In this week’s issue:

Transport translations tool available

OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities.

As part of our overall language access strategy, OSU Extension has contracted with Translations.com to provide a tool called Transport. It is an online translations platform you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. Transport:

  • Is accessible via OSU ONID single-sign on
  • Routes for OSU budget authority approval
  • Saves historical information so we have better data on translation needs and costs across our organization

A Transport login link, user guide, and additional information are available on our language access resource page.

A brief demo and Q&A session will be offered (and recorded) on Friday, October 18 from 10am – 10:45am via Zoom video conference. Join here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/192577911

Learn more about language access and see a preview of the Transport tool in the August Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Questions? Please contact Transport.Support@oregonstate.edu

Brand font change: Rufina Stencil is discontinued

After careful consideration, University Marketing has decided to discontinue use of the brand font, Rufina Stencil. OSU’s commitment to equal opportunities and access for all is in direct contrast to a font that many have found to be difficult to read and inaccessible. The replacement for Rufina Stencil is Georgia, an elegant serif font known for its legibility and clarity at small sizes and on digital displays. Georgia is a systems font available in Microsoft Word. Over the coming weeks, OSU and Extension typography on the web and downloadable brand templates will reflect this change. Please make the shift to the Georgia font as you create new communication materials. Contact Ann Marie Murphy if you have concerns or questions.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Here are some tips for writing content for county pages. We will be collaborating with each county on developing their county pages.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Disability Access Services Open House (Corvallis Campus): Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m. Visit A200 Kerr Admin to play with technology and our Testing Center on the 3rd floor of Heckart Lodge to get a tour. Learn about services, technology, see the facilities, meet the staff, and ask questions.

Third Thursday Veterans Coffee Club in Salem: Join us every third Thursday for a casual cup o’ joe and camaraderie in a safe place to share your military memories. Jokes, photos and artifacts are always welcome. You’ll find support and friends at the B-17 Alliance Veterans Coffee Club. This coffee club is free open to all veterans and to those who wish to honor our veterans. Coffee Club is held at the B-17 Alliance Museum & Restoration Hangar in Salem, every third Thursday of the month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Portland Queer Film Festical 2019: Now in its 23rd year, the Portland Queer Film Festival (PDXQ) takes place September 20 – 26, 2019 at Portland’s historic Cinema 21. The festival showcases feature, documentary and short films from all over the world that are made by, about or of interest to the Queer community.

Introduction to Transgender Health for Health Professionals: The OHSU Transgender Health Program faculty and staff are offering “An Introduction to Transgender Health for Medical and Mental Health Professionals” to learn about gender affirming care across the lifespan. The target audience includes primary care and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and mental health providers. Saturday, Sept. 21, 8am – 5pm at the OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building. For registration, fees and detailed agenda, visit the registration link.

DEI in the News

A nation of neighbors (Source Weekly)
“We have more diversity in our community than a lot of people realize,” Rook, who works in educational equity at Oregon State University-Cascades, said. “I think it’s really commonplace to talk about how un-diverse or white Bend is—and certainly there are plenty of white people in Bend. But we do have significant communities … folks who are not white, not straight, not English as their first language.”

Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline Becomes Cradle-to-College Pathway Under Groups’ Efforts (Insight Into Diversity)
A crucial part of clearing the pathway to college is reducing exclusionary discipline policies at K-12 schools. Such policies include suspending students for long periods of time, often for vague and highly subjective infractions. Underrepresented groups who are disproportionately targeted by punitive discipline include Black and Brown youth, children with disabilities, foster youth, LGBTQ individuals, girls of color, English language learners (ELLs), children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and poor children.

The Women Leading Power Five Athletic Departments (NY Times)
Women make up close to half of college athletes, but only a few are athletic directors in America’s wealthiest and most powerful sports conferences. Of the 65 colleges in the nation’s most powerful sports conferences, only four have women leading the athletic department.

Extension in the News

Evaluating pollinators for abundance and diversity
Western Farmer-Stockman
The study’s findings have value because both pollen abundance and diversity are critical for colony growth and survival of the honeybee, says Ramesh Sagili, the study corresponding author and an OSU associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist.

Cruising through school
Newport News Times
“This is the third year we’ve been out doing this research cruise,” said Tracy Crews, Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education program manager. “We take out high school students, community college students to work with graduate students and researchers here at Oregon State University.”

