In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

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

Blueberry course starts soon

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

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

Opening for Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

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

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

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

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

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

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

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

In the news

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

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

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

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

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

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

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

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

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

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

HEAL MAPPS™ program receives national recognition

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

Extension in the News

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

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