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July 2013 (print-friendly version)

A Quick Look at 2012

It's a summer tradition that I report on the interesting organizational facts that I discover while surfing SOARS, Extension's electronic Stories, Outcomes, and Accomplishments Reporting System. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that SOARS is a treasure chest of good news about OSU Extension's work across the state. SOARS is the primary source for all federal and state reports, briefings and presentations; the annual academic report to the Provost; budget support materials at all levels; press releases and media alerts; marketing and social media efforts; and many more communications efforts. Thanks to each of you who contributed to our good news bounty through entering your 2012 information and impact statements to SOARS. If you haven't recently checked Extension's home page and our impact on Oregonians, go to the Bridges website where many of your impact statements are featured.

As promised, here are a few interesting facts I discovered while surfing SOARS:

In 2012, OSU Extension had 174.5 FTE paid on federal and state dollars. This represents 46 fewer FTE than when the recession began in 2008 and 19 less than 2011. We've managed through these difficult times by tightening our belts, utilizing attrition to our financial advantage, and downsizing Extension's administrative footprint. This decrease in workforce has placed a heavy burden on all Extension faculty, staff, volunteers and community partners. As we enter a new fiscal biennium, we are hopeful that this 174.5 FTE of dedicated people will serve as a strong foundation for building a future OSU Extension Service that will thrive in a leaner economy and support Oregonians in ways not yet imagined.

Over 14,000 volunteers (14,062 to be exact) helped Extension deliver educational programs across Oregon . . . Extension can achieve greater results and build community capacity with the help of volunteers. Even though the number of Extension employees has decreased, the number of volunteers has stayed consistent. We value the public good that comes from collaborating with volunteers, a contribution of over a million hours of service – the equivalent of about 567 FTE.

2,040,878 Oregonians engaged at some level with Extension, compared to 2,130,824 reported in 2011 for a 4.2% decrease . . . These numbers include contacts made in group educational events or via phone, interactive video, mail, e-mail, newsletters, site or office visits. They do not include web hits or mass media. I wouldn't be surprised if we increased our outreach via the web by more than the loss of 90,000 direct contracts during 2012 as Ask an Expert and the “virtual Extension office” become the new normal.

Extension enhanced community outreach and engaged scholarship through 223 grants, resulting in over $17 million of revenue. The grants varied in size from a few thousand dollars to million-plus figures. Leveraging state dollars is one of the key objectives that our state funders use to measure Extension's success. These extramural funds are possible because base capacity is provided by state and federal appropriations.

Extension faculty authored 142 scholarly publications and 84 peer-invited presentations. Scholarship is defined as intellectual and creative work validated by peers and communicated . . . The medium and the review processes varied greatly, but the creative and intellectual work of OSU Extension faculty is being adopted and integrated by peers and publics beyond the university and the state.

Extension faculty and staff received 129 awards recognizing their good work. These included 6 local, 42 state, 20 regional, 33 national and 12 international awards from community organizations, professional associations and academic societies, as well as 5 college honors and 10 university achievements. Some awards of note:

  • The Society for Range Management honored Dustin Johnson as the nation's Outstanding Young Range Professional and Tim Deboodt with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award; 
  • Tim Stock and Leonard Coop received the International IPM Award of Recognition at the 7th International IPM Symposium;
  • Katherine Gunter was named a fellow with the American College of sports Medicine;
  • Sandy Macnab was inducted into the National County Agent Hall of Fame;
  • Lisbeth Goddik received the Garde et Jure from the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers;
  • Deborah John received the Excellence in Aging & Public Health: Rural and Environment Research from the American Public Health Association;
  • The College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences presented Pat Corcoran with “ONE Award” for integrating research, education and communication to benefit stakeholders and improve the effectiveness of Oregon Sea Grant;
  • Patricia Dawson received honors for Outstanding Diversity/Multicultural Programming from by Epsilon Sigma Phi;
  • Stephen Fitzgerald received the National Technology Transfer Award from the Society of American Foresters; and,
  • For the second year, the 4-H International Exchange Program received national recognition for extraordinary quality from the National 4-H Council, with many 4-H Youth Development faculty, staff and volunteers sharing in the honor.

It is a continued privilege to work with such a dedicated and high performing group of people.

Marion County Extension - New Office Hours

Marion County Extension office will begin new office hours starting July 19th, 2013

  • Monday -Thursday 8:30am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30am-1:00pm

Master Gardeners will be available on Fridays starting August 1st.


Language Line Solutions Translation Available

Language Line Solutions provides translation services for over 200 different languages. A complete list of languages interpreted and translated is available on the Language Line website: www.languageline.com/customer-service/languages/

The quick reference guide provided by Language Line Solutions contains our 6-digit client ID number and all the dialing instructions you need to access an interpreter. It also includes helpful tips to effectively work with an interpreter.

Please share this information with faculty & staff in your office. This account is intended for Extension/Outreach & Engagement purposes only. It will be billed to and paid by Extension Administration.

Staff Achievements and Awards

Journal of Extension (JOE)

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

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

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) Regional Awards

Congratulations to the four Oregon 4-H teams recognized with regional awards from NAE4-HA:

  • News Story - Barb Brody
  • Excellence in 4-H Club Support (Individual) - Mike Knutz
  • Stiles Memorial Scholarship - Jamie Davis
  • Search for Excellence in Teen Programming - Maureen Hosty, Wendy Hein, and Pat Willis

Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) Awards of Excellence

  • 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.
Commitment to Diversity

The OSU Extension Service Strategic Plan and our Division of University Outreach and Engagement (O&E) Diversity Action Plan are in alignment with the core values articulated in the University’s strategic plan: We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand, enhancing our teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people.

