In this week’s issue:

Happy 100th Birthday to Andy Landforce

On February 7th, retired Extension faculty Andy Landforce will celebrate his 100th Birthday! He would love to hear from former colleagues and friends.

Andy Landforce

To wish him a wonderful birthday, please send cards to:
Andy Landforce
4010 SW West Hills Rd.
Corvallis, OR 97330

If you haven’t had the pleasure to meet Andy, you can learn more about him thanks to The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project.

He also talks about working at OSU Extension.

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

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

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

Tillamook New Address

The Tillamook County Extension Service and Open Campus have moved!

The new address/location is:
4506 3rd Street
Tillamook, OR 97141

They can all be reached at 503-842-3433.

Beaver Tales Exhibit Information

Beaver Tales Environmental Art & Science show, a SPARK event, arose out of a partnership with the Wetlands Conservancy and others. The art installation is is at LaSells Stewart Center and is open to the public. There will be a series of science presentations tailored to general audiences and a public reception to celebrate the show on Feb 9th.

The events of the day include:

5pm-5:45 several art/science presentations on research and the natural history of the beaver, including:

All presentations will be brief and aimed at a general audience.

Scientific posters will also be on display showcasing some of the work conducted by OSU, the USFS, and others. Information tables will be provided by some groups as well.

5:45-6:30 Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. Grass Roots books will be on hand to sell her books and assist with signings.

Margo Greeve, author and illustrator of the children’s book Oregon’s Special Animals will be on hand to sell her book. Her beaver illustrations are also displayed in the show. Sales of the books and some cards will benefit the Wetlands Conservancy.

6:30-8:30 Public Reception to celebrate the art, the science, and the people who made it possible.


The art exhibit will be up in the Guistina Gallery, in the LaSells Stewart Center (across from Reser Stadium) from Feb 1-28.

A related event will take place on Feb 25 when the Greenbelt Land Trust hosts a Beaver Walk from 9am-noon at Bald Hill. More info is available at the reception and here:

The exhibit at OSU and related events this month are a part of SPARK – OSU’s Year of Arts+Science,

A Facebook event for the reception is 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.

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation, February 17

Plan to attend the next O&E Quarterly Conversation on February 17, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestreamed. This is your opportunity to ask questions of O&E leadership and to learn about O&E and Extension initiatives. Each segment includes an opportunity for you to have your questions answered.

9-9:30 a.m. – Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley – DIVISION UPDATES and Q&A, including introducing the Center for Community Innovation & Economic Development
9:30-10:00 a.m. – SPARKTHE YEAR OF ARTS AND SCIENCE – Charles Robinson (O&E/College of Liberal Arts/The Graduate School), Larry Rodgers (dean, College of Liberal Arts), and Jerri Bartholomew (Chair of the Microbiology Dept. and one of the leads on the Microbiome show happening in the spring). This is about exploring new ways to practice engagement and the value of cross campus collaborations.
10:00-10:30 a.m. – OUTDOOR SCHOOL UPDATE – Susan Sahnow

Join us in Kidder 202, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., or join via livestream and ask your questions online. Coffee/tea available in Kidder 202.

Extension in the News

Girls who code: Gold Beach Club aims to close gender gap in tech world
Curry Coastal Pilot
February 3, 2017
Featuring Brianna Wallace, Curry County

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
View previous episodes.

In this week’s issue:

Invitation to Retirement Reception for Dr. Lyla Houglum, Jan. 9, 3:30 pm CANCELLED

Lyla Houglum’s Retirement Reception that was originally scheduled for Monday, January 9 was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The event will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of our honoree.  Please check back for more information.

2016 EAC survey

On behalf of OSUEA, we would like to invite you to participate in the 2016 Extension Annual Conference Survey. We appreciate your responses, in order to gain feedback and make 2017’s conference as efficient and beneficial as possible! The link can be found here: Please respond by January 23rd, 2017.

Welcome Chris Branam, EESC Public Issues Communication Specialist

The Extension and Experiment Station Communications unit welcomes Chris Branam, the new public issues communication specialist. Chris’s primary responsibility will be developing news releases, feature articles, impact stories, and other content about agricultural and natural resources research findings and program accomplishments. His office is located in the Kerr Admin. Building, room 416.

Please help us welcome Chris!

Center for Teaching and Learning: Resources and Services available

The Center of Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University has resources and services available to faculty based on current research and best practices to advance teaching excellence.

