In this week’s issue:

New! Model Release Forms in Spanish

University Relations and Marketing has uploaded the OSU Model Release form in Spanish. Find English and Spanish, short forms and long (group) forms on the download page.

Thank you to Glenda Hyde for asking the question many of you may have: She wondered why we don’t include the Extension non-discrimination statement on these model releases.

To paraphrase our Office of General Counsel,

  1. This is an OSU form and not an Extension form. Though, of course, OSU is committed to non-discrimination, it is part of overarching policies and practices and does not legally need to be listed.
  2. This form is about the person giving US permission to use their photo, not us providing a service.
  3. Though it’s not illegal to include the statement, generally the more words on a contract, the more hesitant a person is to sign it.

New Course offers help for online courses

To help educators facilitate a better digital learning experience for students, the College of Education created a convenient and thoughtfully-designed program that focuses on the new field of learning experience design (LX Design).

The Learning Experience Design Certificate starts January 7, 2019 and it’s designed for current educators looking to move their courses online, as well as anyone who is already invested in e-learning and is looking to hone their skills.

You can read more about the Learning Experience Design Certificate here.

Extension Web Update

Join the web team at the Extension Annual Conference on Tuesday, December 4 at 2:15  for our session “Ask the Experts about the New Extension website” in Corvallis. The whole web team will be on hand to listen and walk through your questions.

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.

Video of the Week:

Is This Doctor Racist??? | Diversity in Healthcare | Wednesday Checkup | Doctor Mike

Welcome to a new episode of Wednesday Checkup and today we are covering the recent viral video from Twitter. Many people are accusing the doctor in the video of racism and discrimination.

Events & Resources

Dandiya Night 2018: Dandiya is a traditional Indian dance that is originated from Gujarat, India, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to dance to upbeat Indian music. November 16 from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Alsea Tribal Life at Cape Perpetua Prior to European Contact: Learn about the pre-European inhabitants of Cape Perpetua from one of Cape Perpetua’s exceptional volunteers, Dick Mason. November 25 from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm in Lincoln, for more info visit the event page.

History Pub – Notable Women of Portland: The story of Portland, Oregon, like much of history, has usually been told with a focus on male leaders. This presentation offers a reframing of Portland’s history– including information on 10,000 years of Native American women, pioneer women, women of the Progressive Era, WWI, WWII, and post-war women, with additional tales of women in the arts and women in politics. November 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

OSU-Cascades is younger, more diverse due to largest-ever first-year class 

Oregon State University-­Cascades’ current first-year and transfer student populations are officially the young university’s largest to date, and the former group is making the campus both younger and more diverse. (see also KTVZ)

Congress will have more Latino members than ever before

More Latinos will serve in Congress next year than ever before — at least 42, with one House race to be decided.

First Native American women elected to Congress: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland

Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, CNN has projected.

Mark Lakeman helps tackle the housing crisis with creativity, compassion

America is short some 7 million affordable apartments for those living in poverty, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2018 report. With conventional approaches falling behind the pace, artists and visionaries are stepping up to the plate, creating paradigm-busting solutions that challenge traditional ideas of housing.

Most Decorated Unit In U.S. History Fought For A Country That Didn’t Accept Them

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was made up of Japanese-Americans, many of whom served when their families were imprisoned behind barbed wire.

Lines for Life launches new military helpline for veterans struggling with mental health

More than a dozen veterans die of suicide every day, according to the Veterans Association. It’s a problem a local non-profit is trying to fix.

What are you reading?

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

Extension in the news

New Spray Film for Grapes Cuts Water Need
Wines & Vines
Those strategies focused on managing supply, but work by Clive Kaiser, an extension horticulturist with the Umatilla County Extension Service and Oregon State University professor attached to the Oregon Wine Research Institute is looking at things from the vine’s point of view.

Dairy Goat Day challenges beginners, experts
Capital Press
“It made sense to combine our efforts,” Melisa Fery, OSU Small Farms Extension Program agent, said. “(The program) is all about community education and helping landowners or small acreage owners meet their goals.”

Why I’m in: Helping our community deal with tough health-related issues
Tillamook Headlight Herald
“Why I’m in” interview with Dusti (Jessica) Linnell, Oregon State University, Family and Community Health.