Each of you are encouraged to visit our diversity website to learn more about diversity in Extension and to read through the O&E Diversity Action Plan and make a personal commitment to advancing diversity among our learners and our workforce!

Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members

OSU Extension Service's 4-H youth development program inducted four longtime volunteer leaders or retired staff into its Hall of Fame at the annual OSU 4-H Summer Conference on June 28. The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established in
2004 to recognize people who have made a significant impact on the Oregon 4-H program.

This year's inductees:

  • Tom and Mona Easley of Corvallis
  • Dawn Frazier of Prineville
  • Marilyn Moore of Baker City

The Easleys have contributed to 4-H for more than 40 years. Mona started in her youth as an OSU Extension 4-H member in Umatilla County. In the early 1970s she worked as a 4-H home economics specialist in Polk and Union counties, later volunteering as a club leader. In the early 1990s, Mona joined the state staff of Oregon 4-H, coordinating statewide events. Tom has worked by her side throughout those years, giving countless hours of time and skills. He transports, constructs, designs, paints, sets up and cleans up at fairs and events.

Prineville's Frazier served nearly 30 years as a 4-H leader. She volunteered in several roles in Lane County for nearly 15 years. She served as fair superintendent, County 4-H Leader Association member and taught home economics. She was instrumental in helping the state 4-H Leaders Association rebuild itself in the 1990s.

Moore of Baker City worked as a 4-H specialist in Malheur County for more than 25 years. She helped develop shooting sports, outdoor cookery and ranch horse programs. She taught science classes to more than 10,000 youth. Since retiring, she has volunteered as a program coordinator for Baker County's Field to Fork Agriculture Field Days, serving more than 1,000 fifth-graders.


New Rhythm for O&E and Extension Conferences

OSUEA Board and O&E Administration are dedicated to providing opportunities for your professional development, networking with colleagues, and recognition of achievements. Based on your feedback about Spring Training and the O&E Conference, we are trying something new (and a little tried & true) for 2014. Please hold the dates for the following events:

  • April 16, 2014 – Join Scott Reed as he hosts the Outreach and Engagement Colloquium – a time with the greater OSU community, exploring topics of outreach and engagement with Keynote speakers. Scott will also celebrate O&E achievements by presenting the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence.
  • April 17, 2014 –Ecampus Faculty Forum. OSU colleagues review the academic year, sharing their innovative teaching methods, best practices and experiences in online course development.
  • September 29 – October 2, 2014 – Extension Conference. Similar to Spring Training with two full days of sessions, the 2014 event will also include all OSUEA awards for the year, program and affiliate meetings, and fun activities to share with your fellow Extension employees.

Please let Drea Zigler know suggestions for Extension Training sessions or activities for the Conference.


OSU Training Days

Training Days, sponsored by the OSU Finance and Administration Division, provides a focused set of learning sessions designed to help Oregon State University staff and faculty get work done more knowledgeably and efficiently, and find practical, healthful solutions for life. This no-cost, two-day event includes presentations that range from learning more about functions pertaining to human resources, finance and administration, grants, and other business activities to personal finance, budgeting for retirement, and developing healthy lifestyles.

Training Days 2013

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, October 29 & 30, 2013
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Corvallis Campus

You can look forward to expanding your skills, being updated on changes that impact the way you do business, gaining insights into the multitude of resources available to you as an OSU employee, and meeting colleagues from across campus.

View the  "Save-the-Date" announcement

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes


  • Mary Alice Dodds, former Linn County office manager, passed away June 15th in Albany.  A funeral service was held for Mary Alice at the Albany First Assembly of God church on June 21th.
  • Retired Polk County Extension agent Nelson Christian "Nels" Anderson, Jr. passed away May 11th in a Portland hospital.  A memorial service was held on July 20th at Restlawn Funeral Home in Salem.  Nels would have turned 95 on his July 17th birthday. 
Personnel Updates

Provided by UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Teri Fladstol - Temporary Office Support, Ext Tillamook County
  • Gilberto Uribe Valdez - Education Program Assistant, NWREC
  • Alisha Atha, - Office Specialist 2, Ext Polk County
  • Karrie Zellars- Education Program Assistant, Ext Morrow County
  • Eve Broughton - Office Specialist 2, Ext Morrow County


  • None


  • Jenny Bailey - Ext Metro Outreach
  • Amy Comer - Ext Linn County/Ext Marion County

Recruitment Updates: Unclassified

  • #0010666 - 4-H Program Coordinator, Ext 4-H YouthDev Offmps
    Committee Chair: Doug Hart
    Status: Position filled
  • #0011107 - Master Gardener Coordinator, Ext Josephine Co Office
    Committee Chair: Robert Reynolds
    Status: Under review by committee
  • #0010966 - 4-H Program Coordinator, Ext Washington Co Office
    Committee Chair: Pat Willis
    Status: Under review by committee

Recruitment Updates: Classified

  • #0010987 - Office Specialist 1, Ext Benton County Office
    Committee Chair: Elizabeth McGovern
    Status: Position filled
  • #0010691 - Office Specialist 1, Marion County Office
    Committee Chair: Donita Roseboro
    Status: Position filled
  • #0010922 - Office Specialist, Ext Morrow County Office
    Committee Chair: Larry Lutcher
    Status: Position filled
  • #0010652 - Office Specialist 2, Ext Polk County Office
    Committee Chair: Rosemary Weidman
    Status: Position filled