In this week’s issue:

Washington County Extension office closed for move

The Washington County Extension office will be closed June 23 – 28 as they move from the Public Services Building in Hillsboro to the new location in Twin Oaks Technology Center off Cornell Road and 169th in Beaverton.

NEW ADDRESS as of June 27th.
OSU Extension Service Education Center
1815 NW 169th Place, Suite 1000
Beaverton, OR 97006

Congratulations to Jeff Hino on his retirement

Jeff Hino, Learning Technology Leader, is retiring this summer (June 30) after a 32 year career with OSU, working in the College of Forestry and Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC). Jeff will appreciate your tips on successful retirement sent via email,, or notes and cards (EESC, 422 Kerr Admin. Bldg., Corvallis, OR 97331.)

In Memoriam: Jim Ammon

Our condolences to the family and friends of Jim Ammon who passed away on June 22nd.

Jim was an Ag Extension Agent in Polk & Marion County from 1960 – 1967.

His service will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 7th in Salem.

His obituary is available at:

Upcoming Citizen Science Webinars

Introduction to Citizen Science in Cooperative Extension (30 minutes)
This webinar will talk about the term “citizen science” and the field’s origins, discuss organizations around the world working in this realm, and focus on who in Cooperative Extension is using citizen science and why.
Tuesday, June 28, 1pm EDT (may need FREE eXtension ID to see details)

Citizen Science Tools and Resources for Extension Professionals (30 minutes)
This webinar will cover an assortment of project databases, volunteer management, how-to guides, grant source, and other resources for starting or maintaining involvement in your own or someone else’s citizen science project.
Wednesday, June 29, 4pm EDT (may need FREE eXtension ID to see details)

Registration isn’t required for the webinars but will get you an email reminder!

Extension in the News: Extension service administrator has extensive empire

The Corvallis Gazette-Times interviewed Lindsey Shirley about her role as Oregon State University Division of Outreach and Engagement Associate Provost and Associate Director of Extension. The article can be found here: Extension service administrator has extensive empire.

In this week’s issue:

Oregon Extension Staff Win National ESP Awards

Several of Oregon’s extension faculty I’ve been selected for national recognition by ES P for the following awards:

International Service Award – Shana Withee
Administrative Leadership Award – Barbara Brody
Visionary Leadership Award – Jeff Sherman
Diversity Multicultural Award, Team – Mike Knutz, Healthy Kids Club
Distinguished Team Award – Shanna Northway, Youth Advocates for Health! (YA4-H!) Teens as Teachers Program
Distinguished Service Award – Shana Withee
Continuing Excellence Award – Lyla Houglum

They will be recognized at the national ES P conference in October in Cape May New Jersey

Mario Magana, CPHHS Excellence in Outreach Award

Congratulations to Mario Magana for receiving the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Excellence in Outreach Award. This was presented on Monday evening at Dean Tammy Bray’s final “Stepping Down” event with CPHHS college faculty. Mario has provided leadership and innovation to developing 4-H programs that meet the need of underserved populations. His Outreach Leadership Institute (OLI) and his 4-H International Camps engage over 1000 young people each year to careers, workforce preparation, leadership skill building and cultural appreciation. Mario has been invited by National 4-H Council and other states to assist in program development efforts to underserved populations and/or to share his programs. Thanks and Kudos also to Marilyn Lesmeister for nominating him for his award. Kudos Mario, and well deserved!

-4-H growing and Thriving

Condolences for the family of Naomi Foster – Wife of former Hood River Extension Agent Lee Foster

Wife of former Hood River Extension Agent Lee Foster (1949-1973) passed away on June 9th.

A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at 11am, Monday, July 18, 2016 at Asbury Our Redeemer Partnership (1140 Tucker Rd., Hood River, Or. 97031).

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that contributions might be made to the Lee & Naomi Foster 4-H Scholarship Fund of Hood River County at The Oregon 4-H Foundation 119 Ballard Hall O.S.U Corvallis, OR 97331-3608 or to the Asbury-Our Redeemer Church 1140 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

Naomi Foster Obituary

Promotional Items – FY16 Billing

If you are in need of any promotional marketing items to be billed to the FY16, please turn in your order form to Denise Ashley,, by noon on Tuesday, June 28th.