In this week’s issue:

LDPE Application Still Open

It’s time for sixth cohort of the Leadership Development Program for Executives (LDPE). We are currently accepting applications for the 2019/20 cohort. The application details and program outline are available here; program requirements available here. The deadline is September 15th.

The application must include a brief biography and reference letters from the following three people, which speak to your suitability and interest in this program:
1) Immediate Supervisor
2) Program Leader or Unit Director
3) A Peer
Notes: If your immediate supervisor is also your unit director, only two letters are required. Letters can be attached to the application or sent in separately.

LDPE is a unique and collaborative leadership program for employees within the Extension Service, Ecampus, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. The year-long program includes facilitated workshops, interpersonal assessments, executive mentoring, peer-coaching, book clubs, projects, and more!

Please let Amanda Bielenberg-Hayes or Jeff Sherman know if you have any questions about the program or application process.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Regional trainings this week:

Central Region:
Sept. 17 (Tue.), Wasco County Office (The Dalles)
Sept 18 (Wed.), Deschutes County Office (Redmond)

Check our blog for a training coming to your area in September and October.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

10th Annual Neerchokikoo Powwow: This (free and open to the public) celebration honors partners, volunteers, and donors whose contributions to the Native American Youth and Family Center’s work has enhanced the lives of our youth, families and elders over the past year. Saturday, September 14 from 1:00pm – 11:00pm at the NAYA Family Center in Portland.

Disability Access Services Open House: Participate in the DAS open house in Kerr and play with technology, as well as tour the Testing Center in Heckart Lodge. Learn about services, technology, see the facilities, meet the staff, and ask questions. Corvallis Campus, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m., Heckart Lodge third floor.

LGBTQ Veterans: Cultural Considerations for an Intersectional Community: People in the LGBTQ community serve in the military at a higher rate than the general population and face a multitude of disparate outcomes based both on their military service and membership in the LGBTQ community. Join Nathaniel Boehme, MA, MSW, Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator for a conversation on cultural considerations for this unique community. 2 sessions on Tues., Sept. 24. AM: 9:30 – noon and PM: 1:00 – 3:30, both at the Benton County Sunset Building in Corvallis. Use password: SunsetConference1 for FREE registration. Seats are limited. 

In the News

The two-spirit, queer, disabled scholar making waves (The Advocate)

The 43-year-old is director of graduate studies and the queer studies curriculum organizer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. Still, Driskill makes it a point to say, “I think that all labor is collective. I’m proud of my accomplishments, particularly if they’re useful to other people, but they’re reflections of elders, friends, families, movements, and communities to which I’m grateful.”

Plantation tours talk more honestly about slavery, receive pushback from visitors (Washington Post)
From Monticello in Virginia to McLeod in South Carolina, a push to deal more honestly with the brutal realities of slavery has generated a backlash but also drawn new visitors.

As rising heat bakes U.S. cities, the poor often feel it most (NPR)
Hotter neighborhoods tend to be poorer in dozens of major U.S. cities. That extra heat can have serious health effects for those living there.

Extension in the news

OSU Extension: Drink water your flavor-ite way
Hood River News
Many refillable water bottles are now insulated to keep water cold all day long. Some of our favorite infused water combinations at Oregon State University Extension Service are blueberry mint, orange basil and kiwi lime. It is fun and easy to experiment with new flavor combinations!

To help bees through lean times, plant a variety of blooms
RFD-TV
“People may run into city ordinances if they let their yards grow wild, so make them functional,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension. “Make them into an attractive feature of your landscape while also making them into better pollinator habitat.”

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In this week’s issue:

LDPE Application Open

It’s time for sixth cohort of the Leadership Development Program for Executives (LDPE). We are currently accepting applications for the 2019/20 cohort. The application details and program outline are available here; program requirements available here. The deadline is September 15th.

The application must include a brief biography and reference letters from the following three people, which speak to your suitability and interest in this program:
1) Immediate Supervisor
2) Program Leader or Unit Director
3) A Peer
Notes: If your immediate supervisor is also your unit director, only two letters are required. Letters can be attached to the application or sent in separately.

LDPE is a unique and collaborative leadership program for employees within the Extension Service, Ecampus, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. The year-long program includes facilitated workshops, interpersonal assessments, executive mentoring, peer-coaching, book clubs, projects, and more!

