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Draft 1 Division Values & Goals

The first draft of the values and goals for the Division that are in development for inclusion in the 2016 Strategic Plan are available online for you to review. Your input is valued.

Please note, between January 22nd and January 29th she will be holding a series of meetings for all Division faculty and staff to get your detailed feedback on the next draft of the values and goals.

The committee is gathering input now from the Division Executive Team, Program Leaders, Directors, and Regional Administrators on this draft. January 22nd through January 29th is the time for Division faculty and staff to give detailed feedback on the next draft of the values and goals. At that time any and all aspects of the draft will be on the table for revision.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback for us, please contact a member of the committee:

Unit within the DivisionCommittee RepresentativeContact Information
EESCDio Morales541-737-0814;
Extended CampusLisa Templeton541-737-1279;
ExtensionDerek Godwincell 503-510-7582;
Extension Lena Etuk (Committee Chair)541-737-6121;
Open CampusJeff Sherman 541-737-1384;
PACEJohn Buzzard541-737-5741;


More Worthy award recipients at OSU Extension Conference:

4-H Hall of Fame

Sherri Jensen, Yamhill County

Mary Mosier, Lane County

Barbara Sawer, Benton County

Sue Weinbrecht, Linn County


ESP Retiree Service Award

Duane Johnson

Tammy Skubinna


25 Years of Extension Service

Scott Reed

Willie Riggs

Doug Hart

Janice Cowan

Mylen Bohle


Also a note of congratulations to Patricia Dawson, 4-H Faculty Member in Umatilla County who is the National President of Epsilon Sigma Phi through 2016.


Extension Annual Conference Follow-up.  

Chris Geith presentation:

For those who missed it or anyone who wants a refresher, the presentation by Chis Geith, CEO of eXtension, is available online.

As a follow up to Mark Pratten’s presentation:

Op-ed: Correcting myths about Millennials
America’s students are speaking up about complex flaws in higher education—but because of their age, few people are bothering to listen, Sophia McClennen writes in Quartz. Read more

Links to photos taken during the conference award ceremonies:

4-H Hall of Fame: 




Thank you to your years of service to OSU Extension and best of luck in your retirement.

Janice Cowan, Baker County Extension

Sandy Macnab, Sherman County Extension

Randy Mills, Umatilla County Extension

Jim Reeb, Lincoln County Office


Congratulations Wasco County 4-H Robotics Teams

Two 4-H Robotics Teams from Wasco County, Fusion X and System Overload, have been selected to compete in the state tournament at Liberty High School January 9-10. Please visit The Dalles Chronicle article to learn more about these awesome teams coached by OSU Extension employee Lu Seapy and North Wasco County School District employee, Jesus Acosta.

presenting robot
Students Jordan Scherer, Leo Polehn, Trenton Schacher, Shane Squires, and Jacob Ganders explain how they built and programmed a unique robot design to a panel of tournament judges.
Two Wasco County 4-H / The Dalles Middle School Lego Robotics show off their advancement and robot design trophies. Back Row: Shane Squires, Jordan Scherer, Leo Polehn. Middle Row: Francis Fuller, Jacob Ganders, Trenton Schacher,. Front Row: Ian Casteneda, Keenan Kuku, Angel Garcia, Gabe Stein.
mission field
Fusion X team members Shane Squires, Gabe Stein, Jordan Scherer, Nathan Ganders, Jacob Ganders, and Trenton Schacher watch as their robot attempts to press the correct button to activate the Composter Mission


In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 Extension Annual Conference a success.

Extension Administration and OSUEA is interested in your feedback. Please take the time to fill out the short survey on the conference so that the committee can make any needed adjustments for next year.

While at conference, was there a moment when things finally clicked for you? Did you learn a new approach to solving a problem? Did you learn something new about a program, employee or Extension all together? If you had an “A-ha” moment while at conference, please share it with us in the comment section.

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Faculty and Staff Awards Recognition at the 2015 Extension Conference

OSUEA Awards 

The OSUEA Awards are to recognize superior and distinguished achievement of OSU Extension Association faculty and staff. The Dale and Alice Hoecker family established the Extension Innovative Grant Program in 2001 to encourage and support Extension faculty in developing and delivering programs that address a high priority need for an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches. Hoecker grant recipients receive up to $4,000 for their proposed project.

