In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Klamath County School District, in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research & Extension Service, has been awarded a competitive $96,538 USDA implementation grant for its Farm-to-School program. Read more here.

Livestream the Ruby Lecture by OSU’s Patricia Dawson

For more than 33 years, Patricia Dawson has devoted her Extension career to delivering high quality educational programs and resources that met the needs of colleagues and constituents at the local, state and national level. Recognized nationwide for her visionary leadership, she has served in countless roles including National ESP President, National Editor for the Journal of Youth Development – 12 years, NAE4-HA Board of Directors, JCEP Board Secretary and JOE Board of Directors. A prolific writer/researcher, Patricia’s youth development curriculum has been showcased at over 100 refereed state and national presentations. Recently retired from Oregon State University, Patricia maintains an active role with Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Presentation is scheduled for approximately 11:45 pm (Pacific), Tuesday, October 15. As this is a live event, streaming could start early.

The presentation will be taped and made available on the ESP website after the conference

Live link: https://zoom.us/j/571784677

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

What we love about Clackamas County 4-H
We share what is working so well.

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

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching: Join Jeff Kenney to explore the theory and practice of culturally responsive teaching. +Tech Talk: Learn about polling options for small group and/or non-course settings for gathering informal feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in OSU Corvallis Milam Hall, Rm 215 Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Sense of Place: Traditional First Foods & The Creation Story
Each year, tribes in the Columbia River Basin celebrate the return of the salmon. It is part of an annual First Foods ceremony that honors the tribes’ Creation Story and their unique connection to the Pacific Northwest. This relationship has spanned thousands of years and hundreds of generations and their traditional First Foods give insight into how this coexistence between people and place has endured. Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. $10 suggested donation. More information here.

WIC at NAYA (Portland): Receive information about Women, Infant and Children (WIC) services at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). Thursday, Oct. 17 from 1-4pm. Appointments, breastfeeding support, food package changes, answers to your questions and more. Call (503) 988-3503 to schedule an appointment; WALK-INS WELCOME and will be seen as time allows.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for winter term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 1 (week 5), with notification two weeks later (week 7). Visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at joy.jorgensen@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

New ACT Test Options Could Help Disadvantaged Students (Insight Into Diversity)
The ACT exam will begin offering new options in September 2020 in an effort to make the standardized college admissions test more flexible for students, the nonprofit testing service announced on Tuesday.

New Role: Taking an Unblinking Look at a University’s Past (The Chronicle)
As colleges in several states struggle to reconcile their current values with their historic ties to slavery, one in Virginia took the unusual step of hiring a historian to explore that past.

Program gives underrepresented STEM undergraduates a boost (LIFE@OSU)
OSU STEM Leaders provides students with mentors, lab time.

Extension in the News

Tourism conference sparks conversation
The Astorian
The story helped kick off the biennial Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference, hosted by Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Argus Observer
Some of these were presented during the Fall Cover Crops Tour hosted by Christy Tanner, Oregon State University Extension agent, on Monday, beginning with some crop trials she is conducting at the Malheur Experiment Station.
Ashland Tidings
“I didn’t hear any really big negatives. Some folks said the yield was light, others said the yield looked good,” said Rick Hilton, entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Central Point.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

On Sept. 20, the Harvest Dinner at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora brought together 300 local farmers, agricultural industry and business leaders, university faculty and elected officials — including Gov. Kate Brown — in Clackamas County. See more here.

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2019

The next quarterly deadline for the Extension Professional Development Fund is November 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.

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Read the blog this week for Tips for program pages. Top 5 tips for program pages to save time and improve content.

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

Decolonizing the Rhizosphere and Gut Microbiomes: Indigenous Agroecology, Heritage Cuisine, and Community Health 
On Wednesday, October 9, 4:00-5:30pm, in Memorial Union 109, Dr. Peña will discuss how food sovereignty and indigenous agroecology are pathways to the recovery of the health of the soil and the community. Drawing from his own work as a biodynamic farmer, he will discuss the history of indigenous soil knowledge and how these practices affect soil health and the nutrient density and quality of native crops. Decolonizing the root zone (rhizosphere) involves the resurgence of indigenous farming practices. Decolonizing the gut microbiome involves a commitment to care for soil and the self by eating more like our ancestors.

Mindfulness for Educators with Classroom Integration: This event will teach participants about the neuroscience of stress, resiliency, and why mindfulness is such a potent solution for today’s educator. Participants will learn an overview of current research to inform their practice, and walk away with activities they can implement right away within their existing classroom structure. Friday, Oct. 11, 8:15am – 2:30pm at the Abiqua Academy in Salem, OR. Register here.

