In this week’s issue:

International Master Gardener Conference a Huge Hit

July 7-17, the OSU Extension Master Gardener faculty, staff, and volunteers hosted 1,297 people from across the United States, Canada and South Korea at the International Master Gardener Conference in Portland, Oregon. Planning for this event began all the way back in 2012, when we submitted our bid to host. After five long years of planning thousands of details, we had one huge, fun party across 10 days (including pre-tours and post-tours). We shared Oregon’s best with others across the nation (and beyond!), and learned from experts we would not otherwise be able to bring to Oregon.

This conference set the record for the largest International Master Gardener Conference, ever, and yielded many positive comments and compliments from our visitors from across the United States. Preliminary evaluations (~400 people responding, thus far) rate the overall conference as 4.6 stars (out of 5.0). The conference venue (4.72), registration (4.63, managed by OSU Conference Services), keynote sessions (4.59), and conference newsletters (4.57) also received high marks.

Dr. Won-Suk Lee, Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program for the Byeonggido Agricultural Research & Extension Services, was the sole Korean participant at the 2017 IMGC. South Korea initiated its Master Gardener Program 5 years ago. It is a government-run initiative with training and service requirements much like those in the U.S. As of today, there are 500 Korean Master Gardeners.

Dr. Tom Bewick, National Program Leader for Horticulture at the USDA, also joined the party. He was on hand to deliver opening remarks, and to help award the International Search for Excellence awards. Dr. Bewick ended up actively participating in the conference, July 11-13, because he was having such a great time meeting with and mingling with Master Gardener faculty and staff, from all over.

Oregon was honored with FOUR International Search for Excellence Awards (Marion County, 1st place, Research; Clackamas County, 1st place, Workshop; Wasco County, 3rd place, Special Needs; Lincoln County, 3rd place, Youth). To read the short write-up about each awarded project, click here.

Key OSU Extension personnel involved in this Herculean effort include: Gail Langellotto (conference chair); Amy Jo Detweiler (speakers’ chair); Carrie Smith (speakers’ committee); Toni Stephan (speakers’ committee), Signe Danler (registration committee), and Donita Godwin (newsletters) ~ as well as many, many committed Master Gardener volunteers. Participating as speakers were: Weston Miller, Amy Garrett, Ramesh Sagilli, Heather Stoven, Neil Bell, Bernadine Strik, James Cassidy, and Master Gardener volunteers Patricia Kolling and Harry Olsen. Jordis Yost, Pami Monette, Kym Pokorny, and Patty Driscoll led some of the 18 tours that spanned out across the state ~ from Astoria to Crater Lake, and every place in between. Master Gardeners in Douglas County, Lincoln County, Tillamook County, Wasco County, Hood River County, Multnomah County, and Deschutes County welcomed us into their community and demonstration gardens.

Sponsors included the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU Department of Horticulture, 21 Master Gardener Associations, and 10 Master Gardener volunteers and their families.

This event was truly a celebration of OSU Extension and the Master Gardener Program, and we thank all who were involved.

By the Numbers

1,294 registrations (3 countries, 46 states; 4 Canadian provinces);
18 tour with nearly 700 sign-ups;
48 presentations (3 keynote speakers and 45 breakout classes);
39 sponsors;
Over 100 volunteers;
50 trade show vendors;
3 meals
5 snack breaks
17 decorated bicycles ~ each representing the unique nature of a local Oregon Master Gardener Program; and
26 Search for Excellence awards.

Conference Photos:

Congratulations to Patricia Dawson: National Extension Diversity Award

Patricia Dawson is the recipient of the 2017 National Extension Diversity Award from ECOP. She will be honored at the APLU meeting.

Congratulations Patricia!

Branding Update

Finding Extension Logos

You can find links to logos in the “For Employees” section of the Extension website (same place they have always been!).

  • On the Extension homepage, select “For Employees” from the top menu and then “Employee Resources” in the dropdown menu.
  • Next click on “Marketing Tools” and then “Logos” in the right navigation bar. There, you will see the link to companion logos. Clicking this link opens the “Extension and AES” Box.

o The “Extension and AES” Box is the one-stop-shop for brand assets specific to University Outreach & Engagement, OSU Extension, and Ag Experiment Station.

o In this Box, there are three “pages” of unit folders. You can sort by name, and also use the pager arrows (upper right next to the Download button) to move to the next page.

o Each folder has logos in .png and .eps formats. Open the .eps logo folder and the logo art sheet to view logo color options and file names.

Tip: You can also use the “favorites” feature in Box for quick access to your commonly used files and folders. Here’s a short video from our friends at URM.

