Roads Scholar Engagement Tour

The Roads Scholar Engagement Tour is for recently hiried OSU faculty members and/or those who want to gain a better understanding of Oregon State’s land grant mission and opportunities for community engagement.

2015 tour dates set

The 2015 was held on Sept. 15-16 and hosted by Newport/Tillamook. 

Register to participate in this year's Roads Scholar Engagement Tour


Monday, September 14th

Pre-bus tour “Engagement” Workshop

Scott Reed - Welcome / Open Discussion
Susana Rivera-Mills - What is Engagement?
Allison Davis-White Eyes - Diversity & Cultural Engagment (541)737.4383 PPT

Dana Sanchez - Matrix
Adam Schwartz - What is Engagement? PPT



Tuesday, September 15 (Newport)

Depart Reser Stadium parking lot

-Pat Corcoran - Coast Host, Coastal Hazards on the bus

Arrive at the Confederate Siletz Tribe

-Cultural tour
-Tribal Health Center

Arrive at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)

Lunch at HMSC

-Bob Cowen on Marine Study Initiative (Strategic Vision Document)
-Roger Rennekamp on Health & Nutrition

Breakout Session:  

-4H Youth Development Group 
-Commercial Fishing
-Cyber Lab at HMSC
-Engaging K-12 Audiences

Round Table Discussion

-Table Hosts: Kaety Jacobson

Accommodations are reserved at the Hallmark


-Debrief with Community Members
-Bonfire  outside Sunset Room

Wednesday September 16 (Tillamook)

Fun Run  (optional)


Leave to Tillamook

Arrive at Tillamook

-Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery

Lunch at the Tillamook Bay Community College

        -Presentation from President, Connie Green

        -Emily Henry, PhD., OSU Open Campus, Tillamook

        -Maydra Valencia, OSU Open Campus Juntos, Coast

        -Troy Downing, OSU Dairy Specialist

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Leave Tillamook

Arrive in Corvallis

Suggested reading

In preparation for the bus tour, it is recommended that participants read a selection of articles related to engagement. These articles can be found on our Resources for Faculty and Staff page.

Past participant testimonials

“The tour helped me better appreciate the university and also think about potential partnerships.”

“It was a great opportunity to meet other OSU faculty and staff and to find out how outreach and engagement contributes to their work.”

“I met some really interesting people and am looking forward to finding opportunities to collaborate in the future.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to visit sites and organizations where Oregon State has an engaged research connection.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to check out the FAQ for the Roads Scholar Engagement Tour

Past tours


  • PCUN / CAPACES Leadership Institute (Woodburn)
  • Columbia Gorge Community College (Hood River)
  • Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Hood River)
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards (Turner)


  • Tillamook Bay Community College
  • Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport)


  • North Willamette Research and Extension Center (Aurora)
  • Oregon Food Bank (Portland)
  • Food Innovation Center (Portland)
  • WaterWise Demonstration Garden (Newberg)
  • PCUN Oregon's Farmworker Union (Woodburn)
  • Networking reception and dinner at the Oregon Garden

If you have have any questions, please contact Jeff Sherman.