In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School Leader Announced

Dr. Kristopher Elliott was selected as Oregon Outdoor School Leader within the OSU Extension Service. He will begin his appointment at OSU September 1, 2017.

Kris most recently held the position of Director of STEM in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where he was responsible for professional development for more than 2,000 science and STEM educators. He was formerly Assistant Professor at University of Georgia and Instructor at Oregon State University. He holds a PhD in science education and M.S. in agricultural education from Oregon State University, and B.S. in agricultural education from California Polytechnic State University. Dr. Elliott’s scholarly work includes evaluation of Latino experiences in agricultural education, urban and sustainable agriculture, and teacher education.

In his role leading Outdoor School, he is responsible for development of strategic, long-range plans and identifies measurable benchmarks; secures financial resources; promotes partnerships and collaboration with internal and external partners; ensures program visibility at local and state level; supervises program staff; manages budgets to meet established benchmarks; promotes the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion; reports on program accomplishments and ensures that program practices reflect best practices in education.

The Extension Service owes a HUGE statement of gratitude to Susan Sahnow who led early development of Outdoor School since December, 2016 on an interim basis. Her path breaking work set the stage for advancing the new statewide educational program. She established new relationships with statewide partners and stakeholders to define programmatic elements, created vibrant program advisory and working committees, and developed systems for gathering and reporting information. Hats off!

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation

Join us in person or online for the August 2017 Quarterly Conversation.

Friday, August 18
9:00am – 10:30am
Kidder 202 and livestream

Next Quarterly Conversation: Nov 17, 2017, 9-1030am

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources:

  • Solidarity With Charlottesville – Corvallis: Come together with our community and other communities across the nation. Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Benton County Courthouse.
  • Leading with Cultural Intelligence Online Program. Maximize your leadership and team success with cultural diversity training. This new OSU online short course features leadership expert and consultant, Samad Aidane. Learn more about leading with cultural awareness.
  • Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! For more information, please contact Jane Waite at or 541-737-0866.
  • Join the 4-H system for the 2017 Professional Development E-Academy: The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Positive Youth Development. The target audience for these FREE sessions is 4-H field faculty, but all positive youth development professionals are welcome to participate!The focus will be on engaging diverse youth and understanding the social issues they face. There will be 10 one-hour online sessions occurring from October 2-23, 2017. Find out more and register at 2017 E-academy Registration. If you have questions, please contact Ana Lu Fonseca (, 541-737-3439) or Doug Swanson, national program leader (, 202-690-1227).

In the news:

More diversity means more demands (New York Times)
Students are demanding official recognition of their identities, whether racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, first-generation, low-income or immigrant. When freshmen step onto campus, they aren’t necessarily assuming the mascot and identity of their future alma mater, said Dwaine Plaza, a sociology professor at Oregon State University. “O.S.U. is not what students are now embracing”; instead they are “seeing themselves as important being Jamaican-American, as being Indian-American.”

Safe eclipse viewing fact sheet

Share the eclipse fact sheet created by Glenda Hyde, associate professor (practice) in Extension Family and Community Health Program. It may be a valuable tool for communities in the path of totality. Add local contact information and county emergency contacts by editing the PDF (click on Tools and then the Edit Text & Images). After adding local information, share it on your social media sites.

The Open Campus website offers culturally relevant eclipse information in Spanish.

Extension in the News

‘Inventors camp’ challenges youth
The Dalles Chronicle
August 10, 2017
Featuring Ann Harris, Oregon State Open Campus and Wasco County

How will plants, birds and insects respond to the solar eclipse?
August 13, 2017
Featuring Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School Informational Conversation: WebX Meeting

Today is the last Outdoor School Information Conversation WebX webinar. This will be an opportunity to find out what we are doing to prepare for Outdoor School and to ask questions. Links to documents that may be of help are listed below. We’re in early stages of program planning. The information in this webinar will cover; where we’re at and plans for moving forward. Have your questions ready.

Monday, January 30, 3-4:00pm

Background on the Outdoor School Program
Progress to date
Timeline for ODS implementation
Outdoor School Webpage
How can you be involved?

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Meeting number (access code): 928 885 251 Host key: 194505


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Can’t join the meeting? Contact support here:

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.

THE Toolbox

THE Toolbox: Teaching Hybrid in Extension webinar recording is now available for viewing. Find out about this new set of tools to help you create a hybrid learning experience for your clients.

Extension Website Timeline Extended & Project Updates

Project timeline
In consultation with Extension administration, we have adjusted the timeline for Phase 1 milestones from late January to late March 2017. Project work continues at full throttle, to enable delivery of an excellent new user-focused, data-informed web presence and initial content strategy, as planned.

Not sure what this means for your site? Review the FAQs.

Content audit
We audited content on the main OSU Extension website — and identified and prioritized content for Phase 1 based on the project’s guiding criteria.

People/locations directory
We’ve made good progress toward priority features for the people/locations directory. Thanks to Denise Ashley for partnering with us on the current data while we develop the new directory. As usual, please send any updates for the Find Us faculty and staff directory to Denise Ashley.

What’s next

  • Continue development work on priority features, including the people/locations directory.
  • Continue development of initial user-friendly tags/categories.
  • Design initial wireframes for page layouts. We will share examples and mockups in the coming weeks.

