In this week’s issue:

Congratulations to Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer and her husband, Brian, welcomed Nathan Jay at 4:34pm on Monday, November 21st (on Daddy’s birthday)! He was 8 pounds, 10 oz, and 23 inches long.

4-H and FCH Spring Conference Request For Proposals: DUE 12/16/16

The 2017 4-H and FCH Spring Conference planning is underway, and it is now time to submit proposals for the peer reviewed sessions. Further information:

All submissions MUST include the Proposal Application Document, and a SEPARATE document containing your proposal and WITHOUT presenter identifying information. The proposal document should have no instructor information, and be saved as the name of the presentation.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Submissions Due by 12/16/16

All presenters will be notified of acceptance or decline by 1/13/16

November 18th Quarterly Conversations Recording

The November 18 Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation is now available to view online. The conversation featured an update from Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley (Lindsey shared the results of the What is Extension exercise from the Extension conference), new OSU brand discussion from Steve Clark and Melody Oldfield, and suggestions on how Precollege Programs and Extension can work together by Kyle Cole.

Strategic Plan Spanish Translations

Spanish translations are now available online for the Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan Overview and Flyer.

Website Contacts Identified, Thanks! (OSU Extension Web Upgrade Update)

The project team continues to make good progress on several Phase 1 milestones in the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

Identify/confirm contacts
Site managers and decision makers have been identified for each site. We appreciate your help!

Features & functions
In our last post, you learned we identified and prioritized features for development during Phase 1. We have started development on selected features, starting with the people/locations directory.

Content strategy
On the “Learn with us” page on the project blog, we’ve added additional resources we’ve found useful in exploring, understanding, and applying content strategy. We invite you to learn alongside the project team. Check these out, and let us know your thoughts!

What’s next

  • Continue to develop Phase 1 features.
  • Continue to identify initial user-friendly tags/categories.
  • Continue to audit and prioritize content for main OSU Extension site, Phase 1.

Learn more
Visit the OSU Extension web upgrade project blog for more project details. Please contact the project team with any questions. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair blossoms at EOTEC
Capital Press
December 1, 21016

State scores coup with 2017 International Master Gardener Conference
The News-Review
December 2, 2016

In this week’s issue:

University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan

Keep your eyes open for information from Scott Reed regarding the roll out of the University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan. The August First Monday Update with detailed information will be hitting your inboxes today

Professional Development Fund Applications

To be considered for this quarter’s Professional Development Funds, applications must be received TODAY, Monday August 1st, by midnight. As a reminder, please note that for our application to be eligible, you must apply BEFORE the PD opportunity.

Applications for next quarter are due on November 1.

Professional Development Fund Criteria
Professional Development Fund Application

Irrigon Staff Moving

The staff at the Morrow County Extension SNAP-Ed office will be moving on Aug 8th to a new location:

Morrow Education Center
240 Columbia Lane
Irrigon, OR 97844
541-922-4004 (extension tbd)

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation, 8/19/16

Friday, August 19th
9:00am to 10:30am
202 Kidder Hall

Extension in the News

Links to stories featuring Oregon State University Extension people and programs:

Camelina, quinoa studied as alternative crops in E. Oregon
Capital Press
July 26, 2016
Featuring: Bill Buhrig

Scales, tails and sails
Oregon Coast Today
July 26, 2016
Featuring: OSU Sea Grant and Lincoln County Extension Services

REAL Oregon
July 27, 2016
Featuring: Bill Buhrig (Audio)

Sold to the highest bidder
Curry Coastal Pilot
July 27, 2016
Featuring: Curry County 4-H

Reaching out, by extension
The Daily Astorian
July 20, 2016
Featuring: Clatsop County and Joyce Senior, Valerie Grant, Patrick Corcoran and Amanda Gladics.

Benny at the Linn County Fair

Thank you Michele Webster for sharing photos of Benny at the Linn County Fair!

If Benny has already been to your fair, please take the time to fill out the post fair survey to help us improve for next year.

Benny the Beaver at the Linn County Fair, July 2016
Benny the Beaver at the Linn County Fair, July 2016










Benny and Linn County Extension
Benny LOVES Extension!

















Benny the Beaver
Benny taking a break
Benny the Beaver on a Tractor at the Linn County Fair
Benny makes it look easy

In this week’s issue:


OSU Extension website upgrade project begins

We have some exciting news. The project to update the OSU Extension family of websites has begun!

OSU Extension must have an effective, engaging web presence to remain relevant and successful in an increasingly digital world.

Here’s how we’ll get there:

  • This morning, the newly formed Extension Web Steering Committee is having their first meeting. This small, committed team of Extension faculty and staff will help guide the process, and be our advisors and connectors to the broader needs of our organization and those we serve.
  • During the next 5 months, EESC will conduct research and collect the feedback we will need to create an effective, engaging web presence for OSU Extension. Then, we’ll start creating it.
  • You can expect regular updates to the organization on process and progress, and opportunities for input.

For additional details, including the timeline, milestones, steering committee members and more, see the OSU Extension website upgrade plan.

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


Draft 3 – Division of O&E Strategic Plan, Values & Goals

From Lena Etuk:

Again, a big thank you to the 160+ people across the Division who participated in the Draft 2 review sessions January 22nd through 29th and emailed in feedback about that draft of values and goals!

The Strategic Plan Steering Committee and the Executive Team have reconciled your feedback, and have developed the attached draft based on your input (this is Draft 3). Visit the Strategic Plan blog to access this draft and to get other information about the plan development process.

Please join me for the final feedback session on the Division’s values and goals, to discuss Draft 3:
Tuesday, March 1st, 10:00am – 12:00pm

This will be a WebEx meeting that you can join from this link:

To connect to the audio portion of the webinar, choose one of these call-in options:

  • Call-in using your computer, if you have a microphone and speakers on or a headset for your computer (I strongly encourage this option, since it’s free for everyone and easy)
  • Call-in via phone (+1-415-655-0002, Access code: 927 648 271)

Note: Even though you will have to use a long-distance code to dial this number from an OSU campus phone, there will not actually be a charge – per OSU’s recent change in long-distance charge policy. For those of you off-campus, without free long-distance service provided by Jive, if this long-distance charge will be a hardship for your office, please let me know.

As with Draft 2, you also have an opportunity to provide feedback on Draft 3 via email in case you cannot attend the WebEx feedback session. Please email me your feedback on Draft 3 by 10:00am, March 2, 2016.

Thank you for your continued involvement with this process. Your thoughts and ideas are highly valued by all of us on the committee and on the Executive Team.


Outreach and Engagement Colloquium Poster Session

Showcase outreach and engagement programs and community engaged scholarship to peers, university leadership and potential collaborators with a poster at the 2016 Outreach and Engagement Colloquium on April 12, 2016.

The poster session is a new feature of the colloquium. Poster submissions are due February 29. In process or completed programs and community engaged scholarship by faculty, staff and OSU students are encouraged to apply for the competitive poster session. Learn about poster guidelines here.

Contact with any questions.