In this week’s issue:

Creating a Diversity Champion Team

In the June First Monday Update, the new Assistant director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ana Lu Fonseca, put a call out to Extension to serve as Diversity Champions for University Outreach and Engagement.

If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a Diversity Champion, visit the link to her blogpost.

Before you send that email to the OES State email group!

ConnEXTions was created to be where OSU Extension related news is collected in one area for easy reference. It was also created to cut down on the amount of email we receive on a daily basis.

If your news can wait until the Monday ConnEXTions, send it to instead and she will include it in the upcoming issue.

Civil Dialogue and Race Relations webinar on June 30th

From Ana Lu Fonseca: eXtension is hosting a Civil Dialogue and Race Relations webinar on June 30th. Visit the Civil Dialogue webpage: to find useful resources.

Save the date! New Employee Welcome Breakfast: Sept 18

OSU’s 9th annual New Employee Welcome Breakfast will be held on University Day*, Monday, September 18, 2017 at 830 am in the Club Level of Reser Stadium.

New employees with a hire date on or after September 15, 2016 will be hosted by Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser and joined by President Ed Ray, and others. The Welcome Breakfast is a great way for new employees to meet colleagues and learn about the university community and to kick off University Day festivities.

Abbreviated schedule:

745-830 am – Photos with Benny the Beaver – optional

800 am – We encourage you to arrive early so that you have time to check in, get your name badge and be seated

830 am – Breakfast begins

900 am – Program begins

1000 am – Breakfast ends; proceed to University Day events – view link at the end of this email for more information

Seating is limited and registration by September 1 is required:

We will send reminders regarding this event over the summer, prior to the September 1 deadline. Please help us to reach new colleagues who may not arrive on campus or have an OSU email account before the registration deadline. Questions regarding the New Employee Welcome Breakfast may be directed to Jen Eaton.



  • Kendall Griffith, a swine 4-H youth in Klamath County, was crowned Klamath’s Miss City of Sunshine. She will go on to compete in the Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen competition.
  • Nellie Van Calcar Oehler, a long-time 4-H volunteer, is one of 16 individuals who will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Friday, October 6. Nellie was selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame because of her significant contribution to 4-H. She has been a volunteer for 53 years! Nellie has been involved with Extension in many ways, including as a 4-H youth and as an Extension agent in Linn and Benton Counties for 10 years.
  • Our 4-H marketing materials were chosen as the NAE4-HA Western Region Promotional Package Award winner. It will now go on to the national competition.

Extension in the News

Hospitals doubling antivenom for eclipse
The Bend Bulletin
Jume 7. 2017
Featuring Nicole Strong

Delayed planting in Treasure Valley could reduce crop yields
Capital Press
June 8, 2017
Featuring Stuart Reitz, Malheur County

Food Hero Program encourages kids to eat more fruits and vegetables
The News Review
June 9, 2017
Featuring Mandy Hatfield and Sara Runkel, Douglas County

Solving family arguments for over 100 years: Oregon State University Extension Service
Tillamook County Pioneer
June 12, 2017
Featuring Amy Schmid and Jessica D. Linnell, Tillamook County

In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence celebration and luncheon

Outreach and engagement is an essential element of OSU’s land grant mission. Learn about 15 award-winning projects involving nine colleges and six campus units; many project teams include OSU students. The event is April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Lunch is $20. Register now.

2017 4-H Spring Conference Awardees

At the 2017 4-H Spring Conference, Faculty and staff were recognized for their dedication to Oregon 4-H.

