In this week’s issue:

Reminder: Designation One
Extension Web Update
Communications channels update
Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the News

Reminder: Designation One

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

Extension Web Update

See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs. Reminder: We there will be an informational webinar for county leaders and office managers on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. (WebEx link).

Communications channels update

Over the past few months, we piloted two new communication channels: A weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team and an online form for questions and comments. Both saw minimal engagement—less than a dozen participants/comments between the two—but the resulting dialogue was productive. We will continue both through the end of March 2018, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Cancellations will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Science Talk 2018, to be held March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland,​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of sharing best practices for communicating science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more.

Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for OSU Extension and Oregon Sea Grant, was one of two dozen OSU faculty, students and professional faculty who attended the inaugural Science Talk in 2017.

She said, “Science Talk is an engaging conference where you can learn new and creative strategies of sharing science content with different audiences, especially in our online world. I appreciated hearing how I could connect more effectively with policymakers and journalists and demonstrate the impact of my work in Extension.”

Learn more and register on the Science Talk website. Early registration ends Jan. 31.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Deadline Extended! NASPA Student Summit on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Conference on Saturday, Jan. 20 (including lunch and transportation to/from Portland) to learn about innovative, student involved efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. For more information and to register by Wednesday, Jan. 17: StudentSummit. For transportation, please visit SARC’s website: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/sarc.

Deadline extended for the Radical Imagination Conference: Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, are hosting a conference this spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. For a list of topics see: http://www.anarresproject.org/deadline-extended-for-the-radical-imagination-conference/ Submit your proposal using the following form.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy Applications:  Faculty applications are currently being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held the weeks of June 18 – 22 and June 25 -29.  The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation.  Both individual and team applications are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy    webpage.  Deadline: Feb. 9

6th Annual Healthy Masculinities Conference: Join the OSU Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) program on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the MU Horizon Room from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for our 6th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. This year’s theme is Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass. Everyone is invited to attend. Conference registration is FREE. Registration will remain open until Feb. 10.  Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register. For questions, contactMDE@oregonstate.edu

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery (Kidder 210) presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

In the News

Mexicanos in Oregon: New to the Northwest? Read this (Corvallis Advocate)
Nearly a decade after it was written, Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives remains a key text to understanding Mexican migration in Oregon. Written by Oregon State University professor and local activist, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales Berry and her colleague, Dr. Marcela Mendoza, the book ensures that individual stories won’t get lost in the debate over illegal immigration due to partisanship or outright xenophobia.

A triumph of truth (ESPN)

Brenda Tracy carried the football helmet in her left hand. It had a red S for Stanford, the white outline of a tree and a purple and teal ribbon commemorating Tracy’s “Set The Expectation” campaign to end sexual violence. She was given the helmet during halftime of the Stanford-Arizona State game on Sept. 30 — a game dedicated to Tracy and her efforts.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Study casts new light on state economy
Democrat Herald
The authors of the paper, Nick Beleiciks of the Employment Department and Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist and instructor at Oregon State University, paint a more detailed picture of how Oregon’s counties fared during the Great Recession.

Tree virus discovered in TD
The Dalles Chronicle
“I think if we get on top of the situation we can minimize the spread of the problems,” said Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, an OSU professor and a plant pathology specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Regional Director Candidates

Note: This week’s open phone line with O&E Executive Team (Jan. 11, 2 p.m.) is cancelled due to West Central Regional Director candidate interviews.

Please join the OSU Extension Service as we welcome candidates for the West Central Regional Director position. As your schedule allows, please engage in the presentations and meet & greets, listed below, and provide your feedback. Note the various locations. Presentation recordings will be provided for those who can’t watch live or attend in-person.

OSU Campus Presentations: Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Darin Paine
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu 
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Jarrod Hogue
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

Linn County Extension Office: Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Tryna Luton
    WebEx Presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 920 965 605)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 John Punches
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Linn County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Tryna Luton
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Linn County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  John Punches
    WebEx presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 920 965 605)
     

OSU Campus Presentations: Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Tryna Luton
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     John Punches
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

 Lane County Extension Office: Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Darin Paine
    WebEx Presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 929 482 361)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Jarrod Hogue
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Lane County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Darin Paine
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Lane County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Jarrod Hogue
    WebEx presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 929 482 361)

Web Upgrade Project Update

The recording of the Jan. 3, 2018 content planning kickoff webinar for Ag & Natural Resources Extension work groups is now available. A second webinar opportunity (same information) is available on Jan. 11, 9 a.m (WebEx link). This information is also posted on the content teams page for reference.

Impact Reporting: How is it Used?

