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Countdown to 2016 Extension Annual Conference: 1 week!

Horizon Report on Extension Available for All Extension Professionals

From eXtension:

The eXtension Foundation announced today the public release of the NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021. This report, also referred to as the Horizon Report, will join the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) family of Horizon Reports on learning-focused organizations and sectors that examine trends and challenges expected to impact their immediate future.

Developed by a panel of 56 Extension peer experts, this report identifies nine key trends, nine significant challenges, and twelve important developments in educational technology that will emerge to demand Cooperative Extension’s attention across three adoption horizons in the next one to five years. The report’s well-researched evidence of these forces presents Extension directors and administrators; land-grant university leaders and faculty; federal, state, and local government; and both public and private funding organizations with guidance for strategic technology planning.

The report was created by eXtension in partnership with the NMC and the ECOP Innovation Task Force. Said Keith L. Smith, chair of the Innovation Task Force in announcing report’s completion and release, “This first-ever Horizon Report on Cooperative Extension helps unify our understanding of the technologies, topics and trends predicted to affect Extension’s national mission and the local communities our professionals serve in the immediate future. With this knowledge, we can work together to focus our efforts and resources on creating innovations in programming that will deliver the greatest impact in meeting future community needs.”

In the months ahead, eXtension will be presenting a series of learning events on the Horizon Report led by Jerry Thomas, Director of eXtension’s Innovation Lab. These events will focus on discussing the findings and receiving Extension professionals’ insights on their professional development needs for responding to the recommended adoption horizons. Says Christine Geith, CEO of the eXtension Foundation, “The Horizon Report and learning event series will inform eXtension’s planning. We must prepare the Extension workforce with the professional development and competencies it needs to translate these foresights into action and impact in local communities.”

Additional information:

Learning event series:

Not your father’s Extension! The transformation of an organizational model

From ACE and eXtension

Wednesday, November 9 at 3:00 pm EST

Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/988442957

Part 2 of a two-part series on program support projects happening in Virginia and Pennsylvania. If interested, also plan to participate in Part 1 on November 2nd, Extension21 – Support Modernization for Virginia Cooperative Extension. Audience: Extension directors, administrators, communication professionals, program teams and anyone else interested.

IBM is the corporate poster child of both success and failure. Once at the pinnacle of achievement for American corporations, in less than 10 years was days away from bankruptcy. Resting on its laurels, they became a dinosaur. In today’s world, it doesn’t take 10 years. With the reality of change or die, Penn State Extension is changing – moving full speed ahead – changing what we do and how we do it, with our sights fully focused on our customers.

We are strategically implementing new operational technologies and strategies that allow us to interact with our customers in ways never before possible. We are developing a new product line focused on customer usability and priorities. We are dramatically expanding our reach and relevance. It has been a long, challenging and winding road. In this webinar we will give a sneak peek at the new Penn State Extension and an overview of the strategy, the structure, and the status, as well as lessons learned along the way.

Our presenters are Mary F. Wirth, ACE Learning Community director, and Jon Emigh.

Mary Wirth currently serves as the director of College Relations and Communications for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. The office is a component of the dean’s office that manages the college’s relationships and strategic communications with external audiences – with a focus on alumni, industry and legislators as well as future students − and covers all three mission areas of the college including education, research and extension.

Jon Emigh is Associate Director of Business Operations for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Recording will be posted here when available:  https://learn.extension.org/events/2868

Call for Proposals for new i-Three Issue Corp

The eXtension Foundation is launching the first Issue Corps of 2017 with a call for proposals for projects on improving Diversity and Inclusion within Cooperative Extension, its partners, and the public. Proposals are due December 5, 2016.

The Issue Corps experience combines virtual and face-to-face events to assist corps members in developing projects that can have a visible, measurable impact at the local level. Emphasis is on developing innovative projects, programming, applications of technology and professional skills, enabling members to design and implement new approaches they might not have the opportunity pursue otherwise.

Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps and find answers to these questions and more.

  • What is an eXtension Issue Corps?
  • What does an Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps project look like?
  • How does the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps work?
  • What is required to apply?
  • What are the proposal guidelines?

Additionally, the eXtension Issue Corps leadership team will present a special webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 2:00 p.m. ET to answer questions and provide more information on the Diversity & Inclusion Corps and this call for proposals. For details on this event and to add it to your calendar, visit https://learn.extension.org/events/2881.

National Tree Farmer Award goes to Eastern Oregon family

The Defrees family has been awarded the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award by the American Tree Farm System. The family will be honored in December at a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. while celebrating the 75th anniversary of the program.

Congratulations to the Defrees family for a well deserved honor.

Capital PressOregon family wins national tree farmer award.

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversations

A peek at the new OSU branding and logo refresh initiatives will be shared by Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations and Marketing at the November 18 Quarterly Conversation. There will be opportunities for Q&A. In addition to Division updates, Kyle Cole, director of Precollege Programs and a member of the University Outreach and Engagement Council, will also be a guest sharing the unit’s outreach and engagement initiatives.

Join us!
November 18
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Kidder 202 or via livestream live.oregonstate.edu (session will also be recorded)

Extension in the News

Seminar teaches how to build a cabin in the woods
The News Review
October 30, 2016
Featuring Steve Bowers and  Francisca Belart

Healthy recipes and effective social marketing campaign improve eating habits
Eureka Alert!
November 3, 2016
Featuring Lauren Tobey, Food Hero

 

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Reminder: ATLAS: A New Age for Extension

A reminder of this Friday’s special presentation by Penn State Extension.

ATLAS: A New Age for Extension, Oct. 23, 2015, 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestream with live chat http://live.oregonstate.edu/

Refreshments available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Live/streaming presentation: 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Discussion: 9:45-10:15

The presentation will be recorded, and the link shared.

About ATLAS:
Extension’s future success will be determined by the quality and relevance of our educational products and services, in all their forms. With this in mind, Penn State Extension—in close partnership with their Agricultural Communications unit—is launching a comprehensive strategy (called ATLAS) to modernize and redefine how Extension operates in an incredibly competitive, new age of communications and education.

Please join us on Oct. 23 to learn more about the vision, goals, and strategy for the ATLAS project, as well as challenges and lessons learned.

 

Top Honors in Extension Excellence

The Excellence in Extension Award is a national award given annually to one Cooperative Extension professional in recognition of their visionary leadership, excellence in programming, and positive impact on their community. In addition to the national recognition, one Extension educator from each of the five Cooperative Extension regions (northeast, north central, south, west, and 1890 universities), will be recognized for excellence at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 15-17, 2015.

The 2015 Western Region Excellence in Extension recipient is our own Dana Martin, OSU Regional Administrator! Congratulations, Dana!!

 

OSUEA Search for Excellence and Western Extension Directors Award of Excellence DEADLINE EXTENDED

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.

Details regarding each are listed below. The deadline OSUEA Search for Excellence and WEDA is October 23, 2015. For WEDA, the applicants will be considered for the 2016 nomination.

For details, see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/osuea-search-excellence

Submit applications to Weston Miller at the contact information below:

 

Deadline Reminders