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The marketing pieces are easy to update and to print locally; no need to stash inventory that may become outdated.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

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

Extension in the News

Wolf plan review brings management zones, hunting to forefront
East Oregonian
October 13, 2016
Featuring John Williams, Wallowa County

Resource Available for Livestock Owners To Learn More About VFD Requirements
October 11, 2016
Featuring Sergio Arispe, Malheur County

In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference registration reminder.

Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference. Please visit this link to register. Registration closes on Friday, October 14th.

For more information about this year’s event, please review the EAC article in the October 3rd issue of ConnEXTions.

Change in the Leadership of the UABC

From Linda Powell, Director of OSU Shared Services

I’m sharing the news that Dee Wendler, University Administrative Business Center (UABC) Manager, has announced her retirement from the University effective December 31, 2016. After more than 30 years of service to the State – mostly in higher education – Dee will be taking time to use her talents in service of local non-profit organizations. Dee’s tremendous leadership has advanced our progress toward many business center and university goals. We greatly appreciate her efforts and dedication to OSU’s mission.

Following this change, Jack Breen will become the UABC Manager. Currently the Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) Manager, he brings extensive operational knowledge and existing relationships with many UABC customers across the University, including senior administrators who are served by UABC. Jack is also well-versed in the unique support needs of statewide operations, such as the Extension Service.

I am confident that Jack and Dee will make this a smooth transition for all their customers and employees. We will conduct a search, open to both internal and external candidates, to replace Jack in the AMBC. It is our intention to have the new manager in place before Jack leaves, and give the AMBC staff as much support as they need during the transition.

I welcome any questions and input you may have as we move through this leadership change. Please join me in offering best wishes to both Dee and Jack as they begin their new endeavors.

Providence Grant

OSU Extension In Yamhill County secured a $50,000 grant in collaboration with Yamhill County Health & Human Services to address childhood obesity prevention and management. OSU Extension will deliver exercise/ physical activity within elementary classrooms using the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit.  BEPA integrates physical activity and nutrition concepts through education and activity and is an evidence-based curriculum created by Kathy Gunter, PhD of the OSU College of Public Health. The BEPA Toolkit provides educators with materials and activity ideas to increase children’s physical activity time at school. Ultimately, the program will feature a component for parents to help sustain/reinforce student growth in nutrition and exercise. The proposed project will provide internship placements for OSU graduate students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences throughout the academic year. Interns will deliver the Balanced Energy-Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit component of the intervention. Special things to Grant Collaborators within OSU Jennifer Bunn, Kathy Gunter, PhD, and Mike Knutz and Yamhill County Public Health Manager Tom Eversole, DVM, MS.

Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update: October 2016

For those of you who may have missed Scott Reed’s Outreach and Engagement First Monday Update featuring Vince Adams. It can be viewed here.

2016 NEAFCS – MORE Oregon Award Winners

Huge apologies for neglecting to include the winners of the NEAFCS awards for Food Safety. The winners were added to the original post, put for those who may have missed it, their accomplishments are listed below:

Food Safety Award
Laura Sant and Team: 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Preserve @ Home
Team Members: Julie Buck (ID), Patty Case (OR), Surine Greenway (ID), Glenda Hyde (OR), Nancy Kershaw (OR), Joey Peutz (ID), Grace Wittman (ID), Ann Zander (CO)

OSUEA/ESP BBQ Dinner at Annual Conference

You are invited to attend the OSUEA/ESP BBQ dinner on Monday, November 14 at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

O&E Magazine Reprint

For those still needing copies of the most recent issue of the O&E Magazine, please contact Jill Wells and more will be sent to you.

Visit the New Extension Service Education Center in Washington County

OSU Extension Service opens Beaverton Education Center

Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
* Win Prizes * Food Tastings * and more…

Now located in the Twin Oaks Technology Ctr:
OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County
1815 NW 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

Hot Topics Webinar: 4 Creative Approaches to Organize for Economic Vitality

From the Rural Development Initiatives:

Join us as we explore four creative approaches to organize for economic vitality.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
12 Noon to 1 p.m. PST
with Q&A from 1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Is there an optimal design for economic development in your community?
The short answer is NO. The structure for economic development in rural communities can look very different, depending on many factors, such as size, local capacity, and of course, community goals.

