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March 2013 (print-friendly version)

No Rear View Mirrors

People talk about the "New Normal" and how the past won’t return. I see that in many of my travels and conversations. To thrive in today’s environment, one must take advantage of current circumstances. The University’s outreach and engagement role is designed to react to contemporary issues and to form the necessary partnerships to address them, not to try to recapture what once was. So what’s new? We have done that well for more than 100 years. Going forward depends upon how we build upon our historic strengths—community based, objective, and centered on knowledge.

After many conversations with members of Congress and Oregon State legislators, I’m convinced that opportunities to rebuild the OSU Extension Service are entirely possible. Our comparative advantage will be most convincing if we focus on the return on investment to Extension. What are the returns? Knowledge gained, behaviors changed, more healthy and prosperous lives, vital communities, and sustained landscape productivity and profitability are among the meaningful measures.

Going forward, we have developed three priority investment packages. Each builds upon our statewide foundation and addresses critical issues. The first seeks to support jobs and the economy through expanded work with natural resources and the workforce—important parts of a post-recession economy. The second addresses food systems and many dimensions of food safety and security. The third expands our path breaking work dubbed Oregon Open Campus that knits together educational systems to support local and state goals.

Of course, the challenge is to earn the necessary resources to implement our priorities. In times of federal budget sequestration and limited state revenues, all of our voices are needed to illustrate Extension’s possibilities. Please take the opportunities to learn about and advance our collective future.

Check out the investment packages at the following links:


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

Spring Training 2013 - Register by March 20th

You are invited to Extension Service Spring Training 2013!

April 8-10, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, OSU Campus, Corvallis

Please register by March 20th.

Highlights of this year's Spring Training will include:

  • Early career faculty track
    Topics include needs assessment, program planning, impact statements, and Extension teaching update.
  • Professional portraits
    Update your professional headshot, with Lynn Ketchum (EESC); Great for social media sites, directories, profiles, and more. Tuesday afternoon, first come first served!
  • Core curriculum for supervisors and managers:
    1.5-day Extension-focused version of the popular OSU program. Class size is limited, so sign up early.
  • Live streaming 
    We encourage you to attend in person, but if you are not able, please consider viewing select classes online. Tentative list: Videoconferencing, social media, program planning, needs assessment, impact statements, Extension teaching update.
  • OSUEA and Cooperator Award Presentations
    Tuesday, April 9th - OSUEA Award Reception followed by bowling.
    Wednesday, April 10th – Celebrate our wonderful volunteers at the Cooperator Award Dinner.

View the schedule of events (PDF) for detailed information.

Contact Drea Zigler with questions and suggestions.

Arbor Day Sale of "Trees to Know in Oregon" Publication

To celebrate Arbor Day 2013, the OSU Extension publication Trees to Know in Oregon is on sale through April 26th!

The book is 50% off cover price for retailers and OSU affiliates (purchasing on an index). The public, non-affiliate sale price is 33% off, only $12!

Trees to Know in Oregon is a 156 page full-color field guide to tree identification in Oregon. It contains keys to identifying common conifer and broadleaf trees and discusses ornamental, shade, and fruit trees. For each species, the guide provides identifying characteristics, range, and distinctive features. It includes hundreds of photos and drawings and a list of Oregon's champion trees, indexed by common and scientific tree name. This 60th anniversary edition has over 70 new color photos!

To order Trees to Know in Oregonemail, fax, or call the Extension & Experiment Station Communications office at Oregon State University.


What's Happening on the OSU Extension Site

We continue to develop stories and provide timely access to resources and opportunities on the OSU Extension website.

Current homepage items include:

  • Answering moss questions (two Ask an Expert featured questions)
  • Pacific Invasion: Launched by a tsunami, hitchhiking organisms make landfall on an Oregon beach (OAP article)
  • Good for the Bird, Good for the Herd: A ranching community works together toward rangeland conservation (OAP article)
  • Sweet Cherry orchard establishment in the Pacific Northwest (new OSU Extension publication)
  • Participating in Master Gardener training (blog series)
  • OSU turns winemaking waste into fiber supplement, food preservative and flowerpots (news story)
  • View the March Garden Calendar (updated, easier to use gardening calendar)
  • Food preservation classes start in April; contact your local Extension office to register (hot topic)
  • Find your 4-leaf clover with 4-H (hot topic)
  • Spring Break Whale Watching Week (hot topic)

Our goal is to increase Oregonians' awareness of the OSU Extension Service and to provide them with practical, easy-to-understand, research-based information that helps them solve problems and improve their lives.

