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.

In this week’s issue:

Updates and reminders: Regional director search processes

West Central:

East: One additional in-person interview is scheduled for May 3-4.

  • Open forum presentation by Natalie Kinion is Thursday, May 3, 2:00-2:45 p.m. in Kidder 202 on campus.
  • The presentation will be recorded but not livestreamed for consistency with the earlier east region candidates’ presentations.
  • Please return feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2018.

Extension Web Update

See this week’s blog post for an update on the “events” content type and information on a webinar/demo of county pages, to be held May 4 (will be recorded).

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)

Outreach and Engagement Awards Event

Last week to register for the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Join in the celebration of 10 stellar outreach and engagement projects (many recognizing the work of OSU Extension). Last day to register is May 4! The event will celebrate the past, present, and future of outreach and engagement at OSU. This is a university-wide event. You are encouraged to invite colleagues from across the institution. There is no cost to attend the event on May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

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

What’s DEI?
Join a dynamic, interactive roundtable with Alai Reyes-Santos, on May 2nd ,who will lead a discussion about people and change in Northeast Oregon. Meet other organization leaders and community volunteers willing to have the hard conversations that are needed to build a better future for everyone. Registration is required, visit the event page here for more information.

Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know: Shattering Stigma will host a conference for parents in the Lake Oswego area “Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know” will take place at Lakeridge Junior High the morning of Saturday, May 5. They will cover what parents should know about depression, anxiety, suicide and more, plus hear from families and/or kids with mental health struggles about their experiences. For more information visit the event page here.

OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow: Join us for the 42nd Annual OSU Klatowa Eena Powwow on May 19, 2018 at the McAlexander Fieldhouse in Corvallis, Oregon. The Klatowa Eena Powwow is presented in collaboration with NASA (Native American Student Association) at Oregon State University. Inside Gill Colliseum, thousands of participants and spectator will experience dance competitions, drumming, and crafts and native food vendors! Bring your friends and family for a great time. For more information, visit the event page here.

In the News

A voice for tolerance in Lake Oswego
Margo Sidline, The Review’s ‘Amazing Kid’ for 2018, uses her newfound fame to push for diversity and inclusion.

Navigating the maze of higher education (Latino USA)
One state with a particularly high gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is Oregon. We hear from two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, and learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.

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

Bend gardeners prepare plots for growing season
Bend Bulletin
The group of green thumbs worked together to weed and hoe the entire garden, including the walkways. The garden features 90 designated plots. It is managed by the Central Oregon Master Gardener Association, which is part of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program.

Mid-Valley InBusiness: Tourism efforts coalesce around outdoor recreation
Corvallis Gazette Times
Oregon is one of nine states actively promoting outdoor recreation, said Lindsey Shirley, associate director of the Oregon State University Extension Service. Shirley was invited to participate in Oregon’s “Roadmap to the Outdoors” initiative because of her prior experience with the outdoor products.

In this week’s issue:

Reminder: West Central regional director interviews

Candidates for the West Central regional director position are interviewing on April 24-25. The regional redesign resource page lists the open forum schedule, and links to candidates’ presentation recordings will be posted there when available. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 3, 2018.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes a welcome to Michele Scheib (our new content strategist), as well as next steps for the “events” content type and county landing pages.

Slack tips

Are you interested in trying the new OSU Extension Slack workspace, but not sure where to begin?

  • Sign up: Download the desktop app for best user experience.
  • Get oriented:Review this brief intro to Slack
  • Join the conversation:
  • Slack uses “channels” as one way to organize discussions. You can think of a channel as a themed conversation.
  • Click “channels” in the sidebar. From there, you can browse and join all channels available in a workspace.
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your leadership team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.

Communication and connection opportunities

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
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
    • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
    • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. Pre-conference workshops occur September 30 through October 1, 2018 and the main conference takes place October 2 and 3, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriot City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rural Communities Explorer

RCE is a resource that provides public, online access to social, demographic, economic, and environmental information about Oregon’s counties and places and it has recently been updated. Be aware of it as a resource and you are encouraged to share it with local organizations and partners.