Digital Asset Management Learning Center’s Interview with Karen Zimmerman of EESC

Karen Zimmerman was interviewed for the Digital Asset Management Learning Center’s User Stories blog where she discussed how Extension uses digital assets. To read the whole interview with Karen highlighting the talents of EESC and hard work of Extension, visit this link:

In this week’s issue:

New Director for EESC

I’m pleased to announce that Jennifer Alexander will serve as director of Extension & Experiment Station Communications (EESC,) effective July 1. Jennifer has served as interim director of EESC since March 2015.

Jennifer joined Oregon State University and EESC in 2010, serving first as a publishing manager and then as interim director since March 2015. She previously worked in research communications for Pioneer Hi-Bred in Iowa and as a technical editor for Kansas State University Research and Extension. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and journalism and mass communications and a master’s degree in agricultural education, both from Iowa State University.

As director, Jennifer will continue to provide strategic leadership and management for EESC, a team that serves the strategic communication needs of the OSU Extension Service and Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station through educational publishing; news, public issues, and impact/accountability communications; visual design and multimedia; and innovative, effective web and educational technology efforts. EESC also provides communications advice, consultation, and training for OSU Extension and AES faculty.

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer.

Dave King

Congratulations Class of 2016

Congratulations Beaver Nation!

Oregon State University’s Class of 2016 ‐ the University’s 147th class:
6,406 graduates.
6,723 degrees
5,278 baccalaureate degrees
295 received two degrees
11 received three degrees
1,047 Masters Degrees.
247 Doctor of Philosophy degrees
92 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees
59 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.
692 distance education degrees in 32 different degree programs.
136 of the graduating class are veterans.
All 36 of Oregon’s counties are represented.
All 50 states are represented
3 US territories
3 from US Minor Outlying Islands
8 overseas US military addresses
6 from our nation’s capital
Internationally, 63 countries are represented.
The average age of the class is 25.
The oldest member is 73
Youngest is 19.
In attendance at the weekend’s ceremony were 3,974 candidates.
They joined the ranks of 236,296 alums in the 147 year history.

Our best wishes to you, and CONGRATULATIONS

Check out some creative beaver mortar boards here:

OSU Extension Website Upgrade

The Extension Website Upgrade project has entered the strategy phase, and we need your input to help us to create a next-generation OSU Extension web presence that is user-focused, easier to manage, and truly awesome.

We invite you to take the OSU Extension Website Upgrade: Employee Survey by Friday, June 17. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on our current web presence, information on web content management, and input on priorities for the upgrade. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

You’ll remember from the project Discovery Report that this employee survey complements our external, user-focused research.

Questions? Please let us know.

Thank you!

—Your Web Steering Committee
Jeff Hino, Tamara Hill-Tanquist, Brooke Edmunds, Ann Marie Murphy, Alisha Atha, Patrick Proden and Victor Villegas

Benny the Beaver County Fair SWAG update

Thank you to everyone helping with the Benny the Beaver visits to the county fairs. A page has been created that lists the type of Swag Benny will bring with him. Every county will get what is listed unless you tell me that a particular item is not needed for your county. University Events is covering the initial order of promotional items for your county, but any additional items would be charged to the county. The prices are listed on the website.

If you would like to order extra product, please notify Shelly Signs at University Events: There’s a small window to order, as she will need to know by June 15th.

Keep an eye on the main County Fair site ( for more updates.

I asked if U.E. could give me a rough estimate to help you better plan for Benny’s visit. Below is an estimate of what she anticipates being the maximum amount they will be able to offer each county:

60 aviator sunglass (not listed on site, cannot take additional orders as it was a one time, limited offer)
150 two tone glasses
150 water bottles
75 coolers
150 footballs
500 decals
70 lip balms/sun sticks
200 window clings
80 benny posters

In this week’s issue:

Welcome Dr. Lindsey Shirley

Dr. Lindsey Shirley has joined Oregon State University as the Associate Provost and Associate Director of OSU Extension Service. She officially started on June 1st, and has been busy meeting with Extension personnel across all program areas. We are delighted to have Dr. Shirley as part of the OSU Extension community and look forward to new endeavors.

