In this week’s issue:

 ECTU has Moved

From ECTU:

The Extension Computing Technology Unit (ECTU – Lisa Gillis, Wayne Jardine and Victor Villegas) has moved from Ballard Hall to room #120 in the basement of the Milne Computing Center.

The reason for this move is to help improve our service to customers. With our reduced crew, it has been a challenge to maintain an adequate level of service, especially for our walk-in clients. Starting December 15, you will be able to drop-off/pick-up your computer equipment at the IS Service Desk in Milne. This will help insure there will be someone to assist you with your drop-off/pick-up needs. The Service Desk’s expanded hours (including weekends) increases the hours of availability and should make it easier to accommodate your schedule.

The IS Service Desk hours are:
Mon.-Fri.: 8am – 7pm
Sat.-Sun.: 3pm-7pm

The Service Desk is located at Milne Computing Center #201.

Information Services has two permit parking spots on the east side of Milne, between Milne and Benton Hall (the music building) that can be used for quick drop-off and pick-ups. There are also meter spots nearby. Please park and run in to borrow the hang tag. You can find current parking map here:

Rest assured you will still have access to ECTU and we encourage you to drop by and visit us in our new location anytime.

If you have any questions, please contact Victor Villegas at 541-737-8255, or

Digital Measures Update

From Linda Brewer:

THANKS to all of you who have begun to work on your year-end reporting. It reduces the rush across my inbox.  Two items:

  1. I notice that as of today we have a new face on the login – and not just for DM. A welcome reminder of warmer times . . .
  2. So that the P&T CV report will ultimately work well for you:

a. Find the “Permanent Data” in the “General Information” section in DM
b. Update your record to indicate your hiring date (year alone is sufficient for this purpose) and Starting Rank
c. Update your advancements through the ranks as appropriate.

P&T report not yet perfectly perfect, but improving.
Find training videos here:
Send in your questions over the weekend. While not glued to the computer, I’ll keep an eye out for Digital Measures support requests.

Extension in the News

How to Read a Forage Test
December 16, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe

No ConnEXTions until January 9

Due to holidays being observed on the next two holidays, there will be no ConnEXTions hitting your mailbox until Monday, January 9th. Campus will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday January 2nd. Please feel free to submit articles to up until Friday, January 6th. Just keep in mind that if your information is time sensitive, it will not be published in ConnEXTions until January 9th.

Thank you, and have a lovely holiday break.

HAPPY National 4-H WEEK!!!

In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference registration LIVE!

2016 Extension Annual Conference
November 14-17, 2016

OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) and the OSU Extension Director’s Office are partners in bringing the Extension Annual Conference to all Extension faculty and staff. Plan to attend and register soon! This is an important professional development opportunity for all of us…to REACH ALL OF OREGON.

Information on the conference can all be found on Extension’s Conferences & Events page.

The cost of this year’s conference is only $45, which includes attendance at all sessions and tours, daily breaks, 4 lunches and two breakfasts. There are additional charges (within staff per diem rates) for:

  • All-Extension BBQ, hosted by OSEUA and ESP on Monday ($27);
  • Extension Conference Bowling Night on Tuesday ($15);
  • OSUEA Awards Breakfast on Wednesday ($14.25).
  • OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension Banquet on Wednesday ($39);

Please make an effort to attend the 2016 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 October 14, 2016 Registration is through Ideal Logic, hosted by the PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) office. This is the same registration system we’ve used for the 2 previous annual conferences, 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. By clicking here, you can see what sessions are available before logging into Ideal Logic (this schedule is meant to be viewed on your computer screen, if you plan to print out and view hard copy you might want to adjust your printing options to print on larger paper, etc.). 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, 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.

If you would like to make any adjustments to your registration (e.g., switching sessions or changing your food options after your initial registration), please email Amanda Bielenberg ( or Kim Tarrant ( directly.


  • Make lodging reservation and be sure to mention you need the OSU or government rate.
  • Extension Admin will cover round trip mileage for one (1) 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
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. Shuttles are also available on/around campus, find out more about them here.

OSUEA President, Marilyn K. Lesmeister

2016 NEAFCS – Oregon Award Winners

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The organization provides education in:
• Food preparation, food safety and nutrition
• Financial Management
• Healthy Lifestyles
• Home & work environment and safety
• Relationship and parenting skills
• and much more!