Please review the OSU brand guidelines before using the logo.

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at or by calling 541-737-1327.

OSU Social Media Avatar and Picture

Do you manage an OSU-affiliated social media site? New brand guidelines ask us to use the OSU crest with the grey background for University Outreach and Engagement and OSU Extension. Look for the “Download Social Avatars” link at:

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at or by calling 541-737-1327.

Leading with Cultural Intelligence

In this new online course, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the challenges of leading and working in culturally diverse teams, as well as the skills needed to maximize and elevate your team to new levels of success.

Go to for more information.

Extension in the News

Seniors find relief in “Walk with Ease” program
The Curry Pilot
July 18, 2017
Featuring: Curry County Extension

‘Try again’: youths put STEM skills to test building 2-wheeled kit vehicles at the library
The Argus Observer
July 20, 2017
Featuring: Barbara Brody, Malheur County

In this week’s issue:

Welcome Dr. Lindsey Shirley

Dr. Lindsey Shirley has joined Oregon State University as the Associate Provost and Associate Director of OSU Extension Service. She officially started on June 1st, and has been busy meeting with Extension personnel across all program areas. We are delighted to have Dr. Shirley as part of the OSU Extension community and look forward to new endeavors.

Capital Press Article: Oregon State Extension hires Utah State professor as associate director

Oregon State University 2016 Commencement

Campus is quieting down for the summer as the spring term comes to an end. The class of 2016 will take their last set of final exams this week as they prepare for the next stage in their lives.

Commencement will be held on the main campus in Corvallis at Reser Stadium on Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am.  The OSU Cascades Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th at noon at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR.

If you are unable to attend the graduation, it will be shown live online or broadcasted live on OPB.

Congratulations Class of 2016!!!

Please share in the comments below any special well wishes for a graduate in your life. All commencement congratulations are welcome: College, High School, Middle School, Preschool and even graduates of the University of Oregon.

Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.

In this week’s issue:

EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation/Open Forum

Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) would like to invite you to attend and participate in the presentation and open forum with each candidate for the director position (formerly department head). Please see below for the dates and times. All sessions will be located in Kidder Hall, room 202.

Monday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Jennifer Alexander
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Michael Williams
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Lorraine Elder

Each candidate’s presentation/open forum will also be streamed live at with live chat for participants that cannot attend in person or are located off campus.

The EESC Express

EESC Express Logo

Hop aboard the EESC Express on Thursday, May 19th with Kym Pokorny and Gail Wells, EESC’s news team. They’ll share tips for building good relationships with the media, and they’ll show you step by step how to craft a compelling news release. This is our season finale for the EESC Express! Hope you’ll catch us.

When: Thursday, May 19th at 10AM
Where: Click here to join our Webex meeting
Webex meeting number: 920 576 072

Questions? Contact Jeff Hino

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

PACE/Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16. There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops. PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence and Alberta B. Johnston Award Winners

On April 12th the University Division of Outreach and Engagement will recognize a group of outstanding teams and individuals. The event will be livestreamed from the OSU campus in Corvallis. To watch it live, visit

Congratulations to our award winners.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Clive Kaiser— Extension Service, Umatilla County, Department of Horticulture, Oregon Wine Research Institute

Alberta B. Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Lyla Houglum—Extension Service Special Initiatives, Executive Director,
Western Extension Directors Association

Vice Provost Awards of Excellence

Program Support
Lindsay Davis— Extension Service, Clatsop County

Mark Farley— Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Sea Grant

Attitudes for Success – Youth Leadership Program
Patricia Dawson— Extension Service, Umatilla County, 4-H Youth Development
Bill Broderick— Extension Service, Morrow County, etired

PROMISE Internship Program
Charlene Martinez—Diversity and Cultural Engagement
Gabriel Merrell—Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Binh Le—Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Mayela Delatorre—Diversity and Cultural Engagement
Maira Rodriguez—Human Development and
Family Services
Jonathan Stoll—Corvallis Community Outreach
Reagan Le—Diversity and Cultural Engagement

Online Teaching Innovation: Credit Based
3-D Biology Courses
Andrew Bouwman—Department of Integrative Biology, College of Science
Genevieve Weber—Department of Botany and Plant
Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences

Online Teaching Innovation: Non-Credit
PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Corporate Training Initiative
Melanie Mitchell—PACE
Marian Ladenburg—PACE
Amanda Engel—Extended Campus
John Buzzard—PACE

Open Educational Resources Innovation
OSU Open Access Textbook Initiative
Faye A. Chadwell—OSU Libraries & Press Administration
Dianna Fisher—Open Oregon State
Tom Booth—OSU Libraries & Press Administration

