In this week’s issue:

Invitation to Retirement Reception for Dr. Lyla Houglum, Jan. 9, 3:30 pm CANCELLED

Lyla Houglum’s Retirement Reception that was originally scheduled for Monday, January 9 was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The event will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of our honoree.  Please check back for more information.

2016 EAC survey

On behalf of OSUEA, we would like to invite you to participate in the 2016 Extension Annual Conference Survey. We appreciate your responses, in order to gain feedback and make 2017’s conference as efficient and beneficial as possible! The link can be found here: Please respond by January 23rd, 2017.

Welcome Chris Branam, EESC Public Issues Communication Specialist

The Extension and Experiment Station Communications unit welcomes Chris Branam, the new public issues communication specialist. Chris’s primary responsibility will be developing news releases, feature articles, impact stories, and other content about agricultural and natural resources research findings and program accomplishments. His office is located in the Kerr Admin. Building, room 416.

Please help us welcome Chris!

Center for Teaching and Learning: Resources and Services available

The Center of Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University has resources and services available to faculty based on current research and best practices to advance teaching excellence.

To learn more about how CTL can help you elevate your teaching, please visit their site:

Journal of Extension, December 2016 Issue

From Marc Braverman:

This month I’m delighted to report that we can spy a few OSUES media stars among the authors. First, Jeff Hino is an author (with a colleague from Utah State) on a Commentary article about the Internet of Things. Second, an all-star team led by Mary Arnold has authored a Research in Brief article about the pathbreaking YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health teens-as-teachers program. Co-authors on the article include Jeff Flesch (graduate student in Human Development & Family Sciences), Carolyn Ashton (Benton County), Lynette Black (Wasco County), Barbara Brody (Malheur County), Maureen Hosty (Metro area), and Shanna Northway (Grant County). Congrats and kudos to all!

As an added note, those of you who may have manuscripts in various stages of the JOE review process, or who are planning to submit, may be interested to read the lead-off commentary from the co-chairs from the JOE Editorial Committee (Message from the Journal of Extension Editorial Committee), which provides some background on the progress of the editorial changes at the journal and describes the new JOE manuscript submission checklist.

The articles can be accessed through the links below, or directly on the JOE website at

The Internet of Things and Big Data: A Litmus Test for Extension?
Hill, Paul; Hino, Jeff

YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health: Impact of a 4-H Teens-as-Teachers Program
Arnold, Mary E.; Flesch, Jeffrey M.; Ashton, Carolyn; Black, Lynette; Brody, Barbara; Hosty, Maureen; Northway, Shanna

Extension in the News

Class teaches families about cooking and nutrition
Eastern Oregonian
December 16, 2016
Featuring Angela Treadwell, Umatilla County

The Key To Low-Income Family Nutrition (Video)
Progressive Grocer
December 19, 2016
Featuring Lauren Tobey and Food Hero

Top 2016 Oregon gardening stories from OSU Extension
The Oregonian
December 30, 2016
Written by Kym Pokorny, EESC

Researchers track cows to determine riparian area impact
Capital Press
January 4, 2017
Featuring John Williams, Wallowa County


In this week’s issue:

 ECTU has Moved

From ECTU:

The Extension Computing Technology Unit (ECTU – Lisa Gillis, Wayne Jardine and Victor Villegas) has moved from Ballard Hall to room #120 in the basement of the Milne Computing Center.

The reason for this move is to help improve our service to customers. With our reduced crew, it has been a challenge to maintain an adequate level of service, especially for our walk-in clients. Starting December 15, you will be able to drop-off/pick-up your computer equipment at the IS Service Desk in Milne. This will help insure there will be someone to assist you with your drop-off/pick-up needs. The Service Desk’s expanded hours (including weekends) increases the hours of availability and should make it easier to accommodate your schedule.