Communicator Awards
Educational Package (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Andy Hoffman, Jim Sloan – Oregon Entomology Project
Educational Piece (Individual): Jamie Davis – Presentation Ninja
Periodical Publication (Team): Emily McDonal-Williams, Emily Anderson – Jr. Master Naturalist Newsletter
Personal Column: Laurie Michaels
Promotional Package (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons, Candy Bothum, Kelly Noack, Jamie Davis, Pati Craven, Claire Sponseller, Margie House – Marketing Templates
Promotional Piece (Individual): Claire Sponseller – Hold for Inspection flyer
Promotional Piece (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Roberta Lundeburg – State Fair Banner
Published Photo: Shana Withee
Video Program: Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Lindsay Walker, Katy Joyce – Camp Tumbleweed Video
Featured Story: Robin Galloway & Michael Jensen – ACA Camping Magazine: “Don’t Let your Camp go to Pot”

Specialty Awards
Educational Technology Award (Individual): Karissa Dishon – Did You Know Video Series
Educational Technology Award: Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Emily McDonald Williams and Andy Hoffmann – Jr.Master Naturalist Website
Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award: Reaza Mansur – Expressive Arts Learning Series: To Dye For and Framed
Excellence in Teamwork Award: Patrick Willis, Stacey Sowders, Beth Stamand, Allice Phillips, Janet Nagele, Virginia Bourdeau, Margie House, Emily Andreson, Emily McDonald-Williams, Jody Einerson, Maggie Livesay, Todd Williver, Lindsay Walker, Lu Seapy, Amber Anderson, Joel Riese, Elli Vanderzanden, Beth Ann Beamer, Liana Harden, Shanna Northway, Shanna Withee, Barb Brody – STEM Beyond School
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Individual): Samara Rufner – Ag. In the Classroom
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Robin Galloway, Andy Hoffmann and Todd Williver – Florida Study
Search For Excellence in Teen Programming Award: Teresa Middleton – Douglas County 4-H Teen Leaders
Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award: Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Katy Joyce, Lindsay Walker, Jill Eveland, Beth Ann Beamer Reservation 4-H – Camp Tumbleweed
Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award: Karissa Dishon, Diana Stevens, Reaza Mansur , Matt Yeager, Candi Bothum, Todd Williver – Deschutes County 4-H Urban Outreach
Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award: Claire Sponseller – “Hold for Inspection!” A Livestock Quality Assurance Program
Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts Award (Individual): Mike Knutz – Learn by Doing: Building Teen’s Communication Skills
Excellence in Healthy Living Programming Award: Carole Smith, David Melville, Jamie Cox -SNACZ

Service Awards
Achievement in Service Award: Karissa Dishon
Achievement in Service Award: Emily Anderson
Distinguished Service Award: Barbara Brody
Distinguished Service Award: Elissa Wells
Meritious Service Award: Maggie Livesay

Congratulations to all the winners.  Thank you for all that you do!

Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards

OSU Extension Service employs educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program areas. EPAs are non-clerical, classified employees under the direction of Extension faculty who assist in coordination, promotion and evaluation of program elements.

The College of Public Health & Human Sciences EPA service awards were started in 2015 with the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance provided by EPAs in 4-H, Family and Community Health (FCH), EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas.

These awards are designed for those in the position of EPA1 or EPA2 who work in 4-H Youth Development, FCH, EFNEP or SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas in the state of Oregon.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards for 4-H, FCH, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
2017 EPA Award Winners:

Newer EPA

  • Emily McDonald-Williams, Lane County, 4-H
  • Kathy Bates, Douglas County, SNAP-Ed

Experienced EPA

  • Lu Seapy, Wasco County, 4-H
  • Anne Gross, Josephine County, EFNEP
  • Ann Bloom, Wallowa County, SNAP-Ed
  • Lucy Lores, Multnomah County, SNAP-Ed

Congratulations to these winners. OSU Extension is honored to have you as part of our team!

New Director for MCAREC

Steve Castagnoli has accepted the position as Director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River, Oregon, beginning April 1. Steve is currently an Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture. He joined the department in 1992, and has been an extension faculty member at MCAREC for almost 17 years. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge of tree fruit research, production and pest management to the Director position. Through his extension position in Hood River, he also has an exemplary record of outreach to growers in the Mid-Columbia region.

