In this week’s issue:


Changes within Extension Regions

Effective November 23, 2015, Mary Corp has accepted a .5 FTE assignment as Director for the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC). Mary will maintain a .5 FTE as the OSU Regional Administrator for Gilliam, Morrow and Umatilla counties now composing the Columbia Plateau. Congratulations to Mary on her new assignment!

And as you have probably guessed, this new assignment for Mary means some changes for counties within the regions. Sherman County will join Hood River and Wasco counties in the Mid-Columbia Region, with Brian Tuck serving as RA. Wheeler County will join the Warm Springs Reservation and Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties for a revision of the Central Oregon Region under Dana Martin’s leadership. Grant County will become part of the East Region, joining Baker, Union, Wallowa and Malheur counties where Carole Smith serves as RA. Sincere thanks to Brian, Dana and Carole for their flexibility and willingness to expand their regions.

For those who are visual learners, refer to the map that reflects the changes.

I am pleased to share that Claire Sponseller has accepted a 0.2 FTE County Leader assignment for Umatilla County, beginning December 1, 2015. Welcome to the CL team, Claire!

O&E, equity, and inclusion: What’s the Story?

Did you know there is a Diversity Catalyst Team Steering Committee of your peers from across the Division of Outreach & Engagement? Join us for this exciting interactive session. Learn what we’ve been up to, why it’s important to all of us to be intentional about equity and inclusion, and how we each play a critical role in making our workplace welcoming and inclusive. Bring your ideas and your questions. We hope to see you there!

Be sure to attend this session with the Diversity Catalyst Team Steering Committee at the upcoming Extension Conference. This particular session is open to all faculty and staff across the Division.

Time: December 9 from 3:00 to 4:15
Place: CH2MHill Alumni Center
Topic: O&E, equity, and inclusion: What’s the story?
Non-Extension registration link:

New EESC Website

We’re happy to announce the new EESC website. Overall, we hope you’ll find our new site to be simple, clear, direct, and helpful. The site includes:

  • What we do: In this section, learn about the different ways—news stories, publications, apps, multimedia, and more—that we use to help you develop engaging, effective educational resources and tell the stories of how you are making Oregon and the world a better place.
  • Working with us: We help you plan and complete great educational projects. And we help you get the word out about the great work you’re doing. In this section, you’ll find information on how to get started working with us and on the trainings we provide.
  • Project gallery: Want to see examples of how we can work together? This section includes links to projects we have done with faculty using a variety of communication and technology tools to reach audiences across the state and around the world.

On each page, you’ll find a link to submit a project request, so it is easy to start working with us. We also have a place on every page to submit a news tip. We want to hear from you!

-Your EESC colleagues

Upcoming Events

USDA to Host Listening Sessions on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and Digital Scientific Data

Monday, November 23, 2015, 2:00pm EST: Policy impacts related to scholarly papers
Participant Instructions
The conference begins at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on November 23, 2015; you may join 10 minutes prior.
Step 1:
Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer. If you will be connecting via the AT&T Connect Participant Application, we strongly recommend that you install version 11.5 prior to the conference. If you are unable to do so, we recommend you join the conference using the Web Participant Application. If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0387588# or Find an Alternate Number. If you need technical assistance, call the Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00pm EST: Policy impacts related to scientific data
Participant Instructions
Please copy and paste these instructions and provide to participants only.
The conference begins at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on December 04, 2015; you may join 10 minutes prior.
Step 1:
Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer
You will be connected to the conference with the AT&T Connect Web Participant Application – there is no software download or installation required. If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0392090# or Find an Alternate Number If you need technical assistance, call the Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015.

In this week’s issue:


Applications to Journey into Leadership

Employee leadership development program: Don’t forget to apply by November 18 to the Journey Into Leadership program, presented by the Center for Learning & Organizational Development. Journey Into Leadership is designed for personal leadership exploration and not as a leadership program that gives you concrete steps to become a leader. Suited for academic faculty, professional faculty and classified employees in any positional level at OSU. Program is free to employees and departments. For details and to apply, visit: 


Open Forums Associate Provost of Outreach & Engagement/Associate Director of Extension – 11/18 & 11/19

Reminder of the for the Open Forum presentations for two candidates for Associate Provost for University Outreach & Engagement and Associate Director for Extension Service.

For the Q&A portion of the Forums, off-campus sites connecting by video conference may submit questions for candidates by email during the Forum to I’ll be monitoring email and will relay your questions to the candidates. (Reminder that your audio will need to remain muted during the Forums).