During this webinar, we’ll explore some of the following key factors that are necessary for success:

      • Have you identified the Economic Fundamentals to maximize your economic potential?
      • Are you bringing together Public and Private Sector Leadership?
      • Do you understand and utilize Financial and Regulatory Resources?
      • Have you built Organizational Flexibility into your efforts?
      • And are you taking full advantage of Local Talent and Experience?

Click here for more information and to register.

4-H…Growing and Thriving: Kudos

From Pamela Rose

Kudos to Shana Withee! Her work in Harney County with Burns Paiute Tribe is the feature story in the Fall 2016 issue of the O & E Magazine. For over 30 years, Shana has been collaborating to improve the health and well-being of tribal members through her programming in both Family and Community Health and 4-H Youth Development. The article entitled Paiute Wadatika Ma-Ni-Pu-Neen demonstrates the power of creating partnerships which is the feature of this issue.

Kudos to Ana Lu Fonseca! She is a co-author in a recently published article Leveraging the community context of Family Math and Science Nights to develop culturally responsive teaching practices. This article, in the Teaching and Teaching Education Journal, is about culturally relevant practices for family centered science and math. This was a collaboration between the SMILE and FIESTAS program at OSU. Free access to this article is valid until November 17, 2016.

Kudos to Mary Arnold! She is a co-author with Marc Braverman and Melissa Cater on a chapter in the newly released book, the Changing Landscape of Youth Work. Their chapter on Rethinking Evaluation Capacity in Youth Development Programs: A New Approach for Engaging Youth Workers in Program Evaluation appears in Section III. The book was designed to compile and publicize the best current thinking about training and professional development for youth workers.

Kudos to Karissa Dishon for her leadership in helping everyone gear up for National 4-H Week this week, October 2-8, with a 4-H press release. In her role as Oregon 4-H Field Marketing Liaison, she is sending periodic updates, reminders, and resources. These are designed to help all Oregon counties capitalize on our investment in the marketing campaign, and in turn grow our program with current youth, and alumni engagement.

Search Advocate Updates: Continuing Education

Search Advocate panelists needed:

  • Thursday, October 27, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 3 panelists needed
  • Wednesday, December 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm – 1 panelist needed
    Serving as a panelist for a workshop counts as one continuing education credit! Please respond to me privately, and I’ll send you a calendar invitation for the panel when I confirm everyone.

Search Advocate Community of Practice meetings for fall term are now scheduled (topics will be supplied as they are identified):

  • Monday, November 21, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 211
  • Friday, December 9, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in MU 208

Attending one Community of Practice meeting counts as one continuing education credit!

Other continuing education options:

  • There will be two short CE sessions for search advocates as part of Training Days this year (November 8 & 9).
  • There will also be 3.5 hour update sessions offered during the Ag Leaders annual meeting (November 9) and the Extension annual conference (November 14 and 17). Once preliminary registration is complete for those events, I’ll be able to open up remaining spaces to the search advocate community at large.
  • You can receive 1 CE unit by attending and reporting back to me on a HERC webinar (listed in last month’s newsletter), and you can earn all 3 CE units by attending the Social Justice Education Initiative workshop series (available for registration on the Professional Development website).

OSU Alumni Association Events Calendar

Visit the OSUAA’s calendar of events to learn of activities that you can share not only with Beavers in your office, but Beavers living in your regions. It’s also a wonderful reference of the type of events that the OSUAA hosts. If you were thinking of connecting with Alumni in your region, the OSUAA would be happy to help.


Extension in the News

What to do with strawberry beds, stink bugs: Master gardeners’ tips
Oregon Live
October 5, 2016
Featuring Bernadine Strik

Fourth-graders learn about local agriculture
East Oregonian
October 6, 2106
Featuring Morrow County

Anatomy of a Painting
Eugene Weekly
October 6, 2016
Featuring Lane County Master Gardeners

HAPPY National 4-H WEEK!!!

In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference registration LIVE!

2016 Extension Annual Conference
November 14-17, 2016

OSU Extension Association (OSUEA) and the OSU Extension Director’s Office are partners in bringing the Extension Annual Conference to all Extension faculty and staff. Plan to attend and register soon! This is an important professional development opportunity for all of us…to REACH ALL OF OREGON.

Information on the conference can all be found on Extension’s Conferences & Events page.

