Action, ADA, and Disclaimer): Now Easier to Find

EESC recently received some helpful feedback from Extension faculty about the location of links to required statements (Affirmative Action/Non-discrimination, American with Disabilities Act, and Disclaimer statements). These statements now have their own link within the Marketing Tools section of the OSU Extension Employee Resources site. (The statements used to be under the “mailing and correspondence” subhead.)

If you have questions about this change, or other website feedback, please contact Tamara Hill-Tanquist.

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UABC Accounting Manager, Linda Adams appointed Fiscal Officer for Oregon Sea Grant

From Dee Wendler:

Please join me on congratulating Linda Adams, UABC Accounting Manager, on her recent appointment as the new Fiscal Officer for Oregon Sea Grant! Linda has been with UABC since its inception, and has been an invaluable resource, both to UABC and OSU. She has worked tirelessly to provide excellent customer service, improve processes, increase collaboration, develop partnerships and promote the shared services model. We will miss her greatly, both professionally and personally.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Linda for all of her support and assistance, both to UABC and to me personally as UABC Manager. We have begun recruitment for a Finance & Accounting Manager, and hope to have the position filled in late Winter. In the meantime, please direct questions to your UABC CARE team or to me directly.

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Reminder: ATLAS: A New Age for Extension

A reminder of this Friday’s special presentation by Penn State Extension.

ATLAS: A New Age for Extension, Oct. 23, 2015, 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestream with live chat http://live.oregonstate.edu/

Refreshments available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Live/streaming presentation: 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Discussion: 9:45-10:15

The presentation will be recorded, and the link shared.

About ATLAS:
Extension’s future success will be determined by the quality and relevance of our educational products and services, in all their forms. With this in mind, Penn State Extension—in close partnership with their Agricultural Communications unit—is launching a comprehensive strategy (called ATLAS) to modernize and redefine how Extension operates in an incredibly competitive, new age of communications and education.

Please join us on Oct. 23 to learn more about the vision, goals, and strategy for the ATLAS project, as well as challenges and lessons learned.

 

Top Honors in Extension Excellence

The Excellence in Extension Award is a national award given annually to one Cooperative Extension professional in recognition of their visionary leadership, excellence in programming, and positive impact on their community. In addition to the national recognition, one Extension educator from each of the five Cooperative Extension regions (northeast, north central, south, west, and 1890 universities), will be recognized for excellence at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 15-17, 2015.

The 2015 Western Region Excellence in Extension recipient is our own Dana Martin, OSU Regional Administrator! Congratulations, Dana!!

 

OSUEA Search for Excellence and Western Extension Directors Award of Excellence DEADLINE EXTENDED

Both awards, OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) Search for Excellence and the Western Extension Directors Award (WEDA) for Excellence, recognize outstanding accomplishments in Extension Education. Two awards with one application process; your time has arrived. Don’t be bashful.

Details regarding each are listed below. The deadline OSUEA Search for Excellence and WEDA is October 23, 2015. For WEDA, the applicants will be considered for the 2016 nomination.

For details, see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/osuea-search-excellence

Submit applications to Weston Miller at the contact information below:

 

Deadline Reminders