The IS Service Desk hours are:
Mon.-Fri.: 8am – 7pm
Sat.-Sun.: 3pm-7pm

The Service Desk is located at Milne Computing Center #201.

Information Services has two permit parking spots on the east side of Milne, between Milne and Benton Hall (the music building) that can be used for quick drop-off and pick-ups. There are also meter spots nearby. Please park and run in to borrow the hang tag. You can find current parking map here:

Rest assured you will still have access to ECTU and we encourage you to drop by and visit us in our new location anytime.

If you have any questions, please contact Victor Villegas at 541-737-8255, or

Digital Measures Update

From Linda Brewer:

THANKS to all of you who have begun to work on your year-end reporting. It reduces the rush across my inbox.  Two items:

  1. I notice that as of today we have a new face on the login – and not just for DM. A welcome reminder of warmer times . . .
  2. So that the P&T CV report will ultimately work well for you:

a. Find the “Permanent Data” in the “General Information” section in DM
b. Update your record to indicate your hiring date (year alone is sufficient for this purpose) and Starting Rank
c. Update your advancements through the ranks as appropriate.

P&T report not yet perfectly perfect, but improving.
Find training videos here:
Send in your questions over the weekend. While not glued to the computer, I’ll keep an eye out for Digital Measures support requests.

Extension in the News

How to Read a Forage Test
December 16, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe

No ConnEXTions until January 9

Due to holidays being observed on the next two holidays, there will be no ConnEXTions hitting your mailbox until Monday, January 9th. Campus will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday January 2nd. Please feel free to submit articles to up until Friday, January 6th. Just keep in mind that if your information is time sensitive, it will not be published in ConnEXTions until January 9th.

Thank you, and have a lovely holiday break.

In this week’s issue:

Registration System

All Extension Service on-line event and program registrations should be processed through the Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) registration system, Idea-Logic.

Please contact, 541-737-5759, in PACE to establish your upcoming events and to migrate any current ones.

Extension Template (provided by PACE) for general information needed to begin the registration setup for your program or event. PACE will contact you once the form is submitted.

Marketing Promotional Items

Due to the university being in the midst of rebranding, Extension Admin has decided to not reorder many of our popular promotional items until the new visual branding guidelines have been released. Currently our inventory is low on a few items, but we will reorder as soon as a current logo has been approved for use.

We do not have a launch date for the new branding, but will keep everyone updated as information comes available. We are hopeful to be fully stocked by the time orders need to be filled for our busy seasons.

If you have any further questions, please contact

Extension in the News

Using Google Earth Pro to Monitor Rangeland (Audio)
December 6, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe

Douglas County student’s artwork is the first to win annual state calendar contest
The News Review
December 9, 2016
Featuring Mandy Hatfield and SNAP-Ed

The early jump: Middle school students experience the fun side of science
The Argus Observer
December 9, 2016
Malheur County Extension Office

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations to Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer and her husband, Brian, welcomed Nathan Jay at 4:34pm on Monday, November 21st (on Daddy’s birthday)! He was 8 pounds, 10 oz, and 23 inches long.

4-H and FCH Spring Conference Request For Proposals: DUE 12/16/16

The 2017 4-H and FCH Spring Conference planning is underway, and it is now time to submit proposals for the peer reviewed sessions. Further information:

All submissions MUST include the Proposal Application Document, and a SEPARATE document containing your proposal and WITHOUT presenter identifying information. The proposal document should have no instructor information, and be saved as the name of the presentation.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Submissions Due by 12/16/16

All presenters will be notified of acceptance or decline by 1/13/16

November 18th Quarterly Conversations Recording

The November 18 Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation is now available to view online. The conversation featured an update from Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley (Lindsey shared the results of the What is Extension exercise from the Extension conference), new OSU brand discussion from Steve Clark and Melody Oldfield, and suggestions on how Precollege Programs and Extension can work together by Kyle Cole.

Strategic Plan Spanish Translations

Spanish translations are now available online for the Outreach and Engagement Strategic Plan Overview and Flyer.