Capital Press Article: Oregon State Extension hires Utah State professor as associate director

Oregon State University 2016 Commencement

Campus is quieting down for the summer as the spring term comes to an end. The class of 2016 will take their last set of final exams this week as they prepare for the next stage in their lives.

Commencement will be held on the main campus in Corvallis at Reser Stadium on Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am.  The OSU Cascades Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th at noon at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR.

If you are unable to attend the graduation, it will be shown live online or broadcasted live on OPB.

Congratulations Class of 2016!!!

Please share in the comments below any special well wishes for a graduate in your life. All commencement congratulations are welcome: College, High School, Middle School, Preschool and even graduates of the University of Oregon.

Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

For information or questions contact (setting up a workshop, program) Susan Dredge, 541-737-5759; or Melanie Mitchell, Interim Director, 541-737-9227.

In this week’s issue:

Benny the Beaver County Fair Tour

University Events has put together an awesome website with information regarding Benny touring the county fairs this summer and it can be found here:

The site will be updated with information regarding Benny’s tour. If you know of anything that maybe helpful to include in the site, please let Jill Wells know ( and she we see to it that the information is available.

Pole, Peddle, Paddle in Bend

Congratulations to Karissa Dishon, Diana Stevens, Melanie McCabe, Jamie Davis, Samara Rufener and Katy Joyce for making 4-H proud with their performance at the Pole, Peddle, Paddle in Bend. Well these Green Clover colleagues have instituted a challenge. Next year at this time there will also be a Golden Clover team (note the reference to age/experience in the term “Golden”) vying to compete in this same event. The Golden Clover team of Todd Williver, Eric Dunker, Woody Davis, Mary Arnold, Amy Derby and myself will also try to make 4-H proud! (We secretly just want to make sure our bodies are still intact after this event). Mark May 20, 2017 on your calendars to cheer on this adventure. Dave White has signed on to provide logistics and positive support. He has already provided his first statement of support to the team with…“May the course be with us”!

EESC Express Recording

The EESC Express recording of last Thursday’s web show about “Anatomy of a Good Press Release” is now available for viewing here.

This was our season finale for the EESC Express, and we need your feedback to better meet your needs. Please click here to take a two minute survey on the EESC Express (whether you watched or not…everyone welcome!) Thanks!

Zoom Webinars for 500 Participants a New Benefit for eXtension Member Institution Professionals

For many years, Iowa State Extension has been hosting Adobe Connect Webinars for Communities of Practice (CoP) and Learning Networks (LN) on behalf of eXtension. As indicated earlier this year, this service will end on July 31st, 2016.

As part of eXtension’s recent acquisition of new tools for use by professionals at eXtension Foundation member institutions, eXtension has secured the use of Zoom Webinars to assist CoPs, LNs, and other users with webinar services. Zoom Webinar benefits include providing a public space that can accommodate up to 500 viewers at a single webinar.

If this change of service affects you or your colleagues, eXtension provides the following assistance to help you transition to best meet your needs. Your CoP/LN may use eXtension’s Zoom Webinars, or:
• Continue to use Iowa State Extension’s Adobe Connect for a fee by contacting for more information and pricing.
• Use your home institution’s video conferencing or webinar platform.
• Conduct and host your webinars yourself using tools like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype or GoToWebinar, etc.

If in the past you have recorded eXtension webinars using Iowa State’s Adobe Connect that are currently hosted at Iowa State and posted on eXtension’s Learn or any other web page, the recording will continue to be available for up to one year. eXtension is working with Iowa State and contacting eXtension users with archived recordings to identify recordings that need to be kept and those that can be purged. Recordings that need to be saved can be uploaded to YouTube or other storage of your choice.

If you or your colleagues currently have eXtension webinar time scheduled with Iowa State’s Extension Adobe Connect on or after August 1, 2016, please contact Iowa State ( to discuss your options for using their system at a fee or canceling your reserved webinar time.

