In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence-Livestream

Watch the University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence LIVE today starting at 11:30am.

Top 10 Project presentations will being at 12:15pm.

Also, follow University Outreach and Engagement today on Twitter: #OSUEngage

Open invitation: Visit EESC!


Our Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) team appreciates the hospitality you show us when we have the opportunity to visit you at our offices and events around the state. We hope you have the same warm welcome when your work brings you to the Corvallis campus.

Next time you are in town, please know that you are welcome to stop by EESC as your schedule permits. We will be happy to give you a quick tour, meet and greet our team, and share what we’re currently working on. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your communities and programs.

Where to find us:
422 Kerr Administration Building (corner of 15th and Jefferson; see map)

No need to call ahead. Just stop by! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jennifer Alexander, Director
For the EESC team

Spots still available for Innovate Extension

Have great ideas for Extension that are ‘outside of the box’? Interested in strengthening your creativity and innovation skills? Want to connect with like-minded peers? Want to receive coaching from innovation experts? Want a chance to win funding?

Plan to attend the INNOVATE Extension event: May 23rd in Corvallis.

The event is free, open to all Extension faculty/staff (and includes great swag), but space is limited to 100 participants.

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE! Deadline to sign up is 4/10.

Want to know more about Innovate Extension? Check out the FAQ for all the details or visit the event website:

In this week’s issue:

EESC Express

Jump on board for the last EESC Express of the season. In a fast-paced, 30-minute show, you’ll be treated to a segment on how to engage on Facebook, advice on writing an effective impact statement, and a tip on ways to use the EESC catalog. Join us for a fast-paced, fun-filled program on Webex at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. For this show, we’ll be giving away a Zen Buddha Board Mini and laser presenters as prizes!
Webex meeting number: 927 847 645

Questions? Contact Kym Pokorny

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversations, February 17, 2017

Plan to attend the next O&E Quarterly Conversation on February 17, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestreamed. This is your opportunity to ask questions of O&E leadership and to learn about O&E and Extension initiatives. Each segment includes an opportunity for you to have your questions answered.

9-9:30 a.m. – Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley – DIVISION UPDATES and Q&A, including introducing the Center for Community Innovation & Economic Development
9:30-10:00 a.m. – SPARKTHE YEAR OF ARTS AND SCIENCE – Charles Robinson (O&E/College of Liberal Arts/The Graduate School), Larry Rodgers (dean, College of Liberal Arts), and Jerri Bartholomew (Chair of the Microbiology Dept. and one of the leads on the Microbiome show happening in the spring). This is about exploring new ways to practice engagement and the value of cross campus collaborations.
10:00-10:30 a.m. – OUTDOOR SCHOOL UPDATE – Susan Sahnow

Join us in Kidder 202, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., or join via livestream and ask your questions online. Coffee/tea available in Kidder 202.

Vice Provost Awards of Excellence

The Vice Provost Awards of Excellence encourage and reward efforts to create and nurture healthy communities, healthy planet and a healthy economy through outreach and engagement efforts.

If you have taken part in – or know of – an outreach and engagement project implemented in the past five years that is deserving of special recognition, please submit nominations by February 20. To learn more about the award criteria and to upload nomination information, click here. You can self-nominate, nominate others, and/or encourage community partners to submit nominations.

In this week’s issue:

Invitation to Retirement Reception for Dr. Lyla Houglum, Jan. 9, 3:30 pm CANCELLED

Lyla Houglum’s Retirement Reception that was originally scheduled for Monday, January 9 was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The event will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of our honoree.  Please check back for more information.

2016 EAC survey

On behalf of OSUEA, we would like to invite you to participate in the 2016 Extension Annual Conference Survey. We appreciate your responses, in order to gain feedback and make 2017’s conference as efficient and beneficial as possible! The link can be found here: Please respond by January 23rd, 2017.

