Extension ConnEXTion

February 2014 (print-friendly version)

A Future Vision for Extension

Here’s a working list that I use to try to describe a future vision of Extension in Oregon. How are we doing in your mind?

Critical Issues

  • Expanding reach into new audiences.
    Doesn’t mean we have to do a lot new things. Means we need to make sure what we are doing is available and adapted for new more urban (in some cases) audiences.
  • Responsiveness
    Extension must be more responsive to needs and timeliness. In the past Extension has been about science-based objectivity. Now our society values timeliness and access more. However, if we solve address the timeliness and access issues, science-based objectivity will return to a primarily value. 


  • Nimble and Responsive
    On-going needs assessment is directly linked to program availability and adaptation. We are nimble enough to effectively respond to evolving needs of society within the areas of content expertise. The knowledgebase of the University is recognized for its value and impact on bettering the lives of many and diverse groups of people.
  • Expanded Use of Technology
    Through expanded use of learning and information technology, Extension will build learning relationships with the new audiences that are successful because of what we know from years of face-to-face interaction. That is our competitive advantage in the constantly evolving information and education marketplace.
  • Engagement Model more than Outreach
    Extension will focus on developing reciprocal relationships within communities of practice and interest. The Extension model is perfectly set to provide a foundation for learners to learn from learners. Interactive online and face-to-face learning environments will be established were the flow of information and new ideas in multidirectional. (The eOrganic Community of Practice—which is centered at OSU—is a good example. About than half of the people in the community are faculty from around the country, the rest are producers, distributors, and retailers, who also “publish” ideas and interact with the group as a whole.)
  • Front Door
    Extension is viewed as the “front door” to the OSU campus across the state. Extension centers around the state provide local access to any and all interactions with the University—from admissions to hosting courses to proctoring examinations, but beyond that they are perceived as the locally focused access point for the University knowledge base. 
  • Improvement in Opinion Leader Recognition
    Extension has learned to court and develop working relationships with a variety of opinion leaders who represent the diversity of the state. This will mean an expansion of the opinion understanding of Extension in the Metro and urban areas that augments and matches the recognition in rural areas.
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Staff Achievements and Awards

Hermiston Chamber of Commerce 

Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce

  • Clive Kaiser, agriculture and horticulture specialist for Umatilla County Extension's Milton-Freewater office, received the 2013 Agri-Business of the Year Award by the Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce for his work with organizations such as the Milton-Freewater Rotary and Milton-Freewater Sustainability Trust.

National Science Teachers Association

  • Virginia Bourdeau, 4-H Youth Development faculty, received the 2014 Distinguished Informal Science Education Award of the National Science Teachers Association. Virginia will be presented with the award later this year at the NSTA national conference in Boston, MA.

Union County Chamber of Commerce

  • Sherry Nantz, Union County Extension office specialist, was recently selected as the Union County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. She was selected for this honor due to her 30+ year volunteer efforts as a 4-H leader and her work on the Annual 4-H Radio Auction as co-chair.  
December 2013 Journal of Extension Publications

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

Fun fact – Four of the Top 50 Most-Read JOE Articles of 2013 have OSU connections:

Be part of OSU Extension's long, strong tradition of publishing in JOE!

Registration Now Open for the 2014 Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Registration is now open for the third annual Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA), which will be held the weeks of June 15-20 and June 22-27 on campus in Corvallis.

This innovative program launched in 2012 in partnership with the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and the feedback from participants has been extremely positive. With leadership from our OSU Summer Session office, this year is shaping up to be an even better experience for those attending. Attached is a promotional postcard (PDF) for the academy.

Highlights include:

  • New this year, each week will kick off with a leadership development seminar
  • Participants can select from seven tracks, including Natural Resources and Community Values, Environmental Water Transactions and Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources, to name a few
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to explore Oregon's natural resources with off-campus field trips to central Oregon and Falls City

It's important to note that there are both credit and non-credit registration options available, appealing to students seeking graduate credits as well as professionals looking to continue their education.

