In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversations included a leadership update and updates on the Coastal Region, Oregon Sea Grant, branding, and Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Information about the Portland Hub initiative was shared by Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence


Only one day remains! Submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are due by February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Branding Update

Exclusive Extension and 4-H templates for fliers (three options, all of which include gray scale options) are now available in the “Marketing, Templates and Inspiration” folder in OSU Box. In addition to the generic templates available as downloads, University Marketing recreated the event fliers found as examples in the Extension Style Guide (pp. 33-35). Also available are 4-H recruitment fliers featuring Confidence Grows Here, Resilience Grows Here and Leadership Grows Here. Modify the fliers with county contact information.

Extension Web Update

Why are we doing this, again? See this week’s post on the project website for a quick “why” refresher and a timeline update.

Communication and conversation opportunities

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team  is cancelled this week. Call us next week!
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair – The Corvallis Maker Fair is back for its 5th year! Co-sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement, the event is an all-ages, all-activities maker fair, where exhibitors and attendees gather to share their love of making things with their hands. This means robots, art, food, stories, computer code, and much more. The Fair will be held in the Memorial Union ballroom and on the SEC plaza outside the Union on Saturday, April 28.

If you, your learners or volunteers love to make, to tinker, and want to share and learn, exhibitor applications are now being accepted (apply here!). Exhibiting is free, and open to all. Stipends are available to help exhibitors with any cost. Questions?

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

What’s Your Big Lie? – A breakthrough mental health program based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie — and that it’s okay. What if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it would change a lot. Via an innovative, mobile platform attendees can anonymously share to help break down stigma and create connection. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public.

In the News

Story Next Door: Kerstin Colon takes over at literacy center
Kerstin Colón was ready for a career change and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center was looking for an executive director. It was kind of a convergence.

Renovations set to increase, improve ADA accessibility on campus
DAS dedicates $650,000 to updating sidewalks, parking, street crossings.

Removing barriers to the outdoors
People of color, people with disabilities and other historically marginalized groups have long faced barriers in accessing the outdoors. 

More than 70 turn out for racism talk
Willamette University’s Emily Drew led second ‘Conversation Project’ hosted by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community.

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

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Preparing for Drought: Commissioners declare drought emergency
Herald and News
Willie Riggs, director of Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, told commissioners an acre of wheat feeds 44 people per year; an acre of potatoes feeds 1,355 people per year; an acre of beef feeds around eight people per year; and an acre of dairy cows provides enough milk for around 40,000 half-pint servings.

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School: How you can help

We know that OSU Extension employees, as engaged members of your communities, are often the “go to” for questions about, well, just about everything!

A quick reminder: If you receive questions from schools or districts in your communities about Outdoor School, please encourage them to contact us directly. We aim to return all messages within 24 hours, and often return them the same business day.

You can also help by sharing the link to our webpage, which provides the most current information about the funding process and timeline, and other aspects of the program.

Extension Web Update

The recording of our January 18 webinar for office managers and county leaders is available. See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • 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: No open line on Feb. 1 (State of the University address in Portland) and Feb. 15 (exec meeting cancelled)
    • Cancellations or changes to connection info will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

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

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for “Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship,” facilitated by Susan Rowe and Shawn Rowe. Register here. The TEXTtalks is January 31, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in MU 206. Session Description: What does it mean to be an “engaged scholar” at an “engaged university”? Is it simply marketing? Is it simply outreach? Or is there really something else to it? In this interactive Text Talk, presenters will explore seminal ideas about engaged scholarship and discuss the implication the term holds for the university today. Come help us brainstorm the role of university engagement in creating democratic civil society. Facilitators ask that participants read The Scholarship of Engagement by Ernest L. Boyer prior to the presentation.

Brand Update and Tips

Elevator speeches – Concise descriptions of OSU Extension (who we are and what we do) are available on page 21 of the Extension Style Guide. From 140 characters to 10- and 30-second elevator speeches, they will be helpful when introducing yourself to anyone unfamiliar with the work of OSU Extension, when composing an email, and as an introductory presentation slide.




OSU institutional logos – The OSU logo always should appear on the front of everything we create for external use (companion logos, e.g., the OSU Extension Service logo, appear on the back page or not at all). For easier access to the OSU logo, all versions are now available to download from OSU Box along with all other Outreach and Engagement, Extension and AES logos. You’ll find OSU logos in the “Primary Logo” folder. To see all the vertical and horizontal options for the OSU logo, click on the folder titled “EPS Spot for printing and Adobe Creative Suite” and look for the Art Sheet PDF. Before using any logo, please refer to the guidelines for logo use. If you have questions about logo use, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2018

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

  • Results from the November 2017 Funding Cycle

During the November funding cycle, faculty and staff  were awarded $5,221 through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The 56 individuals receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

  • Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffles

A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone involved with the Bucket Raffles held at Extension Annual Conference. This includes everyone who contributed items to the raffle, everyone who helped sell tickets, and all who went home with treasurers after one of their tickets was drawn from a “raffle bucket”.

  • Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, a total of $2,000 was generated for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Bucket Raffle ticket sales generated $1,000 which was deposited in the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Starting with the 2017 Extension Annual Conference a $10 tour participation fee was assessed.  The funds generated through collection of these fees were transferred to the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. From the 2017 Extension Conference, $920 was generated related in tour participation fees.  A special Thank You to all involved!!

  • “Growing the Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at:
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights

Special Announcements

Do you know all the services that you can access from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access? Contact them about accommodations, complaints, questions and more! They have resources (AND A BUDGET!) to support your county and program to be accessible to ALL populations!