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)

Alberta B. Johnston Awards – Nomination deadline extended to Nov 13

Extension Administration has extended the deadline and updated the requirements for nominations for two Alberta B. Johnston awards.  Nominations are due by November 13, end of day, with submission by email to Jackie.Russell@oregonstate.edu.  For updated nomination criteria and instructions see online links below. Awards are received at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program.

Alberta Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education

Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program.

Eligibility: Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant.

Alberta Johnston Award for Extension Leadership

Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program.

Eligibility: Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years in the OSU Extension Service. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialist, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

Extension Web Update

If you are new to working on the Extension website, or need a refresher, then read “Back to the Basics – 10 Tips to Remember for Web Entry” to get answers to frequently asked questions and avoid common missteps when still learning the new website structure.

Diversity Highlights

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

Special Announcement:

Claudia Torres has been named Executive Director for Casa Latinos Unidos, a Latino non-profit organization which serves the Latinx community in the Corvallis-Benton County area. Claudia comes to Casa Latinos Unidos with vast experiences in public relations, marketing, event management, sales and community engagement. She is a community builder who, based upon previous experiences, is a well-organized, efficient communicator and well known in Oregon for her abilities to engage parents, students, and local agencies in serving the Latinx community.

Events & Resources

Columbia River Indian Autumn Gathering: Join the gathering to share and celebrate with all of our neighbors the bounty of the Columbia River Gorge. November 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 am in The Dalles. For more info visit the event page.

The Race in America Series Presents: You Are Enough – Join in for a discussion about the experiences surrounding the one drop rule, blood quantum, and anti-blackness/anti-indigenousness in America with Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes. November 15 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz: 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow: The Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon invites you to celebrate with them at their 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow held at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. November 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm in Lincoln City, for more info visit the event page.

3rd Annual History Dinner – Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpua and Siuslaw: Join for a rich, historical presentation of Native American Life on Coos Waterways at this year’s 3rd Annual History Dinner! November 17 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Lakeside, for more info visit the event page.

Day of the Dead Exhibit: Each year, Four Rivers Cultural Center celebrates the Day of the Dead with a family event and fiesta and a temporary altar that remains on display for the first two weeks of November. We welcome everyone to come and take a look at the beautifully created altars of local families. From November 2 to the 15 in Ontario, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Oregon Outdoor School releases informational flyers in 8 languages, including braille.
For more information or to request copies, please contact Rita.Bauer@oregonstate.edu or visit the Outdoor School website: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/outdoor-school

Looking Forward,  Looking Past

These photos and captions are part of our Emerging Journalists, Community Stories fellowship project, which is funded in large part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes. Emilly Prado is one of three journalists who are working on stories as part of this project. This excerpt is from Prado’s story about undocumented and mixed-status families living in Oregon.

Trailer parks face rising rents. This one’s residents found a way out

Not all parks are suited for coop conversions, says Kate MacTavish, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University. Oregon is one of several states that give residents the right to buy their communities, which creates an opening for ROC USA and its affiliates to work.

Latino Enrollment Shrank Where Police Worked With Federal Immigration Authorities

Thousands of students were uprooted from schools over the last decade in communities where local police partnered with ICE on immigration enforcement, a Stanford study found.

Drag culture provides a chance to speak out

Rainbow Continuum put on the Fall Drag Show at the LaSells Stewart Center. Drag is the adoption of clothing and roles of another gender for the purposes of play, entertainment or eroticism.

Native American Heritage Month: A celebration of resilience

The rich and diverse cultures, traditions and history of Native Americans are reflected in the many UO offerings for Native American Heritage Month.

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

We ‘crunched at once’
Klamath Falls Herald and News
“We hope this event sparked conversation for youth and their families about the important role farmers have in providing healthy food for our schools,” said organizer Patty Case, associate professor at OSU Extension Family and Community Health.

Class Of 2025: More Money + More Days = More Impact At Outdoor School
OPB
Oregon State University’s extension service, which manages the Outdoor School program statewide, said schools have applied for money to cover more than 42,000 students. That’s up from about 30,000 students a year ago.