Please let Amanda Bielenberg-Hayes or Jeff Sherman know if you have any questions about the program or application process.

OSU Juntos Family Day Video Available

On May 11, OSU Open Campus Juntos and student leaders from Mi Familia Weekend came together to host Juntos Family Day, welcoming more than 1500 Latinx students and family members from across the state to experience Oregon State University’s college and career opportunities, resources, and family support! Thank you to our partners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers that made this event a success. Watch our video to learn more about what this incredible day means to our families and to our university.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In celebration of Labor Day, there’s no blog post this week, but take a moment and visit a place on the Extension website you have never looked before. See the hard work that someone outside your sphere is doing as part of Extension’s mission. Then leave your Extension colleagues a comment in the feedback area to let them know your thoughts. Thanks!

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Census Data Visualization tools: Visit the Census Interactive Gallery and Infographics and Visualizations pages for information and insight about our communities.

Student Veterans Networking Event: OSU Cascades
Please join us for Hawaiian food, Aloha music, lawn games and meet your fellow student veterans. It’s an opportunity for you to prepare for the Fall term and to make sure that all your beavers are in a row. All new and continuing veterans, dependents and their families are invited. RSVP is required. Please email veterans@osucascades.edu to RSVP. Friday, September 13 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Tykeson Hall.

Black Connect, Welcome Event: Come kick off the new year at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center in Corvallis. Learn about services, programs, and meet other new students. Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Ettihad Welcome Event:  Come kick off the new year at the Ettihad Cultural Center. Learn about services, programs, and meet other new students. Friday, September 27 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm

In the News

How to create a garden that’s accessible to all (Oregonian)
“We all have challenges if we live long enough,” said Corinne Thomas-Kersting, a retired speech-language pathologist and five-year Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener. “We have different challenges. Even when you’re young and healthy there are things to do to prevent future disabilities.”

Extension in the news

Research shows that PE in schools can be life-changing
East Oregonian
Elementary schools are expected to start providing 120 of those minutes this year. That’s where Angie Treadwell, SNAP-Ed coordinator for Oregon State University Extensions, comes in.

To help bees through lean times, plant a variety of blooms
The Washington Post
“People may run into city ordinances if they let their yards grow wild, so make them functional,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension. “Make them into an attractive feature of your landscape while also making them into better pollinator habitat.”

OSU names interim director for Hermiston research station
Capital Press
Clive Kaiser, horticulture professor and Umatilla County extension agent for OSU in Milton-Freewater, will take over as interim director at HAREC beginning Sept. 3.

In this week’s issue:

August Journal of Extension

The August 2019 issue of the Journal of Extension is now available. The entire issue can be accessed directly on the JOE website at www.joe.org.
Several of your colleagues were published this month! Congratulations go to:
Curious about publishing your Extension impacts in the Journal of Extension? Check out their Guidance for Authors page and consider submitting!

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Heads nodded in agreement these past weeks, as we bounced around the idea of adding more stories to the website to show the value of Extension’s work. Also, new solutions arose as content teams talked about who and how to enter and organize their content. This week’s blog post takes a look at what is taking shape, and the role of content strategy in facilitating it.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU-Cascades offers community learning workshops (KTVZ)
Oregon State University–Cascades’ fall adult community learning workshops begin in September and are open for registration. Geared toward personal and professional development, the workshops cover topics including health, film and art, leadership development, and equity and inclusion.

Student success film screening: As a special University Day event, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Office of Undergraduate Education are hosting a screening of “Unlikely,” a new documentary exploring barriers to college completion, followed by a conversation on OSU’s student success initiatives. Tuesday, Sept.10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium.

Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for summer and fall is up, and there are still seats for summer sessions. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

 In the News

Girls’ Side and Boys’ Side? Not at These Summer Camps (NY Times)
Sleep-away programs for L.G.B.T.Q. youth offer all the standards — s’mores, canoeing, friendship bracelets — plus gender-inclusive cabins and courses on identity.

Native American Tribes Say Indian Horse Relays Are America’s First Extreme Sport (KLCC)
One of the ways Native tribes in the West celebrate their history and culture is through annual summer horse races. They’re known as Indian Relays, and tribes call them America’s first extreme sport.

