In this week’s issue:

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative workshop

The OSU College of Engineering is organizing the inaugural Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative workshop to be held August 6-7, 2018. Please consider attending and submitting an abstract for the poster session.

The keynote address, “Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities,” will be given by Richard G. Luthy, Silas H. Palmer Professor in Department Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure at Stanford University.

Other invited talks will be added to the program as they are confirmed.

Abstracts for the poster session are being accepted now at http://cbee.oregonstate.edu/water and are due no later than July 17.

There is no cost to attend this workshop but advance registration is required.

If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lewis Semprini.

Marketing items order form

If you have downloaded the order form before, please check the online form again and download the updated version before placing a new order. The online form is updated frequently. If you re-use an older version of the form, new items and out-of-stock notifications will not be shown.

Updated Statewide Sites

Check out the updated Statewides map. The new version will be available through Portfolio and the photo archive.

Better, Bones, and Balance Instructor Training

Our Better, Bones, and Balance Instructor Training is coming to Corvallis September 13 and 14, 2018!  This message is to remind you that early bird pricing will be ending July 31.

What is Better Bones and Balance?
BBB is a research-based program from OSU shown to improve balance, strength, and mobility.
The research also shows a reduced rate of bone loss among BBB class participants!

Who should consider leading a Better Bones and Balance class as an instructor?

If you have a passion for fitness and health, a dedication to teaching and sharing with others and an outgoing personality…..becoming an instructor is right for you!

What does Better Bones and Balance Instructor Training Provide?

  • Practical Exercise Leadership
  • Specific Protocol Training
  • Sample Lesson Plans
  • Valuable Instructor Feedback
  • Marketing Tips
  • The Latest Research Information!

How do I register?

Print out the form!  Mail it along with your personal check to our 2018 Training Venue, LBCC (address is on the form).

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by August 23rd to Michelle Smith, 541.737.7417 and michelle.smith@oregonstate.edu.

Extension Web Update

As more content is added on the OSU Extension website, the EESC web team begins to get more requests for how to organize content for specific audiences. This week’s website blog post looks at what the different ways content is managed automatically by the website and what can be done, such as creating collection pages, to help in curating content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Check out other events going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar     

Events & Resources

HSRC Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity: The OSU Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is looking for faculty, staff, students and community members to volunteer at the HSRC food pantry this summer. To volunteer, complete a one hour training. You can drop by Avery Lodge (HSRC) anytime between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete it. More information about the HSRC and the food pantry schedule can be found here. For more information: hsrc.foodpantry@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Women’s Center strategic planning:  View a sample of feedback from a recent planning survey: Women’s Center Feedback and participate in a current (super-short) survey that will help in the development of guiding principles and core values.

In the News

Inside the #MeToo movement at Nike: Employees are hoping for a culture change.

Benton County considers shelter options: Proposals include using a building near the corner of Northeast Walnut Boulevard and Belvue Street as a temporary shelter.

Homeless protesters set up camp outside Corvallis City Hall: The continuing saga of the homeless situation in Corvallis has produced some new approaches.

Extension in the News

No-till farming can help save water, proponents say
Capital Press
In contrast to traditional farming methods, no-till leaves all of the crop residue — the part of the plant not harvested — on the surface instead of plowed under. The root systems of the plants remain intact, providing soil stability, according to Donald Wysocki, a soil scientist at Oregon State University Extension in Pendleton, Ore.

In this week’s issue:

Branded color palette now available on your desktop

Click on the Design tab and then the Color drop down menu in Word and PowerPoint and you’ll see the OSU branded color palette (OSU RGB 2018). Click to make it your default color palette and it will be easy to use Beaver Orange and several of the secondary brand colors in your marketing and outreach materials. To learn more about OSU brand colors, visit the OSU Brand Guide.

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

 Register for an event designed to spark bold and visionary conversations around food systems and community food resilience and the role of the land grant university. Hosted by College of Agricultural Sciences and OSU Extension, the event takes place in Portland on September 5, 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum (reception following will be held at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.). The event will be livestreamed and Extension offices are encouraged to invite members of their communities to a viewing party. To be identified as a livestream location and receive the invite template, ideas, and livestreaming instructions, contact Amanda Bielenberg by July 23. Visit the event website for more details and view the event flyer here.

Cultivating Change Conference

Kris Elliott and Jeff Sherman attended the Cultivating Change Summit in Des Moines, Iowa this past week. They have made a short video, discussing why this work matters to OSU Extension, and to them personally.

For context, the Cultivating Change Foundation values and elevates LGBT+ agriculturalists through advocacy, education, and community by being more visible to each other, more visible to others, and by connecting to people, companies, and organizations who are doing incredible work for the LGBT+ community. Kris and Jeff feel lucky to work for an organization like the OSU Extension Service and associated programs who value people and all the identities they bring with them to the workplace. Last year, OSU Extension and OSU College of Agricultural Sciences sponsored the summit when the meeting was on the west coast. If you are interested in being part of the conversation, feel free to reach out directly to Kris or Jeff, participate in the local Cultivating Change reception held each winter in Portland, or visit the foundation website at:  http://www.cultivatingchangefoundation.org/mission-vision-values/

We are both proud to work for Oregon State University Extension, and look forward to continuing the conversation! Left is the Safe Zone poster many offices and work spaces are posting to let employees, students, community members, and friends know that there are spaces free from hate and discrimination, a nice addition to our Civil Rights posters.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

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

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

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

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Extension Web Update

Visitors that used search features in the past two weeks on the OSU Extension website browsed through more pages and stayed longer on the website than the site average. This week’s blog post looks at how search can help visitors explore the site and how to narrow down search results on this content-rich site.