To learn more about how CTL can help you elevate your teaching, please visit their site:

Journal of Extension, December 2016 Issue

From Marc Braverman:

This month I’m delighted to report that we can spy a few OSUES media stars among the authors. First, Jeff Hino is an author (with a colleague from Utah State) on a Commentary article about the Internet of Things. Second, an all-star team led by Mary Arnold has authored a Research in Brief article about the pathbreaking YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health teens-as-teachers program. Co-authors on the article include Jeff Flesch (graduate student in Human Development & Family Sciences), Carolyn Ashton (Benton County), Lynette Black (Wasco County), Barbara Brody (Malheur County), Maureen Hosty (Metro area), and Shanna Northway (Grant County). Congrats and kudos to all!

As an added note, those of you who may have manuscripts in various stages of the JOE review process, or who are planning to submit, may be interested to read the lead-off commentary from the co-chairs from the JOE Editorial Committee (Message from the Journal of Extension Editorial Committee), which provides some background on the progress of the editorial changes at the journal and describes the new JOE manuscript submission checklist.

The articles can be accessed through the links below, or directly on the JOE website at

The Internet of Things and Big Data: A Litmus Test for Extension?
Hill, Paul; Hino, Jeff

YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health: Impact of a 4-H Teens-as-Teachers Program
Arnold, Mary E.; Flesch, Jeffrey M.; Ashton, Carolyn; Black, Lynette; Brody, Barbara; Hosty, Maureen; Northway, Shanna

Extension in the News

Class teaches families about cooking and nutrition
Eastern Oregonian
December 16, 2016
Featuring Angela Treadwell, Umatilla County

The Key To Low-Income Family Nutrition (Video)
Progressive Grocer
December 19, 2016
Featuring Lauren Tobey and Food Hero

Top 2016 Oregon gardening stories from OSU Extension
The Oregonian
December 30, 2016
Written by Kym Pokorny, EESC

Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Capital Press
January 4, 2017
Featuring John Williams, Wallowa County


In this week’s issue:


Welcome Roberta Riportella

From Pamela Rose:

Welcome to Roberta Riportella! Roberta will begin May 9th as our new Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement and Family & Community Health Program Leader. Roberta was able to join us on Monday and Tuesday of Spring Conference to meet many of the staff and get to know more about the great work happening here in Oregon.  Roberta has had a long and illustrious career in Extension, primarily at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but she has most recently been at Kansas State University as the Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Community Health. She has received numerous honors and awards.  She is recognized nationally for her leadership in Health Extension, serving on the ECOP Health Implementation Initiative, currently chairing the Health in All Policies Education team.  We are excited to have Roberta bring her leadership and experience to Oregon!

Have you registered for the O&E Colloquium?

Have you registered for this year’s O&E Colloquium? Different pathways to community engagement will be explored through the keynote speaker, four fast-paced five-minute presentations, poster session, Tweet-up, and awards of excellence. Discover. Celebrate. Create community.

Register by April 6 (registration is required). The event is free and open to the OSU campus community—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—and public, with one exception: an $18 charge to attend the awards luncheon (use indexes or pay with check at the door).

Congratulations Margie House

Margie welcomed a baby boy to the world. Details were not available at press time, but if you are able to share any further information about Margie’s new bundle of joy, please do so in the comments.

Alberta Johnston

From Extension Administration:

We write to share some sad news today, Alberta Johnston passed away on March 15th after a short illness.

Alberta was born in Hickman, Nebraska.  She began her 4-H experience as a 4-H/Home Economics agent in Wyoming, became an Extension specialist in Montana and Oregon, and eventually became the OSU Deputy Director of Extension.

After Alberta’s retirement from OSU Extension Service in 1991, she agreed to serve a six-month stint as the Interim Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation, to oversee a regional 4-H trustee training conference Oregon was hosting. That six-month job turned into a 20-year career.  During those twenty years, Alberta worked as a VOLUNTEER, never accepting a salary or any compensation.  She worked for love of the program, and the many benefits it provided to the youth of Oregon.

During her service, Oregon has become one of the top 4-H foundations in the country.  Policies and agreements were carefully put in place, helping the Oregon 4-H Foundation maintain its high level of professionalism and integrity.  She retired from this second career in 2010.  The Oregon 4-H Foundation and the Oregon 4-H Program would not be where we are today without Alberta’s wisdom, dedication and selfless support.  Oregon 4-H was very lucky on the day Alberta agreed to serve that six-month job.

Alberta touched many lives, and she will be greatly missed.

She requested that there not be a memorial service.

Donations in her memory can be made to Oregon 4-H Foundation, Alberta B. Johnston Administrative Endowment, 105 Ballard Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.


Sandy Macnab to retire

Congratulations on your retirement Sandy and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to OSU Extension Services.