What is the latest news on DACA? Catch up by clicking on the following link:

Call for nominations for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award
Nomination are due by March 17, 2018. For more information and eligibility criteria visit:

Events & Resources

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Suicide is preventable and depression is treatable – you can help save a life. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from 12 to 1:30pm. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

Welcome to the Poverty, Race, and Consciousness Institute!
Understand the intersection of race and class, subconscious bias and its influence on breaking barriers, and learn practical strategies to eliminate racism and poverty. The workshop will take place January 31 at Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St, Portland, OR, 97215 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. If you have any questions, email Communication Across Barriers or call (503) 590-4599.

Help raise money for Women in Science! The Sigma Delta Omega sorority for Women in Science is selling bags of chocolate covered coffee beans for $5/each. Stop by and See Megan Zaiger in Ballard Hall, Room 102 for more information. Supplies are limited!

In the News

‘The struggle continues’ (Gazette-Times)
Fiery speeches. Calls for social justice. A peace march through campus. Anyone attending Oregon State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances on Monday might be forgiven for thinking the year was 1968, not 2018.

OSU students celebrate MLK Jr. Day of Service by painting new Arc Thrift Store (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University students and staff participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday by painting the walls at the new Arc Thrift Store in Philomath.

OSU engineering school honored for gender diversity efforts (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering has won a 2017 Women in Build Award.

OSU student athletes launch campaign #DamWorthIt to talk mental health, suicide (KPTV)
Two student athletes at Oregon State University, gymnast Taylor Ricci and soccer player Nathan Braaten, started a campaign called #DamWorthIt. After the death of two fellow athletes to suicide, the duo wanted to do something so they began the campaign.

#DamWorthIt mental health awareness campaign launches (OSU Beavers)
OSU student-athletes aspire to bring awareness to the mental health crises in collegiate athletics and society with the #DamWorthIt Campaign.

Racial issues churn in ‘Spinning Into Butter’ play (Gazette-Times)
Although the play “Spinning Into Butter” was written in 1999, its theme of racism couldn’t be more timely today, says the director of a production that will be staged three times this weekend at Oregon State University.

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

Oregon commercial Dungeness crab fishing on hold again amid negotiations
Kaety Jacobson, marine fisheries extension agent with the Oregon Sea Grant program, says these negotiations are not uncommon.

‘Great for everybody’: Border economics board members ready for planning
The Argus Observer
Oregon State University extension agent Stuart Reitz, who will serve through the year on the board, said it’s an honor to have been selected.

In this week’s issue:

Reminder: Designation One
Extension Web Update
Communications channels update
Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the News

Reminder: Designation One

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

Extension Web Update

See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs. Reminder: We there will be an informational webinar for county leaders and office managers on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. (WebEx link).

Communications channels update

Over the past few months, we piloted two new communication channels: A weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team and an online form for questions and comments. Both saw minimal engagement—less than a dozen participants/comments between the two—but the resulting dialogue was productive. We will continue both through the end of March 2018, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • 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#
    • Cancellations will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

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

Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Science Talk 2018, to be held March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland,​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of sharing best practices for communicating science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more.

Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for OSU Extension and Oregon Sea Grant, was one of two dozen OSU faculty, students and professional faculty who attended the inaugural Science Talk in 2017.

She said, “Science Talk is an engaging conference where you can learn new and creative strategies of sharing science content with different audiences, especially in our online world. I appreciated hearing how I could connect more effectively with policymakers and journalists and demonstrate the impact of my work in Extension.”

Learn more and register on the Science Talk website. Early registration ends Jan. 31.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Deadline Extended! NASPA Student Summit on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Conference on Saturday, Jan. 20 (including lunch and transportation to/from Portland) to learn about innovative, student involved efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. For more information and to register by Wednesday, Jan. 17: StudentSummit. For transportation, please visit SARC’s website:

Deadline extended for the Radical Imagination Conference: Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, are hosting a conference this spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. For a list of topics see: Submit your proposal using the following form.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy Applications:  Faculty applications are currently being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held the weeks of June 18 – 22 and June 25 -29.  The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation.  Both individual and team applications are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy    webpage.  Deadline: Feb. 9

6th Annual Healthy Masculinities Conference: Join the OSU Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) program on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the MU Horizon Room from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for our 6th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. This year’s theme is Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass. Everyone is invited to attend. Conference registration is FREE. Registration will remain open until Feb. 10.  Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register. For questions,

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery (Kidder 210) presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

In the News

Mexicanos in Oregon: New to the Northwest? Read this (Corvallis Advocate)
Nearly a decade after it was written, Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives remains a key text to understanding Mexican migration in Oregon. Written by Oregon State University professor and local activist, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales Berry and her colleague, Dr. Marcela Mendoza, the book ensures that individual stories won’t get lost in the debate over illegal immigration due to partisanship or outright xenophobia.

A triumph of truth (ESPN)

Brenda Tracy carried the football helmet in her left hand. It had a red S for Stanford, the white outline of a tree and a purple and teal ribbon commemorating Tracy’s “Set The Expectation” campaign to end sexual violence. She was given the helmet during halftime of the Stanford-Arizona State game on Sept. 30 — a game dedicated to Tracy and her efforts.

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

Think Too Much: Study casts new light on state economy
Democrat Herald
The authors of the paper, Nick Beleiciks of the Employment Department and Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist and instructor at Oregon State University, paint a more detailed picture of how Oregon’s counties fared during the Great Recession.

Tree virus discovered in TD
The Dalles Chronicle
“I think if we get on top of the situation we can minimize the spread of the problems,” said Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, an OSU professor and a plant pathology specialist.

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 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 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 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 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 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: View the Save-the-Date video here:

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
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.

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 and ask your questions online.


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:
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:

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 (, 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

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
• 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:

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: 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 ( 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 ( 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:

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


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.

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

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:
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:

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 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
Featuring Bruce Sorte

In this week’s issue:

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

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.