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 Note

LGBTQIA+ student publication: Calling all creatives: The OSU Pride Center is now seeking arts and literary submissions for a new publication featuring the creative works of LGBTQIA+ students from all Oregon State campuses and online. The publication will be available digitally and around the Corvallis campus later this spring. Submissions will close Friday, April 27. Direct any questions to Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu. View guidelines and submit your works here.

Events & Resources

Conversations for Health Equity Through Awarness, Action and Healing: Native American Health Seminar presented by Dr. Karina Walters, Phd, MSW presents “Honoring the Sacred: A focus on Native American Women and Future Generations and Addressing Historical Trauma, Health and Healing”. For those who can’t attend, the presentation will be recorded and made available at a later date. For more information visit the event page.

Breaking the Silence Astoria Screening: Join the Lower Columbia Q Center and ODVA LGBTQ Vet for a screening of ODVA’s Breaking the Silence: an Oral History of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans and Servicemembers.  The event will take place in Astoria, OR from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  on April 25. For more information visit the event page.

Creating our “Age Friendly” Community: Will you join the conversation? What steps should we take to create a more “Age Friendly” community? Help prioritize issues affecting local seniors like isolation, health care, transportation, housing and more. Then help create short-, mid-, and long-range goals to address those needs. The event will take place in Sisters, OR from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm on April 25. Register here.

Where are Queer People Welcome?: Join the City of Springfield’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for the free monthly community Conversation Project. Meetings will be held in the Library Meeting Room at City Hall, 225 Fifth Street on the 26th of April from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm. This final conversation in the series will be facilitated by Jill Winsor. For more information check out the event page.

Advancing Women in Leadership. OSU’s College of Business brings the Portland business community together for short discussions and networking around ideas and strategies on how we can work together to advance women in business. Check out the registration page for the list of panelists. Register here. Event is Tuesday, May 15.

The OSU 1st Annual Amazing Race. Inspired by the TV show “Amazing Race”, the Corvallis Maker Fair, The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, and the Student SACNAS Chapter presents the 1st Diversity Amazing Race event at OSU campus. In collaboration with various OSU and Corvallis Community partners, this event invites you to join in a fun, fast paced (but accommodating) race across campus where teams (families are welcome) will try to complete as many challenges as possible during the race time. Everyone is welcome to participate, watch, cheer. Come join us in celebrating diversity! Register a team or volunteer here.

In the News

#DamWorthIt earns national award
This year’s recipient of the Civic Leaders Award is Oregon State’s #DamWorthIt campaign, led by current men’s soccer student-athlete Nathan Braaten and former gymnast Taylor Ricci. #DamWorthIt is a campaign designed by Braaten and Ricci for student-athletes in order to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health through education and awareness.

Stars Align In Oregon For 3 Indigenous Playwrights
Astronomers have a term for three celestial bodies coming into alignment: a syzygy. It’s the most appropriate term we could think of for the onstage confluence in Oregon this month: three of the state’s biggest professional theaters are staging works by contemporary indigenous playwrights — all of them women.

Extension Juntos Program Works to Strengthen Families and Increase Graduation Rates in Local Schools
Local OSU Extension educator, Anna Browne, has introduced a new program to Umatilla and Morrow Counties. The program, called Juntos, means “together” in Spanish and works to unite OSU and our partners in providing culturally relevant programming for Latino 6-12th graders and their parents.

There’s no easy tech fix for online hate speech (Slate)
To understand the depth of the challenge Zuckerberg has taken up, I called Dan Faltesek, a researcher at Oregon State University and author of Selling Social Media: The Political Economy of Social Networking. His assessment was blunt: “It won’t do what they say it’s going to do, so I think right now they’re overpromising and they’re going to underdeliver, as a lot of these folks do.”

What are you reading?