Oregon’s Pinot profusion
Good Fruit Grower
“We need more research, but people have been convinced that they can increase yields without lowering quality,” said Patty Skinkis, OSU associate professor and viticulture extension specialist. “It’s all in thinking about the capacity of a particular vineyard site.”

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)

OSU Women’s Giving Circle now accepting grant proposals

OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May 2019. The applications are due by Monday, January 14 at 9 a.m. To apply for a grant, please visit www.osufoundation.org/wgc_grant. Questions contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or Molly.MoriartyRussell@osufoundation.org.

Extension Web Update

New improvements to events, search, and navigation are shared in this week’s web upgrade blog post. Also, check out a new video and instructional guide on how to display and organize content that appears on the Extension website’s topic menu pages. If you have any other needs or questions, please feel free to contact the web support team.

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

MUNBINIKAN? Stories From Mali & U.S.: Stories from a workshop series led by Malian Baba Wague Diakite, artist and founder of Ko-Falen Cultural. November 3 from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Tillamook, for more information visit the event page.

Feed The Movement, Workout for Hunger: Workout for hunger is just that, a workout to build awareness of childhood hunger. This event will feature four different types of workouts: Cardio Dance, High Fitness, Pound and Energy Explosion.  November  from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Salem, for more information visit the event page.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz: 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow: The Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon Inivtes you to celebrate with them at their 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow held at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. November 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm in Lincoln City, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

OSU supports transgender community members

Recently, the New York Times has reported that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo proposes restricting the definition of gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This is very concerning. In addition, yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses could discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law.

OSU celebrates Queer History Month

Queer History Month is nationally recognized in the month of October, and the OSU community will mark this month with a series of events devoted to growth and celebration.

OHSU Transgender Health Program strongly refutes discriminatory statements by national leaders

The OHSU Transgender Health Program, a program of the Partnership Project, stands in solidarity with transgender communities in opposition to any suggestion that gender is an unchangeable binary construct.

Not just a feel-good step: Businesses are increasingly hiring people with disabilities, and it’s helping the bottom line

When Glynis Harvey and Mark Cagley opened Hidden Manna Cafe four years ago, the couple did not set out to hire people with disabilities. But then a social service agency asked: Might the Matteson restaurant employ a woman with cerebral palsy? How about a man with mild blindness? A customer asked for an application for her sister, who has an intellectual disability.

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

Onion quality ‘excellent’ as harvest crosses finish line
Capital Press
Recent rain and frost likely did not reduce onion quality or yield, said Oregon State University Extension Malheur County Crop Agent Stuart Reitz.
OSU Extension’s poultry specialist sees 31 years of change
Capital Press
When James Hermes came to Oregon State University’s poultry department 31 years ago, big company buyouts, cage-free egg production and stringent antibiotic restrictions were not issues. Today, as enters his last full academic year as Oregon State University Extension’s poultry specialist, Hermes is dealing with all three.

Local partnership sends surplus potatoes to food banks
Capital Press
In the past, the spuds would have gone to waste, tilled over after they served their purpose as a test plot at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center. But four years ago the experiment station decided to start partnering with local producers and the nonprofit Farmers Ending Hunger to put them to good use in food boxes for families in need.

Findley says sage grouse impact local decisions
The Argus Observer
Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University Extension Agent, said he has been working on a project to help develop mapping of ecosystems and sage grouse habitat which will allow people to develop rangeland management plans and objectives.

In this week’s issue:

Lincoln County practices tsunami evacuation

As part of the Oregon great shake out on Thursday Lincoln County Extension personnel not only dropped and covered for 60 seconds but then also practiced their tsunami evacuation route. They grabbed their go bags provided by the Red Cross and marched up the hill to complete the drill. A good example for the coastal communities to be ready to grab and go quickly.

Extension Web Update

This ambitious website project may just be getting underway in the broader timeline of the digital strategy goals, but a lot of effort has already been invested. Thank you to those leading the way and working behind the scenes through the iterative process. All of Extension faculty and staff that have the opportunity to help shape it further. This week’s web upgrade blog post looks at how to get onboard, be informed, and be recognized as part of what Extension offers going 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.

