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: November 16, 2018)

Land Grant Festival commemorates Oregon State’s 150th anniversary

The OSU150 Land Grant Festival, from Oct. 1 to 17 at Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, features nearly two dozen free events including art exhibits, tours of wine, beer and cheese making facilities and a lecture about the future of energy.

Extension Web Update

Extension reaches people in many different ways and on many different topics, and this can feel complex when trying to present all of this on the website. In this week’s web upgrade blog post, we look at “Clarifying Programs, Projects, and Topics on the Websiteto provide guidance on the existing ways content is organized and explain the new addition of a “project” content type.

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

Pride Connect: Join the Pride Center during Welcome Week 2018 for a social event for all LGBTQIA+ members of the OSU and Corvallis community. September 19 from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm in Corvallis, for more info check the event page. 

Autumn Moon Festival: Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival, one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, at Lan Su Chinese Garden with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. For more information visit the event page.

8th Annual Warm Springs Tribal Celebration: On Saturday, September 22nd, the Warm Springs Tribes will celebrate the history of their ancestors during the eighth annual Warm Springs Tribal Celebration at Mt. Hood Skibowl. For more information visit the event page.

3 Doors: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? John Matsui, Ph.D., assistant dean, Biological Sciences, director and co-founder, Biology Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley, will share his insights and recommendations.  September 28 in Porland from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, for more information visit the event page.

2ND Annual My Hair, My Health PDX!: My Hair My Health PDX! is an award winning, one-day community celebration designed for African-American women. This event will speak to your mind, body, and soul! Come and experience workshops, dancing, vendors, food tasting, and other resources that encourage healthy hair, eating, and active living! October 6 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

Rice Krispies Make Love More Accessible With Braille Snack Notes

For many parents, putting a note in their kids’ lunch is a way to connect with them, share a joke, inspire them to do well, or just to let the little ones know they’re loved. But what about the over 63,000 school-aged visually impaired kids that can’t read a note in their lunch box?

Lesbian Oral History Project to become part of UO collections

The history of Eugene’s lesbian community from the 1960s through the 1990s will be kept alive through video interviews and archival documents of more than 140 women taking part in the UO’s Lesbian Oral History project.

Combatting social isolation

No one should ever feel isolated. This belief motivates Jonathan Garcia, PhD, to combat social isolation among Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth living in the U.S.

The impact of IMPACT

Oregon State alumni share many of the same experiences, and for thousands of them, a defining experience is IMPACT.

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

Women of the Woodlands
The Corvallis Advocate
“The goal is for women to come together and learn not only from whatever educational opportunity we’re offering at that time, but also to network and engage with one another and to share experiences between each other,” says Tiffany Hopkins, the coordinator for both WOWNet and the Master Woodland Manager Program for Oregon State University’s College of Forestry’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program. “

Mallory-Smith reflects on past, sees a future of challenges
Capital Press
In a sweeping discourse at the OSU Extension Seed Crop and Cereal Production Meeting in Salem, Ore., Sept. 12, Carol Mallory-Smith reflected on her career and addressed what growers might expect in the future.

Grand Ronde Food Bank hosts resiliency event
Smoke Signals
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Grand Ronde Food Bank– iskam mfkHmfk haws– joined in as one of several live-stream sites for the “Communities, Food, Resilience” event, sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

 

In this week’s issue:

Angela Sandino is the new Extension Metro Regional Director

Angela Sandino is the new Metro Regional Director.  She will begin her new duties on September 17, 2018.  Mike Bondi and Wiley Thompson will continue to assist with the transition of leadership in the region.

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: November 16, 2018)

Oregon State to host robotics and artificial intelligence symposium

Oregon State University will culminate the 15-month celebration of its 150th anniversary with a day long symposium on how artificial intelligence and robotics may change society, jobs and the economy.

The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” takes place on Oct. 23 at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Registration is open for the free, daylong symposium, which will attract industry, higher education faculty and leaders, policy makers and is open to the public.

Extension Web Update

In the planning of the website upgrade project, there were certain criteria that guided this bold change. For this week’s blog post, we are Remembering What Guided us to this Point and how the advice from back then can help us to stay focused on the strategy moving forward.

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

Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People and Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a need to cultivate sensitivity and connect with other resource providers to develop flexible and adaptive approaches that support both unhoused people and natural areas. Join this conversation at a workshop on Oct. 10 at the CH2M Hill Alumni. Cost: $10 (scholarships available by request). Contact Elsa.Curtis@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now: bit.ly/unhoused2018

Fall Term SJEI Workshop: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs has a full schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, both open now 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

We the People? Belonging & the US Constitution: What does the Constitution have to say about citizenship, immigration, and questions of inclusion and exclusion? How have those concepts and their interpretations changed over time? September 17 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Aging our Way: 2018 Gay and Grey Expo: The country’s largest gathering for LGBT older adults and allies, registration is required. September 22 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

25th Polish Festival: The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts. September 22-23 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Faculty and Staff: Share your SNAP Story

Beavers know how to work hard – how to get out there and dig in to accomplish big things. But a growling stomach is distracting and bound to slow down even the best students.

Low-Income Students Get Penalized For Having To Work Their Way Through College

When Seth Frotman, the U.S. official who investigated predatory student loan lending practices at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, quit last week, his resignation letter, became hot reading.