Book: Catching Fire: how cooking made us human (2009) by Richard Wrangham. This Harvard professor of Biological Anthropology employs his field, to discuss cultural trends, such as the raw food diet in relationship to the developing science of nutrition, calling for an updated measurement for human nutrient intake. He illuminates how cooking formed social norms and the resulting gender norm of female hearth tending. He writes that women’s role as cook is both empowering and has contributed to the repression and abuse of women. And based on his expertise, from reading this book, I learned a lot about primates as Wrangham looks for evidence of early hominoids behavior. Shara Anslow

Book: Evidence of Things Unseen  (2004) by Marianne Wiggins. This novel takes place in Tennessee, post WWI and through WWII. The author’s magic in using nature and science to illuminate the characters personalities, relationships and her kind commentary on human nature makes this a must read. While telling about these decades, she gently tucks-in poignant episodes of this nation’s history, like the Dustbowl Migration. It’s a book that inspires contemplation. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

New Items on Oregon School Lunch Menus
KDRV
The trainings use Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA school nutrition requirements and emphasize using locally produced foods and ingredients.

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers
The Washington Post via AP
Honeybees are among the first of the bee species to become active each year, said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension.

Oregon school begins each day with food, fitness
East Oregonian 
Students at an Oregon elementary school receive 15 minutes of recess and then breakfast in the classroom at the beginning of each school day. The school recently received statewide recognition for its breakfast program. Angie Treadwell, the nutrition education coordinator for OSU Extension Service, nominated McNary Heights for the award.

In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Registration

Support your colleagues! Register today for the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Ten projects (many of which are Extension projects) will be
showcased on Monday, May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom (Corvallis) as outstanding examples of outreach and engagement work. The awards portion of the event will be followed by a poster session and reception. The Division of University Outreach and Engagement is hosting the event; there is no cost to attend. Space is limited so please register early. Last day to register is May 4.

 

Notecards and Thank You cards

Notecards and generic thank you cards can be ordered online through Printing and Mailing. Click on the Design Online link, register or sign in, then click on the Catalog tab. Notecards can be customized with companion logos (front) and contact information (back). Consider
adding OSU Extension’s elevator speech statement to the back panel: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon. Envelopes also can be ordered online (note: only the OSU institutional logo appears on envelopes).

Extension Web Update

Based on feedback from content teams, we’ve added a few new ways to enter content and some new tools, see: New and updated guidelines for content entry. Please review before adding additional content to the website.

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.)
  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack: https://osu-extension.slack.com/signup
  • 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)

Earth Day of Service materials and website

Please share the Earth Day of Service marketing materials which includes printable posters and social media images, and the Beyond Earth Day website, which features the many great events in addition to the Day of Service that will be taking place at OSU.

Earth Day of Service marketing: https://goo.gl/Cis8PC

Beyond Earth Day website: https://earthday.oregonstate.edu

Sensory Evaluation of Wine

If you live in Oregon, you probably know about the amazing wine we make in the region, and Oregon State University has been deeply involved with this industry for years. Our Sensory Evaluation of Wine course benefits from this industry knowledge and offers you insights about the types of grapes produced in Oregon and Washington and beyond.

Led by Oregon State’s renowned wine expert, Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, you will get to experience a range of wines and wine styles from around the world, including Australia Shiraz, New Zealand Pinot noir, French Rosé and much more!

In this four-day course in Corvallis, you’ll gain:

  • A detailed introduction to the many nuances of wine tasting
  • Knowledge to evaluate and describe taste, smell and mouthfeel of wine
  • The ability to communicate your newfound expertise to others

Due to popular demand, we are offering this course in the evening in order to accommodate your busy schedule. Secure your seat today as spaces are limited!

Robotics team secure World Finals competition spot: bring home state championship banner

Students from Wasco County 4-H entered the Oregon State VEX Robotics finals as underdogs but walked out with the championship banner and a ticket to the world championship later this spring.

“This is the first time any robotics team from The Dalles has advanced to the world finals level and displays a tremendous amount of work from the students and a high quality program,” said Wasco County 4-H coach Lu Seapy.

With the three team alliance of Binary Kaos, Flip N’ Awesome of Sandy, and Flavor Town of Salem, the trio was able to easily sweep the finals and bring home the champions banner. Now the team faces an added challenge: making it to the World Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Getting our team to Worlds is a huge honor, and it will be expensive,” said coach Ajay Rundell. The team will need to raise approximately $8,000 for plane tickets and travel costs. Individuals wishing to contribute can contact Ajay Rundell at rundella@nwasco.k12.or.us or call Lu Seapy at 541-296-5494.