Broader Impacts Summit

Information on the Broader Impacts Summit at Skamania in SW Washington April 26-28. This is a great opportunity for OSU staff and faculty to learn more about connecting their work to NSF broader impacts requirements – only a short drive. Anyone with questions can contact To register on an OSU index just call conference services, Phone: (541) 737-9300, Toll-Free: (800) 678-6311. More information is here


The three-day conference that will focus on bringing folks together to share the collective passion and vision of the NABI community. Skamania Lodge is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The Conference Planning Committee has been busy developing sessions and networking opportunities that will utilize the casual atmosphere of the lodge and the beauty of the natural setting.

Some early highlights of Summit 2017 Planning:

  • Solar Eclipse Panel celebrating the partnerships created to develop programming for the 2017 solar eclipse;
  • BI Evaluation Workshop due to popular demand, sessions are being organized to discuss best practices in evaluating broader impacts;
  • Summit 2017 T-shirt Contest- for NABI members to participate in and vote on the conference winner;
  • Family Friendly Fun–coordinated excursions for those that wish to explore the many recreational activities at Skamania Lodge.

In this week’s issue:

What does it take to enable students to see the planet as one interdependent ecosystem?

This July, youth and their educators from up to 23 countries will meet here in Oregon for the 31st year to share their team science-based projects reflecting the conference theme, “Following Nature’s Design” in one of three categories: Food Systems, Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Design.. They will also share their culture and commitments to their communities, learn about and tour Oregon innovations and best practices, and work together to design their sustainable future.

Since 2004, Oregon youth have traveled around the planet, engaged in this annual global conversation and have come away with a life-changing experience and renewed confidence in our ability to resolve our environmental challenges. Most of these youth performed 4-H based service work to raise funds for expensive airfares. This year’s conference is hosted by Caretakers of the Environment International/ USA Branch (CEI USA) in partnership with OSU Extension Service – Marion County. No airfare required.

On March 31st, our final Oregon teams – up to 40 youth – will meet in Salem in a workshop setting to refine their project outcomes, and begin to develop our cultural presentation. They then celebrate their Oregonness the following day, April 1st at Winema Wayside/ Pacific City at the SOLVE beach clean-up. Are there deserving Oregon youth who shouldn’t miss out on what could be their only opportunity for an authentic global experience? We have room for a few more teams who believe that this is a worthwhile effort . Contact Dan Hoynacki at

Journal of Extension, February 2017 issue

Marc Braverman recently shared the February issue of the Journal of Extension and highlighted Oregon State Faculty featured:

Lynette Black, 4-HYD faculty in Wasco County, has co-authored an article on using pop culture – specifically, zombies – to teach life skills to youth. As Lynette says in the article’s introduction: “Creatively repackaging topics through a twist such as a zombie apocalypse theme can attract hordes of adolescents to Extension youth development programs.”

To read Lynette’s article as well as the others in the February issue, please visit

Linn County Japanese Activity Night

Linn County 4-H organized an event to learn about hosting a Japanese student through the 4-H Global Citizenship Program. Participants were able to learn about Japanese culture through activities such as Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting), Origami (Japanese art of folding paper), decorating Koinobori (carp windsocks) and Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth).

Japanese native and 4-H Global Citizenship Program host, Shunske Yamamoto, taught the students how to make inari (seasoned tofu skin stuffed with sushi rice), onigiri (rice balls) and mochi (rice cake). There was also a variety of Japanese crackers and candies for the attendees to enjoy.

This summer, many 4-H members and their families will host students from Japan who will spend their summer vacation learning about our customs and culture. Visitors are paired with 4-H members of the same gender and age and will spend the summer doing the same activities (and chores) as their host siblings. Volunteers such as Shunske have hosted adults chaperoning the students who travel here.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in hosting a student or chaperone, more information about the Global Citizenship Program is available online.

If any county office would like to host a similar evening, you may contact Jill Wells for ideas.