Please join Sherman and Wasco Counties in celebrating his 37 years of service.

Impact Statement Reporting for Extension Professionals

From eXtension:

Spring is traditionally Impact Statement Reporting season. In fall 2015, eXtension added the acclaimed Impact Statement Reporting Course to its Professional Development portfolio of courses for Cooperative Extension System professionals.

Created by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University in collaboration with a nationwide team of Extension educators and trainers on impact report writing, the content addresses specifically the needs of Extension professionals.

eXtension’s online course format ensures continuity across trainings, widespread accessibility, and ease of use. This course provides a wealth of examples, resources, readings and assessments to support learners in applying the concepts and skills as rapidly as possible. Requiring approximately 80 minutes to complete, all at one time or across modules, this course provides timely instruction or can serve as a refresher as impact statement reporting deadlines approach.

Employees of eXtension member institutions receive this course as a Free Benefit through their institution’s membership. The course fee for employees of non-member institutions is $80.

Learn more about the Impact Statement Reporting Course and check out the free sampler of the course.

In this week’s issue:


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

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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

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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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In this week’s issue:


Draft 1 Division Values & Goals

The first draft of the values and goals for the Division that are in development for inclusion in the 2016 Strategic Plan are available online for you to review. Your input is valued.

Please note, between January 22nd and January 29th she will be holding a series of meetings for all Division faculty and staff to get your detailed feedback on the next draft of the values and goals.

The committee is gathering input now from the Division Executive Team, Program Leaders, Directors, and Regional Administrators on this draft. January 22nd through January 29th is the time for Division faculty and staff to give detailed feedback on the next draft of the values and goals. At that time any and all aspects of the draft will be on the table for revision.

As always, if you have any questions or feedback for us, please contact a member of the committee:

Unit within the DivisionCommittee RepresentativeContact Information
EESCDio Morales541-737-0814;
Extended CampusLisa Templeton541-737-1279;
ExtensionDerek Godwincell 503-510-7582;
Extension Lena Etuk (Committee Chair)541-737-6121;
Open CampusJeff Sherman 541-737-1384;
PACEJohn Buzzard541-737-5741;


More Worthy award recipients at OSU Extension Conference:

4-H Hall of Fame

Sherri Jensen, Yamhill County

Mary Mosier, Lane County

Barbara Sawer, Benton County

Sue Weinbrecht, Linn County


ESP Retiree Service Award

Duane Johnson

Tammy Skubinna


25 Years of Extension Service

Scott Reed

Willie Riggs

Doug Hart

Janice Cowan

Mylen Bohle


Also a note of congratulations to Patricia Dawson, 4-H Faculty Member in Umatilla County who is the National President of Epsilon Sigma Phi through 2016.


Extension Annual Conference Follow-up.  

Chris Geith presentation:

For those who missed it or anyone who wants a refresher, the presentation by Chis Geith, CEO of eXtension, is available online.

As a follow up to Mark Pratten’s presentation:

Op-ed: Correcting myths about Millennials
America’s students are speaking up about complex flaws in higher education—but because of their age, few people are bothering to listen, Sophia McClennen writes in Quartz. Read more

Links to photos taken during the conference award ceremonies:

4-H Hall of Fame: 




Thank you to your years of service to OSU Extension and best of luck in your retirement.

Janice Cowan, Baker County Extension

Sandy Macnab, Sherman County Extension

Randy Mills, Umatilla County Extension

Jim Reeb, Lincoln County Office


Congratulations Wasco County 4-H Robotics Teams

Two 4-H Robotics Teams from Wasco County, Fusion X and System Overload, have been selected to compete in the state tournament at Liberty High School January 9-10. Please visit The Dalles Chronicle article to learn more about these awesome teams coached by OSU Extension employee Lu Seapy and North Wasco County School District employee, Jesus Acosta.

presenting robot
Students Jordan Scherer, Leo Polehn, Trenton Schacher, Shane Squires, and Jacob Ganders explain how they built and programmed a unique robot design to a panel of tournament judges.
Two Wasco County 4-H / The Dalles Middle School Lego Robotics show off their advancement and robot design trophies. Back Row: Shane Squires, Jordan Scherer, Leo Polehn. Middle Row: Francis Fuller, Jacob Ganders, Trenton Schacher,. Front Row: Ian Casteneda, Keenan Kuku, Angel Garcia, Gabe Stein.
mission field
Fusion X team members Shane Squires, Gabe Stein, Jordan Scherer, Nathan Ganders, Jacob Ganders, and Trenton Schacher watch as their robot attempts to press the correct button to activate the Composter Mission