Website Contacts Identified, Thanks! (OSU Extension Web Upgrade Update)

The project team continues to make good progress on several Phase 1 milestones in the OSU Extension web upgrade project.

Identify/confirm contacts
Site managers and decision makers have been identified for each site. We appreciate your help!

Features & functions
In our last post, you learned we identified and prioritized features for development during Phase 1. We have started development on selected features, starting with the people/locations directory.

Content strategy
On the “Learn with us” page on the project blog, we’ve added additional resources we’ve found useful in exploring, understanding, and applying content strategy. We invite you to learn alongside the project team. Check these out, and let us know your thoughts!

What’s next

  • Continue to develop Phase 1 features.
  • Continue to identify initial user-friendly tags/categories.
  • Continue to audit and prioritize content for main OSU Extension site, Phase 1.

Learn more
Visit the OSU Extension web upgrade project blog for more project details. Please contact the project team with any questions. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair blossoms at EOTEC
Capital Press
December 1, 21016

State scores coup with 2017 International Master Gardener Conference
The News-Review
December 2, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What are you Thankful for?  Share your gratitude in the comments below.

In this week’s issue:


Award Winners at the Extension Annual Conference

There was much to celebrate at the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. Below you will find the list of award winners from the OSUEA Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognition, OSUEA Cooperator Dinner and the new Marketing Superstar recognition.

OSUEA Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognition

Hoecker Newer Faculty
Jennifer Oppenlander
Stuart Reitz

Hoecker Experienced Faculty
Nicole Strong
John Williams
Steve Castagnoli
Larry Lutcher
Chip Bubl

Education Program Assistant
Miki’ala Souza
Rachel Suits

Classified Staff
Angela Robb
Linda Renslow

Oscar Hagg Extension Communication
David Melville

Hoecker Innovation Grant
Nicole Sanchez
Lauren Grant
Lynette Black and Virginia Bourdeau
Karissa Dishon

Search for Excellence Awards
Get Outdoors Day

Ask an Expert Awards

Faculty Exceptional Performer
Amy Jo Detweiler

Volunteer Exceptional Performer
Chris Rusch

Question of the Year
Glenn Ahrens

ESP Faculty and Staff Awards

Distinguished Team
Youth Advocates for Health – Teens as Teachers

Diversity Multicultural Team
Healthy Kids Club

Diversity Multicultural Individual
Louisa Santamaria

International Service
Shana Withee

Early Career Service
Patty Skinkis

Mid Career Service
Lynette black

Distinguished Service
Shana Withee

Continuing Service Award
Lyla Houglum

Visionary Leadership
Jeff Sherman

Administrative Leadership
Barbara Brody

OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame & Friends of Extension Awards

4-H Hall of Fame
Arlene Boileau, Warm Springs, Jefferson County
Barbara Griffin-Webb, Polk County
Beverly Hobbs, Statewide
Edythe ‘Edie’ Necochea, Harney County
Lillian Larwood, Statewide

OSUEA Cooperators
Less than 10 years
Wade Bryant & John M. Lane, 4-H Statewide
Marie Clement, Marion County
Ron Hillers, Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center
John Kailey, Deschutes County
Jim Liskey, Marion County
Karen & Joe Rinehart, Wallowa County
Darrel Ward, Polk County

OSUEA Cooperators
More than 10 years
Carla & Gary Albright, Tillamook County
Jim Bays, North Willamette Research & Extension Center
Mike Darcy, Clackamas County
Merv & Sally Flemming, Deschutes County
Chuck Packard, Multnomah County
Terri Siddoway, Baker County
TRICO Farms—Roben, Dwight, Alfred & Bonnie Arnoldus,
Union County
Norma Thiele Talburt, Douglas County
Cynthia Weber—Fair Food Booth Manager, Clatsop County