Welcome Chris Branam, EESC Public Issues Communication Specialist

The Extension and Experiment Station Communications unit welcomes Chris Branam, the new public issues communication specialist. Chris’s primary responsibility will be developing news releases, feature articles, impact stories, and other content about agricultural and natural resources research findings and program accomplishments. His office is located in the Kerr Admin. Building, room 416.

Please help us welcome Chris!

Center for Teaching and Learning: Resources and Services available

The Center of Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University has resources and services available to faculty based on current research and best practices to advance teaching excellence.

To learn more about how CTL can help you elevate your teaching, please visit their site:

Journal of Extension, December 2016 Issue

From Marc Braverman:

This month I’m delighted to report that we can spy a few OSUES media stars among the authors. First, Jeff Hino is an author (with a colleague from Utah State) on a Commentary article about the Internet of Things. Second, an all-star team led by Mary Arnold has authored a Research in Brief article about the pathbreaking YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health teens-as-teachers program. Co-authors on the article include Jeff Flesch (graduate student in Human Development & Family Sciences), Carolyn Ashton (Benton County), Lynette Black (Wasco County), Barbara Brody (Malheur County), Maureen Hosty (Metro area), and Shanna Northway (Grant County). Congrats and kudos to all!

As an added note, those of you who may have manuscripts in various stages of the JOE review process, or who are planning to submit, may be interested to read the lead-off commentary from the co-chairs from the JOE Editorial Committee (Message from the Journal of Extension Editorial Committee), which provides some background on the progress of the editorial changes at the journal and describes the new JOE manuscript submission checklist.

The articles can be accessed through the links below, or directly on the JOE website at

The Internet of Things and Big Data: A Litmus Test for Extension?
Hill, Paul; Hino, Jeff

YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health: Impact of a 4-H Teens-as-Teachers Program
Arnold, Mary E.; Flesch, Jeffrey M.; Ashton, Carolyn; Black, Lynette; Brody, Barbara; Hosty, Maureen; Northway, Shanna

Extension in the News

Class teaches families about cooking and nutrition
Eastern Oregonian
December 16, 2016
Featuring Angela Treadwell, Umatilla County

The Key To Low-Income Family Nutrition (Video)
Progressive Grocer
December 19, 2016
Featuring Lauren Tobey and Food Hero

Top 2016 Oregon gardening stories from OSU Extension
The Oregonian
December 30, 2016
Written by Kym Pokorny, EESC

Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Capital Press
January 4, 2017
Featuring John Williams, Wallowa County


In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Upgrade update

Visit the Extension Web Upgrade blog for the latest updates on the progress on this project.

County, Region and Extension Program Marketing Materials

The first county Extension marketing “pull sheet” was developed and finalized in September by University Outreach and Engagement/Coast Region’s PROMISE intern. The objective of the “pull sheet” format is to visually tell the story of the work of Extension in the county, providing at-a-glance information about the programing offered and communicating the value of the work of Extension in the community. The marketing pieces can be shared with stakeholders, influencers and county residents to increase awareness of Extension’s impact in the community.

Two county “pull sheets” have been finalized: for Clatsop and Washington counties (see the links to the county pieces). Two more are in the works for Umatilla and Morrow counties.

The design was created by University Relations and Marketing (URM) with the idea that the format stays the same, but is modified to reflect each county. What changes is the photo image, information about why the county is unique, quote by and photo of the county leader, and the icons and brief text related to county programming.

The marketing pieces are easy to update and to print locally; no need to stash inventory that may become outdated.

Would you like to develop a “pull sheet” for your county? Ann Marie Murphy (541-737-1327, and Jill Wells will work with you to develop your county’s marketing piece. Plans are in the works to develop region “pull sheets” for the coast and urban Extension in the Portland area. And work has begun on conceptualizing program “pull sheets” starting with OSU Open Campus. We’ll be reaching out to other regions and programs in the coming months.

OSU Extension Service: Helping Communities Envision and Create a Better Future

The League of Oregon Cities featured an article highlighting OSU Extension Services in the October 2016 issue of Local Focus. Information in the article pointed to the importance of the partnerships that OSU Extension builds in order to tackle Oregon’s wicked problems and how through engaged scholarship, Extension is bringing resources to the communities. Please read the full article here.