Linn County 4-H and Origami
Linn County 4-H members learning origami.
Linn County 4-H members making Japanese onigiri.
Linn County 4-H members making onigiri.

Extension in the News

Tree School to offer useful tips for woodland owners
The News-Review
March 4, 2017
Featuring Douglas County Extension

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations to Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer and her husband, Brian, welcomed Nathan Jay at 4:34pm on Monday, November 21st (on Daddy’s birthday)! He was 8 pounds, 10 oz, and 23 inches long.

4-H and FCH Spring Conference Request For Proposals: DUE 12/16/16

The 2017 4-H and FCH Spring Conference planning is underway, and it is now time to submit proposals for the peer reviewed sessions. Further information:

All submissions MUST include the Proposal Application Document, and a SEPARATE document containing your proposal and WITHOUT presenter identifying information. The proposal document should have no instructor information, and be saved as the name of the presentation.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Submissions Due by 12/16/16

All presenters will be notified of acceptance or decline by 1/13/16

November 18th Quarterly Conversations Recording

The November 18 Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation is now available to view online. The conversation featured an update from Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley (Lindsey shared the results of the What is Extension exercise from the Extension conference), new OSU brand discussion from Steve Clark and Melody Oldfield, and suggestions on how Precollege Programs and Extension can work together by Kyle Cole.

Strategic Plan Spanish Translations

Spanish translations are now available online for the Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan Overview and Flyer.

Website Contacts Identified, Thanks! (OSU Extension Web Upgrade Update)

The project team continues to make good progress on several Phase 1 milestones in the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

Identify/confirm contacts
Site managers and decision makers have been identified for each site. We appreciate your help!

Features & functions
In our last post, you learned we identified and prioritized features for development during Phase 1. We have started development on selected features, starting with the people/locations directory.

Content strategy
On the “Learn with us” page on the project blog, we’ve added additional resources we’ve found useful in exploring, understanding, and applying content strategy. We invite you to learn alongside the project team. Check these out, and let us know your thoughts!

What’s next

  • Continue to develop Phase 1 features.
  • Continue to identify initial user-friendly tags/categories.
  • Continue to audit and prioritize content for main OSU Extension site, Phase 1.

Learn more
Visit the OSU Extension web upgrade project blog for more project details. Please contact the project team with any questions. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair blossoms at EOTEC
Capital Press
December 1, 21016

State scores coup with 2017 International Master Gardener Conference
The News-Review
December 2, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What are you Thankful for?  Share your gratitude in the comments below.

In this week’s issue:


Award Winners at the Extension Annual Conference

There was much to celebrate at the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. Below you will find the list of award winners from the OSUEA Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognition, OSUEA Cooperator Dinner and the new Marketing Superstar recognition.

OSUEA Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognition

Hoecker Newer Faculty
Jennifer Oppenlander
Stuart Reitz

Hoecker Experienced Faculty
Nicole Strong
John Williams
Steve Castagnoli
Larry Lutcher
Chip Bubl

Education Program Assistant
Miki’ala Souza
Rachel Suits

Classified Staff
Angela Robb
Linda Renslow

Oscar Hagg Extension Communication
David Melville

Hoecker Innovation Grant
Nicole Sanchez
Lauren Grant
Lynette Black and Virginia Bourdeau
Karissa Dishon

Search for Excellence Awards
Get Outdoors Day

Ask an Expert Awards

Faculty Exceptional Performer
Amy Jo Detweiler

Volunteer Exceptional Performer
Chris Rusch

Question of the Year
Glenn Ahrens

ESP Faculty and Staff Awards

Distinguished Team
Youth Advocates for Health – Teens as Teachers

Diversity Multicultural Team
Healthy Kids Club

Diversity Multicultural Individual
Louisa Santamaria

International Service
Shana Withee

Early Career Service
Patty Skinkis

Mid Career Service
Lynette black

Distinguished Service
Shana Withee

Continuing Service Award
Lyla Houglum

Visionary Leadership
Jeff Sherman

Administrative Leadership
Barbara Brody

OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame & Friends of Extension Awards

