In this week’s issue:


Welcome Roberta Riportella

From Pamela Rose:

Welcome to Roberta Riportella! Roberta will begin May 9th as our new Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Family & Community Health Program Leader. Roberta was able to join us on Monday and Tuesday of Spring Conference to meet many of the staff and get to know more about the great work happening here in Oregon.  Roberta has had a long and illustrious career in Extension, primarily at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but she has most recently been at Kansas State University as the Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Community Health. She has received numerous honors and awards.  She is recognized nationally for her leadership in Health Extension, serving on the ECOP Health Implementation Initiative, currently chairing the Health in All Policies Education team.  We are excited to have Roberta bring her leadership and experience to Oregon!

Have you registered for the O&E Colloquium?

Have you registered for this year’s O&E Colloquium? Different pathways to community engagement will be explored through the keynote speaker, four fast-paced five-minute presentations, poster session, Tweet-up, and awards of excellence. Discover. Celebrate. Create community.

Register by April 6 (registration is required). The event is free and open to the OSU campus community—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—and public, with one exception: an $18 charge to attend the awards luncheon (use indexes or pay with check at the door).

Congratulations Margie House

Margie welcomed a baby boy to the world. Details were not available at press time, but if you are able to share any further information about Margie’s new bundle of joy, please do so in the comments.

Alberta Johnston

From Extension Administration:

We write to share some sad news today, Alberta Johnston passed away on March 15th after a short illness.

Alberta was born in Hickman, Nebraska.  She began her 4-H experience as a 4-H/Home Economics agent in Wyoming, became an Extension specialist in Montana and Oregon, and eventually became the OSU Deputy Director of Extension.

After Alberta’s retirement from OSU Extension Service in 1991, she agreed to serve a six-month stint as the Interim Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation, to oversee a regional 4-H trustee training conference Oregon was hosting. That six-month job turned into a 20-year career.  During those twenty years, Alberta worked as a VOLUNTEER, never accepting a salary or any compensation.  She worked for love of the program, and the many benefits it provided to the youth of Oregon.

During her service, Oregon has become one of the top 4-H foundations in the country.  Policies and agreements were carefully put in place, helping the Oregon 4-H Foundation maintain its high level of professionalism and integrity.  She retired from this second career in 2010.  The Oregon 4-H Foundation and the Oregon 4-H Program would not be where we are today without Alberta’s wisdom, dedication and selfless support.  Oregon 4-H was very lucky on the day Alberta agreed to serve that six-month job.

Alberta touched many lives, and she will be greatly missed.

She requested that there not be a memorial service.

Donations in her memory can be made to Oregon 4-H Foundation, Alberta B. Johnston Administrative Endowment, 105 Ballard Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.


Sandy Macnab to retire

Congratulations on your retirement Sandy and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to OSU Extension Services.

Please join Sherman and Wasco Counties in celebrating his 37 years of service.

Impact Statement Reporting for Extension Professionals

From eXtension:

Spring is traditionally Impact Statement Reporting season. In fall 2015, eXtension added the acclaimed Impact Statement Reporting Course to its Professional Development portfolio of courses for Cooperative Extension System professionals.

Created by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University in collaboration with a nationwide team of Extension educators and trainers on impact report writing, the content addresses specifically the needs of Extension professionals.

eXtension’s online course format ensures continuity across trainings, widespread accessibility, and ease of use. This course provides a wealth of examples, resources, readings and assessments to support learners in applying the concepts and skills as rapidly as possible. Requiring approximately 80 minutes to complete, all at one time or across modules, this course provides timely instruction or can serve as a refresher as impact statement reporting deadlines approach.

Employees of eXtension member institutions receive this course as a Free Benefit through their institution’s membership. The course fee for employees of non-member institutions is $80.

Learn more about the Impact Statement Reporting Course and check out the free sampler of the course.



In this week’s issue:


Congratulations Rose Jepson-Sullivan

Rose Jepson-Sullivan welcomed a sweet little baby boy to the world on Friday, March 11 at 8:22AM.  Please leave a comment to congratulate Rose, Andrew and precious Owen George.


ACE Director-elect for Professional Development, Victor Villegas

The Association of Communications Excellence (ACE) members have elected Victor Villegas as the Director-elect for Professional Development. He now joins the ACE Board of Directors helping guide our organization as it continues to grow and evolve. He will assume the duties of that office at our 2016 Memphis Conference and summer board meeting in June. This leadership track results in Victor moving into Professional Development director the following year and serving in that role through June 2019.