Diversity Highlights

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Events & Resources

Community Dialogue on Safety and Justice: Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. Join us in exploring multiple perspectives on strategies to realize community safety and racial justice. April 30, 6-8 p.m. MU Multipurpose Room 13. More information on the Community Dialogues website.

Dessert & Documentaries: Sexual Assault in Latinx Communities:  A showing of two films on the topic of rape in the Field on April 19 at 7:00 p.m, the second film is on the topic of rape in the night shift and the showing for that time will be April 24 at 7:00 pm. The location for both films will be at the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Transgender Lives of People in Argentina and Mexico: Photographer Kike Arnal comes to talk about his experience documenting the lives of Trans people in Mexico and Argentina. April 18, 5-7 p.m. Memorial Union Ballroom. More information on the visit the event page.

Siembra la Cena Gradening Series: In collaboration with OSU Extension and FISH Food Bank, The Next Door hosts a ‘Siembra la Cena’ gardening series. The classes, delivered in Spanish, will cover topics such as soil preparation, how to grow pesticide-free fruits and veggies, proper watering, and more. For information and registration, call Jody at 541-436-0313. To see when the next class is going to be, check out the event page.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Early Stage: This class is free and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association for more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 help line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit http://bit.ly/2FB56MB. April 20 from 12:30 pm to 4:30pm at 1651 Lexington Ave, Astoria, OR.

WU Hawaiʻi Club’s 29th Annual Lūʻau: Join Willamette University’s Hawai’i Club is celebrating the culture and history of Hawai’i through food, music, and dance. April 21, 5:50 pm- 9:30 pm. At Cone Fieldhouse Willamette University. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

Bend parents talk inclusion, standing against hate
The presenters were Central Oregon Community College Director of Diversity and Inclusion Karen Roth and the college’s Program Director of Early Childhood Education Amy Howell. When parents were asked why they came to the meeting, one said she wants her kids to truly understand the meaning of the word “hate”.

Navigating Challenges: A PCC Student Story
It is an institutional strategy aimed at increasing student success through building guided pathways, enhancing support services, implementing diversity, equity and inclusion tactics, … And as a result of his tireless work, Truong was honored with the Student Activism Honor Award by Oregon Open Educational Resources.

Why we need emoji representing people with disabilities
‘Having accessibility and inclusion of all types be a priority in tech is a huge issue.’

The Arts Center and OSU seek art for mental health exhibition
The Arts Center and Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are seeking artwork for “Art Saves Lives,” a pop-up show in May directed at furthering the dialogue on mental health.

Photo Model Releases

The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students. As a general guide, if you’re taking a picture of a single person or a small group and they’re the main focus of your shot, have them complete and sign a model release form.

For large groups, workshops or events, there’s a model release long form for multiple names.

The most up to date model release forms can be found on the OSU Brand Guidelines website. Everyone should use these online forms.

There is not yet a Spanish-language version, but University Marketing is working on it.

What are you reading?

Book: Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom (2009) by Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius.
Mindfulness is a hot topic for mental health, ACE and Trauma informed outreach. This book is a good lay-reference to brain function and the positive neural response of meditation and mindfulness. Plus, great tips for bringing mindful practice into your own life. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Researchers focus on helping hazelnut boom
Capital Press
Oregon State Extension Orchard Crops Specialist Nik Wiman updates growers on brown marmorated stink bug research. … It is also known for the innovative cultivars developed at Oregon State University that are resistant to eastern filbert blight.Bankruptcies point to tougher organic potato market
Capital Press
“I wonder if we just got too many acres too quickly,” said Brian Charlton, cropping systems specialist at Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. The Klamath Basin’s high elevation and low winter temperatures help suppress fungus and insect problems in potatoes.

In this week’s issue:

Follow-up: OSU Extension Town Hall

The recording of the April 3 Town Hallhttps://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_89a01wwy/ is available on our redesign resource page.

A reminder that Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley welcome the opportunity to schedule conversations with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this change means in the context of your work.

Reminder: Feedback on East regional director candidates

Links to recordings of the East regional director candidates’ presentations are available on our redesign resource page. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

Changes: Communication and connection opportunities

Beginning last fall, we tried two new connection opportunities: a weekly open phone line with your leadership team, and an online question/comment form. We agreed to keep these going through March and then evaluate. As you heard during the Town Hall, use of these forums has been modest. Our sense, based on your feedback, is that these haven’t provided the type of personal connection and dialogue that you prefer or would find helpful.

