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October 2013 (print-friendly version)

Bullying in the Workplace: Recognizing and Acting on It

Last week, OSU Ombudsperson Sue Theiss and Scott Etherton from the Office of Equity and Inclusion visited with the Provost's Council to explain the process of bullying. As faculty and staff, we can learn to recognize such behavior and take steps described in Oregon State University Bullying Policy. Bullying is defined as conduct that can cause substantial emotional distress and undermine one's ability to work, study or participate in regular life's activities or university activities.

Acts of aggression can be direct - consisting of verbal assaults, retaliation, altering job assignments or intimidating physical demeanor. It can also be indirect by inappropriately influencing others' actions, denial of behavior and/ or redirecting blame. Not all bullying is intentional - it may occur accidentally, or be health related. But too often it is predatory, chronic and opportunistic. It all looks the same to the person who is the target of bullying. According to Sue, bully's often "kiss up and bully down". Repeated aggressive behaviors are exacerbated by imbalance of power, organizational tolerance and inactive managers.

Of course, in an academic environment, healthy argumentativeness is important as a feature of academic freedom. However, that is not the same as dysfunctional verbal aggression. Academic freedom provides for alternative views and debate of science-based information and views. It does not allow for abuse of colleagues and co-workers in any way.

What can be done? Early intervention is key, as is maintaining a safe environment for conversation about climate issues and structural constraints. If you suspect that bullying is affecting the vitality of your workplace, I urge that you contact one the offices noted in the policy: Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Ombuds Office.

Oregon Cartoonist Turns to Sea Grant Expert for Input on Invasive Species Strips

This excerpt taken from original post by Pat Kight on the Sea Grant blog Breaking Waves.

When Oregon cartoonist Jan Eliot, who draws the popular Stone Soup comic strip, wanted to feature a storyline about how animals common in one place can become invasive species in another, she turned to Oregon Sea Grant's Sam Chan for advice.

The result, which runs newspapers nationwide starting tomorrow (Sept. 4), is an engaging – and scientifically accurate – story about a 9-year-old, a crawdad found on a camping trip, and an educational moment featuring a science teacher.

She contacted Chan, our watershed health and aquatic invasive species specialist, with questions about the species she wanted to feature (Procambarus clarkii, the red swamp crayfish), its invasive potential (highly invasive in areas without harsh, cold winters), and whether it was OK to call it a "crawdad" as opposed to "crayfish" (yes, the terms are regional but interchangeable).

Chan was happy to help, and calls the cartoon series "very timely for teachers, parents, students and pet owners". "It can be a revelation that releasing 'pets' is often not the kindest alternative."

To read to the full article, please visit the Breaking Waves website.

New Blog from Extension Social Demographer Explores Oregon's People, Places, and Society

In an effort to stay connected, Lena Etuk, social demographer for OSU Extension Service, has created a new blog to share interesting things she has learned about the people, places, and society of Oregon.  The blog is aptly titled Oregon's People, Places & Society.

Etuk intends for the information shared in her blog to be short and to the point, but also relevant to Extension program planning and implementation.  Her first post about Latinos in Oregon is available now!

Etuk welcomes feedback regarding her blog ("constructive criticism, advice, or simply kudos") and may be contacted via email or telephone, (541) 737-6121.

2013-2014 Extension New Faculty Training Sessions

Extension Administration would like to offer a series of one-hour online training sessions over the fiscal year 2014 for our new faculty and for those who would like to have a refresher. We will be doing these topics via Adobe Connect and we will try to have them recorded for those who are unable to participate at the time.

Monthly Topics

  • Extension Reporting System (SOARS) - October 21, 2013 10:00am
  • Diversity Awareness - November 15, 2013 9:00am
  • Extension Faculty Performance Evaluations (PROF) - December 16, 2013 10:30am 
  • Extension Teaching Evaluations (Citizen Evaluation of Teaching) - January 17, 2013 10:00am 
  • Mentoring Program - February 2014, date and time TBD
  • Building a Portfolio for Promotion and Tenure - March 2014, date and time TBD
Please note that all times are Pacific Standard Time.

As the date approaches for each training, we will be providing information for connecting to the training session.

For questions, please contact Marcia Dickson.


