In this week’s issue:

New Extension Regions Map (& Other Leadership Updates)

On Friday, Oct. 13, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team hosted an update and Q&A session to provide information, clarity, and context for several strategic initiatives occurring over the next year. The recording link will be available in next week’s ConnEXTions issue. Here is a brief summary.

A Message from the Director – Scott Reed

Scott Reed recently returned from the Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference, where he received the organization’s highest recognition and delivered the prestigious Ruby Lecture. He shared observations from this and other recent conferences:

  • Extension needs a big tool box, nimbleness in services.
  • The status quo puts us at risk.
  • Extension must move past efficiency to a culture of innovation. This requires a growth mindset.

Operations and Regional Updates – Lindsey Shirley

Guided by our organization’s values, our organizational structure and operations continue to evolve to address these challenges and opportunities, move forward on priorities, and communicate our relevance to stakeholders.

  • We are beginning to move to a six-region structure. The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, while the staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Regional leadership positions will be retitled “Regional Director.”
  • This structure allows us to maintain and enhance strategic connections with partners and stakeholders, while adding value in terms of managing costs and increasing effectiveness.
  • County points of contact remain vital in our structure.
  • The Coastal Regional Director recruitment is in the final stages and will be announced the week of Oct. 16.
  • The West Central Regional Director position will be posted soon.

OSU Extension Digital Strategy and Web Upgrade – Jennifer Alexander

Our approach to digital strategy will enhance and support our statewide presence by adding an improved, user-focused website and, eventually, a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. We will also move internal (employee resources) content to a separate website. Program content teams are beginning to assess and evaluate content for the new public website. For updates, content team info, and FAQs, please see the project website.

Innovation and Advancement Highlights – Jeff Sherman

  • In partnership with PACE, we will begin offering faculty-staff fitness off-campus, beginning with yoga and high-intensity fitness. Watch for more information at Extension Annual Conference.
  • Two innovation projects were funded: Snapchat Geofilters (Jamie Davis) and Disability access to all programs (Marilyn Lesmeister)
  • The OSU Gateway project will move forward, increasing affordable, online access to the first two years of an Oregon State education. Extension will likely have a leadership role in this project.
  • The next LDPE cohort kicks off in December.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update – Ana Lu Fonseca

Ana Lu reviewed the mission of our Division’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; announced a new webpage, which will house helpful links and resources; and announced several upcoming university-wide initiatives that we are involved in. She also thanked the more than 40 people (and counting!) who have signed up to be part of our Diversity Champions team. This team has a kickoff event on the Monday of Extension Annual Conference.

Outdoor School Update – Kris Elliott

Kris thanked everyone—employees, stakeholders, advisory committee, and other partners—who has been involved in getting this new program off the ground and well-positioned for success. He reviewed the Year 1 funding process and Year 1 goals for creating and sustaining an excellent program. For information, refer to the OSU Extension Outdoor School webpage. Direct questions to outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu

Staying connected

As we work together to evolve as an organization to address challenges and opportunities, it’s vital to remain connected. Following this meeting, we will continue to provide opportunities for updates, questions and connection via:

  • Statewide updates (like this) as needed
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17)
  • Online form to submit questions to O&E Executive Team
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team, beginning Oct. 26 (details in next week’s ConnEXTions)
  • Regular updates in ConnEXTions newsletter

We need your feedback. Let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you. Thank you!

New DEI Website (and Other Diversity Highlights)

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources:

Become a Diversity Champion: The newly created Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Division of Outreach & Engagement needs your help!  Becoming a Diversity Champion is your opportunity to play a key role in the Division’s evolution towards a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. Sign up to become Diversity Champion here as soon as possible to ensure your seat at the Diversity Champion Kick-off event at the Extension Annual Conference (conference registration is also required to attend the kick-off sessions and space is limited).

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) webpage for the Division of Outreach & Engagement: Visit http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/diversity for information about the office and to find useful resources and tools. We will continue to add content in the upcoming weeks and months, so please check back regularly for updated information.

