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September 2011 (print-friendly version)

Lifelong Transformers

Okay, I admit that I’ve tired of the word “transformation”.  As everyone should know by now, we’ve used it to describe meaningful changes at the university and within the OSU Extension Service. In the near future, we will announce successful placement of regional administrators throughout the state followed soon by county leaders. But is that the end of “transformation”?

I don’t think so. Why? By our nature, Extension workers are transformers. Another common reference to our work is change agent. Of course, we help our learners to change and improve their lives, families, businesses, land and communities. But we also change—and always have. We change because our product –knowledge and its delivery—changes and improves over time. The trick (and challenge) for Extension continues to be maintenance of our historic commitments while growing and diversifying to satisfy emerging needs. And all of this in the face of budget declines.

Early in October, three Statewide Public Services will join the governing board of the Oregon University System. There I will describe how Extension has adapted to the current environment.  Among my points will be that we are:

  • Restructuring OSU Extension to a multi-county, regional administrative model
  • Spreading diminishing staff resources over larger geographies
  • Increasing fees for participation in OSU Extension programs
  • Using enhanced information and communication technology for program delivery
  • Redirecting faculty work activities from state-supported projects to grant-supported projects 

The following is extracted from what will also be provided to the Board:

For the 2011-2013 biennium, the Governor proposed a $20 million reduction from the FY 2009-2011 legislatively adopted budget of $106.6 million. Because of unsurpassed grass roots support of a broad coalition of passionate individuals and groups who rely on the Statewides, the legislature overwhelmingly supported an add back of $12 million to the Statewides’ budget for the biennium, thus, holding the budget reduction for the three entities to only $8 million for FY 2011-2013.

Without the overwhelming support of the Oregon legislature, particularly its leadership, the add back would not have occurred, and would have resulted in a devastating impact on Oregonians served by Statewide programs, requiring the elimination of a significant number of professorial and staff positions with a concomitant loss of critical teaching, research, and Extension programs in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Public Health and Human Sciences. It would also have resulted in shuttering or closure of half the branch experiment stations, along with elimination of a significant number of Extension programs throughout the state.

Much of the devastating impacts noted above are being mitigated and managed as a result of: the $12 million add back voted in by the Legislature; leveraging and offsetting with competitive grants and contracts, and adding fees for selected services ­­— at the end of June 30, 2011, the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry alone garnered $75.5 million for the fiscal year, an increase of almost 10 percent over last year; reduction or elimination of several programs; redirection of some Statewides-supported faculty and staff to other endeavors, including teaching; and restructuring administrative and structural units.   

Continued budget reductions will reduce Oregon’s ability to compete in the global marketplace in food, agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and wood and other renewable materials, just as these markets are recovering. Additionally, further reductions will severely constrict research capacity and Extension-based educational and health services provided to communities across Oregon.

Our stakeholder groups were a significant reason for our success in mitigating the budget cuts. Rather than use these passionate constituent groups only to help reverse budget reductions as we have done in the past, we must now engage them to seek new investments. Indeed, our stakeholders who have been affected by budget cuts have indicated that they are willing to work with us to seek more funding to maintain critical programs and services in all three of the Statewide Public Service Programs.

As transformers, I’m reminded of the child’s toy that changes shape to reflect changing circumstances—but always resembles its original self. As Extension enters its second hundred years in Oregon, I can still see the original organization while it continues to adapt and grow. So-to conclude this newsletter item, I’d value your reflections on our transformation—and I promise to start looking right away for another word.

Scott Reed
Vice Provost and Director 

Telling Stories with Numbers: Community Profiles Using Indicator Data

OSU Extension Family and Community Health is pleased to announce a new service to help people better understand their communities by using statistics and other numerical information.  It’s called Telling Stories with Numbers: Community Profiles using Indicator Data and is a workshop aimed at municipal and county officials, non-profit organization staff, members of the business community, and other engaged citizens. Vince Adams of OSU FCH uses community indicator information from the Rural Communities Explorer to facilitate a discussion with workshop participants about where the community has been, where it is now, and where it may be headed. The community topics discussed in the workshop will be determined prior to the event itself, in conversation with workshop hosts and/or other workshop participants. These community profile talks are designed to be facilitated conversations that make looking at data approachable for anyone. 