4-H Hall of Fame
Arlene Boileau, Warm Springs, Jefferson County
Barbara Griffin-Webb, Polk County
Beverly Hobbs, Statewide
Edythe ‘Edie’ Necochea, Harney County
Lillian Larwood, Statewide

OSUEA Cooperators
Less than 10 years
Wade Bryant & John M. Lane, 4-H Statewide
Marie Clement, Marion County
Ron Hillers, Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
John Kailey, Deschutes County
Jim Liskey, Marion County
Karen & Joe Rinehart, Wallowa County
Darrel Ward, Polk County

OSUEA Cooperators
More than 10 years
Carla & Gary Albright, Tillamook County
Jim Bays, North Willamette Research & Extension Center
Mike Darcy, Clackamas County
Merv & Sally Flemming, Deschutes County
Chuck Packard, Multnomah County
Terri Siddoway, Baker County
TRICO Farms—Roben, Dwight, Alfred & Bonnie Arnoldus,
Union County
Norma Thiele Talburt, Douglas County
Cynthia Weber—Fair Food Booth Manager, Clatsop County

OSUEA Cooperators
Business or Organization
Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitter, 4-H Statewide
Coastal Farm & Ranch, Lane County
Community of Christ Church, Lane County
Crook County Agricultural Extension Service District Advisory Board, Crook County
Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Forestry Statewide
Pacific Foods, Multnomah County
Umatilla County Fair Sale Committee, Umatilla County
Wilde Rivers Coast Alliance, Curry County

ESP Friends of Extension
Jan Lohman
Forster Family

Regional Marketing Superstars

Carol Tollefson, Central Oregon
Weston Miller, Clackamas
Jared Delay, Coastal
Claire Sponseller, Columbia Plateau
Angela Robb, East
Vicki Campbell, Metro
Susan Coleman, Mid Columbia
Caren Hottman, South Central
South West, Rhinna Simes
Mary Stewart, West Central

Congratulations to all who were honored.

Extension Annual Conference: Mileage Support

Extension Administration will cover one round trip mileage for one (1) vehicle per county for the event (not per day). Please coordinate use of this with your local office manager/coordinator. Index and activity code to use is FS256D/T841.

Save the Date

Thank you to all who attended the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. We hope that it was an rewarding experience.

Please save December 4-7, 2017 on your calendars as that will be the date for next year’s Extension Annual Conference.

New Executive Director for the Oregon 4-H Foundation

From Pamela Rose and Scott Reed:
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Paul Carey is our new Executive Director for the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development for the Oregon 4-H Youth Development program. Mr. Carey will start in this position on December 1st.

Paul brings a wealth of experience in higher education fundraising and a strong passion for youth development programs. Over the course of his career, he has served in advanced leadership and fundraising positions, including Associate Vice President for Development roles at California State University, Fullerton, Whittier College, and with the Portland State University Foundation. Just prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Paul served as the President of a private high school in southern California where he enjoyed working directly with youth. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and an MBA from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Paul and his wife have three grown children.

In addition to Paul’s primary work location in the OSU Foundation’s Portland office, he will spend dedicated time in Corvallis, and within our Oregon counties.

We know you will join us in welcoming Paul to Oregon and to the great work happening across the state in Oregon 4-H. We know he will be a dedicated partner and colleague in our efforts to advance this extraordinary youth development program.

Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Job Posting

Outreach & Engagement Assistant Director – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Oregon State University Division of University Outreach & Engagement is recruiting for a full-time, fixed-term, Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit Apply to posting #P00867UF. Closing date: 12/11/16. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.


Extension Professional Development Fund

The Extension Professional Development Fund helps to support the Extension Faculty and Staff learn skills that will strengthen their work and the organization as a whole. If you have not had the chance to take advantage of the funding for your own professional development opportunities, please look over the guidelines to become acquainted with this resource.

