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December 2011 (print-friendly version)

Degree Completion and You in Oregon

In the state of Oregon there are 750,000 people with some college experience  (including community college) but no bachelor’s degree. According to the Lumina Foundation, in 2008, nearly 570,000 Oregon residents fit into this category of some college, no degree — representing more than 27 percent of the state’s adult population. (Adding the 186,000 associate's degree holders gets us to 750,000 with some college and no bachelor's degree.) (http://www.luminafoundation.org/state_work/oregon/)

A recent analysis by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce of occupation data and workforce trends indicates 64 percent of Oregon’s jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018. Between now and 2018, Oregon will need to fill about 591,000 vacancies resulting from job creation, worker retirements and other factors. Of these job vacancies, 377,000 will require postsecondary credentials, while only 214,000 are expected to be filled by high school graduates or dropouts.

You can see why the Governor is pushing so hard on the 40/40/20 initiative. I’m sure you heard of it. Here’s what the Oregonian reported on November 4, 2011:

“CORVALLIS -- Oregon has staked its education and economic future on a goal called 40-40-20, and top education leaders gathered in Corvallis this week to consider how they are going to reach it.
The goal declares that by 2025, Oregon will ensure that:

  • 40 percent of adults will have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • 40 percent of adults will have earned an associate degree or post-secondary credential.
  • 20 percent of adults will have earned a high school diploma, modified high school diploma or the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Earlier this year, the Legislature not only made this goal law, it also adopted an implementation plan, across all levels of education, that bases student advancement on proficiency rather than age and course credits.” 

Reaching the 40/40/20 goals could have financial value. Census studies show us that people holding a Bachelors degree make nearly $1 million more over their working career. Here’s the breakdown:

High school graduates on average earn $1.2 million in lifetime income. Those with a bachelor's degree earn $2.1 million over a lifetime. People with a master's degree earn $2.5 million. Persons with doctoral degrees earn an average of $3.4 million during their working life.


For OSU (as a Land-Grant University) to be a true economic driver and significantly increase the number of people in the state who have bachelor’s degree and therefore make significantly more money over their professional lives, we can’t rely on the incoming 18-year-olds to feed the process.  There aren’t enough of them.  We must bring a significant number of the 750,000 into the mix and help them get degrees.  Those experienced working adults make a much stronger and more immediate economic impact than waiting for an entry-level 25-year-old with a newly minted degree to work their way up the food chain. 

So what does this mean to Extension?

As an integral part of the OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, Extension is front and center in our effort to make inroads into the 750,000 “some college, no degree” group of Oregonians. With faculty in every county, we know many of these people personally. We know their friends and families. What we also know as personally as anyone, is what the impact could be on our communities if more of our friends, neighbors, and community leaders were contributing to the economic vitality of our communities as (OSU) bachelor’s or better degree holders.  

Starting with our new County Leaders and continuing through our field faculty and campus faculty with connections in every community, we can help people understand how easy and valuable it can be for them to return to academe and finish their degrees with OSU.

Every community has unique needs. Addressing those needs with degree completion programs requires we connect directly to the community; communities in which OSU Extension has roots that run deep. Who better to know what will help improve community economic vitality?  Who better to advise neighbors, family, friends and peers where to go to finish their degree and why it can be of immense value to the individual and the community. 

Dave King
Associate Provost
Outreach and Engagement

Opportunity for Oregon Youth - A Month Immersion Experience in Mongolia

American Youth Leadership Program with Mongolia—Enhancing Global Perspectives

Applications will be submitted directly to the University of Wyoming, however, please also send a copy of your application to Lillian Larwood.

For a second year, this exchange will offer approximately 29 youth and 5 adults the opportunity to explore the vast historical and cultural traditions of Mongolia in a four week exchange program beginning mid June and ending mid July, 2012. The educational theme during the exchange will focus on environmental issues that are common to the western U.S. and Mongolia: water quality, renewable energy and land restoration/reclamation.

Youth and adults will be recruited from the 13 states which make up the Western Region of the Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Service: this includes Oregon!!

The purpose of Enhancing Global Perspectives in Youth is to provide an experience for youth and adult exchange participants to enhance global citizenship. The exchange will enhance understanding of cultural differences in both American and Mongolian youth so they may work effectively in a global society and become better prepared to positively address environmental issues that affect our world.

Youth applicants must…

  • Be at least 15 years old and not older than 17 years old by the trip departure date (approximately June 21, 2012).
  • Have at least one semester of high school left following the trip.
  • Have parents/guardians permission to participate in the entire program, including orientations and post-program activities.
  • Participate in pre-trip orientation, May 17- 20, 2012 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
  • Have an interest in environmental issues around water quality, renewable resources and land reclamation/restoration.
  • Have an interest in learning about Mongolian history and culture
  • Submit a complete application no later than January 15, 2012.
  • Participate in a web based interview.
  • Upon selection, participants will be asked to complete a medical information and behavior agreement form.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.