Do private prisons have a role in our society? (Rifkin Radio podcast) 
In this podcast, Brett Burkhardt, Ph.D, a sociology professor at Oregon State University, joins us to discuss the key elements of the debate over prison privatization: cost, quality and morality.

Extension in the News

Young ‘Iron Chefs’ show off new skills
The LaGrande Observer
Four teams of middle school students battled it out at the Oregon State University Extension Services office Wednesday afternoon. They were showing off all they had learned the last eight weeks as members of the Iron Chef in the Nutrition Kitchen competition.

Holey Cow! (Really)
Baker City Herald
As part of their two-week program in August, the students took various field trips in addition to brushing up on math and reading. Their visit to the Extension Office focused on natural resources.

Neighbors Concerned About Malnourished Cows Near Roseburg
KEZI
Frieze said the cattle’s owner has been very cooperative through the whole process and has been working with Oregon State University extension services and the sheriff’s office to come up with feeding plans.

OSU launches ‘Global Hemp Innovation Center’
KOBI
“It has so many beneficial uses that I am quite excited that it’s now becoming more and more mainstream as an agricultural commodity and going into products that we use,” Richard Roseberg, director of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, said.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The August Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Bright Spots (Anita Azarenko and Lindsey Shirley) – Highlights and celebration of the work our people are doing across the state (1:16)
  • Leadership Update (Anita Azarenko and Amanda Bielenberg) – Anita shared information about her background and provided an update on status of Extension Director position and reflections on her five weeks in the Division. Amanda shared exciting news about new features at Extension Annual Conference. (9:50)
  • Language Access (Ana Lu Fonseca and Jennifer Alexander) – Language access is the strategic and systematic management of multilingual communication. Transport, an easy online translation portal, was introduced. (32:30)
  • Navigator (Jennifer Alexander) – A status update on the Navigator initiative and highlights since the May Quarterly Conversation. Learn more and sign up for updates at beav.es/navigator. (55:05)
  • The Water Initiative (Dave Hansen) – The Water Initiative Team is making recommendations on how best to coordinate water initiatives across Extension. Click here to see the report. (1:12:20)

Extension Borrowables

EESC is raising awareness of Extension at various events. In the process, the department is accumulating various items that might be useful for county offices and others as they promote the services of Extension. The newest items for the borrowable inventory are six 3-ft x 4-ft vinyl banners featuring the four thematic areas of Extension. Three of the banners fit in a 10-ft wide booth space and can be hung with hooks or rope. Mix and match or use all six. To request the use of the banners or other borrowables, contact Sandy Reichhuber.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog  goes over next steps and time commitments to get to our next goal, CRM practice. How and when will we get there.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Special Education: What You Need to Know
This FREE info session includes an introduction to key special education definitions and developing a successful individualized education program. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at 2019 A. Main Street, Baker City, Oregon.

Race and White Women (non-men) at Work
Transformational Conversations about Racism, Oppression, & Getting Free Together. Saturday, August 24 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Ena Haws. $149 workshop fee, includes materials.

Volunteer opportunity for Fall 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Fall 2019 Orientation Week. For more information and to sign up go here. Volunteer training day (required for all volunteers): September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ILLC 155. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: Sept. 16-17. Orientation week: Sept. 18-24. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at  intl.orientation@oregonstate.edu or go to the INTO OSU website.

In the News

Students With Disabilities Deserve Inclusion. It’s Also the Best Way to Teach (Education Week)
“Students with disabilities face substantially increased rates of abuse and restraint in schools. As an education and disability advocate seeking to change that, I frequently encounter well-meaning arguments for separating higher-needs students from the general population.”

Study finds health research disparities for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians (KLCC)
Oregon State University PhD candidate Lan Doan found that over the past 26 years the NIH has allocated 0.17 percent of its budget toward 529 studies.

Child care crisis: Famillies struggle with rising child care costs, finding safe providers (Statesman Journal)
According to the report “Oregon’s Child Care Deserts” by Oregon State University, these costs equated to more than $14,000 a year for toddler care at a center. “The big thing we’ve seen change is the affordability of care,” said Megan Pratt, assistant professor of practice at OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and one of the report’s authors.

Extension in the news

Dormant-season grazing eyed as tool in reducing fire risk
Capital Press
In a 25,000-acre study area east of Owyhee Reservoir, cattle numbers traditionally are reduced before Nov. 1 — right around the time perennial grasses go dormant and temperatures become nearly perfect for germination of invasive cheatgrass and medusahead, Oregon State University Extension rangeland and livestock specialist Sergio Arispe said.