Decolonizing the classroom: Is there space for Indigenous knowledge in academia?

“Education is what got us into this mess … but education is the key to reconciliation,” said Senator Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes

Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.

Where are blacks, women? Living history museums rethink past

A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience.

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

This year, caterpillars in tents intense
St. Helens Chronicle
“They don’t look attractive, but they are harmless,” said Chip Bubl of the Oregon State University Extension Office in St. Helens. “They are one of two varieties we see in this area. The other is the western tree caterpillar, which is usually active in the spring, between June and April and also builds a tent.”

Large number of dying conifers attributed to drought, heat
KGW
Glenn Ahrens is a Forester with Oregon State University Extension. He’s been studying trees for more than three decades.

Getting started a tall order for beginning farmers
Capital Press
“Farming is not a “1, 2, 3, here is what you need to know,” said Amy Garrett, also of OSU Extension Small Farms.

Using drones for wildfire suppression
USDA radio network
Victor Villegas explains how drones are helping with the wildfire fight.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is November 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: November 16, 2018)

Extension Web Update

Starting in September the EESC web team will be ending the Friday office hours due to low use, but will continue to have the Web Support service desk available to answer questions. Individualized meetings and trainings will also be happening this fall. Stay tuned for details.

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.

Readings

Gender and Racial Disparities in a Youth Urban Agriculture Workshop Urban youth participation in agricultural activities has been linked to positive educational outcomes. This article explores the gender and racial differences in perceived knowledge gain and intended behavior change among youths participating in a youth urban agriculture workshop in 2015.

Latinos Living Well—A Diabetes Education Program for Rural-Residing Latinos Diabetes is a health issue for many Latinos. Extension can help provide diabetes self-management education for rural-residing Latinos. In a pilot study, we evaluated the Extension-delivered diabetes program Latinos Living Well (LLW), as provided to 76 rural-residing Latino adults in a midwestern state.

RELAX to Relajarse: A Framework for Culturally Adapting Educational Programming in Extension Family life and Extension family and consumer science educators are encouraged to adapt existing curricula to effectively use with ethnically diverse audiences. Scholars have described different methods for culturally adapting programming; however, few have documented the process by which Extension educators may tackle this endeavor. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework and step-by-step example for how one Extension program was translated and culturally adapted for U.S. Latino participants. Lessons learned and recommendations are provided.

Strategies for 4-H Program Planning and Recruitment Relative to African American Male Youths

Extension educators often seek new strategies for engaging minority youths in 4-H programs, especially young Black males. These strategies require programming developed in response to the context of this population. We offer insights into the social context of Black males and offer suggestions that will help educators develop identity and integrative site-based programs for this population.

Events & Resources

Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People & Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a demonstrable need to cultivate sensitivity and connect with other resource providers to develop flexible and adaptive approaches that support both unhoused people and natural areas. Join this conversation at a workshop on Oct. 10 at the CH2M Hill Alumni. Cost: $10 (scholarships available by request). Contact Elsa.Curtis@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now: bit.ly/unhoused2018 

2018 Basic Rights Statewide Leadership Summit: As a hub for our statewide LGBTQ community, our 3rd annual summit is the place to be to build your personal skills, make connections, and join the movement for LGBTQ justice across Oregon. September 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Eugene, for more information visit the event page.

Latino Fest: The Latino Community Association (LCA) invites the community to the Latino Fest on September 15th, 2018 at Madras’s Sahalee Park from 10am-6pm. For more information visit the event page.

Aging our Way: 2018 Gay and Grey Expo: The country’s largest gathering for LGBT older adults and allies. September 22nd from 9:00am to 3:30pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page. 

In the News

Area high schools get glimpse of tribal ways

Dozens of area high school students got a peek at life from the view of local American Indian tribes in an effort to bridge cultural divides

Strong Women: OSU Extension program provides strength in numbers
Strong Women and its counterpart, Strong Bones, are programs of the Oregon State University Extension Office.

Ginew Releases a Stunning Lookbook Shot on the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Ginew’s story sounds like the beginning of a superhero tale. Married duo Erik Brodt and Amanda Bruegl spend their days helping sick patients—as a family medicine doctor and women’s oncology doctor, respectively. But on nights and weekends they design and run the country’s only Native-owned, premium denim collection.

Everyday Heroes: Salem teen spearheads effort to create homeless youth shelter
We meet Raul Marquez, who as a senior at McKay High School in Salem convinced the board of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to provide a grant for $100,000 to create a homeless youth shelter.

Daunting but dreamt-of: New Portland school aims to change the narrative for children of color

Butler has spent the past year in preparation for the revival of Harriet Tubman, the middle school that black Portlanders created in the 1980s through protests but the district closed in 2012 citing low enrollment.

What are you reading?

Book: Boys in the Boat (2013) by Daniel James Brown

Gives a gut wrenching journey through the brutal conditions people lived through during the Great Depression.  Very uplifting in the end.  An inspiration for all. Scott Duggan

Extension in the news

Sept. 1 is Chip Bubl Day, county proclaims
St. Helens Chronicle
Chip Bubl has served as Columbia County’s OSU extension agent for 40 years and is an OSU associate professor of horticulture; and whereas, during his tenure, Chip Bubl has contributed immensely to the education…

Fall Into the Fall Garden
The Source Weekly
“Some of the main factors that contribute to these difficulties include temperature, precipitation, soil types, elevation, USDA hardiness zones and microclimates,” wrote Amy Jo Detweiler, an associate professor in home and commercial horticulture at Oregon State University, in an article about gardening in Central Oregon.