Telling Stories with Numbers is a terrific opportunity for you, as County Extension faculty, to provide a unique service to your client base, especially local government officials and economic development professionals, by doing any of the following:

  • Identifying and recruiting the audience for these workshops in your communities
  • Selecting the venue and promoting this Extension opportunity

We take care of the rest by customizing and delivering the program in your community.  A flyer for Telling Stories with Numbers is attached.  Call today to discuss how to get involved, fee-for-service options for attendees, and to schedule a presentation!

New Leadership and Staffing Changes in 4-H & FCH

As you may be aware, the College of Health and Human Sciences has submitted an application to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to begin a two-year process to become an accredited school of public health.  On July 1, 2011, the name of the College was officially changed to the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.  In addition to faculty expertise and programs of study in specified core areas, an accredited school of public health must also have a vibrant and highly visible outreach and engagement program. 

Toward that end, the College has aligned all of its Extension and non-Extension outreach and engagement programs into a unit called the Outreach Collaborative for a Healthy Oregon, or OCHO for short.  That unit will include 4-H, Extension Family and Community Health, EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, KidSpirit (a campus-based school-aged care program), TEAM Oregon (state-mandated motorcycle rider certification program), and a public health practice improvement initiative.

On July 1, Roger Rennekamp assumed the role of Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the new College of Public Health and Human Sciences. In that role, he will have administrative responsibility for OCHO.  Assisting him in providing leadership to the Extension programs of OCHO will be an Extension Program Leader for 4-H and FCH (Sally Bowman) and an Associate Program Leader for 4-H and FCH (Doug Hart).  

Staffing changes within the 4-H and FCH Program areas are listed below. We want to thank those employees who are leaving the OSU Extension Service for their efforts on behalf of Oregonians and wish them well in their new endeavors.

Danita Macy (FCH) has moved into a professional faculty position in Warm Springs. She was formerly an EPA2 in the NEP program in Warm Springs.

Denise Rennekamp (FCH), moved to Outreach Coordinator for the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families.

Doug Hart (Regional Director) will be the Associate Program Leader for 4-H and FCH beginning October 1.

Helena Wolfe (FCH) will be leaving her position in Umatilla County on August 31.

Jamie Fitch (FCH: Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson) has relocated to Klamath County and has a .30 FTE assignment there and a .30 FTE campus assignment.

Janice Smiley (FCH, 4-H) moved from Washington County to a statewide assignment on May 1.

Jesus Acosta (4-H) will be leaving his position in Hood River County on August 15.

Jill Murray (FCH) is moving from a 1.0 FTE position on campus to .50 FTE in Lane County (NEP) and .50 FTE on campus.

Lauren Tobey (FCH) is moving from a 1.0 FTE position on campus to .50 FTE in Linn Benton counties and .50 on campus. We will be hiring a new SNAP-Ed OFNP Coordinator.

Marc Braverman (FCH, College) is now a 9-month Extension faculty specialist focusing on applied research and evaluation.

Maxine Day (FCH, 4-H, Staff Chair) left her position in Grant County on June 30.

Morning Rae Ferris (4-H) has been hired as 4-H Instructor at Warm Springs. She was formerly the Office Coordinator at the Warm Springs Office.

Sarah Williver (4-H) has accepted a position with National 4-H Council working with 4-H Science. Her last day with OSU will be August 20.

Vanessa Klingensmith (4-H) will be leaving her position in Lincoln County on September 30.

OCHO Brings Strong Collaboration to Public Health

Approximately 125 professionals in health-related fields came together for a one-day conference at the end of June 2011 to strengthen their relationships as they embark on something quite new.

The outcome of this collaboration of OSU Extension faculty in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, public health department staff from the state and counties, and other campus faculty will be a model of public health improvement, service and outreach. The conference was sponsored by the College’s new outreach unit, known as the Outreach Collaborative for a Healthy Oregon, or OCHO.

"This collaboration is needed for Oregon," said Marc Braverman, Extension Specialist in the College and a member of the OCHO planning team. "It will benefit from Extension's success in reaching audiences and engaging with them to address local problems."

As one strategy to kick off the new venture, four grants totaling about $100,000 were funded as pilot programs by OSU’s new College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program, and Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program. Each grant funds an individual county partnership among its FCH and 4-H programs, the county health department, and an OSU campus researcher.