Professional Development Fund

If you would like to make a tax deductible donate to keep this fund strong and growing, please consider donating through the OSU Foundation. You can even do so through payroll deduction. The Payroll Deduction Form is available if you are interested in having a easy way to donate to the fund.


In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference registration reminder.

Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. Please visit this link to register. Registration closes on Friday, October 14th.

For more information about this year’s event, please review the EAC article in the October 3rd issue of ConnEXTions.

Change in the Leadership of the UABC

From Linda Powell, Director of OSU Shared Services

I’m sharing the news that Dee Wendler, University Administrative Business Center (UABC) Manager, has announced her retirement from the University effective December 31, 2016. After more than 30 years of service to the State – mostly in higher education – Dee will be taking time to use her talents in service of local non-profit organizations. Dee’s tremendous leadership has advanced our progress toward many business center and university goals. We greatly appreciate her efforts and dedication to OSU’s mission.

Following this change, Jack Breen will become the UABC Manager. Currently the Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) Manager, he brings extensive operational knowledge and existing relationships with many UABC customers across the University, including senior administrators who are served by UABC. Jack is also well-versed in the unique support needs of statewide operations, such as the Extension Service.

I am confident that Jack and Dee will make this a smooth transition for all their customers and employees. We will conduct a search, open to both internal and external candidates, to replace Jack in the AMBC. It is our intention to have the new manager in place before Jack leaves, and give the AMBC staff as much support as they need during the transition.

I welcome any questions and input you may have as we move through this leadership change. Please join me in offering best wishes to both Dee and Jack as they begin their new endeavors.

Providence Grant

OSU Extension In Yamhill County secured a $50,000 grant in collaboration with Yamhill County Health & Human Services to address childhood obesity prevention and management. OSU Extension will deliver exercise/ physical activity within elementary classrooms using the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit.  BEPA integrates physical activity and nutrition concepts through education and activity and is an evidence-based curriculum created by Kathy Gunter, PhD of the OSU College of Public Health. The BEPA Toolkit provides educators with materials and activity ideas to increase children’s physical activity time at school. Ultimately, the program will feature a component for parents to help sustain/reinforce student growth in nutrition and exercise. The proposed project will provide internship placements for OSU graduate students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences throughout the academic year. Interns will deliver the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit component of the intervention. Special things to Grant Collaborators within OSU Jennifer Bunn, Kathy Gunter, PhD, and Mike Knutz and Yamhill County Public Health Manager Tom Eversole, DVM, MS.

Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update: October 2016

For those of you who may have missed Scott Reed’s Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update featuring Vince Adams. It can be viewed here.

2016 NEAFCS – MORE Oregon Award Winners

Huge apologies for neglecting to include the winners of the NEAFCS awards for Food Safety. The winners were added to the original post, put for those who may have missed it, their accomplishments are listed below:

Food Safety Award
Laura Sant and Team: 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Preserve @ Home
Team Members: Julie Buck (ID), Patty Case (OR), Surine Greenway (ID), Glenda Hyde (OR), Nancy Kershaw (OR), Joey Peutz (ID), Grace Wittman (ID), Ann Zander (CO)

OSUEA/ESP BBQ Dinner at Annual Conference

You are invited to attend the OSUEA/ESP BBQ dinner on Monday, November 14 at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

O&E Magazine Reprint

For those still needing copies of the most recent issue of the O&E Magazine, please contact Jill Wells and more will be sent to you.

Visit the New Extension Service Education Center in Washington County

OSU Extension Service opens Beaverton Education Center

Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
* Win Prizes * Food Tastings * and more…

Now located in the Twin Oaks Technology Ctr:
OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County
1815 NW 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

Hot Topics Webinar: 4 Creative Approaches to Organize for Economic Vitality

From the Rural Development Initiatives:

Join us as we explore four creative approaches to organize for economic vitality.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
12 Noon to 1 p.m. PST
with Q&A from 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Is there an optimal design for economic development in your community?
The short answer is NO. The structure for economic development in rural communities can look very different, depending on many factors, such as size, local capacity, and of course, community goals.