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: November 16, 2018)

Peter Bloome Memorial Service

The memorial service for Peter Bloome will be Saturday, September 1 at 2:30 PM. The service will be at St. Mary’s Church, 501 NW 25th Street, Corvallis. The family wishes to express that anyone is welcome to attend but they don’t want anyone to feel obligated. They also want to say thanks for the many years of meaning and support that OSU extension has provided to their dad.

New statewide map now available

The new statewide map has been updated and is now ready to use. The updated map is available from the photo archive or the Bridges to Prosperity site.

Extension Web Update

With any big website transition, the amount of content to sort through is a big task, leaving people to ask “Who is going to enter all this content?” This week’s blog post for the Extension web upgrade project looks at who has taken on the responsibilities of entering content, and ways to reduce the effort through taking a closer look at the content being considered for inclusion.

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

Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People & Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a demonstrable need to cultivate sensitivity and connect with other resource providers to develop flexible and adaptive approaches that support both unhoused people and natural areas. Join this conversation at a workshop on Oct. 10 at the CH2M Hill Alumni. Cost: $10 (scholarships available by request). Contact Elsa.Curtis@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now: bit.ly/unhoused2018

Images and Voices of the Queer Diaspora: An exhibition about queer displacement what is it like to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming—and, in most cases, a person of color in the West. September, 2nd from 12:00 pm to  8:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

Everyday Leaders Recognizing Leadership Beyond Power and Authority

Lois Ruskai Melina will lead a conversation exploring questions such as, how are leadership, power, and authority different? What do every day acts of leadership look like? August, 30 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in La Grande, for more info visit the event page.

Serbian Fest 2018

12th Annual Serbian Festival on September 8th & 9th. This is a celebration of food, wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people. For more info visit the event page.

Multicultural Day at the Capitol

This is the first Multicultural Day at the Capitol that celebrates the contributions of all cultures to the state of Oregon. Learn more about the diversity within our state at this four-hour family-friendly event, complete with activities, exhibits, performances. September 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Salem, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Strengthening native roots with higher education

Accepting comfort was not enough of a challenge for Gustavo Ramos Nuñez, whose decision to enroll in the Spanish bachelor’s degree program online through Oregon State Ecampus arose from honoring his Peruvian roots and a desire for self-improvement.

National Park Service Awards $1.5 Million in Grants for Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites

The National Park Service today announced more than $1.5 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants. The money will fund preservation, restoration, and education projects related to the detainment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II.

Nature through a cultural lens

A class of roughly 50 Native American students gathered at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area last week for a day of hiking, outdoor exploration and learning.

Record $3.02 Million in Grants Awarded To 137 Oregon Cultural Organizations

As a testament to Oregonians’ steadfast and growing commitment to supporting culture, the Oregon Cultural Trust will award a record $3.02 million in grants to 137 cultural nonprofits in fiscal year 2019, a 3 percent increase over 2018 and the first time grants have exceeded $3 million. The increase is the direct result of another record year of fundraising and a 55 percent uptick in new donors.

Japanese musician recreates YInMn blue to help the children of Fukushima

It is fitting then that YInMn blue—the pigment discovered in 2009 by Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian—has become a part of new beginnings in northeastern Japan that was rocked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Theater’s other diversity problem: Me

Whether you call it diversity, inclusion, representation or equity, the quest to make more room for women and people of color has been the debate of the decade in the theater world.

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

Oregon agencies push for more prescribed burns
KTVZ
“The one-hour threshold does not align with national standards for air quality,” Nicole Strong of the Oregon State University Extension Service said. “It’s putting an undue burden and restriction on the amount of prescribed burning and forest restoration, wildfire mitigation that we can do in the area.”

Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America (Associated Press)
Urban and suburban communities have their own health needs, says Wiley Thompson, a regional director for Oregon State University Extension.

Lamb auction raises $23,200 for Echo girl with brain tumor
Hermiston Herald
After Maddy Thomas, an 11-year-old 4-H student from Echo, showed him at the Umatilla County Fair his sale brought in $23,200 — totaling about $162 per pound at an auction where lambs were averaging $7 per pound.

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: November 16, 2018)

Quarterly Conversation

The August Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download.  Topics of the conversation included a leadership update by Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley, including a re-introduction of the PACE team, and a presentation about Extension’s Rural Communities Explorer by Vince Adams.

In Memoriam

Charles M. Fischer, Extension Poultry Specialist Emeritus, passed away on Saturday August 11, 2018 at the age of 96.  Charlie Began at Oregon State in the mid 1950’s as Extension Marketing Specialist for Poultry and moved to the Department of Poultry Science in 1971 as Extension Poultry Specialist, retiring in 1985.  Charlie was instrumental in the establishment of the Oregon Fryer Commission and the Oregon Broiler Growers Association in the late 1950’s, and the development of the Oregon Broiler Growers BBQ salt which is still sold by the industry today.  In the early 1990’s the Oregon Fryer Commission established an endowed scholarship in Charlie’s name to support undergraduate students in Animal Science interested in poultry. Here is Charlie’s obituary.