OSUEA Cooperators
Business or Organization
Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitter, 4-H Statewide
Coastal Farm & Ranch, Lane County
Community of Christ Church, Lane County
Crook County Agricultural Extension Service District Advisory Board, Crook County
Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Forestry Statewide
Pacific Foods, Multnomah County
Umatilla County Fair Sale Committee, Umatilla County
Wilde Rivers Coast Alliance, Curry County

ESP Friends of Extension
Jan Lohman
Forster Family

Regional Marketing Superstars

Carol Tollefson, Central Oregon
Weston Miller, Clackamas
Jared Delay, Coastal
Claire Sponseller, Columbia Plateau
Angela Robb, East
Vicki Campbell, Metro
Susan Coleman, Mid Columbia
Caren Hottman, South Central
South West, Rhinna Simes
Mary Stewart, West Central

Congratulations to all who were honored.

Extension Annual Conference: Mileage Support

Extension Administration will cover one round trip mileage for one (1) vehicle per county for the event (not per day). Please coordinate use of this with your local office manager/coordinator. Index and activity code to use is FS256D/T841.

Save the Date

Thank you to all who attended the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. We hope that it was an rewarding experience.

Please save December 4-7, 2017 on your calendars as that will be the date for next year’s Extension Annual Conference.

New Executive Director for the Oregon 4-H Foundation

From Pamela Rose and Scott Reed:
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Paul Carey is our new Executive Director for the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development for the Oregon 4-H Youth Development program. Mr. Carey will start in this position on December 1st.

Paul brings a wealth of experience in higher education fundraising and a strong passion for youth development programs. Over the course of his career, he has served in advanced leadership and fundraising positions, including Associate Vice President for Development roles at California State University, Fullerton, Whittier College, and with the Portland State University Foundation. Just prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Paul served as the President of a private high school in southern California where he enjoyed working directly with youth. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and an MBA from Chapman University in Orange, CA. Paul and his wife have three grown children.

In addition to Paul’s primary work location in the OSU Foundation’s Portland office, he will spend dedicated time in Corvallis, and within our Oregon counties.

We know you will join us in welcoming Paul to Oregon and to the great work happening across the state in Oregon 4-H. We know he will be a dedicated partner and colleague in our efforts to advance this extraordinary youth development program.

Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Job Posting

Outreach & Engagement Assistant Director – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Oregon State University Division of University Outreach & Engagement is recruiting for a full-time, fixed-term, Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit Apply to posting #P00867UF. Closing date: 12/11/16. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.


Extension Professional Development Fund

The Extension Professional Development Fund helps to support the Extension Faculty and Staff learn skills that will strengthen their work and the organization as a whole. If you have not had the chance to take advantage of the funding for your own professional development opportunities, please look over the guidelines to become acquainted with this resource.

Professional Development Fund

If you would like to make a tax deductible donate to keep this fund strong and growing, please consider donating through the OSU Foundation. You can even do so through payroll deduction. The Payroll Deduction Form is available if you are interested in having a easy way to donate to the fund.


In this week’s issue:

Countdown to 2016 Extension Annual Conference: BEGINS TODAY!

2016 Extension Annual Conference November 14-17

The 2016 Extension Annual Conference begins today at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Main Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis. Extension Administration will be minimally staffed this week due to assisting with the logistics of the Conference.

Follow OSU Outreach and Engagement on Social Media for up to date reports from the 2016 Extension Annual Conference.

Facebook: @OregonStOandE
Twitter: @OregonStOandE

Tag us in your posts and photos with the conference tag: #ExAC16

If you’re not able to join us, check the Facebook page for live video feeds of action at the conference.

O&E Quarterly Conversation, November 18th

OSU’s branding initiative and its impact on University Outreach and Engagement and collaboration opportunities with Precollege programs are the major topics of conversation at the November 18 Quarterly Conversation.

Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations and Marketing will give us a look at the brand positioning work being done for OSU, and which will be rolled out beginning in first quarter 2017. Outreach and Engagement will be leveraging that work in 2017.

Kyle Cole, director of Precollege Programs and member of the O&E Council, will talk about the program’s outreach and engagement efforts and opportunities to work together.

Join us in Kidder 202, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., or join via livestream and ask your questions online. Coffee/tea available in Kidder 202.

EESC Express

EESC Express Logo

EESC Express rolls into the station Thursday with 30 minutes of ideas for communication, teaching and working differently. This week learn how to best use Ask an Expert; how to size photos (and about pixels); and a bonus tip on creating project proposals.

Join us on Webex on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Webex meeting number: 923 363 138

Questions? Contact Jeff Hino

Brought to you every 3rd Thursday at 10 a.m. by Extension and Experiment Station Communications

View previous episodes.

CORRECTION – Defrees Family

In the last issue of ConnEXTions the Defrees family was cited incorrectly.

The Defrees family who won the award live in Sumpter, Oregon. Their daughter’s name is Dallas.

Outreach and Engagement 1st Monday Update – November 2016

If you missed the November 1st Monday Update, it can be viewed here.

Thank you to Maggie Livesay and Brad Withrow-Robinson for hosting Scott. He is hopeful to be able to visit more offices in the future.  If you’re interesting in hosting a 1st Monday Update, contact Jill Wells in Extension Administration.

Also, take some time to read the blog posts featured in this month’s update:

In this week’s issue:

Countdown to 2016 Extension Annual Conference: 1 week!

Horizon Report on Extension Available for All Extension Professionals

From eXtension:

The eXtension Foundation announced today the public release of the NMC Technology Outlook for Cooperative Extension 2016-2021. This report, also referred to as the Horizon Report, will join the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) family of Horizon Reports on learning-focused organizations and sectors that examine trends and challenges expected to impact their immediate future.

Developed by a panel of 56 Extension peer experts, this report identifies nine key trends, nine significant challenges, and twelve important developments in educational technology that will emerge to demand Cooperative Extension’s attention across three adoption horizons in the next one to five years. The report’s well-researched evidence of these forces presents Extension directors and administrators; land-grant university leaders and faculty; federal, state, and local government; and both public and private funding organizations with guidance for strategic technology planning.

The report was created by eXtension in partnership with the NMC and the ECOP Innovation Task Force. Said Keith L. Smith, chair of the Innovation Task Force in announcing report’s completion and release, “This first-ever Horizon Report on Cooperative Extension helps unify our understanding of the technologies, topics and trends predicted to affect Extension’s national mission and the local communities our professionals serve in the immediate future. With this knowledge, we can work together to focus our efforts and resources on creating innovations in programming that will deliver the greatest impact in meeting future community needs.”

In the months ahead, eXtension will be presenting a series of learning events on the Horizon Report led by Jerry Thomas, Director of eXtension’s Innovation Lab. These events will focus on discussing the findings and receiving Extension professionals’ insights on their professional development needs for responding to the recommended adoption horizons. Says Christine Geith, CEO of the eXtension Foundation, “The Horizon Report and learning event series will inform eXtension’s planning. We must prepare the Extension workforce with the professional development and competencies it needs to translate these foresights into action and impact in local communities.”

Additional information:

Learning event series:

Not your father’s Extension! The transformation of an organizational model

From ACE and eXtension

Wednesday, November 9 at 3:00 pm EST


Part 2 of a two-part series on program support projects happening in Virginia and Pennsylvania. If interested, also plan to participate in Part 1 on November 2nd, Extension21 – Support Modernization for Virginia Cooperative Extension. Audience: Extension directors, administrators, communication professionals, program teams and anyone else interested.

IBM is the corporate poster child of both success and failure. Once at the pinnacle of achievement for American corporations, in less than 10 years was days away from bankruptcy. Resting on its laurels, they became a dinosaur. In today’s world, it doesn’t take 10 years. With the reality of change or die, Penn State Extension is changing – moving full speed ahead – changing what we do and how we do it, with our sights fully focused on our customers.