Diversity Highlights

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

Check out other events going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar     

Events & Resources

Equal Opportunity and Access Title IX/Title VII workshop July 11-13: No cost, register at http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/annual-title-ix-workshop by June 29.  This year we are proud to host our annual statewide Title IX/Title VII workshop at Oregon State University.  This two-and-a-half day workshop will include information on Title IX, Title VII and other anti-discrimination legal issues and procedures, and an overview of best practices. Presenters include Jackie Sandmeyer and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP.

HSRC Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity: The OSU Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is looking for faculty, staff, students and community members to volunteer at the HSRC food pantry this summer. To volunteer, complete a one hour training. You can drop by Avery Lodge (HSRC) anytime between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete it. More information about the HSRC and the food pantry schedule can be found here. For more information: hsrc.foodpantry@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Women’s Center strategic planning:  View a sample of feedback from a recent planning survey: Women’s Center Feedback and participate in a current (super-short) survey that will help in the development of guiding principles and core values.

Cuentos y Conversación: Ofrecemos cuentos y actividades bilingües para los niños y una oportunidad de charlar y practicar el inglés para los adultos. Los lunes a las 6:30 p.m. desde el 9 de julio en adelante en la biblioteca pública de Albany. Starting on July 9, the Albany Public Library will offer Spanish speaking and bilingual children’s activities, while giving adults time to practice their English conversation skills. 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through the summer.

In the News

As pathway market expands, enrollment outcomes diverge  (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University, INTO’s first partner in the U.S., increased its international student population as a proportion of total enrollment from 4.9 percent in fall 2008, when the partnership started, to 11.5 percent in fall 2017. According to published enrollment figures, the university enrolled 898 students across the various INTO Oregon State intensive English and pathway programs in fall 2017, down from a peak of 1,496 in 2014. Most of the drop was in intensive English enrollments, where numbers are falling nationwide, in large part due to the drop in Saudi students.

Special Olympics State Summer Games in Corvallis canceled (Gazette-Times)

The organization held its Summer State Games in Corvallis for the first time in 2017 on campus at Oregon State University and on the track at Corvallis High School. After those games, organizers of the event praised OSU and the Corvallis community and said the organization wanted to hold games in Corvallis for many years to come.

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

New statewide IPM coordinator named for Oregon
Good Fruit Grower
Katie Murray, of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, has been appointed statewide integrated pest management coordinator for Oregon, according to a statement from OSU.

Hive Mind: Inside The Complicated World of Bee Colonies
Science Friday
Oregon State University entomologist Ramesh Sagili chats about his study published in the journal Scientific Reports. He examined what happens when the queen of a honeybee hive dies and how the surviving bees choose the next queen

Potatoes get revamped
Western Farmer-Stockman
Aymeric Goyer, associate professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, studied the levels of vitamin B9, or folate, in different potatoes. Vitamin B9 is essential for optimal brain and nerve function, and for infant development.

In this week’s issue:

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

2018 ESP Award Winners

Congratulates each of you on your 2018 ESP Award!

Western Region:
Mid-Career: Jenny Rudolph
Early Career: Katie Ahern
Continued Excellence: Patricia Dawson
Visionary Leadership: Willie Riggs
Administrative Leadership: Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual: Patricia Dawson
National Friends of Extension: Bob and Charlee Moore

Please consider attending ESP’s national conference this October to receive your award in person.  The 2019 ESP National Conference will be held in Manhattan, Kansas. https://epsilonsigmaphi.wildapricot.org/2018-Conference

Outdoor School Team Expanding

Our OSU Extension Outdoor School Team is growing. Starting on July 9th, please welcome:

  • Charissa Jones, our new Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator; and
  • Renee O’Neill, our new Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Both join Dr. Spirit Brooks, our Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Coordinator, who joined the Team this spring.

Charissa Jones brings a tremendous amount of diversity, equity, and inclusion experience to the Outdoor School Team. Previously, Charissa served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Tualatin Riverkeepers, connecting youth and families from diverse backgrounds to the river and environmental education.

Renee O’Neill joins us with more than ten years of experience in leading, coordinating, and developing field-based programs and leading teacher professional development programs. Most recently, Renee served as the Senior Programs Coordinator for OSU’s Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) Program.

Dr. Spirit Brooks has been onboard for nearly two months now and is already deep into Outdoor School evaluation and our annual reporting requirements. Spirit will help us carefully evaluate the effectiveness and success of outdoor school so that we can continue to improve and increase program effectiveness in every school across our state.

