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November 2012 (print-friendly version)

Growing OSU Extension

As in most biennia, the Oregon Governor releases a two-year recommended budget around December 1, then participates in a legislative process that establishes a two-year budget beginning the following July 1. For the 2013-15 biennium, a new process partitioned the State’s general fund into seven funding areas. The OSU Extension Service was considered within the education funding area, along with the rest of higher education, the K-12 system and community colleges. The other two OSU Statewide Public Services—the Forest Research Lab and the Agricultural Experiment Station, were included within the jobs and economy funding area.

With leadership from the Extension Program Council, a process was developed to identify and prioritize issues around which we might seek funding to allow Extension’s growth. While it isn’t yet clear if new funding may come from the state, we are preparing to advance three initiatives. These investment opportunities have been reviewed by the campus-wide Outreach and Engagement Council, the Extension Citizens Advisory Network and Extension’s regional administrators and county leaders.

Your reaction and suggestions will help strengthen the case for funding. Here is a brief description of each of the three; for an expanded description of the draft, please click on the associated link. Please feel free to send your comments directly to me, or wait for this column to be posted on the UOE blog where you may reply for all to see.

Scott Reed
Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Director, OSU Extension Service


InvestmentBuilding Bridges to prosperity--Enhancing Oregon’s Extension Delivery (PDF)
This initiative identifies growth of Extension’s capacity to address critical natural resource and human health issues. It would seek to restore Extension’s statewide capability to address items of local concern in partnership with an array of public and private partners. The associated investment levels range from one million dollars to five million dollars.

InvestmentFood Systems (PDF)
Food and it’s many dimensions helps to define healthy communities, people, planet and economy. Food is the “handshake” between rural and urban Oregon communities. This initiative seeks to identify and close gaps affecting food security and safety to build community capacity towards sustainable food systems. A spectrum of investment options range from approximately $500,000 to $2 million dollars.

InvestmentOregon Open Campus (PDF)
The basic premise of this initiative is to grow Extension’s 100 years of community-based education to serve as a convener of integrated programing among community colleges, K-12 and relevant community partners. Such and expanded partnership levers intellectual and physical resources to broaden an array of programs—both residential and online. Particulat attention is given to job skills, degree completion and the workforce pipeline. Investments into this initiative range from $560,000 to $4 million.

Important Dates and Information for SOARS Reporting

Plans of Work (POW) for 2013 are due in SOARS (the Stories, Outcomes, and Accomplishments Reporting System) by December 15, 2012. After that date, your POW will be "locked" and require your immediate supervisor’s approval to submit or edit it. 

Individual Report of Accomplishments (ROA), as well as Extension Contacts, Extension Volunteers, etc., for the 2012 calendar year are due in SOARS by January 15, 2013.  After that date, your ROA will be "locked" and require the approval of your immediate supervisor to submit or edit it.

All Extension faculty and program assistants conducting educational programs for Extension (.20 Extension FTE or greater) are required to complete an annual POW and provide ROAs.

A link to log in to SOARS can be found at the SOARS web page or by navigating from the Extension home page to the Employees section. There will be a link on the "popular links" area in the upper left corner.

Questions regarding POW or ROA content and who is required to complete a POW or ROA should be referred directly to the SOARS contact person in each program area. If, after referring to the SOARS online help (denoted by question mark symbols throughout SOARS) or the SOARS Data Entry Manual, you still have questions on using SOARS, this is the person you should contact for assistance.

Program area contacts for SOARS are:

It may be helpful to download the most recent SOARS Data Entry Manual from the SOARS webpage prior to entering your POW/ROA. There are also "help" buttons (denoted by the "?" symbols) throughout SOARS as well.

Staff Achievements and Awards

Journal of Extension (JOE)

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleague Lynette Black, who has an article published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of Extension (JOE):

To learn more about publishing in JOE, see the JOE Submission Guidelines and Help for JOE Authors.


Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

Congratulations to the 2012 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence winners:

Complete information on the awards received and recipient/team details are available on Outreach and Engagement's 2012 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence page.



Clackamas County Extension 4-H Team Wins Judge’s Choice

Clackamas County Extension 4-H team won Judge’s Choice at Portland's Festival of Trees for their themed tree, known as the Urban Farmer. The display includes a fruit-and-nature-themed tree; garden tools, pots, planters, and seed packets; and a 6 x 6-foot double-wall, polycarbonate greenhouse. It is now on display at the Festival located at the Portland Convention Center through Saturday, December 1st.   

2012 Team Members:

  • Jan Williams
  • Wendy Hein
  • Janet Nagele
  • Trisha White
  • Jean Bremer


OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Wins Big in Spokane

In October, the 2012 Society of American Foresters National Convention was held in Spokane, WA, where a number of Extension Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) faculty received awards. On Tuesday, October 23, in Spokane, College of Forestry (COF) Dean Thomas Maness accepted the 2012 Outstanding Family Forests Education Award from Bob Wagner, Director of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine and Chair of the Extension Committee of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP). This award is given annually by NAUFRP in cooperation with the National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA). OSU received the award this year for the Ties to the Land Program, an innovative educational curriculum that assists families with the orderly and successful transition of their family farms and forests from one generation to the next.

The Ties to the Land Program began in Oregon, and has since been adopted in nearly 20 other states. It has been a cooperative endeavor, with support from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the OSU Austin Family Business Program, and more recently the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry Division and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The program is coordinated by Dr. Mary Sisock in the COF’s Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society. For a little perspective, this award has been given annually since 1997. Fourteen universities have received the award at least once, and only Mississippi State University, Washington State University, the University of Georgia, and Oregon State University have received the award twice.

Extension Agent and Professor Stephen Fitzgerald received the Society of American Foresters Technology Transfer Award. This award recognizes Steve’s "distinguished record of achievement in technology transfer and Extension". This award comes with a plaque, thousand dollar stipend, and travel expenses to the convention. This SAF award was created in 1985, and has been awarded 27 times. Oregon State University is the only university that has received this award more than twice. OSU has brought this award to Corvallis an amazing seven times!

Congratulations to Mary and Steve for your great accomplishments. They reflect well on you as professionals, as well as OSU, COF, and the FNR Extension Program!

Fall 2012 OSU Extension Association Award Winners

Search for Excellence

Congratulations to Fall 2012 Search for Excellence award winners. The program recognizes outstanding Extension education effort, innovation and impact.

Development of an Undergraduate Experimental Instruction Program in Extension LinC (Learning in Communities). Builds linkages between OSU undergraduate education and Extension. Team members include:

  • Marc Braverman
  • Katherine Gunter
  • Karlie Friesen Moore
  • Robin Galloway
  • Denise Rennekamp
  • Holly Berry
  • Brandi Hall
  • Lizbeth Gray
  • Clara Pratt

Land Steward Program. A multidsciplinary program teaches Jackson County landowners how to better to utilize and take care of ther land. Learning leads to actions and finally volunteering on behald of better land stewardship of private land. Team members:

  • Max Bennett
  • Rhianna Simes

Oscar Hagg Communication Award

Sponsored by the Oscar Hagg family, the award recognizes superior and distinguished achievement by Extension personnel—individuals, groups and teams—who have helped Oregonians resolve difficult problems through extension education programs by effectively utilizing planned, innovative, and creative communications skills and techniques. 

  • Polk County Team

Hoecker Innovative Grants Program

Sponsored by Dale & Alice Hoecker Family, the award encourages and supports Extension faculty in developing and delivering new programs that address a high priority need of an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches and creative Extension programming. Winners of this award :

  • Kristin Frost Albrecht, Clatsop County, for The Mobile Garden Project
  • Stacey Todd, Klamath County, Growing Community Health Starts in an Educational Garden
  • Silvia Rondon, Umatilla County, Bugs 4 Kids


Outreach and Engagement Conference Presentations

Thank you to all who attended the 2012 Outreach and Engagement Conference.  If you would like to revist the material or share with others, all avaiable presentations and videos are now online.

2012 Conference Presentations

Day One:

Day Two:

Professional Development Days: April 8-10, 2013

Outreach and Engagement Professional Development Days (formerly known as 'Spring Training') will take place April 8, 9, and 10, 2013 at the OSU CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. Classes are on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by Extended Campus' Faculty Forum Thursday, April 11.

Want to teach a class? Wishing for a particular subject or presenter?
Please submit suggestions to Drea Zigler by Dec 15, 2012.  

Current proposed topics include:

  • Develop your own 'Living on the Land' Program
  • Need Assessment
  • Fulbright Scholarship Workshop
  • Integrated Plant Protection Center
  • IPAD Use and Security
  • Marketing & the OSU Brand
  • CORE Curriculum


Regards to Rural Conference, June 21-22, 2013

Save the date for the 2013 Regards to the Rural Conference, June 21-22, 2013.

Join with others to renew your energy, share practices, and spark innovative ideas for strengthening the economic vitality and social vibrancy of rural communities. Listen to insightful keynote presentations and effective skill-building sessions. Access rural resources and network with others who are passionate about making sustainable changes.

Mark your calendar and plan to be inspired!

  • Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013
  • Pre-sessions on Thursday, June 20
  • Attend one, two, or all three days
  • Conference located at Oregon State University in Corvallis

For sponsorship information, call 541.684.9077 or visit the Regards to Rural website.

Registration expected to open February 15, 2013. 

The Regards to Rural Conference is hosted by Rural Development Initiatives in partnership with OSU Rural Studies Program and Extension Service.

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes


  • Sad news of the passing of Alice Stoltz, wife of Mike Stoltz, on Friday, October 12, 2012.  Mike Stoltz is a retired Extension Regional Director who also served as an Extension agent in Lane and Umatilla Counties during his career with OSU Extension. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington Street SW, Albany OR 97321. Alice's obituary can be found on the Gazette Times website.
  • Robert L. Ticknor passed away September 24, 2012. He was OSU professor (emeritus) and research horticulturist at NWREC for 35 years. Robert's obituary can be found on the Canby Chapel Obituary's website.

Personnel Updates

Provided by: UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Amy Comer - Ext Linn Co - Education Program Assistant
  • Kelly Cotter - Ext Benton Co - Office Specialist 2
  • Heidi Dawn - Ext Jackson Co - Education Program Assistant
  • Kelly Moffatt Ext Deschutes Co - Education Program Assistant
  • Rosanna Mae Sanders - Ext Warm Springs - Education Program Assistant
  • Mariana Traina - Ext Jackson Co - Education Program Assistant
  • Natalie Wilkins - Ext Gillam Co - Education Program Assistant


  • None


  • Lenden Sue Mabe - Ext Sherman Co

Recruitment Updates

  • None