Check it out

See these items and more on the OSU Extension website.

Staff Achievements and Awards

Agricultural Achievement Award

Sandy Macnab of the Wasco County Extension Office received the Agricultural Achievement Award presented by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce. The award committee highlighted Sandy's contributions to agriculture in the Mid-Columbia area.

Journal of Extension (JOE)

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues who have articles published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Extension (JOE):

The February 2013 issue also includes submission and readership statistics, and several articles about the always-important topic of evaluation.

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

OSU Staff Art Exhibit

In February, Mary Corp's watercolor painting Dynamic Duo was featured as part of the 2013 OSU Staff Art Exhibit.

Brittany Goes to Washington

Brittany Williams, student worker in Extension Administration, Collegiate 4-H National Action Board Chairman, and former 4-H State Ambassador for Klamath County, was awarded a summer internship with the Citizen Washington Focus (CWF) program.

CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, DC border. Brittany will spend the summer as a program facilitator and tour guide for the 4-H youth groups that come to Washington, DC.

Congratulations, Brittany!


Faculty Internationalization Grants from International Programs

The Division of International Programs is pleased to announce the launch of the Faculty Internationalization Grants, a re-designed and expanded version of the IP Faculty Grants. This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to support OSU’s internationalization agenda, which includes recruitment and retention of diverse international students, developing and supporting education abroad opportunities for OSU’s domestic students, promoting global learning through curricular and co-curricular means, and fostering strategic international partnerships to promote faculty research and outreach activities.

Faculty Internationalization Grants are designed to encourage and support OSU faculty who are working to further OSU’s internationalization efforts as well their own professional involvement in activities that enhance our teaching, research and engagement with topics and colleagues beyond the U.S.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available to OSU faculty to help promote international research, partnership, and collaboration. The applicant’s unit is expected to share the cost of this investment to promote internationalization across the University. Awards will be made on an on-going basis and there is no deadline.

Please see the links below to learn more about Faculty Internationalization Grants and to submit an online application:

If you have questions about this program, please contact Charlotte Moats-Gallagher.

2013 Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Oregon State University's second annual Natural Resources Leadership Academy will be held June 17-21 and June 24-28 in Corvallis, Oregon. Hosted by one of the nation's leading natural resources universities, this academy is a unique opportunity for professionals and graduate students to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in natural resources fields.

Pre-register today to save your spot!

The first step to enroll in the academy is pre-registration. All participants are required to submit a pre-registration request and $50 fee (nonrefundable), which includes selection of your course(s). There are limited seats in each course and permission to fully register in a course(s) is contingent on successfully completing the pre-registration process.

Register for one week or both

Courses include:

  • Water Conflict Management
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Politics and Policy
  • Applying Risk Analysis to Invasive Species and Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Wicked Problems in Natural Resources: Negotiations,Decision-Making, and the Public
  • Public Leadership
  • Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources

Check out the course schedule and instructor bios.

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop - Call for Applications

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop: A Preconference Event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference

This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with:

  • background literature
  • facilitated discussion
  • mentoring
  • presentations

All designed to increase knowledge and enhance the practice of community engaged scholarship.

Participation is limited and interested applicants must apply to be part of this workshop (Applications due April 30, 2013).

The workshop is held annually as a preconference to the Annual Meeting of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, hosted by Texas Tech University this year. For more information about the conference, visit the Engagement Scholarship Consortium website

The Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) will take place October 6-9, 2013, and includes full participation in the greater conference.

Regards to Rural Conference, June 21-22, 2013


In partnership with Oregon State University Rural Studies Program and Extension Service, the Regards to Rural 2013 Conference, Innovations and Inspiration, is a gathering to inform and inspire...all that is rural!

Join us at the Regards to Rural Conference and 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, with a pre-session on Thursday, June 20.

Attend Michael Shuman's conference pre-session, Local Investment 101, on Thursday, June 20, from 9am - 5pm to learn about the basic tools for starting a local-investment movement in your own backyard. Pre-session registration rate: $39. Meals for the pre-session are on your own.

Regards to Rural 2013 keynotes include Michael Shuman, economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, who has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including "The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition," "Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age," and "Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity," and Chuck Fluharty, Founding Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), the only national policy institute in the U.S. solely dedicated to assessing the rural impacts of public policies.

Registration opens March 15, 2013. Register early and save!

