In this week’s issue:

New Extension Regions Map (& Other Leadership Updates)

On Friday, Oct. 13, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team hosted an update and Q&A session to provide information, clarity, and context for several strategic initiatives occurring over the next year. The recording link will be available in next week’s ConnEXTions issue. Here is a brief summary.

A Message from the Director – Scott Reed

Scott Reed recently returned from the Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference, where he received the organization’s highest recognition and delivered the prestigious Ruby Lecture. He shared observations from this and other recent conferences:

  • Extension needs a big tool box, nimbleness in services.
  • The status quo puts us at risk.
  • Extension must move past efficiency to a culture of innovation. This requires a growth mindset.

Operations and Regional Updates – Lindsey Shirley

Guided by our organization’s values, our organizational structure and operations continue to evolve to address these challenges and opportunities, move forward on priorities, and communicate our relevance to stakeholders.

  • We are beginning to move to a six-region structure. The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, while the staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Regional leadership positions will be retitled “Regional Director.”
  • This structure allows us to maintain and enhance strategic connections with partners and stakeholders, while adding value in terms of managing costs and increasing effectiveness.
  • County points of contact remain vital in our structure.
  • The Coastal Regional Director recruitment is in the final stages and will be announced the week of Oct. 16.
  • The West Central Regional Director position will be posted soon.

OSU Extension Digital Strategy and Web Upgrade – Jennifer Alexander

Our approach to digital strategy will enhance and support our statewide presence by adding an improved, user-focused website and, eventually, a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. We will also move internal (employee resources) content to a separate website. Program content teams are beginning to assess and evaluate content for the new public website. For updates, content team info, and FAQs, please see the project website.

Innovation and Advancement Highlights – Jeff Sherman

  • In partnership with PACE, we will begin offering faculty-staff fitness off-campus, beginning with yoga and high-intensity fitness. Watch for more information at Extension Annual Conference.
  • Two innovation projects were funded: Snapchat Geofilters (Jamie Davis) and Disability access to all programs (Marilyn Lesmeister)
  • The OSU Gateway project will move forward, increasing affordable, online access to the first two years of an Oregon State education. Extension will likely have a leadership role in this project.
  • The next LDPE cohort kicks off in December.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update – Ana Lu Fonseca

Ana Lu reviewed the mission of our Division’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; announced a new webpage, which will house helpful links and resources; and announced several upcoming university-wide initiatives that we are involved in. She also thanked the more than 40 people (and counting!) who have signed up to be part of our Diversity Champions team. This team has a kickoff event on the Monday of Extension Annual Conference.

Outdoor School Update – Kris Elliott

Kris thanked everyone—employees, stakeholders, advisory committee, and other partners—who has been involved in getting this new program off the ground and well-positioned for success. He reviewed the Year 1 funding process and Year 1 goals for creating and sustaining an excellent program. For information, refer to the OSU Extension Outdoor School webpage. Direct questions to outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu

Staying connected

As we work together to evolve as an organization to address challenges and opportunities, it’s vital to remain connected. Following this meeting, we will continue to provide opportunities for updates, questions and connection via:

  • Statewide updates (like this) as needed
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17)
  • Online form to submit questions to O&E Executive Team
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team, beginning Oct. 26 (details in next week’s ConnEXTions)
  • Regular updates in ConnEXTions newsletter

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

New DEI Website (and Other 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:

Become a Diversity Champion: The newly created Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Division of Outreach & Engagement needs your help!  Becoming a Diversity Champion is your opportunity to play a key role in the Division’s evolution towards a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. Sign up to become Diversity Champion here as soon as possible to ensure your seat at the Diversity Champion Kick-off event at the Extension Annual Conference (conference registration is also required to attend the kick-off sessions and space is limited).

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) webpage for the Division of Outreach & Engagement: Visit http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/diversity for information about the office and to find useful resources and tools. We will continue to add content in the upcoming weeks and months, so please check back regularly for updated information.

FREE OSU Webinar: Q&A Session About Community Health Workers. Get exclusive access to an expert-led Q&A session and learn how community health workers can help improve health care while lowering overall costs. Webinar starts Oct. 17 at noon – sign up here for access.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

OWHE Conference Scholarship: OSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering funds to cover registration costs for OSU tenure line and non-tenure line faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2018 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Conference in Sunriver, Jan. 26-27, 2018. In order to apply, please complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 27. Notification of awards will be sent by Friday, Nov. 10. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg.

In the News

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray explains the continuing need to build and support our diverse communities in his recent address to Oregon State Faculty Senate.

Editorial: OSU report on Arnold sets the stage (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s report on the life and times of Benjamin Lee Arnold — the namesake for OSU’s Arnold Dining Hall — provides an excellent starting point for the university’s discussion of its history and whether it should rename some of its buildings.

OMSI Announces Science Communication Seminars

OMSI is excited to announce an upcoming Science Communication Seminar. These half-day or full day workshops are designed as professional development opportunities for STEM-based professionals and will highlight various aspects of communicating science in each seminar. They are a great opportunity to build your science communication skills while networking with other scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field.

The next two seminars, Developing Your Message and Data Visualization & Presentation, will take place Saturday, November 18th. You may sign up for either seminar individually, or take both for a full-day experience. Tuition is $125 for each seminar, or $200 for the full day. Lunch will be provided for all full-day participants.