It is up to individual CoPs, LN’s or past eXtension webinar service users to decide which service they prefer for future use: 1) eXtension’s Zoom Webinar system 2) Iowa State Extension’s Adobe Connect for a fee; 3) their home institution’s webinar services; or 4) hosting their own webinars using free or for-fee tools.

If you wish to discuss how this change in eXtension webinar service affects you, please feel free to contact Ashley Griffin at If you wish more information on scheduling a future webinar using eXtension’s Zoom Webinar system, please review the Zoom Webinar Request form or contact Mark Locklear

Zoom is highly recommended from other OSU Extension employees who have had experience with it.

OSU Table Cloths

From Sue Mabe in Sherman County:

We are ordering 4 of these tablecloths from Blue Dawg and wondered if anyone else would like to add on to our order. As you can see, the price goes down with increased numbers. We will be ordering next Thursday, June 2, so please get back to me by June 1.

OSU Tablecloth
OSU Tablecloth

And your current price is as follows:

1-3 @ $218.00ea.
4-6 @ $210.00ea.
7-12 @ $202.00ea.
13-25 @ $196.00ea.
26-50 @ $186.00ea.
51-75 @ $174.00ea.

No reorder setup charge.
Production time is about 7 working days.
Shipping: Not included.

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations Lane County!

Voters in Lane County approved a 5-year local option tax to fund Extension programs. Congratulations to the team of volunteers who worked so diligently to promote the measure. The 70% approval rating is a testament both to their efforts, and to the value Lane County residents place upon Extension programs.

2016 NAE4-HA Western Region Winners from OREGON

Communicator Educational Package,  Team Oregon Mary E. Arnold & Mary Stewart
Communicator Educational Piece,  Team Oregon,  Mary E. Arnold Liv Gifford, Mary Katherine Deen, Janet Edwards
Communicator Personal Column, Wendy Hein
Excellence in Healthy Living Award, Mike Knutz, Maria Falcon & Luciana Falcon
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award, Janet Naegle

EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation/Open Forum

Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) would like to invite you to attend and participate in the presentation and open forum with each candidate for the director position (formerly department head). Please see below for the dates and times. All sessions will be located in Kidder Hall, room 202.

Monday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Jennifer Alexander
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Michael Williams
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Lorraine Elder

Each candidate’s presentation/open forum will also be streamed live at with live chat for participants that cannot attend in person or are located off campus.

Virtual Reality in Wasco County

From Lu Seapy, Wasco County Extension:

Wasco County has been very excited about the learning opportunities available through augmented reality and virtual reality. Since January, our 4-H robotics and computer science programs have been researching different hardware and software available that will enhance our programs and excite students. In our day camp program, students view examples of 360 cinematography, storyboard an idea for a movie and film using a specialized camera. We upload the videos to an existing YouTube channel. Students are able to view the videos via various 3-D viewers including Google Cardboard and ViewMaster 3-D viewers. Our most developed project involved our FTC robotics team. At our Super Qualifier tournament in Hillsboro, students filmed other teams robots using the 360 cameras and used the viewers as scouting tools. At these tournaments, teams send out scouts to find partners to form alliances with. The teams with strong alliances generally do better in the competition. The videos allowed other teams to quickly look at all competitors robots and determine if this would be a good alliance for them. Students are extremely excited about this new technology and loved seeing their robotic creation recorded on YouTube and viewable as a 360 video. Examples of the FTC videos can be found here:

Examples of the Day Camp videos with OSU ChickTech collaboration here:

We have learned many things in creating these videos. For example, the videos must be brief (30-40 seconds) due to upload times. There is a need for support videography equipment turntables and tripods. An external mic and boom would also be beneficial. Recently we and have ordered and Oculus Rift and we are looking forward to having students create their own virtual environment.

