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MLK Jr. Day of Service

Environment Events - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 2:37pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Leadership Academy Pillar: ETHICAL

The OSU Center for Civic Engagement has organized numerous projects for the OSU community to come together on Saturday, January 16th, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Members of the Leadership Academy are encouraged to participate.  Those who participate, complete one requirement of the ETHICAL pillar.  

Members who are interested need to:

  1. Sign up via the Center for Civic Engagement registration page: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/mlk (NOT the Academy Portal)
  2. Email Dr. Scott Paja at: scott.paja@oregonstate.edu indicating: the project you are registered for
  3. Upon verification of your participation following the project, you will receive access to complete a brief survey reflection via the Academy Portal as required for all Academy events
  4. You will receive a credit towards completion of the Academy visible on your account in the Academy Portal! 

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about joining forces to honor the life of Dr. King; we do this through furthering his dream for peace by working with our neighbors and communities to mutually benefit all involved. MLK Day is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Individuals are inspired, strengthened, and moved to make positive change. The MLK Day of Service projects give people a chance to address societal problems and unite communities.

Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

2016 projects available include the following. Please register here if you are an Oregon State student, staff, or faculty OR here if you have no Oregon State University email.

Stone Soup: Volunteers will be preparing and serving a free meal to those in need of a hot meal in our community. 12 volunteers are needed from 7:45am-12pm. This project is for ages 14 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Oregon Lebanon Veterans' Home: Volunteers will be participating supporting veterans in building basic wood models, chatting and socializing with the veterans, assisting with some landscaping/facility maintenance, and touring around the facility. 12 volunteers are needed from 8am to 12pm. This project is for ages 18 and older.

Produce for the People: Volunteers will be moving fallen leaves, digging garden paths, weeding, and other garden maintenance. 50 volunteers are needed from 8:15am-12pm.
This project is for all ages. Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Corvallis Parks & Recreation: Volunteer activities include trail surfacing, invasive species removal, tree pruning, and clean-up projects. 50 volunteers are needed from 8:15am-12pm. This project is for ages 18 and older.

Habitat for Humanity Site Build: Volunteer activities include interior construction, may include painting, caulking, and installing cabinets. 10 volunteers are needed from 8:15am-3pm. This project is for ages 18 and older.

Heartland Humane Society: Volunteers will be participating in animal care including, but not limited to feeding, cleaning, and walking cats and dogs. 12 volunteers are needed from 8:45am-11:30am. This project is for ages 8 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Campus Clean-UpVolunteers will be picking up litter from the Oregon State campus including plastic, cans, cigarette butts, etc. with Student Health Services and Smoke-Free Campus. 15 volunteers are needed from 9:30am to 12pm. This project is for ages 18 and older.

Craft 'N Care for Meals on Wheels: Volunteers will be making up to 120 paper flowers collectively to create bouquets to decorate the tables where seniors served by Meals on Wheels eat. Volunteers are encouraged to bring glass jars or bottles that could be re-purposed as a vase with them to the project. 50 volunteers are needed from 9:15am-11:30am. This project is for all Ages.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Lincoln Elementary School Garden/Linus Pauling Institute Healthy Youth Program: Volunteers will provide winter garden maintenance for the Lincoln Garden at Lincoln Elementary School. The Lincoln Garden is an outdoor learning space for students during the school day, in addition to a production garden, growing food for youth and family programs and to be donated to local organizations that serve families in our community. Volunteers will be part of the larger effort to increase the access and availability of fresh, healthy food for all. 12 volunteers are needed from 9:15am-12pm. This project is for ages 10 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

SAGE Garden: Volunteers will help with winter garden maintenance. Tasks will depend upon the weather, but will include cardboard-wood chip mulching, leave-mulching, weeding, weaving of the willow fence, infrastructure repair projects, painting, plant relocation, etc. 40 volunteers are needed from 9:15am-12pm. This project is for ages 10 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Linn Benton Food Share: Volunteers will repackage bulk food for distribution to some of the 74 member agencies (shelters, care centers, food banks, etc.) to bring food to those who need it most in Linn and Benton Counties. 36 volunteers are needed from 9:15am-12pm. This project is for all ages.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Volunteers will be organizing and processing donated materials for sale at the Habitat ReStore. 10 volunteers are needed from 9:15am to 2pm. This project is for ages 16 and older.  Guardian must be present for any youth participant.

Accessibility accommodations contact: Center for Civic Engagement, CCE@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3041.

THANK YOU 2015 MLK VOLUNTEERS!