Stay connected with NRLA on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Recipe to Market Online Certificate Now Offered

Recipe to Market is our newest course offering and we would like to gauge community interest in the course series starting April 1st. If we do not meet our enrollment minimum by March 1st, we will consider postponing the start date of the course to provide a better learning environment for students.

If anyone is planning to enroll for the April 1st course, Brand and Market Planning, please be aware that during the registration process, there is an option to pay by credit card online or mail-in a check, which allows you to pay up to the start date of the course.

Attached is the flier for the upcoming Recipe to Market online certificate offered through Oregon State University. If you have clients or community members who are interested in food entrepreneurship, this course could be a perfect fit for them.

If you are interested in more information about the course or certificate program, Nolan Kelly can assist by email or phone at (541) 737-9147.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium – Emerging Engagement Scholars Pre-Conference Workshops

This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship. Participation is limited and interested applicants must be nominated by their faculty advisor/mentor or department chairperson.

Applicants for this program should be:

Doctoral students or junior faculty members with an interest in community engagement and engaged scholarship, and involved or interested in research that contributes to their discipline while making a positive impact on external stakeholders.

Applicants must also demonstrate:

  • A desire for new learning about engaged scholarship.
  • An interest in working with faculty across disciplines to explore and learn more about how engaged scholarship might be carried out.
  • The capacity to effectively communicate the results of their research to public, academic, and other external audiences.
  • The application process for the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop is competitive, with only 15-20 participants selected each year.

Workshop Highlights

  • Engagement Master Class: Foundations of engaged scholarship.
  • Panel discussion with faculty, administrators and cooperative extension staff on disciplinary, institutional type and community partner considerations for engaged scholarship.
  • Small group work with a designated faculty mentor (includes discussion about methods and theories, with a focus on each individual participant's proposed engaged scholarship).
  • Panel discussion with journal editors from peer-reviewed publications that publish engaged scholarship.
  • Engagement Master Class: Considerations for working with community partners.
  • Panel discussion with scholars along with their community partner about the challenges and successes of their work.

Through the generous support of its Board of Directors, the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference provides registration scholarships to all Workshop participants, so that they can take full advantage of the larger conference program.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2014 Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop are due Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

For more information and for application materials, visit the application website.

Participate in the 2015 National Urban Extension Conference

Urban Extension Professionals play an important role in the vigor of Extension programming across our nation. Programming in urban areas must remain dynamic and adaptable to meet the fast pace of urban needs and provide urban communities with reliable research based information from our nation’s top Universities.

From May 4-7, 2015, the National Urban Extension Conference will be taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. Save the date to join urban Extension Professionals from across the nation to share emerging issues, be inspired by Urban Extension impacts, and look to the future for ways to link urban communities with the research that continues to improve lives.

Learn more, and sign up to receive more information, or to volunteer in planning the conference on the Urban Extension 2015 website.

Save the Date for the 2014 Food Security Summit

The Oregon Hunger Task Force, Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, Oregon Food Bank and OSU invite you to the 2014 Food Security Summit, October 21-22, 2014 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

We are bringing together Oregonians from across the state to assess current conditions, create solutions, and take action. The Summit will showcase the most up-to-date knowledge and approaches to ending hunger, and provide opportunities for Oregonians to contribute through group discussions.

This event is meant for state, county, and community leaders, advocates, non-profit groups, emergency food providers, producers, public agency workers, the media, students and educators.

For more information, please contact Mark Edwards.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference – Call for Proposals

Proposals are sought for presentations, posters, and other forms of communication that will inform or advance research on, and the practice of, Engaged Scholarship and Community-University Partnerships through means of research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration, or successful civic engagement practices. Presenters should indicate ways in which their proposal relates to the conference theme and one or more sub-themes. Proposal submission opened January 24, 2014. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Proposals are invited for presentations related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Reasons for community university engagement
  • Ways of engaging
  • Building networks and partnerships
  • Impacts or outcomes of community university engagement
  • How to measure impacts or outcomes of community university engagement
  • Critical reflections on engagement
  • From theory to practice; from practice to theory
  • Changes required to improve engagement
  • Changes resulting from community university engagement
  • Any other topic clearly related to the theme or one of the sub-themes

Proposals may be submitted in any of the following formats: symposium, workshop, poster and poster symposium. For more information on these formats, please visit our conference webpage.