Tammy Bray, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, said that community-oriented projects will have immediate impact in research and measurable results. "A collaborative approach that brings together local communities with our researchers and Extension will improve public health and benefit all Oregonians," she said.

The four pilot projects exemplify “engaged scholarship,” in which University faculty and community members come together as partners to generate solutions to important issues in that community. The pilot programs and their counties are:

  • Linn County: “Poder Comunitario.” The community will help Latinos become advocates for community interventions and public health services.
  • Jefferson County: “Restructuring School Lunches with New Guidelines." A revision of the school lunch program will offer meals that are nutritionally sound, responsive to culture and popular with students.
  • Jackson and Josephine Counties: “Don't Let Rabies Get Your Goat.” A vaccination and education program will respond to the high prevalence of rabies in southern Oregon counties.
  • Klamath County: “Klamath Youth Harvest 4-H Club.” A city-based community gardening program will teach youth to grow and prepare healthy food using a positive, youth development approach.

In addition to presentations about OCHO, conference participants heard keynote speaker Arthur Kaufman, MD, from the Dept. of Community Health at the University of New Mexico, discuss Community Partnerships for Health. Mel Kohn, MD, Director of the Oregon Public Health Division, spoke on priority and emerging public health issues in the state. Kathleen O’Leary, RN, MPH, Chair of Oregon’s Conference of Local Health Officials, spoke about adding value through Extension–Public Health partnerships. 

Participants also worked in regional and topic-specific groups to plan future projects and opportunities for further collaboration.  

Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 Recommended Reading List

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide and begins September 15, 2011, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico achieved independence on September 16th and Chile on September 18th. Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1974, when President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation extending Hispanic Heritage Week into a month-long observation.

Below is a link to a recommended reading list which provides a variety of suggested books by grade level for children of all ages, as well as a selection of suggested books for adult reading. It is pretty good. Take a look.


Please thank Roger Rennekamp for bringing this to our attention.

Adapted from the work of:

Lisa A. Lauxman, Ph.D
Director, Division of Youth & 4-H
Institute of Youth, Family and Community (IYFC)
4-H National Headquarters
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
National Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Coordinator

Division of Outreach & Engagement 2010-2011 Academic Report


Attached is the Division of Outreach and Engagement Academic Report for 2010-11. Each year the Provost asks colleges and divisions across the university to submit an academic report for the year past, including the most noteworthy accomplishments and activities. I hope that you will take a few minutes to read through this document. We will also post it on the Outreach and Engagement website and welcome your thoughts and input. 

Looking forward to the year ahead.

Scott Reed
Vice Provost for University Outreach & Engagement
Director of OSU Extension Service

September 17th Proclaimed "Oregon Sea Grant Day" by Governor Kitzhaber

Oregon Sea Grant, the coastal and marine research and education program based at Oregon State University (OSU), celebrates its fortieth anniversary September 17, and Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed the date "Oregon Sea Grant Day".

The proclamation recognizes the program for forging a "dynamic partnership" with the Oregon University System, the State of Oregon, Oregon coastal communities, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since September 1971.

"Oregon Sea Grant funds top-quality research with high relevance to society," the proclamation reads, "as part of an integrated program of research, education, Extension, and public science communication."

Many Oregonians come in contact with the program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, through the public education and free-choice learning activities which  Sea Grantleads.  Over the last 40 years these programs have engaged more than 11 million visitors and hundreds of thousands of Oregon school children.

Still others are familiar with Sea Grant from contact with its OSU Extension faculty, many of them located in coastal communities. The program also produces publications, videos, and Web-based media on a wide range of ocean and coastal topics, from tsunamis to fisheries and from healthy ecosystems to the effects of climate change.

"Everything we do is intended to help Oregonians understand, conserve, and wisely use ocean and coastal resources," said Stephen Brandt, Sea Grant director. "That mission has been a constant."

OSU President Ed Ray acknowledged the Governor’s day, offering Brandt his congratulations "for this most appropriate recognition of such an important and accomplished program."