Readings:

Using a Translational Process to Apply Latino Youth Development Research Findings in Practice

Translating research into practice is a cornerstone for Extension programs. We developed an intentional and collaborative translational process for converting evidence-based knowledge from Latino youth development literature into Extension practice. https://joe.org/joe/2018october/iw3.php?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018october

OSU Juntos – Open Campus as an Honorable Mention

Honorable mentions are programs that have made a significant impact on Latino students at your institution and within your communities. https://www.edexcelencia.org/2018-What-Works-for-Latino-Student-Success-in-Higher-Education

Events & Resources

A Journey To Africa 2018: Join the African Students Association at OSU in the Memorial Union Multipurpose room for a free night of food, games, music, information, and more! Enjoy a night of learning amazing things about the second largest continent in the world, Africa! November 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Day of the Dead Exhibit: Celebrate with the community in Ontario on Oct. 27th, Saturday from 4:30 – 9 PM. We’ll have beautifully created altars by local families, family activities and crafts, folkloric dancing, mariachis, a DJ, and a baile that will be held outside in the garden. For more info visit the event page.

Día de los muertos: A great time and learning experience for all ages, and pan de muerto and hot chocolate will be provided. October 29 starting at 6:00 pm in Albany. For more info, visit the event page.

AKAP Korean Culture Night: Join AKAP for a fun and engaging evening with catered food from Kim Jong Grillin’ food truck (special menu offered), enjoy the performance by the Oregon Korean Performing Arts dancers, raffle drawing for exciting prizes and activities for all ages. October 27 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Black feminist speaker series began at the UO Oct. 19

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is hosting a new speaker series, New Directions in Black Feminist Studies, this year at the University of Oregon.

2019 Best Public Elementary Schools in Oregon

When Election Day lands on Nov. 6, Oregon voters will no doubt put education — meaning, public schools funding, the ability of the state to generate top-notch students and overall teacher and institution quality — toward the top of their issues list.

What Latinos look like: Latin American students share their stories

“to celebrate the end of Latin American Heritage month, I decided to shed light on this diversity and speak to UP students from different Latino backgrounds — some born in Latin America, others first or second-generation Latinos in the U.S.”

Building a Diverse Workforce for Next-Generation Analytics and AI

High-performance computing (HPC) has a well-known diversity problem, and groups such as Women in HPC are working to address it.

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

Ag director hears farmers’ concerns
The Mail Tribune
She began her day meeting with scientists and project leaders at the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center, and with state Sen. Alan DeBoer. Bee projects, small farm programs, grapes and cannabis were discussed by the extension staff.

Building strong leaders
Herald and News
The students started the day with Ian McGregor, a livestock extension agent with OSU KBREC … McGregor answered questions about careers and the work being done to improve the agriculture industry, listening and giving advice as students told him some of their career interests, which ranged from engineering, marketing and human resources to insurance, contract farming and real estate.

Flight of aphids clogs Pendleton air
East Oregonian
Thompson assists the irrigated agriculture entomology program at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Hermiston. He said the bugs in Pendleton are a type of woolly aphid that takes to the air each fall.

In this week’s issue:

Short Term Fellowships with AOC

Oregon Extension educators are invited to consider a short-term fellowship AOC Fellow Priority Projects Oregon Extension educators are invited to consider a short-term fellowship in cooperation with the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). This pilot program AOC Fellow Pilot place an Extension professional within the AOC County Solutions office to work on important community issues. The term of a fellowship is flexible based upon the issue and availability of qualified individuals. Extension leadership will work with anyone interested to define the best course, including study leave, sabbatical or short-term  transfer of assignment. Please consider this unique opportunity to learn more about our AOC partner and contribute to an important issue If interested, email Scott Reed and “cc” Jackie Russell and your supervisor with “AOC Fellow” in the subject line, and information about which priority project interests you, why, any conditions associated with your availability by November 1 end of day.

Deadline reminder: 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)

National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference

Several Oregon ESP Members attended the National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference in Manhatten, KS, October 1-4 to receive the following national awards:
Excellence in Early Career Service: Katie Ahern
Excellence in Mid-Career Service: Jenny Rudolph
Continue Excellence: Patricia Dawson

Administrative Leadership: Sam Angima
Visionary Leadership: Willie Riggs
Excellence in Diversity Multicultural Programming: Patricia Dawson.

Bob & Charlee Moore of Bob’s Red Mill were presented the National Friend of Extension Award.