The cost of this year’s conference is only $45, which includes attendance at all sessions and tours, daily breaks, 4 lunches and two breakfasts. There are additional charges (within staff per diem rates) for:

  • All-Extension BBQ, hosted by OSEUA and ESP on Monday ($27);
  • Extension Conference Bowling Night on Tuesday ($15);
  • OSUEA Awards Breakfast on Wednesday ($14.25).
  • OSUEA Cooperator, 4-H Hall of Fame and Friends of Extension Banquet on Wednesday ($39);

Please make an effort to attend the 2016 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 October 14, 2016 Registration is through Ideal Logic, hosted by the PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) office. This is the same registration system we’ve used for the 2 previous annual conferences, 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. By clicking here, you can see what sessions are available before logging into Ideal Logic (this schedule is meant to be viewed on your computer screen, if you plan to print out and view hard copy you might want to adjust your printing options to print on larger paper, etc.). 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, 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.

If you would like to make any adjustments to your registration (e.g., switching sessions or changing your food options after your initial registration), please email Amanda Bielenberg ( or Kim Tarrant ( directly.


  • Make lodging reservation and be sure to mention you need the OSU or government rate.
  • Extension Admin will cover round trip mileage for one (1) 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
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. Shuttles are also available on/around campus, find out more about them here.

OSUEA President, Marilyn K. Lesmeister

2016 NEAFCS – Oregon Award Winners

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The organization provides education in:
• Food preparation, food safety and nutrition
• Financial Management
• Healthy Lifestyles
• Home & work environment and safety
• Relationship and parenting skills
• and much more!

The NEAFCS 2016 Annual session in Big Sky, Montana was held September 12-15. Congratulations to the OSU Extension employees who received recognition for their hard work this past year:

Distinguished Service Award
Renee Carr

Marketing Package Award
Cheryl Kirk and Team – 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Wester Region Winner
Project: Oregon Whole Grain Heroes Video/Marketing Campaign
Team members: Jenny Rudolph, Mandy Hatfield, Sally Bowman, Renee Carr, Nancy Kershaw, Sandra Carlson, Rose Jepson-Sullivan, Lauren Tobey, Elaine Schrumpf, Jan Ostby, Lisa Canady

Communications Awards: Newsletters
Lauren Kraemer and Team – 3rd Place National Winner and 2nd Place Western Region Winner
Project: Food Hero Monthly Newsletter
Team Members: Katie Ahern, Sally Bowman, Barbara Brody, Renee Carr, Mandy Hatfield, Tonya Johnson, Cheryl Kirk, Robin Maille, Jenny Rudolph, Janice Smiley, Angela Treadwell, Lauren Tobey, Christine Mouzong, Laura Lamotte, Elaine Schrumpf, Brenda Draper, Lisa Canady, Jeff Wilson, Jill Mills

NEAFCS Educator of the Year
Nancy Kershaw – Western Region Winner
Project: Oregon Educator of the Year

Food Safety Award
Jeanne Brandt and Team – 3rd Place Western Region Winner
Project: OSU Volunteer Master Food Preserver Program
Team Members: Nellie Oehler, Nancy Kershaw, Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer, Tonya Johnson, Cheryl Kirk, Kelly Streit, Patty Case, Sara Runkel, Jenny Rudolph, Teresa Crowley, Marc Braverman, Leonor Chavez

Communications Awards: TV/Video
Mandy Hatfield and Team: 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Oregon Whole Grain Heroes Video Campaign
Team Members: Jenny Rudolph, Sandra Carlson, Rose Jepson-Sullivan, Lauren Tobey, Darryl Lai, Sally Bowman, Renee Carr, Nancy Kershaw, Cheryl Kirk, Jan Ostby, Elaine Schrumpf

Communications Awards: Educational Publication
Jeanne Brandt and Team: 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Canning Tuna
Team Member: Katie Johnson

Communications Awards: Written Press Release
Tonya Johnson and Team: 2nd Place Western Region Winner
Project: Expansion of neighborhood walking program through Extension Service
Team Member: Schuyler Hibbard

Food Safety Award
Laura Sant and Team: 1st Place National Winner and 1st Place Western Region Winner
Project: Preserve @ Home
Team Members: Julie Buck (ID), Patty Case (OR), Surine Greenway (ID), Glenda Hyde (OR), Nancy Kershaw (OR), Joey Peutz (ID), Grace Wittman (ID), Ann Zander (CO)

*Names in italics are part of the media team, and not Extension Service employees.