Hoecker Newer Faculty
Toni Stephan
Robin Maille
Ramesh Sagili
Katie Ahern
Jon Gandy

Hoecker Experienced Faculty
Jamie Davis
Neil Bell
Todd Williver
Sandra Carlson
Octaviano Merecias

Professional Faculty
Kim McCullough

Education Program Assistant
Jared Delay
Jodi Einerson

Classified Staff
Holly Burton
Laurie Gibson

Youth Advocates for Health Yeah 4-H
Mary Arnold
Maggie Livesay
Shana Withee
Barbara Brody
Sue Hunt
Lynette Black
Maureen Hosty

Oscar Hagg Extension Communication
Food Hero
Jenny Rudolph
Lauren Tobey
Sandra Carlson
Mandy Hatfield
Rose Jepson Sullivan

Hoecker Innovation Grant Program
Cait Goodwin
Barbara Brody
Ramesh Sagili
Patty case
Brooke Edmunds


OSU Extension Association Search for Excellence Awards
The Search for Excellence program recognizes and honors accomplishments in Extension Education through an OSUEA peer selection and review process.

Oregon Master Beekeeper Program

Team Members: Caroln Breece and Dr. Ramesh Sagili


Ask an Expert

When the very first online question arrived in our system in 2011, few knew that OSU Extension Service’s Ask an Expert system would become a flagship engagement tool for OSU Extension. Since that time, Extension faculty, staff and Master Gardener™ volunteers have answered over 15,000 questions, reaching out to thousands of Oregonians—more than half of whom of whom have never before interacted with Extension.

Faculty Exceptional Performer
Pam Opfer, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Benton County

Faculty Exceptional Performer Runner-up
Bill Buhrig, Crops & Forages Faculty, Malheur County

Volunteer Exceptional Performer
Pat Patterson, Master Gardener, Lane County

Volunteer Exceptional Performer Runner-up
Anna Ashby, Master Gardener, Yamhill County

Question of the Year
Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant, Horticulture Department


ESP Faculty & Staff Awards

Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional. These awards are designed to pay the highest chapter tribute to Extension professionals who have consistently exhibited leadership and excellence in Extension program planning, delivery, evaluation, program support and/or administration.

Meritorious Support Service
Katie Johnson
Francesca Lopez
Patti Craven

Distinguished Team
Lynette Black
Dani Annala

Diversity Multicultural Individual
Barbara Brody

Diversity Multicultural Team
OSU Open Campus Juntos Program
Jeff Sherman
Ana Gomez
Ruth Jones
Jennifer Oppenlander
Ann Harris
Maydra Valencia
Emily Henry
Brenda Guiterrez

Early Career Service
Luisa Santamaria

Mid Career Service
Mike Knutz

Distinguished Service
Joy Jones

Continued Excellence
Janice Smiley

Visionary Leadership
Deborah Maddy

Administrative Leadership
Doug Hart

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Mark Platten presentation

For those of you who weren’t able to attend Keynote Speaker, Mark Platten’s presentation at the Extension Conference, or need a refresher, you can view his presentation slides here.

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Vote for your favorite OSU climate or food systems project

At the Annual Extension Conference, Chris Geith, CEO of eXtension, presented on the i-Three strategy to develop new programs centered on Issues, Innovation and Impact where a group of 200 Cooperative Extension System professionals will make up the i-Three Corps. Three (3) Extension Professionals in Oregon have submitted applications to be a part of that group and you can vote for Amy Garett, Brooke Edmunds or Victor Villegas to be a part co-inventing the future.

eXtension will work alongside them to make a measurable impact on issues related to climate and food systems by experimenting with new tools and modeling new behaviors. Help OSU stand out by voting for your favorite OSU project (only one vote per person). Voting closes at midnight on December 16. To learn more about the projects and to vote for your OSU favorite, click: Seed to Supper, Dry Farming Project, and Drones aiding food security and sustainability. If you’d like to learn about the other 97 nominated programs, go to Vote For the Corps.

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Digital Measures video resources now online

Linda Brewer has posted videos on the Extension/CAS Digital measures for you to reference. The videos include information on:

  • 2015 Reporting Checklist for Extension
  • Using Digital Measures – Getting Help!
  • How to login
  • And MORE!