The EESC team uses Digital Measures as a source (though not the sole source) of raw material for impact statements posted on our Bridges to Prosperity website. When appropriate, these impact statements are also pitched to national partners – USDA-NIFA, Ag is America, Land-Grant Impacts, and others – for inclusion in their databases, communications and social media.

Ann Murphy uses Digital Measures impact statements as a source of ideas for O&E blog posts.

We also turn to Bridges and Digital Measures when we need to compile information for legislative communications, OSU executive communications, and other such leadership needs.

Designathon One Registration Open

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

What happens at Designathon One?

  • Trained facilitators will use custom tools (like the Adobe Kickbox Innovation Kit which has gained attention from Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and more) to guide a process for ideation and lean experimentation.
  • This process encourages testing ideas and iteration for rapid prototyping.
  • The result is Extension programs that are designed to make a difference.

See the promo video, and learn more.

Taking Food Safety Nationwide

Thanks to the creative minds of Jeanne Brandt and Glenda Hyde, OSU Extension’s food-safety efforts got national exposure with an infographic on safe giving of home-prepared foods. Here it is on Ag is America’s website. Ag is America (a national campaign that showcases land-grant universities’ research, news, and impact) also posted it to their Twitter and Facebook pages. Here it is on our own Twitter feed (Dec. 28th post).

How it happened: Ag is America got hold of EESC early in December and asked for some clever, informative content on a holiday theme. EESC recruited Jeanne and Glenda, who eagerly stepped forward. Kudos to them! We threw around some ideas, and Ag is America provided graphics.

Result: A catchy, effective message that helps get OSU Extension in front of a national audience.

We thought the story was worth sharing because it was an opportunity to work with a key national partner to spread our good information in a mostly visual way—something we’re trying to do more of.

We hope this example will help you “think visual” about your own programs and activities. If you have ideas or questions about visual communication (or any kind of communication), please get in touch with us at EESC. We’re always up for a conversation.

Annual Conference Photos

Awards photos and portraits, taken at last month’s Annual Conference, are available for download.

Awards – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217awards/

Portraits – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217portraits/

These sites are temporary (in order to keep our Web server running fast) and will remain online through March.

The original photos will remain in the EESC database (digital asset management system) for at least 5 years. Feel free to contact us for your photo needs.

Brand-related Tips – Fonts

Brand font families are loaded on all Extension field faculty computers. Look for Stratum (for headlines and subheads), Rufina Stencil (for headlines and subheads) and Kievit Office (for all body text). On-campus faculty and staff need to request the licensed brand fonts from University Relations and Marketing.

Recommended fonts for general business correspondence are universally available systems fonts: Cambria or Georgia (serif fonts), or Verdana or Calibri (san serif fonts).

The numbers in the Rufina Stencil branded font family behave differently than numbers in the other recommended fonts: it defaults to using hanging numerals (some of the numbers appear to drop below the line). Our brand calls for using full-height numerals. Don’t worry. It’s easy to set a default for the numbers to appear correctly! Find the secret for Microsoft Word and InDesign here. Unfortunately, Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t allow for changing numbers to full height. If numbers are used prominently in your presentation or design, use Stratum or Kievit Office branded font families instead.

To learn more about OSU’s typography guidelines, start here.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

OSU College of Engineering to present “Spinning into Butter” in January (Democrat-Herald)
The Oregon State University College of Engineering is sponsoring “Spinning Into Butter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman and produced by Bag&Baggage Productions. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community  

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at hamsn@oregonstate.edu

In the news

Eating better on a budget (KLCC)
Julia also plans her meals a week ahead. Mary Cluskey of Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Services says that’s key.

OSU to host 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (The Skanner)
The annual Oregon State University celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place Jan.13-19. This is the 36th year of the event. It is one of the university’s longest-running social justice events.

Extension in the news

By Extension: 30 year Extension career experiences – canning alligator and many changes
Tillamook County Pioneer
A look at the career of Nancy Kershaw in Tillamook County.

Season’s smaller Bings highlight need for better crop load management tools
Good Fruit Grower
Lynn Long, Extension horticulturist from Wasco County gives advice on increasing cherry size.

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Update

Open line recap
We welcomed two callers on the Dec. 21 open phone line and enjoyed the opportunity for Q&A to clarify the current status, process, and future options for the county leader position. We also had a productive dialogue about workplace culture. Two themes that emerged were:

  • The importance of local leadership in determining and supporting workplace and office culture
  • The value of being able to bring your whole self to work, including showing (and remembering) that leaders and administrators are humans, too!

