In this week’s issue:

F. Javier Nieto named dean of the College of Public Health & Human Sciences

From Ron Adams, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President:

I am pleased to inform you that with the full concurrence of President Ed Ray, and enthusiastic support from the campus community, I have appointed Dr. F. Javier Nieto as Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS). His appointment will become effective on October 31, 2016.

As you are aware, Dr. Nieto currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. He also holds the title of Helfaer Professor of Public Health, and affiliate appointments at the Departments of Family Medicine & Community Health as well as at the UW Center for Demography & Ecology. Prior to joining the UW, he served as a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

I would like to again acknowledge Dr. Tammy Bray for her service as Dean of CPPHS and as Executive Dean of the Division of Health Sciences. Please join me in thanking Tammy for her leadership and welcoming Javier to Oregon State.

Ask an Expert Facts and Figures

Ask an Expert





Since its launch in 2011, Oregon Ask an Expert has answered over 18,000 questions.

Follow-up surveys are automatically sent to Oregon Ask an Expert customers two weeks after their question is answered.

Here’s what they are saying:
77% identified their question as very important or critically important to them.
78% said the answer very much or completely answered their question.
77% found the answer “just right” in level of rigor, when rated from “too complex” to “too simplistic.”
61% identified their question as having average to significant economic concern to them.
$340,000 – is the estimated average economic benefit of answers received
65% changed their behavior as a result of the answer to their question.

And finally…
50% of Ask an Expert users had never used Extension before.

Ask an Expert. It’s working.

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Western Extension & Research Directors – State Recognized Program – OSU WOWNet

Congratulation to the OSU WOWNet (Women Owning Woodlands Network) as State Recognized Program at the Western Region Joint Summer Meeting. Members of the WOWNet team are Tiffany Fegel and Nicole Strong.

Abstract: Oregon’s Women Owning Woodlands network is empowering women to grow from silent observers to active learners and inquirers, to mentors and teachers through its collaborative, peer-to-peer network. WOWNet’s innovative approaches have attracted professionals from around the nation who have mimicked the program in their regions. In collaboration with these and other nationwide stakeholders, Oregon WOWNet influenced and helped in the formation of a national network of women who own and manage forest properties. The impacts of this program are evident in WOWNets 10-year success in its home state as well as in emulation nationwide.

National ESP Distinguished Service Awards

By Pamela Rose, 4-H…Growing and Thriving

There are more Congratulations to extend to our colleagues who will be honored at the upcoming National Recognition Dinner at the ESP National Conference in Cape May, New Jersey. Our own Patricia Dawson, ESP National President who will presenting these awards:

• Congratulations to Shana Withee who has been selected to receive the National ESP Distinguished Service Award for the Western Region.

• Congratulations to Lyla Houglum who has been selected to receive the National ESP Continuing Excellence Award for the Western Region.

• Congratulations to Shana Withee who has been selected to receive the National ESP International Service Award for the Western Region.

• Congratulations to Jeff Sherman who has been selected to receive the National ESP Visionary Leadership Award for the Western Region.

Fellow Master Naturalist Ken Cobleigh writes article for Portland Parks Foundation

The Oregon Master Naturalists are getting noticed in the Metro area thanks to the leadership and guidance of Jason O’Brien and Brandy Saffell. Fellow Master Naturalist, Ken Cobleigh wrote a blog post for the Portland Parks Foundation that can be found here.

In this week’s issue:

Using Story Maps to share your story, co hosted by Brooke Edmunds

Wednesday, July 20 at 3:00 pm EDT


Story Maps can help you tell stories, with or without maps
Telling stories can be a effective way to communicate information, particularly when those stories feature compelling narrative and striking visuals. While many Cooperative Extension professionals have experience telling stories in person, they may be uncertain how to have the same effect as they increasing work online to reach on their target audience.

Esri Story Maps provide an online platform for story telling which is fairly inexpensive (or free) for academia, simple to use (no coding required) and interactive (you can use images, maps, audio, and video). In spite of the fact that Story Maps were originally designed to display and share maps, you can tell any story you would like, even those without a single map (really!).

Getting up and running with Story Maps
This webinar will introduce the idea behind Story Maps and will provide specific examples of how they may be used in outreach and engagement activities. We will also cover the basic “how-to’s” involved in creating and sharing Story Maps and will provide resources for further professional development in this topic.