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Thank you for Tweeting

While at the 2015 OSU Extension Annual Conference, many attendees took to social media with the hashtag #OSUExtCon. It was great to see people engaged with the conference in a different way.  During Chris Geith’s presentation, attendees were encouraged to tweet their answer to the question, “What would you like to learn in 15 minutes?”

The hashtag was shared with another OSU who happened to be having an Extension Conference at the same time. Oregon State had the opportunity to learn about Ohio State’s Extension Conference by viewing all the tweets to #OSUExtCon.

For a recap of the conference, check out all the tweets from both universities here.

If you would like to learn more about how to effectively use social media, Victor Villegas will be hosting a Social Media webinar on December 16th at 11am through eXtension.

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In this week’s issue:


2015 OSU Extension Annual Conference

Campus will be busy with OSU Extension faculty and staff this week as they attend the 2015 OSU Extension Annual Conference.  The office for Extension Administration will be lightly staffed this week. Look for an update on the conference in next week’s ConnEXTion newsletter.

Using social media to share your thoughts on conference?  Use #OSUExtCon to help collect your thoughts and engage with other attendees.


Congratulations to Derek Godwin and Donita Roseboro

The next time you see Derek and Donita please be sure to wish them them much happiness on their marriage.  The two were married on November 27, 2015.

In this week’s issue:


Changes within Extension Regions

Effective November 23, 2015, Mary Corp has accepted a .5 FTE assignment as Director for the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC). Mary will maintain a .5 FTE as the OSU Regional Administrator for Gilliam, Morrow and Umatilla counties now composing the Columbia Plateau. Congratulations to Mary on her new assignment!

And as you have probably guessed, this new assignment for Mary means some changes for counties within the regions. Sherman County will join Hood River and Wasco counties in the Mid-Columbia Region, with Brian Tuck serving as RA. Wheeler County will join the Warm Springs Reservation and Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties for a revision of the Central Oregon Region under Dana Martin’s leadership. Grant County will become part of the East Region, joining Baker, Union, Wallowa and Malheur counties where Carole Smith serves as RA. Sincere thanks to Brian, Dana and Carole for their flexibility and willingness to expand their regions.

For those who are visual learners, refer to the map that reflects the changes.

I am pleased to share that Claire Sponseller has accepted a 0.2 FTE County Leader assignment for Umatilla County, beginning December 1, 2015. Welcome to the CL team, Claire!

O&E, equity, and inclusion: What’s the Story?

Did you know there is a Diversity Catalyst Team Steering Committee of your peers from across the Division of Outreach & Engagement? Join us for this exciting interactive session. Learn what we’ve been up to, why it’s important to all of us to be intentional about equity and inclusion, and how we each play a critical role in making our workplace welcoming and inclusive. Bring your ideas and your questions. We hope to see you there!

Be sure to attend this session with the Diversity Catalyst Team Steering Committee at the upcoming Extension Conference. This particular session is open to all faculty and staff across the Division.

Time: December 9 from 3:00 to 4:15
Place: CH2MHill Alumni Center
Topic: O&E, equity, and inclusion: What’s the story?
Non-Extension registration link:

New EESC Website

We’re happy to announce the new EESC website. Overall, we hope you’ll find our new site to be simple, clear, direct, and helpful. The site includes:

  • What we do: In this section, learn about the different ways—news stories, publications, apps, multimedia, and more—that we use to help you develop engaging, effective educational resources and tell the stories of how you are making Oregon and the world a better place.
  • Working with us: We help you plan and complete great educational projects. And we help you get the word out about the great work you’re doing. In this section, you’ll find information on how to get started working with us and on the trainings we provide.
  • Project gallery: Want to see examples of how we can work together? This section includes links to projects we have done with faculty using a variety of communication and technology tools to reach audiences across the state and around the world.

On each page, you’ll find a link to submit a project request, so it is easy to start working with us. We also have a place on every page to submit a news tip. We want to hear from you!

-Your EESC colleagues

Upcoming Events

USDA to Host Listening Sessions on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and Digital Scientific Data

Monday, November 23, 2015, 2:00pm EST: Policy impacts related to scholarly papers
Participant Instructions
The conference begins at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on November 23, 2015; you may join 10 minutes prior.
Step 1:
Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer. If you will be connecting via the AT&T Connect Participant Application, we strongly recommend that you install version 11.5 prior to the conference. If you are unable to do so, we recommend you join the conference using the Web Participant Application. If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0387588# or Find an Alternate Number. If you need technical assistance, call the Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00pm EST: Policy impacts related to scientific data
Participant Instructions
Please copy and paste these instructions and provide to participants only.
The conference begins at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on December 04, 2015; you may join 10 minutes prior.
Step 1:
Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer
You will be connected to the conference with the AT&T Connect Web Participant Application – there is no software download or installation required. If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0392090# or Find an Alternate Number If you need technical assistance, call the Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015.