Mission and values at a glance?
A recent submission from our online form asked if it would be possible to have a small, nicely designed card or flyer with the OSU Extension mission and values, suitable for posting near a desk or workstation. Thank you for the suggestion! We will do this, and announce in ConnEXTions when it is available.

In the meantime, remember that posters, brochures, and wallet cards for the Outreach & Engagement strategic plan are available.

Ideate! Innovate!
We enjoyed the opportunity to ideate together with an interactive activity at Extension Annual Conference. With eXtension, we are hosting one of ten Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. See the promo video, and learn more. Watch for emails from eXtension with registration details.

Impact Reporting

Impact. It’s a word that best describes the purpose of OSU Extension Service and its role in improving the lives of Oregon residents. Each year at this time, Extension faculty report their impact on the communities they serve through statements entered into Digital Measures.

Fortunately, there are resources for Extension faculty to refer to when they are writing their impact statements. Here are four:

Next week, we’ll share what happens to those impact statements after you’ve written and entered them into Digital Measures.

PROF Process Update

A Periodic Review of Faculty (PROF) task force has worked to improve the performance review process for all Extension field faculty.  OSU Extension Service will adopt the Digital Measures’ Workflow function and adapt it to conduct the 2017 performance evaluation for all field-based professorial/ranked faculty: tenured/annual tenure and fixed-term professorial/ranked positions such as professor of practice series, senior instructor, instructor, faculty research assistant.  The launch date for the Digital Measures Workflow feature was Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Why the Change? – This change will increase evaluation efficiency for the faculty and supervisors alike, by integrating faculty Digital Measures entries into the annual evaluation.

Guidance for this new procedure will be found on the Digital Measures webpage and the Extension Service’s Performance Evaluation webpage.

Extension Web Update

Kickoff content planning webinars for Ag and Natural Resources Extension work groups are scheduled for January 3 and 11. An informational webinar for office managers and county leaders is set for January 18. See details and connection info on the project website.

You can subscribe to the project website and receive notification of new blog posts via email. See “Stay up to date” section on the project website homepage.

Revised OSU Statewides Map

The Oregon “Statewides” map, depicting the general locations of OSU sites, centers, and campuses throughout the state, has been revised. The new map can be found near the bottom of the first page of the “Bridges to Prosperity” impact stories website. It can be downloaded in .pdf format from that website.

OSU Model Release Policy

Please be aware, when taking or using photos, that OSU has a policy about model releases:
“The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students…” The short form model release (for individuals) and the long form (for groups) may be downloaded from the OSU Brand Box folder.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

Register now for the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Peace Breakfast: Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, while honoring members of the OSU community who carry his message and work forward in the present. The breakfast is free and open to the public but registration is required. Jan. 15, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. For accommodations contact 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu. For a full calendar of events visit, leadership.oregonstate.edu/mlk.

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at hamsn@oregonstate.edu.

Spinning into Butter: A play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage
Spinning Into Butter explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America; a story seemingly ripped from today’s headlines and uniquely relevant to our political culture. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community.

ElderCare Connections: Long-Term Care Ombudsmen as Your Advocates for Better Care: Do you have a family member or friend living in skilled nursing home care, assisted living or adult foster care? Do you sometimes have concerns and questions about the care they receive? Presenters will discuss residents’ rights, the role of Ombudsman as resident advocate and ombudsman volunteer opportunities. Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in MU 212.

Hispanic Leadership Institute conference: The office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement will host an informational meeting for students who wish to learn more about the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) 36th national conference and the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 32nd Annual Conference in Chicago on Feb. 15-18. An informational meeting will take place at the Centro Cultural César Chávez on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 4-5:15 p.m.

In the news

OSU to host 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (The Skanner)
The annual Oregon State University celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place Jan.13-19. This is the 36th year of the event. It is one of the university’s longest-running social justice events.

What are you reading?

Book: The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
It was excellent. Learned a lot about the Irish famine and immigration to America. Scott Duggan

Extension in the news

OSU research shows best techniques for organic blueberries
Good Fruit Grower
Planting in raised beds, using a weed mat mulch and finding a fertilizer compatible with the cultivar can help organic blueberry growers compete head-to-head with their conventional counterparts, according to a 10-year Oregon State University study.

Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard
Associated Press
“In the early spring, bees are going to need food to get their engines started again,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

New statewide Outdoor School program doles out funding
KTVZ News Channel 21
“The response from schools was encouraging to say the least, and reflects the feeling across the state that Outdoor School can make a positive difference in children’s lives.” -Kristopher Elliott, Oregon State University Extension Service

Reflecting on year two of Year of Wellness
Tillamook Headlight Herald
As the second “Year of Wellness” draws to a close, we extend our gratitude to the community partners and volunteers who are helping to make Tillamook County a healthier place to live, work and play… YOW Nutrition committee held their “Eating Well, Being Well” workshop with nutrition expert Judy Barbe, sponsored by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, Oregon Food Bank – Tillamook Services and OSU Extension.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, we have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: No open line on Jan. 4, exec team meeting cancelled.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

‘Tis the season for wrapping up (no pun intended) 2017 activities and planning for 2018. And the Extension web upgrade project is no exception.

See the latest blog posts on the project website for next steps and (if you missed it) screenshots from the demo shown at Extension Annual Conference.

Brand Update

Join the Slack (Internal) Communication Channel – There is growing interest among OSU Extension office managers in staying connected. The OSU web community has been using Slack for a while, and the OSU communicators network also uses it.

As a pilot, an #Extension channel within the OSU Comm Slack workspace was created and can be used to ask Extension-focused brand questions, discuss common marketing challenges, share examples of work, etc.

To sign up for the OSU Comm Slack workspace, create an account, then select all the channels you have an interest in, including #Extension. See you on Slack!

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

We’ll keep ConnEXTion, the online form, and the open line going in their current formats through the end of this calendar year, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Pace offers online trainings

Pace is offering the following trainings this winter, follow the links for more information:

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at hamsn@oregonstate.edu.

Spinning into Butter: A play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage

Spinning Into Butter explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America; a story seemingly ripped from today’s headlines and uniquely relevant to our political culture. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community 

In the news

Corvallis Multi-Cultural Literacy Center extends its tenancy in the Sunflower House!
“We are happy to share the news that the lease for CMLC has been extended so we will remain in the “Yellow House” until June 30, 2018.  The house is so meaningful to us and we are grateful to have six more months to enjoy being here and to allow for a smooth transition to our new space.” For more info about the center and it’s offerings visit them: http://www.cmlcenter.org/

Annual Conference Photos

Awards photos and portraits, taken at this month’s Annual Conference, are now available for download.

Awards – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217awards/

Portraits – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217portraits/

These sites are temporary (in order to keep our Web server running fast) and will remain online through March.

The original photos will remain in the EESC database (digital asset management system) for at least 5 years. Feel free to contact us for your photo needs.

What are you reading? 

Book: Great Work; How to Make a Difference People Love by David Sturt
This books is reveals practical skills for making good work GREAT! I was inspired by the many stories of great work shared from polaroid cameras to Dr. Seuss kicking Dick and Jane to the curb. The book also shares research on a worldwide study of great work. People who look to improve their work are 17.1 times more likely to feel passion for their work. – Mike Knutz

Book: Travels with Charley: In Search of America  by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s 1960s exploration of the United States is a relevant social review for today. He ponders social changes from technology, (the shift from telegrams to telephones) with the same wonder I feel about cell phone use. His tour of the South, during the Civil Rights era, results in a poetic deconstruction of prejudice. This discussion fueled my thoughts about equity, keeping me grounded at work. It’s a difficult time to serve underprivileged children, and the gentle wisdom that Steinbeck reveals is great salve –  Shara Anslow

Extension in the News

Oregon Sea Grant Produces Pumpout Training Video
Marina Dock Age
“The idea for the videos came about after hearing from boaters that they encountered some pumpouts that were out of order,” said Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension.

Controlling moss in your lawn starts with keeping grass healthy
OregonLive.com
Alec Kowalewski and Brooke Edmunds, horticulturists with Extension, developed a publication and video on Managing Moss in the Landscape in Western Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Designing with PowerPoint – If you missed the session at the Extension Annual Conference titled “Bye Bye Publisher: Using PowerPoint for Design,” or if you want to refresh your memory, University Marketing published a training video about this very topic. You can find the link here (the video is 56:44 minutes). You’ll see a demonstration on how to use the design tools in PowerPoint to create branded communication and marketing pieces for your programs. In the process, you’ll learn more about OSU brand elements.

Extension Annual Conference: Leadership Recap

Thank you to faculty and staff from throughout our organization who gathered from across the state to connect, learn, and share with colleagues at last week’s Extension Annual Conference. We appreciate your time and contributions. Your presence is what makes this conference successful.

Ideate!
Our leadership team can still feel the buzz from Tuesday morning’s Administrative Update session, where attendees worked in table groups to brainstorm ideas for Extension work of the future to address emerging trends.

And the winner (with 35 votes from colleagues) is:

Use augmented reality and gamification to teach emergency prep and response. It is difficult to train our brain to respond when we haven’t experienced the event.