Extension Web Update

Since the web launch, visitors have viewed more pages (increased 67%) compared to before the launch and new visitors are attracted by the educational content on the various topics. This week’s blog post looks at the top visited topics and also how to request changes to the topic menu. Returning visitors spend more time looking at ways to get involved with programs and county office events, so EESC is available to talk about how subpages can assist with what these visitors may be looking to find.

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

Hood River Latino Festival: Latin entertainment for the whole family. Food, music and a lot of local information. We will have a a special presentation from Mariachi Juvenil de Colotlan along with local artist. August 22nd in Hood River from 3:00 pm to 9:00pm, for more info visit event page.

Conversation Project: Everyday Leaders – Recognizing Leadership Beyond Power and Authority: The notion of “leadership” often conjures up individuals with titles reflecting positions of power and authority—those who control resources and make important decisions that affect large groups of people. Many of our ideas about leadership are also influenced by race, gender, age, and other identities. August 30th from 3:30 pm tp 4:30 pm in La Grande, for more info visit the event page.

The Arab Festival: Join the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon as they celebrate their Arab heritage with live music featuring Raid Alasmar and other musicians from the Arab world, dabka, a Souq (Bazaar), Middle Eastern cuisine, henna, games, dance, poetry, networking opportunities. September 1st from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Superintendents of color bring rich experience to schools
There are only a handful of school superintendents of color in Oregon and roughly half of them head school districts in East Multnomah County, one of the most diverse areas in the state.

Bilingual program becomes Oregon City district magnet school
What began as a small program embedded in a traditional school for the Jennings Lodge neighborhood will this year become a magnet program serving elementary-age students across the Oregon City School District.

Dove Spector and the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
Dove Spector is a senior research assistant with the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. Her role is to support tribal engagement and help Native American youth envision a future in advanced education and beyond.

Oregon ranks first for homeless youth

Oregon ranks first in the nation for the rate of homeless children and youth and 10th in the percentage of foster care placements, according to a new report by WalletHub.

Survey: People think Native Americans don’t exist/aren’t discriminated against
Where are Native Americans? For many Americans, tribes are relegated to history books. A recent survey found 40 percent of respondents didn’t think Native Americans still exist.

Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” facing graduates.

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

Oregon City Farmers Market offers tours, recipe demos
Clackamas Review
The Oregon State University Extension Service, Clackamas County and the Oregon City Farmers Market have solved that dilemma by teaming up to offer market tours and food demonstrations on the second Saturday of the month through October.

East Oregonian
Angie Treadwell of the Oregon State University extension program and SNAP-ed coordinator promotes healthy living, but she said life is all about balance.

In this week’s issue:

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

REGISTER NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! On September 5, join leaders, researchers, colleagues and community members as we kick off an important conversation about community food resilience and food equity at the Portland Art Museum, or at any one of the 13 livestream locations. The Communities, Food, Resilience event takes place 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. with a reception following at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Register today!

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)

Tiffany Gillis wins F & A All Star Award

Tiffany Gillis, our Finance and Accounting Manager in the University Administrative Business Center, was recently honored as the recipient of the Division of Finance and Administration’s All Star Award. This is the highest award across a large organization that includes Budget and Fiscal Planning, Business Affairs, Human Resources, OSU Shared Services (Business Centers), Public Safety, Risk Management, and University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations. As Scott Reed indicated in his letter supporting the nomination:
 
Tiffany is a valued colleague to Extension Service and Division administrators. I cannot imagine a more deserving nominee for this award. Tiffany Gillis represents the best qualities in an employee, and goes well beyond expectations. She does all of this with a smile and attitude that convinces those around her to excel.
 
Congratulations Tiffany! We are all very proud of you.

Extension Web Update

Have you ever received a call with someone asking “Where do I find ____ on the website?” Since the Extension website looks different than in the past, our volunteers, partners, and the public may need guidance to find where information they use is now located online. This week’s web upgrade blog post looks at how faculty and staff can give a quick tour as needed to help others to navigate the new Extension site.

Diversity Highlights

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

Special Announcements

What is the latest news on DACA? 

(1) DACA renewals continue to be accepted, (2) new DACA applications are not currently being accepted, and (3) in the near term, pending rulings could quickly change the landscape for DACA in either direction.

  • DC District Court. On August 3, Judge Bates ruled in the NAACP and Princeton cases that the entire DACA program must be restored and all qualified persons must be permitted to file new DACA applications and renewals.  Judge Bates stayed his order until August 23 to provide the government the opportunity to appeal and seek a stay. This means the order is not effective until August 23, at which time the government may be required to accept new DACA applications, in addition to DACA renewals, unless the government appeals the order.
  • Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit has not yet issued its decision in the five related DACA cases, Regents of University of California and four others, that the government appealed and for which oral arguments took place on May 15, 2018.  The preliminary injunction is still in place in these cases, requiring the government to process DACA renewal applications.
  • Second Circuit. The preliminary injunction requiring the government to process DACA renewal applications is also currently in place in the New York DACA cases. Batalla Vidal and New York v. Trump are on appeal. No hearing has yet been scheduled.
  • Southern District Court in Texas. Texas and six other states have sought to terminate the entire DACA program, and that case is currently before Judge Hanen in the Southern District Court in Texas.  A hearing on the government’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt DACA was scheduled for August 8. Hanen did not issue an immediate ruling Wednesday.