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Register for Extension Conference by November 13th!

You are invited to the 2015 Extension Conference
December 7-10, 2015
Information on the conference and keynote speaker, Mark Platten, can all be found on Extension’s Conferences & Events page.

The cost of this year’s conference is only $30, which includes attendance at all sessions and tours, daily coffee breaks, 4 lunches and one breakfast. There are additional charges for the All-Extension BBQ, hosted by OSEUA and ESP ($26) the OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension Banquet ($39), the Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night ($5 to eat and $7 to bowl), and the OSUEA Awards Breakfast ($13).

Please make an effort to attend the 2015 Extension Annual Conference, and the many special events that bring us together to network, learn and celebrate the successes and support of our colleagues and friends. We’ve made a sincere effort to include sessions that are of interest to a broad cross-section of Extension faculty and staff. We hope you can find the time to come together and join us!

How to Register

Registration is open now through November 13, 2015. Registration is through Ideal Logic, hosted by the PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) office. This is the same registration system we used for the 2014 conference, but if you do not already have an Ideal Logic account, you will need to answer a few questions to set one up. We suggest using Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox as your web browser for the registration system. Other internet browsers can be used but they may slow down the registration process. You can see what sessions are available before logging into Ideal Logic here. More in depth descriptions will be displayed in the Ideal Logic registration system.

The registration system will allow you to choose all four days of the conference or select certain dates that you want to attend. Once you select a session the box will turn green to note the selection. If it does not turn green, then the session has not been processed. Please make sure the box is green before you continue on your registration.

Please Note: Before you submit your registration, please make sure to review the sessions on the “Review” tab to make sure the sessions that you wish to attend have been selected.

Once you have submitted your registration and payment option, a registration confirmation will be emailed to you.

After you have submitted your registration, if you would like to make any adjustments to your registration such as switching sessions or changing your food options after your initial registration, please email Pam Hoene ( or Kim Tarrant ( directly.

A few things to remember:

  • Make lodging reservation and be sure to mention you need the OSU or government rate.
  • Extension Admin will cover round trip mileage for one vehicle per county for the event (not per day).
  • Please wear your orange Extension name badge. Order name badges through your office manager if needed.

Information on parking
As some of you may be aware, OSU has moved to a zonal parking system. Information on the zonal parking and how to purchase permits (can be done ahead of time online!) can be found here and general information about parking can be found here.


Internships with the OSU Extension Service – Summary

Roger Rennekamp shared a summary of the number of students from around the world who held internships for which an Extension faculty member from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences served as the preceptor. In all, Extension faculty from PHHS (4-H and FCH) hosted 78 students during the last academic year. Here is a breakdown of students by institution they attend.

31 Oregon State University
25 Oregon Health and Science University/Oregon Institute of Technology
3 Portland State University
2 Eastern Oregon University
2 Pacific University
2 Western Washington University
2 High School
1 Klamath Community College
1 Hillsdale University
1 Marywood College
1 East Stroudsburg University
1 Eastern Michigan University
1 Abilene Christian University
1 Linfield College
1 Bastyr University
1 University of Moscow
1 University Episcopal Haiti

A breakdown by major is as follows.

24 Nursing
19 Public Health/Community Health
19 Nutrition/Dietetics
2 Human Development and Family Sciences
2 Biology
1 Chemical Engineering
1 Culinary Arts
1 Education
1 Psychology
1 Agronomy
1 Environmental Sciences
1 Agricultural Marketing
5 N/A


Portland hosts 1150 4-H professionals

Kudos to the Oregon 4-H staff who are about to embark on hosting the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland this weekend! Many of our staff have worked countless hours to make this event a very special, educational, and memorable experience for the 1150 conference attendees. I would also like to thank and recognize the Regional Administrators, work colleagues, support staff, significant others, and families who have given of their time, support and patience so our 4-H staff could meet their obligations for this event. Kudos and thank you to all of you! I am extremely proud of all of our staff and we haven’t even started our event!

