In this week’s issue:

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: O&E Leadership Development Program for Executives

There are a few slots remaining for the next LDPE cohort. If you missed the deadline, here’s the opportunity to apply. All applications received by October 19, 2015, will be given full consideration.

 

Cooperator Nominations Due October 15, 2015

Each year, OSUEA and ESP honor individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to Extension programs. It is through these Cooperators that Extension is able to accomplish so much. To eliminate duplication of efforts, OSUEA has partnered with our ESP affiliate. The deadline for nominations this year is October 15, 2015.

OSUEA Cooperator of the year program has three categories:

  • Individuals with fewer than 10 years of service
  • Individuals with 10 years or more of service and
  • Businesses or Organizations (no time limit).

ESP Friend of Extension Award is the highest recognition presented by an Epsilon Sigma Phi chapter to a non-Extension (lay) person, company, organization or elected official and is designed to recognize truly outstanding support and personal involvement in Extension efforts. The Friend of Extension Award, sponsored by ESP, is open to any non-Extension person, company or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support and involvement in Extension efforts. Past Cooperator Award Winners who have continued to serve and contribute are eligible to be nominated as well. The winner of this award will be nominated for the National ESP Friend of Extension Award.

Take time now with your staff to nominate someone. (OSU Employees are not eligible for this award). The recognition and honor of being named a “2015 OSU Extension Service Cooperator” is a small reward for the time, energy, and dedication a volunteer gives. Every program area in every county, and statewide, has several individuals and businesses who are “you can count on” Cooperators. Now is the time to nominate them for this recognition.
Nomination procedures

Administrators, specialists, agents, and support staff discusses potential nominees for one or more categories.

Prepare a nomination. (see application attachment)

Send in the nomination by October 15. Send nominations electronically to: John.Williams.1@oregonstate.edu.

Continuing this year is the award participation fee (see attached policy)

If you have questions, please feel free to contact John Williams (541-426-3143) or Darrin Walenta (541-963-1010), co-chairs of the OSUEA Cooperator program or Mike Knutz ESP Awards Committee Chair. 503-434-8913.

The nomination form and criteria can also be found on the OSUEA website: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/cooperator-awards

 

Annual Conference Bowling Night!

The Memorial Union Bowling Room is reserved from 7pm-9:30pm so we will have plenty of time to play and celebrate the winners.

Going with tradition, there will be water, soda and PIZZA! Last year we had Domino’s and they now have a gluten free crust for those that cannot eat wheat. A variety of pizzas will be ordered. Suggestions of pizzas could be sent to donita.rosboro@oegonstate.edu.

The cost will be $12.00 per person for those bowling and eating, $7.00 those who just want to bowl, and $5.00 for those who want to just eat. Please bring cash or a check with you that evening.

Donita has collected some of the trophies from last year’s competition. If anyone has not relinquished their trophy, please let her know!!! She would like to collect them before conference. As heartbreaking as it may be, it will be up to you and your team to WIN THEM BACK!!

Yogi and Elvira Alvarez, Marion Co Ext, have agreed to help out, but if there is anyone else that would like to help, please let Donita know.

Annual Conference Registration will start sooner than you know! Please RSVP to Donita your team name and players, for an estimate head count ahead of time.

This week’s issue:

2015 Roads Scholar Engagement Tour —in route along the coast to the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.
2015 Roads Scholar Engagement Tour —in route along the coast to the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay.

 

Have you considered a study leave as part of your professional development plan?

Study leave time is available annually to OSU Extension faculty members for course work, workshops, short courses, study tours, language immersion or other kinds of professional development opportunities. Salary and OPE remain at the current rate for the length of the leave if the policy is followed. Up to six weeks of study leave may be granted annually, the first three weeks (15 working days) of which can be taken with no loss of personal vacation days. Vacation time must be used for the number of study leave days taken beyond the first three weeks, up to the maximum of six weeks. Full policy is available under Human Resources at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/employees/supervisor-resources/policies-procedures. Study leave requires full approval of the immediate supervisor and program leader.

