In this week’s issue:

Countdown to 2016 Extension Annual Conference: 2 weeks!

UABC EmpCenter Support

UABC is putting the finishing touches on our internal reorganization to combine our Accounting and Finance sections into a single Finance team. As part of this reorganization, EmpCenter support is being moved from our Human Resources section to our Finance section, to more closely align it with payroll processing. Effective November 1st, employees and supervisors in units served by UABC should direct EmpCenter questions and inquiries to the Accountant 1 on their CARE team (see your CARE team list). UABC HR will no longer be responding to EmpCenter timesheet questions and will be referring inquiries to an appropriate individual on UABC’s Finance-Payroll team. Your Accountant 1 will also be contacting you to resolve any EmpCenter timesheet exceptions or errors that need to be corrected prior to payroll processing. Watching for communications from your Accountant 1 and responding promptly, especially during the 10 day period prior to payday, will help us insure accurate and timely payment to employees.

If you or your employees have EmpCenter questions, an excellent resource is the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the MyTime website: http://mytime.oregonstate.edu/view/faq-all. This FAQ is not only searchable, but also includes helpful links and screen shots to assist and guide users. If you don’t find what you are looking for in the FAQ, UABC is happy to assist with answers to questions, and to provide training as needed.

Please feel free to contact Janet Chenard (7-6816), Tiffany Gillis (7-3994), or Dee Wendler (7-4128) if you have any questions about this transition.

Additional UABC Session on the FLSA Final Rules and EmpCenter Processing RSVP Needed

The University Administrative Business Center will be offering a session on the FLSA final rules and EmpCenter processing for certain employees. Please see the announcement below. This session will be held on Monday, November 14th, 10:30-11:30, in the Johnson 102 Lounge of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The seating capacity for this room is 40. Please note that this session was not in the registration system.

For planning purposes, please RSVP as soon as possible by email to let Marcia Dickson (marcia.dickson@oregonstate.edu) know that you plan to attend this session.

Announcement:
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released final rules updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These rules go into effect December 1, 2016, and will affect overtime eligibility and EmpCenter processing for certain employees. Please join UABC and representatives from the Office of Human Resources for an informational session to discuss the logistics and administrative changes associated with the new regulations.

Quarterly Conversation

A peek at the new OSU branding and logo refresh initiatives will be shared by Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations and Marketing at the November 18 Quarterly Conversation. There will be opportunities for Q&A. In addition to Division updates, Kyle Cole, director of Precollege Programs and a member of the University Outreach and Engagement Council, will also be a guest sharing the unit’s outreach and engagement initiatives.

Join us!
November 18
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Kidder 202 or via livestream http://live.oregonstate.edu/ (session will also be recorded)

A Wealth Creation Approach to Economic Develompent

The program WealthWorks, that was developed between OSU Extension and Rural Development Initiatives, is discussed in an issue of Rural Connections.  The article by Mallory Rahe, Applied Economics, details rural wealth creation and looks at the successes and challenges of the program.

A link to the article can be found here.

Extension in the News

Extension officials work to educate younger students on healthy activities
The Argus Observer
October 26, 2016
Featuring Barbara Brody, Malheur County

Local wine grape growers welcome new academics
Ashland Daily Tidings
October 28, 2016
Featuring Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center

Oregon school lunch cooks learn to adapt
Statesman Journal
October 28, 2016
Featuring Food Hero

Taking aim at Scotch broom
Statesman Journal
October 28, 2016
Featuring Don Hoynacki, Marion County

In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference registration reminder.

Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. Please visit this link to register. Registration closes on Friday, October 14th.

For more information about this year’s event, please review the EAC article in the October 3rd issue of ConnEXTions.

Change in the Leadership of the UABC

From Linda Powell, Director of OSU Shared Services

I’m sharing the news that Dee Wendler, University Administrative Business Center (UABC) Manager, has announced her retirement from the University effective December 31, 2016. After more than 30 years of service to the State – mostly in higher education – Dee will be taking time to use her talents in service of local non-profit organizations. Dee’s tremendous leadership has advanced our progress toward many business center and university goals. We greatly appreciate her efforts and dedication to OSU’s mission.

Following this change, Jack Breen will become the UABC Manager. Currently the Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) Manager, he brings extensive operational knowledge and existing relationships with many UABC customers across the University, including senior administrators who are served by UABC. Jack is also well-versed in the unique support needs of statewide operations, such as the Extension Service.

I am confident that Jack and Dee will make this a smooth transition for all their customers and employees. We will conduct a search, open to both internal and external candidates, to replace Jack in the AMBC. It is our intention to have the new manager in place before Jack leaves, and give the AMBC staff as much support as they need during the transition.

I welcome any questions and input you may have as we move through this leadership change. Please join me in offering best wishes to both Dee and Jack as they begin their new endeavors.

Providence Grant

OSU Extension In Yamhill County secured a $50,000 grant in collaboration with Yamhill County Health & Human Services to address childhood obesity prevention and management. OSU Extension will deliver exercise/ physical activity within elementary classrooms using the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit.  BEPA integrates physical activity and nutrition concepts through education and activity and is an evidence-based curriculum created by Kathy Gunter, PhD of the OSU College of Public Health. The BEPA Toolkit provides educators with materials and activity ideas to increase children’s physical activity time at school. Ultimately, the program will feature a component for parents to help sustain/reinforce student growth in nutrition and exercise. The proposed project will provide internship placements for OSU graduate students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences throughout the academic year. Interns will deliver the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit component of the intervention. Special things to Grant Collaborators within OSU Jennifer Bunn, Kathy Gunter, PhD, and Mike Knutz and Yamhill County Public Health Manager Tom Eversole, DVM, MS.

Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update: October 2016

For those of you who may have missed Scott Reed’s Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update featuring Vince Adams. It can be viewed here.

2016 NEAFCS – MORE Oregon Award Winners

Huge apologies for neglecting to include the winners of the NEAFCS awards for Food Safety. The winners were added to the original post, put for those who may have missed it, their accomplishments are listed below:

Food Safety Award
Laura Sant and Team: 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Preserve @ Home
Team Members: Julie Buck (ID), Patty Case (OR), Surine Greenway (ID), Glenda Hyde (OR), Nancy Kershaw (OR), Joey Peutz (ID), Grace Wittman (ID), Ann Zander (CO)

OSUEA/ESP BBQ Dinner at Annual Conference

You are invited to attend the OSUEA/ESP BBQ dinner on Monday, November 14 at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
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O&E Magazine Reprint

For those still needing copies of the most recent issue of the O&E Magazine, please contact Jill Wells and more will be sent to you.

Visit the New Extension Service Education Center in Washington County

OSU Extension Service opens Beaverton Education Center

Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
* Win Prizes * Food Tastings * and more…

Now located in the Twin Oaks Technology Ctr:
OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County
1815 NW 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

Hot Topics Webinar: 4 Creative Approaches to Organize for Economic Vitality

From the Rural Development Initiatives:

Join us as we explore four creative approaches to organize for economic vitality.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
12 Noon to 1 p.m. PST
with Q&A from 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Is there an optimal design for economic development in your community?
The short answer is NO. The structure for economic development in rural communities can look very different, depending on many factors, such as size, local capacity, and of course, community goals.

During this webinar, we’ll explore some of the following key factors that are necessary for success:

      • Have you identified the Economic Fundamentals to maximize your economic potential?
      • Are you bringing together Public and Private Sector Leadership?
      • Do you understand and utilize Financial and Regulatory Resources?
      • Have you built Organizational Flexibility into your efforts?
      • And are you taking full advantage of Local Talent and Experience?

Click here for more information and to register.

4-H…Growing and Thriving: Kudos

From Pamela Rose

Kudos to Shana Withee! Her work in Harney County with Burns Paiute Tribe is the feature story in the Fall 2016 issue of the O & E Magazine. For over 30 years, Shana has been collaborating to improve the health and well-being of tribal members through her programming in both Family and Community Health and 4-H Youth Development. The article entitled Paiute Wadatika Ma-Ni-Pu-Neen demonstrates the power of creating partnerships which is the feature of this issue.

Kudos to Ana Lu Fonseca! She is a co-author in a recently published article Leveraging the community context of Family Math and Science Nights to develop culturally responsive teaching practices. This article, in the Teaching and Teaching Education Journal, is about culturally relevant practices for family centered science and math. This was a collaboration between the SMILE and FIESTAS program at OSU. Free access to this article is valid until November 17, 2016.

Kudos to Mary Arnold! She is a co-author with Marc Braverman and Melissa Cater on a chapter in the newly released book, the Changing Landscape of Youth Work. Their chapter on Rethinking Evaluation Capacity in Youth Development Programs: A New Approach for Engaging Youth Workers in Program Evaluation appears in Section III. The book was designed to compile and publicize the best current thinking about training and professional development for youth workers.

Kudos to Karissa Dishon for her leadership in helping everyone gear up for National 4-H Week this week, October 2-8, with a 4-H press release. In her role as Oregon 4-H Field Marketing Liaison, she is sending periodic updates, reminders, and resources. These are designed to help all Oregon counties capitalize on our investment in the marketing campaign, and in turn grow our program with current youth, and alumni engagement.

Search Advocate Updates: Continuing Education

Search Advocate panelists needed:

  • Thursday, October 27, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 3 panelists needed
  • Wednesday, December 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 1 panelist needed
    Serving as a panelist for a workshop counts as one continuing education credit! Please respond to me privately, and I’ll send you a calendar invitation for the panel when I confirm everyone.

Search Advocate Community of Practice meetings for fall term are now scheduled (topics will be supplied as they are identified):

  • Monday, November 21, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 211
  • Friday, December 9, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 208

Attending one Community of Practice meeting counts as one continuing education credit!

Other continuing education options:

  • There will be two short CE sessions for search advocates as part of Training Days this year (November 8 & 9).
  • There will also be 3.5 hour update sessions offered during the Ag Leaders annual meeting (November 9) and the Extension annual conference (November 14 and 17). Once preliminary registration is complete for those events, I’ll be able to open up remaining spaces to the search advocate community at large.
  • You can receive 1 CE unit by attending and reporting back to me on a HERC webinar (listed in last month’s newsletter), and you can earn all 3 CE units by attending the Social Justice Education Initiative workshop series (available for registration on the Professional Development website).

OSU Alumni Association Events Calendar

Visit the OSUAA’s calendar of events to learn of activities that you can share not only with Beavers in your office, but Beavers living in your regions. It’s also a wonderful reference of the type of events that the OSUAA hosts. If you were thinking of connecting with Alumni in your region, the OSUAA would be happy to help.

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Extension in the News

What to do with strawberry beds, stink bugs: Master gardeners’ tips
Oregon Live
October 5, 2016
Featuring Bernadine Strik

Fourth-graders learn about local agriculture
East Oregonian
October 6, 2106
Featuring Morrow County

Anatomy of a Painting
Eugene Weekly
October 6, 2016
Featuring Lane County Master Gardeners