Extension in the News

Seed to Supper improves, expands
The Newberg Graphic
October 19, 2016
Featuring Heather Stoven, Yamhill County Extension

Owyhee Reservoir irrigators finally get full allotment
Capital Press
OCtober 20, 2026
Featuring Bill Buhrig and Stuart Retitz

In this week’s issue:

Oregon Extension Staff Win National ESP Awards

Several of Oregon’s extension faculty I’ve been selected for national recognition by ES P for the following awards:

International Service Award – Shana Withee
Administrative Leadership Award – Barbara Brody
Visionary Leadership Award – Jeff Sherman
Diversity Multicultural Award, Team – Mike Knutz, Healthy Kids Club
Distinguished Team Award – Shanna Northway, Youth Advocates for Health! (YA4-H!) Teens as Teachers Program
Distinguished Service Award – Shana Withee
Continuing Excellence Award – Lyla Houglum

They will be recognized at the national ES P conference in October in Cape May New Jersey

Mario Magana, CPHHS Excellence in Outreach Award

Congratulations to Mario Magana for receiving the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Outreach Award. This was presented on Monday evening at Dean Tammy Bray’s final “Stepping Down” event with CPHHS college faculty. Mario has provided leadership and innovation to developing 4-H programs that meet the need of underserved populations. His Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI) and his 4-H International Camps engage over 1000 young people each year to careers, workforce preparation, leadership skill building and cultural appreciation. Mario has been invited by National 4-H Council and other states to assist in program development efforts to underserved populations and/or to share his programs. Thanks and Kudos also to Marilyn Lesmeister for nominating him for his award. Kudos Mario, and well deserved!

-4-H growing and Thriving

Condolences for the family of Naomi Foster – Wife of former Hood River Extension Agent Lee Foster

Wife of former Hood River Extension Agent Lee Foster (1949-1973) passed away on June 9th.

A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at 11am, Monday, July 18, 2016 at Asbury Our Redeemer Partnership (1140 Tucker Rd., Hood River, Or. 97031).

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that contributions might be made to the Lee & Naomi Foster 4-H Scholarship Fund of Hood River County at The Oregon 4-H Foundation 119 Ballard Hall O.S.U Corvallis, OR 97331-3608 or to the Asbury-Our Redeemer Church 1140 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

Naomi Foster Obituary

Promotional Items – FY16 Billing

If you are in need of any promotional marketing items to be billed to the FY16, please turn in your order form to Denise Ashley,, by noon on Tuesday, June 28th.

Digital Asset Management Learning Center’s Interview with Karen Zimmerman of EESC

Karen Zimmerman was interviewed for the Digital Asset Management Learning Center’s User Stories blog where she discussed how Extension uses digital assets. To read the whole interview with Karen highlighting the talents of EESC and hard work of Extension, visit this link:

In this week’s issue:

Benny the Beaver County Fair Tour

University Events has put together an awesome website with information regarding Benny touring the county fairs this summer and it can be found here:

The site will be updated with information regarding Benny’s tour. If you know of anything that maybe helpful to include in the site, please let Jill Wells know ( and she we see to it that the information is available.

Pole, Peddle, Paddle in Bend

Congratulations to Karissa Dishon, Diana Stevens, Melanie McCabe, Jamie Davis, Samara Rufener and Katy Joyce for making 4-H proud with their performance at the Pole, Peddle, Paddle in Bend. Well these Green Clover colleagues have instituted a challenge. Next year at this time there will also be a Golden Clover team (note the reference to age/experience in the term “Golden”) vying to compete in this same event. The Golden Clover team of Todd Williver, Eric Dunker, Woody Davis, Mary Arnold, Amy Derby and myself will also try to make 4-H proud! (We secretly just want to make sure our bodies are still intact after this event). Mark May 20, 2017 on your calendars to cheer on this adventure. Dave White has signed on to provide logistics and positive support. He has already provided his first statement of support to the team with…“May the course be with us”!