FREE OSU Webinar: Q&A Session About Community Health Workers. Get exclusive access to an expert-led Q&A session and learn how community health workers can help improve health care while lowering overall costs. Webinar starts Oct. 17 at noon – sign up here for access.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

OWHE Conference Scholarship: OSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering funds to cover registration costs for OSU tenure line and non-tenure line faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2018 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Conference in Sunriver, Jan. 26-27, 2018. In order to apply, please complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 27. Notification of awards will be sent by Friday, Nov. 10. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg.

In the News

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray explains the continuing need to build and support our diverse communities in his recent address to Oregon State Faculty Senate.

Editorial: OSU report on Arnold sets the stage (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s report on the life and times of Benjamin Lee Arnold — the namesake for OSU’s Arnold Dining Hall — provides an excellent starting point for the university’s discussion of its history and whether it should rename some of its buildings.

OMSI Announces Science Communication Seminars

OMSI is excited to announce an upcoming Science Communication Seminar. These half-day or full day workshops are designed as professional development opportunities for STEM-based professionals and will highlight various aspects of communicating science in each seminar. They are a great opportunity to build your science communication skills while networking with other scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field.

The next two seminars, Developing Your Message and Data Visualization & Presentation, will take place Saturday, November 18th. You may sign up for either seminar individually, or take both for a full-day experience. Tuition is $125 for each seminar, or $200 for the full day. Lunch will be provided for all full-day participants.

For more information, including descriptions of each seminar, please visit the OMSI Communication Services website and click on “One Day Science Communication Seminar”. To register directly, please go to the registration form.

ESP National Awardees

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues honored with national awards by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)! Dr. A. Scott Reed is the 2017 recipient of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s highest recognition – the Distinguished Service Ruby.  As the Ruby Recipient, Dr. Reed gave the prestigious Ruby Lecture at the Ruby Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, during the 2017 ESP National Conference. (See article)

Awardees receiving Western Region recognition included Oregon Gamma Chapter members:

  • John Williams, Continued Service Award
  • Lynette Ranney Black, Mid Career Service Award – tie
  • Jamie Davis, Early Career Service Award
  • Pamela Rose, Visionary Leadership Award
  • Ross Penhallegon, International Service Award
  • Carole Smith – SNACZ (Students Now Advocating to Create (healthy snacking) Zones, Distinguished Team – tie

Extension in the News

County extension expands into new offices
Blue Mountain Eagle
From supporting 4-H kids and county fairs to advising farmers and ranchers, the Oregon State University Extension Service offers a wide variety of …

Cities put proposed tax districts on ballot, minus one
East Oregonian
Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have passed resolutions putting the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service districts to voters, …

Not all Master Gardeners start out as expert gardeners
Statesman Journal
The program — part of Oregon State University Extension Service — reached 106,000 people in 2016. “Becoming a Master Gardener is a fantastic …

OSU researchers respond to Oregon wildfires
The Daily Barometer
OSU Extension Foresters, such as Nicole Strong, collaborate with many stakeholders, including county, state and federal partners, to create the best …

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, denise.ashley@oregonstate.edu, 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: http://www.damlearningcenter.com/swine-wine-and-raspberry-vines-dam-at-osu/

In this week’s issue:

Open Forums for Assoc. Provost O&E/Assoc. Director Extension candidates

The five candidates for the Associate Provost for University Outreach & Engagement and Associate Director for Extension Service will interview on campus and their Open Forum presentations are scheduled as follows in Kidder 202. The Forums will be available to most county offices by video conference/polycom as local scheduling allows (please check with your County Leader); an email address will be provided for off-campus viewers to submit questions to the candidate. The Forums will be recorded and links made available (for public access) following the final date in December.

November 18, 9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Linda Alexander, University of Kentucky
November 19,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Lindsey Shirley, Utah State University
December 2,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Kenneth Martin, Ohio State University Extension
December 3,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Edward Martin, University of Arizona
December 21,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. William Hubbard, University of Georgia

Candidate bios and evaluation forms will be sent out prior to the dates.

