In this week’s issue:

2016 Commencement Ceremony Human Interest Story Submission

Do you know of a Beaver who is graduating this year? President Ray includes 2-3 human interest stories of personal achievement to highlight during the commencement activities. We are always looking of ways to elevate Extension’s presence. If you’re aware of an interesting story, please let Jill Wells know and she will assist you with the nomination process.

Examples of an interesting story happening in your county/region:

  • A graduating senior who was first introduced to Oregon State through 4-H.
  • A Master Gardener or family member graduating this year.
  • Someone who may have found their passion through an Extension program that lead them to pursue that field of study at OSU.

Even if the story is not chosen for Commencement, it is still a story we would like to share. We have a lot to celebrate!

Submissions are due Wednesday, May 11 by 5pm.

The Future of Extension TweetUp Recap: What do you think our future holds?

What does the future hold for Extension? Check out the Storify recap of last week’s #EdTechLN TweetUp to see what your fellow #EdTechLN members answered this important question. It was the most well attended and active TweetUp we have ever hosted!

Please share with your administrators, directors, and other coworkers as this topic deserves even more chatter! Encourage them to add to the conversation on the EdTechLN Facebook page or on Twitter with our #EdTechLN hashtag.

eXtension Webinar on May 4 – New Opportunities

eXtension Webinar To Review Recent Changes and New Opportunities for Extension Professionals on May 4, 2016
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern, the eXtension Foundation will host a webinar for all Extension professionals to review recent changes and new opportunities now available for member institutions. On hand to present will be eXtension CEO Christine Geith and members of the leadership team to answer questions and provide examples of how eXtension’s new tools, services and initiatives can be used by Cooperative Extension Service teams and professionals.

For more information and the option to add this event to your calendar, please visit

Extension is on the move, are you?

Extension is walking the talk – here’s photos from across the state of OSU on the move at work…

Portland Extension Walkers
Portland Extension Office Walkers
Statewide team walkers
Statewide Team Walkers at OSU Campus
Klamath County Extension Walkers
Klamath County Walkers
Walkers in Linn County
Linn County Walkers

Ready for a May Challenge?

We’ve all heard it: Sitting is the New Smoking

Researchers have found we are sitting ourselves to death.

It’s estimated that people spend about 35-50% of their working hours in meetings. Here’s a healthy challenge for you… In the month of May, look at your meetings and try to make just 20% (1 in 5) walking meetings. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk and encourage the colleagues you’re meeting with to do the same.

Need some quick inspiration to take the plunge? Check out this TED talk under 4 minutes.

Going to give it a try? Let know how it’s going. Your story can inspire others or help folks troubleshoot making this practice stick.

Drones in Agriculture Spark Creative Communication

Learn about “DroneSinger” Victor Villegas and his time in Washington D.C. for the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

In this week’s issue:

Welcome Dr. Lindsey Shirley

From Scott Reed:

Following an extensive national search, it is with pleasure that I announce (pending final approval), Dr. Lindsey Shirley has accepted the position of Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement and Associate Director of the OSU Extension Service. Lindsey’s background emphasizes family and consumer sciences education and extension. She has experience at Utah State University and University of Idaho, and holds degrees from Iowa State University and University of Minnesota. While her formal start date is June 1, 2016, Lindsey plans to join us for the April 12 Outreach and Engagement Colloquium in Corvallis.

Many of you participated in the search process, and I thank you for engaging in this important decision. Please join me in welcoming Lindsey to Oregon State University.


LIVE Chick Cam!

The Clatsop County Extension Chick Cam is LIVE! The baby chicks are expected to hatch April 6th-7th.

Register for the O&E Colloquium

Registration for the O&E Colloquium closes on Wednesday, April 6th.  If you have not already done so, please register today.

Express Stop Recording Available

If you missed the March 17th EESC Express web show about our new EESC Photo Archive, you can view the recording here:

Our next Express is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st at 10am. The Express will be pulling into the station to discuss 3-D printing and other emerging technologies. Guaranteed to be a fun and informative 30 minutes or your money back.

Lace Up & Go this Wednesday, April 6th

To celebrate National Walking Day we’re encouraging each county office to lace up and go for a walk and roll on Wednesday.


  • Plan a lunch hour walk at your office/worksite
  • Make your meetings walking meetings
  • Take a couple 10 minute walking breaks during your work day
  • Walk, bike or take the bus to work
  • Schedule a walk, hike or bike with friends/family after work

Send in your walking group photos to by Thursday, April 7th to get recognized next week! If you’re on campus – join the noon walking group – everyone is welcome!

Helpful Links: Impact Statements and Twitter

Creating Powerful Impact Statements

Writing for Twitter

The CO• Final COunt Down Begins!

The sun is shining, the mercury is rising, and maker season is here. That can only mean one thing—The CO• Inaugural Symposium and Annual Maker Fair are just a few days away!

Kick off the Spring term by joining The CO• at the STEM to STEAM Symposium on Friday, April 8 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100. Join thinkers, makers, doers, and dreamers with local, state, regional, and national perspectives as they unpack the benefits of hands-on learning. This unique symposium provides six experts in making with the opportunity to explore how the arts can, and do, complement a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum. Once this all-star lineup gets your mind reeling from the diversity of perspectives, be sure to head over to the Student Experience Center Plaza for a catered reception to pump these gurus full of follow-up questions.

Then, get your hands dirty at The CO• annual Maker Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 3 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Join makers, hackers, innovators, and artists from Oregon State, Corvallis, Eugene, Albany, Portland, and Seattle as they illustrate what making means to them! Build and test M&M launchers with the professional tinkerers at HP, help build a longboard with Michael Town, a high school Physics and Engineering teacher (sign up for his workshop here), ask Dan Coyle a bunch of questions about his one-of-a-kind wooden bike helmets, or check out fabrication design tools with the OSU Oceanography Fab Shop.

Join us! And please consider encouraging your colleagues, students, friends, and cronies to come too. (We still could use a few good volunteers!)

In Hands-on Learning We Trust,
The CO• Leadership Nerds, er, team: Charles, Andrew, Carol, Christine, Eric, Jesse, Kaitlyn, Margaret, Ray, and Seri

PS. Don’t forget to share your experience with The CO• on social media! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter @TheCoCorvallis, and post your photos from The CO• on Instagram. Use Hashtags: #gototheco #theco2016 #corvallismakerfair #makers so we may regram, retweet, like, and share your stories!