Two RAs have recently taken, or are about to take, study leave to enhance their skills and abilities. During July 2015 Patrick Proden focused on the development and design of an “Urban Guide” in partnership with the Kettering Foundation (Dayton , OH), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Center for Public Life at Syracuse University. His study travels also included interactions with colleagues in Seattle, Kentucky and Georgia. Mary Corp will leave on October 9 for China, where she will visit Beijing, Kaifeng, Shengzhou and Tianjin. Her objectives are 1) to investigate and learn about China’s Extension services, their organizational structure and current strengths and challenges, and 2) immersion in the Chinese culture by traveling with Dr. Wei Dong, a Chinese national scientist who worked for OSU as a post doc in Hermiston.

 

Reminder: LDPE application due 9/30/15

Are you interested in improving your leadership skills and in exploring what directions you may wish to take your career? The Division of Outreach and Engagement’s Leadership Development Program for Executives (LDPE) may be for you. LDPE is for faculty members within the Division who have significant professional experience within their assignment and a documented record of performance that indicates potential success in an executive leadership position. Applications for the next LDEP cohort are being accepted now through September 30, 2015. For additional details about LDPE and how to apply online, go to http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/initiatives/leadership-development.

 

ESP delegation – awardees for EC

The Gamma Chapter members who were selected as Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Award Winners for the Western Region that will be recognized during the National ESP Conference in Coeur d’Alene, October 4-7, 2015:

Continued Service ~ Janice Smiley
Mid-Career ~ Mike Knutz
Early Career ~ Luisa Santamaria
Visionary Leadership ~ Deborah Maddy
Diversity Individual ~ Barbara Brody
Diversity TEAM—JUNTOS program: Jeff Sherman, Jennifer Oppenlander, Emily Henry, Maydra Valencia

 

Apply for Professional Development Funds for the 2015 Extension Annual Conference

The next deadline for Professional Development Funds is November 1. Please take advangate of this opportunity for funding to attend the Extension Annual Conference in December.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/employees/training-technology/professional-development/fund

Marcia Sherry
Marcia Sherry, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener of the Year

 

OSU Extension Retiree Opportunity

County Leader Changes for Wasco County

New hybrid Master Gardener class in Lane County

OSUEA Awards – Call for Nominations

Dale and Alice Hoecker Extension Innovative Grants – Apply now!

OSU Honors 25 Master Gardeners for dedicated service

Welcome to the Extension Family!

Save the Date: Retirement Reception for Deborah Maddy

Classes and Trainings

 

OSU Extension Retiree Opportunity

Following retirement, Fred Smith and his partner Consuelo created a company (Anglatin Ltd.) which has been organizing and operating study tours to North America, South America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Anglatin Ltd. just completed an eight day tour to Chile for a group of Brazilian farmers. A wine tour to Chile, an agriculture tour to Chile, an energy tour to Oregon and a forestry tour to Ireland, Scotland and England are lined up over the next several months.

Fred is interested in adding to the Anglatin team and is reaching out to recently retired extension faculty with knowledge and experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development , forestry or other natural resource related topics. International travel, work or living experience would also be of value, as well as multilingual skills. A network of professional colleagues, cooperators and “clients” would also be of value.

More information is available at www.anglatin.com, but specific questions can be emailed to anglatin@anglatin.com.

 

County Leader Changes for Wasco County

Beginning September 1, Lynn Long, who serves as an Extension faculty member and co-county leader for Wasco County, will be on sabbatical leave. Lynette Black, who serves as an Extension 4-H youth development faculty and co-county leader for Wasco County, will take on the full range of county leader duties during Lynn’s five-month leave. Thanks, Lynette, for agreeing to take on additional leadership responsibilities in the weeks ahead. And best wishes to Lynn as during his sabbatic . . . we’ll see you back in your CL role early in 2016!

 

New hybrid Master Gardener training underway in Lane County.

In the last few years OSU Extension Lane County has been offering Master Gardener training in the evening. Called MG@Night, this option is designed for participants who work or otherwise can’t commit to a traditional full day class. New this year is offering the class in the hybrid format utilizing the Canvas LMS. The goal of utilizing this technology is to be flexible in presenting course content as well as to encourage community building during the 22 week course. Students still receive in-person horticulture lessons, but also participate in volunteer skills development and program specific training online. The course is led by Brooke Edmunds (Extension Community Horticulturist for Linn, Benton and Lane County) and program coordinators Jet Eccleston & Linda Renslow. Brooke designed the new format while participating in the 2015 Extension Hybrid Learning Study Group. Offered by the Extension Hybrid Teaching Initiative and taught by Jeff Hino (EESC) and Cub Kahn (Center for Teaching & Learning), this program resulted in a full course outline, a finished module, exposure to new resources and new relationships with colleagues. This study group is highly recommended if you want to explore how to utilize the hybrid design in your programming.