For more information, including descriptions of each seminar, please visit the OMSI Communication Services website and click on “One Day Science Communication Seminar”. To register directly, please go to the registration form.

ESP National Awardees

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues honored with national awards by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)! Dr. A. Scott Reed is the 2017 recipient of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s highest recognition – the Distinguished Service Ruby.  As the Ruby Recipient, Dr. Reed gave the prestigious Ruby Lecture at the Ruby Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, during the 2017 ESP National Conference. (See article)

Awardees receiving Western Region recognition included Oregon Gamma Chapter members:

  • John Williams, Continued Service Award
  • Lynette Ranney Black, Mid Career Service Award – tie
  • Jamie Davis, Early Career Service Award
  • Pamela Rose, Visionary Leadership Award
  • Ross Penhallegon, International Service Award
  • Carole Smith – SNACZ (Students Now Advocating to Create (healthy snacking) Zones, Distinguished Team – tie

Extension in the News

County extension expands into new offices
Blue Mountain Eagle
From supporting 4-H kids and county fairs to advising farmers and ranchers, the Oregon State University Extension Service offers a wide variety of …

Cities put proposed tax districts on ballot, minus one
East Oregonian
Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have passed resolutions putting the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service districts to voters, …

Not all Master Gardeners start out as expert gardeners
Statesman Journal
The program — part of Oregon State University Extension Service — reached 106,000 people in 2016. “Becoming a Master Gardener is a fantastic …

OSU researchers respond to Oregon wildfires
The Daily Barometer
OSU Extension Foresters, such as Nicole Strong, collaborate with many stakeholders, including county, state and federal partners, to create the best …

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Team Update and Q & A

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 AM, you are invited to join the Outreach and Engagement leadership team for an update and Q & A session. Join us in Kidder 202, or join via live.oregonstate.edu/ and ask your questions online.  The meeting and conversation will be recorded.  Over the next year, our organization will be implementing and initiating several strategic initiatives.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with clarity and context surrounding the changes that will be occurring.  The strategic initiatives that we will be sharing with you will contribute to us being proactive about our future.

If you wish to submit questions in advance, or as a follow-up, I encourage you to do so using this online form. Please refer to the October 9 email from Lindsey Shirley for more details.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Charlene Alexander Welcome Reception: A reception welcoming Charlene Alexander, new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 in the Student Experience Center (SEC 112). All members of OSU and the broader community are invited to enjoy desserts, beverages, and to meet Charlene. For more information or questions, please contact University Events events@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4717.

Microagressions Against LGBTQ & Disabled People Workshop: Join Barbara Diamond, Diamond Law Trainings, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, 905 4th Avenue SE, Albany, OR. Register here by Wednesday Nov 1st, 2017.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

PCUN’s Annual Celebration: This year’s celebration falls on the famous Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and on PCUN President, Ramon Ramirez’s, birthday. Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at SEIU 6401 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97206. Purchase tickets here!

Queer, Trans and Disabled: Join in on a social gathering to build community with folks in the LGBTQ+ community with shared identities and experiences. This social space will be held for disabled identifying folks and friends. Join us Oct. 10, noon – 2 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center for some snacks and a chance to make new friends in the community! View the Facebook event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9161.

In the News

OSU research: Gene therapy for the deaf(Corvallis Advocate)
Researchers at Oregon State University have been working on what could lead to the development of gene therapies for those born deaf. Mutations in a protein called otoferlin, which binds to calcium receptors in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, can be directly linked to hearing loss.

Julie Green at Texas State University (Glasstire)
Julie Green,an Oregon State University-based artist, combines our familiarity with food and our fascination with prison life in her exhibition The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates at Texas State University’s Galleries in San Marcos.

NIFA wants to hear from you

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments will offer two ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions:
• What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?
• What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?

Follow this link to give NIFA your input.

Award nominations and grant application all due this week

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/awards.

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta Johnston awards. These nominations are also due October 16, 2017, submission is by email to Jackie.Russell@oregonstate.edu.

Extension in the News

Growing concern over the health of Oregon’s bee population
KPTV Fox 12 news, October 4, 2017
Features Antony Melathopoulos, Extension Entomologist

Fuels management can be a big help in dealing with wildfires
Herald and News, October 8, 2017
Features Daniel Leavell, Extension Forester

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

The OSU Extension Service Style Guide is here! Refer to it to learn more about—and use—the new Extension sub-brand. You can find it on the Extension Employee Resources website under Marketing Tools. The Extension style guide supplements the OSU master brand guidelines.

Information and templates will be added in the weeks and months ahead, such as co-branding, email signatures, and visual elements and messaging for each of the Extension program areas. Additions to the style guide will be announced in ConnEXTions. And look for brand-related educational sessions at Extension Annual Conference. If you have questions, or want guidance on how to incorporate the Extension sub-brand, please contact Ann Marie Murphy online or by calling 541-737-1327.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Gardenswartz & Rowe Downloadable Diversity Resources:.
Follow this link to access an archive of downloadable PDFs on such topics as How do you recruit for Diversity and Are Stereotypes and Prejudice Sabotaging Your Organization?