While Spirit, Charissa, and Renee complete our search for full-time professional faculty positions in Corvallis, we will be announcing the search for three Regional Coordinator positions very soon. These positions will be located in 1. Eastern Oregon (Baker City); 2. Southern Oregon (Medford/Ashland); and 3. Portland Metro Area. Stay tuned for the announcement of these position descriptions.

Extension Web Update

The new Extension website offers many tools to use in adding photos, newsletters, faculty/staff profiles, and keywords that help web visitors navigate the content. In this week’s blog post, the web team shares details on new developments and guidelines for those who are working to add to and maintain the website.

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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

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

Nutrition specialists mixing it up with school lunches
East Oregonian
Most of the recipes, Berdan said, were adapted from the Food Hero program that Oregon State University’s extension service uses to teach families about affordable, nutritious cooking.

Health in All Policies: Working Across Sectors in Cooperative Extension to Promote Health for All
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
ECOP commissioned the work of Extension and Experiment Station colleagues in five teams to address five critical areas underlying the health and wellness extension programming across the country. The work of these teams has resulted in this special edition by Michele Walsh, Deborah John, Nicole Peritore, Andrea Morris, Carolyn Bird, Marion Ceraso, Sarah Eichberger, Rachel Novotny, Laura Stephenson, Suzanne Stluka, and Roberta Riportella.

Paul Simon says goodbye to Oregon fans with a gift for Outdoor School
OregonLive.com
There may be 50 ways to leave your fans, but Paul Simon’s way is one that Oregon kids will get to appreciate for years to come: a contribution to Outdoor School, Oregon’s 60-year-old environmental education program.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Administration welcomes Kaylyn Hymes

Kaylyn’s first day was yesterday, and she will begin the transition to provide the HR recruitment support and coordination along with Marcia Dickson.  Kaylyn will also be responsible for a variety of administrative functions for the unit including but not limited to primary building manager working with facilities and surplus, equipment needs, purchasing, technology support, telecom, and supervision of student employees.

Kaylyn comes to O&E/Extension Admin from the Extended Campus (eCampus/PACE) administrative team, as well as experience working in the Benton County Extension office.  We’re thrilled to have her join our team.

Our thanks to Elsa Curtis who has provided HR support in the past year, and who will take on additional duties providing information to new employees and work with the Extension Professional Development Fund (to be phased in).  And thank you to Kim Tarrant who has been our primary Building Manager for a number of years and managed through numerous moves and repairs.

Extension Web Update

Wondering where you can find web training information now that you’re ready to add content to the website? Not sure what group you need to be in or who to contact for more questions? Our web upgrade project website points you to the right places to get answers, and you can skim through this week’s and previous blog posts to learn the latest updates.

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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Join the Rurals at the Albany Pride Parade: Please join the LGBTQ community in their PRIDE Parade and Festival this year. June 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Albany, OR. For more info visit the event page.

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years: Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 70s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will be engaged by the examination of the repression and violence against African American that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. June 24 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the the event page.

Tillamook Latinx Leadership Movement: The Oregon Latino Health Coalition will be Hosting a FREE 2-Day Bilingual (Spanish/English) Leadership Development Program this Summer in Tillamook, OR from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm the 22-23 of June. For more information visit the even page.

Pride Forever: Portland LGBT History Walking Tour: Portland is known for being queer friendly, but it haven’t always been that way. Join comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Lang for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community. Learn about scandals, challenges, and victories for LGBT people in Oregon. This walking tour is about one mile long, and uses Portland public sidewalks. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns. Friday, July 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, for more info visit the event page.

Environmental health summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. There will also be opportunities for networking with researchers, tribal scientists, state and federal agency representatives, and policy makers. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

In  the News

Kids who speak other languages improve at double the rate of native English speakers, study finds
Now, research from New York University and Oregon State University has shown multilingual students are making academic gains in reading and mathematics – at double or triple the rates of their English-only-speaking peers

 Study shows significant math, reading gains for English learners
“Despite the downsides of No Child Left Behind, the substantial recent progress of multilingual students demonstrated in our research suggests that the bundle of various policies and practices at the federal, state, district and school levels may have together been more beneficial than harmful,” New York University Associate Professor Michael J. Kieffer, who co-authored the study with Karen D. Thompson, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, said in a press release.

Suicide rates have been on the rise for years. Here’s what can help those in crisis
The deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade recently underscored some grim numbers about increases in suicide rates. The latest CDC report found that 54 percent of people who died by suicide over the last two decades did not have a known mental health condition. Amna Nawaz talks with Dr. Liza Gold about risks, treatment and the scope of the problem

‘Diversity is a critical ingredient’ for student success, OSU mission
The level of diversity at Oregon State University has increased over the past 30 years and this is trend that OSU hopes to continue, according to OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander.

Finding opportunity for all Oregon students to succeed
What does it look like when schools center their strategic plan around cultural diversity and community engagement? It looks a lot like the Gervais and Woodburn school districts, places where educators and the community are focused on closing the achievement gap.

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

What’s the buzz? Next week is all about the bees
KTVZ
“The Pacific Northwest has more species of wild bees than all the combined states east of the Mississippi, at least 500 and we expect there are many more,” said Melathopoulos, bee specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service.

Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication
The Oregonian
A new publication on some of the best vegetable varieties for western Oregon gardens has been released by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble
Associated Press
“Here’s a species that spends a big part of its life as a vulnerable queen,” said Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University. Bumblebees have “this really fascinating solitary phase.”

In this week’s issue:

Regional redesign updates

Redesign status update

In July 2017, we learned that a portion of our budget designated for supporting OSU Extension’s regional administrative structure would be reduced, phasing from $1.05 million to zero by 2020. Based on changes that have been made so far, the total cost of our regional administrative structure has been adjusted by $528,000.

During the next year we will continue to explore opportunities for efficiency. The next step of the process is to convene an Extension Role Task Force to provide input and recommendations.

Additional information on this task force is listed on the regional redesign resource page.

Regional director searches

  • Natalie Kinion will join OSU Extension as regional director for Eastern Oregon on July 23.
  • The metro regional director search is open for another week.
    • Please share the posting with your networks!
    • Join the metro region listening session with Scott Reed on June 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    • Purpose: Share with Scott your insights about particular challenges and opportunities, as well as qualities of a regional director that will most help them be successful.
    • Attend in person at the Food Innovation Center, or via Zoom. See the regional redesign resource page for address and connection details.

Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session”

The OSU Extension Outdoor School Program Office is pleased to announce that we’re holding an Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session” for all District administrators, principals, and 5th and 6th grade teachers in Eastern Oregon (Pendleton) on August 9, 2018.

We also welcome the attendance and participation of local Extension Faculty and Staff who are interested in learning more about the Outdoor School Program and how we aim to better serve Eastern Oregon. However, space is limited and we will give priority to District attendees. Please note that the Outdoor School Program Office cannot reimburse your travel or time. If you are interested in attending, please register here, and we’ll be in touch with details.

For those of you located in other parts of the state, please know that we’ll be working our way across the state with these “Listen and Learn Sessions”, so please keep an ear open for one in your area.  Or, if you’re interested in hosting a session in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact Rita Bauer  to get that process started.

 As always, we welcome your input, and are available at any time to answer your questions about the program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu.

4-H Float in Starlight Parade

For the second consecutive year, the Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program was represented with a float in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade on June 2. The float was designed and built by 4-H youth in Clackamas and Washington counties. The parade was broadcast live by Fox 12 and an estimated crowd of 300,000 attended the event in downtown Portland.

Extension Web Update

These two weeks since the OSU Extension website launch have been a transition period, and EESC is doing our best to guide you through it. Keep sending us your questions or changes that you see needed through our Web Support. The web team is also making small changes to public views and behind the scenes based on feedback in these initial weeks. New and upcoming updates that everyone entering content should know is posted on our web upgrade project blog this week.

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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Understanding LGBTQ Veterans from a Trauma-Informed Lens: Hosted by the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Team and SAGE Metro Portland. There will be a viewing of Breaking The Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans , a panel discussion and a presentation aboout LGBTQ Veterans Trauma. June 13 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, in Portland. For more information check out the event page.

Welcoming The Stranger: Refugee 101- presented by Glocal Community Partners. At the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, June 18 from  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Check out the envent page for more information.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage: http://www.museumatwarmsprings.org/exhibitions-events/

History Pub: The Dark History of Eugenics in Oregon: In 1917, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Board of Eugenics. Its charge was to review reports from the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state hospitals, and the State Institution for the Feeble-Minded of “all feeble-minded, insane, epileptic, habitual criminals, moral degenerates, and sexual perverts, who are persons potential to producing offspring who, because of inheritance of inferior or antisocial traits, would probably become a social menace or ward of the State.” June 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Portland.

In the News

Inside the Push to Bring Racial Equity to Land Grant Universities

An underdog campaign is being waged among America’s public and land grant universities to address their history of racism and to prioritize the issues of racial equity and food justice.

DA’s clothes closet removes barriers to justice system
Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel and her staff have transformed the wing into a space with comfortable chairs, toys for children and a closet stocked with court-appropriate clothing.

Service Learning in Puerto Rico Packs Lifelong Lessons
In late March, thirty-one students led by seven faculty members traveled to Puerto Rico for a service learning trip, the third one since 2016. Previous trips were designed as agriculture tours that focused on tropical sustainability and food security—but this trip was different.

In ‘All Coyote’s Children,’ eastern Oregon author links family, land, loss and culture 
Now, “All Coyote’s Children” (Oregon State University Press, 237 pages, $18.95), Husted’s debut novel. This lyrically written work of contemporary fiction focuses on the much-challenged life of Annie Fallon, a recently widowed farm wife and teacher in eastern Oregon.

Food of the Faithful
In a new book, Food of Sinful Demons (Columbia University Press, 2018), Geoffrey Barstow has opened a window on how culture and Buddhism in Tibet have interacted for more than a thousand years to influence food choices — specifically the decision about whether or not to eat meat.

Nutritional wellness is a challenge for college students 
Setting good habits while being a young adult at Oregon State is important in order to ensure wellness and success throughout the remainder of one’s life. Students of all ages will improve the general wellness both now and in the future by setting in place good habits for nutritional, physical, mental and sustainable wellness.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension in the news

‘The goal is to change behaviors, to make the healthy choice the easy choice’
KCBY
Oregon State University’s extension SNAP education program features a social marketing campaign called “Food Hero.” It teaches students about healthy eating and is what the local nutrition coordinator calls a step toward preventing chronic diseases like diabetes.