We are strategically implementing new operational technologies and strategies that allow us to interact with our customers in ways never before possible. We are developing a new product line focused on customer usability and priorities. We are dramatically expanding our reach and relevance. It has been a long, challenging and winding road. In this webinar we will give a sneak peek at the new Penn State Extension and an overview of the strategy, the structure, and the status, as well as lessons learned along the way.

Our presenters are Mary F. Wirth, ACE Learning Community director, and Jon Emigh.

Mary Wirth currently serves as the director of College Relations and Communications for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. The office is a component of the dean’s office that manages the college’s relationships and strategic communications with external audiences – with a focus on alumni, industry and legislators as well as future students − and covers all three mission areas of the college including education, research and extension.

Jon Emigh is Associate Director of Business Operations for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Recording will be posted here when available:

Call for Proposals for new i-Three Issue Corp

The eXtension Foundation is launching the first Issue Corps of 2017 with a call for proposals for projects on improving Diversity and Inclusion within Cooperative Extension, its partners, and the public. Proposals are due December 5, 2016.

The Issue Corps experience combines virtual and face-to-face events to assist corps members in developing projects that can have a visible, measurable impact at the local level. Emphasis is on developing innovative projects, programming, applications of technology and professional skills, enabling members to design and implement new approaches they might not have the opportunity pursue otherwise.

Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps and find answers to these questions and more.

  • What is an eXtension Issue Corps?
  • What does an Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps project look like?
  • How does the Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps work?
  • What is required to apply?
  • What are the proposal guidelines?

Additionally, the eXtension Issue Corps leadership team will present a special webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 2:00 p.m. ET to answer questions and provide more information on the Diversity & Inclusion Corps and this call for proposals. For details on this event and to add it to your calendar, visit

National Tree Farmer Award goes to Eastern Oregon family

The Defrees family has been awarded the 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award by the American Tree Farm System. The family will be honored in December at a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. while celebrating the 75th anniversary of the program.

Congratulations to the Defrees family for a well deserved honor.

Capital PressOregon family wins national tree farmer award.

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversations

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

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

Extension in the News

Seminar teaches how to build a cabin in the woods
The News Review
October 30, 2016
Featuring Steve Bowers and  Francisca Belart

Healthy recipes and effective social marketing campaign improve eating habits
Eureka Alert!
November 3, 2016
Featuring Lauren Tobey, Food Hero


In this week’s issue:

Countdown to 2016 Extension Annual Conference: 2 weeks!

UABC EmpCenter Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarterly Conversation

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

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

A Wealth Creation Approach to Economic Develompent

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

A link to the article can be found here.

Extension in the News

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

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

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

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

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Upgrade update

Visit the Extension Web Upgrade blog for the latest updates on the progress on this project.

County, Region and Extension Program Marketing Materials

The first county Extension marketing “pull sheet” was developed and finalized in September by University Outreach and Engagement/Coast Region’s PROMISE intern. The objective of the “pull sheet” format is to visually tell the story of the work of Extension in the county, providing at-a-glance information about the programing offered and communicating the value of the work of Extension in the community. The marketing pieces can be shared with stakeholders, influencers and county residents to increase awareness of Extension’s impact in the community.

Two county “pull sheets” have been finalized: for Clatsop and Washington counties (see the links to the county pieces). Two more are in the works for Umatilla and Morrow counties.

The design was created by University Relations and Marketing (URM) with the idea that the format stays the same, but is modified to reflect each county. What changes is the photo image, information about why the county is unique, quote by and photo of the county leader, and the icons and brief text related to county programming.

The marketing pieces are easy to update and to print locally; no need to stash inventory that may become outdated.