Title IX update:. The U.S. Department of Education announced that it has replaced prior federal Title IX gender equity directives with new interim guidance. This new guidance does not mandate changes to OSU’s current standards of evidence or enforcement procedures.  OSU will continue to monitor any changes to federal regulations that may apply and provide updates as they become available.  Additional information on the new policy and process, and resources for affected students and employees, can be found at http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/sexual-misconduct-resources-and-information.

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

Resources available from OSU’s Disability Access Services:
OSU’s policies related to disability
Disability Access Services Faculty and Staff Guidelines
Disability Access Services Faculty Training

Oregon State University Leadership has provided these DACA tools:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student
FAQs:  http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/executive/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-and-undocumented-student-faqs and an OSU Undocumented Student Toolkit: http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/undoc

In the News

Strong family ties improve employment options for people with childhood-onset disabilities (Medical Xpress)
Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Memory care facilities multiplying in Oregon (Bend Bulletin)
To prepare, Oregon’s Department of Human Services commissioned PSU and Oregon State University to prepare annual reports on the availability, cost and other characteristics of long-term care in the state.

Dogs help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities (Animal Wellness Magazine)
According to a recent study conducted at Oregon State University, a family dog can help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their lives. In addition to ground-breaking findings related to the health of children with disabilities, this study is one of the first to evaluate how a dog’s behavior and wellbeing are affected by their participation in animal-assisted therapy.

OSUEA Awards and Hoecker Grant

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/awards.

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Is this a teachable moment about wildfire?
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 24, 2017
Features Janean Creighton, Forester

Wild weather year proves challenging for small farms
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 25, 2017
Features Amy Garrett, small farms program, Nik Wiman, orchard specialist, and Patty Skinkis, viticulture specialist.

A plant for everyone at the Lane County Master Gardener Association Fall Festival in Eugene
Eugene Register Guard, September 26, 2017
Features Eugene Master Gardeners

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

The 45-minute video of yesterday’s OSU Extension’s sub-brand launch is now available for review and download here.

This session introduces the foundational messaging and visual elements for building OSU Extension’s sub-brand. Scott Reed’s introductory comments affirm why the branding work is an essential investment in increasing the visibility of Extension throughout Oregon and the university.

• An online style guide will be available September 30. Tools and resources will be added to the style guide in the weeks and months to come.
• Messaging and visual identity elements are being developed for each of the Extension Programs, including contextual graphics and icons.
• A suite of templates is being developed for OSU Extension. HELP US IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF TEMPLATES YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR WORK EASIER.
• Face-to-face and other types of training, including at the Extension Annual Conference, will be provided. TELL US WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING YOU VALUE (and let us know when you have program, region, or county gatherings where brand training would be appropriate).

If you have questions about Extension’s sub-brand, or how to incorporate it into your marketing efforts, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (Annmarie.murphy@oregonstat.edu, 541-737-1327).

 

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Corvallis Changemakers Conference: A conference for Women and their Allies. The panelists presenting at this conference include activists who have run for local and national office, managed non-profits, started businesses, initiated grassroots campaigns, and more. Topics include mentoring, networking, and movement building; using personal narratives, initiatives, canvassing, and other educational tools to affect public opinion. To learn more about the conference and purchase tickets ($20 – $40) visit https://corvallischangemakers.com/. Full day event with meals included. Oct. 1, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Venue sponsor: Golden Z Club at OSU. Event is open to all.

Cultural conversant: INTO OSU conversant program volunteers needed. Volunteer applications are now open for the Cultural Ambassador Conversant Program (CACP). This is a great opportunity for OSU staff/faculty, domestic student, and Corvallis community members to be matched with an international student as a conversation partner. Please submit application by Sept. 27. More information and the online volunteer sign-up are located at http://international.oregonstate.edu/osu-cultural-ambassador-conversant-program.

Sanctuary Cities in Oregon: Myth or Law? Join Benton County District Attorney, John Haroldson, as he explores this topic. October 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR.

DACA Information Session: OSU is partnering with the Corvallis School District to bring immigration lawyer and OSU Alum, Maria Cobarrubias, to campus (and stream the session) for an information session. This conversation-style session will cover such topics as: What is DACA, the importance of the program and the impact in case it is dismantled; useful information to better support students; local and national efforts to seek immediate attention for this case. Tuesday Sept. 26, 4-5 p.m., Hallie E. Ford Center, Room 115 or online at https://zoom.us/j/904179953.

Oregon State University Leadership has provided these DACA tools: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student FAQs and an OSU Undocumented Student Toolkit.

In the news

The spirit of dialogue (Think Out Loud) – Oregon State University geography professor Aaron Wolf has traveled the world helping negotiate water conflicts. Even though he’s a scientist, he’s relied on a variety of spiritual practices in his work, which he writes about in his new book: The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict.

Data offers insight into costs, stay length, and demographics of care for older Americans (The Lund Report) – The event, which will be held at Portland State University, will feature scientists from PSU, DHS and Oregon State University. Speakers will present a host of information based on new studies on assisted living, residential care, endorsed memory care, adult foster homes and nursing facilities in the state.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declares September 15 to October 15 Hispanic Heritage month (Oregon.gov) – View a transcript of her speech by following this link: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media/Pages/speeches/Hispanic_Heritage_Month_Proclamation.aspx

“You research the facts, you talk about the history”: OSU considers renaming Gill Coliseum (KVAL) – Leaders at Oregon State University are considering renaming Gill Coliseum after students and faculty raised concerns that its namesake has ties to racism. (see also OPB).