November 18, Dr. Linda Alexander, University of Kentucky
9:45-10:45am, Kidder202, and video conference

November 19, , Dr. Lindsey Shirley, Utah State University
9:45-10:45am, Kidder202, and video conference

Upcoming Forums:
December 2, 9:45-10:45am, Kidder202, Dr. Kenneth Martin, Ohio State University Extension
December 3, 9:45-10:45am, Kidder202, Dr. Edward Martin, University of Arizona
December 21, 9:45-10:45am, Kidder202, Dr. William Hubbard, University of Georgia


Congratulations Dana Martin

Dana Martin was honored by ECOP as the western regional winner of the Excellence in Extension Award at the APLU Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.  More information about the recipients can be found here.

In this week’s issue:

Open Forums for Assoc. Provost O&E/Assoc. Director Extension candidates

The five candidates for the Associate Provost for University Outreach & Engagement and Associate Director for Extension Service will interview on campus and their Open Forum presentations are scheduled as follows in Kidder 202. The Forums will be available to most county offices by video conference/polycom as local scheduling allows (please check with your County Leader); an email address will be provided for off-campus viewers to submit questions to the candidate. The Forums will be recorded and links made available (for public access) following the final date in December.

November 18, 9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Linda Alexander, University of Kentucky
November 19,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Lindsey Shirley, Utah State University
December 2,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Kenneth Martin, Ohio State University Extension
December 3,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. Edward Martin, University of Arizona
December 21,  9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. William Hubbard, University of Georgia

Candidate bios and evaluation forms will be sent out prior to the dates.

National ESP Conference Featured Speakers Recorded

The Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Gamma Chapter in Oregon helped the host state (Idaho) with the 2015 national conference. Oregon’s role was to identify, work through logistics and provide any needed support for the three featured speakers at the conference. A huge thank you goes to the members of this committee: Deb Maddy—Associate Director Extension Service, Jim Reeb—Lincoln, Clatsop & Tillamook counties Forestry, and Patricia Dawson—Umatilla County 4-H. In addition, a special thank you goes to Shana Withee, Harney County 4-H/FCH and Scott Reed—Director Extension Service who helped with speaker introductions during the conference.

All three speakers were highly rated by those in attendance. National ESP recorded the presentations so they could be viewed by all Extension faculty and staff across the country. You are invited to enjoy and learn from the presentations on the following website: . After connecting with the website, go to the bottom of the front page and you will find ESP YouTube Videos. The three speakers that Oregon identified for the conference were: Dr. Kay Sagmiller, Oregon State University; Dr. Larry Roper, Oregon State University, and Dr. Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University.

Mike Knutz—President, Oregon ESP & Lillian Larwood— Facilitator, Oregon ESP Featured Speaker Committee

Deb Maddy’s Academic Wage Assignments

Scott and I have identified those tasks and duties that I will focus on during my half-time, short-term academic wage. My strategy is to be more selective about meetings I attend and focus on producing the tangible pieces and making sure that each of you have access as needed. Thanks, deb

  • Serve on the Division’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Help organization prepare for transition; orient interim AP/AD
  • Provide supportive and appreciative supervision for direct reports, including 10 RAs, Marcia and Molly
  • Oversee Regional Operations and serve as liaison between program leadership and Extension admin
  • Serve as lead Executive with the Division’s Diversity Catalyst Team Steering Committee
  • Launch Digital Measures with success (Mary has the lead but I continue to support)
  • Move county operations PROF to EvalS (Doug and Carole have the lead but I continue to support)
  • Approval of all salary offers for new positions approved in the investment package
  • Draft proposal for supporting CETs via a regional approach
  • Draft MOUs for defining relationships between OSU Extension and
    • CAS around federal report
    • Colleges around fund distribution
    • OSUEA around annual conference


In this week’s issue:


Recording Available: ATLAS: A New Age of Extension

The video of the Oct. 23 Penn State Extension presentation “ATLAS: A New Age for Extension” is available at

This link is also posted at under “O&E Leadership Presentations.”


Pamela Rose Update on the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland

The 2015 NAE4-HA Conference is now in the record books! And what a great conference it was! The Oregon 4-H staff did a phenomenal job in putting on this conference. Throughout the week and especially on the last days, participants shared with us comments like: “This has been such a great conference”, “The Oregon 4-H Team has done an amazing job”, and “I had so much fun here in Portland”. They appreciated the high quality information received during the 8 seminar sessions (20 sessions offered each time), 3 super seminars, 2 poster sessions and 1 exhibit hall full of resources. They were inspired to action through our Keynote session on Poverty, our Capnote session on Ocean Conversation, and to give to 2 community service projects – the Children’s Book Bank and Alzheimer’s Research. They loved our evening activities that featured Oregon products and sights such as OMSI, Oregon product Craft and Draft, and our Awards Program. They appreciated the humor provided by Ranger Gandy, the NAE4-HA app where they could share photos and highlights, and the 4-H Hydro flasks which really reminded them of our “Empowered by Green” theme.