Submersible Robotics Teams Compete in Oregon Regional Championship

By Lu Seapy

Two robotics teams from The Dalles placed within the top ten of their divisions at the Oregon MATE (Marine Advancement for Technology in Education) Regional Competition April 29. The teams, ROV Sharks and Stardust Overload, are made up of ten students from Wasco County 4-H Robotics program at The Dalles Middle School. They competed against 42 other teams from across the state.

The ROV Sharks placed 7th in the Navigator (intermediate) division. The team was led by Chase Sam with students Caleb Parsons, Justin Wilkerson, Dannelly Dominguez, Trenton Schacher, and Asher Young and competed against 14 other teams.

One ROV Shark’s major accomplishment this year was achieving neutral buoyancy with their robot, Challenger Deep II. “We never got to that stage last year,” said Sam. Achieving neutral buoyancy means the machine can be naturally suspended in water without sinking or floating. This allows the robot to be extremely responsive to controls and better at completing the missions. “Most teams never get to that stage,” so its very impressive said coach Jesus Acosta.

Stardust Overload placed 10th out of 15 teams in the Scout (beginners) division scoring 102 total points. Team members Angel Garcia, Frances Fuller, Ian Casteneda, Kegan Kuku, Saul Hernandez Sanchez, and Shane Squires were all new to underwater robotics this year. “I’m very proud of all of the work these students put in. They really pulled together as a team,” said Acosta.

Building submersible robots is very challenging as all electronics and motors have to be completely waterproofed. In order to compete students research, design, and build a robot capable of navigating underwater with the goal of completing set missions.

“I’m so impressed by all of the problem solving and team work that the kids have to do in order to participate in this program,” said parent John Schacher.

In building the robot students use pipe cutters, drills, saws, soldering equipment and a variety of hand tools. Students solder and waterproof all motors and electrical components. The robot’s frame is constructed out of PVC pipe tubing. To control the robot, students solder a circuit board connected via a 25-foot tether.

The program is part of a collaborative project between Wasco County 4-H and The Dalles Middle School, who generously allows students to meet and participate in their computer lab. Special thanks go out to The Dalles Fitness and Court Club for donating afternoon pool sessions for students to drive their submersible robots.

If your student is interested in robotics or learning more about the ROV program, contact Lu Seapy at for more information.

Lu Seapy is an Education Program Assistant with OSU Wasco County Extension Service and a certified technology and business instructor.

Wasco County Extension Robotics Team
The Dalles submersible robotics students (Left to Right). ROV Sharks team members: Asher Young, Chase Sam, Trenton Schacher, Caleb Parsons (not pictured, Justin Wilkerson). Stardust Overload team members: Frances Fuller, Angel Garcia, Shane Squires, Keegan Kuku, coach Jesus Acosta, Ian Casteneda, Saul Hernandez Sanchez.

In this week’s issue:

EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation/Open Forum

Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) would like to invite you to attend and participate in the presentation and open forum with each candidate for the director position (formerly department head). Please see below for the dates and times. All sessions will be located in Kidder Hall, room 202.

Monday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Jennifer Alexander
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Michael Williams
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Lorraine Elder

Each candidate’s presentation/open forum will also be streamed live at with live chat for participants that cannot attend in person or are located off campus.

The EESC Express

EESC Express Logo

Hop aboard the EESC Express on Thursday, May 19th with Kym Pokorny and Gail Wells, EESC’s news team. They’ll share tips for building good relationships with the media, and they’ll show you step by step how to craft a compelling news release. This is our season finale for the EESC Express! Hope you’ll catch us.

When: Thursday, May 19th at 10AM
Where: Click here to join our Webex meeting
Webex meeting number: 920 576 072

Questions? Contact Jeff Hino

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

PACE/Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16. There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops. PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project: Discovery Report Available

Last week, your Extension web steering committee shared a near-final draft of the project Discovery Report with Scott Reed. Now, you can also view the executive summary, or read the final full report.

This report is a key milestone in our web upgrade project. We all aspire to make our next generation of OSU Extension websites user-driven, easier to manage, and truly awesome. But before we decide “how we’ll get there” we need to know where we are, where we could be, and what we might encounter along the way.