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.

 

OSUEA Awards and Hoecker Grant

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osuea/awards.

 

Opening for Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

Recruitment Announcement: Oregon State University Extension Service, Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty, Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader. This position provides executive-level assistance to the OSU Extension Service Assistant Director/Outdoor School Program Leader. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/48818. Apply to posting #P01570UF. Closing date: 09/29/17. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Please share this announcement and OSU ODS Admin Asst Recruitment Flyer with your organizations, networks, and communities.

 

Nellie Oehler to be inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Nellie Oehler, who has served Oregon’s 4-H Youth Development Program for more than five decades, is the state’s 2017 inductee into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Oehler will be one of 16 people inducted on Oct. 6 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Click here for more details.

 

Extension in the News

Teddy bears, colons and gift cards equal healthy fun
Hermiston Herald, September 20, 2017
Featuring Angie Treadwell, SNAP-Ed coordinator, Umatilla County.

OSU Extension continues work for May ballot
My Columbia Basin, September 22, 2017
Featuring OSU Extension, Umatilla County.

 

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

The OSU Extension sub-brand officially launches tomorrow. Please register for the sub-brand training session on September 19, 2017, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. (your name and email is required for this meeting platform). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Live mic audio is available only to presenters. Please email any questions and observations to Ann Marie Murphy. The session will be recorded. Look for a link to the recording in next week’s ConnEXTion.

Blueberry course starts soon

Do you have home gardeners or commercial growers that might be interested in learning more about successfully growing blueberries? The College of Agriculture’s Popular Online Blueberry Course is starting soon. This one-of-a-kind online course is taught by OSU’s Dr. Bernadine Strik, who is a Professor of Horticulture and Extension Berry Crops Specialist. Register by clicking here. This six-week course teaches:

• Planting design for hand and machine harvesting.
• Mulches and impacts on weed management.
• Nutrient management before and after planting.

Opening for Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

Recruitment Announcement: Oregon State University Extension Service, Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty, Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader. This position provides executive-level assistance to the OSU Extension Service Assistant Director/Outdoor School Program Leader. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/48818. Apply to posting #P01570UF. Closing date: 09/29/17. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Please share this announcement and OSU ODS Admin Asst Recruitment Flyer with your organizations, networks, and communities.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Financial Strategies for Women. Designed for women (and people who care about women) who want to take control of their finances: Sept. 21, noon , MU 206 Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS (disclosure). RSVP to Investmentseminars@mapscu.com.

Pilot Event: Serving unhoused people and sustaining our natural areas. Are you a natural resource professional who manages or accesses natural areas where unhoused people are sheltering, or is your work relevant to these issues in other ways? Partners including Street Roots, PSU’s Trauma Informed Oregon, Multnomah County, Right 2 Survive, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation would like to invite you to a pilot one-day event in downtown Portland on October 23, 2017. They seek participants from throughout the Willamette Basin representing diverse organizations. Resource managers, field technicians, parks staff, foresters, water quality specialists, planners and rangers are encouraged to attend. If you or a colleague are interested please fill out this form by September 27, 2017 and your space will be confirmed in early October.

Search advocate training: Fall Search Advocate workshops begin Sept. 20. If you’re interested in becoming a search advocate (to serve as an external representative supporting equity, validity, and diversity for faculty and staff search committees), you register here. Workshops are also scheduled for Hermiston, Beaverton, and Burns, and other statewide sessions will be added soon.

In the news

Biochemistry student makes her mark in science and diversity (LIFE@OSU)
Oregon State University Biochemistry and Biophysics doctoral student Nicole Hams has been selected as the 2017-2018 Western Regional Representative to the National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary graduate organization for students of African descent in all fields of study.

Oregon’s education community responds to DACA announcement (Jefferson Public Radio)
Oregon State University President Ed Ray also promised support for students with DACA status and said the Trump Administration announcement would have no immediate impact on how the school treats those students. “OSU will continue to enroll and look for ways to assist DACA students, as well as undocumented students,” wrote Ray in a message to the university community.

The number of starving college students is shockingly high (The Week)
Robert Dike, a senior at Oregon State University, learned firsthand how challenging SNAP rules can be. “Because I was homeless and a student, I had to prove that I worked 20 hours a week. I did that and when they assessed my income, they said, since I wasn’t paying rent, I was only entitled to $15 a month.

More Oregonians have access to healthy food options, report shows; but for how long?(Portland Patch)
“These statistics provide good news about improvement in the Oregon situation, but this is tempered by the ongoing size of the problem and by the persistently higher numbers in Oregon, compared to those of the U.S.,” Mark Edwards, Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, said in a statement.

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.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta B. Johnston awards. Nominations are due by October 16, 2017, with submission by email to Jackie.Russell@oregonstate.edu. Nomination criteria and instructions are available online.

Alberta Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant.

Alberta Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years in the OSU Extension Service. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialist, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

See Extension Annual Conference site for list of additional opportunities for Awards, Recognition and Scholarship.