  • The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will cover most of the cost for this experience.  Please visit the website listed below for additional information related to costs for participants.

Adult Participants (chaperones)

  • Please visit the website listed below for complete details related to adult participants.

Program brochure additional information, and application forms

The applications are in a fillable adobe format so make sure you have the latest version of adobe reader – you can find the latest version here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

This exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the University of Wyoming, 4-H Youth Development Program.

Please contact Lillian Larwood with questions or concerns.

Lillian Larwood
4-H Specialist-World Citizenship
4-H Youth Development Education
105 Ballard Hall
Corvallis, OR  97331-3608
541-737-1316 (p)
541-737-1332 (f)

Guidelines for Holiday Decorations

The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers the following recommendations to guide departments as they plan for the use of holiday decorations in their units. We understand that having a festive environment, especially during the December/January holidays is important to many of our students, employees, and stakeholders. We also believe this can and should be accomplished in ways that are inclusive and respectful of a range of cultural traditions.


Two constitutional protections inform the university’s guidelines about holiday decorations:

  1. As a public agency, OSU may not advance or endorse religion, non-religion, or one religion over another.
  2. The university must safeguard the rights of individuals to the free exercise of their beliefs.

As you consider whether or how to display holiday decorations, please ensure that both these constitutional obligations are met.   To clarify, this means that individuals do have the right to display religious symbols privately in their work areas, but such expressions must clearly be personal, private, and not appear to be public.  Religious symbols should not be displayed in areas such that they seem to be expressions of the institution rather than an individual. The distinction between private and public spaces and private and public expressions should be determined using best judgment about how decorations will appear to the reasonable observer; please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion (541-737-3556) with specific questions.

In addition to these legal parameters, Oregon State University is committed to inclusiveness and respect for a wide range of cultural customs. The Office of Equity and Inclusion encourages individuals and departments to be thoughtful and respectful of the beliefs, traditions, and comfort level of others with regard to holiday decorations. The visibility of decorations to others and their resulting impact upon the workplace should be considered by employees who place them in the workplace.

Inclusive Strategies

The following suggestions are meant as a starting point for conversations and planning within your department. Please note that holiday decorations must conform to all fire and safety regulations.

  • Use a collaborative process for staff input into department decorating plans.
  • Respect an individual’s decision to not participate.
  • Focus decorations on the winter season by using images that are not associated with religious traditions (e.g., snowflakes, snow sculptures, sleds). Remember that images that seem neutral to some may be experienced as religious by others with different traditions.
  • Ensure that decorations reflect and are respectful of the diversity of our university community.
  • Identify a specific period of time for the display of holiday decorations.
  • Consider how efforts support and enhance the university’s values and goals with regard to equity, inclusion, and diversity.
Marketing Promotion - End of the Year SALE!

These items are now at greatly reduced prices until sold out! Very limited supply. The marketing order form will be updated soon. Sale prices will be in effect for orders received from today on. Please visit the Marketing website to view the updated order form and pictures of the current promotional items.

  • 2012 pocket calendars -$1
  • Centennial latte mugs - $3
  • Charcoal gray t-shirts with orange OSU Extension logo on front (unisex sizes SM, MD, XXL) - $3
New Citizen Evaluation of Teach (CET) Instructor Header Sheets for 2012

The Citizen Evaluation of Teaching (CET) Instructor Header Sheet is new and updated for 2012. County offices will be receiving the new Instructor Header Sheets to use with all classes and workshops held in (calendar year) 2012 and later.

  • The new 2012 Instructor Header Sheet for instructors is blue.
  • The old pink Instructor Header Sheet should continue to be used for evaluations of classes held during the 2011 calendar year.
  • The purple bubble sheet for the class participants has not changed.

Instructions and a detailed explanation accompanies each packet of new forms. For any comments or questions contact Kim Tarrant at 541-737-2711 or kim.tarrant@oregonstate.edu.

Extension Citizen Advisory Council Meeting held in November

The Extension Citizen Advisory Council (ECAN) met November 17-18 at the Eugene Hilton in Eugene with representation from 17 counties and program areas.  The ECAN meeting was held in conjunction with the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Annual Meeting. ECAN members were invited to join the AOC at their “County Tasting” Event held the evening of November 17,  providing ECAN members an opportunity to meet and network with their local officials and those from other counties.