Great Shake Out Resources for People with Disabilities: On October 17. 2019 at 10:17 am, the OSU community will join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake. View the Emergency Management event webpage for tips and guidance on how to stay safe during an earthquake with a disability or other access/functional needs.

DEI In the News

Want a More Diverse Campus? Start at the Top (The Chronicle)
When Nair, who’s Indian American, became president of Arcadia University last year, he was the only person of color in the executive cabinet. Now, less than a year and a half later, 40 percent of his team are people of color, and 60 percent are women. His governing board’s racial diversity has jumped by nearly 20 percent.

Women in STEM face unique challenges (Diversity Global)
Women accounted for nearly 28 percent of the workforce in science and engineering careers in 2015, according to the National Science Foundation. From 2005-’13, females consistently accounted for about 40 percent of all STEM majors at Marquette, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.

This artist’s subjects: Exonerated prisoners’ first taste of freedom (LA Times)
“Some years past, and we still have capital punishment,” Green said by phone from Corvallis, Ore., where the artist teaches at Oregon State University. “So I thought I should start this new project.”

Extension in the News

Battling the spruce aphid on the North Coast
The Astorian
“This is something that’s happening in our own backyards, in our own neighborhoods,” said Oregon State University Extension Forester Dan Stark, who organized an informational meeting held at the Bob Chisholm Community Center in September.

Youth groups: Finding the best fit for your child
East Oregonian
We’ll start with the big one in our agricultural-based economy: 4-H, which offers youth programs in every county in Eastern Oregon. Most people associate it with showing animals or projects at the county fair. Erin Hansell-Heideman, who works with 4-H Youth Development in Morrow County, says there’s much more to it.

Mice, other pests take their toll on crops, equipment
Capital Press
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Oregon State University Extension small farm and berry assistant professor for Marion and Polk counties, has heard of berry farmers with full-time crews dedicated to checking and repairing drip irrigation where rodent damage is severe.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Lillian Larwood, a 35-year veteran of 4-H professional leadership, joins nine other Oregonians inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame since it began in 2002.

Larwood will be inducted along with 16 other individuals from around the country on Oct. 11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Read more about her great career here.

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: November 15, 2019)

Why ConnEXTion?

ConnEXTion is published weekly as a source of news, updates and dialogue. Submissions are welcome from all in Extension.

With your contributions, ConnEXTion can become our one-stop-shop for timely items of interest and help cut down on the many emails we all receive.

Over the years, ConnEXTion has evolved based on your feedback—in terms of format, publishing frequency, and types of content included. This will continue, and we welcome your questions and ideas anytime.

For major announcements and things that need to be sent right away, our email lists including the “OES State” are always an option.

We look forward to hearing from you! (Your colleagues do, too!)

Vaping Illnesses: Resources for Extension educators

In response to the national outbreak of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping and use of e-cigarettes, the Oregon Health Authority, is warning all Oregonians to not use vaping products or e-cigarettes.

Those who want to break their nicotine addiction or need help to stop vaping can visit https://smokefreeoregon.com, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or see a health care provider about FDA-approved nicotine replacement and cessation options, such as skin patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and medicines.

Here is additional educational information about vaping and e-cigarettes from the American Lung Association:

In the course of your Extension work, you may have opportunities to share this information with audiences who are outside of the usual health department reach.

For other questions, contact Marc Braverman, 541-737-1021, , or Marion Ceraso, 541-737-2663, marion.ceraso@oregonstate.edu

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

This week we respond to questions about how teams can maintain the quality of content on the Extension website by starting to discuss their content processes. Learn more about the three steps to get started and related tools in our post “The roadmap to taming the wild west of content quality.”

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

I’ll Go with You Re-Launch: In solidarity with Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender-Conforming people on our campus, we will be relaunching our I’ll Go With You button campaign. Join in creating buttons and discussing what the I’ll Go With You campaign is and what it means to be a part of it. Wed. Oct. 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Cezar Chavez on OSU’s Corvallis Campus. More information here.

Newport Pride Exploratory Committee: All are welcome to join an exploratory group forming to determine if we can pull off a Pride here in Newport – The Friendliest – in 2020. In addition to larger cities, many smaller Oregon communities now host a Pride celebration. Why not Newport? Let’s see what is possible for hosting a 2020 Pride. Sunday, Oct.  6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Teatro Milagro- Judge Torres: An immigrant. A dreamer. A survivor. This is the story of Xiomara Torres. Milta Ortiz’s Judge Torres recounts the inspiring story of one of Oregon’s finest judges, woven together with magic realism and Mayan folktales from her home of El Salvador. Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at OSU Cascades Campus Tykeson Hall, Room 111.