The NEAFCS 2016 Annual session in Big Sky, Montana was held September 12-15. Congratulations to the OSU Extension employees who received recognition for their hard work this past year:

Distinguished Service Award
Renee Carr

Marketing Package Award
Cheryl Kirk and Team – 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Wester Region Winner
Project: Oregon Whole Grain Heroes Video/Marketing Campaign
Team members: Jenny Rudolph, Mandy Hatfield, Sally Bowman, Renee Carr, Nancy Kershaw, Sandra Carlson, Rose Jepson-Sullivan, Lauren Tobey, Elaine Schrumpf, Jan Ostby, Lisa Canady

Communications Awards: Newsletters
Lauren Kraemer and Team – 3rd Place National Winner and 2nd Place Western Region Winner
Project: Food Hero Monthly Newsletter
Team Members: Katie Ahern, Sally Bowman, Barbara Brody, Renee Carr, Mandy Hatfield, Tonya Johnson, Cheryl Kirk, Robin Maille, Jenny Rudolph, Janice Smiley, Angela Treadwell, Lauren Tobey, Christine Mouzong, Laura Lamotte, Elaine Schrumpf, Brenda Draper, Lisa Canady, Jeff Wilson, Jill Mills

NEAFCS Educator of the Year
Nancy Kershaw – Western Region Winner
Project: Oregon Educator of the Year

Food Safety Award
Jeanne Brandt and Team – 3rd Place Western Region Winner
Project: OSU Volunteer Master Food Preserver Program
Team Members: Nellie Oehler, Nancy Kershaw, Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer, Tonya Johnson, Cheryl Kirk, Kelly Streit, Patty Case, Sara Runkel, Jenny Rudolph, Teresa Crowley, Marc Braverman, Leonor Chavez

Communications Awards: TV/Video
Mandy Hatfield and Team: 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Oregon Whole Grain Heroes Video Campaign
Team Members: Jenny Rudolph, Sandra Carlson, Rose Jepson-Sullivan, Lauren Tobey, Darryl Lai, Sally Bowman, Renee Carr, Nancy Kershaw, Cheryl Kirk, Jan Ostby, Elaine Schrumpf

Communications Awards: Educational Publication
Jeanne Brandt and Team: 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Canning Tuna
Team Member: Katie Johnson

Communications Awards: Written Press Release
Tonya Johnson and Team: 2nd Place Western Region Winner
Project: Expansion of neighborhood walking program through Extension Service
Team Member: Schuyler Hibbard

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)

*Names in italics are part of the media team, and not Extension Service employees.

Oregon State Extension well represented at the NEAFCS 2016 Annual Session Awards Dinner


Communications Awards: Newsletters


Food Safety Award


Nancy Kershaw: NEAFCS Educator of the Year

Kathy Gunter testifies in front of the Oregon Senate on the health of Oregon’s Children

Kathy Gunter, Extension Physical Activity Specialist, testified in front of the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care on the importance of regular physical activity for children. Her Presentation, Childhood Obesity:  School and Community Solutions detailed the value of more physical activity for school age children.

Dr. Gunter stated that school-based physical activity, such as Physical Education classes, are among the most effective tools to combat childhood obesity.

“We know that regular physical activity makes kids healthier. We know that regular physical activity makes them better students. We know that the school day offers a unique opportunity to provide regular physical activity for our children,” said Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem). “PE in our schools is a necessity if we care about our children.”

Senator Courtney was the chief proponent of minimum physical education requirements included in House Bill 3141 in 2007. The measure gave school districts 10 years to provide 150 minutes a week in physical education for elementary schools students and 225 minutes of weekly PE for middle school students. A recent study showed that few Oregon schools are meeting that standard which will be required by law beginning with the 2017-18 school year.


ECTU Schedule October 3rd-7th, 2016

This is a quick email to let you know ECTU’s (Extension Computing Technology Unit) planned schedule for the week of October 3rd – 7th, 2016:

• Victor Villegas – will be out of the office October 3rd-5th.

• Wayne Jardine – will be out of the office October 4th.

• Lisa Gillis – will be out of the office October 3rd-6th