The ECAN agenda included:

  • Welcome, introduction – Betty-Coe de Broekert ECAN Co-Chair, Scott Reed Vice Provost Outreach and Engagement, Director Extension
  • Strategic Vision of OSU – Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations and Marketing
  • Regional Administrator and County Leader Structure – Sam Angima, Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator, North Coast Region
  • ECAN and New Regional Administration Structure  - Scott Reed
  • Budget, Legislative Update, Communicating with Elected Officials – Scott Reed
  • Evening event - ECAN joins Association Oregon Counties “County Tasting,” Hilton Eugene Main Ballroom
  • Debrief from evening with AOC – All
  • Outreach and Engagement Regionalization Spectrum of Access – Dave King, Associate Provost Outreach and Engagement, Director Ecampus
  • Ask an Expert (AaE) Status Report – Jeff Hino, Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC), Learning Technology Leader
  • Extension Website and Awareness Campaign – Peg Herring, EESC Education Outreach Leader
  • Next Steps and Leadership Recruitment – Betty-Coe de Broekert, Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Meeting evaluation - All

All faculty and staff are encouraged to get to know their ECAN representative for their county and/or program area. Contact your Regional Administrator or County Leader if you need contact information (or Jackie Russell, Extension Administration).

2012 ANREP Conference Abstract Notification

Several members of the WE Team will present the results of this comprehensive evaluation at the 2012 Association of Natural Resource Professionals (ANREP) conference in Hendersonville, NC next May.

The Watershed Education (WE) Team, a cross-college team of OSU Extension professionals, conducts work that touches all aspects of watershed health and management- from restoration and gardening, to fish biology and ecology.  Capturing the effectiveness of those disparate though related programs presented a challenge.  Together, the WE Team members with Molly Engle, Extension Evaluation Specialist, and the WE Team coordinator, Megan Kleibacker, developed a mind map of the WE Team, a fluid logic model representing the goal of the Team, and a simple yet comprehensive evaluation tool that could be used for all WE Team programs.  Six members of the team collected data on their various program areas over the course of one year.  The resulting data analyses provided the WE Extension faculty with clues about their effectiveness as a team, results that can be used to modify future and enhance future WE Team programming. 

Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

Each year, University Outreach and Engagement recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty, staff and partners that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement through the presentation of Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards luncheon was held December 15th at OSU CH2MHill Alumni Center for the awardees and their nominators, department heads, deans and/or vice provosts and guests.

This year two special awards were given recognizing the work of the:

  • Faculty Panel for Transformation
  • Ask an Expert Deployment Team and Question Monitors 

Also honored at the award luncheon were three Extension faculty receiving Recognition for Government Service:

  • Maureen Hosty - 20 years of Service
  • Janice Cowan - 20 years of Service
  • Janice Gregg - 30 years of Service

Visit the O&E website to see the 2011 award winners, as well as winners from previous years. http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/awards/award-recipients

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are given in the following categories:

1. Service
2. Strategic Impact
3. Program Support
4. Innovation
·    On-line Teaching Innovation—Credit-based
·    On-line Teaching Innovation—Non Credit
·    Partnerships Innovation—Meritorious work with other public or private organizations or individuals
5. Diversity

Staff Achievements and Awards


The following FCH faculty received recognition at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico held in September.

  • Continued Excellence Award – Jeanne Brandt, Washington County
  • Distinguished Service Award – Sharon Johnson, Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center

The following 4-H Youth Development Faculty received recognition at the recent National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Distinguished Service Award – Sandra Carlson, Clatsop County and Carole Smith, Union County
  • Achievement in Service Award – Claire Sponseller, Morrow County
  • Achievement in Service Award - Jeremy Green, Crook County
  • Meritorious Service Award - Woody Davis, Columbia County

Congratulations to Cory Parson and Tim Deboodt. Their article, "Cows and Creeks Workshops Lead to Natural Resource Improvements Through Collaborative Extension Programming in Eastern Oregon," Parsons, C.T.; Deboodt, T.L.; Riggs, B.A. was published in the Journal of the NACAA, Volume 4, Issue 2: http://www.nacaa.com/journal/

Congratulations to Crystal Hines, Extension Administration and EESC student employee, for completion of her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.  She begins graduate school in Library & Information Science in mid-January.

Natural Resources Leadership Academy, June 2012

In June of 2012 OSU will be hosting its first Natural Resources Leadership Academy, a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students in the natural resources field. The academy is a collaboration between University Outreach and Engagement and several other groups on campus. Instructors for the academy include professors from various colleges, including business, CEOAS, liberal arts, forestry and agricultural sciences.

