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:

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




Goat with sunglasses at the Washington County Fair.
My future’s so bright I gotta wear shades

Updated photos from county fairs.

Monday, September 14, 2015 

OSU Programs Honored by White House

Congratulations to Jamie Davis in Lake County!

Change of CL in Tillamook County

Extension of Interim CL Assignment

OSUEA Search for Excellence and Western Extension Directors Award of Excellence

Save the Date: 2015 OSU Extension Conference

Classes and Trainings


OSU Programs Honored by White House

We are pleased to share that four Outreach and Engagement programs are being recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Juntos, FIESTAS, Oregon Leadership Institute and Tech Wizards were nominated as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education and accepted for recognition through the Initiative’s Anniversary Year of Action. These identified Bright Spots will be publicly recognized on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and will be included in the Initiative’s first-ever National Bright Spots in Hispanic Education online catalogue. Congratulations and thanks to the faculty, staff and volunteers who provide the programs’ guidance and direction for your leadership, dedication and steadfast commitment to the Hispanic community. We all celebrate the tremendous progress Hispanic students have made in education over the last 25 years and recognize your contribution to that success. Special thanks to Ana Lu Fonseca who took the time to submit the nominations.

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Congratulations to Jamie Davis in Lake County!

Jamie will serve as the Junior Director for the West Region on the National Association of Extension Agents Board of Trustees!

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Change of CL in Tillamook County

Effective September 2, Troy Downing accepted county leader duties for Tillamook County. Many of you will know Troy as an Extension faculty member and professor with a statewide assignment to work with the dairy industry. Troy is no stranger to leadership as he served as a county staff chair for many years before moving to his current program assignment. Welcome, Troy!

Our sincere thanks to Emily Henry who has been in the CL role for the past two years in addition to serving as the OSU Open Campus Coordinator for Tillamook County. With the Tillamook Bay Community College now buying .50 FTE of her time to teach natural resource classes, Emily discovered that she needs to refocus her energies to meet the demands of a growing Open Campus program while completing her classroom duties with TBCC. It’s been a delight working with Emily and we wish her all the best in her continued work as an OSU faculty member within the Division of Outreach and Engagement.

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Extension of Interim CL Assignment

Max Bennett has agreed to continue in his interim role as county leader while the search for the SOREC Director and Jackson County Leader continues. Max has done a terrific job as the Interim County Leader over the last eight months. We are delighted that he is willing to remain in this interim role through the appointment of a director and county leader.

Mike Bondi, chair of the search committee for the SOREC Director and Jackson County Leader, reports that there is a strong pool of applicants for the position. The committee met this week to select candidates for phone/Skype screening interviews. Stay tuned!

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OSUEA Search for Excellence and Western Extension Directors Award of Excellence

Both awards, OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) Search for Excellence and the Western Extension Directors Award (WEDA) for Excellence, recognize outstanding accomplishments in Extension Education. Two awards with one application process; your time has arrived. Don’t be bashful! The deadline OSUEA and WEDA Search for Excellence is October 15, 2015. For more details, see:

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Save the Date: 2015 OSU Extension Conference

December 7th-10th, 2015, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Make plans to come together with your Extension colleagues from across Oregon for four days dedicated to celebrating successes, updating your skills, networking, brainstorming and inspiration.

  • Attend the OSUEA Meeting and elections, and attend an affiliate meeting (draft schedule includes: 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences, Oregon Agricultural Extension Association or Epsilon Sigma Phi) to learn more about local and national events and news in your discipline.
  • Take advantage of program planning time and trainings (draft schedule includes program planning time for: 4-H, Forestry, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Home Horticulture, Diversity Catalyst Team, OSU Open Campus / Juntos).
  • Celebrate the successes of our colleagues and our cooperators! All are invited and encouraged to attend! Let’s have a good showing at the Cooperator’s Banquet, to say ‘thank you’ to those who support Extension across the state. (Faculty and Staff Awards Program Wednesday morning; Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension awards Wednesday morning).
  • Socialize and have fun! (Director’s Appreciation Lunch for Support Staff Monday morning; All Extension BBQ Monday evening; Coffee Social Tuesday morning; Bowling Tuesday evening).
  • On Tuesday, afternoon, be inspired by our Keynote Speaker (Mark Platten from Colorado State University will speak on Extension and the Intergenerational Workplace, including how to attract and retain millennials as Extension employees and volunteers).
  • Update your knowledge and skill set, with classes as diverse as ‘How to Take Effective Event and Onsite Photos’ to ‘Extension in an Era of Legal Marijuana in Oregon’.
  • Hear the latest OSU Extension Administrative Update (Tuesday morning). Should they be on board by this time, we have also included time to meet with our new Associate Provost / Associate Director.
  • Present your work, and learn about the work of your colleagues, at the Extension Conference Poster Session.

And there is much more to come! The new CEO of eXtension is likely to join us for a keynote. We’re currently trying to nail down several classes that will be of interest to office managers and support staff, and are trying to schedule a series of workshops that will be of interest to faculty and program assistants. Stay tuned for more information.

Questions or comments about the 2015 OSU Extension Conference? Please contact the 2015 OSU Extension Conference coordinator, Gail Langellotto.

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Classes and Trainings

Search Advocate Workshops

OSU Cascades/Bend (Central Oregon) – 9/21/15 and 9/22/15 – 2-part Search Advocate workshop series, 8 am to 3 pm on Monday 9/21 and 8-11 am on Tuesday 9/22 (10 hours)
La Grande (Eastern Oregon) – 9/24/15 – Full-Day Search Advocate workshop (9 hours)
Central Point (Southern Oregon) – 1/25/16 – Full-Day Search Advocate Workshop (9 hours)

Search Advocate Update Session (extends search advocate eligibility for 12 months)
OSU Cascades/Bend (Central Oregon) – 9/22/15 – 1 pm to 4:30 pm (3.5 hours)

Practical Introduction to Cheesemaking Short Course, October 6-8, Oregon State University

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