Oregon’s members were featured in several concurrent sessions. Jan Williams, Wendy Hein, Trisha Applebee presented a concurrent session on “Continuing Education for Volunteers Using eXtension”. Sam Angima presented, “Innovative Approaches to Programming Under Reduced State and Federal Funding”. “Building Capacity with a Wellness Committee to Enhance Health Outcomes” was presented by Katie Ahern. And Mike Knutz and Kelli Watcherson presented “Building Rapport with Elected Officials”.

Extension Web Update

This week’s web upgrade blog post provides answers to guide you in knowing whether or not research content should go on the Extension website and next steps based on that decision. It also provides a Box link to backed-up archive content and a recorded webinar for combined stations.

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

3rd Annual History Dinner: Join the Tenmile Lakes Association for a rich, historical presentation of Native American Life on Coos Waterways at this year’s 3rd Annual History Dinner! October 17 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm in Lakeside, for more info visit the event page.

Culture and Conversation – Is History Repeating Itself? Portland State University School of Social Work is bringing you another installment of our Culture and Conversation Series. This event, Culture and Conversation: Is History Repeating Itself? Facilitating injustice during internment, will be held in ARSC 6th, rooms 620/630 on October 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, for more information visit the event page.

Pakistani Night 2018: Pakistan Student Association presents the first Pakistani Night at Oregon State University starring the sensational Qawwals: “Fanna-Fi-Allah” October 21 from 6:30 t0 10:00 in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Día de Muertos Celebration: Face Painting, Aztec Dancers live performance, kids crafts and activities, live music, food and drink in Newberg. November 2 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm, for more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center to open in new home 

OSU paid to move the center to its new quarters. The university also remodeled the building to help it fit the center’s programs. Counting parking permits and parking credits, the university spent more than $200,000 to relocate the center, which will continue to be charged $1 per month in rent.

Oregon Schools Face Long, Uphill Road To More Diverse Teaching Force

If you’re inclined to grade Oregon schools for making progress, these numbers might be encouraging: Public schools are adding non-white and multilingual teachers almost four times as fast as they’re hiring monolingual, white teachers, according to numbers in the recent Oregon Educator Equity Report.

Longstanding Equity Issues At Clark College Alienate Staff, Students

School records and dozens of interviews with staff and students show a culture at Clark College that alienates people of color, even as top school officials say the campus is becoming more inclusive.

Pride celebration commemorates diversity and inclusion

The LGBT community and supporters celebrated diversity and inclusion at the 2018 Rogue Valley Pride Celebration today, hosted by the Lotus Rising Project. Honoring this year’s theme of “Rising With Pride,” people of all sexual orientations joined together in a parade through downtown Ashland.

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

Cannon Beach Has A Rabbit Problem
OPB
Eradication or hutching are both reasonable solutions, said Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. The rabbits may seem like pets to some neighbors, she said, but they are considered feral.

The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon
OPB
To fulfill that mandate, Kincaid’s department teamed up with the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2017 to create the Oregon Bee Project.

Study shows value of fungicides for hazelnuts
Western Farmer-Stockman
“Although we have a lot of new hazelnut acres (almost 40,000) of EFB-resistant cultivars, the previous old, susceptible orchards (30,000 acres) are still producing as these young ones grow up,” says Jay Pscheidt, an OSU professor, OSU Extension Service plant pathology specialist and the lead author of the study.

In this week’s issue:

Marijuana policy reminder

Regarding the issue about marijuana questions and policy, faculty, staff, and volunteers should continue to refer to OSU policies regarding marijuana.

All media inquiries should continue be referred to Jay Noller, who is OSU’s point of contact with questions about marijuana and/or industrial hemp production in Oregon.

Although Extension isn’t allowed to directly answer questions about marijuana, we can discuss it indirectly. For instance, if a grower asks what the best pesticide is, we can tell them of pesticides used on similar crops or refer them to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

ODA, Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) regulate other aspects of the marijuana industry. It is OK to refer appropriate questions to these agencies as applicable.