EESC Express Recording

The EESC Express recording of last Thursday’s web show about “Anatomy of a Good Press Release” is now available for viewing here.

This was our season finale for the EESC Express, and we need your feedback to better meet your needs. Please click here to take a two minute survey on the EESC Express (whether you watched or not…everyone welcome!) Thanks!

Zoom Webinars for 500 Participants a New Benefit for eXtension Member Institution Professionals

For many years, Iowa State Extension has been hosting Adobe Connect Webinars for Communities of Practice (CoP) and Learning Networks (LN) on behalf of eXtension. As indicated earlier this year, this service will end on July 31st, 2016.

As part of eXtension’s recent acquisition of new tools for use by professionals at eXtension Foundation member institutions, eXtension has secured the use of Zoom Webinars to assist CoPs, LNs, and other users with webinar services. Zoom Webinar benefits include providing a public space that can accommodate up to 500 viewers at a single webinar.

If this change of service affects you or your colleagues, eXtension provides the following assistance to help you transition to best meet your needs. Your CoP/LN may use eXtension’s Zoom Webinars, or:
• Continue to use Iowa State Extension’s Adobe Connect for a fee by contacting for more information and pricing.
• Use your home institution’s video conferencing or webinar platform.
• Conduct and host your webinars yourself using tools like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype or GoToWebinar, etc.

If in the past you have recorded eXtension webinars using Iowa State’s Adobe Connect that are currently hosted at Iowa State and posted on eXtension’s Learn or any other web page, the recording will continue to be available for up to one year. eXtension is working with Iowa State and contacting eXtension users with archived recordings to identify recordings that need to be kept and those that can be purged. Recordings that need to be saved can be uploaded to YouTube or other storage of your choice.

If you or your colleagues currently have eXtension webinar time scheduled with Iowa State’s Extension Adobe Connect on or after August 1, 2016, please contact Iowa State ( to discuss your options for using their system at a fee or canceling your reserved webinar time.

It is up to individual CoPs, LN’s or past eXtension webinar service users to decide which service they prefer for future use: 1) eXtension’s Zoom Webinar system 2) Iowa State Extension’s Adobe Connect for a fee; 3) their home institution’s webinar services; or 4) hosting their own webinars using free or for-fee tools.

If you wish to discuss how this change in eXtension webinar service affects you, please feel free to contact Ashley Griffin at If you wish more information on scheduling a future webinar using eXtension’s Zoom Webinar system, please review the Zoom Webinar Request form or contact Mark Locklear

Zoom is highly recommended from other OSU Extension employees who have had experience with it.

OSU Table Cloths

From Sue Mabe in Sherman County:

We are ordering 4 of these tablecloths from Blue Dawg and wondered if anyone else would like to add on to our order. As you can see, the price goes down with increased numbers. We will be ordering next Thursday, June 2, so please get back to me by June 1.

OSU Tablecloth
OSU Tablecloth

And your current price is as follows:

1-3 @ $218.00ea.
4-6 @ $210.00ea.
7-12 @ $202.00ea.
13-25 @ $196.00ea.
26-50 @ $186.00ea.
51-75 @ $174.00ea.

No reorder setup charge.
Production time is about 7 working days.
Shipping: Not included.

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations Lane County!

Voters in Lane County approved a 5-year local option tax to fund Extension programs. Congratulations to the team of volunteers who worked so diligently to promote the measure. The 70% approval rating is a testament both to their efforts, and to the value Lane County residents place upon Extension programs.

2016 NAE4-HA Western Region Winners from OREGON

Communicator Educational Package,  Team Oregon Mary E. Arnold & Mary Stewart
Communicator Educational Piece,  Team Oregon,  Mary E. Arnold Liv Gifford, Mary Katherine Deen, Janet Edwards
Communicator Personal Column, Wendy Hein
Excellence in Healthy Living Award, Mike Knutz, Maria Falcon & Luciana Falcon
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award, Janet Naegle

EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation/Open Forum

Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) would like to invite you to attend and participate in the presentation and open forum with each candidate for the director position (formerly department head). Please see below for the dates and times. All sessions will be located in Kidder Hall, room 202.