Although we don’t assume that attendees have any experience with this tool, the webinar will easier to follow if you have previously used ArcGIS Online or have viewed this webinar on ArcGIS Online.

Pre-registration is required:
Click here to register for the webinar

For questions about the content of this webinar, please email

This webinar is brought to you by UNH Cooperative Extension, Oregon State University Extension, Map@Syst, and the eXtension mapping Innovation Hub.

A recording of this webinar will be made available after the webinar.


Brooke Edmunds and Shane Brandt

Condolences: Norbert “Van” Vandehey

With great sadness we share that Norbert “Van” Vandehey, who was a 4-H agent in Lane County, passed away Wednesday, July 6th.

He was surrounded by many members of his large family, including his wife Peggy to whom he was happily married for 68 years. Van was an inspiration to all who met him and leaves a legacy of
joy, love and family. Please join us at the internment and/or funeral (information below)

Love to Ted & Annie Vandehey.

Full military internment on Thursday/July 14th @ 2:30PM at Willamette National Cemetery …
11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland, OR 97086

Funeral on Friday/July 15th @ 11AM at St James Church …
1145 SE 1st St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Followed by Reception @ 1PM at Golden Valley Brewery …
980 NE 4th St, McMinnville, OR, 97128

Save the date: 2016 Extension Annual Conference

OSUEA Board President, Marilyn Lesmeister, in collaboration with Associate Director of Extension Service, Lindsey Shirley
Invite all Extension faculty and staff to mark their calendars for the
Extension Annual Conference
November 14-17, 2016
At the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus

Faculty and staff are invited to contact Marilyn Lesmeister ( 541-737-2794 to request a workshop topic or recommend a keynote speaker for our Annual Extension Conference.

A form to submit a workshop proposal will be available soon.

OSU Recipients of National ESP Awards

Congratulations to our colleagues who will be honored at the upcoming National Recognition Dinner at the ESP National Conference in Cape May, New Jersey. Also kudos to our own Patricia Dawson, ESP National President for sharing these results and who will presenting these awards:

  • Congratulations to Mike Knutz who has been selected to receive the National ESP Diversity Multicultural Team Award for the Western Region.
  • Congratulations to Barbara Brody who has been selected to receive the National ESP Administrative Leadership Award for the Western Region.
  • Congratulations to Shanna Northway who has been selected to receive the National ESP Distinguished Team Award for the Western Region.

(Source: 4-H…Growing and Thriving, by Pamela Rose, State 4-H Program Leader.)

In this week’s issue:

Journal of Extension: June 2016 Issue

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Extension is available to view online at Oregon State is proudly represented in this issue:

Gail Langelotto, Urban and Community Horticulture Specialist and Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, has collaborated with a colleague at the Univ. of Georgia on a Tools of the Trade article about an online resource site for Extension Master Gardener coordinators.

Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist in Horticulture, has written a Research in Brief article with Dionne Uzes, former graduate student in Horticulture, on strategies to increase yield management of pinot noir vineyards while maintaining wine quality.

Marc Braverman’s article on Multivariate Data Analysis provides useful ways to analyze data in multiple ways. The quantitative data junkies won’t be the only ones excited about this article.

Congratulations to our OSU Extension authors.

Oregon 4-H Archery Team places 5th in the Country

The 4-H Archery Team placed 5th in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships (June 28-July 1) held in Grand Island Nebraska. The team was made up of:

Tanner Bernhardt-Dudley, Douglas County
Cody Tilgner, Polk County
Ben Pihl, Umatilla County
Brenden Newberg, Deschutes County
Coach Bill Dudley, Douglas County

Brenden Newberg ranked placed 4th overall out of 136 archers.

Oregon 4-H Archery Team
The 4-H Archery Team placed 5th in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships

Benny at County Fair Promo Videos

To promote Benny at your county fair, our favorite beaver was gracious enough to record a promo spot with Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley.  The recordings are the same, but the banner with OSU Day info is customized for each county.

Below are links to the promos that are ready to distribute amongst your online networks:

Marion County

Linn County

Columbia County

Hood River County

Jefferson County

Coos County

Washington County

More promos to come next week…


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

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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.