Partnership Innovation
Lynn D. Dierking—College of Education
John H. Falk—College of Education
Nancy L. Staus—College of Education
Jennifer N. Wyld—College of Education

Strategic Impact
George G. Waldbusser—Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Culture of Engagement Award
College of Public Health and Human Sciences


Governor Kate Brown Appoints Ana Gomez to the Council on Educator Advancement

Governor Kate Brown announced her appointments to the Council on Educator Advancement. The Governor’s office received more than 200 nominations for this council and 17 were chosen to be members of the Council.  Ana Gomez of Oregon State University Open Campus and CL@SE was one of those 17 who were selected.

The Council was established by Executive Order to make recommendations to ensure open access to relevant, high quality, and culturally responsive professional development for all Oregon educators.

Congratulations to Ana for being selected to serve Oregon educators in this role.


OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project

What do you believe our Extension website could be?

Over the past few weeks, your Extension web steering committee has been actively engaged in the research phase of the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

As you know, the goal of this project is to make our next generation of OSU Extension websites user-driven and truly awesome. We want OSU Extension’s web presence to become a go-to, trusted resource. And knowing that people often turn online for answers, we want to be sure they find us (even if they don’t know they should be searching for “Extension”).

What does awesome look like?

Hear what the steering committee thinks. What do you believe our website could be? Let us know in the comments, and watch for a brief employee survey this spring where you can provide more feedback.

What can you do to help?

Keep doing good work on your current websites. Respond to the survey. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities. Let us know what questions you have.

What has happened lately?

    • We talked with Extension program leaders and regional administrators. They shared some innovative ideas, and other useful feedback.
    • We’re working with the OSU College of Business’s marketing research team (Close to the Customer, C2C). They’re helping us look outward and inward for ideas on where and how people are getting the kind of information OSU Extension can provide.
    • We’re gathering basic data and analytics on our current websites. And we’re gathering ideas and examples from our peers and competitors.

If you have questions at any time, please contact EESC (or by phone: 541-737-3311), or anyone on the steering committee.


Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.


EESC Welcomes Alan Dennis

From Jennifer Alexander:

I’m happy to announce that Alan Dennis will join the EESC team as a multimedia tech designer on April 4.

As a member of our multimedia and visual design team, he will be creating educational, interactive multimedia and visual objects that support education and outreach projects for statewide OSU Extension programs. He’ll also help us explore ways to use innovative and emerging visual technologies to tell our outreach, engagement, and research stories.

Alan comes to us from OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, where he has extensive experience developing videos, animations, and interactive visualizations that explain CEOAS’s world-class earth sciences work and tell the stories of the scientists behind it. He’s also an active member of OSU’s unmanned systems initiative and has experience in 3D design and printing.

Please help us welcome Alan to EESC and our Division.


See who Walked the Walk last week!

Thanks for joining in the fun!

Save the Date: National Walk at Lunch Day is Wednesday, April 27th! Wear your sneakers to work (don’t forget this time) and plan a walk in your office or join the fun at Ballard around NOON.

Here are pictures from the folks who walked and sent in photos!

Campus Walkers for National Walking Day
Clatsop County Walkers for National Walking Day
Polk County Walkers for National Walking Day
Sea Lab Walkers for National Walking Day
Tillamook County Walkers for National Walking Day
Marion County Walkers
Marion County Walkers for National Walking Day




In this week’s issue:

Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.


Getting to the CORE of Things

Don’t have time to attend in-person CORE training (financial reporting system replacing DataWarehouse)? The CORE Business Intelligence Center (BIC) now offers weekly CORE training sessions through WebEx! Operations Man-ager Diana Lindsley will lead participants through the various features of CORE each Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To attend, simply click the link below:

30 Minute Wednesday Weekly CORE WebEx Training Sessions


EESC welcomes Gail Wells as Public Issues Education Leader

From Jennifer Alexander, EESC

I’m pleased to announce that Gail Wells will begin a new role in EESC as Public Issues Education Leader on April 1.

In this position, Gail, along with the EESC news team, will lead development of strategies and content for news, media relations, social media, and impact/accountability communications that support the public service mission of the OSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station and enhance public understanding of science and public issues.

Gail welcomes conversation with each of you as she steps up to this new role.

Gail has an extensive communications background with significant experience in scientific writing and editing. Most recently, she has worked as a public service communication specialist in EESC, with primary responsibility for agricultural research news and storytelling. Gail was previously director of the OSU College of Forestry’s communication group. Since 2002, she has also been a writer and editor at Gail Wells Communications. She has published several books, including “The Tillamook: A Created Forest Comes of Age.” Gail has a master’s degree from OSU in scientific and technical communication.