Nuts for hazelnuts: growers can’t keep up with demand
Capital Press
“The demand for hazelnut trees is huge,” said Jay Pscheidt, an Extension plant pathologist at Oregon State University.

February snowstorms pummeled Oregon research forest, opened door to Douglas-fir beetles
KVAL
“This year was pretty epic,” said David Shaw, a silviculture Extension agent in the Oregon State University College of Forestry, “because it was heavy, wet snow.”

In this week’s issue:

Sustainable swag

According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, 73% of respondents said they would either definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment. With this in mind, we are adding items to the mix of Extension swag that are reusable and have longer life spans. One such item is the Extension mesh bag. Priced at $4/bag, it encourages users to reduce reliance on plastic produce bags (and they see the Extension name each time they shop). Another example is the $1 Extension healthy living tote. It is reusable, washable and made from 100% recycled materials (except the web handles). You can order these and other Extension promotional items by using the “Marketing/Promo Item” link on the OSU Extension Employee Intranet.

What do you think about adding a reusable straw kit and/or a reusable utensil kit to the Extension swag mix? Share your feedback and ideas for other eco-friendly items with Ann Marie Murphy.

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 16, 2019)

Agri-tourism Coordinator (Internal Employment Opportunity)

The Extension Service Marion County office is seeking an Agritourism Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This position will be assigned to Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties in the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Western Region. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Director. Posting# P03249UF. Closes August 22. Contact Mark Chien, search chair, with any questions.

Extension Web Update

Now that focus areas have been live for a few months, we took a look at analytics in this week’s blog to see how effective they have been in meeting the goals we had for them.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

2019 POC Bridge-Building Mixer
The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ BIPOC on staff at Oregon Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Latino Partnership Program, want to get to know you better! BIPOC/LGBT+ BIPOC who wish to network, connect, share stories and create links to foundation resources are highly encouraged to attend this event. Wednesday, August 14 at 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214.

Venezuelan Arts & Culture Festival, PDX
Venezuelan artists, performers, and crafters (displays and vendors). Authentic Venezuelan cuisine from La Arepa. Sunday, August 18 at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion in Portland. Sponsored by the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

All of Us Exhibit
The All of Us exhibit will be on OSU’ Corvallis campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-23 on the brick mall off the northeast corner of the MU. The goal of the research, education and enrollment center is to advance health care that is based on you as an individual. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, All of Us aims to sign up 1 million or more people who will share information about their health over time. Researchers will study this data to improve health for generations to come. It’s hosted by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Benton County, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

The 1619 Project: An Evening of Conversation on August 13
Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. In August, The New York Times Magazine will observe this anniversary with a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States. Register to watch the livestream here.

In the News

Requesting accommodations: Another challenge for older workers (Forbes)
Other research has shown that people with disabilities refrain from requesting accommodations if they think coworkers would find the request “normatively inappropriate” — meaning not in keeping with the office culture. Research by David C. Baldridge and Michele L. Swift of OSU’s College of Business, published in Human Resources Management, studied the effect of age on such requests. Workers’ fear of seeming old, they found, may trump their fear of seeming to have a disability.

OSU-Cascades presents Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Employee Award (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State University – Cascades  has given its 2019 Employee Awards to five faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; outreach; outstanding staff engagement and support; scholarship and creative activity; and teaching excellence.

’Squad’ is creating a safe space for teenage girls online (Tech Crunch)
Led by Crawford, a graduate of Oregon State University, Squad’s compelling founding story and organic growth helped them close a $5 million seed round led by First Round Capital general partner Hayley Barna, the only female partner at the historically all-male early-stage investment fund known for being the first institutional check in Uber.

Extension in the news

Bend 4-H pig’s hefty fair price goes to worthy cause
KTVZ
Cooper, a 10-year-old 4-H student from Bend, sold Guss at $100 a pound ,which totaled $26,400 at the Deschutes County Fair. He decided to donate all of the money to charity.

OSU brings back mechanical cultivation field day
Capital Press
This year, OSU Extension Service is partnering with Washington State University Extension to offer two events — the first on Aug. 27 at WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center, and the second on Aug. 29 at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Ore.