During this webinar, we’ll explore some of the following key factors that are necessary for success:

      • Have you identified the Economic Fundamentals to maximize your economic potential?
      • Are you bringing together Public and Private Sector Leadership?
      • Do you understand and utilize Financial and Regulatory Resources?
      • Have you built Organizational Flexibility into your efforts?
      • And are you taking full advantage of Local Talent and Experience?

Click here for more information and to register.

4-H…Growing and Thriving: Kudos

From Pamela Rose

Kudos to Shana Withee! Her work in Harney County with Burns Paiute Tribe is the feature story in the Fall 2016 issue of the O & E Magazine. For over 30 years, Shana has been collaborating to improve the health and well-being of tribal members through her programming in both Family and Community Health and 4-H Youth Development. The article entitled Paiute Wadatika Ma-Ni-Pu-Neen demonstrates the power of creating partnerships which is the feature of this issue.

Kudos to Ana Lu Fonseca! She is a co-author in a recently published article Leveraging the community context of Family Math and Science Nights to develop culturally responsive teaching practices. This article, in the Teaching and Teaching Education Journal, is about culturally relevant practices for family centered science and math. This was a collaboration between the SMILE and FIESTAS program at OSU. Free access to this article is valid until November 17, 2016.

Kudos to Mary Arnold! She is a co-author with Marc Braverman and Melissa Cater on a chapter in the newly released book, the Changing Landscape of Youth Work. Their chapter on Rethinking Evaluation Capacity in Youth Development Programs: A New Approach for Engaging Youth Workers in Program Evaluation appears in Section III. The book was designed to compile and publicize the best current thinking about training and professional development for youth workers.

Kudos to Karissa Dishon for her leadership in helping everyone gear up for National 4-H Week this week, October 2-8, with a 4-H press release. In her role as Oregon 4-H Field Marketing Liaison, she is sending periodic updates, reminders, and resources. These are designed to help all Oregon counties capitalize on our investment in the marketing campaign, and in turn grow our program with current youth, and alumni engagement.

Search Advocate Updates: Continuing Education

Search Advocate panelists needed:

  • Thursday, October 27, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 3 panelists needed
  • Wednesday, December 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 1 panelist needed
    Serving as a panelist for a workshop counts as one continuing education credit! Please respond to me privately, and I’ll send you a calendar invitation for the panel when I confirm everyone.

Search Advocate Community of Practice meetings for fall term are now scheduled (topics will be supplied as they are identified):

  • Monday, November 21, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 211
  • Friday, December 9, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 208

Attending one Community of Practice meeting counts as one continuing education credit!

Other continuing education options:

  • There will be two short CE sessions for search advocates as part of Training Days this year (November 8 & 9).
  • There will also be 3.5 hour update sessions offered during the Ag Leaders annual meeting (November 9) and the Extension annual conference (November 14 and 17). Once preliminary registration is complete for those events, I’ll be able to open up remaining spaces to the search advocate community at large.
  • You can receive 1 CE unit by attending and reporting back to me on a HERC webinar (listed in last month’s newsletter), and you can earn all 3 CE units by attending the Social Justice Education Initiative workshop series (available for registration on the Professional Development website).

OSU Alumni Association Events Calendar

Visit the OSUAA’s calendar of events to learn of activities that you can share not only with Beavers in your office, but Beavers living in your regions. It’s also a wonderful reference of the type of events that the OSUAA hosts. If you were thinking of connecting with Alumni in your region, the OSUAA would be happy to help.


Extension in the News

What to do with strawberry beds, stink bugs: Master gardeners’ tips
Oregon Live
October 5, 2016
Featuring Bernadine Strik

Fourth-graders learn about local agriculture
East Oregonian
October 6, 2106
Featuring Morrow County

Anatomy of a Painting
Eugene Weekly
October 6, 2016
Featuring Lane County Master Gardeners

In this week’s issue:

Save the Date: Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation, 8/19/16

The Third Quarterly Conversation for 2016 will be held on Friday, August 19 from 9:00am until 10:30am.