Staff Achievements and Awards

Journal of Extension (JOE)

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues who have articles published in the August 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.

OSU Exemplary Employee Award

Rosemary Weidman of the Linn County Extension Office was awarded one of the two available awards for the 2013 OSU Exemplary Employee Award at the University Day on September 19, 2013. The OSU Exemplary Employee Award is recognizes employee work performance of the highest caliber, which is above and beyond the standard expectations held for professional faculty and classified staff.  Weidman received a plaque and $500 cash award in recognition of her exemplary service.

Call for Nominations: LEAD 21 Class X (2014-2015)

Outreach and Engagement leadership is seeking faculty nominations for the next LEAD21 Class X for those interested in leadership development. Please send nomination or self-nomination to Jackie Russell by Tuesday, October 15. Nominations will be reviewed and selection of applicant(s) will be made by O&E Executive team.

O&E funds will cover the registration fee of $9,500 (includes lodging, meals and educational materials for all three sessions) for one or two Division representative per class, with the faculty member being responsible for travel and other expenses not covered in the registration fee.

Please see the website for more information and schedule. If you have questions about the experience, past participants who would be happy to provide their insights include Patrick Proden, Derek Godwin, Sam Angima, Willie Riggs, Mary Corp; as well as Dana Martin and Mike Bondi who are currently attending Class IX.

Registration Open for 'Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics' Interactive Online Courses

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is an interactive online course offering community development tools you can use now.

Two eXtension Communities of Practice and the four Regional Rural Development Centers have joined efforts to offer a professional development program for those working/interested in Community Development.


  • Thursday afternoons, 2:00-3:30 (eastern), October 3-November 14, 2013 (7 sessions).

Registration Fee

  • $150/Individual
  • $50/Shared Connection (per person sharing a connection with one person registered at the individual rate)
  • $25/Student/Youth (per individual 16 years of age and older currently enrolled in a full-time program of study and interested in community development)

Course Content

Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions we encourage you to join us for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, a unique online course presented jointly by eXtension (Enhancing Rural Capacity and Entrepreneurs and Their Communities), USDA's Regional Rural Development Centers, Cornell University, the University of Vermont, and a team of nationally recognized Community Development professionals.

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, level one of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, provides an introduction to community development core competencies, focusing on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues, the dynamics and interdependencies of the various segments of the community, and the basics of community development work. Open to all individuals working in a community context this course is offered as an entry level course in community development. No prior knowledge or experience is required; beginning and veteran community development professionals have found value in this course

The seven-week series will begin October 3, 2013 and conclude November 14, 2013. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics that include demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website.

Excellence in Organic Extension Webinar Series

Are you looking for fresh ideas to help you improve your communication skills so that you can effectively convey information to growers in fun, modern, and appropriate ways? The topics will be of interest whether your assignment is Extension Agriculture or any other program area, and extend well beyond the organic community.

This four-session webinar series will provide training to enable graduate students and others hoping to work directly with farmers in their jobs, an opportunity to learn what works, and what doesn’t, from national experts in organic agriculture extension.

Webinar Series

The webinars are free and open to the public. Advance registration for each webinar is required. All webinars start at 2PM Eastern Time (1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time). Register and learn more about the presentations offered by eXtension Foundation

eXtension Learning Opportunities in October 2013 and Beyond

Thirty-four different learning events are planned for October and are listed at Learn (Learn.extension.org) for your own learning or for you to share with your audiences, and more may be added! By participating in an event you can extend your knowledge and keep more up-to-date on conversations in your areas of expertise and interest.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events listed at Learn as they fit your interests. As part of Extension, you may sign in with your eXtensionID to Follow to get notifications and plan to attend. Use each session’s unique URL to share links to online events in your area of expertise so that others can learn with you. Encourage your customers to also sign in with their Facebook, Twitter,or Gmail account to follow, and plan to attend. Additional sessions may be added at any time, so check back to see what’s new, or add your web-based sessions.

Selected Topics in October...

What the Public is Telling Us About Their Ask an Expert Answers: Addressing concerns surfaced in the ongoing evaluation effort on Wednesday, October 2. This session will introduce Ask an Expert responders to the recently tabulated question evaluation system. It will review key metrics regarding customer demographics, satisfaction, and impact. It will conclude with a discussion on, knowing what we now know, how might we craft higher quality responses to questions for our clientele.