Decisions:

  • We will discontinue the weekly open phone line, effective now.
  • We will keep the online question/comment form going through June, and then re-evaluate. We have added a field for “name” so we can ensure you receive a personal response.

We are also adding a new opportunity: Slack

  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack. https://osu-extension.slack.com/signup
  • Here is a quick intro to Slack(courtesy of OSU’s web community, who also uses Slack for this purpose).
  • Why Slack? There are a number of chat tools available to OSU employees. Slack was one of the first good persistent chat tools, and other communities at OSU have adopted it, notably the web community and OSU communicators network.
  • Tips:
    • DO Download the Slack app for your desktop for the best experience. Also available for mobile devices.
    • DO watch for Slack tips in future ConnEXTions issues.
    • DO NOT use Slack to share data or information that’s classified as sensitive or confidential.

Reminder: Ongoing communication opportunities

  • 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

See the two recent blog posts for an update on the content strategist hire and project timeline, plus a few updated resources and tips for content teams.

OSU Brand Symposium

If your work responsibilities include communication and marketing, please consider registering for the OSU Brand Symposium on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Come hear from an exciting lineup of guest speakers that are sure to inspire and ignite creativity in the areas of diversity and inclusion, graphic design, media and film. We’ll also provide updates on the OSU brand system and launch an awards program!

Registration for faculty and staff is $30 and includes lunch and light refreshments. Please register by April 16.

Social Media Resources

Social media can be confusing, especially with all the changes coming at you constantly. If you’re new to social media or just want a brush up, take advantage of OSU’s resources for Brand-related policies, Overall policy, Tips, and Best practices.

For additional questions, contact EESC social media specialists Kym Pokorny (541-737-3380) or Chris Branam (541-737-2940).

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

Sisters Supporting Survivors: Join us for a group conversation on how to respond to and support survivors of sexual assault and other traumas. This is brought to you by the Women’s Center, Panhellenic Council, and Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center. Tuesday, April 10, 4-6 p.m., Kappa Delta Sorority, 305 N.W. 25th St.

Bridging Cultures: Our Neighbors’ Stories: Join Ethel Marquez, Viktoria Haas, Luis Dominguez, Neiko Bronson and Ubaldo Hernandez as they tell their fascinating stories of “bridging cultures”’ where they have faced challenges and discovered delights. You don’t have to be an immigrant to “bridge cultures”. The event will be at the Hood River Library from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information visit the event page.

Sexual Assault Awareness: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This month features many opportunities to learn about sexual violence in various communities, ways to support survivors, and commitments we can all make to end rape culture. Events are happening all month; please join our campus community and attend some of these important programs. View the full calendar of events here: SAAM Calendar

In the News

American History Through a Multi-perspective Lens: Oregon’s Teacher of the Year

Matt Bacon-Brenes, Oregon State Teacher of the Year 2018, cares about creating an environment that is conducive to learning for children from all backgrounds. Being Teacher of the Year is much more than a title; Bacon-Brenes and his fellow TOYs will meet up throughout the year to discuss the impact they want to have on the education environment in America.

Hunger at school does not end at college admission
The College and University Food Bank Alliance, co-founded by the Michigan State Student Food Bank and the Oregon State University Food Pantry, provides support, training, and resources for campus food banks and pantries that primarily serve students. Federal policy could make a difference too.

Anthropology student sheds light on Islam
At Bazaar International Market in Corvallis, a variety of food products from across the Middle East line the shelves, cuts of fresh halal meat are available daily and a collection of teas invite curious customers. This is where anthropology major Elliot Paulson spends a good portion of his time gathering research and information for his senior thesis titled “Mainstreaming Halal: A Growing Niche Market in an Oregon University Town.”

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 Growing Olives
Oregon Wine Press
The growers’ association also has a strong ally in the Oregon State University Extension Service. A four-person research team, headed by Javier Fernandez-Salvador of the Marion-Polk County Extension Service, is studying olive trees at locations in Aurora and Alpine.