Please join us in 202 Kidder Hall on campus or via the live video stream at

Beaver Decals available for purchase

Small (4″ x 2.25″) Beaver Decals are available for purchase through the Extension Promotional Item Order Form for $0.10 each.

When ordering promotional items from Extension Administration, please be certain that you are using the most up to date Order Form as items and pricing are updated frequently.

Kudos to 4-H Faculty and Staff

From 4-H…Growing and Thriving, By Pamela Rose, State 4-H Program Leader

Kudos to our 4-H members! We know we have amazing young people in our 4-H program. This story from the Benton County Democrat Herald just shows another great example of young people making a difference in the lives of others. Thanks Carolyn Ashton, for sharing this news story with us!

Speaking of terrific 4-H members, yesterday in Deschutes County, a 4-H member did something that has been done in Oregon in 11 years. A 4-H member received the 10-step Dad Potter award! If you are not familiar, this is the most elite 4-H Horse Award we recognize – it’s quite a feat, takes significant teamwork and dedication, and it’s pretty darn awesome! Kudos to Lauren Walley, Deschutes County 4-H member for this terrific accomplishment! Kudos also to her 4-H leader, Heather Zumwalt, and Karissa Dishon also shared with me that another Kudos goes to Candi Bothum who was the 4-H club leader who taught Heather how to ride. Kudos all around!

Kudos to the Engineering and Science Camp held in Ontario at the Four Rivers Community School (SMILE School) last week. Kudos to Barbara Brody for sharing this story with us that posted in the Malheur County Argus Observer. Thanks to your leadership in bringing all of these partners together for this event.

9 Reasons Why Being In 4-H Makes You A Better Person

News articles on the web have been quite depressing lately. Running across a positive news article reminds us of the great things happening in the world that we can be proud to know we’ve had a hand in creating.

A big thank you to Extension and 4-H Faculty and Staff for continuing to teach the future leaders to be better people.

9 Reasons Why Being In 4-H Makes You A Better Person

To add to the list of reasons why being in 4-H makes you a better person, please share it in the comments below.

In this week’s issue:

Journal of Extension: June 2016 Issue

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Extension is available to view online at Oregon State is proudly represented in this issue:

Gail Langelotto, Urban and Community Horticulture Specialist and Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, has collaborated with a colleague at the Univ. of Georgia on a Tools of the Trade article about an online resource site for Extension Master Gardener coordinators.

Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist in Horticulture, has written a Research in Brief article with Dionne Uzes, former graduate student in Horticulture, on strategies to increase yield management of pinot noir vineyards while maintaining wine quality.

Marc Braverman’s article on Multivariate Data Analysis provides useful ways to analyze data in multiple ways. The quantitative data junkies won’t be the only ones excited about this article.

Congratulations to our OSU Extension authors.

Oregon 4-H Archery Team places 5th in the Country

The 4-H Archery Team placed 5th in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships (June 28-July 1) held in Grand Island Nebraska. The team was made up of:

Tanner Bernhardt-Dudley, Douglas County
Cody Tilgner, Polk County
Ben Pihl, Umatilla County
Brenden Newberg, Deschutes County
Coach Bill Dudley, Douglas County

Brenden Newberg ranked placed 4th overall out of 136 archers.

Oregon 4-H Archery Team
The 4-H Archery Team placed 5th in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships

Benny at County Fair Promo Videos

To promote Benny at your county fair, our favorite beaver was gracious enough to record a promo spot with Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley.  The recordings are the same, but the banner with OSU Day info is customized for each county.

Below are links to the promos that are ready to distribute amongst your online networks:

Marion County

Linn County

Columbia County

Hood River County

Jefferson County

Coos County

Washington County

More promos to come next week…


In this week’s issue:


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


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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