National ESP Conference Featured Speakers Recorded

The Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Gamma Chapter in Oregon helped the host state (Idaho) with the 2015 national conference. Oregon’s role was to identify, work through logistics and provide any needed support for the three featured speakers at the conference. A huge thank you goes to the members of this committee: Deb Maddy—Associate Director Extension Service, Jim Reeb—Lincoln, Clatsop & Tillamook counties Forestry, and Patricia Dawson—Umatilla County 4-H. In addition, a special thank you goes to Shana Withee, Harney County 4-H/FCH and Scott Reed—Director Extension Service who helped with speaker introductions during the conference.

All three speakers were highly rated by those in attendance. National ESP recorded the presentations so they could be viewed by all Extension faculty and staff across the country. You are invited to enjoy and learn from the presentations on the following website: http://espnational.org/en/ . After connecting with the website, go to the bottom of the front page and you will find ESP YouTube Videos. The three speakers that Oregon identified for the conference were: Dr. Kay Sagmiller, Oregon State University; Dr. Larry Roper, Oregon State University, and Dr. Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University.

Mike Knutz—President, Oregon ESP & Lillian Larwood— Facilitator, Oregon ESP Featured Speaker Committee

Deb Maddy’s Academic Wage Assignments

Scott and I have identified those tasks and duties that I will focus on during my half-time, short-term academic wage. My strategy is to be more selective about meetings I attend and focus on producing the tangible pieces and making sure that each of you have access as needed. Thanks, deb

  • Serve on the Division’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Help organization prepare for transition; orient interim AP/AD
  • Provide supportive and appreciative supervision for direct reports, including 10 RAs, Marcia and Molly
  • Oversee Regional Operations and serve as liaison between program leadership and Extension admin
  • Serve as lead Executive with the Division’s Diversity Catalyst Team Steering Committee
  • Launch Digital Measures with success (Mary has the lead but I continue to support)
  • Move county operations PROF to EvalS (Doug and Carole have the lead but I continue to support)
  • Approval of all salary offers for new positions approved in the investment package
  • Draft proposal for supporting CETs via a regional approach
  • Draft MOUs for defining relationships between OSU Extension and
    • CAS around federal report
    • Colleges around fund distribution
    • OSUEA around annual conference

Reminders

In this week’s issue:

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: O&E Leadership Development Program for Executives

There are a few slots remaining for the next LDPE cohort. If you missed the deadline, here’s the opportunity to apply. All applications received by October 19, 2015, will be given full consideration.

 

Cooperator Nominations Due October 15, 2015

Each year, OSUEA and ESP honor individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to Extension programs. It is through these Cooperators that Extension is able to accomplish so much. To eliminate duplication of efforts, OSUEA has partnered with our ESP affiliate. The deadline for nominations this year is October 15, 2015.

OSUEA Cooperator of the year program has three categories:

  • Individuals with fewer than 10 years of service
  • Individuals with 10 years or more of service and
  • Businesses or Organizations (no time limit).

ESP Friend of Extension Award is the highest recognition presented by an Epsilon Sigma Phi chapter to a non-Extension (lay) person, company, organization or elected official and is designed to recognize truly outstanding support and personal involvement in Extension efforts. The Friend of Extension Award, sponsored by ESP, is open to any non-Extension person, company or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support and involvement in Extension efforts. Past Cooperator Award Winners who have continued to serve and contribute are eligible to be nominated as well. The winner of this award will be nominated for the National ESP Friend of Extension Award.

Take time now with your staff to nominate someone. (OSU Employees are not eligible for this award). The recognition and honor of being named a “2015 OSU Extension Service Cooperator” is a small reward for the time, energy, and dedication a volunteer gives. Every program area in every county, and statewide, has several individuals and businesses who are “you can count on” Cooperators. Now is the time to nominate them for this recognition.
Nomination procedures

Administrators, specialists, agents, and support staff discusses potential nominees for one or more categories.

Prepare a nomination. (see application attachment)

Send in the nomination by October 15. Send nominations electronically to: John.Williams.1@oregonstate.edu.

Continuing this year is the award participation fee (see attached policy)

If you have questions, please feel free to contact John Williams (541-426-3143) or Darrin Walenta (541-963-1010), co-chairs of the OSUEA Cooperator program or Mike Knutz ESP Awards Committee Chair. 503-434-8913.

