In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards of Excellence celebration and luncheon

Outreach and engagement is an essential element of OSU’s land grant mission. Learn about 15 award-winning projects involving nine colleges and six campus units; many project teams include OSU students. The event is April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Lunch is $20. Register now.

2017 4-H Spring Conference Awardees

At the 2017 4-H Spring Conference, Faculty and staff were recognized for their dedication to Oregon 4-H.

Communicator Awards
Educational Package (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Andy Hoffman, Jim Sloan – Oregon Entomology Project
Educational Piece (Individual): Jamie Davis – Presentation Ninja
Periodical Publication (Team): Emily McDonal-Williams, Emily Anderson – Jr. Master Naturalist Newsletter
Personal Column: Laurie Michaels
Promotional Package (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons, Candy Bothum, Kelly Noack, Jamie Davis, Pati Craven, Claire Sponseller, Margie House – Marketing Templates
Promotional Piece (Individual): Claire Sponseller – Hold for Inspection flyer
Promotional Piece (Team): Karissa Dishon, Pamela Rose, Roberta Lundeburg – State Fair Banner
Published Photo: Shana Withee
Video Program: Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Lindsay Walker, Katy Joyce – Camp Tumbleweed Video
Featured Story: Robin Galloway & Michael Jensen – ACA Camping Magazine: “Don’t Let your Camp go to Pot”

Specialty Awards
Educational Technology Award (Individual): Karissa Dishon – Did You Know Video Series
Educational Technology Award: Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Emily McDonald Williams and Andy Hoffmann – Jr.Master Naturalist Website
Excellence in 4-H Club Support Award: Reaza Mansur – Expressive Arts Learning Series: To Dye For and Framed
Excellence in Teamwork Award: Patrick Willis, Stacey Sowders, Beth Stamand, Allice Phillips, Janet Nagele, Virginia Bourdeau, Margie House, Emily Andreson, Emily McDonald-Williams, Jody Einerson, Maggie Livesay, Todd Williver, Lindsay Walker, Lu Seapy, Amber Anderson, Joel Riese, Elli Vanderzanden, Beth Ann Beamer, Liana Harden, Shanna Northway, Shanna Withee, Barb Brody – STEM Beyond School
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Individual): Samara Rufner – Ag. In the Classroom
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award (Team): Virginia Bourdeau, Emily Anderson, Robin Galloway, Andy Hoffmann and Todd Williver – Florida Study
Search For Excellence in Teen Programming Award: Teresa Middleton – Douglas County 4-H Teen Leaders
Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award: Karissa Dishon, Reaza Mansur, Jon Gandy, Katie Ralls, Katy Joyce, Lindsay Walker, Jill Eveland, Beth Ann Beamer Reservation 4-H – Camp Tumbleweed
Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award: Karissa Dishon, Diana Stevens, Reaza Mansur , Matt Yeager, Candi Bothum, Todd Williver – Deschutes County 4-H Urban Outreach
Excellence in Animal Science Programming Award: Claire Sponseller – “Hold for Inspection!” A Livestock Quality Assurance Program
Excellence in Communication and Expressive Arts Award (Individual): Mike Knutz – Learn by Doing: Building Teen’s Communication Skills
Excellence in Healthy Living Programming Award: Carole Smith, David Melville, Jamie Cox -SNACZ

Service Awards
Achievement in Service Award: Karissa Dishon
Achievement in Service Award: Emily Anderson
Distinguished Service Award: Barbara Brody
Distinguished Service Award: Elissa Wells
Meritious Service Award: Maggie Livesay

Congratulations to all the winners.  Thank you for all that you do!

Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards

OSU Extension Service employs educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program areas. EPAs are non-clerical, classified employees under the direction of Extension faculty who assist in coordination, promotion and evaluation of program elements.

The College of Public Health & Human Sciences EPA service awards were started in 2015 with the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance provided by EPAs in 4-H, Family and Community Health (FCH), EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas.