Monday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Jennifer Alexander
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Michael Williams
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Lorraine Elder

Each candidate’s presentation/open forum will also be streamed live at with live chat for participants that cannot attend in person or are located off campus.

Virtual Reality in Wasco County

From Lu Seapy, Wasco County Extension:

Wasco County has been very excited about the learning opportunities available through augmented reality and virtual reality. Since January, our 4-H robotics and computer science programs have been researching different hardware and software available that will enhance our programs and excite students. In our day camp program, students view examples of 360 cinematography, storyboard an idea for a movie and film using a specialized camera. We upload the videos to an existing YouTube channel. Students are able to view the videos via various 3-D viewers including Google Cardboard and ViewMaster 3-D viewers. Our most developed project involved our FTC robotics team. At our Super Qualifier tournament in Hillsboro, students filmed other teams robots using the 360 cameras and used the viewers as scouting tools. At these tournaments, teams send out scouts to find partners to form alliances with. The teams with strong alliances generally do better in the competition. The videos allowed other teams to quickly look at all competitors robots and determine if this would be a good alliance for them. Students are extremely excited about this new technology and loved seeing their robotic creation recorded on YouTube and viewable as a 360 video. Examples of the FTC videos can be found here:

Examples of the Day Camp videos with OSU ChickTech collaboration here:

We have learned many things in creating these videos. For example, the videos must be brief (30-40 seconds) due to upload times. There is a need for support videography equipment turntables and tripods. An external mic and boom would also be beneficial. Recently we and have ordered and Oculus Rift and we are looking forward to having students create their own virtual environment.

Submersible Robotics Teams Compete in Oregon Regional Championship

By Lu Seapy

Two robotics teams from The Dalles placed within the top ten of their divisions at the Oregon MATE (Marine Advancement for Technology in Education) Regional Competition April 29. The teams, ROV Sharks and Stardust Overload, are made up of ten students from Wasco County 4-H Robotics program at The Dalles Middle School. They competed against 42 other teams from across the state.

The ROV Sharks placed 7th in the Navigator (intermediate) division. The team was led by Chase Sam with students Caleb Parsons, Justin Wilkerson, Dannelly Dominguez, Trenton Schacher, and Asher Young and competed against 14 other teams.

One ROV Shark’s major accomplishment this year was achieving neutral buoyancy with their robot, Challenger Deep II. “We never got to that stage last year,” said Sam. Achieving neutral buoyancy means the machine can be naturally suspended in water without sinking or floating. This allows the robot to be extremely responsive to controls and better at completing the missions. “Most teams never get to that stage,” so its very impressive said coach Jesus Acosta.

Stardust Overload placed 10th out of 15 teams in the Scout (beginners) division scoring 102 total points. Team members Angel Garcia, Frances Fuller, Ian Casteneda, Kegan Kuku, Saul Hernandez Sanchez, and Shane Squires were all new to underwater robotics this year. “I’m very proud of all of the work these students put in. They really pulled together as a team,” said Acosta.

Building submersible robots is very challenging as all electronics and motors have to be completely waterproofed. In order to compete students research, design, and build a robot capable of navigating underwater with the goal of completing set missions.

“I’m so impressed by all of the problem solving and team work that the kids have to do in order to participate in this program,” said parent John Schacher.

In building the robot students use pipe cutters, drills, saws, soldering equipment and a variety of hand tools. Students solder and waterproof all motors and electrical components. The robot’s frame is constructed out of PVC pipe tubing. To control the robot, students solder a circuit board connected via a 25-foot tether.

The program is part of a collaborative project between Wasco County 4-H and The Dalles Middle School, who generously allows students to meet and participate in their computer lab. Special thanks go out to The Dalles Fitness and Court Club for donating afternoon pool sessions for students to drive their submersible robots.