Although Sea Grant had begun in Oregon in 1968, in 1971, when the program was officially designated a "college program" under NOAA, OSU President Robert MacVicar journeyed to Washington, D.C. to meet personally with federal officials, among them Robert Abel, then director of the national office of Sea Grant. Abel lauded Oregon Sea Grant for the "highest degree of effectiveness in its program."

Oregon’s federal funding was the largest of the four programs designated in 1971 (others were in Washington, Texas, and Rhode Island.) Today Sea Grant programs are found in every coastal state; and Oregon’s is still widely considered one of the very top programs.

View a slideshow of historic Sea Grant photos on Flickr

Commitment to Diversity

In order to be successful in reaching Oregon’s increasingly diverse population, we much strive to better reflect the State’s diversity within Extension.  Extension’s Diversity Action Plan speaks clearly to this goal.

The OSU Extension Service strategic plan and our diversity plan are in alignment with the university’s mission

statement: “We value diversity because it enhances and provides tools to be culturally respectful, professionally competent, and civically responsible.” 

Each of you are encouraged to visit our diversity website to learn more and to read through the Plan and to also make a personal commitment to advancing diversity among our learners and our workforce!


Extension Marketing - Promotional Items Update

Our centennial year is coming to a close! I want to thank you for taking advantage of the many new centennial promotional items we offered this year. I hope they added some fun to your county and program celebrations. If you are planning future centennial events we still have some of the two centennial stickers (large orange stickers and the smaller white ones) and the bumper stickers available. We will no longer order centennial specific items.

When placing a marketing order it is important that you use the most current order form on the web. You may have noticed Denise Ashley has done a wonderful job of keeping the Marketing Order Form on the website updated to reflect items “on order”, “on sale” or removed from the form if we do not carry them any longer. We have recently added a less expensive orange pen for $.50 each and will be placing an order for the 2012 planners soon. I anticipate the cost will be close to last year’s $2.25. They went quickly so if you anticipate ordering more than 20 for any purpose please send me an email soon so I can order a sufficient quantity.

The current dark gray t-shirt with the orange Extension logo is nearly sold out. We are working on a new design tee shirt with a smaller Extension logo on the left chest and the tag line which we have licensed for the next 5 years, “LIFE. Get good at it.” across the back area. We are considering making them available in both Women’s and Unisex/Mens sizes for better fit and in a dark gray shade. The shirts would increase in price to about $10 with the 2 sided printing and 2 colors (orange and white). Your input is always welcome so feel free to email Vicki Campbell with your comments.

If you have ever have ideas for new promotional items you’d like considered for statewide use please contact Vicki Campbell at Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu.

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes

Karen Jossy Lang reports that her mother Eleanor Jossy,  widow of long time Jackson County Extension Agent Earle Jossy passed away July 28th in Bend at the age of 93. Earle worked in Jackson County from 1943 to the early 1980's.  A service was held Thursday August 4th at Whispering Winds, 2920 NE Conner Avenue in Bend.  Memorials can be made to Partners in Care, 2075 NE Wyatt, Bend, OR 9 7701 or to a charity of your choice. Eleanor and Earle’s daughter, Karen, also worked for Extension for several years in Crook, Jackson, and Yamhill counties. Her address is 440 1 SW Williams Road, Powell Butte, OR 97753 and her email is k1ang@cbbmaiLcom

Thank you to Glenn Klein for submitting this information.

Marion Jane (Dubeck) Vroman, a longtime resident of the Rogue Valley passed away on May 5, 2011 at Providence Memorial Hospital with family at her side. Marion had a long career with Jackson County, Oregon State University Extension Service, lasting 42 years, from 1953 – 1995, retiring as administrative assistant. She knew nearly every orchardist, cattleman, 4-H leaders, and agents from the region. In 1995, at age 72, she was honored at the Jackson County Fair.  A memorial gathering was held Saturday, August, 2011 at the Colony Far East. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the 4-H Scholarship Fund, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502.

Donna Sterling passed away at age 99 in San Luis Obispo, CA. She is the widow of Robert Sterling who retired as Baker County Extension staff chair. Burial arrangements will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, where her husband is buried. This will be sometime in October. Jim Sterling, her son, lives at 725 Bayshore St., Martinez, CA 94553. Bob also served on the Polk County Extension staff a number of years before going to Baker County.