Linn Chapter OSWA Annual Meeting and Potluck

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 2:37pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Health & Wellness Events - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 2:37pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This Year, the MLK Day of Service will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about joining forces to honor the life of Dr. King; we do this through furthering his dream for peace by working with our neighbors and communities to mutually benefit all involved. MLK Day is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Individuals are inspired, strengthened, and moved to make positive change. The MLK Day of Service projects give people a chance to address societal problems and unite communities.

Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

 Learn more: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/mlk.

Last day to apply for graduation (Fall term)

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 2:41pm
Friday, January 15, 2016 (all day event)

North Willamette Horticulture Society Meetings

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 2:44pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Thursday, January 14, 2016 (all day event)

The North Willamette Horticulture Society is hosting their 61st annual meeting.

  • Organic Crops Section - Tuesday,Jan. 12
  • Vegetable Crops Section - Wednesday, Jan. 13
  • Berry Crops Section - January 14.
The conference includes a trade show with exhibitors from the local horticulture industry. The meeting features some of the latest information on organic and conventional fresh vegetable and berry production relevant to the Willamette Valley.

 

Registration information and program agendas are available at http://nwhortsoc.com. General registration includes breakfast (starting at 7am) and lunch. If you cannot register online or are interested in being an exhibitor for the first time, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912.

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream - Roseburg

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 2:44pm
Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start?
Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making that dream come true.
In this three-session course you will learn about current trends in small-scale agriculture, explore goals for your farm business, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and develop an action plan to guide your next steps.

What to expect:
• Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
• Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
• An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:
This class series will be offered in two locations.
Thursdays, January 14, 21, and 28, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm Linn County Extension Service office in Tangent.
5:30–8:00 pm Douglas County Extension Service office in Roseburg.

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 7.5 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the Linn County visit here or contact Chrissy Lucas at 541-766-3556
To register for the Douglas County series visit here or call the Douglas County Extension Service at: 541-672-4461

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Exploring the Small Farm Dream - Tangent

Small Farms Events - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 2:44pm
Thursday, January 14, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start?
Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making that dream come true.
In this three-session course you will learn about current trends in small-scale agriculture, explore goals for your farm business, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and develop an action plan to guide your next steps.

What to expect:
• Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
• Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
• An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:
This class series will be offered in two locations.
Thursdays, January 14, 21, and 28, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm Linn County Extension Service office in Tangent.

5:30–8:00 pm Douglas County Extension Service office in Roseburg.

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 7.5 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the Linn County visit here or contact Chrissy Lucas at 541-766-3556
To register for the Douglas County series please call the Douglas County Extension Service at: 541-672-4461

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Intentions

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 12:42pm

Recently, I read that 45% of individuals make New Year’s Resolutions and only 8% actually achieve success. Hmmm…not a friendly probability. Perhaps intentions about behavior are indeed more realistic. (Haven’t seen the statistics on that potential change. Mazanian (et al, 1998) does say stated intention to change is the most significant behavioral indicator.) My intention for 2016 is to provide content related to or about evaluation that provides you with something you didn’t have before you read the post (Point one). Examples follow:

David Fetterman said in another blog , “context matters in how we interpret behavior.” Yesterday, in a faculty meeting, we were asked to identify the “isms” inherent in the various sayings. We were given a group of sayings. One saying  in that group was, “I’m just a person”. This saying is a good example of what Fetterman was saying. An individual is NOT “just” a “person”. An individual is defined by the context and the behavior conducted. I am an evaluator; I am a single mom by choice; I am a long time academic. How I behave depends on all of those and more. Saying I am “just” a “person” negates all that I am and do. Evaluation is the same way. Although the field has been advanced by the “western” world, many (most?) of those cultural characteristics of the field need to be translated to fit the context.

 

New topic: I have been blogging on evaluation now for over 6 years, since early December 2009. In that time I’ve tried to post weekly (barring holidays, conferences, you know, within reason). I’ve accumulated many posts that can be categorized into the four main parts of evaluation as I see it:

  1. Program Planning and Logic Modeling;
  2. Program Implementation, Monitoring, and Delivery;
  3. Data Management and Analysis (divided into Qualitative and Quantitative data); and
  4. Program Evaluation Utilization.

My intention in 2016 (Point two) is to organize the blog posts into those four topics and replicate a WECT program (say “west”) on-line, at least nominally. It won’t be an “on-line course” as most of you know it. It will be an access point for you who are interested in Evaluation. It will list the resources that I’ve listed in the posts; it will send you to other places for additional information. It will organize for you what I’ve written. Granted, not all the posts will be included; you can always access the blog through “Evaluation is an Everyday Activity“. Whether this will be in the blog or a separate on line posting hasn’t been decided;  I will let you know.

Let me know what you think about making a WECT-type  activity.

my .

molly.