OSU honeybees study may help struggling industry
KTVZ
This is the first study that has thoroughly investigated the role of nutritional state of larvae in their selection for queen rearing, said lead author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

OSU Extension’s new tree fruit specialist from Brazil
Capital Press
A new tree fruit specialist has arrived at Oregon State University Extension just in time for the cherry and pear growing seasons.

Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods
The New York Times
The Food Innovation Center, a multidisciplinary partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is one of several similar extension programs at universities like Rutgers and Louisiana State.

In this week’s issue:

O&E Faculty & Staff Directory moves to Find Us

To reduce redundant efforts and increase efficient use of time and resources, O&E/Extension Administration will no longer produce the hard-copy O&E Faculty & Staff Directory and will move to fully utilizing the online “Find Us” on our website for faculty/staff and office contact information.  This change is effective immediately.

For now, please continue to contact Victor.Villegas@oregonstate.edu with necessary updates to faculty/staff information for “Find Us.” Contact EESC with corrections to office locations or contact information for “Find Us.”

OSU Drones in Education Workshop for Educators

OSU is holding their second “Drones in Education Workshop for Educators” at the Corvallis campus, July 10-12. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to use drones for education. Please pass this information to any educator you think may be interested.
Topics the workshop will cover:
  • Overview of drone technology, applications and industry
  • Drone platform options for STEM education
  • Drone flight training and safety
  • Aerial photography/videography for media production and journalism classes
  • Data acquisition and processing options for drones
  • Using drones to teach coding and programming skills
  • Curriculum development, pedagogy and learning project ideas
  • Ideas on how to obtain program funding and support
  • Insurance requirements and information
  • Current Oregon and FAA drone rules and regulations
  • FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot certification preparation
Drones in Education Workshop Registration page.
For more information, contact Victor Villegas: (541) 737-8255

Apply now for your Snapchat Geofilter

As you are planning your Summer Programs, this is a reminder to submit a request for a Snapchat Geofilter to support the marketing of your local/county/state events.

Our goal is to have a co-branded Geofilter (OSU Extension & 4-H) at every County Fair this year. Please coordinate with your office colleagues to submit one (1) County Fair Geofilter request by Thursday, June 14.

Please note you do not need to be a Snapchat user or have a Snapchat account to offer a Geofilter at your events. To request a Geofilter, simply complete the web form.  Our Innovation Team will take it from there!  We will create the Geofilter, submit it to Snapchat and provide you with the analytics.

Communication Channels Reminders

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

  • Online formto submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspacefor informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Web Update

The “Search” feature is the main way to navigate OSU Extension’s new website full of content, so it is no surprise the Search page was the top visited page over this past weekend. Twice as many people visited the Extension website, according to pre- and post-launch analytics, and are staying twice as long to view more than one page. Read this week’s website project blog to learn the top terms and pages people have searched for since launch. Also find the links to recent and upcoming website webinar trainings.

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

Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon: Drop in anytime between 2 and 7pm and learn about the history of, and the importance of our native plants to, the Tribes of our region! Presenter Greg Archuleta and other members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will share their knowledge and demonstrate some hands-on techniques for cordage making, basic basketry, wood carving and dyeing using locally-sourced plant materials. For more information visit the event page.

Puerto Rico Service Learning Trip Presentation: Reflection and Information Session: OSU students who traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break will give a presentation about their collaborative projects with Puerto Rico’s land grant university, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. Attendees will also hear about individual experiences during an open poster presentation. The session is on June 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union.

Identity, Power, and Privilege/ Identidad, Poder y Privilegio: This is a participatory workshop intended to help guide participant’s in understanding and addressing difficult issues surrounding identity, power, and privilege. June 13 from 5:30 pm t0 8:30pm, for more information visit the event page. / Este es un taller participativo que pretende ayudar a los participantes a comprender mejor y abordar cuestiones difíciles relacionadas con la identidad, el poder y el privilegio. Junio 13 de las 5:30 pm a 8:30 pm, para mas informacion.

Environmental Health Summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:50 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage.

In the News

Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing
The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

Helping families dealing with ALS
The ALS Association came together about 12 years ago, and has many, many research studies in progress. Dr. Joseph Beckman with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University is one of the major researchers of ALS, and he’s making a difference in Oregon. He is in the process of getting FDA approval, and he is in live trials in Australia right now.

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

‘These statistics are real’
Ontario Argus Observer
“These statistics are real,” said Barbara Brody, assistant professor, Oregon State University Extension, and co-facilitator for the poverty simulation, as she explained the different scenarios participants would be playing out in groups of designated “families.”

Farmer survey informs education
Dalles Chronicle
During the summer of 2017, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension teamed up with Washington State University (WSU) Extension and Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) to survey producers in the Central Gorge and ask about educational and infrastructure needs.

In this week’s issue:

Benny ad templates in OSU Box

Benny fair ad templates are available in OSU Box! It is easy to modify the information in the ad templates by right clicking to edit text. If you need help, contact Ann Marie Murphy.