This report summarizes the past year of research, including web data; competition analysis; and input and feedback from internal stakeholders, Extension administrators, and the steering committee. It also outlines what research is still to come, and offers a glimpse of emerging priorities for web development strategies and features.

What can you do to help?
Later this month, we will offer an Extension-wide survey to gather additional feedback and input on priorities. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

If you have comments on the Discovery Report, or questions at any time, please contact EESC (or by phone: 541-737-3311), or anyone on the steering committee.

—Your Web Steering Committee
Jeff Hino, Tamara Hill-Tanquist, Brooke Edmunds, Ann Marie Murphy, Alisha Atha, Patrick Proden and Victor Villegas

Cooperative Extension’s Role in Adult Learning and Development Webinar

Did you know there is an organization to nourish the adult educator in you? It’s the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). You’re invited to join a webinar entitled Cooperative Extension’s Role in Adult Learning and Development sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Special Interest Group of AAACE on June 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern. To learn more and register, visit the link:

Benny the Beaver at the County Fair: Schedule for 2016

Benny will be visiting Oregon County Fairs again this summer. Check out the schedule below to see when Benny will be at YOUR County Fair:

7/8 Marion
7/16 Linn
7/23 Columbia
7/28 Hood River
7/28 Jefferson
7/30 Coos
7/30 Washington
8/2 Clatsop
8/3 Union
8/5 Malheur
8/5 Yamhill
8/6 Benton
8/6 Deschutes
8/11 Baker
8/11 Polk
8/12 Crook
8/12 Tillamook
8/12 Umatilla
8/13 Grant
8/13 Wallowa
8/13 Wheeler
8/16 Clackamas
8/18 Morrow
8/19 Wasco
8/20 Klamath
8/20 Lincoln
8/24 Sherman
8/27 Curry
9/1 Lake
9/2 Gilliam
9/9 Harney 1/2 day
9/10 Harney 1/2 day

New Opportunities for Extension Professionals 

To learn what’s new in eXtension, a recording from eXtension Learn, “New Opportunities for Extension Professionals” is available to view online.

Global Activity Database Launch, May 17

From the Office of Mark Hoffman Vice Provost for International Programs:

Dear OSU Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students:

I am excited to announce a new collaborative resource, the Global Activity Database. The database is designed to help build community around international activities such as teaching, research, and service.  In the past, it has been difficult to identify the international interests of individuals and to help facilitate in collaborations. The Global Activity Database is the first step in making these processes efficient and user-friendly.

To launch the Global Activity Database, we are holding a short Q&A session on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Memorial Union, Room 206. The Global Activity Database ( is an online, searchable tool that organizes and can be used to connect faculty, staff, and graduate students based on their international expertise, research interests, and more. Enrolling takes only a few minutes and the benefits are many. Please plan to come learn more about the Global Activity Database and enjoy the provided light refreshments.

During International Education Week 2016, those enrolled in the Global Activity Database will be invited to meet with campus peers with similar country and regional interests.  The college and/or division with the most faculty and staff enrolled in the database will be recognized at the event.

Thank you for continuing to support the internationalization efforts at OSU. I hope to see you on May 17 at 10:30 in MU 206 to provide you with more information.

-Mark Hoffman

In this week’s issue:

2016 Commencement Ceremony Human Interest Story Submission

Do you know of a Beaver who is graduating this year? President Ray includes 2-3 human interest stories of personal achievement to highlight during the commencement activities. We are always looking of ways to elevate Extension’s presence. If you’re aware of an interesting story, please let Jill Wells know and she will assist you with the nomination process.

Examples of an interesting story happening in your county/region:

  • A graduating senior who was first introduced to Oregon State through 4-H.
  • A Master Gardener or family member graduating this year.
  • Someone who may have found their passion through an Extension program that lead them to pursue that field of study at OSU.

Even if the story is not chosen for Commencement, it is still a story we would like to share. We have a lot to celebrate!

Submissions are due Wednesday, May 11 by 5pm.

The Future of Extension TweetUp Recap: What do you think our future holds?

What does the future hold for Extension? Check out the Storify recap of last week’s #EdTechLN TweetUp to see what your fellow #EdTechLN members answered this important question. It was the most well attended and active TweetUp we have ever hosted!