DEI In the News

Research shows acceptance is key to prevent suicide among LGBTQ people (Commonwealth Times)
LGBTQ youth are 40% less likely to attempt suicide if they have just one accepting adult in their lives, according to new survey data released by the Trevor Project.

4 Common Diversity And Inclusion Myths In The Workplace (Forbes)
Myth #4: D&I is a Human Resources responsibility. Reality: D&I should be a leadership priority and embraced by all. “CEOs and leaders must articulate a compelling vision, embedded with real accountability for delivery, and cascade down through middle management.”

Interview with an Expert: How PricewaterhouseCoopers Recruits for Diversity (Insight Into Diversity)
Having won numerous accolades for workplace diversity and inclusion, the company ranks sixth on a 2018 Universum list of most attractive employers.

Extension in the News

Infestation bugs Baker residents
Baker City Herald
After examining the Tweits’ close up photo, Silvia Rondon, a professor and extension entomologist specialist for Oregon State University, said the specimen was an immature bug rather than the adult that experts prefer when making an identification.

Molalla Log House relocated to Oregon City area
Molalla Pioneer
“We educate about the use of wood, and the Molalla Log House is the perfect example of bringing the past into the future here in Oregon and why managing our forests ties all that together,” said Peter Matzka, a forestry educator at Hopkins Demonstration Forest for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Master Gardeners are doing great things in our state, here is an example.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Some people are interested in what a CRM can do, but are curious how it really works. Here are some practical examples.

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

Diversity & Cultural Engagement Welcome Week events: These events on the Corvallis campus include the Ettihad Welcome, Black Connect and more! Take advantage of these great opportunities to get to know your cultural resource centers during the week of 9/23-9/27.

Bend Language Institute Grand Opening: Friday, September 27 from 5-8. This is an opportunity to meet the Bend Language Institute team and other members of the Central Oregon community who are interested in different languages. Check out our their classroom space just inside the Mactek building at 416 NE Greenwood Ave, while enjoying tasty food and drinks.

Hood River Veterans Support Group: This group meets monthly on Fourth Tuesdays from 6 – 7:30pm at the Hood River Elks Lodge #1507. Gorge area Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel are invited to join, free of charge – no registration required – come as you are. You need not be an Elks member to attend.

Making Waves Podcast: “Making Waves” is a podcast created by OSU students Audrey Kadoya, Erica Suh, and Sophia Kea, that explores topics of identity, race, and the Asian and Pacific Islander experience. Listen to this podcast (and others!) on OSU’s KBRV radio station webpage.

DEI In the News

SNAP moved 3.1 million people out of poverty in 2018 (Census.gov)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced poverty by just over 1 percentage point for the three-year period from 2016 to 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American History (Smithsonian)
A new curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous culture.

Canadian workplaces: The most welcoming in the world (CNBC)
The results, published Tuesday, detailed that Canada’s strength stemmed from female representation at senior levels, as well as the majority of Canadians believing their employers were actively pursuing a more diverse and open workplace.

Extension in the News

A great collaborative’: Event puts poverty in the foreground with goal to reduce it
Argus Observer
The Poverty Simulation is sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service in Malheur County, TVCC, Malheur Education Service District and Four Rivers Healthy Community and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Lessons in the woods: Sixth-graders participate in 56th annual Klamath County Forestry Tour
Herald and News
Daniel Leavell, an Oregon State University forestry professor who works with the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, said the event provides students with knowledge about the forests they use for camping, hunting and fishing.

Horneck events benefit 4-H programs, Funland Park rebuild
East Oregonian
In addition to donating proceeds to Umatilla County 4-H, money also will go to Hermiston’s Funland Park rebuild project.

Oregon wine continues to rise in sales, production
Capital Press
Steve Renquist, extension agent for Oregon State University in Douglas County, said the bulk of newly planted acres in the Umpqua Valley do not appear to be coming from new growers, but rather existing businesses that are expanding their capacity.

After school program teaches elementary, middle school students skills in the kitchen
The News-Review
Oregon State University Extension Service and the Mercy Foundation have teamed up to teach cooking skills to students in schools where more than half of the students qualify for reduced cost or free lunches.

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.