In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference registration reminder.

Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. Please visit this link to register. Registration closes on Friday, October 14th.

For more information about this year’s event, please review the EAC article in the October 3rd issue of ConnEXTions.

Change in the Leadership of the UABC

From Linda Powell, Director of OSU Shared Services

I’m sharing the news that Dee Wendler, University Administrative Business Center (UABC) Manager, has announced her retirement from the University effective December 31, 2016. After more than 30 years of service to the State – mostly in higher education – Dee will be taking time to use her talents in service of local non-profit organizations. Dee’s tremendous leadership has advanced our progress toward many business center and university goals. We greatly appreciate her efforts and dedication to OSU’s mission.

Following this change, Jack Breen will become the UABC Manager. Currently the Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) Manager, he brings extensive operational knowledge and existing relationships with many UABC customers across the University, including senior administrators who are served by UABC. Jack is also well-versed in the unique support needs of statewide operations, such as the Extension Service.

I am confident that Jack and Dee will make this a smooth transition for all their customers and employees. We will conduct a search, open to both internal and external candidates, to replace Jack in the AMBC. It is our intention to have the new manager in place before Jack leaves, and give the AMBC staff as much support as they need during the transition.

I welcome any questions and input you may have as we move through this leadership change. Please join me in offering best wishes to both Dee and Jack as they begin their new endeavors.

Providence Grant

OSU Extension In Yamhill County secured a $50,000 grant in collaboration with Yamhill County Health & Human Services to address childhood obesity prevention and management. OSU Extension will deliver exercise/ physical activity within elementary classrooms using the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit.  BEPA integrates physical activity and nutrition concepts through education and activity and is an evidence-based curriculum created by Kathy Gunter, PhD of the OSU College of Public Health. The BEPA Toolkit provides educators with materials and activity ideas to increase children’s physical activity time at school. Ultimately, the program will feature a component for parents to help sustain/reinforce student growth in nutrition and exercise. The proposed project will provide internship placements for OSU graduate students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences throughout the academic year. Interns will deliver the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit component of the intervention. Special things to Grant Collaborators within OSU Jennifer Bunn, Kathy Gunter, PhD, and Mike Knutz and Yamhill County Public Health Manager Tom Eversole, DVM, MS.

Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update: October 2016

For those of you who may have missed Scott Reed’s Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update featuring Vince Adams. It can be viewed here.

2016 NEAFCS – MORE Oregon Award Winners

Huge apologies for neglecting to include the winners of the NEAFCS awards for Food Safety. The winners were added to the original post, put for those who may have missed it, their accomplishments are listed below:

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)

OSUEA/ESP BBQ Dinner at Annual Conference

You are invited to attend the OSUEA/ESP BBQ dinner on Monday, November 14 at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

O&E Magazine Reprint

For those still needing copies of the most recent issue of the O&E Magazine, please contact Jill Wells and more will be sent to you.

Visit the New Extension Service Education Center in Washington County

OSU Extension Service opens Beaverton Education Center

Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
* Win Prizes * Food Tastings * and more…

Now located in the Twin Oaks Technology Ctr:
OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County
1815 NW 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

Hot Topics Webinar: 4 Creative Approaches to Organize for Economic Vitality

From the Rural Development Initiatives:

Join us as we explore four creative approaches to organize for economic vitality.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
12 Noon to 1 p.m. PST
with Q&A from 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Is there an optimal design for economic development in your community?
The short answer is NO. The structure for economic development in rural communities can look very different, depending on many factors, such as size, local capacity, and of course, community goals.

During this webinar, we’ll explore some of the following key factors that are necessary for success:

      • Have you identified the Economic Fundamentals to maximize your economic potential?
      • Are you bringing together Public and Private Sector Leadership?
      • Do you understand and utilize Financial and Regulatory Resources?
      • Have you built Organizational Flexibility into your efforts?
      • And are you taking full advantage of Local Talent and Experience?

Click here for more information and to register.

4-H…Growing and Thriving: Kudos

From Pamela Rose

Kudos to Shana Withee! Her work in Harney County with Burns Paiute Tribe is the feature story in the Fall 2016 issue of the O & E Magazine. For over 30 years, Shana has been collaborating to improve the health and well-being of tribal members through her programming in both Family and Community Health and 4-H Youth Development. The article entitled Paiute Wadatika Ma-Ni-Pu-Neen demonstrates the power of creating partnerships which is the feature of this issue.

Kudos to Ana Lu Fonseca! She is a co-author in a recently published article Leveraging the community context of Family Math and Science Nights to develop culturally responsive teaching practices. This article, in the Teaching and Teaching Education Journal, is about culturally relevant practices for family centered science and math. This was a collaboration between the SMILE and FIESTAS program at OSU. Free access to this article is valid until November 17, 2016.

Kudos to Mary Arnold! She is a co-author with Marc Braverman and Melissa Cater on a chapter in the newly released book, the Changing Landscape of Youth Work. Their chapter on Rethinking Evaluation Capacity in Youth Development Programs: A New Approach for Engaging Youth Workers in Program Evaluation appears in Section III. The book was designed to compile and publicize the best current thinking about training and professional development for youth workers.

Kudos to Karissa Dishon for her leadership in helping everyone gear up for National 4-H Week this week, October 2-8, with a 4-H press release. In her role as Oregon 4-H Field Marketing Liaison, she is sending periodic updates, reminders, and resources. These are designed to help all Oregon counties capitalize on our investment in the marketing campaign, and in turn grow our program with current youth, and alumni engagement.

Search Advocate Updates: Continuing Education

Search Advocate panelists needed:

  • Thursday, October 27, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 3 panelists needed
  • Wednesday, December 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 1 panelist needed
    Serving as a panelist for a workshop counts as one continuing education credit! Please respond to me privately, and I’ll send you a calendar invitation for the panel when I confirm everyone.

Search Advocate Community of Practice meetings for fall term are now scheduled (topics will be supplied as they are identified):

  • Monday, November 21, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 211
  • Friday, December 9, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 208

Attending one Community of Practice meeting counts as one continuing education credit!

Other continuing education options:

  • There will be two short CE sessions for search advocates as part of Training Days this year (November 8 & 9).
  • There will also be 3.5 hour update sessions offered during the Ag Leaders annual meeting (November 9) and the Extension annual conference (November 14 and 17). Once preliminary registration is complete for those events, I’ll be able to open up remaining spaces to the search advocate community at large.
  • You can receive 1 CE unit by attending and reporting back to me on a HERC webinar (listed in last month’s newsletter), and you can earn all 3 CE units by attending the Social Justice Education Initiative workshop series (available for registration on the Professional Development website).

OSU Alumni Association Events Calendar

Visit the OSUAA’s calendar of events to learn of activities that you can share not only with Beavers in your office, but Beavers living in your regions. It’s also a wonderful reference of the type of events that the OSUAA hosts. If you were thinking of connecting with Alumni in your region, the OSUAA would be happy to help.


Extension in the News

What to do with strawberry beds, stink bugs: Master gardeners’ tips
Oregon Live
October 5, 2016
Featuring Bernadine Strik

Fourth-graders learn about local agriculture
East Oregonian
October 6, 2106
Featuring Morrow County

Anatomy of a Painting
Eugene Weekly
October 6, 2016
Featuring Lane County Master Gardeners

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