Would you like to develop a “pull sheet” for your county? Ann Marie Murphy (541-737-1327, and Jill Wells will work with you to develop your county’s marketing piece. Plans are in the works to develop region “pull sheets” for the coast and urban Extension in the Portland area. And work has begun on conceptualizing program “pull sheets” starting with OSU Open Campus. We’ll be reaching out to other regions and programs in the coming months.

OSU Extension Service: Helping Communities Envision and Create a Better Future

The League of Oregon Cities featured an article highlighting OSU Extension Services in the October 2016 issue of Local Focus. Information in the article pointed to the importance of the partnerships that OSU Extension builds in order to tackle Oregon’s wicked problems and how through engaged scholarship, Extension is bringing resources to the communities. Please read the full article here.

Extension in the News

Seed to Supper improves, expands
The Newberg Graphic
October 19, 2016
Featuring Heather Stoven, Yamhill County Extension

Owyhee Reservoir irrigators finally get full allotment
Capital Press
OCtober 20, 2026
Featuring Bill Buhrig and Stuart Retitz

In this week’s issue:

NAE4HA Conference Awards and Recognition

The following Oregon Extension Professionals were recognized last week at the NAE4HA Conference in New Orleans, LA.

25 years of service: Susie Busler, Polk Co.
Meritorious Service Award: Mary Arnold, campus
Distinguished Service Award: Laurie Michaels, Douglas Co.
Distinguished Service Award: Melanie McCabe, Marion Co.
Achievement in Service Award: Trisha White, Clackamas Co.
Achievement in Service Award: Teresa Middleton, Douglas Co.

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Oregon Tilth Partners with Oregon State University to Launch Organic Extension Program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s organic farmers will benefit from new research, education and outreach thanks to a new Oregon State University (OSU) Organic Extension program dedicated to building and sustaining organic agriculture—Oregon’s fastest-growing farm sector. Oregon Tilth, a Corvallis-based nonprofit organic certifier and advocate for sustainable agriculture, has pledged $100,000 in matching funds over four years to support the program. Oregon Tilth has provided $150,000 to OSU’s Small Farms Program since 2009.

OSU’s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems will use the money to develop research and educational programs and help pay the salary of Nick Andrews, now OSU’s first Organic Extension Agent.

“We are excited to support the launch of OSU’s Organic Extension Program with this important first step,” said Chris Schreiner, Oregon Tilth’s executive director. “It recognizes organic as an important sector of Oregon agriculture that OSU will be better able to serve through a dedicated program.”

Garry Stephenson, director of the OSU Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, said, “This is significant, yet we don’t plan to stop here. We envision an Organic Extension Program with four or more positions around Oregon, focused on different crop and livestock systems as well as local food system development.”

Nick Andrews, OSU’s Organic Extension Agent, said, “Not only does this new funding allow faculty like me to specialize, but we can aggregate and grow OSU’s work on organics – the most rapidly growing sector of agriculture – for bigger and broader benefit.” Organic research and Extension projects will initially focus on annual crops, but the scope of the program will increase to include perennial crops, livestock systems, local food systems and other topics as more Organic Extension agents come on board.

Oregon ranks sixth among U.S. states in the certified organic acreage, and fourth in farmgate sales, according to 2015 data from USDA. “We’re fortunate in Oregon to have favorable growing conditions for organic production,” said Stephenson. “And Oregonians are tremendously interested in local, sustainable food.”


Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Our mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable requires us to find practical ways to tackle big challenges. We advance this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, policy and the marketplace.

The OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Systems was established in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences in 2013, building on two decades of the successful Extension Small Farms Program. The Center uses education, research, and collaboration to advance sustainable agriculture, community food systems, and economic progress for Oregon’s small farmers and ranchers.


Great Shake Out Drill

Join other OSU faculty, staff, and students in the Great Oregon Shake Out!

On October 20 at 10:20 am, join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake.