Business Oregon awards $45,000 to Partners for Rural Innovation
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The funding will be used for three programs: relaunching the Recipe to Market classes conducted by Oregon State University Extension and Small Business Development Center; creating a Tillamook County brand or co-brand of foods to enhance marketing efforts; and a feasibility study on the creation of a food hub to improve distribution of foods, such as fish, meat and produce, between local and regional buyers and sellers.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update
Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3
Extension Web Update
EESC ACE Awards
Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the news

Branding Update

Extension elevator speeches – Talking about Extension just got a little easier. Out of the Extension sub-brand work, we now have three short elevator speeches. Whether you are speaking with someone in person, making a community presentation, communicating over email, or composing a tweet, you are encouraged to use these to describe OSU Extension (they also can be found in the Extension Style Guide on page 21):

140-character statement: Oregon State University Extension provides information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.

10-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon.

30-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians. As a land, sun, space and sea grant institution, we’re committed to nurturing our great state’s communities, economies and ecosystems. We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day—just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/ (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes brief updates on project timeline, content strategist recruitment, and resource revisions.

Remember: Office hours/open labs are available for content teams to work through questions and examples with the project team.

EESC ACE Awards

EESC has some exciting news! We have three award winners from the Association for Communications Excellence’s Critique and Awards program.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

Results from the February 2018 Funding Cycle
During the February funding cycle 31 applications were received and $5,449 was awarded through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The faculty and staff receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

“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)

Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region

Due to the Regional Director interviews for East Region candidates there will be no open phone line with the executive team this Thursday, 4/5, 2pm.

Presentation: Candidates will have 30 minutes to give their presentations with 15 minutes of Q & A to follow.
Thursday, April 5
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Timothy Kock
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Paul Hill
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

Friday, April 6
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Peter Schreder
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Joaquina Kankam
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

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

Radical Imagination: ​ This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. It invites participants to create a common space for radical imagination and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizer. The conference will take place at Oregon State University the dates are April 6-8, register for free here.

Storytime – Celebrating Diversity: April is our month for international storytimes! The culture and language change each week. Join the Canby Public Library and  learn about people from all around the world.  This event will take place the 6th and 7th of april from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Location: 220 NE 2nd Avenue, Canby, Oregon 97013. For more information check out the event page.

Beyond Cultural Competence: Will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LInC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from southern, southwestern and central Asia and northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances and clothes of this culturally diverse region, all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Transgender Inclusion 101: This workshop is designed as a first step for attendees to become allies to the transgender community. We do this by exploring concepts of sex and gender through narrative, breaking down our deeply held assumptions and language, creating space for transgender and gender non-conforming folks in our conversations. The workshop will be the 25th of April from 8:30 to 11:30. Location: 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. Register here.

 In the News

Salem residents want diversity, bikes, coffee reflected in police HQ designs
A coffee stand. Bike racks for cyclists. Art that represents diversity and culture. Those were among residents’ top requests for amenities at the Salem police headquarters.

Bald Hill field trip offered in Spanish
Third-grader Amy Ibarra was on a wildlife scavenger hunt when she spotted the frog. “Un rana! Un rana!” she yelled, using the Spanish word for frog. The cry taken up by her partner Liana Schaefer. The pair’s fellow Garfield Elementary School students gathered around and they watched the frog until it hopped back to cover near a stream.

Eugene Emeralds join MiLBs “Copa de la Diversion” to welcome Latino fans
When the Eugene Emeralds opened last season at PK Park, they had a Venezuelan playing first base, third base, shortstop and right field. The starting pitcher from Mexico threw to a catcher from Panama. The second baseman was a native of the Dominican Republic. Twenty of the 29 players on Eugene’s Opening Day roster were from Latin American countries.

What are you reading?