Please join me in welcoming Gail.


In this week’s issue:


Register for Extension Conference by November 13th!

You are invited to the 2015 Extension Conference
December 7-10, 2015
Information on the conference and keynote speaker, Mark Platten, can all be found on Extension’s Conferences & Events page.

The cost of this year’s conference is only $30, which includes attendance at all sessions and tours, daily coffee breaks, 4 lunches and one breakfast. There are additional charges for the All-Extension BBQ, hosted by OSEUA and ESP ($26) the OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension Banquet ($39), the Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night ($5 to eat and $7 to bowl), and the OSUEA Awards Breakfast ($13).

Please make an effort to attend the 2015 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 November 13, 2015. Registration is through Ideal Logic, hosted by the PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) office. This is the same registration system we used for the 2014 conference, 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. You can see what sessions are available before logging into Ideal Logic here. 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, please make sure to 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.

After you have submitted your registration, if you would like to make any adjustments to your registration such as switching sessions or changing your food options after your initial registration, please email Pam Hoene ( or Kim Tarrant ( directly.

A few things to remember:

  • Make lodging reservation and be sure to mention you need the OSU or government rate.
  • Extension Admin will cover round trip mileage for one 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
As some of you may be aware, 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.


Internships with the OSU Extension Service – Summary

Roger Rennekamp shared a summary of the number of students from around the world who held internships for which an Extension faculty member from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences served as the preceptor. In all, Extension faculty from PHHS (4-H and FCH) hosted 78 students during the last academic year. Here is a breakdown of students by institution they attend.

31 Oregon State University
25 Oregon Health and Science University/Oregon Institute of Technology
3 Portland State University
2 Eastern Oregon University
2 Pacific University
2 Western Washington University
2 High School
1 Klamath Community College
1 Hillsdale University
1 Marywood College
1 East Stroudsburg University
1 Eastern Michigan University
1 Abilene Christian University
1 Linfield College
1 Bastyr University
1 University of Moscow
1 University Episcopal Haiti

A breakdown by major is as follows.

24 Nursing
19 Public Health/Community Health
19 Nutrition/Dietetics
2 Human Development and Family Sciences
2 Biology
1 Chemical Engineering
1 Culinary Arts
1 Education
1 Psychology
1 Agronomy
1 Environmental Sciences
1 Agricultural Marketing
5 N/A


Portland hosts 1150 4-H professionals

Kudos to the Oregon 4-H staff who are about to embark on hosting the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland this weekend! Many of our staff have worked countless hours to make this event a very special, educational, and memorable experience for the 1150 conference attendees. I would also like to thank and recognize the Regional Administrators, work colleagues, support staff, significant others, and families who have given of their time, support and patience so our 4-H staff could meet their obligations for this event. Kudos and thank you to all of you! I am extremely proud of all of our staff and we haven’t even started our event!

A special Kudos goes to Virginia Bourdeau who has been critical to the operations of this event! Her attention to detail and experience in understanding the needs of the NAE4-HA association and membership has been key to our success. Thank you, Virginia!

-Pamela Rose


Reminder: PACE Accepting Enrollment Forms for online enrollment system

A reminder to all County Extension Offices that we are currently accepting your Enrollment Form for your workshops or events that you would like to test through OSU Professional and Continuing Education’s (PACE) online enrollment system. Each county can submit one event or workshop for this first testing period.

Please click the following link for the Enrollment form.

We will then follow up with you within five to seven business days to confirm the information with you and start working on it. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Dredge at PACE: 541-737-4197.


Happy Halloween – Could Extension Employees Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

It’s that time of year for ghouls, goblins, monsters and ZOMBIES! If you’re a fan of zombie shows and movies you’ll know how difficult it is for characters to not only survive hordes of flesh-eating undead, but also surviving living without modern amenities.

However, if you think about all of the programs that OSU Extension offers Oregonians, there is a wealth of information to help anyone survive…as long as a zombie doesn’t snack on their brains.

What valuable Extension skill should we all know to strengthen the odds of surviving? What classes do you provide in your region that would aid in basic survival skills? What Extension Catalog item should we own to reference when we can no longer google what we need to know?

Please leave a comment about how your program can help us humans survive the zombie apocalypse.  Also, what would be your zombie brain-bashing weapon of choice? Bonus points if it’s program related.

(Entertainment purposes only. Extension does not condone violence.)


Deadline Reminders