Garden tour draws crowds
The Madras Pioneer
The event, presented by Oregon State University Extension and the Central Oregon chapter of OSU Master Gardeners, provided gardening enthusiasts with an opportunity to learn from other gardeners.

In this week’s issue:

Available now: Out There videos in Spanish

Our collection of Extension Out There videos is now available in Spanish (including captioning). Find the in the “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration” folder in Box by going to the Employee Intranet website and clicking on the link under Popular Links. Look for the “Out There Videos” folder.

As a reminder, there is a silent version that is appropriate for using at events. You also will find the full video (one minute and twenty seconds long) and six thirty-second story clips – all available in English and Spanish with captions – featuring a variety of Extension activities. Please share them on your social media channels to help spread the word about the great things Extension is doing in and for Oregon.

More Extension stories will be captured on video in the coming months. We anticipate another Out There video and three more story clips will be available in the fall. For questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension Web Update

Imagine if you could ask your smart speaker to search the OSU Extension website for events located near you, or ask Siri to find all of the blueberry pruning publications in the OSU Extension Catalog? See our blog this week to see how we are preparing for the future.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

NEW SCHEDULE! Social Justice Education Initiative
The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall is now up, and there are still seats for summer sessions. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

EXTENSION OFFICES, TAKE NOTE: Jane will deliver her introductory 2-day SJEI course in your County Office if you can get a group of 12 people together. Contact Jane or Ana Lu with any questions.

Bend YP DevLabs, Session 3: Our Community – Where Will You Make Your Impact?
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but have been unsure of how to get started? Thursday, August 15 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Deschutes Brewery- Mountain Room (901 SW Simpson Ave, Bend, OR). Hosted by the Bend Chamber of Commerce.

Hiroshima – Nagasaki Commemoration event
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 from 7:00–8:30 pm at the Corvallis Riverfront Park. Co-hosted by the OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Trystan Reese Recorded Presentation
Trystan Reese presented “The Seahorse Dad: My year as a pregnant man” at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis, Oregon in April 2019. Sponsored by The Arts Center of Corvallis.

In the News

Discrimination Is Hard to Prove, Even Harder to Fix (NY Times)
“It’s a difficult process, more difficult than it needs to be,” said Jeff Vardaro, a civil rights attorney in Columbus, Ohio. These cases can become complex and expensive, and defendants and their attorneys have incentives to drag them out.

Phillips Collection modern-art museum opens new exhibit (Oregonian)
To transcribe the journey of 68 million refugees, the Phillips yielded its floors to 75 international artists.

Need a Mental Health Day? Some States Give Students the Option (NY Times)
An expert called the laws in both Utah and Oregon a “win” and said students who are “quietly suffering” from mental illness will benefit most.

Extension in the news

OSU ‘statewides’ plan return to full staffing
Capital Press
Oregon State University is preparing for a hiring spree in its Extension service, agricultural experiment stations and forest research lab due to a funding boost from lawmakers.

Large wasps descend on Central Oregon in search of cicadas
The Bulletin
In recent weeks, the extension center in Madras and the Oregon State University Extension Service in Redmond have received numerous calls from residents who are concerned about the wasps.

A little heat brings the wheat
Dalles Chronicle
While yields are yet to be determined, retired Oregon State University Extension Agent Sandy Macnab expected bushels-per-acre to be around average.

In this week’s issue:

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 16, 2019)

New Extension Name Badge

Feedback tells us the metal name badges introduced last year are not holding up to the level of use by our Extension employees – they tend to bend and scratch easily. Thus, we’re bringing back the sturdy orange plastic badges with new designs, one of which offers the use of preferred pronouns. In the spirit of language inclusivity, the addition of swinger plates to identify language proficiency is also available. The intention of the language plates is to let our clientele know who they can speak to in their preferred language. If you are proficient in more than one language, multiple swinger plates can be stacked. Continued use of current metal name badges is fine. New employees and replacement badges will use the new style.

  • Extension Administration covers the cost of a name badge for new employees. Please contact Kaylyn Hymes in Extension Administration to obtain an index and activity code to charge.
  • Units cover the cost of replacement badges for current employees.

Supervisors or office managers should go to the R3 Customshop website to order new name badges. Create an account, choose OSU Extension as the department and badge options will appear. Excel spreadsheets can be uploaded, if needed.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Summer Events

Besides fairs and workshops many counties have special events such as Shop at the Dock. Check the Extension Events Calendar often to see what may be of interest to our clients across the state.