Register for one- or two-week sessions, and choose from courses in the areas of conflict management, communication, sustainable natural resources and leadership.  The session dates are June 18-22 and June 25-29. Pre-registration for the academy opens in February, and graduate and continuing education credits are available.

If you know of anyone that might be interested, please direct them to the Natural Resources Academy website to find out more information and to sign up to receive email updates. 


New Opportunity for Youth Development in Your Community!

The Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program supports positive youth/adult partnerships in every way.  This leadership development opportunity is one more way to encourage youth to enhance skills and use their voice in rural communities across Oregon.  

Hello Ford Institute Leadership Program Graduates:
The new year offers a new opportunity for youth development in your community!  The Ford Institute for Community Building and Rural Development Initiatives are pleased to provide an annual statewide workshop for youth/adult community teams to learn how to develop and sustain their own youth leadership program.

This two-day workshop entitled "Build Your Own Youth Leadership Program" will cover topics such as: best practices in positive youth development, designing, fundraising, implementing, evaluating and sustaining a youth leadership program, curriculum development, liability issues and facilitation skills.  Community teams of 3-5 individuals, including at least one youth, at least one adult and at least one Ford Institute Leadership Program graduate are encouraged to participant.  In addition, your team must have a connection to an existing youth serving agency, organization or school to encourage partnerships with ongoing community efforts and resources.  

Date:               February 3-4, 2012
Time:               Friday 3:00-8:00pm, Saturday 8:00-3:00pm
Location:         The Ford Family Foundation - Roseburg, Oregon

The workshop includes up to three hours of coaching and consulting for each community team after the session.  However, if your community still needs an extra boost to get its youth program off the ground the first year, teams will be eligible to apply for a technical assistance grant of up to $5000.

We request only one Team Application per community; it may require some local organizing to build your team.  To apply please download the Team Application Form at  www.tfff.org/BYOYouthLeadership and return via email to Yvette Rhodes at The Ford Family Foundation at yrhodes@tfff.org or by fax 541-957-5720 no later than January 17, 2011.  Space is limited, so apply early!

The Ford Institute will cover one night's lodging in Roseburg and meals during the orientation.  Mileage Reimbursement is available for drivers.  Carpooling is STRONGLY encouraged for community teams to conserve fuel and financial resources and add to team bonding.

For questions contact Max Gimbel at  or 541-359-5284.

Promoting Food Security Summit

Please consider attending the "Ending Hunger in Oregon: 2012 Food Security Summit" on campus January 19 and 20. The Summit will assemble leaders, advocates, service providers, producers, and educators, along with a bunch of energetic students, to talk about what people can do at the state, regional, county, and city level to address food insecurity in Oregon. This event is not primarily about collecting more emergency food but about how policies, decisions, politics, laws and practices influence the people in Oregon communities. We will provide new information on root causes of domestic hunger and on emerging ideas and efforts to assist Oregon families struggling to put food on the table, and in so doing, improve our communities, counties, and state. We will also provide ample time for questioning, discussing and strategizing. This may be an excellent opportunity for field staff to bring a couple local stakeholders with them to both contribute insights about the needs of their communities and to learn more about what other communities are doing.  We expect a good showing of graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom are looking for opportunities to serve in internships in Oregon communities.

We have two top-notch plenary speakers coming Max Finberg of the USDA Office for Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Dr. Deborah Frank, a nationally recognized leader in combating childhood hunger in America. We also will have two special roundtable discussions, with one focusing on the role of local, regional, state, and national government in addressing food insecurity and the other exploring the role of the media in covering and influencing this topic.

Attached is a flyer about the summit. Or, to see a preliminary program and to register, you can go directly to our website at:  http://osuhungersummit.org I hope you can join us. Please email me if you have any questions.

Mark Edwards
Associate Professor of Sociology
OSU School of Public Policy

Professional Development Fund Offers Payroll Deduction Option

Please help support the Professional Development Fund! I’m sorry that I don’t get to make this request to you in person. Just pretend you see me looking you in the eyes with a sincere smile.

Our goal for Professional Development Fundraising is $5000.  Scholarships are available for all of us!  You can make a tax-deductable contribution two ways:

  1. Make a payroll deduction (form is attached).  Annual contributions currently range from $48 to $360.  Your modest monthly deduction will help us reach our goal. Send this in by the end of the year so your contributions can start in January! If you already have payroll deduction, it will continue as it currently stands unless you want to make a change. Increases are appreciated, too!

  2. If you don't want to do payroll deduction or you are retired and want to continue supporting the Professional Development Fund, Kim Tarrant will accept checks made out to ''OSU Foundation'' with a note on the check that the funds are for the Extension Professional Development Fund.  Kim’s address is 101 Ballard Extension Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-3036. Send your check before or after January 1st depending on which tax year you want to it to apply.