Congrats to Jamie Davis, Lauren Grand, Patty Driscoll, Carolyn Ashton, John Baggot, Virginia Bodeau, Lena Hosking, and Lynette Black! Their table team receives paid registrations to the eXtension Designathon One event in Portland in February 2018.

Updates and resources
Members of leadership team also shared brief updates. Here’s a quick list of links to learn more about issues, initiatives, and projects mentioned:

Oh Snap! Get your Geofilter on!

Geofilters are a social media tool, mostly used with Snapchat, to enhance photos. The tool allows Snapchat users to place a graphic overlay on photos before sharing the photo with others. For example, if you are providing a Forestry workshop, you may have an OSU Extension logo geofilter available for participants to share their experience in the workshop. The filter is available to people who are “snapping” in a physical region set by the designer.

OSU Extension-themed geofilters are available to all counties and programs as part of a funded innovation pilot project. Contact Jamie Davis to request a geofilter design for specific programs, county fairs, or other events you are hosting.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: Dec. 14 meeting cancelled due to team members’ availability. No call-in line this week.
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Call for Proposals: 2018 Engagement Scholarship Conference

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its 2018 conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. The conference will be held September 30 through October in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Proposals for presentations are due March 16, 2018. Detailed submission guidelines are on the conference web page.

The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers, as well as presentations and panel discussions on best practices in transforming the nature of higher education though publicly-engaged scholarship, teaching, practices, and policies.

Photos, photos, photos!

There was much discussion at Annual Conference about the emphasis of visual content in our new Web presence, in our learning materials, and in our marketing materials. EESC’s searchable online Photo Archive was mentioned several times as a great resource for EESC-produced photos. All Extension and Experiment Station personnel have access to the Photo Archive and may use photos for OSU purposes with credit to the photographer. The site is password protected. If you don’t know the password, contact your office staff or Digital Asset Manager Karen Zimmermann.

Want to contribute?
We don’t yet have the capacity to add photos taken by other Extension personnel, but are working with other departments on campus on a University-wide Digital Asset Management system that will allow sharing across the University. Stay tuned.

New site for type-ready photos
If you can’t find photos you need, there are plenty of free and low-cost places to search. Now that our brand identity prescribes putting type over photos, there’s a new, free site that might be helpful: https://unsplash.com/search/photos/type-ready.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the News

Why your Christmas tree costs more — again
LA times
Growers in Oregon and North Carolina, which supply most of the nation’s Christmas trees, were betting on an increase in demand shortly before the recession hit in 2007. Sales tanked, causing a severe oversupply of trees. That resulted in sharply lower tree plantings, said Chal Landgren, a professor at Oregon State University Extension Service and a Christmas tree specialist.

New outdoor school funding program has high participation in first year
Corvallis Gazette Times
Kristopher Elliott, who administers the distribution of these funds for the Oregon State University Extension Service, said the goal of extension service staff was to have a 45 percent participation level this year.

In this week’s issue:

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Communication Across Barriers Workshop: Poverty, Race, and Consciousness with Dr. Shariff Abdullah and Dr. Donna M. Beegle. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m. at the Unity of Portland 4525 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215. For more information and to register, click here.

Opening Space for the Radical Imagination: This FREE workshop will take place on OSU’s Corvallis campus, April 6-8, 2018. For more information visit:https://oregonradicalimagi.wixsite.com/imagine/venue

In the News

OSU prof: Social policies kept child poverty from rising during recession (KTVZ)
Social policies enacted in the United States during the Great Recession appear to have kept child poverty rates stable during a critical period when such programs were most needed because of a struggling economy, an Oregon State University researcher has found in a new study.

You can now help the homeless in Portland just by picking up a bag of coffee (Willamette Week)
The idea was hatched by a team of graphic design interns at Oregon State University, with the help of local ad and branding agencies Ideaville and Curate.org. Marigold and New Seasons quickly signed on when asked.

OSU building names (Think Out Loud)
Oregon State University president Ed Ray announced this week that the school will be renaming three of its buildings after concerns were raised about the values and views of the men they were named after. We talk to OSU historian Stacey Smith, who headed the historical building research team, and Steve Clark, who chaired the architectural building renaming committee, about what went into the decision and how these kinds of controversies will be handled in the future.

The impact of food safety

Foodborne Illness is expensive and dangerous. Glenda Hyde uses this article, High Cost of Foodborne Illness to illustrate the importance of the work Extension does. We are making a difference!

Extension in the News

Comice to Cabernet
OregonWinePress.com

The Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) has planted a new trial vineyard, the fourth such site established by the agricultural experiment station since the 1950s and the third in its present West Medford location.