Books: The War that Saved My Life (2015) and The War I Finally Won (2017) by Kimberly Brusker Bradley
When Haley, my granddaughter, recommends a book, I read it! Haley said, “You will love these [Young Reader] books and they will make you cry!”  Set in WWII, the protagonist is 10 year Ada, abused and neglected, she flees London as an evacuee. Ada is bold and intelligent, though completely uneducated. The author writes such a moving story, illustrating the challenges for children who have experienced abuse to accept kindness and feel safe. And bonus, if you grew up riding as I did, Ada gets a pony. The author revels the healing power of horses! I highly recommend that you share these books with the wonderful tween girls in your life.  Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Head start on better berries
Good Fruit Grower
Bernadine Strik, Oregon State University Extension berry specialist, inspects organic blueberries in a test plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Strik has completed a 10-year organic blueberry study published in September in the journal HortScience.

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

In this week’s issue:

Brand Update

Logo placement for promotional products – Scroll down the information about companion logos on the OSU Brand Guidelines website and you’ll find ideas for how to use the OSU Extension Service (or county) companion logos on promotional items. More conversations will take place about how to best use the 4-H emblem. Stay tuned!

 

Quick tip sheets: Brand checklist and fonts – Doing five things when developing marketing tools, such as proper use of logos, e.g., OSU logo on the front of everything, will bring your fliers and brochures into brand standard. Keep the checklist with the “must do’s” and a list of resources handy. You’ll find it on the online Extension Style Guide. You’ll also find a branded and substitute systems fonts tip sheet as well.

OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/ (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Scott will provide a brief overview of our regional redesign plan and process—including current status and next steps—and then take your questions and comments.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post outlines new resources, progress updates, and next steps, including a new guide to “managing program content” for program groups/teams.

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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • 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)

A reminder: As announced in January, we are continuing the open line and online question form through March, and will then evaluate whether to continue.

In memoriam, Ralph Duddles, Extension Coos County

With sadness, we share the passing of Ralph Duddles, retired Extension Forester in Coos County.  Ralph passed away on Feb. 23, 2018, in Coos Bay.  His memorial service was held on March 8th. More information on Ralph’s life.

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

Beyond Cultural Competence: will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LINC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D, who has spent 22 years consulting, training and serving as executive director of diversity, human rights and social justice at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Sponsored by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Students for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity; and the colleges of Liberal Arts, Education, Agricultural Sciences, and Business. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from South, Southwestern and Central Asia & Northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances, and clothes of this culturally diverse region all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Second Sunday: Housing Segregation and Resistance in Portland: Inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and the publication of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, local researchers are uncovering and analyzing new sources related to the history of housing segregation — and resistance to that discrimination — in Portland, Oregon. For more information visit the Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/172435916852811/

In the News

Women of Culture event honors diversity
Education, awareness and celebration marked the various events and displays involved in Western’s annual Women of Culture celebration sponsored by Multicultural Student Union.

Oregon State seeks public input on new names for 3 campus buildings
Oregon State plans to change the names of Benton Hall, Benton Annex and Avery Lodge.

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

Life lessons: Outdoor School opportunities expand with funding
Albany Democrat-Herald
Kris Elliott, who is administering the program through the OSU Extension Service, said he’s confident 76 percent of eligible fifth- and sixth-graders — more than 36,400 across the state — will have participated by the time school wraps up this summer.

New districts will impact services, taxes for some
East Oregonian
In May, Umatilla and Morrow County voters will decide whether to add two new districts to the tax rolls, which would fund support staff and operations for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Country Dwellers Learn To Take Care Of Their Land
Jefferson Public Radio
And a few longtime city- or suburb-dwellers may be a little mystified about the needs of landscapes and their inhabitants. Which is why Oregon State University’s Extension Service runs a Land Steward Program.

In this week’s issue:

National Agriculture Week

March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week, a time Oregonians and citizens across the United States have a chance to say thank you to our farmers and ranchers. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, has listed seven adjectives –  one for each day – to describe agriculture in Oregon.

  • Sunday: Oregon agriculture is diverse
  • Monday: Oregon agriculture is thriving
  • Tuesday: Oregon agriculture is authentic
  • Wednesday: Oregon agriculture is universal
  • Thursday: Oregon agriculture is innovative
  • Friday: Oregon agriculture is boundless
  • Saturday: Oregon agriculture is celebratory

We’re encouraging those who manage local Extension social media accounts to use these themes this week, and to follow and share OSU Extension’s posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Finding logos, letterhead, templates, and more

Finding OSU institutional, county and other Extension companion logos just got a little easier. Housed in OSU Box, a direct link to logos, letterhead, templates and other marketing tool is now available on the Extension Employee Intranet. Look for the first priority link. Bookmarking the link will make it even easier to access. Please review logo guidelines so that logos are used properly. If you have questions about logo use and placement, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Social media post idea

EESC’s own Phillip Brown created a moving two-minute video poem titled “A Field at Every Hour” for the latest issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. It creatively shares the important work of Extension and Ag Experiment Stations. It, and other articles from OAP, would make excellent social media posts.