Early Bird Registration Rates (Ends May 5, 2013)

  • Full Conference: $229
  • Friday Only: $139
  • Saturday Only: $129

Regular Registration Rates (Beginning May 6, 2013)

  • Full Conference: $319
  • Friday Only: $195
  • Saturday Only: $175
Navigating Difference: Community Building, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice

Navigating Difference: Community Building, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice, a three-part workshop series specifically designed to promote community building within and across organizations. New friendships and new partnerships are formed around this shared experience. With a new and deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and with increased cultural competency, participants are motivated to work together to become more welcoming and inclusive across all dimensions of difference. We are motivated to work together to help children and families to escape the crisis of poverty.


  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013: Part One
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013: Part Two (Prerequisite: Part one)
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2013: Part Three (Prerequisite: Part one & two)

Each workshop runs from 8:30am-4:30pm with a light breakfast served at 8:00am.


  • $150.00 for all three days/workshops
To purchase the workshop parts individually:
  • Part one: $80.00
  • Part two: $70.00

Workshop fees include all materials, a light breakfast, and lunch for each session.

Scholarships are available. Contact Dan McGrath for scholarship information.


You may register for the workshops online or by mail. Visit the registration website for more information.


Linn-Benton Community College, Calapooia Center 2nd floor; Vineyard Mt. Room CC-213


Navigating Difference training is appropriate for management and staff, educators, health professionals, customer service, agency personnel, mediators, lawyers, social workers, board members, young adults, etc.


Navigating Difference will provide you with a solid foundation in intercultural communication. 

Navigating Difference will help you to work with equity and inclusion across all dimensions of diversity. 

Navigating Difference training is learner-centered and fun.

What People Say About the Workshops

"It was an amazing experience. One of the best training classes I have attended."

"Thank you for opening doors that I have only been looking through."

Supplemental Workshop Materials

Additional Information

For more detailed information, please view the Navigating Difference Workshop Curriculum document linked below.

Navigating Difference: Community Building, Cultural Competency, and Social Justice is presented with permission from the Board of Regents, Washington State University. The curriculum is adapted from the work of Mary Katherine Deen, Melynda Huskey, and Louise Parker of WSU Extension, Stella Ting-Toomey of California State University, Fullerton, Barbara Schaetti, Sheila Ramsey, and Gordon Watanabe of Personal Leadership, A methodology of Two Principles and Six Practices, and Donna Beegle of Communicating Across Barriers, Inc.

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes


  • Our condolences to the family of John H. Landers, retired Agricultural Extension agent, who passed away March 7, 2013 in Albany at the age of 92. A memorial celebration will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Lakeside Center at Mennonite Village, Albany.
  • Our condolences to the family and associates of Katherine "Katie" Hager, former Home Economics and 4-H Youth Extension agent, who passed away March 4, 2013.  Katie also served for many years as judge for home economics exhibits at county fairs in Wheeler, Gilliam, Wasco, Union, Baker, and Wallowa counties, as well as state fairs in Oregon and Washington. Funeral mass was held on March 9, 2013 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. 
  • Our condolences to the family and associates of Rick Hansen, former staff in EESC, who passed away March 9. 2013. Rick was the first webmaster for Extension. A celebration of Rick's life was held on Friday, March 15, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.
Personnel Updates

Provided by UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Mickey Kent - Ex Malheur Co - Temporary Office Support
  • Paul Marquardt - Ext Linn Co - Assistant Professor
  • Frederic Murray - Ext Deschutes Co - Temporary Non-Regular
  • Carol Renaud - Ext Washington Co - Public Information Assistant
  • Rosemarie Wakefield - Ext Douglas Co - Temporary Office Support
  • Andrea Maureen Watson - Ext Benton Co - Temporary Office Support
  • Patricia Nagorski - Ext Klamath Co - Education Program Assistant 1


  • Viviane Simon-Brown - Forestry Extension


  • Allison O'Sullivan - HHS Ext Fam/CommHlth OffCmps
  • Megan Chambers - Ext Benton Co
  • Shelley Glaze - Ext Washington Co

Recruitment Updates: Unclassified

  • #0010383 - Ext Malheur Co Office
    Committee Chair: Mary Corp
    Status: Under review

Recruitment Updates: Classified

  • #0010442 - Ext Marion County Office
    Education Project Assistant
    Committee Chair: Donita Roseboro
    Status: Under review
  • #0010364 - Ext Washington co Office
    Office Specialist 1
    Committee Chair: Vicki Campbell
    Status: Under review