Oregon State Extension well represented at the NEAFCS 2016 Annual Session Awards Dinner


Communications Awards: Newsletters


Food Safety Award


Nancy Kershaw: NEAFCS Educator of the Year

Kathy Gunter testifies in front of the Oregon Senate on the health of Oregon’s Children

Kathy Gunter, Extension Physical Activity Specialist, testified in front of the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care on the importance of regular physical activity for children. Her Presentation, Childhood Obesity:  School and Community Solutions detailed the value of more physical activity for school age children.

Dr. Gunter stated that school-based physical activity, such as Physical Education classes, are among the most effective tools to combat childhood obesity.

“We know that regular physical activity makes kids healthier. We know that regular physical activity makes them better students. We know that the school day offers a unique opportunity to provide regular physical activity for our children,” said Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem). “PE in our schools is a necessity if we care about our children.”

Senator Courtney was the chief proponent of minimum physical education requirements included in House Bill 3141 in 2007. The measure gave school districts 10 years to provide 150 minutes a week in physical education for elementary schools students and 225 minutes of weekly PE for middle school students. A recent study showed that few Oregon schools are meeting that standard which will be required by law beginning with the 2017-18 school year.


ECTU Schedule October 3rd-7th, 2016

This is a quick email to let you know ECTU’s (Extension Computing Technology Unit) planned schedule for the week of October 3rd – 7th, 2016:

• Victor Villegas – will be out of the office October 3rd-5th.

• Wayne Jardine – will be out of the office October 4th.

• Lisa Gillis – will be out of the office October 3rd-6th

In this week’s issue:

Extension Annual Conference Registration to go live SOON

The registration site for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference will go live SOON! Check your email frequently for the link, or visit ConnEXTions for more updates.

OSU Extension web upgrade project: Strategy and next steps

The Extension web upgrade project is entering the development phase!

For an update on what’s happened recently, what’s next, and how you can learn more, see the new project blog. Going forward, this blog will be the best place get more detailed information and ongoing updates. It includes:
Strategies at a glance
• A way to sign up to get notified of updates via email
• And more…

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the project team. We want to hear from you. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.

OSU’s Joyce Loper named to Ag Research Service’s Hall of Fame

By Gail Wells

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Joyce Loper, Oregon State University professor of plant pathology, was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame this month.

The prize is a significant honor conferred on ARS scientists who have made major impacts on agricultural research, are recognized by peers for their significant accomplishments and serve as exemplary role models for younger scientists.

Loper has been a research plant pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Corvallis and joined OSU as a courtesy assistant professor in 1987. She became associate dean of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences this year.

Her work, which focuses on plant-associated bacteria in agricultural soils, has led to breakthrough discoveries on the biological control of plant diseases. Loper uses a combination of genomics, chemistry and molecular approaches to identify new antibiotics produced by certain soil-dwelling bacteria. She was among the first to probe the molecular ecology of bacteria in the genus Pseudomonas, which are common in agricultural soils and which lend themselves to biological control of a host of disease-causing microorganisms.

“Dr. Loper’s status as a world scientific leader is evidenced by her impressive number of peer-reviewed publications, invited book chapters and review articles, the visiting scientists she’s hosted in her lab, and many, many other accomplishments,” said Lynda Ciuffetti, head of OSU’s botany and plant pathology department, Loper’s academic home. “The word ‘impressive’ doesn’t begin to describe Joyce’s efforts and achievements.”

“I am very honored to join the outstanding scientists in the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame,” Loper said. “I have been so lucky to work with exceptional people in the ARS and at OSU who have mentored me, inspired me, swapped ideas, worked side-by-side on projects and supported the research in a myriad of ways, from maintaining facilities to making sure the bills get paid. It is a great time in history to be a scientist, and I’ve loved being a plant pathologist.”

Loper is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Phytopathological Society. She has received numerous honors and awards.

She joins 100 other Hall of Fame inductees and is one of only nine women. Three other ARS scientists were also inducted this year: hydrologist Thomas J. Jackson, microbiologist Cletus P. Kurtzman, and hydrologist M. Susan Moran.