HEAL MAPPS™ program receives national recognition

OSU’s Family and Community Health Extension HEAL MAPPS™ received the 2017 Jeanne M. Priester Award for Innovation. Accepting the award was project leader Deborah John. Launched in 2012, HEAL MAPPS™ assists rural community members in understanding and influencing the rural environments that shape their dietary and activity patterns. The program trains Extension educators to mobilize and empower rural communities to affect community change. Click here to see community interactive maps.

Extension in the News

Are Environmentalists to Blame for All These Fires?
Jefferson Public Radio, September 13, 2017
Featuring Nicole Strong, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Introducing the OSU Extension sub-brand Save the date! Everyone in OSU Extension Service is invited to a virtual introduction to OSU Extension’s new sub-brand. Please register for the sub-brand training session on September 19, 2017, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. (your name and email is required for this meeting platform). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Live mic audio is available only to presenters. Please email any questions and observations to Ann Marie Murphy.

Outdoor Summit

Plan to attend a two-day Outdoor Summit at OSU. The event will explore opportunities and challenges of traveling to, living in, and enjoying life in Oregon’s great outdoors. Community leaders, public officials, outdoor enthusiasts, recreation-related businesses, public officials, educators, and students from across Oregon are all invited to participate.

Share the invitation to the Outdoor Summit with community collaborators, outdoor-related businesses, and friends, or anyone who is passionate about the outdoors and wants to learn or add to the conversation. Developing outdoor recreation as a sustainable enterprise doesn’t happen all by itself. With this summit, we hope to work with our partners at Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks to identify needs and opportunities.

For agenda and registration information, go to University Outreach and Engagement’s Outdoor Summit website. The two-day summit costs $10 per day; Monday night’s crop-up dinner is another $25.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta B. Johnston awards. Nominations are due by October 16, 2017, with submission by email to Jackie.Russell@oregonstate.edu. Nomination criteria and instructions are available online.

Alberta Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant.

Alberta Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years in the OSU Extension Service. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialist, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

See Extension Annual Conference site for list of additional opportunities for Awards, Recognition and Scholarship.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources
DACA support and resources from Oregon State University’s Office of the President: Last Tuesday, President Ray wrote to the OSU Community to ensure support for OSU students with DACA, undocumented students and students from mixed-immigration status families, despite the U.S. Department of Justice announcing this week that in six months it will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. He provided the first two resources below. The third is a toolkit shared with us by our colleagues at Linn-Benton Community College.

• Students impacted directly by this announcement are encouraged to contact Janet Nishihara, director of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), at janet.nishihara@oregonstate.edu or by calling (541) 737-3628. EOP is prepared to provide all OSU students with guidance on university resources.

• Faculty, staff and students can learn what more they can do by reviewing the university’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student FAQs.” A recorded informational session “Advising Students on DACA and Undocumented Status Issues” is also a helpful resource.

A Toolkit for DREAMers

TODAY at 3pm (September 11): Learn more about the DACA renewal application process in this FREE webinar. Register here.

OSU building name evaluation process: A website has been created to inform and engage members of the OSU community and stakeholders about the scheduled evaluation process of some of our building names. Community dialogue sessions, where you can learn about and offer input on the evaluation process, will be held on Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. You can view an article by the Gazette Times by following this link.

In the news
Training Extension Agents for the 21st Century (Chronicle)
American colleges and universities have been the foundation of innovation and social change since the establishment of the republic. But what are their primary roles and responsibilities now, at a time when government is dysfunctional, society is fractured, and both domestic and international problems seem increasingly daunting?

Self-identifying as disabled and developing pride in disability aid overall well being (Med Xpress)
Experiencing stigma, the severity of a disability and a person’s age and income level help determine whether someone with an impairment considers themselves to be a person with a disability, and experiencing stigma predicts whether those individuals will ultimately develop disability pride, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Nine proposed action areas to enhance diversity and inclusion in the American Fisheries Society (Journal of Fisheries)
An essay co-written by OSU’s Ivan Aresmendi and Brooke Penaluna.

12th Annual Campeones de Salud (Champions of Health) event (Gazette Times)
On Sunday, August 27, Benton County Health Services partnered with Corvallis Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Health Authority and Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties to put on the 12th annual Campeones de Salud event. This annual event provides low income people with free health and dental screenings from providers who speak English and Spanish. This year, more than 30 organizations with informational booths and free food participated.

What did Dr. King mean by love? (Marin Scope)
An essay by José-Antonio Orosco, an associate professor of philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and director of the Oregon State University Peace Studies Program.

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.

Ad in fall 2017 Oregon Stater alumni magazine showcases Juntos and encourages donations

OSU Extension is trying something new: To raise awareness about Extension programs and encourage donations to fund growth, a full-page ad featuring the Juntos program and Open Campus Coordinator José Garcia is appearing in the fall issue of Oregon Stater. A heartwarming video and donation website landing page was created to support the advertising. Take a look and share it with friends, family, and Open Campus/Juntos partners.

Recording of Aug. 18 Quarterly Conversation

The August 18, 2017, Quarterly Conversation recording is now available. PROMISE interns demonstrate the OSU Extension Story Map; learn why you should attend the first-ever Outdoor Summit (co-sponsored by Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks); and hear about the Divisions new executive team and other administrative activities. Note: the 2017 Roads Scholar Tour has been cancelled.

