Grant extends life of Extension Service
Local partnerships and a $114,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon restore an Oregon State University Extension Service program that shut down in Lane County over Labor Day weekend, the service said.
The grant will help pay for the Extension's Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources program through August 2012. Additional revenue will come from class fees, donations and publication sales.
Organizations and businesses that helped make the partnership possible include Lane Community College's Small Business Development Center; eDev, a nonprofit micro-enterprise development organization in Eugene; the Lane County Master Gardener Association; and Rainbow Valley Design and Construction, owner of the building at 783 Grant St., where Extension faculty, staff and volunteers will be housed.Officials said they will have to secure a different funding source if the program is to continue beyond 2012.
Extension's nutrition education program, which helps low-income youth and adults learn how to make healthy food choices, moved to Grant Street in August. Extension spokesman Steve Dodrill said the nutrition program is not involved in the new partnership, nor are any of the Extension's other educational programs that closed in September.
UO honors three with service award
Cartoonist Jan Eliot, communications entrepreneur Don Tykeson and St. Vincent de Paul director Terry McDonald were honored Wednesday as recipients of this year's Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oregon.
The award is presented to individuals who have made a contribution to the cultural development of Oregon or society. Winners are selected by faculty and confirmed by a vote in the University Senate.
Eliot is the creator, writer and artist of the syndicated cartoon "Stone Soup." She is a 1977 UO graduate.
Tykeson parlayed a minority interest in Eugene-based Liberty Communications in 1963 to management of the company as it became one of the largest cable television systems in the United States until it was sold to TCI in 1983. A 1951 UO graduate, he now directs the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust.
McDonald, the executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, oversees programs that assist more than 84,000 people each year. McDonald, a 1971 UO graduate, succeeded his father as only the second director of the organization since its beginnings in 1953.