Don't Bug Me: Home Invaders on October 2. Learn about insects that come into houses looking for a place to spend the winter. This webinar is part of the 2013 Don't Bug Me Webinar Series, brought to you by eXtension and its participating Cooperative Extension Institutions. The series is coordinated by the Imported Fire Ant eXtension Community of Practice.

Friday Online--Program Development for Online Learning on October 4. Presented by: Susanna Coppernoll & Caitlyn Calvert, Extension eLearning Specialists, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Join this series of free webinars on using online technology in Extension educational programs. Sessions will be on select Friday mornings this Fall.

Getting S.M.A.R.T. about Goal Setting and Spending (Part 3 of 4) on Oct 9, and Manage Your Future Now (Part 4 of 4) on Oct 23. The My Money & Me webinar series has been accepted by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE®) continuing education (CEU) Department.

Popular Topics from September...

Know the Flow - My Money and Me (Part 1 of 4) and Money: Getting to Know You - My Money and Me (Part 2 of 4) by the Personal Finance CoP.

Tweet Chat - Managing Drought presented by EDEN CoP.

Estate Planning for Military Families - Part 2 and Children Under Stress: Understanding the Language of Behavior by Military Families Learning Network.

Institutional Team Web Conference - September 2013

Successful Webinars! provided by the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP).

Go to Learn to see more sessions...


  • October 1: Companion Animals eXtension-The Reliable Source
  • October 1: Institutional Team Web Conference - October 2013
  • October 2: Citizen Science: It's About Crowdsourcing
  • October 2: Don't Bug Me: Home Invaders
  • October 2: What the Public is Telling Us About Their Ask an Expert Answers: Addressing concerns surfaced in the ongoing evaluation effort
  • October 3: Use of GAPIT in Genome-Wide Association Studies
  • October 3: October meeting of the small and backyard flocks CoP
  • October 3: Do You Have Enough Insurance?
  • October 4: Friday Online--Program Development for Online Learning
  • October 7: Economic Benchmarks for Dairies: Eight Rules You Cannot Break
  • October 7: How to Help Military & Veteran Families: Some Answers to Your Questions
  • October 7: Be My Friend: Utilizing Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to Engage and Interact with your Audience
  • October 8: Risk Management for Pesticides and Honey Bees
  • October 9: Getting S.M.A.R.T. about Goal Setting and Spending - My Money and Me! (Part 3 of 4)
  • October 9: Farm 2 School Webinar #2: Partnering with Cooperative Extension to Support Farm to School
  • October 10: The Florida Health Literacy Initiative: Helping English Language Learners to Make Healthy Choices
  • October 10: Military Caregivers: Commonalities & Differences Shed Light on Individuality
  • October 15: Children Under Stress, Part 2: Responding When Children Withdraw
  • October 15: Winter Care Considerations for Horses
  • October 16: Understanding Cultural Competency and its Role in Volunteer Administration
  • October 16: West, Texas fertilizer facility explosion: Lessons learned in crisis communication
  • October 17: Assist Rural MI/WI Farmers in Making Decisions about On-Farm Scale Anaerobic Digesters
  • October 17: NRCS EQIP Organic Initiative and Organic Dairy Farms
  • October 17: Parasite control in small poultry flocks
  • October 18: Friday Online--Platforms for Delivery Online
  • October 18: Farm Families and the Affordable Care Act
  • October 21: Out in the sun: How to plan and put on an engaging, informative and successful field day
  • October 22: Question Wranglers' Meetup - October 2013
  • October 22: Integrating Livestock into Dryland Organic Crop Rotations
  • October 23: Manage Your Future Now - My Money and Me (Part 4 of 4)
  • October 24: Part One of Field Phenomics: Developing and Using a Sensor Array
  • October 24: Introduction & Development of the Community-flow Measurement Instrument
  • October 25: Building Capacity for Productive and Meaningful Advisory Experiences
  • October 30: Moodle Meet-Up
  • October 31: Part Two of Field Phenomics: Data Analysis