The nomination form and criteria can also be found on the OSUEA website: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/cooperator-awards

 

Annual Conference Bowling Night!

The Memorial Union Bowling Room is reserved from 7pm-9:30pm so we will have plenty of time to play and celebrate the winners.

Going with tradition, there will be water, soda and PIZZA! Last year we had Domino’s and they now have a gluten free crust for those that cannot eat wheat. A variety of pizzas will be ordered. Suggestions of pizzas could be sent to donita.rosboro@oegonstate.edu.

The cost will be $12.00 per person for those bowling and eating, $7.00 those who just want to bowl, and $5.00 for those who want to just eat. Please bring cash or a check with you that evening.

Donita has collected some of the trophies from last year’s competition. If anyone has not relinquished their trophy, please let her know!!! She would like to collect them before conference. As heartbreaking as it may be, it will be up to you and your team to WIN THEM BACK!!

Yogi and Elvira Alvarez, Marion Co Ext, have agreed to help out, but if there is anyone else that would like to help, please let Donita know.

Annual Conference Registration will start sooner than you know! Please RSVP to Donita your team name and players, for an estimate head count ahead of time.

This week’s issue:

2015 Roads Scholar Engagement Tour —in route along the coast to the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.
2015 Roads Scholar Engagement Tour —in route along the coast to the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.

 

Have you considered a study leave as part of your professional development plan?

Study leave time is available annually to OSU Extension faculty members for course work, workshops, short courses, study tours, language immersion or other kinds of professional development opportunities. Salary and OPE remain at the current rate for the length of the leave if the policy is followed. Up to six weeks of study leave may be granted annually, the first three weeks (15 working days) of which can be taken with no loss of personal vacation days. Vacation time must be used for the number of study leave days taken beyond the first three weeks, up to the maximum of six weeks. Full policy is available under Human Resources at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/employees/supervisor-resources/policies-procedures. Study leave requires full approval of the immediate supervisor and program leader.

Two RAs have recently taken, or are about to take, study leave to enhance their skills and abilities. During July 2015 Patrick Proden focused on the development and design of an “Urban Guide” in partnership with the Kettering Foundation (Dayton , OH), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Center for Public Life at Syracuse University. His study travels also included interactions with colleagues in Seattle, Kentucky and Georgia. Mary Corp will leave on October 9 for China, where she will visit Beijing, Kaifeng, Shengzhou and Tianjin. Her objectives are 1) to investigate and learn about China’s Extension services, their organizational structure and current strengths and challenges, and 2) immersion in the Chinese culture by traveling with Dr. Wei Dong, a Chinese national scientist who worked for OSU as a post doc in Hermiston.

 

Reminder: LDPE application due 9/30/15

Are you interested in improving your leadership skills and in exploring what directions you may wish to take your career? The Division of Outreach and Engagement’s Leadership Development Program for Executives (LDPE) may be for you. LDPE is for faculty members within the Division who have significant professional experience within their assignment and a documented record of performance that indicates potential success in an executive leadership position. Applications for the next LDEP cohort are being accepted now through September 30, 2015. For additional details about LDPE and how to apply online, go to http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/initiatives/leadership-development.

 

ESP delegation – awardees for EC

The Gamma Chapter members who were selected as Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Award Winners for the Western Region that will be recognized during the National ESP Conference in Coeur d’Alene, October 4-7, 2015:

Continued Service ~ Janice Smiley
Mid-Career ~ Mike Knutz
Early Career ~ Luisa Santamaria
Visionary Leadership ~ Deborah Maddy
Diversity Individual ~ Barbara Brody
Diversity TEAM—JUNTOS program: Jeff Sherman, Jennifer Oppenlander, Emily Henry, Maydra Valencia

 

Apply for Professional Development Funds for the 2015 Extension Annual Conference

The next deadline for Professional Development Funds is November 1. Please take advangate of this opportunity for funding to attend the Extension Annual Conference in December.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/employees/training-technology/professional-development/fund