Please contact the project team. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

In this week’s issue:

Invitation to Retirement Reception for Dr. Lyla Houglum, Feb. 10, 3:30 pm

New date!

We would like to invite you to the retirement reception honoring Dr. Lyla Houglum, professor and former Dean and Director of the OSU Extension Service.

Friday February 10, 2017
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. program
Memorial Union 104 Journey Room

Lyla Houglum has served the State of Oregon and Oregon State University since 1985 as an Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Extension Associate Director for Counties, Dean & Director of OSU Extension, Director of Special Initiatives, and Executive Director of the Western Extension Directors Association. Dr. Houglum is recognized by colleagues across the nation as a leader who has developed a state, regional, and national reputation. Lyla has served Extension clientele and led Extension programs for nearly 39 years. Prior to coming to Oregon State University she worked in Montana as a County Extension Agent.

Cards may be sent to OSU Extension Administration, Jackie Russell, 101 Ballard Hall, Corvallis, OR 9733

Congratulations to Ana Gomez

Ana Gomez was honored as the recipient of the Frances Dancy Hooks Award at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Peace Breakfast on January 16, 2017.

In 1994, longtime civil rights activist, Frances Dancy Hooks spoke at Oregon State’s Celebration of Peace Breakfast. The first award in her honor was presented that year that would continue to recognize an OSU student, faculty or staff who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walking the Talk.”

Congratulations Ana. This is a well deserved honor. Ana would like to acknowledge the families with which she works as she feels that their hard work and dedication is truly deserving of praise and recognition.

Incentive Program

Incentive Programs: The Research Office is launching two new Incentive Programs. Small Grants (SG). This program will support individual faculty research across OSU, and will support both the development of extramural grant proposal development and scholarly activities that advance SP3.0. The SGs will have two categories. Category 1. Individual grants will range from $15,000-$25,000 with a total program budget of about $80,000/y. Category 2. Individual grants will range from $3,000 – $7,000 with a total program budget of about $90,000. Large Program Development (LPD) grants program will stimulate major, transdisciplinary, extramurally-funded research programs by supporting multidisciplinary teams to work together to form new research cores at OSU that advance SP3.0. The LPD program will have a budget of about $160k/y for all LPDs, with expectation of launching two per year. Questions? Click on this LINK for complete details

HOLD THE DATE – Outdoor School information webinar

Please hold one of the dates below if you’re interested in information on Outdoor School (ODS). Susan Sahnow, Director Oregon Natural Resources Education Program, who is leading ODS efforts will hold informational conversations via WebEx webinars. Three webinar options are offered to allow maximum participation (you need only attend one webinar). We’re in early program planning stages and information will be shared on where we’re at and plans for moving forward. Have your questions ready.

Monday, January 23, 10:30am-12pm
Tuesday, January 24, 1-2:30pm
Monday, January 30, 3-4:30pm

February 8 brown bag: Rhetoric and Science: Bridging two cultures

Brown Bag lunch, “Rhetoric and Science: Bridging two cultures”
Presented by Leah Ceccarelli, University of Washington
Free and open to all students, staff and faculty

When: Noon to 1 pm, Wednesday, February 8
Where: Room 402, Linus Pauling Science Center

Scholarship on the rhetoric of science applies concepts developed in the humanities to the persuasive efforts of scientists. In this brownbag, they will introduce some rhetorical scholarship on the communication of scientists. Reviewing the take-home messages of a number of case studies, they will offer advice about what scientists should and should not do when engaging the public about their research.

2017 Mileage, Lodging, and Meal Per Diem Rate Changes


Business Affairs has changed the 2017 mileage reimbursement rate, as of 01/01/17, from $0.54 to $0.535 and TRES has been updated.

UABC has updated the mileage logs for 2017. Please see the attached link:

If you have not submitted your December mileage reimbursement, please keep using the 2016 mileage log. January mileage needs to be entered and submitted on the 2017 mileage log. Please chose the type of form that works best for you and is the appropriate year.

Lodging and Meals Per Diem:

Business Affairs has made some changes to travel reimbursement rates. In addition to changing the mileage reimbursement rate, the lodging per diem rates have been changed.

2017 Lodging Rates:
Low per diem: $132.00/night
High per diem: $214.00/night

Meal per diems have stayed the same as 2016:
Low per diem: $57/day or Breakfast $14.25, Lunch $14.25, & Dinner $28.50
High per diem: $68/day or Breakfast $17.00, Lunch $17.00, & Dinner $34.00

Link to the OSU Business Affairs Travel page:

If you have problems or questions, please feel free to contact Laura Frye or check with your Office Manager.

Extension in the News

GMO grass that ‘escaped’ defies eradication, divides grass seed industry
The Oregonian
January 8, 2017
Featuring: Bill Buhrig, Malheur County

Portland scores coup with 2017 International Master Gardener Conference
The Oregonian
January 11, 2017
Featuring: Gail Langellotto and Master Gardeners

OSU study clocks low time cor cattle stream use
Natural Resource Report
January 16, 2017
Featuring: John Williams, Wallowa County

EESC Express

EESC Express brings you 30 minutes of pithy, useful ideas for communication, teaching and working differently. Brought to you by your friends at Extension & Experiment Station Communications. Join us on Webex on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. as we explore the fascinating world of Extension video, bi-lingual publications, and social media. Join us for fun and prizes!

Webex meeting number: 929 836 307

Questions? Contact Kym Pokorny

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