There were 4 moments when the conference participants providing a standing ovation: 1) to thank our outgoing President Kim Gressley for her outstanding leadership this past year, 2) in appreciation of the inspiring message provided by Andrew Nantz at our Awards program – Andrew was an Oregon 4-H member who has overcome the obstacle of blindness by “making the choice” to remain positive and keep a sense of humor in life & to set and achieve goals such as winning the overall 4-H Master Showman Award and earning his Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Wine Marketing, 3) in appreciation of the cap note message and work done by Sean Russell in his endeavors and leadership to make a difference for the health of our oceans not only as a young person in 4-H but on into adulthood as he engages young people in these efforts nationwide, and finally 4) to thank the Oregon 4-H Conference Planning team for putting on an amazing conference. These were some of the special highlights of this conference that I will remember for a lifetime. For a complete list of all of conference planning team members and all of the wonderful ways they helped to make this conference a success, please see the attachment.

A special Kudos goes out to our volunteer photographers for helping to capture the memories of this conference: David Cowan and Steven Kershaw. To enjoy some of the moments captured and posted (….so quickly I might add – thank you Andy Hoffman), see the conference photos at:

I want to congratulate all of our award winners at the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference: Jon Gandy, Achievement in Service Award; Roberta Lundeberg, Distinguished Service Award; Mike Knutz, Distinguished Service Award; Janice Cowan, Meritorious Service Award; Doug Hart, 25 Year Award; Janice Cowan, 25 Year Award; and Lynette Black, Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award. Congratulations on your achievements!

I also want to recognize our Oregon 4-H colleagues who are now stepping on to serve in leadership roles on the NAE4-HA Board of Trustees: Jamie Davis, Regional Director for the Western Region and Mary Arnold, Chair for Research and Evaluation Committee. Thank you both for sharing your leadership in these very important roles for the association membership!


Condolences: Ashley Aguilar, Warm Springs

Extension extends heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Ashley Aguilar, former secretary at the Warm Springs office, who tragically passed away on Friday ,October 24.



In this week’s issue:


Register for Extension Conference by November 13th!

You are invited to the 2015 Extension Conference
December 7-10, 2015
Information on the conference and keynote speaker, Mark Platten, can all be found on Extension’s Conferences & Events page.

The cost of this year’s conference is only $30, which includes attendance at all sessions and tours, daily coffee breaks, 4 lunches and one breakfast. There are additional charges for the All-Extension BBQ, hosted by OSEUA and ESP ($26) the OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension Banquet ($39), the Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night ($5 to eat and $7 to bowl), and the OSUEA Awards Breakfast ($13).

Please make an effort to attend the 2015 Extension Annual Conference, and the many special events that bring us together to network, learn and celebrate the successes and support of our colleagues and friends. We’ve made a sincere effort to include sessions that are of interest to a broad cross-section of Extension faculty and staff. We hope you can find the time to come together and join us!

How to Register

Registration is open now through November 13, 2015. Registration is through Ideal Logic, hosted by the PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) office. This is the same registration system we used for the 2014 conference, but if you do not already have an Ideal Logic account, you will need to answer a few questions to set one up. We suggest using Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox as your web browser for the registration system. Other internet browsers can be used but they may slow down the registration process. You can see what sessions are available before logging into Ideal Logic here. More in depth descriptions will be displayed in the Ideal Logic registration system.

The registration system will allow you to choose all four days of the conference or select certain dates that you want to attend. Once you select a session the box will turn green to note the selection. If it does not turn green, then the session has not been processed. Please make sure the box is green before you continue on your registration.

Please Note: Before you submit your registration, please make sure to review the sessions on the “Review” tab to make sure the sessions that you wish to attend have been selected.

Once you have submitted your registration and payment option, a registration confirmation will be emailed to you.

After you have submitted your registration, if you would like to make any adjustments to your registration such as switching sessions or changing your food options after your initial registration, please email Pam Hoene ( or Kim Tarrant ( directly.

A few things to remember:

  • Make lodging reservation and be sure to mention you need the OSU or government rate.
  • Extension Admin will cover round trip mileage for one vehicle per county for the event (not per day).
  • Please wear your orange Extension name badge. Order name badges through your office manager if needed.