With the uncertainty surrounding DACA, we encourage you to please remind all undocumented students and employees with DACA of on-campus resources available them:

  • ASOSU Student Legal Services provides no-cost attorney consultations directly to any OSU student, regardless of immigration status and where the student is located. These attorneys are not OSU employees and have a direct attorney-client relationship and privilege/confidentiality with OSU students. Students may visit ASOSU Student Legal Services on the third floor of the Student Experience Center or call 541-737-4165 to make an appointment. If students have questions about their DACA status or renewal, please encourage them to make an appointment with ASOSU Student Legal Services as soon as possible.
  • The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) is available to provide advising and support to DACA and undocumented students. Students may contact Janet Nishihara  or Courtney Garcia  for more information.
  • Any employee with DACA may contact Jennifer Short  in Human Resources with questions related to employment, or the Office of Institutional Diversity (diversity@oregonstate.edu) with general questions.

Events & Resources

Conversations About Dementia: When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Our Dementia Conversations class is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. August 15th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Salem, for more information visit the event page.

2018 Corvallis Pride Pageant: Haus of Dharma invites you join them for the first annual Corvallis Pride Pageant! Hosted by Miss Dharma Prada MacPherson & Lucielle S. Balls. Three tittles will be awarded Miss Corvallis Pride 2018, Mr. Corvallis Pride 2018, and Mx. Corvallis Pride 2018! August 17th at 10:00 pm in Corvallis, for more information vist the event page.

JADE International Night Market 2018: Portland Community College Southeast Campus ainvites the public to enjoy authentic international cuisine, cultural performances, and celebrate the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland.  For more information check out the event page.

Fiesta en el Parque: Fiesta en el Parque is a free community-wide event celebrating Latino culture and diversity in the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. August 19th from 2:00 to 6:00pm in Beaverton, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

OSU changing building names to promote inclusivity 

After a two-year process, Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday that he has chosen new monikers for three university buildings whose previous namesakes have ties to historical racist positions or beliefs. (see also KEZI, Register-GuardKXL)

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

Oregon’s Outdoor School
KUMA
Chris Elliott, OSU Extension Office in Corvallis and Mark Mulvihill, Intermountain ESD Superintendent discuss Outdoor School with host Butch Thurman.
Topics include how Outdoor School is funded, Measure 99, adding State funded staffing to the mix, impact of the program and best practices for student success.

Yellowjackets ruining your picnic? Here’s what the buzz is all about
KATU
Western Oregon residents are seeing more yellowjackets than usual in their yards and gardens this year, according to Gail Langellotto, an Oregon Sate University Extension entomologist.

Pesticide ruling impacts local ag producers
Ontario Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension Agent Stuart Reitz confirmed in an email that chlorpyrifos is commonly used in the area and one of the products it appears in is Lorsban.

In this week’s issue:

Annual Conference: Send us your Proposals!

Extension Annual Conference: Proposals and Session Information Due August 27
It’s time to submit your proposals for Extension Annual Conference (December 3-6, 2018). The website has been updated with proposal information.

Elevate Extension Keynote Talks – NEW! We’re going to hear amazing stories and ideas from our own ranks this year. We are looking for 5-8 people to present seven minute talks. The topic and content must involve one or more of these themes and be of interest to a broad Extension audience:
• Innovation in Extension Programs (either through new efforts or by making programs/processes better, more efficient, or wider-reaching)
• Working together to solve “wicked” problems
• Building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• An inspirational case study about the transformative power of Extension

Additionally, we would be interested in seeing proposals on the following specific ideas: civil discourse, public health and well being, OSU strategic initiatives, convening communities, extension leadership to build community, the future of Extension services, societal trends, and storytelling.
Apply for keynote talks here!

Peer Reviewed Workshops and Posters – This worked so well last year, we’re doing it again! OSUEA will review the proposals. The Request for Proposals includes descriptions of each type of presentation:
Workshops: Teach a new skill or share a program
Summits: Convene a session to bring out new ideas and best practices (see World Café for a suggested format)
Refereed Posters: Share your display about a new program or research findings
Poster to Share With Peers: Show off your favorite educational or promotional display
– Apply for workshops and posters here!

For everything else that needs to be scheduled – Planning a meeting? Admin sponsored session? HR training? Applications are subject to approval and schedule constraints. Use the Invited Application.

COARC name change

The name of the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) in Madras has been updated to the Central Oregon Agriculture Research and Extension Center (COAREC), effective immediately.

This change reflects the strong Extension work that faculty and staff assigned to the Madras location are involved in. The name change was approved through Oregon State’s unit name change process and has the support of local stakeholders.

Carol Tollefson continues her role as director and all faculty and staff assignments and work locations will remain the same.

Over the coming weeks, Carol will facilitate the logistical aspects of this name change, including updating signage, logos, and other materials as needed.