Hermiston Farm Fair highlights latest research, trends
Capital Press
Heading into its second year at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, the Hermiston Farm Fair continues to add new lectures and seminars highlighting previously overlooked aspects of Columbia Basin agriculture.

A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year
Goodfruit.com
Mike Omeg receives Grower of the Year honor.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation Recap

The recording of the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly conversation is now available. Here is a quick summary:

Leadership update: Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley

  • State and federal legislative outlook, current activities
  • Gratitude for the work of our employees, volunteers, and programs that make OSU Extension a responsive organization
  • Our evolving regional administrative structure—guiding principles, values, context for decisions about the new 6-region map, current status of discussions about the role of a local leader/county point of contact position, reminder of opportunities to learn more, and Q&A

UABC Meet and Greet: Meet colleagues from the University Administrative Business Center, and learn what services and support they provide for our organization.

Outdoor School update – Kris Elliott

  • Talking points OSU Extension employees can share
  • Reminder of ways to connect: stakeholder listserv and social media
  • Status updates on Year 1 process and funding, and goals going forward
  • For more information: Outdoor School webpage

New OSU Extension Intranet – Jennifer Alexander

  • Our internal content/employee resources are live on a new website
  • In the future, after our new external website is launched and running smoothly, we can focus on additions and improvements to our internal hub
  • To share needs, ideas, or requests for an engaging “intranet” site, please contact the project team.

Save the date for the next Quarterly Conversation: February 16, 2018.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization. We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • Leadership update at Extension Annual Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute! The ConnEXTions newsletter is currently our best option for a central, regular, and archived source of timely organizational news and information.

Marketing Update

Share your county’s marketing successes with your peers at the Extension Annual Conference. Bring (or email Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu) one or two examples of what you consider to be your best work with a brief explanation of how the marketing approach/tool was used and its outcome.

Branding Update

A Design Studio will be offered by Erik Simmons (EESC), Mark Farley (Sea Grant), and University Marketing designers at the Extension Annual Conference. This is an opportunity to receive face-to-face design feedback on the marketing tools you’re currently working on or want to update. You’ll get the help you need to make your piece more visually appealing. The drop-in Design Studio will take place Wednesday afternoon, December 6, 4:00-4:30 p.m. in room 114 of the Alumni Center.

Volunteers needed for Oregon Science Fairs

Here is information on judging at Oregon Science Fairs. When registering to judge you can select up to three categories about which you feel confident. Judges are needed for all our Northwest Science Expo Fairs. Each fair is a one day commitment, please register for as many as fit your schedule.

For 2018 the Intel Northwest Science Expo will combine middle and high school once again. It will be Friday April 13, 2018, set-up will be available the evening before. It will be held in the new Viking Pavilion at Portland State University. Here is the link to Regional Fairs is available online now if you can help.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

An Exploration of the Self (Identity)-Related Motivations Model and Museums: Featuring John H. Falk (OSU) and Judy Koke (Art Gallery Ontario). This hour and a half seminar/workshop is designed as an examination of John Falk’s evolving Self (Identity)-Related Motivations model and its application to understanding and supporting visitors to free-choice learning settings like museums. Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., in Furman 404.  RSVP here: Victoria Bonebrake

Immigrant Stories Exhibit at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center: Visit this wonderful exhibit featuring immigrant and international visitor stories and art. This FREE exhibit runs until December 7th. Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. More info: http://www.cmlcenter.org/

Social Justice Education Initiative for Fall term! The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

In the News

OSU will rename three campus buildings (KTVZ)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday his decision to rename three buildings on OSU’s Corvallis campus while retaining the names of two other buildings. (see also Gazette-Times, Inside Higher EdKVAL)

What are you reading?

Book: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Inspirational non-fiction highlighting how one person’s pursuit of truth thru good science in the face of arrogance and classist thinking created a watershed moment in global health and sanitation practices.

It’s geeky (and so am I), but it’s an awesome (true) story. Can’t imagine where we would be today if he hadn’t stuck to his guns. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the News

A portrait of Central Oregon small farms and ranches
Bend Bulletin
A handful of ranches and small farms in Central Oregon sold $1.5 million worth of meat and produce in 2014, according to a recent study by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Prepare your garden for winter
KXLY Spokane
A perennial question is whether to cut down plants now or in spring. The answer is not clear cut, said Jeff Choate, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. When it comes to vegetable gardens, everything should come out. Annuals, too, can be uprooted. With perennials, it depends.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

Update (10:45 a.m., Nov. 21): The recording of the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly conversation is now available.