Extension Web Update

What is the most critical factor in helping us create a shared use of CRM practices in Extension? Trust. Read about it in today’s Navigator post.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon Native American Chamber Networking Lunch
Join the Oregon Native American Chamber for a networking lunch on Wednesday, July 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Metro (600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232).

Extension Professional Development Funds available (Aug. 1 deadline)
Faculty and staff with an Extension appointment of .25 FTE or greater are encouraged to apply. To view criteria and apply, visit the webpage.

Salem Pride in the Park 2019
Just when it looked like Pride was not happening in Salem in 2019, the community spoke out, showed up, and let us know how important this event is to our city. Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Salem’s Riverfront Park.

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
This webinar provides an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used.

In the News

Beyond braille: Oregon-made ‘printers’ open opportunities for the blind in math and science (Oregonian)
At the age of 48, Gardner took time off from Oregon State University to learn how to live without sight. He adapted to walking with a cane and learned how to get from one place to another without driving.

Planting the seeds of peace (Gazette-Times)
Planting a tree is always a hopeful act, but the persimmon sapling planted in April behind the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center on the OSU campus expresses a very particular hope: the hope for an end to nuclear weapons.

Oregon Native designers celebrate heritage, counter mass fashion (Oregonian)
Across Oregon, a growing number of popular Native American artists and designers are confronting mass fashion trends and celebrating their heritage through their work. Luhui Whitebear, assistant director of Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse, says indigenous artwork is connected to Native teachings and traditions.

Extension in the News

Benevolent or fearsome? Yellowjackets can be both
Associated Press
“Yellowjackets, hornets and paper wasps are all beneficial predators of soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, grubs and flies,” said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

‘An incredible week’: STEM camp gets kids ‘Ready for Tomorrow’
Argus Observer
Youth came from Adrian, Nyssa, Vale, Ontario and Idaho for the camps geared toward science, technology, engineering and math, Oregon State University Extension Agent Barbara Brody said.

Drought-stricken trees die in and around Eugene
The Register-Guard
Each year of drought puts more strain on trees, said Lauren Grand, forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County.

In this week’s issue:

PACE offers Wine Tasting Experience

Learn more about about wine at this workshop in either Portland or Corvallis in September. Details are here.

Extension Web Update

Do you still have people calling to ask how to find things on the website? Have you not revisited the Extension website since after the launch? You may be surprised how things have changed over the past year. This “getting reacquainted” video tour shows how to orient yourself on this updated site. Share with your colleagues and clients, and also see new ways we are gathering feedback from audiences.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon GEAR UP Resources
The GEAR UP program’s goal is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary programs. Take a look at their free toolkits and other resources for educators here.

Financial Strategies for Women
A workshop for women and those who care about women. A variety of topics are addressed which pertain to, and are relevant for, women interested in financial planning and investing. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*, Thursday, July 25, noon to 1 p.m., OSU Corvallis Campus, MU212. RSVP to investmentseminars@mapscu.com.

CMLC Cooking Class: Mexican Salsas with Maria & Nena
Join the CMLC kitchen to learn how to make authentic Mexican salsas. $10. Space is limited. Thursday, July 25, 1:30-3 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Reserve your spot by contacting info@cmlcenter.org

Sensory Sensitive Movies at the Northern Lights Theatre
Sensory Sensitive Showings are designed specifically for customers with autism and other special sensory needs. The volume is turned down and the lights are turned up. There will be no previews or ads before the movie. During the movie, you may get up and walk around, dance, sing, clap, and shout—without being a disruption. Next showing is Saturday, July 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. At the Northern Lights Theatre in Salem, OR.

2019 Obon Festival

Join the Japanese American Association of Lane County for the 2019 Obon Festival at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Saturday, July 27, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In the News

OSU College of Engineering receives diversity recognition award (LIFE@OSU)
The OSU College of Engineering has been selected to be an “exemplar” recipient of a Bronze Award in the first year of the American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program.

Driving while undocumented in Oregon: A family’s hopes for HB 2015 (OPB)
Today, 23 years after that trek through the desert, he and his family still live in the Salem area. Navarro recently graduated with a master’s degree from Oregon State University. His mother manages a restaurant and his father works in a plant nursery. But they’re all still undocumented, which has a big impact on their otherwise ordinary daily routines.