In Memoriam

Wayne D. Mosher, long time Extension specialist from Douglas County has passed away. He specialized in forage management and animal nutrition. During his career he traveled the world sharing his expertise and retired from OSU as a Professor Emeritus. He co-authored several papers, worked on many research projects, and started the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

To honor his wishes there will not be a service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight of Oregon: honorflightoforegon.org, Providence Benedictine Hospice of Mt Angel or the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

Extension Web Update

Websites work because the people behind it are focused on better ways to making it function. This doesn’t only include technical pieces, but also the people who make the content happen. In this week’s web upgrade blog post How to Guide your Content Team Forward, EESC links to a new instructional guide and shares advice from content teams that have completed entering their priority content into the new Extension 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.

Events & Resources

2nd Annual Pan African Festival: The festival will host live music, dance, food and entertainment. Along with talks and discussion around health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and relevant other opportunities for people to get involved and take action to solve problems in their community. August 11th in Portland form 12:00pm to 8:30pm, for more info visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians: Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? September 6th 12:00 pm, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Camp at OSU combines mariachi music and science 

This week, 30 eighth- through 12th-grade students from Portland, Hillsboro and Forest Grove are participating in the third annual Mariachi STEAM Camp at Oregon State University. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.)

Naming project aims to remind visitors that Marys Peak is still sacred to tribes 

Settlers and their descendants have historically ignored — even disrespected — these sacred spaces, said Oregon State University professor Natchee Barnd. He hopes the project inspires visitors to go beyond understanding the past — to ask what else can be done in the future.

Diversifying Lake Oswego School District’s staff ‘a matter of urgency’

Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion continues to be a primary focus as the Lake Oswego School District approaches a new school year.

PSU offers Oregon’s first major in Indigenous Nations Studies

Portland State University is offering the state’s first major in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies.

What are you reading?

Book: The Blood of Emmett Till (2017) by Timothy Tyson

Emmett Till was a 14 year old African-American youth from Chicago. In the summer of 1955 he went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. There is a strong connection between African-American families from this part of Mississippi and the South side of Chicago. The industrialization of the north (creating a pull) and Jim Crow Law (creating a push) influenced migration from Mississippi to Chicago after the Civil War. While visiting that summer, Emmett was accused of flirting with a white store clerk named Carolyn Bryant. Later that night he was pulled from his bed in the by two white men, the clerk’s husband and brother. Emmett was brutally murdered and dumped in the Tallahatchie River. His mother requested his body be brought back to Chicago for an open-casket funeral. The funeral was attended by thousands, was well-covered in the media, and sparked a new energy in the civil rights movement for a young generation of African Americans. Spoiler alert – both white men were acquitted.

Best quote in the book “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him” – Carolyn Bryant.

August 28th marks 63 years since is brutal murder. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the news

More farms, ranches embracing agritourism
Capital Press
Mary Stewart, an agritourism specialist for the Oregon State University Extension, along with other experts, is trying to get USDA to adopt a wider view of agritourism.

In this week’s issue:

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.

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 Web Update

The EESC web team made new improvements throughout June and July to the new website to make sharing content, finding faculty and staff, and seeing the latest content easier. The web groups who are entering content also have new tools to track revisions, limit photo access, check duplicates, and sort content. Read about these and what is coming next in this week’s web upgrade project blog post.

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

Early Learning Hub Equity Training: The Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln counties is hosting their second annual conference focused on service and education equity. August 3 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Albany, for more information visit the event page.

Portland Iranian Festival (19th Annual): Join the Andisheh Center in celebrating the 19th Annual Iranian Festival on Saturday, August 4 from 11am-4pm, in the South Park Blocks-PSU. The Festival’s theme this year is to honor the amazing women and artists that have contributed so much to our rich cultural heritage. For more information, visit the event page.

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana: Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for delicious food, amazing entertainment, a carnival, Fiesta Court coronation, an endlessly entertaining parade, car show, and soccer tournament at the 55th annual Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana. August 4-5 in Woodburn. For more information, visit the event page.

Respond to Racism in Lake Oswego: Neighbors gather to discuss and respond to racism in Lake Oswego. Please come prepared to listen compassionately and with an open mind to your neighbors’ experiences. Sharing is optional but encouraged. August 6 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Lake Oswego, for more information visit the event page.

Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and Oregon: When Euro-Americans planted their flags and religious symbols in “newly discovered” lands, they were undertaking well-recognized legal procedures and rituals of Discovery to demonstrate their country’s legal claim over the lands and peoples. Professor Miller will explain the doctrine and how it became American Manifest Destiny and led to the United States acquiring the Oregon Country. August 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 in Coos Bay. For more information, visit the event page.

Diversity & Inclusion 101 for Extension Personnel: Recordings of this webinar series are now available on the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals website: https://naepsdp.org/Webinar-Archive

In the News

Isabella Ash: Diversity discussion spurs effort to continue conversation after camp

Our diversity discussion at Oregon State University’s campus library was two hours of conversation between students and mentors about personal opinions and experiences with diversity. I felt empowered while surrounded by peers who not only share the same passions and views as me but also the same struggles and hardships.

Multilingual learners doing better in US schools than previously thought 

Co-written by Karen Thompson, assistant professor in the College of Education at Oregon State University.