A special Kudos goes to Virginia Bourdeau who has been critical to the operations of this event! Her attention to detail and experience in understanding the needs of the NAE4-HA association and membership has been key to our success. Thank you, Virginia!

-Pamela Rose


Reminder: PACE Accepting Enrollment Forms for online enrollment system

A reminder to all County Extension Offices that we are currently accepting your Enrollment Form for your workshops or events that you would like to test through OSU Professional and Continuing Education’s (PACE) online enrollment system. Each county can submit one event or workshop for this first testing period.

Please click the following link for the Enrollment form.

We will then follow up with you within five to seven business days to confirm the information with you and start working on it. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Dredge at PACE: 541-737-4197.


Happy Halloween – Could Extension Employees Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

It’s that time of year for ghouls, goblins, monsters and ZOMBIES! If you’re a fan of zombie shows and movies you’ll know how difficult it is for characters to not only survive hordes of flesh-eating undead, but also surviving living without modern amenities.

However, if you think about all of the programs that OSU Extension offers Oregonians, there is a wealth of information to help anyone survive…as long as a zombie doesn’t snack on their brains.

What valuable Extension skill should we all know to strengthen the odds of surviving? What classes do you provide in your region that would aid in basic survival skills? What Extension Catalog item should we own to reference when we can no longer google what we need to know?

Please leave a comment about how your program can help us humans survive the zombie apocalypse.  Also, what would be your zombie brain-bashing weapon of choice? Bonus points if it’s program related.

(Entertainment purposes only. Extension does not condone violence.)


Deadline Reminders

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2015 Roads Scholar Engagement Tour —in route along the coast to the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.
2015 Roads Scholar Engagement Tour —in route along the coast to the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.


Have you considered a study leave as part of your professional development plan?

Study leave time is available annually to OSU Extension faculty members for course work, workshops, short courses, study tours, language immersion or other kinds of professional development opportunities. Salary and OPE remain at the current rate for the length of the leave if the policy is followed. Up to six weeks of study leave may be granted annually, the first three weeks (15 working days) of which can be taken with no loss of personal vacation days. Vacation time must be used for the number of study leave days taken beyond the first three weeks, up to the maximum of six weeks. Full policy is available under Human Resources at Study leave requires full approval of the immediate supervisor and program leader.

Two RAs have recently taken, or are about to take, study leave to enhance their skills and abilities. During July 2015 Patrick Proden focused on the development and design of an “Urban Guide” in partnership with the Kettering Foundation (Dayton , OH), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Center for Public Life at Syracuse University. His study travels also included interactions with colleagues in Seattle, Kentucky and Georgia. Mary Corp will leave on October 9 for China, where she will visit Beijing, Kaifeng, Shengzhou and Tianjin. Her objectives are 1) to investigate and learn about China’s Extension services, their organizational structure and current strengths and challenges, and 2) immersion in the Chinese culture by traveling with Dr. Wei Dong, a Chinese national scientist who worked for OSU as a post doc in Hermiston.


Reminder: LDPE application due 9/30/15

Are you interested in improving your leadership skills and in exploring what directions you may wish to take your career? The Division of Outreach and Engagement’s Leadership Development Program for Executives (LDPE) may be for you. LDPE is for faculty members within the Division who have significant professional experience within their assignment and a documented record of performance that indicates potential success in an executive leadership position. Applications for the next LDEP cohort are being accepted now through September 30, 2015. For additional details about LDPE and how to apply online, go to


ESP delegation – awardees for EC

The Gamma Chapter members who were selected as Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Award Winners for the Western Region that will be recognized during the National ESP Conference in Coeur d’Alene, October 4-7, 2015:

Continued Service ~ Janice Smiley
Mid-Career ~ Mike Knutz
Early Career ~ Luisa Santamaria
Visionary Leadership ~ Deborah Maddy
Diversity Individual ~ Barbara Brody
Diversity TEAM—JUNTOS program: Jeff Sherman, Jennifer Oppenlander, Emily Henry, Maydra Valencia


Apply for Professional Development Funds for the 2015 Extension Annual Conference

The next deadline for Professional Development Funds is November 1. Please take advangate of this opportunity for funding to attend the Extension Annual Conference in December.

For more information and to apply, visit: