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May 2013 (print-friendly version)

Step up. Speak up.

Last month, I spoke at the opening session of a corporate meeting in Portland. The group, Inside Track (a national company based in Portland and San Francisco), provides coaching services to higher education students who are returning to college classes online after stepping out for a while. Their question of me: What are the forces shaping higher education today?

Below is an excerpt from my Inside Track presentation. After reading, the questions I put to you:

  • Can you see your clients and stakeholders in this group? They are front and center in your community and every discipline we work in.
  • What role should Extension play in addressing the needs of these people across our state?
  • What helps us improve economic stability in Oregon more than improving the competiveness of people in the workplace and community?
  • When does Extension move our efforts online?

Think about it. Step up. Speak up.


The Lumina Foundation suggests that there are 39 million people in the US with some college but no bachelor’s degree.

Here in Oregon, we’ve run the numbers even deeper to try to understand what our market really looks like.

There are 750,000 people (age 24-64) in Oregon with some college and no bachelor’s degree. (Lumina numbers) From that we have done additional survey work that shows 500k plus with some interest in pursuing a credential. And then 230k or so who indicate they are willing to pursue that bachelor’s degree wholly online. There’s the market segment we’re competing for.

These folks are in addition to the 85% post traditional learners that are in some way still currently engaged in education. Yet their needs and expectations are similar in many ways—in fact I would say in many ways these are the same people—people who call themselves learners as much as students. As Louis Soares (Center for American Progress) points out, there is a huge difference between those who considers themselves students who are working as opposed those who characterize themselves as workers who are continuing to learn. "Finishing" college to many of in the 85% is not something defined in the six-year graduation rates demanded by assessments like the US News survey of higher education. US news obviously doesn’t get it yet.

If you "unpack" the 85%, as Soares does, you see the diversity and complexity we need to address in this post-traditional learner audience.

This group includes:

  • Adult learners
  • Employees who study
  • Low income students
  • Commuters
  • Student parents

Pretty diverse.

  • 38% of enrolled students are over 25 years old
  • 25% are over 30 years old
  • 25% of post-secondary students are parents
  • 40% of all undergraduates are enrolled part-time
  • 33% work full time
  • 44% work part time

Why are these people so motivated to continue learning when life throws multiple obstacles in their path?

The numbers are pretty clear. If you have a bachelor’s degree as opposed to a high school degree, you will make on average $1.3 million dollars more over your working life. (Latest Census Bureau numbers)

So, how does a truly 21st century public university adapt and reach this post-traditional 85% as well as the 39 million with some college and no degree?

Many of us are focusing on online access…and looking to disrupt our educational enterprise from within. Online learning has the disruptive potential to expand student-centric and adaptive online learning environments. That’s our goal.


Dave King
Associate Provost
Outreach and Engagement

Spring Training Survey

Please complete Extension’s Spring Training Survey.  It should take less than five minutes of your time. Your feedback is important to us in how we can improve future Spring Training and other Outreach & Engagement events. Your answers are completely anonymous.

The survey closes Monday, June 3rd.

If surveys are not your style, feel free to send sugestions and comments to Drea Zigler.

2013 Spring Training Recorded Sessions Available for Viewing
37th Annual Union County Crops & Conservation Tour

You’re invited to participate in a half-day bus tour of selected sites in Union County to view first-hand and learn about agricultural production, research and conservation efforts in the area.
Note: A detailed agenda will not be available until the day of the tour.

The day starts with a short program at CPS (7:30 a.m.) followed immediately with the bus tour. Periodically along the tour route, participants will unload and reload the buses at various stops which may include areas with difficult terrain. The traditional lunch consisting of barbecue steak, baked potato, and salad will be served to tour participants at approximately noon at a site along the tour route. Local 4-H ambassadors and FFA members will be on hand throughout the day to help out. After lunch, bus passengers will be returned to Crop Production Services at approximately 2:00 p.m. For general tour information, please contact Darrin Walenta or Lenard at the numbers listed above.

If you have a physical disability that requires special consideration in order for you to attend the Crops Tour, please contact Darrin Walenta, OSU Extension Service Union County, at (541) 963-1010 by June 5th.

  • Time: Coffee and donuts 7:00 a.m. Program starts 7:30 a.m. Buses return to CPS by 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Crop Production Services on Booth Lane, 2.6 miles NE of Island City on HWY 82
  • Audience: Growers, ranchers, ag service providers, local/regional business representatives, general public, public officials, and anyone else interested in Union County agriculture!
  • RSVP: Not required... however, show up early enough to get a seat on one of the 4 buses! If buses reach maximum capacity, participants can carpool and follow the buses in personal vehicles.  Please be safe, watch out for pedestrians and follow state/federal motor vehicle regulations.


Staff Achievements and Awards

Extension Faculty Promotions 

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension Faculty for their promotion to Senior Instructor, Associate Professor, or Professor effective July 1, 2013! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty.

Promoted to Senior Instructor

  • Fara Ann Brummer, CAS Education and Ag Science, Warm Springs
  • Kaety Hildebrand, CEOAS, Lincoln County
  • Glenda Hyde, PHHS Biological & Population Health Sciences, Deschutes County
  • Stephanie Polizzi, PHHS Biological & Population Health Sciences, Coos County

Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

  • Lynette Black, PHHS Social & Behavior Health Sciences, Wasco County
  • Katherine Gunter, PHHS Biological & Population Health Sciences, Campus
  • Dustin Johnson, CAS Animal Science and Rangeland Sciences, Harney County
  • Gail Langellotto-Rodabach, CAS Horticulture, Campus
  • Patricia Skinkis, CAS Horticulture, Campus
  • Dave Stone, CAS Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Campus
  • Shawn Rowe, College of Education, Sea Grant Extension, HMSC Lincoln County

Promoted to Professor

  • Robin Galloway, PHHS Social & Behavior Health Sciences, Linn County
  • Derek Godwin, CAS Biological & Ecological Engineering, Regional Administrator West Central
  • Stephen Machado, CAS Crop and Soil Science, CBARC, Pendleton


Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA)

  • LinC's Development of an Undergraduate Experiential Instruction Program in Extension has been selected as one of the two winners of the 2013 WEDA Awards of Excellence.  Team members: 
    • Marc Braverman, 
    • Katherine Gunter, 
    • Karlie Friesen Moore, 
    • Robin Galloway, 
    • Denise Rennekamp, 
    • Holly Berry, 
    • Brandi Hall, 
    • Lizbeth Gray, 
    • Clara Pratt.
  • The Land Steward Program has been selected as an honorable mention in the 2013 WEDA Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to: 
    • Rhianna Simes, 
    • Max Bennett, 
    • Robert Reynolds, 
    • Maud Powell, 
    • Stephen Fitzgerald.


Spring 2013 OSUEA Award Winners

Congratulations to OSUEA Spring Training 2013 award winners. Photos of the awardees are avaiable through EESC's photographic archive.

OSUEA Faculty & Staff Awards

The OSUEA Newer and Experienced Faculty Awards recognize superior and distinguished achievement of OSU Extension Association newer faculty members with fewer than seven years of experience and experienced faculty members with seven years or more.

  • Jed Smith - 4-H, Klamath Basin (Newer Faculty Award)
  • Jamie Davis - 4-H and FCH, Lake Co. (Newer Faculty Award)
  • Fara Brummer - Agriculture, Warm Springs (Experienced Faculty Award)
  • Darrin Walenta - Crop and Soil, Union Co. (Experienced Faculty Award)

The Classified Staff Award recognizes and reward outstanding and exceptional service by classified and management employees within the Oregon State University Extension Service.

  • Margie Vaughn - Office Manager, Union Co.

The OSUEA Team Award recognizes outstanding efforts on the part of a team of Extension faculty, staff, or both in responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program or effort within the Oregon State University Extension Service.

  • Oregon 4-H Science Leadership Team: Lynette Black, Patrick Willis, Jeremy Green, Virginia Bourdeau, Mary Arnold, Pamela Rose, and Jonathan Mayer

Hoecker Extension Innovative Grants Program

Sponsored by Dale and 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.

  • Wallowa Co. 4-H, In-school Robotics Program: Debera Schreiber

OSUEA Cooperators Awards

OSU Extension Association has recognized Cooperators for more than 30 years. Each year individuals and businesses are recognized for the significant contributions they have made to Extension programs. It is through these cooperators that Extension is able to accomplish so much.