Here are some questions we cannot answer but rather refer them to ODA or OLCC:

  • Propagation
  • How to plant and care for marijuana plants (seed, growing medium, start a nursery, weed control, germination rates, fertilizer rates, harvesting, yield)
  • Testing soils for growing marijuana
  • Hemp/marijuana growing regulations
  • Nutrient requirements, cultivars, plant physiology
  • Compounds found in marijuana
  • Size, space, slope aspect, water requirements
  • Donating gifts/funds to support research
  • Collaboration with other scientists and/or marijuana growers on projects that are not related to marijuana?
  • Analytical labs to test for residues
  • Developing edible products
  • Testing edible product for water activity, pH or microbes
  • Testing THC-free product for water activity for adding to cannabis later
  • Working on hemp or cannabidiol(s) (CBDs)
  • IPM plan for marijuana pests (e.g., monitoring, plant spacing, indicator susceptible plants, and pruning for aeration).

Also, remember that we can’t accept gifts or money from known growers of marijuana even for projects that are not related to marijuana.

In Memorium

Ray McNeilan, OSU Professor of Horticulture and head of the Extension Master Gardener Program from 1978 to 1996, has passed away. It is impossible to overstate the impact that Ray has had on Oregon’s Master Gardener Program, and on home gardeners across Oregon. He has taught generations of Master Gardeners, was a gracious colleague to fellow horticulturists, and author of several books and countless Extension fact sheets. Upon his retirement, he continued to volunteer his time and expertise to the Master Gardener Program and to the Oregon Master Gardener Association. In honor of his contributions, the Oregon Master Gardener Association funds a scholarship for an OSU Horticulture student, in Dr. McNeilan’s name. His smile was huge, as was his heart. Together with his wife Jan (who was also an OSU Extension Professional, and the Coordinator of OSU’s Master Gardener Program from 2003 to 2007), the McNeilans helped to establish the Statewide Master Gardener Endowment Fund at OSU, which has been integral to keeping the program strong, to this day. A giant in the world of horticulture, he was humble, generous, and always had a huge smile. His legacy will live on in the generations of Master Gardeners he has trained, the students who study horticulture at OSU via the Ray McNeilan scholarship, and the many colleagues he has supported and encouraged.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date, to be announced.

Election reminder

With the approach of the November elections, the information below provides guidance for public employees in their official capacity relating to election and political matters.

Public employees may not engage in certain political activity while on the job during working hours, under ORS 260.432. The statute prohibits public employees from promoting or opposing the adoption of a ballot measure, or a candidate for public office, while on the job during working hours. It also prohibits any person from requiring or attempting to require other public employees to give money, service or anything of value to promote or oppose a ballot measure or a candidate.

The statute does not mean that you give up your individual rights to engage in political activity as a result of your public employment. However, it is important to be clear when you are speaking in your private capacity. The Secretary of State notes that the use of a working title tends to indicate that an employee is acting in the employee’s official capacity. It would be prudent for you to avoid using your OSU title if you promote or oppose candidates or ballot measures. If there is any question about the capacity in which you are speaking or acting, it would also be prudent for you to expressly state that you are speaking and acting in your private capacity and not as an OSU employee.

The Oregon Secretary of State has published valuable guidance on this law, titled “Restrictions on Political Campaigning by Public Employees, ORS 260.432.”  The guidance can be found at:  http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/restrictions.pdf.

The penalties for non-compliance with this statute are potentially severe. The Secretary of State may impose a civil penalty of up to $1000 for each violation, and the district attorney or a taxpayer may seek recovery of any improper expenditure of public funds in connection with promotion or opposition of a candidate or ballot measure.

If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact the Oregon State University Office of Human Resources at:  human.resources@oregonstate.edu.

Below are some resources to help you professionally and effectively communicate with legislators. Information available on OSU Government Relations State Advocacy site:

150 Events in full swing

The OSU150 Land Grant Festival, from Oct. 1 to 17 at Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, is under way with two dozen free events including art exhibits, the wave lab, and a lecture about the future of energy. Of special interest is The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on October 23.You can pick and choose what portions of the symposium you want to attend. However, please, do not delay as registrations are coming in briskly.

This free, daylong Futures Focus Symposium at the LaSells Stewart Center is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees to consider the potential benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence and robotics. Invited national and OSU experts will share their insights into the potential for AI and robotics to transform agriculture, health care, natural resource management, transportation, arts and entertainment, as well as consider possible impacts on jobs, the economy, our communities, laws and privacy.