New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

Catalina Celentano used to hold training sessions for hospital workers in Lynn, Mass., to familiarize them with the cultures of patients from Cambodia, Russia and the Dominican Republic. When she moved to New Hampshire, she suddenly found herself in an ethnic vacuum.

Beyond Stonewall: A Comprehensive List Of Documentaries That Explore LGBTQ History

Queer cinema is inherently political by its very nature, defying the heteronormative status quo by virtue of its very existence. However, LGBTQ documentaries are arguably even more potent than their fictional counterparts, shining a much-needed light on the history of the queer community.

Palestinian embroidery is Oregon artist’s link to the past

Some 6,800 miles from Palestine, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim is keeping the culture of her homeland alive – in thread.  She’s taught Palestinian hand-embroidery to her three daughters and to people across the U.S. Now, she’s being honored for her lifetime of work.

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

OSU Class teaches locals about healthy cooking
East Oregonian
Angie Treadwell wants to talk produce. Though the classes target women and children, Treadwell said they encourage the whole family to join in.

Clackamas County 4-H Club featured in Portland-based movie
Pamplin Media Group
Clackamas County 4-H members are enjoying a bit of celebrity status after the recent release of the Portland-based movie “Leave No Trace.”

Be a Food Hero
Camp Business
Food Hero was launched by the OSU Extension Service to encourage healthy eating among low-income Oregonians, in part by promoting home cooking as well as increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

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)

New O & E leadership team members

Beginning July 1, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team welcomes two additional members, Jim Johnson, Extension Forestry Program Leader, and Wiley Thompson, Regional Director Coast Region. Each are serving a rotating term as representative of their group on the executive team through June 30, 2019.

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

Register early for the Communities, Food, Resilience, 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 OSU150 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 August 9. Visit the event website for more details and view the event flyer here.

In Memoriam

It is with sadness we share that Jackson Weaver Ross, Jr., passed away on June 24, 2018. Jack worked in a series of positions with the Extension Service: Farm Crops Specialist, Area Supervisor, Community Development Specialist and finally Assistant Director, County Programs. In 1959, he received a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship and earned an MA in Extension Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He returned to work at Oregon State, and after a successful career retired in August 1975 at age 55.  At his request, only private services will be held. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Corvallis Boys and Girls Club for the Jackson Ross Memorial bench and planter, 1112 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330 (www.bgccorvallis.org) or the Vina Moses Center.  https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/obituaries/jackson-weaver-ross-jr/article_35d2c267-290b-53ec-881a-e6d32e6cb1ff.html

Extension Web Update

Not everyone in Extension is involved behind-the-scenes in adding to the website, but many do author or use the content. Whether it is requesting missing content, evaluating what to migrate, or avoiding duplicating content others have entered, the latest website upgrade blog post reminds us about reasons you may need to talk with each other. Also, where you can look to find out who you should be speaking to in the first place.

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.

Readings:

Reimagining publics and (non)participation: Exploring exclusion from science communication through the experiences of low-income, minority ethnic groups. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0963662517750072

Events & Resources

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Facilitator Surabhi Majahan will lead a conversation to explore cultural appropriation beyond who’s “allowed” to wear certain clothing or cook particular foods. July 25th from 6:30pm t0 7:30pm in Portland. For more information.

NEOEDD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable-Wallowa County: NEOEDD is hosting two different events to explore DEI topics. NEOEDD continues its round table discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next round table will be held Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Place in Joseph, and be moderated by Anita Yap and Traci Price. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana: Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for delicious food, amazing entertainment, a carnival, Fiesta Court coronation, an endlessly entertaining parade, car show, and soccer tournament at the 55th annual Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana. August 4-5 in Woodburn.

Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and Oregon: When Euro-Americans planted their flags and religious symbols in “newly discovered” lands, they were undertaking well-recognized legal procedures and rituals of Discovery to demonstrate their country’s legal claim over the lands and peoples. Professor Miller will explain the doctrine and how it became American Manifest Destiny and led to the United States acquiring the Oregon Country. August 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 in Coos Bay. For more information.

In the News

How Teaching Native History and Culture In Wisconsin’s Schools Became Law [Audio]

In the early 1980s, conflict erupted when Wisconsin Native Americans asserted certain treaty rights. A few years later, a law called Act 31 made teaching Native American history and culture mandatory in Wisconsin schools. We’ll look at what led to its adoption, and how successful it’s been.

Elite Native American crew fights fires, serves community

Members of the Warm Springs Hotshots were getting ready to head home when the radio buzzed — a wildfire had started — and the elite crew launched into motion to tamp down the blaze in the sagebrush of eastern Oregon’s foothills.

Returning to Manzanar

A brief retelling of the experiences of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Dear Stranger: Connecting Oregonians, one letter at a time

Oregon is a big place, home to a great diversity of geography and experience. It’s hard to say anything about the state that holds as true in Nyssa as it does in Neskowin. How can we hope to understand the experiences of people living in such different places? How can we work together for the good of all?

Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

The French are welcoming home their soccer heroes in Paris on Monday after becoming the 2018 World Cup champions. But what is notable about the squad isn’t just the goals they managed to rack up, but the diversity the players embody.