  • November 1: Friday Online--Tips & Resources for Online Development
  • November 4: How am I doing: Improving your Extension program by evaluating it with feedback and follow-up
  • November 5: Institutional Team Web Conference - November 2013
  • November 6: Don't Bug Me: Keep Ants off the Thanksgiving Table
  • November 7: Discovering Hidden Feed Costs for the Milking Herd
  • November 7: Master Equine Manager Certificate
  • November 7: Know What You Are Spending
  • November 8: Professional development for Extension agents: Nutrition Essentials and Family Nutrition modules are available online
  • November 14: Lattice Designs
  • November 14: Behavior Based Grazing Management: A Plant-Herbivore Interaction Webinar by eOrganic
  • November 14: Setting up a flock in a community garden or community group coop setting
  • November 15: Friday Online--Accessibility & Intellectual Property Rights
  • November 18: OMG! You've Got 4-H Parents! Now What??
  • November 19: Working with and Communicating Across Generations
  • November 20: What to Grab When There is Smoke in Your Nostrils, a Howling in Your Ears or Water to Your Ankles
  • November 25: Moodle Meet-Up
  • November 26: Question Wranglers' Meetup - November 2013
  • November 26: Equine Riding Arena Footing & Management


  • December 3: Institutional Team Web Conference - December 2013
  • December 3: Engaging Teens & Older Youth
  • December 5: Communication about Finances and Estate Planning
  • December 13: Friday Online--Evaluation and Accountability
  • December 16:Critical Economic Decisions when Raising Heifers
  • December 17: Question Wranglers' Meetup - December 2013

Questions and Comments?

Contact Beth Raney. If you have web-based events for which you would like more participation, please add them at Learn.extension.org for others to join in!

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes


  • Seed certification specialist and Crop and Soil Science faculty Iraj Motazedian died September 15th, 2013 from kidney cancer.  A funeral service was held in Corvallis on September 19th, 2013.
  • Frank von Borstel, former 4-H Extension agent for Douglas and Marion Counties, passed away September 4th, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Memorial gifts can be made in his name to the OSU Oregon 4-H Foundation or the Sherman County Historical Society.
Personnel Updates

Provided by UABC-HR

New Hires

  • Peter Petryszak - Office Specialist 2, Ext/Exp S Communications
  • Ruby Moon - Marine Renewable Energy Assoc, Ext Lincoln County
  • Beverly Day - Temporary Skilled Craft, Ext Umatilla County
  • Magdiel Martinez Vasquez - Trades/Maintenance Worker 1, 4-H OR Conf/Educ Center
  • Maryann Russell - Temporary Svc/Maint, 4-H OR Conf/Educ Center
  • Randy Russell - Center Mgr/Facility Supervisor, 4-H OR Conf/Educ Center
  • William Buhrig - Instructor, Ext Malheur County
  • Connie Gladish - Administrative Program Spec, 4-H OR Conf/Educ Center
  • Coral Martinez - Cook 1, 4-H OR Conf/Educ Center
  • Scott Thompson - Education Program Assistant 1, Ext Clatsop County


  • None


  • Rosemarie Wakefield - Ext Douglas County
  • Curt Beyer - Ext Umatilla County
  • Donna Crosiar - Ext Douglas County
  • Jennie Cramer - Ext Benton County
  • Shilo Wittrock-Laccino - Ext Clackamas County
  • Shaina Bronstein - Ext Jackson County

Recruitment Updates: Unclassified

  • #0010742 - Family and Community Health Program Coordinator, Ext Fam/CommHlth OffCmps
    Committee Chair: Janice Smiley
    Status: Position Filled

Recruitment Updates: Classified

  • #0011279 - Administrative Program Assistant, Extension Service Admin
    Committee Chair: Jackie Russell
    Status: Cancelled Search - Filled Under Other Circumstances
  • #0011355 - Education Program Assistant 1, Ext Clatsop Co Office
    Committee Chair: Lindsay Davis
    Status: Position Filled
  • #0011318 - Office Specialist 1, Ext Douglas County Office
    Committee Chair: John Punches
    Status: Position Filled
  • #0011113 - Education Program Assistant 1, Ext Fam/CommHlth OffCmps
    Committee Chair: Tonya Johnson
    Status: Position Filled