Proposal Submission Requirements

  • Presentation title (10-word maximum)
  • Presentation subtheme(s) or topics the proposal relates to
  • Presentation format
  • Abstract for conference program (50-word maximum)
  • Presentation description (300 word maximum)
  • Presentation technology needs
  • Primary presenter contact information
  • Contact information for up to five co-presenters

Criteria for Evaluation of Submissions

For the benefit of the committee that will review all submissions, please include in your presentation description (300 word maximum), as applicable:

  • Evidence that your work represents or contributes to community-based scholarship/evidence-based practice
  • Evidence of reciprocity and mutual benefit from the standpoint of all partners - the university (faculty, staff, or students) and the community partner(s)
  • Inclusion of community partner "voices"/perspectives
  • New learning, questions, models, practices illustrated by your work
  • Evidence that your work has changed your partners/communities/institutions
  • Measures used to demonstrate changes in individuals or organizations
  • Evidence of strategies for program sustainability
  • Implications or "take-away" message for people attending your presentation.

Click here to submit a proposal (you may need to create an account if you don't already have one). Deadline for proposal submissions is March 17, 2014. You will be notified as to acceptance of your proposal by May 12, 2014.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences Newsletter Profiles Mary Arnold on Appointment to Oregon Youth Development Council

This excerpt taken from original post by Heather Turner on the College of Public Health and Human Science newsletter Synergies.

There’s no argument that today’s youth are our future. But how do we ensure Oregon youth are headed down the right path – a path that leads to healthy living, success and advancement?

PHHS Professor and Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist Mary Arnold is working to find those answers.

With more than 20 years of experience in youth development and developmental psychology, she has been tasked with reinventing the wheel when it comes to youth investment – turning from intervention to prevention.

And she’s doing so through a newly appointed position by Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber, serving as a member of the Oregon Youth Development Council. The council was established in 2012 by House Bill 4165 to assist the Oregon Education Investment Board in overseeing a unified system that provides services to school-aged youth through age 20 with the goal of improving academic and social outcomes for young people.

Read the full article on the PHHS newsletter website, Synergies

Joys, Sorrows, and Well-Wishes


  • Christen Harryman, UABC finance manager, gave birth to a boy in January.  
  • Lauren Kraemer, SNAP-Ed coordinator for Hood River County, gave birth to a boy on January 8, 2014.
  • Jill Wells, administrative program assistant for Extension Administration, gave birth to a baby girl on January 27, 2014.


  • Marilyn Lunner, longtime OSU Extension home economist for Clackamas and Multnomah Counties, passed away December 22, 2013.
  • Nina Roll, Lincoln County Extension faculty, lost her husband, John, on December 27, 2013.
  • Frances Torbeck, retired Coos County faculty, passed away on January 17, 2014.
  • Jeff Olsen, Yamhill County Extension orchard crops specialist, passed away on January 31, 2014. A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2:00pm, March 15, 2014 at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon in downtown McMinnville.


  • Lynette Black, 4-H Youth Development faculty and Wasco County Leader, welcomed a grandson in October.
  • Norbert "Van" Vandehey, retired 4-H agent for Linn and Lane Counties, and wife Phyllis "Peggy" Vandehey celebrated 66 years of marriage. Their story was featured in a Yamhill Valley News Register article for Valentine's Day.

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Ask an Expert: How Am I Doing?

Deb Maddy recently called Ask an Expert "one of the priority programs of OSU Extension". In this season of annual reviews, here are some tips on how to view and share your Ask an Expert participation metrics:

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