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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


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:

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

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 (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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2016 Vice Provost Awards of Excellence Nominations Sought – Submission deadline is February 17

On April 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, faculty and staff will be recognized for outstanding contributions that significantly advance the university’s mission of outreach and engagement.

Save the date for the event and more importantly right now, nominate peers across the university and/or yourself for exceptional outreach and engagement work. Winners receive $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index, recognition and a commemorative plaque.


Service – significant service by an individual to the institution, the profession, or the public
Strategic Impact – significant accomplishments by an individual or team in a program or project relevant to the signature areas of the OSU Strategic Plan
Program Support – Classified staff or professional faculty that have furthered the mission of outreach and engagement by going above and beyond their job expectations
Innovation – Candidates that have pioneered a new innovative approach to the design or execution of (1) online credit-based teaching; (2) online non-credit teaching; (3) partnerships with other public or private organizations or individuals; or (4) open educational resources
Diversity – accomplishments by an individual or team in achieving organizational changes that support diversity, pluralism and innovation in programs that enhance the outreach and engagement mission of the university

Also presented at the awards luncheon are the Alberta B. Johnston Extension awards. Alberta Johnston served the Extension Service for 40 years as county Extension agent, specialist, and administrator in Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. On her retirement as Deputy Director of the Oregon State University Extension Service, she endowed these awards to outstanding performance of Extension educators and administrators. The recipients will receive $1,000, a plaque, and have his or her name added to a permanent plaque.

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education – recognizes outstanding OSU Extension educators. Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant. Nominees will be evaluated on their demonstrated excellence in planning, conducting, evaluating, and sharing with colleagues Extension educational programs that have made a significant difference in the lives of Oregonians.

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Extension Leadership – recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the OSU Extension Service through creative and effective administrative and/or educational program leadership. Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialists, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

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Oregon State University well represented in eXtension i-Three Issue Corps

All three i3Corps project proposals submitted by OSU Extension faculty and staff were accepted to be a part of the innovative project.  Congratulations to Brooke Edmunds, Amy Garett and Victor Villegas.

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Coming Soon to a Station Near You – The EESC Express

A new Webex monthly talk show featuring

  • Pithy conversations
  • Cool hosts & guests
  • New ideas on communication, learning technology, & publishing
  • Presentations & demos

The next EESC/Express leaves the station Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

Hop aboard and join

  • Jeff Hino, EESC Learning Technology Leader, talking about engaging Millennials
  • Jennifer Alexander, EESC Interim Director, talking about the new EESC website

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

Get your tickets here:
Join WebEx meeting
Access code: 922 574 666

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Congratulations Doug Hart

After 27 years of service to Oregon State University, Doug Hart will be retiring.  He spent 18 years as a 4-H faculty member and nine years in Extension Administration.  Be sure to wish him good luck before his last day on February 29th.

“I’ll take advantage of the Leap Day to leap into my retirement.” -Doug Hart

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