USDA-ARS is one of the world’s premier agricultural scientific organizations, with nearly 2,000 scientists located across the nation.

Joyce Loper
Joyce Loper was inducted into the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Science Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., in September. She is a plant pathologist and associate dean at the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

Social Justice Education Initiative launches at OSU

The Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI) for faculty and staff has launched! The SJEI is a professional development program for all Oregon State faculty and staff aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies.

SJEI consists of an interactive, workshop-based curriculum that invites all OSU faculty and staff members (including GTAs and GRAs) to begin, or continue, their social justice and equity journey. This program is an important component of Oregon State’s ongoing institutional mission to infuse equity and inclusion into every aspect of the university’s work.

The SJEI curriculum is organized into two four-hour live workshops:

  • Session One addresses the historical and current social context, connecting the two, and why social justice matters. This session focuses on locating each of our individual identities within this broader social context.
  • Session Two is aimed at developing awareness and building skills. Topics covered include zones of safety, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and cross-cultural communication.

Sessions One and Two are sequential but should not be taken on the same day. Both sessions will be offered several times a week at no cost and include breakfast or lunch. Currently September workshops are open for registration, with many more opening soon.

Registration for SJEI workshops is now open and available via the Oregon State professional Development registration system:

Faculty and staff who complete the SJEI program will receive a certificate of participation. Additionally, SJEI meets the continuing education requirement for active Search Advocates.

College, Department, Unit and other work group leaders may also arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum to all or some staff. These sessions can be customized and modified for added relevancy and to fit specific needs and schedules of the participants.

In the near future there will be additional workshops beyond the two-session SJEI curriculum that will offer participants a deeper exploration of specific equity and social justice topics.

For more information or to arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum, please contact Jane Waite directly.

WALKTOBER EVENTS – Get in on the fun, O&E!

Plan a one-time or recurring walking group in your county to celebrate Walktober! Publicize your event through OregonWalks Walktober site: Let’s represent the ENTIRE state of Oregon (we don’t want Portland to have all the fun!) by hosting walks in the month of October. Nothing fancy, no theme, just add a date, time and location to the walktober calendar and get the word out in your community.

On-campus in Corvallis? Get excited for Mondays – because we’ll be walking from Ballard to the Bridge and Back every Monday in October at 12:15pm. Join us!

Monthly County Leader/Regional Administrator Webinar Recordings

Scott Reed has asked to share the County Leader/Regional Administrator monthly webinar recordings statewide.

The Friday, September 23rd recording is available.

All County Leader/Regional Administrator webinar recordings are available online.

In this week’s issue:

Valuing Diversity

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

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

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

Innovation: September First Monday Update

After watching Scott Reed’s First Monday update to the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, people all over the Division are sharing how they are being innovative in their work. Become a part of the conversation here:

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

Columbia Gorge Region & Extension Recognized for Culture of Health Prize

From Roberta Riportella

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

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

Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Award

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

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

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

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

SAVE THE DATE for our Open House!
Thursday, October 20th, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
* Win Prizes * Food Tastings * and more…

Now located in the Twin Oaks Technology Ctr:
OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County
1815 NW 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

SPARK – the Year of Arts+Science @ OSU

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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

If you see Extension mentioned in your local media, please forward that information to to share the news with colleagues across the state!

In this week’s issue:

Welcome Amanda Bielenberg, O&E Conference and Event Manage

Extension Administration and University Outreach and Engagement welcomes Amanda Bielenberg, the new O&E Conference and Event Manager. She’ll be officed in Ballard 108, working closely with Jeff Sherman, also providing support for OOC and Strategic Initiatives.

Please make her feel welcomed!

University Day Viewing Announcement

From University Events:

If you can’t come to Corvallis for University Day, we want to bring University Day to you! The event, scheduled for Monday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m., will be live streamed so that you can view the event at your computer. The presentation will also be live captioned for easy viewing.

Prizes! If your place of work is outside of Corvallis, we want to give you a chance to win!!! Email by noon on Friday, September 18, to get your ticket number. You must watch the program to be eligible to win, and if your number is called, you’ll need to respond immediately using the chat function (so don’t forget to log in!)

So what’s happening at the Main Session? We are excited this year’s University Day keynote address is by Carmen Suarez, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Portland State University.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mealoha McFadden. I hope that your schedule will allow for you to join us virtually!

Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night

The Extension Annual Conference Bowling Night at the Memorial Union, is Tuesday, November 15, 2016!!!

The Memorial Union Bowling Room is reserved from 7pm-9:00pm so we will have plenty of time to play and celebrate the winners.

Going outside tradition, this year we will have a healthy alternative rather than pizza. When you email me your team, name, etc. Please let me know of there are any dietary restrictions. I will be ordering platters of Subway sandwiches and providing water and Ice Tea.

The cost will be $15.00 per person and you can pay when you register online through Idealogic.

I will need to collect the trophies from last year’s competition before conference. If you are coming to campus any time before conference, and you can bring your teams trophies, please drop them off with Amanda Bielenberg in Ballard 108.

It will be up to you and your team to WIN THEM BACK!!

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

Fall Term 2016

Classes start at OSU on Wednesday, September 21st, but students are already exploring campus getting ready for the new year. The population of Corvallis will grow exponentially over the coming weekend, so if you were planning to visit campus this would be the week to do it before Corvallis gets too busy.

Central Oregon will also see some new term excitement.  The new OSU -Cascades in Bend will open for classes this fall.

Extension in the News

The Bug Lady helps locals pestered by pests
Mail Tribune
September 7, 2016
Featuring Jackson County Master Gardener, Marsha Waite

In this week’s issue:

Academic Report

The Division of University Outreach Engagement Academic Report for 2015-2016 is available to view online.

Search Advocate Workshops

Search Advocate fall workshops are now scheduled and available for registration at The first workshop series is 9/15-9/16. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 8.

Continuing education sessions and search advocate community of practice meetings are under development and will be scheduled/announced soon.

Updated Promotional Items

It’s raining in the Willamette Valley and Coast today, so the new promotional item available through Extension Admin would be perfect for those wanting to stay dry.  Just because the sun will be shining in Central and Eastern Oregon this week, doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the new stylish umbrella as it would shield your delicate skin from the sun’s rays.

Visit the OSU Extension Promotional Items webpage to order your OSU Extension Umbrellas today!

OSU Extension Services Umbrella
OSU Extension Services Umbrella

Extension in the News

Armyworms invade Willamette Valley grass seed fields
Capital Press
August 31, 2016
Featuring: Amy Dreves, Crop and Soil Science

Most of Salem smelt it, but who dealt it?
Statesman Journal
September 1, 2016
Featuring: Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Small Farms, Marion County

In this week’s issue:

Video Link: O&E Quarterly Conversation 

The video from the August  2016 Quarterly Conversation can be viewed here: 

And Remember….

Journal of Extension: OSU Articles

Work by OSU colleagues has been published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of Extension.

  • Sam Angima (Ag Sciences), Lena Etuk (Family & Community Health), and Deb Maddy (Extension Administration) have a Feature article on “Accommodating Extension Clients Who Face Language, Vision, or Hearing Challenges.” They also have a companion article, in the Tools of the Trade section, on specific strategies for making those accommodations.
  • Jeff Hino (EESC) and Cub Kahn (Extended Campus) have an Ideas at Work article about hybrid teaching methodologies.

Upcoming Deadline for Award Nominations and Applications for the OSUEA Awards and ESP Awards

Award nominations and applications for the 2016 OSUEA and ESP awards are due September 15.  Visit the August 8 issue of ConnEXTions for more details.

In this week’s issue:

Updates from O&E Quarterly Conversation 

The video from the August 19th Quarterly conversation is not available yet, but in order to keep momentum on items discussed, below are some actionable items from the presentation:

Condolences: Family of Lamoine Savage

Long time 4-H judge, Lamoine Savage, passed away unexpectedly on August 9. He and his wife, Enid, had also been 4-H volunteers in Lane County.

A memorial service was held on Friday, August 19, 2pm, Garden Way Church, 231 N Garden Way, Eugene.

If you would like to send a card or note, they can be sent to:

Enid Savage
27942 Benson Rd.
Eugene, Or. 97402

Extension in the News

2016 Farwest Show announces presentation from Dr. Luisa Santamaria
Greenhouse Management Magazine
August 16, 2016
Featuring, Luisa Santamaria, NWREC

Weston Miller will also present at the 2016 Farwest Show
“Dig into Soil Health for Home Landscapes”