Information on parking
As some of you may be aware, OSU has moved to a zonal parking system. Information on the zonal parking and how to purchase permits (can be done ahead of time online!) can be found here and general information about parking can be found here.


Internships with the OSU Extension Service – Summary

Roger Rennekamp shared a summary of the number of students from around the world who held internships for which an Extension faculty member from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences served as the preceptor. In all, Extension faculty from PHHS (4-H and FCH) hosted 78 students during the last academic year. Here is a breakdown of students by institution they attend.

31 Oregon State University
25 Oregon Health and Science University/Oregon Institute of Technology
3 Portland State University
2 Eastern Oregon University
2 Pacific University
2 Western Washington University
2 High School
1 Klamath Community College
1 Hillsdale University
1 Marywood College
1 East Stroudsburg University
1 Eastern Michigan University
1 Abilene Christian University
1 Linfield College
1 Bastyr University
1 University of Moscow
1 University Episcopal Haiti

A breakdown by major is as follows.

24 Nursing
19 Public Health/Community Health
19 Nutrition/Dietetics
2 Human Development and Family Sciences
2 Biology
1 Chemical Engineering
1 Culinary Arts
1 Education
1 Psychology
1 Agronomy
1 Environmental Sciences
1 Agricultural Marketing
5 N/A


Portland hosts 1150 4-H professionals

Kudos to the Oregon 4-H staff who are about to embark on hosting the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland this weekend! Many of our staff have worked countless hours to make this event a very special, educational, and memorable experience for the 1150 conference attendees. I would also like to thank and recognize the Regional Administrators, work colleagues, support staff, significant others, and families who have given of their time, support and patience so our 4-H staff could meet their obligations for this event. Kudos and thank you to all of you! I am extremely proud of all of our staff and we haven’t even started our event!

A special Kudos goes to Virginia Bourdeau who has been critical to the operations of this event! Her attention to detail and experience in understanding the needs of the NAE4-HA association and membership has been key to our success. Thank you, Virginia!

-Pamela Rose


Reminder: 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 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.


Happy Halloween – Could Extension Employees Survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

It’s that time of year for ghouls, goblins, monsters and ZOMBIES! If you’re a fan of zombie shows and movies you’ll know how difficult it is for characters to not only survive hordes of flesh-eating undead, but also surviving living without modern amenities.

However, if you think about all of the programs that OSU Extension offers Oregonians, there is a wealth of information to help anyone survive…as long as a zombie doesn’t snack on their brains.

What valuable Extension skill should we all know to strengthen the odds of surviving? What classes do you provide in your region that would aid in basic survival skills? What Extension Catalog item should we own to reference when we can no longer google what we need to know?

Please leave a comment about how your program can help us humans survive the zombie apocalypse.  Also, what would be your zombie brain-bashing weapon of choice? Bonus points if it’s program related.

(Entertainment purposes only. Extension does not condone violence.)


Deadline Reminders

In this week’s issue:


Reminder: ATLAS: A New Age for Extension

A reminder of this Friday’s special presentation by Penn State Extension.

ATLAS: A New Age for Extension, Oct. 23, 2015, 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestream with live chat

Refreshments available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Live/streaming presentation: 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Discussion: 9:45-10:15

The presentation will be recorded, and the link shared.

About ATLAS:
Extension’s future success will be determined by the quality and relevance of our educational products and services, in all their forms. With this in mind, Penn State Extension—in close partnership with their Agricultural Communications unit—is launching a comprehensive strategy (called ATLAS) to modernize and redefine how Extension operates in an incredibly competitive, new age of communications and education.

Please join us on Oct. 23 to learn more about the vision, goals, and strategy for the ATLAS project, as well as challenges and lessons learned.


Top Honors in Extension Excellence

The Excellence in Extension Award is a national award given annually to one Cooperative Extension professional in recognition of their visionary leadership, excellence in programming, and positive impact on their community. In addition to the national recognition, one Extension educator from each of the five Cooperative Extension regions (northeast, north central, south, west, and 1890 universities), will be recognized for excellence at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 15-17, 2015.

The 2015 Western Region Excellence in Extension recipient is our own Dana Martin, OSU Regional Administrator! Congratulations, Dana!!


OSUEA Search for Excellence and Western Extension Directors Award of Excellence DEADLINE EXTENDED

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.

Details regarding each are listed below. The deadline OSUEA Search for Excellence and WEDA is October 23, 2015. For WEDA, the applicants will be considered for the 2016 nomination.

For details, see:

Submit applications to Weston Miller at the contact information below:


Deadline Reminders

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.

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 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