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

OSU Extension food preservation hotline opens for canning season
KTVZ
As canning season gets underway, the Food Preservation hotline from Oregon State University ExtensionService started taking calls Monday.
Eastern Oregon wheat harvest off to fiery start
Capital Press
Wheat harvest is off to a blazing start in Eastern Oregon — literally. …  Don Wysocki, extension soil scientist for Oregon State University in Pendleton, said most of the lower elevations in Morrow and Gilliam counties were short on rainfall during May and June, and he expects they may cut around 10-15 bushels of wheat per acre below average.
New OSU Extension agent hired for Marion, Clackamas counties
Capital Press
Betsy Verhoeven, whose mother, Mary Verhoeven, worked in the wheat program at Oregon State University, and who worked in OSU barley breeder Pat Hayes’ lab as a teenager, has been named Oregon State University Extension’s new field crops agent for Marion and Clackamas counties.

In this week’s issue:

New Extension name badge

New OSU Extension name badge – To adopt the new OSU branding and provide consistency across the Division, Extension Administration will pay for one replacement name badge for all faculty and staff through December 31, 2018 (this does not include name badges for students or temporary employees; these are the responsibility of the county/department).

Supervisors or office managers should contact R3 Engraving at r3@r3engraving.com to order the replacement name badges. Please contact Kaylyn Hymes in Extension Administration to obtain an index and activity code to charge.

Example of the new OSU Extension name badge:

2017-18 Academic Report for University Outreach and Engagement

The annual academic report on the Division of University Outreach and Engagement is now available online. The report attempts to provide the Provost and other readers with a snapshot of the wide project and geographic scope of work that is done within the Division by our dedicated faculty and staff and the positive impact your work has on individuals, families, industry, and communities.

Benny at the Fair Advertising Templates

Fair season has arrived! To promote Benny the Beaver’s appearance at your fair, three ad templates are available for your use. Access them in Box. Here’s how:

Access Box via the Employee Intranet site. Click on the first bullet, which takes you to all the Extension and AES folders. Search for the “Marketing, Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder. Click on Templates and then on the “Benny at the Fairs Advertising” folder. If you have questions or have difficulty accessing the files, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (541-737-1327).

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Peter Bloome, retired Extension Associate Director, who passed away at his home on June 30 with family by his side. Peter held the position of Extension Associate Director from October 1, 1997 and served in this role until he retired December 31, 2002. Starting July 1, 2003, Peter held an Emeritus Appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Biological & Ecological Engineering Department.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date. https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/obituaries/peter-bloome/article_97676768-2d22-5d70-a842-8a87053289bd.html

Extension Web Update

Many teams are working hard to add content to the new Extension website, but need just a little more time. The decision to move the deadline from August 1 to November 1 for accessing the archived Extension content gives more time for content teams to review and assess what is needed before the old content goes completely offline. Other changes this week include the EESC web team reducing our office hours, since the number of people attending has tapered off post-launch. People can still inquire during office hours on Fridays 2-4 pm, or contact us to set up an individual meeting time during the week. Learn more about this and other updates in the recent web upgrade project blog post.

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

UPDATE! Diversity & Inclusion Summer School 101

Register now for sessions next week starting Monday: https://naepsdp.org/Schedule

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?

Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own. How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and as Oregonians? July 25th, at 6:30 pm in Portland. More information.

Priced Out: Gentrification

A screening of the documentary film Priced Out, which chronicles the journey of one black, single mother as she decides to sell her home and move to Texas amidst the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood that she grew up in. We’ll have time for a discussion of the film’s themes after the screening. Free and open to all! July 29th, at 7:30pm to 9:30pm, in Portland. For more information.

¡Festival Latino de Albany 2018!

Festival Latino 2018 is just around the corner! This free event includes cultural performances, children’s activities, food for purchase, and a Health & Community Resource Fair. You can’t miss it! July 29th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in Albany. More information.

In the News

What work does a street sign do?

Natchee Blu Barnd is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and Native American studies at Oregon State University. Barnd’s recent work focuses on how place-naming shapes perspectives of history related to Indigenous peoples in the United States. In the conversation below, we look at what this does or does not do to benefit different interest groups.

Hip hop forestry: Thomas Rashad Easley of F&ES

Thomas Rashad Easley, assistant dean of community and inclusion at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, describes how he learned to love people and share his truth from hip hop and how to respect the earth through forestry. Bringing them together, he says, has allowed him to connect people who have been unnaturally kept apart to create a better world.

NEOEDD offering more DEI Sessions

Do you wonder what people mean by “DEI” –– diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?

OSU-Cascades honors faculty, staff achievements

Oregon State University–Cascades recently recognized six recipients of the 2018 Employee Awards.  The awards recognize faculty and staff in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; outreach; outstanding staff; scholarship and creative activity; sustainability; and teaching excellence.

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

Net some knowledge
Oregon Coast Today
Experts from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service will run the free tours, connecting seafood lovers with commercial fishermen.

Research station fights back against rose stem girdler
Capital Press
A new pest has burst on the scene at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Sharing equipment benefits small-scale farmers
Capital Press
Historically, many farmers of all scales have shared equipment. However, the idea is gaining in popularity among new farmers — especially those looking for a collaborative group, said Melissa Fery, an Oregon State University Small Farms Extension agent.