If your student is interested in robotics or learning more about the ROV program, contact Lu Seapy at for more information.

Lu Seapy is an Education Program Assistant with OSU Wasco County Extension Service and a certified technology and business instructor.

Wasco County Extension Robotics Team
The Dalles submersible robotics students (Left to Right). ROV Sharks team members: Asher Young, Chase Sam, Trenton Schacher, Caleb Parsons (not pictured, Justin Wilkerson). Stardust Overload team members: Frances Fuller, Angel Garcia, Shane Squires, Keegan Kuku, coach Jesus Acosta, Ian Casteneda, Saul Hernandez Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation/Open Forum

Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) would like to invite you to attend and participate in the presentation and open forum with each candidate for the director position (formerly department head). Please see below for the dates and times. All sessions will be located in Kidder Hall, room 202.

Monday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Jennifer Alexander
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Michael Williams
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Lorraine Elder

Each candidate’s presentation/open forum will also be streamed live at with live chat for participants that cannot attend in person or are located off campus.

The EESC Express

EESC Express Logo

Hop aboard the EESC Express on Thursday, May 19th with Kym Pokorny and Gail Wells, EESC’s news team. They’ll share tips for building good relationships with the media, and they’ll show you step by step how to craft a compelling news release. This is our season finale for the EESC Express! Hope you’ll catch us.

When: Thursday, May 19th at 10AM
Where: Click here to join our Webex meeting
Webex meeting number: 920 576 072

Questions? Contact Jeff Hino

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

PACE/Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16. There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops. PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence and Alberta B. Johnston Award Winners

On April 12th the University Division of Outreach and Engagement will recognize a group of outstanding teams and individuals. The event will be livestreamed from the OSU campus in Corvallis. To watch it live, visit

Congratulations to our award winners.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Clive Kaiser— Extension Service, Umatilla County, Department of Horticulture, Oregon Wine Research Institute

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Lyla Houglum—Extension Service Special Initiatives, Executive Director,
Western Extension Directors Association

Vice Provost Awards of Excellence

Program Support
Lindsay Davis— Extension Service, Clatsop County

Mark Farley— Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Sea Grant

Attitudes for Success – Youth Leadership Program
Patricia Dawson— Extension Service, Umatilla County, 4-H Youth Development
Bill Broderick— Extension Service, Morrow County, etired

PROMISE Internship Program
Charlene Martinez—Diversity and Cultural Engagement
Gabriel Merrell—Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Binh Le—Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Mayela Delatorre—Diversity and Cultural Engagement
Maira Rodriguez—Human Development and
Family Services
Jonathan Stoll—Corvallis Community Outreach
Reagan Le—Diversity and Cultural Engagement

Online Teaching Innovation: Credit Based
3-D Biology Courses
Andrew Bouwman—Department of Integrative Biology, College of Science
Genevieve Weber—Department of Botany and Plant
Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences

Online Teaching Innovation: Non-Credit
PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Corporate Training Initiative
Melanie Mitchell—PACE
Marian Ladenburg—PACE
Amanda Engel—Extended Campus
John Buzzard—PACE

Open Educational Resources Innovation
OSU Open Access Textbook Initiative
Faye A. Chadwell—OSU Libraries & Press Administration
Dianna Fisher—Open Oregon State
Tom Booth—OSU Libraries & Press Administration

Partnership Innovation
Lynn D. Dierking—College of Education
John H. Falk—College of Education
Nancy L. Staus—College of Education
Jennifer N. Wyld—College of Education

Strategic Impact
George G. Waldbusser—Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Culture of Engagement Award
College of Public Health and Human Sciences


Governor Kate Brown Appoints Ana Gomez to the Council on Educator Advancement

Governor Kate Brown announced her appointments to the Council on Educator Advancement. The Governor’s office received more than 200 nominations for this council and 17 were chosen to be members of the Council.  Ana Gomez of Oregon State University Open Campus and CL@SE was one of those 17 who were selected.