Extension Web Update

This week’s web upgrade blog reveals a “New Look to Topic Pages Coming Soon”. Get a sneak peek at the new visual designs that will roll out this month. Topic pages on the Extension website will be curated by topic committees made up of representatives from the various content teams that contribute content to the topic. These topic stewards will feature fresh and relevant content to meet changing seasons and audience’s interests.

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

Rogue Valley Pride 2018 “Rising with Pride!”: Ashland hosts space for diversity and inclusiveness in the 2018 Parade! We will create a colorful atmosphere of fun, and more importantly, celebrate our LGBTQ+ community in Southern Oregon! This year’s theme is “Rising with Pride.” October 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Ashland, for more info visit the event page.

Persistent Health Disparities: The Laurel Case Lecture and Visiting Professorship presents Denise Rodgers, M.D., vice chancellor of Interprofessional Programs and director of Urban Health and Wellness Institute, Rutgers University. October 17 from 11:30 to 1:30 in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

Hispanic Heritage Day at the Oregon State Capitol: To conclude National Hispanic Heritage Month the Oregon State Capitol Foundation is proud to sponsor this event through the Capitol History Gateway Program. Enjoy music, dancing, art and exhibits during this free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. October 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Salem, for more info visit the event page.

3rd Annual DV in Indigenous, Black & Communities of Color Event: Featuring keynote speaker Vanessa Timmons, and culturally specific workshops, this multifaceted event will center the conversation around DV in Indigenous, Black, and communities of color. October 24 from 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm in Portland, if you want more info visit the event page.

In the News

We Have Work To Do

We Have Work To Do is a university-wide campaign that will be led by the Office of Institutional Diversity during the 2018-19 academic year.

After colleges promised to increase it, hiring of black faculty declined

At Oregon State University, where the 2016 federal figures analyzed by Hechinger recorded 1 percent of tenure-track instructors as being black, school leaders are working with the nonprofit Southern Regional Education Board to find black professors from southern universities, said Charlene Alexander, the university’s vice president and chief diversity officer.

Unmaking “Hispanic”: Teaching the Creation of Hispanic Identity

“Hispanic” heritage includes a diverse range of cultures, nationalities, histories and identities. This TT teaching and learning specialist offers recommendations for teaching students the complex histories behind Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

Minnesota Residents Call Police On Rowdy Drunk Birds
NPR
Oregon State University’s Extension Service notes that by October, the birds that have consumed the fruit “may be tipsy, inadvertent victims of alcohol consumption.”

Tucking in hazelnut orchards for the winter
Capital Press
“Fall of 2016 it started raining and never really stopped — a big wake-up call,” Oregon State University Orchard Crops Specialist Nik Wiman said. “The mud clogs up the harvesters and you end up with really dirty loads with cleaning fees that can exceed the nuts’ value. Moisture increases kernel defects, and moldy kernels are a big problem in the industry.”

Pendleton’s dry spell lingers
East Oregonian
Don Wysocki, a soil scientist for Oregon State University Extension Service, said wheat farmers have been forced to move back their planting dates while they wait for rains to arrive.

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)

Diversity Webinar

An exciting webinar is being offered Tuesday, October 23 at 10 AM. It is:   “California 4-H Embracing Diversity & Fostering Inclusion – Not an easy task!” California 4-H leads the largest 4-H Latino Youth initiative in the nation. The initiative started in 2015 when the California 4-H team set high total enrollment expectations and achieve parity for Latino, Black and Asian youth.  In 2016, we started a pilot program in seven counties, focused in the Latino community and hired bilingual and bicultural program representatives in an effort to introduce 4-H to the Latino community, our initial goal was getting to know the community and offered new and innovative 4-H delivery modes, like afterschool programs and day camps. After two years, California 4-H has increase total enrollment by 38.7%, the participation of the Latino youth in California 4-H by 89.3% and the number of counties which achieved parity by 70%. During our presentation we will share our challenges and opportunities during our journey in an effort to motivate the audience to embrace diversity and foster inclusion in their 4-H programs.

Update: 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.

