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

In this week’s issue:

Valuing Diversity

Jeff Sherman is heading the search committee for a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator. This is a critical position to enhance our ability to serve Oregonians and it benefits the entire university through the institution’s work in community engagement. We look forward to having an individual in this critical position to help continue the work of the Diversity Catalyst Team and Civil Rights compliance.

In addition, the Division has a Civil Rights training module to help bring awareness to our organization’s goal of expanding our capacity to effectively serve new and historically underrepresented learners. With the new Canvas Learning system replacing the Blackboard Learning system, we took the opportunity to work with key OSU partners (OSU Extended Campus, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access) to update the Civil Rights training module that had been in place since 2009. All Division faculty and staff are required to complete the on-line civil rights training:

  • Campus based faculty and staff should complete the new training by December 31, 2016; and take a refresher every five years.
  • The USDA Food & Nutrition Service requires SNAP-Ed and SNAP-outreach contractors, including EFNEP, to complete civil rights training once a year. Therefore, all SNAP-Ed individuals, including the Family & Community Health individuals who have a joint assignment in SNAP-Ed or EFNEP, must take the course yearly (by December 31st of each year).
  • Since faculty and staff in the off-campus Extension County Offices have an internal Civil Rights review approximately every five years, the individuals in those offices will need to complete the course each time their office has an internal review. Therefore, off-campus Extension faculty and staff, other than the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP, should follow their usual five-year rotation schedule.

Innovation: September First Monday Update

After watching Scott Reed’s First Monday update to the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, people all over the Division are sharing how they are being innovative in their work. Become a part of the conversation here: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/engage/2016/09/02/outreach-engagement-innovation/

All those who comment will be entered into a drawing to win a book by either Clayton Christensen or William Bridges. Both authors were mentioned in the video update. Winners will be announced during the October First Monday Update.

Columbia Gorge Region & Extension Recognized for Culture of Health Prize

From Roberta Riportella

It is with pride and humility that I share with you the thrilling news that one of our Oregon communities, with significant FCH involvement, has been awarded the coveted RWJ Culture of Health award. Over 300 communities applied and only seven were awarded. This means the Columbia Gorge Region is leading the nation, setting the standards, for how to engage communities toward the goal of creating healthy communities and opportunities for health for their residents. (The humility is that I’d not been involved with this effort though I intend to promote its successful strategies statewide as we move forward.)

So please join me in congratulating Lauren Kraemer and her colleagues.

Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Award

Mark Coomer from Northwest Farm Credit Services in Baker City stopped by the Union County Extension Service Office today to award us with $3,000 from their Rural Community Grant Program to expand the grow season in three Union County school gardens: North Powder, Cove, and Elgin. Each garden will receive $1,000 of grow lights to help them grown fresh and local produce that will soon be available in the small town stores in each of their respective communities!

Thank Northwest Farm Credit Services for their support of our local food system, young farmers, and supporting our efforts to expand access to healthy food choices!

Mark is joined in the picture by Carole Smith, Extension Regional Administrator - East Region and David Melville, 4-H SNACZ Program Coordinator and G2S Program Coordinator.
Mark Coomer (center) is joined in the picture by Carole Smith, Extension Regional Administrator – East Region and David Melville, 4-H SNACZ Program Coordinator and G2S Program Coordinator.

Save the Date: Visit the New Extension Service Education Center in Washington County

SAVE THE DATE for our Open House!
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

SPARK – the Year of Arts+Science @ OSU

SPARK – the Year of Arts+Science @ OSU has begun, and the Division/Extension is proud to be a core partner in this effort to highlight the power for innovation, creativity, and problem solving that lies at the intersections of what we think of as the arts and science.

Spark.oregonstate.edu

Extension in the News

Philomath PD’s chili wins tasting honor while raffle raises most money
Gazette Times
September 12, 2016
Featuring Carolyn Ashton and Benton County 4-H

What’s Up With All The Dead Trees? (audio)
Jefferson Public Radio
September 13, 2016
Featuring Max Bennett, Jackson County

Travel Oregon taps Tillamook County tourism organization for 2017 agritourism program
Tillamook County Pioneer
September 19, 2016
Featuring Tillamook County Extension

If you see Extension mentioned in your local media, please forward that information to jill.wells@oregonstate.edu to share the news with colleagues across the state!