OSUEA Cooperators Awards: Less than 10 years

  • Cathy Burdett, Yamhill Co.
  • Paula Means, Clackamas Co.
  • Julie Morin, Lane Co.
  • Eric Pond, North Willamette Research and Extension Center
  • Dan Sherwin, Deschutes Co.

OSUEA Cooperators Awards: More than 10 years

  • Jim Clawson, Polk Co.
  • Earl and Cheryl Graham, Union Co.
  • Phyllis Holmes, Tillamook Co.
  • Sudy Lamb, Linn Co.

OSUEA Cooperators Awards: Business/Organization

  • Unitarian Universalist church, Lane Co.
  • Benton County Fairgrounds, Benton Co.
  • McMinnville School District, Yamhill Co.
  • US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Pacific Northwest Research Station, and US Fish and Wildlife Service, Metro Area
  • Community Connection of Wallowa County, Wallowa Co.
  • BTN Christmas Tree Farms, Marion Co.

ESP – Friend of Extension Award

ESP recognizes any non-Extension person, company, or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support and involvement in Extension efforts.

  • Ray VanBlaricom, Yamhill Co., Master Gardener Program


Ask an Expert Awards

OSU Extension recently acknowledged those who have been exceptional performers in Ask an Expert. Three top awards (with accompanying gift of an Apple iPad Mini!) were given to two faculty members and a volunteer to recognize them for their high level of participation, quality of their answers, and dedication to improving this increasingly popular online outreach system.

The winners for the Outstanding Performer Award were Ross Penhallegon, an Associate Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist stationed in Lane County, and Jacki Dougan, a Master Gardener volunteer working out of the Washington County Extension office.

The Question of the Week brings special attention to questions considered by the Ask an Expert administrative team to be well-written , interesting and timely for that week. Ask an Expert gave the “Question of the Year--Outstanding Performer" award to Dana Sanchez, an Extension Wildlife Specialist, who had FIVE Questions of the Week this past year. To see an animated example of Dana’s answers to sometime whacky wildlife questions, see “Exotic Dog Treat Safe?”

Top Achievement Award for AaE- Faculty

  • Ross Penhallegon, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences 
  • Runner-up: Linda McMahan, Associate Professor, Horticulture, Yamhill County
  • Runner-up: Weston Miller, Community & Urban Horticulturist, Clackamas County

Top Achievement Award for AaE- Volunteer

  • Jacki Dougan, Master Gardener volunteer, Washington County Extension Office
  • Runner-up: Jean Natter, Washington County Master Gardener volunteer
  • Runner-up: Marjorie Neal, Jackson County Master Gardener volunteer

Ask an Expert Question of the Year Award

  • Dana Sanchez, OSU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Runner-up: Neil Bell, Community Horticulturist, Marion County
  • Runner-up: Carolyn Breece, OSU Honeybee Lab
Oregon Master Naturalist Ecoregion Specialization Courses Open for Enrollment

Oregon Master Naturalist Program's Ecoregion Specialization Courses are open for general enrollment. Please go to visit the Oregon Master Naturalist Program website to enroll.

The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is offering two courses this summer. Each count toward requirements to become an Oregon Master Naturalist.

The two courses are:

  • The Willamette Valley Ecoregion – Starts June 15
  • The East Cascades Ecoregion – Starts June 1

Enrollment Details

The link above provides access to a Class List, with links to course details. You have an option to enroll in either the Willamette Valley Ecoregion or East Cascades Ecoregion course. 

This course is offered as a package, priced accordingly. When you register for this course, you are enrolling in all classes listed, not individual classes. Please pay attention to the attendance and cancellation policies, cost, payment options, and class dates and locations.

Enrollment is capped at 20 persons per Ecoregion course. A waiting list will be maintained once the cap is reached and wait listed persons will be contacted on a first come, first served basis, dependent upon additional spaces.

Please note: Some of the class information is still tentative as we finalize the details. Information will be updated on each class website and distributed to enrollees as it becomes available. 

Space is limited; sign up today!

Becoming an Oregon Master Naturalist

These Ecoregion Courses are part of the course requirements to become a certified Oregon Master Naturalist. You must also complete our core curriculum online. Enrollment in the next online course is open and starts
in September.


Please contact Jason O'Brien, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns.