Extension Web Update

Monday’s blog post outlines what’s planned for the next two weeks, as well as new and “coming soon” resources, including a new FAQ about business cards and an updated office hours/open lab schedule.

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

Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States?
In this History Pub talk, Julie M. Weise, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, will help answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the “push” and “pull” factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. The workshop will the 20th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 418 A St, Springfield, Oregon 97477.  For more information visit the event page: https://calendar.uoregon.edu/event/why_are_there_so_many_mexican_immigrants_in_the_united_states#.WqwPYMPwat8

Pacific Perspectives: The Only Islander In The Room: Join us for an evening of stories from members and friends of UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) as they share what it’s like to be the only Pacific Islander in the room. This is an all ages event that is open to the entire community, fot a timeline of the event please refer to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/164617187676005/. The event will be the 24th of March, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 936 34th SE Street, Portland, Oregon 97214.

History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211. https://www.facebook.com/events/1565662293530035/

Intercambio: a Spanish-English discussion group: Intercambio is an opportunity for speakers and learners of English and Spanish to gather together for conversation and language practice. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Saturday. If you want more information about the next meeting, visit their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763089053999945/.

In the News

KCUR 89.3 Announces New Reporting Collaborative On Race, Culture and Identity (KCUR 89.3)
Talking about race and culture is hard for a lot of Kansas Citians. It’s hard everywhere in the United States where people from different backgrounds share space and resources. But when we dig into stories about our identities and how they affect our families, our politics, arts and health – it’s hard not to recognize that race, culture and identity is a central force our lives, and deserves special attention in our news coverage. That’s why KCUR 89.3 and three other stations across the country (St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis, Missouri, Portland, Oregon and Hartford, Connecticut) have started a reporting collaborative called Sharing America, focused on the impact of race, ethnicity and identity on our cities.

National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage (KOIN 6)
National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.

UO is rated the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon (AroundtheO)
The University of Oregon — already named one of the top 25 universities in the nation for LGBTQ students — has also been recognized as the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon.

Cultural meals tie together communities, create connections (DailyBarometer)
Born and raised close to the ocean in Sumatra, Indonesia, Pyrena Luhur grew up predominantly on fish dishes that were traditional to that region. Now at Oregon State University, Luhur, who works as a student success peer facilitator at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, struggles with finding foods and ingredients in order to make and eat the cultural foods she is accustomed to.

OSU Chick Cam!

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, returns for its third year March 14-23. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected date of March 20. Then we’ll follow the chicks in the brooding pen until March 23. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/

April permaculture courses online

OSU PACE announces that Department of Horticulture instructor Andrew Millison will teach two online permaculture courses beginning in April. See:

Programming for clientele with developmental disabilities

A research and practice-informed training program launched by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. eXtension webinar this Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT.

Communication and conversation opportunities

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  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

A reminder: As announced in January, we are continuing the open line and online question form through March, and will then evaluate whether to continue.

Extension in the news

OSU Extension adds pest management plans to catalog
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension is adding several crop-specific pest management plans to its repertoire, working in collaboration with farmers, researchers, agribusiness and industry representatives.

Oregon wine grape pioneer honored
Capital Press
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center on March 12 dedicated its first new wine grape planting in 30 years, naming it after Porter Lombard, the Oregon State University researcher who showed Oregon growers how to make vineyards pay off.

Armyworms surprise grass seed growers
Capital Press
“There was massive feeding to newly harvested fields; it was really an all-hands-on-deck type of situation,” said Nicole Anderson, Oregon State University Extension Field Crops Agronomist in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. “I don’t know that anybody remembers something like the outbreak of the true armyworm this year.”

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Tillamook County Pioneer
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