These awards are designed for those in the position of EPA1 or EPA2 who work in 4-H Youth Development, FCH, EFNEP or SNAP-Ed Extension Program areas in the state of Oregon.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Outstanding Educational Program Assistant (EPA) Service Awards for 4-H, FCH, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP
2017 EPA Award Winners:

Newer EPA

  • Emily McDonald-Williams, Lane County, 4-H
  • Kathy Bates, Douglas County, SNAP-Ed

Experienced EPA

  • Lu Seapy, Wasco County, 4-H
  • Anne Gross, Josephine County, EFNEP
  • Ann Bloom, Wallowa County, SNAP-Ed
  • Lucy Lores, Multnomah County, SNAP-Ed

Congratulations to these winners. OSU Extension is honored to have you as part of our team!

New Director for MCAREC

Steve Castagnoli has accepted the position as Director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) in Hood River, Oregon, beginning April 1. Steve is currently an Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture. He joined the department in 1992, and has been an extension faculty member at MCAREC for almost 17 years. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge of tree fruit research, production and pest management to the Director position. Through his extension position in Hood River, he also has an exemplary record of outreach to growers in the Mid-Columbia region.

Broader Impacts Summit

Information on the Broader Impacts Summit at Skamania in SW Washington April 26-28. This is a great opportunity for OSU staff and faculty to learn more about connecting their work to NSF broader impacts requirements – only a short drive. Anyone with questions can contact To register on an OSU index just call conference services, Phone: (541) 737-9300, Toll-Free: (800) 678-6311. More information is here


The three-day conference that will focus on bringing folks together to share the collective passion and vision of the NABI community. Skamania Lodge is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The Conference Planning Committee has been busy developing sessions and networking opportunities that will utilize the casual atmosphere of the lodge and the beauty of the natural setting.

Some early highlights of Summit 2017 Planning:

  • Solar Eclipse Panel celebrating the partnerships created to develop programming for the 2017 solar eclipse;
  • BI Evaluation Workshop due to popular demand, sessions are being organized to discuss best practices in evaluating broader impacts;
  • Summit 2017 T-shirt Contest- for NABI members to participate in and vote on the conference winner;
  • Family Friendly Fun–coordinated excursions for those that wish to explore the many recreational activities at Skamania Lodge.

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations to Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer and her husband, Brian, welcomed Nathan Jay at 4:34pm on Monday, November 21st (on Daddy’s birthday)! He was 8 pounds, 10 oz, and 23 inches long.

4-H and FCH Spring Conference Request For Proposals: DUE 12/16/16

The 2017 4-H and FCH Spring Conference planning is underway, and it is now time to submit proposals for the peer reviewed sessions. Further information:

All submissions MUST include the Proposal Application Document, and a SEPARATE document containing your proposal and WITHOUT presenter identifying information. The proposal document should have no instructor information, and be saved as the name of the presentation.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Submissions Due by 12/16/16

All presenters will be notified of acceptance or decline by 1/13/16

November 18th Quarterly Conversations Recording

The November 18 Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation is now available to view online. The conversation featured an update from Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley (Lindsey shared the results of the What is Extension exercise from the Extension conference), new OSU brand discussion from Steve Clark and Melody Oldfield, and suggestions on how Precollege Programs and Extension can work together by Kyle Cole.

Strategic Plan Spanish Translations

Spanish translations are now available online for the Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan Overview and Flyer.

Website Contacts Identified, Thanks! (OSU Extension Web Upgrade Update)

The project team continues to make good progress on several Phase 1 milestones in the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

Identify/confirm contacts
Site managers and decision makers have been identified for each site. We appreciate your help!

Features & functions
In our last post, you learned we identified and prioritized features for development during Phase 1. We have started development on selected features, starting with the people/locations directory.

Content strategy
On the “Learn with us” page on the project blog, we’ve added additional resources we’ve found useful in exploring, understanding, and applying content strategy. We invite you to learn alongside the project team. Check these out, and let us know your thoughts!

What’s next

  • Continue to develop Phase 1 features.
  • Continue to identify initial user-friendly tags/categories.
  • Continue to audit and prioritize content for main OSU Extension site, Phase 1.

Learn more
Visit the OSU Extension web upgrade project blog for more project details. Please contact the project team with any questions. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair blossoms at EOTEC
Capital Press
December 1, 21016

State scores coup with 2017 International Master Gardener Conference
The News-Review
December 2, 2016