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.
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
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.