Congratulations Victor! Thank you for representing OSU!



Check out the Chicks of Clatsop County broadcasting LIVE on the Clatsop County Extension website.

They will be placed in the incubator on March 16th or 17th and will incubate for 21 days.  The expected hatch date will be April 6th or 7th.


2016 University Outreach and Engagement Colloquium

Please join us for the OSU Outreach and Engagement Colloquium on Tuesday, April 12th at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the main campus in Corvallis.  There is still time to register.

      • 11:30 a.m. – Community engagement is showcased starting with lunch and presentation of the Vice Provost Awards of Excellence and Alberta B. Johnston Awards for Extension Excellence
      • 12:45 p.m. – Four (4) fast-paced, five minute Ignite-style presentations highlight exceptional OSU engagement initiatives
        • Nicole Strong, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry and Natural Resources Extension: Forest restoration community outreach
        • Mark Farley, Hatfield Marine Science Center Cyberlab Project Manager: Working waterfront and business development apps build community and engage visitors
        • Chinweike Eseonu, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering: Sope-making machine created by OSU students expands capacity of local business
        • Mike Miller and Mark Stiffler, Ecampus Course Development and Training: Media objects developed for online courses
      • 1:30 p.m. – Publicly Engaged Scholarship in the 21st Century: BEWARE OF SHRINKING IMAGINATION, keynote presentation by Dr. Timothy K. Eatman
      • 2:15 p.m. – Poster session (and dessert), a showcase of diverse outreach and engagement efforts across OSU


Together Towards Tomorrow: 2016 Spring Conference

4-H, FCH and NEP faculty and staff will be busy this week as they attend meetings and presentations in Portland at their annual spring conference. The whole Extension family is looking forward to hearing about the amazing work that comes from this conference.


STOP and Think before you send that email out to OES State!

The ConnEXTions blog was redesigned to address the issue of email overload.  Instead of sending out an email every time leadership wanted to address the OSU Extension statewide community every time a non time sensitive subject arose, they would wait for it to be addressed in the weekly email. Since the frequency of information dissemination went from monthly to weekly, it was easier to do this.

If your communication isn’t time sensitive, email to have your information included in ConnEXTions. If you think your information will exceed the 250 word limit, you can condense it to the basic info, but include links to more information. Deadline for submissions will now be extended to noon on Fridays to encourage more to use this service.

We want to help cut down on information overload and help prevent messaging from getting lost in inboxes.


Become a Twitter Phenom with eXtension

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The Division of University Outreach and Engagement is entering the world of Twitter (@OSU_OandE, #OSUEngage) and eXtension is making it easy for us.

Why embrace Twitter? It is an easy way to share information of value with peers, co-workers, community stakeholders and others. And you can post photos of the good work you’re doing and gain additional visibility.

If you’ve thought about using Twitter, but you haven’t tweeted yet and want to learn, read on.

WHAT: “Twitter in 15 Minutes!” a mini-webinar hosted by Victor Villegas. Learn Twitter basics and practice a few tweets to get the hang of it.

WHEN: March 17 at 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: To connect to the webinar, just click on this link. “Twitter in 15 Minutes” will be recorded and additional Twitter sessions will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

WHY: Engage with thought leaders, community stakeholders, and Outreach and Engagement (O&E) leadership and peers. We’ll be using Twitter to create conversation around the upcoming O&E Colloquium on April 12, where Dr. Timothy K. Eatman (@tkeatman) will discuss “Beware the Shrinking Imagination,” a declaration for us to reclaim engagement at the core of the university’s role in public life.


Upcoming eXtension Webinars

Adobe Photoshop 101 – March 16 at 11:00AM Pacific Time

Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture: Pest Management & Flight Performance: March 16 at 12:00PM Pacific Time

Twitter in 15 Minutes! – March 17 at 11:30AM Pacific Time


The EESC Express: EESC Online Photo Archives

The next EESC/Express leaves the station Thursday, March 17th from 10– 10:30am

Hop aboard and join us for a short, 30-minute ride with—

  • Karen Zimmermann, Communications Support Specialist
  • Jeff Hino, EESC Learning Technology Leader

This week Karen will be sharing our EESC online photo archives, and showing you how to access award-winning photos for use in your outreach activities. Guaranteed to be useful stuff to know!

Get on board the web show here and enter meeting number 929 717 931

Brought to you every 3rd Thursday at 10 a.m. by Extension and Experiment Station Communications