You can see the MG@Night course in action here: https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/939572

OSUEA Awards – Call for Nominations

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for this year’s faculty and staff awards through October 15, 2015. The nomination process is fairly easy and there are numerous categories. Awards will be presented at the O & E Annual Conference to be held in Corvallis in December.

Categories for consideration are:

OSUEA Newer and Experienced Faculty/Professional Faculty (non-support) Achievement Awards
Purpose: To recognize superior and distinguished achievement of OSU Extension Association faculty qualify under one of the two categories below.

  • Newer Faculty Award for faculty with fewer than 7 years of experience
  • Experienced Faculty Award for faculty with 7 years or more of experience

OSUEA Classified Staff Award
Purpose: To recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service by classified and management employees within the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSUEA Educational Program Assistant Recognition
Purpose: To recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service by educational program assistants (EPA) who manage and assist in many program
areas.

OSUEA Professional Faculty (no-rank) Award
Purpose: To recognize and reward outstanding and exceptional service to the organization by professional faculty (no-rank) members within the Oregon State University Extension Service. Professional (no-rank) faculty includes non-classified positions that provide support to program, administrative, or service operational functions of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSUEA TEAM AWARD
Purpose: To recognize outstanding efforts on the part of a team of Extension faculty, staff or both in responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program or effort within the Oregon State University Extension Service.

For more details on application process go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/awards

Deadline for OSUEA Awards is October 15, 2015

 

Dale and Alice Hoecker Extension Innovative Grants – Apply now!

The OSUEA Awards Committee is now accepting applications for the Dale and Alice Hoecker Extension Innovative and Replication Grants program.

Background: The Dale and Alice Hoecker family established the Extension Innovative Grants Program in 2001 to encourage creative Extension programming. Creative and innovative programs are a primary way in which Extension “pushes the envelope” and tests new ideas, programs, and/or approaches. Replication Grants provide opportunities for Extension to launch new ideas, programs or approaches within their respective assignments.

Grant selection will be based on a brief written proposal: (2 page limit)

Purpose: To encourage and support Extension faculty in developing/replicating and delivering programs that address a high priority need of an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches. This grants program is only for new projects or programs (funding existing programs is not allowed). The project may be a replication program or new design but must be “new” for the respective applicant.

Award: Each grant award will be for a maximum of $4,000. The number of grants and/or amount of the grant may vary based on funds available, but it is anticipated that up to 4 grants may be awarded annually. Funds may be used to support program development, marketing, delivery, evaluation, and/or equipment related to the innovative/replication project.

Awards will be announced during O & E Annual Conference held in Corvallis in December 2015.

For more details on application process go to : http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/awards

The Deadline is October 15, 2015.

 

OSU Honors 25 Master Gardeners for dedicated service

The OSU Extension Master Gardeners program honored their most dedicated ambassadors this year.  For a full list of those honored, please visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/release/2015/09/osu-honors-25-master-gardeners-dedicated-service

 

Welcome to the Extension Family!

Leticia Varelas Baker/Union livestock and natural resource faculty

David Melville – Union 4-H SNACZ Coordinator

 

Save the Date: Retirement Reception for Deborah Maddy

You are cordially invited to a retirement reception to celebrate and recognize the work and achievements of Deborah Maddy, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Associate Director of the OSU Extension Service. Deb will retire on October 31, 2015, after 18 years of service.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
3:30 – 5 p.m.
MU 104 Joyce Powell Journey Room
Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Hosted by Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Director of OSU Extension Service.

Also, planning is still in process, but be on the lookout for details of an Extension celebration for Deb that will be held at Extension Annual Conference.

Classes and Trainings

Search Advocate Workshops
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

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: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/osuea-search-excellence

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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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