The Council was established by Executive Order to make recommendations to ensure open access to relevant, high quality, and culturally responsive professional development for all Oregon educators.

Congratulations to Ana for being selected to serve Oregon educators in this role.


OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project

What do you believe our Extension website could be?

Over the past few weeks, your Extension web steering committee has been actively engaged in the research phase of the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

As you know, the goal of this project is to make our next generation of OSU Extension websites user-driven and truly awesome. We want OSU Extension’s web presence to become a go-to, trusted resource. And knowing that people often turn online for answers, we want to be sure they find us (even if they don’t know they should be searching for “Extension”).

What does awesome look like?

Hear what the steering committee thinks. What do you believe our website could be? Let us know in the comments, and watch for a brief employee survey this spring where you can provide more feedback.

What can you do to help?

Keep doing good work on your current websites. Respond to the survey. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities. Let us know what questions you have.

What has happened lately?

    • We talked with Extension program leaders and regional administrators. They shared some innovative ideas, and other useful feedback.
    • We’re working with the OSU College of Business’s marketing research team (Close to the Customer, C2C). They’re helping us look outward and inward for ideas on where and how people are getting the kind of information OSU Extension can provide.
    • We’re gathering basic data and analytics on our current websites. And we’re gathering ideas and examples from our peers and competitors.

If you have questions at any time, please contact EESC (or by phone: 541-737-3311), or anyone on the steering committee.


Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.


EESC Welcomes Alan Dennis

From Jennifer Alexander:

I’m happy to announce that Alan Dennis will join the EESC team as a multimedia tech designer on April 4.

As a member of our multimedia and visual design team, he will be creating educational, interactive multimedia and visual objects that support education and outreach projects for statewide OSU Extension programs. He’ll also help us explore ways to use innovative and emerging visual technologies to tell our outreach, engagement, and research stories.

Alan comes to us from OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, where he has extensive experience developing videos, animations, and interactive visualizations that explain CEOAS’s world-class earth sciences work and tell the stories of the scientists behind it. He’s also an active member of OSU’s unmanned systems initiative and has experience in 3D design and printing.

Please help us welcome Alan to EESC and our Division.


See who Walked the Walk last week!

Thanks for joining in the fun!

Save the Date: National Walk at Lunch Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Wear your sneakers to work (don’t forget this time) and plan a walk in your office or join the fun at Ballard around NOON.

Here are pictures from the folks who walked and sent in photos!

Campus Walkers for National Walking Day
Clatsop County Walkers for National Walking Day
Polk County Walkers for National Walking Day
Sea Lab Walkers for National Walking Day
Tillamook County Walkers for National Walking Day
Marion County Walkers
Marion County Walkers for National Walking Day




In this week’s issue:

Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.


Getting to the CORE of Things

Don’t have time to attend in-person CORE training (financial reporting system replacing DataWarehouse)? The CORE Business Intelligence Center (BIC) now offers weekly CORE training sessions through WebEx! Operations Man-ager Diana Lindsley will lead participants through the various features of CORE each Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To attend, simply click the link below:

30 Minute Wednesday Weekly CORE WebEx Training Sessions


EESC welcomes Gail Wells as Public Issues Education Leader

From Jennifer Alexander, EESC

I’m pleased to announce that Gail Wells will begin a new role in EESC as Public Issues Education Leader on April 1.

In this position, Gail, along with the EESC news team, will lead development of strategies and content for news, media relations, social media, and impact/accountability communications that support the public service mission of the OSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station and enhance public understanding of science and public issues.

Gail welcomes conversation with each of you as she steps up to this new role.

Gail has an extensive communications background with significant experience in scientific writing and editing. Most recently, she has worked as a public service communication specialist in EESC, with primary responsibility for agricultural research news and storytelling. Gail was previously director of the OSU College of Forestry’s communication group. Since 2002, she has also been a writer and editor at Gail Wells Communications. She has published several books, including “The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age.” Gail has a master’s degree from OSU in scientific and technical communication.

Please join me in welcoming Gail.