We received the recording link immediately after ConnEXTions was distributed this morning. We’ve updated this post to include the link. Because some employees may have already read ConnEXTions this week and won’t see this update, we will repeat the link and provide a quick text recap in next week’s ConnEXTions.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization. We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

    • Online form to submit questions
    • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Leadership update at Extension Annual Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly!

Marketing Update

Marketing is an important tool to increase awareness of Extension programming. Share your county’s marketing successes with your peers at the Extension Annual Conference. Bring (or email Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu) one or two examples of what you consider to be your best work with a brief explanation of how the marketing approach/tool was used and its outcome.

Branding Update

A Design Studio will be offered by Erik Simmons (EESC), Mark Farley (Sea Grant), and University Marketing designers at the Extension Annual Conference. This is an opportunity to receive face-to-face design feedback on the marketing tools you’re currently working on. You’ll get the help you need to make your piece more visually appealing. The drop-in Design Studio will take place Wednesday afternoon 4:00-4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events and resources

TODAY! How Gritty Are You? Join the OSU Institutional Reps from Oregon Women in Higher Ed (OWHE) for a brown bag lunch and lively discussion following the screening of Angela Duckworth’s TED talk on Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. Tuesday, Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m. (screening begins at 12:10 p.m.). Willamette Room, Valley Library. Questions? Contact olivia.heath@oregonstate.edu

“Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists:” An exhibit of photographs celebrating women with disabilities around the world, will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery (210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis, OR) Nov. 12 through Dec. 8. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteers needed for Winter 2018 International Student Orientation, which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5.  This is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world, practice your intercultural communication and gain valuable leadership skills and experience. There will be half day Volunteer Training on Thursday, Dec. 28. Use the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/y83b55fx Please contact Erica Mercier at Erica.mercier@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

Social Justice Education Initiative: The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

In the News

Oregon State sees increase in diversity among students (KVAL)
OSU’s enrollment numbers for Fall 2017 indicate a 10% increase over the last decade for students from different ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The truth about trailer parks (Top of Mind BYU Radio)
An interview with OSU’s Kate MacTavish.

Echoes of the Klan (Portland Mercury)
“The guy who spread the virus to the Beaver State was named Luther Powell,” says Finn John, an Oregon State University instructor and author of Wicked Portland.

What are you reading?

We are experimenting with a new weekly feature in ConnEXTions. Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design – Scott Reed
Great insights on creative leadership.

Extension in the News

By Extension: Do not wash the turkey! And other helpful tips for turkey day
Tillamook County Pioneer
During Thanksgiving, protect your family from start to finish with these five tips from Oregon State University Extension Service Family & Community Health Food Preservation & Safety program.

In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

There will be a host of informational and hands-on sessions with an Extension sub-brand and marketing focus at Extension Annual Conference, beginning on December 4. These include how to create better design layouts and better headlines, how to talk about the value of Extension to different audiences, using grassroots videos to increase your presence and share your expertise, several social media sessions, how to use the OSU and Extension logos, and much more, including a more comprehensive look at the Extension sub-brand. A design clinic also will be offered where you will receive immediate feedback on your marketing and educational materials. Be sure to register for the conference!

Leadership update: Weekly recap

As you know, we are test-driving several new communication channels in an ongoing effort to ensure direct, responsive, and transparent communication throughout our organization.

To date, we’ve had fewer than 10 questions and comments from the online form, and one caller on the weekly open line. We’ll keep these channels open through the end of this calendar year, and then decide whether to continue.

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is this Friday, November 17)

Regional structure and operations: What’s next

  • At their November 14 meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing scenarios for consideration for regional staffing plans and the county leader position.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details and new developments on the process and timeline, as possible.

New Intranet Website

Our new internal/employee resources website will launch this week, likely on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Employee Resources link on the Extension website will be updated to point to the new location. The new address will be https://employee.extension.oregonstate.edu

Read more on the Extension website project blog, and tune in to the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation for a short demo of our new intranet site.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events and resources

FREE CeCe Film Screening: Join the Pride Center for a screening of the documentary Free CeCe followed by a discussion about the prison industrial complex. This documentary pushes past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe McDonald and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural César Chávez. View the film trailer and event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9161.

Wednesday International Women’s Conversation Hour: A meeting space for international women students at OSU to connect and build community. This is a space intended for talking about different aspects of your experience as an international woman studying at OSU. This also includes seeking support around your experience of adjusting to the US, and with social justice and multicultural issues. One objective for offering this event is creating a platform for womens’ voices, and starting a dialogue about womens’ experiences studying abroad. Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., ILLC 349.