Don Brown passed away July 31 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Don was a much loved and well known bluegrass and classic country musician and amatuer radio operater for more than 50 years in Linn County.  He retired from CenturyTel in Lebanon after 30 years. In 1991, he & his wife, Joy Brougher Brown, OSU Lane Extension both retired and traveled, enjoying photography and making music with friends & family. Joy sends thanks for the kind & encouraging cards, letters, & e-mails sent by her Extension family.  joyeb33@gmail.com e-mails.

Update on Provost Funded Infrastructure Upgrades

ECTU spent $732,000 of the 1 million in infrastructure enhancements provided to Extension and the Ag. Experiment Stations during FY 11.  The remaining funds have been rolled over to complete the work outlined.  

Here is a short list of the work completed in FY11:

1) Implemented the majority of the 34 High Def video conferencing units and new TV’s;

2) Upgraded 14 sites to 10 MB network connections;

3) Purchased 22 laptops for faculty with multi-county assignments;

4) Upgraded the core networking components at the majority of sites.   

In FY 12 will spend the remaining funds upgrading 14 more sites from T1 to a faster network connection.  When all of the work is completed, there should only be five Extension and AES offices left on T1, unfortunately there just isn’t anyone that can reach those sites today, but we’ll keep looking!  By early 2012, we should have a robust network and communications infrastructure to the majority of sites around the state. 

NOW IT IS UP TO YOU, the faculty and staff that drive this great program, to make good use of these tools!

Personnel Updates

Provided by: UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Tonya Johnson, Instructor, Marion Co. Extension
  • Megan Barella, Education Program Assistant 1, Columbia Co. Extension
  • Nora Alexander, Education Program Assistant 1, Metro Area Extension
  • Becky Teater, Education Program Assistant 1, Deschutes Co. Extension
  • Katie Ahern, Education Program Assistant 1, Deschutes Co. Extension


  • None


  • Nora Alexander, Linn County
  • Mark Mellbye, Marion County
  • Elissa Coonce, Coos County
  • Chris Names, Josephine County

Recruitment Updates: Unclassified

  • #0007779 Instructor – Clackamas Co. Ext.
    Committee Chair:
    Status: Closed 08/15/2011
  • #0008032 Assistant/Associate Professor - Crop/Soil Extension
    Committee Chair: Darrin Walenta
    Status: Posted with close date of 10/14/2011
  • #0008097 – Instructor – Umatilla Co. Ext.
    Committee Chair: Randy Mills
    Status: Posted with close date of 10/17/2011
  • #8110 – Technology and Media Support Coordinator
    Committee Chair: Lucas Turpin
    Status: Posted with close date of 10/21/2011

Recruitment Updates: Classified

  • #0007709 – Seed Certification Aide 2 (Seasonal), Umatilla County
    Committee Chair: Randy Mills
    Status: Offer pending
  • #0007830 – Early Childhood Education Teacher, Jackson County (Limited Duration)
    Committee Chair: Anne Manlove
    Status: Closed 08/28/2011
  • #0007831 – Early Childhood Education Assistant, Jackson County (Limited Duration)
    Committee Chair: Anne Manlove
    Status: Closed 08/28/2011
  • #0007918 – Office Specialist 1 – Washington County
    Committee Chair: Sandra Collinger
    Status: Closed 09/19/2011
  • #0007899 – Education Program Assistant 1 – Lane Area (Intermittent)
    Committee Chair: John Punches
    Status: Closed 09/09/2011
  • #0008092 – Education Program Assistant 1 – Marion County Ext.
    Committee Chair: Diane Silberstein
    Status: Posted with close date of 10/06/2011
  • #8031 – Office Specialist 1 – Limited Duration – Lincoln County Ext.
    Committee Chair: Sam Angima
    Status: Closed 09/29/2011
  • #8070 – Education Program Assistant 1 – Limited Duration – Washington County Ext.
    Committee Chair: Octaviano Merecias
    Status: Posted with close date of 10/10/2011
  • #8120 – Education Program Assistant 2 – Limited Duration – Jackson County Ext.
    Committee Chair: Maud Powell
    Status: Posted with close date of 10/13/11
  • #8121 – EducationProgram Assistant 1 – Yamhill County Ext.
    Committee Chair: Mike Kuntz
    Status: Posted with a close date of 10/10/2011