  • Go to Extension Intranet.
  • Under Popular Links, click on OSU Box (the first bullet).
  • Log into Box then look for the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder.
  • Three sizes of Benny fair ads are available in the “Templates” then “Benny at Fairs Advertising” subfolders.
  • Save as PDF to send to advertising program vendor.

Quarterly Conversation

The May Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversations included a leadership update, 4-H Youth Development update, and Innovation in Extension – Inspiration from Design One Adobe Kickbox (information links for this presentation can be found in the May 22 ConnEXTion).

 

New Letterhead and Event Announcement Templates

University Marketing now supports having Extension county companion logos on letterhead (in place of the OSU logo)! Your county’s letterhead has been updated in OSU Box to reflect this change. Use of the Extension county companion logos makes a stronger connection between OSU Extension Service and Oregon State University, as well as more strongly reinforcing Extension’s connection to the counties we serve.

Also added to your county’s Box folder is an event announcement template customized for your county. Use this template when sharing event announcements with local media.

Follow these steps to find the letterhead and event announcement templates for your county:

  • Visit the Extension Employee Intranet website.
  • Click on OSU Box (logos, letterhead, templates, and more) under Popular Links and sign into Box.
  • Find and open your county’s folder. There are subfolders for letterhead and the event announcement.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension Web Update

Sometime this week—barring any major issues to delay it—we will turn on the switch and you will notice a difference at http://extension.oregonstate.edu. The new web presence is just the beginning of a more engaging digital strategy. Together we will work to continue to refine and enhance the website and related strategies and systems. Our new website shines a spotlight on the amazing work that OSU Extension does in helping Oregonians–and Oregon–thrive. In the web upgrade blog this week, we highlight new features of the website and what comes after launch.

Communication Channels Reminders

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

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

Flint, Michigan & Racial Capitalism: Dr. Pulido is a professor of Geography and Head of Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. She is a race scholar in geography and critical ethnic studies whose commitment to anti-racist practice is central to her work. Through her research, she explores “the racial processes that shape place and how place informs race.” For more information visit the event page.

Creating Anti-Racist Communities: The College of Engineering and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women present: Creating Anti-Racist Communities. In today’s society what does it take to create a just community? How can we break through the deeply ingrained layers of structural racism to create an equal America? On May 30 at 6 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, Tricia Rose, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author and the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives, and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, attempts to tackle this in our political landscape. For information or accommodations, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Transforming the Curriculum: A Conversation with the 2017-18 DPD Cohort: Join this year’s DPD Academy cohort for a discussion of their curriculum transformation projects. Thursday, May 31, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program, visit the DPD website.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon: Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington D.C., asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

For Latinos a program for college readiness
Ensuring students are prepared for college can be daunting for parents. The Juntos program’s six-week college readiness workshop — taught entirely in Spanish — aims to provide Latino families with the right information to support that process. Ryan Stanley, the coast coordinator for Juntos, offered through Oregon State University, said the biggest benefit is showing students and families “what’s possible, especially living in a smaller community.”

Encouraging unity, celebrating diversity
“Diversity” is a term that covers a broad range of topics including race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status and other components of a person’s identity. ASWOU aimed to educate the Western community on these topics during Diversity Week.

Oregon school district includes all students with disabilities in regular classes
The daily progress report waiting inside broke down her son’s day. How many times did he go to the bathroom? What did he eat for lunch? What activities did he accomplish? How did he interact with the other kids in school? It was only a matter of time, she worried, that she’d find a note from the teacher saying Nate’s unexpected outbursts disrupted the rest of the kids in the third-grade class. It’s why Paskins didn’t want the Oregon school district to place her non-verbal son, who has Down syndrome and autism, in a typical classroom with students who don’t have disabilities.

What are Oregon’s fastest-growing cities? New Census data has plenty of surprises
Portland has added more than 60,000 residents since 2010, but on a percentage basis, it’s far from the fastest-growing city in Oregon. The U.S. Census Bureau last week released new local population estimates. Here’s how each Oregon city with a population of 10,000 or more stacks up in growth.

What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert
Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.

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

Madison Elementary wins School Wellness Award
Coos Bay World
Madison won the award again for its partnership with the Oregon State University extension office in Coquille and its nutritional focus, as well as the outdoor garden and fulltime physical education teacher.

OSU hires new Willamette Valley extension faculty
Capital Press
Will Jessie is one of two new field crops extension faculty hired recently by Oregon State University’ College of Agricultural Sciences. He is covering Linn, Benton and southern Polk counties in the Willamette Valley. Christy Tanner, who also has watershed management duties for OSU Extension, will be covering field crops in Malheur County when she starts June 25.

Cherry fruit fly emerges in area
The Dalles Chronicle
The first capture of the western cherry fruit fly occurred at the Oregon State University (OSU) Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) station in Hood River May 20, one day later than the OSU model predicted, according to Ashley Thompson, Assistant Professor of Horticulture at OSU.

In this week’s issue:

Regional redesign updates

Here is a summary of recent updates in our regional redesign process, as shared at the May 18 Quarterly Conversation. This information is also available on our redesign resource page.