Extension in the News

What it means to be “4-H Grown”
Tillamook County Pioneer, September 8, 2017
Features Jessica D. Linnell, Family and Community Health, and Amy Schmid, administrative program specialist, Tillamook County

Year of wellness: Doing the can-can at home with salmon
Tillamook Headlight Herald, September 6, 2017
Features Jessica D. Linnell, Family and Community Health, Tillamook County

Saving seeds also saves money and plant history
Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, September 5, 2017
Features Weston Miller, horticulturalist, Clackamas County and Portland Metro area

Since you asked: You’re still hearing crickets on those smoky nights
Mail Tribune, September 2, 2017
Featuring Extension Service entomologist Rick Hilton

Tomatoes into the fall season
Lancaster Farming, September 1, 2017
Featuring Barb Fick, horticulturalist

Port partners for growth and innovation
Oregon Business
Featuring Brian Tuck, Mid-Columbia regional administrator

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 and resources

Technical Assistance in Grant Writing for Diverse Communities: September 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Oregon State University, College of Public Health and Human Services, Waldo Hall 400, Corvallis, OR 97331. This event is being brought to you by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Region X Office of Regional Operations in partnership with The Oregon Primary Care Association, The Oregon Public Health Association, The Oregon State Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Familias en Acción as part of their commitment to improving access to health care and building community capacity to address these issues. Through presentations and facilitated discussions, participants will explore the basics of responding to HRSA grants, become familiar with relevant resources to use in practice, and identify strategies for building sustainable partnerships among and between community and health partners. Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 15.

Basic Rights Oregon Statewide Leadership Summit 2017: October 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene (1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402). This all-day event will be your opportunity to meet with hundreds of LGBTQ and ally Oregonians from around the state, attend organizing workshops, and get the skills you need to become a leader in your community. For more information or to register or volunteer, follow this link.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Sept. 6 and Oct. 6.

FYI – Restroom Signage Changes: Recently, around 60 restroom signs were changed all over the Corvallis campus to increase the number of restrooms accessible to all genders. These signs are labeled “Single-User Restroom” and can be used by anyone. This campus map will be updated to reflect these changes, in total around 200 public restrooms are now non-gendered. This sign will become a campus standard for single-user restrooms moving forward. Contact Gabriel Merrell in Equal Opportunity and Access with questions, Capital Planning and Development as well as Facilities Services have been helping to address issues such as fixing damage caused by removing the old signs

Expert on civic engagement will give University Day keynote (LIFE@OSU): An expert on civic engagement and democracy will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s University Day celebration on Sept. 18. Harry Boyte, senior scholar in public work philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, will speak at 10:30 a.m. in The La Sells Stewart Center.

In the news

VOLUNTEER FORCE- for all abilities project receives an Innovation Award from The Division of University Outreach & Engagement. This project will help mobilize trained and dedicated Extension volunteers to reach and include Oregon’s citizens who experience a disability.

Have you ever suffered at work because of your appearance? Share your stories (Guardian) – A university in the US has introduced a course entitled ‘Fat Studies’, where students can “examine body weight, shape and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.” Prof Patti Lou Watkins, who teaches the course at Oregon State University, said that “weight-based bias and discrimination” has increased as the “war on obesity has escalated”.

Branding Update

Introducing OSU Extension Brand

Save the date! Everyone in OSU Extension Service are invited to a virtual introduction to OSU Extension’s new brand. Presented by Ologie, with introduction by Scott Reed, on September 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dial-in information details to come.

Finding Extension and AES Logos

Are you looking for logos? They can be found in the “For Employees” section of the Extension website (same place they have always been!).

  • On the Extension homepage, select “For Employees” from the top menu and then “Employee Resources” in the dropdown menu.
  • Next click on “Marketing Tools” and then “Logos” in the right navigation bar. There, you will see the link to companion logos. Clicking this link opens the “Extension and AES” Box.

o The “Extension and AES” Box is the one-stop-shop for brand assets specific to University Outreach & Engagement, OSU Extension, and Ag Experiment Station.

o In this Box, there are four “pages” of unit folders. You can sort by name, and also use the pager arrows (upper right next to the Download button) to move to the next page.

o Each folder has logos in .png and .eps formats. Open the .eps logo folder and the logo art sheet to view logo color options and file names.

Tip: You can also use the “favorites” feature in Box for quick access to your commonly used files and folders. Here’s a short video from our friends at URM.

Please review the OSU brand guidelines before using the logo.

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541-737-1327.

