In this Week’s Issue:


OSU Open Campus and NEDA Innovative Showcase

OSU Open Campus was selected to be part of an Innovation Showcase at the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Meeting at the Embassy Suites-Downtown in St. Louis on October 13. The nine innovative ideas to be showcased were selected from a field of 151 entries and is an ECOP project to develop a Cooperative Extension Innovation Inventory. That inventory is the basis for the 2015 NEDA meeting and is designed to show how Cooperative Extension is positioned for excellence in its second 100 years. Jeff Sherman will be presenting at the NEDA meeting.


OSU Extension in the Spotlight at ESP National Conference

OSU Extension faculty members had a major educational role in last week’s ESP National Conference, “Unlocking the Treasures of Your Future” in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Twenty posters presentations were selected through a blind review process and OSU earned four of those slots. In addition, all four of OSU’s posters were selected for the Top Ten Posters Award, with each faculty member receiving a $100 stipend toward their conference expenses. Congratulations to Susan Busler (Creating Extension Tax Districts – A New Era for Extension), Glenda Hyde (High Speed Hand Washing Helps Build Healthy Habits), Judi Peters (Get Them Doing Science!), and Joy Jones (Garden to Grub – 4-H Embraces the Local Food Movement).

OSU Extension faculty also were selected through a blind review selection process for one of the conference’s 24 seminar presentations. Congratulations to Shana Withee and Susan Busler (The 100 Best Travel Tips), Mike Knutz and Barbara Brody (Improving Your Team Performance with Emotional Intelligence), and Patricia Dawson (Attitudes for Success – Hispanic Outreach Program).

OSU also provided two of the conference’s featured speakers, including Dr. Kay Sagmiller, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning (Being the Best Educator Possible) and Dr. Larry Roper, Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society (Leadership and You . . . A Priceless Combination).

It was good to be a Beaver in Coeur d’Alene!!


Center for Teaching and Learning 2015 Fall Transformative Learning Symposium

Join your colleagues at CTLs Transformative Learning Symposium on Wed., Oct. 21. Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 am in the MU Horizon Room 49. Sessions throughout the day will cover a broad variety of topics, including transforming cooperative and learning environments, student study skills, innovative course design, work life balance and CANVAS. Learn more and register at


 PACE Accepting Enrollment Forms for online enrollment system

A reminder to all County Extension Offices that we are currently accepting your Enrollment Form for your workshops or events that you would like to test through OSU Professional and Continuing Education’s (PACE) online enrollment system. Each county can submit one event or workshop for this first testing period.

Please note: This new resource will not immediately replace all existing enrollment or event registration processes. Instead, we will work with each county to pilot online registration services for one event or conference taking place January 1 – June 30, 2016. Also note that the RA must approve this event or conference prior to submission, and you will simply note that with a “Yes” on that line on the Enrollment form.

The deadline for submitting the enrollment form to PACE is October 31. This will ensure we have enough time to get your event set up in plenty of time for your community members to register.

This new option for Extension is designed to make registration increasingly accessible for participants, as well as simpler to manage for you and your colleagues across the state. By working with each county on one event during the pilot period, we will help ensure online event registration works well for your office and your participants. Our team looks forward to supporting you every step of the way. We also look forward to working to provide this service to Extension counties more frequently once we complete the pilot process in mid-2016.

Please note that the online registration system is an additional option for you to provide your community members and is not required for you to pursue for your workshops and or conferences.

If your event requires payment from attendees… Please include the OSU account detail code on our setup request form. Detail codes are designed to ensure revenue is accounted for correctly. If new detail codes may be needed or if you are uncertain about which code to use, please contact Tiffany Gillis of the University Administrative Business Center (UABC) at

Please click the following link for the Enrollment form.
We will then follow up with you within five to seven business days to confirm the information with you and start working on it. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Dredge at PACE: 541-737-4197.


Deadline Reminders

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:

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:


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

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.

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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 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


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:

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, but specific questions can be emailed to


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:

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

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.

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:

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 :

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


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:

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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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