Journal of Extension (JOE) Update

The Journal of Extension (JOE) is a refereed journal that expands and updates the research and knowledge base for Extension professionals and outreach educators. It also serves as a forum for emerging issues affecting the Cooperative Extension System.

In addition to a variety of great articles, the April 2013 issue features a new look for the JOE website and new website content. Here are some highlights:

  • Responsive design: The JOE website layout now adjusts automatically to the device you are viewing it on. Check it out on your smartphone!
  • JOE at 50: An editorial that reviews milestones in JOE history and notes recent changes.
  • Writing for the Journal of Extension: A webinar presented by OSU Extension’s Deborah Maddy.

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


Jennifer Alexander
JOE institutional liaison for OSU Extension


Joys, Sorrows, and Well-wishes


  • Marita “Jo” Broadus, long time Office Manager of the Polk County Extension office, passed away April 27, with her family at her side. She began her career with the Extension Service in 1967 as a secretary and later as office manager, sharing her skills, talents and loving heart with her Extension family for almost 50 years ~ still the “heart” of the Extension office staff at the time of her passing.

  • Retired Polk County Extension faculty N. C. ‘Nels’ Anderson died on May 11th in Portland at the age of 94. He came to Oregon in 1946 as county Extension agent for Morrow County in Eastern Oregon, serving in Morrow County for 19 years, then took a leave of absence to develop an agricultural training program in Niger, Africa, from 1965 to 1967. Nels served as Polk County Extension agent from 1968 to 1974.


Clearance Sale: OSU Extension Aprons 50% Off

Just in time for Master Food Preserver graduation, while supplies last - take 50% off the current OSU Extension aprons (cotton/poly with continuous neck-to-waist- ties). Sale price noted on current marketing order form.

The next set of aprons will be similar to the aprons a couple years ago: heavy twill, wide adjustable neck band, and separate waist ties. The new aprons should be in stock by the end of June.

Ideas for new marketing items or concerns about current items? Please contact Drea Zigler with suggestions.

Personnel Updates

Provided by UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Katie Johnson - Ext Washington Co - Office Specialist 1
  • Liana Harden - Ext Columbia Co - Education Program Assistant 2
  • Emily Norton Henry - Ext Tillamook Co - Professional Faculty
  • Christina Bexel - Ext Douglas Co - Temporary Tech/Para-Prof
  • Rebecca Sussman - Ext Deschutes Co - Temporary Non-Regular


  • None


  • Heather Dawn Strand - Ext Metro Outreach
  • Kelsey Sterrett - Ext Clackamas Co
  • Cooper Gould - Ext Deschutes Co
  • Lyla Boriack - Ext Douglas Co
  • Thomas Brian Silberstein - Ext Marion Co
  • Norda Warren - Ext Marion Co
  • Ronda Armour - Ext Yamhill Co
  • Holly Hutton - Ext Warm Springs

Recruitment Updates: Unclassified

  • #0010666 - Ext 4-H YouthDev OffCmps
    Program Coordinator
    Committee Chair: Doug Hart
    Status: Under review
  • #0010012 - Ext Washington Co Office
    Committee Chair: Patrick Proden
    Status: Position filled
  • #0010742 - Ext Fam/CommHlth OffCmps
    Family & Community Health Program Coordinator
    Committee Chair: Janice Smiley
    Status: Under review

Recruitment Updates: Classified

  • #0010635 - HHS/Ext 4-H YouthDev OffCmps
    Education Project Assistant 1
    Committee Chair: Sue Hunt
    Status: Under review
  • #0010575 - HHS/Ext 4-H YouthDev OffCmps
    Education Program Assistant 1
    Committee Chair: PAtrick Corcoran
    Status: Under review
  • #0010617 - Ext Clackamas Co
    Education Program Assistant 2
    Committee Chair: Janet Nagele
    Status: Under review
  • #0010695 - Ext Crook Co
    Education Program Assistant 2
    Committee Chair: Jeremy Green
    Status: Under review
  • #0010691 - Ext Marion Co
    Office Specialist 1
    Committee Chair: Donita Roseboro
    Status: Under review
  • #0010652 - Ext Polk Co
    Office Specialist 2
    Committee Chair: Rosemary Weidman
    Status: Under review
  • #0010364 - Ext Washington Co
    Office Specialist 1
    Committee Chair: Vicki Campbell
    Status: Position filled