Free Virtual Conference on “Learning Through Change”

Is your state experiencing change?  Change is hard!  Do you feel change accelerating in your professional or personal life? Do you thrive on workplace change? Join the Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges.  Cooperative Extension professionals will find lots of great information to help navigate change at work and with their clientele. The virtual conference is September 26-29. Register free here: https://militaryfamilies.extension.org/2017virtualconference/. View the Save-the-Date video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSdOAyWEyl4&feature=youtu.be

Extension in the News

BY EXTENSION: Driven by personal experience, Juntos coordinator helped Latino families find pathways to college
Tillamook County Pioneer
August 24, 2017
Featuring Maydra Valencia, Open Campus

10 flowers that will keep a garden colorful into the fall
FoxNews.com
August 23, 2017
Featuring Neil Bell, OSU Extension Community Horticulturalist, Marion County

Unique Approach to Creating and Implementing a Social Media Strategic Plan
Journal of Extension
August 2017
Featuring Jamie Davis and Karissa Dishon, 4-H Lake and Deschutes Counties, respectively

Effective Chaperone Selection and Training for Enhanced Youth Experiences
Journal of Extension
August 2017
Featuring Emily Anderson, 4-H in Lane County, in collaboration with colleagues from Wyoming and Utah

A wise word about water-wise gardening
The Bulletin
August 22, 2017
Featuring Amy Jo Deitweiler, OSU Extension Horticulturalist, Deschutes County

Clatskanie Grows: The spider talk
The Chief
August 20, 2017
Featuring Chip Bubl, OSU Extension in Columbia County

Pelican Elementary playground gets touched up
Herald and News
August 20, 2017
Featuring Karen Hottman, SNAP-Ed in Klamath County

Childhood obesity in county exceeds national rate
Columbia County Spotlight
August 18, 2017
Featuring Kathy Gunter, physical activity specialist, Family and Community Health Extension

 

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School Leader Announced

Dr. Kristopher Elliott was selected as Oregon Outdoor School Leader within the OSU Extension Service. He will begin his appointment at OSU September 1, 2017.

Kris most recently held the position of Director of STEM in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where he was responsible for professional development for more than 2,000 science and STEM educators. He was formerly Assistant Professor at University of Georgia and Instructor at Oregon State University. He holds a PhD in science education and M.S. in agricultural education from Oregon State University, and B.S. in agricultural education from California Polytechnic State University. Dr. Elliott’s scholarly work includes evaluation of Latino experiences in agricultural education, urban and sustainable agriculture, and teacher education.

In his role leading Outdoor School, he is responsible for development of strategic, long-range plans and identifies measurable benchmarks; secures financial resources; promotes partnerships and collaboration with internal and external partners; ensures program visibility at local and state level; supervises program staff; manages budgets to meet established benchmarks; promotes the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion; reports on program accomplishments and ensures that program practices reflect best practices in education.

The Extension Service owes a HUGE statement of gratitude to Susan Sahnow who led early development of Outdoor School since December, 2016 on an interim basis. Her path breaking work set the stage for advancing the new statewide educational program. She established new relationships with statewide partners and stakeholders to define programmatic elements, created vibrant program advisory and working committees, and developed systems for gathering and reporting information. Hats off!

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation

Join us in person or online for the August 2017 Quarterly Conversation.

Friday, August 18
9:00am – 10:30am
Kidder 202 and livestream http://live.oregonstate.edu/

Next Quarterly Conversation: Nov 17, 2017, 9-1030am

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources:

  • Solidarity With Charlottesville – Corvallis: Come together with our community and other communities across the nation. Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Benton County Courthouse.
  • Leading with Cultural Intelligence Online Program. Maximize your leadership and team success with cultural diversity training. This new OSU online short course features leadership expert and consultant, Samad Aidane. Learn more about leading with cultural awareness.
  • Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program 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. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46 For more information, please contact Jane Waite at jane.waite@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-0866.
  • Join the 4-H system for the 2017 Professional Development E-Academy: The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Positive Youth Development. The target audience for these FREE sessions is 4-H field faculty, but all positive youth development professionals are welcome to participate!The focus will be on engaging diverse youth and understanding the social issues they face. There will be 10 one-hour online sessions occurring from October 2-23, 2017. Find out more and register at 2017 E-academy Registration. If you have questions, please contact Ana Lu Fonseca (analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3439) or Doug Swanson, national program leader (dswanson@nifa.usda.gov, 202-690-1227).

In the news:

More diversity means more demands (New York Times)
Students are demanding official recognition of their identities, whether racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, first-generation, low-income or immigrant. When freshmen step onto campus, they aren’t necessarily assuming the mascot and identity of their future alma mater, said Dwaine Plaza, a sociology professor at Oregon State University. “O.S.U. is not what students are now embracing”; instead they are “seeing themselves as important being Jamaican-American, as being Indian-American.”

Safe eclipse viewing fact sheet

Share the eclipse fact sheet created by Glenda Hyde, associate professor (practice) in Extension Family and Community Health Program. It may be a valuable tool for communities in the path of totality. Add local contact information and county emergency contacts by editing the PDF (click on Tools and then the Edit Text & Images). After adding local information, share it on your social media sites.

The Open Campus website offers culturally relevant eclipse information in Spanish.

Extension in the News

‘Inventors camp’ challenges youth
The Dalles Chronicle
August 10, 2017
Featuring Ann Harris, Oregon State Open Campus and Wasco County

How will plants, birds and insects respond to the solar eclipse?
Oregonlive.com
August 13, 2017
Featuring Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Development Program Applications

The application deadline is fast approaching for the Leadership Development Program for Executives! If you know someone who would benefit from this year-long experience, please encourage them to apply.

The Leadership Development Program is for employees in the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, the Division of Extended Campus, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Applicants should have significant professional experience within their assignment and a documented record of performance that indicates potential success in an executive leadership position. In addition to completing the online application, applicants must submit a biography and references from:

1) Immediate supervisor
2) Program leader or unit director
3) A peer
*Note: If your immediate supervisor is also your unit director, only two letters are required

Applications are due August 15th. Please view the attached application information or visit http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/initiatives/leadership-development for full details and dates. We look forward to hearing from you!