Contact Glenda Hyde for more information.

Thank you so much!

Glenda Hyde
Family and Community Health Instructor
Oregon Family Nutrition Program Managing Faculty
Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties
Oregon State University Extension Service
541-548-6088 Ext. 7961

OSU Grant Writers Training

Linn County Extension is sponsoring a 2 ½ day grant writer’s training at the OSU campus. See the flyer-graphic for details.

We are looking to recruit TEAMS of colleagues that are interested in articulating proposals for agencies including NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) and other large funding sources.  

Please join us for this valuable training in March 2012!

Contact Pamela Opfer for more information

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes


Jayne Keller, Baker County office manager, and husband, Luke, welcomed the birth of their new son, Aaron Charles Kellar, on October 28th.  Aaron weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz., and was 19 inches long. Carole Smith, regional administrator Union County, and husband, Jeff, are the proud grandparents. 


Hokie Adams, long time OSU Extension dairy specialist and emeritus faculty passed away September 27th, 2011. The full obituary for Hokie was posted in the Gazette Times.  A celebration of his life was held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis on October 16th. Remembrances can be made to Benton Hospice Service, Benton Habitat for Humanity, or the Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation.

Ken Meier, former Extension faculty in Marion County (1960-1964), and longtime Master Gardener in Marion County, has passed away. His Celebration of Life was held on October 29th at the Morning Star Church in Salem.


Tips for Preparing a Great Webinar

Really good Webinars are just like really good F2F presentations.

  • Make your slides tell the major points you want people to see/hear, but not every detail you are saying. Outline your presentation in sections that tell your story incrementally. Each slide should be a piece of that story like a headline. When you speak, fill in the details.  If you think the details are too complicate for people to hear and comprehend, simplify your message, don’t add detail to the slides.  Offer a paper posted on your web site for people to download the details later. Or what I’ve started doing is to put my speaking notes into the notes section of the PowerPoint slides and post them so any who wants more info can see the slide as reference and the message below. See the attached paper presentation from a recent conference in China.

  • Don’t try improve interaction by asking questions you expect people to respond to during the presentation. The response latency is too great. Instead try to anticipate questions from the target audience and ask them of yourself to break up the flow…e.g. “You may be wondering about XXXX. The answer to that is XXXXXX.”
  • Watch for ad hoc questions in the chat space on the screen just like you would watch for questions from the audience.  Repeat the question just like you would in a room where some people could not hear the question. 
A New Look for County Extension Office and AES Websites

Watch for a fresh new look on county and AES websites in the weeks ahead. Soon EESC will begin updating all county and AES websites to the new Drupal Extension/AES theme. We anticipate all county and AES sites will be successfully updated to the new theme by February.

The new design will bring a number of enhancements and new features to your website, including:

Shared content

In addition to your local information and content, the new template will feature Extension content shared automatically to all county sites, bringing new and continuously updated statewide information to your visitors.

Consistent look and feel

The new fresh look balances the look-and-feel of the new Extension site and updated OSU brand standards.  At the same time, it will continue to provide local county and AES branding with a banner featuring an image unique to your county. View the new look (JPG)

New features

  • Social media –Dedicates a location for your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube links, and more
  • Better navigation – An easy-to-use and more comprehensive menu system
  • Announcements – Provide your latest news updates
  • Updated calendar display – View event details in a pop-up without leaving your page
  • Find Us – Provides faculty/staff info with a zoom-able Google map
  • Print friendly – Delivers easy-to-read printed output
  • Emergency blocks – Alert your county to emergency situations
  • View the new features (PDF)

Training opportunities

We are in the process of developing a new Drupal training website to help you learn how to update all aspects of your website. Additional resources will include a Drupal support hotline, online training, and workshops.

What can you do to help prepare for this new theme? 

Keep up-to-date on the roll out

Questions or constructive feedback? 

Please contact Jeff Hino, Learning Technology Leader at the EESC.

Personnel Updates

Provided by: UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Rose Haverland, Washington County
  • Victor Villegas, Computer Services
  • Jennifer Oppenlander, Jefferson County


  • None


  • None

Recruitment Updates

  • #0008225 - Office Assistant - Ext Wallowa Co Office
  • #0008110 - Technology and Media Support Coordinator - Ext Computer Svc Admin
  • #0008200 - Education Program Assistant 1 - EXT Fam/CommHlth OffCmps
  • #0007918 - Office Specialist 1 - Ext Washington Co Office
  • #0008334 - Office Specialist 2 - EXT Fam/CommHlth OffCmps