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Skyline XL Workshop

Forestry Events - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 2:34pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (all day event)
This 2-day workshop on computer payload analysis provides hands-on training with the spreadsheet SkylineXL.  The spreadsheet utilizes profile data to analyze Live, Standing, Running, and Multispan harvesting systems.  Participants are required to bring a computer running Microsoft Excel 2007 or newer to the workshop.  A copy of the latest SkylineXL program will be provided.  Participants can bring profile information to analyze during the open lab (afternoon of the second day).  ATTENDEES:  planners, foresters, forest engineers, loggers, forest technicians, sale layout personnel.

Ag Entrepreneurship & Business Planning

Small Farms Events - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 2:34pm
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ag Entrepreneurship & Business Planning 

This comprehensive 10-week course is focused on helping you to create a business plan for your current OR future small farm enterprise (or value-added product).  Class participants will hear from local farmers, agency professionals, and business experts on important aspects of farm business planning.  

This course does not cover production practices so it’s advised you have some experience in the area of your enterprise.  Follow the title link for more course info or see topics covered below.

Suitable participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis so don’t delay!

Registration instructions: 
1. If you have any questions about the course or want to determine it’s suitability for you, contact eric.lambert@wsu.edu - 360-397-6060 x 5729
2. Complete this online pre-survey.
3. WSU Small Farms will contact you when they see your pre-survey has been completed to answer any questions, go over participant expectations and to make sure the class is a good fit.
4. WSU Small Farms will send you a registration link where payment can be made.
5. You will be contacted with additional course details after payment has been received.
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Understanding vegetation in young plantations: It’s what they do

Tree Topics - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:02pm

By Brad Withrow-Robinson, Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, Benton, Linn and Polk Counties

 

photo: VMRC

Last month I spent a morning at OSU attending the annual science meeting of the Vegetation Management Research Cooperative (VMRC). It was well worth the time.

The VMRC’s mission includes conducting applied reforestation research of young plantations from seedling establishment through crown closure and, to promote reforestation success. The VMRC’s research has an emphasis on practical, operational vegetation control, and their research is broadly relevant and readily applied to the needs of family forest landowners, so I do try to keep up on their work.

Since many of the member groups do use herbicides in their forest management, their research frequently does involve herbicides. But the work is not generally about herbicides per se, but rather about understanding the nature of weed competition and how different degrees of competition and disturbance affect seedling growth and vegetation community dynamics. They are interested in knowing the influence of the timing of competition control efforts on survival and growth, how the length and timing control each affects growth and survival (“critical period threshold”), or the interaction of different seedling stock types and vegetation control methods affects seedling growth and vegetation community dynamics. Good stuff to know.

The meeting was also a chance to meet the VMRC’s new Director and Associate Director, Dr Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke and Max Wightman. They kicked things off with an excellent summary of the past decade’s research conducted around western Oregon and southwest Washington. They also did some broader synthesis of results to help lead the coop forward in another decade of work.

The VMRC currently has 14 members including forestry companies, state and federal agencies. It is one of 11 research coops at OSU’s College of Forestry (http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/research/research-cooperatives). Each conducts research and applies the results to solve problems, develop new products, support long-term field studies, and develop decision support tools. A CoF faculty member leads each cooperative and members work together to develop a mutually agreeable research program, pool dues payments to support the cooperative’s operating budget, and provide significant in-kind support to leverage dues payments.

You may have seen my earlier posting on the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative , and can expect to hear more about the work of the VMRC, SNCC and some of our other research coops in the future.

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Last day to add/drop a course via the web

Health & Wellness Events - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 2:36pm
Sunday, January 10, 2016 (all day event)

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 2:35pm
Saturday, January 9, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for WORK DAYS at Hopkins Demonstration Forest 16750 South Brockway Road, Oregon City. Hopkins website can be found at: http://www.demonstrationforest.org. Winter projects and Events include:
-On the grounds: winterization chores, clean gutters, water lines, road drainage, and culvert inspection
-In Forest Hall: set-up and decorate Christmas tree, swag and other holiday decorations
-In the Shop: winter inventory of all tools (both power and hand). The power tools will be tested to makesure they work and winterized if appropriate.
-Make a wish list for tools and equipment we need to repair, replace, or purchase in 2016.

LEARN BY DOING—IT’S THE HOPKINS WAY WE MANAGE OUR FOREST!

Lunch is provided at noon in Hopkins Hall. Please contact Jean at the Extension office to let us know you are coming.

Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!

 

endless pasta

 

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Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.

http://www.rms.org.uk/Resources/Royal%20Microscopical%20Society/infocus/Images/TheBeautyOfMilk.pdf

Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden

 

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February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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