“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 the following fund:

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)

Extension Web Update

Extension faculty and staff can stay on top of web updates and share your input through events this month. EESC is gearing up for web trainings, and giving web status and strategy reports to different groups throughout October. Read this week’s web upgrade blog post for who will be involved and the upcoming dates, times, and places.

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

Diversity and Inclusion—What, Why, and ROI: Creating A LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff, Clients, and Students— The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting Mike Chaddock from Michigan State University on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Magruder Hall M 102. This presentation will include basic information on diversity and inclusion and the business case for diversity and inclusion, and provide take-home ideas and tips on how to create a LGBTQ+ friendly environment. This is a free lecture open to students, staff and faculty. For questions or accommodations contact Sara.k.smith@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6779.

How to Identify Culturally Diverse and LGBTQ+ Friendly Educational and Employment Opportunities AND How to Make the Environment LGBTQ+ Friendly”: Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 8 at 12:00 pm in the MagruderHall Room 2012.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity—What and Why. Creating a LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff and Clients”
Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 8 at 5:30 pm in the Magruder Hall Room 2012.

Mental Health Outcomes and Stressors in LGBTQ+ DVM Workforce and the Classroom
Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 9 at 12:00 pm in the Magruder Hall Room 2012.

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

(In)Visible Series: Living in Albany: A series of events meant to improve community relationships in Albany. This series is intended to improve the collective understanding of what intersectionality is, what actions Albany residents can take in their community, and what changes they want to see in how they interact with each other in their daily lives.  Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First Christian Church 432 S.W. Ferry St, Albany. This event was funded through a Health Equity grant written by OSU Extension Linn County.

In the News

Inspiring Future Leaders

When you think of scientists, what comes to mind? Lab coats and microscopes? Beakers and goggles? These images are how science is often portrayed through media, but for many youth—especially in underserved communities—it might be the only impression they have.

LatinX Heritage Month: A festival of culture, history and tradition

From art exhibits to film screenings to operas to a celebration of life and death, this year’s UO LatinX Heritage Month honors the diverse LatinX community.

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

Class in the woods: Klamath County sixth-graders participate in forestry tour
Herald and News
Daniel Leavell is an assistant forestry professor with the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, which organized the event. He said the event provides students with knowledge about the forests they use for camping, hunting and fishing. “We use products from the forest all the time,” he said.

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)

      Revised OSU Model Releases for photos, etc.

      University Relations and Marketing made a couple of updates to OSU’s Model Release Forms. Beginning now, please use the new forms located with the OSU Brand materials. Instructions and link to forms are at: https://communications.oregonstate.edu/brand-guide/visual-identity/photography/contracts-and-model-releases

      Extension Web Update

      With the changing of seasons, this can be a good time to review, update, and create content that web audiences may be interested in this time of year. In the process, take a moment to assess not only if the writing is accurate but readable. This week’s website upgrade blog post looks at how “articles” (rather than downloadable documents) are the most widely read type of content on the Extension website, and how simple formatting can make articles easier to read online.

      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 Annoucement

      OSU launches We Have Work To Do campaign: This student focused, year-long campaign celebrates the strides OSU has made to create a more diverse and equitable university, while recognizing that there is still much work to be done. For more information, visit the website: https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/we-have-work-to-do

      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

      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? Find out September 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

      Queer History Month BBQ: A social get together for the LGBTQIA+ community at OSU and around Corvallis for good food and a good time. October 4 from 4:00 om to 6:00 pm in Corvallis, 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 adapted from San Bernadino Department of Public Health’s program designed for African-American women. October 6 from 1:30 to 5:00 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

      In the News

      Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens at higher risk of substance abuse, study finds 

      According to a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Oregon State University found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths are at a higher risk of substance use compared to their heterosexual peers.

      First-generation students construct their own path

      Oregon State University is home to almost 32,000 students on its Corvallis campus, some who are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation student and President of Oregon State University Ed Ray is an example of what success can look like after a higher education.

      Oregon State University honored for commitment to diversity

      Oregon State University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

      What are you reading?

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

      Extension in the news?

      What’s the difference between green, orange and red peppers?
      mnn.com
      Oregon State University Extension Service explains that “all pepper fruits are ripened ovaries containing seeds formed after pollination.”

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.