Participation is voluntary but encouraged. In previous years, several campus classes and organizations have:

  • Made participation a small group class project, to include a 5 minute research presentation
  • Made a class project to have students, wherever they are, encourage those around them to Drop, Cover, Hold-On (proof provided by videotaping the activity)
  • Prepared informational materials and distribute to staff/faculty/classmates
  • Planned an evacuation drill to high ground near Hatfield due to the tsunami threat

As part of the monthly OSU Emergency Preparedness Learning sessions, October’s fact sheet will review the response to earthquakes and other preparedness points – Great talking tips to present on 10/20, right before the Drop, Cover, and Hold-On event!

There will be a PowerPoint sent on Monday, October 17 that can be used in offices and classrooms to introduce the earthquake drill. It even has a 60 second timer to help with how long to run the drill.

If you do participate, please complete our Qualtrics Survey or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Bamberger ( so we can update the OSU participation tally on the Shake Out website.

Additional information about the Shake Out can be found at:

Oregon is subjected to earthquakes daily, but the largest event forecasted has yet to occur within our life time. The Cascadia Subduction zone earthquake is forecasted to be a 9.0 or higher and to last for 5-7 minutes, followed by a 30-50 foot tsunami at the coast

Response to earthquakes is simple but important for everyone to perform correctly and automatically. When the shaking is felt, drop low to the ground, seek overhead cover to protect yourself from falling debris, and hold on to the cover so it does not move away from you. When the shaking has stopped, cautiously exit the building, watching for falling objects.

For more Cascadia Subduction Zone and earthquake information, please refer to these summary websites:

2017 International Master Gardener Conference

2017 International Master Gardener Conference: Oregon State University is hosting the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference, July 10-14, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center. Join 1,200 Master Gardener volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada and South Korea for a week of fun, networking and top notch keynotes, classes and tours. Early bird registration is now open. Register early to save. Read our latest newsletter for more details.

Call for Proposals: 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants

From Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager
Information Services

On behalf of the Office of the Vice Provost for Information Services, I am pleased to announce the opening of the call for proposals for the 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants.

In 2015-2016, $130,000 was awarded to support 16 Individual projects and nearly $300,000 was awarded to collaborative teams to support 3 Scaled projects. Consistent with last year, awards will be offered in two categories.

Individual Grants (up to $10,000)
10 to 15 individual grants will be awarded to faculty at the OSU Corvallis campus. These awards are intended to bring innovation to the learning experience by providing seed funding for pilot projects combining effective pedagogy with technology or other educational technology efforts.

These are one-time grants, not an ongoing service fund.

For more information about individual grants, please visit this url:

Scaled Grants (up to $100,000)
Scaled Grants will be awarded to multi-departmental teams at the OSU Corvallis campus who are launching new initiatives or expanding existing ones. Co-contributed resources of staff time and/or funds are expected, and a sustainability plan for maintaining the initiative should be included with the proposal. Deans need to review and actively support the project. Projects should directly contribute to student learning and experience: although research may be conducted on a funded project, the grant funds are not intended to support research itself.

Applications for Scaled Grants will be accepted in Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. (A separate RFP for Winter 2017 proposals will come out in January 2017.)

For more information about the Scaled Grants, please visit this url:

Descriptions of the Individual and Scaled Grants awarded last year will be available on the LIG web site shortly. If you are interested in learning more about the Learning Innovation Grants, an information session will be held in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact Robin Pappas with questions at

We look forward to seeing your wonderful ideas!

The EESC Express

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EESC Express begins its second season with 30 minutes of pithy, useful ideas for communication, teaching and working differently. Brought to you by your friends at Extension & Experiment Station Communications. Join us on Webex on Thursday, October 20th, at 10am as we explore the fascinating world of 3-D printing, visit the new PNW Handbook website, and offer a fun tip on boosting your productivity.

Webex meeting number: 925 387 591

Questions? Contact Jeff Hino

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