  • West Central: Richard Riggs will serve as regional director, effective May 25.
  • East: Regional director search is still in process.
  • Metro: Regional director search in process. The position posting closes June 18. Search chair is Dave Stone.
  • Extension roles task force:
    • We are forming a short-term task force to examine current roles, review input provided to date, and develop recommendations.
    • The purpose of the task force is to clarify and assess the specific roles and responsibilities needed for essential positions of the OSU Extension Service across our statewide organization—regional director, local leader, office manager, faculty, staff, etc.
    • We will list task force members, updates on their work, and additional opportunities for input on the resource page and in ConnEXTions.

Extension Web Update

We have some exciting news. The first phase of our project to update the OSU Extension family of websites is close to realization! We are planning to launch the site the week of May 29, and “go live” by Thursday next week. What may seem like “flipping a switch” to make the new site public is actually a sequence of behind-the-scenes steps and collaboration with OSU’s central web services team. If we run into any unforeseen delays or issues, we’ll post updates on the project website and email affected groups as needed. In the lead up to the launch, there are still aspects in progress. Learn more in this week’s post on the project website and see a preview of the new website. If you have questions at any time, please contact the project team.

Innovation in OSU Extension: Continue the momentum and get involved

At the May 18 Quarterly Conversation, a team of OSU Extension colleagues who attended the eXtension Designathon One event shared inspiration and examples of both an innovation process tool (Adobe Kickbox) and an innovative idea sparked from discussion at the event (Virtual Forest Ranger).

They also issued calls to action for anyone who would like to share ideas for helping address hurdles to innovation in our organization:

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

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

Creating Anti-Racist Communities: The College of Engineering and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women present: “Creating Anti-Racist Communities.” In today’s society what does it take to create a just community? How can we break through the deeply ingrained layers of structural racism to create an equal America? On May 30 at 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Tricia Rose, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author and the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, attempts to tackle this in our political landscape. For information or accommodations contact, University Events 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Our Story. Our Voice. Our Culture: Oregonians from Bhutanese, Micronesian, and African communities will introduce their cultures and share stories in an evening of fun and learning. Women will tell birth stories, offering a glimpse of experiences that carry vital lessons to be learned by health professionals and the broader Portland community. For more information visit the event page.

Tualatin: Online Community Engagement – Strategies for Success: Join Engaging Local Government Leaders members from Bang the Table for this interactive roundtable utilizing case studies to help you successfully integrate online tools into your community engagement strategy so you can create an accessible and inclusive space. For more information, visit the even page.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon: In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington D.C., asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities. The event will take place June 8, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Coos History Museum & Maritime Collections in Coos Bay. For more information check out the event page.

In the News

Parents Are Divided Over a Book in a Popular Student Reading Program in Oregon
The book “George,” a debut novel for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, has set off a storm within a popular student reading competition in Oregon. Written by Alex Gino, the book is the story of George, a 10-year-old transgender girl struggling for acceptance among her friends and family while standing up to school bullies. George, who has secretly renamed herself Melissa, longs to play Charlotte in the fourth-grade production of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Student group plans veteran suicide awareness march (Gazette-Times)
The Student Veterans Association of Oregon State University and local community members are planning a 22-kilometer march Saturday to raise awareness of veteran suicide rates.

As Oregon Grows, So Does Its Demand For Ethnic Grocery Stores 
Grocery stores can provide some hints into who lives — and doesn’t live — in a neighborhood. As Oregon gets more diverse, the demand for ethnic grocery stores grows.

Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraceptive services, study finds 
Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found. (see also Psych Central)

OSU resource center helps students in need
Johannah Hamilton, 26, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She picked up a degree from the University of Kentucky in agricultural economics with minors in business and Spanish and added a master’s in agricultural economics from Auburn in Alabama. Then she was recruited to enter a four-year doctoral program in public policy at Oregon State University.

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

Is homegrown food safer? Only if gardeners take precautions
The Washington Post (via AP)
“The odds are better there won’t be any contamination from the things we grow ourselves, but no fresh foods are safe,” said Jeanne Brandt, a family and community health specialist with Oregon State University Extension. “Gardening and cooking are a food safety continuum. Safety must be considered with every step in the process, from pre-planting to placing meals on the table.”

Analyze Agriculture
Baker City Herald
The animals are medium-framed and usually have a good disposition, Leticia Henderson, Oregon State University Extension livestock and natural resources agent told her first group of students Tuesday morning as the second day of the two-day event got under way.

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

The website will launch the last week of May 2018, so counties and program content teams should coordinate how best to add any events happening June 1 or after.   Also see the latest blog for other ideas on adding and arranging content on the new website.
The EESC web team welcomes your questions! Contact them or drop in for office hours/open labs on Wednesdays 9am – 12pm and Fridays 2 pm – 5 pm.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Extension Professional Development Fund Applications

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

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

Strategic Planning Through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens: Join Sara Curiel and Alexis Millet for a conversation and explore the opportunities and challenges of applying diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practices into a strategic planning process. The session will take place the 17th of May from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, for information visit the registration page.

OSU’s 20th Annual Salmon Bake: Sponsored in part by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, join us for OSU’s 20th Annual Salmon Bake featuring special guest Lyla June to honor the salmon culture of the Pacific Northwest. May 18th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm, for more information, visit the event page.

OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow: Join the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws for OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow being held at McAlexander Fieldhouse! The event is free and open to the public, May 19th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for more information check out the event page.

Siletz Indian Fair: The Siletz Tribal & Heritage Board invites the public to join and learn about the culture and traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians from Tribal members and Tribal families. May 18th and 19th, for more information visit the event page.

Universal Health Care conference: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Center for Global Health and the Chiu Program for Taiwan Study are presenting “Universal Health Care, Equity and Governance: Taiwan in International Perspective” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 24 and 25 in the Agriculture Production Room at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. Register today

In the News

That photo of a professor holding a student’s baby while he taught? It’s not the first time he’s done that

By now, you’ve seen the photo on your social feed: A student, in a childcare bind, brings her baby to class. The physics professor holds the infant while he teaches.

OSU focuses on mental health in May

To help mark Mental Health Month in May, Oregon State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services, along with key university partners, has developed a variety of programming on mental health topics.

Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraceptive services, study finds (Lund Report)

Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found. (see also Psych Central)

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

Farmers look for damage from hail storm
Capital Press
Stuart Reitz, an Oregon State University Extension agent based in Ontario, said in a May 6 post on the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network that the National Weather Service reported the storm went from Nyssa, Ore., to the Fruitland and Payette areas in Idaho.

OSU agronomist bullish on potential of biochar
Capital Press
Stephen Machado, a professor and agronomist for Oregon State University Extension Service, wants to expand his biochar trials and is working with a new nonprofit dedicated to building a market for the carbon-rich material.

Citizens learn to be safe from wildfire
Curry Coastal Pilot
Local professionals taught residents how to protect their homes from the next wildfire at a Citizen Fire Academy April 28 at the Event Center on the Beach. Oregon State University Extension Service hosted the seminar.

Program promotes healthier food options, hopes to combat childhood obesity
KTVL
Five different booths set up at the school that included: a certified dietitian, a farmer, the Oregon Agriculture Department, Food Hero from Oregon State University, and The Dairy Princess.

In this week’s issue:

Recording available: East regional director presentation

The recording of candidate Natalie Kinion’s presentation is available. Please return feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2018.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
    • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Extension Web Update

County teams can now begin adding announcements, events, sub-pages, and social media links to the website! View our Friday county webinar for the details and also refer to the managing county content guide for specifics on entering content. The OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project blog this week also shares a few reminders for entering content, highlights from the website, also an example of a well-formatted article.

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

Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar: This event is FREE and open to the public! Join the Muslim Student Association at OSU during a Ramadan Iftar dinner to learn more about the historic legacy of Malcolm X and his messages of solidarity and social justice. Executive Director of the Council of Islamic American Relations in Michigan, Dawud Walid, will discuss Islam, social justice, the legacy of Malcolm X, and the importance of Black Muslim voices in our communities. For more information visit the event page here.

SJEI workshops: Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs. Additional spring term Tier One dates and new Tier Two workshops are now open for registration at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46 Join your colleagues and peers to begin, or continue your social justice journey in this well-reviewed program. Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

 In the News

Juntos program reaches to community (Daily Astorian)

Ryan Stanley, the coast coordinator for Juntos, offered through Oregon State University, said the biggest benefit is showing students and families “what’s possible, especially living in a smaller community.”

Where college students can find emergency money and housing

The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

County wrestles with ADUs

Nicole Hindes, who works with low-income students at Oregon State University, said a survey showed that a significant number are in desperate need of affordable housing.

America is more diverse thanever — but still segregated

The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044. But census data show most of our neighbors are the same race.

What are you reading?

Book: Lincoln in the Bardo (2017) by George Saunders. This story of Abraham Lincoln’s loss of a child (and his process of letting go) is unlike anything I have ever read – I understand now that death, like life, is beautiful, painful, confusing, and transformative….favorite book this year! Anne Hoisington

Book: Homing Instincts  (2018) by Dionisia Morales. Our OSU Extension colleague Dio Morales shows her talent for weaving stories in this collection of essays, exploring the concept of “home,” that follows her and her family as they migrate to Oregon. Fellow Extension professionals will appreciate the sciences Dio cleverly covers: lots of geography, some geology, hydrology, apiculture, agriculture, family & community health (both here and in her native New York City), and even a little forestry (as she paints the picture of her husband’s hometown at the edge of the Black Forest). An easy, fun, touching, and thought-provoking read.  Karen Zimmermann

Extension in the news

Oregon-cherries-withstand-february-freeze
Capital Press
Ashley Thompson joined Oregon State University as the Mid-Columbia Extension horticulturist on April 30, serving Wasco and Hood River counties.

Keep Cats Out of Your Garden
KATU
Brooke Edmunds, PhD, OSU Extension Service Community Horticulturist, joined us to share some ways to keep curious cats from invading your outdoor spaces.

Oregon Diet
AgInfo.net
OSU project directors Siew Sun Wong, an assistant professor of nutrition and a specialist with the Extension Service, and Melinda Manore, a professor of nutrition, were awarded $4.7 million to start the program awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.