In the News

Because diversity matters (LIFE@OSU)
Eight undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science attended the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 19-21. Thanks to generous alumni and friends, the College of Science was able to support these students on their travels and participation at SACNAS.

For minorities in science, building community matters (UnDark)
“It was really overwhelming,” recalls Delia Shelton, a postdoctoral fellow in biology at Oregon State University who was among the first Turner awardees back in 2005. Turner fellows assembled for professional development talks about meeting etiquette. They also received advice on giving poster presentations, and learned more about how to get involved in the Animal Behavioral Society, apply to graduate school, and locate funding. But the most special thing to Shelton was being paired with a mentor.

What are you reading?

We are experimenting with a new weekly feature in ConnEXTions. Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Onion growers benefit from research related to produce rule
Capital Press
Researchers at OSU’s Malheur County experiment station conducted several trials over the past four years that collectively showed onions are not at risk of being contaminated by irrigation water containing large amounts of bacteria.

In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

Telling a compelling, concise and consistent story about OSU Extension is challenging. The Extension Style Guide has tools to help us target our messages to different audiences. Look on page 20 of the Style Guide to see how the Extension message is transformed for each distinct audience. Visit this page as you prepare to write a presentation, letter, or marketing materials. It may provide just the inspiration you need.

Our greatest value to:

  • Producers is accessible knowledge and service;
  • Stewards is a partnership with shared values and purpose;
  • Advocates is the positive effect we can create together;
  • Learners is the breadth and expertise of our diverse network; and
  • Internal is our direct connection to Oregon communities.

Leadership update: Weekly Q & A recap

As you know, we are test-driving several new communication channels in an ongoing effort to ensure direct, responsive, and transparent communication throughout our organization.

We had one participant on the Nov. 2 open phone line! Thank you!

Our caller wondered about the legislative outlook for the upcoming short session and next biennium. A reminder that you can follow the OSU Government Relations Blog for periodic updates, and contact their office to receive these periodic updates directly via email.

A hot topic continues to be the evolution our regional structure and operations. Here’s a recap of what’s happening now, and what’s next:

Now:

  • The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, and the staffing and implementation plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate.
  • There’s no one-size-fits all approach, so we are working with individuals, counties, and others as needed to plan for each region.
  • The West Central Regional Director position search is in progress. Please encourage qualified candidates to apply by Nov. 17.

Next:

  • At their November meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing scenarios for consideration for regional staffing plans and the county leader position.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details and new developments on the process and timeline, as possible.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events and resources

Portland Latin American Film Festival: November screenings will feature films from Venezuela and Cuba. Visit the festival website for more information on films and to buy tickets.

Religious Liberty as Discrimination? Flash Panel – Four panelists will bring areas of expertise in gender, history, culture, and ethics to bear on the question of the scope of religious freedom and its potentially discriminatory applications. Thursday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. MU: La Raza Room, 208. NOTE: This may be streamed or recorded for later viewing – email Analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu for more information. 

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II: The Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view the traveling exhibit “Uprooted” which showcases the history of the Japanese American farm labor camp near Nyssa, Oregon, through the stories of the people who lived and worked in the camp. The display can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library and will be up through Jan. 5, 2018. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives

Search Advocate Community of Practice meetings: The December 8 meeting will feature special guest speakers, Linda Herrera and Kylen Stevens from Chemeketa Community College, who will share strategies they are using with search committees as they move forward with implementation of their own search advocate program.

In the News
Judge blocks transgender military ban
A federal judge has blocked the enforcement of key provisions of President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Local governments consider outsourcing tasks (Jefferson Public Radio)
Bruce Sorte from the Rural Studies Program at Oregon State University studies policy options that face smaller governments.

What are you reading?

We are experimenting with a new weekly feature in ConnEXTions. Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

  • Book: Lab Girl. I just finished this memoir by Hope Jahren. I learned that trees attacked by tent caterpillars emit a chemical signal that can trigger trees miles away to produce caterpillar poisons in their leaves. Way cool. Also, the book is a strong reminder that you have to be a special kind of crazy to succeed in academia. – Wendy Hein

Extension in the News

Oregon State recruits citizen season trackers
Daily Astoria
Oregon State University Extension Service is providing citizen scientists a chance to help track the change of the seasons.

EXTENSION: Have nutritionists gotten it wrong on fats and carbs?
Tillamook County Pioneer
Jessica Linnell, PhD, Assistant Professor (Practice), Family & Community Health, OSU Extension shares findings from new nutrition study.

Climate change difficult to link to western Cascades wildfires
NRToday.com
Daniel Leavell, an Oregon State University extension agent of forestry and fire science, said ingredients are in place for worse fire behavior on this side of the state.