Please share with your administrators, directors, and other coworkers as this topic deserves even more chatter! Encourage them to add to the conversation on the EdTechLN Facebook page or on Twitter with our #EdTechLN hashtag.

eXtension Webinar on May 4 – New Opportunities

eXtension Webinar To Review Recent Changes and New Opportunities for Extension Professionals on May 4, 2016
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern, the eXtension Foundation will host a webinar for all Extension professionals to review recent changes and new opportunities now available for member institutions. On hand to present will be eXtension CEO Christine Geith and members of the leadership team to answer questions and provide examples of how eXtension’s new tools, services and initiatives can be used by Cooperative Extension Service teams and professionals.

For more information and the option to add this event to your calendar, please visit

Extension is on the move, are you?

Extension is walking the talk – here’s photos from across the state of OSU on the move at work…

Portland Extension Walkers
Portland Extension Office Walkers
Statewide team walkers
Statewide Team Walkers at OSU Campus
Klamath County Extension Walkers
Klamath County Walkers
Walkers in Linn County
Linn County Walkers

Ready for a May Challenge?

We’ve all heard it: Sitting is the New Smoking

Researchers have found we are sitting ourselves to death.

It’s estimated that people spend about 35-50% of their working hours in meetings. Here’s a healthy challenge for you… In the month of May, look at your meetings and try to make just 20% (1 in 5) walking meetings. Keep a pair of walking shoes at your desk and encourage the colleagues you’re meeting with to do the same.

Need some quick inspiration to take the plunge? Check out this TED talk under 4 minutes.

Going to give it a try? Let know how it’s going. Your story can inspire others or help folks troubleshoot making this practice stick.

Drones in Agriculture Spark Creative Communication

Learn about “DroneSinger” Victor Villegas and his time in Washington D.C. for the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

In this week’s issue:

Register Today — Adaptive Learning Open House May 9 & 10

Leading providers of adaptive and personalized learning platforms have been invited to campus for an Adaptive Learning Open House on May 9 and 10 in the MU Horizon Room. To help organizers plan for catering needs, please register today.

The Adaptive Learning Open House Schedule is now available and includes a Provider Fair (similar to a conference vendor area), individual 30-minute platform demos, and a luncheon panel discussion led by Lois Brooks, Dave King, and Susana Rivera-Mills. Among those on the panel will be OSU’s Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease, of the School of Psychological Science, and Phil Hill, Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting.

Attendance in person is strongly encouraged. For those working remotely, the provider demos and luncheon discussion will be streamed live at

What is Adaptive and Personalized Learning?
Basically, adaptive learning providers offer tools that develop personalized learning paths intended to help students learn and master course material. Those pathways are determined based on how students interact with digital courseware and adjust to student needs as they work through the content.

What is the purpose of the Adaptive Learning Open House at OSU?
In short, to learn more about adaptive and personalized learning tools and to explore the possibilities for teaching and learning at OSU. Your feedback is needed as we consider these questions:
• To what extent do adaptive learning platforms improve student success?
• Can adaptive learning platforms help instructors spend less time on rote teaching tasks and more time on higher-impact interactions with students?
• Do we want to use this kind of teaching and learning technology at OSU, and if so, what is the best way to proceed?

Please register today and be part of the conversation. We look forward to this exploration and discussion!

Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Dave King, Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement
Susana Rivera-Mills, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

EESC Express Recording

“A recording of this month’s EESC Express is now available here. It’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of emerging technology, including 3D printing and scanning, 360-degree photos and Virtual Reality, with hosts Jeff Hino, Stephen Ward and Alan Dennis.”

PACE/Extension Online Enrollment Initiative

PACE is committed to helping all Extension county and districts obtain online enrollment access for all programs by 12/31/16.  There are no intake windows and we are welcoming all programs, courses, events, workshops.  PACE has increased flexibility and scaled up resources to support this Extension initiative. The process begins by submitting an online registration setup request and PACE will follow-up within 24 hours to confirm the information and start working on the request.