Safe eclipse viewing fact sheet

Share the eclipse fact sheet created by Glenda Hyde, associate professor (practice) in Extension Family and Community Health Program. It may be a valuable tool for communities in the path of totality. Add local contact information and county emergency contacts by editing the PDF (click on Tools and then the Edit Text & Images). After adding local information, share it on your social media sites.

The Open Campus website offers culturally relevant eclipse information in Spanish.

Extension Promo Items

New Extension Promotional Items are in and are available to purchase through Extension Administration.

Old logo items are on clearance!

Check the order form to see what is available.

Extension in the News

Year of Wellness: On fire about fermentation
Tillamook Headlight Herald
August 2, 2017
Featuring Lauren Kramer, Wasco, and Nancy Kershaw, Tillamook

Stay cool! Record heat calls for special measures as the North Coast swelters
The Daily Astorian
August 3, 2017
Featuring Sandra Carlson, Clatsop County

In this week’s issue:

Diversity Highlights

From Ana Lu Fonseca:

Events and resources:

Eclipse recursos: http://opencampus.oregonstate.edu/solareclipse/
Nuestro increíble personal de Open Campus ha incluído recursos en ingles y español sin costo para el eclipse solar que se llevará a cabo el 21 de Agosto del año 2017.

Our amazing Open Campus team has put together some great, free resources in English and Spanish for the Eclipse that is scheduled to happen on August 21, 2017.

Tomorrow, August 1, 9- 11 a.m., Implicit bias webinar: “Controlling for Implicit Bias in Hiring and Managing Student Support Staff and Students to Create More Inclusive Environments.” Learn how implicit bias manifests in our daily work, and how to work with students and student support staff in an inclusive way that addresses potential bias. First hour is the webinar; second hour is discussion with Anne Gillies and Kerry McQuillin. Memorial Union – 13 Multipurpose Room.

Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program 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. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46 For more information, please contact: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-0866.

In the news:

Pinterest Diversity Chief, Candice Morgan, shares what she’s learned since being hired in 2016 and how she has helped the company fine tune and rethink their strategy for hiring a diverse work force. View article here.

Rural Muslims fight for safety, inclusion (Oregonian)
Muslims have more resources in larger cities like Portland and Seattle than they do in communities like Albany and Corvallis. People like Khan try to fill those gaps. Ismail Warsame, also Muslim, works at Oregon State University as a case manager for international students.

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments about these Diversity Highlights.

NAEPSDP 2017 Webinar Schedule

The National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) has released a schedule for the 2017 Virtual Summer School and is available to view here: https://naepsdp.org/Schedule

One of particular interest is the Digital Storytelling for Scholarly Engagement.

Title: Digital Storytelling for Scholarly Engagement

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Presenter: Dr. James K. Woodell (Jim), Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities & Christine Geith, CEO, eXtension

Description: Extension personnel have teaching, research, and service portfolios that often look different from traditional academics’ dossiers, which most frequently emphasize basic research and publications. This session will explore how Extension portfolios emphasizing outreach, practical research, and scholarly engagement are published and presented in digital formats—online journals, blogs, webinars, e-learning, social media, and website development. Presenters will talk about undertaking knowledge advancement via these platforms as well as the challenges of working with tenure and promotion committees to help them understand the value.

Link to Join: http://bit.ly/2tTAq2M

Benny Photos or News Articles

For the counties who have already hosted Benny at your fair, please share your photos and any news stories with jill.wells@oregonstate.edu Use the hashtag #bennyfair17 in your social media posts.

New Safety Purchase Assistance Program

Enterprise Risk Services will assist in providing up to $5,000 per approved request. Units may request funding up to 75% of their approved safety related purchase (units are required to fund a minimum of 25% of any approved purchase request).

Please review the document at the link below for more details about the program as well as information about exclusions (for example, general ergonomic equipment).
http://ehs.oregonstate.edu/sites/ehs.oregonstate.edu/files/pdf/safety_purchase_program.pdf

Announcement in OSU Today
NEW! New Safety Purchase Assistance Program from Enterprise Risk Services: Enterprise Risk Services has developed a new program to assist departments with funding of qualifying of items to be used towards safety improvements, such as equipment and training, or other safety related items. The program is aimed at increasing employee safety and a reduction of injuries and workers’ compensation claims. For more information on this Safety Purchase Assistance program, program documentation (which includes information on qualifying purchases) and to request funding through our online application form, please visit http://ehs.oregonstate.edu/osu-safety-purchase-assistance-program.

Extension in the News

Shop the Dock debuts in Warrenton
The Daily Astorian
July 17, 2017
Featuring Amanda Gladics, Clatsop County Extension

Big Fair Fun returns to Hillsboro
Hillsboro Tribune
July 21, 2017
Featuring Washington County 4-H

The critters are back
Curry Coastal Pilot
July 25, 2017
Featuring Margie House, Curry COunty

NWREC open house educates, entertains neighbors
July 26, 2017
Wilsonville Spokesman
Featuring North Willamette Research and Extension Center and Bernadine Strik