Oregon tackles the veterinary suicide crisis, starting with the stigma (OregonLive)
For a profession filled with high-achievers and perfectionists, it’s easy to see how burnout, anxiety and depression can all play out, said Alex Rowell, a psychologist in the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

Extension in the News

Oregon, Washington Firefighters Assist Alaska As Oregon’s Fire Budget Fizzles
The Corvallis Advocate
The Oregon State University Extension Service will receive $2 million for to map out “at-risk areas” as guidance for as-yet-unapproved forest thinning.
Oregon’s strategic plan for bees creates a buzz
The Register-Guard
″(Oregon) is one of the hot spots for bee biodiversity,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee expert with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
The Story Next Door: 4-H fair is a way of life for Fay and Sherm Sallee
Albany Democrat-Herald
Sherm and Fay Sallee are probably the only volunteers so committed to 4-H programs they actually designed their home to include large rooms that allow not one, but two 4-H meetings to be held simultaneously.

In this week’s issue:

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2019

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

“Growing the Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help“GROW the Fund”at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process.Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Professional Development Opportunity: REAL Oregon

The Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program for Oregon (REAL Oregon) is accepting applications for their 2019-20 program through July 25.

REAL Oregon is an annual leadership and professional development program that exposes a cross-section of individuals from Oregon’s natural resource communities to the diversity of Oregon’s geography, economy and cultures through a series of five statewide sessions. Program objectives are:

  1. Improve personal leadership skills, enhance self-confidence, and develop agriculture and natural resource awareness.
  2. Encourage a network of leaders to take an active leadership role in community, state, and national issues.
  3. Promote Oregon’s Natural Resources and the development of strong rural communities.
  4. Continue to build a network of informed, trained and motivated rural leaders across Oregon.

Speak with your supervisor if you are interested in applying. If selected, and additional funds are needed to participate, consider applying to the Extension professional development fund.

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 16, 2019)

Extension Web Update

Are you meeting lots of people while exhibiting at the county fairs or tabling at the farmer’s markets this summer? If you give them Extension’s website to learn more, then you’ll want to create a welcoming place for them to land.

This week’s blog post shows you some new designs that you can easily apply to your program pages. Check out some of the fabulous program page examples, and watch the short training videos to walk you through how to make changes.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Free art exhibit: Traditional Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Now through August 12, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the OSU Corvallis Campus Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.

Buried Hxstories for BIPOC Youth
A new monthly series at the PDX People’s Food Co-op this Summer! Every third Wednesday of the month (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.), Buried Hxstories for BIPOC youth brings kid-friendly lessons on ancestral wisdom of Black or African, Indigenous or Native, and Non-Black People of Color.

Speed Friending Event with INTO OSU Mexican Teaching Group is seeking OSU and Community members to participate in brief five-minute conversations with a group of 15 Mexican educators on Monday, July 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Campus Valley Library, Willamette East/West Room (Valley 3622). Register here.

Huerto de la Familia & The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Saturday, July 20, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene. Hosted by the Latino Professionals Connect network.

In the News

‘Here It Goes’: Coming Out to Your Doctor in Rural America (Valley Public Radio)
A poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that 18 percent of all LGBTQ Americans refrain from seeing a physician for fear of discrimination.

Dorm Design Affects Student Outcomes, Especially for African Americans (Insight Into Diversity)
A new study, published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, examines whether residence hall design affects new student academic outcomes.

Yale Was a Boys’ Club For Centuries. Then the First Women Came Along. (Chronicle of Higher Edu)
As Anne Gardiner Perkins explains in her forthcoming book, Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, those women had to cope with a culture that tended to view them less as fellow leaders-to-be and more as campus curiosities. “Institutions do not slough off their history so easily,” she writes.

Extension in the News

Cash Crop
The Mail Tribune
“With cannabis, people were concerned about underutilization of land because of the limit on the number of plants,” noted Maud Powell, RVFSN board chair, Applegate farmer and Oregon State University Small Farms extension agent. Underutilization of land puts water rights, soil health and EFU designations at risk and takes land out of agricultural production.

Food preservation hotline open July 15
The Register-Guard
If you’re getting ready to preserve oodles of produce or a fresh catch of fish but want to be sure you’re doing it safely, the Oregon State University Extension Service food preservation hotline is here to help.